“Luna and the Wings of Icarus” sneak peak
Enjoy the amount of detail that went into this cover. I am so excited for everyone to meet the characters and the story, so I talked it over my editor and figured that a little taste-test of what’s ahead was in order.
(Cover design by More Visual Ltd)
" Peering quietly around the edge of the gate, she watched the darkness for any sign of movement. Once she was sure the coast was clear, a swift motion to Taniel sent the pair dashing across the cobblestones as quietly as they could. The creak of a door nearby sent Luna’s heart skittering away like a frightened mouse, but the two children scuttled behind a pile of barrels before they could be spotted. A tiny voice in the back of Luna’s mind wondered if this was such a good idea after all.
However, the man who stumbled out of the pub took no notice of them. From the sway of his walk and the way he pitched across the pave stones, Luna doubted he noticed much of anything at all - let alone some children hiding in the darkness. The two watched him wobble around the street corner and out of sight before they took off at a dead bolt once again.
Every noise that might have once been ignored as the voice of the night seemed amplified ten fold. Every dog that barked seemed to bark at them, every cockerel crow was the enraged alarm of a guard. Taniel’s footsteps behind her and his warm hand held in hers brought the tangled tendrils of anxiety back down to earth and straightened out once again. She had to stay focused.
What might’ve been a five minute stroll in the hours of daylight became a hundred mile trek in the darkness, but the lights of the Cathedral were soon visible over the roofs of the houses and shops that lined the street. Relief began to bubble in Luna’s chest, and she sighed with a breath she hadn’t realized she was holding.
They rounded the last street corner and the plaza came into view, the fountain seemed to glow like a beacon of safety in their mad chase through the darkness. Leaping forward in glee, Luna was yanked back in the space of a heartbeat and Taniel hauled the them behind a crate. She opened her mouth to protest but he raised his hand to silence her.
His dark eyes flicked from her to the square, then back to her. He was trying to motion towards something. Leaning out slowly from behind their shelter, Luna peeked out into the square, praying that she’d only see a stray dog or one of the guards out on patrol.
The bottom dropped out of her stomach as she watched the tall, hooded figure circling the fountain, his gaze seemed to cut into the dark corners of the buildings around them.”
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My Dad was (now retired) a Dive instructor for the duration of my childhood, my childhood self wanted to explore Puget sound with alongside him without needing scuba gear. Barbie’s Mermaidia movies only fueled this fire.
I remember being 13 and feeling so angry and betrayed by life that I wasn't growing scales and fins at the age that every other mermaid/human hybrid changed in my favorite books (Aquamarine and the Emily Windsnap series) so I could escape my horrible life and never see any of the people I knew ever again
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I made this after I saw an awesome post by @cjbolan about the “Tale of Emily Windsnap”, and I was thinking about how ‘Emily Windsnap’ has both an awesome message about unity and family, while being a sweet magical story.
There’s a big project involving her apparently in the works, and I hope they keep her message from the books without watering it down. Needless to say, the swim lessons being mandatory was NOT in the original books so I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t be a wee bit disappointing to see that.
[zoomed in details]
And additional doodles from earlier -
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