It’s Release Day!!!

It’s Release Day!!!

It’s Release Day!

There are some books that flow so easily from imagination into the world…and then there are the ones we really have to work at. A Portrait of Loyalty took a lot of hard for me, LOL, but the result is a story that I am SUPER excited about! I love the depth the characters ended up having. I love the glimpse into a side of intelligence I hadn’t explored before–photography and propoganda and what is a noble use of art. I loved bringing in a bit of Russian history and touching on the Bolshevik Revolution, exploring both sides of that divide and really pondering how we can forgive an entire society that has names us an enemy. And of course, I loved getting to bring some of those characters from previous books back onto the page!

Thank you for joining me as we launch Lily and Zivon into the world! We have some fun things for you today…Including a GIVEAWAY! But first…a little about the book…

About the Book

He sees patterns in what she deems chaos.
She sees beauty in a world he thought destroyed.

Zivon Marin was one of Russia’s top cryptographers until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee to England after speaking out against Lenin, Zivon is driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits. But never far from his mind is his brother, whom Zivon fears died in the train crash that separated them.

Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and re-creating photographs. With her father’s connections in propaganda, she’s recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove if she ever found out.

After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily that soon takes over their hearts. But both have secrets they’re unwilling to share, and neither is entirely sure they can trust the other. When Zivon’s loyalties are called into question, proving him honest is about more than one couple’s future dreams–it becomes a matter of ending the war.

A Portrait of Loyalty Prize Pack

A Portrait of Loyalty PRIZE PACK Includes:

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Prizes subject to change due to availability. Open to US mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited. Giveaway open 9/8/2020 – 9/15/2020. One (1) winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and will be notified via the email provided. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize before a new winner is selected. See for more information.

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International Giveaway

International Prize Includes:

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Announcing Chrism Press!

Announcing Chrism Press!

An exciting announcement for writers and readers who are Catholic or Orthodox! WhiteFire Publishing is acquiring titles for a brand new imprint ~ Chrism Press!

Chrism Press is a brand-new imprint of WhiteFire Publishing dedicated to stories informed by Catholic and Orthodox Christianity that may not be able to find a home in either mainstream secular or evangelical presses. Karen Ullo and Rhonda Franklin Ortiz are the imprint’s new lead editors and as such have become part of the WhiteFire editorial board. We are thrilled (!) to announce that we are open to queries to adult and young adult fiction in all genres.

What is Chrism Press looking for? To quote our mission statement:

 “Whether Christian themes are presented overtly, subtly, or symbolically, Chrism Press seeks Spirit-filled fiction in all genres. We are not afraid of darkness; we enjoy the strange and the weird, as well as humor, romance, adventure, and fun. We strongly believe that fiction should never be boring.”

WhiteFire Publishing was founded in 2005 by me and my husband, David. In 2018 we launched a juvenile fiction line, WhiteSpark, and acquired Ashberry Lane, which is now our dedicated romance imprint. Between these three divisions, our growing company boasts a list of about 150 titles, including books by respected and well-known Christian market authors such as Melody Carlson, Susie Finkbeiner, Camille Eide, Christy Barritt, and of course, me. 😉

How Chrism Press came about is a long story, full of surprises and the working of the Holy Spirit. It actually began with conversations between us and Rhonda (a college friend who I reconnected with thanks to our shared love of writing Christian fiction) and Karen thanks to the #BeBetter group. Rhonda and Karen had been discussing the idea of publishing for a while, and a random mention of it to us had David and I both thinking independently that it would make a great addition to the WhiteFire family. So we mentioned the possibility of an imprint, and it just took off from there. We believe that Catholic and Orthodox fiction will enrich not only our company’s offerings, but the Christian market at large. I personally know after publishing The Number of Love, with its Catholic main characters, that this is a niche that needs filling, and which readers are hungry for. It’s such a privilege and honor to get to work with these talented editors and authors to bring the vision to life!

We encourage everyone to check out the website and follow Chrism Press on Facebook and Instagram. If you’re a writer with a manuscript that’s ready to submit, we encourage you to consider Chrism Press. And if you’re one of the Catholic readers I heard from last year who is eager for more fiction that represents YOU, be sure to sign up for the WhiteFire/Chrism newsletter, where news about our Chrism acquisitions and releases will be shared first, along with other stuff relevant to all the imprints!

Summer Reading!

Summer Reading!

Summer is in full swing and I thought it would be fun to share with you some fun Book News and some Deals that you won’t want to miss out on!

eBook Deal

Head to your favorite eBook Retailer to snag The Culper Ring series ON SALE!

Coming Soon!

I am excited to announce….That I will be releasing the Culper Ring Novellas in PRINT soon! Here is a peek at the compilation cover.

