Every book should have cover art that will catch your eye in a sea of other books. I wrote about this in a book review of “Woman with a Gun” written by Phillip Margolin. The cover art was so unique and different it drew me to the book. I also like illustrations in a book, to me they enhance the story which brings the reader deeper into the plot. Below is a sneak preview of the cover art and illustrations.
The Cover Art above was created by Rick Chappell of Chappell Graphix located here in the Nashville, area. Rick used the same concept of the cover of the first edition that was painted by John Cannon. Rick added a face and body language that shows a connection between the woman and the serpent. The cover art above is under copyright and can’t be reproduced without permission from the owner Joseph Clay and the Artist Rick Chappell.
The second edition shows more and tells less, and is formatted different, which makes the book longer. For more on how the second edition came about you can read the following blogs, “When is a second edition needed?”, “Birth of the Demons.“, “Piecing it all together.”
John Cannon drew all the illustrations for the first edition, there were six in the printed version. Once the second edition was complete, due to the new formatting, I needed more illustrations. John drew seven more bringing the total to thirteen sketches. Some of the sketches from the first edition were relocated to different sections of the second edition.
John Cannon is an artist here in the Nashville. His studio is located in the Five Points area of East Nashville at the Idea Hatchery, 1108 Woodland St. Visit him there or check out his website johncannonart, you won’t be disappointed.
The new format breaks the book up into parts and each part has a sketch on the lead in page. Below are the sketches as they appear in the second edition. All sketches below are under copyright and can’t be reproduced without permission from the owner Joseph Clay and the Artist John Cannon.
Other blogs in this series; When is a second edition needed? – Birth of the Demons– Piecing it all together – Who is Debra Lynn Wright – Who is Patricia Sue Mitchell – Who is Levi Colt West – The Demons – A deal too good to be true.
Demons of the Jungle, second edition, will go on sale Feb.5, 2016, The book will be available on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, and other e-book outlets. For a paperback copy visit Amazon, or for a personalized autographed copy, at no extra charge, visit the official website AuthorJosephClay.