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Friday, March 4, 2011

Getting back into the groove of things...

   Over the last few weeks, I have been working my butt off trying to meet a printer-promotion deadline for one of my publishers, 4RV Publishing. We prepped seven books in six weeks time, three of which were actually my own illustration/design work, while the others belonged to other 4RV staff members, on my team (I happen to be the Art Director and VP of Operations -- so my hands were on everything, really).

   This may not seem like a lot to the big boys out there, but for us, it's huge. Almost as bad as the holiday rush in August (for September releases, since most book stores don't bother buying books for the holidays after October 1st). Over the next several posts, I'll introduce each of them to you.

Today, lets talk about Aldric & Anneliese by Harry Gilleland. I received my artist's copy in the mail, the other day (amazingly undamaged -- why my mail carrier insists in shoving my book packages and envelopes into my mailbox, regardless of bold red marker spattered all across it screaming 'Do Not Bend', I'll never know). I must say, I am proud of how this one looks (I know, I'm always proud to see my work on/in a book ... ;P).

The 'parchment' ground was found on one of my stock photo sites. I created the crest for the cover in Daz 3D, then did some fancy postwork in Photoshop. As a matter of fact, I don't think I ever leave anything 'as is'. Even drawings are refined in PS.

I may have to do a separate post showing how I came up with this cover, later. I am pretty proud of it. And it looks awesome in physical form. Check out the blurb and following review:

Aldric & Anneliese is a tale of nation building, kings, knights, fair ladies, battles won and lost, triumph, betrayal, tragedy, revenge, redemption, and great loves. 
Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. has a great ear for historical fiction, and has created a rousing romp in a fictitious but realistic country in 6th century Eastern Europe. The palace intrigue and the romantic entanglements lead us on a merry chase through an age of chivalry and treason, loyalty and betrayal. The twists and turns are sometimes surprising, but always fun to follow.

This novel's title is intriguing, as we do not even meet Anneliese until page 69, but the story of Aldric's love for her is the driving force behind much of the novel. While this is a love story, it is not a traditional romance. That is not to say anything bad about the book, but fair warning to those in search of a happily-ever-after story.

Aldric and Anneliese is a short novel at 178 pages, but very satisfying. I liked it, and would recommend it to fans of medieval intrigue and chivalry. 

~Benjamin L. Langhinrichs (Cleveland, OH USA)

Historic Romance/Adventure
ISBN: 978-0982659403
Available Now.
4RV Publishing
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Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven

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  1. By the way, we did 11 books since the first of the year. Ish. What a job.

  2. Wow. Eleven! Where did I lose count. It's been a blur since Jan 1st ... lol.


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