Showing posts with label North of Need. Show all posts
Showing posts with label North of Need. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - Laura Kaye is in Cover Love - November 16, 2011

Please welcome Laura Kaye to The Qwillery.

Laura Kaye is in Cover Love

One of the most exciting moments for me so far as an author is seeing my book covers for the first time. I’ve had some fantastic cover luck, and that’s nowhere more true than for the covers in my Hearts of the Anemoi series from Entangled Publishing. The first book in the series, North of Need, tells the story of a lonely, long-exiled snow god, Owen Winters, who is given an unexpected chance at long and belonging with grieving widow Megan Snow.

Heather Howland is the artist behind the creative genius of this cover:

The cover reflects the story in four main ways:

First, the cover shows a really excellent physical resemblance to Owen as he is described in the book. Here’s Megan’s first impression of him:
Even asleep, unconscious, whatever, the guy was ruggedly handsome. Mop of shiny black hair, strong brow, square jaw, fair skin, full red lips. A male Snow White.
It’s so awesome when a cover reflects your vision of the characters, and this is one example where that’s really true.

Second, the cover totally nails the mountain Western Maryland setting.
The low peaks of the ancient Appalachian Mountains rose around her, the firs and hardwoods for which these forests were famous veiled by two days of non-stop blizzard conditions. The only sound besides her labored breathing was the occasional whistling of the wind through the snow-burdened forest.
Third, if you look closely, you’ll notice there’s a faint compass rose design in the background of the image. I love that detail. That compass rose reflect the world of North of Need and the whole Anemoi, who in mythology were directional wind gods (that is, north, west, south, and east) the Greeks associated with the seasons.

Finally, there’s a detail on the back cover that might be my absolute favorite. When Heather showed me that she’d given me a snow man—and I might be the world’s hugest fan of snowmen ever!!!—AND that the snowman had mismatched eyes—just like the hero—I scared my sleeping dog by squeeing out loud! Here’s a close-up of the back:

And, while we’re talking covers, BOY OH BOY do I have a treat for you!!! What follows is THE EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL of the cover of West of Want: Book 2 in the Hearts of the Anemoi Series. Make sure your shamwow is handy, then scroll down and take a gander:

So, what d’ya think? Which cover do you like better and why? How important are covers to you in making you consider and/or buy a book.

Thanks for reading everyone!
Laura Kaye

WANT TO WIN NORTH OF NEED? The North of Need Book Launch Blog Tour runs through November 20. A giveaway everyday!

About North of Need

North of Need
Hearts of the Anemoi 1
Entangled Publishing, November 2011
Trade Paperback, 212 pages

Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves...

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she's recreated the very thing she'll never have.

Called to life by Megan's tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.

Megan is drawn to Owen's mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration--before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow's grief and learn to trust love again, or she'll lose Owen forever.

About Laura Kaye

A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance and award-nominated HEARTS IN DARKNESS and the bestselling and award-winning paranormal romance FOREVER FREED (NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011), as well as an erotic romance novella, JUST GOTTA SAY. Her fourth book, contemporary fantasy romance NORTH OF NEED, is the first in the 4-book Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Laura's Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Newsletter

The Giveaway


What:  There are 2 prizes:

     1st prize: An e-book copy of North of Need. (International)

     2nd prize: A set of North of Need trading cards. (US and Canadian mailing addresses only)

How:  Leave a comment answering either of the following question asked by Laura:

Which cover do you like better and why? 
How important are covers to you in making you consider and/or buy a book?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Following Laura Kaye on Twitter, Facebook or by Singing Up for her newsletter.

2)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

4)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 5 entries you may receive:

Comment (1 entry)
Following Laura on Twitter, Facebook or Signing Up for her newsletter (+1 entry)
Follower of the Qwillery (+1 entry)
Facebook and/or Twitter mention (+ 1 entry)
Personal blog/website mention (+1 entry).
This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please let us know if you have followed Laura and how. Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. Let us know if you have a US/Canada mailing address by putting "US/Canada" in your comment so we may include you in the 2nd Prize random drawing. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The "e-book copy of North of Need" contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with an e-mailing address. The "North of Need Trading Card" contest is open to all humans with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter. No purchase necessary.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*