Monday, May 12, 2014

Late IWSG Post and Cover Reveal, Rolled Into One

Dang it, I missed last Wednesday's Insecure Writer's Support Group post, so I hope to make amends today. My work week got away from me. I seriously think I need a vacation.

My edits for my second book, Shadow Warrior, came back a couple of weeks ago, and I've started the process of working on edits. I guess I'm like many writers who have gone through a big debut, and expectations are high.

So there's pressure. But I think a lot of that is internal. I'm tough on myself, and I guess the good thing is that my debut didn't exactly light the world on fire. It's done okay, I guess. So book #2 is another step towards building my little library.

Shadow Warrior is a direct continuation of my first novel, Dragonfly Warrior. Many have said that my first book reminded them of an action packed Western. A "samurai western" is a good way to describe it. That makes sense, since most of it takes place in an alternative North America. The cover's colors reflect that western, earthy feel.

For my second book, I wanted to take the setting more international. The action takes place in England and all over Asia. And the book is overall much darker. I believe in making your hero suffer. And my hero continues his fall in a HUGE way in this book. So I had the cover artist make sure that the colors are more subdued and darker to match the mood of the story.

Here's the cover for Shadow Warrior...

Art by Enggar Adirassa. Typesetting/Formatting by Jen Howard

The agony of a failed quest haunts Kanze Zenjiro, but the betrayal by those he once trusted has turned his world upside down. With a heart full of hatred and defeat, Zen is desperate to return home and demand the truth from his father.

Meanwhile, the Iberian Empire sends their soaring airships and steam-powered giants into the Orient. They threaten to upset the balance of power, hoping to exploit the faraway land in their greed for the resources needed to power their machines. Zen and his companions must fight to keep the world from plunging into total destruction.

And at the center of it all is a nine year old boy with the power of a god.

That's still my main character, Zen, on the cover. He's ditched the traditional samurai top knot hairstyle and his armor. For those that read Dragonfly Warrior, that will make sense. There's also a female assassin by the name of Suzume with him. So yes, there is some ROMANCE in this book to go along with my usual kick ass action. And that is a locomobile in the background exploding. It's like a regular steam train locomotive that doesn't need tracks. Cool huh?

Shadow Warrior's release date is scheduled for August 4, 2014.

34 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Second cover is really cool!
Adding a little romance is a good idea. (Trust me.)
And no worries on a little late.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats, Jay. You start with one book and just keep building your library.

River Fairchild said...

Both of your covers are awesome, Jay! Congrats on roaring toward the finish line. I'm amazed with your busy schedule!

Tony Laplume said...

You've hit gold with the cover a second time.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Like that cover! And the idea of a locomobile sounds awesome. Good luck with everything!

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Thanks! And yes, nothing wrong with a little romance!

Diane: That's the plan: to just keep plugging away

River: Thanks so much. I really just need a little breathing room soon. Don't want to get burned out with work.

Tony: I appreciate the feedback!

Madeline: Who needs tracks? Sorry, I have Back to the Future on the brain.

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats! It's certainly a moody cover, I think it'll have people intrigued. I'm going to share the cover on Friday, if that's cool.

Jay Noel said...

Nick: Great! Thanks again.

Robin said...

I really like the cover of this one. I can't believe your release date is fast approaching on the second one in this series. Time is flying by and I am NOT keeping up.

Pat Dilloway said...

That's a great cover. I don't know if it's a negative comment or not to say the guy makes me think of Keanu Reeves. Anyway, I'll have to circle August 4 on my calendar.

Lexa Cain said...

I know that song - "My Debut Book Didn't Light the World on Fire." I know it well, actually. I really like the play of light in your cover. Very eye-catching. Good luck with your edits!

Jay Noel said...

Robin: I've been working on these projects for a long time, and my plan was to release them somewhat close together, so that's part of it too.

Pat: You're the second one to say that. When I looked, you're right! Reminds me of Keanu Reeves from Point Break. And thanks!

Lexa: Ha! We're in the same club, it seems.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I'm so excited for this book. It looks incredible.

T. S. Bazelli said...

That cover's awesome! And I do enjoy a little romance with my action. Nothing wrong with that at all :)

cleemckenzie said...

How great to have your next book ready to launch this year. Congratulations. And I think your covers are super.

Jay Noel said...

Michael: Thanks for your support, as always!

T.S.: I kinda didn't have room for romance in my first book, but I knew I wanted there to be a romantic element in book #2. Getting lots of help from my romance writer buddies

Cleem: I'm excited about it, hoping to avoid the "sophomore slump."

Cherie Reich said...

Love the cover! Congrats, Jay!

Loni Townsend said...

That cover is superb. I really like the play of light behind the characters, and the dark colors gives it that ominous tone. Very well done. Congrats!

DEZMOND said...

oooh, I like this one even better than the previous one!

Jay Noel said...

Cherie: Thanks Cherie!

Loni: Yes, the explosion in the back really gives the cover a nice contrast. The light-play is pretty amazing.

Dez: Why thank you, Dez!

Crystal Collier said...

Woot, woot! Yay for Jay! I'm super stoked for your second book, and yes, let's get dark and dangerous. =) Torture those characters so their triumph can be that much greater!

The Desert Rocks & Intangible Hearts said...

Very cool cover. It makes you want to go on the adventure with the two characters immediately!

Jay Noel said...

Crystal: Exactly right. Suffering makes for a great story.

Eve: Thanks so much! Go Keanu!

Leigh Covington said...

Hi Jay! I've been seeing this cover around, and it is excellent. You sound like you are making good decisions about color choices, and things like that which affect the readers perception of things. Shadow Warrior sounds AWESOME, and I am all for dark and dangerous! Can't wait to read it!

Kimberly said...

Our poor characters - always having to suffer! :) I love the cover, your cover artist really rocks.

Nicki Elson said...

Have you see Goodfell's? If so, you know that scene after Henry gets arrested for the first time when Paulie (or someone) says "Hey, you broke your cherry" and they welcome him into the club? That's sorta how I feel with you right now - you've gotten over the hump of that first book and #2's release will still be nervewracking, but you'll have your feet more firmly on the ground.

Congrats on another fabulous cover!

Emily R. King said...

I do love that cover, Jay. I look forward to reading it!

Ellie Garratt said...

Another stunning cover, Jay. If you need any promotion help when the book comes out, let me know!

David List said...

Dude, once again, your cover art rocks. Way to go. Offering an early congrats on the release!

jaybird said...

I love the art on the cover Jay. Best of luck with this. And if you feel like you need a vacation, you probably do need one. Take it from me and take even a weekend to get away. IT makes a world on difference!!

Maurice Mitchell said...

That cover is everywhere Jay and I still love it. It's interesting that it has a more sci-fi feel than the last one.

David P. King said...

I'm down with darker, and so cool that your world is expanding. Believe you me, I sure could go for a vacation right about now myself. :)

Mr. Shife said...

Looks good, Jay. Best of luck to you buddy.

Milo James Fowler said...

"Samurai western" -- I like it. Very cool cover, to boot. Keep building that "little library."

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