Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cover Reveal: An Eternity of Roses (The Valthreans: Book 1)

Hello world!

I'm super excited about today's post because I get to reveal the brand spanking new cover of my upcoming novel, An Eternity of Roses, Book 1 in The Valthreans series. Although this will not be my first published work, it feels like it is because it's my first full-length novel. I'm very much invested in this series, which has been over two years in the making. 

The reason it took so long is because in the beginning I deluded myself by thinking I could wing my way through such a heavy understaking, without fully plotting the novel/series. How wrong I was! Eight rewrites later, I now have a book that is currently in the editing stage. 

Putting together the cover for this novel was also no little feat. The problem was finding pictures of people who actually look like the characters. Believe it or not, they were hard to find in the thousands of stock photos I skimmed through. In the way I originally envisaged them, Adrian looked like a polished, clean-shaven Chris Hemsworth and Emmaline, with her Italian blood, like a young and exotic Monica Bellucci. After much searching, I (finally!) stumbled upon my Emmaline and Adrian, and I just love the way they turned out. The other images - the ship in the distance, the overturned chalice, the cobra - all have big significance in the novel, and indeed, at least for the latter two, in the entire series.

The cobra is the Valthreans' Achilles heel... the one thing that can destroy them. 

The chalice is the catalyst to their power...

So I now have my cover, which I'm absolutely, utterly in love with... this is one hell of a surprise from my talented designer and soul sister, Zee Monodee.

What do you think? 

An Eternity of Roses is scheduled for release in December 2012. I have posted the prologue and first chapter on a separate page, for your perusal.

Here's what the story's about --

Two lovers separated by an evil curse...
One woman's desperate quest through time...
A love that beats all odds...

And all the while, deadly danger brews around a two thousand year old secret society and the enemy that lives to decimate it...

Adrian Segrave, Viscount Bournemouthe, and Lady Emmaline Deramore are a couple in love in early 19th century England. Unbeknownst to them, Lady Madeleine de Brandeville, a sadistic and jealous witch, is intent on possessing Adrian exclusively -- for his looks, wealth and connections -- aided by the dark powers of a mysterious artifact called the Demon's Chalice. Two days prior to the lovers’ wedding, Madeleine's curse destroys their lives and tears them apart. In her new role as a Valthrean immortal, Emmaline forges her own path, and in the process proves that true love can endure the most difficult of tests.

From England to Scotland, from mainland Europe to the distant lands of the Kashmir--and through time itself until the present day--AN ETERNITY OF ROSES is the story of love lost and found. The lovers’ journey is fraught with adventure and peril, and at the core of this quest are the Valthreans, a secret society of immortals who are forced to face a deadly enemy that threatens their place in the human world. 

***Harlequin's 'So You Think You Can Write' 2010 contest finalist.***

~ Natalie G. Owens ~ 
Romance with a dark edge.
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love, Mystery... and a world of surprises in between!