Because I'm unkind and I have email, I revealed a cover in pieces to RedHeadedGirl, Elyse, Carrie and Amanda, because if I dropped the whole glorious image… it’s just too much.
I mean it – the foundation of the universe might crack if I revealed this thing all at once. It's that powerful.
So, to start! Ready?
According to the back cover copy (which is incredible), the hero is hunting something. Here's a hint - it is not this:
Sarah: What is the hero hunting?
Amanda: I hope he’s not hunting the heroine. Does this book entail some kind of blood sport?
Carrie: If he's not hunting Cthulhu, I for one will be gravely disappointed. Realisitically, I'm gonna guess…unicorn (that bastard!).
RHG: VAMPIRES HE IS HUNTING VAMPIRES
Carrie: Maybe she's a were-deer!
Elyse: The severed heads of were-deer apparently
Sarah: We will return to question 1 in a moment. Mwahaha.
Question 2: What part of the hero’s body is this?
Question 3: What is the heroine wearing on the cover?
Sarah: My guesses:
a. Chiffon clouds
b. Dryer sheets, extra long
Amanda: Is it a body part? I feel like this is a trick question. I’m going to say back because that has the largest surface area and therefore, ups my chances of being right. Hopefully.
As for the heroine, f I had to choose, I’d go with B. Or maybe some smoke. Is something on fire nearby?
Elyse: That's either an extreme close up of labia (minora or majora?…not sure which) or a pilonidal cyst. Or a potato. Could be potato. If it's a sack, then he shaves IMHO
As for her dress…I got nothing. But I can see nipple, Amazon! Nipple!
RHG: OMG NIPPLE
I think that's a butt-crack.
Carrie: Him – ribs
Her – a diaphanous shawl woven of silk as fine and translucent as moonlight. Woven by faeries. Or nuns. Or faeire nuns!
Sarah: Wow. The fact that you’ve come SO CLOSE is amazing. Here is the answer to the first question: What is he hunting?
Sarah: He's hunting unicorns. Seriously, unicorns. Mother truckin’ unicorns.
From the back cover copy:
Frayne's quest left him with little time for anything other than his search for the unicorn, yet he could not believe his good fortune when he first set eyes on the ravishingly beautiful Aurora.
Carrie: Holy rainbows and glitter, Batman, I was right! Called it! Yeah!
Sarah: Here is the full cover. Are you ready?
Amanda: THIS IS LIKE THE HOLY GRAIL OF BOOK COVERS!
Sarah: The back cover copy completely amazing:
Aurora knew that she didn't belong with the elves who raised her, but was happy to live among the gentle creatures of the glade. It was not until she met Frayne that she understood her destiny was in his embrace. Frayne – magnificent warrior, reckless lover – the only man Aurora ever needed. The sight of his strong, muscular chest made her weak with longing, for once he awakened her to the joys of passion, she wanted to spend the rest of her nights with him alone!
Frayne's quest left him with little time for anything other than his search for the unicorn, yet he could not believe his good fortune when he first set eyes on the ravishingly beautiful Aurora. She was an innocent child on the brink of womanhood, and his desire for her pulsed through his body with burning fury. Her long raven hair was like silk to his touch; her ruby lips beckoned for his kiss. He knew he must possess her totally and have her by his side, so together they could share love's Enchanted Paradise
Amanda: I’m not going to lie. This is, by far, the greatest cover I have ever seen. I would pay to have this blown up and framed. I’m serious.
And Aurora and Frayne…ick. Frayne is not something I want to exclaim in the throes of passion. I also hope he learns to work on his posture.
Carrie: Can I point out that I totally also called that she is wearing a shawl? One presumably woven by the very elves who raised her? Yes I know, elves are not faeries – but I feel quite confident that the author does NOT know and has sort of lopped all fey together into one gamboling, frolicing, diaphanous-scarf-weaving category. Also I correctly identified the body part. Should I be elated at my cover ID prowess or appalled?
Where does she find all the 1980’s make-up in the forest? The elves, again? Is her make up made from berries and herbs, or distilled directly from multi-colored unicorn farts?
The description of her as a child is both disturbing and inaccurate, if the cover model is any indicator.
Sarah: GET THIS. It gets EVEN MORE GOODER. It’s a TRILOGY. There are TWO MORE. Enchanted Paradise ends with them apart, not together. YOU HAVE TO KEEP READING.
