Goddess Tithe Cover Reveal

Monday, September 23, 2013

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I've been doing collaborations, reveals, and giveaways with Anne Elisabeth Stengl for a while now, and while it wasn't much of a surprise when she emailed me about this one, it certainly wasn't any less exciting.

I love all of Anne's books, but I've been particularly interested in this upcoming novella since I first got wind of it.
Especially since I learned more about it, and connected a few things, this book has become a most anticipated aspect of the fall for me. I'm hoping to get a copy during NaNoWriMo so that I've got a little spare inspirational-reading, but we'll see how that goes. ;)

The Vengeful Goddess Demands Her Tithe
"When a stowaway is discovered aboard the merchant ship Kulap Kanya, Munny, a cabin boy on his first voyage, knows what must be done. All stowaways are sacrificed to Risafeth, the evil goddess of the sea. Such is her right, and the Kulap Kanya's only hope to return safely home.Yet, to the horror of his crew, Captain Sunan vows to protect the stowaway, a foreigner in clown's garb. A curse falls upon the ship and all who sail with her, for Risafeth will stop at nothing to claim her tithe.Will Munny find the courage to trust his captain and to protect the strange clown who has become his friend?" (Synopsis from back cover.)
Here's what the authoress has to say about the cover...
I had the fun of designing this cover—finding reference photos, inventing the composition, applying the text, etc.—but the actual artistic work was done by talented cover artist Phatpuppy (www.phatpuppyart.com), whose work I have admired for many years. It was such a thrill for me to contact and commission this artist to create a look for Goddess Tithe that is reminiscent of the original novels but has a style and drama all its own.

The boy on the front was quite a find. I hunted high and low for an image of a boy the right age, the right look, with the right expression on his face. Phatpuppy and I worked with a different model through most of the cover development stage. But then I happened upon this image, and both she and I were delighted with his blend of youth, stubbornness, and strength of character! It wasn’t difficult to switch the original boy for this young man. He simply is Munny, and this cover is a perfect window into the world of my story.

You can’t see it here, but the wrap-around back cover for the print copy contains some of the prettiest work . . . including quite a scary sea monster! Possibly my favorite detail is the inclusion of the ghostly white flowers framing the outer edge. These are an important symbol in the story itself, and when Phatpuppy sent me the first mock-up cover with these included, I nearly jumped out of my skin with excitement!
The beautiful this about this is is that it features 8 full-age drawings, bringing The Goldstone Wood series to a whole new level of visuality. I'm excited about that part. ;)
Goddess Tithe releases on November 12th, so keep your eyes pealed!

Also, because Anne is generous, she's giving away two proof copies! ^_^ Those who are interested can enter below.

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  1. I own book one of her series, I really need to find time to read it. Almost every blogger I follow reads her books and loves them. (I really love her covers) so I've been really eager to start the series. I just have to find time 8-P

    1. I'd think you would really like them - but time is certainly a valid constraint. :P It took me a lot longer to read Dragonwitch than I would have wanted, for the same reasons.

      But when you do get around to reading Heartless, do share your thoughts!


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