Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Art of Book Cover Design for Historical Fiction


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!)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Two Journeys Home


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

It’s 1767. As the eagerly anticipated sequel to Beyond Derrynane begins, Eileen O’Connell avails herself of a fortuitous opportunity to travel back to Ireland. In Two Journeys Home, the O’Connells encounter old faces and new—and their lives change forever.

Her vivacious personality matched only by her arresting physical presence, Eileen returns to Derrynane this time not as a teenaged widow but as one of the most recognised figures at the Habsburg court. Before returning to Vienna she experiences a whirlwind romance, leading to a tumult of betrayal and conflict with the O’Connell clan.

Abigail lives not in the shadow of her sister but instead becomes the principal lady-in-waiting to Empress Maria Theresa.

Hugh O’Connell leaves behind waning adolescence and a fleeting attraction to the youngest archduchess when he begins a military career in the Irish Brigade under Louis XV. But more royal entanglement awaits him in France…

Author Kevin O’Connell again deftly weaves threads of historical fact and fancy to create a colourful tapestry affording unique insights into the courts of eighteenth-century Catholic Europe and Protestant Ascendancy–ruled Ireland. Watch as the saga continues to unfold amongst the O’Connells, their friends and enemies, at home and abroad.

Two Journeys Home 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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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Counterpoint: Theo, Earl of Suffolk

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the publication of Counterpoint: Theo, Earl of Suffolk, a companion novella in her Lydiard Chronicles series! I had the pleasure of helping Liz with a copyedit, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk is torn. Betrothed to a child to satisfy his family dynasty, he longs for the freedom to make his own choice. And when he attends a lavish party at his family's newly-restored palace, he is immediately attracted to Lucy, a beautiful young lavender-seller. But in this enchanted world of Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream, all is not as it appears. Theo's headstrong sister Frances is determined to sabotage her own arranged marriage, and aided by the cunning of Frances and her friend Barbara St.John, perhaps Theo can find his own path to happiness and true love.

When I wrote The Lady of the Tower, the story revealed itself in the narrative of my ancestress, Lucy St.John. But, as with all novels, other characters appeared, and their voices grew strong and insistent, demanding their own story be told. This is Theo’s counterpoint to chapter six in the novel, in which Theo meets and falls in love with Lucy St.John.

A counterpoint is a melody played in conjunction with another, or an opposing viewpoint in an argument. Our lives are complex, and each one of us carries within us a counterpoint to another’s story. Here is one to Lucy St.John, the lady of the Tower.

Counterpoint: Theo, Earl of Suffolk is available now in ebook format on Amazon andAmazon 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.

Check out the full-length books in the series, The Lady of the Tower and By Love Divided!

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By Love Divided


Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth St. John on the publication of her newest novel, By Love Divided, Book Two in the Lydiard Chronicles! I had the privilege of offering developmental and copyediting assistance on this sequel to Elizabeth's critically acclaimed debut novel, The Lady of the Tower, and I also designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Royalist Sir Allen Apsley thinks his choice is clear, but when his mother embraces the Puritan cause, and his beloved sister Luce falls in love with John Hutchinson, a Roundhead soldier, his loyalties are tested. Is it family first? Is it country first? As England falls into bloody civil war, Allen must fight for king and country, while Luce embraces Parliament’s radical views and confronts the very core of the family’s beliefs. And when their influential Villiers cousins raise the stakes, Allen and Luce face a devastating challenge. Will war unite or divide them? In the dawn of rebellion, love is the final battleground.

Based on surviving memoirs, court papers, and letters of Elizabeth St.John’s family, By Love Divided continues the story of Lucy St.John, The Lady of the Tower. This powerfully emotional novel tells of England’s great divide and the heart-wrenching choices one family faces.

By Love Divided is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon andAmazon 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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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Resilient Love


Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of her newest historical romance, Resilient Love, Book Seven in the Banished Saga. I had the pleasure of helping Ramona design the cover for this tale of passion, tragedy, and activism. Here's the book description:

Obstinate

In her sense of right and wrong, Zylphia Goff is a suffragist leader in 1917 Washington, DC. Her unwavering promotion of her cause provokes disharmony, dissension, and doubt, even among her most ardent supporters. Will her husband, Teddy, respect her strident beliefs that jeopardize their future?

