Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt: Stop #7 (Pink Team)

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am a part of the Pink Team and this is Stop 7. If you’re just joining us, there are two loops—pink and purple—and they begin at Lisa Bergren’s site and Robin Hatcher’s site for stop #1 for either team. If you complete either the pink loop or purple loop, you can enter for a Kindle paperwhite and the 17 autographed books from that loop. If you complete BOTH loops, you can enter for the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire HDX and ALL 34 autographed books. The Hunt begins at NOON Mountain time on April 16 and ends at midnight Mountain on April 19, 2015, so you have a long weekend to complete all 32 stops and maximize your chances at prizes! If you're reading this before the date and time noted, it's so the organizers can check the post. Please come back when the hunt starts. Thanks.

Be sure to keep track of the clues at the bottom of every post in the loop and the favorite number mentioned. You’ll need those clues to enter for the loop prize and every number mentioned in order to enter for the grand prize. Note that the organizer of the hunt suggests not using Internet Explorer to navigate through the loops. Some web sites won’t show up using IE. Please use Chrome or Firefox—the hunt hosts think they’re better anyway!

Now it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Anne Elisabeth Stengl.  She is the three-time Christy Award-winning author of the Tales of Goldstone Wood, a series of fantasy adventure novels told in the classic fairytale style. She makes her home in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a kindle of kitties, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. You can learn more about Anne Elisabeth and her work here and order her fantasy novel, Draven's Light, by clicking here. Now here's her exclusive content you'll see only here in association with this hunt.

Development of a Fantasy Book Cover
                                Anne Elisabeth Stengl

I was pleased to be directly involved in the development of the cover for my upcoming release, Draven’s Light. I worked with the artists to capture just the right mood and tone for this particular story.

I told the artists working on this image that, while the story is dark, it is ultimately about hope in the hard times—light in the darkness. I wanted that idea to be communicated clearly in the cover image.

I also REALLY wanted to see the hero of this story depicted on the cover (most of my covers until now have featured girls, whether or not girls are the prominent main characters!).

Here is the first mock-up:

 I liked the direction this was going, but felt that the creepy monster hand reaching down would be too dark and too distracting to the over-all composition. They model was very handsome, however, and a great fit for the hero of the story.

This was the second mock-up submitted:

This time, I felt the hands were so small, they got hidden almost entirely by the title! Also, in an effort to make the image less spooky, the artist softened the color scheme a bit too much. This image, while very pretty, didn’t quite fit the story anymore.

So we decided to try a different approach entirely, cutting out the monster hands. This was the next mock-up submitted:

Definitely a stronger composition! I really loved this one and thought the artist did a gorgeous job. However, after discussing it with the folks at my publishing house, we wondered if the overall image was perhaps too peaceful. Again, this is an action-adventure story with some frightening twists and turns along the way! We really wanted a cover that would convey both the light and the darkness of this tale.

So here was the last image submitted:

Perfect! We loved that the hero was displayed in a full-figure shot (rather than just the head and torso), and is shown in the process of descending the dark stairway into the monster’s lair! His light is held high and casts a beautiful glow, but doesn’t take away from the danger of his situation.

We were thrilled with the work of all of the artists who contributed to the development of this cover, and especially with artist Mihaela Voicu, who did such a wonderful job capturing the final image. This is probably my favorite book cover yet!

Thanks, Elisabeth Anne. And thanks to you for stopping by on the hunt!Now make sure you WRITE DOWN THESE CLUES:

Secret Word(s): ones 

Secret Number: 36 (the number I chose because it was my baseball uniform number).  

Got ‘em down?? Great! Your next stop is # 8, Anne Elisabeth's site. Click on over there now. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found at our mother host’s site.

BUT BEFORE YOU GO: Below are simple options to enter for a signed copy of my latest novel, Fatal Trauma, or my novella, Rx Murder. I'll notify the winner by email after the Scavenger Hunt ends. 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway


Carrie said...

Thanks for hosting this stop & for the giveaway!

Karla said...

A great giveaway! Love your books!

Richard Mabry said...

Carrie and Karla, thanks for your comments. Don't forget to come back after the contest opens--NOON Mountain time on April 16.
Hope you all entered my personal giveaway while you're here, though. It opened earlier today.

mama mudbug said...

