Now that we are over Christmas and hopefully everyone had a great time with loved ones, I have something to show you. I was asked to do a cover reveal for an upcoming debut portal fantasy novel, Harpyness is Only Skin Deep by D.H. Willison.
Harpyness is Only Skin Deep will be released on January 17th, but you can already pre-order here!
Reader, writer, game enthusiast, game developer, engineer, history enthusiast. I have had the privilege to live and travel around the country and around the world. I have a variety of degrees which have absolutely nothing to do with literature, but those who bring up topics such as 19th century steam propulsion, or features of Baroque architecture should not plan on escaping the conversation for many hours. Harpyness is Only Skin Deep is my fourth novel, but it’s the first I’ve had the guts to actually publish.
The design was made by Stefanie Dworschak. Check out her other works on her website!
Harpies: Swift. Beautiful. Deadly. For humans, every trip outside the protective city walls is a gamble with their lives. Fleeing is futile. Fighting but a lost cause. Yet when inexperienced adventurer Darin takes the bold step of talking to the energetic and accident-prone harpy Rinloh, a tenuous friendship is born. Humans consider consorting with a harpy a capital offense. Harpies consider the human citizens a tasty part of a balanced diet. Yet the two must overcome a most monstrous conspiracy as the citizens of the city begin disappearing, and the list of suspected causes could fill an encyclopedia. On a world where death lurks around every corner, can empathy be the strongest survival tool of all? Harpyness is Only Skin Deep blends outlandish fantasy, the most unlikely of friendships, and endearing characters in a uniquely witty, charming style.
A Word from D.H. Willison
The cover was illustrated by the talented Stefanie Dworschak. Stefanie is a digital artist specializing in nature, portraits, and fantasy creatures, with a unique talent to capture moods and emotions in a subtle, understated way. I knew her as an outstanding artist and fan of fantasy literature, but when she agreed to accept the commission after reading an ARC copy of Harpyness is Only Skin Deep, excited about the story, and in love with the two main characters, I was thrilled beyond words. I knew she would be able to capture the novel’s vision.
I encouraged her to let her imagination run wild with the original compositions, and she came up with a number of ideas I would never have dreamed of. Given the tremendous size difference between the two main characters, creating a composition featuring both of them was a challenge. Rinloh the harpy has very much of a dual nature: huge, powerful and deadly, but also mischievous and at her core empathetic, while Darin faces tremendous danger as a “tiny” human on a world with such enormous creatures. The most difficult part of the process for me was deciding between several outstanding designs. Upon seeing the final artwork, I can only hope the modest prose inside measures up.
Stefanie’s portfolio may be found here: https://www.stefaniedworschak.de/