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Monday, June 3, 2013

{Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes: COVER REVEAL + A GIVEAWAY!}

It's with great enthusiasm that I present the cover of Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes!  I met Amber years ago in the blogging world at her blog Seasons of Humility.  Perhaps you've met her there as well!  I've always enjoyed her sweet, kind-hearted spirit, as well as her awesome book reviews and devotionals.  Last summer, she gave me the opportunity to be an early reader of the beginning of her upcoming novel, Bleeding Heart, and I jumped at the chance!  Let me say, it was amazing, and I was left wanting to read the entire novel.  Thankfully, I won't have to wait much longer . . . and neither will you!  Bleeding Heart is tentatively scheduled to be published in August 2013!  Please take a moment to find out more about the book, the author, and the book's cover designer.  And be sure not to miss the beautiful, themed giveaway!
About the Book:
Five bleeding hearts. One profound journey. Summer 1886

Sally Clay’s livelihood has been snatched away, but in its place arises an opportunity to escape from her sordid past and an unrelenting, unwanted suitor. Boarding a train with a heartsick rancher and an enigmatic miner, she leaves Virginia City behind and heads to Northern California, waiting for the chance to make right what went wrong three long years before.

But the road to revenge is far from smooth. Sally soon learns that the jagged pieces of a broken heart can far too easily wound the hearts of others – and hers isn’t the only heart that’s broken. Tragedy and fear dog her steps as she flees from the redwood forests to the high desert and back again. Will her bleeding heart ever find a way and a place to heal?

A desperate soiled dove. Three men who come to care for her. One man determined to claim her.

All on a journey that will show them what true love really involves.

Inspirational Historical Romance

The Book’s Blog:
In conjunction with the cover reveal, Amber’s doing a “blog reveal,” as well! You can find all the latest news about Bleeding Heart, along with book extras, at the Bleeding Heart blog.

About the Author:
Amber Stokes has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a passion for the written word - from blogging to writing poetry, short stories, and novels. After her brief time at college in Oregon, she is now back home among the redwoods of Northern California, living life one day at a time and pursuing her passion via freelance editing and self-publishing her debut novel, Bleeding Heart. You can connect with Amber on her blog, Seasons of Humility.

About the Cover Designer:
Lena Goldfinch lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of "sigh-worthy" romance. You can visit her online at

Teaser from Bleeding Heart:


Breaking hearts should be considered a crime. That would make Elizabeth Lawson an outlaw and Joe Clifton the victim. And that wasn’t a far stretch in Joe’s mind. She had rounded up his heart, branded her name across it when it should never have belonged to her, and then left him high and dry. Still, he was getting sick of hanging around the scene of the crime. He just didn’t know where else to go.
Lake Tahoe had once been his favorite get-away destination, a place where he could go to just sit back and enjoy the view of water as clear as a shined-up mirror. Now those crystal depths and the unmoving boulders along the water’s edge taunted him, bringing back memories of a happy proposal and a less-than-happy scene where his heart was handed back to him on a silver platter – bruised, broken, and bleeding.
He didn’t want to make any more memories like that. So he made a promise to himself: He would never let anyone break his heart again.

In addition to this amazing cover reveal and book preview, Amber is including a great giveaway!  Check out the beautiful prizes purchased from Cindy Lindgrin and Belle on a BudgetBe sure to enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

Noted Cards designed by Cindy Lindgren
Teardrop Earrings designed by Belle on a Budget

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thank you so much, Michelle, for being a part of the cover reveal - and for being an early reader!! I hope you'll enjoy/be blessed by the rest of the book when you read it - and I hope it lives up to your expectations! Blessed by your support and encouragement! <3


    1. You're welcome, Amber! It's my pleasure! And thank YOU for including me in your writing journey! It's very exciting, and I look forward to seeing all that God has in store for you!

      And I hear that it's your birthday today!! Happy, Happy Birthday to you! What a FUN DAY! I pray that it's filled with much joy and happiness!

      Sweet Blessings, Amber!

    2. Oh, I almost forgot . . . I added an introduction to this blog post. I don't know what I was thinking; I should have included it from the beginning. Silly me. :/


    I absolutely LOVE the cover and wondered how much input did you have on its direction/look?


    1. Hello, dear Julie! So good to see you here, my friend. Happy Monday to you! :D

    2. Yay!!! That means a LOT coming from the queen of romance! :) Thank you!

      And I actually had a ton of input - Lena and I worked together on the cover for the whole process (she did the actual work; I just helped pick out images and the like). Our secret Pinterest board is filled with images we both pinned to try to find the right concept for the book. :) Lena pinned that model picture, and I knew as soon I saw it that I wanted it for the cover! Lena happily obliged. :) Then I found the background image, Lena went to work, and I gave some input on the different mock covers she put together. I saw you included this as a question for my FAQ page (thank you!), so I can maybe go into a little more detail there, if you're interested. :) And you can read some more about it on Seasons of Humility today, as well! Lena is an amazing cover designer, author, and friend, and I'm grateful I was able to have so much input on the cover!

      ~Borders Girl

  3. Hey Michelle! LOVE the preview of this book. The cover is beautiful and the prologue and blurb drew me in. LET ME KNOW when it releases! I'd love to read it:) Congrats on your debut, Amber!

    1. Susan,

      So grateful to hear that the cover AND the prologue/blurb intrigued you! Thank you for your kind words!! :) Hoping to have this out in e-book format in August, Lord willing!


  4. Michelle you have a lovely blog. I am enjoying Amber's cover reveal. Amber and Lena did a wonderful job on it. Best wishes.