New Cover Design: Great Crossing

Please join me in congratulating Judalon de Bornay on the publication of Great Crossing! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:


1807: With the country spiraling out of control and heading toward another war with England, a slave woman and a man destined to become an American vice president find themselves on a different kind of collision course. Although they lead very separate lives, one hand rules them both: Jemima Johnson, matriarch of the first western political dynasty and stern mistress over Great Crossing.

Richard's world revolves around fulfilling his mother's plans for a brilliant political future. Julia's every move depends on his mother's whims, as her pet slave. Julia watches helplessly as Richard pursues independent and worldly-wise Suzanne, the woman who has the mettle to help him become president. But when his mother destroys those plans, Julia's relief knows no bounds, for she clings to the one freedom even a slave can claim: to dream, and she dreams of loving Richard.

After a revelatory trip to New Orleans, Richard changes his entire life course with one decision. He sets out to defy his family, and American society as well, with his choice of bride. But can Julia's dream of being with the man she loves survive threats, ridicule, and isolation? Can Richard stand up to the greatest men of their time and defend his shocking choice?

Great Crossing, A Forgotten Love Story, reimagines the relationship between Julia Chinn and Vice President Richard Mentor Johnson, a love that dared to cross barriers and confront relentless obstacles.


Great Crossing is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Judalon's website for more information about the book and her blog posts on the history behind it.

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