OK, here it is. American artist Laura Diehl has delivered her final version of the cover art, and what a stunning piece it is.
I am hoping to use the Anne Droyd logo from the Jessica Kingsley edition of Century Lodge (seen to the right of this page) on House of Shadows, or something very close to it.
Initial reactions from the handful of readers who have seen the picture have been very positive. Indeed, the art is already having the desired effect: it is provoking a strong emotional response.
Some have said it is by far the best cover I've had to date. I can't argue with that. Laura has done me proud. It will look great on the actual book.
If you want to see more of Laura's work, or hire her, visit her web site: http://www.ldiehl.com/
Next up for me is a major final edit on the text.
A daunting prospect...