Thank you for being part of the scavenger hunt again!

Pamela Lunsford said...

I have never read one of your books. The scavenger hunt has help me find another new to me author. I look forward to reading your books.

Caryl Kane said...

Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt!

Richard Mabry said...

Caryl, Pamela, and "Mama Mudbug"--you're quite welcome. The preparation that goes into such a large enterprise, with 34 authors participating, is pretty much like herding cats--Lisa and Robin deserve a lot of credit.
And Pamela, I hope you read and enjoy my novels.

Vanessa said...

I have all of the books in the Prescription for Trouble Series and really enjoyed them!

alyssa zech said...

Each cover got better and better! The last one is really intriguing!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for being part of the hunt.

shirley said...

Hi Richard, I've been receiving your newsletters and have "liked" your FB page for awhile now. And I'm so pleased you're a part of the "hunt" this year! You're new book "Fatal Trauma" is on my tbr list. I can't wait to get to it.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks for all the nice comments. Vanessa, I have three more novels after the Prescription For Trouble series, and Fatal Trauma will start a new series with Abingdon. Hope you enjoy all those as well.

Shirley and others--be sure to enter the Rafflecopter contest. Even if you've previously "liked" the FB page and get my newsletter, you can enter via those steps and take credit for them. Don't want to exclude people who are already fans. Thanks.

Katrina Epperson said...

Thank you for taking part in the scavenger hunt. Being a nurse, I love medical mysteries.

Joy said...

How exciting! I love seeing the progress of Draven's Light cover. It's amazing what goes into creating one!
Your books sound so interesting, Dr. Mabry! I've always been interested in the medical world, and I can't wait to read your books. Thanks for hosting this stop!

Richard Mabry said...

Enjoying the comments. Keep 'em coming. And you're welcome. Great to participate and to get to know some Christian fiction authors with whom I'm not familiar.

Susan Grondin said...

Thanks Richard for participating. Your book sounds exciting. I am putting it on my wishlist.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read any of your books yet. I might read them someday.

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

Thank you for participating in this giveaway scavenger hunt and for opening us up to your office in Elizabeth's post. I love getting to know authors that I enjoy. :)

Tina at said...

Thanks for being a part of such a fun scavenger hunt! I host an all-things-book linky party every Thursday on my blog,, and we'd love to have you stop by any time. You can link up any of your own blog posts and maybe garner some new readers, and you can also hop around and meet some other authors and avid readers.

Richard Mabry said...

I appreciate all the comments. I hope you'll come back when there's nothing to win except maybe an insight into the mind of an author. : ) Have a great weekend, all.

Galadriel said...

That was fascinating.

Library Lady said...

I've already signed up to receive your newsletter and liked you on facebook.
We have your books in the church library and our readers love them.
Janet E.

Richard Mabry said...

Appreciate it--nice to know that my books are in the church library. Each time I get author's copies of a novel, I take a signed copy by the library of my church. I know--there's no royalty there, but it extends the ministry of my writing. And you can't put a price on that.

Anonymous said...

Richard. I have subscribed and follow you on FB.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Christy said...

New reader to your books. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on one and diving right in. Thanks for being a part of the scavenger hunt.

Richard Mabry said...

Glad everyone is stopping by, and very grateful for those entering my separate giveaway. Let me remind you that, although I appreciate the comments, the only way to be in the drawing for a signed copy of one of my latest books is to click the RaffleCopter link.
Thanks, all.

Tricia said...

Richard I haven't had the chance to read and do a review of your books but once I do I will be sure to share my reviews when I'm done. But it was interesting to see how what you thought an writer did & how verses the reality of what a write does.

Thank you for being the only male on the hunt so far as I have found. It's nice to know that men can write Christian fiction too. Thank You for the chance to win a signed copy of your novel, Fatal Trauma, or the novella, Rx Murder.

In Kind regards,

Kathy Dobyns said...

The books I have read so far have not been disappointing in the least. Great writings! Love to read medical books.Thanks

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Tricia, Kathy, and all the others for stopping by. Good luck to all of you in the contests (both the main ones and my additional one). And, as we say in Texas, "Don't be a stranger."