Here we are, friends. The last and final cover reveal for the Out of Time Series. *deep breath*
Three years ago–almost to the day–I received the contract offer for my trilogy from Marcher Lord Press (now Enclave Publishing, an imprint of Gilead Publishing.) At the time, only A Time to Die had been written and I had no idea how I’d conclude the series. I’d barely spared a thought for A Time to Rise (and didn’t even choose the title until after I’d written it.)
Part of me thinks, “Wow . . . that was only three years ago?” A lot has happened in three years. A lot, peeps. Conferences, awards, book releases, crazy-nervous prayers. I was terrified to let the world read my book and now I want to shove it into everyone’s facees (with a side of Oreos) FOR FREE!
If only . . . 😉
So for this reveal, I thought it’d be fun to let you in on some little behind-the-scenes information regarding the first two covers before revealing the third.
When I first saw the cover for A Time to Die, it was as though Kirk Douponce (my fantastic cover designer) had captured my imagination and presented it to me on paper. He had read the entire book beforehand, which still stuns me because he’s so busy making fabulous covers! And my book ain’t exactly quick and easy reading.
The light hitting Parvin’s face was–to me–symbolic of the theme of hope in this book. Parvin is looking back at her past life, yet facing forward as though poised to take on a new life. It captured just the right feel of adventure, intensity, and dystopia.
The process for A Time to Speak was much different. I sent Kirk a handful of my favorite scenes from book two and let him pick which one he wanted to go with. I had no expectations at all, no prior preferences on a cover, so when I saw the direction he was taking it, I was excited that it’d be capturing the snowy freezing Antarctica feel. (For all of you who had to read this book with parkas and hot cocoa . . . I’m sorry.)
If you’ve read A Time to Speak you probably know about the rope scene. Having the rope on the cover was a special surprise for me, because I considered it a big symbol of God’s hand over the people’s safety in this book. That was my favorite scene to write. Also, the downward draw of the viewer’s eye into that chasm then elevates Parvin, making her look like a leader. And in this book especially, God calls her to be a leader in many ways.
And now . . . without further ado . . .
. . . I’d like to present to you . . .
. . .the cover for A Time to Rise!
What symbolism or depth do you catch in this one?
ARE YOU SCREAMING?! I’m so screaming. Every time I look at it . . . I scream. Internally. So as not to frighten the neighbors. 😉 (Okay, I scream externally as well.) I love it! I love it! I love it! There’s so much I want to say and point out and SPOIL for everyone. But I shall zip mine lips. 😛
A Time to Rise releases on October 14th (99 days, y’all. WE’RE IN THE DOUBLE DIGITS.) You can add it to your Goodreads to-read list here! Here is the synopsis to get you drooling even more.
(If you haven’t read the first two books. SKIP THIS SECTION! There are spoilers.)
What more can you sacrifice than your life?
Parvin Blackwater is dead.
At least…that’s what the Council—and the world—thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.
Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?
You can find the first two books of the series here:
A Time to Die
A Time to Speak
What’s a cover reveal without a giveaway?
Okay, I couldn’t help it. I have a giveaway for you all. I just love these cute little Happy Hello bookmarks for my Out of Time characters SO MUCH that I got an extra set to give away to everyone in celebration of the cover reveal. 😀 Enter below!
So . . . what do you think of the cover? Tell me below!
Which cover from the Out of Time Series is your favorite?
- The cover for A Time to Rise is HEEEEEEEERE! What do you think?
- *jaw drop* Guys. This cover. The final installment of the Out of Time Series HAS A COVER!
- Check out the cover for A Time to Rise — the final book in the #OutofTimeSeries, coming Oct 14th!