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Monday, March 14, 2011

Google Alert and my Stylish Blogger Award ...

    Don't ya just love Google Alert? I am always getting surprised with what can be found about me, out there, on the world wide web. According to the Google Alert I just received, Vivian Zabel is the reason this post is boasting the Stylish Blogger Award

I'm am also supposed to list seven (7) things about myself and pass the award on to someone else. I pass it to Ginger Nielson's blog, because she is stylish in everything I've seen her do. Ginger Pixels

I'm going to twist the seven things about me, to target seven books I have illustrated or created the cover art for. It's technically about me, since so much of me goes into my art work, so I think I can get away with it. Now seven is a lot of books to cover in one post, so I'll do two a day & try to keep the descriptions brief. I'm going to start with Vivian, since she is the one you are to blame, if you get bored with this post (love ya, Viv... ;P).

Thriller -- 4RV Publishing
Vivian Gilbert Zabel and I have been working together since 2007, and I consider her something between best friend, big sister, and the wacky, yet always there for you, aunt... lol.Our first project together was Midnight Hours.

 This cover was really a collaborative effort. Vivian set up a still life in her house, of old computer parts and a red scarf (and I think the white texture in the backdrop was sheets of paper -- Viv will  have to comment on that... lol).

She emailed me the pic, and I did some magic in Photoshop. I superimposed a creepy photo on the screen, and Voila! A genuinely chilling effect.

But what gave me so much respect for Vivian wasn't cover related, it was the veracity she applied during layout, and the copy-editing process. We must have edited that thing 20 times!

The data:
Midnight Hours by Vivian Gilbert Zabel

Midnight preyed on disabled men online.
She promised them love but gave them a grave.

Hardcover: 228 pages
Published: June 1, 2008
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979751330
ISBN-13: 978-0979751332
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Visit the Midnight Hours website to find out more about this thrilling book. But first, check out the trailer I created for Midnight Hours (best viewed at full screen - transcript below trailer)...

Midnight brings death on the internet. Preying on disabled men, she offers love but gives them a grave. One determined man stands in her way. Only one can win.

Lt. Martin Rogers and friends set up a sting to capture Midnight, but she disappears like wisps of fog. Every lead results in a dead end and more confusion.

Martin must find this killer before she can add him to her list of victims

The next thing about me/my work...

1st 2 books in the Being Jacob series -- 4RV Publishing

Being Jacob: A Day at the Zoo, by Suzy Koch, the second Early Reader in the Being Jacob series (also published by 4RV Publishing), is one of my favorites. When I created Jacob, for the first book, First Day of School, I did have pictures of the real life Jacob (Suzy's son), to guide me. I had no idea what Mom (the author), looked like until later, when it came time to do the layout and bio for the first book. Turns out, my book 'Mom', looks eerily like Suzy. Kinda cool. Here are both covers, even though book two is my favorite, so far, due to all the animals (super fun with every one of them).

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 24 pages
Published: May 28, 2010
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0982588659
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces

Check out A Day at the Zoo's trailer (best viewed at full screen - transcript below trailer):

An Early Reader, perfect for ages 4-8, 24 color pages.

Spend the day with Jacob and his mom at the zoo. A new adventure for Jacob!

"Mom, I want a  giraffe at our house."

"Mom, Mom, look. That Zebra has the same stripes that the other one does."

The cub looked at the window as Jacob approached and yawned.

“Mom, is that big, silver guy the dad? And where is the mom? That’s like our family."

“Wild Dogs,” Mom replied. "Jacob, these animals are different types of wild dogs."

Can you see I had a lot of fun with this one?

So as not to create burn out ... lol. I'll cover two more books/things about me, next post.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven

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  1. The white behind the computer and scarf for the Midnight Hours cover are sheets of white tissue wrapping paper.


  2. Thank you Aidana. I enjoyed reading about your work and seeing it here on your blog. I share with you an admiration for your publisher/friend/editor.

  3. Thanks, Ginger. Did you also see where you are the next recipient of the Stylish Blogger Award?

  4. Love the covers. Definitely want to read "Midnight Hours."

  5. Thanks, Margaret.

    'Midnight Hours' was creepy! It never ceases to amaze me that sweet little Vivian wrote something so creepy ... lol. You really do need to get a copy. You can buy it anywhere, but it's discounted if you get it straight from 4RV.

  6. Congratulations, Aidana. Your covers are amazing.

  7. Thank you, Beverly. But aren't you just a little biased? lol

  8. Congratulations Aidana, and I also heard it's your birthday. Hope it's a great one.


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