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VORTEX Cover Painting

July 7th, 2013

Posted by W. H. Horner, Editor-in-Chief

Author Lawrence C. Connolly and artist Rhonda Libbey with the painting for the cover of Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle.

Last week, while Lawrence C. Connolly and I were in Greensburg, PA, for the June residency of Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program, we had the chance to meet with Pittsburgh artist Rhonda Libbey, who surprised us with the finished painting for the cover to Larry’s forthcoming conclusion to the Veins Cycle: Vortex. I was blown away to see the art in person, and I kept staring at it over lunch. Some of the other patrons of the restaurant were curious as well, stealing glances from time to time. We spent a couple of hours going over our list of twenty interior illustrations, hashing out details and making sure that everyone was on the same metaphorical and literal pages. Rhonda brought a few sketches, and Larry even had the opportunity to flex his artistic muscles and transformed his words into rough drawings and diagrams that Rhonda will be able to reference in the weeks to come.
Larry doing a quick sketch while Rhonda looks on.

Larry doing a quick sketch while Rhonda looks on.

All in all, I’m very excited about this book, the fabulous art that will grace its pages, and the chance to bring another amazing tale by Lawrence C. Connolly to the reading public!