Recent B.R.A.G. medallion awardee and indie author, Megan Haskell, alerted me to the big news that her Sanyare book series just had a makeover! Living in Cyn hosted Megan Haskell and Sanyare: The Last Descendent (Book 1) on this blog a couple months ago. I’m a visual person, so my memory of the old covers conveyed subdued and earthy greens and blue. Nice, dark, but not entirely kick-ass. The new look has fiery oranges, yellows, ochres and gold. They practically burn on the screen with kick-assery!
The unveiling of her updated covers for Sanyare: The Last Descendant (UK)and its free prequel, Pixie Tamer (UK), serves as further evidence that Haskell is about to come out with a bigger, badder Book 2, Sanyare: The Heir Apparent. (I can’t wait!)
Sanyare’s new covers: Post-Makeover!
Sanyare: The Last Descendant (Book 1) – Book Description
A woman torn between honor and survival…
Raised in a realm where humans are no better than slaves, Rie Lhethannien has struggled for decades to earn a meager post in the High Court messenger service. Even training as an elite fighter isn’t enough to earn the respect she craves. Scorned by the high elves who rely on her loyalty, Rie’s closest allies are the fierce carnivorous pixies who travel by her side.
When she’s attacked on a routine delivery by assassins from the enemy Shadow Realm, Rie’s martial prowess keeps her alive…and frames her as a traitor. Facing execution at the hand of an unmerciful king, Rie must forsake her oaths and flee into enemy lands to prove her innocence. With surprising help from a bastard prince and an ambitious blood sidhe, Rie searches for the truth behind the attack. The secrets she uncovers may threaten more than her honor or even her life…for war is looming in the nine faerie realms.
Sanyare: The Last Descendant is the first book in The Sanyare Chronicles, a fast-paced dark fantasy adventure. If you like kick-butt heroines and action-packed fantasy filled with mythological creatures, then you’ll love the first novel in Megan Haskell’s debut series. Start your journey across the nine faerie realms today!
Pixie Tamer (Prequel to sanyare the last descendant, A short story) – book description
It’s Nuriel “Rie” Lhethannien’s twenty-fifth nameday. She should be celebrating her rise to maturity, not sweating in the training hall. But life isn’t fair, and humans aren’t equal to the elves, at least not in the High Court.
After losing a practice bout to the one man she wants to trust, Rie is thrown into the most challenging test of her life. Will the rewards outweigh the risks?
Pixie Tamer is the short story prequel to Sanyare: The Last Descendant, a dark fantasy adventure with epic themes and a new adult tone. The stories are complements, but can be read independently.
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Why a makeover?
So, why the new look? The rampant rumors that Haskell is getting ready to release Book 2 were confirmed when the award-winning author wrote on her blog that she had submitted a final draft of her manuscript to her editor! It’s only a matter of weeks and months, now… And then, we get to see the new cover for Sanyare: The Heir Apparent (Book 2).
The cool thing about being an indie author is that you can make those sorts of calls. If you feel that the cover of your book isn’t fully meeting your readers’ or genre’s expectations (and therefore not selling as well as you’d like), then as an indie author, you can find a designer who can help you get it the way you want. A traditionally-published author who feels that way about their publisher’s decisions doesn’t typically have that luxury.
About the Author: Megan Haskell
Megan Haskell is the author of the dark fantasy adventure, Sanyare: The Last Descendant, and Program Director for O.C. Writers, A Network of Published and Aspiring Authors. She lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two young daughters, and one ridiculously energetic dog. You can find her on her website at www.MeganHaskell.com, www.OCWriters.Network, and Facebook.
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