Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Remember When . . . History Was in the Works?

Some years, WhiteFire has a lot of contemporary titles...other years, a lot of historicals. This year is shaping up to be history-filled. And of course, I have my new historical series beginning with Bethany House in September. So for me, 2015 is going to be a year full of history!

I thought it would be fun to give you a peek at what will be filling my calendar for the year. =)

Gathered Waters
by Cara Luecht
I've already shared a bit about this one when I did a cover design post on it last August. (View the post here.) In short, Gathered Waters is set in the late 19th century, following some of the first Swedish Baptists from their home in Sweden to America. This book is a beautiful glimpse into what defines us, where we draw our lines in the sand, and what we're willing to sacrifice for our faith.

The Sound of Diamonds
Steadfast Love Series, Book 1
by Rachelle Rea
Set in the Elizabethan days, The Sound of Diamonds is about a Catholic lady who has taken refuge at a convent in Holland after her parents' murders...only to be caught up in the Iconoclastic Fury, when Dutch protestants hunted down any Catholics they could find and killed them, setting fire to Catholic churches and monasteries and nunneries. She has to get home--but the only man who can help her is the one she hates above all the world--the man wanted for the murder of her parents.

Adventure, romance, and look into a little-known side of the great Catholic/Protestant struggle...oh yes. =)
The Lost Heiress
Ladies of the Manor, Book 1
by Me (Bethany House)

I should be getting my cover for The Lost Heiress very soon--for now, this is my very much unofficial title image, just so I have an image to post. ;-)

I have official catalog copy for this now, so here it is!

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.

A Fair to Remember
The World's Fair Series, Book 1
by Suzie Johnson

Let's all admire the beauty of this cover photo--for which I can take no credit. ;-) The heroine of A Fair to Remember looks like the famous Edwardian actress, Lily Elsie. The above photo is of said actress...but colorized by a very talented Czech artist who granted us permission to use this one, and who will be colorizing old photos for the second two books in the series too! We're all very excited about using actual Edwardian photographs, given a modern twist, for these. =)

We're really excited about the concept of this series too. Each of the 3 books will be set during one of the World's Fairs of the early 20th century, beginning with the Pan-American expo in Buffalo, New York, where the president was shot...

The series will combine history and romance with a bit of suspense, and I for one can't wait to get my hands on it. ;-)

The Sound of Silver
Steadfast Love Series, Book 2
by Rachelle Rea

The cover for this is done, but not revealed you're just getting a wee little glimpse here. ;-)

The Sound of Silver will be the continuing adventure of Gwyn and Dirk from The Sound of Diamonds, taking the reader into the questions of new love and faith, and the price of proving one's innocence.

Giver of Wonders
by Yours Truly
I also already shared a bit about this one in my cover design post from just a little while ago. (View the post here.) =) Giver of Wonders will be the story of St. Nicholas that led to one of our beloved Christmas traditions--gifts in stockings--but will of course not be all about Nick himself. It will instead focus on the recipient of his gift, my fictionalized heroine named Cyprus and her twin sisters, Alexandria and Rhoda. A story of sacrificial love and the boundlessness of faith, this will be another installment of the Visibullis family's story.

It's going to be quite a year! And that's not even looking at the contemporaries and non-fiction on our plate. ;-)


  1. This post makes me happy! I love seeing all these historicals and can't wait to read them!

    I love that WhiteFire is keen on little-known chapters of history--like in Cara's and Suzie's story (what a tease at the end there!).

    But I'm especially looking forward to your new titles, Roseanna! I think I'll like Brook and Cyprus a lot. :)

  2. It sounds as if it's going to be an exciting year! :)

  3. I am SOOOOOOOO excited for all the releases! They all look epic and sound fantastic as well! Will there be possibly by any blog tours?