Courageous

In the face of one of mining’s greatest tragedies in Butte, Montana, Patrick Sullivan struggles to aid the miners while attempting to shatter his wife’s icy reserve. When a ghost from his past returns to threaten his family and his future, Patrick must confront his fears. Will he defend his family from this threat and rekindle his wife’s love?

Steadfast

In his love for his wife, Morgan Wheeler learns the importance of patience. After Parthena is jailed after she flees to join Zylphia in DC, Morgan fights to ensure her freedom. Will Parthena come to treasure his love or will she cling to her illusions about Lucas Russell?

Discover, as they confront daily conflicts and national tragedies, that a resilient love is essential for a lasting love.

Resilient Love is available now on Amazon in ebook and print format. 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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Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Believers


Please join me in congratulating Alfred Woollacott on the publication of his new historical fiction novel, The Believers: In the Crucible Nauvoo! I had the pleasure of working with Al on the cover design. Here's the book description:

From the author of The Immigrant, another stimulating novel that will linger with you regardless of your faith or beliefs.

After losing her parents at an early age, Naamah Carter discovers renewed meaning to her strong Christian beliefs through Joseph Smith’s testaments. His following in Peterborough, New Hampshire, flourishes, yet Naamah, her beloved Aunt Susan, and other believers suffer family strife and growing community resentment. She leaves her unfriendly situation and journeys to Nauvoo to be among thousands building their Prophet‘s revelation of an earthly Zion on a Mississippi River promontory. There, her faith is tested, enduring loss of loved ones and violence from those longing to destroy Nauvoo. With the western exodus imminent, she faces a decision that runs counter to her soul and all she holds sacred—whether to become Brigham Young’s plural wife.

This meticulously researched novel weaves the momentous events of Joseph Smith’s martyrdom and Brigham Young’s succession with Naamah’s story and offers differing perspectives to create a mosaic of Nauvoo, the crucible out of which arose today’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Believers is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Al's website for more information on his books and historical research.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Last Suttee


Please join me in congratulating Madhu Bazaz Wangu on the publication of her new novel, The Last Suttee! I had the privilege of assisting Madhu with a copyedit of this heart-wrenching, inspiring story of one woman's crusade to end female ritual suicide in rural India, and I also designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Kumud Kuthiyala has worked hard to put her early life in Blue Town behind her. As director of an all-girl orphanage in metropolitan Ambayu, she has become a warrior for women’s education and equal rights. With the help of her love, Dr. Shekhar Roy, she is vigilant in protecting her charges from outdated customs that victimize girls and women. Despite her many successes, her past still haunts her.

A shocking phone call from an anonymous caller turns Kumud’s world upside down. A young bride from Blue Town has decided to commit suttee.  Kumud has no choice but to return to the town and somehow stop this heinous crime, disguised as a ritual. 

Driven by a desperate need to end the barbaric ritual that has scarred her for life, Kumud leaves Shekhar and the girls behind and travels to the town of her youth, a place where superstition and prejudice abound. There she is forced to confront the stubborn mindset that a widow is more valuable dead than alive, and the past she believed she’d left behind.

Can she convince the town that their centuries-old tradition is cruel and savage? Can she change the minds of the people and the Five Elders before it’s too late? 

The Last Suttee is available in ebook format (print edition coming soon) 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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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Kitchen Mistress


Please join me in congratulating Kathleen Shoop on her newest release, The Kitchen Mistress, Book Three in the Letter Series! I had the pleasure of working with Kathie on a copyedit of this gripping tale of a young woman's efforts to keep her family together in late 19th century Des Moines, and I designed the cover! Here's the book description:

For every woman who’s had to choose between the secrets that protect her and the people she loves the most…

1892—Des Moines

Katherine Arthur and her family are back, and it’s time to collect the money Mrs. Mellet left them in her will. The tidy sum will allow the family peace of mind and a future that’s stable and fulfilling. But when things don’t go exactly as planned, Katherine steps up to do more than her share. Hired as a kitchen mistress, her intuition (with the help of a mysterious recipe book), cooking prowess, and work ethic make her the perfect partner for the enigmatic, wealthy woman next door. Then Aleksey Zurchenko arrives.

