Monday, January 17, 2022

The Art of Book Cover Design for Historical Fiction


*This is an older post, but it remains so popular that I keep it pinned here on the main page.*

I had the pleasure of speaking on The Art of Book Cover Design panel at the Historical Novel Society conference last June with Emily Victorson from Allium PressSarah Johnson from Reading the PastAnna Michels from Sourcebooks, and Kris Waldherr from Art and Words. We each presented on different aspects of designing historical fiction covers, and my task was to discuss my approach and trends in the genre. In case you missed it, or if you attended and would like to have a copy of your own, here is my portion of the presentation!

L to R: Anna, Kris, myself, and Sarah
The first thing I do when working on a cover is determine the genre or subgenre and the target audience, and then I spend some time browsing through the bestsellers to see which covers are selling books and what they look like. It’s important that you pay attention to cover trends when creating yours. You may think your cover is going to stand out because it’s so different from others in the genre, but that approach can often backfire. Cover trends exist in the first place because they sell books. Readers of a genre are used to seeing a certain style of cover, and if your cover doesn’t even come close, they may very well skip over it, thinking it’s not the type of book they like to read. So the trick is crafting a cover that falls within the trends in the genre while standing out and catching the eye of your target reader. 

So with that being said, I want to briefly touch on some popular trends in today’s historical fiction covers. A significant portion of the historical fiction market is targeted toward women, so that’s where we’ll begin.


So let’s start with the trend readers either seem to love or hate: The Headless Woman. This trend is popular because the heroine in a reader’s imagination rarely matches a real-life depiction on the cover. So it gives us a chance to envision what her face looks like and also adds an air of mystery. (Check out Sarah's portion of the presentation for the original headless woman cover that started the trend!)

Traitor's Knot

Please join me in congratulating Cryssa Bazos on the re-publication of her debut historical fiction novel, Traitor's Knot, first book in the Quest for Three Kingdoms series, with a new cover designed by me! Here's the book description:


England 1650: Civil War has given way to an uneasy peace . . .

Royalist officer James Hart refuses to accept the tyranny of the new government after the execution of King Charles I, and to raise funds for the restoration of the king’s son, he takes to the road as a highwayman.

Elizabeth Seton has long been shunned for being a traitor’s daughter. In the midst of the new order, she risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in a garrison town. But her attempts to rebuild her life are threatened, first by her own sense of injustice, then by falling in love with an outlaw.

The lovers’ loyalty is tested through war, defeat and separation. James must fight his way back to the woman he loves, while Elizabeth will do anything to save him, even if it means sacrificing herself.


Traitor's Knot is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon and other retailers. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Cryssa's website, where she blogs about 17th century history. Cryssa is also an editor of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog.

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Rebel's Knot

Please join me in congratulating Cryssa Bazos on the publication of her new historical novel, Rebel's Knot, third book in her Quest for Three Kingdoms series! I had the pleasure of working with Cryssa on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Ireland 1652: In the desperate, final days of the English invasion...

A fey young woman, Áine Callaghan, is the sole survivor of an attack by English marauders. When Irish soldier Niall O'Coneill discovers his own kin slaughtered in the same massacre, he vows to hunt down the men responsible. He takes Áine under his protection, and together they reach the safety of an encampment held by the Irish forces in Tipperary.

Hardly a safe haven, the camp is rife with danger and intrigue. Áine is a stranger with the old stories stirring on her tongue, and rumours follow her everywhere. The English cut off support to the brigade, and a traitor undermines the Irish cause, turning Niall from hunter to hunted.

When someone from Áine's past arrives, her secrets boil to the surface—and she must slay her demons once and for all.

As the web of violence and treachery grows, Áine and Niall find solace in each other's arms—but can their love survive long-buried secrets and the darkness of vengeance?


Rebel's Knot is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon, Barnes & NobleApple Books, and more. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Cryssa's website, where she blogs about 17th century history. Cryssa is also an editor of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog.

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The Turn of the Tide

Please join me in congratulating Martin Lake on the publication of his newest historical novel, The Turn of the Tide! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

It is 1943. The world is in the grip of war.

Miriam Rosenfeld has returned to Britain from the heart of Nazi Germany, where she found proof of the existence of the V2 rockets. But she also discovered something far worse, an experience which leaves her traumatised and adrift.

