So this is my cover. It's full of creepy crawlies. And seeing that you've probably already viewed it by now on my sidebar or through the tab above, I wanted to offer a little explanation of what's going on here. The cover does fit the book. Even if you may be scratching your head and thinking...can Mike really write about spiders
this much? Yes, yes I can. So here's the scene that this cover actually reflects (although it is a symbolic cover and not an actual scene as taken from the book):
(Kolin and Kathy in front of a computer terminal,
and Kolin tells Kathy to start a video they both can watch)
Kathy did as instructed. A video started up, showing an individual approaching the front of the building. He wore a long cloak, but his face was unmistakable. Charon possessed skin as transparent as glass. He had silver eyes and deep red hair that flowed down from his scalp and swept over his shoulders to fall in the darkness behind his hood. As he walked forward, he parted his cloak, and Kolin saw the redness of Charon’s heart, beating under all that transparent skin, supplying blood to the demigod’s limbs so that he may live.
From inside the flap of his coat, millions of glass spiders emerged and washed across the black asphalt like a glittering flash flood. Charon directed them like Poseidon must command the waves of the ocean. They blazed with their own silver light and swarmed over cars, benches, and lampposts, scurrying toward the front of the building. Guards at the doors pulled out pistols and shot off a few rounds but were quickly overwhelmed by the spiders. These tiny arachnids with gears visible on the inside of their glass skin spun silver thread about the struggling humans, encasing them, and then proceeded to drill into their heads, lacing their brains with microfilament fiber optic wire.
The video had no sound so Kolin couldn’t hear the screaming. But he could see the men and women shrieking. He watched. His skin got clammy under his armor; his mouth dried of spit. Despite the fact that the wounds inflicted by the spiders were small, blood flowed over the floor as thick and sticky as syrup.
The spiders continued their march and entered the building, cocooning anyone they came across. The millions of tiny creatures were unstoppable, like a deadly tide, and they crawled over everything, leaving threads of blinking light that flowed into Charon’s body. People fell in the lobby and became enshrouded in webs. They collapsed in doorways or in the chairs in which they sat. Meanwhile, Charon just continued to cackle and smile with glee.
*****So what's going on with the cover. Well, the color red is very important to the book. The team that Jordan plays on is called "The Big Red" and its colors are red and white. Jordan plays ice hockey so the spiders are walking on what could be construed as glass or ice. Blood on the ice is an important theme in this book, hence the blood droplets underneath the spiders. So in a way, the cover is perfect for the story and they definitely look like a part of the same series. I wasn't sure if I quite liked it, but it's growing on me. What do you think?
The book did go on sale today. Go HERE for purchasing options.
A FAVOR ==> If you are looking for an idea for a post (I'm not asking for any special treatment), could you just mention the cover in a snippet either today or tomorrow?
I'm not blogging tomorrow so I'll see you Monday.