Violet Pendergrass is a well-heeled, progressive woman with half a fortune in one hand and a plan for enduring prosperity in the other. Resourceful, shrewd, and tough, Violet doesn’t realize her one and only weakness leaves her vulnerable as she attempts to solidify her independence. She sees unparalleled value in Katherine’s gifts and does her best to keep the girl close, to keep her true work secret from her mother and the world.

Katherine’s loyalties to her mother and Violet grow strained, and soon her commitment to both frays even further as her feelings for Aleksey grow. Katherine must decide if pursuing her work with the formidable Violet and protecting her family are more important than following love. Can she do it all? Love, hope, joy, secrets buried in walls and hearts; all are threatened by those who claim to care about the Arthurs. Can Katherine separate what’s right and true from what it takes to survive? Are they even different things?

The Kitchen Mistress is available now in ebook and print editions on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Add them to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Kathie's website for the scoop on all of her books and her blog posts about writing and historical research.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Beauty Doctor


Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard on the publication of her debut historical novel, The Beauty Doctor! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

In the spring of 1907, Abigail Platford finds herself unexpectedly adrift in New York City. Penniless and full of self-doubt, she has abandoned her dream of someday attending medical school and becoming a doctor like her late father. Instead, she takes a minor position in the office of Dr. Franklin Rome, hoping at least to maintain contact with the world of medicine that fascinates her. She soon learns that the handsome and sophisticated Dr. Rome is one of a rare new breed of so-called beauty doctors who chisel noses, pin back ears, trim eyelids and inject wrinkles with paraffin. At first skeptical, she begins to open her mind, and then her heart, to Dr. Rome. But when his partnership with an eccentric collector of human oddities raises troubling questions, Abigail becomes ensnared in a web of treachery that challenges her most cherished beliefs about a doctor’s sacred duty and threatens to destroy all she loves.

The Beauty Doctor is available now in ebook and print format on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iBooks. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Elizabeth's website for more info on her books and her Style & Substance blog.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Publish and Perish


Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on the newest installment in her Francis Bacon mystery series, Publish and Perish! I had the pleasure of helping Anna with a copyedit, and I designed the cover. If you're a fan of historical mysteries with a touch of humor and tongue-in-cheekiness along with fun and memorable characters, this series is for you! Here's the book description:

It’s 1589 and England is embroiled in a furious pamphlet war between an impudent Puritan calling himself Martin Marprelate and London’s wittiest writers. The archbishop wants Martin to hang. The Privy Council wants the tumult to end. But nobody knows who Martin is or where he’s hiding his illegal press.

Then two writers are strangled, mistaken for Thomas Nashe, the pamphleteer who is hot on Martin’s trail. Francis Bacon is tasked with stopping the murders — and catching Martin, while he’s about it. But the more he learns, the more he fears Martin may be someone dangerously close to home.

Can Bacon and his band of intelligencers stop the strangler before another writer dies, without stepping on Martin’s possibly very important toes?

Publish and Perish is available now in print and ebook formats on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Anna's website, where she blogs about her research and writing historical fiction set in England.

**Right now you can download a copy of the first book in the series, Murder by Misrule, for free on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes!**

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Monday, June 19, 2017

I'm Interviewed by indieBRAG!


I am so excited to share this interview! The B.R.A.G. Medallion is a hallmark of quality in self-published books, and several of my awesome clients have been awarded this honor. I was honored to receive an invitation to appear on the blog to talk about my book cover design business. I'm sharing a handful of questions here, but there are many more, and I'd love for you to head on over to the indieBRAG blog and check it out!

How did you get into Graphic Design?

I’ve always been an extremely visual person. Even as a child I was tearing pages out of magazines to hang on my walls and making collages out of pictures. My love for design began about eighteen years ago when I started scrapbooking. That was back when we worked with actual printed photos and paper, scissors, glue, etc. A few years later, I started working in the advertising department of my hometown daily newspaper. As an outside sales rep, I met with local and regional business owners and helped them create print and online advertising campaigns, and I worked with our team of graphic designers to bring the ads to life. I learned more about the process then and the collaborative relationship designers have with their clients. Then I moved into real estate and began designing marketing materials for my brokerage. When the economy collapsed and advertising and real estate both collapsed along with it, I turned my attention and my skills to self-publishing.

What are your goals as a graphic designer?

