August 20th, 2008

The Stepsister Scheme

Stepsister Cover Art

I've been awfully happy working with DAW for the past 2.5 years. They've taken good care of me, turned my stories into beautiful books, and generally made me a very happy man.

Here's another mark in the happy column. Apparently one of the folks at DAW reads this blog, saw my note yesterday, and voila -- around eight last night, the cover art for The Stepsister Scheme showed up in my e-mail, along with a note saying no bribes were necessary :-)

Without further babbling, here you go. Click the pic for a larger version.

The artist is Scott Fischer. Personally, I love this. It's a very different look from the goblin books, but I think it captures the feel of this series quite well. The blurb from Esther Friesner is great too.

The best part? Early on in the process, I asked if there was any chance of using a picture of my daughter as the inspiration for Talia (the one on the right). I ended up e-mailing a picture, and voila. My daughter now knows "her" princess. Actually, she gets a mad look on her face when I'm brainstorming the current book if I talk about anything bad happening to Talia.

Now that I have the cover art, I'm hoping to put together a sample chapter and get that posted either this week or next. First taste is free, and all that ;-)

Oh, and one other thing. I'm supposed to get some cover flats today, but the e-mail I received last night mentioned the word "embossing". Isn't that a beautiful word?

So, what do folks think?