You probably remember Angeline from the Fantastic Fables event, and this time around she will explain to us how her fabulous cover came to life ^^ You will also get the chance to win a signed paperback copy and come cool nail polish, so make sure you stick around until the end!
How Descended by Blood Got Its Cover
Let me give you a preview and a breakdown of what Descended by Blood's cover would have looked like had I been the one to design it.
The tree's there because I have wicked skills at drawing tress. The sun is in the picture because my vamps can go out in the sun. For some reason, I thought there had to be fangs on the cover for people to get the idea that the book was about vampires. The girl in the drawing is Brooke. I'm actually quite proud of how pretty her hair turned out with my colored pencils. She has her blue eyes, and the guy is the bad vamp who comes for her. Oh, and I almost forgot to put my name on the cover. Nothing says "You have no clue" like forgetting something as important as that.
So, I knew as soon as I started writing Descended by Blood that I wouldn't be able to design the cover myself. At that point, I had never even so much as used the Crop tool in PhotoShop, and would have been better off with my fab drawing. I knew I needed to find someone else that would be able create something amazing for me. I began to write the book and kept a look out for covers and cover designers that I thought would fit what I was looking for. And I'm very particular about covers, so I thought it would take me a while to find someone.
It actually didn't take me that long (I was only 15% into the writing of Descended by Blood) to find my artist because I follow the blog of a very talented author, Amy Rose Davis, and when I saw her cover, I knew I needed to get in touch with her designer.
I emailed the designer and then spent all weekend looking through stock photos for a model that would best resemble what I saw as Brooke in my mind. When the designer emailed me back and asked for what I was looking for, I really had no clue. I had the model that I wanted to use to represent Brooke, but I hadn't even thought of anything else that should be in the cover. Luckily, Robin at Robin Ludwig Design is a genius and found something to work great with the model I wanted to use.
After a couple tweaks, Robin sent me something similar to what you see as the cover today. However, remember how I thought a fang was needed for readers to know the book was about vampires? Well, I had her create a fang. Yes, a lone fang because half the face is cut off. I was all excited to get it back, thinking I was going to have the coolest vampire cover EVER! Well, Robin did a great job creating the fang, but really, a fang? What was I thinking!? Pretty much everyone told me to 86 the fang. So, the lovely Robin took it out. And that leaves us with the cover you see today. Much better than the drawing, right?
Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them. Thrown into a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it.
Angeline is offering one lucky commenter this amazing prize pack, including a signed copy of her book!
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