A massive thank you to the amazing Storytellers On Tour for arranging this cover reveal.
Hello Bookish Folks!
Well, my fellow bookworms, I have got something pretty freaking cool to show you today!!
It is time for another COVER REVEAL!
Covers do wonders for books, so when an author pulls out the big guns I cant help but get excited and Caplan pulled in a fantastic artist and designer for his cover. He chose none other than the amazing and incredibly talented Felix Ortiz and Ken Dawson.
So, sit and stew on that little nugget. I will show you this amazing cover very soon.
But a few things about the author first…
C. M. CAPLAN
C.M. CAPLAN IS the author of The Sword in the Street. He’s a quadruplet (yes, really), mentally disabled, and he spent two years as the Senior Fiction Editor on a national magazine – while he was still an undergrad in college.
He has a degree in creative writing from Salem State University and was the recipient of the university’s highest honor in the arts. His short fiction also won an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Writers of the Future Contest.
Caplan’s introduction to fantasy came through J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin. He has a tattoo that roughly translates to Valar Morghulis, as written in Tolkien’s Elvish script, in an acknowledgment of that fact. Other influences include Robin Hobb, Ellen Kushner, N.K. Jemisin, Katherine Addison, John Irving, K.S. Villoso, and Neil Gaiman.
He currently lives in New England, where he works remotely for a social justice theater company.
Now, as usual you are probably getting slightly frustrated with me stringing you long with all the above details and I know your thoughts are likely something along the lines of… just show me the damn cover, thats what I’m here for!
But I’m still not going to show you yet!
Sword in the Street is the first book in the new series The Ink and the Street. This book is due to be released March 3rd 2021 but worry not you can pre order it HERE.
This BEAUTIFUL cover is the one of the many fine works of Felix Ortiz, and you can check out some of his other work HERE. If you haven’t heard of this chap you will have certainly seen his work among some other INCREDIBLE book covers. I recently shared his work for The Combat Codes on Twitter and in my Review.
Ken Dawson also worked on this fab cover as the cover designer and you can find more of his works HERE.
Trial by battle is a holy rite on Hillside. Hired blades bleed their foes in savage duels, settling everything from petty grievances to the corporate laws that keep their citizens in line. Embroiled in these cutthroat political games is John Chronicle, an impoverished swordsman with no better prospects, seeking the duel that will free him from the Dregs.
Meanwhile, John’s boyfriend Edwin, an autistic university student, befriends a fellow scholar who claims to study the arcane art of thaumaturgy. When she offers to teach Edwin this subtle magic, he hopes that he can use it to bolster John’s skill with a blade. But thaumaturgy is a dangerous magic, and the forces that drive it have other plans.
The couple soon find themselves entangled in the web of intrigue surrounding the swordsmen and their sponsors, and they’re forced to question how bloody they’re willing to get to escape poverty — and they don’t come away with the same answer.
The Sword in the Street.