Cover Reveal -Destined for Shadows by Susan Illene

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I am excited to reveal the cover for Destined for Shadows to you all today, and if you keep reading, there is a giveaway to go with the post!

This is the first book in the Dark Destiny Series (a spin-off of the Sensor Series).  Both this book and the second one will feature Cori and Bartol as the main characters.  Originally, I’d planned to give them only one installment, but with their histories and obstacles to overcome, I felt there was a lot to tell that probably wouldn’t fit into just one novel.  After I conducted a poll last spring among readers, I found everyone who responded agreed and thought Cori and Bartol needed at least two books.

COVER ART– Victoria Miller

PHOTOGRAPHER– Josh McCullock

MODELS– Samantha and Max Radcliffe

 

SUMMARY

Cori Marsh might have a shady past, but at least she’s human, which is more than she can say for her new neighbor.  Bartol is something else—a nephilim who just got out of a century-long sentence in Purgatory that damaged him both inside and out. He’s as intriguing as he is grumpy, and she’s determined to fix him no matter how much he tries to push her away.

But Cori has her own problems.  A man from her past has returned to Fairbanks, Alaska to seek revenge.  While she can hold her own against the average person, this guy is no longer human, and he’s determined to make her pay for what she did years ago.

If she’s to survive the danger coming for her, Cori will need the help of her supernatural friends—especially Bartol.  And if a little romance develops along the way with the nephilim?  Well, at least she’ll have gotten his mind on something besides what he went through in Purgatory.

Expected release date- March 25th, 2017

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We conducted the photo shoot for the Cori and Bartol books back on February 6th.  I was lucky to find a husband and wife model team who fit close to what my characters looked like, and it definitely helped show the chemistry between them for the various poses we used (some of the ones you see in the video were for promo and others for the covers).

Because Bartol has burn scars on one side of his face from his time in Purgatory, I wanted that reflected on the model for the cover.  I hired a fantastic makeup artist, Celeste Raquel, to handle it and thought she did an amazing job. It isn’t an exact replica of how Bartol’s scars would appear since his are a little more extensive and influenced by magic, but it’s fairly close.

Celeste and her assistant, Mauri, also had to do a major tattoo cover-up job because the models had tattoos the characters did not. In addition to that, we had to put a wig on the female model so her hair color and style could match Cori’s from the book.  It took several hours to prep the models, but I am very pleased with how the shots turned out.  It was definitely worth all the effort.

 

And now for the giveaway details!  Three lucky individuals will receive an ebook copy of Destined for Shadows the day before it releases.  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post http://www.susanillene.com/2017/03/06/cover-reveal-for-destined-for-shadows/ (not Goodreads if you’re reading from there) and make sure you put a valid email address in the appropriate field so that I can contact you if you win.  This giveaway will remain open until March 15th, and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Also, if you’d like to add the novel to your Goodreads TBR list, you can do so here.

Cover Reveal – Dancing with Flames by Susan Illene

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Cover reveal for Dancing with Flames

I’m excited to reveal the cover for Dancing with Flames (Book 2 of the Dragon’s Breath Series).  This is one of my favorite covers yet and I hope you all will like it too.  All the specific details are below and there’s a giveaway opportunity at the bottom of the post.

I’ve been burning the midnight oil working on Dancing with Flames and it’s coming together amazingly.  A lot of things happen, including twists you won’t expect, and a couple of other characters briefly get their POV told in this novel.  Mostly, though, it’s Bailey and Aidan.  They’ve got a lot on their plate as they continue to face some problems introduced in the first book and encounter all-new troubles.  The beginning of this novel takes place approximately one month after the end of Stalked by Flames.  For those who’ve really wanted to see how Bailey does as a full-fledged dragon slayer, you’ll definitely get that.  For those who enjoy seeing the dragon side of the story, you’ll get a lot of that as well.  Expect to see the ebook version out June 24th on Amazon for purchase or through Kindle Unlimited.  The audio should follow within two months after that.

Now for the cover…

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Dancing with Flames cover (large)Cover design by Jeff Brown (background) and Claudia McKinney. Photography by Teresa Yeh with model Isabella Capri.  Typography by The Font Diva.

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EXPECTED RELEASE DATE- June 24th, 2016

SUMMARY:

Four months ago, fire-breathing dragons invaded Earth from an alternate dimension, wreaking havoc on modern civilization. Bailey Monzac has been training to kill them ever since discovering she was impervious to their flames, but when some of the beasts begin targeting children, she can’t hold back any longer and must hunt them down.

