Cover Reveal, Free Gift, & Valentine Sale

Happy Valentine’s Week!!
The time for romance, gifts, and love stories.

One of my favorite experiences as an author is seeing my cover for the first time. It’s terrifying and exciting all rolled into one. Such anticipation! Well, I’m excited to reveal my next cover. Talk about romantic! The designers did such a fabulous job giving this cover an incredibly unique yet timelessly romantic feel.

The Kissing Tree is a novella collection by Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Nicole Deese and Amanda Dykes that spans roughly 150 years. Each of the four stories takes place in Oak Springs, Texas, centering around a particular sprawling live oak whose trunk and branches have been carved over the centuries with couples’ initials. It is the keeper of a thousand stories, and this book showcases four of them: one in the mid-1800’s, one in the late-1800’s, one during World War II, and one in present day. It releases this fall, and should be up for pre-order in just a few short weeks!

The tree we used as a model for our Kissing Tree is a real tree with it’s own romantic heritage on the Texas A&M university campus. The Century Tree. Isn’t it gorgeous? This tree is the site of many a romantic marriage proposal to this day.

Our Free Gift to You

We loved what the Bethany House designers did with the cover, and they were so kind to work with us to cook up these beautiful designs for you to use as either a wallpaper for your phone or a background image for your computer. They utilized many of those lovely cover elements—the embossed backgrounds, those lush leaves, and a Bible verse that encompasses the deepest love of all. A reminder that you are beloved and cherished!

Use these links below and the download button you’ll see near the top of the screen to claim your free gift:

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Sale Price on Another Great Valentine Read

Since The Kissing Tree won’t be available until fall, I thought I would offer another sweet, western romance read for your Valentine reading pleasure. The first book in my Patchwork Family series, More Than Meets the Eye (ebook) is on sale for only $0.99 starting today! Love, adventure, cowboys, and a pet hog. What could be more fun?

When her family is threatened, falling in love may be her best defense.

“More Than Meets the Eye captured my heart from the start. This story is easily the best Inspirational romance I have read in years, if not the best Inspirational romance I have ever read.”  ~ All About Romance

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If you were to give yourself a gift for Valentine’s Day this year, what would choose?

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For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at:

50 thoughts on “Cover Reveal, Free Gift, & Valentine Sale”

  1. Hi Karen … I would buy a Denali throw blanket to snuggle under while reading a good book! It’s a cold day in Minnesota! I love getting acquainted with new authors too. Beautiful cover and scripture verse. Old west romance is right up my alley! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • That sounds so cozy, Kathy! I was curled up under my sherpa throw last night with a book and a cup of tea. It was lovely even though we aren’t near as cold here in Texas as you are in Minnesota. Brr…

  2. So so sooooooo enjoy your books! The Lord took me out of trashy romance to Christian venue! I am so very blessed by authors God has blessed with such beautiful talent! You rock Karen!

  3. Karen, thank you for the two links. It is a beautiful cover for The Kissing Tree! And thanks for the heads up on your More Than Meets the Eye. It’s on my TBR.

  4. Woo-Hoo! Congratulations, Karen! I adore the new cover and that title is awesome. The white on the cover looks like old timey embossing and the splashes of color really stand out against the stark white. The couple’s silhouettes are really nice. This should be a winner for you and the other ladies.

  5. Oh goodness, this cover is gorgeous. They really did a fabulous job. Cant wait to read this book. I just ordered More Than Meets The Eye. Ohh cant wait when I have some free time. Happy Valentines to you and yours.

  6. Beautiful cover and I love the theme of the new book! I’ve always loved that tree at A&M, it’s so beautiful!

  7. Such a beautiful blog, Karen! The graphics just put you in the mood for romance, you know? Ha!

    Congrats on the new release! As far as a Valentine gift to myself? Diamonds, dearie. Sparkling, glittering diamonds, big or small, I don’t care. 🙂

  8. My romantic husband banned Valentine’s Day many years ago as a “Hallmark marketing trap.” I will read and he won’t object so I’m happy.
    Love the cover on your newest book.
    Happy Valentine’s Day.

    • I agree that they’ve commercialized it, but that’s just an excuse for me to buy heart-shaped Dove dark chocolate. Ha! I hope you enjoy a wonderful romance novel this Valentine’s Day, Rosie, and that you sweep your husband off his feet when he least expects it. 🙂

    • I love your practical nature, Alicia. A living thing that will continue bringing you pleasure for years to come. Unless you have my black thumb and end up killing it after a couple months. Sigh.

  9. I love the cover for THE KISSING TREE. It reminds me of old cards – elegant, embossed, and simple. It gets the point across in a lovely, unfussy way. The picture of the tree reminds me a little of the Angel Tree in Charleston, SC. Whoever your cover design team is, they have always created the best covers for you. Each one has always reflected the special character and essence of the story within. This one does also in a different way. I’m looking forward to reading the anthology.
    Thank you for the screen saver. My daughter is going to love it.

    • Thanks, Patricia. I have been very blessed with my covers. So thankful for a talented group of designers. And I’m so glad that you are sharing the wallpaper with your daughter. That’s wonderful!

  10. I never did answer your question. I think I would give myself a weekend in New York City with my husband. There are so many wonderful museums, shows, and places to see. It would take more than a weekend, but we could make a start on them all.
    I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

    • That sounds fabulous! I’ve never really been attracted to the city, but all those things you mentioned would be on my list – museums, shows, and all the historical places, of course. 🙂

  11. Great cover. And love the picture of that gorgeous tree. Putting this in my TEL asap. I’d want an Amazon gift card to but books. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  12. I would give my Valentine a Gift card, chocolates, flowers & a BOOK!!! Looking forward to reading this book, The Kissing Tree; by all of the awesome authors. Have a blessed VALENTINE’S day!!!!

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