TODAY IS OUR STOP FOR THE BLOG TOUR FOR ROSEBLOOD BY A.G. HOWARD!!!!! If you can’t tell I am really excited about today’s post! I am a HUGE fan of Anita’s writing and I have a serious obsession with phantom of the opera so this book is pretty much a dream come true :)!!! I have no doubt that it is going to be amazing just like all of Anita’s other books have been! I plan to read and review it very soon so keep your eyes out for my review soon!
For my post today Anita tells us all about how the ridiculously amazing cover came to be and some of the other options that were considered! After the fantastic guest post there are two giveaways you can enter one is for a finished hardcover of Roseblood and the other is for a gorgeous signed poster so make sure you enter both giveaways!!!
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.
When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
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Welcome to stop #4 on the RoseBlood virtual tour!
Today, I wanted to share the evolution of RoseBlood‘s stunning cover (created by Maria Middleton & Nathalia Suellen) by giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the first three mockups.
Mockup #1 was an attempt to capture the mystery and romantic elements of the book. But it had a 1950’s romance/Nancy Drew vibe, and the story is so much more than that. It’s musical, atmospheric, eerie, dramatic, and magical. Not to mention, contemporary. The first mockup felt flat and static, and didn’t capture any of the latter elements.
In mockup #2, the contemporary drama and musical flowing atmosphere were captured perfectly. As was the magic and eeriness. But the panoramic-stage scene felt a little too distant from my other book covers, and my publisher wanted to keep that close-up aspect so Splintered fans would know it was by the same author just by looking. So, we traded that one for a more Splintery-feel with the final mockup.
Mockup #3 almost had it all, but needed some tweaking still. We had to lose some of the roses, especially the ones in Rune’s hair. Her eyes were too blue and needed to be deepened to green. And the mask looked rather mechanical, resulting in an android/sci-fi nuance. So we whitened and cracked the mask to make it more Phantom-ly, incorporated an eerie blue mist to the background (to make Rune’s green eyes stand out and add a theatrical element). Then we let the thorny vines take the stage … all the way to the back of the cover and the red curtains set slightly off-kilter to represent the eerie twists and turns of the read.
All of it came together splendidly, as you can see in the hardback’s book jacket, revealed for the first time today:
If you click on the jacket to enlarge it, you can even get a peek at an excerpt from inside the book.
Hope you enjoyed this insider’s glimpse into the making of an amazing cover! Before you leave, be sure to enter the rafflecopters below for a chance to win a hardback that will be sporting that beautiful jacket (domestic).
As for today’s INTL giveaway prize, it’s a signed and personalized panoramic RoseBlood poster (artwork by Nathalia Suellen).
Good luck to everyone! Tomorrow, we’ll be revealing the entire first chapter of RoseBlood, but we’re going to have some sneaky fun with it. So be sure to join us again for the final stop!
Until then, you can visit PiqueBeyond.Com/Roseblood for more RoseBlood fun!
Roseblood Tour Schedule
10/24/2016- Mundie Moms– Spotlight
10/24/2016- Stories & Sweeties– Guest Post
10/24/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Review
10/25/2016- Once Upon a Twilight– Spotlight
10/25/2016- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post
10/26/2016- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Spotlight
10/26/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland– Guest Post
10/27/2016- BookHounds YA– Review
10/27/2016- Dark Faerie Tales– Guest Post
10/28/2016- Fiktshun– Review
10/28/2016- Bookemoji– Guest Post
This contest is provided by Rockstar Book Tours & A.G. Howard!
5 winners will receive a hardcover of Roseblood
One reader will win a signed Panoramic RoseBlood Poster
Available January 10, 2017 by Amulet Books
About this Book:
In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.
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