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Cover Reveal: Darkened Hope

Posted by on January 25, 2016

FB ad 403x300 SK saleHappy Monday!

It is finally time! I am so excited to share this cover with you all. And to celebrate, Secrets Kept is on sale for .99, and the short story, A Princess No More, is free today! If you haven’t explored Nälu yet, now’s a good time! You’ll want to be ready to continue Ayianna’s journey in Darkened Hope, coming this May!


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Now on to the cover!

I had the idea for the cover for almost two years. I had even purchased the images for it. I had been working and working on it for the past year, thinking I was getting so close to finishing, but when I did….I hated it. It just wasn’t right. I asked my writerly friends for input, and they helped me to see why I didn’t like it.

Sooooo….That was last month. And then I started panicking. I had to figure out a whole new concept and find new images. But I am so glad I did, and I think you will too.

So without further ado:


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Ayianna is a cursed half-elf betrothed to Desmond, but her heart belongs to another. After discovering the cure for the Sorceress’s curse, she and her companions embark on a dangerous quest to retrieve the ingredients.

When dragons descend upon their party, Ayianna realizes the Sorceress is searching not just for the corrupted dagger, but a human sacrifice that will open a portal to the underworld. Battling deadly creatures and natural disasters, Ayianna is forced more and more to confront her insecurities and conflicted heart.

Now she must decide whether to be true to her family or true to herself. As the nations rally for war, betrayal threatens to destroy them all, and it’s a race against time to return before the curse devastates the plains people.


So what do you think fellow adventurers???

10 Responses to Cover Reveal: Darkened Hope

  1. Kessie

    It looks so pretty! Much more organic than the original. Can’t wait to read the finished book!

  2. Jenelle

    I love it so much! The blurb has me on pins and needles, because I need to find out what happens next with Aiyanna! I hope at some point she gets to punch Desmond in the nose, because he certainly deserves it.

    Let me know if I can help in any way with the launch when you get to that point!!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thank you! And YEA! I am so excited about this story. Cannot wait for you to read it. I feel like it is so epic! But I don’t know if I should be the one labeling that, you know? Ha! I will let you know about the launch. I’ve been brainstorming a tour and a FB party and who knows, we shall see! Thank you!

  3. Bethany A. Jennings

    Lovely cover! 😀

  4. Anne Elisabeth

    Awesome cover, Jennette! Amazing work. Congrats on this exciting sequel! 🙂

  5. Allison



    Oh, my gosh, that is GORGEOUS! You made that?? It’s stunning. : D Do we have a release date yet?

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J.L Mbewe - Author