Cover Reveal for DESTRUCTION by Sharon Bayliss

Howdy, dark fantasy readers!

One of my fellow Curiosity Quills authors, Sharon Bayliss, is set to release her latest novel, DESTRUCTION, on April 14th. Today she unleashes the glory of her novel cover upon the world.

No Ashton Kutchers were harmed in the making of this book cover.

No Ashton Kutchers were harmed in the making of this book cover.

Here’s a message from Sharon Bayliss:

“The butterfly will show up on the cover of all four books in the series, as a symbol of redemption, hope, and re-birth. Despite the dark themes in the series, I believe that the most important themes of the series are hopeful ones, such as love, family, and triumph against adversity, which is why the butterfly is in the center.

The broken glass surrounding the butterfly rather obviously symbolizes the concept of destruction, which is also a central theme. The title Destruction refers to the fact that dark magic is inherently destructive, but also refers to how a person can be destroyed, in body or soul.

One thing I was sure of, I wanted the word, Destruction, to be in ‘pretty’ letters. I loved the contrast of having a dark and violent word look beautiful. This also fits the theme, as I wish to show the beauty in darkness and destruction, and the good in people who are supposed to be evil.”

Inherently destructive magic… sounds familiar! Want to know more? Here’s the blurb…

“David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.

Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.”

If you’re an urban fantasy/dark fantasy reader, and this sounds like your particular brand of vodka, let her know. She’s looking for reviewers and blog hosts for her book release event. Have some time and are interested in an ARC? Got some blog space and have an interest in making a stop for her blog tour? You can contact her HERE. I recommend that you require a bribe of Girl Scout cookies. Thin mints, or samoas in a pinch. Tagalongs are for chumps.

Cover Reveal – The Curse Merchant

This journey began in May of 2011, shortly after I completed the first draft of Omnipotence. I got the idea for a story that blended a Jim Butcher style of urban fantasy with a more grounded, gritty realism bearing noir themes. I went through five different plot ideas before I landed on the skeleton of what would become The Curse Merchant.

It would be my sixth completed novel, but as I wrapped up drafting, I realized it was the first book I had written that had real commercial potential. I got excited. I took a course on editing, ran it past several beta readers, made painful deep revisions, and put as fine a polish on it as I could muster.

This novel spent six months on an agent query safari, and received lots of interest. Then I made my decision last month to self-publish. A chain of events cascaded, building its own momentum, leading up to this point. I hired a professional editor and an artist to create the cover art.

And now I’m thrilled to announce that The Curse Merchant will be available for purchase as an ebook on October 31st, 2012. So grab a big red sharpie and jot down “Buy J.P. Sloan’s Debut Novel” in big fat red letters on your calendars, just before trick-or-treating.

I chose Halloween for my release date partly because I’m unspeakably pretentious, but also because Curse Merchant carries deep themes of dark mystery, of sinister forces that lie just outside our notice. I think that really sums up the purpose of Halloween. It’s a time for suspending our disbelief, for questioning whether there’s a reason we’re afraid of the dark.

And this is just the beginning! I have the sequel already outlined, and have begun mapping out single-paragraph synopses of subsequent books. The Dark Choir series begins here…

And now, because I know you’re all eager to see it, here’s the cover for The Curse Merchant:

I’d like to thank Travis at ProBookCovers for his patience. Turns out I’m kind of particular when it comes to cover art, but he stayed with it until I had something I was excited about… and I am!

So there you go… October 31st.

Halloween Day.

The Dark Choir awakens!

Curse Merchant Announcement Coming on Monday

Hello, my friends… I wanted to give all of my blog readers a heads-up.

There will be news on Monday, Oct 1. Right here, on this blog, I will be revealing the cover for The Curse Merchant.

But wait, there’s more! I will also be announcing CM‘s release date.

In other news, I’ve decided it’s time to update my photos on my social media. Believe it or not, I’m no longer rocking a goatee. So this evening I’ll be taking up bar stool space at a lovely colonial era tavern for new headshots and promotional photos. With any luck at all, I won’t break the camera.

So, be sure to tune into the blog on Monday and check out the cover art, and find out when you’ll get a chance to purchase The Curse Merchant online. Maybe bring a friend or two…