Final Cover For Dark: A Trilogy:

Here we have the final cover for Dark: A Trilogy by Dora Benley to be published by Cheops Books LLC on November 15. The cover was designed and drawn by Andrew the artist. It will be included in the small press issue to be published by Publisher’s Weekly, the trade journal, on Monday, August 28 along with other books by IBPA members. See it there. We will feature it on our website on the day that the magazine is published including a link.

Teenager Bianca Winters had no idea what was in store for her in the next few years when she took on a babysitting assignment across the street with Little Katie Shipley. That night her whole life was to change forever as a killer roamed around in the dark upstairs. She had to save the baby while the housekeeper, Mrs. Ingersoll, fell to her death.

In the months that followed the murder, Bianca comes under the wing of her new medical advisor, Doc, who helps her recover from the horrible experience. She falls in love with the young man only to have doubt cast on his motives by circumstances that hint that he himself is the killer. When he goes on the run, she has to still believe in him somehow. How could she love a murderer?

Katie Shipley’s parents move to California and take Bianca with them as her live in babysitter. Bianca thinks that Doc is dead, killed trying to escape from the authorities. But then just as a strange gentleman from England appears and tries to kidnap Little Katie, a young man who reminds her of the one she has lost materializes in her life again. He shows her what has really been going on all these years behind the scenes, why Mrs. Ingersoll was killed, and what the bad guys want with Little Katie. The trilogy ends with the biggest surprise ending of all time.

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Doc and Bianca on Dark: A Trilogy Cover:

Doc and Bianca are featured on the new proposed cover for Dark: a Trilogy with the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco at night time lighted up in the background. The three book young adult series will be published by Cheops Books LLC on November 15. The publication date has been moved up by one month.

Teenager Bianca Winters had no idea what was in store for her in the next few years when she took on a babysitting assignment across the street with Little Katie Shipley. That night her whole life was to change forever as a killer roamed around in the dark upstairs. She had to save the baby while the housekeeper, Mrs. Ingersoll, fell to her death.

In the months that followed the murder, Bianca comes under the wing of her new medical advisor, Doc, who helps her recover from the horrible experience. She falls in love with the young man only to have doubt cast on his motives by circumstances that hint that he himself is the killer. When he goes on the run, she has to still believe in him somehow. How could she love a murderer?
Katie Shipley’s parents move to California and take Bianca with them as her live in babysitter. Bianca thinks that Doc is dead, killed trying to escape from the authorities. But then just as a strange gentleman from England appears and tries to kidnap Little Katie, a young man who reminds her of the one she has lost materializes in her life again. He shows her what has really been going on all these years behind the scenes, why Mrs. Ingersoll was killed, and what the bad guys want with Little Katie. The trilogy ends with the biggest surprise ending of all time.

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On September 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish Dark 3: Special Edition, the concluding volume of the Dark Series started by Scholastic UK. It is a fitting ending to Dark 1 and Dark 2 and lets you know what finally happened to all those YA characters such as Bianca Winters and Doc and their doomed love affair. Does she finally marry Harry Fellini or what? Does Little Katie, the heiress of St Simons Island finally escape to some place where she doesn’t get kidnapped? What about her wealthy parents, the Shipleys? And what happens to the low life of St. Simons Island such as Marianna Haynes, who was always after Bianca, or even Harry Fellini’s jailbird brother, Mike Fellini?

And when all these loose plot ends finally get decided for good, what about the long promised trilogy: Dark: A Trilogy? Why not publish the Dark as a series? Dark: A Trilogy will be published on December 15. We here at Cheops Books LLC even have a brand new cover in mind. We don’t have the final drawing yet. But we have a rough sketch which we will share with you today along with this blog post. We are about ready to hand it over to Andrew the artist to put his finishing touches on it.

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Below you will find what we at Cheops Books, LLC like to call our Dark Gallery. You will find the original covers for the original Dark Series published by Scholastic UK in paperback. Cheops Books, LLC has its own Dark Series currently available on Kindle on Amazon: Double Dark, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Dark 2. Soon those books will be joined by Dark 3: Special Edition. We have just commissioned a cover artist to sketch characters from the novels in stark black and white. If you haven’t already decided for yourselves how these characters look, these line drawings may help you make up your minds. “Stories out of the past” is the motto of Cheops Books, LLC. So let it extend to our illustrations.

Publishing black and white sketches of characters and scenes from the novels was a common practice in the nineteenth century particularly during the Victorian era. Charles Dickens novels such as Dombey and Son would typically appear with such black and white sketches which were considered to be collectibles back then. The original Sherlock Holmes Detective Series was full of such drawings also. No novel was considered complete without them.

