Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blog tour ~ Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Guest post/giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours...

Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood #5)
by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1, 2013 by Bethany House Publishers

Submissive to her father’s will, Lady Leta of Aiven travels far to meet a prospective husband she neither knows nor loves–Lord Alistair, future king of the North Country.

But within the walls of Gaheris Castle, all is not right. Vicious night terrors plague Lord Alistair to the brink of insanity. Whispers rise from the family crypt. The reclusive castle Chronicler, Leta’s tutor and friend, possesses a secret so dangerous it could cost his life and topple the North Country into civil war.

And far away in a hidden kingdom, a fire burns atop the Temple of the Sacred Flame. Acolytes and priestesses serve their goddess to the limits of their lives and deaths. No one is safe while the Dragonwitch searches for the sword that slew her twice…and for the one person who can wield it.

Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. She is the author of HEARTLESS, VEILED ROSE, MOONBLOOD, and STARFLOWER, with DRAGONWITCH due to release in 2013. HEARTLESS and VEILED ROSE have each been honored with a Christy Award.

I asked the author where her favorite place to get away is?  Here's her answer!

Minocqua, Wisconsin! My folks live up there in a beautiful cabin on a lake, surrounded by forest and wildlife. I grew up there, and really didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now. But now, this Raleigh NC resident loves going back up north for a getaway . . . especially now, when I get to bring along my husband and introduce him to all my favorite haunts. J

Guest Post!

Creating a Beautiful Cover

I always love the cover-development process with my publishing house. The art department at Bethany House is a leading influence in CBA for fantastic cover concepts and creative ideas! I mean, just take a look at all of those gorgeous covers for the Tales of Goldstone Wood. Could I possibly have asked for anything more beautiful?

When it came time to creating a cover for Shadow Hand, I made certain I had a document  full of “inspiration” images to send their way.  I also wrote up ideas of what I personally would like to see. And to help out, I included this little sketch as a jumping-off point. But I also requested that they make it a more jungle-type setting, since the bulk of this book is set in a jungle.

You can see that the art department used some of my ideas. Daylily is prominently featured in a lovely gown, and the bird (an important character) has made a prominent feature. But I just LOVED their chosen color scheme! I had expected them to go more with the blues such as they did with the first several novels. So when I received this image—with that brilliant green and her fiery hair—I was just breath-taken!

There are also a number of important details from the story going on in this image. For one thing, notice the thorns reaching out to her from the bottom of the page. Those of you who have read Dragonwitch might be able to guess from where those thorns are coming . . .


Tour-wide Giveaway - 

July 1 - 26
USA, Canada & UK - Print Copy of the entire series to date!
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Pull up a chair and a cup of tea... we've invited Anne Elisabeth to every blog on the tour!


1 – Book Release!
5 – JL Mbewe

-          Christy’s Cozy Corner
9 – BookwormLisa

14 – Mommasez…
15 – Dee’sReads
-          Kelly P’s Blog
19 – Grand Finale Blast!


1 comment:

  1. How much research did you do before writing this novel?


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