After redesigning all the covers for The Destroyer Trilogy, I decided it was time to update the covers for Twin Souls Saga as well. I decided to put my Photoshop skills to work on these ones. The first step though was doing a little research on Hopi and Tewa pottery styles and symbols. I learned a lot about the amazing potters like Nampeyo and Navasie and those that have followed them. Their beautiful designs helped me come up with the new covers for all three books in Twin Souls Saga. This cover, for book one, features a warrior to represent Uriah and a wolf to represent the Matwau. The Matwau can take many forms, but a wolf is the form he is wearing when Uriah first battles the Matwau. The spear in the warrior’s hand represents the battle these two become involved in.
Because the second book, Shaxoa’s Gift, focuses so much on Claire and the potion Uriah is on a quest to procure, this cover features a female figure as the central focus. The design for Claire was based on the poterry images on the White Corn Maiden as well as photographs of Tewa women and the hairstyles they wore. Surrounding Claire is my version of the five parrot design seen in many Hopi/Tewa pottery. The inside of the parrot is decorated with symbols that stand for various tyes of plants and herbs, the feather for power, and the spiral for life.
This last book cover for Qaletaqa features the Matwau alone. The last book in the Twin Souls Saga is centered around the events leading up to the final battle between Uriah and the Matwau. The figure for the Matwau was based off of a Hopi Katsinam mask. The Katsinam masks represent spirits that regulate minerals, game, domestic animals, plants, trees, wind, the dead, and many other areas of life. I was out to redesign my covers, but I enjoyed learning more about the Hopi and Tewa cultures and their mythology and artwork.
“For Libby Sparks, turning sixteen means only one thing…death. Guardian rule demands she attend the ritualistic Inquest that will unveil her talents and secure her place in society. But that isn’t all that will be revealed in Libby’s case.
The more talents you have the better, at least to some degree. Four or five talents will guarantee you a life of luxury, but seven…that is the mark of the Destroyer. Libby knows her Inquest will reveal her to be the Guardians’ greatest enemy. Their law requires her death before her eighteenth birthday. If she lives, prophecy foretells that the world will fall into chaos and destruction. Once her destiny is revealed, Libby is abandoned when her mother throws her out, her boyfriend tries to kill her, and her best friend shuts her out. Only Milo, a slightly grungy outcast, seems willing to be her friend—but Libby soon realizes he has secrets of his own. His secrets may very well have everything to do with her own destiny. In order to make it to her eighteenth birthday, Libby must bury her talents and convince the world she is harmless. Her plan only lasts until Milo is put in danger and Libby is forced to choose. Abandon her friend to save her own life, or embrace her destiny and truly become the Destroyer.”
My last semester of dental hygiene school kept me so incredibly busy I had almost no time to promote The Destroyer Series, and it shows in my books sales. The books are selling, but I could be doing better. The plan to change all of that entails setting up a blog tour. The next question is … when. My new series SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes it set to release the first book in July with a fabulous tour to follow. Would it be totally obnoxious to do two tours in a row for two different series? I hate to wait any longer because I will soon have to divert much of my focus to promoting the new series. Any thoughts?
I’m gearing up for the release of my next book, Wicked Hunger, book one of the Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series. Wicked Hunger will be released July 2013 from Mythos Press, and Imprint of GMTA Publishing, LLC. Keep checking back for updates on Wicked Hunger and the blog tour I’ll be participating in after the release. You can also stop by GMTA Publishing and check out the other great books and authors they work with.
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Authors spend a lot of time looking through stock photos for cover art and promo material. Sometimes, you end up with some odd ones you were sent for free and don’t really know what to do with. So I though I’d liven up you Friday by sharing 🙂 What would you write about this images?