The Heart Stone Chronicles – Book Cover Reveal

While on a walk during a warm foggy morning in November 2014, I had a close encounter of the fairy kind. We were living in Pensacola, Florida. I still remember the day, as if it had been carved into my memory, something I will never forget.

The road I took on my morning walk

I heard a sound that instantly caught my attention. At first, I thought it might be an injured bird rustling in the thick underbrush. I peered into the foliage and drew back in surprise. At first, I thought I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird with brilliant green feathers. However, that was not so.

Instead, I saw a tiny green swamp fairy fluttering on delicate wings that looked like transparent leaves. She had hair the color of corn silk. Bottle green leaves adorned her miniature body. The heady fragrance of lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood wafted on the air. I stood there transfixed by the vision. I realized then, I was witnessing a miracle. I had been given the gift of fairy vision.

The spot where I saw the swamp fairy

The petite winged-being stared at me with eyes as green as the leaves she was hiding in. I felt something akin to a spiritual encounter. An overwhelming feeling of peace and love surrounded me and held me within its grasp. In an instant, she was gone. She vanished into the fog that swirled around me.

I shook my head and continued my walk. My feet felt lighter that day. I knew something had changed. The swamp fairy had ignited my imagination. I knew what this fairy encounter meant. I had been granted the ability to become a fairy whisperer.

I started to write stories about the swamp fairies. The stories (and blog posts) came in quick succession. Next, the dreams started. I began to channel the stories of the fairy nymphs that had inspired me that day long ago. I watched as the actual swamp that I walked past each day was being crowded out by the building of new homes. Slowly, a story began to form in my mind.

Fairy Swamp is located behind the development site in Pensacola, Florida

By fall of 2015, we moved to Colorado. The dreams continued and grew stronger. The stories changed. The fairy nymphs wanted me to tell their stories. And, that is exactly what I have done.

As I continue to work on the edits of my first YA series, The Heart Stone Chronicles, Book One – The Swamp Fairy, I wanted to share the book cover with you. By the way, if it were not for the editing expertise of Melissa Barker-Simpson, this story would not be as eloquently presented. Mel has my gratitude for life.

The book cover is an exceptional piece of art. My dear friend, Wendy Anne Darling, an author, and graphic artist has drawn and designed the cover art. She was able to incorporate one of my actual photos of the swamp into the cover.

Here is a synopsis of the story:

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative.

Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that has belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.

But with that power comes a greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

Fairy Swamp

As an added bonus to my book cover reveal, Wendy Anne Darling would like to offer a NEW business special. My book cover has helped to launch her new book cover business called, Bookxeedo.

Please click HERE to visit Bookxeedo’s pricing and terms

Wendy would like to offer a 50% discount on the first five book covers that mention my book cover reveal. That is a substantial savings on book cover art. One that is hard to beat!

Hurry, to take advantage of this special offer!

Thank you for being part of my book cover reveal. So many of you have guided me, taught me, and supported me throughout this process. Thank you, all. I can’t wait to share my published book with you all. It’s coming soon!

79 thoughts on “The Heart Stone Chronicles – Book Cover Reveal”

  1. I still remember it so well when you posted about your encounter with the swamp fairy. I am still amazed by the photo! The cover is fantastic, Colleen! I love it! 💖

  2. Fantastic story and beautiful cover Colleen. I’ve always been fascinated by fairies so I look forward to reading this beautiful book. <3

  3. Reblogged this on K Y R O S M A G I C A and commented:
    Colleen at Silver Threading’s Book Cover reveal for The Heart Stone Chronicles – Book 1 The Swamp Fairy. So excited for her. The book cover has been designed by Wendy Anne Darling who is launching a new book cover business Bookxeedo. I have just contacted Wendy with an initial enquiry for my upcoming book which hopefully will be launched in the autumn. Exciting times!

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  5. Congratulations Colleen! The book cover is beautiful and unique. It should draw lots of attention to your story. The account of your experience is fascinating and the excerpt of your book has me wanting more. I’m spreading the news!

  6. This is really an incredible cover, Colleen, I am so proud of you for getting the book written and working with your colleague to get an amazing cover. You are probably aware that I hired Jo Robinson (she blogs on LitWorld Reviews) to create mine for my little e-book. Congrats and look forward to your launch! It is so amazing to see some of my fellow bloggers write and launch their books!!

    1. Terri, thank you so much. We are a lucky bunch! The support is amazing. Jo is fabulous and so is Chris the Story Reading Ape. Now, Wendy can join those ranks. You made my day! 💖💖💖

  7. I love it Colleen. Can’t wait to find it on the bookshelves, or if I can order thru you please, please let me know. Hint: I love autographed books. I’ve always loved the Swamp Fairy stories.

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  9. Exciting news and an interesting cover design, too, Colleen, I wish you the very best in this endeavour. Living in Ireland, where fairy dwellings were once feared and preserved, it’s good to see there’s still a front line against the march of so called progressive destruction. Good luck with the book.

  10. So exciting! The cover is great- it encompasses so many important aspects of the book as you’ve described it to your readers. Congratulations and much success with the book!

  11. Congratulations Colleen! The book cover looks great and I can’t wait to read your book. Well done for all your hard work and wishing you great success. 💗

  12. Great cover Colleen… I’ve. got a bit of catching up to do! Good news is now I have some photographic images that I’ve been allowed to use. So time to choose who to help pull it all together …

      1. Yes, I sent her an initial enquiry, only thing I don’t think my manuscript will be ready until October/November time as there are still a lot of edits to do. I’m so excited for you too, Colleen, when it’s launched let me know if you’ll like a shout out, etc, on my blog. 🙂

  13. Reblogged this on The Dragon's Lair and commented:

    Colleen’s first book is fast approaching. Just wait until see this cover reveal Read Colleen’s ‘Story behind the story’ and see the big cover reveal here! I’m so proud to have been asked to design this cover! ♥

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