"The Advent" Cover History


The Advent (also known as Passion Forsaken) has a long and varied book cover history.


The first book in the Collective Obsessions Saga began with the following cover (my design) back in 2001:


First cover for "Passion Forsaken." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


Followed by the professional rendering undertaken by my first publisher Tyborne Hill in 2003:


Second cover for "Passion Forsaken." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


My working cover for "Passion Forsaken" after Tyborne Hill closed (which was tentatively renamed "The Advent"):


My working cover for "Passion Forsaken" after Tyborne Hill closed, and when I tentatively renamed the book "The Advent." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


The cover designed by Club Lighthouse Publishing:


Fourth cover for "Passion Forsaken." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


And finally, the current cover:


Fifth and current cover for "The Advent" (aka "Passion Forsaken"). Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


Needless to say, the first two renderings were issued long before I decided to write the Collective Obsessions Saga using the pseudonym Deidre Dalton.


My preference? It's a toss-up between the fourth design and the current cover. I like them both.




The Advent by Deidre Dalton is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books and Smashwords.


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"The Advent" by Deidre Dalton


ISBN: 978-1-310126-67-3


BNID: 2940148113935

KOBO ID: 1230000214679

Series: Collective Obsessions, Book One

Released: February 1, 2014

Cover Art: Webs Divine





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Note from Deidre:

Quite frankly, I've always disliked the title "Passion Forsaken." However, through various publishers over the years, the moniker was beyond my control. The book is not a steamy romance in typical Harlequin fashion, nor is it a fluffy piece about unrequited love. The story actually launches the Collective Obsessions Saga, an eight-part series which follows two Irish families from their arrival in America to the present day. The books weave through more than one hundred forty years of fictional family history filled with avarice, madness, murder, mystery, paranormal activity, romance, self-indulgence and macabre Gothicism. It's hardly light reading.


To that end, I elected not to renew my publishing contract for "Passion Forsaken" as the three-year term came about in February 2014. Call me crazy, but I decided to take control of the book and do my own thing. Renaming the novel was my first priority, as was designing a new book cover. The story is the same as "Passion Forsaken" from start to finish, so little text editing was necessary.


I also had issue with the ordinal pricing of the book decided by the publisher ($5.99). The Advent is the shortest title in the Collective Obsessions Saga (roughly 130 pages), so I felt $0.99 was a bit more appropriate. Some publishers might feel pricing the book at $0.99 is a form of "devaluing" the author, but I strongly disagree. Some of the best books I've read in recent years have been by unknown authors trying to make a break in publishing. There are many good writers out in the world, and I think most consumers understand the difference between crap and quality from the first chapter. Being an avid reader myself, I would never pay $5.99 or even $4.99 for a general fiction e-book even if it was written by Ernest Hemingway or Stephen King. Many people are struggling financially these days, so $5.99 for one e-book is a lot to ask of them.


However, I want to make clear my appreciation to Club Lighthouse Publishing (especially Terri Balmer) for giving all right books in the Collective Obsessions Saga a chance. I will never forget her generosity.


Although The Advent is no longer available at Club Lighthouse, the remaining seven books in the series are.


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