04 March 2013

Title: Kiss of Fire (Imdalind, #1)
Author: Rebecca L. Ethington
Publisher: November 6th, 2012
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Synopsis: Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.

The scar is the reason she is being hunted.

If only she knew that she was.

If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.

Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.

Guest Post: Old cover vs. New cover

Ahhh… Yes, the old cover. There is quite a story that goes along with the old and new covers. And as much as I wish the old cover would disappear into the realm of forgotten lunch bags and laundry no one did, that is not going to happen. So let’s start first by getting the old cover out of the way… ready ... and….

Old cover

Yep, It’s that bad. I've heard differing points of view on it but the overall consensus seems to be that it is cringe worthy. One blogger even called it the ‘WTF of the year’ Yeah… That’s bad.
Now, you are probably wondering why I even released a book with such a frightening cover in the first place. And, the reason is that I never expected anyone other than friends and family to want to read it. So I recruited my sister in law and made her jump on a trampoline in the rain for an hour.

Zombie Eyes

The idea behind the original cover was to recreate one of the scenes from the book – in the case of the first book, it was a scene in which Joclyn (the main character) falls out of a window. It’s a great section of the book and one of the great climaxes. In my mind’s eye it was going to fantastic! I could see screaming and heavy emotion, and a bright night sky. In my head it was that ending scene of a great movie trailer. You know the ones where the sound cuts out and you just see one image that imprints in your brain, making you desperate to know more. In my head it was amazing and awe worthy. But, it didn't translate into film very well. Combine that with my own sub-par design work and there you go… A really scary cover.

When I started to see the reviews come in, so many of them bashed the cover that I figured it probably needed to be changed. So instead of the sister in law I got a bunch of models together and spent three hours in a studio covering people in blood. It was quite the experience, and far more fun then it should have been. My good friend who did the original photos did these ones as well and I couldn't be happier.

New Cover photo shoot pic

We got some really amazing shots and some shots that were just as cringe worthy as the original cover. Thank goodness I have an amazing cover artist who can fix the mess I made with the first cover.

New Cover

I have always been someone who takes critique and runs with it; you can’t get better unless you learn from your mistakes. I think I get that from my theatre background, that and my pig-headed perfectionism. I am always trying to improve myself and the cover is definitely one lesson I am glad I learned early!

No more scary covers for me!

Rebecca, thanks for sharing how the old cover became the new amazing cover that it is today!

About the author: 

Rebecca Ethington has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then on stage with years of theatrical performances. The Imdalind Series is her first stint into the world of literary writing. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, and hasn’t found the desire to leave yet. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her amazing family.

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  1. I love the new cover, it is very appealing.

  2. I love reading about how your book has progressed! Your a great story teller and I can't wait to see the next book cover!

  3. The new cover is so pretty and romantic!

  4. The new cover is great! It would have been pretty cool if you could've used the original falling idea. Maybe if it was a little darker and not so focused in on the model's face.

  5. The new cover is a lot better. It's great that you took the criticism and rolled with it. I probablly would have just cried.

  6. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  7. Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Can't wait to read this book, it's already on my TBR list! Thank you for the giveaway and sharing the Kiss of Fire blog tour!


  9. Yea, the new cover is a lot better than the original. I wouldn't had said the original cover was a "WTF of the year" but, it definitely wasn't eye-catching.

  10. Awesome giveaway!! Beautiful cover!

  11. I like the new cover but the old one is not completely sucky. just not very good.

  12. I do like the new cover better. The old cover, although it is definitely not the worst I have seen, just doesn't draw me in for some reason.


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