Weather Child Cover Reveal!

by Doc Coleman on February 6, 2014 · 11 comments

in Asides, Pimpin' Your Friends

Today I get to be part of a momentous event that has been years in the making. Up until now, my role has been solely as a spectator, so I’m pleased to be offered the chance to add “presenter” to my name tag. It all started many years ago with a story of magic and madness set in the distant shores of New Zealand. A story, told ably by a native daughter of the land, one Philippa Ballantine. Pip podcast this story back in the day, and it was met with great enthusiasm and demands for print copies. Only one problem: publishers in the big markets (read the U.S. of A.) didn’t think that anyone would buy a book set in New Zealand. This was no doubt because they couldn’t find it on the map, and their ideas of what the reading public would like to buy were works of fiction in themselves. Many years went by…

Many good things came into the life of our storyteller, including three successful series with Big Six publishers, a husband, writing and podcasting awards, and a daughter. But still, the story waited.

Among other things, Pip and her husband gained a lot of experience at publishing their own short stories and other works that they hired from their many talented friends. They surmised, “If we can publish these short stories, why not publish this story that so many fans have called for lo these many years?” Thus a plan was hatched and the story was reborn as Weather Child, book 1 of The Awakened Epoch!

And there was much rejoicing!

Now, you may ask, what is Weather Child about? This has been the story about the story, what is the story about to cause it to gather such fan acclaim from the podcast version? I’m glad you asked, because I just happen to have this handy book description:

Never alone. Never apart.

They are the Awakened, a unique breed of people in a remote corner of the world. Faith is one of these gifted carriers of the Seraphim; and in return of her unconditional love, her Seraphim grants her powers of incredible potential.

But not all carriers embrace their blessing.

Jack loathes being an Awakened. He never asked for it, his Seraphim keeping him alive even in spite of his desire to die. Not even a great war could rid him of this curse.

Now a magician of incredible ability and a walking dead man must find a way to work together to save the Seraphim. Someone covets the power of the Awakened, and will not stop until that power belongs to him.

But that’s not happening today. No, unfortunately, Weather Child isn’t going to be released until March 1st of this year. Yup, almost a month away. No, today I am proud to be able to share with you the work of another artist: Alex White of The Gearheart fame. You see, Alex was chosen to produce the cover for the print version of Weather Child. And that is what I am going to share with you today. Which you knew because that was the title of this blog post.

Anyhow, as much fun as it has been for me to beat about the bush and tell the story of the story of the cover, now it is time to share with you the cover itself:

Weather-Child-CoverClick on the image above to see the full-sized cover. Don’t forget to come back!

If you’d like to learn more about Pip, her other series, and where to look for the release of Weather Child, check out her author bio.

Philippa BallantineAbout the Author:

New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice, and a Sir Julius Vogel. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and a furry clowder of cats.

Twitter: @PhilippaJane



And thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for letting me be part of the cover reveal!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa (My words and pages) February 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

I missed that Pip was doing a reveal! How is that possible? But this looks amazing and sounds just as much too. 🙂


2 Doc Coleman February 6, 2014 at 10:42 am

I don’t know how much she advertised it. It is a great story, but unfortunately I think the podcast has been taken down. But the book is out March 1st!



3 Melissa (My words and pages) February 7, 2014 at 8:26 am

I’ve got this on the list now. 🙂 Thank you for sharing about it!


4 Doc Coleman February 20, 2014 at 11:00 pm

You’re welcome. It is an excellent story.



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