Time and Regret Cover Reveal

As some of you are aware, TIME AND REGRET, my next novel, was acquired by Lake Union Publishing last January. The process from acquisition to publication has been speedy and highly professional occurring on three tracks: editorial, marketing and production. A few days ago I reviewed the interior design, having done a final proofread while on a research trip in Paris.

When I spoke with Miriam, my editor, last week she confirmed the publication date as August 16 and sent me a copy of the final cover. We also discussed marketing plans and how to complement Lake Union’s efforts with my own. Exciting times ahead.

TodMK-TimeandRegret-22790-CV-FTTime and Regret: When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past—and to long-buried family secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather’s puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man—and suddenly aware that someone is following her…

Through her grandfather’s vivid writing and Grace’s own travels, a picture emerges of a man very unlike the one who raised her: one who watched countless friends and loved ones die horrifically in battle; one who lived a life of regret. But her grandfather wasn’t the only one harboring secrets, and the more Grace learns about her family, the less she thinks she can trust them.

I’m thrilled with how quickly Time and Regret has been readied for publication. You can preorder (print, ebook or audiobook) on Amazon. And, of course, I’ll be back with more news 🙂

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET will be released August 16, 2016 by Lake Union Publishing. Earlier novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes.

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Lies Told in Silence – Cover Reveal

Lies Told in SilenceTa Da! Here’s the cover for my upcoming novel, Lies Told in Silence. As with Unravelled, the design was the work of the very talented Jenny Toney Quinlan.

For me, what is particularly exciting is the picture of that handsome, vulnerable looking soldier who just happens to be my grandfather. Does he look old enough to shoot the enemy, to lie in the muck in the trenches, to relay vitally important communications up and down the line (he was in the Signal Corps), to stare death in the eye?

Behind him is a picture of the French countryside I took while visiting WWI battlefields and memorials in 2010.

Let me know what you think.

LIES TOLD IN SILENCE – In May 1914, Helene Noisette’s father believes war is imminent. Convinced Germany will head straight for Paris, he sends his wife, daughter, mother and younger son to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. But when war erupts a few months later, the German army invades neutral Belgium with the intent of sweeping south towards Paris. And by the end of September, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front.

During the years that follow, with the rumbling of guns ever present in the distance, three generations of women come together to cope with deprivation, constant fear and the dreadful impacts of war. In 1917, Helene falls in love with a young Canadian soldier who was wounded in the battle of Vimy Ridge. But war has a way of separating lovers and families, of twisting promises and dashing hopes, and of turning the naïve and innocent into the jaded and war-weary. As the months pass, Helene is forced to reconcile dreams for the future with harsh reality.

LIES TOLD IN SILENCE examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice, and the unexpected consequences of lies.