The Rose & the Thistle releases!

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Nay, it never gets old! Releasing a novel remains a unique experience even for someone who’s been writing stories since age 7. I’m always felt so at home with my writing & it’s always been a joy, a bit like the best friend I never had. Releasing it for public consumption has been a learning curve as it does feel …

A new novel & a new imaginary world

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This time of year is always exciting as I’m busy with promo, release prep, podcasts, etc. I’m also busy polishing that next historical novel due to my editorial team the same day The Rose and the Thistle releases on January 3rd, 2023. Then there’s the holiday rush, decorating the house (Christmas tree on the deck this year, little white lights everywhere …

When Covers Collide

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Not long after I received the final cover for The Rose & the Thistle, my upcoming Scottish novel, I saw an author friend’s beautiful Polish edition for one of her novels on her Instagram – which happens to be the top half of my new cover! Cover designers do fascinating things when creating book art and here’s proof. Both images …

Preorder sale ~ The Rose & the Thistle!

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There’s no better buy than books from Baker Book House! They’re having a preorder sale right now for 40% off & free shipping. Since they’re tied to my publisher, they get the freshly printed books straight from the warehouse so are usually first to ship, often ahead of the January 3rd, 2023 release date. I’m signing some beautiful, custom bookplates …

The Rose & the Thistle cover reveal!

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This past spring my publisher, Revell, gave me the delightful but very challenging choice of picking from two different designs. A first for all the novels I’ve written. Usually I have just one cover to admire, not two! There were elements of each cover that I loved as both are very striking and fit the story well.  That said, I …

Cover Reveal Week

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  Happy summer solstice today! Despite that, it feels a little like Christmas – a bookish Christmas – when cover reveal time rolls around on the publishing timetable. Some real beauties are appearing all over in every genre though I’m most excited about historical fiction. I’m especially excited to share my second Scottish cover. Revell’s art team really captured the …

Scotland in May!

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What a whirlwind of a trip! Reading friends who traveled with author Pepper Basham & I in May to Scotland were the most wonderful, fun, edifying group! We ate & fellowshipped & laughed our way through the Lowlands, Highlands, & Islands, beginning & ending in Edinburgh, my favorite city. Some of us even got sick together which required an extended …