Thursday, March 31, 2011

Preview of my First Book Cover: Colonial Courtships

I'm so excited to share with you the very first book cover I've had, designed for one of my upcoming books.  Colonial Courtships is due out in May 2012 and features my novella Carving a Future.  It was so much fun to give input to the cover designers, and they even used the model that I picked. This cover shows the inside of the inn which is prominent in the story. This cover will be used in Barbour's catalog, but there may be yet a few minor adjustments made before a final version is released. I can't tell you how I looked forward to seeing my first book cover! It makes it all seem more real. Soon I will be submitting the input for the design my The Shadow Catcher's Daughter and look forward to seeing what they do with that as well.

 

Colonial Courtships

Historical Romance Novella Collection
by: Carla Olson Gade, Amber Stockton, Laurie Alice Eakes, Lisa Karon Richardson
May 2012 - Under contract
Barbour Publishing

Collection Summary: Set during the years 1753-1762, Colonial Courtships features the four Ingersoll brothers who reside in Glassenbury, Connecticut with their widowed mother at their family hostelry, The Red Griffin Inn. In Carving a Future, eldest son Nathaniel Ingersoll has worked many years toward his dream of becoming a master ship figurehead carver, but then he risks all to save Constance Starling, who arrives on the Connecticut coast too ill for anyone to accept her indenture. Trading Hearts tells the tale of Jonathan Ingersoll who makes a way for himself as a merchant trader and meets Clara Marie Preston working in her father’s inn, but competition and animosity from her brother put his career at risk and his chances at love on a low scale. Over a Barrel is the story of baker Gideon Ingersoll, after years of fighting alongside the British on the frontier wants peace, not the love and adventure thrust upon him when he finds a child in one of his flour barrels and Sarah Carter, the girl’s mother, claiming they were abducted.  Impressed by Love is about the youngest son, Alden Ingersoll, who is press ganged into tending a British naval captain, and his only goal is to get back to his medical practice and patients, until he catches sight of the captain’s fetching niece, Phoebe Carlisle. Will adventure thwart the brothers' plans or set them on a course of love?

My Novella: Carving a Future (1753):  Ship figurehead carver Nathaniel Ingersoll has apprenticed for many years under his Uncle Phineas and hopes to become a master ship carver in his own right. Constance Starling was spirited away from England to the Connecticut coast as an indentured servant, arriving too ill for anyone to accept her. When Nathaniel takes pity on her, he purchases her contract. Has he jeopardized the future he has worked so hard to achieve for the welfare of a weakly servant?

28 comments :

  1. Woohoo! So cute. Congratulations!

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  2. Thanks, Kaye! My sons are already in love with the model! I think her expression captures my heroine's character.

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  3. Oh, I find those colors particularly attractive (so's the model, without looking too modern). Very nice, Carla. I'm excited for you!

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  4. Thanks, Lori. I love the colors. They might tweak the color of her top though (I do hope).

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  5. Congratulations honey! I'm publishing my first novel this month too! Maybe we could link up about our releases! Kori xoxo

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  6. OH MY WORD! This is so 18th-century, Carla! Love the inn background, her expression, the colors, clothing, etc. I'm already envisioning it on my shelf - after I devour it, of course;)

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  7. Love it, Carla! Beautiful! Congrats & blessings, dear frend.

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  8. Congratulations Carla!! I love it!

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  9. I love it! How exciting this must be to see!

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  10. Wow, that is so beautiful! How exciting!!! You must be so thrilled;
    I am so happy for you!!!

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  11. What a wonderful cover! I love the colors and the model. Of course, I really like seeing your name along with those other talented authors, Carla. Congratulations!

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  12. Congrats, Carla! I like stories about craftsmen...yours sounds intriguing.

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  13. i like the cover, Carla. It's quite attractive. And I love the synopses of the stories - very intriguing!

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  14. Thank you, Kori and congratulations yourself! This book is coming out in 2012, is that when yours will be released or is it this year? Would love to link up.

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  15. I was hoping you'd like it, Laura!
    It's so authentic there's even a dead duck hanging from the beams. LOL! I'm thrilled with the way it came out. The great designers did not disappoint!

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  16. Thank you so everyone for your sweet comments and good wishes! This is such an exciting time for me and it's so nice to share it all with you!

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  17. Beautiful cover, Carla! She is so cute!

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  18. Great Cover! I will help draw readers for sure. :)

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  19. Hi Carla -

    Congrats on the bookcover! Beautiful.

    I'm curious. Is Glassenbury the old name for the current Glastonbury, CT?

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  20. Yes, it is, Susan. Glastonbury, CT was called Glassenbury during the 18th century.

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  21. Behind the scenes at the Inkwell, we were chatting up the list of covers when they came out (LISA AND GINA got all the previews...) and we all loved this one.

    Barber did a knockout job. I can't wait to read it Carla!

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  22. Hi Carla,
    Our warmest good wishes and heartfelt congratulations!
    Adam and Mary

    http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

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  23. I like the cover, and this sounds like the type of book I love to read. I'm looking forward to it!

    Carol Benedict

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  24. Love the cover and you've inspired me to do a similiar post!

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  25. Hi Gina,
    Yes, you should. I did this, inspired by Tiff Stockton.

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