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Delights of Cover Design by @CasPeace1 {#bookgiveaway #fantasy}


The Circle – Cas Peace discusses cover design, reveals the cover & shares a great giveaway! 

So excited to have Cas Peace again on the blog for the second time (see here and here )! She wrote me a very special article on the delights of cover design and all it took was a bribery of all things savory and bacony 😉. Cas was traditionally published by a small trade house which has now closed it’s doors. Her experience in the cover design process has definitely changed from trade to self-publishing. As a cover designer I have heard these stories and have adapted the want and need of the author into my mission to produce a cover we all love. I think Cas’ experience just that with her new designer (wait till you see the new cover!) Thanks for visiting today. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and please share! Sharing is caring and I love when I see people share my posts, makes me all squishy with all the feels inside! But first, let’s reveal the gorgeous cover for THE CIRCLE (Circle of Conspiracy, #2)!

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One of the most unexpected pleasures connected with becoming an Indie author (for me, at least) was the experience of cover design. Like most writers, I suspect, I always had ideas in my mind as to what the covers of my books would look like, long before I even thought about trying to find a publisher. When I did find one, I was lucky enough to be given a fantastic artist to work with. The cover of my first ever book was my idea turned into impressive digital art by the highly talented Eve Ventrue. The experience was even better than I’d imagined it would be.

When it came time to design the second book’s cover, however, things had changed. That first design had been costly, and my publisher didn’t want to spend as much on this second book. Still, we chased some ideas around and came up with a workable plan. I liked the cover concept, but didn’t like the image of the girl they wanted to use. She was supposed to be my heroine, but looked far too much like a pouty model. The publisher was the boss, however, so that’s the image they went with. Their in-house designer altered the image a bit, which did make it more suitable. It was completely different in style to the first cover, but it did get some good comments.

By the third book, I was beginning to realize I had no real say in the cover at all. This third design would be the least expensive: an unaltered image purchased from a royalty-free image site, and I liked neither the subject (which didn’t really bear any resemblance to what was inside the book) nor the style. Again, I was obliged to accept what the publisher wanted, even though I was convinced the cover would not help sell the book.

When my publisher finally closed its doors, returning all rights to me, it was a shock and a blow. I’d enjoyed the process of being a traditionally published author and despite my reservations about two of the covers, the whole experience had been positive and exciting. Now, I would embark upon a steep learning curve, and I didn’t know how I would cope.

A year on, and I am happier with my situation than ever before. Not only have I made some wonderful author friends, who have helped me enormously, but I have also rediscovered the joys of being once more in control of my book covers. Finding cover designer (and author in his own right) Mikey Brooks has restored my pride in what I have produced. With his help, I changed the two covers I wasn’t so happy with, and now look forward eagerly to designing each new cover. The latest one, for The Circle, is the best yet, I think – Mikey seems to know exactly what’s in my mind and does his level best to produce it for me. He’s not afraid to add his own embellishments, which always enhance and improve my original concept, and his skill brings each new image to life. He’s helped me fall in love with my books all over again, and enabled me to thoroughly enjoy the process of self-publishing. Anyone planning to self-publish their own books could do a lot worse than find a wonderful cover designer like Mikey!

Delights of Cover Design by @CasPeace1 {#bookgiveaway #fantasy}The Circle
Series: Circle of Conspiracy, #2
by Cas Peace
Pages: 464
Published by Albia Publishing
on November 28, 2014
Genres: Fantasy
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The Alliance is crumbling.

Driven to madness by the abduction of his son, King Elias declares war on Andaryon. Sullyan knows the Andaryans are blameless, still reeling from the abduction of their own prince and the subsequent collapse of the Hierarch, but Elias will not listen to reason. While he gathers his forces to march through the Veils, the real conspirators remain free to wreak havoc on both sides of the conflict.

Branded a traitor by her king, and with the rift between her and Robin widening, Sullyan embarks on a perilous search for the missing princes. Bloodshed is inevitable and innocent lives will be lost, but the war must be stopped.

If she fails, it will mean death for both princes and disaster for the Five Realms.


About Cas Peace

Delights of Cover Design by @CasPeace1 {#bookgiveaway #fantasy}

Cas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years, 1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to return to Italy whenever she can.

Cas's other great loves are anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses, (she supports many animal charities) and also singing.

Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and offers them as free downloads from her website.


Trilogy One, Artesans of Albia Series Synopsis:

On a foolhardy foray into a foreign realm, Taran Elijah is attacked by a terrible weapon known as the Staff. Killing its wielder, he escapes into Albia, inadvertently carrying the Staff.

Concerned by the vicious raids that follow Taran’s actions, Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces crosses into Andaryon to seek diplomatic resolution to the crisis. She is captured and tortured by Lord Rykan, aspirant to the Andaryon throne.

Slowly dying, Sullyan escapes his clutches. She offers her skills to the Hierarch in defense of his throne, finally confronting Rykan on the field of battle. Her handsome Captain and lover, Robin Tamsen, embarks on a desperate quest to recover the Staff. But Rykan’s greedy General, Sonten, is two steps ahead of him.

If Robin cannot lay hold of the weapon before Sonten does, Sullyan’s life and the lives of all Artesans are forfeit.

The race for the Staff has begun.




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  1. Many thanks, Kriss, for hosting me and helping me promote my work. I really appreciate it. You are Ace!

  2. Of course you fucking rocked my cheer socks way off. I dig it. For reals. Love your face, muffin. xx


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