So here goes! Maybe we at Cheops Book, LLC will start a new trend for the Now Era.

Below you will find old Dark covers drawn by Scholastic UK book cover artists. These were the original editions of the Dark 1 and Dark 2 thrillers for the YA market. They were part of the Scholastic Point Horror Line:

Below find the very first Dark book that preceded all the others. This mystery thriller was part of the Cora Verlag Mystery Line published in Hamburg in German. It was entitled Are You Afraid Of The Dark? or Angst Im Dunkeln? and gives you a colored drawing of Bianca Winters, the young adult heroine of the series who acts as a detective trying to ferret out what is really going on while the murderers and kidnappers attempt to bump her off.

The Dark is a series with quite a history for a mass market line of books.

 

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Lost On the Lost Coast: Bianca, Doc, and Little Katie

Bianca Winters and Doc are lost on the Lost Coast during much of Dark 3: Special Edition. It is a chase up the West Coast through Northern California as the bad guys try to kidnap Little Katie again. Doc and Bianca have to fend them off at every opportunity. They flee through coastal redwood forests only to emerge on beaches with driftwood and seagulls. There is a big confrontation scene in a sea lions cave featured in a new book trailer for the novel Dark 3: Special Edition. You can find it on the Edward Ware Thrillers website, the Cheops Books website, at http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org. Will they escape the Lost Coast and reach Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada? Will they make their flight taking them out of the country all together? Or will the bad guys be able to carry out their kidnapping heist and spirit away the little heiress who is Bianca’s charge to defend? Find out. Escape the Lost Coast yourself. See the book trailer below and follow the link to the Amazon Kindle page where you can pre-order your copy of Dark 3: Special Edition. Read it and find out for yourself the fates of all the characters.

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Dark 3: Special Edition Coming September 15 With New Audio:
The young adult thriller Dark 3: Special Edition will be published on September 15 to much fanfare as it is the last volume in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series that tells you how it all ends. As a very special treat we will be presenting a new book trailer with a brand new audio recording, new visuals, and everything else you can possibly imagine.
Bianca mourns for her old friend Doc who helped her overcome her fear of the dark after being the only witness to a brutal murder on St. Simons Island. He was driven out of town two years ago when the locals concluded that he must be the killer. She last saw him parachuting from a plane escaping from the law, a fall he couldn’t have survived. She’s moved to California with her employers, the Shipleys, and taken on a permanent babysitting position with Little Katie. Suddenly there’s a kidnapping attempt on the rich little heiress that Bianca is employed to protect. To the rescue comes a tall, dark young man who reminds her of somebody she’s lost. But it just couldn’t be . . . After all, he’s dead. And after all . . . he’s supposed to be the bad guy.
Dark 3 concludes the Dark Series for young adults, first published by Scholastic UK. It also ties into and concludes the Edward Ware Thriller Series of historical novels about World War 1 and World War 2 with the biggest surprise ending of all time. The novel will be published by Cheops Books LLC on September 15.
Teens rarely need an excuse to stay up late, but The Dark by Dora Benley would give pause for thought to even the most steely nerved youngster. A genuinely gripping horror story. Approach with caution. The Sunday Independent Dublin, Ireland

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Dark 3: Special Edition by Dora Benley
Dark 3: Special Edition is to be published on September 15 on Amazon Kindle. This edition will include photos of significant places mentioned in the novel. Think of it as Bianca Winter’s trip diary as she flees from the bad guys.
Bianca mourns for her old friend Doc who helped her overcome her fear of the dark after being the only witness to a brutal murder on St. Simons Island. He was driven out of town two years ago when the locals concluded that he must be the killer. She last saw him parachuting from a plane escaping from the law, a fall he couldn’t have survived. She’s moved to California with her employers, the Shipleys, and taken on a permanent babysitting position with Little Katie. Suddenly there’s a kidnapping attempt on the rich little heiress that Bianca is employed to protect. To the rescue comes a tall, dark young man who reminds her of somebody she’s lost. But it just couldn’t be . . . After all, he’s dead. And after all . . . he’s supposed to be the bad guy.
Dark 3 concludes the Dark Series for young adults, first published by Scholastic UK. It also ties into and concludes the Edward Ware Thriller Series of historical novels about World War 1 and World War 2 with the biggest surprise ending of all time. The novel will be published by Cheops Books LLC on September 15.
Teens rarely need an excuse to stay up late, but The Dark by Dora Benley would give pause for thought to even the most steely nerved youngster. A genuinely gripping horror story. Approach with caution.
The Sunday Independent Dublin, Ireland

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