Monday, August 20, 2012


Hello everyone,

I apologize for my absence from this blog for pretty much the whole month. Long story short is that I got second-degree sunburn and was out of commission for two weeks recovering (I'll spare the grizzly details,) then I ended up having some other minor medical issues that were related to my preexisting condition, but I won't go into that either.

Anyhow, we're doing something different today -- a cover reveal! Exciting, huh?

The books in question are from the Vampire Bride series by Rhiannon Frater, explicitly for the first two novels in the series (The Tale of the Vampire Bride and The Vengeance of the Vampire Bride.) The books have had a long history with different covers (the first book had two covers before this change, the second had one.)

Upon its initial release, The Tale of the Vampire Bride had cover art created by Detra Munster.

First cover by Detra Munster
After some complaints from readers (which was specifically geared toward the first cover, which was deemed as looking like a 'young adult novel' or even as a 'comic book or manga,') she commissioned the services of Philip R. Rogers for its second reincarnation.

Second cover by Philip R. Rogers
The Vengeance of the Vampire Bride went through only one cover before the change. After Philip R. Rogers created the cover for The Tale of the Vampire Bride, he did the cover art for Vengeance.

Second cover by Philip R. Rogers
Regardless of the fact that the covers were done in a more traditionally-Gothic feel (without the stylized appearance that Detra Munster's artwork conveys to great and adored affect,) potential readers were again complaining about the cover and said they would not pick up the books because of it.

So... in late 2012, Rhiannon Frater decided to commission the services of photomanipulatory and digital artist Claudia McKinney of Phat Puppy Art. At Claudia's recommendation, Rhiannon arranged to have original photos taken for the new covers. I personally assisted Rhiannon in San Antonio, TX, where we met with model Megan Young and photographer Helena Cruz to create the new, re-envisioned versions of the Vampire Bride series. Witnessing the creation of the new covers (from the preliminary work of tailoring two dresses to fit the model, to driving to the location, to taking the pictures and then suggesting poses, lighting and other things for our very-skilled photographer) was an amazing experience. It's not very often you get to see the invention of a book's cover, much less the process that precedes the final creation of the cover.

So... you're probably wondering... what do these covers look like?

Look no further.

The Tale of the Vampire Bride

The Vengeance of the Vampire Bride

The recent trend in urban fantasy, paranormal and even some Gothic horror fiction has been the photomanipulated stock art covers. Claudia McKinney has made huge strides in the field of publishing by creating covers like the above, and along with Ashley Dawn of the Bookish Brunette and Brunette Designs (who did the cover artwork,) they have created a completely-overhauled exterior to the Vampire Bride series. From the moody backgrounds that are lush with mist and dark Gothic castles, to the exquisite model (Megan Young) who exudes an innocence found only in few, to the dominating force of the male model who portrays our ultimate hero on the Tale of the Vampire Bride cover, these books ooze Regency-era Goth, horror, mystique, fear and, most of all, capture the essence of what a novel about vampires really is.

But what about the inside, you ask?

Along with being a writer, a book reviewer, a website designer and a PR agent, I also format books. I have taken up the responsibility to redesign the inside of the Vampire Bride series to create a more old-world Gothic feel to them. Though these are not the final designs, these are close to what the inside pages will look like.
 Chapter Starts
A lot goes into the creation of a book, and that's not just the writing or the editing. From the preliminary cover ideas, to the actual design, to (in this case) finding a model and photographer and the actual photography that is involved, to the labor the cover artist has to do and then the design the formating artist has to do, creating a book is a lot of hard work, and to completely rehaul an entire series (even if it's only just two books as of now) takes a lot of effort on everyone's part.

The eBook covers for The Tale of the Vampire Bride and The Vengeance of the Vampire Bride go live today, August 20th. September 1rst will see the release of the paperbacks with not only the new covers, but the new formatting.

To purchase The Tale of the Vampire Bride and The Vengeance of the Vampire Bride , click on the links below.

If you enjoyed this post and are interested in commissioning the services of the artists above, or if you just want to see who they are and what their work is like, you may visit them at their own respective websites by clicking on their names below. Please consider visiting the website of each person that has been involved in this process. Who knows: you might even end up working with them yourself!

That's all for now, everyone. Thank you for reading this post! I hope to see you again soon!

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