Sunday, June 2, 2013

Announcing! A New Cover Reveal: “Bleeding Heart” -- A Debut Inspirational Historical Romance by Amber Stokes


About the Book

Five bleeding hearts. One profound journey.

Summer 1886

Sally Clay’s livelihood has been snatched away, but in its place arises an opportunity to escape from her sordid past and an unrelenting, unwanted suitor. Boarding a train with a heartsick rancher and an enigmatic miner, she leaves Virginia City behind and heads to Northern California, waiting for the chance to make right what went wrong three long years before.

But the road to revenge is far from smooth. Sally soon learns that the jagged pieces of a broken heart can far too easily wound the hearts of others – and hers isn’t the only heart that’s broken. Tragedy and fear dog her steps as she flees from the redwood forests to the high desert and back again. Will her bleeding heart ever find a way and a place to heal?

A desperate soiled dove. Three men who come to care for her. One man determined to claim her.

All on a journey that will show them what true love really involves.

Inspirational Historical Romance


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 her debut novel, Bleeding Heart. You can connect with Amber on her blog, Seasons of Humility.

About the Cover Designer
Lena lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of "sigh-worthy" romance. You can visit her online at

  Teaser from Bleeding Heart
Breaking hearts should be considered a crime. That would make Elizabeth Lawson an outlaw and Joe Clifton the victim. And that wasn’t a far stretch in Joe’s mind. She had rounded up his heart, branded her name across it when it should never have belonged to her, and then left him high and dry. Still, he was getting sick of hanging around the scene of the crime. He just didn’t know where else to go.
Lake Tahoe had once been his favorite get-away destination, a place where he could go to just sit back and enjoy the view of water as clear as a shined-up mirror. Now those crystal depths and the unmoving boulders along the water’s edge taunted him, bringing back memories of a happy proposal and a less-than-happy scene where his heart was handed back to him on a silver platter – bruised, broken, and bleeding.
He didn’t want to make any more memories like that. So he made a promise to himself: He would never let anyone break his heart again.

Amber Stokes the Fires of Inspiration!  

Three Men – One Heroine
A Bleeding Heart is Just the Start!



  1. So honored to have you on the cover reveal team, Vince! Thank you so much for sharing about my upcoming release! And to answer your question from an e-mail I should have responded to a long time ago - yes, there is a reference to the flower in the book, and there are bleeding hearts on the cover. ;) Hope you approve!


  2. Hey Vince,

    Thanks for sharing Amber's cover reveal and BIRTHDAY celebration today! Our girl is 22!!!

    SO FUN!

    The cover model seems perfect, and the cover hints at the story in all the right ways.

    I'm really looking forward to reading it! :)

    1. KC,

      LOVE being referred to as *our girl* - so blessed by the mentoring and friendship I've received through Seekerville! :D

      So glad you think the cover works well! The first time I saw that model image, it just clicked - and Lena agreed. :)

      Looking forward to having you read it!


      P.S. Thank you so much for your patience with me today as I'm bouncing all over the walls and getting super distracted, LOL! Looking forward to all your exciting events, too! :)

  3. Hi Amber:
    I couldn’t help myself as an old adman. Check out the new Tag line at the bottom of the post! : )

    Let me know if you are OK with it!!!

    BTW: We finally found and bought a bleeding heart plant! It’s in the shade near our front door where we will see it every day. Both our “Bleeding Hearts” are getting a start at the same time. Let’s hope this is the start of years and years of beautiful growth.

    Also: I think that model looks a little too much like you. At least the you in that photo of you. That is my favorite picture of all the pictures you have had on your website over the years. The best is yet to come!

    22 Skidoo.


    1. LOL! That's great, Vince - I'm totally fine with it!! ;)

      That's wonderful that you got a bleeding heart plant - they're beautiful and unique flowers! And so touched by your words...thank you! I hope so, too. :)

      As for the model, that is too funny! My parents said the same thing. ;) I will definitely take it as a compliment, as I think the model is lovely! There are definite differences in our appearances, but I guess there is something about her face that might be similar to mine... I told my mom that I might have subconsciously been drawn to this model picture because of that, since I poured so much of my own heart into the heroine of this book. :)

      Thank you so much for all of your kind words!! Blessed by your friendship.


  4. Hi KC:

    So when is the cover reveal for May III? It is so much fun to read May II on my Kindle. Wow. Wonderful.

    So Amber is 22 today. I can remember when I was 22. I think it was in ’22. Or maybe not. Maybe I can’t remember when it was. Anyway Happy Birthday Amber!


    1. I'm excited to be a part of KC's upcoming publicity! We'll be focusing on May I and II, but I am eager to hear more about May III - want to do a cover reveal sometime, KC?? :)

      And LOL about being 22! ;) Thank you!


  5. Ah, Vince. Love the blog and I love Amber's cover.

    Happy birthday, Amber.

    1. Isn't Vince great?? I've really been blessed by his advice and friendship. :)

      Thank you for the kind words!


  6. Hi Vince, Another great job with a cover reveal. Amber's cover is beautiful. I also thought the heroine looked like Amber. And I love your tag line.

    Amber this is so exciting. Happy Birthday.

  7. Hi Sandra:

    That tag line is a natural for Amber and it works for three types of romances:

    Inspiration: Amber Stokes the Firest of Inspiration.

    Mainstream Romance: Amber Stokes the Fires of Romance

    Hot Romance or Edgy Christian Fiction: Amber Stokes the Fires of Passion.

    Anyway I think if you hear this line once, you will tend to remember it. Too bad Julie Lessman’s last name isn’t Stokes, I think she would use ‘Fires of Passion’.


  8. That is funny. You have such a sense of humor. I hope Amber uses the tag line.

    1. Hi Sandra:

      As Amber matures as a writer and she perhaps writes in different genres she could use this tag line:

      Different Stokes For Different Folks!

  9. Ha ha ha ha ha Love it.

    I can just imagine what you were like as a kid. Heaven help us. I bet your guardian angel breathes a sigh of relief when your head hits the pillow. LOL