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’s September 8 – Chris Howard’s birthday, and thus a great time to pick up his first novel, Seaborn, if you haven’t done so already.
Your eyes do not deceive: I only read five books this month. Obviously I’ve been spending too much time:
*on the Internet
*with my webcam
*at the post office
*half asleep-half awake with the telly on
Anyway, it’s only 3PM on the last day of July, but I don’t think I’ll get another book finished by midnight, so you get the list early.
Blood Trail – Tanya Huff “Vicki’s a wily, likeable character…the world-building is original…” Buy
Boys that Bite – Mari Mancusi “…a teen vampire tale with an Arthurian twist…” Buy
Blood Lines – Tanya Huff “…well worth applauding…unusual subject matter that will appeal to readers who are bored with vampires…” Buy
Seaborn – Chris Howard “Chris Howard takes urban fantasy where it doesn’t usually tread…” Pre-order
The Scent of Shadows – Vicki Pettersson “Vicki Pettersson brings fresh ideas, deep psychology and Las Vegas’s underbelly…science enforces the magic, there’s deep character development, and it all comes together in a ripping yarn…This is one series thriller fans should not miss.” Buy
Prime/Wildside Juno (3rd August 2008)
Chris Howard takes urban fantasy where it doesn’t usually tread: underwater.
Even the underwater world has its own kingdom. Kassandra Alkimides, a member of Seaborn royalty, has been exiled to the surface for most of her life, but she’s coming down to wage war on her grandfather. Meanwhile, Corina Lairsey is scuba-diving when she’s grabbed and taken over by a Seaborn sorcerer.
I can’t elaborate on the plot as I had a lot of trouble with this novel. It isn’t bad – just isn’t my kind of thing, so my attention and concentration were scattered. I would’ve given up but I persevered, though I don’t have much to show for it.
But it goes without saying that Chris Howard is to be applauded for Seaborn‘s unique (or at least rare) in urban fantasy setting of the sea. Though I don’t know if the term is mentioned, it is some form of mermaid novel. So this will suit readers who’ve had enough of vampires, shifters, witches, psychics, fae and whatnot. Originality is the key selling point here, as is Mr Howard’s startling array of talents: not only an author, but quite an artist too. Some people just hog all the good stuff 😉