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Looks like Stephen Youll, sci-fi artist extraordinaire, has been working overtime. So without further ado, please allow me to present his cover art for PRODIGAL!

I’m definitely sensing an Underworld vibe here…

Personally, I love it. The color scheme really grabs your attention, especially those deep red hues on the city skyline. So does the slinky babe–which, based on her attire and appearance, can only be Avalon. Bad guys (and girls, for that matter) get to have all the fun!

Even though this is the second time around for me as a published author, it still gives me chills to see this kind of stuff. When you dream about becoming a professional writer for as long as I did, actually watching one of my books make it out into the world is an almost surreal experience.

Now, if I could only get them to turn it into a Broadway musical…

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  1. Derek  January 25, 2006

    Now that is one slick cover. Fantastic. They did a great job on that for you. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy even more. You have all the right to be excited. Like you said, it must be a very surreal experience seeing your dreams come to fruition. Congrats once again.

  2. Marc G  January 25, 2006

    Thanks, Derek! I really is everything you could hope for and more. So any idea when SYNTHETIC VOODOO might be nearing completion? Maybe we could post a few sample pages here for ya.

  3. Neal Asher  January 25, 2006

    It looks good Marc. I was hoping what you’ve put up here was a thumbnail so I could expand it to get a better look…

  4. Marc G  January 25, 2006

    As always, Neal, you’re ahead of your time. I just made the cover clickable if you’d like to see a bigger image.

  5. Neal Asher  January 26, 2006

    Yep, that’s cool.

  6. The Jeffmeister  January 25, 2006

    “Yo man..I was out on the boulevard pimpin’ my ride when all of a sudden I saw my ho crawl out of the bushes with a potential client….” Sorry…I got carried away starting a book of my own. HAHAHA

    Seriously though, I checked out the cover of the new book.. it looks AWESOME!! Sounds like everything is coming together. Congrats!!
    The Jeffmeister

  7. John K  February 23, 2006

    MMMMMMMMMMMMM…….. Candi….. I mean Candy

  8. Kyle W  March 31, 2006

    Totally cool. Not what I envisioned Avalon to be, but cool nonetheless. You are right though Marc…it has an eerie Kate Beckinsdale-Underworld-vibe to it.

    Can’t wait to sink my teeth into the new book.


  9. Sally Shears  March 1, 2015

    Avalon? I always assumed this woman could only be Lea Prism. Wouldn’t Avalon’s hands have to be covered by her sensesuit, and her eyes by her shades? (Otherwise we’d see empty sockets and tiny lights, wouldn’t we?) It’s been a while since I read “Hammerjack” or “Prodigal,” but I can only picture this girl as Lea.

    Anyway, it was a great book, and a great sequel. I confess that in the first book, I did not care for Lea Prism; but in “Prodigal” she became very likable. Maybe I just liked seeing her as her own character, rather than Cray’s girlfriend. In any case, I loved seeing her team up with Avalon, as well as that whole gang of quirky scientists Lea worked with. And that moment around the middle of the novel, where Avalon goes psycho on those cultists, is one of my favorite “scenes” in literature.

    • Marc G  March 2, 2015

      It’s the dark hair. I had Lea envisioned as a blondie–less intimidating on the surface, but definitely a warrior underneath. Avalon was always supposed to be outright badass, though.

      Glad you enjoyed the book, and noticed the scene at the Kirin in particular. Believe it or not, writing that part was exhausting, and took the better part of two weeks. I kept going back on forth on the violence, as it turned out to be one of the more gut-wrenching things I’ve ever written (and that’s saying a lot). It was also a turning point for the Avalon character, making her more real to me that she’d ever been–and scary!

      • Sally Shears  March 3, 2015

        Same. I pictured Lea as you described her; blonde, green eyes, birth mark. I just thought the girl on this cover looked closer to that (despite the wrong hair color) than Avalon. Really I pictured Lea to look a lot like Sharon Stone in “Total Recall.”

        Oh I believe it took weeks to write that scene. I’m on the first draft of a possible-novel and many scenes have taken a lot longer than that to get right! For a scene as awesome as the Avalon one, I’m almost surprised it *only* took a couple weeks!