Thursday, June 22, 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!)

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!

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!

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Moriarty Takes His Medicine


Please join me in congratulating Anna Castle on her newest release, the second book in her Professor and Mrs. Moriarty Mystery Series, Moriarty Takes His Medicine! I had the pleasure of working with Anna on a developmental edit and a copyedit of this clever mystery featuring Sherlock Holmes's favorite villain and his charming bride, and I designed the book's cover! Here's the description:

Professor & Mrs. Moriarty tackle a case too ticklish for Sherlock Holmes to handle on his own...

James and Angelina Moriarty are settling into their new marriage and their fashionable new home — or trying to. But James has too little to occupy his mind and Angelina has too many secrets pressing on her heart. They fear they’ll never learn to live together. Then Sherlock Holmes comes to call with a challenging case. He suspects a prominent Harley Street specialist of committing murders for hire, sending patients home from his private hospital with deadly doses or fatal conditions. Holmes intends to investigate, but the doctor’s clientele is exclusively female. He needs Angelina’s help.

While Moriarty, Holmes, and Watson explore the alarming number of ways a doctor can murder his patients with impunity, Angelina enters into treatment with their primary suspect, posing as a nervous woman who fears her husband wants to be rid of her. Then a hasty conclusion and an ill-considered word drive James and Angelina apart, sending her deep into danger. Now they must find the courage to trust each other as they race the clock to win justice for the murdered women before they become victims themselves.

Join the Moriartys for the second adventure in the series hailed as “A must for Sherlock enthusiasts” by Midwest Book Reviews.

Moriarty Takes His Medicine is available now in print and ebook formats on Amazon. 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.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Still Waters Run Deep


I'm a little late in sharing this, but please join me in congratulating David Cook on the publication of the latest installment in The Soldier Chronicles Series, Still Waters Run Deep! I had the pleasure of working with David on a copyedit of this exciting tale of what a jaded soldier hopes to be his final military campaign, and I designed the cover. Here's the book description:

Rifleman Arthur Cadoc, guerrillero, rogue and hero, and now going by the moniker of El Tirador - the marksman, rides with Spanish Colonel Rai Herrero's irregulars, who have joined Wellington's allied army to fight in the Pyrenean campaign. It is the winter of 1813 and the French are being pushed back from their mountainous border defences and into southern France. The long and bitter war looks soon to end because Napoleon is rumoured to have suffered a spectacular defeat in the north against the Prussians, Austrians and Russians. However, Marshal Soult's French army will fight Wellington's men every step of the way, and so Cadoc has one last campaign to battle before he can hang up his prized rifle for good. Facing pitched battles, deadly raids, and the rescue of a comrade behind enemy lines, an old enemy returns and suddenly Cadoc finds that the war truly is far from over.

Still Waters Run Deep is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon and Amazon UK. Add the book to your shelves on Goodreads and check out David's website for the scoop on all of his books.

David also has a great January giveaway! Enter to win a bundle of signed books!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sebastian's Way: The Paladin


Please join me in congratulating George Steger on the release of  Sebastian's Way: The Paladin, the second book in the Sebastian Chronicles series! I had the privilege of working with George on a copyedit, and I designed the cover too! George is a former military man and history professor, and his passion for the Carolingian era shines in this continuation of a young count's tale of adventure, duty, honor, and love in the time of Charlemagne. Here's the book description:

He’s fought for his lands, his marriage, and his king, but the fight for his soul is just beginning

“He’s alive.” With these two words, the world as Sebastian knows it will never be the same. After several years of hard-won domestic bliss bolstered by his status as one of King Charlemagne’s most trusted advisers, the news that his cousin Konrad—his sworn enemy and the abusive first husband of his beloved wife, Adela—is alive means that their marriage is not valid in the eyes of the almighty Church. Even the king is no match for the dictates of the Church, and Sebastian has no choice but to watch as the love of his life enters a convent.

