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You would be amazed the the number of things we, as professional authors, are not allowed to announce to the public. Book deals, cover art, bestseller list placement and awards…just to name a few.

In this Age of the Intarwebs, however, it’s tough to keep things under wraps. So it actually *thrills* me when someone leaks something (especially cover art), because at that point I am (usually) allowed to announce it, without taking any of the blame on myself for forcing the information to go viral.

With that, I give a hearty thanks to the Librarian and Artist who recently posted the cover for DEAREST and the cover art for the paperback of HERO.

Aren’t they GORGEOUS?!?!? xox

Dearest, coming Feb 3, 2015

HERO paperback, coming Jan 2015

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483rd Time’s the Charm

…at least, that FEELS like how many HERO cover reveals I’ve had to date. But this one is For Real and For True…and already up via publisher feed at Amazon UK. (But don’t ask me why the UK seems to have a December release date — I don’t know that answer yet.)

One again, Art Director Christine Kettner has hit it out of the park.

But my favorite part might possibly be the tagline.

HERO last cover REALLY I MEAN IT

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Cover Reveal: HERO 4.1

(Crossposted to The Waterworld Mermaids)

Sometimes you’re the bug, and sometimes you’re the windshield. Yes, folks, HERO really is getting yet another cover. This is the way of publishing, and I am so glad I have you all along for the ride.

When I was but a wee lass attending the Ingram Publisher’s Showcase (may it rest in peace), Harlan Coben once gave a hilarious talk–with slides–about the progression of his book covers. One of these days, maybe I’ll be able to give a similar talk. It may go a little something like this:

Once upon a time, I was approached by Harcourt and asked about a cover concept for HERO. I was sent various pictures of various models holding various swords, from which my editor and I picked the one we felt most resembled Saturday Woodcutter. Here’s what we chose

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…and here’s what we got.

Hero First Pass Cover

Now, I really couldn’t complain — Girls With Foofy Dresses on the Cover have been proven to sell more copies by the Marketing Powers That Be. Plus, it more closely resembled ENCHANTED, which I was told to believe was a good thing, since ENCHANTED actually did pretty well.

And hey: it’s gorgeous. If Saturday had to be wearing a dress, she should be wearing the only dress she’s worn in her life, right? The one from the first ball in ENCHANTED. It actually *does* factor into the novel…in a sideways sort of fashion.

I only made a few nitpicky comments, just to be a Good Author and earn the “cover consult” we so painstakingly negotiated into the contract. One of those points was “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was someway to have dragons in the filigree?”

So they came up with this:

Hero (2) filigree

Which was AWESOME! I made tons of swag with  this cover. The ARC has this cover. I made tons of swag with this cover.
I am now trying to give away all my swag with this cover, because a Professional Calligrapher happened to be in the neighborhood and did this:

HERO (3) filigree

…and again, I can’t complain because it’s just MORE GORGEOUS. Subtle and intricate and beautiful.

And then a Beatific Cover Angel descended from the sky and said, “Behold! Harken ye unto my words and your book will be adored by bookstores the world over.

So more tweaks were made. Some roses were added to the filigree, like ENCHANTED. A tagline was added to the top, not like ENCHANTED. Lo and behold, we once again had a new cover, blessed by the angels and now–once again–officially signed off on as the new-new-new-reallysupernew cover of HERO.

Real Herowives of Arilland

There was also a slight title change.
BUT ISN’T IT GORGEOUS?!?

Your thoughts are welcome in the comments below. And, as always, sharing is encouraged.

 

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HERO Cover Reveal, Take Two

Like you guys, I loved the cover for HERO. Loved it. Here is is again. The dragons are my favorite part:

Hero Final Cover

As far as we were all concerned, this was the final cover. It is the cover of the ARC (or so I’ve been told). And then yesterday, my awesometastic editor emailed to tell me that a Professional Calligrapher (sweet job, right?) put her hand to gussying up the border around the title to make it a bit…romantic. To match Enchanted.

Here’s what it looks like now:

HERO revised-revised

GORGEOUS, right? Look closely. The dragons are still there. I really wasn’t sure I could love this cover more. And yet, I do. I didn’t realize there was something missing until I saw this.

It looks especially good next to Enchanted.

Of course, now that I’ve made about 1000 postcards and magnets and banners and, yes, even an iPhone 4 case, I should probably be a little annoyed. For something so lovely, it’s really tough to stay mad.

So if you have any of that promotional material — you now have limited edition items. BONUS SWAG!

As for that iPhone 4 case…I think perhaps I’ll add it to one of the Goodreads Giveaways, since those went over so well last year with Enchanted. What do you guys think?

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Holding Out for a Hero

Ladies and Gentlemen–
Princess Alethea Proudly Presents:
The cover of Hero!

Hero by Alethea Kontis

Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she’s the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, “Did romance have to be part of the adventure?” As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.

Christine Kettner, Art Director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (and cover designer for Enchanted), has outdone herself again. (A Backwards Story did a fabulous interview with Christine about the Enchanted cover HERE.)  Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!?

Hero will be released on October 1, 2013.

Click here to preorder on Amazon. (Likes and tags are also appreciated.)

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