Yet her skills are much in demand, and reluctantly she returns to work for Army Intelligence, promising her brother, Oscar, that she will never leave him again. Yet the war is relentless, and she is ordered to go to the Cairo Conference as a translator. While there, she discovers that a British ambassador is the source of top-secret leaks.

On her return to Britain, the establishment closes ranks in defense of the ambassador, and her findings are dismissed. Even worse, suspicion alights on her, as a young Austrian Jew who is deemed far too intelligent and troublesome. She proves the truth of this and eventually saves herself from the direst punishment.

The Allies are jubilant when Europe is invaded, but this joy turns to despair when Nazi vengeance rockets are unleashed on London. But despite this and other setbacks, the allies push on.

In the closing days of the war, Miriam is ordered to go to Germany to identify a young man who claims to be Wernher von Braun, the brains behind the Nazi rockets. While there she discovers a death camp. It is a place of horrors, but it holds a revelation which eases her heart.


The Turn of the Tide is available in ebook format and will soon be available in print editions on Amazon and Amazon UK. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Martin's website for information on all of his books and his interviews with fellow historical fiction writers.

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Twisted Wrister

Please join me in congratulating G.K. Brady on the publication of Twisted Wrister, seventh book in the Playmaker Series! I had the pleasure of working with G.K. on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

He’s not looking for happily-ever-after. She’s not looking for a hockey player. Can love score a win, or will it get iced?

Blake Barrett’s star is streaking into the upper reaches of the galaxy, and it’s his wicked wrist shot that’s fueling the twenty-four-year-old’s meteoric rise. Top center for the NHL’s Cup-winning champs? Check. Millions in the bank? Yep. As self-assured in his stickhandling abilities off the ice as he is on it? Not so much. Women might be throwing themselves at him, but he needs a little more practice to figure out what to do if he catches one.

Though after growing up with a front-row seat to his parents’ disastrous marriage, he’s convinced the closest he can get to happily-ever-after is settling for someone who ticks the most boxes when his career’s done. Why waste time on a dream he can’t even pin to the boards? So when Blake’s roommate—who also happens to be his teammate and best friend—sets his sights on their feisty new neighbor, Blake’s duty-bound by the bro code to help his buddy win her … except when Blake gets to know her, he’s not so sure he wants to play wingman anymore.

Michaela Wagner has earned her hard-fought-for position as a real estate lawyer in a prestigious firm. She may have aced her classes and graduated early, but an army of suits is ready to keep her ambition in check. Undeterred, she casts her eye on a prize account her boss is dangling like a juicy carrot.

Though she doesn’t have much time for dating, she’s a big believer in fairy-tale endings. Prince Charming is waiting for her … though he hasn’t been at the speed-dating events or in the dating apps she’s subjected herself to. Could he be one of the hunky hockey players next door? Absolutely not. Too much testosterone, too much swagger, too many female fans. If she were forced to pick one, though, it would be Blake. He’s an enigma begging to be bared, and he’s got those green eyes that follow her with an intriguing mix of bewilderment and intensity. Too bad he believes in happily-never-after.

As Blake glides closer to Michaela, doubt turns to possibility, and his philosophy begins to unravel like spent stick tape. But a happy ending for these two seems as elusive as a Stanley Cup win. When loyalty faces off against desire, will their love survive the penalty box?


Twisted Wrister is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit G.K.'s website for the scoop on all of her books, including her historical novels!

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John Brown's Women

Please join me in congratulating Susan Higginbotham on the publication of John Brown's Women! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

As the United States wrestles with its besetting sin—slavery—abolitionist John Brown is growing tired of talk. He takes actions that will propel the nation toward civil war and thrust three courageous women into history.

Wealthy Brown, married to John Brown's oldest son, eagerly falls in with her husband's plan to settle in Kansas. Amid clashes between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers, Wealthy's adventure turns into madness, mayhem, and murder.

Fifteen-year-old Annie Brown is thrilled when her father summons her to the farm he has rented in preparation for his raid. There, she guards her father's secrets while risking her heart.

Mary Brown never expected to be the wife of John Brown, much less the wife of a martyr. When her husband's daring plan fails, Mary must travel into hostile territory, where she finds the eyes of the nation riveted upon John—and upon her.

