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Monday, February 29, 2016

'Reckoning' for RM Willis (@Rancoth) and KnightLand Books (@KnightLandBooks)

I ran into Roy McGlochlin and his new traditional publishing house, KnightLand Books, on Twitter. He, in turn, introduced me to one of his authors, RM Willis, and next thing you know, a new book cover was in the works. 

Roy and I have a slightly different focus when it comes to aesthetic, but by the fifth draft, we had a cover worthy of publication.

Check out the blurb ...

There are turning points in our lives; crossroads that we come to that once picked send us down a certain path. Heather Lawson’s job is to find those points in the past of societies criminals and help them to pick a different direction. Is she ready to help Michael Cordley the first man in the solar system to be convicted of rape and murder in nearly five years? Can she put her pride aside to do what is necessary in order to bring his case to a close? Or, will she be responsible for the first failed criminal rehabilitation in more than half a century?

Can you tell I was going for an old-school, '70's sci-fi feel with a modern twist? A little graphic novel and horror flavor was thrown in for good measure, but just a pinch.

Be sure to connect with both RM Willis & KnightLand Books online & get your preorder:

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


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

'Blue-Eyed Doll', cover art and design for Deanna K. Klingle (@deannaklingel) and 4RV Publishing (@4RV)

My latest cover creation for 4RV Publishing, Blue-Eyed Doll, by Deanna K. Klingel ...

This coming-of-age story is set in San Francisco in 1926 when eight-year-old Ruth Mary wants to be part of her class project to send blue-eyed dolls with notes of friendship to school children in Japan to procure world peace. This historical project was put in place by Dr. Sidney Gulick, a missionary to Japan. Her bigoted and blustery father, a banker, will not allow this. In an era of bigotry and mistrust of all things Japanese, creative and feisty Ruth Mary connives to overturn his ultimatum. With her siblings aiding and abetting, she prevails. An unusual doll wearing eye glasses becomes her unlikely choice. She names the doll Isabella. 

Isabella returns to Ruth Mary after the war.  Ruth Mary, her husband, and her baby daughter embark on a cross-country quest to find the lost Japanese Ambassador dolls left in museums and forgotten over the war. As an adult, with the doll beside her, she restarts the friendship doll program of long ago. She returns home with Isabella to San Francisco to a sick mother and an aging father. Isabella brings an unexpected peace to the home of Ruth Mary’s childhood. The aging people overcome their bigotry as a result of the blue-eyed doll, Isabella. 

Be sure to order your copies from 4RV Publishing, where you get a considerable discount compared to ordering from Amazon, not to mention bulk order capabilities for your school, library, or store. If you don't see it in the online bookstore yet, contact the publisher directly. Blue-Eyed Doll is available for order now, and will be available from 4RV before all other online retailers.

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


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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

'Millennium', MidSouthCon (@MidSouthCon), and Alex Steinberg (@MillenniumStory)

I'm excited to announce that Alex and I are teaming up again, this time on a book of SFF stories. The official title will be, AfterFire: A Collection of Short, Epic Tales. An August 2016 release is planned, so keep an eye out for my unveiling in a few months.

I first met Alex when I created his Millenium cover last summer (debut post). I thought I would re-introduce the cover today because Alex is going to be providing signed copies of Millenium at MidSouthCon 34 next month. He won't be there in person, but I'll be there all weekend.

Those in the Memphis area March 18th through the 20th should definitely stop by and find me and Alex's book in the art room, where I will be displaying and selling prints of my artwork. I'm also a guest panelist again this year and will be posting the schedule as soon as I get it. For more about the charity auction...

Blurb for Millenium

In 2091, four years before the Great Civil War, Humanity expanded to a multitude of planets across the galaxy, setting up colonies, officially declaring themselves to be the only sentient life in the Milky Way Galaxy. They were wrong.

Nine years later, Lieutenant Commander Keane Blaze, a young, but well-respected soldier, is ordered to help evacuate the colony on Ordem, a strange desert planet. Everything goes as planned at first, until an unknown enemy initiates an ambush, destroying Keane's transport. In order to save him, the ship's artificial intelligence launches his cryo-pod to the surface of the planet, putting Keane into cryo-sleep for 1000 years.

Waking after his long slumber, Keane learns the enemy that long ago destroyed his transport is back, again fighting against Humanity and its allied races. With the help of a younger alien race and a mysterious figure from his past, Keane races to end the threat that this enemy poses, once and for all.

A few Amazon reviews:

*****This book is a modern American masterpiece! I cheered at the author's courage for openly publishing a true mix of classic sci-fi and modern furry fan fiction. The story mixed the action of Twilight, with the humor and raw sensuality of The Fred Movie. I wish more authors had this author's courage, he is a true crusader for our people.

*****This book was excellent. There was some grammar errors or words left out but that is to be expected with a new writer. I hope that the next book will be as good as this one. The beginning was a little confusing. Just know that it's in the future on a colony that humans share with aliens.

*****Alex is a very prolific writer. A will be watching out for more of his books. I would recommend this one to everyone!!!

