Official Paperback Cover for Children of Shadows

With under a month until release day (March 15) I thought it was time to reveal the official paperback cover.


CoS wrap cover


Why doesn’t it match the slick, shiny ebook cover? Because the series started back in 2009 with these covers, and if I change them all the wonderful people who have bought the first books will now have a mismatched set. Do they care? A couple of them do, and since I’m an indie author I can take that into consideration. After all it’s mainly die hard fans that buy the paperback, anyway, and why shouldn’t they get the cover they want?

Special thanks to Bonnie Mutchler and Steve Evans for their awesome quotes. Check them out!

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Patrick: The Official Cover & Synopsis (Maybe)

As for the status I am STILL waiting on my slow poke brother, but then I have three betas lined up – YAY!

Okay, so I posted a thumbnail the other day, but it was just a thumbnail and it wasn’t labeled “official”. So, here is the *official* version:

While the tagline is a bit of a spoiler, my thought was, “If you’ve read page one of Shades of Gray you already KNOW he’s dead, so it’s not going to come as a surprise. If you haven’t read Shades of Gray yet then maybe you should…”

Or maybe not. The writing style is different and I’m not one hundred percent sure it’s going to cross over as well. It’s written more like the short stories than the novels.

And on that note, here’s the *official* synopsis (unless I get suggestions and/or randomly change it) :


Before Katelina found love in the arms of her vampire Jorick, there was another man, a human.

When Patrick’s missing brother Michael returns, he brings with him a world of night and blood. Turned into a vampire against his will, Michael is kept as a whipping boy by the coven and begs Patrick to kill his tormentors. Reluctantly, Patrick investigates their creepy mansion. He is captured and claimed as a slave who straddles two worlds: one of light and one of dark.

Hoping to escape their servitude, the brothers find help from the mysterious Jorick, who promises sanctuary if they help destroy the coven. Forced from one unspeakable act to another, Patrick seeks redemption in alcohol, drugs, and the comfortless arms of strangers. When his two worlds collide in a scene of brutal violence, he realizes that he must forsake the light until he is free of the darkness.

Then Patrick meets Katelina. Though he knows he shouldn’t, it isn’t long before he’s falling in love. To be with her, he’s ready to step up his fight for freedom. But, all victories come with a price, and the cost of this one could be his sanity and his very life.

The dark, emotional prequel to Shades of Gray plunges into a black abyss of anger, misery and despair without the promise of a happy ending.  As with all prequels, Patrick is a spoiler-filled look at what came before and just may be the blackest of all the Amaranthine tales.

So what do you think? Love it? Hate it? Too long? Too short? How about the cover? Yes, I like to hear opinions!

Front Cover for Ashes of Deceit – Final Version

After the feedback from the cover debut, I have made some mior adjustments and am happy to say this is the final version:

As you might notice Malick looks a *little* bit eviler around the eyes, but not super evil (as he is not meant to be instantly identifiable as evil and is often described in the book(s) as “serene”.) buuuut for the sake of cover art a little menace is an okay thing. (You may also notice I have udpated the snazzy animation over to the side 😉 Feel free to snag that bad boy by the way and post to your hearts content.)

Also adjusted the tagline position a bit too.


Updates 2 – The Official Cover

Yesterday I posted the “official” synopsis, so today I present the official cover!

You may note the synopsis is a a nit bit different, but it will be fixed to the latest version before the final printing.

So what do you think? Good? Bad? Indifferent?

Rough Draft

Had no net over the weekend (yay!  <– sarcasm) so I got a few things rough drafted, like the cover to book 4… (the tag line is the same as last book’s because I can’t change it until I have a title.)


That is Malick, by the way.

And I also have my possible names whittled down:

  • Shadows of Wrath
  • Ashes of War
  • Casualties of War
  • Web of Illusion
  • Web of Shadows
  • War of Ashes
  • War of Wrath

I wish I could say I have a rough synopsis, but I only have this:

(yes, it is a blank line – as in I got nuthin’ 😉 Hee-hee!)

And now that I have net I need to get to work!

Ties of Blood – the book cover – UPDATED

I’ll be gone through the 10th of July, but I wanted to share this before I left – I *think* it’s done:

His shoulder on th eleft side might need to be touched up a bit since I resized his head, but I’m not sure. I’ll wait ’til I get back and take a look then. The best way is to step away and come back with fresh eyes.

So what do you guys think? Good? Bad? Did you notice the feet are NOT square this time? 😉

Have a great week all!

June 15 – 2011:

Okay, so I tweaked it a bit. It’s still waiting the final approval from “the nitpicky one” but I think it’s improved

And to answer the question: The person on the cover is Verchiel, a new character in this book. I have an Weekend Interview with him that will go up August 1st, so if the book is not out yet you’ll get to meet him there, anyway.  I’m running about two weeks behind on it, but that’s for another post 😉

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