Author: purplerebecca

The Darkest Hour rough draft done

Some scenes are more or less sketches, but the rough draft for The Darkest Hour is done!
36,000 words, about 170 pages
The Darkest Hour is a standalone Regency romance novella, and also a prequel to The Darkest Summer. It is about the hero’s sister’s romance the year before.

The Darkest Hour:

When Lady Hester discovers her brother Adam, the Duke of Blackdale, was injured in the Battle of Waterloo, she rushes from Scotland to Belgium to be by his side. Her minister, the widowed Reverend Alasdair Gilchrist, escorts her on the journey. She is determined to keep her brother alive, and to keep her greatest secret: she’s been in love with Mr. Gilchrist for years.


I’ll be designing the cover, and hope to release this novella before November.

The Darkest Summer goes to press next month!

Darkest Summer manuscript finished

The Darkest Summer cover

My deadline for finishing The Darkest Summer manuscript was May 31st. I did it!! It’s sent to my editor for it’s first round of editing, which is the substantive/content edit.

The Darkest Summer is a clean romance, Regency retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone. There’s kidnapping, and kissing. 309 pages, around 90,000 words, coming out November 2017.

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Cover Reveal: The Darkest Summer

I’m very excited to reveal the cover design for my first novel, The Darkest Summer!

The Darkest Summer cover

So pretty, and totally fits the story, which is awesome. Designed by the wonderful and talented Priscilla Chaves!

About the Book

Lady Cora Winfield’s life has always gone according to plan—her mother’s plan. So when she meets the dark Duke of Blackdale, Cora is fascinated. Knowing his dangerous reputation, Cora’s mother flatly forbids the match, and the duke decides to take matters into his own hands. Kidnapped and facing a scandal, Lady Cora must now decide whether love will be her downfall or the beginning of a new plan, one she never dreamed possible.

Set in the stormy summer of 1816, this Regency romance is a retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone.

Releasing November 2017.

First novel contract signed!

I’m taking the plunge.

I just signed the publishing contract for my first novel!

I wrote the majority of my novel, working title Persephone: a Regency Retelling, for Nanowrimo 2015. And now it’s getting published! It will come out November 2017 through Cedar Fort.

It’s a Regency romance set in the summer of 1816, when the weather is cold and stormy. There’s a tortured duke (of course), a beautiful young lady, and a mother who says “No! Absolutely not!”

The duke kidnaps his chosen lady and races to Gretna Green. Her mother chases after, dead-set on her daughter marrying another.

It’s fun.

And I have more novels in the works. I’ve finished the rough draft of a YA scifi romance, and have plans for more.

Thanks to Priscilla for the photos!

LTUE 2017 Panels

I’ll be an Art Track panelist at Life, the Universe, and Everything 2017 in Provo, February 16–18.

My schedule at LTUE:

Thursday, February 16
8:00pm LTUE panel: Drawing the Mood: Visual Cues that Lead your Viewer’s Emotions

Friday, February 17
7:00pm LTUE panel: Making your Characters Look Unique: Face Structure to Color Scheme

Update: I’ll also be signing books at the AUTHOR SIGNING PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA! Friday, February 17th in the Ballroom. Only the first hour! From 6pm-6:53pm.

LTUE was my first and still is my favorite genre con/symposium. I love being involved with it.

Handlettered #LIGHTtheWORLD

This last December (2016), I participated in the LDS Church’s #LIGHTtheWORLD social media campaign by doing a hand-lettered quote every day.

Here are some of my favorites from my daily effort.

You can follow me on Instagram, where I’m going to be posting more hand lettering, and sketches.

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Cover design

I’ve been a graphic designer at Cedar Fort Publishing for several years now. I just updated my graphic design portfolio with some more of my favorite book covers from the ones I’ve done in the last few years.

Here are the new ones!

All these books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I have even more of the cover’s I’ve designed on my “Book Covers I Designed” Pinterest board.