My goal is first and foremost to design a cover that sells books. That sometimes means that I need to coax an author into considering another approach to what they envision on their cover.  My years in marketing and advertising and my in-depth knowledge of the genres I work with have given me a pretty good eye when it comes to figuring out which elements will work best. I also have a huge competitive streak, and it’s really important to me that my covers are able to hold their own standing alongside those coming out of the Big Five houses.

What covers have you designed that are B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees?

Sebastian’s Way by George Steger, Tales of Byzantium by Eileen Stephenson, Murder by Misrule, Death by Disputation, and The Widow’s Guild by Anna Castle, (all of which I also edited), and Reconstructing Jackson, Red, White & Screwed, and Romancing Olive by Holly Bush.

Click here to read the full interview!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Mother Keeper


Please join me in congratulating Paula Scott on the publication of her new contemporary novel, The Mother Keeper! I had the pleasure of working with Paula on a copyedit of this inspirational tale of love, faith, and family secrets, and I helped her design the book's cover! Here's the description:

They say the truth will set you free . . . but what if the truth ruins your life?

Jenny McBride has lost her faith and her reason to live in a terrible accident in Colorado Springs, but meeting a girl in trouble in Tennessee just might turn things around.

Ellie Ryan is seventeen and determined to move to Nashville to pursue her dreams of making it as a songwriter, but an unexpected pregnancy shatters her plans and sets her on a course she never imagined. 

Shawn Klein has it all. The beautiful girlfriend. The scholarship to play football at Vanderbilt after he graduates high school. At eighteen, he leads worship at his father’s prosperous megachurch. His life is perfect. So why isn’t he happy?

Everything changes when Shawn’s parents bring Ellie into their home to care for her until she gives birth. It’s the life with a real family that Ellie has always dreamed about, and the kind of future Shawn never knew he wanted, until Ellie’s past threatens to destroy everything.

When Jenny arrives in Tennessee to adopt Ellie's baby, only one thing is certain. A baby will be born, along with a crime of passion, and a desperate struggle to bury the truth. 

The Mother Keeper is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon and will soon be available at other online retailers. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Paula's website for her inspirational posts about writing, family, and farm life.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

For the Brave


Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush on the publication of her newest historical romance, For the Brave, the first book in her new Gentrys of Paradise series! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. (And let me tell you it was no hardship spending my time looking for a hunky, rugged model :) Here's the book description:

1869 – Matthew Gentry joined the Confederate Army at eighteen years of age after an argument with his father, leaving Paradise, his Virginia home and famed horse breeding stables, for the fields of Gettysburg. Having survived the War Between the States, Gentry is haunted by the violence and inhumanity of the war. He continues to roam the country long after the conflict is over, finding solace in the arms of soiled doves and at the bottom of whiskey bottles. Finally traveling home after learning of a family tragedy, he nearly loses his life in a spring-flooded riverbed.

Annie Campbell, lone survivor of her family, lives at a remote farm near the North River, raising pigs and trying to grow enough to feed herself, and to stay out of the crosshairs of the Thurmans, violent men who run the town of Bridgewater. Annie’s secrets threaten her safety, even as she rescues and nurses Matthew Gentry. 

Matthew knows he must return to Paradise, to grieve with his family. Will his heart lead him back to Bridgewater and Annie Campbell? 

For the Brave is available now in ebook and print format on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. Add it to your shelves on Goodreadsand visit Holly's website for the scoop on all of her historical romances.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Twilight Empress


Please join me in congratulating Faith Justice on the publication of her newest historical fiction novel, Twilight Empress! I had the pleasure of designing the cover of this first in a trilogy about Theodosian women. Here's the book description:

One woman battles the coming Dark Ages

Twilight Empress tells the little-known story of a remarkable woman: Placidia, sister to one of the last Roman Emperors. Roman Empress and Gothic Queen, Placidia does the unthinkable: she rules the failing Western Roman Empire. A life of ambition, power, and intrigue she doesn’t seek, but can’t refuse, her actions shape the face of Western Europe for centuries.

A woman as well as an empress, Placidia suffers love, loss, and betrayal. Can her intelligence, tenacity, and ambition help her survive and triumph over scheming generals, rebellious children, and Attila the Hun?

Twilight Empress is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Faith's website for the scoop on all of her historical fiction novels!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chance Meetings Cover Is a da Vinci Award Finalist!

