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Stop by and see the romantic cover for SOULSPARK by Eliza Tilton

Soul Spark

SOULSPARK is YA Contemporary Romance sure to rip open your heart and stitch it back together.

Here’s the blurb:

Dealing with the loss of her mother, seventeen-year-old Jessica Stone tries to find an escape from the pain by secretly medicating herself with Xanax, but the anxiety increases, crushing her and her grades.

Then she meets Caleb Jonas, the pastor’s son at her mother’s church. Between his cute dimples and love of fast cars, Jessica is completely smitten, and the feeling is mutual. But dating a Christian boy isn’t easy. He doesn’t party, and he never goes past first base. Jessica struggles with his faith, since it makes her question her own, but for the first time since her mother’s death, she can breathe. Life is finally shifting into a state of happiness.

But that happiness shatters when Jessica catches Caleb kissing her ex-best friend—and step-brother’s girlfriend—Rachel, the girl who used to be like her sister, and the same girl who betrayed her once before.

While her stepbrother hints at a deeper connection between the two, Caleb insists it was a one-time mistake and begs forgiveness. With contradicting stories coming at her, Jessica isn’t sure who to believe, but sometimes the truth is better left undiscovered and she’s about to find out why.

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SOULSPARK is scheduled to release this spring!

Author Bio:

Author pic 1Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull. Her YA Fantasy series, The Daath Chronicles, is published by Curiosity Quills Press.

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Fall into Fantasy Week 7 with Eliza Tilton’s Wicked Path

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 7: The Daath Chronicles

Book One: Broken Forest

Book Two: Wicked Path


Hopeless he’ll never be more than the boy who didn’t save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.

His shape-shifting brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn’s golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino’s world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free.

He failed his family once. He won’t fail again.

Buy it from: Amazon / Barnes
& Noble
/ KoboOr add it to GoodreadsEXCERPT:The wagons surrounded the site in a semi-circle. Sweat pooled in my palms. I had to take out the guards closest to that entrance. If I failed, so did the mission.

Get a grip.
Iclenched the arrow in my right hand.Brushfire shifted nervously, sensing my fear. I rubbed her neck. I felt safer with her. She’d been with me since Jimri’s death. At night when the nightmares taunted me, I’d sneak out, riding until dawn forced us home. I’d rescued her from the burning woods, she’d rescued me from despair — today, I prayed both of us would make it out alive.


In Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles brother and sister are forced to opposite sides of Tarrtainya on a fast-paced adventure where the wildlife isn’t the only thing trying to kill them.
Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.
Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains—a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don’t, they’ll never see home again.
Jeslyn’s new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she’s forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.
And his assistance comes with a price.
Buy it from: Amazon  Barnes & Noble
Or add it to Goodreads
 

ABOUT ELIZA TILTON:

Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing.

Her YA stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a hot romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.

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Cover Reveal : Wicked Path by Eliza Tilton

 

 BOOK TWO

Wicked Path, by Eliza Tilton

Genre: young-adult, fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: October 6, 2014

Series: Daath Chronicles #2 

Cover Artist: Michelle Johnson at Blue Sky Design 

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22452354-wicked-path?from_search=true

 

Description:

 

In Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles brother and sister are forced to opposite sides of Tarrtainya on a fast-paced adventure where the wildlife isn’t the only thing trying to kill them.

 

Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.

 

Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains—a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don’t, they’ll never see home again.

 

Jeslyn’s new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she’s forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.

 

And his assistance comes with a price.

 

 

Eliza author pic (345x640)About The Author:

Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with Excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing.

Her YA stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a hot romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.

 

You can find Eliza here:

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Cover me!

Before a reader cares about your protagonist, gets lost in your plot, or races to the last page, first they must open your book.

Articles flood the web with essays on what makes good book covers, which elements must be on the front, and how to break covers into categories. And the same three components are listed as critical selling points: title, author’s name, and image.

But the image, whether it’s a symbol, text, an artistic graphic, a scene or a face, needs to draw the reader not only to the book, but inside.  Bottom line – it’s pass, pause, or purchase.

I’ve spent the last few weeks looking at covers as I search for the perfect formula for my own. There are many different categories and ways to categorize the covers, but I have been focusing on two major elements: symbols/settings versus characters/people. (Within those two categories there are more potential breakdowns, but people, this could go on forever.)

Symbols/Settings:

Some authors use an icon or a single element that represents an organization, an uprising, a prop, a defining moment or a clue to the story contained within. They may use a snapshot of a setting that will become relevant as the story unfolds. For the reader to understand the meaning and the significance of the cover art, they must read the book. It’s a secret the author shares only once you’ve ventured far enough within the pages.

My opinion? It’s simple elegance. And quite often, brilliant. I love the thought of gaining passage and being included. And when I visualize my future cover,  several icons and props come to mind.

Below are examples of enticing symbols/settings on the covers of: Without Bloodshed by Matthew Graybosch, Scrapbook of My Revolution by Amy Lynn Spitzley, Angel’s Edge by Vicki Keire, The Charge by Sharon Bayliss, and Theocracide by James Wymore.

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And on the flip side, People/Characters:

The face is a portal and, as humans, we are drawn to them. Putting characters on the cover forces immediate introductions, sends messages wrapped with emotion, and suggests potential relationship tension before the spine is even cracked. Partial views hint there may be more to the character than we anticipate,  downward glances can suggest modesty or subjugation, and crossed arms can signal solidarity or defiance.

My opinion? Part of the allure of a character based cover for me is the immediate connection. Do I like this person? Why are they sad or happy? What is going on in their world? I can see one of my main characters on the covers, daring you to come along.

Below are examples of covers with characters that elicit responses based on expressions and poses. Quite Contrary by Richard Roberts, Broken Forest by Eliza Tilton, Fall by A.K. Morgen, Kiya, Hope of the Pharaoh by Katie Hamstead and Five by Holli Anderson.

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So, is there a right or wrong choice? No, not at all, which why this journey is so difficult. We respond to different cues based on our individual personalities and experiences. I love the mystery and secret wrapped in a symbol and the intimacy offered in a face. I’m torn as to what will go on my cover, but whatever I choose, I must draw the reader inside.

What do you look for on a cover?

All the books listed above are published by Curiosity Quills and are available in digital versions at a special price of $0.99 through December 3rd. Find them here http://curiosityquills.com/cyber-monday-blowout/  and enjoy!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao-tzu

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  – Plato

Below are a few blogs I found helpful and interesting as I researched the perfect cover!

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/general/10-tips-for-effective-book-covers

http://www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/what-makes-a-good-book-cover

http://cgblake.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/what-makes-a-good-book-cover-part-i

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/32555.Fabulous_Covers_of_2013

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/32194.Covers_That_Pop_For_2013

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/33240.Best_Teen_Paranormal_Covers_2013