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New Book Covers - Take three

I am super excited to show off my brand new book covers. There should be no doubt now that these are romance novels. I hope you like them too!

"Teaching Tom" book blurb reveal

I am very excited to reveal the book blurb for "Teaching Tom". This is blurb version number fifteen, I think. Here we go...
Tom has everything he ever wanted, thanks to Tori. In the two years since he conquered her heart, their love has grown to the point where Tom has to regularly pinch himself to check if he’s living a dream too good to be true. But when tragedy strikes Tom’s family, the dream soon turns into a nightmare. Tom makes a couple of bad decisions that will have disastrous consequences. The love that he and Tori believed was unshakeable becomes severely tested. Ravaged by guilt and grief, and unable to meet the ever-increasing needs of his family, Tom reaches out to the person he loves the most. But Tori is fighting her own demons, unwilling to forgive him. When she discovers some painful truths about her beloved late mother, her own decisions seem so much harder to follow through.
As both try to find their own way to heal from their hurt, one question remains una…

Connecting emotionally with your reader

If you're anything like me, you like books that engage you emotionally. You get fully invested in characters' lives and suffer through their troubles as if it were you. You feel elation when your hero or heroine achieves their goals. You cheer alongside them as they finally pluck up the courage to talk to their secret crush. You cry when they cry, and even if they don't, you still (possibly) cry. 

How do we get pulled into these stories so much that we feel the character's pain and joy as if it were our own? 

Writers use all sorts of tricks to lure you in. One minute you're blissfully enjoying an escape from your own reality, and the next you notice tears falling onto your jeans or your pillow getting soaked. Or you find yourself so irritated with a fictional person that you can't stop reading until the tension eases. 

How do they do it?  How do they do it?
And what can I do to make my readers root for my characters?
My quest to find out has confirmed what I already …