Six-time Award-winning Book Gets New Cover

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Yes, people do judge a book by its cover—even a six-time award-winning book. Encante Press has replaced the shocking original cover of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents with a stunning new design!

New cover: Cool Creatures, Hot Planet

New cover: Cool Creatures, Hot Planet

“An exciting and adventurous read. Cool Creatures, Hot Planet by Marty Essen is a roller coaster ride through the natural world that will both entertain and enlighten readers.”
—Jeff Corwin, The Jeff Corwin Experience

Both the second edition paperback and the new Kindle version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents have been published with new covers.

“The original cover, with a tailless whip-scorpion on my eye, garnered a lot of attention,” said author Marty Essen. “But at the same time, some people thought the cover was too frightening. The time had come to change from something ‘eye catching’ to something ‘eye appealing.’”

The book’s publisher, Encante Press, LLC, contracted Tugboat Design to create the new cover.

“Tugboat Design actually came up with several outstanding cover options,” said Essen. “Even though I had an immediate favorite, we decided to post the covers on Facebook to get input from my readers. When they voted for the same cover I liked, the choice was easy!” is the first on-line retailer to get the books with the new covers. They can be found here:

About the book:

Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents follows Marty and Deb Essen on a three-and-a-half-year-long adventure to some of the wildest places on all seven continents.

The American couple began crisscrossing the globe with the simple intention of searching for rare and interesting wildlife. When their travels coincided with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the added element made them unwitting ambassadors for peace. Their experiences—from amusing to life threatening—changed their lives forever.

This is not your average travelogue. Marty Essen has written a book that entertains, informs, and poignantly reminds us that we all share a small planet.

Awards and accolades:

Cool Creatures, Hot Planet has won six national awards for travel/essay writing, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Best Books Book Award, and the National Indie Excellence Award. It also won a first place award at the Green Book Festival in Los Angeles, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune it a top-10 “Green” book.

“This is a wonderful book—a labor of love—that describes in soul-stirring language what it is like to live with the people, the animals, the birds, the snakes, the insects, the jungles, the treacherous rivers, the gorgeous scenery of seven continents. It is the best travel and exploratory work I have yet encountered. Marty Essen and his wife, Deb, are two highly intelligent, imaginative, and brave people.”—Senator George McGovern, 1972 Democratic nominee for president

About Marty Essen:

Marty Essen is the six-time award-winning author of the book Cool Creatures, Hot Planet Exploring the Seven Continents. Following the release of his book, Marty transformed Cool Creatures, Hot Planet into a multi-media show, called Around the World in 90 Minutes. He has been performing Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges and other venues since 2008. It is arguably the second most popular slide-show of all-time—behind Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth." Marty’s show features exhilarating adventures, stunning photographs, and interesting discoveries from each of the seven continents. One part lecture, one part theater, one part slide show, one part comedy—it's the type of show where the audience has fun laughing at the stories, oohing and aahing at the photos, and then, when it's all done, they realize just how much they've learned.

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