Hello and good day to you. I’ve been massively neglecting my blog recently and it’s because I’ve been mad wrapped up in my WIP, which I am literally obsessed with and cannot wait to publish. But more of that another day.
Anywho, so for a while now, I’ve been considering changing the name of one of my books and also re-vamping the front cover. I did write a blog post before about the book in question and how it has been my little underdog in comparison to the other stuff I have published. The Wife Stealer really hasn’t done well in terms of sales, however this is not the reason I’m changing the title and cover. With that said, the reason I am changing it does tie in to why it hasn’t done so well, sales-wise.
Basically, after having done research, as well as conversations with readers and other writers, I’ve come to the conclusion that the current title makes it seem like something it’s not. The same goes for the front cover. See below:
The Wife Stealer gives off the impression that it’s a book about an affair and cheating, which it isn’t. The reason why I entitled it The Wife Stealer in the first place was because one of the main characters (Jack) is the bitter ex-husband, who refers to his ex’s new wife (Bea) as The Wife Stealer. He convinces himself that his ex-wife and childhood sweetheart (Athena) cheated on him, which is why he is so resentful of Bea.
I LOVE the front cover, and I feel like it’s really sweet and emotional because it shows how in love Athena and Bea were before Athena dies. However, yes, they are in bed and yes, they are in their underwear. I can see how some people may look at that and think it’s of an erotic nature, but again, this is not the case. In actual fact, there’s one sex scene in the entire book and it’s by no means graphic!
Bottom line: this is a contemporary, enemies-to-lovers romance novel about forgiveness, moving on, family and the craziness of life as a parent.
Here is the new cover:
And just to give you a bit of context, here is the blurb…
Bea truly believes that she lives a charmed life. YES, she lives on a grim council estate, YES she might not have the perfect career (or any for that matter), YES she is an orphan, YES she is forced to share her three step-children with the most annoying man on the entire planet (Jack), and YES, she still doesn’t own a dishwasher. But to Bea, none of that matters. Frankly, it never has.
Because Bea is married to the most beautiful, loveliest, most amazing woman in the world, Athena, AND she gets to be the second mother to three gorgeous kids, who she loves more than she could ever love herself.
Jack is wealthy, good-looking and successful, however despite the size of his house and the price of his car, he is haunted by the past and still wrapped up in his own bitterness at how Bea so sneakily stole his wife and kids away from him. Even after all the time that has passed, Jack is still hopelessly in love with Athena, and is unable to move on.
So when Athena suddenly dies in a horrific freak car accident, Bea’s and Jack’s worlds feel like they’ve gone up in flames. Matters only get worse when their oldest son, Fletcher, becomes depressed, and is admitted to hospital after a failed suicide attempt.
Brought together only by their mutual adoration of the children, Jack and Bea live temporarily in the same house, for the sake of the kids and to try to pick up the pieces of Athena’s death. At first, every single day is a struggle, with both parties still filled with contempt and anger at the other. However, events soon lead them to begin questioning their first impressions, and wondering if they are really so different after all…
Can Jack and Bea ever be friends… or perhaps something more?
A heartwarming romantic comedy all about forgiveness and moving on, Doing It For The Kids will make you laugh, cry and root for lovable, relateable characters right from start to finish.
Updates are still in review on Amazon, but if you’d like to give it a read, you can at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08744PSB1