Unexpected Smile

Roary Admires the Cover of Wolf’s Search

Last week ended with an unexpected bit of good news.

The cover for Wolf’s Search (seventh book in my Firekeeper Saga) was one of the works included in the long list for the Chelsea Award in the Best E-book or Paperback Cover category.  Wolf’s Search is in very fine company as you can see here.

The credit for this achievement goes not to me, other than in that I had the very good sense to select a lovely piece of art, but to artist Julie Bell, who gave me permission to use her “Andre” for the cover art.  If you’re interested in owning a print of the piece, it’s available at her on-line shop.

Further credit goes to Linda Caldwell, who did the cover design, including the titles, format, and otherwise adapting Julie Bell’s art to the needs of my novel.

What else?  SK4 (the fourth book in the Star Kingdom/Stephanie Harrington series I’m collaborating on with David Weber) is now in Jim’s hands, and I’m using my “free” time to do a bunch of things to prepare for the next book.

Although these books are set in the Honorverse, they’re prequels set some 400  years in the past.  This means that, while much of the world building  must be done from scratch, it also must be careful not to violate anything in the future.  Another challenge is that this series features treecats in a more central role, which means developing an alien culture and its first contact with humans—while, once again, not violating anything that happens later.

So my current task is gathering together the results of numerous scattered conversations with David Weber, then creating reference documents.

I’m also working with my friend Jane Noel (art director of DreamForge magazine) on updating my website.  She’s doing all the pretty stuff, and I’m writing text.

Anyhow, I’d better get back to it.  Catch you later!

4 Responses to “Unexpected Smile”

  1. Stuart Danker Says:

    That’s some great stuff right there, and am wishing you all the best with your WIPs!

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Awesome! Congratulations to all your people and to you for shining the spotlight on them.
    I’m glad the heat hasn’t caused a creative drought.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    Oh, now Jim has the magic pen! I suspect he’ll be nice, but very thorough in looking for things out of sequence. Maintaining the continuity on any book is a challenge, but when it’s part of a series, very challenging. Best wishes on your success in finishing the draft. Now it’s time to take a break, enjoy the sunrises and sunsets, and then do something else.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I don’t want nice. I want honest. Jim knows this, so his praise means more when it comes. He’s liking the book so far! No break yet… When I give the ms to Weber, then I thing I might. Might.

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