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Venom In Her Veins Cover

My good cover karma continues with this amazing art by Raymond Swanland:

Venom In Her Veins

That’s my main character, Zaltys, who looks mostly human, but who’s got a bit of snake in her ancestry. She is an archer. She is even more badass here than I imagined her.

Published inBehold the Pretty


  1. Dude. Schweet 🙂

  2. Indeed. Very impressive. Look forward to reading it.

  3. Oooh, excellent! I take it Zaltys is from or connected to Najara? 🙂

  4. Tim Pratt Tim Pratt

    Let’s just say she’s probably got some family there. 🙂

    (The question of her origins is something the novel’s about, actually…)

  5. Chuk Chuk

    That is a very nice cover.

  6. Kendall Kendall

    Stupid questions (maybe especially stupid to ask the author ;-)….

    How accessible is this to someone who doesn’t read RPG fiction (like me)?

    How about someone who doesn’t play D&D…or doesn’t play RPGs at all? FWIW, I do play various RPGs, including various versions of D&D. I’m really more wondering if that would help make it more accessible to me, not matter at all, or what. I’ve never gotten into reading fiction set in D&D or other RPGs . . . but I’m tempted because I enjoy your work so much.

    Also, Amazon says it’s YA. Is this the case or are they just auto-classifying because it’s RPG fiction? (I’ve noticed Amazon’s classifications are sometimes wildly inaccurate.)


  7. Tim Pratt Tim Pratt

    Nah, it’s not YA, really, except insofar as it has a couple of teen viewpoint characters. (It also has viewpoint characters who are centuries old…)

    It should be quite accessible to someone who’s never done D&D. It’s just a sword-and-sorcery adventure story. I explain all the fantasy elements/weird stuff as much as I would if I were writing something wholly original.

  8. Kendall Kendall

    Thanks! I’ll check it out.

  9. Jeremy Grenemyer Jeremy Grenemyer

    Just saw mention of your book on the WotC Novels Book Club.

    Really awesome cover!

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