I know it’s been a long time coming and thank you all for your patience! You’ll be pleased to hear I’m finally able to reveal the cover for Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret! Think of it as a Private View, or vernissage, for your privileged eyes only.
Slowly, I pull back the red curtain unveiling the team effort between Charlotte Moore and Ant Press…
Oh? You want to see all of it? You want to see the whole cover, centaur and all? I’m just teasing! Of course you can see it. I do hope you all love it as much as I do. It’s much darker than the covers of the others in the series, and there are reasons for that. But you’ll have to read the book to find out why.
Not only am I showing you the cover today but you can now also read Chapter 1 here on the web site. Hopefully, my next post will be to announce publication.
Enjoy and spread the word!
Publication day is creeping ever closer and, as I write this blog post, the cover is being put together. When it’s ready, I’ll be able to reveal it here on the web site but while you wait I’m going to give you a peek behind the curtain at another illustration from Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret. This one is from Chapter 9, The Journey. It’s one of my favourite illustrations by Charlotte Moore for this book so I wanted the opportunity to show it to you all. I hope you like it as much as I do!
In the centre of the vast room stood a heavy wooden table. Two tree spirits, in long leafy green robes, hair like matted roots and the same nut brown, deeply-wrinkled skin that Cranus had, sat alongside an elf with a long white beard.
My blog posts are like buses – you wait for ages and then, suddenly, two come along at once! Regular readers will be aware that The Rise of Agnil was nominated for The People’s Book Prize a while ago and I spent a while twisting people’s arms to vote for the book. Well, it’s time to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who did because the book has made it to the finals! It’s been a nail-biting few days as I’ve waited for the end of the month to pass, signalling the end of the voting session and rushed to the web site this morning to check. I don’t know if my publisher has been sent an email as she’s currently travelling but I have also sent her a message. I feel like I’m bursting at the seams with excitement!
To add a little more to the thrill, The Rise of Agnil has also reached the finals of The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards . The winners of this award will be announced in one month but I’ll have to wait until May to hear about The People’s Book Prize as there is one more voting session for another selection of books. Stay tuned in to catch the news!