Cover for Hearts and Minds!

I love the smell of new book covers in the morning.

Which is sort of an odd thing to say considering it’s only a JPEG file, but forget it and work with me, here. I’m rolling.

At long last, Simon & Schuster is now showing the final cover for Hearts and Minds, my Star Trek: The Next Generation novel that will be published on May 30th. Unlike my last couple of TNG books and their “ship covers,” this one features the ever handsome Captain Jean-Luc Picard. I’m cool with this, as I’m told having Sir Patrick Stewart’s regal countenance on the cover almost always translates to sales. Besides, I think we can all agree that he’s a sexy dude, amirite?

Here , have a look:

hearts-and-minds-cover (Click to Biggie Size)

And in case you’re still interested in what the book itself might be about:

An all-new adventure from the shadows of future history!

2031: United States Air Force fighter jets shoot down an unidentified spacecraft and take its crew into custody. Soon, it’s learned that the ship is one of several dispatched across space by an alien species, the Eizand, to search for a new home before their own world becomes uninhabitable. Fearing extraterrestrial invasion, government and military agencies which for more than eighty years have operated in secret swing into action, charged with protecting humanity no matter the cost…

2386: Continuing their exploration of the Odyssean Pass, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise discover what they at first believe is a previously uncharted world, with a civilization still recovering from the effects of global nuclear war. An astonishing priority message from Starfleet Command warns that there’s more to this planet than meets the eye, and Picard soon realizes that the mysteries of this world may well weave through centuries of undisclosed human history…

As previously reported, the novel is something of a follow-up to From History’s Shadow and Elusive Salvation. You’ll just have to wait and see how everything connects. 🙂

Hearts and Minds is of course available for pre-order and will be available in mass-market paperback, e-Book, and unabridged audio formats. The book’s page at Simon & Schuster’ website has pre-order links for all of the usual haunts, but you could also take the ISBN,  978-1501147319, to your local independent bookseller and totally make their day by asking them to pre-order the book for you. Just sayin’.

Are we ready to do this all over again?

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