Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Hidden Hills Saga: Ice Whispers

Please join me in congratulating debut author K. Willow on the publication of Ice Whispers, Book One in the Hidden Hills Saga! I've been waiting a long time to share this dark and twisty tale of the antebellum South with you! As many of you know, bringing a book to publication is a labor of love, and there's no rushing the process. I was privileged to work with Ms. Willow on a copyedit, and I designed the book's cover! Fun fact: the background image of slave cabins is from my own collection of photos taken during my travels in the southeastern US. I'm so excited to share this book with you and even more excited to share that Ice Whispers has already won its first award, a silver medal from Reader's Favorites! Here's the book description:

Slavery of a different kind, beyond physical chains, leads to a different type of escape . . . 

Marissa Kristofferson can taste freedom. Her long years of suffering at the hands of her sadistic husband, Lance, are coming to an end as he lies dying. But she is stunned when he reveals the contents of his will and what she must do to keep Kristofferson Plantation, and how he plans to keep her bound to him even beyond the grave. 

The beautiful slave Lolley has always envied Marissa’s life, and after learning that the master has also ordered her freed after his death, she is determined to reach for the life she wants by becoming the mistress of Marissa’s son, Shane, though she does not realize the lengths Marissa will go to to prevent the match, or the far-reaching consequences that will follow. 

And Shelby, the plain and dutiful slave of free blacks, is unwittingly caught in the shocking drama that unfolds as a family is torn apart. Used as a pawn in a game of rivalry, deception, and betrayal, hers is a fight for survival while attempting to remain true to herself. 

Three women—so very different but each carrying dark secrets that are closely intertwined, caught in a world between slave and free, a world which is becoming more fragile and precarious as war threatens and alliances shift, and each harboring seemingly impossible dreams of a better future. 

In this first book of a dark historical saga, K. Willow paints a lush, emotional portrait of scandal, murder, injustice, and the ties that bind in the antebellum South.

The Hidden Hills Saga: Ice Whispers is on sale now in ebook and print formats on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out K. Willow's website!

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