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Thursday, June 25, 2015

'Scepter of the Nile: The Tomb' ~ cover art and design for Ross Homer (@RossGHomer)

Two women stand looking at a newly finished burial palace. One of the women is Cleopatra VII. It is to be her tomb for when she needs it many years in the future. 

It won’t be all that long. 

The woman next to her is her good friend Tomyris of Massagetae. She helped design the burial palace. Together they created a tomb of magnificence, simplicity and…mystery. There is more here than meets the eye. 

Three days after the death of her lover Marcus Antonius, Cleopatra is cruelly murdered by a trusted servant. With great ceremony they are laid to rest. They are never to be disturbed in their slumber until the burial palace itself crumbles to the dust from whence it came.

Fernando de Bolivar, as arrogant as he is wealthy, is an archeologist and explorer with a nose for new discoveries of ancient sites. His record of successes is long. There is one place though that has continually eluded him. Cleopatra’s tomb. His lifelong vow is to find it and take what he can. In other words, steal as much as he can get away with.

Standing in his way is beautiful Dr. Tomyris Currington who has vowed to protect the secret of the tomb for as long as she can.

Will she fail in all of her attempts to dissuade Fernando de Bolivar from continuing his search? Will she fall for his charms? His money? Or will he, and she, encounter something else entirely?

Continuing one of the most unusual series of books I've had the honor of working on, book three in the Scepter of the Nile series has a face. Introducing ... The Tomb, by Ross Homer.

I say it's unusual because the central character's life spans a longer-than-ordinary timeline. This means the primary cover art and look for the MC can, and does, vary a good deal from one book to the next. 

In book one, Scepter of the Nile, the setting and era were Ancient Egypt. In book two, The Ankh, the scene was present-day. And for book three, The Tomb, we return to Ancient Egypt, with a memory that takes place before the first book's scene. Ross knows how to keep things interesting, huh?

Of course, for any familiar with this series, it's easy to see a reoccurring theme ... the MC likes translucent clothing, lol. Or shall I blame Ross for that?  ;P

Be sure to check out the entire series and catch-up with Ross Homer online:

                                     http://theworldsofross.com                               Twitter

Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

'Winter at Copper Ridge' ~ New pre-made cover art available from WillowRaven

Recently, I visited another designer's website and saw where he posted early concepts or alternate versions of the finalized covers, calling them 'killed covers'. We even chatted on Twitter as to a friendlier name, like 'rejected covers', but I thought 'rejected' was just as negative a word to use for the alternate versions, that have nothing wrong with them other than not being the cover picked by the author/publisher.

If the art is unique from the final, published result (not recognizable as being connected to the final book), I'd much rather offer the art at a discount for potential adoption for another book than 'kill' the art. Especially if the art is in a style I would like more of in my folio.

This cover concept, though initially accepted by the author, was substituted for a completely different concept, and title change, after reactions from beta readers sent the author back to the editing table and in a new direction, making this scene no longer fitting. 

Now, it's available on my website as a pre-made cover, and friends on Twitter helped give the piece a temporary name: Winter at Copper Ridge.

As with all of my pre-made covers, once a concept is attached to a book, it's never re-sold and is forevermore associated with you and your book.

If interested in this design for your book, contact me through my website's contact page. If you'd like to see more pre-made cover artworks, visit my pre-made covers gallery.

Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

"Blue Satin Sashes" writing challenge - submission by J. Nathanial Corres (@JNathanialC56)

Jon Nathanial Corres (@JNathanialC56) has submitted a  poem for my Blue Satin Sashes visual writing prompt challenge on Twitter. At first, I was thrown by some of the spellings until Jon told me he lives in the UK, lol, so I'm posting the poem as presented to me.

© 2015 Jon Corres Pirate Poet 

Slumber, quiet woods and fields
Nary a rustle of branch for the snow
A white blanket of natures finest spun crystals, art in miniature
In the distance, sounds of sleigh bells and the breath of a quarter horse
Slicing through the ivory, pristine landscape
Leaving naught but a ribbon of poweder flying as the clouds build again
Filling in the path till it disappears like a dream in morning
Warpped in the finest woolens, silk and fur
The lady rides in relative comfort as the driver endures the occasional
blinding flash
Soon the songs of the denizens rise in chorus above the chill air and brisk
She smiles, quietly and to herself
A mild inconvinience of time
Soon to the hearth, a cup of tea and the arms of a beloved
Till then..
Sing on sweet song birds, call loudly venison and elk
Let the revelry lift my spirits
All the while, so I may witness

What a lovely submission. Yes?

To connect with Jon, follow him on Twitter: 

J.Nathanial Corres


Visual writing prompt: http://willowraven.weebly.com/blue-satin-sashes.html Write a short for this & I'll post it w/ link to you :D

Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"Return to Dune Towers" writing challenge - submission by Don Kesterson (@don_kesterson)

Don Kesterson (@don_kesterson) has submitted a short for my Return to Dune Towers artwork and my visual writing prompt challenge. Check it out ...

Shocked, Queen Nefertiti stared at her desert. Something had appeared during the night.

The Short Story

Two beings were standing on either side of Nefertiti’s flying disc as they whisked her from the balcony of the palace to the isolated Egyptian desert. She hovered above the desert floor, moving faster than the finest and fastest chariots of the Egyptian Kingdom. At first she was terrified, as neither of the beings spoke. Then when they did communicate with her, they did so telepathically. “We are servants to the Sun god Aten. Before you is our colony. Prepare yourself to meet Aten.”

