[chuckle] We are pleased: Diversion Books has delivered a striking, visually unified and "brand-theme'd" family of covers that now includes my new FIRE OF THE PROPHET.
Review & "author's alts" of the "e-book" edition are completed, and the e-book is formatted; that should make review of the "physical book" edition (promised for "author's alterations" this week) a relatively painless process.
The pub-date --for FIRE OF THE PROPHET, its "prequel" FINAL EPIDEMIC, and the stand-alone DIRTY FIRE-- is currently set for May 21.
Cigars --in "candy" edition, "tobacco" edition, and (for the pranksters to whom I owe payback) "exploding" edition-- will be distributed by the proud father.
— Earl Merkel
(POSTSCRIPT: Pappy is indeed feeling fine, if not quite yet to the point of strutting... but the Muse-Mother is currently holding her swollen belly and moaning "ANOTHER month??? For the love of literature, NOT ANOTHER MONTH!!!"
She may also have muttered "If you try to touch me EVER AGAIN, you'll walk funny for the remainder of your curse'd life..." — EM)