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Cover Reveal: Sacrifice of Mine

It’s time for the cover reveal of Sacrifice of Mine. This one is by far my favorite cover. There’s a lot of fun backstory to it. You see, I wanted a tarnished on the cover, but it’s impossible to find a stock photo of someone that’s tarnished. It just isn’t out there. That means for this cover, I got a personalized photo shoot done by the amazing Teresa Yeh. Her work is incredible and it was an honor to be able to work with her.

The first thing that we did was find a model. I looked through several models pictures, but the moment I saw Alessandra’s, I knew she would make the perfect model. Here’s a picture of her that really caught my attention:

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Image credit Aoife from aoifehaneyphotography.com

It’s her eyes that really captured me. But if you’ll remember right, tarnished are bald. Look at the amount of gorgeous hair Alessandra has. So much! Not only would they have to use a bald wig on her, but it would take a lot of time, water, gel, and other such things to tame her hair down enough to get it to look good under her bald wig.

The process ended up taking four and a half hours to transform her from this girl with wonderful hair to a bald tarnished. You can follow the process here and here in time laps photograph. It’s really a neat process to watch. Plus, if you’ll notice, at one point she’s reading a book. That makes her extra cool in my mind. And the credits for the picture and time lapse are:

Model: Alessandra Zagame
Makeup/Hair: Nadya Rutman www.bynadya.com
Makeup/Hair Assistant: Kate
Photography: Teresa Yeh Photography www.teresayeh.com
Behind-the-scenes Time-lapse: Carl Rutman

After all that hair and makeup I got to chose the end photograph to use for the cover. And here is that cover:

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Sacrifice of Mine - Janeal Falor

Preorder Link:

Amazon

And the Cover for MINE TO SPELL is…

Feel free to skip to the bottom to see the reveal (I know you want to) otherwise, enjoy thoughts on the cover choices.

Voting on the two cover choices this past week has been so much fun. When I realized there were two different cover choices for the second book the YA Fantasy Mine series, MINE TO SPELL, I was very torn not knowing which way to go with them.

Once I decided to let you guys vote on it, I thought it was going to be fun. I was wrong. It was a blast! I loved seeing what you choose and what thoughts you had behind the choice. If you haven’t read them, definitely go look through them. And while I agreed with most of what you guys had to say, there can only be one win and that winner is the one with the most popular vote.

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When I was looking for images for Cynthia, I found the model in both of these covers (yes, it is the same exact girl). As soon as I saw her I knew she was who I wanted to portray Cynthia on the cover. Finally! (seriously, I looked for the right cover image for about 9 months and at one point even tried hiring a cover artist) Everything about her, especially the curly, everywhere hair is spot on to who Cynthia is.

#1 was the first picture I found of her that I thought, this is the cover. The seriousness of her expression and gaze fit her a lot of what she goes through and I loved her straight on gaze. It really fit with the first book perfectly. But I continued looking for pictures just in case and found…

#2 which I fell in love with the moment I saw it. All the longing, hair, freedom, and energy in it, is Cynthia. And there gets to be a certain point in the book where it’s even more her.

But then there was still #1 that also was her. I asked family, friends, critic partners, and the results? Still pretty split, all for different reasons. So, the vote happened. I’m thrilled to have all of you a part of the process. Thank you so much for all who voted. The final count is about 25% for one and 75% for the other, though many admit to liking both so hopefully your pleased with the outcome.

The winning cover is…

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Mine to Spell Cover

#1 – 67 votes          #2 – 166

Thanks for helping me pick a cover!

Let me know your thoughts on the winner in the comments!

Just a reminder, to any reviewers who haven’t signed up to get an eARC of MINE TO SPELL, you can still do so.

ARCs will be going out in 1 – 2 weeks.

Ask and Answer (#2)

The first Ask and Answer last week went awesome. Thank you all so much for your support! Back today with more answers. If you’d like to ask your own question, you can do so here. (and yes, I still had to correct those anwser)

Yes!

And as much as it looks like it, no I didn’t just copy and paste that answer from last week. I don’t think I know how to write anything without romance in it. Love is part of life, whether it is siblings, parent/child, friends, romanctic, ect. For me, that means it’s a big part of my books. It was hard with Serena though, she’s been through so much and takes the brunt of everything. She needs time to heal and learn to love.

