Karen, Former Ranger

I still have my hat!

I AM SO EXCITED to reveal the  cover for my upcoming “vintage national parks” novel set at Mount Rainier! The Road to Paradise is a book that I’ve longed to write since I worked as a ranger at Rainier many years ago. The novel releases June 6, but it’s already available for pre-order (pre-order links available here).

Waterbrook Multnomah designed the perfect cover for the 1920s-era book, catching the spirit of both the time period and the national parks. I think you’re going to love it!

Are you ready?

Here we go . . .

Road to Paradise

 

Isn’t that fun? I love everything about it, from the vintage postcard vibe all the way to the image of the iconic Paradise Inn. Have you ever had the chance to visit this beautiful national park? If you haven’t driven the road to Paradise, you need to make some travel plans!

Prayer Request

In fact, along those lines, here’s a prayer request for you. I’m planning some speaking engagements and book signings in the Tacoma/Seattle area in celebration of the novel’s release in June. My dream would be to do one in the park itself. I’ve got some contact numbers, but I’d love it if your prayers could pave the way. Would you help me?

In celebration of this special cover release, I want to let you know about two big things going on right now.

Special eBook Sale

First, while you wait for RTP to release, you might want to catch up on my Golden Gate Chronicles. The entire series is available in both print and eBook formats. In fact, the eBook of book two, Beyond the Ashes, is on a limited-time $1.99 sale at most online retailers. Here are a couple of helpful links:

Sale price at Amazon.com
Sale price at B&N
Sale price at Christianbook.com

First Early Giveaway for The Road to Paradise

Do you want to be one of the first to get your mitts on this new book? Enter my early giveaway!

I *usually* receive my author copies a few weeks before they’re available in stores, and I will mail one of those precious books to the winner of this giveaway. Will it be you? Enter below!

 If you’re interested in pre-ordering The Road to Paradise, check out this great page of links put together by Waterbrook & Multnomah.

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!

 

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79 Responses to “Cover Reveal and first #GIVEAWAY for The Road to Paradise” Subscribe

  1. Virginia Winfield December 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    I love the old car and the mountains in the distance.

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

      Isn’t it a beautiful car? I’d love to have one just like it.

  2. Gail Hollingsworth December 16, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    I love the scenery!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

      Me, too! I think my heart still lives up at Mount Rainier.

  3. Robin in NC December 16, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    I just love that little purple car!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

      Isn’t it awesome? I think I need one! Business expense, right?

      • Robin in NC December 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

        Absolutely!

  4. Debbie Clatterbuck December 16, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    The mountains. I love mountains and would love to be able to climb one some day. Great cover, by the way.

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

      Thanks, Debbie! I love mountains, too. Unfortunately, I’m a little bit too afraid of heights to try climbing. But you might get a sense of that if you read the book. 🙂

  5. Susan Cornwell December 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    I love this cover, the vintage postcard feel definitely grabs my interest!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

      I love the vintage postcard feel. I collect those from our parks. 🙂

  6. Sharon Timmer December 16, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    I love that it looks like an old-time postcard!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

      Me, too! That’s my favorite part. 🙂

  7. Susan Stitch December 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    How fun — and I love the new cover! Congratulations!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

      Thanks, Susan!

  8. JJ December 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    love the vintage postcard vibe

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

      Me, too!!!

  9. Carol Kelley December 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    I love the bright colors and the vintage card style. I can’t wait to read it.

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

      The colors really pop, don’t they?

  10. Melissa Henderson December 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    My fav part of the cover is the vintage automobile. Beautiful cover! 🙂

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

      Thanks, Melissa! Wouldn’t it be fun to drive that car?

  11. Joan Arning December 16, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    The car and mountains!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

      Mount Rainier is my favorite place in the world.

  12. Bonnie Howard December 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    I love the mountains, and our beautiful parks! Can’t wait to read this!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

      Thanks, Bonnie! I’ve very excited about it. 🙂

  13. Mary Tullila December 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    Will you be doing more books on other national parks ? I highly recommend the Smokys! Very excited about your book!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

      So far I’m contracted to write two more, one on Yosemite and one on Yellowstone. If they do well, I’d love to write more. The Great Smoky Mountains NP would be one I’d love to write about.

  14. Connie R. December 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    The fact that YOUR name is on it as author!!!!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

      You just made my day, Connie!

  15. Becky Lee December 16, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    I love the old travel poster style.

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

      Me, too! I love that they chose that style for the cover.

  16. Kathy Carter December 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    I love your books! This cover is adorable! Especially the people cart!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

      Ha! People Cart? I’ve never heard it called that. Fun!

