“Shadows of Valor” by Elsie Park Book Tour/Guest Post/Giveaway (Ends 9/23) WW

By Ruth on September 8, 2013 in blog tour, giveaway, guest post, promo

Shadows of ValorWelcome to Shadows of Valor by Elsie Park Book Tour!

Shadows of Valor CoverIn Shadows of Valor, Park throws the reader into a quiet medieval town. On the surface, the town is content and booming, but within its roots, something dark is stirring. This darkness threatens to overpower the once-peaceful town, until a mysterious figure appears: The Shadow.

Blurring the psychological haze of justice and revenge, Park’s debut novel brings new meaning to the Dark Knight. As the legendary shadow of Graywall is summoned to protect the spawning deceit of the kingdom, the reader is taken on a chivalric adventure through the muddy and mired streets of medieval England, where evil is as inescapable as the shadow that lurks behind its walls.

From a wildland firefighter to a security guard, police officer, and receiving a degree in botany and zoology, Park has done it all. It was only a matter of time before she wrote her first novel. While on a hiatus to Italy, Park was inspired by the thick presence of ancient and medieval history. She felt it in its walls, and slowly, yet surely, a story was born.

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About the author, Elsie Park:
From a wildland firefighter to a security guard, police officer, and student of botany and zoology, ELSIE PARK has done it all. It was only a matter of time before she wrote her first novel. While on a hiatus to Italy, Park was inspired by the thick presence of ancient and medieval history. She felt it in its walls, and slowly, yet surely, a story was born.
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Thank you so much for having me as a guest. I’m both honored and grateful for the exposure.
Topic: Why Book Covers Are So Important


The old adage, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, is a wise saying, but not adhered to by most people when purchasing an actual book. Though in this age of electrical readers and downloads, a cover doesn’t always come into play, I’d like to look at the old-fashioned practice of seeking a book at a physical bookstore (or online where covers are displayed).


The searcher slowly walks up and down the various isles of periodicals, seeking the next adventure in reading. Be it children’s books, young adult, science fiction/fantasy, romance, fiction or non-fiction, until the eyes become proficient in x-ray vision, they simply can’t see what lies behind the thick paper enveloping the writing inside. The first thing the eyes view is the cover. Eyes rove too fast through the selection of books to stop and pause at every single one. They hunt for something that screams, “I’m different than the rest! Pick me!”


Be it vibrant colors, a telling title in bold letters, an action-packed scene, or an intriguing figure shrouding the front, the appealing cover is what makes the hopeful reader reach for that book before any others. It’s what first conveys a certain aura about the story within its pages, what compels the reader to flip the book over and scan the overview on the back. This subsequently leads to the first few pages being opened and read right there in the store, the words hopefully gripping the reader’s interest and impelling him/her to purchase it, carry it home and finish it upon a favorite couch while sipping hot cocoa. And THEN, if the story lived up to the cover that originally caught the eye, the reader will hopefully refer the book to others.


THAT’S why a good cover is important. There were times when I’ve searched for books and picked some up only to find mediocre covers with grainy pictures, dull colors and odd-scenes greeting my eyes. Though my mind would remind me not to pass a quick judgment, I would have a nagging thought saying, “The author must not have thought much of his/her work to put much effort or expense into the cover.” What did the second-rate cover say about the writing inside? Was it second-rate as well? Should I risk spending my money on this book? Most often I would not, choosing instead another title with a more appealing cover.


Is judging a book by its cover a shallow and misguided practice? Perhaps, but its one many of us fall victim to and is not easily changed. So until my eyes can read the contents and quality of the book just by glancing at the cover, then it’s up to the cover to attract my interest and compel me to grab the volume in anticipation of a story as equally vibrant as its wrapping alludes.


I’m grateful to Jolly Fish Press and its design team for creating and executing a beautiful cover that matched the mood and aura of my writing inside. I love the cover to my novel, Shadows of Valor, and hope it compels readers to pick it up and read the tale that surrounds the intriguing figures portrayed on the front.


SHADOWS OF VALOR by Elsie Park, release date is September 7, 2013 through Jolly Fish Press. It can be ordered from any bookstore including Barnes and Noble and Amazon.comand will be available in hard cover, paperback and on e-readers (including Kindle, Nook, and Kobo, as well as any tablet, smartphone, or computer).

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43-year-old single mother of an active 14-year-old girl Born in Tacoma, WA; lives in Yelm, WA Entertainment Writer Available For Interviews and Reviews Substitute Teacher

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  1. Elsie Park September 9, 2013 Reply

    Ruth, thank you SO MUCH for highlighting me, my book and my article on your blog! Thanks for being a gracious hostess and for keeping up a wonderful site. ALL THE BEST TO YOU!

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