Author Samantha Chase has been in the publishing world for a long time, she’s even had one of her books adapted for my personal favorite places, a Hallmark Christmas movie! Side note: I love The Christmas Cottage! Just when I thought things couldn’t get more exciting for Samantha Chase, I discovered she is self-publishing a seasoned romance! Chase is taking some time out to answer a few questions about her new book and the process behind her beautiful new cover she’s sharing for the very first time, with Frolic! Take a look and make sure you get this one on your TBR list!
All the Befores by Samantha Chase
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Cover Artist: Alyssa Garcia of Uplifting Designs
Susannah Westbrook never thought she’d find love again.
After a failed marriage, focusing on her children instead of her love life was the best thing to do. Now years later, she’s content with her life. But when she meets Colton Hale, she decides that she wants to be more than just content—she’s ready to take a chance on love once again.
After just a year of being together, Colton is ready to spend forever with Susannah—to give her the happily ever after she deserves. But old insecurities have a way of making a comeback when you least want them to.
Will they be able to get over all their befores for a chance at their happy ever after?
Donna: What was your inspiration behind All the Befores and the Magnolia Sound series?
Samantha: I’ve often looked at romances with older/seasoned couples as a secondary part of my books. Not that I’ve done it often, but there’ve been a couple of times where the hero or heroine’s single parent’s love life is a secondary plot. So when I started writing the Magnolia Sound series, that was always part of the plan. Once I put Susannah and Colton on the page together, however, I kind of wanted to give them their own story. Part of it was because they deserved more of a story, but also because I have some single friends who are my age and when I hear their stories of how it’s so much harder to find love, I kind of wanted to explore that.
How was writing this book different from others you’ve written?
This book was SO much fun to write because all of the thoughts and references the characters said and used were things that I totally related to! If anything, I think this book was easier to write because I understood the mindset of a couple in their mid-late forties than I do of couples in their twenties and early thirties. However, my biggest challenge came really from my concerns of how my readers would respond to my writing an older couple. It’s a definite change from my usual heroes and heroines but once I mentioned how I wanted to do this, the feedback was all positive! That gave me the final motivational push I needed to write All the Befores.
Let’s talk about this cover. How much input did you have and can you tell us a little about the design process?
The cover is all me! Lol! Since this is an indie series for me, I have total control over the cover designs and Alyssa is a dream to work with. I found the stock photo series of this couple and they totally fit what I envisioned for Susannah and Colton. We had to work to tweak the colors to use and the placement of the photo, but I am thrilled with the final result. Luckily, Alyssa doesn’t mind my level of crazy when I want to change things or when I ask her to adjust things. The biggest challenge was finding the right couple, but I love going on stock photo sites and searching. It’s a great distraction for when the words aren’t coming.
Can we expect more books with older characters from you?
I would LOVE to write more seasoned romances and I’m very excited to see what the response will be to All the Befores. I don’t know if I’m ready to make all my books have only seasoned heroes and heroines, but I can easily see myself transitioning to this at some point.