Heartbroken and set adrift, Sebastian embarks on a series of reckless escapades, hell bent on killing Konrad or himself, whichever comes first. But he accomplishes neither and grudgingly accepts Charlemagne’s offer to make him one of his twelve paladins, men who hold the king’s absolute trust to undertake the most important missions for the realm. After helping to force the once-mighty Avar nation into submission, the king sends Sebastian to the capitals of Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Baghdad. In each city, thrust into foreign worlds of intrigue and danger, he faces complicated diplomatic tasks with slender chances of success. Transformed from a faithful, idealistic youth into a bitter warrior ensconced in the violence of Charlemagne's world and surrounded by enemies, Sebastian’s arduous journey transforms into one not just for the glory of his king, but for his very life and the reclamation of his soul.

Sebastian's Way: The Paladin is available now in print and ebook format on Amazon and  Barnes & Noble. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out George's blog for the scoop on the series.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Far Side of the Sea


Please join me in congratulating Paula Scott on the publication of her new historical romance, Far Side of the Sea, Book Two in the California Rising Series! I had the pleasure of working with Paula on a copyedit of this exciting and inspirational tale of love, faith, and danger in Gold Rush California, and I helped her design the book's cover! Here's the description:

A woman running from God and the man she desperately loves because of the lies she believes . . .

Taken from her conquered Californio family during the 1846 Mexican-American War to be forced into marriage with a Yankee she despises, proud Spanish beauty Maria Vasquez draws a knife and begins her journey to the far side of the sea. She will flee to Valparaiso, Boston, and finally San Francisco trying to forget the blood on her hands, only to find it is blood that will save her.

Dashing American ship captain Dominic Mason will win Maria’s heart, but shatter it when he rejects her for another, setting her on a journey back to San Francisco. There she discovers her heart can never be conquered, it must only be surrendered, not just to the man she loves, but to the God who will never let her go.

Captain Dominic Mason knows how to fulfill his duties. He’s living for God and country, determined to obey the Almighty and help bring California into the Union. Yet death and the devil’s deception will rob him of all he holds dear in San Francisco. 

As California rises to statehood amid the madness of the gold rush, men will die for gold and for Maria. Will she ever escape the darkness that enslaves her in San Francisco and discover the everlasting light and love she so longs for?

Far Side of the Sea is the second book in the California Rising trilogy. 

Far Side of the Sea 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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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Legacy Redeemed


Please join me in congratulating Aubrey Grayson on the publication of her debut historical romance, Legacy Redeemed! I had the pleasure of helping Aubrey design the cover. Here's the book description:

Susannah Blackmon is desperate when she learns her fiancĂ© jilted her and her dowry is gone. Her guardian devises a nefarious scheme to ensnare Susannah in an unsavory life, and she knows she must flee. But to where? When she meets a mysterious stranger at a masquerade ball, he inadvertently directs her to his family’s vicar, and she heads to the seacoast to escape the worst. But drat it all—her mystery counselor invades her newfound space, and she risks exposure. Will she ever redeem the life her parents had hoped for her?

Nick Daventry is a widower, with a young son, whose family is encouraging him to remarry. But Nick never expects to find love again. When he discovers his inheritance is in jeopardy thanks to a crazy provision in his grandfather’s will, he puts everything he has into saving it. He returns to his coastal home, only to encounter a deceiver in the form of a devilishly beautiful woman he’d traveled all the way from London to escape. But is she the key to redeeming what is lost?

Legacy Redeemed is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon! Add it to to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Aubrey on Facebook.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

The Moon-Eyed Ones


Please join me in congratulating Julie K. Johnson on the publication of her debut historical fiction novel, The Moon-Eyed Ones! I had the privilege of offering Julie some assistance with developmental editing and copyediting, and I designed the cover for this moving coming-of-age story set during a tumultuous time in Southern Appalachia. Here's the book description:

Deep in the mountain forests of Southern Appalachia lives a mysterious group of mixed race and unknown origins. While myths and folklore abound, they are labeled pejoratively with one word: Melungeons.

