Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone enjoyed their last weeks of summer and found some awesome summer reads! If you haven’t, no worries. I have found one for you! Puppet by new Patchwork Press author Pauline C. Harris is coming out later this month and you don’t want to miss it! Add it to your Goodreads TBR list now. In the meantime, I give you her awesome cover:
The beautiful cover was designed by another Patchwork Press author, Erica Crouch. I love this team! Be sure to check out the rest of our reads at: www.patchwork-press.com and stay tuned for two more exciting cover reveals this week!
About the book
Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.
When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.
As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.
As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.
Pauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen. She’s currently working toward a degree in English. Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes. You can find her on Twitter at: @PaulineCHarris
I’ve kept this jewel under wraps long enough. You have no idea how much I wanted to just put it out there. Without further ado – the official cover to ‘The Rising, Book One of the Painted Maidens Trilogy’:
Fifteen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.
Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.
Add ‘The Rising’ to your Goodreads TBR list now.
Beyond a good story, nothing is more important than the book’s cover (other than maybe the blurb, but that is a post for another time). Creating the book cover is an exciting, gut-wrenching process for an author. It is trying to convey the greatness of your masterpiece into one simple but striking visual image. And we usually don’t get it right the first time around. Case in point; the before and after pictures of my first novel, ‘Water, Book One of the Akasha Series’:
The difference: the first cover is a product of my imagination. The second cover is a product of the artist’s imagination.
In creating the first cover, I just kept thinking of more stuff the cover should have and telling the artist to revise, revise, revise. She did everything I asked her to do; her mistake. After seeing the final product I sat back, looked at it, and thought, “What in the hell was I thinking?” I paid the artist then hired another. My decision was validated by a friend’s opinion, “It looks like a vagina.”
The second cover is a product of the artist’s imagination. I gave her all the same instructions I gave the first artist, and she plain out said, “no.”
I tried again, giving her the simple instruction of, “Water. Fantasy. Go.” And….voila. A vagina-free masterpiece. She came up with an attractive cover that pops against the black background. The design was easily mimicked for all books in the series; Air, Fire and Earth, and even the boxed set. Branding at its best.
She even did my vampire anthology cover:
Now that I am ready to publish a brand new series, I thought I knew enough about the business to take a crack at creating my own cover. For ‘The Rising’, a mermaid, young adult fantasy trilogy, I came up with several versions:
I sent it around. My husband and mom loved it. No shocker there – they are biased. But a few problems were quickly pointed out by the lovely ladies of Patchwork Press (my new partners in crime). In the first version, there isn’t a real ‘mermaid’ element, all of them look too similar to my New Adult series (branding across genres isn’t always the best idea), and they are not very typical of young adult covers – which may or may not be a good thing.
I searched the internet for images, and came across this one on Deviant Art (you’ve seen it in my previous blog posts):
Grr! (If you are interested, click on the book cover image to purchase and read and let me know what you think!)
Finally, I went back to the same amazing cover artist that did the Akasha Series covers, Keary Taylor. Turns out, she basically lives where the story takes place, and she was super excited to do a mermaid cover. I turned her loose on my mermaid pinterest page for inspiration, and I am so excited to do the final cover reveal. It turned out great! Here is a sneak peak:
Boo! I know – you don’t get to see the whole thing yet! Stay tuned for a reveal in mid-September. Book Review Bloggers can sign up here to do a cover reveal on their own blog, plus sign up for the book tour and an ARC. And be sure to add it to your Goodreads TBR list!
Two surprises, really. One of which is a cover reveal:
This is the cover for the ‘boxed set’ of all four books in The Akasha Series, which will be available for $9.99 shortly after ‘Earth’ is released on April 22nd. The boxed set will only be available as an e-book, but will include bonus content – short stories for each of the main characters.
Once again, a big shout-out to my cover designer, Keary Taylor for doing such a great job with this series!
Now for the second surprise. From now until April 22nd, anyone who e-mails me at: email@example.com, will receive a free advanced e-copy of ‘Earth, Book 4 of the Akasha Series’ as a .pdf, .mobi, or .epub. The hook – you must be a follower of my blog. Sign up via e-mail over there on the right, then e-mail me. If you don’t hear back within 24 hours, leave a comment here to remind me (your e-mail may end up in junk mail and I don’t want to miss anyone).
Why? Because I love you! Seriously, I love you, man. Also, I am hoping to get a few reviews up before the release date. If you do receive an e-copy, please, please, please leave a review on Goodreads, Smashwords, B&N, iTunes, or Amazon. Or better yet, all of the above, if you can. Ok – I’m staring at my inbox now, just waiting for your emails!
Finally! The announcement can be made. ‘Earth, Book Four of the Akasha Series’ will be released on April 22, 2013. This is also Earth Day – how cool is that?! For those of you buying via iTunes, ‘Earth’ may not be available for a couple weeks after the release date, as you may have experienced with ‘Fire’. April 22 seem too far off? Maybe I can satisfy you with the cover and blurb:
OMG – and please keep in mind it is ultra-hard to make dirt look magical!
After an elemental apocalypse, the fate of Earth hangs in the balance.
The hunt for Micah in a world that has gone dim leads Kaitlyn straight to Shawn and One Less. While struggling to survive, she battles a side of her that is as dark as the rest of the planet. In the exciting conclusion to The Akasha Series, our heroine is no longer a part of The Seven or One Less. Now she is on Team Kaitlyn; who will join her?
So here you have it – the complete cover set to The Akasha Series and a huge shout-out to Keary Taylor for the cover designs:
I have to admit, I am nervous about releasing the conclusion to the series. ‘Earth’ is a different from the other books. The world has no power, Kaitlyn goes a little crazy, and Shawn tries to redeem himself. Be warned – this is no fairy tale ending. Can’t wait to hear what y’all think of it! Add it to your Goodreads TBR list now…
‘Fire, Book Three of the Akasha Series’ becomes available in October. Wanna see the cover?
Beautiful, right?! This, by far, is my favorite cover of the series. Here they are together (with Earth still to go):
I already have the cover for ‘Earth’, which will be revealed in a few months, but I may make some tweaks. It is damn hard to make dirt look magical. I hope that after ‘Fire’, the ‘Earth’ cover isn’t a let down. Maybe I should’ve saved ‘Fire’ for the last book of the series. 🙂 You really can’t go wrong with flame. For your comparison, here are a few other ‘hot’ book covers I’ve come across:
Which is your favorite? Feel free to say mine! Haha. No seriously – feel free. I’m so excited, can’t wait for the release – stay tuned for the announcement!