EVOLUTION OF A COVER ~ RESTLESS IN CAROLINA (Releasing Mid-Winter 2016)

Here we go again! The last Evolution Of A Cover was for NOWHERE CAROLINA, the second book in the Southern Discomfort series (Available 12.30.15). Now for the third and final book, RESTLESS IN CAROLINA. The following process took my cover designer about a week.

PART I: The Original Restless In Carolina ~ I was thrilled with the original RESTLESS IN CAROLINA cover from Waterbrook/Multnomah–unique, fun, and it said Bridget Pickwick up one side and down the other. But it’s time to put a new cover on the book that allows readers a look at the face above those jeans–and, of course, her hero, J.C.

 

PART II: Sigh-Able Places ~ When I landed on this sigh-able background, I knew it was a perfect fit–just as I imagined the Pickwick mansion at the end of that long driveway.

 

PART III: Finding The Perfect Bridget and J.C. ~ I fell in love with the joyous kiss shared by this couple and nearly used the photo for the new cover of NOWHERE IN CAROLINA. But it kept whispering “Bridget and J.C.,” so I held it in reserve. But now there’s work to be done. My once-upon-a-dreadlocked Barbie doll is a blonde, and J.C. doesn’t sport an earring.


 

PART IV: Of Dusk and Fireflies ~ The perfect background for that joyous kiss! The lamp is a great prop, but its placement is awkward. I keep imagining J.C. backing into it (should the kiss get more joyous–and it might). Hmm. What do you think about a flashlight instead? Thumbs up on the fireflies. However, let’s cut back on their number–love me some sparkle, but that’s too much. Bridget’s hair could be darker and needs more detailing. As for that neon green font. No. Just…no. Let’s try yellow, a bit paler than the glow of the lamp.

 

PART V: Losing The Glow ~ Hmm. I like the flashlight, but you’re right, we’ve lost the magical glow over the couple. Okay, back to the lamp (less the tripping hazard). As for fireflies, that number works. The yellow font is a go, and to be consistent with the first two books, move the series title to the upper right corner.

 

PART VI: Ta da! ~ Series title. Check. Lamp placement. Check. Romance. Check. Introducing the new RESTLESS IN CAROLINA: Book Three (Southern Discomfort) available mid-winter 2016.

 

PART VII: The Complete Southern Discomfort

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NOWHERE CAROLINA Now Available!

NOWHERE CAROLINA, the second book in the Southern Discomfort series is now available at Amazon, iBooks Store, Kobo Books–and coming soon to Nook.

Maggie Pickwick is a lifetime away from her days as head cheerleader and the mistakes she made in high school. Twelve years later, this single mom has traded pompoms for an auctioneer’s gavel, popularity for peace and quiet, and strives to be a good example for her daughter, Devyn. She’s keeping it together just fine until an old flame moves back to her little North Carolina town.

Renowned artist Reece Thorpe wants nothing to do with Maggie after what she did in high school, but he might also be Devyn’s father. Fed by her own pride and fear for her daughter’s happiness, Maggie finds herself on a slippery slope of white lies as she attempts to convince Reece that she has changed. But the truth has a way of making itself known, and now Maggie’s past and present mistakes could ruin her chance at love.

To read an excerpt, visit: Tamara Leigh ~ Nowhere Carolina

To purchase a copy, visit: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo Books and soon at B&N

EVOLUTION OF A COVER ~ BARON OF BLACKWOOD (Releasing 2016)

I don’t suppose I’ve mentioned how awesome my cover designer is. Oh, have I? It bears repeating. This episode of Evolution of a Cover was to have been for RESTLESS IN CAROLINA, but when I asked my wonderful readers if they’d prefer a sneak peek at BARON OF BLACKWOOD… Oh. My. Word. So coming up–Baron Griffin de Arell and his bride-to-be, Lady Quintin Boursier. P/S: From start to finish, the process took about 5 days.

PART I: THE PERFECT GRIFFIN ~ Come on. Do I need to justify my reason for picking this knight in shining armor to portray the formidable Baron Griffin de Arell? The man speaks for himself–well, once we get rid of those Fabio locks 🙂

PART II: THE PERFECT QUINTIN ~ “Too soft, too sweet,” I muttered over the multitude of potential Quintin Boursiers. And then in strolled the lady herself, vim and vigor in every step. But that cap? Well, we’re all allowed the occasional fashion faux pas.