Fifteen-year-old Silas Vanover is thrilled at the chance to make a life for himself as a trader among the white settlers. But his optimism is crushed by his family’s horror stories of lynchings, excommunication, and worse. Determined to prove them wrong, Silas ventures down from his isolated colony to trade in the valley below, attempting to pass himself off as a member of an Indian tribe. There he meets Amadahy Kingfisher, a Cherokee girl who notices how out of place he is in town but still extends kindness and curiosity toward him. The two make a deal to befriend one another for their own protection among the hostile European frontiersmen, and their encounter makes Silas hopeful that his people’s haunted memories are scarred legends of the past.

But he is mistaken. After being wrongfully accused of a crime by the white settlers, a brutal raid on his people’s beloved mountain enclave destroys everything Silas holds dear. Now he must fight for his home, his identity, and his place among the people of East Tennessee, forming alliances with the white settlers and the remaining Cherokees of the area while trying to stay true to his own people. In the end, Silas must decide where his heart and loyalties lie as the white government sets into motion what will later be known as The Trail of Tears.

The Moon-Eyed Ones is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads and check out Julie's website to read the first three chapters and learn more about the book!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Christmas in America

Please join me in congratulating Holly Bush, Piper Huguley, Joanna Shupe, and Donna Thorland on the publication of their brand new historical romance anthology, Christmas in America! I had the honor of designing the collection's cover. Here's the book description:

The celebration of Christmas is a magical time for love. A new anthology filled with America's rich history and Christmas traditions from four of your favorite historical romance authors. 

“Christmas at Mount Holly” by Donna Thorland 

The Jerseys, December 23rd, 1776 - The American Revolution is on the brink of total collapse. The Rebels have lost New York, the Continental Army has endured a disastrous retreat through New Jersey, and Washington is about to lose what remains when enlistments expire on New Year’s Eve. The cause needs a miracle, but Christmas is a time for wonders: as Angela Ferrers—the woman known to history as the Widow of Mount Holly—will discover when she sets a honey trap for Hessian Colonel Count Carl Emil Urich von Donop, only to find herself ensnared in mutual attraction. 

“Miracle on Ladies’ Mile” by Joanna Shupe 

New York, 1895 - After losing his beloved wife, department store owner Alexander Armstrong seems incapable of anything other than work, despite his ache to be a better father to his daughter. When the pair encounters Grace, a charming shop girl designing the store’s Christmas window displays, he struggles to accept that perhaps miracles do happen in the most unlikely of places… 

“The Cowboy’s Christmas” by Piper Huguley 

Smithson, Oklahoma Territory, 1893 - Postponing her missionary trip to Africa, apprentice teacher Serena Newcomb must travel west to face the unrequited love of her past -- rebel cowboy Baxter Smithson. Banished from his Georgia home for the crime of falling in love with the wrong woman, Baxter is surprised that his Christmas gift is a grown-up Serena, ready to confront him for ignoring his duty and to show him that the true meaning of Christmas is love. 

“Into the Evermore” by Holly Bush 

Virginia, 1842 - Eleanor McManus, upright daughter of a minister, is rescued from kidnappers somewhere in the deep forest wilderness by a rough and tumble fur trader, Beauregard Gentry. With his 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. 

Christmas in America is available in ebook format on AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunesKobo, and Google Play. Visit each author's website to learn more about all of their books: Holly BushPiper HuguleyJoanna ShupeDonna Thorland.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Avelynn: The Edge of Faith


Please join me in congratulating Marissa Campbell on the publication of Avelynn: The Edge of Faith, the second book in her popular Avelynn series! I had the pleasure of helping Marissa design the cover of this rich tale of love, betrayal, and danger in ninth-century Wales. Here's the book description:

It's the year 871. Charges of treason, murder, and witchcraft follow Avelynn into exile as she flees England with Alrik. Arriving in Wales, they find refuge among Alrik's friends in the Welsh nobility. Cast out by his half-brothers, Alrik seeks to regain his honor and earn favor with the gods. When war threatens, Alrik embraces gold and the opportunity for his crew to become mercenaries, aiding the Southern Welsh kings in their fight against Rhodri the Great. 

