Friday, October 2, 2015

Cover Reveal!

My next release (slated for February 2016) is entitled Charity's Cross. The past few weeks my cover designer and I have been furiously working on getting the final cover designed and completed. There really wasn't time to include you all in the process this time, sorry, but I will show you below all the mock pictures.  First of all, a bit about the story. This will be a follow on story to my Charles Towne Belles series. I'm not calling it book 4, although it really is. You will finally hear all about what happened to Charity Westcott, the poor 4th Westcott sister who was left behind in England married to a beast of a man! (And I think you'll be excited to see who the hero is!)

Suspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship out of Portsmouth, England heading for the colonies. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but the ship’s destination is Nassau. When she spots her husband’s brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship at port, she jumps overboard.

Elias Dutton, missionary and son of the famous pirate, Rowan Dutton, must get to Barbados as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him with her safety. He cannot let them down—again.  But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados.

Pirates, storms, shipwreck and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias’ heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a godly woman pure as the virgin sands of the Caribbean. He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a murderer, and he is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities

Here are all the mock covers my designer sent me initially to choose from:











Because of the storyline, I needed a very suspenseful look and wanted the model to appear frightened and running for her life. So, I combined the model who looked the most frightened with a different background and here is the final proof!




Too late to change it, but I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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29 comments:

  1. Fri Oct 2nd,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    First off ... I am THRILLED that Charity's story will be forthcoming .... something to greatly look forward to in 2016 !!!
    Secondly .... I for one, like "all" of the designer's covers you shared with us. So any of the combinations -- perfect ! Love the finished result ! Vibrant and intriguing in appearance ... can hardly wait to read it !
    Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Take care, and, God Bless, In Him, Brenda

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  2. Love the cover! So excited to read this story! Nice way of merging the two series together. Very sneaky/brilliant... 😊

    Shoni

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  3. The cover is amazing and I love how you are combining the two series! :)

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  4. I love the first one-so serene looking But the final fits perfect with your book description. It's suspenseful & eye-catching.

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  5. Love the cover, Cap'n MaryLu! Can't wait to read it!

    Also....

    Elias Dutton!? As in THE Dutton family?! Huzzah! I'm so excited that you're combining the series! Coming from a fellow author, I must say that I harbor great admiration for any author that weaves the intriguing complexity into their tales as you have done! You're an inspiration, Cap'n!

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  6. I'll admit the first and third covers with the blue dress were my favorite, but the final cover looks good, too. The model's pose, dress and background lay the ground work for a story of mystery and intrigue. Congratulations on another fantastic cover. I'm anxiously awaiting Elias and Charity's story and fingers crossed that there will be an update on Elais' parents :-)

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  7. Super good news and the cover is beautiful as always. Looking forward to reading it and adding it to my MaryLu collections!

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  8. I love it!! For me it's a cover that is calling me to pick it up and buy it and read it as soon as I get home. It's a beautiful cover.

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  9. Oh My Goodness! Cannot wait to read this!!!!!!!! Beautiful cover! I as well, love the combining of both series! So excited!!!!

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  10. Gorgeous! Some advice : next cover reveal, show the final cover first. When you share this post, it grabs the first picture shown. :-)

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  11. I think that the one you have works the best, but I also think the first one was really pretty. The others didn't do much for me.

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  12. I love it, and agree the cover you picked is the best one, based on storyline!! Joyfully anticipating the release of 'Charity's Cross'!! Thanks for giving us a peek at the cover!!


    Love, prayers, & hugs - MaryLu!!

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  13. Sounds like another great book MaryLu! All the potential covers are very pretty. My favorite is the first one with the blue dress. But she certainly would be to calm-looking for the story-line. The finished book cover is beautiful.
    Blessings, Tina

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  14. I LOVE it! The final cover is perfect. I can't wait to read this book!!

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  15. I think you picked the perfect one for the cover! And I seriously cannot wait to read it!!! :-)

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  16. Thank you all so much! I actually really liked the first one too. I may use it for another book, but it didn't fit the suspense of Charity's story. You are all sweet to drop by and cheer me on. :-)

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  17. Love the cover, all of them are beautiful but I'm partial to the red! :-) Can't wait to read this one!!

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  18. I'm thrilled to my toes about this book...especially when I saw the name Rowan Dutton! Love the red...fabulous cover! Thx for the sneak peek, MaryLu!

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  19. Oh my goodness! Excited! Thrilled! I love your books! And can not wait for this exciting tale for us to read! I love the cover. The first one with the blue was my fave too, but agree the one you picked fits. So keep the blue in mind for later, it seems to be a hit! ��

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  20. Love it MaryLu!! I have been missing your stories... There's just no one who writes like you!! Can hardly wait!!

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  21. Fantastic! I'm excited to see that this book is coming ... thanks for sharing! YAY!!

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  22. MaryLu, I love your chosen cover. The red caught my eye immediately.
    I've shared this blog on twitter. May God bless this new book. Can't wait to read it.
    Elva Cobb Martin, Pres. ACFW-SC Chapter, Anderson, SC

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  23. Love the cover and can't wait to read the book.

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  24. I am so ecstatic! I been wanting a happy ending for Charity since I read The Raven Saint. The cover art is amazing. It really helps portray suspense and adventure. I truly can't wait! Is Charity's Cross going to be available as a paper back?
    God Bless!

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  25. Thank you all SO MUCH!! You have really blessed me. Yes, Christian, this will be in paperback too. :-)

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  26. Fantastic! The cover begins to tell the story! I'm intrigued. I still remember the first time I picked up the first book in this series in Walmart and I've been hooked on your writing ever since!

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    1. Thank you, Carla, you're so sweet. :-)

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  27. Looking forward to this book. I recently read The Reckoning so was surprised and interested to hear of the Rowan Dutton connection. About the cover, personally I wonder if a "godly" woman of the 1700's would have worn red and that low of a neckline? Just thinking... It is a beautiful cover otherwise.

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