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Prince of Blood and Steel Cover Reveal

Prince of Blood and Steel, by Aj Elmore and Nazarea Andrews cover reveal is today! Yay!

While most cover reveal posts are about the author(s), this one is all about the cover. (Don’t fret, I’ll give you all the lovely authorly details at the end of this post.)


So, first, I want to show you the finished product.

Prince of Blood and Steel Paperback

Prince of Blood and Steel Paperback

Pretty, huh? 🙂

This book is all about danger, sex and weapons.  🙂 So, obviously, the cover had to convey all that goodness. What this post is about, is how I went about taking two authors thoughts, and turning them into a cohesive cover that pushes a reader into wanting to read the book. Plus, I’m going to tell you some of the little stuff on the cover that you might not catch at first glance.

Let’s look at the background first, shall we? I’m going to show you just the back of the cover, but the background wraps completely.

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Notice that interesting texture? Here’s a closeup.

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That’s actually a texture of steel (moving along with the cover’s name). There is also smoke involved, to make you think, ‘smoking gun’.

I try to keep the background bland, so to speak. I want something interesting, but not too distracting. So let’s move on to the front.

The front is composed of two pictures, Original Man Beautiful woman in leather corset

a background (see above) and text.

Needing something sexy and dangerous, and preferably with a gun, this is what I came up with.

The woman is sexy, the man dangerous. The gun is smoking, carrying your eye to the title. Which, by the way, has more steel textures in it. I also used silver and gold in the coloring, because this family is supposed to be wealthy. The man (and gun) is out of focus to draw your eye first to the woman, then to the ‘danger’ surrounding her. It also creates a depth to the cover, something that is very important, and often overlooked.

With the spine, I carried over the font and coloring, keeping a cohesive feel to the entire cover. Since the background fully wraps, there is not as much worry about a solid line creeping on the front or back spine edge, distracting from the artwork.

And that’s about it! This is simply a small look into my thought process while creating a cover specifically designed for a client.

Please visit my website www.theillustratedauthor.net or if you have any questions, feel free to email me at theillustratedauthor@gmail.com

Now, for the promised author details!

Book Blurb

The exiled heir has returned home….

Seth Morgan has returned to New York to find his family’s crime syndicate in shambles and his brother, Caleb, plotting a coup. When a vicious retaliation puts Caleb in the ground, the younger prince is left to find his own answers in a family that feels like strangers.

A sheltered princess no one needs….

Emma Morgan has lived her life in the syndicate, protected and sheltered from their way of life. When her favorite cousin returns and asks for her assistance, she doesn’t hesitate—she’s been loyal to Seth most of her life. But the more they dig into the mysteries surrounding Caleb’s death, the more both are forced to realize that the most dangerous thing isn’t the crime they broker—it’s the family they’ve trusted.

Prince of Blood and Steel will be available January 2014. Make sure to click on the Goodreads link to stay up to date.

Link to Goodreads


Authors Info

AJ and Nazarea became friends in a writers group. Drawn together by a love of fictional bad boys and good wine, they are best kept several states apart but rack up a ton of emails and text messages arguing plot points.

Nazarea Andrews

Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

A.J. Elmore

Aj has seven tattoos, two dogs, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism.  She enjoys live music, and a diverse range of writing styles and genres.  She has been writing creatively and therapeutically since childhood.  She also supports artist collaboration and cross-media projects.  She is an advocate of experience as inspiration.  She lives and works in southern West Virginia as a bartender novelist.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aj-Elmore-author-muse/329812783118
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MissVish

The authors are also doing a giveaway!
Grand prize:
Win a signed ARC of Prince of Blood and Steel, special first-look at a deleted scene, and a swag pack (US only).
2 Runners up:
Win an ebook copy of Prince of Blood and Steel.
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