I’m so pleased to share the cover of Sandra Leesmith’s newest book with you and to talk with her about her research and connection to this Color Country setting. To celebrate the setting of this book, I’m serving Biscochitos, a favorite southwest cookie, plus your choice of tea or Sandra’s special Chocolate Velvet coffee. Sandra has generously offered to give a copy of Love’s Dream Song to a commenter, so be sure to filled out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered.
Now on to the BEAUTIFUL cover of Love’s Dream Song:
My thoughts about the cover:
This cover is perfect for the Arizona setting of this story. It captures the impressive rock formations as in the Monument Valley and also the flavor of ranch life in the west. I’ve visited the desert setting depicted in this book and find this cover truly reflects its beauty. I’m thrilled Sandra has written a story highlighting the fascinating scenery and culture of this area.
Yes, the sky is truly that shade of clear blue in our beloved desert. The rock cliffs in the desert landscape display ever-changing shades of red as the sun moves across the sky. For a romance, this couple expresses just the right tenderness. The eagle soaring above is a perfect addition.
Here is a blurb about Love’s Dream Song:
Autumn O’Neill came to Arizona on an archeological dig hoping to find out what happened to the ancient Anasazi tribes, but her true desire was to discover her own Navajo roots. It didn’t help that the dig was located on Jess Barron’s ranch and that the handsome rancher scorned his own native American heritage and believed Autumn was part of a drug ring operating on his land. When the dig is compromised and danger threatens their lives, Jess and Autumn can no longer fight their attraction for each other. They both come to understand that finding answers means listening to the voices of their ancestors and the longings of their hearts.
Love’s Dream Song is available on Amazon for pre-order and will be released on October 17, 2015.
Click here for the Amazon link to Sandra’s books.
Now let’s chat with Sandra about this setting and her research.
Sherida: How did you get the idea for this story?
Sandra: My husband and I have traveled many times in Northern Arizona Color Country. We have explored many of the ancient Anasazi ruins in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Being a writer with a vivid imagination, I’ve always been fascinated with the history of these people.
It has always been a mystery as to what happened to the very advanced and flourishing Anasazi people. They are the native Americans who lived in the ancient cliff dwellings found in the Southwest. Hundreds of years ago, they suddenly disappeared and archeologists are not certain as to why. I used one of the less popular, but more intriguing speculations as part of the premise in Love’s Dream Song.
The summer I started this story, my hubby and I were hiking around a lot of the Anasazi ruins so the story evolved from the interesting facts we were learning about the ancient culture.
Sherida: What is your connection to the setting?
Sandra: I have lived in Arizona most of my adult life. Most weekends and holidays were spent hiking and exploring the beautiful deserts in this colorful state. I love the variety and color, so describing the setting and bringing it alive is easy for me. I love sharing the beauty with others.
The cover is a photo of Monument Valley. It is one of the most popular areas. But all of Color Country is gorgeous. My husband is a scientist and very knowledgeable about the geology. In Color Country, which is a term that refers to the red rock areas of Northern Arizona, Southern Utah and Northwestern New Mexico, you can see so much of the geological features in vivid colors.
Sherida: How did you research the topics covered in Love’s Dream Song?
Sandra: As mentioned above, my hubby is a scientist so whenever we travel to an area, we study the geology and explore the historical aspects of the locale. Consequently, I am very familiar with the geological and historical elements presented within the story.
Being a teacher in Arizona, I was required to know the anthropological history as well. I love studying about ancient cultures. I love learning about different cultures.
When I finished writing this novel, I happened to be invited (through my work with ASU) to the Navajo nation to present educational workshops to the teachers on the reservation. Several women I met helped me with many aspects of the culture of Dineh (The People).
Sherida: Thank you, Sandra, for stopping by for tea….or your favorite Chocolate Velvet coffee…and revealing the intriguing cover of Love’s Dream Song. It is always interesting to find out how authors develop and research the ideas for their stories.
GIVEAWAY: Sandra has offered a copy of Love’s Dream Song, in either ebook or print version, to a commenter. To enter, see the Rafflecopter form for details and make a comment mentioning whether you prefer ebook or print version if your name is selected. You will be notified by email if your name is chosen.
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About author Sandra Leesmith:
Sandra Leesmith writes romance designed to warm the heart and make you smile. Sandra loves to play pickleball, hike, read, bicycle and write. A retired teacher, she lives in Arizona with her husband. During the hot summers she and her husband travel throughout the United States in their motorhome, where she enjoys the outdoors and finds wonderful ideas for her next writing project. Visit Sandra Leesmith’s website here.
