I enjoy series projects. I feel the character becomes as much mine as the author's. I enjoy the challenge of watching the characters develop as I work to maintain mood and a unified look among the volumes while allowing each book to remain a work of its own.
In this instance, as with a few other series works I've done, Deborah hired me to cover book two first, then go back and redress book one. I begin work on book three's cover right away, even though it's not due to be released for a year or so, to insure the look and maintain the feel. Now, meet Lisen of Solsta, in Fractured ...
Seventeen-year-old Lisen Holt realizes her life is Fractured after a sorcerer abducts her from a California beach and brings her back home to Garla, a world where treating men and women differently is unthinkable. Lisen awakens at Solsta Haven. has returned Lisen’s body to its true form, human-like, but like all male and female Garlans, she possesses a pouch similar to Earth’s marsupials. Eloise then restores Lisen’s memory of her life in Garla, but her earthly existence will remain a substantial influence which, though left behind, will never be forgotten.
Although she is Lisen of Solsta now, questions haunt her which Eloise refuses to answer. Who left her at Solsta? Why did Eloise send her to Earth? And what is so important about Lisen that Eloise felt it necessary to manipulate so much of her life? The answers will propel Lisen into a quest for a throne, a quest that will threaten to fracture her soul, and all that will stand between her and her birthright will be her matricidal twin brother.
D. Hart St. Martin imagined a world where sexism has never existed and, in the process, created a story of pathos, passion and sheer force of will. As Lisen’s tale unfolds, Ms. St. Martin drops subtle clues as to the whys and wherefores of a society that functions without gender-specific roles or titles, allowing Lisen to evolve without stereotypical female baggage weighing her down. Tainted, book 2 in the series, is available now, and the final volume, Blooded, will follow in 2015.
Be sure to check out Tainted at the same time :D
Onto wrapping up the next book :D
Until next time ...