Desperate to return home, Avelynn seeks to find a way to prove her innocence, but she is pitted against Alrik as their desires for the future clash. With battle looming, Avelynn's faith in their relationship is further tested through a bitter struggle with Marared, a jealous lover from Alrik's past. Marared's threats turn deadly, and Avelynn runs afoul of magic and sorcery, causing her to question her beliefs and role as priestess. 

When Avelynn and Alrik are betrayed, Avelynn is captured and Alrik is charged with regicide. The two become separated, a chasm of greed, deceit, and ambition driving them apart. In an act of harrowing faith, Avelynn will stop at nothing to find her way back to Alrik and break them both free from Wales's bloodthirsty grasp.

Avelynn: The Edge of Faith is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Check out Marissa's website for trailers, playlists, blog posts, and more about Avelynn's world!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Madame Presidentess


Please join me in congratulating Nicole Evelina on the publication of Madame Presidentess! I had the pleasure of helping Nicole design a cover for this novel of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States. And Madame Presidentess was the winner in the U.S. Women’s History category at the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction! Here's the book description:

Forty-eight years before women were granted the right to vote, one woman dared to run for President of the United States, yet her name has been virtually written out of the history books.

Rising from the shame of an abusive childhood, Victoria Woodhull, the daughter of a con-man and a religious zealot, vows to follow her destiny, one the spirits say will lead her out of poverty to “become ruler of her people.”

But the road to glory is far from easy. A nightmarish marriage teaches Victoria that women are stronger and deserve far more credit than society gives. Eschewing the conventions of her day, she strikes out on her own to improve herself and the lot of American women.

Over the next several years, she sets into motion plans that shatter the old boys club of Wall Street and defile even the sanctity of the halls of Congress. But it’s not just her ambition that threatens men of wealth and privilege; when she announces her candidacy for President in the 1872 election, they realize she may well usurp the power they’ve so long fought to protect.

Those who support her laud “Notorious Victoria” as a gifted spiritualist medium and healer, a talented financial mind, a fresh voice in the suffrage movement, and the radical idealist needed to move the nation forward. But those who dislike her see a dangerous force who is too willing to speak out when women are expected to be quiet. Ultimately, “Mrs. Satan’s” radical views on women’s rights, equality of the sexes, free love and the role of politics in private affairs collide with her tumultuous personal life to endanger all she has built and change how she is viewed by future generations.

This is the story of one woman who was ahead of her time – a woman who would make waves even in the 21st century – but who dared to speak out and challenge the conventions of post-Civil War America, setting a precedent that is still followed by female politicians today.

Madame Presidentess is available now in ebook and print format on AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks, and Smashwords. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Nicole's website for the scoop on all of her books and her numerous awards!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Last Letter and The Road Home


Bestselling author Kathleen Shoop has brand new covers for her award-winning Letter Series, designed by yours truly! Kathie already had lovely covers for these books based on the real-life stories of her ancestors, but she worried they weren't conveying the right tone. Too many readers were expecting romance and happily ever afters. While these stories do have romantic elements, they are part of a larger family saga filled with the hardships of life on the prairie and the struggles of coping with failure and change. So in an effort to lift them out of the realm of historical romance and into the realm of historical fiction, we opted to take them a little darker. Check 'em out!

Before & After:

 

Katherine wouldn't have believed it if she hadn't found the letter... 

In the summer of 1905 Katherine Arthur's mother arrives on her doorstep, dying, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. For Jeanie's husband Frank it had been a world of opportunity. Dreaming, lazy Frank. But, it was a society of uncertainty--a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death. 

 

Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine's world apart. Now, seventeen years later, and far from the homestead, Katherine has found the truth – she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it's too late?