I’d like to share with you the cover to my next novel due in the Spring of 2017. This is by far the most excited I’ve been about a book cover.
The photographer is a dear friend of mine, Paul Leary of Gardnerville, Nevada, who took this picture a couple of years ago of a friend of his. When I saw it I just knew I had to have it for a cover. The problem was, at the time, I didn’t have a novel for it.
Then about a year and a half ago, I heard a story about a real life woman who mined the Comstock and Tonopah Basin’s in the early 1900’s. She had an amazingly interesting life, and suddenly the outline to A Road Paved in Copper was born.
And I knew just the cover picture I wanted for the cover.
Armed with her six-shooter, Ava De La Vega dips the pen into the inkwell and etches her name on the Esmerelda County tax record book. A formidable force, that’s what her peers have called her.
The woman in a man’s world, what did she know of mining ore, silver, and copper? Plenty. And it’s this knowledge that makes her of the richest miners in Nevada in 1905.
Of course, it also makes her a target.
Traveling back and forth from Tonopah, Nevada and San Francisco, Ava spends her life digging up precious metals from the depths of mine shafts then blowing her money on the finer things in life. A woman who blazes the trail from the dirt and grime to the fanciest hotel rooms, the finest wines, the most decadent meals, and the company of attractive young men.
Unfortunately, for Ava, she doesn’t see Craig Harrison coming.
A claim jumper from the snowy Klondike, Craig has traveled from the from the harsh Canadian mountains down to the Sierra Nevada range. With aspirations of a wealthy strike of his own, he sets his sights on the young woman and begins plans to steal her claim.
Unfortunately, for Craig, he doesn’t see Ava coming.