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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

'The Robot's Daughter' ~ Cover art and design for W. Blake Heitzman (@navajobob)

W. Blake Heitzman's, The Robot's Daughter, presented a challenge from the initial planning stage; my and Blake's first live chat on the contact page on my website.

There were so many potentially cool visuals to use to represent the book, it was difficult deciding what would most effectively appeal to the most people in the sci-fi audience while still representing the overall mood and storyline. 

In the end, Blake and I decide to choose a key, turning-point scene, that didn't also mimic what the title implies, allowing the title to offer a separate clue than the visual does ...

More hints for the buck, so to speak. 

We also wanted to have a female-reader-friendly cover.

Sci-fi is predominantly a male genre. We knew anything about robots and spaceships would attract the guys, but we wanted something to catch the female eyes, as well. What better than a half-naked, modern day South-West Native American in jeans, boots, and cowboy hat alongside his furry, shape-shifting spirit-companion?

The biggest challenge? The lighting. Nighttime scenes are tricky to begin with, but nighttime scenes with a glowing spaceship that lights the environment is even trickier. The trick? LOTS of drafts and cussing ... lol.

I guess it's only fair I share the blurb now, huh?

From distant regions of the galaxy to the offices of the world’s most advanced corporation a war rages between good and evil, but for the robot’s daughter the horror comes from within. 

Don't forget to connect with Blake on social media and his blog:
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Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Return to Dune Towers" writing challenge - submission by Jeanne Taylor (@JeannieTales)

 Another fun submission for the Return to Dune Towers writing challenge ...

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 

Dune Towers, the last over-ground oasis in 3805A.D. The Commissioners had spared no expense in its construction; organic architecture, sentient infrastructure, name it and Dune Towers has it all.

Her gown is the only thing in the desert that moved fluid like water. It spills over the edges of her hover-board, nearly touching the dry waves of sand that stretch towards the horizons like an endless sea of death. Cracks run beneath her, the pathway chapped like the parched lips of Gaia, craving nothing more than blessed alleviation of its thirst. These days, only the hardiest of vegetation survives out here. That, and Dune Towers.

(Of course, Dune Towers isn’t truly alive, and what doesn’t live cannot die.)

Rings of green light, channelled for its sedative purposes, spill from dome shelters and the tubular dormitories that house The Colony within. She is dressed to conform to Commissioner expectations, one of the mindless post-human-pre-automaton sheep that they herd about the oasis. Superior androids, capable of performing high-functioning tasks to a technical T.

Mama and Papa are in there somewhere, their prized bronze skin (trademark of their people) stripped by leather smiths and replaced with milky, heated synthetic, just the way The Commissioners like it. They are an exotic treat; there aren’t many borderland tribes left. She has little doubt that they’re serving ambrosia and love to their captors in the pleasure domes.

She wants them back. Everything that The Commissioners have done to her family, she’ll repay in threefold.

The scout copters rise, angry bugs that amass to protect the hive. She has been spotted, will be vetted and checked and perhaps even interrogated in the infamous Warden’s Office before they allow her to interact with The Colony.

It doesn’t matter. They will never see her coming. 

~

Don't you think some of these submissions, like this one, would make great opening pages to novels?
Be sure to visit Jeanne on Twitter or Tumblr.

Want to take the challenge, too? Write a short for this artwork, and I'll post it with links to your website and/or network profiles. :-D







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

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Friday, April 17, 2015

'Habits of Success' New pre-made cover available from WillowRaven

Most of my pre-made covers are more narrative in nature; a scene or landscape. This one is different because it was conceived entirely differently. Normally, a visual grabs me by the hands and forces me to do it and I try to justify the time spent away from paid commissions by offering the work on my site as pre-made cover art. I have actually sold three of those, so it has worked pretty well to assuage my guilt. LOL

As I mentioned, this pre-made cover is different because I was originally commissioned through an agent for an author. Unbeknownst to the agent, the author ended up going elsewhere, never having seen this concept, and didn't tell the agent until after the work was already finished and submitted for approval.

So ... I gave an account credit to the agent, feeling bad she spent her own funds, and am offering the art and design as a pre-made cover. The original genre was a type of self-help, but if you think it will go with something you have in a different genre, we'll make it work :D

The price for this pre-made cover, Habits of Success (name will change once sold) includes my altering cover text to suit your needs, as well as, spine, back cover design for print cover wraps, and ebook calibration. If you like the concept, but want a few changes made to the graphics, that will be extra (by the element) but not much. As will all of my pre-made covers, once a concept is attached to a book, it's never re-sold and is forever on 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 the pre-made gallery.







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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

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