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Saturday, September 17, 2011

'Strangers in the Stable' is at the printers!

I know I have not been posting much lately, but I was mad rushing to finish up illustrations for an adorable Christmas book by the 15th (not to mention my DSL being down. I hope they fix it soon--though I am enjoying my frequent prolonged visits to Starbucks ... lol). Now that it's finished and at the printers, I'd like to show off the cover and a few illos from Strangers in the Stable by Jim Laughter and 4RV Publishing.

back cover:
The narrator wonders, “Hundreds of tents are pitched in that field nearby. Why would anyone go camping on a winter day such as this?” So begins a night she and her stable mates would never forget. The words created by Jim Laughter and the illustrations that bring his words to life will be a book readers will not easily forget.

Now for a peek at the illos:

The stores and shops teemed with life,
and people lined up at tables in the market-square,
signed books, and paid money to
men in flowing red robes and shiny hats.
Finally, three more men entered from out
of the night. Kings, the people called them.
They carried gifts and laid them before the
child and his parents.
The kids got to know the young family,
and even Young Billy became friends with
 I'm not sure if the market illustration or the angel illustration was more challenging, but the angel one is my favorite, I think. It's always hard for me to pick favorites. I do love wings, though. I hope I get to do a book trailer for Strangers in the Stable, too. If I do, I'll definitely be showing these off again.

If you're interested in seeing the original cover I created for this book, and read why I changed it at literally the last minute, check out my latest 4RV newsletter post.

If your thinking on buying a few copies for Christmas, pre-orders are being accepted now on the 4RV Publishing catalog site.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven


  1. Tremendous, Aidana~ You have a gift for this type of illustration. The design and concepts are beautiful and so well thought out.

  2. Thank you, Ginger.

    I do my best to incorporate my traditional art background into the digital illos. I still I have a ways to go, but I've only been at in for just under two years, so I'm getting there.


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