Happy (one day until the) New Year! I hope you had a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! Here in Missouri, I enjoyed amazing 65 degree weather, attended a Christmas concert and ice show, and spent much needed time with friends and family. Unfortunantly, part of my family also encountered illness, although nothing major, so our celebrations will continue in a few weeks once everyone is well. Being Catholic, we already celebrate for 12 days after Christmas, so why not add a few more?
For a Noble Purpose – Writing Updates
As part of my writing process, I like to take a break between rounds of edits, allowing me to return to the story with fresh eyes. The “too close to the forest to see the trees” concept. Luckily for me, the break for For a Noble Purpose happened to fall during December which meant enjoying the Christmas season without a writing schedule.
While For a Noble Purpose patiently waited for my return, I researched for Book 2 (Dusk Shall Weep) and worked on plotting some of the finer details. Most of my reading involved James Gilchrist Swan’s book, The Northwest Coast: Or, Three Years’ Residence in Washington Territory, which provides a detailed account of his residence in a Pacific Northwest settlement during the same years my book takes place. Tomorrow, however, it’s back to Book 1 and my editor’s cap!
For a Noble Purpose is Available Worldwide – June 7, 2022
For a Noble Purpose will also be published in paperback, but due to distribution channel limitations, is not currently available for pre-order.
In the Night Season Cover Design
I had the honor of designing the covers for all three books in Jennifer Q. Hunt’s inspirational Sorrow and Song trilogy, including her upcoming novel, In the Night Season. This World War II story weaves romance, faith, and suspense in beautiful, heartbreaking, and often unexpected ways. Several times the characters brought me to tears, and I only read the unpolished beta reader version!
Although In the Night Season is a war story, it takes place across multiple locations. Therefore, the background needed to feel violent and broken, but not descriptive enough for any singular location. To get the night look the author wanted while still highlighting our lead’s facial expressions, we placed the moonlight from behind and changed the original model’s suit to a non-descript grey. Over 40 layers were combined into the final full-cover layout. (Licenses: Cover Model is from Adobe Stock, Additional Photos from Unsplash)
If you are an author in need of an affordable cover design and/or interior layout, I am now offering these services on a limited basis. Submit a request via the Author Services page and let’s see what we can create together!
The Book Shop
Need a copy of my books? All four can be read on their own or in order of publication. Click the covers below to purchase! Available online in ebook and paperback or by request from your favorite indie bookseller or local library. For book club appearances, contact me here.
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