Gorgeous Cover for The Companion!

Posted by June 8th, 2014 14 Comments »

I’m so thrilled with the cover art for The Companion, finalized this week with Paul Richmond of the Dreamspinner art department! Original art by Dan Skinner.

The CompanionThis is the back cover copy:

Shepherd Bucknam hasn’t had a lover in more than a decade, and doesn’t need one. As a Daka, he coaches men in the sacred art and mystery of sexual ecstasy all the time, and he loves his work. It’s his calling. In fact, he’s perfectly content—except for the terrors of his recurring nightmare, and the ominous blood-red birthmarks on his neck. He’s convinced that together they foretell his early and violent death.

When Shepherd’s young protégé is murdered, LAPD Detective Marco Fidanza gets the case. The two men are worlds apart: Marco has fought hard for everything he’s accomplished, in sharp contrast to the apparent ease of Shepherd’s inherited wealth—but their mutual attraction is too hot for either of them to ignore.

Shepherd swears he’ll help find his protégé’s killer but Marco warns him to stay out of it. When an influential politician is implicated, the police investigation grinds to a halt. Shepherd hires his own investigator. Marco calls it dangerous meddling.

As their volatile relationship deepens, Shepherd discovers his nightmares might not relate to the future, but to the deadly legacy of a past life—a life he may have to revisit before he can fully live and love in this one.


The premise or underlying story argument (for those writer friends who love premise as much as I do) is “Courage leads to self-knowledge and love.”

So yeah, it’s a love story, with a little more on-page sex than my recent stories, but that’s in keeping with the protagonist’s character, his work, and how he experiences the world. It’s also inescapably mystical, as well as a murder investigation. A trusted critic and friend told me it was my best work to date, and I’d love it if that were true. Unfortunately, I have no way of telling on my own, although I think there’s more polish to the story than previous work. I try to learn something with every piece I write… I feel I learned a lot with this one. I think you’ll enjoy reading it.

The Companion goes on sale around the end of July. Pre-orders will be possible in a couple of weeks. I’ll supply the link when that happens.


14 Responses to “Gorgeous Cover for The Companion!”

  1. June 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Oh, this promises to be wonderful! And the cover…breath taking and VERY sensual. Congratulations!

    • June 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks Carol! That’s what the story called for, and I love the finished product.

  2. June 9, 2014 at 1:18 am

    This is a great cover! I remember reading the opening of this book — definitely grabbed me!
    Can’t wait to see the final product!

    • June 9, 2014 at 1:20 am

      Thanks, Alison — I appreciated your comments on that early version. Got rid of the “white room” problem in the opening scene, thanks to you.

  3. June 9, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Awesome book cover and the story looks very interesting.

  4. June 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Dear Lloyd,

    Wonderful cover. Can’t wait to read the book!

    • June 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks, Ed — believe me, anyone connected to this website will (for better or worse) receive a blow-by-blow account of progress on its release. Just got word from Dreamspinner that it will be available for pre-order a month before release, but that date hasn’t been set yet.

  5. June 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    What I love about this cover is the emphasis on abstract intertining shapes. Those are very strong, and their beauty hits the viewer’s radar first. The words”The Companion” hit next for a double whammy of positive information. Strong and positive echoes of Robert Mapplethorpe’s body shapes work.

    • June 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Interesting insight, and I agree. The shapes and the colors, made to look like an antique painting on canvas completely captivated me, too. I hadn’t thought of Mapplethorpe, but I’ll bet Dan Skinner (photographer/artist) would be chuffed at that comparison. His work is beautifully erotic.

  6. Maeve
    June 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Stunning cover–it has such emotional depth and amazing texture! Reminds me of some of Dusk Peterson’s cover styles.

    • June 9, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks! Not familiar with Dusk Peterson. Must go research…

    • June 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Yes, I see what you mean. Especially her most recent.

  7. July 5, 2014 at 7:31 am

    It looks fabulous – and so sounds the blurb, I can’t wait to read it. Congratulations to you and Paul for putting the imagination to print 🙂

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