Hard to believe it’s been a year already since Wendi and I broke ground on Tau’s Pride. We had started in mid-October and didn’t stop writing for the next four months. Seriously, we were on a writing jag and cranked out the first draft of three or four books, the equivalent of completing four NaNos back to back. Maybe more, considering our word count for any given book is double the minimum of one NaNo.
What we produced was amazing, yes, but damn did it need work. Talk about tangents galore. As we go through the rewrites now we look at some stuff and scratch our heads saying, “What the hell were we thinking there?”
And then there’s other stuff that is so mind-blowing good, we don’t remember writing it at all. We get caught up reading it and yes, it slows down the rewrite process.
This second book cover falls into that inspirational Twilight Zone category. It started with the central figure (who is it? we’re not going to tell!). Like our Angel on the cover of Storms, the main figure is what grabbed me. I showed it to Wendi, along with a few other images I thought might work. While the figure worked for me, I needed her special magic to find the rest of the background.
I knew she would. And she did. She had a clear vision in her head. In a matter of five minutes, Wendi sent me links for several potential images and they were perfect. Four, including my figure, to be exact.
I swear, there are times when I’m creating a cover that I feel like I’m channeling the Muses straight from the Divine Source. Everything falls right into place, several hours roll by and before I know it, Kota, my Pixie Bob, is nipping at my leg saying, “Excuse me, but could you take a moment to feed us?”
This time when I sent the proofs over to Wendi and got her feedback, there was no eye-rolling on this end. The concept was rock solid. All it needed was a little smoke, a few more unruly flames, and a couple minor color adjustments.
Packmates, it is with great pleasure we give to you the cover for Tau’s Pride: Deception. If you think this image knocks you off your paws, wait until you read the story that goes along with it. This round of covers is taking on an illustrative bent for sure. Storms and Deception both depict pivotal scenes from the books. Who’s the Angel? Who’s in chains? Why is the clock ready to strike the final hour?
Take your best guesses and leave them in the comments below. In the meantime, enjoy the stunning glory that is Deception!
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