I'm thrilled to announce that the cover I designed for Chance Meetings by Madhu Bazaz Wangu was a finalist for the 2017 da Vinci Eye Award! Here's the description from the website: 

"Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the da Vinci Eye to books with superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist, scientist, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci."

While our cover did not win, it's still such an honor to be nominated!

In this eloquent collection of stories, twelve different people from different walks of life discover how one chance meeting with a stranger can change a person forever. Drawing from her own Indian-American heritage, Madhu Bazaz Wangu examines the lives of ordinary people facing challenging circumstances—cruelty, prejudiced minds, twisted family relationships, unhappy marriages—and demonstrates how these situations transcend ethnicity and background as interactions with strangers force each character to look deep within themselves, often acknowledging painful truths and long-held secrets, in order to seize control of their own destinies and forge their own paths to independence and happiness. Madhu Bazaz Wangu poignantly weaves a universal message that ties the characters in these stories together, one that applies to anyone who has experienced poverty, jealousy, fear, prejudice, disillusionment, and above all, the feeling of being a foreigner, even within one’s own family.

Chance Meetings is available now in ebook and print formats on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads and visit Madhu's website for the scoop on her Mindful Writers workshops.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Into the Evermore

Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush on the publication of her newest historical romance, Into the Evermore, the prequel novella to her brand new series, The Gentrys of Paradise! I had the privilege of designing the cover, and this is the tenth cover Holly and I have worked on together! Here's the book description:

Virginia, 1842

Eleanor McManus, upright daughter of a minister, is rescued from kidnappers by a rough and tumble fur trader, Beauregard Gentry, in the wilderness of northern Virginia. With Beauregard’s help, Eleanor makes her way back to her intended groom who declares her soiled, and she finds herself alone, pressured to make life decisions without benefit of family or others she can trust. Beauregard and Eleanor agree to begin a life together, build their legacy together, and their growing devotion to each other is witnessed one cold, crisp Christmas morning.

This novella was originally included in the anthology Christmas in America.

Into the Evermore is available now in ebook format for 99 cents on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Holly's website for the scoop on all of her books.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Mass for the Dead & The Faerie Hills


The first two books in Susan McDuffie's Muirteach MacPhee mystery series have been republished with brand new covers designed by yours truly! Susan wanted new covers with more color, a bit more "pop," and a look we could carry over to each new book in this series set in 14th century Scotland. Here are the book descriptions:

Before & After:


Scotland 1373: Crispinus, the head of Oronsay Priory, is found dead, strangled and battered, his mouth stuffed with sand, in the middle of the tidal strand separating the holy island of Oronsay from the larger island of Colonsay. The Lord of the Isles, overlord of the islands, assigns the task of finding the killer to Muirteach, the Prior’s bastard son.

Since breaking with his father and leaving the monastery, Muirteach has spent his time acting as scribe for his uncle, an island chieftain. Muirteach’s father, a powerful churchman, leaves behind a mistress and several other bastards as well as his embittered eldest son, who is thankful he will never hear the words, “My bastard son, the cripple” again. 

As Muirteach seeks to find his father’s murderer he is helped by the physician Fearchar Beaton, and his daughter Mariota. Muirteach himself is suspected of the murder, as are the Prior’s mistress, her family, and the sub-prior. The killer strikes again, His Lordship wants the mystery solved before the Pope and the King in Edinburgh learn of it, and Muirteach himself must come to terms with his own troubled relationship with his father. Muirteach’s investigation submerges him deep into a whirlpool of deceit, long buried sins, and treachery, from which no one emerges unscathed. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Mountain of the Wolf

Please join me in congratulating Elisabeth Grace Foley on the publication of her newest historical fairy tale novella, The Mountain of the Wolf, with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

A Western re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood in which a girl is willing to walk into the wolf’s den—but will she really find what she is seeking?

In the shadow of the mountain, Rosa Jean Kennedy lives alone, waiting. Vengeance for her brother’s death is the only object left in her life, the one thing that steels her resolve to continue in a solitary, sometimes perilous existence.

When mustanger Quincy Burnett arrives on the mountain, he finds himself strangely drawn to the silent, lonely girl who seems to rebuff all attempts at friendship. But Rosa Jean is determined not to let anyone—even Quincy—stand in the way of her revenge, and her determination may lead them both toward disaster…for there are other dangers lurking in the mountains besides the wolves whose howls are heard at night.

