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Saturday, March 10, 2018

GREEN TUNICS OF NOON ~ Cover art and Design for book two of THE GREAT WYRM SAGA by Victoria Lynn Osborne (@VictoriaLOsborn)

I'm excited to show off my latest project, Green Tunics of Noon, by Victoria Lynn Osborne, for a few reasons.

One - My first love with art is fantasy. I love everything about it. The elves, the dwarves, the unicorns, the dragons, the kickass women who can wield swords, I love it all.

Two - Surprisingly, although fantasy cover art is what got me reading (and eventually enrolled in art school), most of my art commissions are mainstream fiction. So when Victoria told me she wanted a winged horse and a syln in a forest... Perfect!

Three - Victoria just told me there are three more coming in this series. I can't wait!

So without further ado ...

blurb:

The Daughter of Prophecy has joined with her Regalta. Jarvis's ships have conquered the lands of men. Now the islands of men are enshrouded in darkness stunting the growth of plants and animals. Supplies flow from Jarvis's islands but are they safe. Monsters fill the villages and cities mutated cannibals of the once peaceful fishermen.

Meanwhile in the land of the syln. Jarvis launches an attack on their biggest food producing island. New allies pour in ones that are immune to syln magic.

Can Levet turn the tide against the dragons? Cindar lays eggs by the dozens an already the islands are filled with new terrors.

Don't miss the next exciting book in The Great Wyrm Saga.

If you'd like to learn more about book one, Red Sails in the Morning, I have feature pages on my website for it and Green Tunics of Noon, and The Great Wyrm Saga. Framed wall prints of the artworks are also available in my Imagekind gallery.
  

Be sure to connect with Victoria Lynn Osborne on all her social networks and online activities (best way to get signed copies and news of the latest promotions):

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

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

BEYOND THE DREAMS WE KNOW ~ Cover art and Design for Rachel Neumeier (@RachelNeumeier)


I'm really looking forward to this book, Beyond the Dreams We Know, by Rachel Neumeier, hitting the shelves. 

It's a collection of short fiction stories, one of which is represented on the cover.

Those that know how I work, know I don't read the manuscripts (unless I am also editing). I create covers by getting pertinent information straight from the author (a process often akin to pulling teeth).  I do, however, glean a bit more of a glimpse than what's offered in the blurb and most times, even more than what's written in the story. So much more of the perfect scene stays in the author's head, and never made it into the story, itself. Much like this scene. 

Rachel sent me an excerpt that described the world and spider-like figures, but it was up to me to discover how they look and ambulate. I just know Rachel was vague about it on purpose, lol. 

My favorite part of the scene? The lame boy on the branch-crutch. I can't say why. But for some reason, I want to know him better and sincerely hope that spider-thingy can't see him under that tree.

blurb:

In the world of City in the Lake, entering the great forest may lead you to your heart's desire . . . but the one certainty is that the forest always has its own desires, and might very well tilt anyone's quest to its own ends.
***
In the whole history of the Floating Islands, no girl has ever put on wings and taken flight. Now a special audition has just been announced, and despite her responsibilities, Nescana isn't sure she can resist at least trying to make a new life for herself among the kajuraihi.
***
The Lord of the Delta is a busy man. But every now and then, Bertaud manages to take a day away from his duties. Just one day for himself. What could possibly go wrong?
***
Erest's family knew they might risk unknown dangers when they first chose to build their home in the shadow of the Kieba's mountain, but she hasn't seemed offended by their presumption . . . yet. When disaster strikes, could Erest dare turn to the Kieba for help?
***
In a world much like our own, no one expects mysterious, beautiful dragons to begin emerging from earth and stone. But even when mystery and magic isn’t concerned with us at all, it can change our lives . . .
***
Rediscover four worlds and explore a new one in Neumeier's latest collection of short fiction.



Be sure to connect with Rachel Neumeier on all her social networks and online activities (best way to get signed copies and news of the latest promotions):







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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com


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*All art and designs in this post were created by myself unless otherwise noted even if some images have been replaced with newer ones to keep post current with my portfolio.

Friday, February 9, 2018

THE GUARDIANS OF EASTGATE ~ cover art and design plus a map of Sterrenvar for Sherry Leclerc (@sleclercauthor)

WillowRaven's map of Sterrenvar for Sherry Leclerc's, The Guardians of Eastgate, book one of the Seers Series
Available in hardcoverpaperback, and ebook.
The original artwork is also available
as a wall print through my 
Imagekind gallery.

Available in hardcoverpaperback, and ebook. The original artwork is also available as a wall print through my Imagekind gallery. Come wander the magical world of Sterrenvar where swords & sorcery, action & adventure, seers & shifters all await you. Follow seer champion, Maelona Sima, & her friends Blaez, a wolf shifter, & Gareth, a human prince, as they protect the realm from enslavement by a dark sorcerer.