Spanning three decades, John Brown's Women is a tale of love and sacrifice, and of the ongoing struggle for America to achieve its promise of liberty and justice for all.


John Brown's Women is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Susan's website for more information on all of her books.

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Shake Loose the Border

Please join me in congratulating Andrea Matthews on the publication of Shake Loose the Border, book three in the Thunder on the Moor series! I had the pleasure of working with Andrea on a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:


With Will and Maggie’s wedding just a week away, the last thing they need to stumble upon is Johnnie Hetherington’s dead body tied to a tree, especially one that’s so close to their cottage. Recognizing it as a sure sign that Johnnie has betrayed the family once too often, Sergeant Richie Carnaby gathers Will and his family together for questioning, though it seems obvious only a fool would kill a man on his own land. Then who did murder the rogue, and why?

Feeling confident it wasn’t any of the Fosters, Richie allows Will and Maggie’s wedding to proceed, but the couple has barely exchanged vows when the Armstrongs attack in force. Geordie is determined to rescue his niece from the clutches of Will Foster, whether she wants to go or not. And if he happens to make her a widow in the process, so be it. Will senses the danger and implores Dylan to get Maggie away to safety, no matter where — or when — that may be.

Though Maggie protests, Will assures her he will follow as soon as he is able. Yet how can that be possible when Dylan whisks her back to the twentieth century? Sharing her fears about Will, and unable to forget his own love, Annie, Dylan attempts to return to the past one last time despite his growing concerns over the disintegrating amulet stone. But will he make it in time to rescue Will, or will the villainous Ian Rutherford, who has already killed in cold blood once, win the ultimate battle and see Will and Maggie separated forever?


Shake Loose the Border is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Andrea's website for tons of great historical information and a peek behind the scenes of her books.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Lotharingia

Please join me in congratulating Lara Byrne on the publication of her debut novel, Lotharingia: Charlemagne's Heir! I had the pleasure of helping Lara design the cover. Here's the book description:


From the royal halls of Germany to the papal Curia, to the walled cities, mighty fortresses, and rolling hills of Central Italy, Lotharingia is a rare journey through the characters and events that convulsed the Holy Roman Empire at the dawn of the second millennium.

1062

After a long-held feud has claimed the men in her family, Matilde prepares to succeed her father as margrave of Tuscany. A descendant of Charlemagne, heiress to the most prestigious relics in Christendom, and a trained warrior, she could comfortably rule on her own. To her dismay, the Church will support her extraordinary claim to power only if she accepts a traditional role and marries the Duke of Lotharingia - a man who fills her with dread.

Despite her formidable mother's diplomatic nous and mysterious relics of the Holy Blood, Matilde's efforts to extricate herself from her betrothal are crushed by the intrigues of the all-seeing papal archdeacon Ildebrando.

1069

Across the Alps, the late emperor's son, King Heinrich, has come of age, in a court rife with passions and treasonous ambitions. Resenting the bride chosen for him, he stuns his subjects and Rome with a defiant request to divorce. Ildebrando shatters his hopes. When, after a chance meeting, Heinrich rescues Matilde from her abusive husband, friendship blossoms into forbidden love. If their sin is discovered, the Church may strike them down with excommunication, political and personal ruin. Unbeknown to Matilde and Heinrich, the stakes are even higher: Charlemagne's prophecy is about to come true.

In the 11th century, Countess Matilde of Tuscany was the most famous woman in Western Christendom, a trailblazer who defied the gender expectations of her age to become the most powerful prince of the Holy Roman Empire for two generations. Exploiting the gaps and contradictions in medieval chronicles, Lotharingia weaves history and fiction into an alternative account of the world and challenges that shaped her youth, as she grappled with the constraints of femininity in her quest for self-definition, power, and love.


Lotharingia is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Lara's website for her historical blog posts and a sneak peek at the prequel to Lotharingia.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Strong Suspicions

Please join me in congratulating Amy Renshaw on the publication of her debut historical mystery, Strong Suspicions, first book in the Sophie Strong Mystery Series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:


A notorious woman is murdered, and reporter Sophie Strong stumbles onto the story. Does she have what it takes to find the killer before it’s too late?