What is your impression of the cover? Please share your thoughts in the comments and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. THANK YOU, SANDRA, for visiting with us and for your offer of a copy of Love’s Dream Song!
#TuesdayTea will be posting a review on October 6, so I hope you’ll return for my review.
May your day be filled with God’s treasured blessings!
16 thoughts on “COVER REVEAL of Love’s Dream Song by Sandra Leesmith with #TUESDAYTEA”
I love the cover of this book, it’s beautiful. I used to live in Yuma, Arizona and then Chino Valley. Being from Pennsylvania it was fascinating to live in Arizona and learn about the native Americans and their culture. I would love to read this book . It really sounds great !
Deanne, thank you for joining us today. Interesting to read that you have lived in this desert area. I’ve lived the the Four Corners and enjoy the different type of landscape….yes, VERY different from Pennsylvania. Being surrounded by the interesting cultural diversity is great. You will enjoy this book. Sandra depicts the setting very well, plus the romance and suspense. Thanks again for stopping by!
I forgot to mention I would like a print copy of this if I win please. Thank you.
Thank you Sherida for presenting my new cover in such a beautiful post. I really am excited about the cover and about the book. It was a fun story to write.
Hello, Sandra! This cover is just perfect for your story…..especially the eagle. Love it! Thanks for including #TuesdayTea in your cover reveal. 🙂
HI Deanne, I think you will enjoy the book since you already know the area and culture. It is really helpful to read a setting that you know first hand. I hope you enjoy it and I will keep in mind if you are a winner to send print.
Both print and ebook will be available October 17th.
Hi Sherida, I loved how Debora, the graphic artist incorporated the eagle in the cover since it plays a part in the story. And thanks to you for presenting such a lovely cover reveal. smile
So everything I know about Arizona I learned from Trixie Belden — The Arizona Mystery. LOL Have been fascinated every since though so I’m looking forward to this read. And the cover is gorgeous. I love the way Sandra writes the setting into the story. I always feel like I’ve been there. That’s not easy to do. And this one sounds like there’s a bit of suspense involved too.
Kav, you are so right about Sandra’s settings. When I need a virtual vacation, Sandra is my go-to author. Loved the trip to the Northwest with her Love’s Refuge. Since I’m somewhat familiar with the desert setting of Love’s Dream Song, I can assure you that from reading the book, she has again captured the setting perfectly. I don’t want to do any spoilers, but she has also written very realistic experiences in this book. Wow!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Kav. More tea or coffee?
Oh Kav, What a sweet thing to say about my settings. And you also Sherida. I do love the outdoors and it just seems natural to incorporate what I’ve learned and seen into the story.
And yes, Kav, there is a lot more suspense than most of my novels. I hope readers will be on the edge of their seats.
Sherida, I have been looking forward to Sandra’s cover reveal! And it was worth the wait! I’ve never been to Arizona, but this cover makes me want to visit. The story sounds very interesting. I would like a physical copy if I win.
I’ll take a cookie and some of that chocolate velvet coffee, please!
Hi, Donna! Yes, you definitely need to plan a trip to Arizona….and New Mexico. I’ve started reading Love’s Dream Song, and this has more suspense than others I’ve read of Sandra’s. Very exciting and realistic! Please have a few more cookies while I pour a big mug of that special coffee for you. Thanks so much for stopping by to see Sandra’s amazing cover!
Hi Donna, How great that you dropped by. Thank you Sherida for your kind words.
Donna, Sherida has been to the same country and we both agree that you would love seeing the sights in Arizona. It is spectacular.
I’ll have a cup of chocolate velvet too, thank you. Its my favorite coffee.
Sandra, this sounds like a delightful read, and set in those gorgeous cliffs and rocks of AZ… So beautiful! Sherida, don’t put me in the drawing, I’ll buy my copy, but I wanted to stop by and tell you both what a great job you did on this!
Thank you for visiting with us, Ruthy! When hiking among the cliffs and rocks in these area, we truly walk in beauty. You will enjoy the virtual trip to Arizona. Thanks for your encouragement!
Thanks Ruthy for dropping on by. And thanks for the compliments. I agree with you. Sherida did a lovely job presenting the book cover.
Have a blessed day full of your favorite thing-writing. smile