Monday, November 4, 2013

Dragonfly Warrior Bonus Art

This has been a fun start to the month. NaNoWriMo is in full swing, and if you're curious, you can see my progress over on my sidebar. I need to write a ton in the first half, knowing my word count will dry up in a couple weeks.

Also, another big thanks to those bloggers that shared my cover reveal the last several days. I look forward to seeing more posts throughout this week. I will draw the winner for the cool bookmark out of my steampunk hat next week. I decided to go old school with the drawing instead of using Rafflecopter.

The responses to my cover reveal have far exceeded my expectations, and I've gotten a bunch of emails asking for more information on Dragonfly Warrior, so I decided to share a little more today.

Below are two central characters that accompany Zen on his quest in the New World:

Enapay
"How about a little wager?"

Enapay is a member of the Nabeho Tribe in Southwestern Agrios. He's an inventor and engineer who built his own airship. Enapay has a problem with stealing and gambling, but deep down, he's a good guy who just needs a little direction in his life. He is a direct foil for the idealistic Zen. The two stand on opposite sides on many things, but that's a major reason why they become good friends.


Neva (Geneva Bouvier)
Never get between a pissed off mother and her child!

Neva is an ex-pistoleer in the Francian Army. She led a small battalion during the Rebellion against the Iberian Empire. After the death of her husband, she married a wealthy criminal to support her nine year old son. When her child is kidnapped, Neva goes across the Atlantica Ocean to Agrios to get her boy back. Neva is a strong mother figure, but she's one not to mess with. She is the fastest gunslinger in all of Europa. And she's angry.


The world I created in Dragonfly Warrior is an alternate universe, but it's definitely late 1800s with a very different take on the Industrial Revolution. Everything is powered by steam, and whatever nation possesses the biggest and baddest machines rule.

I drew from all different mythology in this series too. Lots of Greek, Japanese, Chinese, and even Norse myths are intertwined. The Odyssey and King Arthur are two of my favorites. But I also grew up with Westerns and martial arts movies, so you can be there's lots of that in there too. And what's a steampunk book without pirates? I know, it all sounds like such a weird mishmash, but it works (without being cheesy).

I wanted a cover that screamed ACTION and FUN, and I love how it reminds me of old comic books and pulp fiction. However, beneath that cover, I've created a rich world with many literary themes and elements that weave a tale of adventure, betrayal, and old fashioned good vs evil.


35 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those are cool! Will they be in the book as well?
Your cover has been everywhere and all comments have been very positive.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I was able to snag the cover artist to make these as well. They will be featured in a book trailer, and I was thinking about adding them as a bonus in the paperback.

Pat Dilloway said...

Neva's pretty hot. With the holidays and such in November I never understand why they chose that month for Nano. August would be better since you have 31 days and no holidays except people who go on vacation but then they'd have something to do on the beach.

Jay Noel said...

Pat: I know you got a thing for redheads. And I agree. August would be great. November is a tough time of year.

David P. King said...

I'm seriously excited about this, Jay. First in line for your book. I revealed your cover today, too. Now off to NaNoing! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

I love Neva!

Jay Noel said...

David: Great! I'll go there now to check it out.

Carol: Me too!

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome. I'm so glad you've had a wonderful response! Your blurb is amazing, and the cover is fabulous.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Oh, nice. It's great to see who some of these characters are. Such fantastic art.

Maurice Mitchell said...

This is amazing stuff Jay. The art is beautiful and the concept inspired. Can't wait for it to hit the best sellers list.

Jay Noel said...

Crystal: I've had a great response, thanks to you!

Michael: I'm a visual person, so it's always interesting to see who I imagine characters vs what the author had in mind.

Maurice: Thanks! That would be something...

Elise Fallson said...

All kinds of awesome in this post. (:
Congrats Jay.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks Elise!

River Fairchild said...

I can't wait to read this and so glad you're finally getting it out there. The cover rocks!

JJ said...

Jay: Found you on Robin's site and I am now your newest follower. Congrats on your book!

M Pax said...

Ooo! Bonus art! How wonderful. You do have an awesome cover, Jay. How long until we can read it?

Jay Noel said...

River: I'm pretty excited about finally get this book out there

JJ: Thanks for coming by!

Mary: January 6th!

Brinda said...

I love the character of Neva--very cool. Jan. 6th will be here before you know it.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Those will be in the book trailer? Very nice!

Jay Noel said...

Brinda: I know! I'm going through one final time in preparation for handing it over to the graphic designer.

L Diane: Yup! It'll be simple and short, but it will center around the art created for this book. Can't wait to show it to everyone.

Rusty Webb said...

Great bonus art. Your worldbuilding sounds pretty awesome too. Looking forward to reading.

Carrie Butler said...

I love the art! :)

Melanie Schulz said...

Wow. And I thought the cover was cool.

Miranda Hardy said...

Very cool art and characters. Can't wait to read all about them in your books.

DEZMOND said...

delightful pics, Papa Noel :) Although I admit I didn't know Neva was a girl just from the pic :) Had to read the text underneath :)

Pk Hrezo said...

Oh cool! I can tell it's gonna be fantastic! Wow I cant believe you're doing NaNo AND planning a release. I'm already pulling my hair out. lol

Mark Noce said...

Your book looks rad! Where did you find such great cover artists? :)

mail4rosey said...

I saw this over at Robin's Blog (Your Daily Dose). Congrats to you!

Jay Noel said...

Rusty: World building is really fun for me.

Carrie: Me too!

Melanie: I know. These blew me away when the artist showed them to me.

Miranda: Thanks!

Dez: She is a bit masculine, as I wanted to portray her beauty in a different way.

Pk: I'm already there!

Mark: It's the same cover artist - and he was from my last publisher. When I got my rights back, I bought my cover art from them.

mail4rosey: Thanks so much!!!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Your book seems to combine so many of my favorite type characters. I thought it would be a great book for my son but the more I hear about it, the more I think it's for me.

Nicki Elson said...

Ohh, this is fun seeing the other characters. Your cover is one of the most fun I've seen in a long time - and I think the mishmash sounds excellent.

David List said...

I'm stoked for you, bro. I dig the art. Love the sound of the mash-up of ideas and genres. I hate things that can be tucked neatly into a box, restating the same thing over and over.
Way to break out, says I.

jaybird said...

Big congrats to you Jay!! I have seen your cover all over today and I am so very excited for you and this story. That art is amazing and I love your unique concept. Best of luck with everything. I'm routing for you!

Jay Noel said...

Susan: Such kind words! Thanks so much. I do hope you read it.

Nicki: Yes, that's what I was going for. Comic bookish/pulp fiction kinda vibe. Although my book isn't shallow, and I hope it surprises my readers.

David: I really wanted to create something new. But most of all, I wanted to write something that had elements of literature that I personally love.

jaybird: Thanks so much!!!

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