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 1912: As the only female reporter at the Milwaukee Herald, twenty-two-year-old Sophie Strong is thrilled when she’s invited to cover the party of the season. Soon she’s swept into the opulent world of the city’s wealthy brewing families. But before she can even get to her typewriter, she discovers a murder victim. The intriguing Detective Jacob Zimmer warns her to leave sleuthing to the police, while Sophie’s editor insists she focus on tea parties and fashion shows. But when her friend and fellow suffragist Clara Elliot comes under suspicion, Sophie is determined to uncover the truth—even if she risks her own life along the way.

Check out this historical mystery sure to intrigue fans of Rhys Bowen, Alyssa Maxwell, and Victoria Thompson.


Strong Suspicions is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Amy's website for more information about the series and her book recommendations.

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And Tyler No More

Please join me in congratulating Stan Haynes on the publication of his debut historical novel, And Tyler No More! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:


Kill the president of the United States? How could a rational and law-abiding citizen ever conclude that assassination is an option? What if one death could stop the growth of slavery?

1844. President John Tyler is weeks away from submitting to the Senate a treaty for the annexation of the Republic of Texas into the Union. Slaveholding Texas. A doubling of the amount of enslaved territory in the country. Giving the southern states a majority in the Senate.

Monty Tolliver, a former top aide to an influential senator, is as sane and dutiful as they come. Along with his best friend, Ben Geddis, a naval officer and an abolitionist, they determine to stop Tyler, an unelected president who, in their view, has already committed multiple transgressions.

Filled with the political intrigue of the 1840s and interaction with historical figures, along with a national tragedy and a mysterious death, And Tyler No More explores the battle between morality and legality, between loyalty and betrayal, and confirms that dysfunction in Washington is not a modern American phenomenon.


And Tyler No More is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Stan's website for more information about the book and the awesome book trailer.

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

The Fourth Sword

Please join me in congratulating Yvon Delville on the publication of his debut historical novel, The Fourth Sword! I had the pleasure of assisting Yvon with a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:


Sometimes, fate shatters the best-laid plans. In 1974, Elise, a young Belgian woman, loves being a nurse and thinks she has her entire future planned. Unfortunately, an inexplicable event turns her life upside down as she wakes up on a battlefield in 1706 in what was then called the Southern Netherlands.

Upon learning that she can never return to her time, she reluctantly accepts that she must comply with society’s archaic and oppressive rules regarding her gender. Only two options are available for her life: marriage or joining a religious order. She wishes to pursue her nursing vocation, but she would need to become a nun and abandon her independence. Elise has many suitors, but none of them understand her dreams for a life of purpose–until she meets a dashing British officer. However, she is a commoner, and his aristocratic parents oppose their union.

Along her journey in a war-torn world, Elise encounters multiple challenges. Severe weather, famine, epidemics, and hundreds of wounded soldiers test her nursing skills. Something worse tests her courage. Extremists gathering support for their political ambitions accuse independent-minded women of witchcraft. Risking far more than her freedom, she must face them armed only with her capacity for compassion.


The Fourth Sword is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Yvon's website for more information.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Great Crossing

Please join me in congratulating Judalon de Bornay on the publication of Great Crossing! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:


1807: With the country spiraling out of control and heading toward another war with England, a slave woman and a man destined to become an American vice president find themselves on a different kind of collision course. Although they lead very separate lives, one hand rules them both: Jemima Johnson, matriarch of the first western political dynasty and stern mistress over Great Crossing.

Richard's world revolves around fulfilling his mother's plans for a brilliant political future. Julia's every move depends on his mother's whims, as her pet slave. Julia watches helplessly as Richard pursues independent and worldly-wise Suzanne, the woman who has the mettle to help him become president. But when his mother destroys those plans, Julia's relief knows no bounds, for she clings to the one freedom even a slave can claim: to dream, and she dreams of loving Richard.

After a revelatory trip to New Orleans, Richard changes his entire life course with one decision. He sets out to defy his family, and American society as well, with his choice of bride. But can Julia's dream of being with the man she loves survive threats, ridicule, and isolation? Can Richard stand up to the greatest men of their time and defend his shocking choice?

Great Crossing, A Forgotten Love Story, reimagines the relationship between Julia Chinn and Vice President Richard Mentor Johnson, a love that dared to cross barriers and confront relentless obstacles.


Great Crossing is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Judalon's website for more information about the book and her blog posts on the history behind it.

