TBT – Keeper of Trust

FC-Keeper of Trust(originally posted 3.23.2016)

Keeper of Trust is the second book in the Carty Sisters Series by Mary Kay Tuberty. It’s a wonderful story of Irish immigrant Julia Carty and her new life in St. Louis. We were introduced to Julia in the first book, Keeper of Coin and her “flighty” personality was a nice contrast to her calmer sister, Anne. I’m looking forward to diving into this book as soon as it is available from Mantle Rock Publishing on April 22. Here’s a teaser from the back cover.

     Julia Carty resolved that she must change her ways. Her father had called her “flighty” and sent her younger sister to America ahead of her. Her beloved Martin referred to her as his “beautiful butterfly, flitting from one adventure to another.”
She had come to St. Louis in 1861 at the start of the Civil War. In the intervening years, she worked hard at the church mission and at Dempsey’s Bakery to prove she had put aside her childish habits. With the arrival of her young sister Lizzie though, she realized she had not contributed her share to the immigration fund. She left it to her sisters Anne and Kate to save the majority of passage money to bring the children out of Ireland’s poverty.
When Martin suffered a life-threatening accident and faced disabilities that would alter his life forever, he needed her love and support. When additional tragedy struck the Cartys, her dear family turned to her for strength and encouragement. Had she matured, at last? Would she be capable of sustaining them all?

Both books in this series are available on Amazon.


TBT – Music City Mayhem

Music City Mayhem(originally posted 1.2.2016)

Music City Mayhem is the second cover I have created for author Pam Harris in her Mandi Mystery series. It is always a challenge to put together a cover for a preteen book, but I think this one pulls off the energy and color that attracts younger readers. The background skyline of Nashville TN sets the backdrop for the fun and adventure Mandi will jump into in this mystery.

Mandi Ferguson is not impressed by fame. She and her twin sister Kassi, along with her father and great-aunt, are staying on the estate of a famous county music singer, but Mandi is not in awe. Instead, she is intrigued by the faceless woman who appears outside of her bedroom each evening, a woman whose identity no one seems to know. She is also more than curious about who is sending anonymous threats to their hostess Felicity, whom her father has been hired to protect while the police investigate the case. Mandi likes the singer, but she suspects that Felicity and her father may be interested in dating each other—something she definitely doesn’t like.

Add a shoplifter, a missing child, and a car accident on a dark highway to the mix, and Mandi has all she can manage in the few days they have left in Tennessee. Knowing they will have to say good-bye once more to their father when their visit ends and realizing that she and her sister are growing farther apart, Mandi is reluctant to accept the many changes in her life. As she unravels the secrets around her, however, she learns that change, whether good or bad, is not always what it first seems to be.

Music City Mayhem will be available from Mantle Rock Publishing in January, 2016 is available from Mantle Rock Publishing and from AmazonUntil then, check out her first book in the series, The Ghosts of Graceland.

TBT – A Light in Bailey’s Harbor

A Light In Bailey's Harbor(originally posted 10.7.2015)

Light in Bailey’s Harbor is a wonderful debut novel by Bethany Baker. I had a lot of fun pulling together this cover for Bethany. Historical novels are always challenging because it is sometimes hard to find hair styles and clothing that will match the character created by the author. Together with the help of Photoshop and a lot of photos, I was able to pull together a lovely young lady.

     Katy Kippling has an abundance of personality, or so she was told by a recent male acquaintance. Trying to conform to the etiquette of an 1880’s lady is difficult enough, without adding the challenges of having an abundance of personality.
Katy loves the Cana Island Lighthouse, serving her small lakeside town in Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin. In the summer of 1880, the new lighthouse keeper arrives. While Katy imagines his stately captain’s beard and noble brow, Blake Strawberry, the new keeper, is quite the opposite.
Blake is a young man searching for something to heal the pain and heartaches of his past. By moving west and accepting this new position, he plans to forget all of his painful memories and disappointments. What he hasn’t counted on is that the Lord’s voice can be heard just as clearly in Wisconsin as in Massachusetts.

A Light in Bailey’s Harbor is published by Mantle Rock Publishing and is available on Amazon.