Nefertiti wondered if she were still asleep and dreaming. “Who are you? Where have you come from?”

A different voice spoke in her head. “I am Aten, the Sun god. We are from your past and your future. Return with the King this night, and I will show you from where we come. Are you and the King interested in receiving great power?”

Before she could say another word, her flying disc spun around so fast, she became quite dizzy. The two beings grabbed her arms to keep her from falling. The faster the disc went, the more light-headed she became.

Moments later, Nefertiti regained consciousness on the floor of the palace balcony. Was all of that a dream? It seemed so real.

Several of her servants came onto the balcony to tend to her. They took her inside and put compresses on her, then brought food and water. When King Amenhotep IV entered her chamber, Nefertiti sent the servants away. She told him the story of the morning’s event. The King’s forehead furrowed. “Do you think it was real?”

Nefertiti spun around to meet his gaze. “I don’t know, but tonight as dusk is falling, will you come out on the balcony with me to see if these beings return?”

King Amenhotep closed his eyes and nodded.


As the sun set in the west, Queen Nefertiti and King Amenhotep cautiously walked out onto the balcony of her bedroom and stood for but a moment. Both were whooshed onto a flying disc, escorted by two sentient beings on either side. Nefertiti’s eyes grew large as she tilted her head toward Amenhotep. They flew at an even greater rate of speed than that morning, their silk garments flowing straight out behind them. Before the sky turned completely dark, the flying disc stopped at a distance from the strange colony. Unusual black structures were fully illuminated by glowing green lights. The beings communicated telepathically, “Prepare yourselves to be in the presence of Aten, the Sun god.” The beings disappeared.

Nefertiti and Amenhotep IV looked around as they hovered ten feet above the desert floor.

By now the sky was pitch black, yet it seemed as though the sky rippled with a wave of something moving across it., “Welcome to Dune Towers,” a deep telepathic voice said. “I am Aten, the Sun god. Only you and your Queen may see my colony.”

Nefertiti bowed down on the disc, as did Amenhotep.He said, “Where are you from, Aten, the Sun god?”

Immediately, the sky opened again and was filled with the stars of the night. The voice in their heads spoke again. “Are you familiar with what your people call the Constellation Pleiades?”

Nefertiti looked toward the heavens and pointed. “You mean the Seven Sisters?”

“That is the one. My colony and I are from that star system. I have returned to your Earth to offer my wisdom in return for your worship.”
King Amenhotep stood up on the disc. “You say returned. You have been here before?”

“My people and I showed your earth kings how to build the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. We have returned to your world, for your people have strayed from our teachings.”

Amenhotep knelt down again but gazed skyward. “So it were you who gave my predecessors the knowledge to build them.”

“It was I. You shall change your name to Akhenaten, the Servant of Aten.”

The King stood up once more and held his hand down to Nefertiti to help her up. She hesitated. “We hear your words, but we need a sign from you that you are the one and only Sun god.”

“Behold, I give you the vision of the great city you will build to worship me.”

A great vision appeared in the desert.
“Your people will worship me and only me. You shall construct this great city here in the desert and name it after you Akhenaten, great King. You must cease building a temple to Thebes and instead build a great temple to me, in that city.” He turned to Nefertiti. “And if you do all these things, Nefertiti, you shall bear a son, who will be the greatest king in all of the history of Egypt, and you shall call him Tutankhamun.

Queen Nefertiti and King Akhenaten bowed down and worshipped. Satan was pleased.

What an excellent submission!!!

To follow Don and his other works:

Don Kesterson.

And on Twitter: 

Don Kesterson


Wish to participate in the challenge? If so write a short for this artwork, and I'll post it with links to your website and/or network profiles.  

As seen on Twitter:
Visual writing prompt: http://willowraven.weebly.com/return-to-dune-towers.html Write a short for this & I'll post it w link to you :-D 

Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

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Monday, June 1, 2015

'Arise to Fall', book one of The Varsian Kingdom, by Jason Hein (@JasonPHein) ~ cover art and design

Some projects are finished in less than a month. Others take several months and many, many revisions to get just the right look and feel both author and artist are happy with, even more so when the cover is presented to the public for feedback while still a work-in-progress. (I learned a long time ago fewer chefs cause less cover creation stress.)

Arise to Fall was such a project. Luckily for me, I don't/didn't really stress over revisions as long as I see/saw progress with each revision. I only get uppity if I run into an author who constantly flip-flops or simply doesn't know what they want.

Jason, however, was just as driven to present the best cover for his book as I was. He began to worry about draft seventeen, lol, but like a trooper, he stuck with it. By draft 21, we had a final draft. :D

Besides ... Who doesn't love working with high-fantasy heroes resting under a willow? Never gets boring!


Eighteen-year-old Leila, who lives as a serf on King Goldwin's manor, finds her world turned upside down when she begins having visions of angels. The angel Shasia, known to mortals as the Queen of the Light Fairies, appears to the young woman with a simple message. "You are the Specter." Could this be?

Against the advice of the village council and the will of the King himself, Leila sets out on a trek across the Varsian Kingdom with little more than her parents' blessing and the grace of an angel.

Join this young heroine as she discovers just how much it costs to become the "Chosen Hero" of her generation!

Now that you are sure to be tempted to keep an eye out for this book, make sure you follow Jason on social media and bookmark his website....

Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

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