Cover Reveal and an Excerpt of WESTERN DESERT

I’m so happy to see the month of April and the light at the end of the long winter tunnel. If you want details about all of my April happenings, stop by my blog at There are contests, prizes, a Beach Book Blast Spring Splash book sale, and an Authors in Bloom Blog Hop on the agenda, so pop on over and check out the fun when you’re done here!

PJ here, if you hadn’t guessed. We still have patches of snow in the Berkshires, but I’m finally seeing signs of spring. The Robins have arrived and the pearly white petals of the snow drops are peeking out of the ground where the snow has melted. I think we’re all looking forward to the lovely face of spring that will soon overtake the gray landscape. And speaking of lovely faces, I thought I would share with you the cover to my next book, WESTERN DESERT, Book Two in THE CHRONICLES OF LILY CARMICHAEL trilogy. The fabulous Melody Simmons designed the covers for the trilogy. I think she has done a great job so far. What do you think?

Cover Reveal!
Cover Reveal!

Taking off where WANING MOON ends, Lily Carmichael and Will Callahan embark on a journey across a sun-ravaged and decimated US in the year 2057, headed for the Western Desert on a dangerous rescue mission. The survivors they meet along the way put Lily’s healing abilities to the test, and challenge Will’s talents for lying and conning his way out of some tricky situations. But even with the weight of life and death on their shoulders, the greatest challenge they face is trusting their hearts to each other.

Here’s an excerpt from WESTERN DESERT:

“Rudy really cares about you.” Will stared out the back window. “You’re lucky…to have so many people who love you.” He glanced my way as he came around to face front, his expression sad and hard at the same time.

I adjusted the mirror and straightened my shoulders, gripping the steering wheel with both hands as I blinked back tears. “He’s a good friend.” The words came out softer than I intended, choking past the knot in my throat. As lucky as I was to have my family and community, Will had been equally unlucky, having lost his mother and sister in a storm that leveled his house and wiped out his whole town. With no reason to stay, he’d roamed the country for the past two years in search of his father, the only family he had left. My heart squeezed at the thought of all he had been through.

The road changed from gravel to chunky asphalt, cracked and loaded with potholes. Will held onto the grab bar that hung from the ceiling above the door. “You should have let me take the gun Rudy offered.”

“I hate guns. And what if we got caught with one?”

Will ignored me and shook his head. “I’m more concerned about what happens if we get caught without one? Have you figured out a plan for breaking into Industry Headquarters when we get to Vegas, or are we just going to storm the gates? I’m not sure a blow gun and a baseball bat are going to get us in and out alive.”

I felt the cool gaze of his gray-blue eyes on me but I focused on the road. “No specific plan yet, but we have plenty of time to figure it out.” I pressed my foot to the gas pedal, anxious to put some distance between me and the voices of home that echoed in my mind. “And we’ll make do with whatever we have.” Sam’s words flowed out of my mouth before I had a chance to stop them. “Adapt, improvise, and overcome, right?”

“If you say so; you’re the boss.”

I glanced at Will, whose lips twitched before he turned his head away to watch the Stanton town line fade into the distance in the side view mirror.

I hope you’ll join Lily, Will, and the cast of characters who embody the best and worst of humanity in this second book of the dystopian trilogy, THE CHRONICLES OF LILY CARMICHAEL. WESTERN DESERT is scheduled for release June 24th. If you haven’t read Book One, WANING MOON, stop by my website and purchase your e-copy today, or comment below and you will be instantly entered into a drawing for a signed print copy. Good Luck!

Thanks for stopping in. As always, your feedback and comments are welcome.



17 thoughts on “Cover Reveal and an Excerpt of WESTERN DESERT”

  1. LOVE the cover!! I’ve been waiting for book two and am so excited!! But June 24th is a long way off. *pout* Congratulations again on your double final in the NERFA awards with Waning Moon and Savage Cinderella!

  2. Thanks, everyone! Right back at you, Stacey with your NERFA final in Contemp. Romance category. If you’re jonesing for a taste of Lily and her troubled little brother Zeph, you can read SOUL REDEMPTION, the short story prequel for FREE on Wattpad!

    1. I actually LOVE Autocrit. It saves me on paying for more of my editor’s time if I can go through and clean up the “overused words”, “repeated phrases,” and “cliches.” It cues me with pacing when I’m telling too much, and even tells me how many instances of words like “that/there” with a recommendation to remove a certain number. It’s laborious going through all the reports and making the changes, but as with most editing, it makes the story stronger by forcing me to examine word choices and uses stronger verbs and more specific descriptors. I recommend it!

  3. What a beautiful cover Paula. Did Melody do it, or did you? I passed Waning Moon onto my 15 year-old granddaughter after I read it to -ahem- be sure it was appropriate for her. It was, of course. I’m looking forward to reading Western Desert. Great title, BTW.

    1. Thanks, Joy. Yes, Melody is doing my covers these days. I’m glad you passed Waning Moon on to your grand daughter. She is actually my target audience for the trilogy. I’ll be interested to hear how she likes it. I’m still deciding on a title for book three…as yet to be written…sigh…

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