With Every Breath on Pinterest

Casualty1900The release of With Every Breath is less than a month away!  I’ve put together a Pinterest page that provides a bit of a glimpse into the tone and topic of the book.

I’m thrilled to bits about the upcoming release. I think With Every Breath is my most heart-wrenching and romantic book to date.  Its about two childhood rivals who meet again as adults, and find to their mutual surprise that they are perfect for one another. Kate is a bright, brilliant, and funny statistician, while Trevor is a difficult, gloomy, but altogether heroic physician. Together they are unstoppable.

Look for it everywhere August 5 (although for some odd reason, the e-version releases on July 29.)

(The photo above is from a terrific BBC series called Casaualty 1900. I loved the Victorian hospital setting, and thought this guy really looks like how I envision the darkly tormented Dr. Trevor McDonough.)




Book Cover Wars

Gilbert CopiesCover Wars: The U.S. vs. the UK

I’m always a little fascinated at how different countries chose entirely different cover art for the same book.  On rare occasions there can be copyright restrictions that prohibit selling a cover overseas so a new one must be made…. But usually it is simply a matter of the marketing departments thinking they know their national audience best, and want a custom-made cover.

Compare these two images for Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book. Both covers are lovely, but the U.S. version (on the left) has a delicate, antique feel, while I’m not sure what the vivid, almost stress-inducing color scheme of the U.K. version is trying to convey.

For more fun looking at rival book covers, click here

With Every Breath

With Every Breath_NewMy next novel is on the way!

So….with about four months until my next novel hits the stores, I’m thrilled to debut the cover!

Here is the blurb:

Washington D.C., 1891.

In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston has a respectable job as a government statistician when she encounters a rival from her past, the insufferable Trevor McDonough. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, so why did he track her down after more than ten years apart to recruit her onto his medical team? In a daring move, Kate agrees to Trevor’s risky proposal to work side-by-side in a quest to rid the world of tuberculosis, a disease so deadly it could kill anyone coming too close.

As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, she begins falling in love with this fascinating man…but she soon learns his terrible secret. Meanwhile, a while a shadowy enemy lurks in the background, threatening to destroy everything they hold dear.

A story of courage and betrayal, triumph and redemption, Kate and Trevor will risk everything to overcome the barriers between them.

Look for it August 1.

True Stories of the Chicago Fire, pt. 2

Chicago needlepoint

Today I am sharing an image sent to me by Carol in Boynton Beach, Florida, whose great-grandmother survived the Chicago fire.

Carol reports that her great-grandmother completed this tapestry just a few months before the fire, and it was one of the things she chose to bring with her in the chaos of that night.  As my last blog post said, the fire came with no warning, and very few people were able to secure a wagon to transport their belongings.  For most people, the only things they were able to save had to be carried on their backs.

The people who survived the fire were able to salvage so little of their lives, that those few belongings carried immense emotional value for them.  When I wrote Into the Whirlwind, I included a scene where Mollie decides to keep her stained, cinder-marked scarf as a beautiful/terrible reminder of what she lived through.  Many accounts I read by the fire’s survivors mentioned how they treasured those few items they could salvage.

Carol reports that this tapestry has been passed down through the generations….a memento of that amazing, terrible night.  Many thanks to Carol for sending it along!