Guest Blogger: Sara Baysinger
Black Tiger was released October 6, 2016, and now it’s time to announce the release date and cover reveal for Ashen City, Book Two in the Black Tiger Series.
A bit of history first…
I wrote Ashen City exactly a year ago (January 2016), and I wrote the ENTIRE book in a month. (Don’t ask me how, I had a toddler and an infant at the time.) I’ve read and revised it several times, but for the most part, the bones of the story is pretty much the same as its first draft. Now it’s time to publish Ashen City, and I am so excited to share it with you! It is currently with the editor, and the next eyes that will see it will be YOURS.
A little behind the scenes for Book One…
I had no idea what cover theme I was going for with for the Black Tiger Series. I knew the color progression I wanted for the backgrounds of each cover from Book One to Book Three (Black—Gray—White), but I didn’t know what pictures I wanted on the covers. I just assumed I would throw some sort of abstract art of a tiger on the first one, but then I found THIS. And it was perfect. (And stunning, but I’m biased. 😉 )
But I still had no idea what I was going to do for the next two books. But I’ll have more on that in a bit.
…let me present to you….
….the cover for….
What do you think?
When I found the sparks cover for Black Tiger, I thought I’d stay with the sparks and fire theme, but then this happened. And the smoke went so well with everything in Ashen City that I had to pick it. (I seriously can’t wait to share Book Three with you!)
So now that you’ve seen the cover, it’s time for the thing you’ve all been waiting for—the release date!
Ashen City is set to release on APRIL 6, 2017. (Mark your calendars!!) You can add it to your Goodreads-to-read list HERE.
And here is the synopsis to whet your appetite! (If you haven’t read the first book, SKIP THIS! Spoilers within!)
Make your choice, Ember Carter. And make it count.
Ember Carter has escaped the flames of death. But will she ever be free from Chief Titus? When the orchard goes up in smoke and her family turns up missing, Ember returns to Frankfort hoping to find her brother and father, and to get Titus to drop the death wish he has against her.
But Titus is always one step ahead. When Ember faces him head-on, she’s captured, only to receive another death sentence. But on her way to her execution plans go a little askew, and Ember finds herself traveling to the one place no one dares travel: Louisville. If the outskirts of Ky were a ghost town, the ashen city is the borderline of hell itself, but it’s the one place Ember can find refuge from the people who want her dead.
In the ashen city, Ember must learn that being a hero is more than doing what is right because she can, but doing it for the good of the people. And when plans take a turn for the worst, she must decide if it’s worth risking her life to save her country.
WHAT’S A COVER REVEAL WITHOUT A BLOG TOUR?
Laura Grace at God’s Grace Blog Tours has offered to host a blog tour for the release of Ashen City. (Isn’t she amazing?) Bloggers will receive an Advanced Readers Copy in e-book or PDF form of Ashen City, and they will have the option to do interviews with me (or my characters), or post their review of Ashen City. So if you’re interested in being a part of that excitement, click here to sign up!
What do you think of the cover for Ashen City? Any predictions for Book Three’s cover? 😉 Comment below!
Sara Baysinger grew up a missionary kid in the heart of the Andes Mountains where she spent time hiking, riding horses, and reading all things magical. She now lives among the endless cornfields of Indiana with her husband, two kids, and chickens. She’s writing a young adult dystopian trilogy and considering seeking medical attention for a potentially life-threatening coffee addiction. Visit her site: sarabaysinger.com.