I'm so, so excited to share my latest cover project and introduce you to Sherry Leclerc, who I'm sure is going to be one of my favorite series projects ever, as well as one of my favorite clients. She is so very easy to work with. I kinda think we think a little alike. 

This is the new cover for The Guardians of Eastgate, book one of the Seers Series - Second Edition. 

We're going full-out with a fresh new cover art style, a revision of the text (to catch anything missed in the first publication), and so much more. Be sure to follow Sherry online (links below) to keep informed.

Blurb:

An ancient evil threatens the realm of Sterrenvar. A race of people called the seers had appointed themselves Guardians of the Realm, guarding the safety of their world and all the people in it.

Maelona Sima is one of four seer champions tasked with protecting the four keystones from being breached by evil forces, thus leaving an immeasurable magical force free to be used against the realm’s inhabitants. Yet Maelona is more than a seer. She is unique in her world, and she is the best hope of survival for the people of Sterrenvar…the very people who once hunted down and killed many of the seer people out of fear and mistrust.

Protecting the keystones is the first line of defense against the evil sorcerer who wishes to enslave the realm. Can Maelona, the guardian of the keystone at Eastgate, and her friends Blaez, a wolf shifter, and Gareth, a human prince, bring together their peoples to save Eastgate from destruction in this first book of the Seers series?

Available in hardcoverpaperback, and ebook.
The original artwork is also available as a wall print through my 
Imagekind gallery.


Be sure to connect with Sherry Leclerc on all her social networks and online activities (best way to get signed copies and news of the latest promotions):







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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com


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*All art and designs in this post were created by myself unless otherwise noted even if some images have been replaced with newer ones to keep post current with my portfolio.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

BREAKING WORLDS (Lisen of Solsta, Book V) ~ cover art & design for D. Hart St. Martin (@hartstm)

Available in print and ebook.
I am so proud to show off my latest book cover. D. Hart St. Martin and I have been teaming up since 2013.

Breaking Worlds is the fifth book of the Lisen of Solsta series. I'm already prepping for book six's cover; I can't wait to fully dive into it!

What makes this scene so cool, is it doesn't actually get described in the story. It's sort of what we would have seen while the travelers were moving from point A to point B in the book. 

Since we had already started the series (books 1-3), quite by accident, with a spring, summer, and fall scenes (honestly, we really didn't start out with that as the plan -- it just sort of happened) I really thought it would be cool, when Hart and I were planning books covers 5 & 6, if one of them could happen in the winter. 

At first, it wasn't in the cards, then Hart sent me a 'stop the presses' type of message. Told me to throw all of the project notes out and that she had a winter scene for me. She sort of gave me a general theme to work with since there were no actual excerpts to be had. This one, more than all of the others, was really a joint endeavor. I was constantly asking for details she had to give me from her head since there was nothing already on paper. The result is what you see here.... the scene that likely happened, but was never written.  

Available in print and ebook.

Blurb:

After their first daughter’s death at the hands of the Thristans, Lisen and Korin escape the desert and ride home to Garla, but the loss of Rinli, the child conceived sixteen years earlier during the Thristan fertility ritual of the Farii, has delivered a devastating blow to their union. Their grief overwhelms them, and Korin, consumed by feelings he dare not express, reenlists as a captain in the Emperi Guard and runs off to Pass Garrison, abandoning Lisen and their two remaining children in Avaret.

Yet, at a time when miracles seem to have forsaken the two spouses to endless despair, something wondrous has unfolded in the desert. Rinli, thought lost forever, has fulfilled the prophecy of Mantar's Child and risen from her grave, proclaiming she has come to break the world. But her resurrection precipitates a personal crisis as she strains to identify who she is now and why Mantar sent her back, while for Lisen and Korin, it becomes a race to stop their lost-then-found daughter from bringing their world to ruin.

Return to Garla where before moving forward, Lisen must climb out of the abyss of her unbearable sorrow to confront her run-away spouse. Where she enlists his aid in an impossible task. Where Rinli takes risk after risk to prove her worthiness as a leader to the Elders of Thristas. And where Lisen realizes an inescapable truth—either she or Rinli must die to bring peace to the people of Garla and Thristas.
                                        
Blurbs for each book in the series can be found on my website.


Author bio:

D. Hart St. Martin lives in a small college community in Southern California. She is retired from “gainful” employment and now writes anything and everything she wants, including a fantasy series called Lisen of Solsta. She is owned by one cat, Calypso, who reminds her daily that she is common and of little use save for the food and treats she provides but who occasionally appreciates her abject humility in her supreme presence. 

