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New “DART” cover released!

I’m delighted to finally have the new eBook cover for DART out on Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and Smashwords. If you’ve seen the earlier versions (check previous blog entries), you might notice that Dart has had a haircut, and Amarth is now wearing a sword belt.

Here is the eBook cover:

The paperback version is also now available from Amazon US. There appears to be a glitch in sending author copies to Australia at present, so I haven’t been able to obtain any from this source. As a fall back, I’ve set up DART on Ingram Spark and am presently waiting for a proof copy to arrive – hopefully in the coming week. This is a step I need to complete before launching the DART competition (mentioned on an earlier post) where readers have a chance to win a free paperback copy, signed by me with a dedication of your choice and delivered to your preferred address.

Here is the new paperback cover:

Can you spot a subtle difference between the two front cover images?

If you can – leave a comment below. Again, no prize for this other than a virtual pat on the back and bragging rights.

Gary McCluskey – take a bow!

The beautifully detailed cover was created by Gary McCluskey, a US based artist who has done covers for some of my favorite authors, including Roger Zelazny and Edgar Rice Burroughs. You can check out some of Gary’s brilliant work at: https://garymccluskey.carbonmade.com/

It was Gary’s idea to incorporate the pillars into the spine and borders, and to add the triple throwing knives emblem above the title on the spine. I think those details with their references to key elements of Dart’s story add a touch of class to the finished cover. Let me know what you think.

Finally, in the month since my last update here, our world has changed significantly and not for the better. Take care of yourselves and others. Follow the Covid-19 containment rules and practices, however draconian they may seem, and maintain whatever levels of separation are necessary for us to get through this testing time. Be well.

All the best,

Dale

  1. Tanushri A
    29/03/2020 at 4:11 am

    The cover looks FABULOUS! All the new details and the background seems to bring the picture to life. Hats off to Gary McCluskey! I checked out his website and all of those covers are just awesome…
    What exactly will the DART competition be about?

    And that subtle difference. I think I’ve spotted it. The knife in Dart’s hand has sparkle on the edge in the paperback cover.

    Hope you and you’re family is doing well in this time of peril. The quarantine has at least helped me to catch up with my reading as well as studies.
    Best wishes
    -Tanushri

  2. 29/03/2020 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Tanushri,

    Glad you like the cover. Gary is a really talented artist!
    I’ll be able to post details of the DART competition as soon as I confirm (from the Ingram Spark proof) that I can obtain the prizes. It will feature a few questions that anyone who has read DART shouldn’t find too difficult to answer. 🙂
    And congratulations on correctly spotting the gleaming blade on the paperback cover!
    More details on the competition will be up here soon, as well as some other new content which I hope you will find of interest.
    Enjoy your reading, and most of all, keep safe!
    Dale

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