Earlier in the summer, I tried to order some more copies of Ring of Secrets, only to learn that they’d gone out of print. As in, forever. No more paperbacks would be produced. Noooooo! So naturally, I immediately emailed my agent, and we struck up a conversation with Harvest House. Long story short, two days later I found myself in possession of the rights of the three Culper Ring novels, as well as the two novellas that were actually always mine to begin with. 😉 This wasn’t something I’d planned on, but it’s certainly nice to know I can now keep them available for everyone!
One of the stipulations of the reversion of rights was that I would have to provide new covers for them, as the original files were not available. Shucks, right? A cover designer hates being told she has to make new covers for some of her first books. 😉 So today, I’m super excited to reveal ALL the new covers at once! (Okay, so the novellas only got small tweaks, since I’d been the one to design those to begin with.)
Of course, I still have some of the old covers in stock, but once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. So below each new cover, there are a couple links. One to the book’s new page with the new cover, where you can purchase paperback to ship as soon as I have them in hand, and one to the OLD cover’s page too–those are now on sale so I can clear out my stock. 😉 (Well, except for Ring of Secrets, because I only have 2 of those left anyway.) Please note that the new paperbacks are still in process and not in hand. I’m working on these as quickly as I can and hope to have them here and shippable within 2 weeks. You can order now, and they’ll ship as soon as I get them!
If you’re looking for ebooks, they’ll be back up at retailers soon–or you can grab them now from WhiteFire! Links for those are at the bottom of the page!
So let’s jump right into the cover reveals with…
Ring of Secrets
This first book in the Culper Ring Series is set during the Revolutionary War, in 1780. Winter is a character living a deception in order to stay alive as a Patriot in Loyalist-held New York…and help other Patriots in any way she can. I wanted an image that would capture both the playful, “brainless” image she projects, but also hint at the secrets she was keeping. And of course, a beautiful era gown was called for! I admit that orange had never been my favorite on the original, though the overall design was lovely, and I did like the model they selected. For my design, I also chose a different script for the font, made it larger to cover the whole cover for easier reading in thumbnail, and added a fun wax seal on a corner of old paper for series branding. So all that takes us from this…
I don’t know about you, but I really love the gown here! The color is just lovely, and I love the little pops of brighter colors in the flowers–especially that it ties in just a bit with the original orange, but redder.
Then of course, we have the only-mildly-updated…
which went from this:
to the very similar this:
As you can see, the biggest changes there were to put the new title banner and series corner on it. Otherwise, I just kept my original design.
Moving on. =) When I received the cover for Whipsers from the Shadows, my daughter declared it “Cinderella!” LOL. I always found it funny that the gown they chose (which I love!) was in use on several other Christian novels too–apparently there are a few major design firms in the same city that all rented costuming from the same theater! How funny is that? For my redesign, I played with quite a few different ideas. Maybe I wanted Gwyn to be painting? But painting requires light, and I wanted to get those SHADOWS in there, so I opted for an exterior scene with a lovely, moody gate instead. And of course, an era dress. (Oh, fun note–all the gowns on the new novel covers are ACTUAL historical pieces! The Met has many public domain images from their collection, and that’s where I found all these! I just found models to “wear” them digitally.)
So here we go!
Whispers from the Shadows
The lovely Cinderella original:
and my new version:
The second novella, A Hero’s Promise, actually got a facelift last year, when I put a model on the original cover, which had just been the Capitol building before. So for the new version, all I did was flip her around to better flow with the rest of the series and change the color of the banner for the same reason. Here are both the new-old version, ha ha, and the updated one.
A Hero’s Promise
And that brings us to the final cover!
I always loved the original cover of Circle of Spies, especially because (a) the model was the designer’s niece, and (b) the seamstress who designed and created the costume had emailed me when I did my original cover reveal to introduce herself and say what fun she had working on Marietta’s gown! So it was sad to let this one go, but obviously necessary.
Because Mari is in half-mourning for most of the book, the dress had to stay gray. But I decided to put her in her sitting room instead of having the theater background, and I do quite like the model I found and the expression on her face. She gets to be in profile, to keep the theme of the models turning different directions throughout the series. So here we have our two versions of
Circle of Spies
More small notes from Roseanna-the-designer; I love that the title banners and series seals not only change color but actually do a reverse-rainbow. Fun, huh? And I also made a point of integrating a bit of color from the other books into each one. Maybe no one else in the world will ever notice that, LOL, but I love the way it binds them all together when you view them side by side! And so, I’ll leave you with that image. And you can let me know what you think of the new face of
The Culper Ring Series
(Just a quick note about availability–these WILL be on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc., but I haven’t had a chance to list them there yet. So for now, you can grab them here. They should be available everywhere in the next week or two!)
Your covers are much more attractive and I love the addition of the wax seals. You should do all your own covers. 😊
LOL. Not always an option or a choice, and usually I love the designs they come up with, but it is SO fun when I get to design them myself! Glad you like these new ones!
The new covers are gorgeous and I love the dresses! Great job! I bet it was a fun project.
I always have a problem with the hair and makeup though, and wonder why cover designers always go for more modern looks than historically accurate ones. I mean, I know they have to wear SOME makeup but cover models are generally so airbrushed, it really throws the cover off.
Largely it’s because when you’re using stock photography, you’re limited to what you can find. And models tend to wear a lot of makeup. I can take some off digitally (and did), but too much and it starts to look fake. So it’s a matter of balance. Of course, when you can do a photo shoot you can control that–though even so, some makeup is necessary to keep the cameras and lighting from washing them out. Always a balancing act, for sure! (Though let it be noted that cosmetics were ALWAYS a thing…it just wasn’t openly discussed until the mid-1900s, LOL.)
These look so great!! I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by the cover, but they still need to be enticing enough for us to pick them up in the first place! I think Circle of Spies is my favorite.
Beautiful covers and colors! Love the waxed seal indicating the series.
Love them all! You did a fantastic job!
I just love the new covers!! I tend to love all of the covers that you do for other authors, too. I have all of the ebooks already so it’s the old covers for me. So glad that you were able to gain the rights for these!
While I liked the original covers I love the new ones even more.
I think the remakes are beautiful! I live the color aesthetics and the title font… Beautifully done ❤️
Love the new covers! You did a great job improving them. It’s a good thing for my purse that i already own the originals because these are sure tempting!
Lovely design details that vault these covers to a whole new level of polish and appeal, particularly Ring of Secrets, Whispers from the Shadows, and Circle of Spies.
I adore the gowns!