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Esen’s Here! Cover Reveal Party! Giveaways, Phil, and More!

Posted on: April 26, 2018

Hello friends!  Yesterday the “Esen the Web Shifter” party began with Who and What Esen Is,  the Big Idea behind her, how much fun Julie Czerneda had with writing the Web Shifter trilogy (and oh yeah, a big huge give away for the entire trilogy!), and more!

Today, I can finally talk about the gorgeous new cover art for Julie Czerneda’s newest Esen e-novella The Only Thing to Fear, and her forthcoming hardback Web Shifter novel that begins a new series, Search Image!  I’m too excited to talk straight, so I’m just going to let Julie Czerneda take over and talk about the most Esen cover art ever, Phil the bust,  nervous diplomats, and most exciting of all, a brand new Esen novel that starts a brand new series!   oh, there’s another give away too!!

 

Esen’s Here!

By Julie Czerneda

 

Cover Art by Matthew Stawicki, novella release date: Sept 4th

Esen has been featured on every cover, but until now, not as herself. Behold Esen-alit-Quar the Web-being in all her blue blobness, courtesy the talents of Matthew Stawicki!

My information for Matt was, to be honest, sparse. A blue teardrop. Not anthropomorphic. No cheerful chubby belly. No arms, face, toes, nose . . . he did it! Esen’s perfect. I love this cover. I love how she’s there, taking it all in — in this form, her senses aren’t ours. They are potent. You’ll see.

What’s inside The Only Thing to Fear? A special e-novella from DAW Books that resumes Esen’s adventures shortly after the end of Hidden in Sight. (You really should read that one, if you want to get the whole OOMPH, plus meet Busfish—and Changing Vision, because there are Ganthor in an art gallery. I can’t help myself, I love them all and want you to as well.)

In this e-novella, you meet a new character, Evan Gooseberry, diplomat-in-training. Evan’s working through his fear of almost everything, determined to make the universe a better place, but why do aliens have to have SPIDERLEGS? Poor Evan faces a crisis in his first posting and only Esen-alit-Quar can help save the day. During street theatre and glittersweat.

But wait . . . there’s more!

I’m delighted to share with you the spectacular cover for Esen’s new novel, new series, and first hardcover! Toss the Glitter!

cover art by Matthew Stawicki, Search Image release date: Oct 2nd

 

It’s in a new style too. Though what’s shown is a moment from the book, it’s more iconic. I adore the bust on the front. And, while it may represent Ersh, the Eldest Web-being, in this alien form?

It’s really Phil. (“Phil” is what Matt called his alien bust, so we’ve been kidding back and forth — even Sheila at DAW — about “Phil” on the cover.)

Honest. To go from my description to the artwork, Matthew Stawicki sculpted the bust from a slab he’s used for twenty years. Fortunately for Phil, Matt’s keeping him intact until either I can snatch him from the studio, or I talk Matt into making casts so everyone can have one! News on that to come, I hope. Comment and ask him!

 

The bust named Phil, created by Matthew Stawicki

 

 

This, Book One of the Web Shifter’s Library, is the start of more. More of what I’ve loved writing, and you’ve enjoyed: Esen set loose on an unsuspecting universe that needs a little common sense and kindness, her friends at her side. The Library brings that universe of alien life, and their problems large and silly, right to Esen’s door. And Paul’s. There are a few other characters you’ll remember, plus new ones. The Library’s mission is to share Esen’s wealth of knowledge, while gathering new information for her. To use it, clients must bring a tidbit of knowledge in trade. Or fudge. Or an artifact.

The Library has a purpose: to prevent one species’ ignorance of another causing disaster. In Search Image, someone arrives at the Library with just such a problem. Along with Heezles looking for a good time, but anything can happen here. And does. At the same time, others come after a lost secret–and that’s before lunch.

Enjoy!

About Search Image:

Esen’s back! And the dear little blob is in trouble, again.
Things began so well. She and her Human friend Paul Ragem are ready to celebrate the first anniversary of their greatest accomplishment, the All Species’ Library of Linguistics and Culture, by welcoming his family back. He hopes. Having mourned his supposed death years ago, understandably, feelings are bent.

Instead, they’ve unexpected guests, starting with an old acquaintance. Paul’s father has gone missing under dire circumstances.

Before he can convince Esen to help him search, a friend shows up to use the Library. A crisis on Dokeci Na is about to explode into violence. To stop it, Evan Gooseberry needs answers.

