Friday, May 28

A Cover for UNEXPECTED! by Jana Richards

There's nothing more exciting than seeing your book come to life. Getting a cover is a big part of that. My upcoming book UNEXPECTED made a big leap toward publication in the last couple of weeks with a beautiful, shiny new cover. I love it!

The black Lab in the front is Sammy, and Rex is the little brown and black terrier. If you look real hard you can see Hector, the African Gray Parrot, on the front porch rail. I love that my cover designer, Rae Monet, included them.

No word yet on a release date, but I'll keep you in the loop. In the meantime, here's the blurb once again and another excerpt:

Single dad Ben Greyson wants only to retain custody of his two stepdaughters. A dysfunctional childhood has made family the most important thing in his life. When his late wife's parents sue for custody, a desperate Ben is left with two choices – run away with his girls or marry his next-door neighbor.

Jamie Garven wants to be a mother. She's intrigued by her handsome new neighbor and falls in love with his little girls. Then Ben is faced with losing his children, and Jamie agrees to marry him for a chance at motherhood. They're determined to show the world, and the girls' grandparents, two loving parents.

Their marriage of convenience turns into unexpected love. But Ben interprets Jamie's efforts to save their family as betrayal—they could lose everything, including each other.


When he looked up, he realized with a start that he in was in front of the Masonville Veterinary Clinic where his sister worked. Where Jamie worked. 

Ben was assailed by an overwhelming need to talk to someone. Jamie had been a good listener. He’d told her more about his circumstances, and his feelings, than he’d shared with either his brother or sister. He wasn’t sure why he’d opened up to her. He only knew she’d been kind to the girls. And to him.

Before he could talk himself out of it, he was looking up the number for the clinic on his phone. A moment later he listened to the phone ring.

What the hell am I doing? She didn’t want to hear from him, especially in the middle of a busy day at work. He was about to end the call when someone answered.

“Masonville Veterinary Clinic. How can I help you?”

Ben cleared his throat. “Can I speak to Jamie, I mean Dr. Garven?”

“I’m sorry, she’s with a client right now—oh wait, she just left the examining room. Can I tell her who’s calling?”

Again, he considered hanging up. Instead he heard himself say, “It’s Ben Greyson.”

“One moment please.”

The line went silent as she put him on hold. Ben paced back and forth on a small patch of gravel road in front of the clinic. He stared at his shoes, noting the dust covering the smooth leather. He didn’t know what he was going to say to Jamie. Why was he even calling her?

“Hello, Ben?”

The moment he heard her voice, his whole body relaxed. “Hi. I’m sorry to bother you at work. I know you’re busy.”

“No problem. What can I do for you?”

He thought fast. “The girls have been asking about meeting Hector. Do you think it would be all right if I brought them over some time?”

“Yes, of course. I’m not working on Friday. Why don’t you guys come over for dinner?”

“I wasn’t angling for a dinner invitation.”

“I know. I’m offering. I’m a fantastic cook, if I say so myself.”

That made him smile. “Now I’m intrigued. Thank you. What time should we be there?”

“Come a few minutes before five and I’ll introduce Bella and Sophie to Hector.”

“Okay. See you then.”

“See you. Bye.”

Ben grinned as he put his phone in his pocket and began walking back to his office. 

Everything was going to be okay.

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt! 


  1. Love that house! Isn't it the best feeling to do a cover reveal? The story sounds fun!

    1. I think I want to live in that house! Seeing a cover always makes the book real for me.

  2. I'm anxious to read this. I love the premise and the excerpt! Pretty cover, too!

  3. Oh, how exciting, Jana!! Can't wait to read it. Just love the excerpt - and the animals.

  4. I've got animals galore in this series! Might have gone a little overboard, probably because I miss my dog. We lost her about a year and a half ago, so I've been writing a lot about dogs since then.