Author Kendra E. Ardnek is doing an extensive overhaul of all six of her books, and new covers are part of the bargain. Today is the grand reveal of all six shiny new covers!
If you’ve been around this blog for any length of time, you’ve read my posts on Kendra’s books and probably know all about Kendra already. If not, stick around and you will!
Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. “Finish your story, Kendra,” is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that glorify God and His Word.
Also, she has a website. Check it out. She has a blog where she knits stories and posts all sorts of interesting tidbits on life, writing, and other creative plain sense and fun imaginative nonsense. She has a shiny Amazon page, a Goodreads Author page, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account.
What’s being overhauled?
(in the words of the author)
Sew, It’s a Quest. I sent this book to my kindle, tore it to shreds, then retyped the whole thing, making every word fight to stay in the book. I completely rewrote one chapter, and added/expanded several scenes, focusing on character development and pacing, in particular Robin’s character.
Do You Take This Quest? This book has one added chapter, a few (potentially) added scenes, and a severe edit. Again, focus is going to Robin’s character development. I hadn’t the maturity to completely handle her emotional situation when I wrote this book, and now I intend to fix that.
My Kingdom for a Quest. This book was mostly clean … but it’s getting a part two. AKA, book 3.5, The Quest for a Quince, AKA, Casperl’s story. There will be an edit to part one, though.
The Ankulen. Mostly just a thorough edit. I don’t foresee any great changes.
Water Princess, Fire Prince. Again, mostly a thorough edit, but there will be a few continuity fixes, and I’ll be adding a bonus scene to the extra stuff at the end.
Lady Dragon, Tela Du. Edits mostly.
Where can I get more information on these books?
Can I get free stuff?
Yes. Reread the above paragraph for a free ebook. Then go enter this giveaway for a chance to win a full signed collection of Kendra’s books in paperback. Comments on any blog post of mine regarding Kendra’s Overhaul count towards the giveaway (including this one), so comment below for more chances to win!
Is this a party?
Yes. All the following blogs have interesting and unique Cover Reveal posts today:
www.writtenrest.wordpress.com (You are here.)
Where are the new covers?
You have been most patient. Here they are. (Unless you skipped everything to get here. In which case you missed the free stuff.) The first three covers were designed by the author herself, and the last three were designed by the amazing Alea Harper, whom I wholeheartedly recommend for cover design. (Promise’s Prayer also owes its cover to her incredible skills.)
And now…the covers. Click to enlarge each one and read the tagline underneath.
Aren’t they so interesting? Here are a few of my favorite elements:
Sew: the title with the needle and sword wrapped together. If you’ve read Sew, you know the needle and sword are both key elements of the story.
Take: the painting on the easel, which is actually basically the old cover refined, toned down, scaled down, and incorporated into the new cover
Kingdom: the color scheme; the green is gripping.
The Ankulen: the pen hidden in the title
WPFP: the colors and how they blend together in the sky
LDTD: the faces and colors. You’ll have to read the book to understand how fitting these elements are and how well the theme is captured through this cover.
Why should I care about these books?
The Bookania Quests (Sew, Take, and Kingdom): if you like whimsical fairy tales turned on their head combined with imaginative and lighthearted adventure, you’ll like these books. Also, if you like puns even slightly, you’ll love these books.
The Ankulen: If you’re a writer or a reader with an imagination (or if you wish you had an imagination, or if you admire the imaginations of others), you will find this book clever and interesting. It’s light and fun, but the stakes still run high. It’s unique in that it can be taken both lightheartedly as a fun and simple fairy story, or philosophically with complex and deep questions, issues, and real-life struggles wrapped in a fantasy setting.
The Rizkaland Legends (WPFP and LDTD): If you enjoy light fantasy with spiritual meaning, you’ll like this series. If you normally don’t read fantasy, you still may enjoy this series (*raises hand*). It’s complex, colorful, deep, and riveting, with so many unexpected and clever plot twists and richly satisfying endings. I highly recommend these books to young adult readers.
What are your favorite elements of the six covers? If you’ve read any of these books, what do you like about them? If not, what interests you about them?