Alas, all good things must come to an end. My cover artist of the last couple of years, Jake Bullock, got a full-time job (good for him) and is prohibited from doing freelance projects (bad for me). The good news is that I had just finished The Chained Adept series, but I already had a cover from him for book 1 of The Affinities of Magic series. So I had to start over again for that.
Happily, I've partnered with a new cover artist from Poland, Michal Wojtasik.
His audition blew me away. I only asked for a simple sketch of the scene I had in mind, and look what I got, a day later.
Needless to say, he buried his competitors.
He's completed the actual cover and is working on the one for book 2, Fragments of Lightning. I'll be writing book 4 before I release the first 3 books in the series, one right after another, to try and build up some momentum for the new series.