Thursday, December 31, 2020

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!)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Blood Rights


Please join me in congratulating Kelly Clayton on the publication of the fourth novel in the Jack Le Claire Mystery Series, Blood Rights! I had the pleasure of working with Kelly on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this suspenseful mystery set on the Channel Island of Jersey, which Kelly has called home for most of her life, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Greed, rage, envy . . . and murder.

DCI Jack Le Claire is investigating the death of a high-profile resident on the Island of Jersey. But the killing has only just begun.

Kurt Englebrook has it all. He’s a hedge fund tycoon with a gorgeous younger wife, two grown sons and a loyal team around him. But Kurt has a secret; somebody knows what it is and is determined to make him suffer. Meanwhile, an argument rages over an ancient right-of-way and a historic tower.

Kurt’s sister-in-law, Chloe Marsden, is grateful to inhabit his world of privilege and plenty. But what Chloe cares most about can’t be bought.

They've killed once and crossed a line. Now there's no going back.

A brutal death reveals the widening cracks that threaten to break apart the Englebrooks and those connected to them.

A killer is on the rampage, but what do they want?

As the deaths mount up, Le Claire must trap a vicious killer, although he has numerous suspects and very few leads.

He is distracted as a looming shadow from his past threatens his future and that of his family.

A suspenseful mix of lies, desires and murder set in the seemingly idyllic Channel Island of Jersey.

Blood Rights is available now in Kindle format on Amazon and Amazon UK. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, visit Kelly's website for the scoop on her upcoming releases and writing and publishing tips, and check out her feature on ITV!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Promise Season


Please join me in congratulating Lee Evie on the publication of her debut historical novel, Promise Season! I had the pleasure of helping Lee design the cover. Here's the book description:

A SLAVE. A SPY. A PROMISE.

Joseon Dynasty, Korea: A humid summer storm rages across the Pavilion, the greatest entertainment house in the sprawling city of Hanyang. Within its stifling walls a gisaeng slave girl hides a fugitive in her bed, unexpectedly saving the life of a young man who is not all he seems.

Immediately Seorin is thrust into a razor-edged world of conspiracy and spies, doomed rebellion, and murky intrigue. For the first time in years, she glimpses an opportunity for change.

Yet it is not her freedom Seorin so desperately desires, but something far more precious. She will risk anything, even death, to gain it.

A dark and romantic historical adventure set in old Korea.

Promise Season is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Lee's website for her blog posts and podcasts about Korean history.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A Thing Done


Please join me in congratulating Tinney Sue Heath on the re-release of A Thing Done! I had the pleasure of designing the cover! Here's the book description:

Juggling is easy – until you’re juggling two sides of a lethal vendetta.

Florence, 1216: Corrado the Fool’s prank-for-hire began it, but where is it going to end? Florence’s noble families are up in arms, and Corrado is pressed into service by both sides against his will. A peacemaking marriage could still quiet the outraged factions, but that fragile alliance may crumble under pressure from an interfering woman, a scorned bride, and a demand for revenge. And only Corrado, the reluctant messenger, is in a position to see it all taking shape.

He doesn’t care who comes out on top, but he does care a lot about surviving and about protecting those he loves, and he'll do whatever he must to prevent the enraged nobles from destroying his city. Will his famous wit and ingenuity be enough? Will anything?

Inspired by real events, A Thing Done tells of a hapless David caught between warring Goliaths. Corrado's story makes it clear that the rich and powerful aren't the only ones who can make history.

A Thing Done is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and vist Tinney's website for more information on her books and her blog posts on historical research.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Third Man In


Please join me in congratulating G.K. Brady on the publication of Third Man In, second book in the Playmakers Series, and follow-up to the critically acclaimed Taming Beckett! I had the pleasure of working with G.K. on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover of this refreshingly realistic and meaningful sports romance! Here's the book description:

Pro hockey player T.J. Shanstrom is no stranger to controversy. Labeled a goon by his many critics, he’s the guy every team hates to play against but every team wants on their side—the goal scorer with an edge as deadly as a newly sharpened skate blade.

T.J. plays the only way he can, laying everything on the line, game in, game out. But when it’s time to step away from the rink, T.J. leaves his fire on the ice. Relationships? He tried that once. Friends with benefits is as close as he’s planning to get to a woman again.

Until he meets Natalie Foster.

Smart and independent, no-nonsense Natalie is rebuilding her life her way after her high-powered career and her engagement go off the rails. Besides trying out new lines of work, she’s also dipping her toe in the dating pool with pro hockey player Kevin May. The relationship is new, it’s fun, but it’s barely off the ground when Kevin’s career comes to a screeching halt thanks to a T.J. Shanstrom cheapshot.

When Natalie and T.J.’s paths accidentally cross, sparks fly. Natalie has no idea who this handsome hunk is, but when T.J. discovers who she is, he’s determined to become her knight in shining armor while safeguarding his identity—and his heart.

What could possibly go wrong?

Third Man In 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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Friday, December 6, 2019

The River Jewel


Please join me in congratulating Kathleen Shoop on the publication of her newest book, The River Jewel: A Letter Series Novella! I had the privilege of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

For everyone who hopes to find the perfect match…

1875 Des Moines, Iowa

The novella The River Jewel takes readers of the bestselling Letter Series novels back in time, before there was a last letter, before the Arthurs lost everything, before they knew a girl named Pearl.

Meet Tilly Rabel, a proud mussel-woman, and Landon Lockwood, the troubled son of one of the wealthiest men in America. The two could not be less suited for love. But when an old legend draws Landon to a hidden river cove, Tilly and he find each other, are lured by growing attraction, and repelled by competing desires to control Tilly’s waters. The hidden pool is replete with valuable mussel beds and the source of everything that makes Tilly who she is. Landon sees the illustrious treasure as the path to proving to his parents he is worth their love and worthy of the Lockwood name. Can Tilly trust Landon with her heart, with her beloved mussel beds? Can Landon trust that he has truly changed and doesn’t need his parents approval to live the life he wants?

Heartbreak, triumph, and a very special baby weave a tale sure to please readers who’ve read the entire Letter Series and those who are just starting the journey.

The River Jewel is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Kathleen's website for more information on all of her books, including more in the Letter Series and her Donora Story Collection.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Power to Deny


Please join me in congratulating Wendy Long Stanley on the publication of her debut historical, The Power to Deny: A Woman of the Revolution Novel! I had the pleasure of offering Wendy some copyediting assistance on this true story of one woman's brave stance during the American Revolution, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Young and brilliant poet Elizabeth Graeme comes of age in colonial Philadelphia bearing an exceptional talent for writing and an unwillingness to be like all the other young women around her.

After a successful trip to England and an audience with the king, the sudden death of her mother and two failed romances leave Elizabeth reeling. Back in Philadelphia, she uses her literary talent, intellect, widening social circle, and status as a prominent physician’s daughter to navigate her colonial life as a single woman.

That is, until the night Henry Fergusson arrives in her parlor. Elizabeth marries Henry four months later in a secret nighttime wedding, against her father’s wishes.

As a new wife, Elizabeth is stunned to see that Pennsylvania is marching toward revolutionary war. Suddenly, Elizabeth’s hometown becomes the seat and heart of the rebel government as the thirteen colonies turn their backs on the all-powerful British empire. Bloodshed ensues.

With battles of the American Revolution on her doorstep, Elizabeth realizes that she is a new American—and an ardent patriot. Her new husband, however, is staunchly loyal to the British crown.

Elizabeth stands to lose everything.

The Power to Deny is available in ebook and print editions on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Wendy's website for more information about the book.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Exultant Montana Christmas


Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Exultant Montana Christmas, book nine in the Bear Grass Springs series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Her most cherished dream. His greatest fear. Will they conquer their doubts in time to save their marriage?

Ewan MacKinnon is troubled. He loves his wife, Jessamine, but he fears she no longer feels the same. With a growing distance between them, he doesn’t know what to do to bridge the growing chasm between them. When he discovers what she is hiding from him, will his love be strong enough to overcome his disillusionment?

Jessamine McMahon MacKinnon is in over her head. She has relished living in Bear Grass Springs, Montana as the resident reporter, secure in her husband’s love and adulation. Although she detests deception, she fears telling her husband the truth. For how can she expect him to rejoice in her sharing her love with another?

As Christmas approaches, will Jessamine have faith in Ewan’s steadfastness and love allowing them to enjoy their most memorable holiday ever?

Immerse yourself in this unforgettable Christmas romance novella with the characters you love from Bear Grass Springs as Ewan and Jessamine discover happily ever afters can occur more than once!

Exultant Montana Christmas is available in ebook and print editions on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, and Apple Books. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Ramona's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

A Thousand Mothers


Please join me in congratulating Brenda Marie Webb on the publication of her debut historical novel, A Thousand Mothers! I had the privilege of helping Brenda with a copyedit on this moving tale of love and perseverance in the darkest times, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Against all odds, a group of women perseveres to keep a promise to protect an infant born amidst the horrors of Ravensbrũck concentration camp.

In December 1942, the Nazis deport Perl Kaczlowicz from the Plonsk ghetto in Poland and send her to Ravensbrück, the infamous female concentration camp. She says good-bye to her husband that fateful morning not knowing she is expecting their first child, or that she will never see him again.

While imprisoned at the camp, she meets Helene Dvorak and other extraordinary women who risk their lives to save her and her baby from the brutality and unimaginable cruelty surrounding them. The women bond together to form friendships and lasting ties that endure through the horrors of the Holocaust and long after liberation.

From the hell of Ravensbrück to Montreal and Savannah, A Thousand Mothers tells the story of the resilient spirit of women and the astounding power of loyalty, courage, and love during the darkest days of the twentieth century.

A Thousand Mothers is available now in ebook and print editions on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Book Depository. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Brenda's website for more information.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Written in Their Stars


Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the publication of her newest novel, Written in Their Stars, Book Three in the Lydiard Chronicles! I had the privilege of offering developmental and copyediting assistance on this sequel to Elizabeth's critically acclaimed Lydiard novels, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

London, 1649. Horrified eyewitnesses to King Charles’s bloody execution, Royalists Nan Wilmot and Frances Apsley plot to return the king’s exiled son to England’s throne, while their radical cousin Luce, the wife of king-killer John Hutchinson, rejoices in the new republic’s triumph. Nan exploits her high-ranking position as Countess of Rochester to manipulate England’s great divide, flouting Cromwell and establishing a Royalist spy network; while Frances and her husband Allen join the destitute prince in Paris’s Louvre Palace to support his restoration. As the women work from the shadows to topple Cromwell’s regime, their husbands fight openly for the throne on England’s bloody battlefields.

But will the return of the king be a victory, or destroy them all? Separated by loyalty and bound by love, Luce, Nan and Frances hold the fate of England—and their family—in their hands.

A true story based on surviving memoirs of Elizabeth St.John's family, Written in their Stars is the third novel in the Lydiard Chronicles series.

Written in Their Stars is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon and Amazon UK! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Elizabeth's website and blog, where she shares tidbits and photos from her research and travels in her ancestors' footsteps.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Bittersweet Tapestry


Please join me in congratulating Kevin O'Connell on the publication of Bittersweet Tapestry, book three in the Derrynane Saga! I had the pleasure of helping Kevin design the cover. Here's the book description:

High Summer 1770, Ireland. Eileen O’Connell, her husband Arthur O’Leary and their son, along with Eileen’s treasured friend Anna, have made an uneventful transition from their lives at the gilded apex of the Hapsburg empire and are happily ensconced at Rathleigh House, the O'Leary estate in County Cork. Being prominent amongst those families which are the remnants of the old Gaelic order in the area, they will find that the dark cloud of the Protestant Ascendancy hovers heavily, at times threateningly, over them.

Meanwhile, in France, at École Militaire in Paris, Hugh O’Connell is progressing with his studies, whilst at Versailles Marie Antoinette– until just recently Eileen’s wee little archduchess–confronts her    unhappiness at court, especially the sad state of her still-unconsummated marriage, made all the more complex as she is aware of the blossoming relationship between Hugh and the strikingly beautiful young widowed Princess Marie Thérèse Louise of Savoy.

Bittersweet Tapestry is a tale of stark contrasts–between  Hugh’s life of increasing  prominence amidst the glitter and intrigue of the French court and Art and Eileen’s in English-occupied Ireland–     especially as the latter progresses into a dark, violent and bloody tale . . . ultimately involving an epic tragedy, the events leading up to and those occurring in its dramatic wake will permanently impact the O’Learys–and their far-flung circle of family and friends in Ireland and across Europe.

Bittersweet Tapestry is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Kevin's website for more info about Kevin and his books!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Thunder on the Moor


Please join me in congratulating Andrea Matthews on the publication of her debut historical romance novel, Thunder on the Moor! I had the pleasure of helping Andrea with a copyedit of this dramatic and atmospheric story, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Maggie Armstrong grew up enchanted by her father’s tales of blood feuds and border raids. In fact, she could have easily fallen for the man portrayed in one particular image in his portrait collection. Yet when her father reveals he was himself an infamous Border reiver, she finds it a bit far-fetched—to say the least—especially when he announces his plans to return to his sixteenth-century Scottish home with her in tow.

Suspecting it’s just his way of getting her to accompany him on yet another archaeological dig, Maggie agrees to the expedition, only to find herself transported four hundred and fifty years into the past. Though a bit disoriented at first, she discovers her father’s world to be every bit as exciting as his stories, particularly when she’s introduced to Ian Rutherford, the charming son of a neighboring laird. However, when her uncle announces her betrothal to Ian, Maggie’s twentieth-century sensibilities are outraged. She hardly even knows the man. But a refusal of his affections could ignite a blood feud.

Maggie’s worlds are colliding. Though she’s found the family she always wanted, the sixteenth century is a dangerous place. Betrayal, treachery, and a tragic murder have her questioning whether she should remain or try to make her way back to her own time.

To make matters worse, tensions escalate when she stumbles across Bonnie Will Foster, the dashing young man in her father’s portrait collection, only to learn he is a dreaded Englishman. But could he be the hero she’s always dreamed him to be? Or will his need for revenge against Ian shatter more than her heart?

Thunder on the Moor 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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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Girls of Haviland & Beyond Haviland


Please join me in congratulating Deborah Rafferty Oswald on the re-release of The Girls of Haviland and Beyond Haviland with brand new covers designed by me! Deborah had cute original covers for both books, but they weren't quite hitting the mark for an older teen audience, so I had the pleasure of helping her create new covers better suited to her target audience.

Before & After:


On the morning of September 2, 1918, the day before fourteen year old Jay McKenna is to leave home to attend the upscale Haviland Seminary for Girls on scholarship, she witnesses a girl falling to her death from a biplane flying over the family farm. Jay is shaken to learn that the girl, Violet Crane, was supposed to start at Haviland as well.

Jay is frightened to attend the school where the news will be nothing but the stunning events that happened on her property. Yet she knows she must leave home. With her three brothers fighting in the Great War raging overseas, Da holds the remaining family hostage with his violent temper.

As the “new girl,” and daughter of struggling immigrant farmers, Jay struggles to find her place at Haviland. She becomes the target of bullying and coercion. While Jay suspects the musically gifted and beautiful Nathalia is behind this, her complaints fall on deaf ears. Thankfully, she befriends Florence, the tough, determined newcomer ostracized because of her skin color. Can Jay learn from Florence how to stand on her own and fight for justice? Can the girls solve the mystery of Violet Crane’s death? Can Jay save her family?


*****


On September 21, 1919, fifteen-year-old Jay McKenna returns to Haviland Seminary for Girls to begin her junior year, only to discover that her bed has been taken by her obnoxious former roommate, Evangeline, due to a post-war surge in enrollment. With the dormitory filled to maximum capacity, the only lodging available to Jay is at the Fowler House, home to the eccentric sisters Miss Hazel and Miss Tillie. Jay’s new dwelling turns out to be nothing more than a drafty attic, crammed with students under a leaking roof. Jay’s best friend, Florence, insists on joining her in these abysmal living quarters.