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The Dahlonega Sisters: Golden Adventures

Please join me in congratulating Diane M. How on the publication of Golden Adventures, book three in The Dahlonega Sisters series! I had the pleasure of helping Diane design the cover. Here's the book description:


The Dahlonega Sisters, Golden Adventures is contemporary women's fiction that takes place in the quaint historic town of Dahlonega, Georgia. It is the last of a three book series featuring three mature sisters with unfulfilled dreams. The oldest, and always a bit haughty, Rose Ellen has her heart set on an extravagant Tuscany wedding. She struggles to gain the support of her two sisters and daughter. When she pushes her fiancé's generosity, her whole world starts to crumble.

Meanwhile, Marge toys with a life-long desire to open a bed and breakfast in her large Victorian house. She quickly becomes overwhelmed when her brother explains business 101 to her. She's ready to ditch the dream, but her brother isn't.

On the other side of town, superstitious and a bit revengeful, Mutzi sets her mind to becoming a party planner. Her perfectly planned baby shower turns disastrous when someone lets the dog out.

Will any of their dreams come true, or does fate have other plans? Come journey with the women in Golden Adventures.


The Dahlonega Sisters: Golden Adventures is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Diane's website for more information on all of her books.

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The Case of the Tangled Maypole and The Case of the Miscast Curse

Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the publication of her newest historical mysteries, The Case of the Tangled Maypole and The Case of the Miscast Curse, books two and three in the Cunning Woman Mystery series! I had the pleasure of copyediting these novellas and designing the covers. Here are the book descriptions:


It’s May Day, a time of joyful song and dance. But Jane Moone is called at sunrise to view a sorrowful sight — Lucy Quirk, strangled in the maypole’s tangled ribbons. Lucy came to Ayreford to re-unite with her long-lost father. The prominent cunning man is delighted to welcome her into his work, as well as his life. But Lucy has her own agenda and soon starts spilling secrets from his confidential patient notebooks.

Jane and John Greenslade, local barrister, find plenty of conflict around Lucy’s death. The local Puritans wanted to stop May Day once and for all. Quirk wanted to stop his daughter’s gossip. Any number of townsfolk might have confided things to the cunning man worth killing to conceal. Worse, Jane’s every step is shadowed by troublesome fairies, especially the old river goddess protecting Roger Quirk. But is she trying to help the investigation or hinder it?

Jane risks her life to peel back the glamours confusing the case. She’s rescued in the end by the last person she ever expected to meet.

***

Jane Moone is hired to identify the witch who cursed a sheep. But her client, Kate Grazier, has already decided who did it -- Dorcas Whiting, the hedge witch who happens to be Jane’s father’s sweetheart. Dorcas would never harm an innocent sheep and everyone knows it, but she’s arrested before Jane can credit the accusation. Now she has to persuade the poorest farmers in the district -- Dorcas’s patients -- to stand before the magistrate in Greenslade Hall and testify on the witch’s behalf.

As if that weren’t enough trouble for one week, Jane hears stories about another old witch. She’s begging at kitchen doors and walking away angry as often as not. She flings curses everywhere she goes, most of them missing their mark. But some are truly dangerous.

Jane and her father, a powerful wizard, must peer into the heart of a near-fatal curse and find the wandering witch before an innocent dies.

The Case of the Tangled Maypole and The Case of the Miscast Curse are available now in print and ebook formats on Amazon. Add them to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Anna's website, where she blogs about her research and writing historical fiction set in England.

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Jessie's Choice

Please join me in congratulating Carolyn E. Cook on the publication of her newest historical novel, Jessie's Choice! I had the pleasure of helping Carolyn design the cover. Here's the book description:


For over twenty years, Jessie Reed and her husband Amos have enjoyed a good life running a successful farm. Then, in an instant, their days together are swept away. Jessie must build a new existence, although she has no idea what that might be.

---I determined to write to Strat . . .He possessed a thoughtful soul and in my current state, I could trust him with my grief and looseness of mind. At Christmas, I found myself stepping off the train in Minden Springs and Strat’s smile offered warm greeting.

As Jessie moves forward, her friends provide encouragement – Strat, Glory, Sheriff Dodson, Pearl, and the residents of Mrs. Ritchey’s boardinghouse. But often when a person least expects, a door opens.

