Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Seattle reviewer's take

"Heldt does a good job of weaving historical events into people's lives, and the reader really gets a feel for who Joel is, as well as some depth into the other characters."  Norelle Done, Seattle Wrote

Read Norelle's entire review of The Mine at Seattle Wrote, which the blogger calls "a combination of insight into the thoughts and stories of local Seattle authors and writers, and a compilation of tips, resources, opportunities, and goings-on in the literary world." My thanks to Ms. Done for expanding the boundaries of Washington  to western Montana and providing me with a new means to reach readers in her area. My author interview runs May 15.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

USA TODAY reviews The Mine

"With an irresistible, ironic humor and an obvious appreciation of history — and a few I-didn't-see-that-coming surprises — Heldt has written a tender, refreshing and thought-provoking romance guaranteed to entertain." — Kathy Altman

A long-awaited review of The Mine appeared today in the online edition of USA TODAY. You can read Kathy Altman's article in Happy Ever After, a blog that covers romance books and authors.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A cover image explained

Since the release of my novel, The Mine, in February, a few readers have asked about the image on the cover. Is that a real mine? Is it located in Montana? The answers are yes and no. The illustration is a modified photograph of the San Cristobal Mine, an abandoned mercury mine near San Jose, California. The landmark is a popular stop for hikers and mountain bikers in the Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Many thanks to Steve Jurvetson for providing the original photograph and to my illustrator, Cannon Colegrove, for turning it into an eye-catching cover.