Saturday, June 14, 2014


WHAT WITH FINISHING THE EDITS FOR THE TATTOOED SEER for Lorina at Five Rivers, I've been handling a few last minute details as she prepares the galleys, including talking to Jeff Minkevics about the new cover (which I suspect will be similar to the one featured here). As the next couple of paragraphs may be a bit of a spoiler, don't read them if you don't want to know about some of the key incidents that occur in Seer. Lorina's given me the go-ahead to share the back jacket, so it follows below:

As she flees across Esbaña for a port to the New World, Miriam finds being the matriarch of her people, the mystical Diaphani, almost as difficult as being hunted by the Inquisition. Her deepening relationship with Joachín, patriarch and thief, is marred by the sudden return of Alonso, her ghostly love, whom she thought she had lost forever. In this alternate historical epic, Miriam’s world expands to the larger realms of Esbaña, the Papacy, and Inglais, where one spy in particular seeks tattoo magic to set a new queen upon the Inglaisi throne. Grand Inquisitor Tomás and other old rivals seek their vengeance against Miriam, while new ones fight to usurp her place. As she broadens her understanding of magical power, Miriam learns what it is to lead, to love, to forgive, and to change, for change she must, if she and her Tribe are to reach the New World.

The Tattooed Witch has been nominated for an Aurora award under Best English Novel, so the timing couldn't be better for the release of The Tattooed Seer, the second book in the trilogy. We are hoping to have it ready for When Words Collide in Calgary in August. I'll post a copy of the cover when I have it. As well, I seem to be getting a lot of interview time on Youtube, lately. This coming Wednesday, June 18th, I'll be involved in a Five Rivers interview with Lorina Stephens, Publisher, and Five Rivers authors, Dave Laderoute, Michael Plested, and Susan Forest. Dave, Susan, and I all have our work nominated for Aurora awards this year (Dave's YA novel, Out of Time has been nominated for Best English YA, and Susan's short story The Gift from the Urban Green Man anthology through Edge Books has been nominated under Best English Short Fiction.) Mike Plested's YA novel, Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero was nominated for an Aurora last year.

- Susan.

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