COMING SOON! We’re just 6 weeks away from the release of Book 2 in the Threshold Series. The Hidden Deep will be in bookstores on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. To count down, I’ll be doing a weekly post to share newsy tidbits, sneak peeks at sketches, and brand new story art. This week, I’m revealing the back cover!
Harvesttime is in full swing when Prissie Pomeroy learns that something terrible happened in her family’s orchard. With school back in session, the rift between Prissie and her friends widens while Ransom and his friends keep getting on her nerves. As Koji and Milo introduce Prissie to the rest of Jedrick’s Flight, she’s drawn increasingly deeper into their world and closer to its dangers. A kidnapped apprentice suffers. A chained door bodes ill. A tiny angel makes a big difference. A battle line is drawn. Everything Prissie thought she knew is about to change… again!
Another book, another threshold. I was just as excited to see the back cover of The Hidden Deep as I was for The Blue Door. Those heavy chains against rough stone are nicely ominous. Zonderkidz certainly knows how to forecast danger!
In case you can’t quite read that excerpt from the story:
“He was trembling, which frightened Prissie even more than the pitch black. Crouching down, she made herself as small as possible against the tunnel wall. From somewhere in the darkness ahead came a sour note, off-key and unpleasant. She held her breath, listening with all her might. A dull clink was followed by a crunching sound that reminded Prissie uneasily of a barn cat eating a mouse. She cupped her hand around her little passenger and curled more tightly, hiding her face on her knees as her heart sent up a silent plea for help.”
New Art! Let’s add something more to the gallery this week. Here’s a lovely piece of traditional art—a tempera painting by a Russian artist. In her original sketch, Yana had Prissie holding a luminous flower, but when I showed her references of the yahavim, she was more than happy to slip Omri into the painting instead!