I've just stuck up the cover and a brand-new excerpt from Nomad over on the Faery Rebels Tumblr, but it seemed only fair to repost here for my dear LJ friends:

Nomad hi-res cover image

Slightly spoilery excerpt below... )
I was not expecting to be able to share this with you until September, but my lovely editor Sarah has given the go-ahead. So here, without further ado, is the UK cover for Swift:


Doesn't Ivy look gorgeous? The cover artist is a talented American illustrator named Rory Kurtz, and I absolutely love his style. I'm so delighted with the way this cover turned out and I hope you love it too!

And yes, it will be shiny like all my other UK book covers. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the foil looks with the beautiful turquoise background.

As for the release date... if all goes as planned (D.V.), Swift will be coming out in the UK on March 1, 2012.

Questions? Thoughts? Leave them in comments!

And here's the full layout including spine and back copy:


Coming from Orchard Books UK in May 2011.
I have permission to share my UK cover!

And it is THE BOMB )

[livejournal.com profile] cesario accused me of selling my soul for diabolical purposes to get Brian Froud as my cover artist, but it was pure serendipity, honest. Seems like he just happened to have this fierce-looking white-haired teenaged faery in his portfolio...

Anyway, the final product has an iridescent overlay, so it will be even more cool and shiny when I get the finished proofs in the mail -- which are supposed to be arriving soon. Yay!

*runs off to make LJ icons*

HB and HBP

Jun. 10th, 2005 10:15 pm
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First, I'd like to wish a very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] shoebox2, who has recently returned to the Canadian Idol recapping scene with the advent of CI3 -- huzzah!

Second, in regard to the just-released full cover of HBP, [livejournal.com profile] lizbee and I had this conversation on IM tonight:

Possibly spoilery speculation about hands )

Make of that what you will. I feel pretty confident I'm right, though.

ETA: Further commentary on the hands thing )
We know a few new things: Spoilers and Speculations )

I was kind of meh before this, but now I'm pumped. Especially now I've seen that UK adult cover. Whee!
Sometimes cover versions are as good as the original (i.e. Jesse Cook's lovely, Spanish-guitar version of "Fall At Your Feet", or george's remake of "Under The Milky Way"). Sometimes they are better (Aztec Camera's brilliant acoustic take on Van Halen's "Jump", ). And sometimes they make you want to pound your fists on the floor and cry "No! No! Why did you have to ruin that song?"

I don't have anything against No Doubt, honestly. I mean, I know nothing about them. None of their past singles have succeeded in annoying me (mind you, they didn't thrill me either). And I figure, if they like Talk Talk they must have some sort of musical taste. I wasn't even against the idea of them doing a cover version of "It's My Life". I was quite curious about it, in fact, so I listened to it today.

Unfortunately, all I can say right now is "agggggggggggggghhhhhhhhh!!!" I feel like I need to listen to the original Talk Talk version again, preferably multiple times, to wash Gwen Stefani's screechy voice and that horribly flat instrumentation out of my ears. The best thing about it was the bass line -- and that was basically the same as the original version. Oh, please, please, people who like this song and have not heard the original, go listen to Talk Talk instead, and do yourself a very great favour. The real version has bird cries! And trumpeting elephants! But best of all, it has Mark Hollis, whose voice is by no means conventional, but who knows how to put actual emotion into a song instead of just whining it.

*sticks pinky fingers in ears and twists them around*

*deletes MP3 from playlist*

*feels better*


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