Thursday, 28 March 2013

Cover Love - Chantal Halpin

For this week's cover love guest post, please welcome Chantal Halpin - Urban Fantasy writer and reader, with a love for anything fanged, fae, witchy and shifty.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll:

This particular copy was given to me by Mrs Meehan (who was my best friend’s grandmother and a fierce old bird) at Christmas when I was six years old. I treasured it and re-read it often throughout my childhood. I especially loved the illustrations and the gold script of the (sadly faux) leather cover.  

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett:

This caught my eye on a bookshelf in my school library when I was eleven years old. It literally jumped out at me and I was delighted to stumble upon a brilliant writer.

 Ecstasy by Irvine Welsh:

I can remember reading this collection of shorts while lying in a park when I was about twenty and thinking I was so cool! This was definitely something to be seen with. All Irvine Welsh’s covers tend to be controversial, which matches what is inside too.

Curran Vol 1 by Ilona Andrews:

This is a self-published collection of scenes written from the point of view of the male character from the best-selling Kate Daniels ‘Magic’ series. I can remember thinking that the cover was pretty ballsy! I imagine they could do something flashier with the text now, but I like its simplicity and originality. 

Fair Game by Patricia Briggs: 

This hits all the buttons as far as urban fantasy covers go. I just want to look at it. I have a Kindle copy, but I might get the paperback just so it will look pretty on my shelves. The girl looks sassy and kick-ass (although, Anna the MC is neither) and the moon is gorgeous, I love the colour. Perfect.

The also rans just in case you are interested:

Archangels Consort by Nalini Singh

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Fallen by Lauren Kate

The Brinded Cat

Insurance claims worker, Sam, doesn’t want to do any more jobs for the Community. She just wants to fill in her nice, harmless forms. But when she is coaxed into rescuing a witch’s familiar from a tree, she finds her charge is more than an average kitty.
Faced with the option of handing him over to the authorities, she instead risks her liberty and flees across London with the witch hunters in hot pursuit. But for a change it seems the Latino pyromaniacs are not the most dangerous players in this game of cat and mouse.
This is a short story of approx 10,000 words with British spellings set in London.

Author Bio:
Chantal Halpin lives in the South West of England with her husband, two kids and their smelly rescue dog. She mostly writes urban fantasy and loves anything fanged, fae witchy or shifty. She is currently working on The Witch Hunter Series which includes both urban fantasy and young adult stories.

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Twitter: @ChantalHalpin
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Thanks, Chantal! The Pratchett covers have always been eyecatching. So what do you think of Chantal's choices? Anything there you've picked up because of the cover? 



  1. Wow, all great covers! Love the colors! :)

  2. They do all look very pretty :) Now I'm off to see which ones other people have picked.

  3. Great covers, Chantal! I've read Fallen by Lauren Kate and loved that cover :)


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