Thursday, September 24, 2020

Guest Post with Sara M Schaller - The Genesis of Seven

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SARA M SCHALLER is a paralibrarian, publishing professional, and young adult author. She lives in Colorado with her mom, dad, brother, and four furry canine siblings. Sara loves the world of pop culture and the performing arts, so when she is not reading or writing, she is either watching movies and shows, attending conventions, or going out to see live performances. She likes to write stories for all ages in the fantasy genre, and her writing usually contains elements of speculative fiction and features a large cast of characters. Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English, Art History, and Religious Studies from the University of Denver, and a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University. For five years, Sara worked as a graphic designer, and her creativity in design carries over into other areas of her life like writing. 


Publisher : Designs by Seraphim (July 7, 2020)
Word Wise : Not Enabled
Print Length : 348 pages
Publication Date : July 7, 2020
Language: : English


"The first book in a new fantasy series that features an engaging battle of good versus evil." Kirkus Reviews

"Schaller's imaginative take on Christian myth makes for a thrilling adventure." BookLife Reviews


When I started on my publishing journey back in 2018, I commissioned an artist to design the cover for my book. The work was gorgeous and phenomenal, but I knew in my gut it wasn’t the cover.

I worked as a graphic designer for five years, and I had an idea in my head of what my cover looked like, but for some reason it was impossible for me to execute it myself. I thought getting another artist to do it would be the best scenario, but the artwork just didn’t match the image in my head and it was too hard to verbalize what I was visualizing.

For a year, I took a break from worrying about the cover, but suddenly I was deep in the self-publishing process and it was clear I was going to need a cover soon. I didn’t know what to do because I know a lot of people advise self-publishers to get someone else to design their cover. But I had so much experience and knowledge in graphic design, it was bothering me that I could not get past my mental roadblock and just do it myself.

Back in February, I began brainstorming the interior design of my book. I found a beautiful picture of bird feathers and I put a color overlay on it with some text. It turned out to be so stunning that I would start out each day by looking at it. Finally, I found the courage to show it to my family, and they all knew I was on track to designing my cover.

This new design was my foundation and I used it to mock up tons of different designs. In each one, I changed around the fonts, colors, and layouts. The process took about two months, but I eventually decided on the cover that you all see today.

The feathers were my foundation because they were the best way to hint at the angels, and the fact that they are white and black portrays both sides depicted in the story. The fleur-de-lis symbolism is significant on many levels, some that might not even be completely apparent in Book One, which is why it is figured so prominently on the cover. For me, I had to include the wings because it was the final way to connect the cover to the story. As for the choice of color, I originally was planning on using more blue accents since to me it would represent Heaven best, but in all the mock-ups where I used gold, my eye was being drawn to those more. So, I changed direction and it paid off because the color is truly what makes it so eye catching.

Looking to the future, I don’t think I’ll design every cover of my books, but as far as The Empyrean Trilogy goes, I will definitely be my own cover designer.

Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 348 Pages
July 7, 2020 by Designs by Seraphim

Eighteen-year-old Jordan Conway has always wanted to help people, but helping seven archangels to achieve their divine duty was never quite what he had in mind…

When Jordan is entrusted by the head nun of his orphanage to deliver a mysterious backpack to a New York City address, he comes unexpectedly face-to-face with Archangel Gabriel. Their acquaintance fast uncovers a labyrinth of secrets that connect Jordan’s once-normal life to an ancient heavenly prophecy. Now, he must help Gabriel to reunite the archangels before evil forces grow too strong.

Soon, Jordan and Gabriel find themselves on a divine quest across the globe, while deep in the pits of Hell, Satan plots his return to earth. To gain control, however, Satan needs the powerful prophetic objects locked safe inside Jordan’s backpack—and the devil will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

With that notion threatening his only family and the safety of his newfound friends, Jordan must do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves and help the archangels succeed. If that means sacrificing all he thought he knew to go to war with the devil himself? Bring it on.

You can purchase The Genesis of Seven at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you SARA M SCHALLER for making this giveaway possible.
One winner will receive the following: a backpack to match the main character's, 
a necklace to match the main character's, a signed hardcover, a bookmark, 
a set of pins with a pen, and a passport with a sticker sheet featuring locations in the book. 
Open internationally
Ends September 29, 2020

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