Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn’t mean she likes what they have to say…
As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself—who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans—nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around . . .
To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something—though it’s certainly not his dislike of Alex—but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life . . . and her soul.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a $10 Amazon gift-card to a lucky reader (who could possibly get Grave Witch with it?).
On the Grave Witch cover
Everyone says you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it, a cover is the very first thing anyone sees. It is typically the thing that compels a reader to pull it off the shelf (or click on a link) and read more about the book. A cover is powerful. Ironically, it is also one of the things a writer has the least amount of control over. With that in mind, it probably isn’t surprising a common saying among writers is that the ‘cover gods’ favored them when they end up with a particularly good cover.
Well, in my opinion, the cover gods definitely favored me with the cover of my upcoming release, Grave Witch.
At the beginning of the year my editor let me know that the book would be discussed at the next cover conference with the art department at Ace/Roc. She asked me to give her a detailed description of Alex—both her physical attributes as well as clothes, weapons, or any charms etc. she might be carrying. She also asked if there were any scenes in the book I thought would lend themselves well to the cover image. I supplied that information and then all I had left to do was wait as my editor took that information to the cover conference, an artist was commissioned, and a layout was designed.
A few months later my editor sent me an image of the cover and I was absolutely blown away. The artist, Aleta, had really captured not only Alex (the main character) but the feel of the book. I loved it, my agent loved it, and my editor loved. So I was given permission to post it and share it with the world. The response was wonderful. I couldn’t yet release anything else about the book (like an excerpt) but people loved the cover.
Since then, the position of some of the text has changed and quotes have been added, but the cover is basically the same as that initial image. And I still love it, mostly because if it weren’t my book, I would totally zero in on it on the shelf. Blessed by the cover gods indeed–I hope the same team and artist work on the rest of the books in the series.
So, with covers in mind, I have a couple questions for you today: How influential is cover art when you are browsing books? What draws you to cover? What are some of your favorite covers?
Thanks everyone, and thank you so much for having me here today, Jackie!
Kalayna Price is the author of the Alex Craft Novels, a new dark urban fantasy series from Roc, and the author of the Novels of Haven from Bell Bridge Books. She draws her ideas from the world around her, her studies into ancient mythologies, and her
obsession with classic folklore. Her stories contain not only the mystical elements of fantasy, but also a dash of romance, a bit of gritty horror, some humor, and a large serving of mystery. She is a member of SFWA and RWA, and an avid hula-hoop dancer who has been known light her hoop on fire. To find out more, please visit her at www.kalayna.com.
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Contest Time! Kalayna has graciously offered to give away a $10 Amazon giftcard to a lucky reader. All you have to do is answer this one question: How influential is cover art when you are browsing books? What draws you to cover? What are some of your favorite covers?
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Kalayna’s novels (listed above) or any novel through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
There is one thing I am adding to my contests now…the winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.