Tuesday night, I finished writing THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES, book one in the new Broken Destiny series. Now, I’m excited to finally share the cover with you, so here it is!
In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.
Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. The one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.
Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side, Adrian on the other, and nothing but ashes in between…
I love the color contrasts in the cover because there are so many character and story-line contrasts in the novel, not to mention the bleak, icy background is reminiscent of the realms that Ivy will have to explore. And since you don’t get any visuals for Adrian on the cover, allow me to fill in the blanks :). In my mind, Adrian is a blend of Alex Pettyfer and Chris Hemsworth:
At 23, Alex Pettyfer is the same age that my hero Adrian looks to be (yes, I’m totally dropping hints that my heroine doesn’t know yet!) while at 30, the luscious Mr. Hemsworth is a little older, so mentally shave a few years off him in the Alex/Chris blend that is Adrian. Ivy is twenty-one, and in in my mind, she’s a blend of the cover model above plus actress Pheobe Tonkin (better known as Hayley in The Originals)
As I’ve mentioned before, The Beautiful Ashes is a NA, or New Adult, novel. New Adult is a fairly new market designation and I’ve seen some readers confuse it with YA (Young Adult), so let me explain, as best as I can, what it is. For starters, it’s not YA. That is a market designation for novels with at least one protagonist aged 14-17*. In fact, when I first thought up the story concept for THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES back in 2007, I was told I’d have a problem because at 20 (or 21, as I see her now) my heroine was too old for YA, yet too young for the adult market. I ran into this same issue back when I was looking for a home for HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE, by the way. Until recently, the NA market didn’t exist, thus the 18-23* age range was almost a dead zone for protagonists in genre fiction. I never understood why. In my opinion, very pivotal things happen within those years. For example, between 18 and 23, I got my first full-time job, got married, got my own place, experienced my first loss when a dear friend died, had a traumatic family event with my grandmother’s massive stroke and subsequent paralysis, got separated from my husband, got back together with him, got fired, found a new job, made new friends, lost touch with others, traveled and found my faith. In short, I discovered who I was and what mattered to me enough to fight for, while also letting go of the things that really didn’t matter.
In THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES, my heroine Ivy discovers those things as well, all against a backdrop of paranormal elements that she didn’t know existed. The hero, Adrian, has a dark, twisted past and he’s lived in these paranormal elements all his life, but while he thinks he’s learned everything, he’s in for more than a few surprises. I so loved writing Ivy and Adrian’s story. If you’ve enjoyed my other novels, I hope you’ll check it out once it’s available. Until then, I’ll be posting snippets here and there so you can get a glimpse of the characters, the world, and their romance (you didn’t think I’d leave that out, did you? :))
*I know there are exceptions in these age ranges, but I’m speaking in general terms because this post is long enough as it is :).