Sunday, February 14, 2010

FINAL COVER ART!

It's here! The final, color version of the artwork for Kestrel's Midnight Song has arrived and now I get to share it with everyone: (Click for full view)



Work on the cover design has already begun. In fact, the final cover should be finished shortly. So stay tuned!

I have other news to share, unrelated to KMS...

First, my friend Robert Treskillard has made the first 11,000 words or so of his book, Merlin's Blade, available to read at Authonomy.com. Authonomy is kind of a cool site where a wide variety of books are available to read online. Readers put books they like on their bookshelves, and the books on the most bookshelves rise to the top of the rankings where publishers see them and review them for publication. Are you interested in diving into a story that asks, "What if Merlin was the blind son of a blacksmith, and the stone that held King Arthur's sword... was his greatest enemy?" CLICK HERE. And if you like what you read, consider signing up for a free account and adding his book to your "Bookshelf." His goal is the top five in the Christian genre.
EDIT: As Mr. Treskillard reminded me in the comments, some of the content on Authonomy is very questionable. So be careful, (especially if you're going to explore some of the other books) and involve your parents if you're still at home.

Second, AMG has agreed to a three book publishing deal with Scott Appleton. Swords of the Six will be republished with this large publishing company after nearly a year of promotion and over 2,500 (probably closer to 3,000) copies sold. Very exciting stuff, and hopefully the start of a trend for Flaming Pen Press authors, hehe. For those of you unfamiliar with AMG, it's the publishing house that published Bryan Davis' Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire series. You can read more about how Scott's deal came about and what comes next HERE.

P.S. Thanks everyone for all the comments on the cover sketch post earlier. Seeing all of your enthusiasm is more thrilling than seeing the cover itself. :)

29 comments:

Scott Appleton said...

Thanks for the plug, Jacob!

And the cover for your book... looks awesome! I'm posting it to all Flaming Pen Press -related sites

Izori said...

WHOA!!!!!!!!

That was what both my brother and I said when we saw that. Looks AMAZING!!!!

Brianna said...

So cool!!

Hannah said...

It's amazing! :)

Storyteller said...

Whoopee!!! Those colors are incredible!

~Prism~ said...

*gasp* It looks incredible!

God Bless,
~Prism~

Robert Treskillard said...

Jacob,

Thanks for the plug for MERLIN'S BLADE ... totally unexpected, and I really appreciate it.

Also, I can hardly believe that incredible cover! As an amateur artist, I have some understanding of the skill involved, and you've got a real winner there. AMAZING!

-Robert

Leighton said...

Awesome Jacob! SPECTACULAR COVER ART!

Ivorydancer said...

Can't wait!!!! Us it supposed to be done by semptember?

Seth said...

I've said it before, but I'll say it again, best cover I've ever seen. No joke.

Seth,

Kat Heckenbach said...

The cover art is fabulous!!!

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Awesome cover :)

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Jacob....I give.
That is the best cover art I've ever seen. :)

So excited for you!

Madeline said...

*gasps*

*falls over*

Can't even say how much I envy you. lol I WANT COVER ART LIKE THAT!!

....jk. It's awesome, Jacob. Awesome.

Evergreena said...

WOW! It's amazing! I love the lighting and coloring. I thought the sketch was good, but now I'm blown away!

Cheerio,
Evergreena

Anonymous said...

wow...thats AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jacob R Parker said...

Thanks everyone! Glad you like it. Ivorydancer, yeah, it's due out sometime later this year. September is what the date is set at right now. I forgot to mention that, didn't I? :P

Mackenzie said...

That cover is gorgeous! I love the red and blue shades. :)

Anonymous said...

Halil Ural did a splendid job. I particularly like the textures, and the fact that the lamp is set at the center. If I saw a cover like that in a store, I would definitely pick up the book to look at it.

When this is all over and done, I hope you give a copy to Skeeter, so I can "borrow" it.

~Gwyn

Chris said...

Great cover, Jacob!
Cool about Merlin's Blade. I'll be sure to check that out.
Woo-hoo for Scott! AMG. That's amazing. :D

Robert Treskillard said...

Hey Jacob ... I realized that maybe you should put a warning on the plug for me. Authonomy is not a Christian site, and so anyone still at home should get their parents involved if they want to visit the website. Just a thought.

Thanks again!

-Robert

Miss Jordan Elizabeth said...

Wow, that is great. I love the design, colors, everything. I looks so exotic!!

Congrats! :D

Cloe said...

I love it!! And I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to read your book.

Memzie said...

Awesome! I love it! How very exciting for you! It looks fierce.

Doug P. Baker said...

Looks incredible! I can't wait to hold it in my hands!

B. D. Eastman said...

This is awesome! Really so amazing. It makes me excited to see what will happen for my cover.

Celebrilomiel said...

It's beautiful! I love how rich the colors are. Can't wait to see the finished book!

Jare and Lib said...

...
*snaps out of trance*
I am afraid I’m still in need of duct tape.

Thats how much it wowed me (it’s a very dramatic) - it looks awesome Jacob!!
I love how brilliant the creature’ eye is – really grabs your attention.

PS
I laughed out loud when I put the B/W version and this one up - and noticed that Micah's eyes had changed... looking this way, then that way. lol =D

Star-Dreamer said...

Wow! That is just amazing! I'm so impressed.

Also, the mention of a familiar name got me excited! I met Robert on Authonomy and his daughter and I have been conversing via email. His book is awesome, but so is hers, and her voice is amazing too. I just couldn't believe it when I saw his name in your post. So awesome!

PS, look forward to checking out your book!