Her ally, Aidan, would help, except the shape-shifter has his own troubles. His clan is battling for territory against the pure dragons and his father—their leader—is dying. As the shifters fight for the pendragon position, fierce rivalry takes over. Aidan’s own brothers aren’t above blackmail and murder if it will get them to the top. He must stay one step ahead if he is to survive and keep his clan safe from the pure dragons who threaten them all.

Bailey and Aidan may be natural-born enemies, but working together might be the only thing that saves them from the danger that lies ahead.

 

Add to your Goodreads TBR list here.

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GIVEAWAY

Banner1Giveaway #1– One randomly selected winner will receive the following prizes:

-Signed paperback copy of Stalked by Flames
-Ebook copy of Dancing with Flames (winner will receive it the day before it releases on Amazon)
-Tote bag
-Pewter figurine of a dragon reading a book
-Spiral notebook with Dancing with Flames cover
-Bookmarks

This is open to international contestants.  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post (not Goodreads, Facebook, etc.) by June 7th, 2016.  I’ll announce the winner here on the 8th and contact them for mailing information.  Be sure to leave a valid email address in the appropriate field so I can contact you if you’re selected.  If I cannot reach the winner within 48 hours, I will select another one.

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Giveaway #2Bewitching book tours is hosting the cover reveal tour for Dancing with Flames in which I’m giving away the following prize pack:

-Pewter figurine of a dragon reading a book
-Signed paperback copy of Stalked by Flames
-Coffee Mug
-Bookmarks

This is a U.S. only giveaway.  You can enter for a chance to win this contest via Rafflecopter here:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba112ffc1365

 

New Cover Release- Dazzled by Darkness by Erica Miles

It is my pleasure to bring you the new cover release of Dazzled by Darkness by fellow author Erica Miles.

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This is a different love story—a fantasy in the mind of the female protagonist come true. Her name is Sara. She suffers from mental illness, hears voices, and one of the voices in her head comes alive for her. The voice belongs to Gavilàn–a working-class Latino, an artist who’s into ‘experimental’ photography. Sara is a middle-class, college-educated Jewish woman, and she, too, is an artist, but her tastes are more traditional. The physical attraction between the two protagonists offers a promising start. But the culture clash between them takes them on an interracial rollercoaster ride.

 

An artistic journey across time and space

Dazzled by Darkness transported me across time and space to Brooklyn of the late 1960s and early 1970s where I experienced the year-long relationship between Sara and G. Sara is a hopeful writer working as a secretary at an art museum where she meets G, who is an art student.

Through the course of the romantic relationship, author Erica Miles explores the racial tensions of the period. Sara is a middle-class Jewish woman and G is a poor black Latino just coming to his own as a man.
One of the most fascinating elements of the novel for me was G’s artistic journey. Over the course of the novel, G “visits” such famous artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol. His imagined interactions with the artists provided insight both into G’s character and the artists visited.

In looking back at the racial, sexual, and artistic scene of the past, Dazzled by Darkness gave me the opportunity to look around at the present and consider where we might be going in the future.

–David Lee Summers, author of The Clockwork Legion Series

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Coming Soon/Cover Reveal – Escape From Aliens by T. Jackson King

It is my pleasure to bring you Escape From Aliens, the soon to be released latest novel by my friend Tom Jackson King.  It will be available in the first week of September.   In the next few days I will bring you the First Chapter to give you a taste of what is to come.

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Slave-taking Aliens kidnap Bill MacCarthy and Jane Yamaguchi from the remote Rocky Mountains. But the Aliens are in for a surprise! Bill is a retired Navy SEAL and Jane is an Air Force Space Command captain. Together they must breakout from escape-proof cells, fight the ship’s crew, capture the captain and take over the starship–all before they are delivered to Buyers on an Alien world. Along the way they gain Alien allies, including a naive ship AI. But will their escape survive a space battle at the Market world where captives are bought and sold? All that is certain is it was a bad move to kidnap a SEAL!

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Kraken’s Keep by Jean Kilczer

I am pleased to bring you another book Kraken’s Keep, by my friend Jean Kilczer.

Krakens Keep

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A routine dive to reinforce bridge columns turns deadly for marine biologist Tess Hoffman and her commercial-diver boyfriend Ryan Culley when they are attacked by
a monstrous underwater creature never before seen.

