All three of these covers are thanks to the ever-brilliant Laurent Linn at Simon & Schuster. In case you're wondering, all of those flowers are real (photographed by Ashton Worthington); for AFTERGLOW, Laurent actually had fresh plumeria flown in from Hawaii.
What I love most about Laurent's work is that, rather than just settling for a cover that looked "cool," he went the extra mile to actually tell a story as you progress from panel to panel. Each flower also parallels Ashline's journey in that particular novel:
The lone black calla igniting in a field of ordinary lilies, just as Ashline experiences her own awakening as a goddess amongst mortals in WILDEFIRE.
One orchid struggles not to succumb to the primordial, earth-rending chaos around it, just as the scheming of a villainous trickster tears Ashline's world apart in EMBERS & ECHOES.
And finally the plumeria, still burning bright against the smoldering remains around it, just as...well, I guess you'll have to wait to read AFTERGLOW to get this connection.
Finally, I'll leave you with the tagline we've chosen for the inside cover of AFTERGLOW, along with the previous two, so you can see the progression from book to book.
WILDEFIRE: Every flame begins with a spark.
EMBERS & ECHOES: Every flame casts a shadow.
AFTERGLOW: Every flame can be extinguished.
AFTERGLOW hits bookstores November 12, 2013 (11/12/13), but you can catch up on the rest of Ashline's journey from mortal to reincarnated volcano goddess with WILDEFIRE and EMBERS & ECHOES.