Cover for The Sevenfold Spell!

Excuse me for writing another authorial post, but I have my cover for The Sevenfold Spell! And since it’s final, I can post it. Behold!

Let’s scrutinize it, shall we?

First, the spinning wheel. When I filled out my cover art fact sheet, I noted that the spinning wheel is the most important visual element. Talia and her mother do their spinning in the cellar, because spinning wheels are outlawed and they must spin in secret. The artist came up with the cobwebs on her own, but I think it a nice touch.

The spindle is another key element, so the artist included it as well. I love the magic effects coming off the spindle–because it is enchanted–and the fact that they are very subtle and not overly sparkly.

The girl. I expected some skin because there is a romance element, but I was unsure how much there would be. I am very happy that there is not an abundance of skin and cleavage. Romance covers have a code–the more skin, the more sex within. This cover is a good indication of the sex. It’s there, but it doesn’t dominate.

The book. I’m thinking the artist probably included it because this is a fairy tale retelling. My publicist mentioned that she thought this could be a continuity element for future titles. I love the book.

The mood. I specified a dark and melancholy mood, which is exactly what I got!

Other elements are the sun and theย  very faint moon behind the girl’s hand. My Talia isn’t pretty, so I’m glad the girl has her head kind of bowed, even if what we can see of her face is quite lovely.

It wasn’t what I expected, but my first reaction when I saw it was that it was beautiful. What do you think?

32 Thoughts to “Cover for The Sevenfold Spell!”

  1. Kerry

    Oh, I think that’s just lovely. Congratulations on a beautiful cover.

  2. Says a lot. Really like it. Congratulations!

  3. I think it’s gorgeous and intriguing all at once. Love the colors and the mood it sets!

  4. Wow!! That was MY first reaction. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Seriously, that’s beautiful… Really lovely. Congrats!


  5. It’s really lovely, Tia. I like the colors as well.

  6. Susanna Ives

    Lovely and mysterious.

  7. Squeeeeee! It’s beautiful!

  8. The cover is stunning. So much happening in it, and yet it feels serene and mysterious. The open book at the bottom of the cover is really effective and I’m glad to see they included your spinning wheel.

  9. Oh, that is a lovely cover! Mysterious and enticing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations!

  10. Deborah Blake

    I love it! It is so gorgeous, and I love that it fits with what you wanted. I can’t wait to read the book!!! (Do I get to review it? Snicker.)

    And I think it is fine to overlap the author blog and the review blog. It’s your blog!

    Yay on all your good news ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wow, so gorgeous! I hope the book element continues if you write more fairytale retellings!

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  13. Beautiful, Tia. The cover gods have been good to you.

  14. I really like that cover.

  15. It’s SO PRETTY! The only think I can think that could be better is your name. It looks like it says “Lia Nevitt.” At least, that’s what I saw at first glance.

    1. Tia Nevitt

      A friend mentioned the same thing. I’m just going to have to live with that and hope that any misconceptions will have cleared up by the time they get past the inside title page.

  16. Oh. I mean the FONT on your name. Your name itself is wonderful. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Tia Nevitt


  17. That’s beautiful, Tia! I seriously gasped when I first loaded the page. It’s fantastic in every way.

  18. Tia, that is absolutely gorgeous. Really stunning!

  19. That is a nice cover. I’d want to know more about the book even if I didn’t know you. That suggests it does its job. {SMILE}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  20. Tia Nevitt

    Thank you so much, everyone! I got the cover copy (blurb) today and it’s every bit as fantastic as the cover!

  21. What an amazing cover! That is stunningly gorgeous. I can’t imagine how exciting this whole thing must be for you. Congrats on everything!

  22. Kat

    OH, that’s so cool!!!

  23. I’m glad the blurb turned out well, too. That’s usually the next thing I check after the cover, title and author. {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  24. Love the cover, and am pleased to learn that the images all have symbolic meaning to you as the author! I wondered how much influence the author had on covers. Aside from that, it’s a beautiful work of art ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Tia Nevitt

    Thanks so much, everyone! Madison, I have a suspicion that Carina Press is spoiling me terribly. I don’t think my experience is typical!

  26. Chicory

    Oh wow, that’s gorgeous. Is there a chance of the book eventually getting put out in paper form for those of us who don’t have e-readers, and aren’t yet willing to make the switch?

  27. Tia Nevitt

    Thank you! There is a chance that there will be a print anthology later on down the line . . . and I’m working on other stories that I hope will one day fill a collection. But since it is so slender–only 90 manuscript pages–I don’t think it will ever be in print on its own.

    HOWEVER, as a pdf it will only be 40 to 50 pages, which is very printable, if you want to go through the trouble.

  28. moniza

    that’s a lovely cover! I would definitely pick that up in a bookshop.

  29. Chicory

    Getting it as a pdf- that’s a good idea. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Tia Nevitt

      I’m totally thrilled that you’d consider doing that!

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