Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cover Reveal for Dark Winds Rising



Being a history buff I can't resist a novel set in the past, especially one in the Wales of long ago. And loving travel as I do, I always consider a good historical novel a free trip into that other world. So I am pleased to announce Mark Noce is publishing book two of his exciting series set in Medieval Wales and to announce his cover reveal.

Dark Winds Rising . . . What an irresistible title that is! About this new gem, Mark says, "Dark Winds Rising is the sequel to my debut novel Between Two Fires, and comes out with St. Martin’s Press December 5th 2017! Today is my cover reveal for the next book in my historical fiction series set in medieval Wales. A big thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the great cover art!" 

Here is the synopsis for Dark Winds Rising:

Queen Branwen finds her world once again turned upside down as Pictish raiders harry the shores of her kingdom. Rallying her people once more, she must face her most dangerous foe yet, the Queen of the Picts. Ruthless and cunning, the Pictish Queen turns the Welsh against each other in a bloody civil war, and Branwen must attempt to stop her before her country threatens to tear itself apart. All the while Branwen is heavy with child, and finds her young son’s footsteps dogged by a mysterious assassin. Branwen must somehow defeat the Picts and save her people before the Pictish Queen and a mysterious assassin threaten to destroy their lives from the inside out.

About the Author:

Mark Noce writes historical fiction with a passion, and eagerly reads everything from fantasy to literature. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s an avid traveler and backpacker, particularly in Europe and North America. He earned his BA and MA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he also met his beautiful wife. By day, he works as a Technical Writer, having spent much of his career at places like Google and Facebook. When not reading or writing, he’s probably listening to U2, sailing his dad’s boat, or gardening with his family.

Dark Winds Rising is his second novel in a historical series published by St. Martin’s Press. His debut novel, Between Two Fires, (also published via St. Martin's Press) is available wherever books are sold. Learn more at marknoce.com or connect via his newsletter or blog.

You can purchase Between Two Fires at:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Macmillan
(For those of you who haven't read Between Two Fires — a gripping and satisfying read — you can read an earlier review I wrote of it HERE. )  I've also learned you can pre-order Dark Winds Rising from Amazon now.

How about you? Are you fascinated by Welsh history and novels set in Wales? Do you like historical fiction in general? Did you get a chance to read Mark's first book? 

13 comments:

Rachna Chhabria said...

Love the cover of Mark's book Dark Winds Rising. I had the honour and the pleasure of reading it in its manuscript stage. Congrats Mark. Excited and thrilled for you.

Mark Noce said...

Thanks for having me here, Elizabeth! :)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Mark, It is always a pleasure to have you on my blog.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Rachna, how exciting to have been in on this new book from the beginning.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love Mark's cover. It really is gorgeous. Congrats to Mark!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks for stopping by, Natalie. Yes, it's a lovely cover. He really has found a wonderful cover designer for both books.

Rosi said...

I sure hope I can get to this series soon. It sounds terrific. Thanks for the post.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Rosi, Well, I find it fascinating, because I'm so into Welsh history and the myths of that time. And Mark's writing brings the era alive!

Tanya Lynne Reimer said...

Oh it sounds great! Thanks for sharing this!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Tanya, thanks for stopping by. It sounds like you are a history buff, too!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I do love historical novels and don't know why I read so few. Maybe it's time to start reading more. Congratulations to Mark.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Beverly. Well, it's hard to find time to read for me as well, although I seem to gravitate to either mysteries or historical novels. I f a book is both, I'm in heaven.

Sandra Cox said...

Sounds like a fascinating read. Many congrats on this.

Hello, Elizabeth:)