OK, I know I said I was off social media for all of June (and I almost made it) but sometimes, things come up. Like, the official release of a cover for a new book. While I was off-line, it turns out that my publisher released the cover for Spaced Out (the sequel to Space Case). And they also revealed the new release date for that book: April 5, 2016. In the meantime, check out the awesome cover (once again, the amazing work of Lucy Cummins):
Now, I know there has already been a little bit of media buzz on this, mostly circulating around the question, “Why a milk carton?” And some folks have already nailed the answer: because there was a period of time when the faces of kids who had gone missing were placed on milk cartons. Hopefully, this has allowed people to deduce what this novel is about: It’s not another murder on the moon. Instead, this time, one of the lunarnauts mysteriously vanishes. (I will post more details about this in a while.)
Anyhow, I hope you all think this cover is as great as I do. (If you haven’t already, look closely at that cow on the side of the milk carton. It has a space helmet on.)
Meanwhile, there’s some other book cover news to share. Did you know that book covers go through drafts, just like books themselves? Some of you might recall that the cover for ‘Poached’ changed from the original release cover, going from a darker color scheme to a more eye-catching lighter color scheme. Well, something similar has happened with the cover of ‘Big Game.’ The original cover had a black rhino on it, but we noticed that the black rhino kept fading into the background (especially when viewed on computer screens). Plus, the rhino in the story isn’t black anyhow. It’s gray. So the cover has been altered to now feature a more eye-catching gray rhino:
Better, right? Oh, and for those of you who have been asking, the movie ‘Big Game’ which came out last weekend had nothing to do with my book. This just happens some times. There’s only so many titles to go around out there. To be honest, I have no idea why a movie about a US President (played by Samuel L Jackson) on the run from assassins in Finland is called ‘Big Game,’ but that’s the title and there was nothing we could do about it. Sorry for any confusion.