Indie Limelight Author of the Day/Cover Reveal–The Rogue King by Aldrea Alien

“I am Gol Lorric, the most powerful of the serpent gods and your master.” The god’s hiss echoed in Koral’s mind. “You will learn to obey me. Oh yes, Vengeance, you will indeed. I shall teach you things like no one else can.” ~ Aldrea Alien, The Rogue King

Cover Host is pleased to put author Aldrea Alien in the Limelight and reveal the cover of her upcoming, sci-fi fantasy novel THE ROGUE KING.
Release date: 4/22/14


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“Outside is dangerous.”

Such is the warning Koral has heard for twelve years. Born a product of genetic manipulation, he knows little else of the world beyond the steel walls of his home.
When fate gives him the choice between certain death and the unknown, there’s no question in what he must choose. But he’s about to find out the sands he must brave are full of more than mere monsters.

Providing the desert doesn’t kill him first.

This is a world ruled by instinct, where innocence is drowned in blood. Here, men are offered up to the great Serpent God, Lorric, only to emerge as the most feared killers on the planet: The Rogues.

With the god’s sights set on turning Koral into a legend, he must sacrifice himself to survive and be reborn as… The Rogue King.

Genre: Sci-Fi | Fantasy

Born and raised in New Zealand, Aldrea Alien lives on a small farm with her family, including a menagerie of animals, most of which are convinced they’re just as human as the next person. 6097702

Since discovering a love of writing at the age of twelve, she hasn’t found an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind.



Cover Chat with the author of The K’Barthan Trilogy

Welcome to Cover Host’s “Cover Chat” session! Today author MT McGuire will share her book cover inspiration and process for Few Are Chosen, part one from The K’Barthan Trilogy.

Where did the inspiration for your cover come from?
Mainly from the same influences as the text inside. I had a very clear idea of the kind of feel I wanted, something that would echo comic book drawings in magazines like 2000AD and 1950s and 60s B-Movie posters. facfullcoer

The 1960 posters for Day of the Triffids and Return of the Daleks pretty much summed it up, but that didn’t stop me sending the designers a 10 page briefing document. It included everything from the film posters I mentioned to drawings of the snurds (flying cars) involved and the backgrounds in the Danger Mouse cartoons. Luckily they were used to working with me.

I also wanted to do something different. I find a lot of book covers are beautifully laid out but actually, rather boring. I wanted something more than a library photograph, I wanted MY cover on MY books, if that makes any sense. I wanted it to be my answer to the hand painted Harry Potter covers, so I threw money at it. I hired a firm of designers I knew from another life when I was a marketing manager because I knew they could get inside my head and put what I could see there onto paper for me.

What was the process like choosing the perfect cover for your book?

More about the process?
The important thing, to me, was that my cover reflected certain key factors that I believed would attract me, and therefore, potential readers. So, I wanted it to do the following things:
1. To show action and excitement eg with a shot of the snurd (flying car) chase in each book.
2. To have a brand ‘look’ for the whole series.
3. For the design to contain the standard features for a cover in its genre but at the same time, stand out.
4. To reflect the influences that had gone into the book a kind of visual prompt for what readers might be getting… “if you like cheesy 1960s sci-fi, comics and b-movies you’ll like this book”
5. For the artwork to be cool enough to sell the book to people who didn’t even know what it was. Cool enough for them to think, “what a great picture, I must find out what it’s about.”
6. For readers to look it and think, “Wow! That book looks fun.”

What catches your eye when purchasing books?
Lay out: Is it clean, clear and enticing?
Colours: Are there any? If there are, it’s a big tick. I also look at how well handled they are. Too much colour everywhere can look a bit cheap.
Does it stand out? If it does, that’s the factor that first makes me pick up a book.

More about your cover?
The last thing I should say about the K’Barthan Trilogy covers is that I wanted them to be art in their own right. I wanted them to be the kind of stuff your average teenager would want to put on their bedroom wall, whether or not they liked the books. Not setting my sights too high then, phnark. I planned the overall look and feel but originally specified four characters should be chasing the magic item central to each book. There was a long pause, so I rang A Trouble Halved to see how they were getting on.

