Winter Queen Cover Reveal

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ilyenna, the MC, is dancing across the skies, her aurora wings flaring behind her. She is surrounded by the fairies of winter. Her pose and clothing is reminiscent of ballet. Her dress is made of snow and ice from the storm. 

Winter Queen

Fairy Queens 1

~Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.~

Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family.

Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn’t just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation. 

With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever.
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Also, you have the opportunity to name two characters-the fairies on the back cover and the front flap-from the last book in the series (Daughter of Winter). I'll choose my favorite sometime next week.  To participate, leave your favorite names in the comments of the following posts:
http://amberargyle.blogspot.com/2013/01/cover-reveal-countdown-7-sneak-peek.html

http://amberargyle.blogspot.com/2013/01/cover-reveal-countdown-5-sneak-peek.html

I'm crazy proud of this book. It's the best thing I've ever written. It's multi-layered and the world building is fantastic. I hope you all enjoy my latest novel. Thanks for your continued support.

Page One:

Ilyenna’s horse danced nervously beneath her, the animal’s hooves clicking against the snow-covered stones that coated the land like dragon eggs. Reaching down, she patted her mare’s golden neck. “Easy, Myst. What’s the matter, girl?”

“There.” Her father pointed at the base of a forested hillock not fifty paces beyond the road. Ilyenna saw the shadowed form of a large animal.

Bratton soundlessly pulled an arrow from his quiver and nocked it. “Bear?” He directed the question at their father.

The word stirred currents of tension in Ilyenna’s body. The cold stung her cheeks and formed a vapor no matter how shallowly she breathed. As she glanced up and down the road, her hand gripped the knife belted around her bulky wool coat.

“I think it’s a horse,” Bratton finally said.

Ilyenna eased her mare forward for a better look. It was a horse—a bay. “Then where is his rider—” The words died in her throat when she spotted a motionless gray lump at the horse’s feet. Without thought, she rammed her heels into her mare’s ribs.

“Stop!” her father cried at the same time Bratton called, “Ilyenna!”

But the healer in her couldn’t be denied. In three of the horse’s strides, she was in the forest. She pressed herself flush against Myst’s muscular neck. Still, larch trees managed to slap her, leaving the sharp scent of their needles in her hair and clothes. Clumps of snow shook loose from their sagging boughs, falling across her horse’s mane and into her face. Yet Ilyenna barely registered the icy shock.

16 comments:

  1. I like it. I want it! I'll blog about it. That is all. :)

  1. Love, love, love this cover!!! Can't wait to read the book!

  1. Anthony said...:

    That is pure awesomesauce!

  1. Marci said...:

    That is so amazing!

  1. Daniela said...:

    Whoa. I LOVE it! It looks fantastic! :D

  1. Featured you on my blog today! Love your cover!

  1. The cover's very beautiful.

  1. Teri: Thank you!
    Chris: I need to call you. I have a question.
    David: Yay!
    Cherie: I can't wait until it's release.
    Anthony: I know! *squee*
    Tina: me too!
    Marci: *double squee*
    Daniela: Thank you!
    Michelle: Aw, thanks. *hugs*
    Sheena: I love it. :)

  1. OK this is literally the most beautiful cover I have EVER seen. Who the hell is your cover artist? It's amazing.

  1. Laura Sava is the artist. She's on deviant art. Not only is she amazingly talented, she's fantastic to work with.

  1. WOW, this cover is amazing! I love the detail even the more tempered details like the pattern in the dress. Everything is just enchanting in this cover!

  1. That is an amazingly beautiful cover!

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