The Birthday Present (incl. Millhaven Castle) has a lovely new cover! This was the first of my books to be published. Ironically, it's also the last to get a new cover. I tried renovating the cover several times this year, but I kept returning to old images and ideas. But this time something entirely new was brought forward in the design. The tricky part has always been articulating why these two stories belong together, but I'm learning more and more about the stories and that is shown in the new cover. With a serious, foggy-morning sort of ambiance and a strong blue color scheme, this cover reflects "The Birthday Present" story. And the historical (but not too accurate) nature of the girl's costume and her braided, elegant hairstyle bring in some of "Millhaven Castle."
And there will be more updates.
Pleasant Fiction in an Age of Noise
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When I set about defining my books, I wanted them to be positive places where a gentleness emanated from the pages. A hopeful safety lies in gentleness and there's also an honesty to it. A whirlwind of pushy book blurbs and hot characters (or whatever type character the author wants you to admire) can conceal a reality underneath. A quiet--possibly even lurking--reality that's more visible if you dial down the volume. That lurking reality isn't necessarily bad, but like anything quiet, it gets drowned out by conflict and angst. Peaceful fiction can help explore the truth that noisy books ignore.
Bellevere House has been featured on Ezvid Wiki video "10 Wonderfully Inventive Retellings That Interpret Classic Stories in a New Way." Click to see the video.