Work on RULED BY SHADOWS is progressing well. I’m now 30% in and getting toward the end of the first part—our hero and heroine are about to set off on their epic journey.
I’d originally planned to hold off on revealing the cover for RULED BY SHADOWS—but as I’d really like some feedback on it, I thought it was time to reveal all.
Since this novel is an epic fantasy romance, it can’t have a traditional feel. Instead, it needs to blend the two genres of romance and fantasy. I did some research and found that fantasy romance covers tend to fall into one of two categories: a young woman in gown overwhelmed by dark forces, or a close up of a young woman’s face, once again overwhelmed by dark forces. I’ve opted for the latter!
I’m publishing this novel under by pen-name, JAYNE CASTEL, due to the fact it’s romance, rather than traditional epic fantasy.
Here’s the cover and a blurb about the story. What do you think?
Ruled by Shadows
In a land ruled by shadows, the fate of all lies in the hands of a girl who is afraid of the dark.
Lilia is afraid of the shadows, so when her own one starts behaving strangely, she can barely cope—especially when it starts threatening her.
It all starts the day she meets Saul of Anthor. Handsome and darkly mysterious, he leaves a charm-stone in her safekeeping. Only, what appears to be a humble Hag Stone—used by folk to ward off evil spirits—is in reality a powerful talisman. One that a secret brotherhood has spent a thousand years searching for.
Perrin is Lilia’s best friend. He has spent his life avoiding responsibility and hard work—but now he becomes her unlikely ally. When Saul of Anthor reappears, Perrin suspects his motives. Robana, a healer with a mysterious past, also believes Lilia is in danger—although from those far more dangerous than Saul.
The shadows are deepening and an ancient evil risks being unleashed upon the world. Lilia embarks on a journey into danger, discovery and . . . love. But she must face the darkness, and her own fears—or there will be no going home.