(From here.) Hachette/Piatkus in the UK (and Australia et al) has thankfully gone with a new look for Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson series, starting from the upcoming seventh book, Deadly Desire. “Thankfully?” you ask. First of all, I know nothing about art and design, but when I look at something, I can pretty much tell straight away whether I like it or not. And the earlier UK covers for the series were…quite obviously PhotoShopped. Like there was no pretence of Riley actually being at Southbank or wherever. So while I very much appreciated the publisher putting in an effort to include a bit of Melbourne in the scenery, otherwise I wasn’t too impressed. And they made Riley a brunette instead of a redhead.
But let’s forget the past, because Hachette/Piatkus has improved their design, and I approve. Well done, folks 🙂
And Jes Battis’ A Flash of Hex is now pre-orderable. I know I mention a lot of books, but I really want you to consider buying this author’s OSI series (starting with Night Child). I’m the first to admit to being under-whelmed by a lot of books, so when I find something I’m genuinely impressed with, I want to share my enthusiasm. There seems to be a lot of urban fantasy stuff published of late, but Night Child is one of the genuine stand-outs. There’s a lot of intelligence and smarts in it – and not just street smarts or what the CIA calls “intelligence”. And I actually connected with the characters, which doesn’t usually happen for me.
Okay, bed-time now…
Totally made of pretty, aye? Shadows, sparkles, vibrant colour and a misty haze…It comes from the hands of Timothy Lantz – you may recognise his name as the cover artist for a lot of Juno Books, including Chris Howard’s Seaborn. But I decided to look up upon viewing Jes Battis’ Night Child – and it’s not just fab art; the story’s pretty awesome, too 😉
You’re looking at what’ll be on the cover of Jes Battis’ A Flash of Hex (or A Flash of Hextacy, I’m not entirely sure). It’s the second OSI novel due out in June 2009. No pre-order links available yet, but keep your eye out – I know I will.
Mind you, the cover still needs the author and title added, but Penguin Ace will take it from here. In the meantime, we can has this pretty.
It had to be done. The cat is Guinevere Anastasia Battis, flatmate of Jes Battis. The regal lady of the house tolerated being photographed with her flatmate’s first novel, Night Child (27th May 2008). And yes, there will be a sequel – currently titled Hextacy, but that could change. Release date unknown.
It’s been raining over the weekend here in Melbourne. Manny’s been outside and got rained on, both Saturday and Sunday. Had to be towel-dried, and then used the heating vent as a blow-dryer. Currently having naptime on the couch. During the week, though, I’ll have to perk him up so he can be photographed with a new book that arrived on Friday.
Reading schedule has changed again, due to the new book’s arrival. Conducted another interview. Am currently in the process of changing my book newsletters and blogs from my old address to my proper one. Am up to L authors.
Sore throat began on Friday night. Still here. Listened to Madonna’s Hard Candy again this morning, and I still love it.