Cover Reveal: Forget me Not by Amber Stokes

October 16, 2013

I love it when there is more news to be shared in the book world. The joy is even greater when a group of bloggers can come together to help spread that word and when it’s someone we know and in this case, it’s particularly exciting because it’s for Amber Stokes (from Seasons of Humility or @SeasonsHumility)! Today, we are helping her celebrate her second book (or really, a novella) in the form of a new cover reveal and a giveaway to celebrate it.

Again the designer for Amber’s novel was Lena Goldfinch, same as with Bleeding Heart, which you all probably remember from earlier this year when we featured Amber’s debut. Now, later in 2013, we’ll get to read more of Amber’s works when her second novel comes out. Before we get to the reveal, here’s a little bit about the author:

Amber Stokes has a Bachelor of Science degree in
English and a passion for the written word – from blogging to writing poetry,
short stories, and novels. After her brief time at college in Oregon, she is
now back home among the redwoods of Northern California, living life one day at
a time and pursuing her passion via
freelance editing
and self-publishing. You can connect with Amber on her blog,
Seasons of Humility.

Without further ado, here is the brand-new cover art for Forget Me Not.

It’s pretty right!?

When I first opened this email, my thought was that the design and emotion conveyed just what Amber would want from her character. Of course I am only going off of the synopsis since I’ve not been able to read the novella, however there is a delicate beauty to it and the blue is just gorgeous. I also like how Amber and Lena “matched” the concepts without being “too obvious.” The emotions are different yet with the heroine and background, this looks well suited to Bleeding Heart while still being its “own” design that tells its own story. What this concept really does is ensure another emotional roller-coaster.

Here’s the Synopsis:

A startling revelation sends Elizabeth Lawson
escaping into a stormy night – and tosses her into the arms of a young mountain
man with secrets of his own. When he offers to take her to the Nevada mining
town where her long-lost brother lives, she accepts. Suspicions and
uncertainties are pushed aside as she struggles to forge a future for herself
by meeting her past.

David has been hiding from his painful memories for years. The solitude and
wildness of the Rocky Mountains are challenge and comfort enough for him –
until Elizabeth’s arrival. Fueled by anger and a sense of obligation, he
strives to take control of his new situation…only to find control slipping
from his grasp with each new emotion Elizabeth evokes in him.

When their journey leads them on unexpected paths, can two lonely hearts find
the strength to remember the good amid the heartbreak?

January 2014

Keep up with the novel happenings and updates on its site!

…and until next time (and news of Amber’s next novel, Morning Glory), make sure to check out this fun giveaway. Good luck, all.

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below for a chance
to win forget-me-not note cards (set of three) from
Carol Sapp Watercolors!
Giveaway limited to U.S. residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Plus, take a look at some additional cover candy in the most
recent edition.


  • Juju at Tales of

    October 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Oh my! It's beaaaautiful!

    1. Amber Stokes

      October 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Yay!! I'm so glad you think so, Juju! :) Lena's got talent!


    2. Rissi

      October 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Methinks you are right, Juju. ;)

  • Amber Stokes

    October 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Aww, Rissi, you are such a wonderful encourager! Thank you for this lovely post – I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the cover, and I super appreciate all the kind words! :)

    And yes, my books so far are more novella-length…but technically, since they're over 50,000 words (at least, I'm hoping FMN will still be that when I'm done editing/revising, haha!), I'm still counting them as novels. ;)

    Thank you again, my friend! *Hugs*


    1. Rissi

      October 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Well, I suppose I'm just saying what's on my mind. If it comes across as a good kind of encouraging than I'm glad. :) Thank you for letting us be a part of your cover reveal, Amber. It was – as always – a blast. Is it too early to already anticipate Morning Glory!? ;)

      I'm sorry if calling FMN a novella was wrong; that wasn't my intention. I referred to it as such only because I was thinking that FMN was a shorter length than BH. I stand corrected. :) Counting them as novels works for me; as you know, I like shorter books so my own writing would probably tend shorter than longer. I've learned that "less is more" and that applies to writing as much as anything.

