I’ve been looking forward to sharing this with y’all all summer … and then wound up trapped in the hospital when the cover was officially released during Enclave’s Kickstarter Campaign. Still, for those of you who haven’t spotted it yet, I am beyond excited to finally be able to show you the cover for Orphan’s Song, my fantasy novel releasing from Enclave Publishing this Fall! Orphan’s Song is the story of a world woven through melody and shattered by discord, where a girl discovers that her Song contains far greater power than she ever could have imagined. A power that a ruthless soldier and his evil master seek to possess. A power that her guardian wants silenced. Read the full blurb on the Songkeeper Chronicles page. So, what do you think of the cover? Gorgeous, isn’t it? The artist responsible for this beautiful cover is one Benjamin Lucas Powell. Personally, I think he did a splendid job. From an author’s point of view, the book cover designing stage of the process can be a tad frightening. To be honest, once I received the first email broaching the dreaded (yet exciting?) topic, I was terrified! What if I didn’t like it? What if it didn’t turn out as I imagined? What if it was one of those covers you see on Amazon every day, the ones that make you wince and grimace and wonder what in the world the designer was thinking? I shouldn’t have worried so much. As soon as we started talking design, Steve Laube at Enclave Publishing sent me a form to fill out listing elements I liked/disliked/absolutely loathed in book covers. He graciously kept me updated and informed throughout the entire process, and I was able to give feedback at all stages. Until finally, we wound up with a gorgeous cover that I can’t wait to see in published form. In my humble opinion, this cover captures the overall feel of the novel with just the right touches of the whimsical, hints of the danger, and glimpses of the magical that fill the world of Leira. Not to mention a girl who looks exactly as I imagined my main character Birdie, orphaned drudge of the Sylvan Swan. You can practically see the sorrow and desperate longing and indomitable hope in her eyes! What do you think? Would you pick this book off the shelf? Share your thoughts in the comments! Interested in staying updated on the release news for Orphan’s Song? “Like” my facebook page for updates, fantasy “fandoming,” sneak peaks and more!