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Friday, March 6, 2015

SURPRISE! Meet the New Baba Yaga and Chudo-Yudo


As many of you know, I am hard at work on the next Baba Yaga book (after Wickedly Dangerous and Wickedly Wonderful). I thought you might like a sneak peak at our third Baba Yaga and her (mostly) faithful dragon companion, Chudo-Yudo.

Here is our first Baba and Chudo-Yudo


And here is our second


The first cover is a pretty good rendition of what I'd envisioned, and the second isn't quite what I had in mind, but not bad. Of course, we are a long way from having a cover for book three, tentatively called "Wickedly Powerful" (they won't even start working on it until the book itself is done), but I thought you'd like a look at how I envision our third Baba, Bella Yates, and her dragon is his disguise.

Are you ready? Here's Bella



And here is her Chudo-Yudo, who she calls Koshka (which is Russian for a female cat--kind of an inside joke between them, since he is neither a female or a cat, really).


Surprise! Yes, we finally have a Chudo-Yudo who is a CAT! (Doesn't he look as though he could actually be a dragon, though?) This is a picture of a Norwegian Forest cat--they can grow to be over 30 pounds, although of course Chudo-Yudo is even larger than that.

What do you think? Are you happy? Surprised? Excited?

I'm really pleased to finally be getting a cat on the cover. I hope you are too!



17 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this! A cat! Brilliant!

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    1. I thought a few people might be pleased :-)

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  2. Gorgeous! Both of them! :) I've seen pictures of the Norwegian Forest Cats~ they're Giants!

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  3. I love the cat and who doesn't love a redhead!

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  4. So excited there's going to be more Babas!! And I love the idea of a cat.

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  5. Now THAT is going to be interesting, given the nature of cats...

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  6. Both of them are gorgeous. I am particularly fond of redheads and cats so color me happy.

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  7. Did your housemates influence you on your selection of the third Chudo-Yudo? I'm looking forward to reading "Wickedly Powerful."

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    1. I'm amazed they let me get away with putting dogs in the first two books. There was no way I was going to be able to do it in a third :-)

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  8. That is one beautiful cat. And Bella looks beautiful and dangerous. Can't wait!

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  9. Love the pictures of both characters! Looking forward to the book!

    I have a question though; wasn't Bella's last name mentioned as being "Young" in the previous books?

    Kit

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    1. LOL. Thanks for catching this! Apparently it has been so long between books, even *I* forgot what the character's name is! I'll have to go back and double check. Yeesh.

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    2. LOL.....it happens. I used to be part of an online roleplay writing group and I wrote down EVERYTHING I came up with where my characters and land were concerned so I wouldn't forget anything. I even went so far as to write down the family tree going back several generations so I wouldn't use the same names over and over.

      Kit

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  10. A little surprised that this Chudo-Yudo is a cat but super excited and I can't wait to see how the next adventure will turn out. Love the idea of a red head too :)

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  11. Yayayay! She's beautiful as is the cat/chudo-yudo. Thanks for the update. So excited about the next book!

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  12. Oh, yes!!! That cat's dragon aspect is in the ascendant.

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

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