Cover Reveal, Revised Titles, and Other Updates

Hello, my friends!  I’m so excited to share the cover for my new book, which will be coming out soon.  Here it is!

Now, you may ask me WHEN it is coming out, and at this point, I can’t set an actual date, but it will be by Christmas unless something really goes wrong.  But since things DO go wrong, and planning, they name is Betsy, I can only say it will be soon.  How soon is soon?  Hmmmm…..

Some day I’ll get this whole timing thing u9nder control.  Some day…. Hope springeth eternal.

In the meantime, here’s the blurb –

Her life is falling apart. He doesn’t want any complications. Obviously, they’re a match made in heaven.

Josie Kline used to think she had things under control. That was before she got laid off from her job, kicked out of her apartment, and found herself driving through the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in the middle of a surprise blizzard.

When she slides, literally, into the Country Time Bar and Grill, she discovers not only a haven from the storm but new purpose—helping to save her hometown’s landmark business from financial ruin. Now, if she could stop thinking about Mateo Guerrero, the darkly handsome, yet incongruous dishwasher, everything would be great. Doesn’t she have enough problems? 

Mat is still surprised to find himself working as a dishwasher/bartender in Hardy Falls after leaving a broken relationship behind in Texas. The last thing he wants to do is get involved with a beautiful stranger who blew in with the storm and stayed to be a thorn in his side. Josie has trouble written all over her, and Mat refuses to risk his heart again. Too bad she’s as enticing as she is annoying.

When Josie and Mat finally succumb to their overwhelming attraction, it’s supposed to be a casual, short-term fling. But the deeper they get, the harder it becomes for either of them to walk away. Then, just as everything looks like it might work out, the ghosts of Mat’s past raise their heads, jeopardizing any future he and Josie may have together—and any hope they have for a lasting love. 

If you enjoy sassy heroines, sizzling heroes, and smart, sexy, small-town romance, you’ll love Trusting Love and the rest of Betsy Horvath’s Welcome to Hardy Falls series.

For those of you who are subscribers to my newsletter, you already saw a version of the cover and the blurb when you had the chance to read the unedited first chapter.  You may notice something is different now – and that’s the title!!  Oh, and the blurb changed too, but that’s always a work in progress.  The title change is a bigger deal.

Over the past couple of weeks, I somehow decided that I should change the titles for my books.  And thus Believing It has become Believing Love.  And lo, Handling It hath become Handling Love.  And verily the book formerly known as Beginning It has been transformed thusly into Trusting Love.

The books already published have gotten revised covers (see below) and new descriptions which will be migrating to the website and Amazon as soon as possible.  Changing titles isn’t unheard of, but it does cause a lot of work, so I’m plowing through it.  I expect the changes to be in place everywhere soon.  (there’s that “soon” word again…)  Oh, and I’ll be adding the info for Trusting Love, too.

Now why, you may ask, did I bother changing the titles if it would cause extra work and add extra expense from having the covers revised?

Well, I did it because I wanted to place this series firmly in the romance category.  I don’t want there to be any doubt what these books are.  If you are looking at a list of my books, I want you to say “those are romance”, even if the covers aren’t with them.  I also like that “love” is a softer word than “it” and not as ambiguous.

So, I’m thinking it was a good decision, but I’ve been wrong before.  Only time will tell!  I am sure that if I wanted to make a title change, this was the time to do it.  The two books that are out already are not, shall we say, best sellers, and it was much better to change them before the next two books come out.

Yes, I did say TWO books were coming out.  A short novella, Expecting Love, is being finalized and I hope it will be available by the end of the year as well unless it turns out to be complete, um, poo-poo and not worthy to see the light of day.  I don’t have a cover for it yet, but I’ll share it when I do.

In addition, I’ve started the first draft for the next book in the series, and I’m revisiting a story I’d been writing earlier this year to see if it’s worth giving to the newsletter subs.  And I have to up my newsletter game.  Oh, and update and streamline the book page here.  In other words, there’s an awful lot going on!   What am I, nuts?  (the answer’s “yes”)  All that means the rest of the year is going to be crazy, so blog posts may be a bit sporadic for a little while until the books are released.

And, thus, while I can, I wanted to take this time to wish all of you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! (just a little bit early)  I have a lot to be thankful for this year – and I’m especially thankful for all of you who have joined me on this crazy journey and tolerated my meandering ways.

So….thank you and Happy Thanksgiving, no matter where in the world you live!

Here are the three books together – soon to be four!  I hope!


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