Usually when I receive a book cover, I take time to set up a cover reveal. But when I got this beauty from Jennifer Munswami, I abandoned all reason and posted it immediately. I am just so, so, so in love.
I’m currently writing the story of the god Cupid and the mortal/human Princess, Psyche from Roman/Greek mythology. The amount of romantic tension between them has me seeing hearts and stars, so I knew the cover needed to be HOT. I’m not going to give anything away for those who don’t know the mythology, but here’s some information about my version of the tale: it’s going to be a standalone, full length novel. The genre is crossover, meaning it starts as YA and she becomes an adult, so it will appeal to ages 16+. Yes, it’s mature and sexy. It’s historical fantasy, taking place in Ancient Greece. Some will call it paranormal, and that’s fine too.
Back in 2013, graphic artist Jennifer Munswami created fan art for Sweet Peril (I was calling it Sweet Hope at the time) and I have forever been obsessed with that image. Here is a picture I have of the hard copy of Anna and Kaidan from the Sweet series.
When I began writing SOUL IN DARKNESS this year, I kept going back to the fan art in my mind, wanting something with that level of passion. So I talked with Jennifer Munswami, and she was able to take that art and recreate it for Cupid and Psyche.
Oh. My. Great. Steaming. Goodness.
Here’s the thing about the characters on the cover…Psyche is based on a stock image that Jennifer photo-manipulated. But Cupid? Y’all. SHE DREW HIM. She drew Kaidan in the original fan art too. I just can’t get over how beautiful he is–how gorgeous they are together!
Without further ado, I give you the cover image for SOUL IN DARKNESS, coming February 12, 2019, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.
But gods are known for their jealousy.
Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.
Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.
Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.
Preorder Links are coming later this fall! For now, please add it on Goodreads!