If you haven't seen it already, you are in for a treat! This is the front, as seen on my website:
Gorgeous, isn't it? I'll give you a smidge of why that design. The waterfall is a place in Falshooke Mountain called Alchemic Falls. The water in the pool of it is just the bluest blue, but if the moon shines on it just right, it has a green hue. No one knows how deep the pool goes and no really knows where the source of the Falls is. All they know is the water has magical properties and the depths of the pool are home to the Mer-folk, who mostly keep to themselves.
THAT'S IT! That's all you get. If I say anymore, I'll just tell the whole story right here and you won't enjoy reading it for yourself.
Now the back cover? Check this out. The image just took my breath away.
You know, that moment when something you've only ever seen in your head is suddenly real? Yeah, that's what happened when I saw this image. It was like the image in my head was just plucked right out and drawn.
So what's special about that house and the woods? Well, that's Skyelar's house. You'll be introduced to her in Chapter 2. She lives across the the street from the Falls, but she's protected by the woods of Falshooke Mountain--and her magic. Like many of us, her house is her sanctuary, so it's fitting that it's one of the first images seen for In the Beginning. Plus, now, you also get to read the back blurb!
Both the front and back cover were done by the talented Keith McCafferty of Pittsburgh, PA. For those of you who don't know, my hubby and I adore the Steel City. We try to go there 3-4 times a year. Last year was challenging because of Covid, but we made it once! Keith is our tattoo artist. He has done pretty much all the tattoos we've gotten, and we just adore his work.
When I decided it was finally time to publish Angel of Death, I knew I would need someone to design the cover for me. Honestly, I never thought of anyone but Keith. All I did was give him a brief description of a couple scenarios from the book that really stand out to me and he took the reins and ran with them!
Check out his Instagram. Seriously, he is so talented with both tattoos and artwork! I'll share a few of my own tattoos that he did in a couple weeks when we celebrate Tolkien Reading Day.
With the cover art finished, I suppose it's time to start thinking about the release...Hmm...I wonder if there's any reason to wait all the way until April 15? Maybe...just maybe...I might bump the release date forward a little. I'll think about it.
Hmm...But how would you, my reader, know if I did? Perhaps I could clue in my subscribers with a special edition newsletter. Yes, I think that'll be good. Oh, no! What if you're not a subscriber? Well, it certainly sounds like you should be since I'm shamelessly plugging my newsletter right now. Click here to take the plunge!
After all, don't you want to be the first to know before anyone else? Subscribers might even get a FREE autographed copy*! OMG, what??
If that's not worth signing up for, then I don't know what is!
So now that the book is ready to go, keep an eye on my website, my newsletter, and my socials for any updates you won't want to miss. Next week, we'll go into a bit more detail about In the Beginning, discussing what makes it worth reading in a genre with so many great fantasies and romances!
In the meantime, my lovelies, do what you love and love what you do!
*Autographed copies will be limited to 1 per household. No more than 20 copies will be ordered for autographing, so supplies will be limited to a first come basis!