Monday, January 24, 2022

My Best Book Covers Ever! by Pat Simmons

  As an author, it's heartwarming when readers compliment our covers. I've had some great and gorgeous covers---indie and traditional--over the yers, but there are two that stand out. DRIVEN TO BE LOVED, featuring my daughter Simi Simmons and my most recent Christmas story, WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS. I mean what's the point of being an author mom and not have your son and daughter grace the covers? :) As any child, or adults in this case, they had a preference on what kind of story they would represent. I had to remind them, the stories aren't about them.

It was funny for friends and relatives to see the newest cover and say, "That looks like my nephew."

My response, "It is."

Simi is on an updated cover of a traditionally published story. The book cover I imagined for Jay didn't work for him because he didn't like the hero in the story. Really? I had to create WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS from scratch and it pressure. I've written about 40 books and novellas, and the pressure was intense. I had to make my son be a good guy in case some of his coworkers thought the story was really about him, and I felt my writing had to be better than best in case people hadn't read me. 
Yeah, it was pressure. Well, my mission has been accomplished and I'm glad it's over. Whew. Now, on to my next project.

I hope you will check these stories out. They're good. Take it from the Mom. LOL
A chance meeting.
An undeniable attraction.
And a first date that starts with a stakeout that leads to a winner takes all shopping spree. It’s the making of a holiday romance.
While philanthropist Sterling Price believes in charitable causes, he and licensed social worker Ciara Summers have a difference of opinion on how to bless others.
Ciara is a rebel with a cause and a hundred reasons why helping those less fortunate is important.
Sterling is a man of means who believes there is a financial responsibility that comes with giving.
The Lord will make sure everyone’s needs are met, and He has something extra for Sterling and Ciara that  can’t wait until Christmas.

It doesn’t matter how many years go by, love will always find a way….On the surface, Brecee Carmen has nothing in common with Adrian Cole. She is a pediatrician certified in trauma care; he is a transportation problem-solver for a luxury car dealership (a.k.a., a car salesman). Despite their slow but steady attraction to each other, neither one of them is sure that they're compatible. To complicate matters, Brecee is the sole unattached Carmen daughter when it seems as though everyone else around her—family and friends—is finding love.Through a series of discoveries, Adrian and Brecee learn that things don't always happen by coincidence. Generational forces are at work, keeping promises, protecting family members, and perhaps even drawing Adrian back to the church he had strayed from. Is it possible that God has been playing matchmaker all along?

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Pat Simmons is a multi-published Christian romance author with more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a four-time recipient of the RSJ Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance: Still Guilty, Crowning Glory, The Confession, and Christmas Dinner. Pat’s first inspirational women’s fiction, Lean On Me, with Sourcebooks, was the February/March Together We Read Digital Book Club pick for the national library system. Here for You and Stand by Meare also part of the Family is Forever series. Her holiday indie release, Christmas Dinner, and traditionally published, Here for You, were featured in Woman’s World, a national magazine. Here for You was also listed in the “7 Great Reads That Help to Keep the Faith” by Sisters From AARP. She contributed an article, “I’m Listening” in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: I’m Speaking Now (2021).


As a Christian, Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country. Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and worked in various positions in radio, television, and print media for more than twenty years. She oversaw the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions for fourteen years. Visit her at

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