Happy Birthday to me! I'm 23 now. 23. Can't believe it.
And happy cover reveal day to all of you. You guys get to see the ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS cover that Alea Harper made me for The Worth of a King, and let me tell you, this cover was a bear and a HALF for us to get right.
Seel, I really didn't know what I wanted, other than a different style than the Rizkaland Legends. I had a few pins on Pinterest that I felt would be a good starting place ... but getting art of the sort would have been tricky ... and I didn't want it to look like Obsidia was the focus of a Love Triangle.
I also had half a dozen motifs of the book that I felt were important - crown, stars, dragon, winged horse, perhaps some others that I can't remember off the top of my head ... but I when Alea sent me the first concept ... I really wasn't feeling it. Or the second or third ... and I really hated that I was being picky ...
She's a saint, though, and put up with me.
I even made my own mocks, trying to help find what the story needed, but ... well, they weren't hitting the nail on the head, either.
And, for the record, I'm completely in love with both of the fonts that I used on these covers, and I will find a use for them. someday
But we still just weren't feeling it. I was despairing of finding the perfect cover ... when suddenly, a concept came to me, quite radically different from what we were trying to create - and spinning our wheels on.
I drew a quick mock of it and sent it to Alea, along with the color scheme I was envisioning.
|Please excuse my art skills. I can't draw dragons, apparently.|
We had to do a few more tweaks to the layout and lighting, but, here it is, in all its glory. You guys have waited long enough:
Oh. Oh. Just isn't it the most gorgeous thing ever? I love the minimalistic nature of it, the slight Game of Thrones feel that it has. (Though this story is worlds different from that saga. And MUCH cleaner.)
And I canNOT wait to hold this baby. Trying to decide if it'll look better in gloss or matte. Might order it in both to see.
Now, I have a number of other lovely bloggers who are participating in the cover reveal - and I encourage you to click through to every single one. Each has a unique snippet from the book that they'll be featuring, some have a mini interview, and most are also featuring one of my inspiration pins for the story.
And I have a special prize for anyone who comments on EVERY post. Have at.