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I posted yesterday that I didn’t know when I’d be able to share the cover art for Red Hood’s Revenge [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon].  The answer, apparently, was “very, very soon.”  I spotted the cover at B&N, then received a cleaner copy from DAW.  Click the thumbnail for a larger version.

As noted before, we had to switch artists in mid-series.  This was done by Mel Grant (who also did my goblin covers).  The cover for Mermaid remains my favorite, but I think he did a great job making sure it was recognizable and consistent with the earlier books.

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I also asked yesterday whether an anime-style Snoopy fighting cat ninjas would be awesome or terrifying.  socchan took up the challenge, and the answer is: Awesome!!!

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Page proofs for Red Hood have also arrived.  I know how I’ll be spending my evenings for the next few weeks.  (But this means I should be able to post a sample chapter from the book soon!)

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Thank you to everyone who suggested titles for book four.  After talking to my editor, the final title will be:

The Snow Queen’s Shadow

The Snow Queen’s Snare was a close runner-up, but didn’t quite fit the plot as well.  Shadow was suggested almost simultaneously by two users on LJ and my jimchines.com blog, so I’ve decided to name them both winners.  Congrats to miladygrey and Sewicked.  I’ll be e-mailing you about your prizes!

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Finally, because I haven’t done one in a little while, a LEGO piano by catarino.  I used to play piano, and I love the detail on this thing.  Check this closeup of the keys, or just click the image below for more shots of the piano and catarino’s other work.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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sageautumn
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
.laughs. I didn't even notice the lack of weapons. I guess I assume they are there regardless!
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sageautumn
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Ohh nice cover! And yes, very much in theme.

Nitpicky stuff...
Talia's darker! Yay!
Snow's boobs are smaller than Dani's? (But then, Dani DID have a baby.)
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Danielle has always been a little bustier on the covers than I imagined her. But I like the idea of blaming it on post-baby changes :-)
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temporus
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Nice cover, and it's great that despite an artist change mid series, it seems that the new cover well matches the others.
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
That was my biggest fear, and I think Mel did a great job on that score. This should be instantly recognizable as a part of the same series.
mtlawson
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
I think that Talia is the most altered, but yeah, you can recognize them. Was there any reason why they switched cover artists?

That piano is brilliant. The first thing my wife asked as she looked over my shoulder was "does it play?"
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
As I understand it, it was a scheduling issue. Scott Fischer just wasn't going to be able to do the cover art in time for us to start publicizing and promoting the book. (Including it in the catalogs, getting ARCs made up, sending out the info, etc.)

I spent a lot of time studying the piano, trying to figure out how they did the keys. Still blows my mind a little.
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queenoftheskies
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
The cover is lovely and matches the others well. It's very reminiscent of the cover for The Stepsister Scheme.

I think I liked The Mermaid's Madness cover the best, too.

That said, I can't wait for the new book to come out. I've loved the other two.
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Studying the artwork, I think Mel was working pretty closely from the Stepsister cover when he did this one. Which I appreciate :-)

And thank you!
celestineangel
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yay! The cover is gorgeous. Literally, if I didn't know it was a different artist I wouldn't be able to tell. Especially with Danielle and Snow, they look so much like their versions on the previous covers.
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad :-)

I can see the difference when I look at the larger versions. There's something ... sharper about Scott's work. Don't know how to describe it more than that. Overall though, I'm very happy with how well Mel did matching the earlier covers!
dean_italiano
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
You used to play piano? I didn't know that, so di I! I was classically trained, and by grade 8 I was in competitions playing Fur Elise and The Entertainer. Then in high school I discovered boys and booze. LOL! I regret losing it now. NOW, that I'm 36. Maybe I'll relearn with the kids if they're interested.
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
For a while, yes. I was pretty good, but never got focused enough to get great at it. These days, I'll occasionally sit down and plunk out a song from the kids' cartoons or something, but that's about it. I've lost just about everything I ever memorized.

Learning with the kids sounds like a really good idea. We were thinking about getting lessons for my daughter, but dang -- I never realized how expensive a piano teacher was!
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gryfndor_godess
Feb. 5th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Congrats on getting a title! The cover art is gorgeous (I was really confused this morning because I checked your blog at 9:00 and could see the cover art on the left sidebar and didn't understand why you'd said you didn't know when you could post it yet).

This is a random question, but I was wondering if the 20 Neil Gaiman Facts ever did get made into a tee-shirt? I thought I remembered you posting about it, but I couldn't find the shirt on cafepress.
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yep, the cover popped up yesterday afternoon, so I updated the sites and mentioned it on Twitter, but figured I'd blog it this morning.

I did get permission from Neil to do the T-shirt. What I haven't done is get off my butt and actually get the thing formatted and set up on cafepress and/or Zazzle. It's on the To Do list, but unfortunately, it hasn't been a priority and so keeps getting overlooked.
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phoenixfirewolf
Feb. 5th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Nice Cover :)
Love the title you chose.
Go Snoopy!!!
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I was surprised at how much I liked the Snoopy pic socchan did :-)
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reileen
Feb. 5th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
I really like the cover! I'm glad Talia's darker, and while her costume is kind of on the plain side, it also oddly seems to suit her, and I like that color scheme for her as well. Also, dayum, Danielle's heels! Those are wicked.

Looking forward to both books! :)
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
They've had some great outfits over the course of the three covers :-)
rhondaparrish
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
This post is brought to you by the letter AWESOME.

Covers, titles and an anime snoopy fighting ninja cats? I don't think you'll soon top this blog, Jim :)
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Next up: Bacon pirates vs. Ninjas that transform into LOL Cats!
wickedpirate
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Getting a new artist or new anything mid-series is always a bit terrifying, wondering if they'll mesh and/or flow well enough from the old to the new. I think the artist here did a great job in doing just that. :)

Definitely looking forward to this book and 'The Snow Queen's Shadow'. ;) This series has truly jumped up to the top of my favorites (I was hooked just after a few pages in to Stepsister Scheme) right there along side The Wicked Years from Gregory Maguire. Both series nontouchable to anything else. :)

Genius defined as far as I'm concerned. :)
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Always nice to hear, and I hope you like books 3 and 4 even better! :-)
namelessarchon
Feb. 5th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Writing is a hard profession, and I can handle rejection, lots of rejection, long hours, rewrites, edits, editors and publishers chopping your story to pieces, critics killing you in print, all of it, but the one thing that would push me over the edge to white-hot rage would be switching my cover artist mid-way through a series. I would lose it, and although the Red treatment is very good, I'd still want to throttle someone.
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
It freaked me out a bit in the beginning, but ultimately, it's something I have no control over. I like Mel Grant a lot as an artist and as a person, but I'd have been happier keeping Scott for this one. Unfortunately, there's absolutely nothing I can do about it, so I've been trying not to stress about it.

Given some of the problems I've seen my friends run into, I think I've been relatively fortunate overall.
oneminutemonkey
Feb. 5th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
That's a real lovely cover. I like it. And naturally, I think they found a very nice quote to slap right above the title. :>
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Glad you noticed that :-) It really is a great quote, and I think it captures the feel of the books, which is exactly what you want on a cover blurb.
cathschaffstump
Feb. 5th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, Snoopy, you ninja! That's an awesome picture.
jimhines
Feb. 5th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Socchan is great! She also did a fan art comic of my princesses, as well as some character sketches from my muppet werewolf story.
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