Unfortunately, the artifact he brought in trade holds its own distracting secret. A touch of very familiar blue. Web-flesh.

The race is on. Paul, to find his father. Esen, to search for a mysterious legacy while helping Evan avert an extinction. What none of them realize is the price of success will be the most terrible choice of all.

About Julie Czerneda:

For over twenty years, Canadian author/ former biologist Julie E. Czerneda has shared her curiosity about living things through her science fiction, published by DAW Books, NY. Julie’s written fantasy too, the first installments of her Night’s Edge series (DAW) A Turn of Light and A Play of Shadow, winning consecutive Aurora Awards (Canada’s Hugo) for Best English Novel. Julie’s edited/co-edited numerous award-winning anthologies of SF/F, most recently SFWA’s 2017 Nebula Award Showcase. Out this fall is an all-original anthology written by fans of her Clan Chronicles series: Tales from Plexis. Her finale to that series, To Guard Against the Dark, was released in 2017. This fall will also see the return of her most beloved character, Esen the webshifter, in Search Image. Visit www.czerneda.com for more.

 

Give Away Details!

What’s better than knowing there are more Esen books coming? WINNING A COPY of course!  DAW has graciously provided two ARCs of Search Image!  Winners will need be a little patient, as these ARCs won’t even exist until later this summer.

This contest is only open to US/Canada, sorry to my international friends! (Never read a Web Shifters book? No problem, you can start here!)

to enter:

leave a comment below. Include some method for me to get a hold of you, such as twitter handle, e-mail (wordpress may ask you for it), facebook, your website where I can find your e-mail address, etc.

This contest runs from today, April 26th until 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on Wednesday  May 9th.

Good Luck!

It’s already been asked: Can you enter both give aways? Of course you can! if the random number generation likes you, you might even win both!

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87 Responses to "Esen’s Here! Cover Reveal Party! Giveaways, Phil, and More!"

That cover! Seriously, if it doesn’t make you want to read Search Image, then please check your pulse😁 Love both covers, thanks for sharing!

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Tee hee!!! Thanks, Tammy. We’re very proud of these and I’ll let Matt know. (Matt, you reading these?)

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Gorgeous cover!!!

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So exciting, and yes I would add “Phil” to my collection. Now I’m even more excited about the new book.

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See that Matt? Told you so! (Thanks, Julie)

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Matt, I told you so! Phil! Phil!

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Ooohhh! An ARC!!! That’s pretty fun

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Yup yup yup! Good luck, Michelle!

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After 45 plus years of reading sci-fi I still get excited by a new cover and another adventure… This is very well done, I am very excited to begin reading your new book!

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Thanks, Troy! It never gets old, does it? Love our genre and community.

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After many years of seeking out your books, and thoroughly enjoying your panels at @Can-Con, I look forward to reading this… whether I win or not!

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Hi Douglas! Good luck and I hope you enjoy.

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Love the cover.

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Thanks! I was just telling Matt how many compliments it was getting. He’s peeking, trust me!

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Always excited for a new book from Julie, but reading the teaser just ramps that up a thousand full. And to get two stories at once is incredible.

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::happydance:: Thanks, Corina! I’m pretty excited too.

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Always excited for a new book from Julie, but reading the teaser just ramps that up a thousand full. And to get two stories at once is incredible.

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Here again! Still brownie2@buffalo.edu

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Thank you so much for these giveaways! wilbakz@aol.com

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You are most welcome. Good luck!

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Love both covers and can’t wait to read them, but until then, I will re-read the first thee books in my web-shifters collection 🙂

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I’ll confess I had to reread for fun, before rereading to make all the detailed notes. Sucked me right back in, the little Blob. Hope you find the same, Norayr!

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Cover looks amazing! Can’t wait to read about Esen’s new adventures!

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Thanks! I think Matt’s outdone himself this time.

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I think scifi-fantasy covers have generally only gotten better over time.

abrownie@buffalo.edu

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DAW cares deeply about the art on their books. It’s always a treat to see the next.

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LOVE the covers, both! Can’t wait to meet Esen, in timeline order. Oh, yes, I’d want “Phil” … maybe one for my grandson too … he’s 11; would love it all. Thanks, Julie 🙂
Cathy in PA cdassler@verizon.net

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You are most welcome, Cathy! And I like your planning.

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Looking forward very much to joining Essen on her new hunt. Tally-ho!

