This has got to be one of the best cover reveals we've done here at HEA — and it comes with the awesome news that Carina Press has made a deal with Stephanie Tyler to publish her New Adult series, which kicks off with Defiance on June 10.Stephanie joins us to shed some light (or dark, depending on your point of view) on how the cover of Defiance took shape. (To get the full effect of the cover, click on the little blue arrow in the lower right corner of the image. WOW!)
Stephanie: When I first pitched my idea for the Defiance series to Angela James, editorial director extraordinaire at Carina Press, I told her I was billing it as Sons of Anarchy meets the apocalypse. It's a love story that centers around the Defiance Motorcycle Club and especially, two of its members: Tru, Defiance's onetime princess, and Caspar, the head Enforcer.
So I knew, for the cover, there needed to be a motorcycle, because being an MC is actually a big part of what allowed Defiance to survive the apocalyptic event called the Chaos. And I knew I wanted Caspar on the cover.
Carina's art department took my ideas and really went all out on this one — they got Caspar's expression exactly right — and the colors in the background, the darkness, the clouds, the storms, the sense of desolation are exactly how I pictured the world.
I also asked artist Victoria Colotta of VMC Art & Design to draw me a symbol for the MC — which is also a big part of the cover. The cover shows a variation of the design the men wear on their cut and also what they have tattooed on them as full Defiance members.
I couldn't have asked for a better cover — my husband said it looks like a movie poster, and I agree!
Here's the blurb for Defiance (courtesy of Carina Press):
Rebelling against her legacy as the MC's princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.
Stephanie Tyler, author of "Defiance."
Tru is at the MC's mercy when she's dragged back to her former home … and to the only man she's ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club's leader, her safe haven when life got rough — and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.
Tru's brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar's response … and the inevitable fallout.
To find out more about Stephanie and her books, you can visit her website, stephanietyler.com.
All information came from USA Today