Catching Up and Cover Reveal

I’m ashamed to see I haven’t posted on the blog for over a month!  But it’s been a manically busy summer for me and there just never seem to be enough hours in the day.  Perhaps I need better time management?  Or just less work 🙂

At the moment I’m working on the edits for my next novel, The Secret Kiss of Darkness, and this reminded me that I haven’t done a cover reveal for it yet.  So here it is – tah-dah!  Yet another triumph for Choc Lit’s cover designer, Berni Stevens – I love the deep, dark red!

The Secret Kiss of Darkness is a time slip novel and here is the blurb to give you an idea of the story:-

Must forbidden love end in heartbreak?

Kayla Sinclair knows she’s in big trouble when she almost bankrupts herself to buy a life-size portrait of a mysterious eighteenth century man at an auction.

Jago Kerswell, inn-keeper and smuggler, knows there is danger in those stolen moments with Lady Eliza Marcombe, but he’ll take any risk to be with her.

Over two centuries separate Kayla and Jago, but when Kayla’s jealous fiancé presents her with an ultimatum, and Jago and Eliza’s affair is tragically discovered, their lives become inextricably linked thanks to a gypsy’s spell. Kayla finds herself on a quest that could heal the past, but what she cannot foresee is the danger in her own future.

Will Kayla find heartache or happiness?

It’s due to be published by Choc Lit in February 2014, but should be available as an e-book before then.

In the meantime, New England Rocks has been well and truly launched and my talented daughter has helped me create some lovely character bookmarks to use as giveaways for reviewers, bloggers and competition winners.  If you’d like some, let me know!

Hope you’ve all had a great summer!

Must forbidden love end in heartbreak?

Kayla Sinclair knows she’s in big trouble when she almost bankrupts herself to buy a life-size portrait of a mysterious eighteenth century man at an auction.

Jago Kerswell, inn-keeper and smuggler, knows there is danger in those stolen moments with Lady Eliza Marcombe, but he’ll take any risk to be with her.

Over two centuries separate Kayla and Jago, but when Kayla’s jealous fiancé presents her with an ultimatum, and Jago and Eliza’s affair is tragically discovered, their lives become inextricably linked thanks to a gypsy’s spell. Kayla finds herself on a quest that could heal the past, but what she cannot foresee is the danger in her own future.

Will Kayla find heartache or happiness?

17 Comments

  1. Oooh, that looks as if it’ll sell by the truckload! Congratulations!

    Comment by Chris Stovell — August 28, 2013 @ 8:56 am

  2. Fabulous cover, Christina! I, too, love the deep red, which closely resembles the tips of my nails 🙂

    Comment by Liz Harris — August 28, 2013 @ 8:58 am

  3. Love it – looks very mysterious. Can’t wait to read it.

    Comment by Jnaet — August 28, 2013 @ 9:03 am

  4. Looks fabulous! Looking forward to reading it, although I do remember having read an excerpt a few years ago 🙂

    Comment by Henriette Gyland — August 28, 2013 @ 10:09 am

  5. Many thanks everyone, glad you like it too! 🙂

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — August 28, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  6. Gorgeous, Christina and Berni.

    Kayla’s a great name. Wish I’d thought of it first! x

    Comment by Sue Moorcroft — August 28, 2013 @ 10:35 am

  7. Gorgeous cover, Christina. Sounds right up my street, too! Congratulations!

    Comment by Sarah Tranter — August 28, 2013 @ 10:38 am

  8. I absolutely love its mysteriousness (my daughter’s word) and the blurb. How exciting, Christina! It looks like both you and Berni have excelled yourselves.

    Comment by Beverley Eikli — August 28, 2013 @ 10:40 am

  9. That cover is stunning, and it sounds amazing!! Very excited 🙂

    Comment by Sorcha — August 28, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  10. Thanks, Sue – you have no idea how long it took me to get to Kayla! She’s had more names than I care to think of and none of them fit her – weird how some characters are like that 🙂

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — August 28, 2013 @ 11:10 am

  11. Mysteriousness is a great word, Beverley – thank you! xx

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — August 28, 2013 @ 11:10 am

  12. Just a teensy bit disappointed here, as I hoped I was going to meet Jamie – but I’ll get over it. 🙂 Love timeslip, and this sounds fantastic, and it looks fantastic too, but that’s no surprise. 🙂 Another Berniebelter.

    Comment by Liv Thomas — August 28, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

  13. I LOVE the cover – am so going to buy this in paperback! Looking forward to finding out about Kayla and Jago.

    Sue
    x

    Comment by Sue Fortin — August 28, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

  14. So very happy for you!!! Seeing as it’s public, I added it to Goodreads and marked it! Cannot wait. It sounds wonderful.

    Comment by Tara Chevrestt — August 28, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

  15. Thanks again, everyone, and don’t worry Liv – Jamie is coming next I hope! 🙂
    Tara – thank you!

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — August 28, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

  16. Gorgeous cover, Christina!

    The book looks absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to read it. I absolutely adored the name Jago – there’s a romance novel hero’s name if I ever heard one!

    Comment by Julie B. — August 29, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

  17. Many thanks, Julie, really pleased you like it! And yes, love the name Jago – I couldn’t resist using that for a hero 🙂

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — August 30, 2013 @ 9:58 am

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