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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New cover art and design for BLACK DOG by Rachel Neumeier (@RachelNeumeier)

I was very excited when Rachel emailed to tell me that she wanted a new cover for the first book of the Black Dog series. I've had the honor of working on two other books in the series and Rachel is an amazing author to work with. We're also on schedule for another book in the same series.

So I guess I should introduce the book, huh?

Back cover:

"It's the kind of book that made me resent the obligations of ordinary life because I just wanted to keep reading." 
-- Sharon Shinn, bestselling author of the Samaria series.

In a world where a half-hidden war has finally revealed to ordinary humans the supernatural creatures that surround them, safety is hard to find for a girl like Natividad.

Born Pure, one of the rare girls able to wield protective magic against demonic forces, Natividad and her brothers are on their own and on the run, with terrible memories and terrible enemies behind them. The only possible shelter might be found with their father's kin, the infamous black dogs of Dimilioc . . . if they can win acceptance. But when their enemies track them to their new home, neither Natividad nor her brothers nor Dimilioc itself may survive . . .








After you grab a copy of Black Dog, be sure to grab copies of the other two books, Black Dog Short Stories and Pure Magic and track Rachel down, too.











Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Want a free WillowRaven book cover? Try my referral program....

Thanks to social media, authors have more access to publishing resources than ever before. Just a few chosen tweets on twitter or an update on facebook and you can find an editor, a book cover artist, a layout designer, an agent, a publicist, or a publisher. What's harder is finding quality, trusted services for free.

Now; I'll be the first one to tell artists (and authors) not to work for free. But, as is with every rule, there are exceptions; and here is mine: I'm rebooting my referral program. 

  • Refer one new paid client, get your book cover* 25% off my normal rates.
  • Refer two new paid clients, get your book cover* 50% off my normal rates.
  • Refer three new paid clients, get your book cover* 100% free!

*Referral discount only applies to the cover, not to additional editing, design, or layout services. Normal discounts apply to all added services.

All you have to do is spread the word about my work on twitter using the coupon shown here after changing @WillowRaven to your @name in an image editing software and link them to me. 


As long as the referred client presents their coupon to me during negotiations, or give me your @name, they get 25% off their book cover and you get your referral credit. (If you do not have access to image editing software, just let me know and I'll customize your coupon for you.)

So get to tweeting and earning that free book cover. :D








Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

'Living with Depression & Anxiety' ~ cover art & design for Amanda Green (@AmandaGreenUK)

Being my second project with Amanda Green, I'm doubly excited to share the cover redress for Living with Depression & Anxiety: 26 ways to get you out of the fog, into the sunshine. I don't know about you, but I'd like to leisurely lay in a meadow while butterflies play among the flowers as a soft breeze blows my fur/hair.  
Amanda Green has lived with depression and anxiety since her teens. Now in her forties, and practising as student counsellor, she would like to share all her best tips and explanations for coping in everyday life. She explains, in easy to read terms, 26 self-help techniques and ideas, to help you through your darkest times, and to help you feel better.

Life enhancing, with thorough explanations, this book could help turn your life around as Amanda has with her own.

This book challenges stigma and inferiority issues, explains talking therapies, and delves into working with depression and anxiety from the inside out, using nutrition, writing, and getting to know yourself properly. It even incorporates how to look for other support including friends, family and animals.

Find your true self today and banish the label of depression and anxiety – learn to cope and feel a part of the world again.



Be sure to follow Amanda Green online for updates about all of her books.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"Return to Dune Towers" writing challenge - submission by Bettie Zyx (@BettieZyx)


Curious, he lifted binoculars to see whether or not she was topless. Almost, but not quite. But in that top, the slightest breeze is all it would take. Maybe even a breath. The vision flickered. Mirage. Silently he cursed and settled back under the shelter in the stagnant heat.

As soon as the hologram transmitter turned off, she leaped from its platform. The artistic sentry assignment, being visible as a form of art to those in the city with enough wealth to access windows, was driving her to drink. It was another promising technology desecrated by their imbecilic leaders costing rather than benefiting her and her fellow plebs.

