At last, I can share the cover for Sunwise, which is the sequel to my debut historical novel, Widdershins. If you’ve not read it, Widdershins was inspired by the 17th century witch trials in Newcastle where 16 people were hanged for witchcraft on a single day.
I’m the worst person in the world when it comes to keeping secrets. I signed off the final cover design for Sunwise way back in September, and I’ve been itching to show it to everyone ever since.
And now that the cover reveal has officially happened, I can share it with you all, so here it is!
And here’s the back cover, too…
Impress Books and Move Design have done a brilliant job of interpreting Sunwise and creating this wonderful cover – I’m so pleased with it, and it’s lovely to see little Rose brought to life! I also love the way the elder flowers have crept round from the front cover and onto the back cover. In case you can’t see the blurb very well, I’ve set it out below.
‘When Jane’s lover, Tom, returns from the navy to find her unhappily married to his betrayer, Jane is caught in an impossible situation. Still reeling from the loss of her mother at the hands of the witch-finder John Sharpe, Jane has no choice but to continue her dangerous work as a healer while keeping her young daughter safe. But, as Tom searches for a way for him and Jane to be together, the witch-finder is still at large. Filled with vengeance, John will stop at nothing in his quest to rid England of the scourge of witchcraft. Inspired by true events, Sunwise tells the story of one woman’s struggle for survival in a hostile and superstitious world.’
Sunwise picks up where Widdershins ended in August 1650. And that’s all I’m allowed to tell you for now. Luckily, it’s not too long to wait until publication (1 April 2019), and Sunwise is available to pre-order from all the usual outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Blackwells, Book Depository (free delivery worldwide), Foyles, Hive and Waterstones. It will be available in lots of local independent bookshops, and you can also ask at your local library.
Keep an eye on my website at https://helensteadman.com/ for details of forthcoming readings at bookshops, libraries and festivals – I hope to meet you there.
Best wishes, Helen