The Cover Gods Were Smiling
Thank you so much for hosting me here at The Qwillery to celebrate my newest release, a dark paranormal romance called In the Service of the King, the first in my new Vampire Warrior Kings series. Today, I’m giving thanks to covert artists and the cover gods (!), because I think I’ve had some truly great fortune where my covers are concerned. And that’s no more true than with the cover for In the Service of the King. I thought I’d share with you what the cover reflects about the story.
First, the cover offers a mysterious introduction to the story’s setting: Dunluce Castle in County Antrim on the coast of Northern Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In the story, Dunluce is Kael McQuillan’s ancestral estate, and the vampires now live in a secret underground bunker built into the basalt cliffs beneath the ruins. The destruction of the castle also plays into the story—it was during an attack by Kael’s evil vampiric enemies in the 17th century that Kael’s first mate was killed and the castle brought to ruins. And so the vampires went underground.
Second, the cover artist not only gave me my very first Jimmy Thomas cover (which is almost a rite of passage for a romance author! LOL) but she also managed to give me a pose that totally gives the feel that he’s a vampire. Just look at that cover and imagine it’s the moment before he peels his lips back, reveals his fangs, and sinks them in deep. Aw, man. Gives me the chills!
Third, that woman? She IS heroine Shayla McKinnon to a T. Almost exactly as I describe her in the book. And I love that her eyes are closed, because there’s something unusual about them I would’ve hated to have wrong on the cover.
Finally, didya notice that bit of rope binding her hands together? Heh. Yeah, well, let’s just say that this book explains a couple of truly hot fantasies. And, yes, I’m being evasively evil on purpose. *snort*
So, all of that leads me to bow down to the cover gods and give thanks. Because I think covers are pretty dang important for catching readers’ attention. What do you think? Tell me how important covers are in your decision to read a book and/or if you have a favorite part of this cover.
Thanks so much for reading!
About In the Service of the King
In the Service of the KingVampire Warrior Kings 1
Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, February 1, 2012
Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn't enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn't want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla's beauty and poise...and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire—even if it means risking Shayla's life?
What: To celebrate her new release, Laura is giving away one e-copy of In the Service of the King at each stop on her New Release Tour, 1/30 – 2/15! See below for an additional giveaway.
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Tell me how important covers are in your decision to read a book and/or
if you have a favorite part of this cover?
if you have a favorite part of this cover?
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