Evelyn Chartres Author
Ville de Québec

Introducing the Hotel Cover

When Revision 5 was introduced, it brought about a new cover design, which  featured a speakeasy.  The speakeasy was iconic for the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties, at least in the United Stated and seemed to be a good fit.

A reader proposed that I use an actual hotel to create the cover.  This idea has merit since the Grand features separate stories that have a common era, theme and location. The Grand is the focal points for all the stories, so it makes sense to pursue that idea.

Fortunately, I had the chance to visit la Ville de Québec which features one of the Railway Grand hotels found through Canada. I used Chateau Frontenac as a base, threw in a backdrop of the Rockies and added a skull rendition that I got from pixabay.com.  The latter was listed is Public Domain, whereas the former where both my shots.

The font itself is YoungSerif found on the fontlibrary.org.  It seems to complement the overall feel of the cover and has an agreeable copyright.

Overall, I think I may have found my eventual release cover.  What do you think?

A Stroll Through La Ville De Québec

La Ville de Québec is one oldest European settlements in North America.  This city was a part of la Nouvelle France and features a fortified wall that surrounds the old city.  It is interesting to walk down the streets of the lower city and make your way up cliff as architecture changes.

One of the most prominent landmarks is the Chateau Frontenac, which is an old railway Grand hotel.  The fort is named after Louis de Baude de Frontenac a popular Governor of la Nouvelle France which was famously known to have repelled the English through bravado and wit. On that day he uttered a phrase that became legend:

I have no reply to make to your general other than from the mouths of my cannons and muskets.

Unfortunately, I had little time to visit this city.  However, I did manage to take a few shots which are featured below!