Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SHADOWFEVER cover and synopsis

We’ve spent the past four years journeying together to the end of Mac’s story. I have no doubt it’s been easier on me than you because I’ve known the ending since the beginning. I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel, and it made me ruthless when it came to walking with Mac into the shadows.

I’m in love with books. I love the way they look, feel, smell, occupy space, and best of all, can be read, LOL. I wanted the final installment in the FEVER series to be spectacular, a book you wanted to touch, hold, treasure. Few books have that effect on me. One is Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story with its printed case and gorgeous cover (and the mastery of its author!). Another is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast have lusciously tactile covers on their House of Night series, and I adore the imagery on Lauren Kate’s Fallen series.

When it came to brainstorming the cover for Shadowfever, I tossed phrases like “seductive menace” “deceptive nature of evil” “sexy, edgy, lush” at my publisher. We all agreed we wanted the final book to be The Book, but in what incarnation? Literally or metaphorically? What they came back with blew me away.

Shadowfever has a gorgeously designed acetate dust jacket, that is printed at the top and bottom but the clear box behind my name and title gives you a glimpse of what’s printed on the hardcover beneath it. The book itself is printed, too, like Lisey’s Story. It’s a thing publishers don’t do very often, because of the expense. The jpegs don’t do it justice. To see it go to Shadowfever.com. I hope you love it as much as I do!

47 comments:

Selena Illyria said...

It's a gorgeous cover and I can't wait to get my copy of the book. Already pre-ordered.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Selena. Terrific imagery, can't wait, and pre-ordered!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cover... just wish it tied in more with the other re-designs.
Can't wait for Shadowfever!

Karen Marie said...

It actually does tie in with the others--but inverted, with the name and title in the clear box and the image on the top and bottom, instead of the image in the black box and name and title on top and bottom. I was picky that the set be cohesive and look great together on a shelf. I've got all the new covers and they look fabulous together!

Anonymous said...

Love the cover Karen ...I can hardly wait for it to be released. And the synopsis ...*faints*. Although I have to say the synopsis gave me a very uneasy and worried feeling :(

jayzee (jenn)

Debbie H said...

Beautiful and intriguing! I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Leslie said...

It's truly stunning! Can't wait to hold it and see it in person. :)

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

It’s gorgeous and YAY a synopsis! I can’t wait. I know what I’m buying myself as an early Christmas present ;)

Sara said...

OMG, it's absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to touch it. :D It's my favorite of all the covers.

Sarahlambiecat said...

The cover is seductively exquisite Karen! Can't wait till December!! Thank you for taking us along on Mac's journey, it's been one terrific ride! You are an exceptional writer/story teller, keep um coming!!!

Rae said...

I'm literally hyperventilating. I can't even concentrate on "Glee" - that's almost impossible to do, but if anything could it's you and the Fever series.

Crap, I need to restart the Highlanders and Fever series again.

*sigh* ok, I'm calmer now (not really).

Mercedes Veronica said...

omg! i cannot wait for the book! the cover makes me speechless!!!!!! i thought i couldn't be more excited but I am!

Nicole said...

Ooh. I usually wait until the mass markets come out to make a purchase but man, does this look lovely...

I am SO glad I work at a Barnes & Noble right now...

Mercedes Veronica said...

i was wondering. will u sell personalized & signed copies again like u did w DrF???

Samadrita said...

Can anyone tell me WHEN it's coming out?Can hardly wait :(

Bella said...

WOW that is stunning! I can't WAIT for the release of Shadowfever ... I even convinced my boyfriend to read the series, which really is saying something, and he just finished Dreamfever last night and was like "WHA - ?" ... seriously, the 7th of December can't come too soon! (",)

Steph said...

It is gorgeous, but I am a kindle girl. I read at least 4 books a week so my house is filled with volumes I want to keep; now they all live in microchip.

But, I may just by the physical book for the cover art.

caisee montgomery said...

I love it! This made me even more excited!

Liberty said...

OMG love love the cover. It's gorgeous. Can't wait to get my hands on it. By far my favorite cover EVER. But I'd like to know what's up with the angel wings? A clue? :)

Sharon said...

I am hanging onto the "light at the end of the tunnel" phrase! I want a HEA ending for Mac. And that clif-hanger on the last book was just mean !

PK Reeves said...

Absolutely amazing cover!
Who designed it? It's brillant! So often writers have no input on the covers but this one is BEAUTIFUL!
Excited to hear who Mac will feast her energy on: Barrons, V'lane or Dark Master....
Interested in knowing what happened to her sister... and still agonizing over the cliffhanger of Dreamfever.
Karen Marie ... don't leave me HANGING!
PS Great works and TEAM ADAM BLACK!

PK Reeves
Aisle B

Anonymous said...

Its official. This is my favourite cover. Ive had it pre-ordered since January and now i just cant wait to get it in my hands. I thought the other covers were brilliant but this one takes my breath away. Cant believe the series is coming to an end *tears up* but i know that you'll just keep writing Karen. I cant wait to hear about Christian's story!

Candace said...

Wow! That's a gorgeous cover! I haven't pre-ordered yet, but I think all my birthday shopping the end of June may be pre-orders. I CANNOT wait for this book!

MarieAnn said...

