Behind the Cover Story: End of Eden by S.L. Jennings

by S.L. Jennings
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Behind the Cover Story is a cover reveal with an exclusive guest post from the author about said cover. Maybe, it’s an explanation of how they came up with the concept. Maybe, it’s how they found their model. Maybe, it’s more than that.

 

 

I thought I knew what Hell was like.
I thought I had been living it all these years on Earth—abandoned, forgotten, and left with a dangerous secret that not only made me the Se7en’s #1 target, but also turned me into a deadly weapon, a threat to every human in my path.
I was wrong.

In order to survive Lucifer’s plans for me, and his unquenchable thirst for more power, I have to surrender my humanity. I have to lose a part of myself in order to find my way back to him.
Back to the demon who saved me, only to break me.
Back to Legion.

But even supreme evil has its limits, and the real foes never show their devastatingly beautiful faces.
Forget fire and brimstone. They aren’t shit compared to what’s coming.

Centuries-old bonds will be broken. Unlikely alliances will be forged. And innocent blood will be spilled. Blood that will stain my hands for the rest of my mortal days.

I thought I knew what Hell was like.
I was wrong.
Hell is coming.
Hell is just the beginning.

 

~ Guest Post ~

 

When I started kicking around the idea for the Se7en Sinners Series, I knew that the covers needed to be hot, sexy, and deliciously dark. The series is paranormal romance/urban fantasy, so I wanted to capture that supernatural vibe, while also making it appealing for readers who don’t usually gravitate to that genre.

With my last few books, I had gotten into showcasing local talent on my covers—models, artists, and photographers—and reached out to my friend, Kristina Lowe, a badass makeup pro who works with a ton of beauty industry professionals. She and her business partner, Courtney, also have their own business, Maud, which is a collective of some of the best talent in Spokane. And since Kristina was one of the first people I confided in while brainstorming Born Sinner, it’s no wonder that the main character, Eden, had begun to look very similar to her.

Eden, our heroine in the Se7en Sinners Series, is an edgy, silver-haired, tough-as-nails chick from South Side, Chicago. Her life hasn’t been easy. Actually, it’s been downright shitty. So I wanted to capture that rawness…that tormented vulnerability. I wanted her to be a normal, relatable young woman. Kristina was seriously meant to be Eden. Her hair was already silver, she has dark brown eyes, plus she’s been blessed with curves for days. We enlisted the help of Mika Reyes Photography, an amazing local photographer and fellow military wife, and with Maud on hair and makeup, we brought Eden to life!

But it didn’t stop there. As we were creating Eden, I realized that the cover for End of Eden wouldn’t match the cover for Born Sinner, which was released in August 2016. But lucky for us, Kristina had the perfect L…at home. Her husband, Steven, who had just gotten home from deployment, made his modeling debut and totally nailed it! Maud painted on his tattoos, darkened his hair (he’s a blonde), and turned their studio into a set. Because Kristina and Susan (the photographer) had read Born Sinner, they knew exactly how to breathe life into the shoot. Plus, with husband and wife as the models, we were able to capture that natural, raw chemistry. I didn’t even attend the second part of the shoot so it would be that much more intimate.

After the photo shoot, the amazing Hang Le did her thing, and created cover gold. She also designed the Se7en tattoo on L’s chest, as well as the feathered title font. When she sent them to me, I was blown away. They were exactly how I had imagined: hot, sexy, and hot damn dark! And, they’re even more precious to me because they were truly a labor of love for my friends and me. It became a personal project that we all cared deeply about. I hope that love and intimacy translates for readers as well.

 

Add End of Eden to Your TBR

 

~ Where it all Started ~

 

Twenty-two years ago, I was cut from a cold, sodden womb, and cradled in the filth and poverty of Chicago’s concrete arms. Statistically, I wasn’t supposed to survive these streets past the age of eighteen.

Fate had a different plan.

I was bred for one purpose and one purpose only: to unleash death and destruction on my world.

My thoughts are power.

My words are weapons.

Evil created me then grace tried to save me. But first…it tried to kill me.

They call themselves the Se7en. They are sin and salvation, and everything we’ve feared from the beginning of time. And their leader is the deadliest of them all.

They don’t lose.

They don’t compromise.

And most importantly, they don’t distract themselves with mortal weakness.

Not until me.

Kill one to save a million.

That’s what he told me when he took me as his prisoner.

Kill one to save a million.

That’s what he’s been trying to tell himself ever since he took me into his arms.

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About S.L. Jennings

S.L. Jennings is a military wife, mom of three, coffee addict, Willy Wonka enthusiast, and real-life unicorn. She’s also the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Ink and Lies, Taint, Fear of Falling, The Dark Light Series, along with a few other titles that she’s too lazy to type. She’s been with her high school sweetheart for almost 18 years, and he still can’t get her Subway sandwich order right. But he’s cute and brings her vodka, so she keeps him around. They currently reside in Spokane, WA with their three stinky boys and their equally stinky, asshole cat.

The Jennings fam has lived overseas in Germany most of their lives, which is where S.L. penned her very first book, Dark Light. She was having a quarter life crisis, and since she has a background in music and even had a recording contract in her teenage years, writing seemed like a natural progression. Five years later, she’s still at it and still in crisis. Her family doesn’t have the heart to tell her that she’s actually just crazy.



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