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Cover Blitz: Illustrated!

Posted by on September 24, 2013
I don’t know about y’all, but I love books with illustrations. When I first fell in love with fantasy, it was with Terry Brooks’ The Sword of Shannara, and it had illustrations! So, when I learned that Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s new book would be illustrated: YEA! I cannot wait for it to come out. Today, I get to share with you all a sneak peek at one of the illustrations. Enjoy!

Title: Goddess Tithe
Author: Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Series: Tales of Goldstone Wood
Expected Release Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Rooglewood Press
Page Count: 130 pages
The Vengeful Goddess Demands Her Tithe

When a stowaway is discovered aboard the merchant ship Kulap Kanya, Munny, a cabin boy on his first voyage, knows what must be done. All stowaways are sacrificed to Risafeth, the evil goddess of the sea. Such is her right, and the Kulap Kanya‘s only hope to return safely home.

Yet, to the horror of his crew, Captain Sunan vows to protect the stowaway, a foreigner in clown’s garb. A curse falls upon the ship and all who sail with her, for Risafeth will stop at nothing to claim her tithe.

Will Munny find the courage to trust his captain and to protect the strange clown who has become his friend?



You can learn more about Goddess Tithewhich novel it’s connected to and read Chapter 1, here: 


Behind the scenes with Anne Elisabeth Stengl:
There are eight
full-page illustrations in Goddess Tithe
featuring various characters and events from the story. This is the first one
in the book. I decided to share it with all of you since it depicts my young
hero, Munny the cabin boy, under the watchful eye of his mentor, the old sailor
Tu Pich. Munny is on his first voyage, and he is determined to learn all there
is to know about a life at sea as quickly as possible. Thus we see him utterly
intent upon the knot he is learning to tie. Tu Pich is old enough to know that
no sailor will ever learn all there
is to know about the sea. Thus he looks on, grave, caring, and perhaps a little
sad. He might be looking upon his own younger self of many years ago, fumbling
through the hundreds of difficult knots his fingers must learn to tie with
unconscious ease.


I enjoyed
creating all the illustrations for Goddess
but this one was my favorite. I love the contrasts of light and
dark, the contrasts of young and old . . . youthful intensity versus the
perspective of age.


Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a kindle of kitties, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. She is the author of the Tales of Goldstone Wood, including Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Starflower, and Dragonwitch. Heartless and Veiled Rose have each been honored with a Christy Award, and Starflower was voted winner of the 2013 Clive Staples Award.

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3 Responses to Cover Blitz: Illustrated!

  1. Susan Heim

    Which do you enjoy more: writing or drawing?

  2. annielizstengl

    Hi, Susan Heim! I have to say, I prefer writing to drawing. As much as I enjoy drawing, storytelling provides me with such broader possibilities for creative expression! However, I am very glad to get a chance to use my illustration abilities to add to the fun of this particular story. 🙂

  3. Meghan Stith

    Thanks for the giveaway! That cover is really beautiful! Did you study art or are you just a natural?

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