Friday, September 7, 2012

Summer: Fact or Fiction and COVER EXCITEMENT!

So, Time to Reveal all: I rode Silver Bullet because I love roller coasters - not enough time to think about the heights once it's going. My husband really did sacrifice two hours of his time to chat with us in line and then go off and wait for us to ride the ride. And although I did climb a trail up to a 10 foot cliff dive area, and I did trip, I didn't jump. My family did, and then my youngest and her two cousins went up the trail further and jumped from a 25-30 foot cliff. That scared me enough.

So, I don't have a cover to reveal yet for Champion in the Darkness, but I do have some exciting news on that front: I found a rocking cover artist!!!

Stephanie, my cliff-diving niece, is studying art and interior design. She came to my house on Tuesday and sketched out ideas in front of me as we talked about my book. It totally helps that she is an avid reader of fantasy fiction, and Christian fantasy fiction, so she got the themes and the ideas quickly. We meshed really well, and I loved her second cover idea, including a back cover idea.

It was so exciting to see my ideas come to life on a page of sketches!!! I feel totally pumped up and enthusiastic again about Champion in the Darkness! I'm looking forward to the day when I can reveal just like these two awesome ladies from ParanomYA:

Mystery and mayhem teamed with heartache and overcoming. Follow PIP here.
It's that time folks, the moment Gwen and I have been so excited for.  Well, one of the moments.  This Indie publishing adventure has been one thrilling moment after another.  So here they are, our covers for GIVIN' UP THE GHOST and NEVERLOVE by Gwen Gardner and Angela Brown, respectively.

Corona Zschusschen
Friend or Foe?

Murder victim Bart Bagley is not content to merely roll over in his grave. He wants his murderer caught and he wants teenage ghost whisperer, Indigo Eady, to help him.

It becomes obvious that Bart’s temper lead to more than one disagreement, but is it enough to want him dead? With nothing but a cold trail and a hot list of “friendly” suspects, Indigo and her friends race to find the killer before they become the next victims.

Indigo Eady is not clumsy. At least, that’s what she keeps telling everyone. Can she help that the overactive spirit community of Sabrina Shores causes her psychic abilities to short-circuit? It’s unfortunate that her cute new friend Badger is often on the receiving end of her mishaps. At times, she is positively hazardous to his health. Even so, sparks start to fly in more than one direction...

Heather McCorckle of CP Designs

For seventeen-year-old Abigail, one rash decision leads to an unexpected chance for redemption. At V'Salicus Academy, a unique institute where she trains to become an agent of heaven, she struggles with the pain of her past, the changes of the present and accepts a loveless future until her path – and heart – crosses with Basil’s.

Basil's off-chance slip of the tongue binds him to a life of servitude to the Devourer, the master of hell. His existence has no upside until a chance meeting with Abigail brings new perspective.

Keeping the truth of their present lives from each other brings disaster when secrets are brought to light and the life of Abigail’s mentor is put on the line.

Can Abigail and Basil save her mentor and salvage their love amid the chaos? Or will they lose it all, destined forever to NEVERLOVE?

About the authors:
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Gwen Gardner

Running, writing and reading are my favorite things.

I am also a dreamer.

Have you ever told yourself that "some day" I'm going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can't do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that "some day" you'll do it. Too often "some day" never comes. But mine did. I am a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company - until I woke up one day and realized that my "some day" had arrived. I quit my job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, I know. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your "some day" is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun.

GIVIN' UP THE GHOST is a YA paranormYA cozy mystery, the first in the Indigo Eady series, due out October 8, 2012.

Haunt me FB, Blog, Goodreads

Angela Brown

Reading and writing have been lifelong passions. It was around the time I gave birth to my forever-love, nicknamed Chipmunk, that I really took writing seriously. After all, how could I teach my child to follow her dreams if I hadn't tried myself?

As a YA fantasy/sci-fi reader and author, I favor the magical, mysterious, the darker side of life...even harbor a secret fright for things that go bump in the night.

NEVERLOVE is a special project spawned from a blog-challenge-turned-blog-opera, the Abby and Basil affair. It is the first in the Shadow Jumpers series and due out October 8, 2012.

Thank you EVERYONE for sharing in our cover reveal.  Please feel free to share with others as well :-)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Excited for Gwen and Angela!
That's great you have a cover in the works. Sounds like Stephanie knows her stuff and will create the perfect cover art for you. Yes, seeing that cover will knock your socks off and make it real - trust me.

L.G.Smith said...

Oh, I totally thought you would have jumped! And I used to like roller coasters when I was young, but now I'm older and have more sense. :PP

And congrats on finding someone "in house" to do your cover. You can get exactly what you want.

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Sounds pretty exciting! ~Aidyl

Laurel Garver said...

Cool news about finding a cover artist! There's nothing like having customized art to make your work stand out.

Emily R. King said...

I guessed right! YAY!

And look at those great covers. Congrats to Gwewn and Angela!

Heather Murphy said...

I guessed right too :) It has been so fun reading these stories and guessing.
I can't wait to see your cover. It sounds like it will be awesome

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Great stories! Fun blog hop! :D

Rose Munevar said...

That's exciting to have a cover! I know what I want for mine but I don't know how to go about getting it :( Doesn't matter right now 'cuz I'm in an endless revision circle right now anyway. Nice to meet you! from the IWSG

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - just seeing sketches got me excited and serious about my book again.

L.G. - Roller coasters are still fun for me yet. and Thanks!

Aidyl - it is!

Laurel - That's true!

Emily - you rock!

Heather - Good job!

Amy - A very fun blog hop!

Rose - Steph took my ideas and went a step further - which is awesome! I know what you mean about the endless revision cycle -some days I feel like I'm there too.

Tara Tyler said...

yay! i got one more right =)
been mostly wrong...
and cant wait to see your cover!