After the stunning reaction to the cover for Banished by Liz de Jager, I felt like it was a big ask to get cover art that was just as good, if not better . . . But our fab art department have done it again!! See below for the full cover. Jo Thompson has used the same model as in Banished to represent Kit and has given the cover as a whole a bewitching treatment.
This time 'Kit's' eyes open as she becomes more aware of the fae and her own dawning powers. The colour-way is just lovely and the title really pops – and as with Banished, the final cover will be done in metallic ink for that extra oomph! And lastly I just love the panel under the face, adding a hint of the contemporary setting. It also provides a narrative element to tease the reader and add a sense of place. I am hugely relieved to say that Liz was definitely vowed by Vowed. I can't say I didn't hold my breath as I pressed send on that cover art. But luckily she got back really quickly - before I ran out of air ;) Liz also made me laugh as one of the first things she admired was the models so very perfect eyebrows.
Liz and I also *tell all* (well, give a good overview at least!) on the cover briefing process here, from the point of view of both author and editor. And you can see the stunning cover itself below ...
The Blackhart Code:
Don't let the monsters grind you down
A Blackhart can see the supernatural behind everyday crimes. But some crimes hide even greater evils...
Kit Blackhart must investigate why children are disappearing from a London estate. However, their parents, police and fae allies claim to know nothing. And as yet more children disappear, the pressure mounts. Luckily, or unluckily, government trainee Dante Alexander is helping Kit with the case. Yet just as her feelings towards him begin to thaw, his life falls apart. As Kit struggles to unravel his problems and dangerous secrets, she meets fae Prince Thorn in her dreams - but their relationship is utterly forbidden.
Then Kit digs too deep, and uncovers a mystery that's been hidden for one thousand years. It's a secret that could just tear down our world.
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Liz de Jager on getting that book deal - with editor commentary
Liz de Jager on how to get an agent – with her query letter and commentary from agent Juliet Mushens
Liz de Jager on Book Break TV – on the debut author journey