'A Sovereign's Honour' wasn't the only one of my books to get a new look last week. The third 'Queen's Heart' book, 'The Power of Four Queens' was also refreshed. The original cover, with which I was never very happy (although it was the best I could manage at the time) featured multiple crowns. This one, which shows the Dark Lord, Darank, in profile, is altogether more in keeping with the subject matter and ethos of the book. It is the only one of the 'Avalind' books to have a monochrome cover, and that is entirely intentional, underlining the grimness of life under his thumb - yet a tiny glimmer of light lingers, symbolising hope.
The switch to Linux continues. 'The Author's Manual', all of the 'Rutter' books and 'Usurper' have now been converted and fully reformatted. While doing 'A Sovereign's Honour', I also decided on an new cover. The original cover, designed by my son, Paul, showed the hilt of a sword with entwined snakes. Unfortunately, that image was lost when the Mac expired and the Kindle and paperback versions had to make do with different covers for a while. That has now been put right with this new cover for both. This one should give you an idea of what Avalind looks like. It was a work of real trial and error because this is my first cover created entirely in GIMP (a Photoshop-like program that was originally written for Linux, but is now available for all operating systems). GIMP has a reputation for being difficult to learn, and it certainly took a bit of trial and error. I hope you like it.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.