Thanks, Dani, for hosting me today. I’m excited to be here, and to share my cover by Reese Dante for Comes a Horseman, which is being released by DSP Publications on 1st August. Reese is always wonderful to work with, and I love how she takes a kernel of an idea and creates something that captures the story so well.
As this is the third and final book in my WWII Echoes Rising series, the cover needed to be work with those for the first two books in the series—Shadowboxing and Winter Duet. The action also shifts to France in this story, and I wanted the cover to reflect that too. I love the palette of this cover. The cliffs at Normandy and the spitfire overhead are in more subdued tones, with the poppy being the single splash of colour.
The main characters in this series are a mix of nationalities, as are others they work with and those they meet through the Resistance, so I felt it was important that the symbol chosen to represent the fallen be so too. The poppy has long been associated with remembering those who lost their lives during war, and they are laid at Normandy to commemorate D-Day.
I am going to miss these characters and their story. They’ve been a part of my life for a very long time.
As part of this cover reveal I’m offering a giveaway of an ebook copy of book one in the series—Shadowboxing—to someone who comments on this post.
Sometimes the most desperate struggles take place far from the battlefield, and what happens in secret can change the course of history.
Victory is close at hand, but freedom remains frustratingly just beyond the grasp of German physicist Dr. Kristopher Lehrer, Resistance fighter Michel, and the remaining members of the team sent by the Allies—Captain Matt Bryant, Sergeant Ken Lowe, and Dr. Zhou Liang—as they fight to keep the atomic plans from the Nazis. The team reaches France and connects with members of Michel’s French Resistance cell in Normandy. Allied troops are poised to liberate France, and rescue is supposedly at hand. However, Kristopher is no longer sure the information he carries in his memory is safe with either side.
When Standartenführer Holm and his men finally catch up with their prey, the team is left with few options as they fight to keep atomic plans from the Nazis. With a traitor in their midst, who can they trust? Kristopher realizes he must become something he is not in order to save the man he loves. Death is biding his time, and sacrifices must be made for any of them to have the futures they want.
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Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning. In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes.
Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical.
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