The Blood Empress (Novella)

Set between Book 2 and Book 3 of the Star Saga.
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Another haunted desert warrior inspiration for Nykostra.

Qaysha is a north Arabian funerary goddess who was invoked by the Nabataean Arabs of southern Jordan along with the fate goddess Manat in order to protect tombs and curse those who disturbed the remains of the entombed.

Desert warrior inspiration for Nykostra.

Apranik Persian Sassanian Warrior Woman Commander before a Desert Battle during the Arab Campaigns. Same as Artemisia, Apranik often fought with two swords.

A falchion of the sort that the Votainions use.

A falchion of the sort that the Votainions use.

The final cover art by my brother, Byron McConnell.

The final cover art by my brother, Byron McConnell.

Early cover idea with single seat KiV fighter.

Early cover idea with single seat KiV fighter.

Helmet was inspirational for the one Nykostra wears.

When I got home from the first sitting, I loaded the original reference photo of my friend into photoshop and began experimenting with concepts for the . 'V' Sci-fi alternate-direction

Warship model under construction.

Warship model under construction.

Votainion warship model against the blue screen used to photograph it for book covers.

Votainion warship model against the blue screen used to photograph it for book covers.

Photographing the Votainion warship for another book cover. This is what Nykostra's warship looks like in The Blood Empress.

Photographing the Votainion warship for another book cover. This is what Nykostra's warship looks like in The Blood Empress.

Photo shoot for the model that appears on the actual book cover.

Photo shoot for the model that appears on the actual book cover.

KiV-4 model used for the book cover.

model used for the book cover.

KiV-3

KiV-3

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