Yay Sharon!!!!

So my cover artist is AMAZING. I know the art she did for Tempest Rising was contentious, for some. People unfamiliar with artists such as Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson, and Michael Page, saw something they didn’t recognize, couldn’t connect with, and couldn’t understand.

But a lot of other people got it. And I think even more people will get it, after they’ve read the book. Sharon perfectly evokes Jane’s vulnerability, her static relationship with her past, and the threat that – with all the forces looming around her – she won’t be able to maintain her passive disengagement with life for much longer.

That said, both Sharon and Orbit took a lot of flak for going with the unconventional. So I was thrilled to wake up to a message from Lauren Panepinto, the amazing art director at Orbit who found Sharon. She showed me this:

Yes, Sharon won a great big fancy award for the cover to Tempest Rising. And I, for one, couldn’t be happier for her. I’m so proud to have her art on the cover of my book (and above my bed, for she was nice enough to send me a beautiful matted print that I had framed).

To see the full write up from Lauren and Orbit, go here. This is a real coup for Sharon, and for Jane, and we’re all very, very proud.

And Lauren’s not kidding when she says the next cover is AMAZING. I’m staring at it right now. And it is actually blowing me away as I write this.

So HUGE congratulations to Sharon! You can find more of her art here. Also, if you don’t mind, take a moment to comment here, or on Orbit’s website, or both, about what you like about her artwork! Let’s all feel the love!

Thanks everyone!

And CONGRATULATIONS SHARON!!!!!

13 thoughts on “Yay Sharon!!!!”

  1. Congratu-malations! I can't wait to read the book, I really can't. When is out, Nov? Will it be up for pre-order on Amazon – I want to get my copy first!

  2. Congrats to Sharon!!! I love the artwork, because its so different from the norm, and its a new perspective. I can see how it would make just an awesome print. Can't wait to see more. Will she be doing all of the covers?

  3. Congrats! I think the artwork is amazing and I can't wait to see how it correlates to the book!

  4. Heather: I certainly hope so! These aren't just covers… they're art!

    Rachel: It's really cool how everything correlates! It's a cover that gets better with a reading. 😉

  5. Hi 🙂
    I love the artwork of the cover for TEMPEST RISING. From the first second I saw it, it captured me.
    I am one of those (probably rare) people who will buy a book just because of the great art on the cover (ie Michael Whelan, Frank Frazetta, etc.) because with the cover the book itself is a piece of art.
    -note- Frazetta & Whelan covers/books are collectors items now & are increasing in value
    🙂
    Thanks for the links and the great news about Sharon's award.
    🙂
    twitter.com/RKCharron
    xoxo

  6. Thanks so much for the lovely comments! It was great to get a brief that I knew I could do something pretty cool with, doesn't happen that often to be honest! And although I often have to read manuscripts before I come up with an idea I have to say that I was blown away by this book. A compulsive page-turner, I was hooked from the beginning, and Nicole's brilliant wit and humor had me laughing out loud too many times to mention! Even her emails make me laugh out loud! 😀 I hope Jane's story never ends and that there are loads of sequels to come!!! And that's not just cuz I want to do the cover artwork! 😀

  7. I have to say, I found the negative reactions to TEMPEST RISING's cover truly surprising. I thought then–as I do now–that it was gorgeous. Ms. Tancredi's art is evocative and so clever! I'm thrilled for you both. (Must also note: even my mother, Queen Picky-Picky, liked TR's cover).

  8. Thanks Rob! This cover is definitely art, not just a cover! You're so right!

    Sharon: I love the mutual love fest. Let's all tattoo each others names on our bums. 😉 And I can't wait to get you the new version of Tracking. SO DIFFERENT! Yet so the same? It's a mystery of editing.

    Catie: I did too! I really, really did not get it. But whatever, you and your mom have good taste. 😉

    Caroline: I think so too! YAY FOR SHARON!

  9. That is awesome, Kiki (and Sharon, of course). I have no idea what the "norm" is but I LOVED the cover. I've already pre-ordered and am waiting to see it in person 😉

  10. Hooray! That is fantastic for everyone. I'm going to have to shop for new shelves before the book's release — I wouldn't want an ill-fitting frame for such a work of art. 🙂

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