My first novel, Yours to Keep, is out today.
This book is extremely important to me — it’s a story I desperately wanted to tell, about a slow and wary and tender love with a lot working against it — and even more going for it. I love Ana and Ethan, and I’m so happy to be able to share them you today.
But first, I have a lot of people to thank.
Thirty-four years ago, my mother gave me my first college-ruled notebook and encouraged me to write stories. My dad has always been equally supportive, and bought one of the first copies of Yours to Keep today. Thank you, Mom and Dad.
Three years ago, my high school friend who’d just published a book told me that the key was to write 1,000 words a day. He was right. Thank you, Brad.
My local friend encouraged me to read romance and confided in me that she was writing a romance novel. She became my first critique partner. Thank you, Ellen.
My husband and two children have been been incredibly supportive of my writing. They tease me gently, saying that I have gone off to “fiction land,” when I become vague, forgetful, or even unresponsive, but they are all openly proud of me, and eagerly await news of sales and other triumphs. My husband reads everything I write, celebrates and defends me at cocktail parties when necessary, and is a great critic. Hugs and kisses, Bells.
I have wonderful and supportive friends — from non-writer friends who’ve been willing to read and copyedit and listen and sympathize — even when they have no idea what I’m talking about — to writer friends who have peeled me off the pavement, the ceiling, walls, and any other available surface, fed me chocolate, taken me for walks, read shitty first drafts, let me fill their DM columns, phone text queues, email inboxes, and ears with neurosis, and generally been totally indispensable. Chocolate back atcha.
I have a terrific agent, Emily Sylvan Kim, at Prospect Agency, and a wonderful editor, Sue Grimshaw at Random House’s Loveswept imprint, both of whom believed deeply in this book. The team at Loveswept, acquisitions, copy editors, production editors marketing, and promo, has worked tirelessly to make sure this book is the best it can be and reaches the most people it can.
I have deep appreciation for the many amazing authors — women I admire so much — who advance-read and blurbed this book, and to all my author friends who have helped promote and spread the word about it. And of course a huge thank you to all the readers who have already bought the book, and all the reviewers who have sought it out and said such thoughtful things about it. I couldn’t do this without any of you, and I am deeply grateful.
Ruthie Knox, whose DM column I abuse most, is hosting a giveaway on her Facebook page. If you like my Facebook page and comment on her post by clicking here (not by commenting below) before midnight CT on Wednesday, you can enter win one of 10 NetGalley advance copies of Yours to Keep.
A Loveswept Contemporary Romance
The captivating story of a woman living on the edge—and the man who’s destined to love her.
Ana Travares has been looking over her shoulder her whole life. Her U.S. visa expired when she was a young girl, and if her secret is discovered, she’ll be forced to return to the Dominican Republic.
Ana allowed herself to get close to someone once before—and after he broke her heart, she swore never to make the same mistake again. But when a handsome doctor asks for her assistance, she fantasizes about breaking all her rules.
Even though pediatrician Ethan Hansen is a natural when it comes to little kids, as the single father of a teenage son he just can’t seem to get it right . . . except for the Spanish tutor he’s hired for his son, Theo. Ana has managed to crack Theo’s shell—and he isn’t the only one taken with her. The sexy tutor has fired up Ethan with a potent mix of lust and protectiveness.
But as he starts to envision a future with Ana, Ethan is devastated to learn the truth about her citizenship. Somehow he’s got to find a way to help her—and hold on to the woman he’s falling hopelessly in love with.
Advance praise for Yours to Keep
“I adore Yours to Keep. It’s sexy and incredibly smart, with a unique, compelling plot and a hero and heroine I love. I was blown away by the authenticity of the emotion and how real the characters felt, especially when combined with great drama and delicious romance. I was completely wrapped up in this story!”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Noelle Adams
“My heart swelled, ached, and rejoiced for the vibrant characters of Yours to Keep, an impeccably written and realistic romance that has earned Serena Bell’s work a spot on my auto-buy list.”—New York Times bestselling author Gina L. Maxwell
“Sexy, emotionally rich, and heartbreakingly lovely.”—Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Roman Holiday
“Serena Bell weaves a sultry, satisfying romance into a heartbreakingly authentic story.”—USA Today bestselling author Megan Mulry
“Serena Bell writes romance about real people with real problems. Yours to Keep is timely, sexy, and very, very good. Highly recommended.”—Molly O’Keefe, bestselling author of Wild Child
“Serena Bell delivers a fully adult romance with authentic characters, genuine stakes, and the kind of sweet, hot yearning that turns pages and stops your breath.”—Mary Ann Rivers, author of Live
“Sweet, drama filled . . . a nail biter [with] swoons galore . . . steamy hot . . . a make-you-tear-up-and-smile book.”—The Book Hammock