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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Daughter of a Thousand Years has Cover Art!

I told you cover art was incoming!

Coming February 2017
from Lake Union Publishing

Greenland, AD 1000

More than her fiery hair marks Freydís as the daughter of Erik the Red; her hot temper and fierce pride are as formidable as her Viking father’s. And so, too, is her devotion to the great god Thor, which puts her at odds with those in power—including her own brother, the zealous Leif Eriksson. Determined to forge her own path, she defies her family’s fury and clings to her dream of sailing away to live on her own terms, with or without the support of her husband.

New Hampshire, 2016

Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. But in a small town steeped in traditional values, her cultural beliefs could jeopardize both her academic career and her congressman father’s reelection. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon.

In a dramatic, sweeping dual narrative that spans a millennium, two women struggle against communities determined to silence them, but neither Freydís nor Emma intends to give up without a fight.

Guys, I can't tell you how much this book means to me. It is intensely personal for so many reasons, and I just hope and pray that you'll all love it as much as I do.

Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand
Amazon | Barnes&Noble | IndieBound

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway and the Out of Control TBR pile!

I'm afraid I need to keep this brief because a) I lost power today and subsequently my ability to write this post before the absolute last minute and b)  either I have the world's worst allergies to something blowing around in the wild blue yonder or I'm getting one of those totally sucktastic summer colds -- whichever it is, I am sneezing every sentence or so and it is suuuuper unpleasant.

So, First!
DAUGHTER OF A THOUSAND YEARS is on Goodreads! If you're interested in adding it. And if you're not following author me, now's a great time to get in on some of my behind the scenes updates as I proof not just DAUGHTER but also TAMER OF HORSES in the next few weeks!

I'm giving away a SIGNED copy of BY HELEN'S HAND on Goodreads this week! Since the HELEN OF SPARTA paperback is still on sale, it just seemed like it was only fair. But don't miss out -- enter to win!!

Still shelving books and taming the TBR tower! And I have now expanded to reorganizing my bedroom! Because -- well, because these are the things that need doing, and when better than while I wait for proofs to arrive? Honestly, if I don't tackle this stuff in between projects, they get lost in the shuffle, so I'm diving in.

I know I keep saying we'll have cover art soon -- it's still true. I just saw the final final final concept for DAUGHTER OF A THOUSAND YEARS and it is GORGEOUS. That art is most likely going to go live on the Amazon detail page FIRST (Yes! You can Pre-order! There should be audio formats, too, upon release!), but I'll post it here too as soon as I'm able!

And now I'm back to nursing my nose. I'm honestly not sure whether I should be hoping this is a cold or allergies. Whatever means it ends sooner!

Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand
Amazon | Barnes&Noble | IndieBound

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tamer of Horses, Books on Shelves, and the AuthorLife

This week has been FANTASTIC.

Firstly: HELEN OF SPARTA is on sale -- the paperback edition is just 6.99 on Amazon which is an incredible steal, so go forth and nab your copy now! Because seriously.
Secondly, because I wrapped my copyedits for DAUGHTER OF A THOUSAND YEARS over the weekend, which is a phenomenal weight lifted. I may or may not have reorganized an entire category of books on my bookshelves as part of my procrastination efforts -- which was also pretty immensely satisfying, I'm not going to lie. I REALLY hated having my YA books all split up across three different bookcases. Now they're MUCH more consolidated, and hopefully soon I can consolidate them even further, but that work might have to wait another 10 days or so.

Apparently I have a habit of getting the first in a series in paperback like a fool.

THIRDLY because I got a glimpse of some cover art concepts for TAMER OF HORSES, and you guys. YOU GUYS. The art was so beautiful I had literal tears in my eyes. Lane Brown, my cover artist, has done an absolutely incredible, fantastic, [insert the most superlative superlative you know here] job and I am just BEYOND excited about sharing it with you when everything is finalized -- which should be VERY soon. (I'm totally wishing I'd saved "phenomenal" for this paragraph now, because Lane Brown deserves it.) Newsletter Subscribers will get to see it FIRST though, so if you haven't subscribed yet, now's the time!

We're also in the final stages of cover design for DAUGHTER OF A THOUSAND YEARS and those concepts have been wonderful, too -- I felt like the designer reached into my brain and pulled out exactly what I'd been imagining. Which means you guys have a LOT of pretty to look forward to, and thrillingly, so do I!

Oh -- don't be alarmed if you notice a few changes around the blog. I think I might have outgrown this particular theme so I'll be experimenting with some variations and designs. Hopefully it will be pretty painless for everyone.