For more information about Hart’s work and for updates and publication information, be sure to connect with D. on all her social networks (best way to get signed copies and news of the latest promotions):







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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com


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*All art and designs in this post were created by myself unless otherwise noted even if some images have been replaced with newer ones to keep post current with my portfolio.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

SIDEKICK: THE TALE OF BILLY THE KID AND THE GIANTS OF COLORADO ~ cover art & design for Edward J. Knight (@EJKwriter)

Available in print and ebook
I've had the pleasure of creating more western-themed covers this year than my whole ten years in the biz. And I'm having a blast. Sidekick: The Tale of Billy the Kid and the Giants of Colorado by Edward J. Knight, combines the Colorado wild west / civil war era with a Norse/Viking fantasy twist. 

I definitely look forward to working with Edward again. :)

Blurb:

The Jotunheim giants poured through the rift at Andersonville and annihilated both the Union and the Confederacy. Only the desperate efforts of a few heroes stopped them in the West, at the battle of Golden City, Colorado. Those heroes became legends.

Billy McCarty watched those heroes win the battle. He grew up reading the dime novels and dreaming about being like them. So when Giant Killer Cassidy came to town, Billy swore he’d join Cassidy’s team. No longer a kid, he’d do anything to be by Cassidy’s side.

But “anything” could carry a high price, in both blood and honor. A high price he might have to pay repeatedly.

In the Mythic West, where gunslingers battle monsters of nightmare, Sidekick follows the epic adventure that began a hero’s rise.

Available in print and ebook.

Be sure to connect with Edward J. Knight on all his social networks and online activities (best way to get signed copies and news of the latest promotions):








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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com


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*All art and designs in this post were created by myself unless otherwise noted even if some images have been replaced with newer ones to keep post current with my portfolio.

Friday, November 24, 2017

THE MAGE CHRONICLES, by RJ Eliason (@racheleliason on twitter / @rachelspixapp on instagram), is now available in audiobook, too.

Now available in audio format!
Into audiobooks? I am! So I was excited to hear from Rachel when she asked me to reformat the original cover I created for paperback and ebook to also be audio-friendly.

If you're not already familiar with The Mage Chronicles, here's my original posting:

I love desert landscapes. Each is so alike, yet each unique at the same time. There's just something romantic, and barren, and harsh about them. I relished another opportunity to translate the desert world in RJ Eliason's, The Mage Chronicles.


Blurb: 

Available in paperback and ebook.
The Gilded Empire: A magical empire so ancient its name has been forgotten to the mist of time. Its citizens believe they are in their golden age, but already the rot is showing underneath the gold veneer.

The Mage Chronicles: A mage level healer, Mary is unprepared when the Council of Mages wants her to intervene in a border dispute in a distant part of the empire. What does she know of nobility or war? Not one to back down, she must confront the harsh realities of life outside the central core, a legion of unstoppable warriors and the ghosts of her own past.

What an interesting sounding world. Up for a visit?

Be sure to connect with Rachel on social media or sites:












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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com


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*All art and designs in this post were created by myself unless otherwise noted even if some images have been replaced with newer ones to keep post current with my portfolio.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

ASHES OF THE DRAGON ~ cover art & design for Peter Cruikshank (@petercruikshank)

Amazon paperback & ebook.
On Ashes of the Dragon is the third book Peter Cruikshank and I have worked on together, and he is such a joy to work with.

Unlike the first two books we worked on (you can see them below), this project is a novella. Events take place in the same world as the Dragon-Called series, but it's not exactly a sequel or prequel. Don't let its size fool you, it stands alone. Though it would be a shame if you let it.


After the blurb, I'll show you his other book covers and provide a bunch of links to his sites and social networks so you can grab them all and get to know the author yourself. Tell him I sent you. 😊


Blurb:

Revin had never known family—true family. A rare female dragon hunter, she was used to living a solitary life. But the chance to capture an even rarer golden dragon sends her on a quest to a small village far to the north—deep into inhabitable mountains—in the heart of a fierce winter.

The trip is difficult and Revin is shocked to find out, though it seems impossible, that she is expected. She encounters a stranger who she calls ‘Blue Eyes’ and is flustered by feelings she has never experienced before.

Revin is baffled, yet enchanted by the strange isolated village and the villagers she meets. At the same time she can’t shake an eerie nagging sensation that has bothered her since her arrival, nor can she explain a fiery heat that seems to have filled her veins.

Within a short time Revin realizes that the entire village is involved in a conspiracy to keep her from finding out about the golden dragon that she learns is called the Sentinel.

Everyone directs her to the mysterious Maeveen, leader of the village, but Revin is unable to corner the woman to get her answers.

She begins to expect the worst when she learns of a ritual simply called The Gathering and that the villagers plan to celebrate something referred to as Time of the Burning. Revin wonders if they intend to kill the golden dragon as part of the ritual or if there is a more nefarious outcome where she is offered as a sacrifice to the dragon.

Amazon paperback & ebook.

Be sure to connect with 
Peter Cruikshank on all of his social networks (best way to get signed copies and news of the latest promotions):




Amazon paperback & ebook.
Amazon paperback & ebook.











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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com


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