      THANK YOU!


    2. Amber Stokes

      October 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Never too early to anticipate, right?? I'm already anticipating writing it, haha. ;) I've got a research book and a gorgeous mock cover design to inspire me! Plus, Myghal should be a lot of fun to write about as the hero (finally!). :)

      And no, no – don't feel bad! Please forgive me for not being more clear. Prequels – especially the latest fad with YA books, with the prequels and in-between novellas – are generally shorter anyway. :) I call it a prequel because it comes before Bleeding Heart, but if I had published the books in chronological order, it would just be the first in the series. Goodness, I've made everything confusing, LOL! ;)

      But yeah, either way, my "novels" do tend to run short. ;) I so appreciate that you think "less is more"! I really like the Dr. Seuss quote I came across on Twitter…

      "A writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads."

      I stand by that. ;)

      *Big hugs back*


    3. Rissi

      October 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      I certainly would say it's NEVER too early. You are right on. I'm sure that if you're excited at the prospect of Myghal being a fun person to write about than the story will (hopefully for you!) come easily. Plus as you say, you've already got some great inspiration, which is awesome. :)

      Not at all, you were perfectly clear! No worries there. I like the prequel term, that works just fine. I have seen SO many YA series putting out "novellas" and while sometimes it doesn't apply to me (since they are only E-books), it's fun to see authors breaking away from first-person limits; for example, Kiera Cass wrote a novella from Maxon's perspective and is doing the same for Aspen. That's nice as then we can get the guy's thoughts instead of being limited to just America's.

      (You've made nothing confusing. :D)

      Indeed I do! I'm learning that "less is more" adage about writing. For me, I kind of "stall out." I have all these ideas floating around in my head but when it comes to typing them, I sort of freak and think, "I'm NEVER going to be able to finish this." I think it's the perfectionist part of me.

      Aw, that quote is cute. So true also! :)

  • Miranda A. Uyeh

    October 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Yes Rissi, it's really pretty! Love how you emphasized that 'Bleeding Heart' and 'Forget Me Not' still stand apart and tell their own stories despite their similarities. Made me chuckle when you said they're novellas. Most novellas don't have their characters well developed, but the characters of Bleeding Heart certainly were. Looking forward to Forget me Not!

    Great post Rissi. :)

    1. Rissi

      October 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      That it is, Miranda. :) It's always fun to visit all the blogs who participate in these cover reveals or book tours as everyone has a different perspective and that's nice – plus gives everyone who may have differing opinions more to think on.

      LOL! Well, I was thinking that FMN was a shorter novel than BH which is why I reverted to calling FMN a "novella." That being said, I'm happy to be corrected. Bleeding Heart was indeed a lovely debut.

      Thanks for dropping by! :)

    2. Amber Stokes

      October 16, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I'm thrilled that you think the characters of Bleeding Heart were well-developed – that means a lot, especially since my novels are so character-driven. :)

      I like how Renee described it – my books kind of fit with the Heartsong Presents line, in that they're short, but hopefully don't skimp on depth! Of course, I might go a little farther than Heartsong Presents books are usually allowed to go in terms of plot elements…hence, the self-publishing (just one of various reasons). ;)


  • Leighanna Rose

    October 16, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Hey Rissi! I finally am going to start keeping up on being an active follower now!! I'm so ready to stop being so busy! Anyways, I just told Emma that I'm starting a top ten list of blogs to keep active on, and so I'm starting that! (yours will be one!)

    1. Rissi

      October 18, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Leighanna! Hello, it's been a while. :)

      Awesome! You are always welcome here and I'd love for you to stop in anytime. I don't blame you for wanting "less busyness." I'm not a fan of being busy. :)

      …and THANK YOU for the lovely, kind words on my blog! I am so honored. :)

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