Saturday, February 6, 2016

Update, and Blurb Help request!

 Despite the blizzard and resulting snowed-in-ness, we are definitely moving forward here at Hearth Books. We hope to have the print versions  of all five of my books so far finalized by the end of the month and available to the public!

  We have received the initial print versions of all five released novels. Here's a pic of their lovely backs...

  (We applied the same principles all you lovely people voted on for JA, so the series is turning out with a lovely "look" to it! )

 We'd like to do a "New Cover Reveal" for the re-done cover on Traitor's Knife, as a mini-promo for all the print releases.
   (So anyone with a blog who wants to be involved with that please contact me! :-) )


 On to the main subject!
  We need to finalize the back cover copy for both Jeweler's Apprentice and Traitor's Knife.

 Here's what we've got so far:


Jeweler's Apprentice 

After stumbling upon a court secret, bookish Fia Brithin quickly gets sent mountain jewelers to prevent the information she unwittingly holds falling  into the wrong hands. But she soon finds that the mountains hold secrets of their own, and more questions rise.
Can anything bring peace to the neighboring war torn kingdom?
Is the legend  of the Sunlight Stone true?
And what is the stable boy hiding?
The answers she finds could endanger entire kingdoms.

~  or  ~

On her first visit to the King Hanor's palace, 16 year old Fia Brithin stumbles into a court intrigue. To keep the secret safe, the Chancelor sends her off as apprentice to a famous, and reclusive, high mountain jeweler.
...And straight into adventure.
Discovering gems with deep secrets and new friends with the same, Fia learns a whole lot more than just modeling wax. When to trust a stranger, and when not to; why not to try stealing from gem thieves; what heroism is, what royalty ought to be, and that the mountains themselves can sometimes be the greatest danger of all.


Traitor's Knife

Secrets.
Sabotage.
Murder.
 With Olayin House temporarily turned into a weapons factory, and the care of three orphaned children suddenly thrust upon her, Fia isn't quite sure what to think. However, she is determined to get used to the strange things that keep happening: the presence of the perplexing messenger Willex, a visit from her sister, and keeping the identity of her friend  Ilido a secret. But when a series of
sabotages start to ge people hurt, the young apprentice begins to suspect something  seriously dangerous is going on. Fia has little time to get to the bottom of what may not just be sabotages, but attempts on the life of the under-cover Crown Prince.

~  or  ~

When the loyalist cause enlists the mountain house into a weaponry, apprentice Fia is confronted with three refugee children, a disturbingly upstart former messenger, and accidents happening everywhere. Are saboteurs out to nix the weapons works... or is it the incognito crown prince they're after?


Which is better? Which is most "alike" for a series feel?
Mix and Match and offer suggestions, because my brain is so fogged I can't decide anything!!!

Thanks a ton!!!
  Elizabeth (a.k.a. E. Kaiser Writes)

4 comments:

Rachel said...

For Jeweler's Apprentice, I like the second one best but am a little worried that all the "when" parts might reveal too much of the story. For Taitor's Knife, the first is my favorite but the last sentence seems to just end with half a thought and doesn't seem to wrap up everything. Looking forward to the paperback.

Kelsey Bryant said...

I agree with Rachel: I like the second one best for Jeweler's Apprentice (but with a little of the first mixed in) and the first one for Traitor's Knife.

I took the liberty of playing with them to help you out. These are just suggestions (though I am rather fond of them ;) ). If you have questions about why I made the changes I did, we can always chat about them!

JA:
On her first visit to King Hanor’s palace, sixteen-year-old Fia Brithin stumbles into a court intrigue. To keep the secret safe, the Lorsian chancellor sends her off as apprentice to a famous, and reclusive, high mountain jeweler...

And straight into adventure.

Discovering gems with deep secrets and new friends with the same, Fia learns a whole lot more than just making jewelry. But everything she learns gives rise to more questions: Can anything bring peace to the neighboring war-torn kingdom of Othira? Is the legend of the Sunlight Stone true? What is the stable boy hiding? And what role will the mountains themselves play in the crisis that threatens the land?

TK:
Secrets. Sabotage. Murder.
With secluded Olayin House turned into a weapons factory and the care of three refugee children thrust upon her, sixteen-year-old Fia Brithin is determined to get used to the changes and do her part in the Othiran war effort. But when strange things keep happening—a visit from her sister, the appearance of a perplexing messenger, a series of mysterious sabotages—the young jeweler’s apprentice begins to suspect something seriously dangerous is going on.

Fia has little time to get to the bottom of what may not be just sabotages, but attempts on the lives of her and her friends. Will she know whom to trust before it’s too late? Or will the mountains that were supposed to be a refuge prove fatal to those she holds dear?

Lesa McKee said...

I see you're going to release these in hardback. Yay! That is exciting!

I hope I can offer some help with your blurbs, Elizabeth. If you like any of the changes, you're welcome to use them.


Jeweler's Apprentice

On her first visit to (WOULD SKIP THIS WORD>the) King Hanor's palace, 16 year old Fia Brithin stumbles UPON a court intrigue. To keep the secret safe, the Chancelor sends her off as apprentice to a famous, and reclusive, high mountain jeweler.

...And straight into adventure.

WHILE DISCOVERING THE GEMS THEMSELVES HOLD PERILOUS SECRETS, FIA CONTEMPLATES THE LEGEND OF THE SUNLIGHT STONE, AND TRIES TO DISCOVER WHAT HER FRIEND, THE STABLE BOY IS HIDING. When QUESTIONS GO UNANSWERED IT’S UP TO FIA TO LEARN WHAT heroism REALLY is, AND what royalty ought to be. WILL the mountains be HER DOWNFALL OR WILL SHE RISE TO THE CHALLENGE SET BEFORE HER?

I'll work on the second one try to post it sometime today.

Lesa McKee said...

Oops! I didn't mean hardback, I meant print! Congrats!