16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn't seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms--including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora's arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.
Why Book Covers Are So Important
It is quite easy to say, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” But the truth is we all do it.
One of the most important things that you can do for your book is to get the cover design right. This is after you get your book professionally edited of course. Even if the cover is spectacular, if the book is riddled with mistakes and plot holes readers won’t finish it.
The cover of your book is the face of your story, it is the best marketing tool you have. If your cover is beautifully designed it will draw in readers to try it out. Even if they have never heard of you and this is your debut novel, a reader who enjoys your genre is more likely to pick up a cover that stands out from the crowd.
A cover that is professionally designed also speaks to the quality of the work itself. When a reader sees that the author has taken so much time and care with the cover, they assume that he or she has also taken as much care, if not more with the content of the book. It tells the reader that a lot of effort has gone into the book and therefore the story will also be well presented.
Another reason covers are so important is it tells the reader what genre to expect when they pick up the book. A good cover will convey visually, key elements of the story like mood and setting, and draws in readers of the genre with familiar concepts creating some sort of emotional connection, which entices the reader to buy the book.
I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the amazingly talented Scarlett Rugers who depicted Aurora’s story perfectly in a snapshot. After many revisions and a huge amount of photo-manipulation we arrived at this wonderful cover. It can take time but when you see your marvelous cover on a bookshelf, it’s all worth it.
About The Author
For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.
Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.