“That’s a lot of drawing,” they said.
“Expensive?” I asked.
“But you have another, cheaper idea right?”
“Yes we do.”

So the grasping hands were born!

Is your cover what you envisioned or better than you hoped it would be?
Way, way better.

To  me, the hands are more effective than whole actual people would have been. The backgrounds and the way the hands are drawn are exactly what I had in my head but couldn’t quite explain and the way they’ve done the snurds (on the back)…I would love that picture on my wall. So yeh, the folks at A Trouble Halved have done a grand job… as usual! If you want to talk to A Trouble Halved about a cover design for your book you can find them here:

We hope you enjoyed author MT McGuire’s “Cover Chat” today.

Special thanks to MT McGuire for sharing her experience with us for Few Are Chosen.


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Indie Limelight Author of the Day/Re-Cover Reveal–Few Are Chosen by MT McGuire

“What would you say if I told you that for each time we make a choice, we create another universe where another version of ourselves, in another dimension of space and time is making a different decision?” ~ MT McGuire, Few Are Chosen

Cover Host is pleased to put author MT McGuire in the Limelight for the Re-Cover Reveal of her humorous, sci-fi fantasy novel FEW ARE CHOSEN, part one of The K’Barthan Trilogy.


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Charming outlaw with own transport and limited social skills seeks lucrative, employment at minimal risk.

When you’re running from a murderous government and work for an equally murderous gangster, accidentally torching his apartment is a bad move.

The Pan of Hamgee just wants a quiet life but destiny has other plans.

Genre: Humor | Sci-Fi | Fantasy

M T McGuire enjoys the real world but wouldn’t want to live here full time. That’s why she writes books. She grew up, or at least, got bigger, half way up a windy down in Sussex. Her home was also the first location choice for Hogwarts, in the Harry Potter films, so maybe it’s not so strange that she’s ended up writing spec-fic.marys_huge_oneelyonlineodd

Perhaps there’s something in the water up there, apart from chalk. She now lives in Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, with a McOther, a McMini and a selection of very silly cars. She hasn’t found a way to make any of the cars fly, and none of them are fitted with ordinance, but she and her team of evil scientists are working on that.

Despite being 45 now, and supposedly, an adult, M T checks all unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia. She hasn’t found one so far but she lives in hope.

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Cover Chat with the author of Seed of Evil

Welcome to Cover Host’s “Cover Chat” session! Today we’ll find out where the inspiration for author Robert Friedrich’s new sci-fi/horror release comes from, as he shares his thoughts behind the cover for Seed of Evil.

Where did the inspiration for your cover come from?

Originally, the main idea looked completely different, but I was not happy with it. I wanted a cover that literally showed it went through hell. After a few tryouts and design changes, I found the right angle and followed it until the finished product that you see right now.


What was the process like choosing the perfect cover for your book?
Somewhat Difficult

More about the process?
What can I tell you, I design all of my covers myself. It’s almost an obsession with me, to create that perfect cover for what I write. This one I am particularly proud off.

What catches your eye when purchasing books?
An interesting, intriguing design that jumps right into the eye and also clearly shows you who the book is by before reading the title and the author’s name.

Is your cover what you envisioned or better than you hoped it would be?
This one is really better. I surprised myself.

We hope you enjoyed author Robert Friedrich’s “Cover Chat” today.

Special thanks to Robert Friedrich for sharing his cover inspiration and the process for Seed of Evil.  

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Indie Limelight Author of the Day/Cover Reveal–Seed of Evil by Robert Friedrich

“A fictional Dystopia is better than a fake Utopia.” ~ Robert Friedrich

Cover Host is pleased to put author Robert Friedrich in the Limelight and reveal the cover of his new release SEED OF EVIL.


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From a distant galaxy far beyond our time, the most ancient of all EVIL awoke before descending upon our unsuspecting galaxy. The planet it reached never faced such a threat, but didn’t submit to it, either. In a final attempt to survive, a prison between dimensions was built, the last hope to hold the DARK POWER for an eternity. The planet withered and died, and its people found a new refuge among the stars. That planet is now known as: Mars.

