I’ve been running a fun cover reveal today (Wednesday) over on my Instagram page!

Remember those little plastic hand puzzles we used to do as kids where you’d move the tiles around one by one trying to form a picture (or a line of numbers)? It was sort of like that, except much less frustrating. Hahaha! I never was very good at those things.

We sent the cover out on Instagram posts piece by piece until it formed the entire image on my profile. You really should check it out!Β  Thank you to Jamie and the staff at WaterBrook & Multnomah for putting this together–and for designing this absolutely jaw-dropping cover!

Click here to get in on the Instagram excitement.

In celebration of this new cover, I’m putting together a giveaway. The winner can decide to wait until June to receive one of the very first copies of WHERE THE FIRE FALLS, or they can choose from any of my other titles (paperbacks, only). The contest will end on Sunday evening at 9 pm Pacific and is open to readers (18 and over) with a US address. (Sorry Canadian friends!) Enter with the form below and I’ll choose a winder at random. One of the entries is for leaving a blog comment. Can you answer this question for me? Which park would you most like to read about in the Vintage National Parks novels?

I can’t wait for everyone to read this new book! I’m counting the days until June–how about you?

Pre-orders are available now! Click here to pre-order.

***UPDATE: And now for everyone who didn’t catch the rolling reveal on Instagram . . .

Are you ready? . . .


About Where the Fire Falls:

Stunning Yosemite National Park sets the stage for this late 1920s historical romance with mystery, adventure, heart, and a sense of the place John Muir described as “pervaded with divine light.

Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford fashioned her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region’s wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painting illustrations of Yosemite National Park for a travel magazine including its nightly one-of-a-kind Firefall event, she hopes the money will lift Olivia and her sisters out of poverty.

After false accusations cost him everything, former minister Clark Johnson has found purpose as a backcountry guide in this natural cathedral of granite and trees. Now he’s faced with the choice of becoming a National Parks Ranger, but is it his true calling?

As Clark helps open Olivia’s eyes to the wonders of Yosemite, she discovers the people are as vital to the park’s story as its vistas– a revelation that may bring her charade to an end.

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48 Responses to “Cover Reveal and Giveaway!” Subscribe

  1. Heidi Robbins October 18, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Camp Curry! They have the best showers after spending a few days in the backcountry πŸ˜‰

    I’d love to read a book from you set in Redwoods Nat. Park or Zion Nat. Park. A hike up Angel’s Landing is a must.

    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

      Both parks are on my must-visit list. I can’t believe I haven’t been to Redwoods, yet. I’ve been in the area so many times, but haven’t made it to the park yet.

    • Sydney Avey October 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

      Yosemite is my backyard.As a resident of one of the Yosemite Gateway communities, I’ve had the privelege of spending a day with the park management and getting an update on the challenges of managing the park–the fires, the rockslides, the wildlife. The park has a rich history and an undisputed power to draw people from around the world to stand in awe of the beauty of its mountains and meadows. So many stories could be told about the effect this iconic landscape has on the people who visit, work in, or live near Yosemite.

  2. Elizabeth October 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

    My family lives to visit National Parks. We’ve been to at least a dozen parks out West, but this year we went to Maine for the first time and fell in love with Acadia National Park. I want to see a book cover with the sunrise over Cadillac Mountain. (We had to get up at 4 am to see it — its the first place the sun rises over the continental US).

    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

      I hear such wonderful things about Acadia! I want to go!

  3. Michelle October 18, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

    Rocky Mountain or Yellowstone!!

    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

      I just returned from a research trip to Yellowstone. What an absolutely incredible place. I look forward to writing about it. Rocky Mountain is one I’d like to do. I spent a couple of weeks there in college. So beautiful!

  4. Sally M October 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    If we’re going strictly with the National Park designation, how about Cuyahoga Valley in Ohio? Waterfalls, a canal, a (now) ghost town…

    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

      I know nothing about Cuyahoga Valley! I’ll need to go read up on it. Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds like an interesting place!

  5. Carrie Turansky October 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    Such a beautiful cover! It really stands out. I’m eager to read this next story!

    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

      Thanks, Carrie! I’m loving what WaterBrook is doing with these covers.

  6. Susanne October 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    I love the Alaska setting in books… so many beautiful parks!

    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

      Oh, yeah! Alaska is on my dream list!

  7. Beth Courtright October 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm #


    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

      I just got back from a research trip there, Beth! I can’t wait to get writing on that one. What an incredible place. πŸ™‚

  8. Jill Johnson October 18, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

    I love Seqoia and I also think Crater
    Lake would be interesting.

