Cover Reveal for The Lays of Anuskaya

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So here’s some exciting news. I have new covers!

As part of the gear-up for the release of my third book, The Flames of Shadam Khoreh, I’m also re-releasing The Winds of Khalakovo and The Straits of Galahesh. I have to admit some disappointment that the previous versions didn’t have a unifying theme. So I designed these around that basic premise, that they would look and feel like a series. I hope I’ve hit the mark.

I’m really proud of these covers. I’m glad that I could put my own spin on them. The artwork for Adam Paquette’s wonderful piece for The Winds of Khalakovo somehow turned out much darker than the original. Which was too bad, because there were so many beautiful color choices that became muted in doing so.

Likewise, Todd Lockwood’s great artwork for The Straits of Galahesh was a bit too segmented in the prior version. I really love the sense of vertigo you get from the picture, and to get it you really need to see more of the piece.

And finally, for completeness, here’s Aaron J. Riley’s wonderful piece for The Flames of Shadam Khoreh that I announced last week.

I’m immensely excited. I can’t wait to start getting these newly branded covers out to readers. More news on that in the coming days.

In the meantime, I’m going to glow in these wonderful pieces created by three great artists.


  1. Ryan Leduc

    February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I think the new cover design looks great.

    Best of luck with the launch of book three.

    • Brad

      February 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Ryan. I think they turned out well. I appreciate the support!

  2. Holly Heisey

    February 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Wow. Those paintings are gorgeous, and I love the black framing. It just makes it all look so elegant. Any plans for big posters?

    • Brad

      February 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Posters! No, I haven’t thought about it, but as pretty as these are, maybe I have to think about that more. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Shauna Roberts

    February 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Gorgeous covers! Good luck with self-publishing book #3 and with your new home at Daw.

    • Brad

      February 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks much, Shauna! I’m looking forward to both!

  4. Scott Marlowe

    February 20, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Awesome! I love the new covers. Sophisticated and professional with plenty of ‘wow’ factor.

    • Brad

      February 20, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Thanks, Scott! I appreciate the feedback. “Sophisticated and professional with plenty of ‘wow’ factor” was exactly what I was shooting for.

  5. R. H. Kanakia

    February 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

    These are some great covers, particularly’ Khalakavo’s. It’s such a grand image.

    • Brad

      February 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Thanks, Rahul. And agreed. I’ve always loved that illustration.