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“Berry Face,” Book Two of “Sharp Teeth, Flat teeth.”

said on June 7th, 2017 filed under: Art work and photography, Berry Face, Sharp Teeth

Two paintings by Deg Philip for “Berry Face,” Book Two of “Sharp Teeth, Flat Teeth.”

Here’s the preliminary study for the book cover:

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And here’s an illustration for an early scene.  Those of you who have read “Azriel Dancer” may recognize the scene from early in the adult series, “Daughters of the Kali Yuga,” the scene when Azriel is fleeing from the destruction of Shiva Puri. Yes, the two series overlap!  But, shhhh, do not tell anyone.

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The Bookseller in Grass Valley, California

said on March 1st, 2017 filed under: Art work and photography

<sing along>

Dreams can come true, it can happen to you . . .

Bookseller display

. . . at “The Bookseller” in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Bookseller

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Birth Announcement–THREE PAWS

said on December 22nd, 2016 filed under: Art work and photography, Three Paws

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I am delighted to pre-Announce the imminent arrival of my new book, “THREE PAWS,” due January 21, 2017.  It’s a children’s book, ages 9-12, though my pal (and proof reader) Sheryl Karas thinks it might work for older kid’s, perhaps even YA.

Here’s the link to the landing page:  THREE PAWS

And here’s the preliminary blurb:

What would happen to the creatures of the forest if humans disappeared?  At first, the animals might go on living as they have always done.  But what if a mysterious event occurred, and they began to change, to become something more than they were?  “Three Paws” is the first book of SHARP TEETH, FLAT TEETH, an animal fantasy that tells the stories of the Fur Clans that evolve in the Woods Beyond the Broken Lands.  Follow the adventures of Three Paws the beaver, Flitter the pack rat, Shot-in-the-Butt the bear, Snaggletooth the cougar and all the animals who gather near Blue Rock to form a new society, the Covenant of Good Manners.

Scientists tell us that we can never know what goes on inside an animal’s mind, and even though  I learned that “fact” when I studied animal psychology in college, I never stopped wondering what animals think?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could speak and tell us?  Of course, animals don’t have the kind of lips, tongue, and vocal cords to form human words.  How would they communicate?  Telepathy?  A sensory language of physical signs and scent, howls and chatters, huffs and chirps?

One clear, cold night, with a full moon shining above the hills of northern California, the Sky Turns Green (the mysterious event). Overwhelming pulsations reverberate through the forest, firestorms roar back and forth across the land.  Many animals are killed, others sicken and die, but the ones who survive gradually discover astonishing new powers: self-awareness, heightened intelligence, and the ability to communicate with each other.  SHARP TEETH, FLAT TEETH is my deep bow of respect to this imaginary animal world.  The stories are uplifting, challenging, exciting,  and ultimately meant to blow your mind.

You should begin with “Three Paws,” the story of a beaver, too young to know about the steel traps left behind by human trappers.

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The Proof is in the Paperback

said on September 17th, 2016 filed under: Art work and photography, Azriel's Angels, Point of the Pencil

The proof copy of Azriel Dancer just arrived!

Book 3

It’s really here.  On sale October 1 at Amazon.com.

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Janabai Shepherd book cover

said on April 8th, 2016 filed under: Art work and photography

The  cover for Book Two, Janabai Shepherd, has arrived from Streetlight Graphics.  My editor, Cate Hogan, thinks it is too young, too soft, and will not sell books.  Nor, she adds will it attract older readers.  CJ agrees.  I’m not so sure.  Janabai is the story of a girl growing up on a communal farm after the apocalypse.  She is only twenty-one at the end of the book.   In that regard, the cover is accurate, and very much in character.

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