It’s time to share the cover for my next novel, THE ORPHAN QUEEN! And since I know no one is going to read this part before scrolling down, I’ll just skip any more introductory things. . . .
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.
So, you might have some questions. (Or you might not and I’m just talking to myself.)
1. Can I marry it?
This was actually my first question too. I was told no, because it’s it not legal and I’m already married, but I’m not sure those are good enough reasons we can’t all marry the cover.
2. When does THE ORPHAN QUEEN come out?
March 10, 2015. That could still change, and of course I will tell you if it does.
3. Why March? The INCARNATE novels always came out the last week of January.
I dunno. It’s not my call. The making of publishing schedules is as mysterious to me as how someone found a coffee bean and thought, “Oh I know, I should grind it up and run water through it.” It doesn’t make sense to me, but the result is good.
4. Is the model on the cover Wilhelmina?
Yep. Doesn’t she have pretty hair?
5. What about that cloak? Does she wear it in the story?
You’re getting nosy. But no, she doesn’t wear it. And before you ask why she’s wearing it on the cover, it’s symbolic. See how it’s all mirror-y and reflect-y? That’s important. But also it’s just really pretty.
Raise your hand if you definitely want a cloak like that of your own, though. *raises hand*
6. Does the cover give us any more hints about the story, symbolic or otherwise?
Wil does use daggers, so that’s real. There are mountains, so those are real. And what looks like fog on the mountains is actually world-destroying wraith. The city on the right is Skyvale, the mirrored city. (Mirrors again!) And the castle on the left is also a real thing.
Basically, yes, there are a lot of hints about the story in the cover, but they’re all pretty subtle, which is just the way I like it.
7. Who designed this cover?
The phenomenal Erin Fitzsimmons, whose covers you’ve definitely seen before. (TAKEN by Erin Bowman. CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge. WHAT’S LEFT OF ME by Kat Zhang. HOUSE OF IVY AND SORROW by Natalie Whipple. Many, many others.)
8. Can I share this cover on my blog/other form of social media omc there are so many?
Yes! I’d appreciate if you link back here so people can see the flap copy and the answers to the questions they didn’t ask, but feel free! I hope you do share! The more people talk about the book, the happier I am.
So, do you love the cover??