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Saturday, May 31, 2014

'Tainted' named Indie Reader Discovery Award winner!

Tainted has been named IndieReader.com's winner in the YA category in their Indie Reader Discovery Awards

It was announced this morning at CreateSpace's table at Book Expo America, being held all week.

Both Fractured and Tainted for Kindle are on sale for free for the next five days including the weekend. For those who prefer paperback, they're both on sale, too.


Fractured: Lisen of Solsta paperback on SALE for a limited time!

Fractured (Lisen of Solsta) for Kindle ... FREE for a limited time!


Tainted (Lisen of Solsta) (Volume 2) paperback on SALE for a limited time!
Tainted (Lisen of Solsta) for Kindle ... FREE for a limited time!



To view close-ups of the cover art, visit the WillowRaven website pages for Fractured & Tainted.


Fractured blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Lisen Holt only begins to realize that her life is fractured after a sorcerer abducts her from a California beach and brings her home to Garla. She awakens at Solsta Haven, a refuge for the spiritual members of Garlan society known as hermits. The sorcerer, Hermit Eloise, has returned Lisen?s body to its true form?a human-like marsupial with no visible breasts and a fuzzy pouch just above where her bellybutton once was. She then restores Lisen?s memory of her first ten years in Garla, leaving her earthly existence behind but not forgotten. Although she is Lisen of Solsta now, questions haunt her, questions Eloise refuses to answer. Who are the parents who left her at Solsta? Why did Eloise send her to Earth? And what is so important about her that Eloise has manipulated so much of her life? The answers will propel Lisen into a quest for a throne, and all that will stand between her and her birthright is her matricidal twin of a brother.

Tainted 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 grows darker 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.






Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Behind the Forgotten Front ~ cover art & design

I love a challenge!

When Barbara and I met on Twitter, I had no idea how much I'd learn about a part of history I never learned about in school.

I'm not sure if I didn't learn much about WWII, other than Hitler being the bad guy and watching MASH reruns -which I've learned was the Korean War and not WWII like I always thought- as a kid, or if it's simply not taught or presented in an interesting way so I'd remember it, but this project peaked my interest; and I'm not even a war story fan.

Behind the Forgotten Front, by Barbara Hawkins, is a historic fiction about the people behind the building of the Burma Road (wiki link for those who also slept through this class).

Blurb:

Harry Flynn journeys to a world of tigers, elephants, and snow-capped Himalayan Mountains where he must take risks if he’s to survive. It’s 1942 and he expects to find the glory of battle, instead, he reports for duty as an ordinary supply officer in the Indian subcontinent. There, General Joseph ‘Vinegar Joe’ Stilwell is constructing a ‘road to no where’ through Japanese-occupied Burma. Even though men are dying a man a mile from typhus, malaria and crumbling mountain slopes, the general pushes harder: he’ll do anything to get the road built. Harry’s forced to obey orders he’s convinced are obstructing the war effort. So he rebels. When a commanding officer spots Harry’s unconventional skills, he’s transferred to America’s first guerrilla-supported unit: Merrill’s Marauders and later the Mars Task Force. Harry forges unlikely friendships and takes comfort in the lure of sensuous women. In the end, he must decide what makes life worth living, or die.  






Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Contest Winner ~ 'Lady of Shalott'

Once in a while, I enter a contest. No, I do not degrade and depreciate my profession by entering book cover contests in hopes of getting paid a fraction of standard rates for the project just so an author or publisher can pay next to nothing for a skill that's taken me years of schooling and dedication. However, I occasionally enter art contests with my personal work, my original work. 

Mainly, I do it to improve my own skills. A themed contest gives me the freedom to experiment without the risk of destroying my client's primary marketing tool -- their book cover. It also gives me a chance to work on something that's all my own vision. 

Most of my book cover commissions are a hybrid of my interpretation of a story and the author's, which is awesome, but once in a while one that's all me keeps me ... congenial. As an added bonus, many of these contests do include a cash prize, gift certificate, or free products. 

For the first time, earlier this month, I entered Daz's May 2014 Render Contest: Lyrics to Pictures. Lady of Shalott, by Loreena McKennitt, has been one of my favorite songs since my college days. It was also my introduction to Lord Tennyson's writings, which Loreena adapted to song. 

This is how the contest was introduced:
Have you ever actually pictured the lyrics to your favorite song? Here is your chance to create a vision inspired by music. Choose a line or two from a song—or use the title—and create a picture that represents those words.
This was my entry ...

Lady of Shalott took first place. It's one thing for non-artists to appreciate my work. It's something different when the judges are also artists, so I'm really honored. I know the competition was worthy, too.

*** As a side note ... The 'vision' in the mirror is actually a cropped adaptation of an illustration created for Harry Gilleland's book trailer for his novel, A Wandering Warrior. See the original image here. I thought he was the perfect vision of a knight from Camelot.

Let me know what you think of my latest work. :D

If you'd like to read the lyrics or hear the song that inspired the image, check out the page dedicated to it on my website: Lady of Shalott





Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com




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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spellbinder ~ cover art and design

     As with the vast majority of my clients, I met KC on Twitter. Again, as with many of my clients, we 'met' during production of the second book in his series. We planned out the cover together via Live Chat, on my website, with potential plans to re-dress book one in the series.

     And I must say, I really enjoyed this project :D What do you think of it?

Blurb:


     For the first time since Billy met him, the wizard’s sharp, birdlike eyes contained fear…
The three ancient elves known as the Witan spoke:
“Your mother, Queen Eleanor, set upon you a spellbinder.
“A spell-binder?” repeated Billy.
“She knew she was to die, so she placed in you all her power and bound it to you.”
“In you – all your life – was the power to rule Faerie.”
“Locked away it was, like a bird in a cage. We have unraveled her spells and opened the cage.”
“What?” exclaimed Billy. “You mean the magic which rules Tirn Aill is...loose?”
The wizard looked at the huddled forest elves and lowered his voice. “The problem is that Tirn Aill has forever existed in spring and summer. It’s never had an autumn or a winter, and if it does…”
Billy’s mind flashed to his vision of a barren, icy wasteland. Faerie corpses, clenched in eternal agony, littered the landscape.
“Tirn Aill is already slumping into autumn, and I don’t know if it can be stopped,” said the wizard.
“All of Faerie is subject to the will of Tirn Aill’s ruler,” said the Witan, “even the weather.”
“You must learn to be king…and quickly!”
With so much at stake, Billy felt inadequate. He took a deep breath and asked, “Will I be able to save Tirn Aill? Will I figure out how to bind the magic in time?”
“You are our best hope.”

The saga continues for Billy and his valiant friends! This time, two kingdoms and the lives of thousands are in peril. Billy must risk a return to Lyonesse, in the midst of a brutal war, to save Lady Myrredith’s life and find an elusive spell. His enemies have increased and grown more powerful, especially the sorcerer Ergyfel, but the former jester still has a few tricks up his sleeves.




Onto wrapping up the next book :D

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Romance and More's feature post, today ...


Romance and More's feature post, today ... "COVER ARTIST WILLOWRAVEN"

Be sure to swing over there and check out more of J Annas Walker's blog :D








Onto wrapping up the next book :D

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