Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard, releasing January 10, 2017 from Abrams. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from A.G.:
Hi, YABC! Thanks so much for having me over to reveal the cover for ROSEBLOOD! I’m very excited about this cover because we were able to snag the same incredible artist, Nathalia Suellen—creator of the magical Splintered Series covers—for my forage into the world of all things Phantom.
ROSEBLOOD’s cover had an interesting journey. You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? The same could be said about the making of a book cover, if the village is really tiny and inhabited by a publishing house’s marketing team, the in-house cover designer, the freelance artist hired to do the artwork, the editor, the agent, and the author.
Having so many villagers involved is both a blessing and a curse, because each one has their own ideas of what’s best for the story, for sales, for branding, etc… which sometimes results in more than one cover mockup being drafted over several months of back and forth between the villagers. In the end, what it ultimately comes down to: so much more has to be considered than just something that captures the theme and is aesthetically pleasing.
At first, I had my heart set on a panoramic view of my heroine, Rune, singing in front of the stage. There’s a scene in the book when she first embraces her voice without pain that is so powerful, it gives the reader that feeling of being swept away upon swells of living music. That’s what I had hoped to capture. So Nathalia worked up an amazing, evocative, and dark rendition of said scene, and I fell in love.
However, the panoramic view was harder to spot from a distance . . . not as eye-catching. And eye-catching is one of the first rules of a good cover. Also, it was a busier cover, which can be distracting, especially in thumbnail images. And, were weinstead to go with a close-up image, similar in ways to the Splintered books, readers would automatically know it was written by the same author, just from one quick glance.
So, the panoramic was pushed aside, and the close-up took center stage for marketing reasons.
Once I saw the completed close-up, I was 100% on board, because it was just as haunting and beautiful as the panoramic. It encompassed the glamour of the operatic scene, and the romance of the original Phantom intertwined with the horror that’s synonymous with his name, yet at the same time looked like an A.G. Howard book.
And just like the Splintered covers, this artwork is rich with symbolism: the cracked mask, the shattered shards of mirror, the black winding vines and bloody thorns, the blue mist in the background. Even Rune’s eyes hold secrets that will be revealed in the story.
So, what I got out of this experience?
Two amazing pieces of art. Because although the cover you’re seeing today is the perfect *official* cover for my Phantom spinoff for all the reasons stated above, I didn’t want to say goodbye to that first mockup. So I bought the image from the artist, and will be using it for posters and postcards in giveaways over the next few months, along with the official ROSEBLOOD cover art. This way, you all get to share in the journey and have a visual of that pivotal scene from the book.
However, I’m saving the panoramic reveal for another day, because today is all about Rune’s close-up. Hope you love her cover as much as I do!
~AG Howard (ROSEBLOOD, Amulet)
Ready to see?
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Here it is!
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This YA novel from New York Times bestselling author A. G. Howard marks the beginning of a new era for fans of the Splintered series. Rune Germaine moves to a boarding school outside of Paris, only to discover that at this opera-house-turned-music-
Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.
Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he’s ever known.
A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both The Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.
About the Author
A. G. Howardis the author of theNew York Timesbestselling Splintered series and is a huge fan of the classic Broadway musicalThe Phantom of the Opera. As a writer, A. G. is most at home weaving all things magical into everyday settings and scenes. When she is not writing, A. G. enjoys rollerblading, gardening, and visiting 18th century graveyards or abandoned buildings to appease her muse’s darker side. You can find her online at @AGHowardWrites or at AGHoward.com.
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