---Parading along the boardwalk was a woman in travel attire . . .Her expression was austere, her movements stiff . . . Behind her followed a group of girls, in stairstep size from smallest to tallest. This configuration put me in mind of a mother duck parading with her ducklings. They all wore simple, calico dresses . . .but those girls weren’t the ordinary kind a person might see on a street in any town . . .

Who is this starchy woman? And who are the girls following behind? Jessie is soon to find out —


Jessie's Choice is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon! Visit Carolyn's website for more information on all of her books, and check out her guest post on the women of the Wild West on my blog, Let Them Read Books!

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Holly's Homecoming

Please join me in congratulating Jenny Knipfer on the publication of Holly's Homecoming! I had the pleasure of helping Jenny design the cover. Here's the book description:


A CHRISTMAS NOVELLA OF RESTORATION AND SWEET ROMANCE

It’s the end of 1897 and Christmas approaches. It’s been years since Holly Moore has seen her father, a well-known lumber baron, but she has heard he’s come back home to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Having lived with her aunt and uncle since the age of ten, Holly holds mixed feelings about seeing the man who once abandoned her.

When the opportunity comes for Holly to slip into the household of Grapevine Lodge—her childhood home and the seat of the Moore Lumber fortune—virtually unnoticed, she takes it.

While at Grapevine Lodge, Holly encounters Matthew Peterson, the son of a business associate of her father’s. She quickly develops a friendship with Matthew, but when she finds out just who he really is and what he’s come to the lodge for, Holly questions their relationship.

Will Holly’s father recognize her? Can she move past all that has kept her and her father apart and finally be able to truly come home? Can Holly keep her feelings for Matthew and still step into her role as the heiress to a lumber fortune?

Find out in this short and sweet Christmas-themed novella with a surprise twist. Readers of Christian historical fiction, Christian or clean romance, and Christmas fiction will experience a heart-warming story of all that makes Christmastime magical.


Holly's Homecoming is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Jenny's website for more information on all of her books.

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Death of a Producer

Please join me in congratulating Donna Daniel on the publication of her new mystery, Death of a Producer, book one in her Twenties LA Mystery series! I had the pleasure of helping Donna design the cover. Here's the book description:


On a battlefield or at a cocktail party, a dead body is the ultimate secret. Lights out. Finished forever. But not for those with eyes to see.

Fresh from serving as a nurse amid the carnage of the Great War, Marnie Frederickson sees what others don’t—hopes, apprehensions, the shadow under a smile.

Marnie has transformed herself into a crime reporter, committed to speaking for the voiceless. When a small-time producer is shot dead at a drinking party filled with Hollywood types, even her editor warns her to stop when the police close the case. But Los Angeles in 1920 isn’t just a sun-drenched paradise; it’s a hotbed of schemes and ambition. As Marnie sets out on her own and tracks down every hustling actor, every reluctant witness, other motives emerge. Is the wrong person accused? A seemingly open-and-shut case reveals a deeper, darker mystery, while her search obliges Marnie to relive the war memories she’s trying so urgently to leave behind.

Who will triumph in the end? War veteran Marnie, with her unique vision? Or a clever killer?


Death of a Producer is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Donna's website for more information on all of her books.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Puck the Halls

Please join me in congratulating G.K. Brady on the publication of Puck the Halls, book 7.5 in the Playmaker Series! I had the pleasure of working with G.K. on a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:


The Colorado Blizzard hockey team descends on a luxurious mountain retreat to celebrate a teammate’s holiday wedding!

In a gigantic castle decked out for Christmas, with luxurious bedrooms, multiple hot tubs, fully stocked bars, and even a private chef, seven couples are prepared to spend an idyllic few days reconnecting with each other. But into every relationship a little snow must fall, and long-simmering arguments turn into full-blown face-offs that even Santa’s magic can’t thaw.

Resolved not to let the men ruin their good time, the women soak away their frustrations at a luxury spa, while the men, equally determined not to let the women spoil their fun, attack Colorado’s winter wonderland on snowmobiles with daredevil speed and bravado.

But when disaster strikes, everyone must dig deep during the silent night to discover what truly matters. Can they find the spirit of Christmas—and each other—before it's too late?


Puck the Halls is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit G.K.'s website for the scoop on all of her books!