The Mountain of the Wolf is available in ebook format on Amazon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Elisabeth's website, The Second Sentence, where she blogs about reading, writing, and history. 

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Banished Saga Box Set


Check out the box set cover I designed for Ramona Flightner! It features books 1-3.5 in her popular and highly rated Banished Saga series. Here's the description:

Love and family loyalties triumph in the Banished saga’s vivid description of one family’s struggle against the stifling social restrictions of pre-World War I America.

With over 1200 pages filled with romance, adventure and intrigue, these individual books have over 100 five star Amazon reviews. 


Banished Love: Book 1:

Free-Spirited Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family's wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston's West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.

As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?

When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa's love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves.

Will she yield to expectations, or follow her heart on a journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live without?

Reclaimed Love: Book 2:

Committed to living a life she desires with the man she loves, Clarissa Sullivan continues to teach poor, immigrant children and to agitate for the vote for women as she awaits Gabriel’s return to Boston. Will her stepmother leave her in peace or is her life about to change again in unforeseen ways?

Convinced Clarissa is the woman he now wants to marry, Cameron Wright renews his pursuit of her. Charming, wealthy and well-bred, he is perceived as the ideal gentleman for a blacksmith’s daughter. With Gabriel far from Boston and his return uncertain, why should Clarissa continue to reject Cameron? 

Devastated after his banishment from Boston, Gabriel McLeod forges a new life in a remarkable city. Will the memories of the love he shared with Clarissa sustain him? 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Unrelenting Love


Please join me in congratulating Ramona Flightner on the publication of Unrelenting Love, Book Five in the Banished Saga! I had the privilege of helping Ramona design the cover of this tale of women's rights and romance in the early twentieth century. Here's the book description:

Crushed…

After the disappearance of her beloved in the Great War, Zylphia McLeod focuses her energy on the Massachusetts referendum to grant women the right to vote. Unwavering in her love for Teddy Goff, she eagerly awaits any news of him. What will she do if he doesn’t return to her?

Steadfast…

In her selfless dedication to her family, Parthena Tyler accedes to societal pressures in order to protect her sisters. Determined to play the piano and to continue in the struggle for women’s enfranchisement, she discovers an inner strength to combat the pressure to conform. She soon discovers not everything is as it appears in her marriage.

Distraught…

At the loss of the woman he loves, Lucas Sullivan immerses himself in music composition. A sought-after piano maestro, he relishes in taunting society matrons with pro-suffrage songs while performing in their private parlors. As he struggles to overcome rumors and avoid scandal, he learns that commitment and integrity are as essential as passion when it comes to love.

Join the McLeod, Sullivan and Wheeler families in 1915 Boston as they champion a woman’s right to vote, defend and celebrate their artistic pursuits, and learn that an enduring love is an unrelenting love.

Unrelenting Love is available now on Amazon in ebook and print format. 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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Monday, February 20, 2017

A Lady without a Lord

Please join me in congratulating Bliss Bennet on the publication of her newest historical romance, A Lady without a Lord, book three in The Penningtons series, with a cover designed by yours truly! Here's the book description:

A viscount convinced he’s a failure

For years, Theodosius Pennington has tried to forget his myriad shortcomings by indulging in wine, women, and witty bonhomie. But now that he’s inherited the title of Viscount Saybrook, it’s time to stop ignoring his responsibilities. Finding the perfect husband for his headstrong younger sister seems a good first step. Until, that is, his sister’s dowry goes missing . . .

A lady determined she’ll succeed

Harriot Atherton has a secret: it is she, not her steward father, who maintains the Saybrook account books. But Harry’s precarious balancing act begins to totter when the irresponsible new viscount unexpectedly returns to Lincolnshire, the painfully awkward boy of her childhood now a charming yet vulnerable man. Unfortunately, Theo is also claiming financial malfeasance. Can her father’s wandering wits be responsible for the lost funds? Or is she?

As unlikely attraction flairs between dutiful Harry and playful Theo, each learns there is far more to the other than devoted daughter and happy-go-lucky lord. But if Harry succeeds at protecting her father and discovering the missing money, will she be in danger of failing at something equally important—finding love?

A Lady without a Lord is on sale now in ebook and print editions on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Bliss's website for the scoop on The Penningtons series!

Need a cover designer?
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