Kittie Howard

Friday, November 30, 2012

Cover Reveal: "Rings of Trust"

The day that seemed so far in the future is here, as in, Right Now. I'm very excited to share with you the cover for Rings of Trust, my second novella in the Remy's Bayou Road series. Rachel Morgan (Morgan Media) designed the cover. Rachel does gorgeous work. I'm beyond thrilled!

You may have met Remy Broussard last year in the first novella, Remy Broussard's Christmas. Since this holiday story is on Amazon, Smashwords, and Nook, I don't want to spoil the good cheer, except to say that Remy is also in Rings of Trust, but not as the main character this time. His South Louisiana world along the bayou road has expanded.

Remy's parents, David and Arlette, have a problem: one of the leaders in the Ku Klux Klan doesn't want the Broussard family living across the road from him. Why? David Broussard, a decorated Marine Corps veteran who fought on Iwo Jima, has a mechanic's business he operates out of a shed in his back yard. Some of his customers are black sharecroppers. It's 1953. The Klan doesn't want black people coming to white people's houses except to clean the house or work in the fields. David Broussard doesn't give a damn what the Klan wants. It's not what he fought for on Iwo Jima.

When the story opens, the Klan's lynched Moses Dubois. Rumors spread the Klan's coming after David Broussard next. Since the Klan operates in secrecy, no one knows quite sure whom to trust. But something has to be done to reign in the Klan and stop the violence. The challenge tests David Broussard's idealism and ignites Arlette's sense of self in a rural community where Southern Aristocracy butts heads with noblesse oblige.

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In a nod to the reader, the dialogue in Rings of Trust has a modified Cajun accent, but utilizes the fractured English representative of the era when appropriate to the character. Prior to the story, background information is in the "Da Lingua Franka" section, followed by a glossary of Cajun French words used to flavor the story. The "Historical References" section provides very condensed information about historical events referenced in the story.

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Rings of Trust contains profanity and violence (but not gory violence). Parental discretion is advised.

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Rings of Trust launches next week, probably on Monday. At that time, I will put a button on my sidebar to link to. I'm most appreciative for any help in spreading the word as this is not the usual launch, unfortunately.  Formatting is just about complete. Rachel Morgan, who is getting married on the 16th, has been most gracious as circumstances on my end have held up the process. Rachel, I can't thank you enough. You are truly an angel!


☆sapphire said...

Congratulations on the launch of "Rings of Trust"! I'm now super happy!! So excited to see this cover!! The color combination of black, white and gold is stunning!! I read the post before it. I'm going to introduce the book in my next post with a link to Amazon.

PS I don't do FB, either nor Twitter. I'm very old fashioned(grin).

Linda Starr said...

Oh I'll do a post to link to as well, great cover.

Susan Oloier said...

I'll do a post after our blog tour is done. Is that okay?
Love the cover. Rachel does great work!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Congrats, Kittie! Looks like a good read. The cover is creative, too. Wishing you loads of success with it.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Awesome news, Kitty! Love the cover. Its message is powerful. And French Cajun... some of my favourite relatives are from those parts. Congratulations. When you're rich and famous I'll be able to shoutout, "I knew Kitty when...!"

Norma Beishir said...

Hey, Kittie--I've been looking for this. Will post it to my blog now!

Here's hoping for a HUGE success! (And I love your cover!)

Julie said...

Wow, how exciting! I love the cover and can't wait to read the book. I'll be happy to share the link and help spread the word. Congratulations! :)

Liza said...

Congratulations! The cover is amazing and the story sounds even more so.

Al said...

Love the cover!

Good luck with the launch.

A Normandy kitchen said...

Hello Kittie,
Such a powerful cover for your book, wonderful. I wish you great success with your novella!

Kelley Lynn said...

What a great cover! LOVE.

Manzanita said...

Dear Kittie,
Congratulations on your new book and it's striking cover. I have your first in my kindle. But one can't use a kindle if we're off the grid, which we may well be.... so I don't think I'll put any more books there.

It must be great to have the real deal to draw from, like Hubs Marine days. My thanks to him and his buddies for protecting us. Looking forward to another exceptional READ.
Love from Manzanita

Hilary said...

Congratulations on the launch of your book. Very cool.

I read back a bit on your posts and I'm so very sorry for the loss of your sister. The grief you must feel is unimaginable. My sincere sympathies to you.

Magnolia Blues said...

Congratulations Kittie!!! I can't wait to read it. Sounds like a good one. I'll put it on my Amazon list to order.


Susan Fields said...

Sounds like a fantastic story - congrats and good luck!

Annette Cole Mastron said...

Hi Kittie
Please contact me at
regarding Remy's Christmas. Thanks

LTM said...

oh my goodness! SUPER congrats to you, Kittie! That cover is gorgeous and I can't wait to read the story and get to know Remy! How wonderful. Best to you~ :o) <3

Talli Roland said...

Wow, exciting! I love the cover, Kittie! Congrats on your new release.

J.L. Campbell said...

Wishing you lots of success with what is bound to be a controversial story. A must read in my book. And yes, the cover is really nice. Rachel has a lot of talent on her.

Rebecca said...

Hi Kittie, I'm visiting by way of Gigi's blog, Magnolias 'n Blues. My curosity was peaked by your comment about "Rings of Truth" on her latest post. I'm a huge fan of southern literature, and am glad to have found your blog, and your books.

Alison Beightol said...

Hi Kittie and congrats!! I've tagged you to participate in a spontaneous bloghop on my blog.