Be sure to keep an eye out for Alex and his books on social media: 

Twitter: Alex Steinberg @MillenniumStory
Facebook: Millenniumstory

Millennium is published through Ravenswood Publishing.

And for MidSouthCon:

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


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Sunday, February 14, 2016

"Temple of the Raven Sisterhood" writing challenge - submission by Sophia Whitte-Author (@SophiaWhitte)

First submission to my latest personal vision, Temple of the Raven Sisterhood.

The City of Mecha and Raven Queens
- a Short Story by Sophia Whittemore 

At the end of time, there were two cities, floating in the clouds. One was constructed of iron and steel, and it was called the City of Mecha, run entirely by men. The other floating city, directly across from it, was a city run by women, strong warriors who dared to worship the Raven Queen. The men sat there, scribbling in their books and tinkering with their toys of iron whilst the women built temples so high that the very gods touched upon them once in a while. 

Mayor Albatross of the City of Mecha gazed into his telescope and spied on the city across from them. His eyes lingered over the women’s exercises, running spears through stacks of hay and slaughtering raging bulls with their bare hands. “I tell you, now that’s a woman!” He cried, staring forlornly at the tenuous wooden bridge that connected the two cities. “What a pity we cannot cross over.”

“We could cross over with an army of iron golems to defend us,” replied Father Ari, “but why should we? Those warriors believe that we are the heathens worshipping our gods of steel when they are worshipping a woman with the head of a raven! Heathens all of them! They’ll find out their warrior sacrifices were all for nothing once they accept proper civilization.”

Mayor Albatross, a young man really since he had been unwittingly nominated for the job, continued to stare at the High Raven Priestess on the other side of the chasm. “Sinner.” Muttered Father Ari, catching his uncouth gaze. 

“I’m sorry, Father. But you know yourself how our population has been depleting. The women fled Mecha to live with the Raven warriors once my father enforced that silly rule banning women from the laboratories and resigning them to lives only based on raising children and running households.”

“I am the one who asked your father to make that rule. We are better off to become nothing than to breed with the foolish population.” Father Ari frowned at him. “By Iron’s Blood.” He prayed, invoking the sacred oath of the Mechanics. 

Mayor Albatross wanted to say something more, but only sighed softly. “By Iron’s Soul.” 

But at night, under the cover of darkness, Mayor Albatross, young and impressionable, went out to meet the High Priestess. They met on the rope bridge. When he arrived, panting heavily from lack of physical fitness, the High Priestess was laughing at him. “You are weak.” She remarked astutely. 

“I climbed down twelve flights of stairs to get here.”

“I clambered down a mountain.” She replied, not looking as though she even broke a sweat. “Tell me, sweet Frederick Albatross, do you love me?”

He blushed. “It is a sin to speak of such things in Mecha.”

Her voice rang inside his head, poking, prodding. Frederick Albatross shuddered, hating when she did this. But do you love me?

I do. He replied, unflinching.

She held her hand out to him. Then trust me. 

“What are you doing?” He asked, putting his hand into her own. 

Her eyes glittering, she fell back from the bridge, pulling Frederick into her strong, muscled arms. Her cloak billowed around her, enveloping him in feathers and darkness. 

We fly. . .


What an awesome submission! And she wrote in just a few hours, too.

Be sure to look Sophia up on her blog and twitter, too:

Want to take the challenge?

Visual writing prompt: http://willowraven.weebly.com/temple-of-the-raven-sisterhood.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, February 8, 2016

The Weapon Snitch and the Crown of Blood, by KE Moore (@Weaponsnitch) ~ cover art and design.

Ever hear of a Weapon Snitch? I never did until KE Moore came to me with this project. From the little I read, the Weapon Snitch is a very interesting character. So I thought the cover had to be just as interesting. :D Any guesses based on the cover?


In a world where there is just a little more magic than our own and brave heroes still go on daring quests, the Weapon Snitch is one of the most important people on the planet.

Not that most people know this, of course; he’s far too important to be famous. But whenever there is a stone that needs a sword thrust into it, a wretched troglodyte in need of a ring of power, or a magic wand that needs to collect dust in the perfect spot until its chosen master just happens to stumble along at exactly the right time, rest assured the Weapon Snitch will be there.

For it is the destiny of the Weapon Snitch not to partake in adventures, but instead to ensure that adventures happen.

This does attract pretenders from time to time, and Percival Grey, the current Weapon Snitch, is adept at deflecting these would-be heroes and maybe getting a little extra coin or some moonsage for the stew pot in the process. But when a particularly bumbling group of adventurers accidentally hands over a powerful artifact to one of the greatest vampires in the world, Grey, along with his apprentice Marster, must do the unspeakable. They must become part of the adventure.

Tombs filled with zombies, ancient evil castles presided over by a ghoul, the bureaucracy of a janitor’s union, and a vampire with a love of sweater-vests (the evilest article of clothing ever created) are just some of the perils that face our not-quite heroes in…

The Weapon Snitch and the Crown of Blood.

I've already started laying out the text for an ebook, so as soon as that's done, get ready for an adventurously fun read. Be sure you are following KE on twitter for availability.

*Update: Now available on Amazon!                                          

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


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