Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Flourish: Black Heart, Red Ruby

Happy Friday Everyone!

I'm super excited today to share another of my recent cover designs, this one for author Teresa Yea who I had the privilege of working with on Love in a Time of Monsters. Teresa never fails to come to me with a project that makes me positively giddy at the thought of working on it, and given how madly in love I was with the way Monsters came together I couldn't wait to team up with her again on her newest release, Black Heart, Red Ruby.

Black Heart, Red Ruby is contemporary gothic horror, so we originally discussed a design that would be dark in nature–lots of blacks and reds combining to create a bold, heavy look–with the heroine as a focal point. After submitting the first round of idea boards, Teresa and I ended up back at the drawing board, realizing the direction in which we'd been heading just wasn't suiting the story the way we'd hoped.

We came to the conclusion that we needed to simplify, keeping the design very graphic, type-driven, and full of grit and texture. You guys already know how obsessed I am with typography, so I couldn't be happier with how the final design turned out. I hope you all love it and decide to add it to your reading lists!

BLACK HEART, RED RUBY
(releases June 30th)


Ava Nolan grew up in the shadow of her father's obsession with macabre artifacts. An elixir brewed from witches’ blood. A cabinet of mummified cats. And Arabella's Curse, the missing prize in his collection: a ruby with the power to resurrect the dead. With a father who resents her existence, a dead-end job, and her expulsion from school to live down, Ava sets out to recover the ruby and reclaim her self-respect. Luckily for Ava, local legend says the ruby is buried in a crumbling mansion by the sea, not far from her new home.

But life as an amateur relic hunter is not without its share of emergency room visits. Or cutthroat competitors. And nearly plummeting to her death doesn’t terrify Ava half as much as her uncle, a gentleman grave robber with a vendetta against her father and sinister plans for the ruby.

Entangled in a web of family treachery, Ava finds solace with a lonely boy who fills her nights with stolen kisses and her head with ruby lore. But there's something strange about Ben Wolcott. He's a bit too cunning, a bit too preoccupied with keeping Ava out of his basement, and much too interested in Arabella's Curse.
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You can find more of my cover design work at Seedlings Design Studio!   

44 comments:

  1. Yay another wonderful cover, it's really intriguing.

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  2. I like the cover. Simple yet striking. The fonts are perfect! Also, contemporary gothic horror genre sounds intriguing. Will definitely check this one out. Thanks for sharing Jenny.

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad I could put it on your radar:)

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  3. SImple can be just what is needed

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  4. Stunning cover and the font you chose is dynamic. Exceptionally well done cover design. Add a dark, Gothic horror tale for content, and it's a perfect read!
    Pam

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    1. You're slightly biased, but I love you for it Mom:)

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  5. Very cool! I really enjoy seeing your cover designs. I think you have a really cool style.

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    1. THANK YOU! I couldn't love my job more:)

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  6. HA!! I should have known it was you coverrr!! I loved both the cover and the content inside for Love In A Time of Monsters and when I saw this cover I loved it! I have it preordered!!
    Brilliant job as always Jenny!!

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    1. YAY!!!! I can't wait to see what you think of it Pili!!! <3 <3 <3

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  7. Wow! Fantastic cover, Jenny! I just love your work. I think you captured the book's vibe perfectly. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! Working with Teresa was fantastic, I love what we were able to come up with together:)

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  8. Hi Jenny! It's been such a long time since I've been by.. but I'm so glad to see you're still coming up with such fantastic book covers! I'm loving the typography and all the textures of this cover and I think they all come together really well to make the design stand out as a whole. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. HI BEVERLEY!!! I'm so glad to hear from you and couldn't be happier you're blogging again:)

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  9. Damn girl. You got skillz. Which I've repeatedly told you. I absolutely love the fonts in this cover and the colors. It feels very gothic horror. LOVE!

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  10. Wow!! I love the font work, Jenny! This is gorgeous and so simple. I love it!

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    1. Thank you!!!! I had so much fun designing this one:)

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  11. Wow the cover is beautiful! I think I will definitely have to add this book to my tbr.
    Blue Books and Butterflies

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  12. Oh I really love this one. It's so different from your other styles. Typography is something I really love in book covers. Great design. :)

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    1. Thanks Emma! I've been really lucky to get to work on a wide variety of projects and I'm loving every minute of it:)

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  13. Oh I love the ruby drop! Very pretty!!

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  14. Another wonderful piece of work, Jenny! Congratulations :) Perfect for gothic horror.

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  15. I love this one. I really like typography as well. I really love your sense of style and composition if you haven't guessed yet. :D

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    1. Thank you Melissa! I get to learn something new with each cover and I love it:)

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  16. As always, this is so beautiful, Jenny! I love that with this one the details bring it together, not to mention the font and color scheme. Can't wait to pick this one up now because the cover has definitely sold me! ;)

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  17. I love that typography Jenny, it definitely shows off the gothic personality of the book and looks very stylish as well! Great work!

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  18. I love this! This is definitely one of my favorites of your work. It's a style I love.

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  19. Great choice, Jenny. Once again, your talent leaves me short of breath. :) You're always spot on with your design choices.

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  20. Oh yes, this one is just so gritty and ominous! Granted, I don't know what the initial one looked like with the heroine - but I do know that I love the finished product you've made!

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