Aug 082013

Keepers of Arden

Who created the cover?
Claudia at phatpuppyart.
The typography was done by bookish-brunette.

How much input did you have?
A lot, actually. We talked on the phone a few times about the book and my ideas. Claudia was amazing to work with because she has a lot of experience. She gave me great direction on what would look best for an ebook cover that could easily transition to print when I was ready.

What was the process to have the cover created?
I think my case was a little different. My budget was far below her normal charge, but she was willing to work with me. She gave me a link to stock photos and I just browsed through them until I found a few I liked. I sent her the links, we talked about each, and then we set up a time slot to do the work. When the time came, she asked that I be by my computer so I could look at her first attempt and provide feedback. We’d go back and forth until it was perfect. I sat by my computer for 10 minutes. She sent me her first piece and I loved it…LOVED IT. So I never had to do a back and forth.

Are you happy with the end result?
Yes, absolutely. The tree represents a very important scene in my book and conveys both beauty and sadness. I don’t think it’s very fantasy traditional, but, to me, it conveys the feel of my book.

Is there anything you would change?
If I had a billion dollars, I would do a photo shoot with two men who looked just like my characters and add them to the scene.

What do you think the cover says about your book?
For me, when I look at this piece, I see a beautiful scene, but I also feel a loneliness from the solitary tree. Hopeful and foreboding at the same time. I think that’s how my book feels. It represents the journey of my two protagonist.

Keepers of Arden (The Brothers #1) by L.K. Evans
Published by Unleashed LLC on Jun 27, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads

The lands of Arden are being plagued by horrors from a vile darkness. One terrifying night, shadow and fire come together to spawn a child, granting Wilhelm’s wish for a sibling. His brother, Salvarias, is born with gifts of magic and a soul that can grant instant victory to the evil. But Wilhelm’s immunity to the darkness gives him the ability to thwart the evil’s scheme to poison Salvarias to its purpose. Will courage and the brothers’ bond keep Arden from falling into eternal darkness?

My Thoughts: I love the moodiness of the cover. It’s not a typical paranormal cover, but it does have a dark, almost horror quality to it. I’d definitely pick up the book based on the cover.

What do you think of the cover? Does it make you want to pick up the book?

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