We love books. Currently sitting here, staring at the books on the shelves and realizing that most of them have the same thing in common. What is that? We fell in love with not only the synopsis but the cover.
Covers are the first look that we get at a story. It’s a part of art that draws you into the beauty of the book. Every bit of it is examined and analyzed – because it is art.
When the cover for As Long As You Love Me by Marianna Leal landed in our inbox, we couldn’t help but smile and be drawn to the use of color and art.
See the cover below:
Now that you’ve seen the cover, are you intrigued? We are. And if you read the opening, you´ll probably be even more intrigued. So, here it is!
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I cleared my throat and took a deep breath to say, “And now the most important parts. There will be no PDA, definitely nothing beyond that, or any situations where I can possibly be humiliated. I’m not here to be your Fifty Shades of toy if that’s what you had in mind.”
His mug slipped in his grip, but once he’d recovered from the initial shock he started cackling like a hyena. It was early enough in the office that most people were still sleepy, and not chatting or on conference calls, which meant his obnoxious laughter rang all through the office. But I didn’t want to catch anyone’s attention, so I jumped forward and put my hands over his mouth.
Which naturally made the damn mug tilt and pour coffee all over me. The hot liquid seeped through the front of my blouse faster than I could react. An inhuman sound came from both of us.
Me, I could understand. I was the one with a stinging burn and soiled blouse. Gabe put the mug aside and, in his haste to prevent the blouse from sticking to my skin and worsening the burn, he tore the would-be contract from my hands and stuck it right down the collar of my shirt. We stared at each other, breaths ragged and eyes wide.
“Tell me you’re okay so I can start laughing,” he said in a whisper.
How can rivals and opposites seem like they’re meant to be?
Catalina Diaz Solis needs just a few things to achieve her dream: her student visa, a full-time job, and to get Gabriel Cabrera out of her head. Since leaving Venezuela after her brother was killed in a political protest, Cata has been working to finish her Engineering degree, and now she’s in line for a full-time job that will allow her to stay in the United States. A major wrinkle in her plans is Gabe, the campus babe. He’s always in Cata’s way, competing for top grades and poised to take the job at their internship.
Gabe seems to have it all; he succeeds without trying and is extremely good-looking. It makes hardworking Cata endlessly frustrated. But when Gabe needs a plus-one for his brother’s wedding, he strikes a deal: Cata will be his fake date, and he’ll step out of the running for the job she desperately needs. As they attend events together, Cata discovers there’s more to her nemesis than she ever imagined. It’s all fun and games until Cata’s visa renewal is rejected, and Gabe complicates things with a new proposal that might either solve all her problems or destroy her dreams. Cata will have to put everything on the line to follow her heart.
About the author:
Marianna Leal is a Venezuelan writer of contemporary romance fiction. She is determined to represent her gente and writes about strong and vulnerable girls who make their way in a world that tells them they don’t belong or are not enough, and boys who are not afraid to show emotion and grow from it.
She currently resides in Florida, after a couple of years in the US Midwest… which were preceded by a few years in Scandinavia. Fortunately for her, she enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures, and this has been a wonderful adventure she sometimes worries has been a dream all along.
In her spare time she is a full time employee for an engineering company that does care about the planet. Even though she’s an awkward turtle with the YOLO energy of a bull in a china shop, she has deep feelings about the environment and social issues. You can also count on her terrible sense of humor and colorful language.
As Long As You Love Me will be released by W by Wattpad Books this September. Pre-order your copy now.
thank you so much for revealing the cover of my book!