If you’re very eagle-eyed you might have noticed the appearance of my two latest covers on various bookselling websites over the last week or so. But I planned to save the official shouting, whooping, galloping around the house like a horse bit aka THE COVER REVEAL (S) for my monthly slot here on GHB. In other words, I wanted to share them with you.
So, first up: STRANGE STAR.
It’s by the brilliant Julian De Narvaez, who has designed all my covers now, in collaboration with the exceptionally talented Will Steele at Faber. I ADORE this one because it captures the gothic mystery of the story perfectly. And yes, there’s plenty of thunder and lightning in it too! The story begins at the Villa Diodati in Switzerland on the night in 1816 Lord Byron met with Percy Shelley and Mary Godwin (later Shelley) to tell ghost stories. The house in Julian’s design is the real Villa Diodati, which still stands on the shores of Lake Geneva today. On the finished copies the title STRANGE STAR and the lightning will be in SILVER FOIL. WHOOP! As you can tell, I’m pretty excited!
And here’s the front cover WITH QUOTES!
FROST HOLLOW HALL
My publishers also decided it was time to give Frost Hollow Hall, my debut from 2013, a bit of a makeover. This was the only one of my book covers Julian hadn’t designed, so it seemed a good idea for all the books to have that unique De Narvaez look. Now, I loved the original Frost Hollow cover, so these were big shoes- or should I say ice skates- to fill. What I love about Julian’s version is the snowy colours of the design- there will be foil on this one too!- and how ADORABLE Tilly looks. The skates, the house, the lake are just how they were in my mind’s eye when I wrote the story. So, does Julian manage it? Tilly herself would probably say, ‘of course he flipping well does!’ And so do I.
Hope you think so too!
Front cover with quotes! (this photo shows the colours better too)