New book cover… and new book deal!

That thing where you’ve been sitting on news for ages and you’re just dying to tell EVERYONE?

Yeah, that.

And that other thing where you’ve got something completely awesome to show off and you have to sit and wait until the stars are right?

That too.

But… today, the stars are right.

Over at Tor.com, you can see the cover for my forthcoming novel, The Burning Dark. It’s a dark space opera, and is out in March 2014. You can even pre-order it from Amazon here! I’m not sure about other retailers yet, but I’ll keep an eye out.

And… I love it! I absolutely, totally adore it. The cover is by Will Staehle, and manages to capture everything about the story – theme, plot, atmosphere, the works. I’m extremely lucky to have another cover by Will – he’s done all of my Angry Robot covers, and to have him do my Tor covers as well is terrific, giving me a unified style across both publishers. From a bookseller’s perspective, this is great, because most readers don’t really pay that much attention to the publisher’s badge on the book. But with Will’s work, I’ve got continuity from one publisher to the other – an unusual position to be in, I guess – and one that works brilliantly for everyone.

If you head over to Tor.com for the full-sized version, you can see what Tor’s Art Director Irene Gallo has to say about the process behind the cover selection, along with some of Will’s other concepts. Here’s the book blurb:

Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. But after saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleetspace to oversee the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station well past its use-by date.

But all is not well aboard the U-Star Coast City. The station’s reclusive Commandant is nowhere to be seen, leaving Cleveland to deal with a hostile crew on his own. Persistent malfunctions plague the station’s systems while interference from a toxic purple star makes even ordinary communications problematic. Alien shadows and whispers seem to haunt the lonely corridors and airlocks, fraying the nerves of everyone aboard.

Isolated and friendless, Cleveland reaches out to the universe via an old-fashioned subspace radio, only to tune into a strange, enigmatic signal: a woman’s voice that seems to echo across a thousand light-years of space. But is the transmission just a random bit of static from the past—or a warning of an undying menace beyond mortal comprehension?

And after all that, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed another book deal with Tor, for two more novels set in the same universe as The Burning Dark. Although the titles and dates are subject to change, The Jovian Conspiracy will be out in March 2015, with The Stars Below out in March 2016.

But more on those later!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an inordinate amount of Snoopy dancing to do…