Exclusive Cover Reveal: A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton

Posted August 11, 2011 by Sara | Novel Novice 11 Comments

Earlier this year, we gushed about how much we loved Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keatontwice. In fact, we loved it so much, we’re already brainstorming with Kelly about Big Plans we have here on the blog for the upcoming sequel, A Beautiful Evil. (Yep, it’s going to be our February Book of the Month!!!)

So when Kelly emailed to see if we’d like to help reveal the brand NEW cover for A Beautiful Evil, we of course said yes! (If you’ve seen one floating around, don’t be fooled! It’s been redesigned!) And this new cover is truly amazing. So … are you ready?


Okay … prepare yourselves … drumroll … aaaand … COVER:

(You can click on it to see the cover BIGGER and even more prettier!)

Isn’t the new cover just AMAZING!??!?!? I absolutely adore it, especially the way the artwork now directly ties in with the story. There is also a new cover coming soon for the paperback version of Darkness Becomes Her, the first book in the series. I’ve seen a sneak peek, and I can tell you it is also to die-for. We hope to bring you that cover reveal very soon, as well!

Here’s what Kelly herself had to say about this gorgeous cover for A Beautiful Evil:

I have a major crush on this cover. It’s just so . . . mesmerizing.  People who know me well would be dumbfounded to hear this because I have a very intense fear of snakes, which, I know, is odd given what I chose to write about. My fear is so great that if I encounter a snake, no matter how small, I freak out and cry uncontrollably, sometimes I hyperventilate or get sick. It’s not pretty. It’s terrifying and definitely not a joke. I was bitten by a water snake when I was little. It shot from beneath a rock in a pond and latched onto my ankle. I could feel the sting of its fangs, its body moving back and forth in the water, tugging my skin. It all happened so quickly, a split second, but I never forgot the sensations.

When I first saw this cover, I was blown away by the mood, the colors, the gate and flowers. And I came away wondering if I could ever manage to touch my own book cover. Usually, I avoid touching an image of a snake and will turn a book face down or put a sticky note over any image of a snake that might happen to make its way into my home. But this cover… It just draws me in every time. And now, I don’t mind the snake at all. I kind of like it. I can even touch it and it doesn’t bother me. (Yay, progress!) In fact, he now has a name. Jay. (Courtesy of my three year old).

Anyway, hope you guys love this cover as much as I do. I can’t wait for you to see the revised cover for DARKNESS BECOMES HER, which ties in beautifully with this one!

Meanwhile, here’s more about both books:

Darkness Becomes Her

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

A Beautiful Evil

A power she can’t deny. A destiny she’s determined to fight.

When Ari first arrived in the dilapidated city of New 2, all she wanted was to figure out who she was. But what she discovered was beyond her worst nightmare. Ari can already sense the evil growing inside her—a power the goddess Athena will stop at nothing to possess.

Desperate to hold on to her humanity and protect her loved ones, Ari must fight back. But Athena’s playing mind games, not just with Ari but with those she cares about most. And Athena has a very special plan for the brooding and sexy Sebastian.

Ari is determined to defeat Athena, but time is running out. With no other options, Ari must unleash the very thing she’s afraid of: herself.

For the comments: Tell us what you think of the cover!!

Sara | Novel Novice

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11 responses to “Exclusive Cover Reveal: A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton

  1. Robin

    I devoured Darkness Becomes Her on a plane trip it was amazing and I hardcore got into the book. The only down side is the next one isn’t out yet. But the cover is beautiful and I can’t wait to read it. Thank you so much for the post.

  2. Tippy

    This cover is so beautiful I’m gonna hafta buy the first book so I can buy this one! I haven’t even read the description yet and I’m hooked! Major kudos to whoever designed this stunning cover. Hopefully, when it comes time for my book to get published, I’ll get a cover this captivating <3

  3. I like this cover… but I did just see it on another upcoming release. The title escapes me at the moment. That said I wasn’t a big fan of the old covers and I’m glad they are redoing them.

  4. ha! found it.
    Shifting by Bethany Wiggins
    I know there are lots of uses of the same photos in the publishing world, but two books so close together is a bit confusing.

  5. Thanks everyone! So glad to hear you like it.

    Zoe, yeah, bummer about the stock photo being used for another cover image. When we discovered it, there was nothing we could do about it as our cover was already out to book buyers. We couldn’t go back to the drawing board, and no one really wanted to because we all love the final result. It’s rare, but apparently it happens.

    • That totally makes sense, I haven’t read the other book but this image is perfect for Ari. Re-used images has happened lots, this one is just so striking it is more memorable. Thanks for the reply!

      • No problem, Zoe! 🙂 Great point – the image being very memorable… Oy. Already getting some not-so-nice/strong comments about this. *sigh* If we had known beforehand we’d certainly would’ve chosen differently. I do hope people will understand this and enjoy both covers. It’s an interesting comparison how two different designers approached the same image. LOL. Trying to look at the positive! 🙂

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