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07 December 2011

Meet Two Clash of Historic Covers authors

Your hostess for this clash is Lisa Lickel.
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Please welcome our other two finalists for the Clash of the Historic Covers.

We have now reached the maximum capacity the survey poll can handle. Thank you so much for your votes. You may continue to leave comments to enter the drawing to receive a copy of the winning book. On Friday the The Cover that Best Sets the Mood for the Title will be revealed, along with the winner of the book.

The question, again: Which cover best sets the mood for the title?



About the author:

1.      What is your favorite part of the whole book publishing experience? On which part do you spend the most time?

My favorite part is writing my story and see what unfolds. I spend a lot of time on research for my novels then later as much as I can on marketing to get the word out to readers about them.

I love interacting with other authors and of course my readers!

2.      Why write historical and where did the idea come from for this book?

I have always enjoyed reading the history of times gone by and the West. I read Zane Grey book’s when I was young and always hankered to go to Colorado never knowing that one day I would live there for nearly eight years. So it was just natural for me. The idea for this book came quite suddenly when my agent said my publisher wanted another proposal when I was completing Heart of the West series. I prayed about it because I had no concrete idea at the time, then wandered into my dining room admiring what my Blue Willow dishes in my hutch. God gave me the idea of using Blue Willow china as a theme in the stories for my new series right then—just like a lightning bolt!

3.      How much influence did you have on the cover design? If you could change anything about the experience of getting the perfect cover, what would it be?

Oh, this was the fun part! When they asked what I envisioned for the cover, I told them I’d like my heroine to be burdened and thoughtful, wearing a crisp white Battenberg blouse. I wanted a Blue Willow plate behind her as part of her past and book theme. They did that exactly and I was overjoyed with the gorgeous cover! They also kept my title. That’s always nice. I wouldn’t change a thing about the experience.

4.      If you’re browsing in a bookstore and plan to buy a book you’ve never heard of for something different to read, what influences your purchase?

I’m a sucker for packaging so I’d say the cover design causes me to lift the book from Kindle or off the shelf—even if I don’t know the author.




Maggie's question for you: Is there a specific topic they’d like to see written about the West before 1900’s.

About the book:



Deeply Devoted ~ Back Cover:

A Blue Willow tea set, a tragic past, a worn letter, and devotion to her two younger sisters, is all that mail order bride Catharine Olsen brings from Amsterdam to Cheyenne, WY to meet her future husband. Peter is a gentle, but hard-working wheat farmer, who doesn't realize the extent his meddling mother will go to in order to discredit his bride after he decides not to marry the lady she chose for him. Will Catharine's secret past threaten the idyllic life she has created with her new husband?


When Catharine Olsen leaves Holland for Wyoming as a mail-order bride, she brings some extra baggage with her: two sisters, her mother's set of Blue Willow china, and a tragic past. As she steps off the train, Peter Andersen is glad to see that she is everything her letters showed her to be. But he is a bit perturbed by her unexpected companions. How will he support them all? And what other secrets might Catharine be keeping from him?

Filled with sweet romance and vivid characters, Deeply Devoted highlights a clash of cultures as a highborn European and a simple wheat farmer learn to love one another and trust God with the past--and the future.

This book is also available in Kindle.





About the author:

Catherine was busy working as an occupational therapist and raising her family, when a special song sparked a story within her. She lives with her husband in Nebraska, and, weather permitting, loves to write on her back porch.


1. What is your favorite part of the whole book publishing experience? On which part do you spend the most time?

I love when the seed of an idea bursts into full flower! Then comes the challenge of painting that flower with words onto the page - that's what takes the most time.

2. Why write historical and where did the idea come from for this book?

Spring for Susannah was sparked by a folk song about a mail order bride arriving by train to meet her husband for the first time. I have always loved reading historicals - from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books up to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. My mom is a Virginia history librarian, so I know how to research - and who to ask when I run into a roadblock.

3. How much influence did you have on the cover design? If you could change anything about the experience of getting the perfect cover, what would it be?

Thomas Nelson generously involves the author in the cover process. My editor asked for ideas, and photos or descriptions of the characters. They had the perfect dress - LynneGentry.com has a photo of the publisher's closet. Most importantly of all, they captured the mood of the story - Susannah's reticence and her distance from Jesse. I wouldn't change a thing!

4. If you’re browsing in a bookstore and plan to buy a book you’ve never heard of for something different to read, what influences your purchase?

