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Monday, December 23, 2013

Cover art and design for 'Star of the Team'


I jump at the chance of working on any cover for a Beverly Stowe McClure book. I just love her writing. We've worked on two other books together, as well; Just Breeze and Life on Hold.



Blurb for Star of the Team:

4RV Publishing
A girl.
A dream.
An accident.
A dream shattered.


Ten-year-old Kate Taylor dreams of being the star of her basketball team, Angels. When Kate’s tooth is knocked out at one of the games, and her mother, who is also her coach, says she can’t play until the tooth the dentist replants heals, Kate’s dreams are in jeopardy. Add Emily, the new girl at school who claims she’s the best, and Kate faces a challenge to prove that she is the star.


Will Kate succeed? Or will Emily ruin Kate’s plans?


Author Bio:

Beverly Stowe McClure is the author of picture books, early readers, middle grade and teen novels. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, both national and North Texas. A fourth generation Texan, she lives in the country with her husband, two cats, and a variety of wild critters. 







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Monday, December 16, 2013

'In Ark' ~ Cover art and design ...




In Ark was a challenge, and ya'll know those are my favorite kinds of projects. I love pushing my own skills whenever possible. Lisa wanted a cover that conveyed an Art Deco style in a futuristic environment. She told me "Think Metropolis (the film)."  Tasked with portraying her story showing wind turbine energy, harsh environmental conditions, and an even harsher society. 

Each element, from the color scheme, to the attire, to the pose of the character; all designed to offer clues about the story while keeping the over-all design clean and uncluttered. I wanted to say a lot using only three elements. The character, the window, and the visual seen through the window are all I had to work with while giving the reader a glimpse into the story.

blurb:

Mya Brand is in a race against climate change, as she tries to digitally archive the life stories of humanity before it’s too late. Living in New York City in the year 2030, her daily survival is fraught with hardships of obtaining food and maintaining basic essentials. She struggles on, until one day she is abducted by an eco-survivalist community that promises her that her dream of preserving the human stories of civilization dreams will come true. But paradise is not the utopia that it seems.



In Ark is scheduled for eBook release in April 2014. Stay tuned for updates and hopefully an interview with Lisa Devaney. :D







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Friday, December 6, 2013

'Fire of the Covenant' now available on Amazon.

I know I say there is a special challenge on every book cover I create, but it's true. I try to stretch my own skills with every project I do.

For Fire of the Covenant, I had the unique challenge of creating two characters, twins that happen to be opposite genders, yet still be able to switch lives in the story. So they had to look alike enough to be each other's double, but still show their genders.

Back Cover blurb:

  At sixteen years old, Princess Willoe is to be sent away, in seclusion, prior to a forced marriage bond, rather than being allowed to fulfill her dreams of competing in a man’s world. Her twin, the solemn Prince Rowyn, has his own problems, forced to take up the life of a man-at-arms instead of retreating into his books and a life of contemplation. The twins decide, with the help of their cousins Aeron and Casandra, to take one last chance to experience their dreams.
  A plan that has potential if not for two things: Foreign priests of the Shin-il Way, who see the twins as necessary to the priests' domination of the world; and the Burning Lady, goddess over the Spirit world, who requires that the twins fulfill a covenant that a distant ancestor of theirs had made with the king of the dragons.
  The close family bond between the twins and their cousins can help them confront any danger, but the true test of this bond comes when the price of the covenant becomes clear.

The kindle version is already up on Amazon, and the print version will be available in a few days.









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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cover art & design for 'Land of Mountains' by Jinx Schwarts

When presented with an opportunity to design a new cover for Jinx Schwartz' book Land of Mountains, I was giddy with excitement. It's a story of self discovery and growing up in a time and place that could only be described as wondrous (Haiti in the early 1950's), introducing our young MC to voodoo, social & political strife,  exotic people and creatures, and a ZOMBIE! How could I refuse?

EPIC e-BOOK AWARD 2012 FINALIST FOR BEST YA

A young girl's new home on an exotic Caribbean island is so fascinating she quickly forgets she didn't want to leave Texas. After all, where better than a jungle teeming with voodoo, mystery, and a really pesky zombie, to indulge in her favorite pastimes: riding her horse and snooping.