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The Other Shore

Please join me in congratulating Madhu Bazaz Wangu on the publication of her new collection of stories, The Other Shore! I had the privilege of designing the cover. Here's the book description:


In this story collection, we meet ordinary people who grapple with extraordinary challenges—a precarious balance between the love of life, the inevitability of death and the connection between humans and nature. Some tales hover between reality and fantasy, while others make a comment about customs and tradition, social prejudice, altruism and kindness, ambitions and failures, and failures resulting in transformation. The stories come alive with characters of Indian descent, their American friends, and people living all around the globe.



The Other Shore is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon, and you can add it to your shelves on Goodreads. Madhu has published several nonfiction books on Hinduism and Buddhism, and she is the founder of the Mindful Writers Group. Visit Madhu's website for the scoop on all of her books and check out some of her gorgeous artwork.

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In a Grove of Maples

Please join me in congratulating Jenny Knipfer on the publication of In a Grove of Maples! I had the pleasure of helping Jenny design the cover. Here's the book description:

A HISTORICAL NOVEL OF THE PERILS OF NEWLYWED LIFE AND ALL THAT COMES TO DIVIDE LOVERS

In 1897 newly married Beryl and Edward Massart travel more than one thousand miles from Quebec to farm a plot of land in Wisconsin that they bought sight-unseen. An almost magical grove of maples on their property inspires them to dream of a real home built within the grove, not the tiny log cabin they’ve come to live in.

Misunderstandings and tempers get the better of them when difficulties and troubles arise. Just months after they wed, Edward leaves pregnant Beryl in the midst of the coming winter to tend the farm and animals while he goes to be a teamster at a northern Wisconsin logging camp.

Will Beryl and Edward walk into the future together to build their house of dreams in the grove of maples, or will their plans topple like a house of sticks when the winds of misunderstanding and disaster strike?

Readers of Christian historical fiction, historical fiction, women’s fiction, and Christian historical romance will be endeared to this slice of late 19th century farm life.


In a Grove of Maples is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Jenny's website for more information on all of her books.

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A Girl Called Foote

Please join me in congratulating A.E. Walnofer on the re-publication of A Girl Called Foote! I had the pleasure of helping A.E. design the new cover. Here's the book description:

Young Jonathan Clyde causes mischief for everyone at Whitehall, the stately home of his privileged ancestors. As he matures, however, he comes to despise the vanity and conceit surrounding him. 

Misfortune requires Lydia Smythe, an exceptionally clever farmer’s daughter, to seek employment at Whitehall. As a parlor maid, she feels stifled and harried by those over her. Still, she refuses to relinquish her independent mind and spirit.

From the moment Jonathan catches Lydia reading the books she is supposed to be dusting, he is intrigued by this unusual servant. Thus begins a clandestine relationship that is simultaneously amusing, confusing and enlightening. Just as it is evolving into something neither of them expected, an unforeseen truth comes to light, and the two wonder if their unconventional bond will be forever lost.

Set in England in the mid-eighteen hundreds, A Girl Called Foote is the love story of two similarly impressive people leading very different lives.


A Girl Called Foote is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit A.E.'s website for more information on all of her books.

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Viking Wolf

Please join me in congratulating Gina Dale on the publication of her newest novel, Viking Wolf! I had the pleasure of helping Gina design the cover. Here's the book description:

Under Viking rule the rolling hills of Yorkshire are a dangerous place, particularly for women. Kidnapping, pillaging and infighting are rife.

When Ralf, a Viking, discovers his Saxon wife and daughter have been kidnapped, he is quick to suspect Ivar the Boneless, King of Jorvik.

Ubba, Ivar’s brother, has already befriended Ralf, admiring him for making a life in a new country as a lone Dane. When it emerges, that Ivar is not responsible, Ubba assists Ralf on a mission to reclaim his family from slave traders.

Torri, wife of Ubba and fierce shieldmaiden, will bloody her hands to protect her sons, the Ragnarsson heirs, at any cost. The might of their bloodline is recognised the world over, with tales of blood eagles and berserking striking fear into hardened warriors… but the whispers of war are getting louder.

Can Ubba the reluctant king put a stop to his volatile brother’s lust for power and destruction? Or will Ivar’s fits of rage and jealousy threaten everything they have fought for?


Viking Wolf is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Gina's website for more information on all of her books.

