New novel in the works

Gentle Readership,

I’m happy to tell you that I’ve finished the draft of a new novel. It’s called The Year of Perfect Sight. What’s it about? Glad you asked!

Wesley Bennett wants the girl at the bar, but the apps in his vision can’t help him remember her name. He’ll have to follow her down the streets of New York, into a nightmare world of social media addiction, hallucinatory apps in vision, and dubious diagnoses of schizophrenia.

I’m still figuring out whether I’ll pursue traditional or indie publishing with this one. A Chair Between the Rails didn’t sell as well as I hoped, and I swore off self-publishing after that. But now I can see why the book didn’t take off. It just didn’t hook people. My mistake. I felt pressured to put out something else in the Vaulan Cycle, but I was already growing beyond that series artistically. A Chair Between the Rails is spiritual and psychological, a rather abstract journey. While the new one retains that kind of vision, it’s also much more commercial and, I hope, capable of hooking people. I mean, people’s eyes light up when I tell them the premise in person.

As I prepare for potential self-publishing, I’ve worked up a few covers. Kindly let me know which one you prefer.


1) This is the latest iteration. It’s my favorite.


2) I like the feel of this one, but it needs more contrast and a better-defined hierarchy.


3) This one is creepy (good), but I think the code spewing out of the eye might be too busy.


3a) A darker version.

Thoughts, anyone?

5 thoughts on “New novel in the works

  1. I vote for #3; not hugely digging the cut away view of the eyeball in 1 and 2, but that’s just me, it’s kind of a “squick” reaction. 3 looks creepy but not gross.

  2. Thanks, Lucy. That’s helpful. I wanted to use the old anatomy diagram for a sense of “old” (i.e. still human), with the digits supplying the sense of “new” and therefore transhuman. I do see the possible grossness, now that you mention it.

  3. I really like the #3. I feel like it would draw people attention mutch easier compared to #1 or#2. I cant wait to read the book! 😀

  4. Thanks, Jane and Lizzy! #3 is pretty popular. I have a few more covers in the works, which I might add to this post.

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