One thing I am conscious of in my books is I have explicitly tried to have several significant female leading characters. In particular there are four female characters who top the tables in terms of "time on camera" and numbers of scenes written from their points of view.
I wanted that pre-eminence to be reflected in the covers of the books.
- Niarmit, the eponymous Lady of the Helm, took pride of place on the cover of book one.
- Dema strutted her stuff on the cover of Wrath of the Medusa.
- That left two more women to share the limelight on the last book.
I know that some readers dislike seeing characters faces drawn on book covers. They feel it spoils their imagining of how the characters look when they see someone else's depiction of them. However, I felt that the mysterious hooded man or hooded woman concept had been rather done to death and I have to say, Paganus has captured the latest two exactly as I imagined them.
I hope the cover will pique some people's curiosity. I am straining to get book 3 finished by August, with probably editing and release date by October. But it is already nearly as long as Lady of the Helm and I am still embroiled in part three of five.
In the meantime I have continued to use the inspiring fantasy-faction short story competitions to come up with prequel short stories for the characters of the bloodline trilogy. As set out below.