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SANGUINE Cover Reveal

14 May, 2014

It’s finally here: time to show off the cover of my soon-to-be self-published novel, Sanguine. I’ve been sitting on this for a while now, contenting myself with posting about self-publishing in general, as the cover was finished some time before I actually got to the end of my final round of edits. Those edits are finally done, though, and with the ebook just about put together, I thought it was time to share a few details . First, that lovely cover:



It’s been a pleasure to see this cover image come together, from the early sketches to the finished piece. I should confess, at this point, that my partner happens to be a very talented artist and graphic designer, so having this cover prepared wasn’t the onerous affair it might have been – he simply read the book, came up with a few ideas, and produced this design. I think I made one or two minor suggestions, and that was that. (My partner has also formatted the ebook, which saved me a whole world of trouble as he already understands things like fonts and Photoshop. I genuinely wouldn’t have known where to start.)

So, there’s the artwork, but what about the story itself? Here’s the blurb:

Ebony, a necromancer and a sanguine, has spent her life being distrusted for her blood magic. Even in the godless, magic-driven city of Jianyi, sanguineus isn’t welcome. However, she might finally have found a way to prove herself as the student of Brand, Master of the Guild of Necromancers – until she discovers he really wants her as a human sacrifice, to summon a banished death god.

As Ebony seeks a way to stop him and protect the city’s other sanguines, she will come up against necromancers and demons, find allies in assassins and illusionists, and confront not just Brand, but the buried history of her own magic – and the power it could bring.

Sanguine has been a long time in the making, as I blogged about in an earlier post. It’s hugely exciting, then, to finally be able to release it into the world. In the end, this self-publishing endeavour is something of an experiment (the whole thing has, so far, been put together without spending a single penny), but it’s been an enjoyable one, and I can’t wait to see the results.


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