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One day, long long ago, a friend of mine (Hi, Lynx!) said I should write something with space merchants. I huffed at him and then the wheels started turning. Why not write a merchant captain? Why not give her a nervous stomach, a fun crew… and an annoying love interest? Seriously, who could resist a set-up like that? Not me. And what happened was a three-book series about how one woman stumbled into her own fantasies and discovered they were not only a lot more dangerous than she thought, and a lot more infuriating… but also worth fighting for.
It starts with this book: Earthrise.
Reese Eddings has enough to do just keeping her rattletrap merchant vessel, the TMS Earthrise, profitable enough to pay food for herself and her micro-crew. So when a mysterious benefactor from her past shows up demanding she rescue a man from slavers, her first reaction is to say “NO!” And then to remember that she sort of promised to repay the loan. But she doesn’t remember signing up to tangle with pirates and slavers over a space elf prince…
Book 1 of the Her Instruments trilogy is a rollicking space operatic adventure set in the Pelted Paradox universe.
I spent years on and off writing all three books of Reese’s story, and during it I did a lot of drawing while working out my ideas and thoughts. Since it represents so much time, you’ll find my skill level bobbled all over the place (and I never could quite decide on Reese’s face shape, until the very end). But I am fond of a lot of the work anyway, and I’ve picked out a few pieces for you:
The last one is technically a spoiler for the series, but only if you strain yourself wondering about Reese wearing a dress! And if you like Even More Spoilers, you can go wander through the rest of the art yourself. I should warn you that some of it isn’t canonical; I like to sketch ideas that I sometimes discard. But sometimes knowing the discards is fun too!
This was the first book I decided to find a cover artist for, since my time’s been limited lately. I was lucky enough to have the talented Julie Dillon show up to give Reese and Hirianthial their faces. Working with her was a real pleasure: professional, polite, and fast! She even went through my art database looking for my own sketches of the characters, which is how Reese ended up wearing her trademark (in my head) ribbed vest even though I didn’t specifically tell her about it. Plus, I think she captured the sense of the story well, particularly the “gentleman in distress” vibe that drives so much of Reese’s frustration throughout the book. *grin*
Anyway, a real joy, and I look forward to her returning for Book 2’s cover.
So there you go! A formal book launch for Earthrise after its successful serialization and Kickstarter. Space adventure in the universe of the Pelted, with more to come! And as always, if you enjoy it, please consider leaving a review or a like, or pass your copy to someone else!