The quest to study this dangerous deep-sea denizen throws Tess and Culley together with a crew of very different and fascinating characters, from Tess, who has a problem with long-term commitment, to Culley, a hero in disguise and the true leader of this quirky pack: to George, the brilliant scientist and compulsive eater, to Phil, with his harsh military mindset, to Mini, an African-American beauty who towers over the others and has a soft spot for short, pudgy George, to Captain Brad, whose boyfriend, Harley Davidson, back on shore, has a roaming eye for a nice tush, to religious Ramon.

The results of their quest for the Kraken turns sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious, sometimes erotic as each individual, along with his and her varied attitudes, tries to live together within the confines of the research vessel.

But the encounters with this newly discovered sea creature are always
 dangerous and surprising. You’ll want to know what they’re all about: the Krakens, the individuals who try to understand them, and themselves, and each other.

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New Cover Release – The Empty Hands by Jean Kilczer

Today I have a New Cover Release for you for The Empty Hands by my friend Jean Kilczer.

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In the year 2054, the ruling fundamentalist Christian Church does not encourage its great artists; it mind-wipes them.

Living in Rome, young August T. McGarrett, the talented son of an alcoholic father, wants desperately to gain love and recognition through his art. But his paintings of “Michelangelo style” nudes are strictly forbidden by the repressive Church.

When Church Minister Simon Di Luca threatens to have him mindwiped, a frightened August tries to stop painting. Instead, he finds that art is his life and soul. He continues to paint, and things take a turn for the worse.

Seven years later, August meets and falls in love with a beautiful, young revolutionary woman who wants him to paint propaganda posters that condemn the Church. August agrees, but fate has other twists in store for the young artist.

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Cover Reveal – Intrigue In The Summer Court by Mistral Dawn

I have a cover reveal for you from friend and fellow author Mistral Dawn for her next book Intrigue In The Summer Court.  This is a fantastic series, so look out for this one.  I will post when it is out for you to read.  In the meantime why not start the series with Taken By The Hunstman.

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I revealed the title at my Facebook party last Saturday, but have you been wondering what the cover of Intrigue In The Summer Court would look like?  Well, here it is!!!! 🙂  Julie Nichols is the talented artist who created it, and I, for one, think she did a totally awesome job!!!! 🙂  If you’re interested in seeing more of her work, you can find her here:

www.juliemirishkanicholls.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/WallpapersArtworkAndFanArt?ref=bookmarks

Her prices are very reasonable.  For ebook covers that the author provides the stock photos for and just need her to manipulate the photos and paint over small parts, she only charges $20!  To include a wrap-around cover that can be used for a paperback, she charges $30.  And for custom-painted covers (like the one above) she charges $100, and as you can see they are well worth the price!! 🙂

For people just looking for decorations for their home or desk, she is working on a new Amazon store (she says it will be like etsy) where she will be listing her work for sale soon.  In the meantime, you can find her books here:

http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Nicholls/e/B00Q5JJF10/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Did I mention she’s also an amazing novelist?  A woman of many talents!! 🙂  The easiest way to contact her for custom artwork is through Facebook. 🙂  And besides being wildly talented, she really is a gem! 🙂

So…would you like to see the synopsis for Intrigue In The Summer Court???? 😉  Here it is:

Synopsis

Jillian just knows something bad is going to happen!  She’s been a loyal adviser to the throne and friend of the queen, Briallen, for thousands of years, and now Roni and Uaine’s wedding and coronation are to take place in just a couple days.  The Summer Court will have a new king and queen, who can hopefully repair the damage and heal the schism the late king created.

But Jillian just can’t shake the feeling that trouble is brewing.  Many of the Summer nobles aren’t happy about the changes that are taking place in the Summer Court, and many of the other Fae just aren’t too sure about having a human on the throne…even if she has been blessed by the goddess.  When Angelica, the leader of the Pixies, comes to her with news of a plot to murder the prince and princess, Jillian’s suspicions are confirmed.  Will the two of them be able to unravel this conspiracy in time to save the royal couple?  Or will prejudice prevail, and the hope for peace in Fairie be lost forever?

Huh, sounds pretty dire, what do you think? 😉  Would you like to read some excerpts?  Check these out! 🙂

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/breaking-news.html?spref=tw

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/guess-whos-on-guestlist.html

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/uh-oh-what-trouble-are-these-two-up-to.html

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-sinfulsundays-excerpt.html

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/shortstory-update-excerpt.html

And don’t forget to stay tuned for the release announcement!!!! 🙂  Coming Soon! 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Mistral

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