But even eternity doesn’t last forever. Ignorance and an infantile arrogance of a nation leads to its release. And once again, it only leaves death in its wake. 

Read the fast-paced Sci-Fi/Horror, where the elements of OCCULT meet with an advanced MILITARY thriller, wrapped in a colossal battle between good and evil.

The first part of a new, long-awaited Saga, from the internationally renowned author of “The Darkness Within” will give you a gulp of a SMASH HIT and will leave you wanting more…

Genre: Sci-Fi | Horror

 Robert Friedrich is an Author who writes in a multitude of styles which include Novella’s, Short Stories, Poetry and even Screenplays. His books are famous for taking an unconventional route through the darkest of places and emotions, and are generally driven by fast paced action and direct-from-heart dialogue. c0a07ec2bf1b0a8c0911b8.L._V367952359_SY470_His current releases include: The Darkness Within: A Novella, Enlightened by Darkness Anthologies, The Book of Metal Lyrics and Seed of Evil, which is the first part of an entire up-coming Saga. Robert surprises his audience by how different, each of his book’s tone, message is and how they are visually descriptive. He also designs his own book covers and trailers.

Super Series Weekend

Welcome to Cover Host’s indie author Super Series Weekend showcase of book covers, featuring multiple genre series.


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≈ Fledgling Book 1
Prodigy Book 2


Enchantment Book 1
Taken Book 2
Love Hurts Book 2.5
Finding Valor Book 3



Ixeos Book 1
Ixeos: Rebellion Book 2



Ties That Bind Book 1
Justified Book 2
Sacrifice Book 3
Life Sentence (The romantic, suspense prequel to the Madison Knight series)

Indie Limelight Author of the Day/Cover Reveal–Enhanced by Courtney Farrell

Cover Host is pleased to put this author into the Limelight and reveal the cover of ENHANCED! The new YA mash-up of dystopian sci-fi and romance novel by Courtney Farrell.

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Sixteen-year-old Michelle is a product of the Institute’s eugenics program, where people are bred like livestock. One doctor decides which kids get to grow up, and which disappear. Only Culls walk into the slum outside Institute walls, and they never come back. Michelle has survived every purge, and she’s about to win a luxurious life as a breeder. Then the doctor banishes her brother and her boyfriend, and she risks everything to find them in the cutthroat slum. She’s in trouble until handsome Dillon stakes a claim to her. Michelle is mortified because, to the Enhanced, Norms are practically animals. But the doctor is using the missing boys in a twisted plan and she needs Dillon’s help to stop him. Michelle and her friends must find Seth and Brian, but a plague is spreading, the doctor is after her and Dillon isn’t thrilled to help her find her lost boyfriend.

I’m Courtney Farrell, and I sell my thoughts. I shine ‘em up first, like you would with anything you want to sell. And then off to market they go. My thoughts are powerful enough to take over my brain and make me stare into space while they play movies in front of my eyes. I hear you, wondering if you’re on the highway when I am. Watch out for the red F350 with a German shepherd in the back — that’s me.b4c2ac4298970a7f02358d.L._V401906800_SY470_

Glorious daydreams, nightmares, worries and triumphs all spin together into the stories that feed my soul.  Luckily, stories also feed my kids (with a whole lot of help from my husband Shawn) and they buy some chow for the dogs, cats, and horses too.

My funny and sentimental thoughts found homes in parenting and ranching magazines. The worrisome ones became nonfiction books like Human Trafficking, Children’s Rights, and The Mexican Drug War. Outright nightmares morphed into dark titles with innocuous names like World Population. My nonfiction books are written for young people, mostly middle and high school age, but we tackle some serious topics. After all, kids are a lot smarter than most people give them credit for, and they want to know the truth.

Now I’m making the leap from being an established nonfiction author to being a newbie in the fiction world. My latest creation is a YA novel about genetically engineered teenagers and the doctors who breed them like livestock. It’s called Enhanced, and it’s coming soon from Crescent Moon Press. This story’s got some of my coolest thoughts yet. All shined up, and ready to play movies in front of your eyes. Only not when you’re driving, okay? One daydreamer on the road is bad enough.