Mine to Spell, I think at least, contains more romance than You Are Mine. It will still be more of a subplot, but Cynthia isn’t as closed off which means love has an easier time happening. Notice that was easier, not easy? These poor girls just struggle with love. But then, don’t we all?

  • What are you working on next, writing wise? ~T.F. Walsh

Great question! Mostly things related to the Mine Series. The secret Mine project is very close to being ready to pass off to a critique partner. Once it’s done, I’ll start my next round of edits on Mine to Spell, probably next week.

When I have time (ha, ha, ha) I do a little work on a manuscript called Ever Darkening, a YA Fantasy/Utopian. I haven’t had as much time for this one since I know everyone is anxious for Mine to Spell, but it’s an idea I love. I really want you guys to be able to read it and not just have it playing out in my head. Plus, I just got a new, exciting idea for it so I try to sneak it in when I can.

  • When is the squeal coming out? ~Anonymous

Even though this is asked by anonymous, I can safely say there are many of you out there who have asked as well. As you can tell from the above answer, I’m working on it. I haven’t got detailed notes on it yet, but initial feedback is looking really good. I’m going to be brave and say less than a year from when You Are Mine launched. This is not set in stone, people. But hopefully it’s sooner. Like I’ve mentioned before, there should be something more concrete in a month or so.

BUT…if you want to be sure you know when the sequel is released, on Wednesday I announced a way to keep track. Mine Series Notification. If you didn’t already see, basically you can sign up and an email will be sent within a week of Mine related books being released, probably the day before or day of release.

  • Where did you get your inspiration for the world? It was so fascinating. And the ideas for all the fab dresses Katherine designed throughout the book for Serena. ~Rachel @ The Rest is Still Unwritten

I started answering this and went on and on and on. The answer is so complex and can go so many ways, so I decided to do a bonus Ask and Answer session. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting how I got inspiration for the clothing, cultures, and magic for Chardonia. Thanks for such a great idea, Rachel!

Thanks again for joining me! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Chardonian Hot Chocolate

On Tuesday I promised more details about why I’m giving away a mug, and here we are. I know it’s getting to be the warm season when hot drinks are being overtaken by icy cold ones, but I’m a rebel. I drink hot chocolate any time of the year, and so does the main character, Serena, in You Are Mine. Except I don’t drinhotchocolatek the same type of hot chocolate as her. Mine is the regular hot chocolate like you can make with a mix. Hers is a hot chocolate, thick and rich, made only from scratch. It’s almost pudding like. And I thought, wouldn’t it be fun if I could make her hot chocolate? Yes, it would! I spent the winter figuring out this recipe. Let me tell you, it was one of my favorite writing related projects yet. The recipe below is fairly simple, just requires patient.

Also, I no longer like hot chocolate from a mix. I’ve been ruined to the easy hot chocolate life.

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This could be your hot chocolate mug!

Don’t forget that you can win a mug to use for this rich recipe (or whatever else you like), along with bookmarks and a signed paperback of You Are Mine. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s a good sized mug. I’m quite in love with it. ♥

Giveaway now closed.

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If you can’t wait to see if you win the giveaway to meet Serena, you can buy You Are Mine at the following places.

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Chardonian Hot Chocolate Recipe:

In a large sauce pan mix —

2/3 C. Sugar

3 T. Cornstarch

1/2 C. Cocoa powder

Dash of Salt

 

Add  —

1/2 C. Water

Turn on medium low heat and stir until the mixture dissolves. Don’t wait too long or your cornstarch will start to thicken and you’ll have a harder time getting a nice, smooth consistency. Once dissolved, slowly add while whisking–

1 C. Milk

 

Then whisk in —

2 C. Milk

Turn to medium heat (I usually go one tick above medium) and stir constantly for about 5-10 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the mixture thickens. Do not boil.

Take off of heat, pour in your favorite mug, and enjoy!

 

*Note: Will thicken more as it cools. Also, it easily develops a skin so I like to keep a spoon in it as I drink and give it a little stir every once in a while. Optional: You may use less cornstarch or add more milk if you want it to not be quite so thick.