Friday, June 24, 2016

Cover Reveal and a new addition to my family!

I want to thank you all for your comments and opinions on the mock covers I showed you a few weeks ago.  I tallied all your votes, both here and on Facebook, took your comments into consideration and ended up with Mock 2 as the best choice. My cover designer went right to work, perfecting it and here is the final version.  In case you forgot the storyline, I'm posting it below the picture. (if you missed the mock covers, you can see them here )

Alexia D'Clere didn't ask to be Protector of the Spear, but after her dying mother gave her the tiny metal object and made her promise to keep it safe, she had no choice. Orphaned at age 9, she began to take over the running of her parent's castle with the help of a trusted steward. Yet, when a plot to murder her was revealed, a friar whisked her away to live hidden in the forest. There, she learned to shoot expertly with bow and arrow and hone her skills to see into the spirit realm.

Now, at 18, she continues to keep the spear protected, provide meat for the starving village, while secretly caring for her ill sister who still lives in the castle.  With Alexia's powers of spiritual discernment and her skill as an archer, she is no match for those who come for the spear. That is until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King's elite guard. 

Ronar desires nothing more than to do his duty to God and King and pay penance for his past sins. Yet a forest sprite with red, flaming hair blocks his every move, all the while enchanting him like no other.  Something evil lurks at Castle Luxley, and both Ronar and Alexia are soon thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle which will not only test their very beliefs, but put them both in mortal danger.

This book releases in early September. Just a little over TWO MONTHS!  (Which means I better get to finishing it)   If you haven't already signed up for my newsletter and/or signed up to follow this blog, you might want to do that now (Forms on the right ) That way you will be notified when the book goes up for preorder at a discounted price! 

Now, for more important news!
Wednesday Evening, June 22nd, my third grandchild made her entrance into the world.  Please welcome Ava Loren Chavez!   I'd love to post a picture, but my daughter won't allow it.  Rest assured that all 9 lbs 6 ounces of her is healthy and strong and beautiful! 

God has truly blessed me.

Have a wonderful weekend!



  1. Yay! I love the cover! Congratulations on your 3rd grandchild.

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  3. Congrats, my friend, on the arrival of your newest grandchild. The cover looks nice...can't wait to read the rest of the story.

  4. congrats on your third grandbaby, how wonderful!! looking forward to this new book :)
    Blessed weekend to you, MaryLu
    Love Kara

  5. Congrats on the cover and on your newest bundle of joy, Marylu! :) What a blessing indeed! I'm going to personalize the priestly blessing from Numbers 6:24-26 for little granddaughter:

    The Lord bless you
    and keep you, Ava Loren
    25 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you,Ava Loren
    26 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace, Ava Loren".

    All the best to the happy parents!:)

  6. So love the cover!!! Can't wait to read it...I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. Woo-hoo what great news about your grandbaby. Such awesome times, new grand baby, new book!!!

  7. Beautiful! :) Looking forward to the new series!
    Congratulations to your family on the arrival of Ava. How exciting for all of you!

  8. glad for a new book from you! They just get better and better.

  9. Friday 24th,
    "Morning, MaryLu ... and gals."
    Wonderful choice for the cover ... I truly like it best !!!
    "Congratulations" to you all, on the safe arrival of baby Ava .... healthy and well !!! Enjoy this newest blessing !
    Off to Ingersoll for the weekend (visiting my sister).
    Have a good weekend, everyone.
    Thanks for sharing, MaryLu !
    Take care, and, God Bless, In Him, Brenda

  10. Although this wasn't my first choice, I like this mock-up SO much better than the one with the white crochet top she had on, and her hair looks much fuller. Can't wait to read it. Congratulations on the newest addtion to your her name! Happy to hear both mother and baby are doing well.

  11. The new book looks and sounds awesome! I can't wait to read it. And congratulations on the new grandbaby

  12. The new book looks and sounds awesome! I can't wait to read it. And congratulations on the new grandbaby

  13. Thank you all so much for sharing my joy on both counts.. the cover and my new grandbaby! I spent the night at the hospital to help out with the feeding and changing and although I didn't get any sleep, I wouldn't trade the time for anything! Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Comp 2 was my choice. I loved the way her hair was kept out of her eyes with the cord around her forehead. I do like the change of her top as the colors will bend in with the foliage. I do like the addition of a spear tip tattooed on her wrists. Looking forward to another beautiful novel from you! This is going to be difficult waiting but I know it will be worth it!
    Congratulations on Ava 's safe arrival and praying for your daughters recovery. Don't you just love grandchildren!
    And don't you love how God gives us that special blessing of loving the children of our children 💖💖💖💖💖💖

  15. Congrats to you, your daughter and family - MaryLu, so excited for all of you!! Love the name Ava Lauren and know she is even more beautiful than her name. Does she have lots of beautiful hair as her sister does??

    Love the new cover also, it's my fave of the 5, I'm joyfully awaiting the release of 'She Walks in Power'!!

    Love, prayers, and hugs - and revel in the blessing of beautiful Ava!!

  16. Congratulations on your new grand-daughter!

    This is the first that I've seen anything about this book. I've been behind on reviews and skipping checking all my regular sites for new book news to focus on reading. It sounds fabulous! I can't wait to read it.

  17. Oh what a beautiful cover and interesting synopsis!!

  18. The new look and the new book are exciting. I am anxious to read it. Congratulations on the new grandbaby! They are such a blessing!!!

  19. Thank you all so much!!! What a blessing you are to me!

  20. Great cover, MaryLu! I think it's awesome and will draw great interest for sure.
    Love and Blessings,
    Elva Cobb Martin, Pres. ACFW-SC Chapter