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Friday, August 26, 2011

Today's 4RV article, by me ;P, about an experience I had on Twitter, recently.

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: The Power of the Tweet ...: by Aidana WillowRaven

Have you ever had one of those 'Crissy Snow' moments? If you don't know who Crissy Snow is, then I'm about to REALL...

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Aidana WillowRaven

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

'Hyper Harry' is available in eFormat!

I recently shared the cover art without the title or by-line for this one, because Pat wanted it available for download before promoting it. Here is the complete version of the cover, along with the link to Amazon, where you can download it to your Kindle.

It's an endearing story about two brothers, the younger of which has ADHD, and the trials and escapades the older brother goes through as a result.

Ya'll have got to read this one! It approaches a serious subject in an honest and fun manner. Great even if your child doesn't have ADHD, because odds are one of their classmates, relatives, or friends is affected by it.

Check out the dsecription on the Amazon page:

Product Description

Sixth-grader Ted Cheltoni has had it with his little brother Harry. The kid can be fun, but mostly he's noisy, hyper, forgetful, rarely finishes his work at school and can't clean up his room at home.

Ted, his parents, and the school try everything from Time Out to behavior and work programs, but nothing improves Harry's behavior or work for long. Soon, Ted's parents are fighting so often about how to help Harry that Ted's afraid they'll get a divorce.

After a school trip, Harry gets suspended from both school and the bus. His parents are not happy they have to take vacation days and then transport Harry to school. That afternoon, Ted finds Harry packing to leave home to “make things easier” on Mom and Dad.

Ted can't believe it. An eight-year-old kid who thinks he’s so bad he has to run away from home? He's got to help his little brother, and fast.

But how?

HYPER HARRY, a work of fiction appropriate for kids 8-12 and reluctant readers, also provides three end pages: “10 Tips for Kids with ADHD”, “10 Tips for Parents of Kids with ADHD”, and an “Information and Support” list of helpful resources.

The author, Patricia H. Aust, has served on the Connecticut Task Force on ADHD and as Editor of its REPORT, the Board of Directors of Learning Disabilities of CT, and has worked in public schools with many kids and teens who have ADHD. 

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 100 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IH00D2
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars A short and insightful novel for readers of all ages, June 8, 2002
This review is from: Hyper Harry (Paperback)
Written by Patricia Aust, (a part-time school social worker and former member of the CT ADHD Task Force), Hyper Harry is a short and insightful novel for readers of all ages. Ted Cheltoni is a 12-year-old boy who finds it extremely difficult to cope with his hyperactive younger brother Harry. When Harry gets suspended from school and Ted finds Harry preparing to leave home, Ted knows he must take action quickly to help his sibling. Hyper Harry is a highly recommended addition to school and community library collections.



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Aidana WillowRaven

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

'The Epic Story of Me' planned for an October release!

This one was a fun one! OK ... I always say my work is fun, but it is, so shoot me ;P. Anyway, The Epic Story of Me by Stella Scout came to my desk by a crazy sale I had, just for fun, on Facebook and Twitter one night. The cover art for the back cover is still in the works, but I wanted ya'll to get a look-see of the fun front cover.

It's about a young girl, on the cusp of womanhood, who has a perceived deadline (her birthday), to accomplish some important goals in her life: get a boyfriend, earn the Silver Award, throw an epic party, and other such goals of any teen girl. 

The concept the publisher approached my with was pretty vague, which gave me a lot a wriggle room ... lol. The initial sketches just had the title with rays of light coming from it and the goals she wanted to accomplish in them, either in word or picture form. I am a fan of being able to see the character, however, putting the emphasis on her and the goals being secondary. So, knowing she is a soccer player, and all but lives in her uniform, I had her 'write' her goals on some soccer balls, then had her 'kick' each goal into action. Luckily, the publisher liked the concept.

The book is tentatively scheduled for an October release through Do Life Right. I'll keep ya'll updated on it's release schedule.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven

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Friday, August 12, 2011

I had to share this video. It's so what illustrators/designers deal with when haggling with clients.

I have had these conversations, when negotiating fees, so many times, I've lost count ... lol.


I'm still laughing ... lol.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Awesomeness! 'Tarranau' is officially available to the public!

I could just beat James for not telling me sooner ... lol. Tarranau is now available to buy, in both print and eBook, on Amazon (B&N just eBook), as of mid-July.

Check out the first review on Amazon, by LM Stull:

Tarranau is the first book of a series by debut novelist, James Tallett. Epic fantasy is not a genre I read often, but I found the author did a good job of creating a story line that drew me in and kept me turning the page until the very end. His descriptions were eloquent and rich, and his characters entertaining. I very much look forward to his forthcoming books and continuing my journey through The Four Part Land.

Personally, since I only read it through a designer's eyes during copy-edit, I can't wait for my copy. Then I'll get to read it for fun!

For my newer readers, who have not seen the full cover art yet, here it is (a detailed close-up can be seen on my website):

I know it's weird, but I always think of Peter Pan when looking at this piece ... lol. I hope James and I will be teaming up for book two, Chloddio. In the meantime, let's read more from Tarranau's Amazon page:

Book Description
July 10, 2011

The Four Part Land simmers with discontent, as old rivalries and ancient grudges bubble to the surface. The great kingdoms plot and scheme against one another, looking to use treachery to gain an advantage in the upcoming conflict. Some will succeed, and some will fail, but each kingdom dares against all comers. Into this cauldron of malice is thrust a young mage named Tarranau. Exiled from his home, ripped from his friends and family, he is forced to undertake a perilous journey across The Four Part Land, in answer to a goal he does not yet understand. Along the way he finds unexpected friends and implacable enemies, and has his eyes opened to a world more sinister than any he had imagined.

Editorial Reviews
About the Author

James Tallett is the author of a series of fantasy novels set in The Four Part Land. The first of these, Tarranau, will be published by Deepwood Publishing in Summer 2011. He also created the Splintered Lands anthology project, a shared world fantasy anthology. Quickly recruiting five different writers, over the course of several months James guided the birth of the Splintered Lands, a land full of kingdoms born anew, struggling to pull themselves out of a magical and natural apocalypse. During the days that James isn’t working on his writing, he’s putting the polishing touches on his MBA (specializing in entrepreneurship). He’s hoping to put it to good use in business soon enough (once he gets the ever elusive job of his dreams). James loves skiing and the outdoors, and if you can’t find him on the weekends, it’s because he’s skiing. And Fridays. And Mondays. And any other day he can squeeze it in. Outside of being addicted to going down snow at highway speeds, James combines his passion for hiking and travel with his writing by putting places he adores into his novels.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Deepwood Publishing (July 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982989407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982989401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches

Still want more Tarranau and The Four Part Land? Then visit the official website.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

I can't show you the title yet, but I can show the cover art!

I am excited about the latest cover for various reasons, one of which is because Martin of Optitex custom created some of the elements used in this piece, and refused to accept any compensation.  He is such a sweetheart! Any 3D artists who want to check out his products, follow the above link to his Daz store.

I am also excited because of the book, itself. I found the little that I read, in prep for doing the cover art, left me wanting to know more, and that's always a good thing.

The book also addresses an issue within the cute story, ADHD. I am so fortunate not to have had to deal with ADHD with my three kids, but my children and I all know parents or kids who do have to deal with it.

The author isn't ready to fully promote yet, though, so I'm just showing the cover art. I'll announce when and where you can get your own copy (plus share the title and author ... lol), once it's ready, so stay tuned.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven

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