Guest Post & Book Giveaway: Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut

Welcome back to Author Darby Karchut!

All her life, the archetypal hero and his journey have enthralled Darby Karchut. A native of New Mexico, Darby grew up in a family that venerated books and she spent her childhood devouring one fantasy novel after another. Fascinated by mythologies from around the world, she attended the University of New Mexico, graduating with a degree in anthropology. After moving to Colorado, she then earned a Master’s in education and became a social studies teacher.
Drawing from her extensive knowledge of world cultures, she blends ancient myths with modern urban life to write stories that relate to young teens today.
Darby is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Pikes Peak Writers Guild. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, where she still teaches at a local junior high school. She enjoys running, biking, and skiing the Rocky Mountains in all types of weather.
Griffin Rising is her first novel. She is currently working on the next books in the series, Griffin’s Fire (April 2012) and Griffin’s Storm (both from Twilight Times Books). Her middle grade novel, Finn Finnegan, will be released March 2013 from Spencer Hill Press.

Website: http://www.darbykarchut.com
Blog: http://darbykarchut.blogspot.com/

Guest Post: Griffin Rising’s Book Cover
Thanks, Kathy, for hosting me today to talk about my book cover.

Book covers are a unique art form. Besides projecting the essence of the story, a cover must also be appealing.

I was fortunate to be involved right from the beginning with the cover for Griffin Rising. One of the stipulations I requested was an illustration; no photographs or people. I also wanted a cover that was more “old school” in keeping with the antiquity of the Terrae Angeli.

Ardy Scott, the cover artist, came up with the idea of a griffin perched on top of the symbols of earth and fire. The larger diamonded spiral is a modified earth symbol, while the smaller triangle is a modified fire symbol.

I loved it right from the start. And since each of the four books in the series corresponds with a particular element, the use of brown and gold for book one (Earth) was perfect.

With the next book in the series, Griffin’s Fire, Ardy took the griffin symbol and changed it to imply a sense of movement. She also changed the color palette to red and gold, which works for book two (Fire).

I’m eager to see what Ardy Scott comes up with for book three, Griffin’s Storm (Water). Any suggestions as to the color palette?

Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut

For centuries, rumors have abounded of a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, these warriors secretly serve as guardians for mortals in danger.
But for one young angel-in-training, Griffin, life is hell as a cruel master makes his apprenticeship a nightmare. On the verge of failing, a new mentor, Basil, enters his life and changes it forever.
Taking on the identity of father and son, Griffin and Basil forge a special bond where honesty and trust go hand in hand to secure Griffin’s destiny as a Terrae Angeli. Griffin’s belief in himself and the love of a mortal girl are the perfect combination in overcoming the darkest days of his life. But will it be enough for him to succeed?

For Griffin, it’s time to angel up.

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1 copy of Griffin Rising
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Ends 2/28/12

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