    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

      I’d originally planned on writing about Crater Lake, but we moved it to Yosemite so there wasn’t the comparison to the Mount Rainier one. I’d still like to write about it though. We went there this summer just before the forest fires broke out.

  9. Kd Brown October 18, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    I love it when the history of the park is woven into the story. Glacier National Park, of course. Thanks, Karen!

    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

      Oh, yes!!! Glacier is high on my list of ones I’d like to do!

  10. Carol Alscheff October 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm #


    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

      I just returned from a research trip to Yellowstone, Carol! I’ve got so many great story ideas brewing on that one!

  11. Lisa Hudson October 18, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

    Rocky Mountain or Grand Tetons

    I love the vintage covers and your wonderful stories!

    • Karen October 18, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa! I just got back from a Yellowstone trip and I’m so disappointed that I ran out of time to go to the Tetons. I was racing the weather. I’m going to try to get there next year!

  12. Carol Lee Edwards October 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm #


  13. Sharon Timmer October 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    Everglades National Park would be amazing – I visited it many times when I lived in S. Florida & there was always something new to see!!

  14. Tami S October 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

    Redwood National Park and Glacier National Park would be great places for story ideas. Looking forward to your new book coming out. Great cover!

  15. Tami S October 18, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

    Redwood National Park and Glacier National Park would be great places for story ideas. Looking forward to your new book coming out. Great cover

  16. Kathleen West October 18, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

    I would love to read more about Yosemite. If you can’t do that again, then my next preference would be any park in the western half of the country. Although i have visited many parks in the east, I have never visited any in the west. Thank you for all your hard work to on these excellent books for us to enjoy.

  17. Carol Kelley October 18, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this next book in the series and looking forward to more! Lovely cover!

  18. Sarah Prosch October 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

    Hi Karen, so looking forward to reading this book! Wish it was coming out sooner than June. I would love to see you write a book about Hot Springs National Park! I don’t know a lot about it but I’ve heard it has some fascinating history & think it would be a fun addition to the series. Soaking in a natural hot spring out in nature is on my bucket list!

  19. Tisha Martin October 18, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

    Your cover is lovely. I’ve never been to Yellowstone so this book will be such a treat for me to read. Thank you for this opportunity to enter the giveaway and to learn more about your books.
    —Tisha Martin

  20. Karen October 18, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    I’m very fascinated with the Revolutionary War, so it would be exciting to read about Valley Forge, especially because I’ve been there!

  21. Karen G. October 19, 2017 at 5:12 am #

    The Adirondack Park in northeastern New York. The Park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined.Lots of places to visit and backroads to explore.

  22. Laura W. October 19, 2017 at 5:23 am #

    I think the Redwood National Park would be great to read about, but honestly, I think any one you pick will be great. I am SO excited about this new book, and if it is anything like the first I know I will love it. Also, love that they stayed with the same cover design!

  23. Margaret Nelson October 19, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    Lots of good suggestions! Great Basin National Park in Nevada has bristlecone pines, Lehman Caves, high elevation, and reset all around

  24. Annette O'Hare October 19, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    So excited about your new series, Karen! Hope I win a copy!

  25. Dani October 19, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    Black canyon of the Gunnison! One of my all time faves. ?

  26. Amanda October 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

    I think Glacier or Zion! Two of my favorites.

  27. Debbie Rhoades October 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm #

    Glacier National Park, Acadia National Park, Denali National Park.

  28. Priscilla October 21, 2017 at 12:17 am #

    Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. We loved camping under those big trees and riding horseback every summer with my children. Fond memories and tons of photos of those week long adventures with my college buddy and her children.

  29. Andrea Stephens October 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    The park I was going to mention has already been mentioned a couple of times.
    I would also like to see a book about The Great Smoky Mountains. What were the early days like?

  30. Joan Arning October 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    Rocky Mountain or Mount Ranier!

  31. Rosalyn October 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    Grand Canyon!
    Either one of these would be incredible settings for a story!
    And I can’t wait to read this one

  32. Wendy Newcomb October 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    I would enjoy reading about any in the west, maybe the Grand Canyon or Yosemite.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  33. Connie Ruggles October 22, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    How about Acadia National Park? That would get you up here to Maine!!!!

  34. Winnie Thomas October 22, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    Tetons and Glacier are fabulous. Mesa Verde is fascinating.

    This cover is gorgeous, Karen. I can’t wait to see the Yellowstone one, and read it, of course.

  35. emilee October 22, 2017 at 6:37 pm #

    I like any of them with lots of adventure!

  36. Janet H McHenry October 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

    Can’t wait to read the Yosemite book! Love your series, Karen!