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Friday, January 31, 2014

'Second Son' Cover Reveal!

You have no idea how excited I am today.

No seriously. You have no idea.

Jenelle Leanne Schmidt, one of my very favorite authors, is revealing the (absolutely gorgeous) cover for her second novel today!

And I am so blessed to be a part of it. 

But FIRST, about the author! (Yes, I am putting this part first just so you can't see the cover image on your blog feeds. I'm mean like that. >:)  )

About the Author

Jenelle grew up the oldest of four. Every night before bedtime her father read to her and her siblings, and it was during these times that her love for adventure and fantasy were forged. While she adored the stories of the Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Prydain, the Wheel of Time, and the Chronicles of Narnia; it wasn’t long before her imagination led her to the creation of a world and story all her own.

In 2001, Jenelle completed King’s Warrior, originally titled The Dragon’s Eye, as a project for her father who wanted something new and fun to read to the family at night. This first endeavor gave way to the completion of a four book series that is full of the same adventure that Jenelle grew to love in literature as a little girl. Jenelle graduated from Taylor University in Indiana in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in English Education.

Jenelle has written numerous short stories and many poems, as well as some full length work within the realm of science fiction. King’s Warrior is her first published work and she is currently working on bringing the rest of the series to public availability. Jenelle lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Derek and two little girls Leiana Arwen and Nathalie Eowyn.

Second Son

In an attempt to manipulate the future, a family and a nation are forced to decide between two brothers. Guided by a prophecy spoken hundreds of years before, the King and Queen of Llycaelon have set their course. Their goal: to fulfill the prophecy and save their nation from a dire fate.

Rhoyan has always understood and accepted his own role as second born and perpetual prince. He looks forward to the day when he will be a warrior in his older brother’s guard. When Rhoyan is sent on a quest filled with unimaginable danger, nobody anticipates the greater repercussions.

As Rhoyan journeys far across the seas on his appointed trial, he will battle creatures of legend, suffer shipwreck, endure captivity, and lay claim to a fallen star. When tragedy strikes, Rhoyan must struggle to return home believing his quest has failed. However, the home he left no longer awaits him and the true test of his strength and character has only just begun.

Long before Aom-igh needed a champion, Llycaelon had a Second Son.

And now, the moment we've all been waiting for, the COVER REVEAL!

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Is that not the most beautiful cover ever?!?! When writing this post, I tried to be all professional and writer-y and talk about my favorite aspects of the cover, but I just love the entire painting! And sometimes, I think the best reaction is to just squeal through happy giggles. So that's what I am doing right now. You're welcome to join me! 

I cannot express how excited I am for the release of 'Second Son'. My last post was a review of 'King's Warrior' which is, among many other things, an extremely well-written and moving novel. I know 'Second Son' will be the same, and I can't wait to experience another adventure with some of my favorite characters of all time. 

If you would like to learn more about the cover artist, you can read an interview HERE.

If you would like to learn more about Jenelle Schmidt and her novels, click HERE.

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