EVOLUTION OF A COVER ~ PERFECTING KATE (Head Over Heels) Re-release

Ready for another episode of Evolution Of A Cover? This time, it’s for the upcoming re-release of my second inspirational romance, PERFECTING KATE. Here’s the original cover. Cute, though I was never quite happy with it. But we can do something about that!


PART I: Though the first four of my seven “chick lits” are stand alones, I decided to tie them together under the “Head Over Heels” series title—a nod to the lovely combination of romance and high heels with a big city feel. Let’s start with the first concept my cover designer worked up. I like this, but I want to keep the look of Stealing Adda by showing my heroine top to bottom–or nearly so 🙂 Thus, time to hunt down an alternative.


PART II: The alternative! Kate’s a muralist, so this is quite the fit. Now, in staying with the look of Stealing Adda, let’s flip it so the ladder is on the left-hand side, add some high heels, and show only a partial of her face.

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PART III: First Mock Up ~ Love the high heels! To better tie in the books, I’d like to duplicate the cut paper background created for Stealing Adda, but in a different color. And though I like the wood floor, it’s busy. Also, I’m thinking turquoise heels would be nice to pick up on the blue in the title. Oh, and let’s show more of her face–say, to just above the eyebrows–and give her dark curly hair. Um, one more thing…Kate has a bit more up front. Can you…you know…?

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PART IV: Second Mock Up ~ Love the pink background! Thumbs up on the title color change and the blue heels. What do you think about changing the paint on the roller brush to pink (as if she’s just painted that background) and the author name to blue? As for her hair… Curly is where it’s at, but I’d like to see less of it. And I’m thinking white for her top and pink for the tagline since there are a few too many colors. As for that bit up front… It’s a bit too much 🙂

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PART V: The Final! Introducing the new and improved PERFECTING KATE cover that was completed last fall and took about a week from concept to finished product. Have I mentioned how amazing my cover designer is? Coming soon: the new SPLITTING HARRIET and FAKING GRACE.

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TOMATO ASPARAGUS FRITTATA

Frittatas are not only quick and easy to prepare, but they’re a tasty and fairly inexpensive meal–well, providing you don’t go all fancy and toss in caviar and smoked salmon and the like. Although this recipe makes four nice-sized servings, our abbreviated family of three (You know exactly what you’re missing, Junior!) worked its way through the entire dish. But then, Senior and Junior Too were hungrier than usual. Oh, to have their metabolism…

1 tbsp olive oil

2/3 cup red onion, minced

8 thin asparagus spears, chopped

8 eggs

sea salt

ground black pepper

1 tbsp parsley, divided

2 large tomatoes, diced and divided

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

1) Preheat broiler

2) Heat oil in large oven-safe skillet over medium heat; add onions and cook 5 minutes; add asparagus and cook 3 minutes

3) Meanwhile, beat eggs in medium-sized bowl and season with salt and pepper; add half the parsley

4) Pour egg mixture in pan over onions and asparagus; add half the tomatoes and stir gently; stand back and let frittata cook until eggs are almost set, about 5 minutes; remove from heat and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top; place frittata under broiler and cook 3 minutes until cheese is melted and eggs are set and lightly browned; remove from oven

5) Top frittata with remaining tomatoes and parsley; serve with a lovely green salad

Servings: 4

BARON OF GODSMERE ~ NOW AVAILABLE ~ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

BARON OF GODSMERE: Book One (The Feud) ~ Please welcome Baron Boursier and Elianor of Emberly to my fictional family. They’re feisty, these two 🙂

THE FEUD

England, 1308. Three noblemen secretly gather to ally against their treacherous lord. But though each is elevated to a baron in his own right and given a portion of his lord’s lands, jealousy and reprisals lead to a twenty-five year feud, pitting family against family, passing father to son.

THE DECREE
England, 1333. The chink in Baron Boursier’s armor is his fondness for a lovely face. When it costs him half his sight and brands him as one who abuses women, he vows to never again be “blinded” by beauty. Thus, given the choice between forfeiting his lands and wedding one of his enemies to end their feud, he chooses as his betrothed the lady said to be plain of face, rejecting the lady rumored to be most fair.

THE ENEMY
On the eve of the deadline to honor the king’s decree of marriage, the fair Elianor of Emberly takes matters into her own hands. Determined none will suffer marriage to the man better known as The Boursier, she sets in motion her plan to imprison him long enough to ensure his barony is forfeited. But when all goes awry and her wrathful enemy compels her to wed him to save his lands, she discovers he is either much changed or much maligned. And the real enemy is one who lurks in their midst. One bent on keeping the feud burning.

To read an excerpt, visit: www.tamaraleigh.com

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SKILLET CHICKEN CORDON BLEU: THE PEPPER JACK VERSION

This easy dish is impressive, not only in presentation but taste. Though I usually use chicken tenderloins in place of whole chicken breasts since tenderloins are more forgiving when it comes to “moist and tender,” use whichever you like (though I would give whole breasts a good pounding to thin them a bit). As for the Pepper Jack cheese, it’s every bit as good as mozzarella–in a different way, of course. Enjoy!

3/4 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs

1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs

3 tbsp chopped parsley, divided

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

8 chicken tenderloins

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter

8 slices deli ham

8 slices Pepper Jack Cheese

1) Preheat broiler

2) In large zip top bag, add Italian and Panko breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp parsley (reserving 1 tbsp for topping), salt, and pepper; shake to combine; add chicken and shake to coat

3) In oven-safe skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and butter; when butter melts, add breaded chicken to skillet and cook 3-4 minutes each side until done; remove skillet from heat

4) Place slice of ham on each chicken tenderloin in skillet, followed by slice of Pepper Jack cheese; place skillet under broiler and broil 2 minutes until cheese melts and is lightly browned; remove from oven and sprinkle with reserved parsley; yum!

Servings: 4

BARON OF GODSMERE: BOOK ONE (THE FEUD) ~ Back Cover Copy

At last! Back cover copy for BARON OF GODSMERE: Book One in The Feud series (Available Valentine’s Day)

THE FEUD ~ England, 1308 ~ Three noblemen secretly gather to ally against their treacherous lord. But though each is elevated to a baron in his own right and given a portion of his lord’s lands, jealousy and reprisals lead to a twenty-five year feud, pitting family against family, passing father to son.


THE DECREE ~ England, 1333 ~ The chink in Baron Boursier’s armor is his fondness for a lovely face. When it costs him half his sight and brands him as one who abuses women, he vows to never again be “blinded” by beauty. Thus, given the choice between forfeiting his lands and wedding one of his enemies to end their feud, he chooses as his betrothed the lady said to be plain of face, rejecting the lady rumored to be most fair.

THE ENEMY ~ On the eve of the deadline to honor the king’s decree of marriage, the fair Elianor of Emberly takes matters into her own hands. Determined none will suffer marriage to the man better known as The Boursier, she sets in motion her plan to imprison him long enough to ensure his barony is forfeited. But when all goes awry and her wrathful enemy compels her to wed him to save his lands, she discovers he is either much changed or much maligned. And the real enemy is one who lurks in their midst. One bent on keeping the feud burning.

To read an excerpt of the tale of Baron Boursier and Elianor of Emberly, visit: www.tamaraleigh.com