Shaman Rises cover reveal!

I thought I’d start the new year off right, with a cover reveal for SHAMAN RISES, the final book of the Walker Papers!

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Would you like to know all the reasons this cover is terrific? Let me tell you all the reasons it’s perfect!

First: the colors. My publisher’s always been very good about discussing colors with me, and I very much wanted the final book in the series to have a light, bright look in direct and deliberate contrast to the first book’s cover. So what do I get? Spring green and whites: *perfect*, and also well in keeping with the time frame for the book, which is set in early April.

Second: Joanne’s pose. It’s *perfect*. It’s strong. It’s confident. It’s relaxed. It’s looking upward and outward, challenging without being afraid. It is, again, the *perfect* contrast to the dark, clench-fisted tension of the first cover.

Third: JOANNE HAS A FACE! Okay, granted, the face looks absolutely nothing like Joanne (and we won’t even talk about the hair!) but we actually finally get to fully see her, and it’s as a grown-up, confident woman, which actually–although I know perfectly well this was not the intention of the cover department; it’s just been the evolution of urban fantasy covers over the past eight years–really works beautifully well in terms of slow reveals. I’m just delighted with it!

So there we go, lads. SHAMAN RISES, the final book of the Walker Papers, coming in July 2014…

…and if by some chance you haven’t read NO DOMINION, the collection of Walker Papers short stories that fits between RAVEN CALLS and MOUNTAIN ECHOES, I *heartily* suggest you pick it up and read it before reading SHAMAN RISES…! :) (Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback | B&N Nook)

6 Comments


  1. This looks fantastic. You’ve blown me away with The Walker Papers. It’s been a great ride. I can’t wait to see how everything gets tied up.

    Happy New Year!

    -Brent


    1. I hope you find it as satisfying a conclusion to read as I’ve found it to write! Happy New Year to you too! :)


  2. That cover looks AMAZING. I really love the progression from the first cover to the last.


    1. So do I, I’m just *so* happy with that. About 4 books ago they asked me about color schemes and I was like WE MUST SAVE WHITE FOR THE LAST BOOK and they *did*. #joyous!


  3. July? I know what my birthday present to myself is going to be.

    It’s been a great ride and I can’t wait for the final book. Although now I’m going to have to find a new series to start that keeps me just as entertained. There is just something about the anticipation of waiting for the next book.

    Happy New Year.

    -C


    1. Happy birthday! :) I hope the final book will satisfy your expectations! :)

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