Monday, January 20, 2014

Gorgeous Artwork for the Cover of Cherie Reich's Debut Novel REBORN

I've been excited to see Cherie Reich's cover for REBORN ever since she mentioned who was doing the artwork. Laura Sava. Who does AMAZING art! And trust me, she did NOT disappoint with this cover. So ... here it is!




To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

On the day of Yssa’s death and rebirth, the god Apenth chose her as the Phoenix Prophetess.
Sea serpents and gods endanger the young prophetess’s journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. But the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman’s son Liam proves to be a distraction she can’t predict, even though he rarely leaves her alone for two sand grains.
Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents’ murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can’t change Fate, she’ll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.
Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate.

Reborn, book one of The Fate Challenges, by Cherie Reich will be released on May 23, 2014. For more information about Cherie Reich and her work, please visit her website or blog. The cover art is created by Laura Sava. To add on Goodreads, click here. If you’d like to be notified when Reborn releases, please sign up for Cherie's newsletter here.

Prologue, Reborn
by Cherie Reich

He couldn’t forget the council’s words or how they’d cursed his fifth Phoenix Prophetess. But visions of the Kingdom of Amora in flames flashed through his mind. He could taste the ashes, like burnt charcoal, and hear her people’s screams. The prophecy of the kingdom’s destruction leaked sour bile into his mouth. The other gods, including Kisa, the Queen of the Gods, might be willing to turn their backs on their loyal people for Fate, but he wasn’t.

There was also this infant in front of him. She reminded him of his daughter. His mortal family resided in the Underworld, but he couldn’t let this child.

“I have to save her.”

“Think of the consequences, my son.”

He had. They both knew the gods would find a way to curse him and this innocent child, but the price was worth saving the kingdom.

Ignoring his mother’s shrieks, Apenth leaned over the lifeless baby again. His lips pressed against her ashen forehead, so cold to the touch. Postera clawed at his arms, but he shoved away her hands. Nothing would stop him from completing Amora’s prophecy, protecting the city named after his love.

“You are mine, little one.” His hand pressed over her heart. Electric heat flowed from his glowing fingertips. They tingled, nearly burning his flesh, but his hand remained steady. Luminosity brightened around the child and him, further blocking out Postera’s pleas. The room filled with the blinding white light.

“Live.” He commanded, pleaded.

“No!” Postera screamed as the child’s life-thread ripped from his mother’s hand and joined the pulsing jewel on her belt. The piece sizzled, reattaching to the gemstone, and transformed to blood red.

The light imploded into the child. Her flesh glowed for a moment before the room’s shadows returned. A tiny strawberry-colored birthmark in the shape of a phoenix blossomed upon the flesh over her heart. The baby’s lungs filled with air, and a cry broke from her lips.

The Phoenix Prophetess was reborn.

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A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her ebooks include the horror series Nightmare, a space fantasy trilogy titled Gravity, and a fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.

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Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck to Cherie and Reborn! I'll be reading her ARC and looking forward to it.

SA Larsenッ said...

The artist is beyond amazing! Such a great visual rendition of Cherie's story. Excited for her...

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to Cherie! This is a stunning cover.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And it is a stunning cover!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

That excerpt gave me chills! Love the cover so much. Cherie I can't wait for this and congrats. Laura, you're a designing angel.

Carrie Butler said...

That is pretty epic looking! :) Congrats, Cherie!

Cherie Reich said...

Thanks so much for helping with the cover reveal, Rachel!

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by! I'm looking forward to sharing the story with others in May.

J.L. Campbell said...

Yes, that's an awesome cover and the intro was intriguing too.

Misha Gericke said...

I adore the cover. Every time I see it, I notice something else absolutely stunning.

Misha Gericke said...

I adore the cover. Every time I see it, I notice something else absolutely stunning.

Chris said...

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