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Guest post: The Second Sign

Today I’m excited to welcome my crit partner, the rather talented Elizabeth Arroyo! Elizabeth’s debut book will be released next year and today she reveals the cover and synopsis and tells us the story of how the cover came to be. So over to you Liz!


Book Cover Reveal
The Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo

Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Dark Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance

Release Date: February 07, 2013

Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when sheโ€™s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. Sheโ€™s not a demon. She canโ€™t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.

From concept to cover

First, I want to say that Sapphire Star Publishing involved me in every aspect of the cover design. Though we went back and forth with images, I was given the opportunity to choose the cover design I felt best represented the book…which was just amazing. They are just an awesome group.

I looked at countless published YA book covers to get a feel for what was already out there, and I looked for images on different stock photo sites that represented the overall theme of the book until I found “the one”.

The image represented the book to a tee.

Although we didn’t use the original image I found, the designer used it as a marker for the underlying theme. From there we chose the background which is accurate to the setting. And the model, who was perfect. A few tweaks later, she was Gabby.

What I love about the image are the grays and blacks which are softened by the globes of light suspended above the model. I also love that the wings aren’t symmetrical. They look almost clumsy. And without giving away too much, her expression is dead on with Gabby’s spiraling character arc. Because it’s such a gorgeous cover, we decided to use a more simple clean edge font so as not to distract the eye from the image.

I think it’s perfect. But of course, I would…. =)

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Thanks for stopping by Liz! I can’t wait to read this when it’s released!

What do you guys think of the cover?




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