Friday, July 4, 2014

Cover Reveal: Thicker Than Blood

Cover reveal day is finally here, and I cannot tell you how excited I am to have reached this day. Without further ado, here is the official cover and book jacket for Thicker Than Blood.

Thicker Than Blood is the third installment in the Magicians series. The cover was designed by Alivia Anders (White Rabbit designs & creations). I purchased this cover back in October 2013 and have been waiting for this day when I could reveal it. I was immediately excited about the cover. I had a lot of different ideas about how the design could look, but this turned out better than I imagined. I love the mood of it and the small but important details.
Official summary:
Alaire Sencler is not the man he used to be. He left behind a foul and bloody past to be with the woman he loves, but the memories never allow him to forget what he did.
While the White magicians rise an army, their leader hides his true reasons for going to war. Meanwhile the Dark magicians seek out a new haven, one that might keep them hidden long enough to prepare for the war that is raging on outside their doorstep.
Though Alaire has a unique gift and the woman of his dreams by his side, he has yet to come to terms with Esmour's death and what the future holds for him. New faces and the revealing of the fifth Dark magicians offers hope, but only the strongest will survive in the final battle.
Whoever said "blood runs thicker than water" never knew what it is like to be a part of the current. 
Release date: August 2014 (official date will be released when it is determined.)
Add to Goodreads. Purchase links will be made available in August.

What does Alaire's story hold in store for us? Well, we can take a closer look at his story now with the revealing of the teaser. I posted a teaser a while back when Shadows and Embers was an available ebook download. This teaser, however, I picked directly out of the book. It's a scene I personally love because it has two of the males character I've grown to love over the years. I spent several days deciding on this teaser and hope you enjoy it. Please note that the following scene is told from Alaire's point of view and does not include spoilers.


We followed the noises and passed by more trees until Léal was in our sight. He performed a spell which hit the tree in front of him. Rostland held me back and gestured he would advance first.
​ Slowly stepping forward, Rostland said, “Léal, you need to stop before you hurt yourself.”

​He turned around and glared, but sweat covered his face and ran past his neck.
​Léal replied, “You knew her for one year; I knew her for five. She kept saying time and time again she was on my side, and I never once believed her until the end.”
​Rostland took another step forward, but Léal raised his hand. I considered moving closer to help if anything spun out of control, but I was confident in Rostland.
​“Do you plan to kill me again? Come now, you’re making a fool out of yourself,” Rostland said in a firm voice.
​Léal whispered a word and cast a spell, causing a ice shard to strike through Rostland’s chest. Every muscle in my body tensed, but Rostland quickly ripped the icicle out and threw it on the ground. The icicle broke apart into pieces, and the two men stared at each other.

Lastly, I wanted to talk about how Thicker Than Blood's cover fits in with the pattern so far with the previous covers. The pattern, by the way, was never intentionally planned until about a year ago (with the release of SandE. With Cursed With Power we had a dark cover, a (main) female character, and a blue glow. The blue glow is probably my favorite part about it; it helps with the magical feeling to it. The female model is meant to represent Celestria, who in the first book struggles with her magic. She views it in a very negative way and it challenges her. The darkness seems to fit well with the mood and themes of the first book. Then in the sequel, Shadows and Embers, we have a major change. The lighting is bright, the female character is clearly visible, and it almost gives off this feeling of hope. The model in this one is meant to represent Nicia, Leal's former partner and best friend. Again I felt like this was appropriate because in Leal's book we learn a lot about how Nicia affected him. She is very lively and important to (his) story. 
Now here we are at the third book, Thicker Than Blood. There is a dark background once again, though this time it looks like it might be night time in the picture. There's flurries and smoke, a female character, and mystery. The woman is holding out her hand, as if you are facing her and she is about to lead the way on the journey. There are numerous ways to view the meaning the cover could offer once you read the book.
Overall, I am happy that the book fit with the pattern. We see darkness and light, and who knows maybe on the fourth book a male character will be present in the cover.

Whew, that was a lot of information! It is almost 2am now when I am posting this. A huge thank you to everyone who is participating in this event today. Please be sure to share the cover so we can spread the word about Alaire's story. I'll be slowly updating my websites with the cover, though it is already up live on Goodreads. I'm excited to hear you responses. Thank you for making this day exciting and fun! Alaire's story is only about a month away. 

Lindsey R. Sablowski


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