PreOrders NOW Available!

Special PreOrder Price – $12
He sees patterns in what she deems chaos. She sees beauty in a world he thought destroyed. – Book Three in The Codebreakers Series

Available September 1, 2020 (Price will increase after release)

Special PreOrder Price – $12
Cordelia Owens can weave a hopeful dream around anything and is well used to winning the hearts of everyone in Savannah with her whimsy. – Stand Alone Novel
Available January 5, 2021 (Price will increase after release)

Summer Discount!

Shop my store and receive 20% off your order with the code “summer20”!
(Some restrictions apply.)


Tea Party Book Club

Join me on Friday, August 7 for a virtual Tea Party to discuss the final book in my Shadows Over England series, sip on delicious tea, and make new reader friends!


In case you missed it…I have a podcast now! You can check out new episodes HERE!

Bookish Tees & Totes

I’m excited to have a line of bookish T-shirts and tote bags available now! You can buy directly from my store or through my new shop on Etsy! (The Etsy store is set up to support international shipping, so if you have a non-US address, this is the best option.)

Happy Reading and Enjoy Summer!!!



Hello, lovely readers!
I’m going to be taking this week off the blog…and will be migrating it to my website. So if you’re visiting right now, you may see a few hiccups as I get everything transferred. But after that, it should (I hope and pray!) all just go automatically there. Say a prayer for me, LOL.
Thanks for your patience!
Announcing Tote Bags!

Announcing Tote Bags!

Actually, I’m not just announcing totes, I’m announcing a whole cute little division. 😉 Bookish Tees and Totes will soon be a store on Etsy as well (once I get lovely photos taken) and for now directs to the T-shirt page on my website. Y’all have already been introduced to my Codebreakers T-shirts…I’ll be adding general bookish tees as well, not specific to my books, and–as the subject line suggests–TOTE BAGS!

Right now I have 6 bag designs–the 4 Codebreaker ones you’ve already seen on t-shirts, and two bookish ones, which read:

It’s Not That I Have TOO MANY BOOKS
Saved the World / Fell in Love / Won the War / Beat the Bad Guy / Lived Happily Ever After
All of these tote bags are and will remain

(I do still have the Library card tote bag available as well, which is a higher priced item–I’m down to a couple of these in stock and will not be ordering me, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.)

Also, do note that t-shirts are now all on the same 3 colors:
Raspberry, Aqua, and Banana
What? Book-Themed T-Shirts??

What? Book-Themed T-Shirts??

Okay, y’all, I am SO EXCITED about this one. =) We’ve been tossing around the idea of T-shirts forever but have never actually put it into reality. Last week, though, I decided it was high time I actually put some cotton behind my ideas. 😉 So I’m excited to announce the arrival of Codebreaker T-Shirts!

Here’s How It Works

Right now, they’re set up for pre-order in my store, with a release date of February 10. That date is rather randomly chosen and could shift either direction–the actual deciding factor of when a shirt will go into production is when that design reaches 10 orders (enough to justify buying the screen to print them from). But order now, and you won’t be charged until/unless the shirts are made!
There’s also a pre-order sale going on to encourage those initial 10 orders. 😉 Regular pricing will be $19.99 for XS-XL (2XL $20.99 and 3XL $21.99), but from now until February 10, prices start at $14.99!

The Shirts

Right now I’m only offering 1 shirt style–a V-neck, super-soft, short-sleeve fitted tee that’s 60% cotton and 40% polyester jersey. I have one of these already, and I can assure you that it’s a great shirt! Each design comes in 3 color choices, and I’m offering sizes from XS-3XL. (These are fitted, so they’re a bit snugger than a non-fitted shirt. If you like a looser fit, go up a size.)

The Designs

I’m starting with my newest books, of course. So currently, the designs being offered are all #TheCodebreakers. Here’s what we have…

18. It’s The Number of Love.

Because the question “What’s The Number of Love?” actually has an answer. 😉
 Available in red, purple, and indigo.

Black Heart

Pilot wings and the title our hero hides behind… 
Available in olive, mint, and lavender


Our heroine says she doesn’t need a guard dog. Our hero’s reply? “Woof.” 
Available in grey, yellow, and aqua

Hero or Villain. Try to Choose the Right One, Will You?

Based on the advice our hero got from his brother that he just can’t shake.
Available in turquoise, raspberry, and peach
Have an idea for another quote for a shirt, for these or another of my books?
Fill out the form on this page on my website to submit it!
It could very well end up on a future shirt. 😉
Coming soon: general bookish, reader-love designs!
Want to share your favorite design to encourage others to buy and push it into production?
Feel free to use any of these images!