The true cost would make itself known in a week's time with the gravely spoken words, "Gotcha."

Thanks so much, Bettie Zyx for an excellent short. It continues to amaze me how many unique ways authors can find to interpret the same image. Just awesome! :D

Feel like giving it a shot, yourself? Check out my new writing competition on the welcome page on my website. Winner get's their short story published in my first, ever yearbook, A Year in the Realm of WillowRaven!

The publication will be a full color 8 x 10 hardback book, signed by me, the artist; perfect for the coffee or end table.

Read all about it here.











Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...

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Friday, June 10, 2016

INTO THE VINES ~ cover art and design for Caroline Clemens' (@gardenliliepub) novel...

This is a late coming-out post for Caroline Clemens' book cover for her contemporary novel, Into the Vines. Late because I created the cover back in 2014, but Caroline had decided to go with a different look at the time.

Having tried several different designs on her book on different platforms and venues, Caroline has found her way back to the cover she commissioned way back when and has gone public with it on Smashwords and soon on iBookstore.

I did make some minor adjustments to the title treatment and byline, and to enhance the overall look, but essentially, this is the art we created two years ago, finally gracing the book. I say 'we' because the initial sketch was Caroline's concept.

No, I'm not going to show ya'll her sketch, but to honest, she really did pretty well for an author. Ya'll would be surprised at some of the sketches I've had to work from, lol.

Blurb:

A family is formed on a vineyard in the Loire Valley after a pilot rescues stranded persons from around the globe.

OK ... It's a short blurb, but check out a review I found on Amazon. (That one has a different cover by another designer at the time of this post.)



Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When I finish reading a book I say to myself "did this book keep my interest?" and I don't want to put it down. INTO THE VINES did both of the above. Even though it was fictional the book was very informative and factual. I have read all of the author's other books and poetry and thoroughly enjoyed them.

Be sure to connect with Caroline Clemens (AKA Kim Troike) online:

                                    Blog









Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

HONOURABLE LIES ~ cover art and design for Fran Connor (@LiotLiterary)


I don't often get the chance to work with any of the many romance genres, so when Fran Connor contacted me on The Book Marketing Network, I jumped at the opportunity to create the cover art and design for his historical romance novel, Honourable Lies.

Blurb:

A passionate, thought-provoking tale of love and revenge set in Nineteenth-Century England. Follow the progress of a poor, orphan girl serendipitously elevated to High Society. 

Her mind is to marry a rich man, regardless of love, so she will never be poor again; instead, she falls in love with a handsome, young landowner with whom she can have it all; love, security, and wealth. 

As fate would have it, there are obstacles to their romance: his wife, an evil aristocrat, a beautiful gypsy, and Gallows Hill.

I enjoyed the work so much; I've added it to my ImageKind Gallery just in case anyone would like a framed print to accompany their copy of their book. Below is my favored frame style (modern lines, medium), but what's great about IK is you can choose the frame style that best suits your home. Although I was taught, one should decorate one's house to suit the art, not decorate with art.





Don't forget to connect with Fran Connor online, too:








Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cover art and design for SnowOwl's (@SnowOwl0101) ARCHIVER MANHUNT

SnowOwl, one of my tweeps on twitter, wanted a new book cover to represent his Wattpad-posted book, Archiver Manhunt, and I had just finished binge-watching the entire series of Flashpoint on Netflix, so we sort of had the same fascination at the same time.
  :D

Check of the blurb:

Three species co-exist on a politically unstable colony. Humans, Animal-Human Hybrids, and Conscious Machines.

Current Government ran by humans in the midst of waging a series of raids on the poverty-stricken regions of their colony most populated by fox-human hybrids. Publicly they claim to be waging a drug war, yet from behind the scenes they are after incriminating video footage involving a false flag attack, and acts of sadistic handling of suspects at the hands of intelligence department. 

A mobile video recorder finds himself working for the streets, in hopes of sending his finding to a force that can handle the situation.

Don't forget to connect with SnowOwl online: