Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The cover for Destruction is here!

I am absolutely thrilled to share the cover for my upcoming novel, Destruction (Book One of The December People Series), a family drama about dark wizards living in Houston.

The cover turned out exactly as I wanted it, thanks to cover artist Michelle Johnson, and the marketing team at Curiosity Quills Press. In true diva style, I had a very specific idea of what I wanted, and no idea what I wanted at the same time. However, in the end, we came up with something even better than I envisioned.

The butterfly will show up on the cover of all four books in the series, as a symbol of redemption, hope, and re-birth. Despite the dark themes in the series, I believe that the most important themes of the series are hopeful ones, such as love, family, and triumph against adversity, which is why the butterfly is in the center.

The broken glass surrounding the butterfly rather obviously symbolizes the concept of destruction, which is also a central theme. The title Destruction refers to the fact that dark magic is inherently destructive, but also refers to how a person can be destroyed, in body or soul.

One thing I was sure of, I wanted the word, Destruction, to be in "pretty" letters. I loved the contrast of having a dark and violent word look beautiful. This also fits the theme, as I wish to show the beauty in darkness and destruction, and the good in people who are supposed to be evil. You also see this in the iridescent colors. This refers to a scene in the novel,

"He ran his fingers across the smooth feathers. They weren't black. Not really. Each feather had the sheen of a different color. Blue. Red. Orange. Green. Yellow. Violet. The feathers fell around his fingers like water."  

I love the idea of the rainbow of colors showing up within the darkest black.

Here is the blurb for Destruction, coming out 4/14/14 (and yes, the number four was also chosen for symbolic reasons, meaning the four seasons):

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn't a choice.

Eleven years ago, David's secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David's wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.

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  1. looks and sounds AWESOME! Grats.

  2. This is an absolutely gorgeous cover! I love it, and I loved hearing your thought process and why each element on the cover is significant. Knowing that makes the cover even more intriguing for me as a reader. It sounds like you were able to convey your desires to the designer quite well! Thank god for creative people!! :)

    I do not have a blog but I am really intrigued by this book and am so glad I saw your Twitter feed and the link to this page. I DO write reviews - not always for the books I just read for myself, but definitely for books for which I have promised the author a review. I signed up on your form to help spread the word on release day and also to write a review. I would be honored to help out if chosen; if not, I will still be on the lookout for the book on April 4!

    Thanks, and good luck!

  3. Hello Holly, I'm glad you found me too! :) Thank you for signing up to help. I really appreciate it. I should have an ARC to give out as soon as tomorrow and would honored to have your review.

  4. Excellent. Book trailers are so darn important and you've got a great one here.

    I hesitate to add it to my TBR list for personal reasons though since my current series is about wizards also. I wonder if that is a by product of writing.
    Btw, I didn't hesitate for very long, *BG*

    1. Thank you Carol!!! I'm so glad you like it. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you promote your series.

  5. I love the cover. You put a lot of thought into every detail. It would definitely catch my attention sitting on a shelf at a bookstore or on an Amazon/B&N/Goodreads webpage. After reading the ARC, I can say that the cover makes perfect sense. Every author should put as much thought into their covers. They might sell more books if they did. Best of luck with your sales. :-)