In this humorous adventure, award-winning author Jinx Schwartz transports the reader to another time and place, where little girls and rivers ran wild and free. 

REVIEWS:

The plot was great and I didn't know what would happen till the very end...overall the story was a great adventure for girls. I think that boys would like the story too, but if you have an adventurous daughter this would be right up your alley. ~ Mama Bookworm reviews

LAND OF MOUNTAINS is a total delight, a Huck Finn tour of Haiti in the early 1950s except that Huck is an eleven-year-old Texas girl named Elizabeth Ann (or "Lizbuthann," as she's usually called). Transplanted to the beautiful and voodoo-filled island nation when her father goes to work building a dam there, (she) quickly turns pretty much everything upside down, meets an enormous zombie, almost sets off a revolution, and generally livens up an already pretty lively place. A great read, especially at the YA level, and Elizabeth Ann's voice is marvelous. ~ Timothy Hallinan, 2011 Edgar nominee 
Coming of age can be trying for anyone, but for Texan Lizbuthann and her sidekick Doux Doux Boudreaux, it proves downright mysterious. Plagued by disease, political unrest and a really pesky zombie, the girls somehow manage to not only survive, but thrive, in a land where voodoo reigns. With humor and a real sense for adventure, the author...transports the reader to another time. ~ BiblioTravel







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Saturday, November 9, 2013

'This Changes Everything' by Sally Ember, Ed.D.

Sally Ember provided me a unique challenge ... Five alien holograms in a non-futuristic setting facing the main character, from the POV of someone standing just over her left shoulder. The majority of the work is not seen on the cover. Before turning the aliens into holograms, they had to be created as their physical selves first.

I spent the majority of my time, however, creating the main character, Clara. Not much can be seen of her on book one, but I knew in later volumes, we'd need to see more of her unique physical characteristics. So work on her had to be perfected first.

Then I did a bizarre line-up of all of the aliens in relation to her size. Lots of fun, once I got into it. Especially since the descriptions of these aliens are not typical to what we've been visually exposed to in Scifi over the last 50 years, lol.

Clara Branon, Ph.D., becomes the Chief Communicator for the Many Worlds Collective when 5 alien holos come to her house, changing Earth forever. The MWC authorizes several Re-sets of the Transition to ensure the fewest deaths for those who resist Earth's membership in the MWC. Timulting allows Clara to depict several versions of her 30 years as the CC, some with her long-time love, Epifanio Dang.







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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tainted ~ Book cover art & design

TaintedD. Hart St. Martin's second book in her Lisen of Solsta book series went through many artistic phases. At one point, a specific physical characteristic of the MC was intended to be shown, but too many other factors made that impractical. Even though a lot of work went into that attribute, just to have it made so subtle,you can only see it if you know to look for it, I think the subtlety adds a bit of mystery. (See if you can find her unique attribute which is barely noticeable.)

book blurb:

In Fractured, Lisen Holt, Valley girl, beach lover, learned she doesn't belong on Earth. Re-adapting to Garla, the place of her birth, proved difficult, but the greater challenge was learning that she is the Heir-Empir and must confront her brother for the throne. Witnessing her only friend’s murder, defending her own life with forbidden power, and succumbing to possession by her friend’s soul left Lisen fractured, with little hope she’d ever recover.

The story continues in Tainted with Lisen and her guardian companion, Korin, traveling to the great desert of Thristas. They hope to find safety in the anonymity of the barren wilderness, out of the range of Garlan spies. There, Lisen learns the ways of Thristas and its fierce people who view Garla’s Empir as a tyrant. In an effort to prove their sincerity, Lisen and Korin participate in the Farii, the spring fertility ritual which changes everything for Lisen. She returns to Garla with a brilliant but damning plan that she believes will ensure her victory against her brother.

D. Hart St. Martin continues to explore the role of sexism in our culture by presenting us with Garla, a world functioning without sex-based stereotypes.  In Lisen, readers find a hero who acts without waiting for a man to fix or do everything for her, and she’s not alone. The women of Garla, angel or demon, exhibit strength, courage and daring to equal that of their male counterparts. Young women will treasure every moment immersed in this world. Look for Blooded, the final and climactic volume in the Lisen of Solsta trilogy, coming in 2015.






