Cover Reveal – The Illusionist’s Apprentice + Release News

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I love this photo because it’s a spot surrounded by books, where we can warm our hands on a mug of hot coffee and chat with dear friends. The fact that you’re here means you signed up for this newsletter and that’s an honor to me — that you’d want to invite me to sit, and share, and walk this author journey together!

We’ve got so many exciting things going on right now at, that I needed a special edition Writing Desk Newsletter to share it all — including a special cover reveal that you’ll only find here… So sit back, sip your coffee, and get ready to check out the details on what’s happening in my writing world!

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The circus is coming to town… but you can catch it early — with a $4.99 pre-order special that I’m SO excited to share! There’s only (1) day left to join in on this pre-order special:

** The first 100 readers to pre-order + email their receipt to will receive a special-edition circus treasure box with exclusive content:

o Bonus Cá d’Zan mansion maps (Follow Mable’s footsteps as you read!)

o In-depth Character Profiles

o Bookmark & Signed Bookplate

o Special-Edition Poster

o The first 5 chapters of the book!

There’s more to come — especially if you get your front-row ticket first!


Click on a link below to order The Ringmaster’s Wife:

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Surprise! I’m pleased to be the June Novelist of the Month at Rachel McRae’s Shelf Life blog! I’m sharing (what else?)— my favorite Top 10 Author Hashtags for book-loving authors.

Believe it or not, I wrote this on the road while traveling with my family to promote The Ringmaster’s Wife. Curious about what this author life is really like? You’ll find the (sometimes comical) behind-the-scenes look here: 


Drumroll… Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for — the final cover art reveal for The Illusionist’s Apprentice, my next historical fiction release from HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson) coming March, 2017:

FINAL Cover_June 2016

Curious about the story after seeing this gorgeous cover? It’s the Jazz Age story about Jenny “Wren” Lockhart— a female vaudevillian and one-time apprentice to the world famous Harry Houdini— who finds herself drawn into the mystery of vaudeville in Boston’s 1920s world of vaudeville.

We’re editing the story now, and I can’t wait to share it with you! But in the meantime, you can stop by and check out the book updates on GoodReads.

Converse_turquoiseWHAT’S NEXT: Where are my walking shoes taking me to research next?

If you haven’t yet signed up for my Writing Desk Newsletter, you’ll want to now (on the right side of the screen on a PC/MAC -or- at the bottom of the post on mobile technology).

In the weeks ahead, I’ll have some exciting book news to share that you absolutely won’t want to miss— and I’ll be sharing it exclusively in this newsletter. Stay tuned, friends!

Thanks for hanging out with me today to celebrate the cover reveal for The Illusionist’s Apprentice. I’m going to go refill my mug and dive into edits. (The writer’s life, huh?)

With THANKS that you’re all here,


7 thoughts on “Cover Reveal – The Illusionist’s Apprentice + Release News

  1. I already love everything about this book and now with a top hat in the mix… *sigh*. 🙂 This is at the tippity top of my anticipated reads for 2017. Can’t wait!!!! Congrats on the gorgeous cover and happy, happy released day!

    1. Hi Dana ~ Thanks for the encouragement! I don’t see why it wouldn’t be. Follow the instructions and email the pre-order receipt, and you should be good! Happy reading. 🙂

  2. Gorgeous was the exact word that slipped out of my mouth when I saw that cover. Then that’s the same word you used to describe it. Great minds…

    Congratulations on being Lifeway’s Novelist of the Month! How awesome is that? And well deserved.

    Can’t wait to read these two intriguing stories.

    Happy editing, mon ami.


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