Friday, February 22, 2013

I Have A Cover, and It's Gorgeous!

I just had to share and squee with all of you on this. I've been waiting to find out what my cover was going to look like ever since I finished my last round of edits (well, before that really, but it grew since then!)

I filled out my Cover Artist Information sheet (with information about my characters, setting, and things I"d like to see/not like to see on my cover.)

Then I waited, and the very talented C.K. Volnek sent me the mock up. She'd captured all I could have asked and more. I requested a change in placement of the writing, and she sent it back to me. I looked at it in color, in black and white, in full size, in tiny thumbnails, and finally decided (with a little help from some friends) that the new version caught the eye just a bit better, and was clearer to read in all sizes and colors.

So, are you ready to see it???





Princess Kaylee has never had to fight for anything. Her entire life has been arranged, even her marriage. But when Prince Devlin falls under an enchantment, she finds she is willing to do anything to save him, even if it means fighting a dragon. 

Devlin's own sister, Princess Arabella, is behind the deadly plot. She wants the throne and will use any means necessary. Her perfect plan unravels, leaving Devlin caught in a magical sleep that is slowly spreading through the kingdom of Breniera.   All Arabella needs to finish her spell and claim the crown is a drop of Kaylee's blood, but obtaining the single drop is proving more difficult than expected. 

To save her betrothed, Kaylee embarks on a quest to find an ancient sword and gather a drop of dragon's blood, while trying to stay out of Arabella's traps. But Arabella's traps aren't the only danger. Time is everything. For once the last inhabitant of the kingdom falls asleep, the spell will be sealed, and not even true love's kiss will break it.


Well, what do you think? Didn't Charlie do a fantastic job??? Here's wishing you all a great weekend!!!

24 comments:

  1. That cover is spectacular.
    Charlie is awesome!

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    1. Thanks, and she's great!!! I was so nervous, but when I got that first proof, I realized I had had nothing to worry about all along!

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  2. Hi Mary! Congratulations on your new cover, it is absolutely beautiful and very atmospheric. Charlotte did a great cover for The Lion's Embrace, my second historical romance too. She is great at taking account of your comments and suggestions. Congratulations again, it is a very exciting time when you get your cover!

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    1. Thanks, so much, Marie! And yes, love the cover for The Lion's Embrace (here's a link to Marie's post with the cover and an excerpt- go check it out! It sounds fantastic! http://marielaval.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-lions-embrace-published.html).

      Charlie was fantastic to work with, and I hope to work with her again for The Lost Princess.

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  3. Beautiful cover, Mary! :) Your story sounds fantastic. Congrats!

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  4. Very pretty cover! I'd be squeeing, too :)

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    1. Thanks, Marcy! It's definitely squee worthy!

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  5. Love the cover, Mary. You must be over the moon!

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    1. Thanks, Marsha! I'm completely over the moon on this!

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  6. Congrats, Mary! C.K. does wonderful work.

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    1. Yes, yes she does. Muse is so lucky to have her! And I am super lucky to have been assigned to her :-)

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  7. Beautiful cover! It perfectly fits the story. And the locket is awesome!

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    1. Thanks! It totally fits, better than I pictured.

      LOVE IT!!

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  8. Wow, that is a great cover. Good luck with sales. I suspect anyone who sees that cover will want to take a closer look.

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  9. Thanks! I know I'd be picking it up for a closer look!

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  10. I LOVE your cover, Mary. It's beautiful. Doesn't it make everything seem more real?

    Congratulations!
    Michelle :)
    Author, Pods, available June 4th

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! And yes, it's amazing how much more real it makes it feel.

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  11. Eye-catching book cover! Charlie is so easy to work with too. Best wishes on your new release.

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  12. I love the heart! That is so compelling. Congrats on a beautiful cover and what sounds like a great book.

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    1. Thanks, Kai, she captured that heart perfectly.

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  13. It is magnificent. I am so happy for you.

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    1. Thanks! I couldn't have done all this without you!

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