by Suzannah Rowntree
Blanche Pendragon enjoys her undemanding life as the ward of an eccentric nobleman in 1900 England. It's been years since she even wondered what happened to her long lost parents, but then a gift on the night of her eighteenth birthday reveals a heritage more awe-inspiring and more dangerous than she ever dreamed of--or wanted. Soon Blanche is flung into a world of wayfaring immortals, daring knights, and deadly combats, with a murderous witch-queen on her trail and the future of a kingdom at stake. As the legendary King Arthur Pendragon and his warriors face enemies without and treachery within, Blanche discovers a secret that could destroy the whole realm of Logres. Even if the kingdom could be saved, is she the one to do it? Or is someone else the Pendragon's Heir?I'm also thrilled to announce a giveaway! To win an advance copy of Pendragon's Heir in the e-format of your choice, enter below:
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So, some background on the cover: I started off making this myself, and after many tweaks, came up with a design I liked.
Except that out of nowhere, I got an email from a friend and designer with an impressive portfolio, who wanted to paint something in the style of Howard Pyle and NC Wyeth, and wondered if I'd like him to make me a cover. Just as I was certain I'd finished the job myself, I suddenly had professional help. Unsure what to do, I showed him my cover. He agreed it was a good concept, and offered to make some tweaks (I'll discuss them in more depth in a minute). But the best part? Because he didn't get to paint me a cover, Isaac offered instead to draw three black-and-white illustrations for inside the book! COO ER GOSH, Y'ALL.
I'd like to thank Isaac Botkin for all his kind help--not just with the cover and illustrations, but also with drop caps for the interior and various other aspects of the design. It's been a privilege to work with him, and thoroughly encouraging to have his support with this project.
The Pendragon's Heir cover design process was quite a long one, and I'm going to walk you through it, because while writing a novel is usually mind-numbing hard work, cover design is actually pretty fun.
More under the cut!