Third time's a charm

I swear this is the last time I'm going to redesign the covers for my Protectors series. Yes, I'm still working on the other two books. I know the few people who actually read The Sixth Seal have probably given up on me ever finishing the series, but I am actually getting closer. Book two is completely outlined and I've even written several chapters.

I'm kind of glad that I've put them off as long as I have. I think I'm a better writer now, and I've also come up with some really great plot twists for both books. It's taking me so long I think because I'm still really proud of the first book (of course it could be better in places, but I don't cringe when I read it, and the story still gives me goosebumps when I read it). I also agonize over it because I have the movie version of the series playing out in my head and it is epic. So epic in fact that I wonder if I'm really up to writing it, hence the re-re-designed covers. These new covers better reflect the progression of the story and of Ana Eloise's character growth. She's brash and passionate in the first book, in the second she'll come into her own and feel more confident in her abilities, by the third book we'll find Ana much wiser, if somewhat disheartened about how things have turned out.

The books are all about Ana and how love and compassion truly can conquer all. These themes are all the more relevant than when I wrote the first book, and they'll be central to the rest of the narrative. Since Anastasie Eloise Bertrand is the woman who brings all of this love and compassion to the universe (granted, sometimes she delivers it with a side of ass know, tough love and all), I thought she should be prominent on all of the covers. I'm only going to show you the new cover for The Sixth Seal right now, but the others will reflect her growth and I'm really excited about them. My art helps to invigorate my writing. I love to write, but at heart I'm still a very visual person.

Anyway, without further ado...

I hope you like it. I know I do. I think it communicates Ana's brash and kick ass attitude in the first book. If you look closely at the sky around her head, you'll see some of the inner magic of the Eye of Jupiter. If you don't know what that means, then you should read the book. While you're at it, you should check out my ongoing serial, Trapper's Glen, at Selected Serials. It's not as action packed as The Sixth Seal, but it's a great trippy read...kind of like Twin Peaks, but not as abstract. I think you'll really enjoy the dialogue between Lee and Tallup...I know I do.


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