Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Marked Beauty by S.A. Larsen. I will have a guest post from the author and there will be two giveaways listed below. The tour is hosted by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours.
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Title: Marked Beauty
Author: S.A. Larsen
Publisher: Ellysian Press
Release Date: October 2017
Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.
Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.
Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.
After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.
As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.
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Cover Love (Why you love the cover)
Uncovering the Cover LUV
by S.A. Larsen
The topic of cover art can bear witness to a plethora of perspectives. Some people prefer character images or figures to grace the outer dressing of a novel, while others are distinctly attracted to symbols and the intrigue those can bring. One thing is for sure, opinions will run ramped on what catches the eye more and for what reasons. Toss in the notion of fonts, and you’ll be chatting all day long.
I am such a font lover. What about you?
When asked how I feel about Marked Beauty’s cover, one detail I like to point out is the font choice. It’s romantic with a bit of whimsy, yet there’s sternness that comes from the steel-like edges at some points in the letters. And once you read the story you’ll understand how significant those details are.
Crafty hints of a theme, an event, or a person in the story are elements that have always attracted me to a book’s cover. Those leave an edge of mystery for potential readers to stop and ponder, hopefully intriguing them enough to flip to the back cover blurb and even nibble off a few pages. I can remember talking over my thoughts and feelings with my publisher about a cover image and what we wanted to communicate. They were very receptive to my ideas, the way I saw the story and how I felt the first impression should be made.
Marked Beauty definitely has a symbolic cover. Without giving too much of the story away, there’s meaning behind the cracking glass globe and the blossoming butterfly within. Even though the butterfly is trapped inside, the environment is what it knows. It finds safety within its confinement. But unfortunately, it also wades in the muck of loneliness. The insect struggles and scraps at its see-through walls, but never enough to shatter them because it holds back. This captures my male and female lead’s internal struggles perfectly. Both wade in their past pains and are desperate to break free, yet fear the risk is too great. The darker blues and violet shades, along with the architecture of the building and columns of the backdrop give a romantic, gothic feel that captures the shaded attraction between the love interests. I love that.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at www.salarsenbooks.com.
Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card
Release Party Giveaway:
What better way to celebrate a book birthday then by a giveaway! There are many ways to enter, which you’ll find below. You can win an iTunes, Amazon, or Starbucks gift card, an authentic Vera Bradley Little Crossbody in Cobalt Tile, an assortment of bookish swag, and even a KINDLE Fire HD 7″! The giveaway runs from release day, October 17, 2017 to December 5, 2017. Winners will be announced via social media December 7, 2017.
*No purchase necessary to win*
However, if you have read Marked Beauty or purchase it and read you can earn extra entries by posting a review on any major online retail bookstore and Goodreads! All the information you’ll need is in the form below.
BUT there’s more…
Writers who enter can WIN a first five pages critique!