Love at the 20-Yard Line Visuals

Love at the 20 Yard Line Cover

When I’m working on a story, I always like to have some visuals to refer to not only to keep me in track, but also for inspiration.

I wanted to share some of the visuals I used while writing Love at the 20-Yard Line.

And if you haven’t read it yet, here’s what one reviewer had to say about it:

“This is a cute romance between a sophisticated image consultant and an arena football star. Neither are looking for love, but stumble on it nonetheless. If you like romances, you will love this clean present-day interlude…”

Without further ado –

Rick Malabri in button downAs soon as I saw this photo of Rick Malambri, I knew I’d found Brody Jackson. From the square jaw and strong chin to his spiky dark hair, Rick looks just how I pictured Brody.

Rick MalambriBrody can be aloof and a little arrogant when the mood strikes him. Lucky for him, Haven could see past the exterior he shares with the world and looked into his heart.

Rick bwShe also couldn’t help but notice how good he looked in his football uniform. Who wouldn’t?

Emily Bett Rickards 2I chose Emily Bett Rickards as my ideal Haven Haggarty.  She’s beautiful and sweet with an innocent charm. She’s got that girl-next-door thing going on and looks so much like I picture Haven – long blond curls, big blue eyes, dimples in her cheeks, and a great smile.

Emily_Bett_Rickards 3In the story, Haven has a little country side that Brody discovers and particularly enjoys. He likes seeing her relaxed and playful out at her parents’ farm.

emily bett rickards glam shotShe also has a sultry side that Brody brings out in her, too.

Hand Holding American FootballWhat’s a football themed book without a little football?

catching ball 2Brody is a wide-receiver, so I looked to images like this one…

catching ball 1And this one for some inspiration.

diagram for loveOh, and you’ve got to have diagrams for plays, although I know this one wasn’t one the coach used in the story.

meghan-ory-(cousin Allie)Haven has a cousin named Allie who is her best friend and polar opposite. While Haven can be a bit of an introvert, Allie doesn’t even know the meaning of the word. Meghan Ory looks just how I pictured Allie.

Allie can be kind of a pill, but she has Haven’s best interests at heart, at least I think she does.

While I’m on the topic of visuals, I want to give a shout-out to my friend Tessa and her hubby. His hand is the one I used on the cover. (Thanks, Mike!).

Even if you aren’t a sports fan, Love at the 20-Yard Line is a sweet love story about a couple who learn some hard lessons as they fall in love.

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