Well after midnight on Jay’s first night at Fowler House, the girl in the bed next to her, who slept through the day, sneaks out and returns shortly before daybreak. Jay learns in school that her name is Olive Moody. Olive is secretive and snarly, due in part to her nocturnal nature. Jay becomes increasingly suspicious of Olive’s unpredictable mood swings and her increasingly haggard appearance.

Jay is shocked to receive an invitation to pledge one of the more prestigious, sorority-like guilds at Haviland. She gets swept up in the grueling pledge process. After a particularly brutal pledge challenge, Jay ends up in the school’s infirmary, where Ruth Lefkowitz, political advisor to Governor Al Smith, presents her with an exciting opportunity.

After Jay recovers, Ruth introduces her to the world of Manhattan’s settlement houses, where women work to improve life for immigrants and the city’s poor population. There, Jay meets a surprise visitor from her past. Together they plan for Jay to work undercover to expose an unscrupulous manager in a cigar factory in Brewster. During this daring adventure, Jay discovers Olive’s secret.


The Girls of Haviland and Beyond Haviland are available in ebook and print editions on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add them to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Deborah's website for the inspiration behind the series and her posts on historical research.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Reminiscing: La Vie en Rose


Please join me in congratulating Molly Hanna Glidden on the publication of her memoir, Reminiscing: La Vie en Rose. I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Reminiscing: La Vie en Rose captures true life events and speaks from the heart. Having experienced many tragedies throughout her life, Molly’s worst nightmare came true when she lost her only child…a tragedy she wasn’t sure she’d come back from.

One of her many strengths has been her ability to overcome adversities. She’s lived through the loss of three siblings before the ultimate tragedy. Molly has a tremendous capacity for empathizing with those braving the pain of loss. Since childhood, she has found ways to overcome the many trials and tribulations facing her. She was able to navigate the perils of childhood with determination and gaiety.

Molly’s shared adventures, dating back to the 1950s, expose raw emotion filled with courage, compassion, and humor.  Reminiscing nostalgically brought back the happiest of memories, where once again her loved ones are seen through rose-colored glasses. Her collection of stories takes readers to places where they too can get lost in time. 

A valuable source of inspiration!

Reminiscing la Vie en Rose is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon, and you can add it to your shelves on Goodreads.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Antonius: Second in Command


Please join me in congratulating Brook Allen on the publication of  Antonius: Second in Command, the second book in her definitive and meticulously researched trilogy about the fascinating life of Marc Antony. I had the pleasure of helping Brook with a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

"A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO THE PANTHEON OF LITERATURE FEATURING THE ALWAYS FASCINATING MARC ANTONY. AN EXCITING READ!" ~Michelle Moran, international bestselling author of Cleopatra's Daughter

After proving himself as a formidable cavalry commander, Marcus Antonius finally earns a position at his kinsman Julius Caesar’s side. However, Caesar is an exacting general, demanding complete allegiance from his staff, even when his decisions put him at odds with the Senate. Marcus’s loyalty to Caesar comes at a cost, and he soon finds himself embroiled in mob violence and military mutinies. As civil war brings Rome’s Republic crashing down, many a relationship is torn asunder, including Marcus’s marriage. Determined to rise triumphant in Rome’s new era, Marcus faces his fears, his failures, and his enemies—not the least of whom is himself.

Amid the crisis of the Ides of March, Marcus must don the mantle of ruthlessness to carve his own legacy in Rome’s history. Enemies have been made, wills have been read, and heirs proclaimed.

But in Rome’s civil unrest, blood answers only to blood.

Antonius: Second in Command is available now in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Brook's website for her posts about traveling for research and all things 1st century BC Rome.

