As of last Saturday, Fridays for me have taken on entirely new meaning in that they are now the day before I get to see my beloved Jamie in Outlander. Did anyone else watch the premiere last week? OMG! I may or may not have stared rapturously at the screen the moment he came on, and I can neither confirm nor deny having to wipe away drool when the episode ended. He's glorious.
I digress though. My original reason for bring up the topic of Friday was to let those of you who didn't see my introductory post a couple weeks ago know that I've started a sporadic feature on the blog called Friday Flourish where I post some of my recent cover design work. Friday Flourish came about thanks to a little inspiration from the awesome Mary at The Book Swarm as a way of sharing some bookish creativity that's a bit more personal in nature.
Several months ago, by chance and the best luck ever, I was introduced to author Jenna Black (as well as the amazing Kristen Simmons and Mindee Arnett) at a dinner before one of their signings in Cincinnati. Conversation that evening led Jenna to reach out to me when she decided to self-publish her upcoming novel, and thus we began the design process for The Gifted Dead. I'm beyond proud of how this cover turned out and extraordinarily thankful to Jenna for letting me be a part of this publishing journey with her, so I hope you all love the final product as much as we do!
THE GIFTED DEAD
Politics and magic make dangerous bedfellows.
Deep within the Order, the seeds of corruption have taken root. While younger generations of the Gifted have embraced modern democratic values, a secret society of old-guard zealots seek a return to the past, when only European men of distinguished bloodlines held power.
Now, three venerable European families and a maverick American each plot to seize control of the Order and shape it to their will. A cutthroat game of political intrigue will decide the winner; and the stakes couldn't be higher, for ruling the Order carries with it the power to grant—or deny—an afterlife.
What begins as a battle of wills could turn into an all-out war. And magic could prove deadlier than any missile.
"Filled with great world building, fascinating characters, and political intrigue, this novel harks back to the sheer scale of traditional fantasy novels but gives it a very modern twist. I love it!"
--Keri Arthur, New York Times bestselling author of Fireborn
The Gifted Dead will be released in September, so be sure and add this one to your lists! If you'd like to check out an exclusive interview with Jenna in which she shares all sorts of juicy tidbits about what this story holds in store for readers, you can do so over at Fangirlish.
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If you want to see more of my work, including some fun fan art posters, you can check out my full portfolio online at Seedlings Design Studio!