It’s all go here. Been quiet on Twitter and social media these past couple of weeks because we’ve been so busy readying for our next few waves of releases.
Here’s a few things to whet your appetite:
VampCon final edits are complete and so is the artwork. The print layout isn’t ready yet, so I’ve put back the announcement of the beta team until August 10th. If you would like to be considered for a place in the beta reader team, then leave a comment or get in touch. [sorry, this is now closed, but there will be other books for which you could be a part of the beta reader team.] Participants will not only have the pleasure of reading Armand Inezian’s excellent story before it’s released, but will receive a complimentary copy of the finished edition with their name in the acknowledgements.
Editing had been actively underway on five other novels this week, artwork on three. While Jon Banchick has been finishing the VampCon cover, Dean Harkness has been starting on Badger’s Waddle. I first came across Dean when he and I (in a rather loose and virtual sense) collaborated on an anthology produced as a tribute to Arthur C. Clarke and a fundraiser for the Arthur C. Clarke Award (a major science fiction literary award; by major I also mean it needs funds). Dean produced a highly detailed painting with a lot of subtle jokes and references to the works of Arthur C. Clarke, a style perfectly suited to the book we’re launching at FantasyCon 2012 called Badger’s Waddle.
To give you a taste, here’s the cover from the book Dean worked on, Fables From the Fountain.
Very soon, you will be able to bid for free eBook copies of The Last Sunset, Badger’s Waddle, and VampCon on Librarything through their early reviewers program. Unfortunately, VampCon and Badger’s Waddle have temporary cover artwork in the early reviewer entry. Rest assured, full artwork will be in the published books.
Well, there’s a lot more to tell about, but it’s deep into the early hours in my timezone and you’ll have to wait until another day. I’ll leave you with a short quote from VampCon. Ever wondered what it would be like to fall in love with a vampire? For Jake, it was like this:
Half a dozen questions buzzed around in Jake’s head, but he finally settled on, “What are those you’re taking?”
“Caffeine pills. Otherwise I’ll pass out.”
“What is this place?”
“That’s too complicated to get into right now. The more important thing is for you to understand who I am. My name is Abby Sampson of House McRory. I’m a vampire. And I need your help.”