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An update, and two exciting things

First--I'm sore, but I will mend. My flying leap from back slider to the ground will not do me in.

Second--I got a FABULOUS new review for A Time Never Lived.
I am a huge fan of Ms. Defino’s book "Finder" and worried this follow-up book wouldn’t compare. Not a chance. This second epic tale is filled with excitement, wonder and tales of old. A journey that kept me wanting for more from the very first page. Characters were deep, complex people, making choices about love, life and friendship, easy characters to connect with as a reader. At the onset their expedition is to save their friends, but the story unfolds into a magical world, where they meet an assortment unique characters and learn about folklore specific to each place. By the time the trip ends, the author proves to us how--despite our differences around the world--at our core we are very much the same. If only the world we live in could be so accepting. A big Huzzah! to Ms. Defino for giving us this breathtaking adventure.

Eh? Eh? Pretty great, huh? Though A Time Never Lived got the best editorial review out of all three books, it gets the least love. It gladdens my heart to see it get some. Double huzzah!

Third, I finished my pronunciation keys for Finder, A Time Never Lived, and Beyond the Gate. Triple huzzah! Damn, I thought it was so awesome to create all those etymologically feasible words. By the end of the day yesterday, I wanted to poke my eye out with a pen. That might have been the pain talking...

Finally...you want to see the latest incarnation of Finder's new cover??? Note--Ethen looks like he's smiling, but he's not. When I blew it up bigger, it's obviously a grimace; however, Tom (the insanely talented Tom Vandenberg) is fixing it.

Zihariel looks fierce! Ethen looks just like the Ethen in my head. Note the look of disdainful sorrow of the woman in the cage-cart. It's obviously the desert, without ever showing a bit of sand or scrub.
It's not finished. Some of that is just blocked in. All the detail isn't there yet, but DAMN, I am happy with this.


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Jan. 16th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
It's Luke Skywalker! You're right, it does look like he's smiling, glad you could sort that out. Zihariel is PERFECT.
Jan. 16th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Luc. We were really leery about putting a dark-skinned woman in chains on the cover, but Tom promised she would look fierce, and she does, without losing what it is to be Zihariel. I'm really happy with her.

Tom and I were joking last night about his Luke Skywalker gear. Right now, it's a placeholder--but he wouldn't have dressed much different, being a desert environment and all. Right now, the key is figuring out how to keep the desert without going Luke.
Jan. 16th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
As you have a fan base eating this stuff up,
you might do well to disregard my observations.
Talk it over with Tom.

Okay, that finger pointing, in the greenish sleeve,
fractures the composition.
I think the picture would be substantially more effective without it.

Perhaps less important, but almost as jarring to me--
the people in the cage-cart look like they're waiting in line at Taco Bell,
rather than waiting to be auctioned.
Try to depict something like this:
As they approached the slave pen once more, Ruth observed, from the back of the wagon this time, the hands of a man grasping the iron bars, as if glue had just been applied to them, and he had been instructed to hold them in place until it had set. She saw the arms of a woman reaching, hands open and palms out, as if she were waiting to pluck a certificate of manumission from the wind blowing through her fingers. Those arms suddenly folded inward, bringing the hands to the bars. The woman grasped them, and her arms strained, pointlessly pulling at them while Ruth watched and comprehended the uttermost depths of despair.

That said, allow me to add that I really am happy for you.

If you're still writing about that seamstress,
she probably should observe at some point
that the most poignant lesson one lives with
after the the experience of stillbirth or miscarriage
is that one cannot expect other mothers to keep quiet about their own children.
In time, one realizes how glad she is that they do not.
Jan. 16th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
The effect he's going for is called...wormhole?? I think that's what it is--thus the very LARGE hand in the fore. The other hand (yes, it does kind of throw things) is also a kind of place-holder, but it won't be replaced by a whole person, just the idea of one. He's the auctioneer, btw, and will be presented as the hand and shadows.

My portrayal of slavery didn't jibe with yours from the get-go. You don't like the woman-in-the-cage-cart's expression. I ADORE how it's kind of bored, but still utterly defeated. At this point in time, she has (as well as so many others) accepted her lot, and is just waiting or the next stage of the game. Zihariel's ferocity against her apathy, to me, makes Zihariel more powerful, and the other woman, sadder.

The seamstress hasn't made it into the story yet, but she's still in my notes. :)
Jan. 17th, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)
Congrats on an awesome, and well-deserved, review! And I love the cover, especially Zihariel. She looks amazing!

No more flying leaps, OK? :)
Jan. 17th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
I'll try, Kam. I'll try. Thanks, love!
Jan. 17th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)
Yay for great review and great cover! Zihariel looks quite fierce!

Are you okay? Flying leap from backslider???
Jan. 17th, 2014 04:17 am (UTC)
Thanks, love! I'm feeling much better. My shoulder is just a little clicky. See you Saturday!
Jan. 17th, 2014 08:58 am (UTC)
That would have been wonderful to read while you were still feeling sore!!!
Jan. 17th, 2014 12:40 pm (UTC)
Wow and WOW! What a wonderful review, and what an amazing new cover. I love the way Zihariel looks! A cover like this would certainly make me pick it up to find out more about the story.

Jan. 17th, 2014 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darling Jenny. :)

I am so in love with this cover. I'm glad you like it!
Jan. 19th, 2014 11:41 am (UTC)
He really is a fabulous artist!
Jan. 17th, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful cover!
Jan. 17th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 17th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
Sweet review! Well done!
Jan. 17th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darling!
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