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Friday, April 25, 2014

"IR Verdict: Fantastical and realistic, TAINTED is a unique, compelling tale that would likely appeal to readers of all ages."


I have truly enjoyed being the cover artist and designer for the Lisen of Solsta series. I thank D. for introducing me to her world and allowing me to visually translate. :D
I am currently working on the third book in the series and hope this is not the only series D. and I team up together on. She is really a joy to work with.
Tainted has a new review that any of you interested in this awesome series should visit. Just follow the link. :D "IR Verdict: Fantastical and realistic, TAINTED is a unique, compelling tale that would likely appeal to readers of all ages."














Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday SALE!!! -- Offering a special rate, specially focused on Steampunk book covers and art.

I am offering a special rate for all authors this weekend, with an added discount for all steampunk genres.

I wish to incorporate more punk in my portfolio.  I have a good bit of fantasy, and a sprinkling of sci-fi, but I want more period and 'Punk' inspired pieces. Not just steampunk, but cyberpunk, dieselpunk, clockwork punk, and all of the sub-genres often grouped with steampunk.

It's a dilemma because many authors won't hire me if they think I can't successfully portray this amazing genre, and all of it's sub-genres, only because there are so few, if any, in my folio.



Since I can't justify taking time away from paid projects to just build my folio, I am offering an automatic 30% off, on top of all of my regular discount incentives to authors specializing in punk.

Along side punk, I also need more ethnic diversity (which will get you an added discount), so why not combine the two needs into some great book cover art at a great discount?

While looking at my VidFolio, keep in mind that I am painfully aware that very little of it could be interpreted as punk.

If you have a project in mind,  let's talk about your book cover needs via Live Chat on my website, so we don't need to stress over that little window below, lol.









Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Diary of a Hunter ~ Cover Art & Design

Did you know a vest in the UK is not the same garment as a vest in the US? Neither did I until my latest project, Diary of a Hunter, by Amber Thessaily, first in a series of three books.

As usual, the project started with the author and I meeting via Live Chat on my website. We discussed the book and character at length until a firm picture painted itself in my head, just needing me to translate it for all to see.

Our MC's look was to be a little Faith inspired (Buffy fans know the look), but with attributes shared by the author, like red hair. She was to wear cowboy boots, pants and a vest.

Being a fan of Buffy, myself, I excitedly got started on the discussed scene. I was given a good bit of freedom on the environment, just a vague desire for an old creepy warehouse, as in the opening credits, in season three.

Of course, I had an excuse to hop over to Hulu to re-watch season three ... It was research ... Work ... It was!

I put our MC in black leather pants, black cowboy boots, and a black corset-style vest. A stylish, red do, some cool jewelry and a wicked looking knife completed the look. I then composed the setting. 

Excitedly, I sent the first draft to Amber (and a touch nervously - which happens with every first draft I send to an author). The following day, I get an email with positive remarks. Just one suggestion. Can I change her top to a vest, like Faith wore on the show. Of course, more research was needed ... Back to Hulu. ;P

I found no vests on Faith, so asked Amber for some pics. Turn out, what we call tanks or tank tops in the US are called vests in the UK. We do, however, share one common term for them ... wife-beaters ... Though she didn't know why they were sometimes called that, so I had fun explaining why we call it that. I suspect the derogatory term started in the US and bled through their common language thanks to TV and movies, lol. 

Now that I knew what a vest was, the cover could be completed. I utilized a Buffy-inspired font for the title and we were finished. :D

Blurb ... 

   Monsters do exist.
   Ever get the feeling that you are being watched from the shadows? 
   That’s because you are……………
   Ghosties, Ghoulies and eight legged beasties stalk the Midnight realm with only the Hunters to keep them at bay.
   Working in secret the Hunters protect you from creatures once thought to only exist in the world of make-believe.
   My name is Amber Thessaily and I am a Hunter. 
   You are holding my diary, the record of a smoking hot Hunter on the frontlines of the battle against the things that go bump in the night.

Amber and I have a lot more planned for this upcoming book. We'll keep you updated about Diary of a Hunter's pending release.






Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Spanners series has a second book ...

Dr. Clara Ackerman Branon, Ph.D., 58, the Chief Communicator / liaison between Earth and the Many Worlds Collective (MWC), a consortium of planet and star systems all around the multiverse, has 6 nieces (ages 2 – 24), 6 nephews (ages 2 months – 39), and one adult son (38) five years APC (After Public Contact). 

Clara’s son, Zephyr, and her nieces and nephews discuss Transition, the period immediately after Earth is invited to join the MWC, and the many changes occurring in these first five years. 

Narrated partially by Moran Ackerman, Chief of the Psi-Warriors and top Earther among the OverSeers covert and Special Operations (OSOps) division (and one of Clara's nephews), Moran provides more details about the Fragmenters, Trenchers, Psi-Warriors, Psi-Defiers, and OverSeers' Excellent Skills Program psi training. 

"This Changes My Family and My Life Forever" is filled with stories about Clara’s family, Moran's involvement in the OverSeers, Zephyr and his cousins' points of view on the Transition. 

Learn more about Clara’s early life and her involvement as the Chief Communicator and what Earth’s Transition is like for them, their families and friends. Does Clara's love for Epifanio Dang prevail in any multiverse timelines?

If you are new to the series, be sure to read volume 1, too, "This Changes Everything"

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.
Purchase info is available on my website for both books.
This Changes Everything
This Changes My Family and My Life Forever







Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven
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