Tuesday, July 16, 2013

COVER REVEAL for Shadows and Embers

It's finally Tuesday, and you know what that means: cover reveal time!  Ten months ago I finally became a published author with my first book, Cursed With Power.  Since September of 2012 I have been working hard on Shadows and Embers, the sequel to CWP.  It hasn't been easy, and some nights it takes more than just a bit of determination to get everything done, but release day is only 10 days away and everything is finally coming together.
So now without any further of a wait, here's the cover you've been waiting for....

It's 1569 in Transylvania; Léal Irvine has committed to a powerful man all for the sake of revenge. Handsome, young Irvine is a high-ranking magician working for Esmour's organization, Destin, which is composed of Dark magicians from around the local areas. However, one by one magicians vanish or die, and suddenly the world of magic is not as safe as it once was. One of the members and Léal's best friend, Nicia, betrays the organization before the downfall. Unfortunately no one realizes the act of treason might have saved her life. 
A year later Destin has fallen, and Léal sees the world through icy blue eyes. With only five Dark magicians alive his survival is constantly threatened, and he has no great leader or trusted allies to turn to. After infiltrating Belsgar and killing a member of the Magic Council, a war between darkness and light is no longer something anyone can walk away from. A new villain rises with a secret that could be deadly; meanwhile Nicia works to prove her loyalty to Léal while trying to revive their friendship.
Sides will be chosen, relationships will be at stake, and in the end the balance of the magical world will depend on the outcome of the war. When you're walking on a thin line between revenge and forgiveness how do you choose the right path without stepping too far over the crack?

About the cover:
You can clearly tell that the second cover was not designed by the same person who did the artwork for Cursed With Power.  Shadows and Embers has its own unique look, and that's what really drew me to saying "yes!" as soon as I saw the cover (CL Smith designed it). I love that is has a different look, that you can clearly tell that while this is a part of a series, SandE has its own story to tell.
There was a lot of talk about Leal being on the front of the cover, so if you've been wondering how our handsome and devious MC didn't make it on the front here's how that changed. I actually really love the cover how it is now with a female model, and she represents Nicia, one of the new characters in the book. If you've read past posts you might have heard how Nicia is either the best thing for Leal or his downfall. I think the fact that she shows up the minute you have the book can change your perspective. Personally I've always been rooting for her, but regardless of how Leal and I feel about her you're able to make your own decision. I think the cover really shines some light onto her (literally), and when you read the book you might see how that can make a difference.
Also notice the difference between dark and light in the two covers?  Cursed With Power had a very dark and somewhat scary -or so I've been told- theme/feeling to it whereas Shadows and Embers is brighter and perhaps even hopeful. I might try to see that with each new cover this theme continues on where we're able to see changes between darkness and light.

10 days until RELEASE DAY!
I didn't realize it until this morning, but we are only 10 days away from release day. I'm very anxious and excited for the release, and I'll post pictures as soon as the proof arrives at my house. (I'm going to try to not mark up the proof so I can always have it to show around). It's a very exciting time of the year, and I hope you'll join me once again as we jump into the adventure. 
Lindsey R. Sablowski


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