In 2010, when I first dove into writing full time, I explored the world of the blue joy, a dark urban paranormal fantasy about a teenager name Fresco Conte. He had it all: top marks at school, football hero, popular with everyone... except his family hid a horrible secret. His beloved older brother, Daniel, had succumbed to drug addiction and disappeared two years earlier. Leaving Fresco angry and torn with grief over the loss.
He had no idea this addiction that took Daniel away was fed by no ordinary drug. Or that he, too, would soon discover the call of Wasteland, that most horrible and wretchedly delicious of siren songs.
It was the second book I was offered a contract on in my budding career, the first to a publisher in the U.S. And though I ultimately chose to go it alone with the Diamond City Trilogy, Fresco's story was such a huge part of my own I completed the three volumes quickly and eagerly and hit publish before moving on, expecting him to do what he needed to do now that I'd done my bit. Right?
I was drawn back, then, into the Hayle Coven Universe and the twenty novels of that world's first series, Fresco did his thing without much help from me. In fact, when I look back on it now, I realize just how little attention he received in my drive to write and explore and create. Eighty books and seven years later and I'm rethinking just how cruel that was of me. Though, if Fresco were to comment himself, I'm sure he'd shrug, unsurprised to find himself out in the cold like that for so long.
Bad book momma.
So, here we are, he and I, together again. And here I am, re-imagining the images for the series based on his hurts. After much contemplation and a heavy dose of courage, I took the leap and created these:
AND. I'm not normally a boxed set kind of girl. But I decided to try it out with Fresco's series and see what people think:
If you've met Fresco before, please let me know in the comments below what you think of the new covers (and what you thought of my darling Fres). If not, I'd love to hear from you. I'll be giving away a copy of the omnibus to one reader (as chosen by the ever-faithful random.org) at the end of Wednesday, March 1st.
When you journey to the Diamond City, be sure to say hello to Fresco and Daniel for me. But watch that blue joy trip. It's a killer.