PART III: POSITIONING GRIFFIN AND QUINTIN ~ Here’s the first mock up, using the same format as the first two books in the series, BARON OF GODSMERE and BARON OF EMBERLY, and a similar background to which we need to add a medieval castle. Thank goodness that cap of Quintin’s is history. And love the swirling banner, this time green to represent the house of De Arell. If you’ve read the first book in the series, you know the relationship between these two is pretty contentious–see that dagger of hers?–so let’s turn this couple opposite each other. Now, Griffin… Make his tunic black and trim it in green to match his family’s colors, and definitely shorten his hair. Quintin… The color of her gown is a bit bland. Pink? Purple?

PART IV: PERFECTING GRIFFIN AND QUINTIN  ~ Love the castle background, and having the hero and heroine turned opposite each other sets the right tone. Griffin’s short hair is perfect. Now his tunic…much better color, but I’m thinking replace the cross with a griffin. And his eyes are intense blue. Quintin doesn’t have the usual medieval lady’s long tresses (with good reason), but let’s lengthen her hair a bit and turn it black. Eyes-wise, hers are Foucault brown. I do like this color of gown, but can I see it in other colors? And what do you think about a necklace? Oh, let’s put space between these two to show more of the banner-wrapped blade. Whew!

PART V: OF GRIFFINS AND COLORFUL GOWNS ~ Nice griffin, Griffin de Arell. Very manly. And, my, such blue eyes you have. Quintin’s hair length is about right, so let’s give her some wave. Lovely necklace. The gowns are beautifully vibrant, but none grab me. How about a darker version of her original color? Say, burnt orange? Lastly, there needs to be a bit more space between the baron and his lady. Almost there!

PART VI: TA DA! ~ The finalized BARON OF BLACKWOOD! Hopping up and down happy. Thank you for joining me on the journey. Wasn’t that fun?

PART VII: AND NOW THERE ARE THREE ~ BARON OF GODSMERE and BARON OF EMBERLY meet BARON OF BLACKWOOD. Just look at those jewel tones!

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Website: www.tamaraleigh.com

BARON OF EMBERLY ~ NOW AVAILABLE ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas, dear Readers!

Thank you for your patience in waiting on BARON OF EMBERLY: Book Two (The Feud). The romance of Lady Thomasin and Baron Magnus Verdun took a bit longer than expected–those two have minds of their own–but it’s finally here. Please welcome them to my fictional family, and if you have time (I know it’s in short supply this season of joy), take a peek at the synopsis and excerpt.

A WARRIOR DANGEROUSLY IN CONTROL

England, 1334 ~ In the second book of The Feud series, Baron Magnus Verdun is a warrior whose handsome face gives little indication of the darkness he struggles to contain. While pursuing the murderous brigands who plague his lands, he becomes the unwitting savior of the woman the king has decreed he wed—the reckless Lady Thomasin, whose very presence threatens his carefully ordered life. And more so when she proves outspoken beyond what is required of a dutiful wife. Can he tame this woman whose willful ways ought to offend, but instead captivate? More, dare he allow her near and risk exposing the secret that could push her away?

A LADY PERILOUSLY IMPROPER

Despite efforts to make a proper lady of her, the illegitimate Thomasin de Arell knows she is no match for the Baron of Emberly. Though she expects her new husband will think her beneath him, she is unprepared when he insists on separate chambers. When he also demands she control her behavior, the spurned Thomasin rebels—and unknowingly becomes the pawn of forces determined to further the feud. But upon finding herself in Magnus’s arms, she discovers he is not as indifferent as he would have her believe. And when she glimpses his torment, she is determined to shine light on his darkness. Will he let her in? Or will their enemies use the distrust between husband and wife for their own ends?

In this sequel to the bestselling medieval romance, Baron Of Godsmere, join Baron Verdun and his lady as they discover that true love seeks first the soul, and is as easily seen in the dark as in the light.

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

To purchase, visit: Amazon.com, iBooks Store, Kobo, Barnes & Noble

NOWHERE CAROLINA: Book II (Southern Discomfort) : Pre-Order for 12.30.15 Release

NOWHERE CAROLINA ~ It’s official! We have a release date of December 30, 2015 ~ Now available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon and Kobo Books and coming soon to iBooks and B&N.

