Monday, January 31, 2011

New Cover Art! And New Goals!

Today's a day to unveil some new cover art. Both of these books, A Log Cabin Christmas Collection and A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas release in September, 2011. Both are available for preorder on Squee!

Here's the description of A Log Cabin Christmas Collection from the page:

Experience Christmas through the eyes of adventuresome settlers who relied on log cabins built from trees on their own land to see them through the cruel forces of winter. Discover how rough-hewed shelters become a home in which faith, hope, and love can flourish. Marvel in the blessings of Christmas celebrations without the trappings of modern commercialism where the true meaning of the day shines through. And treasure this exclusive collection of nine Christmas romances penned by some of Christian fiction’s best-selling authors.

Penned by an exclusive selection of Christian fiction authors—including Margaret Brownley, Wanda E. Brunstetter, and Jane Kirkpatrick—this collection of nine romances will become an instant treasure. The American pioneer history comes to life within rough-hewn walls where faith, hope, and love flourish, especially at Christmastime.

My story Christmas Service appears in A Log Cabin Christmas Collection. Here's a bit about the story:

Set in the Minnesota North Woods in December, 1875, a blacksmith teaches the preacher’s daughter what it means to serve one another in love.

And here is the product description for A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas from

Quench your craving for good fiction with this wonderfully written Old West adventure. Hoping to leave the shadows of her shady yesteryears behind, Adeline Reid is focusing on her photography career. But when her ex-boyfriend’s compatriot in crime shows up in Dodge City her entire past is threatened by exposure. Can Addie keep her secrets while helping to catch a killer? Deputy Miles Carr’s investigation into a shopkeeper’s murder leads him to Addie’s door. Will his attraction to this female photographer keep him from catching the true culprit? Or will Addie lead him off course in more ways than one?

Deputy Miles Carr has his hands full trying to keep the peace in Dodge City and find a local shopkeeper’s killer. When his inquiries lead him to the door of Addie Reid’s photography studio, he finds himself more than a little distracted. Does this beauty hold the clue to the killer’s identity?

Since it's near the beginning of the month, I thought I'd also post some of my goals for February:

1. Add LOTS of words to Stars in her Eyes. I've got over 10K done on this story. The original deadline was set for 3/15, but because of signing contracts for the two works above, my editor JoAnne was kind enough to extend the deadline for this story until June 1st. But, I do hope to have the story done well before then. I had hoped to be able to finish it by the original due date, but that probably won't happen. My new goal is to have it ready to turn in by April 1st.

2. Research on Sagebrush Knights. Here's where I call on an expert. The ladies in these novellas are all the daughters of a professor of medieval studies. I am NOT fluent in Anglo-Saxon or the Arthurian Legends. So it's CJ to the rescue! My friend CJ was a Medieval Literature major in college, and she's already come to my aid as I start the brainstorming/plotting for this story. Yay, CJ!
3. Whatever edits come my way for upcoming books. Last week I finished the galley proofs for Before the Dawn, due out this April. Copy edits for Light to My Path will be showing up sometime in February or early March.  These always have priority over whatever else I'm working on at the moment.

4. Booksigning February 12th in Sioux Falls, SD at Crossroads Books. Mary Connealy and Rose Ross Zediker will also be there! Good times!!

What about you? Do you have any goals for February?

Oh, and join me over at Shannon Taylor Vannatter's Inkslinger Blog this week. I'm talking about my real life love story and you can win a copy of the now out-of-print The Bartered Bride.


  1. It's beautiful! Congrats on all your success. You're doing great and keeping me motivated :)

  2. YUMMY YUM YUM!!! I can't wait to read! :)

  3. Such exciting news! And what a sweet looking bride and handsome groom.

  4. Linda1:54 PM

    Can't wait!

  5. Yay, Erica! This is so exciting. Congratulations on them both and I'm sure you'll make your new goal :)

  6. Gorgeous covers! Definitely eye catching.

  7. Congratulations on your wonderful covers. Barbour's design team does great work. I'm particularly fond of the Portrait cover. =)

  8. Covers say so much, don't they? All that first impression stuff.

    We are "working" on the China cover right now:)

    Blessings, Erica