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On a Lark


Please join me in congratulating Sandra Fox Murphy on the publication of her newest novel, On a Lark, book two in the Fidelia McCord Series! I had the pleasure of helping Sandra design the cover. Here's the book description:

Fidelia McCord is the only surviving child of John and Mariah McCord of Pond Springs. After having borne great loss and hardship in nineteenth-century Texas – where moments of jubilation and jeopardy carry a girl to womanhood – Fidelia knows the weight of her choices.

At the same time, far away in North Carolina, the Maloney brothers, cooking mash into whiskey in the Appalachian mountains, are making their own life-changing decisions, with Miles Maloney trying to keep his brother Jackson in check and away from the gallows.

But, as Fidelia and Miles each forge their own path to a future, destiny has plans of its own.

On a Lark is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Sandra's website for more info on all of her books.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Farming Grace


Please join me in congratulating Paula Scott on the publication of her memoir, Farming Grace! I had the pleasure of helping Paula put the cover together. Here's the book description:

Sometimes your past must be plowed before your future can be planted…

Her great-great-grandma came to California in a covered wagon more than a hundred years ago, and her family has farmed in the Sacramento Valley ever since, but a life of farming was the last thing she wanted… until the day fate brings her back to the farm.

Nineteen-year-old Paula Scott leaves California when the almonds are in bloom for college in Reno, Nevada, where cocaine, casinos, and her first honest-to-goodness boyfriend will break her farm-girl heart. But her story doesn't end in the desert with a broken heart.

When life knocks us down, we get back up, we try again, we marry and maybe divorce, but in the midst of our down and dirty, raw and real, painfully ordinary lives, sometimes the extraordinary breaks through, and we see God.

Because God sees us…   

Farming Grace is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Paula's website for her inspirational posts about writing, family, and farm life.

And check out this gorgeous trailer with a wonderful life lesson!



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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lady of the Seven Suns


Please join me in congratulating Tinney Sue Heath on the publication of her new historical novel, Lady of the Seven Suns! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Rome, 1210. Lady Giacoma dei Settesoli is a capable, confident woman, happy in a loving marriage and possessed of great wealth and all the power it conveys. But when tragedy strikes and her world shatters, only the barefoot holy man from Assisi can pull her back from the abyss.

Her wealth and privilege now a burden, Giacoma yearns to follow Francesco in his Christ-like life of sacred poverty. But her sons, her household, and the local beggars all rely on her--and soon, so does Francesco himself, as she finds ways to support his nascent brotherhood, vulnerable to a Church hierarchy quick to equate nonconformity with heresy.

Based on a true story, Lady of the Seven Suns tells of a woman who must thread her way between duty and faith. Her intelligence, compassion, and sense of humor support her as she strives to be worthy of the name Francesco affectionately bestows on her: "Brother Giacoma."

Lady of the Seven Suns is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Tinney's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Cry of the Heart

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

She gave away her child to save his life. Another woman took him in, at risk to herself.

Viviane Renaud is a young mother living on the French Riviera in the Second World War. Times are hard but she is not the sort to be dismayed by circumstances. One day her life changes forever. A young Jewish woman, fleeing from the authorities, begs her to take care of her four year old boy, David. Almost without thinking, Viviane agrees.

Viviane’s life is never the same again. She fabricates a story to explain how David came to be with her and must tip-toe around the suspicions of her neighbours, her friends and most of all her mother and sister. She and her husband, Alain, find allies in unlikely places, particularly an American woman, Dorothy Pine.

But then, the world crashes around them. Threatened by Allied military success, Hitler sends the German army to occupy the south of France. With them come the SS and the Gestapo. The peril for Jews and for those, like Viviane, who hide them, appears overwhelming. The challenge for them now is to survive.

Cry of the Heart is available in ebook format on Amazon and Amazon UK, and a print edition will be forthcoming. 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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Monday, August 19, 2019

Taming Beckett


Please join me in congratulating G.K. Brady on the publication of her debut contemporary romance novel, Taming Beckett! I had the pleasure of working with G.K. on a developmental edit and a copyedit, and I designed the cover of this refreshingly realistic and meaningful sports romance! Here's the book description:

When thirty-two-year-old Beckett Miller is caught supplying the drugs that nearly kill his latest one night-stand, the dominoes of his high-octane celebrity life tumble one after another in spectacular fashion. Now a pariah in the pro hockey world, Beckett is without his multimillion-dollar job, his assets, and his self-respect. What remains is a yearning to pull himself out of his self-made sinkhole, and he begins a grueling climb toward deliverance and grace. Along the way, he grasps at a single lifeline in Paige Anderson, the reluctant real estate broker Beckett coaxes to sell his Denver home—and the only woman who’s ever told him “no.” 

