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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

'Steel Your Soul' ~ cover art and design

I don't get many projects in the horror genres, but I definitely want more, so when Ryan first contacted me via Twitter, then Live Chat on my website, I jumped at the opportunity. 

Given a lot of freedom with this project, the only parameters were 'demonic eyes and sharp bloody teeth, everything else black.'

Sounds easy, right?  Not as easy as one might think. 

For one, ANYTHING on a flat, black ground risks making the 'seen' elements look cartooned and flat, themselves. I didn't want that. I thought to myself, "Think of a scary grin ... The Cheshire Cat! Just imagine him in Hell, lol."

Of course, I did not share this thought with the author, I just got to work on my idea.

 I sent Ryan several variations, which is also not how I normally work, but most of my other projects are very detailed scenes. This one isn't. He chose the same set of eyes and teeth I liked (I didn't tell him that, either). Once he chose, I asked him to send me the blurb as I made the final touches to the art and added the design.

This is the blurb he sent me ...
     "Combatants fighting in Holy Wars receive few perks. A painless and quick death is never one of them.
     Vampire nuns and priests with flamethrowers are nothing new to this demon: it had recently killed more with less. It's only worry came from a missing hammer and a cowardly hunter. 
     And Alice is too afraid of rabbit holes to even look down one. No, she has to be dragged in by her ex-partner turned psychotic vampire. 
     After the blood settled its flow, the wider world stopped questioning religion..."

What are the odds?!?

Honestly, I had absolutely no idea or hint of Alice or rabbit holes when commissioned or this project. For truly!

I'm not sure when this book is being released, but I'll be sure to keep y'all updated, either here, or on the book's page on my website: http://willowraven.weebly.com/steel-your-soul.html

Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven


This post edited by Grammarly*
*Blurbs and quotes provided are not edited by WillowRaven, but posted as provided by author/publisher.


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