Wait for Me Cover Reveal

We’ve waited for this for a year. Now the wait is over. The cover for Wait for Me, Book Five of the Revolutionary Faith Series is here. I’m so pleased with the beautiful artwork by Roseanna White. Although the book will be released on February 9, 2021, we can feast on the cover and anticipate holding the novel in five months.

I am showing this to my faithful blog followers before anyone else. You are special to me and therefore, deserve the first peek. I hope you are as pleased as I am.

Heavy sigh…heart pounding…here it is.

I’ll post more information about pre-orders, bonus item, and excerpts later. For now, enjoy the inspiring cover. Be sure to leave your comments.

Late Summer TBR List

IMG_7265So excited about the next books I’m going to read. When I share my To Be Read list, it only includes print copies that I physically stack on my book shelf. I also tackle eBooks and Audible editions. Take a look at what I have picked out for August and September.

The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep takes the reader to 1861 to the moors of Dartmoor, England where life is rough and lonesome. I’m loving the Jane Eyre-like  feel. My daughter gave me the first book of The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer. I’m enjoying the new twist on fairy tales! Thanks, Katie!

Lady Airell’s Choice by Rachel Skatvold sweeps the reader to the 12th century for a medieval romance. Always a draw for me.  Then, I’m back to a novel by Syrie James, The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen. I loved the first one, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, so I’m sure this one will be awesome.

A new author to me, Marisa Dillon, has a novella, The Lady of the Garter, set in 1486 England during the reign of Henry VII.  Sunset in Old Savannah by Mary Ellis is a must after I read her first one in the Secrets of the South Mysteries. This is a contemporary detective kind of novel.

Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments doesn’t fit in with what I usually read. But I am curious after I read The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m prepared to be disturbed.  I found The Marquis’ Secret (1877) by George MacDonald on a giveaway shelf. I studied the author’s work in graduate school and decided I have to add this to my studies.

Finally, I’ve another novel by Roseanna White, On Wings of Devotion, 1918 England, to read. She is always a delight. And my last selection is Waverly by Sir Walter Scott, published in 1814, is suggested in books that I read about that period. The characters are reading this novel so I’m joining them.

There is my list! Whew! What are you reading? Do any of these sound interesting?

Bring Me Near release!

Bring Me Near rough (3)I’m so ready for Bring Me Near release day. February 26! A little over 3 weeks. I’m thankful for my new publisher Celebrate Lit. I want to hold this novel, Book Three of Revolutionary Faith, in my hands. The cover is gorgeous. Roseanna White is the cover artist. Each cover is uniquely beautiful and captivating. Even though the novels are about both Louis and Elizabeth, my heroine carries the plot. What a role she and so many women had in the American Revolution.

Bring Me Near rough (2)So what do you think?

Soon I will have the pre-order link for Bring Me Near. Until then, spread the word and have your friends follow this blog in order to see what exciting news is around the corner.

It’s not too late to read the first two books, Hold Me Close and Surround Me. Louis and Elizabeth have some exciting adventures to share with you.

Have you read any of the Revolutionary Faith books?

What’s in a Cover?

Do you buy a book because of the cover? Or does it influence you only a little bit? I love covers, but all book covers do not have to have the same style for me to like them or to buy them. Here are the latest two covers for my Revolutionary Faith books. The cover artist is Roseanna White. I think she does an awesome job bringing my heroine to life. What do you think?

Of course, I am going to admire my own covers! Yet, there are so many more than I can study and appreciate for their own beauty. I do like an idea of what the author wants to portray about the heroine or the hero, as in Keely Brooke Keith’s Uncharted series or Tamara Leigh in her Middle Ages novels. The colors, costumes, houses, flowers, hair styles all draw me to participate in a visual image. Also, I can formulate my own picture through the author’s words.

Here are two other favorites: one takes me into the fairy tale world in Melanie Dickerson’s The Orphan’s Wish and another into the 2nd century in Lynne Gentry’s Healer of Carthage. In both I obtain a glimpse of the foreign worlds and times.

Does the cover have to be a photograph or realistic drawing with a person or people for you to enjoy the cover? Not for me. An example is Kristy Cambron’s Lost Castle novel with a view from an old stone window. Diana Gabaldon’s early covers for her Outlander series did not have the photo of Jaime on the cover for them to sell. I would buy anything by her no matter what was on the cover.

Other books, especially older ones or ones focused on an image the reader would conjure in his/her imagination, include Jane Austen’s novels and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

I love a nice aesthetic cover, but the words are what truly mesmerizes me.

What do you like to see in a cover?