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Cast in Silence Cover, attempt one

I have been so absent lately I can almost hear crickets, and I've been dusting cobwebs off my hands and feet while I try to make a bit of space in the Michelle-clutter.

I finally have a scan of the actual cover flat for Cast in Silence which is an August 2009 release. I really like it.

It's in theory behind the cut:

The surface itself is a matte; the words are gloss. The overall cover is darker than it appears (on my computer), but the central image is blue and gold, and while the colours are darker, they're richer than they appear here (again, on my computer).

The book is finished.

Sadly, House Name is not finished. A small author-is-not-very-clever misunderstanding about the conversion of MS Word wordcounts to page run-off counts means that the book I thought was a bit on the long side, while unfinished, was, ummm, very very very much on the long side. I haven't taken much of a break from writing; I just haven't reached the magical "the end" words. This reminds me a bit of writing the planned two volumes which comprised The Sun Sword. Which, of course, is six volumes.

So... I'm still working on that. I have also started the tentatively titled Cast in Chaos, which is the first of the three new Cast novels I just sold Luna. It is the book I affectionately refer to as the Refugee Book. This won't hopefully be as dark--to me--as Silence.

*edited because a good friend pointed out that 'mat' and 'matte' are not the same word.


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Mar. 27th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I just noticed this cover on Amazon the other day, but it's infinitely better with the back text. I think this one is the best one yet.

Three more Cast books = awesome. Thanks for breaking radio silence to share the news.

Edited at 2009-03-27 04:09 am (UTC)
Mar. 27th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
The cover looks great, I can't wait to read the book.

And as someone who has been reading your books for more than a decade now all I can say is: My goodness, how unusual for you to run long. :D
Mar. 27th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm SO looking forward to Cast in Silence! The cover is lovely.
Mar. 27th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
3 more Cast books!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *happy dancing*

The cover is very nice. How well does the figure reflect *your* image of Kaylin?
Mar. 27th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
#1: You update more than I do, that's for sure
2: Everyone is allowed to take breaks whenever they feel like it. You especially, busy as you are.
3: Take your sweet time with House Name! I have yet to get to the other House books! .. Which.. I still don't know if they've come out in paperback yet? Probably sometime late this year, if memory serves?
Mar. 27th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
The first House book is already out in mass market paperback--and looking very nice, may I say.
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Mar. 27th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Such a beautiful cover! I cannot wait to read it. =D
Mar. 27th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Yay for Cast in Silence!
Mar. 27th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
great cover for the new cast book.

don't worry about going "too long" on the house book. I'm totally up for another 6 book series. all of the books can be over 600 pages. when I read them, all my friends assume I'm just that much smarter than they are. Hey, don't laugh, it could be true!

looking forward to whatever you come up with, as always.

O_O = my reading book until I have eye strain face

| | = my jaw dropping at its AWESOMENESS.
Mar. 27th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
*icon love*

I sent the Youtube link for the Discovery Channel commercials to my entire family. YAY for clever commercials!
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Mar. 27th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
I've been driving my friends crazy with the news since the link to the Amazon page went up in the discussion group, even the ones who don't read fantasy. They've taken to affectionately rolling their eyes at me. ;) I can't wait!
Mar. 27th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Wonderful cover. I can hardly wait to see it for real. And great news about House Name--I love anticipating reading your books.
Mar. 27th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Yay for more Cast in-books! And I second the idea of simply coming out with more House-books if you can sell that to the publisher ^^.
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Mar. 27th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
Very nic e cover! I like it.
Mar. 27th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
That's a great cover! And congrats on selling three more Cast books.
Mar. 27th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
That is a beautiful cover.
I am coming to the conclusion that no book is ever finished. It's just that some of them set.
Mar. 28th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
I am coming to the conclusion that no book is ever finished. It's just that some of them set.

Yes, I think so -- if it weren't for deadlines, I could continue pretty much forever. Part of the problem that I have is that so many things that I feel brings a story to life (for me, I hastily add, as the person who is writing that particular story) are often elements that aren't directly plot-based; you could delete or lose them and readers could still follow the basic story.

But delete enough of them, and what you have is an outline. I probably don't delete enough of them, though.
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