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Cover Reveal (& Giveaway): Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines

In which we showcase the cover for Terminal Alliance, a brand new novel by Jim C. Hines out in November 2017, and his first official foray into Science Fiction!

Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover!

The Cover:

Cover art by Dan dos Santos

About the Book:

When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species.

This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn their ships around and go home. After all, it’s hard to establish diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.

Their second impulse was to try to fix us.

A century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but hey, at least they stopped trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack by an alien race wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her assortment of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship, but flying the damn thing is another matter. As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance.
A conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago…


About the Author:

Jim C. Hines is best known as a fantasy novelist and the guy who did those gender-flipped SF/F cover poses. His first novel was Goblin Quest, the tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider. Actor and author Wil Wheaton described the book as “too f***ing cool for words,” which is pretty much the Best Blurb Ever. After completing the goblin trilogy, Jim went on to write the princess series, four books often described as a blend of Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Charlie’s Angels. He’s also the author of the Magic ex Libris books, which follow the adventures of a magic-wielding librarian from northern Michigan, as well as the Fable: Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes.

Jim has written more than fifty published short stories. His first professional story sale was the award-winning “Blade of the Bunny,” which took first place in the 1998 Writers of the Future competition and was published in Writers of the Future XV.

Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012.

He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in English. He lives with his wife and two children, who have always shown remarkable tolerance for his bizarre and obsessive writing habits. (The cats, on the other hand, have no tolerance whatsoever, and routinely walk across his desk when he’s trying to work.)


Courtesy of the author, we are giving away a copy of any of his backlist titles, autographed. Use the form below to enter, and good luck!

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  • Mary A
    March 20, 2017 at 9:01 am

    100,000 hedgehogs awesome!

  • Lexi
    March 20, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I like the yellow worm creature.

  • LogicMouse
    March 20, 2017 at 10:19 am

    The cover is fantastic! Instantly made me want to know what’s going on in this story.

  • Liz H.
    March 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

    This sounds like a whole lot of fun and excitement! I expect nothing less from Jim. Thanks for sharing!

  • Liz H.
    March 20, 2017 at 10:26 am

    PS Just saw that Dos Santos is the cover artist 🙂 I’m not surprised and I love all his cover work! I’m quite intrigued by the yellow alien creature.

  • Melissa
    March 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Dos Santos covers never disappoint, and this one is no exception!

  • Anonymous
    March 20, 2017 at 11:28 am

    That’s a beautiful cover. Reminds me a bit of old school 60s/70s scifi covers, but also some of the Witch books by Terry Pratchett. Beautiful work for a great author.

  • Joie
    March 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Love it! And the millipedal thing is somehow reminding me of the webcomic Drive and the Fillipods. Which will NEVER be a bad thing.

  • Harvey Brinda
    March 20, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Unsung heroes.

  • Jim C. Hines
    March 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    The yellow alien is named Gromgimsidalgak (Grom for short). They’re one of the ship’s IT techs 🙂

    I love Dos Santos’ take on them!

  • Michael R Nichols
    March 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    it hooked me in that’s for sure

  • Anonymous
    March 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I *LOVE* this cover. I would definitely buy this just based on the cover, even if it wasn’t written by one of my all time favorite authors!

  • Amy Carlisle
    March 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Cover art is awesome, and I can’t wait to read it!

  • Shaunesay
    March 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    This new series looks like a lot of fun!

  • egl
    March 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I was already looking forward to this. Now I’m looking forward to it even more.

  • jroseemi
    March 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I haven’t even read it and I already love Grom. lol. This is an awesome cover. So excited!

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  • Joseph Millenbruch
    March 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I have never wanted to read a book more going entirely off the cover.

  • Jodie
    March 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    This sounds like fun!

  • Nikki
    March 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Great cover, great concept, super into it, can’t wait!

  • Mervi
    March 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Great cover and sounds like lot of fun!

  • Sehvrin
    March 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I really look forward to reading the book and I really like the cover (I almost wish the book was a comic so there would be more of this type of art).

  • Stephanie K
    March 20, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    If the book blub didn’t catch my interest (which it did, for the record), this cover sure does! How often do you see people flying around space on a meteor, wielding a mop and cleaning supplies? It’s so zany, I want to see just how out of this world it turns out to be!

  • Jordan Rose
    March 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I am loving this cover, looks like a ton of fun!

  • John Smith
    March 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I wanted to comment about the fantastic cover even without prompting, but I see we’re all aware of how great it is! Yes, it is outstanding!

  • Anonymous
    March 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Don Dos Santos is one of my all time favorite SFF artists. Love this cover.

  • Deborah Blake
    March 20, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Great cover! But really, all I need on any cover is the name Jim Hines, and I’m there.

  • Paul Saunders
    March 20, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I’m very much looking forward to this book inside the amazing cover.

  • Michael Wyatt
    March 20, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    That cover is sick.

  • Douglas Berry
    March 20, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    As a former US Army Field Hygiene and Sanitation NCO (really, I took a class and everything) I heartily endorse this book and the awesome cover.

  • Andrew Barton
    March 20, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    This is the first time I’ve seen a cover reveal post that was actually interesting!

  • Anonymous
    March 20, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Love the cover! Looking forward to the new series.

  • Jenna
    March 21, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Pretty dang awesome cover! I’m curious about their… monocles?

  • Mary Preston
    March 21, 2017 at 5:27 am

    It’s a brilliant cover.

  • Elaine Betts
    March 21, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I am intrigued. It looks great and the plot summary sounds very interesting.

  • BeccaStareyes
    March 21, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Wow, that looks just plain awesome and does a good job of looking unique in terms of space operas.

  • Noneofyourbusiness
    March 21, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Very awesome cover! I like the way the three of them are posed, and especially the spray bottles. The colors are nice and comic book-like.

  • Dawn
    March 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    omg So excited!!!

  • Jennifer Shafer
    March 22, 2017 at 1:07 am

    If it read the way the covers looks, this is going to be such a great book.

  • Jen D.
    March 22, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Dan dos Santos is the man with the master plan. If I could every single piece of art he creates I’d be a ridiculously happy camper.

  • Ken Marable
    March 23, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I originally heard about this story way back at an author signing by Jim, and it’s great to see it finally here. The cover really makes it look like a fun story!

  • Cathy/greytfriend
    March 27, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Great cover, really sets a tone. Looking forward to this!

  • Anonymous
    March 27, 2017 at 8:25 am

    That is cover is made of awesome & win and looks like the set-up to one of the best jokes ever.

  • April
    March 27, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I love this cover. Especially how they are all carrying cleaning supplies!

  • Tünde
    March 29, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I love the cover it is so unusual!

  • Ewan Carmichael
    March 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm


  • hapax
    March 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Space janitors FTW!

  • Sarah
    March 30, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Sounds fascinating and the Krakau on the cover (at least I’m assuming it’s a Krakua) looks adorably cool.

  • Hope
    March 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I’m so excited about this new book. I can’t wait till it’s available and I can read it!

  • Helen
    March 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm


  • Sally
    March 30, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Sweet. Love the mop and spray bottle.

  • Mark W.
    March 30, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Such a great cover! Now I’m more interested in reading the book than I already was!

  • Gary Denton
    March 30, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Need more blue collar workers and weird aliens in space.

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