Designing a cover. Do you want a tantalizing scene of the fantasy word? Your name is larger print that the title? Or a half-naked hunk?
These are a few thoughts that went into the design of the cover for First Change: Legends From The Eyrie.
What made things more challenging was that this was the fifth volume set in the world of the dragshi. For those who haven’t followed them, the dragshi are more than just a man or woman, but two beings—one human, the other a dragon. The pair share one body in space and time and are able to change forms with the other at will. But be warned, a dragon form comes with more than just the freedom of the sky.
Unlike the four full-length novels which recounted the tales of the trader girl Anastasia and the Dragshi Lord Branin Llewlyn, First Change is a collection of several novellas and short stories. None of the tales are related other than they all take place in the world of the dragon shifters. The events take place in a different era, with different characters. A cover design could use elements from all the stories or from just one. In the end, Fire and Ice was used as the basis for the cover design. The setting of the Nerelan equivalent of the Far East, a beautiful empress, and the green token that determined her fate were the elements selected. And so without more ado, here is the cover for First Change: Legends From the Eyrie. And thanks to Fantasia Frog Designs for creating it.
For more information on the legends of the dragshi told within First Change, click on the cover.
Ever wonder what the author of that book you’re reading sounds like? Or the hidden secrets behind the story? You’ll have a chance to meet me in the virtual world of blog talk radio. I visited Linda Mooney on her program, Other Worlds of Romance. The best thing, they haven’t figured out how to transmit tomatoes through the internet yet. Yay. So I emerged unscathed.
Stop on by and listen to a live recording where I talk about and read an excerpt from Hatchling’s Vengeance.
And if you haven’t heard them, here’s the links for all the programs on the Dragshi Chronicles.
A scan of authors’ posts show how they use music when they write. It can trigger a mood or emotion or take you to another place and tiime. It doesn’t even have to be an entire song. Sometimes just a few notes of a reprise brings a character to mind. I admit I don’t always have music on when writing. Jotting notes while at an outdoor concert or sitting in a doctor’s office while waiting for your appointment isn’t conducive to headphones or even worse, playing tunes on a cell phone.
But that doesn’t mean that music is not part of my writing life.
Some of the music that inspired Hatchling’s Vengeance have appeared in other posts regarding the world of the dragshi.
Celtic flute and harp always send my mind to a fantasy world where magic rules and dragon fly. On the player now is Celtic Twilight by Gabrielle Angelique.
“Desperado” from the Eagles set the title characters, Lord Talann Fitheach and Lady Glynnes Janaleigh firmly in my mind.
I couldn’t decide on what song to use for Gynnes as her own. One was “Brothers In Arms“ chosen because Glynnes was as much as warrior as any man… and paid the price. Note, the character featured on the cover of Hatchling’s Vengeance is Glynnes in her alter ego as Glyn, bodyguard to the dragon lord Lady Lexii.
One song carried over between books in the series. In Hatching’s Mate, Roger Whitaker’s “The Last Farewell” set the tone for the night before a battle. However, combining it with the “Lonely Man” reprise that was used as the theme for the television series, The Incredible Hulk, brings both sides of Glynnes to mind. The one for the years spent in waiting to be able to love, and the other for the world that threatened to keep her away from him.
Coming up next, the cover reveal for Hatchling’s Vengeance, available for pre-order now. Release date July 15th.
Today I’m celebrating a special Tuesday Title–one of mine as Hatchling’s Mate wings into view.
From their birth it was expected that Talann’s and Lexii’s destiny would be entwined. However fate had other intentions. Lexii and Talann could not stand to be together.Hatchling’s Mate
(Book 3 of the Dragshi Chronicles)
Publisher: High Eyrie Publications
Buy Links: Coming March 1st
Talann’s future was far from assured. Although the son of two dragon lords, none of the old ones sang a welcome at his birth. And now years later there was still no sign of the awakening of a twinned dragon soul. From his birth, it was expected he would marry the only other child born to the dragon shifters, the Lady Lexii Beylnea. However, fate had other intentions. Talann and Lexii could not stand to be together.
Haldric hated all shifters but one—Lady Lexii, whom he meant to
possess at any cost. His one tool to achieve both his goals meant risking all. Although his uncle, known to his followers as the Parant, possessed the ability to turn men and women into his willing slaves, the older man was as apt to turn on friend as foe.
Pledged to protect Lexii until the dragon lord’s intended mate appears, Glyn must fight to keep hidden the secret no one could never learn.
Destinies collide as fate decrees secrets be revealed and plans of men and dragon lord alike twist in the web of time.