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Cover for A World Too Near

This gorgeous Stephan Martiniere cover adorns my forthcoming novel, A World Too Near. (March, ’08.)

I couldn’t be more thrilled to have one of Martiniere’s uncanny, menacing, and yearning portraits for this book! A World Too Near is book two of my series, The Entire and The Rose, and as with the first book, Martiniere’s painting combines organic and inorganic shapes, vivid details, and a superb mastery of depth. Love the concept. Woman in evening gown overlooking battleground? Yow.

The other thing that succeeds so well here, in my opinion, is the ambiguity of the science fiction vs. fantasy styles. My series blends them, leaning to a fantasy feel. And that’s just the way Martiniere has conceived these covers. How extraordinary it is to see an artist depict your own story. As much as I’ve lived in the Entire (my alternate world) for the past five years, it seems Martiniere has gone there before me, or with a more perceptive eye. Thanks to Lou Anders at Pyr for matching my work with Stephan Martiniere. A brilliant stroke.

OK, done gushing.


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