Sunday, March 29, 2015

SOTC Cover Art Poll!

Hello friends, I have two things for you today.

The first is a treat. Please allow me to introduce the talented fellow who has been kind enough to take the job of cover artist for my novel "Sol of the Coliseum" (Fall 2015), Mr. Jonathan Guerdrum!

Jon is based out of Fort Collins and is becoming increasingly well known in the region for his whimsical beer art. 

Big Game Double IPA
Peaceful Penguin Sour

Seriously, how great are these? Like it? Check out lots more and buy some on Etsy

But Jon's also a self described "speculative fiction nut" and has a real talent with more fantasy themed pieces like these from his Facebook page:


I'm sure you can see why I thought of him when my publisher generously allowed me a little freedom when it came time to choose an artist for SOTC.

Long story short, I contacted Jon, we talked over beer, he said yes, the publisher said yet, and he and I have been working on the cover over the last few weeks!

I can tell you, if you've never had the pleasure of seeing one of your characters brought to life by a talented artist, I very much hope you get the chance someday. It's pretty thrilling.

So that's the first thing. The second? I would like your opinion on part of the cover for SOTC! The cover will feature Sol, the main character, and Sol's trademark helmet. Jon just sent me four choices for Sol's helmet. Please choose:

Choice 1: Simple helm, tapered spikes.
Choice 2: Crested helm, bladed spikes.

1) Your favorite helmet
2) Your favorite spike design
Choice 4: Rimmed helm, slanted spikes.
Choice 3: Hammered helm, even spikes.

Then post them to the comments! Then tell your friends! You can be part of designing the cover for my book! And I'll love you for it!

Also, don't forget to stop in on Tuesday for another writing tip, this time from the nicest blogger on the internet, Mr. Jeff Hargett!


  1. Wow, as an artist myself, I can't help but be in awe of Jon's artwork. Those beer pieces are so cute, and the fantasy-themed ones are simply breathtaking. No wonder you wanted him to do your cover!

    As for Sol's helmet, I really like the overall look for choice #2, especially when it comes to the spikes!

    1. Thanks Heather, I was really hoping you would comment. I'll mark you down for #2.


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