Saturday, October 21, 2017

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 227: Scepter of Fire, by Vicki L. Weavil

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

Scepter of Fire
(The Mirror of Immortality, Book 2)
Vicki L. Weavil
Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Snowy Wings Publishing, 2nd ecition
May 16, 2017
   Fairy Tale Retellings, Fantasy,Romance,
Young Adult Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

This is the sequel to Crown of Fire, which I featured last week (click HERE), and its design is no less impressive than the design of that other exquisite cover! I do prefer the color scheme in that first cover, but this one has its own fiery beauty.

This book is a continuation of the story in the first one, which is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story, "The Snow Queen". There are some new plot elements, of course, but the story still revolves around the Queen's world.

With this cover, all of the coldness of an ice world has disappeared, and, instead, we have a scene in which a magical portal, surrounded by flames, has appeared in front of a young woman. She seems to hesitate just before she steps into that portal, and heck, I sure don't blame her! I would hesitate, too, if I were that close to flames! However, it looks as if the world on the other side of the portal is a serene one, from the glimpse we get of the bird flying calmly overhead.

There are obvious stylistic similarities between these two covers; we have the same mirror effect, with the frame surrounding the scene. The decorations around the frame are the same ones depicted on the first cover, except that these have a brownish tone. On closer inspection, the frame looks like it's made of old, burnished gold.

In spite of the different color tones, the theme of a lone young woman is also the same, although, in this cover, she's turned completely away from the viewer, whereas on the cover of Crown of Ice, the young woman's profile is partially visible.

The warmth radiated by this cover is almost palpable. The colors are perfect for autumn, too -- orange, brown, gold, with a splash of red near the bottom edge. The young woman's hair is red. Just as the first cover is a winter one, this second cover is definitely an autumn one.

The classic font is just as striking here as it is on the first cover. I especially like how part of the letter "R" extends down in a dramatic "slash" behind the number "2".

Of course, this STUNNING cover is also the work of the BRILLIANT cover artists at "Deranged Doctor Design"! As I mentioned in last week's post, this is a group of cover artists who create covers for self-published authors. I was also unable to find out which one of them was responsible for this second cover, but it's obvious that the same artist who created the first cover also created the one above.  

Be sure to check out the links below for more samples of the work of these AMAZING cover artists! They are already on my list of favorite cover illustrators and designers, of course! And, I will be featuring more of their great covers in future "Shelf Candy Saturday" posts!!

What do you think of 
this week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 37: Love, Life, and the List, by Kasie West

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!
This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

For more information, please click HERE.

As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
There's also a Linky widget, so participating blogs can link up!

Here's my choice for this week!

 Love, Life, and the List
Kasie West
Hardcover,  384 pages
December 26, 2017   
Art, Contemporary Romance,
Young Adult Fiction

Everyone knows Abby Turner is in love with her best friend, Cooper Wells. Including Cooper Wells. But despite what people tell her, it doesn’t affect their friendship. And she’s practically over it, anyway. What she really can’t get over is when her boss at the local museum tells her that her paintings lack heart.

Art is Abby’s passion and she hopes her future as well. She is determined to change his mind and earn her way into the upcoming exhibit at the gallery. So along with her family’s help, she compiles “The Heart List,” a series of soul-stretching experiences that are sure to make her a deeper person and better artist in six weeks or less. When Cooper decides to complete the list along with her, she realizes this list is expanding her heart in more ways than one. Maybe she needs to start another project.

Love, Life, and the List is about a girl who, in an effort to bring more emotional depth to her art, compiles a list of soul-stretching experiences to complete with her best friend — a boy she also happens to be in love with.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.

Why I can't wait for this one!

This novel's female protagonist is an artist, which is something I find SO FASCINATING! She's not simply longing for  "her guy", but is actively interested in bringing more depth to her art. The fact that her best friend and crush decides to complete this wonderful list right along with her is a bonus. The most important thing, though, is that she's willing to work on herself in order to be a better artist, and thus, exhibit her work at the local museum gallery. I find this INSPIRING!! 

Another HUGE PLUS is that this book is by the author of another book I featured in a "WOW" post in December of last year -- By Your Side!!

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: Pivot Point and its sequel Split Second. And my contemporary novels: The Distance Between Us, On The Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend, PS I Like You, and By Your Side. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

 I graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.   

