Raw Cover for “Bitter Days”

Towers by Martina Stipan

Towers - By Martina Stipan

Here’s a preview of the artwork, called “Towers,” that I’ve licensed for use as the cover of my upcoming (now published) book, Bitter Days, due to be published in late October. It’s by Martina Stipan, an artist in Croatia that I found on Deviant Art. When I first spotted the picture, I thought it would make a great wraparound cover for a fantasy story about a poor homeless girl growing up on the streets of a gritty port city.

As is often the case with licensed art, it’s not quite a perfect fit for the story, so some alterations will be needed. The most obvious one is the elimination of some electrical wires, since my story is set in a pseudo-medieval fantasy setting.

Still, I thought folks would appreciate this preview.


  1. Sigh. The book is FINALLY being published in 2022, for lots and lots of reasons too complicated to go into here. I have a different cover for the book, but I actually use this image above, with some alterations, as an internal illustration and also in the marketing materials for the story.

  2. Nope. Got delayed until April , 2023, when it was FINALLY published. As mentioned earlier, the above illustration was used internally rather than as the cover.

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