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COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: “Mnevermind 3: Life is Awesome” by Jordan Castillo Price

Boys in our Books is pleased to participate in the COVER REVEAL BLAST for Jordan Castillo Price’s soon-to-be-released book “Mnevermind 3: Life is Awesome”.  Also, we have a GIVEAWAY books 1 – 3 of the Mnevermind series!

 

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BOOK INFO: 

Mnevermind 3: Life is Awesome
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: JCP Books
ISBN: 978-1-935540-72-4
Length 61000 words

JCP’s thoughts on creating cover art…

One of the main reasons I began self-publishing in 2007 was to take control of my cover design. I have an MFA in fine arts and many years of experience as a graphic designer, so for me, handing over the cover art to someone else was like trying to describe a crucial chapter in my story while someone else wrote it.

I’m especially proud of the cover art for the Mnevermind trilogy. Since the stories are one arc and they don’t stand alone, I was very conscious of presenting them as a trilogy. Typographically, the word “Mnevermind” has visual hierarchy over the name of each individual story—in other words, it’s the most important type on the cover.

The mood of the series was also important to convey via the cover art. Since there is a fictional technology at the core of the story, it’s a Sci Fi series. However, anyone expecting heavy tech or space opera based on the SF classification would be pretty disappointed. The main way I convey the tone is with the dreamy atmosphere, the sparkles and smoke and texture, plus the limited color palate. The flock of crows taking flight also conveys that it’s more of a psychological speculative fiction than a technical one. Odin’s ravens Huginn and Muninn represent thought and memory, which is the core concept of the series.

Crows are part of the series logo, the dome of Madison’s Capitol surrounded by flock taking flight. Madison plays its own snowy part in the story, anchoring it in a particular place, during a particular season. The trilogy takes place over the course of a cold, snowy, grueling winter, and believe me, by the time spring comes around, Wisconsinites are all eager to run outside in shorts and T-shirts, whether it’s fifty degrees out or not. Much of Wisconsin is farm country, but Madison is more known for its liberal attitude and its science and technology. It was the perfect setting for my memorysmiths to be plying their trade.

And finally, the cover models themselves are special to me. It can be difficult to find models that haven’t already appeared on a dozen other covers. Luckily, I’m not too keen on beefcake type guys wandering around shirtless for no good reason. What I look for in a model is someone whose face tells a story. I had been saving the Elijah model for years hoping to someday write a character he could embody. He had such an interesting gothy vibe that his fashion sense ended up integrating into the story in the character’s background and wardrobe.

I found my Daniel model as I was writing the first book. Actually, I used him for another project, then went in to check out the photographer’s entire portfolio. The cool thing about this model is that he is the photographer. His face really told a story—exactly what I was looking for—and I think the fact that he’s a visual artist made him a much more dynamic and useful model.

It was exciting to bring Daniel and Elijah together on the Life is Awesome cover. When I view it, my gaze circles the cover and then gets pulled into the focal point of Elijah’s direct eye contact. I find that an interesting irony, given that within the story, it’s painful for Elijah to look anyone in the eye. It’s fitting, too, since there’s a lot of puzzling dichotomy in the series!

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about the concepts behind the cover art as much as I’ve enjoyed creating this special trilogy.

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win ebooks 1-3 of the Mnevermind series! Winner will be selected at random among all comments left on this post! Contest closes February 17, 2015 and books will be delivered after release of book 3 on February 24, 2015.

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21 comments on “COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: “Mnevermind 3: Life is Awesome” by Jordan Castillo Price

  1. Kim W
    February 11, 2015

    I really liked the first two books of the series. I’m looking forward to the third.

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  2. Shirley Ann Speakman
    February 11, 2015

    I really liked all the “Mnevermind” covers. Thank you for the great giveaway.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

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  3. christinamcaul
    February 11, 2015

    I can’t wait to start this series. Thank you for the giveaway.

    christina (dot) mcaul (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. Valia
    February 11, 2015

    I really like this series, I am looking forward to the third book,

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  5. Jenn
    February 11, 2015

    Meeeeeeee!!!! <— That wasn't obnoxious or anything. Anyways, Mare told me I have to read this series, and I can't even believe that I haven't, but I must!!!

    Also, Jordan is one of the only authors who keeps me intrigued in sci-fi, and I'm thinking of Manna Francis as another one.

    Thank you for the insight in to the cover art process. I love info like this and that each part of the cover making process is special.

    Thanks to the blog and Jordan for the giveaway! :)

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  6. susana
    February 11, 2015

    I love Jordan’s books. They are all great. I can’t wait to read the new one. Count me in!

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  7. jenf27
    February 11, 2015

    I’ve been wanting to read this series. It would be fantastic to win the books. :-) I love the covers, too. Thanks!

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  8. waclements
    February 11, 2015

    I think it is so great to be able to design your own covers, and they are such good covers. I have just started the PsyCop series and am definitely interested in reading this series as well! The stories about the models are interesting; I’m often curious to know a little more about them as well (it’s interesting that the model for Daniel is also his own photographer).

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  9. Waxapplelover
    February 11, 2015

    This is a new-to-me series, so it was interesting to read about the inspiration behind the cover art. Love the covers, especially the colors.

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  10. debby236
    February 11, 2015

    I have only really ever read Vic and Jacob. I would love to read this one as well.

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  11. Serena S.
    February 11, 2015

    I was told this series is great, count me in. Thanks for the chance!

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  12. Rissa
    February 11, 2015

    Please count me in! I have not yet started this series but they sound intriguing! :)

    Thanks for the chance!

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  13. Barbra
    February 11, 2015

    Please count me in too. I’ve read almost all of JCP’s books except for these and a few Petit Morts. I keep reading wonderful reviews for this series. :-)

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  14. Heather K
    February 11, 2015

    I read it and really enjoyed it! I was hoping I’d get to see what the cover looked like soon! Thanks for showing us! I don’t need a copy, just commenting :)

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  15. Jen CW
    February 11, 2015

    Love the covers! I haven’t read any of Jordan’s books before, but these look amazing. Thank you for the chance to win these books.

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  16. Jbst
    February 11, 2015

    I haven’t read any of these books yet, but I’ve heard good things about this series. Please count me in. Thanks!

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  17. H.B.
    February 11, 2015

    I really enjoyed the first two books and I’m looking forward to the third one being released =)

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  18. Lee Todd
    February 11, 2015

    please count me in

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  19. kcker
    February 12, 2015

    Glad it’s almost here! Cool cover too! :-)

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  20. shin
    February 16, 2015

    Yesss! I kept delaying reading the first two books because I was waiting for this one. Off to read now. :)

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