We are happy to have author Sandy Williams here today to celebrate the release of The Shattered Dark.
One of the things I was most excited about when I sold THE SHADOW READER to Ace was the cover. To me, a cover means a book is real. It’s no longer a jumble of scenes in my head or a long document of words staring back at me from my computer. It’s something I can point to and say, “See! I did it! I’m finally a real author!” So, naturally, one of the things that terrified me the most was seeing the cover. A cover can make or break a book, in my opinion, and I loved the story I wrote so much. I wanted to love the cover just as much. When my editor’s email popped up saying “The cover is here!” I stopped breathing. I didn’t click on it. I sat there at my desk for a good ten minutes trying to decide if I should look at it myself or send it to my husband or mom or a beta reader to get their opinions first. They could prepare me if it was horrible. Comfort me if it made me cry. The problem was, I’m an impatient person, and there was no telling how long it would take them to get back to me. So, I clicked.
My first words when I saw THE SHADOW READER’s cover? “WTF? Really?!” Now, don’t get me wrong. Even though I was wide eyed and staring at the sword, I recognized just how beautiful the cover was. I feel like one of the luckiest authors on the planet because it’s gorgeous. Gorgeous! But I wrote the book. I know McKenzie pretty darn well, and one of the biggest points I wanted to make in the book was how normal she is, and normal people don’t know how to use a freaking sword. Finally, I wrenched my gaze away from the sword and focused on McKenzie, and that’s when I was blown away by this cover. McKenzie is exactly how I picture her. Long, dark hair. Serious expression. She’s wearing jeans and a tank top and… Okay, so maybe her butt is a bit more… voluptuous than I imagined, but that was fine with me because McKenzie is hot! I love everything about her, and I love the swirly shadows and magic in the background. The artist, Gene Mollica, is freaking brilliant. Fast forward a year later, and I was much less nervous when my editor sent me the cover for THE SHATTERED DARK.
When I opened the file, my gaze immediately went to the sword again. This time, I just laughed and shrugged. McKenzie still doesn’t know how to use a sword. In fact, when McKenzie is given a sword toward the end of the book, I wrote:
His gaze locks onto my sword, and I swear to God, I see his eyes widen. Great. I look as ridiculous as I feel carrying this thing.
I love THE SHATTERED DARK’s cover just as much as THE SHADOW READER’s. McKenzie does look a little different – she has darker eyeliner, perhaps? – but it’s the same cover model and the same awesome, swirly magic in the background. Both covers serve their purpose well: they mark the book as an urban fantasy and draw the attention of readers. I couldn’t ask for better covers than these! I’m not nervous about book three’s cover. I’m excited for it! I have complete trust in Ace and Gene Mollica on these books. I do have to say, though, that it would be cool if I could get a certain kimki on the cover.
Thanks Sandy! Today we have one copy of The Shattered Dark to giveaway. To enter just leave a comment. Open to US only through October 31.