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05 August 2010 @ 02:21 pm
Sharing more cover art  

A couple of weeks ago, I shared the cover art for my debut collection.  Now, it's a novel's turn.

The Curse of El Bastardo is a short humorous novel that straddles the line between straight fantasy, magic realism (are Latin American writers even allowed to write stuff that doesn't have an element of magic realism?) and just plain unusual stuff that seemed like a good idea at the time.  This novel is due to be released by Daverana Enterprises in ebook form at any time now (some formatting issues mean that it wasn't launched on July 15th, but we're getting there).

The cover art was created by the enormously talented Richard Svensson, who also penned the best piece of artwork ever to accompany one of my stories.

And here's the cover:




 

There was also some writing:  975 words into the humorous fantasy story and 150 into The Malakiad.


 
 
 
mtlawsonmtlawson on August 5th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
I like the Dalmatian the best.

Congrats!
bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I was actually afraid of the reactions when they put that in... But everyone seems to love it.

Thanks!
a_r_williamsa_r_williams on August 5th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
I agree.
a_r_williamsa_r_williams on August 5th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
It looks good! Congrats!
bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm excited about this one, and I really hope it sells well. I think it should have a pretty wide appeal.
Jon Gibbsjongibbs on August 5th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Nice :)
bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jon!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 5th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Awesome cover!
bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I thought so, too. Richard is extremely talented.
Terri-Lynne DeFinobogwitch64 on August 5th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Woohoooo!!!

And no...Latin American writers MUST employ some sort of magical realism in their stories. It's in the rule book. Ask Paulo Coelho. He wrote it.
bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Drat. Always knew that Coelho guy was up to no good.

Thanks!
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bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, he has reason to be less than happy...
kimberlywadekimberlywade on August 5th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Now that's intriguing!
bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I assume that was the idea. But now the pressure is on me... If the novel doesn't deliver, I can't blame the cover artist!
peadarogpeadarog on August 5th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Gotta have a penguin on the cover these days!
bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
It isn't literature unless there are penguins in it.
mylefteyemylefteye on August 5th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Very cool!!
bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
My thoghts exactly! Thanks!
tracy_d74tracy_d74 on August 5th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
I likey!!
bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it! It's a very different style from the cover of my collection, but I think it reflects the book perfectly!
southernweirdosouthernweirdo on August 5th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Cool cover. I love the "speak no evil" penquin. Nice touch!
bondo_babondo_ba on August 5th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
That was actually the editor's idea. She was the one who put the whole thing together with the artist. To tell you the truth, it's been a great experience overall.
Cate Gardnercatephoenix on August 6th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Love the cover. Love the title.
bondo_babondo_ba on August 6th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!

I figured you'd like the title... It IS a little Gardneresque, isn't it? Fortunately, I wrote this one waaaaay before meeting you.

Most of my titles are one and two word things that never begin with the word "the". I'm boring and formulaic!
Veni Vidi Tuam Matrem Fecidwerenat on August 6th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
I do love what the artist did with this cover... as far as sudden inspirations go it's one of my best.
Veni Vidi Tuam Matrem Fecidwerenat on August 6th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
One of my best ideas I mean.
bondo_babondo_ba on August 6th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, that was clear. And yes, this oone was an inspired idea. i think it will help sell many, many books.
lunalilalunalila on August 6th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I love the cover Gustavo! Poor penguin, so sad!
It's almost normal for Latin American writers to use magic in their works. Magic is everywhere!
Haven't been to Argentina but loved my trips to Mexico and Guatemala as a teenager (well, not really, 20something) and every time I try to write about it, something magic gets in my way. No pure realism. Can't. :)
bondo_babondo_ba on August 6th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And yes, Central America is a magical place. Argentina... Not so much. We don't have too many misty jungles (the ones we have aren''t misty) and our glaciers are really, really far away. We've got a lot of grass, though, and some good deserts!