Well, we're moving right along with the final and, might I say, best chapter of my Epertase trilogy. The Rise of Cridon will be released on Aug. 1, 2013 and I am excited today to show off the gorgeous cover by artist Steve Murphy.
Epertase 3 is a bittersweet book for me for a couple of different reasons. Firstly, it is the final book of my current four-book contract with Rhemalda. What that means is that anything I write from here on out will need to be submitted and accepted by some publisher or agent in hopes of receiving another publishing contract. Though I have full intentions of submitting my next work to Rhemalda first (as we have had a great working relationship), there is no guarantee that what I submit will be worthy of acceptance or fit within their plans. To be honest, I don't know if I have the energy to start all over again in search of a publisher, so let's hope what I write next doesn't suck.
Secondly, this book marks the end of my world of Epertase as far as my writing goes. With this release, I will be saying good-bye to Rasi, Alina, Simcane, and the entire cast to move onto something new. These are characters that I have spent countless hours creating and melding and in some cases killing and they hold a special place in my heart. I am a bit saddened to know that I won't be revisiting my Epertasian world anytime soon, if ever, and it's strange to finally say, "good-bye."
But the opposite side of that coin is how exhausted I am with that world. Writing a trilogy is long, hard work. Years and years of work for some people (and yes I am one of those people) and to come to its end is a bit of a relief as well. I am a different writer today than I was when I wrote Epertase 1. I feel I have evolved and improved and I am looking forward to showing you those improvement in new adventures far away from my Epertasian world. I am sooo ready to focus on other worlds and ideas, like I did with Tamed.
But mostly, I am excited for readers of my Epertase trilogy to experience what I believe is a worthy and exciting conclusion to my story. So, here is the cover for The Rise of Cridon, the final book of my Epertase trilogy. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
And here is the full cover art for the wrap-around cover.