I like it when I can post a cover reveal. Like release days, cover reveal days don’t come around nearly often enough. Which just means they’re never commonplace.
I probably annoyed the socks off my cover designer, Miranda from Pavelle Art, over this one. Taz and Hiro’s story snuck up on me and turned into something a little unexpected while I was writing it. So, of course, I had no idea what I wanted on the cover. Miranda went through a bunch of ideas until she hit on this one, which I fell in love with.
My own attempts to describe the story’s vibe were far too maudlin. This cover, I feel, has the right level of despondency, while still hinting at the story…
And here it is – the cover reveal for my fantasy novella Repeat Offence:
Repeat Offence is the story of warriors Taz and Hiro, who give their lives to end a war only to face the Judges and being accused of having squandered so sacred a gift. Nothing they say will persuade the Judges that their sacrifice was anything other than glorified suicide, and for that they’re sentenced to eternal life. Apart.
The voice I had inmy ear from the beginning, was Taz’s. And that alone was unusual. I don’t oftenwrite first person POV. I tried it when I was younger and found the format toorestrictive for the stories I tried to tell. But… I’ve grown up since thenand, these days, when I get a character tell me story, I tend not to runscreaming in the other direction. I listened to Taz, and I wrote that story.
Repeat Offence had an extra challenge for me. One I didn’t even realise until I was talking to Miranda and she asked what the characters looked like. While I could describe Hiro in great and loving detail – Chris Hemsworth, anyone? – I found I didn’t have a clue what Taz looked like. More to the point, I had no idea whether Taz was male / female / both / other.
And it didn’t mattera jot.
It still doesn’t.
As far as I’m concerned, Repeat Offence is a fantasy love story.
A story of two people who do what they feel is right, and deal with the consequences. A story where endings turn into beginnings over and over. Where Taz is a voice in my ear, telling a tale of sacrifice and suffering, despair and hope, defiance and abiding love.
I’m perfectly fine with that.
Repeat Offence is a 21k/ 66 page paranormal fantasy novella. It has just gone up for preorder on amazon, and will be released to all retailers on August 14th.