Thursday, September 1, 2011

SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED - by Rita Stella Galieh - Book Offer

 How could she believe in her future

Photo: John Hills
 when she couldn't forget her past?

I was blessed to have an input into the cover of Book I in my Watermark Women Trilogy. I wanted a particular scene where my heroine and her nemesis had a confrontation. Sydney has many areas remaining exactly as they were early in the 19th century. The picture shows the infamous Rocks on Sydney Harbour where felons were unloaded from the prison ships before being taken to the  Darlinghurst  Gaol. The day of the photo shoot was stormy with heavy showers, and not Sydney's usual sunny, blue skies We prayed for a break in the weather and got our shot with the gloom adding to the atmosphere.

The designer cleverly arranged the book's cover, like a package with a tie and a rip in which the characters are shown. You can check out the actual cover and read the prologue at  and click on Books. I really had a ball when hiring the costumes. The manager was a Christian lady and took special care in helping me choose correctly the lieutenant's costume for the period. And I love the contrast of the red coat against the indigo skirt. Most authors are thrilled when the book's cover captures the theme, and I'm one of them.

“From the ‘toffs’ of 19th century England to the felons, selectors, dandies, and bushrangers of colonial Australia, Rita’s feisty heroine takes us on an intriguing romantic adventure as she searches for truth and the love she has lost. And all the while we weep for Megan’s indignities and rejoice in the triumph of her faith!”

Wendy Sargeant - Queensland Society of Editors

More of the fascinating research is revealed at and even more at  If you would like to read the Prologue you'll find it at and click Books.
The novel has turned into a real panorama of people and places. Like so many other storytellers I basically visualize my characters and their environs before writing. Unlike an exam paper where only the marker sees your errors, you have to get it right in a book. Thank the dear Lord for those middle of the night wake-ups calls when you know you've left out something important. Could that be the subconscious simmering along before bubbling up to the surface? Do any of you writers/ business women/ homemakers come awake at night like that?

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BIO: Rita Stella Galieh is a scriptwriter and co-presenter on the weekly COMMUNICATION RADIO broadcast over 500 FM stations in Australia and on HCJB Missionary Radio. She also travels with her evangelist husband and spends a month of ministry each year in Thailand to explain the real meaning of Christmas in Buddhist schools, prisons, hospitals, shopping malls, and churches.


  1. What a wonderful composition to this front cover. So much is going on. Love it.

  2. Hi Rita,
    The book sounds wonderful, can't wait to read it.
    Jennifer ann

  3. Wow, what a great cover, Rita! I sure am looking forward to reading another book from you.

  4. Sounds like a great book, Rita! I love early Sydney history - I like to imagine my ancesters walking the cobblestone streets.


  5. Thanks, Christine, I hope your beautiful book, Shadowed in Silk is going well!

  6. Well Mary, did you ever think this gal, who showed you her first attempt, would ever get around to writing a trilogy? I can't quite believe it either!!!

  7. Jennifer and Helen, thanks for your enthusiastic comments. Australia is bursting with stories from our past.

  8. Rita, your book cover is beautiful! Congrats on your latest release - you book sounds like a fascinating read :)

  9. Thanks, Narelle. I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.

  10. your book sounds wonderful rita...i'm looking forward to reading this beautiful story :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. Congratulations, Rita! It sounds like a great story. I went to your website and, yes, the cover is clever, indeed. What a great photo of your characters!

  12. Thanks for that, Donna. As a popular historical writer yourself, you'd appreciate the importance of great covers. As yours are!

  13. If you enjoy historicals Karen, I think you'll enjoy it. Thanks.