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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Valley of the Dead ~ cover art and design for Crystal M Romero (@Crstl_M_Romero)

I had some interesting challenges with this project. The main one was I kept trying to get too detailed while trying to represent a mob with as few characters as possible. 
The original project outline called for two detailed figures (the cops in front) and five low-detail or partial zombie-figures. So originally, the scene wasn't going to have so many elements in it like the extra cars and buildings. This plan was designed by Crystal and I to help keep the cost down by keeping the amount of time needed down. 
Well, anyone that has worked with me has probably figured out that I have a mental glitch when it comes to controlling some of my scenes, lol. So naturally I spent a lot more time of this scene than I billed for, lol. This was also one of the reasons why Crystal missed a couple events she had hoped to present her book at (so blame me, folks).
I honestly did start out with a more simple plan. But as happens with many of my works, the piece took on a life of its own. I've often heard writers express similar exasperation when a story or character refuses to follow the outline.
I did finally reign myself in when I started adding the necessary zombie elements. Even though Crystal and I both had visions of guts and gore dancing in our heads, I knew the minute details would never translate well as an Amazon thumbnail, causing too much visual 'noise' and clutter. It's already full as it is.
So without further ado ... 
Because of nationwide marriage equality, this year's Gay Pride weekend promised to be the best one ever. Across California’s Silicon Valley, couples gathered for numerous weddings, and people showed their pride at a downtown park. Nothing, not even religious protests could ruin the weekend. 

Yvonne Martin just wanted to relax at home this year and dream about white sand beaches. Then Reggie called with crazy talk about zombies at the door and pleas for her to save him. Setting out on this rescue mission, the chaos outside quickly proved that much more than the weekend was ruined. Along the way, they are thrown together with Captain Jacqueline Rhodes and Officer Morales, the last survivors of the police force. Together they must make their escape from this Valley of the Dead.


Be sure to connect with Crystal online, too:  Twitter





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

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

"Return to Dune Towers" writing challenge - submission by Seamus King (@SeamusTheKing)

Seamus King (@SeamusTheKing), another one of my Twitter connections, has submitted a short for my Return to Dune Towers artwork and my visual writing prompt challenge. Check it out ...



Her green skirt cascaded down her body like a shimmering waterfall as she surveyed the city before her.  Memories warred for her attention, images of a youth both well and mispent:  the endless parties, the sweet sweet desert wine, the feel of a young nomad’s touch flitting across her dusky-hewed body, the brutal heat and the cool waters of the hidden springs.  It was almost enough to make her forget her brother’s betrayal, or that night when the beetle-ships landed and all she loved was lost.  But she remembered.  She pushed her ebony curls back and, the gold rings of her arms gleaming in the afternoon sun, started forward again.

The princess was coming home.


Another excellent submission from a Twitter follower. :D


To follow Seamus and his other works:
Thoughts and Rambles
Musings of a Would-be Bard

And on Twitter:
Seamus King
@SeamusTheKing

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






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


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Cover art and design for Vegas Luna's (@vegaslunaa) 2nd edition 'of the Andromeda Martian Catastrophe'

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Down by the River ~ Two more covers for the Spirit Waters Trilogy by Lucretia T Knight (@LucretTKnight)


Down by the River is the next soon-to-be-released volume of Lucretia T. Knight's Spirit AWaters Trilogy. And to take advantage of an available discount, we went ahead and readied the cover for book three, still to be written at the time of this post.

The unique challenge with this project was to utilize the same central graphic for each new volume while still making each unique to that particular book's plot needs and giving each one it's own look. Each cover has to 'work' on its own while remaining cohesive as a set. I am so not a fan of using the same exact image for each new volume, and just changing the text or color scheme. I find it lazy and potentially confusing to the readers. 

It would so aggravate me to grab the wrong book at a glance and have to go back and grab the right one. I image it would annoy book buyers, too. Or even worse, buyers not noticing the too slight variation, and not buying the sequels because they don't realize they are different books. We only have a click of the mouse to grab buyer attention. Why making harder for your book to sell?

But let me stop ranting and give you the blurb for Down by the River:

The ocean filled him, nearly killing him, and then released him. The experience of drowning when he was eight has haunted Drew ever since. Now at thirty-two, he has returned home to his cloying family in the small town of Demetra. He’s jobless, loveless, and searching. His family forces him into a baptismal immersion that triggers his childhood drowning and sends him spiraling toward an incomprehensible journey filled with terrifying and prophetic visions. Along the way he finds an unlikely love, the courage to release his deepest fears, and ultimately the strength to embrace his sublime destiny.



For those that want more information about book one, A Witch's Tale, here's a recap:

Amy’s life is a numb existence of work and home, until strange dreams of the moon and waves sweep her into a dark place within herself. Her mundane world begins to spin into exciting, erotic adventures. But, who is really in control? Disjointed memories of the day rattle Amy’s mind and she begins to question her sanity. She discovers an old familial connection to witchcraft. A journey into her mind and soul lead her to a place where she will have to battle for the right to her own existence. Converging blood lines will either destroy her, or liberate her.

Personally, I am most excited about the Luna's Tide volume. Lucretia has only told me a little bit about it, but I can't imagine not loving it.  

Be sure to connect with Lucretia online:
Twitter       Website





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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Two new maps created for David Millar's (@DavidHMillar) CONALL book series.

covers by Ida at
Amygdala Design
I really find creating maps for books a fun change of pace. These two maps are for David H Millar's CONALL book series, being published through A Wee Publishing Company

For this pair of illos, I had to reference really old maps of both Scotland and Ireland. What I found most challenging was how almost every map I could find was significantly different from every other map I found. So a lot of wingin' it was going on, lol.

Of course, I'm sure you've noticed the names above differ from the names you may know. Eriu is Ireland and Albu is Scotland.

*Correction*  The name “Albu” actually refers to the island of Britain which includes Scotland. Couldn’t find an Ancient name for Scotland!! Plus Conall will be making his way down Albu in Conall III.

Like so many other languages, there were regional variations of Gaelic. Irish-Gaelic and Scots-Gaelic. Sometimes so varying in spelling and pronunciation, there were often difficulties understanding each other. (I'm not this smart, lol. David told me.)

Speaking of Gaelic, did I ever tell ya'll my first name is Gaelic. Now that I know there is a difference, Aidana is Scots-Gaelic. I was named after the 6th-century fire God and Goddess (a combination of the two diety's names) Aidan and Edonna, even though my heritage is Spanish Gypsy with some French, Mexican, German, and Cherokee mixed in for good measure, lol. I have an eclectic background.

However, out of curiosity, I looked up my name in Irish-Gaelic, and it has a slightly different meaning ... Little Fiery One.

I think I like that :D

Follow David Millar on Twitter and check out A Wee Publishing Company on Twitter, too.







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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

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