Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Flourish: Antebellum Awakening

Hey Everyone!

Usually the word "flourish" accompanies a Friday post wherein I share one of my recent cover designs, but my timing for these reveals has been a bit all over the place lately, so instead of consistent Friday Flourish posts, they're going to be more along the lines of Whenever-I'm-Allowed-To-Reveal-Them Flourish posts ;-)

The design process for Antebellum Awakening was a little different from other projects in that I came into this series on book two, meaning there was already a design aesthetic in place for the series as a whole. Author Katie Cross had worked with another designer for the first book and obviously wanted subsequent books to match in a way that would give the series a cohesive feel, so there were a number of pre-existing elements to the design I needed to be sure were incorporated for consistency. Katie was really fantastic about giving me creative freedom within the series aesthetic though, and it was a hugely fun challenge to set this book apart from its predecessor while at the same time ensuring the two went together as a unit.

For any aspiring authors out there, Katie has written a great post on the self-publishing process, including designing a book cover, so you can check that out here. I hope you all like the final design for Antebellum Awakening as much as Katie and I do!

ANTEBELLUM AWAKENING


The Network Series, Book 2

Still reeling in the wake of her mother’s death, sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe is forced to move to Chatham Castle. Not even the sudden appearance of ancient dragons in haunted Letum Wood nor her two best friends can distract her from the strength of her deep, dark rage.

Her grief puts her magical powers into chaos, endangering any witch around her. She has six months left to destroy the curse that will kill her and fulfill her contract with the most cunning enemy of all: her former teacher Miss Mabel.

Bianca must make a choice: learn to control her restless powers, or let the powers control her.
Antebellum Awakening is the second book in the thrilling new fantasy collection The Network Series. It’s a haunting tale about tragedy, loss, and the power of moving on.


You can find more of my cover design work at Seedlings Design Studio!

30 comments:

  1. Magical powers and a fantastically mysterious cover? I think I like it, Jenny!

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  2. Your posts are always fabulous, but the fact that you created this BOMB cover in such a short amount of time, exceeding any expectation I ever had, was so perfect I squee about it every day.

    #throwsglitter

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    1. I LOVE how this turned out Katie!!! And I'm having a blast working with you, your emails always make me smile:)

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  3. I totally love it! The letters match the design around them. Giving a very old world feel.

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    1. Yay! That's what we were going for! It's set in a more medieval time period:)

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  4. This is beautiful! I love the gold on blue and the simplicity of it!

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    1. Thanks so much Ali! I'm really loving the color combination as well:)

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  5. I love the golden design on the cover and it's blue, so obviously I love it, Jenny! :)

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    1. Thanks Nick! Also, dragons. They're more subtle and you have to look for them, but anything with dragons in the design is a winner for me:)

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  6. Jenny. JENNY. How you tease me with your designs. I'm almost ready to begin on my cover for book 2. Almost. And this is making me want to start RIGHT NOW.

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  7. Surprisingly, the simplicity of this cover showcases your talents so well, Jenny. I love the font and the heading covering the wording is just gorgeous. You're incredible, dear, and keep up the fantastic work! I can't believe I actually know someone as modest and magnificent as you. <3

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    1. *falls down dead from happiness*

      THANK YOU! I really love the simplicity of this one as well, it allows each element to shine without confusing or distracting potential readers (hopefully). We're working on a prequel now and I'm really excited about how it's shaping up:)

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  8. How did I not know you did this cover?! I guess I must have just assumed it was the designer of the first book. I've been saying it sure is beautiful though!

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    1. I have you to thank Candace! Katie found me because I was a stop on one of your tours:) I'm having the best time working on this series!

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    2. Jenny is right, this is all on you, Candace. You got me a guest post with her and it's been twue wove ever since. Jenny and I lead the same lifestyle. She's actually probably better at it than I am though ;)

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  9. I think this is my favorite cover of yours, Jenny, to date. It is stunning yet simplistic. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much Heidi! I really love this one too:)

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  10. I LOVE IT! Absolutely gorgeous. Well done, Jenny!

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  11. Love this! It feels like an antique book with tons of secrets! Love that blue!

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  12. So pretty, Jenny! I absolutely love simple, yet elegant covers like this.

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  13. So lovely, Jenny! I like how the lighter blue makes the scrolling design stand out. As usual amazing cover! :)

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  14. I adore the cover Jenny. I am reviewing this soon and cannot wait!

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  15. I like this one's simplicity, Jenny. It also looks somehow mysterious.

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  16. I bought the first book ages ago, after seeing it here, and I can't wait to read it. I am absolutely delighted with this cover, it's simple and simply gorgeous, and it matches the first one perfectly. The link between them is obvious, and yet this one is memorable all on its own.

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  17. Congratulations on another beautiful cover! Looking forward to seeing you at the Queen City Indie Con. Will you be there Friday? I'm driving down Thursday night.

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  18. I adore the cover!! Such gorgeousness!! And it's great that you were given a lot of creative freedom within the limitations of keeping consistency with the previous book! Brilliant job Jenny!!

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