The Vengeful Goddess
Demands Her Tithe
When a stowaway is discovered aboard the merchant ship Kulap Kanya, Munny, a cabin boy on his first voyage, knows what must be done. All stowaways are sacrificed to Risafeth, the evil goddess of the sea. Such is her right, and the Kulap Kanya's only hope to return safely home.
Yet, to the horror of his crew, Captain Sunan vows to protect the stowaway, a foreigner in clown's garb. A curse falls upon the ship and all who sail with her, for Risafeth will stop at nothing to claim her tithe.
Will Munny find the courage to trust his captain and to protect the strange clown who has become his friend?
Coming November 12, 2013
So, what do you think? I am particularly excited to introduce this cover since it is the first one for which I have been directly involved in the design process. I came up with the composition, found the various reference photos, applied the text, etc. The actual artistic work, however, was done by talented cover artist Phatpuppy, whose work I have admired for many years. It was such a thrill for me to contact this artist to create a look for Goddess Tithe that is reminiscent of the original novels but has a style and drama all its own.
The boy on the front was quite a find. I hunted high and low for an image of a boy the right age, the right look, with the right expression on his face. Phatpuppy and I worked with a different model through most of the cover development stage. But then I happened upon this image, and both she and I were delighted with his blend of youth, stubbornness, and strength of character! It wasn’t difficult to switch the original boy for this young man. He simply is Munny, and this cover is a perfect window into the world of my story.
You can’t see it here, but the wrap-around back cover for the print copy contains some of the prettiest work . . . including quite a scary sea monster! Possibly my favorite detail is the inclusion of the ghostly white flowers framing the outer edge. These are an important symbol in the story itself, and when Phatpuppy sent me the first mock-up cover with these included, I nearly jumped out of my skin with excitement!
Many lovely bloggers are helping me to celebrate this cover reveal today. Do feel free to stop by any and all of their blogs to see their opinions on the cover, to read an excerpt from the story, and to see one of the full-page illustrations included in this story. Many thanks to all of the bloggers participating! Including:
Backing Books--Of Battles, Dragons, and Swords Adamant--Blooming with Books--Bluerose's Heart--Christian Bookshelf Reviews--A Christian Worldview of Fiction--Crafty Booksheeps--Darling Diaries--Emily Rachelle Writes--The Endless Road--An Ink-Made Maiden--J.L. Mbewe--Labor Not in Vain--Laurisa White Reyes--Living on Literary Lane--Notes by Oywen--Onto Her Bookshelf--Penning Praises--The Penslayer--Rina's Reading--Seasons of Humility--Scribbles and Ink Stains--Tea and Bree--Tell Me a Story, Raggedy Man--The Writer of Dream Things--A Writer's Ponderings--The Writer's Window--The Wondering's of One Person--Worthy 2 Read--Young Adult Book Reviews.
Each of these bloggers keeps an entertaining blog, and I recommend you follow every one of them (if you don't already!).
I'm also revealing the Goddess Tithe book page today (click HERE to see it!), and you can find a variety of tidbits about the story, not to mention the whole First Chapter!
And I have a fun blog button for the bloggers among you:
Do, please, share this with the link to Chapter 1 on your blogs!
And now, the fun part of this reveal . . . I am offering two proof copies of Goddess Tithe in a giveaway! These copies are not final proofs, so there are little glitches in them. No major issues, however, and the story and illustrations are complete! If you would like a chance to win an advance copy of my upcoming novella, do enter your name below! (USA and Canada only.)
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