Cover Reveal: ‘Connected by Blood & Keys’ by T. J. Smith


I’m delighted to be assisting with T. J. Smith‘s debut novel – Connected by Blood & Keys, which will be coming out pretty soon via a Kickstarter campaign set to be launched on 12th June, 2024! (details below!)

Connected by Blood & Keys, follows seventeen-year-old orphan, Tyler Asoron, who discovers his true heritage as a member of a fallen royal bloodline overthrown by an immortal vampire coven. As he uncovers secrets about his parents and a long-lost twin brother, Tyler must navigate threats from the vampires and decide who he can trust to reclaim his legacy. It’s a story about family, trust, loyalty, and power.

Seventeen-year-old orphan Tyler Asoron has lived a simple life with his aunt Rebecca and uncle Rion. As he approaches high school graduation, he decides to uncover the truth about his birth parents, a topic Rebecca has always avoided.

Tyler’s search for answers intensifies with the arrival of the Scotler family, old friends of his parents. Suddenly his world is thrown into chaos with shadowy figures, elusive voices, and dead animals in the woods. Rebecca warns him of the Cerif Coven, bloodthirsty immortal vampires who overthrew the royal Vasilikós kingdom—Tyler’s true lineage.

Tyler learns he has a long-lost twin brother, Rennon, and together they hold the key to restoring their dormant bloodline. With a vampire coven threatening him and secrets at every turn, Tyler must decide who to trust to uncover his true heritage and fulfill his ultimate destiny. Connected by Blood & Keys explores what it means to have trust, family, loyalty, and power.

Alright then… It’s time for the reveal!


Cover Design: T. J. Smith


Cover Illustrator: Poyjeee (on Fiverr)


Here we go…!

How good looking is that?! I really like the vibes! What do you think?

The Kickstarter campaign

Includes a limited special edition hardcover of Connected by Blood & Keys, the first entry into the expansive Gifted Blood Universe. This collector’s edition features exclusive artwork, sprayed edges, custom chapter headers, and more! Each copy will be numbered and signed.

Originating from the bustling state of Utah, T. J. Smith is a self-taught designer, artist, and author with a passion for storytelling. Believing that the gift of storytelling cannot be ignored, T. J. brings to life a diverse and colorful fantasy universe, first conceived in a middle school classroom. These stories, born from simple lines of thought, explore different perspectives, experiences, and interconnected destinies, mirroring the complexity of our waking world.