My publisher sent me the cover art for Until the Harvest, book #2 in the Appalachian Blessings series, some weeks ago. And all I could do was gaze upon it, longing to show it to everyone I know. The rule of thumb is–don’t share the cover art until readers can order the book. Or, to put it another way, don’t create a demand you can’t fulfill.
Well, as of yesterday evening, Until the Harvest is available for pre-order through several major retailers. So here it is. Book #2.
Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!? When I saw the cover of Miracle in a Dry Season I really liked it, but kept thinking that it would be more appropriate if that apron were full of apples or speckled brown eggs. Peaches always seemed so very Southern and I write Appalachian (which is a whole other thing–ask anyone from West Virginia or Eastern Kentucky). So here are my eggs and they are PERFECT. Plus that shade of blue. Sigh.
Of course, the real test is what’s beyond the cover. Here’s the summary:
When a family tragedy derails Henry Phillips’s college studies, he’s left unmoored and feeling abandoned. Although Henry tries to find escape in bad company, the only things that can tamp down his anger and grief are the family farm, his fiddle, and sweet but unusual pre-teen Mayfair Hoffman.
Unfortunately, Mayfair’s older sister, Margaret, with the freckles and cute, turned-up nose, has the opposite effect. Worse, she’s his grandmother’s housekeeper and helper, so she’s always around and ready to push his buttons. At first he thinks she doesn’t care about his loss, before beginning to understand she’s facing her own struggles. Mayfair’s health and unique gift sit at the heart of those worries, and Henry and Margaret soon find themselves relying on each other as both Henry’s future and Mayfair’s life are put at risk.
Until the Harvest releases May 5, 2015. Can’t wait to hear what you think!