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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Makoti Enters the Kraal ~ Book Cover and Design


This cover project, Makoti Enters the Kraal, by Phangisile Mtshali, was very different for me. I've never been commissioned to create an African scene, so I was excited throughout the project. I anticipate book two will be just as rewarding, if not more so. 

blurb:

Ndiwe is uMakoti - a new bride of the Mantshinga family. Madly in love and excited for her new life, she soon realises that not all is as it seems, in particular the strange, menacing family cat, Madevana. Just what role does the feline play in the family? And why is she treated with such respect and awe?

Ndiwe is in terrible danger, from many different quarters. With the aid of a mysterious helper, she must not only protect herself, but the lives of her children – with or without her beloved husband, Akha.

~

“An absorbing, emotional and chilling tale of African mythology and the practice of witchcraft, Makoti Enters the Kraal is also a fascinating account of makoti, exploring the life and culture of African family life and will keep you gripped until the last page.”

— Karen Perkins, bestselling author of the Valkyrie Series and Thores-Cross






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Life on Hold awarded Children's Literary Classics Silver Seal

I don't boast how many of the books I've done covers for because I find it a bit pretentious. I show off my work, and the books they accompany, and allow people to judge for themselves how they rate my work, gauging whether I do the books honor or not. Having said that, I do like to promote the great books and authors and publishers I have the privilege to work with as their cover artist & designer.

The latest book to win a very prestigious award is Beverly Stowe McClure's Life on Hold, a 4RV Publishing publication. Rather than regurgitate the publisher's announcement, I'm posting an excerpt and will link ya'll the the 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art Newsletter.

4RV Publishing received notice that Life on Hold by Beverly Stowe McClure was awarded Children's Literary Classics' Silver Seal. All authors of children's and young adult books should seek this honor. ... [Link]






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Friday, September 27, 2013

Taking the High Ground by Amy Alessio



I had actually forgotten to show this cover off when I had completed it, but it turns out, it had to be modified before going to press, so it worked out. :D

Prepping for the cover creation of Taking the High Ground, by Amy Alessio, I couldn't get one of my first experiences with book cover art out of my head ... The old Nancy Drew books. 



And no, I'm not that old! lol Someone had bought the entire series for me in hard cover when I was about seven or eight, I am assuming acquired at an estate or yard sale because they were old when I got them. That set now, on Amazon, is almost $200. I want it! But until then, I channeled my fond memories of the style and came up with a new look for my folio. Do you see it?

Intro from the book ...

The Beginning

Having a cop for an uncle was like having a Big Brother in the 1984 sense; he was always watching. Troy called the house this morning to ask Mom if I'd written everything down for the police report. I knew if I didn't get something down soon he'd come over here to "help." It was hard to know where to start. I never thought I would have to explain how I helped catch a murderer or how I almost got killed myself.


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Friday, September 13, 2013

'Athena's Heroes: Like Father, Like Son' ~ Cover art, series logo, and design ...



It took awhile for me to come up with the right logo for Athena's Heroes, the series title accompanying the design for book one, Like Father, Like Son, but both the author and I are tickled with the result. 

It's simple, but it embodies the series as whole. Turned out I was overthinking it, lol.


Like Father, Like Son, the first book in the Athena’s Heroes series, tells the tale of a group of adventurers trying to restore the balance of the planet.

It was said, the gods brought people to the planet Aries (named after the god of war) hundreds of years ago from their favorite cities on Old Earth, and placed them in different regions.

Pulled together, the adventurers fight a tyrant who is trying to conquer the planet.







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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

She's a 'Cloud Runner' from way back ...



Since I am trying to do better about updating my blog and social networks, so I thought I'd glance over the sparsely written posts over the last couple years, just to see if I'd forgotten to show you any works from the last year or so. Sure enough, I'd forgotten several ... lol.

Cloud Runner just came to me one night, about a year ago. I wasn't watching or reading anything particularly steampunkish or steampiratish, I just suddenly saw it in my head, and had to get it out fast (mainly because I'm always working on paid commissions, and have a hard time justifying doing a work for myself when authors are anxiously awaiting their book covers).

Let me know how you like her :D

Note to my authors: This piece is not connected with any publications, so if it just happens to fit your book, or it inspires a story within you and you want me to reserve it for your pending novel, let me know via my website's contact page.  






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