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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

'Fractured' gets Amazon's attention :D

Get Fractured on Amazon

Check out what arrived in my email this morning.

With 500+ book covers in my resume, I've never received a random promo from Amazon for a book I've covered, before, and certainly not at the top of the list! :D

I emailed D. right away with the news, and like the pro she is, she shared the news on her Facebook page, as well as her Twitter feed.

Me? All I did was tell D, lol. Then I just happened to see her tweet hours later, leading to the above image and her FB page. So embarrassing, lol ... 500 books under my belt, and my author just sent me to school, lol.

Head on over there and send her some love :D More info on my website, as well.

A closer look at the series:









Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...





Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Wandering Warrior takes 1st place as P&E's 'Best Other Novel' in 2013!

  

One of my favorite cover art and design projects for 2013 (and ongoing into 2014 with the book trailer creation) is Harry Gilleland's A Wandering Warrior, published by 4RV Publishing. And apparently, it's a favorite for a lot of other people, too. Wonderful :D

A Wandering Warrior placed in two categories earlier this month in the annual Preditors and Editors competition for the best books over the past year.


Of the 1000's of entries, in various categories for 2013, A Wandering Warrior took first place for Best Other Novel and eighth place in the Best Cover Artwork categories.

Scene for the book, created for the book trailer.
Book blurb:

A Wandering Warrior, an historical fiction/action–adventure novel,  takes place in twelfth century England. Thomas Beaumont, a commoner, warrior and an itinerant soldier, loses his uncle in battle and his brother through the duplicity of another. He wanders over the country, using his skills to live and to search for the man who killed his brother. 

His search brings him the love of a traveling young woman, but romance must wait for revenge.  The twists and turns of fate challenge the warrior in many ways, often creating doubt for success. The goals at the ends of his searches hold a reader’s interest.

In celebration, I've created a slew of products in my CafePress storefront titled The Wandering Warrior Collection. Pick up a copy of the book at the 4RV Bookstore, then swing over to WillowRaven's Wares and pick out a customized gift for yourself or your favorite book lover. :D

Purchase links can be found on the A Wandering Warrior page on my website.






Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com



Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lisen of Solsta: Fractured ~ cover art and design



I enjoy series projects. I feel the character becomes as much mine as the author's. I enjoy the challenge of watching the characters develop as I work to maintain mood and a unified look among the volumes while allowing each book to remain a work of its own.

In this instance, as with a few other series works I've done, Deborah hired me to cover book two first, then go back and redress book one. I begin work on book three's cover right away, even though it's not due to be released for a year or so, to insure the look and maintain the feel. Now, meet Lisen of Solsta, in Fractured ...

Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Lisen Holt realizes her life is Fractured after a sorcerer abducts her from a California beach and brings her back home to Garla, a world where treating men and women differently is unthinkable. Lisen awakens at Solsta Haven. has returned Lisen’s body to its true form, human-like, but like all male and female Garlans, she possesses a pouch similar to Earth’s marsupials. Eloise then restores Lisen’s memory of her life in Garla, but her earthly existence will remain a substantial influence which, though left behind, will never be forgotten.

Although she is Lisen of Solsta now, questions haunt her which Eloise refuses to answer. Who left her at Solsta? Why did Eloise send her to Earth? And what is so important about Lisen that Eloise felt it necessary to manipulate so much of her life? The answers will propel Lisen into a quest for a throne, a quest that will threaten to fracture her soul, and all that will stand between her and her birthright will be her matricidal twin brother.



Author bio:

D. Hart St. Martin imagined a world where sexism has never existed and, in the process, created a story of pathos, passion and sheer force of will. As Lisen’s tale unfolds, Ms. St. Martin drops subtle clues as to the whys and wherefores of a society that functions without gender-specific roles or titles, allowing Lisen to evolve without stereotypical female baggage weighing her down. Tainted, book 2 in the series, is available now, and the final volume, Blooded, will follow in 2015.

Be sure to check out Tainted at the same time :D


Purchase links can be found on either the Fractured or the Tainted pages on my website.






Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

'Above the Undercurrent' has a book cover :D


For this latest book cover project, I spent more time on one detail than on the full composition, lol. The music box. Although you can't see it well, I carefully sculpted the tiny ballerina, her pink tutu and ballet slippers, even the mirror's reflection, all to be barely visible in the scene, lol.

Yeah, I know ... My college buddies teased me and my OCD tendencies, but what to do about it? Besides, it pays the bills ;P

Book blurb: 

Lily would rather die than continue to live with the memories that haunt her from her abusive childhood and the guilt that imprisons her after her toddler son's death. But her suicide attempt is not successful. Instead of experiencing the freedom she hoped death would bring she finds herself in a psychiatric ward. With the help of her therapist, her psychiatrist and her fellow patients she must decide whether she's going to face the undercurrent of memories and emotions that are destroying her from the inside out or whether she's going to succumb to the undercurrent once again.

Additional info can be found on my website: WillowRaven/Above the Undercurrent






Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com



Sunday, January 12, 2014

2 Sides 2 the Story ~ Book cover art and design...


As usual, this cover isn't what was in my head at the beginning of the project, going through LOTS of drafts, revisions, and reimaginings. Then one of those 4 a.m. inspirations struck, and I liked the result. Luckily, so did the authors. :D

Check out the blurb:

2 SIDES 2 THE STORY is a series of short stories introducing you to male and female views of erotic escapades.

Meet the women who speak their minds, act out their desires, and command attention without inhibitions, restrictions, or reservations especially when it comes to their insatiable appetites.

Become familiar with the men who stimulate, fascinate, and tolerate these women. Men who are cocky conceited, and exceptionally arrogant when it comes to pleasing themselves and the women they want.

Do these people know what they are getting themselves into?  Find out by getting into the minds of this group of people who give their own opinion to these encounters.

Presented by Triple Infinity Creations.






Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com