Maggie Pickwick is a lifetime away from her days as head cheerleader and the mistakes she made in high school. Twelve years later, this single mom has traded pompoms for an auctioneer’s gavel, popularity for peace and quiet, and strives to be a good example for her daughter, Devyn. She’s keeping it together just fine until an old flame moves back to her little North Carolina town.

Renowned artist Reece Thorpe wants nothing to do with Maggie after what she did in high school, but he might also be Devyn’s father. Fed by her own pride and fear for her daughter’s happiness, Maggie finds herself on a slippery slope of white lies as she attempts to convince Reece that she has changed. But the truth has a way of making itself known, and now Maggie’s past and present mistakes could ruin her chance at love.

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

LADY OF CONQUEST: Audiobook Now Available!

So excited to announce the audiobook release of the #1 Bestselling LADY OF CONQUEST, narrated by the beautifully talented Mary Sarah Agliotta.

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England of The Norman Conquest, 1068: Two years have passed since the Battle of Hastings changed the course of a nation. As the defeated Saxons continue to chafe against the yoke of Norman rule, Rhiannyn of Etcheverry finds herself at the center of a rebellion when the conqueror she refuses to wed dies in her arms—cursing her to never know the love of a man or the blessing of children. Certain only her silence can save her people from retaliation, she holds close the dark truth about his death. But when his avenging brother saves her life, she discovers another side to the celebrated warrior of Hastings—one that will test her loyalties and beliefs. And expose the innocent heart beneath her Saxon pride.

UNFORGIVEN

Renouncing his holy vows, Maxen Pendery pledges to discover who murdered his brother—even at the cost of the soul he has wrestled to save since thrusting his sword in the blood-soaked soil of Hastings and walking away. But when Rhiannyn of Etcheverry is at his mercy, she continues to protect the rebel leader to whom she was once betrothed. Though breathtakingly lovely, she refuses to use her wiles against Maxen, instead disarming him with her sharp tongue, strong will, and a selflessness that unexpectedly stirs his ignoble heart. Might the cursed beauty be the death of him? Or could she prove his redemption?

Preview an audio sample at: Amazon.com, Audible.com  iBooks Store

Read an excerpt at: tamaraleigh.com

Another Round Of Edits (AROE) ~ BARON OF EMBERLY: Chapter Eight

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On to the next installment of “Another Round Of Edits (AROE)” in which this author begins the process of editing the full manuscript of Baron Of Emberly–108,215 words to be exact. The following is from the first–there will be more–and most intense round of edits that ensures BOE is fit and trim for her 12.16.15 release:

A WARRIOR DANGEROUSLY IN CONTROL

England, 1334 ~ In the second book of The Feud series, Baron Magnus Verdun is a warrior whose handsome face gives little indication of the darkness he struggles to contain. While pursuing the murderous brigands who plague his lands, he becomes the unwitting savior of the woman the king has decreed he wed—the reckless Lady Thomasin, whose very presence threatens his carefully ordered life. And more so when she proves outspoken beyond what is required of a dutiful wife. Can he tame this woman whose willful ways ought to offend, but instead captivate? More, dare he allow her near and risk exposing the secret that could push her away?


A LADY PERILOUSLY IMPROPER

Despite efforts to make a proper lady of her, the illegitimate Thomasin de Arell knows she is no match for the Baron of Emberly. Though she expects her new husband will think her beneath him, she is unprepared when he insists on separate chambers. When he also demands she control her behavior, the spurned Thomasin rebels—and unknowingly becomes the pawn of forces determined to further the feud. But upon finding herself in Magnus’s arms, she discovers he is not as indifferent as he would have her believe. And when she glimpses his torment, she is determined to shine light on his darkness. Will he let her in? Or will their enemies use the distrust between husband and wife for their own ends?

In this sequel to the bestselling medieval romance, Baron Of Godsmere, join Baron Verdun and his lady as they discover that true love seeks first the soul, and is as easily seen in the dark as in the light.


To Pre-Order, visit: Amazon ~ Baron Of Emberly

To Read the edited excerpt, visit: Tamara Leigh ~ Baron Of Emberly