Since Sarwat Chadda (author of Devil's Kiss) and I are such good buddies, he sent me the uber secret preview of the cover of the sequel, The Dark Goddess, coming in 2010.
Awesome looking, isn't? I'm usually not a fan of seeing the MC's face but I still love this one. And I like the way that the cover wraps around to the back of the book.
The cool Russian cathedral, falling snow, wolves (gotta be weres) and her killer outfit (well she is an assassin of sorts) all make for a great visual. I'm sold!
THE DARK GODDESS will take Billi to Russia to rescue Vasilisa, a young girl Billi’s promised to protect. To save her, Billi must defeat the werewolves that serve the witch Baba Yaga – and the Dark Goddess herself.
Baba Yaga is sickened by the destruction and corruption humanity has spread across the natural world. She recognises mankind has become a plague upon the Earth, and her duty is clear: to cleanse the planet and rid it of the pestilence of Man. Billi is sent to stop her, but does she have the right?Betrayed and alone, Billi faces a final mighty battle in the abandoned ruins of Chernobyl.
If you haven't read Devil's Kiss, I do recommend it. You can read my review here.
Devil's Kiss Synopsis:
Billi SanGreal is the first girl in the Knights Templar, and the most kick butt weapon-wielding heroine around. At fifteen, her life is a rigorous and brutal round of weapons practice, demon killing and occult lore – and a whole lot of bruises. But then, she didn’t have much choice.
Her father, the Templar Master, forced her to take this path. There is no sacrifice Arthur will not make in his war against the Unholy. But Billi hates the Order, and she hates him too.
Tempted by a chance to live a different kind of life and reject everything her father wants her to be, she learns to her horror that she may unwittingly have brought down the Tenth Plague upon humanity – the death of all first born. Faced with choosing her destiny, she must make sacrifices greater than she could have imagined.
Here are the two covers for Devil's Kiss. The left is the UK version and the US is on the right. I'm really torn between the two. I'm guessing the US version got the better feedback since The Dark Goddess so far only has this one cover being promoted.
What do you think of the covers? Preferences? Comments?
And by the way, the bit about Sarwat and I being such personal friends... just a bit of hyperbole, folks. I got the update on the cover because I signed up for his email updates.
You can get more info on Sarwat and his books on his website and his blog. Both are excellent and he even has some short stories for your reading pleasure.
Another good book to look forward to in 2010!