Cover Reveal for NORTH BY NORTHANGER (and a few vacation pictures)

Cover Reveal for NORTH BY NORTHANGER (and a few vacation pictures)

Happy Summer, everyone! I hope you all are keeping cool and enjoying some downtime. I wanted you to be the first to see the cover for my upcoming novel. I must admit that instead of working hard on the edits, I have spent the last month vacationing with my family, but now that I am back home, I am back to work, hoping to publish it in the next few months.

Back Cover Copy:

While Eva Morland waits for her first-ever blind date to arrive, she meets Grant Tilney. Not only does flirting come easily with Grant, he is also the only man she’s ever met who shares her appreciation for black-and-white movies and vintage diners. After he leaves, she notices that he left his phone behind. Setting out to find his office and return the phone, she knocks on a warehouse door. The man who answers the door is anything but helpful, however. He mistakes Eva for Leslie Kaplan, a government spy, who’s come to investigate his crime ring. He and his partner force Eva into a car and drive her to a secluded trailer in the country.

Eva’s kidnapping sets her down a path of suspense, romance, and comedy as she uses all her wits to escape from the bad guys and prove her true identity. Grant comes to her rescue, hiding her in the cab of his semi-truck, but it seems that the criminals are always a step ahead.

As they journey North, Eva begins to question not only her own identity, but Grant’s. She must discover for herself if Grant is one of the good guys or bad guys. Only then will she know whether he’s worth the risk of her own life.

Fans of Hitchcock and Jane Austen will enjoy this modern mash-up of North by Northwest with Northanger Abbey.

I thought I’d also throw in some vacation pictures. We usually don’t take big vacations, but this year, my husband decided that our kids needed to see Cape Verde, a third world country where I spent time doing missionary work before we were married. He thought it would help them appreciate their life better and be more compassionate. Then the idea just morphed. I had also spent time in Portugal, and it wasn’t much more expensive to stop there on our way home.

Cape Verde is a group of islands off the West Coast of Africa. It was under Portuguese rule until the 1970s. The people have made a lot of progress since then. Most people now have running water and electricity.

Our hotel, Casas do Sol, on Fogo island. Fogo has an active volcano, so a lot of tourists come here just to visit the volcano. We took a short hike around the volcano and were able to feel the heat of lava coming from a crack in the ground.

 

My boys enjoyed being the only ones on the black sand beach on Fogo.

 

These are some houses in the oldest city on Praia. Twenty-six years ago, a lot off the houses looked like these.

 

Portugal was much the same as I remembered although the people do seem happier and more prosperous since becoming part of the European Union. It is such a fascinating country with so much history. We visited a castle, beautiful cathedrals, and prehistoric megaliths.

 

This is the Chapel of Bones in Evora. It’s a chapel made from human bones, supposedly to remind people that they are going to die and mend their ways. My boys loved it.

 

This is a site known as the Stonehenge of Portugal. There are a lot more megaliths there than I could get in the picture. These are probably only about fifteen percent of them.

 

Here is my son at Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. The younger kids had pooped out by this time and chose to spend the time in a nearby park.

 

It was definitely an adventure–sometimes a little stressful of one–but I hope we have all returned home with a greater appreciation for people and places all over the world.

 

16 Responses to Cover Reveal for NORTH BY NORTHANGER (and a few vacation pictures)

  1. Hello! As Portuguese, I’m really glad you enjoyed your vacations here in my country! By the way, where did you take the seconde picture? With the stone monuments? I can’t identity the place… Much success to your new book!

  2. Love that this is a mash-up of Hitchcock and Jane Austen as I’m a fan of both. Lovely cover, for some reason even though the model looks nothing like her, it reminded me of Audrey Hepburn, I guess because of the elegance. Thanks for sharing pictures of your trip, it looks like a lot of fun.

  3. Congratulations on this book. I thought of Hitchcock before I read this is a mashup.

    It sounds lovely. Northanger Abbey is one of my top 3 Jane Austen books.

  4. Love the cover!! What an intriguing concept for a mash-up!! 😀 Putting it on my Goodreads shelf!

    The vacation photos are amazing!! I especially loved the one of the monastery; I have such a passion for old churches, abbeys, and monasteries. Wow!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your new cover and your vacation pics with us!!

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

    • Thank you, Susanne. I wish I had better pictures from inside the csthedrals we visited. Most of them are too dark for my camera skills, but they were amazing to visit.

  5. Great back cover copy. The book sounds amazing. That’s a really nice cover. That looks like a great vacation, too 🙂

  6. What a great idea! Nice pics of your vacation! I think I would have been a bit creeped out in the Chapel of Bones!lol Your boys looked like they had great fun especially on the beach!lol

  7. What a creative plot. It sounds so interesting. blessings on its launch and success… Love the cover. Your pictures are amazing. I’m sure your boys will remember this trip forever… and you have the pictures to prove it.

    • Thanks, J.W. I sure hope they remember this trip forever because we’re not going to be able to spend that much on a trip again in the near future. It was very worth it, though.

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