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The Goddess covers

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Exciting news!

My friend Mina V. Esguerra just published a new book, the sequel to her new adult romance fantasy novella “Interim Goddess of Love“. Book 2 is titled “Queen of the Clueless“. They’re new adult stories with lots of romance and humor, and a bit of Filipino mythology thrown in, but in a modern setting.

But wait, there’s more.

A few months ago Mina asked me to design the cover for “Queen” and a new cover for the first book “Goddess“. “Goddess” already had a pretty nice cover, as it was released in January in 2012. But she wanted a new cover that would be in the same theme as the cover for “Queen”.

So here we are. This is the new cover for “Interim Goddess of Love“:

Interim Goddess of LoveCollege sophomore Hannah Maquiling doesn’t know why everyone tells her their love problems. She’s never even had a boyfriend, but that doesn’t stop people from spilling their guts to her, and asking for advice. So maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise when the cutest guy in school tells her that she’s going to have to take on this responsibility — but for all humanity.

The Goddess of Love has gone AWOL. It’s a problem, because her job is to keep in check this world’s obsession with love (and lack of it). The God of the Sun, for now an impossibly handsome senior at an exclusive college just outside of Metro Manila, thinks Hannah has what it takes to (temporarily) do the job.

While she’s learning to do this goddess thing, she practices on the love troubles of shy Kathy, who’s got a secret admirer on campus. Hannah’s mission, should she choose to accept it, is to make sure that he’s not a creepy stalker and they find their happily ever after — or at least something that’ll last until next semester. (As if she could refuse! The Sun God asked so nicely. And he’s so, well, hot.)

And this is the cover for book two, “Queen of the Clueless“:

Queen of the CluelessIf you’ve been feeling neglected by the Goddess of Love lately, don’t worry — Hannah Maquiling, college sophomore, is in training to take over. The Original Goddess is missing, but Hannah is Interim Goddess now, and she should figure out how to solve humanity’s love problems soon. Quin (God of the Sun) is still her mentor, still really hot, but apparently isn’t as honest about his other earthly relationships as she thought. It’s frustrating, and enough to make her check out possibilities with Diego (God of the Sea) and Robbie (Cute Human).

In the meantime, she’s decided to spend some of her precious training time helping to break up a relationship, instead of putting one together. Why? Because the girl in question happens to be her best friend Sol, whose boyfriend is stealing not just from her, but from other people on campus. Sol didn’t exactly summon the Goddess, but this is what power over Love is for, right? Surely it’s not just about matchmaking, but ending doomed relationships too. (Even when it’s not what people want.)

We love the photos by and featuring the fabulous style blogger Rhea Bue. They’re from her portfolio of photos featuring her talents as a stylist and model. They were taken in Rhea‘s and my hometown Zamboanga City.

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to use photographs for the covers. For “Goddess“, I wanted to feature a young modern girl that was the almost complete opposite of what one would expect a “goddess” to look like. Because that must’ve been what Hannah (our interim goddess herself) had felt like when she was asked to take over the duties of the missing deity: like she was on her way to the ball and she was in her mall clothes. Of course, Rhea is pretty and all, but the casual outfit and funky accessories are a far cry from something, say, Venus would wear while sipping ambrosia on Mount Olympus. And in the photo for “Goddess”, her feet were hovering a few inches above the ground, and her hair was flying wildly about. It was perfect.

Interim Goddess of Love

As for “Queen of the Clueless“, I thought the photo of Rhea with the roses conveyed a more goddess-like feel, but with humor. Just like Hannah in the book, she had eased into her goddess role, but not without the occasional hijinks.

Queen of the Clueless

I’ve done book covers before, but the reason I’m especially excited about “Goddess” and “Queen” covers is because they’re the first ones I’ve done that were for fiction books. These covers are for the e-book versions of the books, and the international print version. Summit Books will be publishing these two titles locally as print books, so the copies you’ll see on the shelves of National Bookstore and Fully Booked and other book shops will have different covers. But I hope you check out these great reads, whether you buy them as e-books for your Kindle or Nook, or getting them in print from your local bookstore.

The new cover of the “Interim Goddess of Love” e-book will be out soon. And “Queen of the Clueless (Interim Goddess of Love Book 2)” is available on Amazon starting today.

(Rhea just wrote a blog post about the Goddess covers. Check it out here. She is also on Twitter and Facebook.)

I’m also psyched author and friend Katrina Ramos Atienza likes the cover of “Queen“.

So many thanks to my friend Paolo for sending me Rhea‘s photos he picked out from her portfolio, and for introducing me to Rhea herself!

ETA: The new covers are now gracing the international paperback editions of “Interim Goddess of Love” and “Queen of the Clueless“. If you’re from the Philippines, you may order them locally from me.

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