@kentpollard on twitter

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Whoo!!!! Sound the horns! Hope you both enjoy, Kent.

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So nice that Ersh is back, so to speak. Looking forward to seeing these stories out in the world!

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Oops…forgot to ask. Will both of these be out in audiobook format?

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Still waiting on that–and on the SFBC. Here’s hoping!

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Will the Random Number Generator ignore BF Chase’s second comment?

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Beautiful covers, Julie. But then the artwork for all your books have been gorgeous. Congratulations!

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Thanks, Wayne. Even the sketches were great. Closer to release, Matt and I should do another post to show those.

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🙂 That would be fantastic!

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Love this.

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Thanks!!! Good luck in the draw!

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Forget the arc, I want a Phil! Okay, I really want both (I’m greedy like that), but I’ll happily buy the book if Phil’s on offer… The main thing is, there will be more Esen! Any way I can get it is fine by me. Although, I’ll probably buy the e book, as the type sizes in books seem to be getting smaller and smaller. (Even books I’ve had for years. Weird.) Anyway, I’ll take myself out of the running for the ARC. I’m just excited to hear that there will be a new Esen series!

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Hi Karen! I’m with you on the Phil! And I’m delighted to share the news about more Esen, though there wasn’t much doubt–my editor-dear, Sheila Gilbert, happens to love the Dear Little Blob too. And was the very first person to ever read a word of her story, btw.

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Oh, yes! More Esen!

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::sniffles:: You folks are making me misty-eyed, honest. More Esen it is!

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Now I need someone to make a soft fabric stuffed version of Phil so that I can bead embroider it to look like the cover!(so many shiny little beads -eeee, I can see it in my head!!!!)

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Me too!!! PHIL SHALL SPARKLE!

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It’s been fun imagining Es in her actual form. And it’s great seeing her on both covers. Looking forward to getting the actual books.

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Thanks! And given she’s essentially jelly, you just keep on imagining becuase you’d be right too.

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Yay! Looking forward to it. Looks great!

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Thanks, Ryan! Good luck!

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Am THRILLED and wiggling all over with excitement that we get double the fun with new Esen!!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Julie!!! You’re the best!!

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Back at you, Kathy! Glad you’re excited too.

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Looking forward to new Esen books:). Yay!

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A blue jelly shape shifter. Why wouldn’t you love it? Great post and giveaway – I’m in the UK so obviously not chucking my hat in the ring here but good luck to everyone 😀
Lynn

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Chuck it in anyway (Right Andrea?) If you win, I’ll send you something!

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I desperately need a Phil in my life to remind me that intelligent life really does exist.

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It’s the eyes, isn’t it? ::Laughs:: Good luck, Judy!

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Congrats, Julie!!! So incredibly happy to see Esen’s new covers and to know she’ll soon be back in print in an all new adventure!! One of my all time favorite characters – I’ve read and reread my paperback copies of the first trilogy until they’re practically shredded!! Twitter handle: akindofmagick

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SQUEE!!! Delighted you’ve enjoyed to shredding!

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I’m excited!

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Yay!!!! More Esen! Thanks, Rick. Good luck!

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SQUEEE! I can’t wait for these books! lordavon @ gmail dot com is my email address.

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The happy doth continue! Thanks Kris!

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Eek! Love the covers, would love to read an ARC. 🙂

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Yay!! Good luck, Marie!

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I missed the entry, but I’m still stoked for this new book! 🙂

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You didn’t miss it at all! It goes till Wednesday! Good luck and thank you.

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Oh!! Wonderful – thank you. 🙂

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I think I thought the start date was the end date. 😁

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Love Julie Czerneda. Ntglassman@gmail.com
Thanks.

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Aww! Thanks, Nancy! Good luck.

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I’m in for a trilogy re-read!

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I do love the blue blob. Looking forward to Esen’s next adventure – have been for ages. 🙂

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I should say adventures! 😀

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Tee hee! Adventures it will be!

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Does lunch include Esen attempting to cook?

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Well, there’s more Esen supplying lunch.

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Yay for Phil! 🙂
Can’t wait to read new Esen stories. 🙂

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Hi Tanya! Phil is a treat, isn’t he? And thanks!

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Ahh, the sweet blue blob is back! I’m REALLY looking forward to this. And Paul. I love me some Paul.

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I picked up “Beholder’s Eye” last night. I’m on the bandwagon now – even though the author is one of those Blue Leafs fans! haha j/k (Habs fan here.)

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