We'll soon reveal the cover for "In God Is Our Trust." I've seen the mock-ups and the finished product will capture the mood and theme I hoped for--of a still untamed America under the divine influence of God. I think this is my favorite volume. It's tender and real, and it includes some stirring scenes from America's history. I see so many similarities between this time period and ours--between this generation and ours. I think you will too.
This volume follows our characters as they witness the changes and challenges experienced by post-war America. Here's a brief overview:
A battered but determined America exits the War of 1812 under the leadership of the last men tutored by the Founding Fathers. She is welcomed onto the world stage and begins an American Renaissance, but her citizens cry out for a new voice in Washington as a wave of new leaders prepare to thrust a progressive platform on the nation.
Her trials have prepared a choice American generation—the Pearsons’ generation—but as Jed labors to calm America’s political storms fierce trials cause a strain in the Pearson home, ensnaring Jed and Hannah in a crisis of faith.
The struggles plaguing the Pearsons affect Frannie and the Snowdens, as well as the six families with whom the Pearsons have become entangled during the war. As a new religious reformation dawns in America, the Pearsons become reacquainted with a young man from Hannah’s past—Joseph Smith—whose accounts of visions and dealings with angels test tender relationships, and the Constitution’s guarantees of religious liberty.
Books should be on store shelves by November 1, and in December I hit the road for signings in Maryland, Utah, and California. The exact dates and places will be posted on my web site at http://www.laurielclewis.com/
Now, for the fun stuff...
I'll be hosting weekly drawings for an assortment of books and prizes pertaining to "IN GOD IS OUR TRUST" as we prep for the launch.
To kick things off, I'm giving away an autographed copy of the winner's choice of FREE MEN and DREAMERS volumes. Here's how you enter. Each entry must be posted separately. I'll handle the third for those who do item three.
1) You must either be a follower of this blog, or better yet--sign up to follow my email. Like Santa, I check these lists twice! Place a comment below letting me know how you follow and you're entered.
2) Visit my website. What do you think of the new look? You'll notice we're still under reconstruction, and since we haven't revealed the final cover "IN GOD IS OUR TRUST" is still missing, but do you like the layout? Hit the "Contact me" link, and email me with your comment, and you're entered again.
3) Now go to the "NEWS" page and tell me how many years I've been working on this series. Head to the "Contact Me" page and shoot me an email with that number in it, and I'll enter you for a third time. That's it!
Good luck! This promotion ends Friday the 21st, at midnight. I hope the preview glimpses make you excited to read IN GOD IS OUR TRUST!