 I am the mother of four -- three daughters and one son.  We live in Central California where the summers try to kill us with their 115 degree stretches.  

  I love sappy alternative rock ballads and reading way past my bedtime.

What do you think of my choice?
Leave your link below, so I can
come check out your pick(s)! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

2017 Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!!

Welcome to this stop in 
the 2017 Spooktacular
Halloween Giveaway Hop!!
This awesome blog hop is 
brought to you by
Mary @ Bookhounds!!

My own giveaway will end at
midnight on November 1st,
so you will have MORE 
chances to WIN!! 

The books shown below are
humorous, light-hearted 
PNR/UF novels
and short story collections.

These are just suggestions!!
If you would prefer another book,
you can of course choose
whichever one you want,
as long as it's Halloween-related!

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 226: Crown of Ice, by Vicki L. Weavil

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

Crown of Ice
(The Mirror of Immortality, Book 1)
Vicki L. Weavil
Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Snowy Wings Publishing, 2nd ecition
April 30, 2017
   Fairy Tale Retellings, Fantasy,Romance,
Young Adult Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

This exquisite cover is as beautifully detailed as a fine piece of jewelry, or perhaps an ornate tapestry. At first glance, I thought the predominant color was blue, but, on closer inspection, I noticed that it was really green. There are several shades of the color all over the cover.

There is an ethereal, magical quality to this cover that is perfect for this novel, which is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's famous story, "The Snow Queen". And it's obviously the Queen herself who is portrayed here. She is pensive, perhaps pondering a dilemma or decision. A wolf off to the side is staring at her. They are surrounded by an icy, magical landscape.

I love the star-like glow around the Queen's head and shoulders. It is, I think, the glow of magical power, although it also seems to emanate from the hills in the distance. I love her simple, flowing dress, her long blonde hair that cascades over her back in twisting strands. I also love the fact that the whole scene is framed, as if in a mirror, which also fits in with the novel's theme. The frame reminds me of similar Renaissance designs I've seen in Art History books.

The font used for the title, subtitle, and author's name is a classic one, although it has been slightly altered. One very nice touch is that part of the letter "W" wraps over the "O", effectively forming a crown.

When I opened the Amazon preview for this book, the cover designer was listed as "Deranged Doctor Design". This is a group of cover artists who create covers for self-published authors. I was unable to find out which one of them was responsible for the STUNNING cover above, though. Perhaps all of their covers are created through collaboration. They do have a page on their website titled "DDD Team", and their names are listed there. However, only their first names, or nicknames, are listed, with very scant biographical information about each artist. The main ones seem to be Milo, Marushka, and "Kitten". There are samples of covers they have individually created. The cover above is not shown on this page, although it is included on their Portfolio page, under the category of "Young Adult Fantasy". Still, there's no individual attribution.

Whatever the case may be, the fact is that these artists are just BRILLIANT! A look at their portfolio will make that very clear! I'm bookmarking their website!

What do you think of 
this week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tour Spotlight/Giveaway!! Hinder, by Kristin Ping

Welcome to the Hinder Blog Tour,
sponsored by
Bewitching Book Tours!

Be sure to enter the 
tour-sponsored giveaway!!

(Guardian of Monsters, Book 1)
Kristin Ping
Digital Edition, 443 pages
Fire Quill Publishing
May 15, 2018
Fantasy, Young Adult

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.
Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.

 Purchase Links

Want to win a Mac? Every two to three months, Kristin Ping is giving away a Mac! All you have to do is subscribe to her newsletter, confirm the confirmation email that will either be in your inbox or spam, and open the letter.
Find the secret Facebook group, join, and enter the giveaway. It’s as easy as that. We even give you extra entries by inviting your friends to subscribe, too. We already gave away the first laptop!!

The Ping Crate is a crate filled with goodies for readers. It’s built around the theme of the Guardian of Monster Series. The first few boxes will be built around witches. Think journals, cups, books, novelty jewelry, swag and something electronic that will push the worth of the crate up to $700 and more.
All you have to do is stay subscribed to the subscription list and open the monthly newsletter that Kristin will send out to find the rafflecopter for you to enter in this lovely giveaway!!
It’s a box full of reader goodies and a surprise! Sometimes it will be a gift card if there isn’t any electronics.
Believe me, it will be worth your time!!

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Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that are always trying to eat her house.
She has been writing for the past eight years, and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender's Novel, will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing.
When she isn't writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house. 

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