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The New Duilleog Cover

So, I forgot to announce the winner of the new Duilleog cover. Here it is:

New Duilleog Paperback Cover

New Duilleog Cover

So, as I said the other day, I’ve commissioned a new cover for Duilleog from JD&J Book Cover Design. They just sent me the three versions. Have a look and shoot me an email and tell me what you think. Or leave a comment below. I love these!

Version 1
Version 2
Version 2

New Duilleog Book Cover

I’ve commissioned a professional book cover for Duilleog. I’ve opted to go with a company based in Florida called JD and J Design. They seem reputable and their work looks exceptional. They promised me they can work an entire series and do the epic fantasy style cover I need.

The work starts on March 22, 2019. I’ve never done this before, and I don’t know what to expect. What I expect is a lot of back and forth discussion on the main themes I wish to capture. While that may appear to be simple, in practice I suspect it will be difficult. My existing covers were my design and over the years I have had more negative comments than positive. By far. Which is what led me to make this decision to change the cover.

Fun facts: My New Druids covers have a repeating theme you may have noticed. A tree is getting larger and larger, central to the cover. The bottom is bark. The upper portion is an idyllic scene with a castle predominant in it. And I change the colour of a separating line. And...that’s about it. The castle represents the politics and religious aspects and the tree represents the druids. Modern fantasy covers usually have a character displayed striking a pose with the background covered in some exciting scene of some kind. Its what people expect these days.

Homework: So what themes best represent the New Druids series to you? Let me know. Leave a comment or email me. For me, the New Druids novels are about the harmony of nature and how people can truly screw up a wonderful world through politics and religion. What would you expect, or like to see, on the cover of the New Druids series?

GOLD winner of the Dan Poytner’s Global eBook Awards 2016

GEbA_GoldI admit to some degree of surprise but I am very honoured to have been recognised as the winner of GOLD in the category of Fantasy/Other Worlds in the Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards 2016 for Duilleog. Duilleog was my first novel in the New Druids series and a novel I wrote to fulfil a long-held desire to see my name on a novel. Now having published book two, and working on number three, I can only wonder how writing has become such a passion. If you haven’t read my two novels, please do so. And leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads!

I wrote Duilleog sometime ago and went through all the pain indie writers go through. Writing the novel was the easy part – it was the formatting, rules, publishing challenges, etc that plagued me. It took me nearly half a year to simply figure out the how of publishing. Craobh took me only nine months start to finish. Stoc will be about the same.

Thanks to the judges over at Dan Poynter’s. You honour me.

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