I recently asked Dawné Dominique of Dusktildawn Designs to create a cover for the third book in The Sword and the Rose Series. Although the novella has only recently been completed and has yet to be submitted to a publisher I always feel that having a cover ready, or an idea for a cover, gives me encouragement to move on to my next project. Equally, it is hoped, that such display of enthusiasm allows potential publishers confidence in my commitment to my stories.
I have always been delighted with Dawné’s work but what she came up with this time just blew me away:
Passionate Harvest is a 27,000 word Historical Romance Novella
[The Sword in the Rose Series – Book 3]
Copyright © Louise Roberts 2016
Manuscript completed available for publication
Cover design by Dawné Dominique
All cover art © 2016 by Dusktildawn Designs
It is April 1622 and Magdalena Lorca is newly arrived at the Villa Sant’ Angelo in eastern Spain. She is maid and chaperon to Senorita Elena de Cellorigo-Borja who has travelled from Seville to meet her Valencian family.
As Magdalena is integrated into the household staff she gradually gets to familiarise with the surroundings. The Estates located near the village of Cullera are extensive and boast formidable orchards of citrus and stone fruits, but the family’s pride is their vineyards.
When Magdalena meets the wine-master, Joquim Alvares, for the first time their mutual attraction is immediate and develops into a strong friendship.
But will Elena’s impetuousness and selfish attitude towards her maid servant threaten to jeopardise any chance of romance for the young woman?
The only hope Joquim and Magdalena have will depend on whether Elena’s change in circumstance causes her to mellow when she in turn is courted by the Estate’s heir.
Book 1: The Sword and the Rose is a 124,600 word Historical Saga with romantic elements that was first published by Secret Cravings Publishing USA in 2014. Sadly just twelve months later publishing rights were restored to me when SCP closed its doors.
As I adored the cover Dawné had designed I asked to buy it, as well as the cover for book 2:
Book 1 Book 2
Happily thanks to Kate Miles at Luminosity Publishing, UK, The Sword and the Rose is to be given a second chance when in May 2016 I was offered a three-year worldwide publishing contract which, of course, I accepted. The icing on the cake is that as Kate loved the cover as much as I did she agreed to release the book using that cover. The Sword and the Rose is to be released on 20th August 2016 (my birthday – what a great gift).
You’ll initially be able to obtain the book on Luminosity’s website at http://luminositypublishing.com/ and then on the usual popular book distributors.
Buy links will be added to the blog page of The Sword and the Rose as they become available.
Whether books 2 and 3 will also get published this year we’ll just have to wait and see….