Coal City Stories hopes you will judge our first book by its cover! Today we reveal the cover of Her Majesty’s Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story. Drawn by William Kevin Petty and painted by internationally recognized watercolorist Bridie Rollins, the cover hints at the gentle story within, a story about the adventure of going to bed.
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William Kevin Petty has admired Bridie Rollin’s work for years, and was pleased to co-ordinate with her on the cover. Mrs. Rollins says she sold her first piece of artwork in 1989 and was encouraged by that to stay with watercolor and to continue painting, learning and honing her skills. Today she is an Artist-in-Residence at River Oaks Square Arts Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, where she teaches and sells her paintings. Bridie is an active member of Louisiana Watercolor Society and her work is collected locally as well in New Orleans and as far away as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The countdown continues with daily tweets images and tidbits leading up to the February 28th, 2012, launch of the world’s first Steampunk children’s picture book. Follow along at the blog: https://coalcitysteam.wordpress.com/
Her Majesty’s Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story. HME’s publisher – Coal City Stories – promises insights, giveaways, sneak peeks and videos each day at the book’s Facebook page, and encourages readers to mark their calendars for launch day! http://www.facebook.com/events/347525985265865/
The book, to be released on February 28th (exclusively through Amazon.com and at a deeply discounted price on the launch date), features an automaton explorer who loves his work, even though it makes him very tired and dirty. As a bonus, an additional bonus tale “Three Cheers for Steamduck” is included in the full color book.