Wednesday, January 10, 2007

THE PRINCES OF THE GOLDEN CAGE cover art


And now, let's kick it into gear for some serious promotion, people. See that beautiful picture to the left of this text? That's the cover art for the very first book I ever sold as an agent, THE PRINCES OF THE GOLDEN CAGE by Nathalie Mallet. It's coming out from Night Shade Books on August 15th, and it's even got it's own Amazon page now!

And you know what an Amazon page is for, right? It's to pre-order the book! Because just look at that cover art... isn't it gorgeous, isn't it wonderful, doesn't it make you want to go.... "oh God, I need to buy this book"? It should!

Nathalie is a talented writer who lives in British Columbia, and this is her first novel that will ever have been put out in print. She writes a damn fine mystery, and when you combine it with an Arabian-inspired fantasy setting, you've got something cooking.

Not convinced yet? Too lazy to click on the Amazon link? Well here's the description of the book for you, conveniently excerpted by me.

Prince Amir lives in a lavish and beautiful cage. He lives in a palace with hundreds of his brothers, all barred by law from ever leaving the palace until he, or one of his brothers, becomes the next Sultan. Living under constant threat of death at the hands of his scheming brothers, Amir has chosen a life of solitude and study. His scholarly and alchemical pursuits bring him under suspicion when his brothers begin to die from seemingly supernatural means. Amir finds himself thrown together with his brother Erik, the son of a barbarian princess. Together they must discover the dark secret that is stalking the halls of their golden cage.

Murder... royal intrigue...magic...a beautiful foreign princess... this book has it all. Plus the fact that it's just plain fun to read. =) You know you want to get it now, don't you?

26 comments:

Jodi said...

It's beautiful! Wowowow! You both must be so excited. I can't wait to read it. :D

December Quinn said...

Oooh, that is beautiful, and it sounds like a fun book! Can't wait!

Bernita said...

Very beautiful!

Kimber An said...

Sounds like a really cool story. The cover it is good, but the first thing I thought of was "Oh, I bet this is what Dorothy REALLY wanted to find in Oz!"

I guess it was the field of flowers with the castle in the background.

kiwi said...

Love the cover art. A few comments on the amazon page: might be a good idea to get the cover art up there asap. Also, please, please, please, use the "search inside this book" function Amazon so delightfully offers ... I swear I have sold more books by doing so. It comes highly recommended.

James Dashner said...

Wow, that is one sweet cover. Let's hear from the author--what do you think of it?

Nathalie Mallet said...

I love my cover, James! It’s stunning! I’m really glad the guys at Night Shade Books chose this artist to depict my work. She perfectly captured the essence of the story. She’s great! Outstanding job, Gabby.

Thanks again for the promo, Jenny.

Kathryn said...

Wow, that's a fantastic cover. And the book definitely sounds like one to add to my wishlist. Congrats to you and the author--much success to you both!

Kimber An said...

Yes, you're very lucky, Nathalie. There are so many aweful covers out there right now. What's an author to do at a book signing if she's embarressed by the cover?

In any case, Nathalie, I listed your book on my blog entry today, Books in the Temporal Vortex.

Jenny Rappaport said...

kiwi, the cover art is supposed to be up there on the Amazon page, and the book is going to get a discount too. The Night Shade guys are working on getting Amazon to fix it...

kiwi said...

Okay, I've placed my pre-order. Come on people, get in behind Nathalie. Oh yeah, and if you haven't brought James' books yet, get to it. The kids will love you for it.

New authors need our support!

eleora said...

It does sound good. The exotic setting and fantasy element is a plus.

Rashenbo said...

That is an awesome cover and the description sounds very good. I may just have to order that book! :D

Is it a stand alone or is it part of a trilogogy though? I never buy the first book of a trilogoy until at least the second book is available. I'm too anxious otherwise.

James Dashner said...

Kiwi, you seriously have to be the coolest person on the planet. Thanks very much for the plug!

Nathalie, we're all excited for you, and I will definitely place a pre-order for your book.

Kiwi, how are we supposed to know what books you've done if we don't know who you are?

Nathalie Mallet said...

Thank you for your support, guys. I really appreciate it.

Rashenbo: THE PRINCES isn’t part of a trilogy. It reads like a stand alone, but I’m hoping it will become the first book in a long series of mystery novels.

Kiwi: Don’t know who you are, mystery man…but I like you. Thanks a bunch. Uh, with a name we could buy books, you know.

James: I’m ordering A DOOR IN THE WOODS and A GIFT OF ICE today!

kiwi said...

James and Nathalie, if you are avid readers, and what writer isn't, and you have a taste for epic fantasy, then chances are my books are already on your shelves. In which case thank you and I happily return the favor.

Name recognition is everything in this business, but it can also be a curse.

James Dashner said...

Nathalie, that is very nice of you. No fair that we have to wait until August to get your book.

Your cover really is awesome, and man is that a big deal. The original covers for my books were atrocious, and when my publisher redid them, it was like a whole new world had opened up. Best of luck.

Kiwi, since I definitely do have a flair for the epic fantasy, I can guarantee your books are on my shelf. Thanks for writing them. (you're not J.R.R. Tolkien, are you? I thought he was dead.)

kiwi said...

Tolkien's dead, says who!

Jenny, just a thought, but inyour submissions post, you might want to list your clients and their works. It's a great promotopm opportunity, and it will provide prospective clients with a clear view of the sort of material you represent. Just a thought.

And Nathalie ... will you be setting up an author's website to show off your wares? If so, have a look at James's if you haven't already. It's a good example of what works.

As an author I love exploring these sites; it provides a great deal of insight into what is being written and sold at any given time. Essentially, what's hot and what's not. And damn! with a cover page like that, you just have to show it off.

Nathalie Mallet said...

Kiwi, funny you’ve asked! My website, nathaliemallet.com, just been updated today. More updates will come later.

kiwi said...

Nathalie, I've just checked out your website, and have two suggestions. James, you might want to consider this, too … (even thought you are already doing this through Amazon’s neat little look inside this book feature.)

Assuming contractual obligations don’t prevent you, I have found it advantageous to have a 'read an excerpt link' for all my books on my website. I know the cost in web space is often more, particularly as the number of books you put up there increases, but watch the hits on your site grow as word gets around. I say give em’ a taste of your writing and watch them flock to amazon.com or the like to purchase the book.

The second suggestion, Nathalie, is it might be a good idea to link your blogger identity to your website, as James has. The more paths leading to your site, the higher the rate of traffic and so on …

Just a few thoughts.

Katey Coffing, Ph.D. said...

Oh, that's GORGEOUS! What a fabu cover, Nathalie. I am envious. :D And Jenny, what wonderful validation to see your first sale coming to life!

Nathalie Mallet said...

Thanks for the advice, Kiwi.

James Dashner said...

Good advice, indeed, Kiwi. Thanks.

I'm actually a little disappointed in what Amazon has on my "look inside" feature. It has the old covers, and it SKIPS the prologue and shows Chapter 1, which kind of makes it seem like a weird start to the book. Oh well, no big deal.

I've told my publisher, but they don't seem to care.

This is fun getting to know you guys better.

kiwi said...

ditto, james.

Chris, The Book Swede said...

I've just finished reading my review copy and it's fantastic! I'll be posting a review soon on the blog.

It's better than my ARC of George RR Martin's Hunter's Run, and I didn't think anything could top that.

~Chris
The Book Swede

Jenny Rappaport said...

Chris, that is just a totally awesome thing to say. Can I use your comment in a post pimping the book? =)