Silver Dawn Afire (The Seventh Age Saga, #1)
by Sonja J. Breckon
Publication date: March 16th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Myridians are coming, each wielding one of Six Cataclysmic Powers that will lay waste to the world and wake the God of Neutrality. What happens when one refuses to succumb to her myridian nature and sets out to save the world instead?
SIDRA ANATOLA will soon die a human death and be reborn as one of the myridian, beings destined to destroy the World of Aetheria. In a desperate attempt to change her dark fate, she flees home and the young man she loves to seek help from a powerful entity who has lived through all the ages. But she may not make it in time before she is killed by hunters—or by the love of her life, also a myridian, who fights every day to hold onto the emotions that made him human.
BRESEIS ERISWEN was expelled from the academy and failed her father who expected her to carry on her late mother’s profession as a myridian hunter. But Breseis never wanted to be a hunter—she refused to kill, and she never believed in myridians, to begin with. She leaves home with big dreams, lacking experience, and a broken heart, to prove that she is more than a failed hunter.
Two contrasting paths converge to become a turbulent one. A mouthy intellect with a colorful personality, and a skilled warrior with a frosty attitude, put their differences aside and travel the rest of the way together, robbing temples, angering false gods, and escaping numerous predicaments with their lives. Amid the chaos, they form a friendship despite a gut feeling that both hide dangerous secrets that can save or destroy the world and each other.
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What attributes need to be in a Book Cover Image? Why is the cover so important?
I’ve heard a lot of people say the book cover doesn’t really matter as long as the content is good. But this is so far from the truth! Many people won’t even give a book a chance if the book cover is bad, looks amateurish, or doesn’t go with the theme or genre. Book covers are the first and most important thing about a book – especially when it comes to YA Fantasy – that will catch a reader’s eye. An author can get away with a basic, even cookie-cutter cover for some genres, but when it comes to YAF, it really does need to be beautiful.
Imagine all of the readers an author loses because their cover wasn’t done by a professional. I am guilty of being one of those readers. I can’t help it, but the cover art attracts me, and if it doesn’t, chances are I’m not going to even read the blurb. And it’s not just the art that needs to be spot-on, but the fonts. The font choices are just as important as the art. Things not to do, if you’re doing your own cover art:
1 – If you don’t already have a few years experience working with programs like Photoshop or Corel Paint Shop Pro, then don’t even attempt it!
2 – Never use photos you took of a family member or friend who posed one day, cut it out and paste it onto another background image. It almost always looks amateurish, and, quite frankly, bad. The lighting and coloring are usually off, the perspective doesn’t match up, etc.
3 – Stay away from bleeding and dripping fonts, fonts that might be too hard to read (just because you know what it says doesn’t mean everybody else can read it), fonts that are *too* gothic; nothing wrong with gothic – I love gothic – but some of the fonts are so overused they just don’t look good.
4 – This is just a personal preference, and other people might not have a problem with it, but I steer clear of books with covers that are too heavily manipulated: a girl with fire all around her and another ball of fire in her hand and fiery eyes. That’s more of a dramatic example, but the point is, just don’t go overboard.
Sonja J. Breckon is a builder of fantasy worlds and not ashamed to admit she lives in them more than in the real world. Besides writing books, she works with various programs to create her own cover art, interior art, design, formatting, and fantasy maps. She loves nature, the universe, coffee, and bookstores. Oh, and chicken potato enchiladas.
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