One of the blessings of being a member of American Christian Fiction Writers is meeting so many wonderful authors. Every visit to a bookstore is an occasion to celebrate a friend's new release. So while a gorgeous or intriguing cover encourages me to pick up a book, the author is the reason to bring it home.

Cathy's question for you: What is your favorite book cover and why?

About the book:

When Susannah goes to Dakota territory as a mail-order bride she finds something she never dreamed she would—true love.

With no prospects for marriage and her parents recently deceased, Susannah Underhill agrees to go west to the Dakota territory to marry her minister’s homesteading brother, Jesse. But Susannah is painfully shy, doesn’t see herself as worthy of love from either a husband or from God, and lives in constant fear that Jesse is going to ship her back to Detroit.

In spite of her petite size and the fact that Susannah doesn’t look like she could survive on the prairie, Jesse quickly discovers that his new wife is a greater blessing than he even hoped for. The years she spent as her father’s veterinary assistant allow her to save Jesse’s ox and twin calves and to help neighboring farmers with their animals.

But Susannah’s feelings of unworthiness are deeply rooted, and she can’t believe that Jesse’s praise—or the tenderness and love he shows—could possibly last. The thawing of her heart seems almost as distant as Spring in the midst of the winter blanketing the Dakota prairie.

This book is also available in Kindle.
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12 comments:

Maggie Brendan said... Wednesday, 07 December, 2011

Thank you for choosing my cover for your contest along with the other beautiful books! My publisher is doing a great promotional giveaway on my Facebook Author Page with great prizes that's hard to resist--Grandprize-a $250 Bed & Breakfast Date night like my H & H had and 2 more fabulous gifts. Here's the link. Hope you'll register to win. :)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maggie-Brendan/209545385783344?sk=app_28134323652

Erica Vetsch said... Wednesday, 07 December, 2011

I'm currently reading Deeply Devoted, and I've put Spring for Susannah in my Amazon.com cart. :D

Lovely book covers, lovely story ideas, and lovely ladies.

April W Gardner said... Wednesday, 07 December, 2011

Maggie, I saw that amazing giveaway yesterday was promoted on Twitter. What a fabulous offer!!
We're so glad to have you here this week. You too, Catherine!

Maggie Brendan said... Wednesday, 07 December, 2011

Erica, hope you enjoy DD. April, I'm so excited about the Giveaway! The prized are connected with my story. Such fun! Wish I could enter. Hehe.

Anonymous said... Wednesday, 07 December, 2011

Deeply Devoted is a gracious read; filled with the best in romantic elements and poignant tension. And it doesn't hurt that the author is as pretty as her cover!
Love to you Maggie,
Kelly Long

Lisa Lickel said... Wednesday, 07 December, 2011

You two closed down the polls today! Great voting. Questions: let's see, what West topic would I like to see? How about something generational about the wild horses? or the excursions to the developing parks--how they traveled and visited and who went, etc.
My favorite book cover: I love a cover that gives me a hint about what's to come. Naomi Musch's cover for The Red Fury is about the coolest I've seen this year.

Maggie Brendan said... Wednesday, 07 December, 2011

Hi-Kelly. What a sweet thing to say. Lisa, I'll keep your suggestions in mind. In my book A Love Of Her Own, the hero is a horse trainer and near the end Glacier National Park land was form. :)

Michelle Sutton said... Wednesday, 07 December, 2011

I loved both of these books. Both have beautiful storylines and authors with a passion for love and marriage. And they also have gorgeous covers. It would be tough to choose.

Cathy said... Wednesday, 07 December, 2011

Thanks, everyone for voting and commenting! I hope all our covers grab readers and say, "Come on in, sit down, and enjoy a great read!" April and Lisa, thank you for having this competition!

Robin Prater said... Thursday, 08 December, 2011

I LOVE both of these covers. They just seem to take you back in time. Beautiful.

I just LOVe Maggie. I met her at the conference this year. Sat by her and she gave me the best advice. She told me to just, write, write, write. She is just simply lovely.

Blessings to you all,
Robin

Delia Latham said... Thursday, 08 December, 2011

Such great covers, and both books sound really good, as well.

Anonymous said... Sunday, 11 December, 2011

I love the cover of Deeply Devoted! The hint of the blue willow in the background is perfect for the story!

Sheri

Item Reviewed: Meet Two Clash of Historic Covers authors Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Lisa J Lickel
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