OMG¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ the cover is fantastic thank you for the books Marie
y esperoo sinceramente espero que llegue diciembre

SummerRses said...

Oh, my! It is beautiful!! I can't wait to get my hands on it! As usual, you and your publisher did NOT disappoint. It is a awesome cover! And I loved reading the synopsis ...I can't wait to read and fall in love with this story!!!

Anonymous said...

Karen, I have never seen a cover like the one for Shadow Fever.
It's incredibly beautiful.
Your synopsis warns us that we are in for one heck of a ride with Mac!
I can't wait!

Looking forward to FeverCon!

Brenda Mc
(I never can remember my darned password).
:o)

Jessica Wagner said...

The cover is great, and the pitch makes me even more anxious for Shadowfever to actually come out. I have a feeling that this will be the darkest part of the journey for Mac. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Anonymous said...

Karen, you're freaking awesome...when I read your books, I leave this world I am in and end up being in your books watching what happens next. Karen I am such a big fan. I can't stop shaking. I am not able to go anywhere, due to illnesses. I really want to meet you. It will be a dream and a goal of mine to thank you in person.

Didi

I know I wrote anonymous, but I don't have an URL

Michelle R said...

Holy guacamole!

What a perfect tribute to the (PAINFULLY) long awaited HOA we all long to hold in our hands. And that just didn't make it any easier.

柏勳 said...

What must be must be. ............................................................

Anonymous said...

Is it still coming out Dec 7?? or did it get moved to Jan 18??? I'm getting conflicting dates... I can't wait for this book!! I even have my mom reading them and she can't wait either!!!!!!

anjkvo said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

Lynne said...

Someone, please tell me it wasn't Barrons she killed? I've just finished Dreamfever and I'm DYING to know!

Tatiana said...

aww Karen the cover is so beautiful.
BloodFever has been released only now in my country- Portugal. I hate this! i have to wait so many time to read your books :( I already miss Mac and Jericho!
I hope that they dont change this cover :( because they change them T_T and i love the original ones.
Just want to say thanks and congratulate you. You make my day a better one :D Your imagination and writing amazes me!

and sorry for my bad english XD

Anonymous said...

i have no clue who it might be that died but i was pretty upset at that cliffhanger. i was just gaping and flipping through the remaining pages, looking for more. i nearly died. but it was awesome at the same time.

Can. not. wait....dec. 7.....

Anonymous said...

Karen Marie,
Exquisite and beautiful cover; very becoming and appropriate for the last installment of your wonderful series. Thank you for all of the books, I love each and every one and will miss reading more about Mac.

Although I have pre-ordered it on Kindle, which I hope it will be available in this edition when the time comes, but I loved the cover so much, that I actually pre-ordered the hard copy as a keepsake.

Thanks again. :) Vickie

bttrfly29 said...

I am so excited that even if this came covered in a burlap sack I would read it. It's the author that makes this book special. I have all of your books Karen and you are truly a gifted writer! One that I hope to be like some day. Such aspirations are daunting but I am up for the challenge.

adventures north said...

I just wanted to comment that I really enjoyed your Fever series. I discovered it via the freebie first book offered through B&N Nook and was hooked after that (pretty smart of you guys...!). Can't wait for the new release!

Danielle said...

I'm hooked. Finished the first 4 books in 3 days and now I'm pretty sure my local bookstore thinks I'm nuts. I cannot wait for Shadowfever! I am getting conflicting dates as well, however, I assume the release date on your official website it accurate. (:
You've no idea how much I appreciated your books. I just recently lost a close friend who was only 23. Your Fever series has been a safe haven for me in my time of recuperation.

Thank you.
Dani Rae

Anonymous said...

I don't really leave post but I must say that I have enjoyed reading your books. I first got hooked when barnes & noble offered your book on the nook. Ever since then I have been reading your books. I just downloaded your latest book and can't wait to start reading. Thank you for an exciting ride with Mac!!

Anonymous said...

I accidently started with the 4th book it made since but had a feeling something was missing. when I got to the end I realized when you said the last 5th book will be coming out I quickly got all first three and read them in a week. that is fast for me lol. Then come to find out I have to wait for the last one pulling out hair for Mac & JZB to be together. I have never been so involved lol. Thank you

Anonymous said...

I loved, loved your first 4 books, read them in a two week span, got 2 of my sisters reading it as well....I am last of 6 daughters with special gifts....lets just say we are sensitive to the supernatural and i cant wait for the 5th book, especially with the ending of Dreamfever..

Shelly said...

The cover is very elegant. It contrasts nicely with the heroic scene in the fourth book...which I'm still cliff hanging from. What an ending!

Anonymous said...

Just finished Shadowfever.....So happy. What a great story and a great ending. THANK YOU!!

Anonymous said...

Just finished Shadowfever.....So happy. What a great story and a great ending. THANK YOU!!

Anonymous said...

Just bought the book on Thursday and it was one of the most beautiful thing I saw and I'm almost finished the book and it's only Sunday. It's amazing thank you for bring such wonderful characters and expressing such passion and love between 2 great characters!!

L. blanchard said...

I'm so excited to have bought it and read it after so much anticipation. It is gorgeous. I've been dabbling in Ereading but this was a book I wanted to hold in my hands and the great artistry that went into the cover added to that. Congratulations!

L. Blanchard
www.dangerousromance.com