Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday Flourish: A Stolen Kiss

Confession: This post was meant to go up tomorrow and be a regular Friday Flourish post, but sadly I'm way behind on all things blog related and I haven't finished the book that was supposed to be reviewed today. *hangs head* So, Thursday Flourish it is!

Author Kelsey Keating came to me through a referral from longtime client Katie Cross, and I know if Katie sends someone my way, I'm in for a design treat. Kelsey was absolutely no exception, and from the minute she submitted her artwork form I knew exactly what I wanted this cover to be. Her story is one of adventure, magic and a little romance, all woven together to form a YA Fantasy package that's a bit more on the fun side than the overly serious side.

I knew from the beginning that this book was the start of a series, so I made sure to take that into account when putting the layout together. I wanted to create something sweet and whimsical with just a hint of danger, but also something that left me with plenty of flexibility to adapt for future books.

One of the main story elements Kelsey mentioned was Fangralee Forest, a forest so dense that little to no light filters through, and once I read that description I knew instantly I wanted a design full of ominous trees that would both hint at danger as well as create a nice contrast to a cute fairy-tale feeling castle and type treatment.

I started with the type treatment since I wanted it to be a strong focal point, and then built the trees and castle around the title illustration. After a few rounds of color revisions, Kelsey and I found ourselves with a finished cover!


A stolen kiss.
An unstable curse.
One big mess in the making.

Derric Harver never expected to amount to anything more than the palace stableboy, but when Princess Maria's curse keeps her from accepting a prince's proposal, she turns to him for help, and he doesn't dare refuse.

With the help of a lady's maid and a prince, Derric and Maria embark on a dangerous adventure to find the sorceress who cast the curse. Along the way they battle deadly creatures and make new friends--all the while struggling with the undeniable chemistry between them. Reaching their destination won't be easy, but the true danger peril in the truths they've fought for years to keep hidden.


A Stolen Kiss is the first in the Stolen Royals Series--an adventure with magical creatures, dangerous lies, and being true to the power within.

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22 comments:

  1. Oh what a sweet cover! I love the color and the way the design is done! great job!

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  2. Oh wow! I love this cover. I think I love it the best so far. Haha. Do I say that every time? I love the trees and you intertwined them with the title. Gorgeous, Jenny!

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  3. I love this!! I love how you were able to capture the dark forest as well the more cuter side to the story. And the typography is brilliant!
    You're a star, Jenny!

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  4. Adorable! And the story sounds very cute as well. :) Great job as always, Jenny!

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  5. Applause applause. As usual another gorgeous cover. Very well done!! Makes you want to pick up this book and read it

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  6. Ooh, I just LOVE this, especially with the font and the huge trees in the background against the small castle at the foreground. Plus, the color scheme is beautiful. Wonderful cover, Jenny, and don't worry about not having finished a book for today--you are incredible for posting every single day so it's okay to give yourself a break! :)

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  7. Oh my, once again you did amazing! I LOVE how everything fits together so perfectly. Love it!!!

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  8. I definitely get the whimsical vibe with what looks like a light breeze going through the trees. I also like that the dark trees has a sense of foreboding too. Great job!

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  9. This is gorgeous Jenny^^ Illustrated covers are my favorite and you really nailed the fantasy/ominous/fairytale feel perfection! You're brilliant you are ;)

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  10. Perfect all around! Great explanation, too! I wish I had the talent your pinky has (or however that saying goes...) :)

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  11. Very pretty and simple. I love the font you used.

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  12. One of my absolute favorites Jenny - another outstanding cover design!!!
    Pam

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  13. I adore that cover!! So gorgeous xx

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  14. Absolutely amazing like always Jenny! You impress me every time. ;)

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  15. It's so pretty! So dainty and whimsical. Love it!

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  16. This is pretty and soothing to the eye :)

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  17. Very pretty and fairytale-ish! I'm always in awe of your talent, Jenny! :)

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  18. So cute and lovely! I adoooore when you do illustrated covers, Jenny!!

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  19. What a great cover. It's whimsical, I love the crown's placement, but the trees give it a little bit of an edge (and weaving the letters through the branches was a great idea).

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