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The Book of Carraig

Please join me in congratulating Andrea Matthews on the publication of her newest novel, The Book of Carraig, sequel to The Cross of Ciaran! I had the pleasure of working with Andrea on a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:


Almost a year after waking to find himself in twentieth-century New York, fifth-century Celt Ciarán Donnelly has finally returned to his childhood home, but Ireland is nothing like he remembers it. The realization is overwhelming and taking a toll on his relationship with archaeologist Caitlin O’Connell as well. Keeping his secret from her has been no easy task. Due to some quick thinking on the part of her Uncle Mike, however, Ciarán has managed to conceal the fact that he and the Celt that mysteriously disappeared from a local museum the previous year are one in the same.

Ciarán intends on keeping it that way, at least for the time being. Right now, there is another more pressing issue. He longs to locate the grave of his fifth-century wife. Her only crime was daring to love him, a guardian of the goddess, and for that he can never forgive himself. Even more urgent, he needs to figure out a way to wake his brother, Aodhán, and free him from the Dublin museum, where he continues to exist in the same centuries’ long sleep Ciarán had. At least, Ciarán hopes he does.

Of course, things never go according to plan. When a serial killer starts stalking the countryside, Ciarán may be the only one who can stop him. To do so, however, he’ll need to risk his own life, as well as that of his brother, thus revealing his secret and exposing the truth. But can he even defeat such a ruthless monster? Only the Book of Carraig holds the answer, but first, Ciarán needs to find it.


The Book of Carraig is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Andrea's website for tons of great historical information and a peek behind the scenes of her books.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

No Touch Zone

Please join me in congratulating G.K. Brady on the publication of No Touch Zone, sixth book in the Playmaker Series! I had the pleasure of working with G.K. on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Dana “Mac” McPherson is a goaltender without a job, a team, or a city. Until he lands in Denver as a backup goalie. He should be happy, but he’s not. Not only is his new job a step down from the starting goaltender position he’s used to, even worse, he’s uprooting his family from the only home they’ve ever known—and he’s doing it as a widowed single dad of two young children.

Mac decides the move to a new city is the perfect chance to hit the reset button and recapture a slice of his younger self when he was a ladies’ man. But he’s a little out of practice. So when he meets Mia Morales, the dark-eyed beauty helping him and his family find their Denver house, he decides she’s the perfect woman to help him sharpen his skills.

Burned out on her job, her family in turmoil, Mia doesn’t need to add another twist in her already complicated life—like her hunky new client. Mac isn’t just a twist: he’s a huge wrinkle she needs to keep in the client zone because his halting boyish charm threatens to expose her carefully cloistered heart.

Fate has a way of scrambling plans, and as Mac and Mia are continually thrown together, their attraction becomes bigger than both of them. When Mac decides Mia’s more than a candidate to practice his imagined playboy moves on, his determined mother-in-law steps in with an agenda of her own. Meanwhile, Mia struggles to balance the weight of family and job. Her heart’s not all she has to lose if she gives in to her desire to be with Mac.

The path to Mac and Mia’s happily-ever-after is littered with hip-checking hurdles. Some are of their own making, but others are barriers put up by those with a desire to keep them apart. Will they be able to skate around the barricades blocking their way and make it to the goal line, or will they veer so far off the path that they lose out on their happy ending?


No Touch Zone is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit G.K.'s website for the scoop on her upcoming projects!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Wilde Wagers

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth Caulfield Felt on the publication of Wilde Wagers! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Wagering is all the rage in late Victorian England. Oscar Wilde bets that actress Olivia Snow can fool a group of country bumpkins into believing she is Genevieve Lamb, the wealthy beauty of the recent Season. The weekend will prove a challenge for the old-fashioned actress and Genevieve's handsome and old-fashioned brother, Philip, because the manor is filled with all sorts of ridiculous and eccentric characters, as well as one murderous criminal. While Olivia pretends to be Genevieve, Genevieve wagers on her own performance--as Olivia Snow. She and Oscar Wilde go out on the town, a decision that will have both wishing they'd stayed at home and played cribbage.

These two charades take unexpected turns during a wild weekend of kidnapping, cucumber sandwiches, bee stings, and love. This Oscar Wilde-esque romance-mystery-comedy will keep you guessing--and craving teacake.



Wilde Wagers is available in ebook and print editions on AmazonSmashwordsBarnes & Noble, and Kobo. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Elizabeth's website for more information on her books and reading recommendations.

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