The Southold Chronicles: A Cover Reveal

The dream to write a novel about Mary Horton began in Southold, Long Island, 1999. I flew to the east coast with my mother, Helen Horton Worley, to visit the lighthouse named after her eighth great-Image of Rebecca DeMarinograndfather, Barnabas. He was a widower when he came from England in the 1600’s, via Massachusetts, to Southold with his two little boys and a young wife named Mary.

When my mother and I arrived more than three hundred years later, Horton Point Lighthouse – commissioned by George Washington in the 1700’s and built in the 1800’s – stood on land that Barnabas had once owned. And we found Southold’s library, historical society, and genealogies contained much information about Barnabas, but not so much about Mary, my ninth great-grandmother. I wondered about her motivations, her desires, and longings and if she missed the family she left behind. I began writing the novel in 2008.

My novel dream came true a couple of years ago when my debut novel was published as historical romance by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A Place in His Heart is book #1 of The Southold Chronicles three-book series! Last year, book two ~ To Capture Her Heart ~ released, and today I’m thrilled to share that book three ~ To Follow Her Heart ~  releases this coming July 19th!

While my heroines in the first two books were based on real women, in To Follow Her Heart my heroine is the fictitious Patience Terry – the young girl from book #1 who comes to New England with the Hortons on the little ship called The Swallow. I fell in love with her, and so did my readers, so the time has come to tell her story.

And without further ado, I celebrate the release of To Follow Her Heart, book #3 of The Southold Chronicles with the beautiful cover from Revell ~ I love it and I hope you do, too!! You can purchase the trade paperback at the pre-order price of $9.93 (that’s a $5.06 savings!) by clicking here

 

To Follow Her Hearty by Rebecca DeMarino

To Follow Her Heart

Duty and love are powerful forces. Only one has the power to make her life complete.

It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton’s ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados. There were no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.

Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy sails aboard a British warship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold—and to an overjoyed Patience—it’s not quite the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.

With a finely tuned sense for authentic historical characters and settings, Rebecca DeMarino plunges you into a world of tall ships, daring journeys, and yearning hearts.

“A masterful weaver of history and heritage, Rebecca DeMarino laces tender love stories with vibrant threads of history and hope, wooing the heart and waking the soul in this rich New World saga.” Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series.

Leave a comment below and be entered to win a $25.00 Starbucks Gift Card or a copy of A Place in His Heart AND To Capture Her Heart! Be sure to leave a comment (you must keep scrolling!) AND place your entry with Rafflecopter!
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    Rebecca DeMarino

    Congratulations to Gayle C., winner of the $25 Starbucks Gift Card and Heidi M., winner of books #1 and #2 of The Southold Chronicles ~ A Place in His Heart and To Capture Her Heart! Watch your email inbox for information to receive your prize!

    Thank you to everyone who entered and helping me celebrate the cover of To Follow Her Heart!

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  2. Kelly Braun

    Hello! You’re a new-to-me Author… I’m excited to have found you!
    The cover is amazing & the snippet sounds Fab!!

    Cheers 🙂

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  3. Crystal Caudill

    To be honest, I had never heard of you as an author and then one of my friends shared this link. It sounds like a fascinating series and one I am adding to my TBR pile. Congratulations on the third book and I look forward to reading this series.

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  4. Tina Rice

    Congratulations on the release of To Follow Her Heart, Rebecca! Sounds like a very interesting book. Beautiful book cover.
    Blessings, Tina

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  5. Diane Bradner

    I was introduced to your first book, A Place in His Heart, in September. A friend went to a book signing and gave me the book. I loved the book and look forward to reading the next 2 books! You are a gifted writer! This book cover is beautiful and makes a person want to read the book. Thank you for the opportunity to win the gift card or the books.

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  6. Bonnie Roof

    Congrats, Rebecca – I loved ‘To Capture Her Heart’ and can’t wait to read ‘To Follow Her Heart’!! Such a beautiful cover also!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunities!!

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      Rebecca DeMarino

      Bonnie – thank you so very much!! And you are so welcome! So glad you loved To Capture Her Heart! I think you’ll love To Follow Her Heart, too – I had so much fun writing it!!

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  7. Barbara Kinsey

    These books sound like they are just my cup of tea! Thanks for the opportunity to win the first 2 and the Starbucks card!

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  8. Jennifer Hibdon

    Thanx for the giveaway!!!!!!!! I look forward to reading ALL of your Southold Chronciles. The cover is so beautiful. It draws you in, making you want to read about them. I love genealogy, my sisters, cousins and I are quite involved in it. We actively are researching over 30 trees.
    j4hibdon at yahoo dot com

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  9. Trixi O.

    I think my comment disappeared?? Sorry if this posts twice 🙁
    I can’t remember what I said, but that cover just draws a person right in! I do so love a good cover! You are a new-to-me author and your books sound wonderful. Historical fiction is my top favorite genre, so I know I would enjoy these. Thank you for the giveaway chance, Rebecca!

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  10. Britney Adams

    I love this beautiful cover and can’t wait to read the story within! Wishing you much success, Rebecca!!

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  11. Trixi O.

