Michigan ComicCon report double-header: new book cover reveal too!

If you look really close at this post’s feature image of the Michigan Comic Con Bard’s Tower booth,  you can see postcards showing the cover for my new book. Since I’ve been passing them out like there’s no tomorrow here in Detroit, I guess it’s only fair to share the fun with the rest of the world.

I’m aiming to release The Sharp Edge Of Yesterday at WindyCon in November, but don’t go inking that date on your calendar just yet.  The manuscript is currently with the editor. I’ll hold off on a final countdown until I have revisions in hand. Meanwhile I can say with confidence, “RELEASING SOON,” and that means I can share the cover art!

Rest your eyeballs on this lovely, lovely painting by the talented Rhiannon Taylor. This will be the foundation for the paperback wraparound cover.SEoY WIP8

Here’s a detail of the front cover with text design:SEoY Postcard

What’s the book about?  Superpowers! Major disasters! Deep dark secrets!

Beyond that tagline? Errrm….I am having a hell of a time condensing the density of the story into a sales-worthy blurb. It keeps turning into a bad B-movie teaser in my head:

  • See!
    A single mother at the end of her rope, hiding from a terrible past and cursed with deadly powers! Marvel at her boundless courage as she fights for her life and holds her family together against all odds!
  • Watch! As a group of dedicated idealists band together to protect her from her enemies and herself! Cheer for their bravery, admire their ability to slash through bureaucracy and defend the weak from the powers of evil…

Yeah. I know, that’s awful.  The struggle is real.

Anyhow, so I don’t have a cover blurb yet. Bad author. No treat.

But! I do have glorious art, and an exciting fantastic story, and it will be a book this year. Celebration enough for one blog post, says I.

In other news, the convention was even more fun Saturday than Friday,  with many great conversations about books and writing and SFF in general (and fan-fiction, and art, and anime, and the fun of history research and…well. You get the idea) Plus quite a few readers went home happy with new books in hand. Hip-hip-huzzah!

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That’s a wrap on today. Onward to tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

Michigan Comic Con. Year 1 Day 2

I fell asleep in the middle of writing this last night, so here ya go, morning post instead.  Let’s start off with the featured image–that’s Scooter, from Spouseman’s “Where is your cat sulking now?” daily report to me. Okay. Now, onward to the con news.

True confession: I didn’t realize until halfway through yesterday that this was the first year for Michigan Comic Con, not just the first year for me. The things I learn, I tell ya.

I’m always going to a con for the first time these days, but this is the first time I’ve been at a con’s first time. Gotta say, it’s been pretty awesome so far. A lot of people showed up  and enjoyed themselves, and it was only Friday. Huzzah for early success.

It was a great day for me too. Several thoroughly enjoyable conversations with people about Rough Passages, and the postcards featuring the cover of Sharp Edge of Yesterday are getting lots of interest. MANY thanks to Rhiannon Taylor for the fab painting & design.

I’ll share the cover with the internet soon, I swear, but right now it’s time to start day 2.

Have some pics from yesterday. Mostly of Optimus Prime, because he is the most awesomest of booth neighbors.

Oh, and one of my books. 😀

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Michigan Comic Con. It’s where I am.

In keeping with the Herkes household tradition of visiting distant places when festivals just happen to be going on, I’m in Detroit for Michigan Comic Con just as some kind of big downtown weekend shindig will be happening.

I thought I’d be too tired to blog, and maybe I will be tomorrow. But tonight? WHEEEEE! Exhausted, but not tired. If that makes sense. So. Documenting experience while still awake.

In other news, this part of downtown Detroit is all shiny now (my last visit was over 15 years ago and much of it felt like a ghost town) Also there’s evidently a tunnel to Canada.

A. Tunnel. To. Another. Country.

I need to come back here with more days to spare sometime soonish. The traffic patterns and street layout are still as wacky as I remember, tho. We got within sight of the hotel but it was very much a “can’t get there from here” situation not helped by Google Maps thinking a bunch of streets were closed that don’t shut down until tomorrow.

ANYway. We are here. The books are here. The fun starts tomorrow at noon. I’m a featured author for Bard’s Tower, in company with two other great authors. I’m staying at a Grand Old hotel with all the mod cons in a really swank room. I’m over the moon and more.

Yeah, I know. WorldCon is going on this weekend. Hugo awards. It’s a big deal.

Me, I’m here. And. I’m. LOVING. It. Have some random pictures.

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