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01 January 2014 @ 08:21 am
Shaman Rises cover reveal!  

I thought I’d start the new year off right, with a cover reveal for SHAMAN RISES, the final book of the Walker Papers!


Would you like to know all the reasons this cover is terrific? Let me tell you all the reasons it’s perfect!

First: the colors. My publisher’s always been very good about discussing colors with me, and I very much wanted the final book in the series to have a light, bright look in direct and deliberate contrast to the first book’s cover. So what do I get? Spring green and whites: *perfect*, and also well in keeping with the time frame for the book, which is set in early April.

Second: Joanne’s pose. It’s *perfect*. It’s strong. It’s confident. It’s relaxed. It’s looking upward and outward, challenging without being afraid. It is, again, the *perfect* contrast to the dark, clench-fisted tension of the first cover.

Third: JOANNE HAS A FACE! Okay, granted, the face looks absolutely nothing like Joanne (and we won’t even talk about the hair!) but we actually finally get to fully see her, and it’s as a grown-up, confident woman, which actually–although I know perfectly well this was not the intention of the cover department; it’s just been the evolution of urban fantasy covers over the past eight years–really works beautifully well in terms of slow reveals. I’m just delighted with it!

So there we go, lads. SHAMAN RISES, the final book of the Walker Papers, coming in July 2014…

…and if by some chance you haven’t read NO DOMINION, the collection of Walker Papers short stories that fits between RAVEN CALLS and MOUNTAIN ECHOES, I *heartily* suggest you pick it up and read it before reading SHAMAN RISES…! :) (Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback | B&N Nook)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

mevennenmevennen on January 1st, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
My first reaction is 'wow' - how different and striking compared to so many of the urban fantasy covers.
kitmizkit on January 1st, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
It's *light*! Urban fantasy covers are almost never light! They're sometimes playful, but I can't offhand think of a playful one with recognizeably human imagery that's not also Overtly Sexy--playboy bunny kind of stuff, almost--so I feel like this cover is doing all kinds of exciting things! *beams*