Friday, June 21, 2013

Alternative covers for Empath

Before I even started writing The King's Empath, I was working on the cover to the story. For some reason, I can't write a book without a cover being made for it. I know, It's an an odd trait. These covers were all drafts, and all had their own reasons for not making it as the cover. Enjoy and try not to cringe too much.

This is the first picture I found that looked closely to how Thea looked like, but unfortunately
the artist did not give me permission to use it. On top of that, I couldn't size
it right to even fit a cover.

The one I really wanted Thea to have on the cover was a cloak.
She wears one throughout the entire story. This artwork is made
by the same artist who put together Dragon Heir and Dragon Blade's cover.
She really is an amazing artist.

I actually used this as one of the pictures in Dragon Heir, for those
of you who remember. This was actually nice(even before I edited it to
make the woman look younger), but unfortunately it just looked like
a cheesy move poster for an indie film.

When I saw this picture, I had this feeling inside that this COULD be
the picture I was looking for. This is the original and the next series
of photos are what I did to manipulate the photo to turn it into a cover.

I tried this version, but it didn't sit well with me. I didn't like how it was just this side shot of her face.

I was so cure that this would have been it, but sadly it was not.
There are so many things wrong, that everyone said it wouldn't be
a good option. Firstly, the lashes under her eyes are like
chewbacca's hair, her face is too wide, and eye color is wrong.

A bit more feminine once I added the change of eye color, added some to the lips.

With the wonderful help of Mish, aka Prisim, she made Thea a nose!
Though, now, she looks almost too kind, without enough attitude. I gave up. 

I found THIS lovely photo and thought, this might be it! I got the permission
to use it, and I started editing it.

Until I produced THIS amazing photo. This is the final product.

Finally Updated! The King's Empath has been posted!

After months of nothing new on my Wattpad page, I've finally uploaded the long awaited first chapter of The King's Empath. It can be read here.

Here is the excerpt for it:

After the death of her parents to the Red Fever, her uncle, the king, adopts Thea at the age of five. She is an empath. People born with the rare ability to sense and manipulate the emotions of those around them. She is now 20 years old and her powers have grown. Her uncle uses her abilities for his own gain, at times pushing her to the very limits of her sanity.
 The king’s negligence causes their once beautiful city to slowly turn into a pile of ruins as the Red Fever has not only spread throughout the entire kingdom of Lyria, but passes their borders. An Emissary is sent to them to them from their neighboring kingdom to deal with the sickness, but he is no ordinary low-level official. He is Baelen, crown prince to the Kingdom of Hadrian.
 The king is suspicious and doubts his motives, ordering Thea to follow the prince closely. When trying to sense the prince’s emotions, her powers are stunted. It is rare when Thea cannot sense someone. The only other time she has ever experienced such a problem was when the other person experienced the one thing she has never felt herself —love. In order to feel Baelan’s feelings for her, she must open her heart to the possibility of it before he slips through her grasps.
 But when the truth of Baelan surfaces, Thea is caught between helping the one she loves commit a terrible crime against the one person she calls family. Will Thea finally open her eyes to the possibility of a new future for both herself and the kingdom, or will her own fear once again triumph over what is right.

It's been a hectic time for me and I'm trying hard to go through and finish Dragon Heir, but my schedule is so extremely packed and crazy that's it's difficult to find the time to do anything. I'm hoping I'll get more done tomorrow and Saturday before I leave for my little mini-vacation with my mother for her birthday. Hopefully, I'll get things done, in the meantime, enjoy Empath!