It has been a long, hard road getting to this point. I was beginning to think the cover for Children of the Forgotten was doomed to spend eternity in some dark drawer, never to find itself wrapped around 300+ pages of story. But we're finally here. Well ... for the cover reveal, anyway. I'm hoping to have a release date for the novel soon!
While we're talking about releases, I'm excited to share with you that I just released a short story prequel to CotF titled, A Search for Bliss. I had a lot of fun writing it, and though I can't give much away about it, I can tell you that it's about an event that is discussed in CotF. The best news with the short story is that it's free if you sign up for my newsletter. You can SIGN UP HERE!
Anyway, on to the cover reveal.
We had a contest a few months back to decide on which way we wanted to go for cover art, and the response was huge! If you voted on a cover, thank you!
We took the final results--which were very close--and everyone's comments, and this is what we came up with. When I first saw it I was floored. It was perfect!
And ... here it is...
What do you think?
So much went into this before the contest and after, and it's so awesome that it all came together with this beautiful cover. I gave my publisher, Castle Gate Press, my vision on the cover, and the journey to the finished product was an absolute blast! It was tough to capture both the post-apocalyptic feel and the fantasy elements to the story, but I think we did it!
In case you're not familiar, here's a bit about the book:
In a post-apocalyptic world, most people by age thirty have succumbed to The Sickness, a mysterious deadly illness. But the Sickness is not the only enemy for Collin Mann’s city. Hordes of deranged killers live in the hills around it. With few trained protectors, the future of the little city looks bleak.
Collin, fifteen years old, buries those the Sickness consumes. Slight and awkward, he shuns warrior training, avoiding the example of his big brother and guardian.
When killers attack at the watering hole, he’s called to step forward and defend. Instead, he freezes.
He’s ashamed. His people need him to fight. Can he do it? Or would a clumsy person like himself make any difference in the battle for existence?
Now ... where do we go from here?
In a few days, we'll officially be finished with edits, then my publisher will work their magic and transform it into an actual book that I can FINALLY hold in my hands.
While we wait for that, I'll be putting together a launch team. What's a launch team? It's a group of friends who are willing to help me spread the word about the release of CotF. Not only that, but it'll be somewhat of a think tank where we come up with ideas, images, hashtags, and whatever else we can dream up! We'll probably even have our own Facebook Group. Yup ... we'll be THAT important!
I'll post more details about the launch team soon, but if you're already sure you want to join you can contact me here or just comment below.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out the cover. I hope you liked it! Please let me know what you think in the comments!