It is Hodder Conference time – books, food and booze…
I have designed a new cover for the paperback edition of Harmless Like You. I am really pleased with the outcome and the book is an amazing read. In the past 1960s narrative, a Japanese girl has an ambition to be an artist, in the present day narrative her son is dealing with his feelings from his mother’s abandonment. I love how each chapter beginning, beautifully describes a different colour of paint that sets a particular mood. You can read examples of this on my Quotes page.
At Stanfords bookshop, we are globe trotting my book cover designs.
In Iceland, there are copies of Moonstone by Sjón. This is illustrated by the wonderfully talented Owen Gent.
Moonstone is also proudly part of The Best of European Literature display.
In Switzerland, there are multiple copies of The Gilded Chalet by Padraig Rooney displayed facing out in all its glory. The portraits of Byron, Mary Shelley and James Joyce are illustrated by the speedy and super talented Alan Vest. Alan also illustrates author portraits regularly for The Guardian, so it was great to have him on board with this project.
In Russia, two of the Irina Ratushinskaya fiction collection is spotted: Grey is the Colour of Hope and In the Beginning.
And among the Middle East and Central Asia section, The Lovers by Rod Nordland paperback edition sits beautifully.
Here is another young adult fantasy trilogy that I’ve been working on has had a cover reveal!
The brief was to create a beautiful and lush image with filtered lights and rich colours. The main character is an 18 year old girl who has the magical ability to speak to the tree and rocks with her hands, so it is important to convey a dark forest with this sense of overgrowing greenery.
These new books are out and about in bookshops now.
The Lovers paperback with a new Afterword is available to purchase. It is really worth reading as it is an important book that talks about both human and women’s rights. Young lovers, Zakia and Ali have had to flee their homes as their marriage is forbidden by ethnic and religious differences in Afghanistan. This edition gives the latest update on their situation since the hardback was published last year.
And the first in the Frostblood trilogy is spotted in the bookshop amongst other YA books. It is weather appropriate for this month too.
My book cover design for Frostblood TPB is the first in the new YA trilogy (Fireblood and Darkblood to come). This will be available to purchase in January 2017. I have managed to get hold of an advanced copy before the Christmas holidays, exciting!! The special finishes is a matt lamination with spot UV on the title, author name and a few glistening icy details.
About the book:
Enter a world where fire and ice are mortal enemies…
Ruby is a Fireblood. In a land ruled by frost, her very existence is a crime. She’s spent her whole life in hiding.
Until the day Frostblood soldiers raid her village and kill her mother. The day she swears to avenge her people.
She must travel deep into the heart of the enemy, to the court of the Frost King, with only the mysterious warrior Arcus – a Frostblood rebel – by her side. But with alliances between flame and ice strictly forbidden, is Arcus friend or foe?
Ruby will only have one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her. But she has no idea just how hot her fire will burn…