  17. Beth Erin December 16, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    I love the style and way the purple contrasts with the orange and green! Beautiful cover!

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

      They really chose some amazing colors. 🙂 I think it would look great as a full-size poster print.

  18. Tami le December 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    The old poster style of the cover.

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:49 pm #

      That’s my favorite part, too. 🙂

  19. Michelle Pruett December 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    I Love the look of the cover !!! I can’t wait to read the book !!! ❤️📚

    • Karen December 16, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

      Thanks, Michelle! I’m excited for everyone to see it.

  20. Virginia Campbell December 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    The cover is delightful : ) I am a “purple person”, and I love the touches of purple–especially the cute little motorcar!!!

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

      Now I’m dreaming of owning a purple roadster. How about you?

  21. MS Barb December 16, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    The vintage car, the mountains, the pine trees–I LIKE the entire cover!

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      It’s a beautiful scene! I’d like to step into it.

  22. Robin December 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    Love the cover and look forward to reading it someday!!

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Thanks, Robin!

  23. Andrea Stephens December 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    I love the old car and the mountains in the background.

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks, Andrea! Mount Rainier is one of my favorite places in the world.

  24. Lucy Reynolds December 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    I love the vintage style and the colors. Thank you for the chance.

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks, Lucy! I love the vintage look, too. It’s such a perfect match to the story.

  25. Caryl Kane December 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    Karen, this cover is AWESOME! I love everything about it.

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

      Thank you, Caryl!

  26. Kathy West December 16, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    I loved the Golden Gate Chronicles! I recommend it to family and friends every chance I get. The cover of The Road to Paradise is gorgeous and I can hardly wait for it!

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

      Oh, thank you Kathy! You made my day. 🙂

  27. Renee Jackson December 16, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    I love the colors especially the purple hues!

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

      The purple is fun, isn’t it?

  28. Diane Buie December 16, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    I love the classic car on the cover! 🙂

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      I think that car should come live in my garage. 🙂

  29. Patty December 16, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

    I love it just for the fact that it is so different from everything else out there!

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      Exactly! It’s very different than other books currently out in Christian fiction. The only ones I can think of with a somewhat similar look are Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering mysteries.

  30. Dianne Casey December 16, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    I love the cover! Would really enjoy reading about Ranier National Park. Book sounds amazing.

    • Karen December 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

      Thanks, Dianne! Mount Rainier is my favorite place in the world. I can’t wait to show it to you in this novel.

  31. Pam K. December 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

    I like the vintage feel of the cover but I love that purple car! This sounds like a great new series.

  32. Becca P December 16, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

    I love the old car and the scenery.

  33. Susan T M December 16, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

    I love the mountains. Mt. Rainier is such a gorgeous place–it makes me want to get back there.

  34. Shirley Chapel December 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    Thanks for your giveaway of your new book. Would love to win it.

    • Shirley Chapel December 16, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

      My most favorite thing I like about the new cover is the vintage car.

  35. Nancy M December 16, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

    I love the car! I grew up going to car shows and being around street rods. I noticed it first thing. Then the mountains! Very unique and beautiful cover!

  36. Winnie Thomas December 16, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    Wow! I love the cover. It’s very different and fun and your book sounds so fascinating. I’d love to win a copy!

  37. Elma brooks December 16, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

    I love how scenic the cover looks.
    like its someone out for a Sunday drive or going on vacation to the mountains. Thanks for the giveaway and your new book.

  38. Cathy December 17, 2016 at 8:48 am #

    We have visited the park and stayed in the lodge. The cover is perfect !

  39. Kristen Johnson December 17, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    Everything!! But especially the mountain. Love the mountain!

  40. MS Barb December 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    Vintage car, the mountains, the pine trees, the colors of the cover! 🙂

  41. Robin in NC December 17, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    I also like the vintage postcard look of the cover!

  42. Tami S December 17, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    I like how it looks like an old postcard.

  43. Jill J December 18, 2016 at 12:44 am #

    The vintage book-cover look–the style of painting and the part of the title written in orange script. Something about the car gives it a feeling of fun!

  44. Robin in NC December 18, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    I like all the shades of lavender!

  45. Terrill Rosado December 19, 2016 at 12:43 am #

    I am a big fan of retro art and this cover is adorable. I grew up in the foothills of Mt. Rainier with a perfect view of the mountain from out front picture window. I still live in Washington, but now I’m closer to Mr. Baker than Mt. Rainier. If you come to to the Seattle/Tacoma area for a signing, i will try my best to make it.

  46. Robin in NC December 19, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    The cover is fun!!

  47. Trixi December 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    I just love the unique look of this cover, almost like a cozy mystery! Those are some fun covers 🙂