The Story Behind Romancing the Rumrunner by Michelle McLean

RTRR_500 (1)Romancing the Rumrunner came about in a very strange fashion. Usually my stories start with the characters, or an idea or scene that I expand into a full story. But in Rumrunner’s case, the story was actually born from the cover.

My publisher, Entangled Publishing, has always created gorgeous covers for my books and Romancing the Rumrunner’s is certainly no exception. However, the cover for Rumrunner was actually intended for one of my other books, the second book in my Blood Blade Sisters series, A Bandit’s Broken Heart. That story is set just before the Civil War. And while the cover is stunning, it didn’t fit the era of that story.

But I didn’t want to let it go. It was too gorgeous. The woman on it reminded me of a flapper and the moment I saw it, I was reminded of Oscar, one of my favorite movies (starring Sylvester Stallone – it’s a campy, hilarious movie set in 1920’s Chicago about a gangster who is trying to go straight). I mentioned to my publisher that the cover reminded me of the 1920’s and jokingly said I wanted to write a story to go with it just so I could keep it.

To my surprise, she told me to pitch one to her and if she liked it, the cover was mine. I immediately sat down and started brainstorming ideas and by the end of the day had a rough outline off to my editor, who loved the idea.

And here we are…Romancing the Rumrunner, with the gorgeous cover that started it all!

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Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and loves her romance with a hearty side of suspenseful mystery.
When Michelle’s not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats



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