First off, let's talk title. Mine has officially changed. Remember this post where I announced that the series title is SKY JUMPERS? Well, we've decided that it's such a great name, that we are going to give the first book the same as the series title. So my book is now officially called...
The change came at the eleventh hour, just as the finishing touches are being made to my cover. I am thrilled with having the single name on the cover! I think it's making it look and feel and sound exactly the way it's supposed to be. Exactly right. Not to mention how awesome it looks.
Speaking of the look of my cover, I got to peek at it! Oh my gosh, you guys. It's so awesome, you're going to die. I am in love with it! I canNOT wait to show you. I'll give you a hint: green. An homage to the green bombs of WWIII that wiped out nearly all the earth's population.
But more than giving you a hint, I can finally share with you who this amazing cover illustrator is!
He is the third illustrator that Random House hired to create my cover, and as soon as I got word it was him (and then spent forever ogling his portfolio), I knew he was the one. The one who was going to make the perfect cover. When my editor sent his color sketch, I nearly died of happiness. Yep! Definitely the one.
Because, come on. Feast your eyes upon some of the art he's created for book covers.
Isn't he just beyond incredible? You can check out more of his portfolio here: Shannon Associates-- Owen Richardson (And of course, all these images are copyrighted, and shown by permission from the artist.)
Go ahead and just stare for a while. I don't blame you one bit.
Done? Okay, my last bit of news. The League of Extraordinary Writers has asked me to join their ranks! And in case you were wondering, I
Peppered Ginger CookiesRecipe by Amy Richardson3/4 cup Sugar, plus additional for coating3/4 cup Butter, softened1 large Egg1/4 cup Molasses2 cups Flour2 tsp. Baking Soda1/2 tsp. Salt1 tsp. Cinnamon1 tsp. Powdered Ginger1/2 tsp. Allspice1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper1/3 cup Crystallized Ginger, choppedPreheat oven to 350 degrees.Cream butter and sugar together, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and then add molasses. Combine flour and other dry ingredients, then add to the creamed butter and sugar mixture and mix.Form into 2 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place 2" apart on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes.
Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!