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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?


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. 


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

Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

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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.

Onto wrapping up the next book :D

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