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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Star of the Team by Beverly Stowe McClure (@beverlymcclure), earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Even though I know the award for Beverly Stowe McClure's YA novel Star of the Team has absolutely nothing to do with my cover art and design and everything to do with an awesome story, I'm still really proud and wanted to help spread the good news. :D

A girl.
A dream.
An accident.
A dream shattered.
Ten-year-old Kate Taylor dreams of being the star of her basketball team, Angels. When Kate’s tooth is knocked out at one of the games, and her mother, who is also her coach, says she can’t play until the tooth the dentist replants heals, Kate’s dreams are in jeopardy. Add Emily, the new girl at school who claims she’s the best, and Kate faces a challenge to prove that she is the star.

Will Kate succeed? Or will Emily ruin Kate’s plans?
Read the official Literary Classics Seal of Approval review here.
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Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven


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Sunday, September 13, 2015

"Blue Satin Sashes" writing challenge - submission by Katherin Garland (@kwotedkegarland)

Requesting Presents but Requiring Presence

Presents. That’s all they ever cared about. Where are the presents? What did you get me? They never asked how she was doing. They never even pretended to care. Maybe it was her sister Mattie’s fault. She rarely prompted the children to ask questions dictated by social etiquette. How are you Aunt Lillian? How was your ride this time? Why didn’t Uncle Andrew come with? No. There would be no personal questions. Like stair steps, Mary, Margaret, Mildred, Minnie, and Milton would line up with their grins spread wide across their faces to receive the lavishly wrapped gifts that she brought. Even Mattie seemed to eagerly await Lillian’s boxes, but not her presence. Maybe it was Lillian’s own fault. She felt it important to visit at least once a year on Christmas, especially since Mattie’s husband had fallen ill to smallpox several years prior. Lillian figured this was the least that she could do. And because her sister didn’t have much money, she thought presents might lighten the mood. But she wasn’t sure how much longer she would keep it up, especially when everyone seemed so ungrateful.

Loving all of these awesome submissions! :D

To connect with Katherine, follow her on Twitter and be sure to visit her blog:

Katherin Garland


Would you like to participate in the challenge?

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, September 8, 2015

Matanzas Moon ~ Cover art and design for Elizabeth Raven (@SElizabethRaven)

I've been looking to add some romance to my folio for a while, now. It's real easy for an artist to get stereotyped as only working with one or two genres just because your latest or best works happen to all be in one genre.

For example, when I first broke into publishing with my first contract with a publisher, it was for children's book illustration. Sure, my goal since art school was to be a sci-fi/fantasy book cover artist, but one goes where the money is offered, lol.

In an attempt to move into novel cover art, the next genre offered me was religious-inspirational-devotional themes, all using stock art imagery. Next thing you know, that's the only type of project I could get.

It took about five years working as a pro before I could convince people that I could pull off fantasy and even sci-fi (SFF fans tend to be very selective and slow to welcome new people, especially a female artist). But even once I got a few, they were far spaced and infrequent.

Now, people look at my folio and assume I only work with SFF, lol. I have been actively promoting and offering discount incentives for any genres outside SFF. 

Matanzas Moon is a paranormal romance by Elizabeth Raven, and publisher, Ms.Tiki Unlimited.


Love, intrigue, and the pursuit of Ghosts… all the best things in the afterlife!

Lost in her quarter-life crisis, eccentric Bridget Quinn abandons her Vet School aspirations to open a metaphysical store in St. Augustine, Florida. Adept in Palmistry, Astrology, and Tarot, she discovers her dormant gift of while in the notoriously haunted city. Mediumship proves to be a pesky affliction, especially when Bridget’s attempt to help a ghostly visitor implicates her in a series of vicious murders!

Nick Maddox, a ruggedly Adonic but rigorously skeptical cop, investigates the ghastly crimes. Despite their conflicting beliefs, Nick can’t deny his urges for Bridget extend far beyond civil obligation. Frustrated by the lack of tangible evidence, he finds more questions than answers as he pursues spectral justice and Bridget’s love.

RIP Ryder, a charmingly rebellious ghost tour guide, helps investigate— simultaneously complicating Nick and Bridget’s impetuous dance of courtship. Her heart dangling between Nick and RIP, Bridget stumbles into a web of mystery and mayhem. Can they catch the killer before another murder? Exactly how do you handcuff a ghost anyway?

Sound exciting? I think so!!! :D And if you're in the area of St. Augustine, Florida on Saturday, Sept 6, 2015, Elizabeth will be at the 450th year celebration for St. Augustine signing copies of her book, Matanzas Moon.

An evening filled with fine art, unique artisan crafts, live music, belly dancers, and mystifying magic. Take a stroll through enchanted, torch-lit pathways, you’ll likely encounter a 16th century Spanish soldier and his entourage. Gather around the 35 foot watchtower and toast to the Raising of the Flag ceremony. Sit under the 200-year-old Colonial oak tree adorned with colorful lanterns and tiny white lights while enjoying fabulous food and beverages offered by the Taberna Del Caballo and the Bull & Crown Publick House. It all takes place... under the stars at The Downtown Bazaar on the grounds of the Colonial Quarter.

For more info on where and when, visit the website: http://www.thedowntownbazaar.com

And if you're not in the area, Matanzas Moon will be available in it's various format's via both Elizabeth's and Ms.Tiki's Unlimited's websites.

Make sure to follow Elizabeth Raven and her book, Matanzas Moon via internet:

Ms.Tiki Unlimited:

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


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