Friday, September 7, 2012

Follow the Heart by Kaye Dacus - Cover Reveal Contest!

I am absolutely THRILLED to be participating in my dear friend Kaye's cover-reveal contest for her upcoming B&H novel Follow the Heart, releasing in May 2013. For her upcoming series Kaye is tapping into a fascinating period in British history -- the Victorian age and the opening of the Great Exhibition! Without further ado, keep reading for all the info you need on Kaye's upcoming release and the chance to win one of five signed copies when Follow the Heart releases in May (if this year is any indication, May will be here before we know it)!


Isn't this cover absolutely GORGEOUS?!

Book Blurb/Info:

Follow the Heart by Kaye Dacus
Book 1 in The Great Exhibition Series
Coming from B&H Publishing in May 2013

Kate Dearing’s life is turned upside down when her father loses everything in a railroad land speculation and she and her brother are shipped off to their mother’s brother, Sir Anthony, in England with one edict: marry money.

Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate finds matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, her attentions stray to the one of the least eligible people at her uncle’s home—the garden designer.

Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy—man aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a friend of Sir Anthony’s, a wealthy viscount, shows favorable interest in her. But will marrying for the financial security of her family be the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?

Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?

Author Bio:

Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and even though she writes romance novels, she is not afraid to admit that she’s never been kissed.

Scavenger Hunt Trivia:

Directions: Each participating blog has both an answer and a question—but the answers and questions aren’t on the same blog. DON’T POST YOUR ANSWERS HERE! Collect the questions and answers in an e-mail—along with the address of the site where you found each—to be sent to Kaye Dacus once you’re confident you have all of them and be entered to win one of FIVE signed copies of Follow the Heart when it releases in May 2013. Visit http://kayedacus.com for the list of participating sites in the scavenger hunt and rules for entering the contest.

Question: What was the building called that housed the Great Exhibition, and who designed it?

Answer: The Great Exhibition opened on May 1, 1851, and closed on October 11, 1851. And one of the most frequent visitors was Queen Victoria herself. “May 1. This day is one of the greatest and most glorious days of our lives, with which to my pride and joy the name of my dearly beloved Albert is for ever associated!”  

Discussion time!  

Please leave a comment here sharing what intrigues you most about Follow the Heart, or your favorite book or film set during this time period! Or just say hi. :) (Remember, if you're participating in the scavenger hunt, you must leave a comment here in order to be eligible for the prizes!)

18 comments:

Lori Benton said...

Oh, gorgeous, gorgeous cover, Kaye. The design, the colors, the dress, the HERO! I know you have to love that purple. I'm so pleased for you. Looking forward to another good read and a set of characters I'm sure I'll not want to leave at The End. :)

This is a time period in English history I know little about except from a few previous novels, so it will be fun immersing myself in the mid 19th century.

J.Grace said...

Yes, the cover is gorgeous. What a gown!

I think what first intrigued me about this series is that it is set during the opening of the Great Exhibition.
It will be interesting to see who Kate's chooses in the end.

Debra E. Marvin said...

I love the two gentleman watching. I guess they aren't all about the dress like we ladies are...

I'm really anticipating this series from Kaye and I've enjoyed 'watching the process' as she brainstormed this series. Can't wait!

mamadoveonabox said...

THe Cover is secretive ad illusive - I Love it!!! go Kaye - HI Jenn

Debra E. Marvin said...

meant to add that I have seen at least three representations of Victoria and Albert's lives. I think the theater film The Young Victoria is my favorite.

Ruth said...

Good luck everyone! :)

Rissi said...

LOVELY cover art.

April Erwin said...

They chose a fantastic color for her dress, love the cover.
This time period intrigues me because its where the world stands at the begining of great discovery and technological advance. Despite all of the forward thinking in science, math and engineering, women are still being forced to choose between marriage for love or money. It's always a moving story, especially when they choose to follow their hearts.

Abbi Hart said...

I'm so excited about this book! I didn't realize it was coming out till I saw your post! I love Kaye Dacus's books and can't wait to read this new one!

Michelle Howerton said...

The cover is gorgeous! I love reading books from this time period so I can't wait to read this one.

My favorite movies from this era are probably North & South (based on Gaskell's novel) and The Young Victoria (which I happen to be watching now!).

starryeyed said...

The Young Victoria was a lovely period piece, but as an actual film, I'm going to have to go with the 2009 Sherlock Holmes. Dysfunctional detectives and Robert Downey Jr....yes.

Bookworm1858 said...

Turns out I don't think of much of women's Victorian dress (meaning I don't like the dress on the cover) but I love seeing the two guys and I'm *so* excited for this book!

Tasha B. said...

There's a manga called Emma where the h/h make out in the Crystal Palace after it closes--love it! Of course, there's North & South, and Adele Ashworth wrote a novel that centers around the Crystal Palace.

Krista Phillips said...

Hi....

just kidding!

Seriously, I know very little about the Great Exhibition so I'm super excited to read Kaye's book to enhance my knowledge a bit!

And the dress is AMAZING!

Emma said...

Hello! I have been following your blog for a while now, but I have yet to actually comment. I figured the scavenger hunt was a perfect opportunity to step out from my lurking and say, “hello”. I love the latest production of Little Dorrit, with Claire Foy as Amy. I have watched it a few times with my mom, and we both fall in love all over again every time we see it. I have never read the book, but I really need to! I also love North and South. I think it is a requirement to love it if you are a female.

Debra E. Marvin said...

Little Dorrit is amazing. Clarie Foy does an amazing job!

Tammi said...

My favorite movie set during the Victorian Era is Anne of Green Gables, and my favorite television show is Little House on the Prairie.

Ruth said...

Thanks again to everyone who visited and participated in Kaye's scavenger hunt -- and good luck! :)