    That cover draws me right in!! This is the first I’ve heard of this series but it sounds wonderful. You’re a new-to-me author and I love discovering new Christian fiction writers. Historical is my absolute favorite genre so I know I would thoroughly enjoy all of these books. Thank you so much for the giveaway chance, Rebecca 🙂

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  12. Deborath Metts Driggers

    I have yet to find a novel by Rebecca that I found boring or uninteresting. I look forward each time to reading her next book. Thank you Rebecca and God also for giving you a talent that makes so many happy.

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  13. Joy Burke

    I’m so looking forward to reading the entire series. To be able to trace your heritage back that far is incredible. I am hoping to one day go back to Ireland to further my knowledge of my great grandparents who came here during the potato famine.

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      Rebecca DeMarino

      Thank you Joy – and much luck and success on your journey to discover your family heritage! Ireland is a place I’d love to visit – and I do think when I start tracing Mary Langton Horton’s tree, I’ll find a few leads in Ireland!!

  14. Christine McMahon-Chase

    Thx Rebecca – the cover is great and sounds like another wonderful read. cmcfaithingod at gmail dot com

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  15. Rebecca Tellez

    I am wondering how in the world I have missed reading your books. I am going to get busy reading the first two right away so I am all caught up for Patience story. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of book #3. The cover is really beautiful.

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      Rebecca DeMarino

      Hi, Rebecca! So glad you’ve discovered The Southold Chronicles!! But enter to win the first two books before you rush out to buy them :o) — the contest is for a $25 Starbucks for the first prize, and books #1 and #2 for second prize! Wishing you very good luck!! I think you will love Patience and her story!!

  16. Gina M

    I love historical novels (and starbucks too!).

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  17. Connie Saunders

    Even if I didn’t love historical fiction, which I do, and even if I didn’t love romance novels, which I do, I would be drawn to this book because of the absolutely gorgeous cover! Congrats and thank you for this giveaway.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Rachel

    Oh my! I love this cover!! I’ve read your first two and was impressed by your description! You can really paint a scene! 🙂

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  19. Debbie Clatterbuck

    Rebecca, I’ve not read anything from you yet, but if books 1 and 2 are as interesting as book 3, I will be getting the books to read unless I win them. LOL Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.
    princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. Brenda Arrington

    Can’t wait to read this. I love historical novels. I also thought the cover was very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.
    happygrammaof3(at)Comcast(dot)net

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      Rebecca DeMarino

      Hi, Cynthia! You are so right – it’s hard to believe the third book is about to release! You have been so supportive of me and the series, and I appreciate that so much!! Thank you for stopping by! Blessings to you!

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  21. Rebecca Dewey

    I have really enjoyed this series and can’t wait to read this next book! Jeremy’s character stood out to me from the beginning, and I love that he is getting his own story! Thanks for writing quality stories that I can recommend to others.

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  22. Deanna Stevens

    Congratulations on your new book!
    What a lovely cover.. I am looking forward to reading Patience’s story 🙂

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  23. Roseanna White

    It’s beautiful, Rebecca!! Of course, all of them for this series have been, so that’s no surprise. =) But I really love how the colors play on each other here, with the golden sky and their blond hair, then the pop of her dress and the boldness of his jacket. (Yes, the cover designer in me is sighing in bliss, LOL). Congrats on the book!!!!

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      Rebecca DeMarino

      Hi, Roseanna ~ thank you so very much – I think Revell did such a lovely job and your comments mean so much to me because you are a premier cover designer! AND congratulations on your newest – The Reluctant Duchess! That’s a gorgeous cover, too! Glad you stopped by! Thanks!

  24. Deana Dick

    Love the cover of both of your books. I don’t drink coffee but I do read over 500 books a year. I would love to add your books to my collection. Thank you for the chance.

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  25. Maxie Anderson

    Hello Rebecca. This sure sounds like a good series. Hope I can read it sometime. Pretty cover. I don’t go to Starbucks zoo will have to give it for a gift if I should be lucky enough to win.

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  26. Mary Koester

    I can’t wait to read the third novel. I really enjoyed the first two. My niece currently has my copies. Love to share! The cover looks terrific!

    Mary

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      Rebecca DeMarino

      Woo hoo, Mary! I’m glad you enjoyed the first two and shared them! The highest form of praise to any author is to have her books shared! I though Revell did such an outstanding job on all the covers, but this third book might be my favorite!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. Brenda Murphree

    I love your books! My favorite genre is Historical Christian Fiction! I have your 2 books so if I won them I would give them to my reading friend. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  28. Bonnie Walker

    Rebecca, my congratulations…..and what wonderful characters, both real and imagined…..the best kind of stories, and my favorite genre. I will need to go back and reread the first two copies to catch up. Having never been to Massachusetts, your beautiful writing helps me imagine it. Please enter my name. I follow you on Facebook.
    PS….having two grown daughters,me think it so exceptional that you and your Mother together travel to these sites to deepen your text. What a great way to honor a parent.

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      Rebecca DeMarino

      Thank you, Bonnie ~ that trip with my mom was wonderful – we made a trip to England as well! She passed away before the first book was published, but I know she would have been so pleased! Good luck with the drawing!

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  29. Carrie Turansky

    HI Rebecca, this is such a beautiful cover. I like seeing the hero and heroine. Looks like a great story!

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      Rebecca DeMarino

      I love Long Island! It feels like a second home to me – one year I took my sisters back with me and they felt the same way – that we had our roots there! Thanks for stopping by Jenna!

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