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Cover Launch: DEADLINE by Mira Grant

Look, I try not to play favorites in the Orbit-verse, but inside of this mild-mannered Creative Director is an excitable uber-geek fangirl, and I can’t help but have a few favorite series here to read as a fan, and I get really really excited when I know the manuscript is in-house for me to read and start working on the cover. This is also a lot of pressure in any series, because especially in the case that you think you did a good job on a cover to Book 1, you certainly want to keep the awesomeness going for Book 2…

When I read Mira Grant’s Feed I was completely blown away—and obviously I wasn’t the only one, as the author (under her real name, Seanan McGuire) won the Campbell award for new authors at the Hugos this year AND Feed was named one of NPR’s “Top 100 Killer Thrillers”. We obsessed over the cover here, and I was really happy with how it came out. When the editor FINALLY let me read the manuscript for Deadline I pretty much told my husband I was unavailable for the day and tore through it. It is, if possible, even better than Feed. After the last word I put my iPad down and ran around the house yelling about it, immediately shot off an email to the editor, then had a small nervous breakdown about having to do the cover.

The titles Feed, Deadline, and Blackout (yes, I’m already obsessing about having to design Book 3) are great in their double-meanings, and of course, we had to show that again on the cover. Obviously the cover depicts an EKG line, and highlights the medical meaning of the term “deadline”. The cover should also give a hint that the author continues to develop the really fascinating look into how the medical community and CDC might respond to an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. I am going to stop talking about it now for fear that I’ll give something away, and give you the editor-approved teaser:

“I guess in the end, it doesn’t matter what we wanted.  What matters is what we chose to do with the things we had. —Georgia Mason”

Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn’t seem as fun when you’ve lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news—he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.

Here are the covers together in full size:

If you have read Feed already, then you are as desperate to read more of the story of Georgia & Shaun Mason as I am, so I am not going to have to convince you to pick up Deadline. However if you haven’t read Feed, you really must.

Mira Grant lives in California, sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests you do the same. And if you want to catch up with her directly, she’s on Twitter: @MiraGrant (aka @seananmcguire)

If you have read Feed already, then you are as desperate to read more of the story of Georgia & Shaun Mason as I am, so I am not going to have to convince you to pick up Deadline. However if you haven’t read Feed, you really must. I’ve been enjoying The Living Dead TV show, but this story leaves the show in the dust…

Mira Grant lives in California, sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests you do the same. And if you want to catch up with her directly, she’s on Twitter: @MiraGrant (aka @seananmcguire)

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  1. Priscilla

    November 22, 2010
    at 12:24 pm

    The new cover is fantastic! I adored the “Feed” cover, and you’ve somehow managed to one-up yourself. Can’t wait to get my paws on the book.

  2. inkgrrl

    November 22, 2010
    at 5:18 pm

    Awesome covers, both!

  3. Lauren Panepinto

    Lauren Panepinto

    November 24, 2010
    at 11:09 am

    they like it! they really really like it! [fistpump]
    http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/293044.html

  4. Mirza Abeer

    November 24, 2010
    at 12:04 pm

    I loved feed. In fact you can say that it is the best zombie genre book i have ever read. And you know what the prime reason was for me buying the book? The cover. I know, i know, you should not judge a book by its cover but the feed cover was so different that i was drawn to the book. Later on i thought about how the cover perfectly captured the essence of the book. And last but not least, the deadline cover does not disappoint. Lets see how you do on the 3rd book later on. Lol :-).

  5. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    November 24, 2010
    at 12:59 pm

    LOVE!!!! And I can’t wait for the book, thanks for the very excellent tease! :)

  6. Stacy

    December 20, 2010
    at 4:14 pm

    I HATE Zombies. With an undying passion, no pun intended. That stated this is one of the single best books I have ever read in my entire life. I am infact ranking it up there with HAMLET, Anything OSCAR WILDE, and with my beloved Sherlock Holmes. Whether you like zombies or you deplore them read this book, with a box of tissues and enjoy the masterpiece. I CAN NOT WAIT FOR DEADLINE!!!!!

  7. Kevin

    February 6, 2011
    at 2:47 pm

    ok how did i miss Deadline i thought blackout was the second book…. my local book store is about to get a chewing out over this one, now i have to run to the store in the snow

  8. TheWiseOne

    March 23, 2011
    at 12:23 pm

    I have read, over, and over, and heard the audio version, of Feed, again and again and I have to say, if there is a midnight release for this book, I will be the first one in line(just like I do for so many games) I was disappointed in myself only because I finished the book too fast and I am craving the next one already. If you have not read Feed yet I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves thriller or conspiracy novels. Don’t rush it….But don’t take forever, I’m dying to read Deadline.

  9. TheWiseOne

    March 23, 2011
    at 12:25 pm

    …By the way I am a graphics artist(an alright one) and I have to say I love your cover art, Deadline is very very nice and I love your grunge effects.

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