Because Frayne has to go find some goddam crystal rose. And while he’s gone he thinks she’s dead and her spirit is following him.
Which is so not working for him because he wants to “wrap his legs around hers and be driven to the heights of rapture only his true love could provide.”
How does that work?
Sarah: And the cover copy for Crystal Paradise is equally incredible.
Aurora thought she had finally found contentment when she was held in her lover’s arms. But that happiness was short-lived when Frayne had to leave her to continue on his quest for adventure, this time to find a perfect crystal rose. Once separated from him, Aurora knew that she would never again be whole until their lips met in a searing kiss; their flesh touched in a raging embrace … and they joined together as one in passion’s burning fury…
Frayne was sure his life was over when he saw a false vision of Aurora’s death. With little reason left for caution, he plunged into great danger in his search for the crystal rose. Yet, like an angel, the spirit of Aurora hovered over him, always guarding him, reminding him of their shared ecstasy. More than ever, Frayne longed to crush her to his chest, wrap his legs around hers and be driven to the heights of rapture only his true love could provide. Until he could prove that his vision was true, he would seek out his destiny … to once again share with Aurora love’s sparkling CRYSTAL PARADISE
Sarah: AND THEN IT IS STILL NOT OVER THERE IS ONE MORE.
Wait… RedHeadedGirl, are you still breathing? Brace yourself.
Sarah: I think the whole story starts over, because the summary of this book is so similar to book one. I think amnesia may be involved, too:
Lost and lonely in an enchanted land, beautiful Aurora search for the secret of her true identity. And just as she thought all hope was gone she saw the handsome warrior appear out of the rainbow mist. His passion-filled kiss aroused her desire, his heated touch against her ivory flesh caused her blood to stir. He promised to help her in her desperate quest – but only if she'd pledge her love in return…
Hypnotized by her beauty, addicted to her sweet embrace, Frayne was determined to win Aurora's heart. She was fresh and young, vibrant and alluring, and he wanted her more than any woman he had ever known. He was used to fighting for what he wanted – the sensuous maiden would be a glorious prize. He would uncover her secret, reveal the truth – and then claim her as his own in their … Beloved Paradise.
I’m so confused. But wait, I have one more gift for y’all.
The Map. Of their land.
Of COURSE THERE IS A MAP.
Sarah: FERTILE PLAINS. TRUEWOOD.
RedHeadedGirl, do I need to send resuscitation equipment?
Carrie: This combination of innocence (rainbows, unicorns, crystal roses), sexual longing (need I say) and torrid yet utterly confusing sex (I’m guessing) is like every seventh grade girls’ psyche completely contained within three books. Or at least mine. If you were one of those girls who looked for torrid novels while babysitting (I AM NOT SAYING I EVER DID, NOPE, NOT SAYING) these would have been the Holy Grail, the One Ring, and the briefcase in Pulp Fiction rolled into one.
Maybe her clothes get more opaque as she gets more sexually experienced as a metaphor for lost innocence.
I love how the map has something marked “Active Volcano”. First of all, of course it's active. No author of this caliber would throw in a volcano and not make it active.
Plus it's literally named “Active Volcano”, like she just threw up her hands in exhaustion and said, “You know what? Fuck it. I am so sick of naming stuff. I can't even”.
RHG: Aurora? Elves?
I see as we go she gets more opaque drapery.
Unicorn, crystal rose and then book three seems to be like, starting over agian? WHAT THE HELL IS THIS
(No I am not breathing)
(I'm headtilting like a confused puppy)
Sarah: RHG, do you want me to send you this one, along with Fires of Surrender?
RHG: yes please
Carrie: RHG’s humble yes please cracks me up. RedHeadedGirl, NEVER THROW IT AWAY. We all have to read it. I have to read the unicorn one, anyway. We must mail it to each other like a diabolical chain letter!
Amanda: Like those pants in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but this is way better.
Elyse: Wait, is the butterfly wing growing out of his foot?
It's like Lisa Frank illustrated a romance novel…
RHG: That's the perfect description of it.
Sarah: Is this the only example of a hero hunting unicorns in fantasy romance? Have we stumbled upon something truly unique? There can't be others. (I hope there are not others.)