Cover Reveal: The Blood Curse, by Jessica A. McMinn

11 Nov 2023

Welcome to a new cover reveal!

Today I have the pleasure of help reveal the cover of The Blood Curse, the second book on the Gardens of War and Wasteland series, an excellent grimdark proposal by the SPFBO9 semifinalist Jessica A. McMinn.

Let's start by taking a look at the blurb:

Amika has left Holania in ruins. 

Grief-stricken and betrayed, she is on a fiery path to set things right—even if it means submitting to prophecy’s chain. Emboldened by her growing powers, Amika heads towards the wastelands of Qhoraak to rescue her brother and drag another Chosen into destiny’s sick game.

With demonspawn mobilising in unprecedented numbers, she and Rei-Hai Shaw must confront the dangers awaiting them beyond the western border… and those lurking within their shadows.

Kriah, adrift at sea, struggles with the aftermath of breaking the first seal. Now, Azet’haal and his Meah-Hyren army know of the plan to revive the Goddess and it’s only a matter of time before they make their move on the mainland.

But as a new threat spreads across the east, Kriah must uncover the origins of the deadly blood plague and convince the vulnerable people of Whyt’hallen that it is not the old Sickness they fear.

Or did breaking the first seal release more than just a lock on the Goddess’s soul?

The expected release date is set on March 30th, 2024; you can preorder it using this link. 

And finally, what all were looking for!

Cover of The Blood Curse, second book on the Gardens of War and Wasteland series

But there's more! As it is the birthday of Jessica A. McMinn (happy birthday!), she's running a special kindle offer for the first book of the series, The Ruptured Sky; from today to the 18th, you can get this excellent book for 99c.

Here's a handy link for it


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Jessica A. McMinn

Jessica A. McMinn

Jessica A. McMinn is a grimdark fantasy author based in regional Australia with a passion for dark fantasy, dark coffee and cats (which, let’s face it, are all dark inside).

Since graduating from the University of Wollongong with Distinction in BCA (Creative Writing) and BA (Japanese), Jessica spent five years in Japan teaching English while refining her writing craft.

She now works as a freelance writer and offers editing and coaching services to authors. When she is not writing (which is more often than you’d think), Jessica can be found raising her two beautiful children or immersed in an audiobook while drawing, crafting or playing video games.

Her debut novel, The Ruptured Sky, is the first installment in the gritty dark fantasy quartet, Gardens of War & Wasteland, and is perfect for fans of Robin Hobb, Anna Stephens and R F Kuang.