Thirty-one-year-old Paige has built a thriving business since first setting eyes on Beckett—and spurning his advances—ten years ago. But her marriage is floundering, and when their paths collide, Paige resists her attraction to Beckett and his leading-man looks. A working relationship blossoms into an unexpected friendship, and Paige is surprised to uncover the hidden side of hockey’s bad boy. But another, far less pleasant surprise blindsides her when she discovers her husband’s betrayal.

For the first time in his life, Beckett falls. Hard. He wants Paige more than he’s ever wanted anything. Shaken by her failed marriage, unable to trust herself, Paige battles giving in to Beckett’s charm. Slowly, she lowers her guard, and their relationship gathers steam. Rebuilding his life on shaky ground while dreaming of a future with Paige, Beckett finds his old habits still have him in a stranglehold, and he must confront his past before it shatters everything he’s fighting for—including Paige’s heart.

Taming Beckett 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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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Vivaldi's Lost Concerto


Please join me in congratulating Jennifer Mackenzie Dunbar on the publication of her debut historical novel, Vivaldi's Lost Concerto! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Vivaldi's Lost Concerto is inspired by the 2010 discovery of a Vivaldi flute concerto in the archives of a medieval Scottish Abbey...

Fiona Sinclair knows she must do all that she can to earn her release from prison. A childhood of neglect, years of drug abuse and homelessness have all but eroded the good in her. When she is given a battered flute as part of her music therapy, she begins to hear a tune that has both haunted and enchanted her since childhood, and she draws from it the strength she needs to carry on. By chance she learns that her mysterious tune is the second movement of a recently discovered Vivaldi concerto that has lain hidden in Scottish archives for three hundred years. But Fiona doesn’t ever listen to classical music, and this piece has not been played for centuries.

As Fiona tries to solve the mystery of Vivaldi’s Lost Concerto, the novel takes the reader back to 18th century Venice and into the lives of the composer Antonio Vivaldi, his lover Paolina Giro and Lord Robert Kerr, the young nobleman who buys the concerto while on a Grand Tour away from battle weary Jacobean Scotland.

Vivaldi's Lost Concerto is available now in paperback on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Jennifer's website to learn more about this book and her upcoming works.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Silent Water


Please join me in congratulating P.K. Adams on the publication of her new historical novel, Silent Water, the first book in the Jagiellon Mystery series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

It is Christmas 1519 and the royal court in Kraków is in the midst of celebrating the joyous season. Less than two years earlier, Italian noblewoman Bona Sforza arrived in Poland’s capital from Bari as King Zygmunt’s new bride. She came from Italy accompanied by a splendid entourage, including Contessa Caterina Sanseverino who oversees the ladies of the Queen’s Chamber.

Caterina is still adjusting to the life in this northern kingdom of cold winters, unfamiliar customs, and an incomprehensible language when a shocking murder rocks the court on Christmas night. It is followed by another a few days later. The victims have seemingly nothing in common. Gossip, speculation, and suspicion are rife, but the perpetrator remains elusive as the court heads into the New Year.

As the official investigation stalls, Caterina—aided by Sebastian Konarski, a junior secretary in the king’s household—sets out to find the killer. With clues beginning to point to the queen’s innermost circle, the pair are soon racing against time to stop another murder.

Silent Water is a story of power and its abuse, and the extremes to which a person may go to find redress for justice denied. Although set at the dawn of the Renaissance era, its themes carry uncanny parallels to some of the most topical social issues of the 21st century.

Silent Water is available now in print and ebook format on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit P.K.'s website for more information on all of her books, historical articles, and book reviews!

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