Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. The Lost Heiress is Roseanna’s tenth published book. Her novels range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com
Back in May of 2014, I had the joy of sharing a post with you all about the first novel I ever wrote, starting at age 12 and finishing at age 13...and how, after 19 long years and a gazillion rewrites, I finally sold it to the first publishing house I queried with it when I was 14. Read the full post here.
I've now gone through two rounds of edits with my editors at Bethany House, we've written back cover copy, catalog copy, and I'm chatting this week with the marketing team. But for me, nothing makes a book feel real like a cover--and I get to share mine today!
Now, before you read further, you have to solemnly swear that you will not laugh at what I'm about to show you. I know some of you are awesome artists, but seriously--laugh at my attempts, and I'll know, man. I'll know, and I'll hunt you down. ;-)
See, I've always liked to have a visual to go along with my story. And while these days I design said visuals in Photoshop, back in the day, it was colored pencil and paper all the way. Back when The Lost Heiress was called Golden Sunset, Silver Tear, I drew the following. At age 12.
Then came college, marriage, kids. Golden got shelved. I wrote 25 other manuscripts. I published 9 of them with WhiteFire, Summerside Press/Guidepost, and Harvest House. And so, when my agent said, "Hey, do you have anything that's Edwardian? Or could be?"...when I pulled out that first manuscript again...
I can't adequately express how much I love how this version turned out...and how it would have impossible to get all the nuance of the characters without all that experience under my belt. All the other books. All the breaks from it. Obviously we can't spend almost two decades on every book, and almost all of my other sales came on books that I turned into the editor within a week of finishing. But I think in a lot of ways, those first books are hardest to get right. Because they're the hardest for us to change. The hardest for us to let go of enough to do what needs done, and to attack with skill learned in later lessons. But I can say with complete certainty that were it not for these...
I wouldn't have the joy of presenting this--the cover of The Lost Heiress!
Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close—but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession—and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.
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