I’m Judith Ashley and I write romantic fiction that honors spiritual traditions that nurture the soul.
Usually I write my monthly blog post several weeks ahead of time but for some reason that didn’t happen this month. I kept waiting for inspiration, some fantastic idea, etc. to come to me and nothing happened. So, here I am the morning before you read this sitting at my computer with a vague idea of something to write. Here goes!
Book covers!!! Specifically the covers on my books.
I’m putting together the cover images for the last two books in The Sacred Women’s Circle series and so setting is on my mind. Setting is about place. Where does the story take place? What is magical about the place? What role does the setting play in the story?
The covers for Lily and Elizabeth are directly related to those stories. Lily Hughes spends time along the California coast. Elizabeth Elliott sees visions of the sacred grove and those visions draw her to Ireland.
However in Diana the setting on the cover is designed to show the reader the stark emptiness of her life but there is hope. See the crocus?
Ashley is one cover that really doesn’t show setting. It does show dragonflies which are very important to the story.
Hunter's cover evokes movement and water. Hunter is a dancer and much of the story takes place on the shore in Rhode Island.
Right now I’m working on the cover for Gabriella. While the story begins in a cabin in the woods in Oregon, much of it takes place in Italy, in a villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. I think I’ve found the elements – a beautiful urn on a railing with the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. Adding to that a lighthouse and the background is complete.
For Sophia I’m looking for gardens. When I go back to look for more pictures I’m narrowing it down to Victorian Gazing Ball in a garden and see what that brings.
What’s important in creating the covers and in writing the stories is that you, the reader, can ‘see’ yourself there. Feel the dampness of the sea soaked wind on your face. Smell the plethora of scents from the blooming garden. Sigh with relief in the cool of the forest on a hot summer day.
My covers also have overlays—muted images overlaying the stronger picture of the setting. These overlays are connected to the sub-title of each book. Lily’s subtitle is “The Dragon and The Great Horned Owl”. Can you see the overlays?
In addition, in the upper left-hand corner you’ll see a circle of crystals. Something is different about that circle of crystals on each cover. Can you see what that is?
Three comments will be chosen at random from all comments with the correct answer AND the additional requested information that follows. Each winner will receive a free e-book of her/his choice from The Sacred Women's Circle series. In addition to the 'right answer', your comment needs to include the name of the book you want, the file format (mobi for Kindle, e-pub for everyone else) and your email address.
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