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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

BEYOND THE DREAMS WE KNOW ~ Cover art and Design for Rachel Neumeier (@RachelNeumeier)


I'm really looking forward to this book, Beyond the Dreams We Know, by Rachel Neumeier, hitting the shelves. 

It's a collection of short fiction stories, one of which is represented on the cover.

Those that know how I work, know I don't read the manuscripts (unless I am also editing). I create covers by getting pertinent information straight from the author (a process often akin to pulling teeth).  I do, however, glean a bit more of a glimpse than what's offered in the blurb and most times, even more than what's written in the story. So much more of the perfect scene stays in the author's head, and never made it into the story, itself. Much like this scene. 

Rachel sent me an excerpt that described the world and spider-like figures, but it was up to me to discover how they look and ambulate. I just know Rachel was vague about it on purpose, lol. 

My favorite part of the scene? The lame boy on the branch-crutch. I can't say why. But for some reason, I want to know him better and sincerely hope that spider-thingy can't see him under that tree.

blurb:

In the world of City in the Lake, entering the great forest may lead you to your heart's desire . . . but the one certainty is that the forest always has its own desires, and might very well tilt anyone's quest to its own ends.
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In the whole history of the Floating Islands, no girl has ever put on wings and taken flight. Now a special audition has just been announced, and despite her responsibilities, Nescana isn't sure she can resist at least trying to make a new life for herself among the kajuraihi.
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The Lord of the Delta is a busy man. But every now and then, Bertaud manages to take a day away from his duties. Just one day for himself. What could possibly go wrong?
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Erest's family knew they might risk unknown dangers when they first chose to build their home in the shadow of the Kieba's mountain, but she hasn't seemed offended by their presumption . . . yet. When disaster strikes, could Erest dare turn to the Kieba for help?
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In a world much like our own, no one expects mysterious, beautiful dragons to begin emerging from earth and stone. But even when mystery and magic isn’t concerned with us at all, it can change our lives . . .
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Rediscover four worlds and explore a new one in Neumeier's latest collection of short fiction.



Be sure to connect with Rachel Neumeier on all her social networks and online activities (best way to get signed copies and news of the latest promotions):







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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com


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*All art and designs in this post were created by myself unless otherwise noted even if some images have been replaced with newer ones to keep post current with my portfolio.


Friday, February 9, 2018

THE GUARDIANS OF EASTGATE ~ cover art and design plus a map of Sterrenvar for Sherry Leclerc (@sleclercauthor)

WillowRaven's map of Sterrenvar for Sherry Leclerc's, The Guardians of Eastgate, book one of the Seers Series
Come wander the magical world of Sterrenvar where swords & sorcery, action & adventure, seers & shifters all await you. Follow seer champion, Maelona Sima, & her friends Blaez, a wolf shifter, & Gareth, a human prince, as they protect the realm from enslavement by a dark sorcerer.

I'm so, so excited to share my latest cover project and introduce you to Sherry Leclerc, who I'm sure is going to be one of my favorite series projects ever, as well as one of my favorite clients. She is so very easy to work with. I kinda think we think a little alike. 

This is the new cover for The Guardians of Eastgate, book one of the Seers Series - Second Edition. 

We're going full-out with a fresh new cover art style, a revision of the text (to catch anything missed in the first publication), and so much more. Be sure to follow Sherry online (links below) to keep informed.

Blurb:

An ancient evil threatens the realm of Sterrenvar. A race of people called the seers had appointed themselves Guardians of the Realm, guarding the safety of their world and all the people in it.

Maelona Sima is one of four seer champions tasked with protecting the four keystones from being breached by evil forces, thus leaving an immeasurable magical force free to be used against the realm’s inhabitants. Yet Maelona is more than a seer. She is unique in her world, and she is the best hope of survival for the people of Sterrenvar…the very people who once hunted down and killed many of the seer people out of fear and mistrust.

Protecting the keystones is the first line of defense against the evil sorcerer who wishes to enslave the realm. Can Maelona, the guardian of the keystone at Eastgate, and her friends Blaez, a wolf shifter, and Gareth, a human prince, bring together their peoples to save Eastgate from destruction in this first book of the Seers series?



Be sure to connect with Sherry Leclerc on all her social networks and online activities (best way to get signed copies and news of the latest promotions):







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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com


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*All art and designs in this post were created by myself unless otherwise noted even if some images have been replaced with newer ones to keep post current with my portfolio.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

BREAKING WORLDS (Lisen of Solsta, Book V) ~ cover art & design for D. Hart St. Martin (@hartstm)

Available in print and ebook.
I am so proud to show off my latest book cover. D. Hart St. Martin and I have been teaming up since 2013.

Breaking Worlds is the fifth book of the Lisen of Solsta series. I'm already prepping for book six's cover; I can't wait to fully dive into it!

What makes this scene so cool, is it doesn't actually get described in the story. It's sort of what we would have seen while the travelers were moving from point A to point B in the book. 

Since we had already started the series (books 1-3), quite by accident, with a spring, summer, and fall scenes (honestly, we really didn't start out with that as the plan -- it just sort of happened) I really thought it would be cool, when Hart and I were planning books covers 5 & 6, if one of them could happen in the winter. 

At first, it wasn't in the cards, then Hart sent me a 'stop the presses' type of message. Told me to throw all of the project notes out and that she had a winter scene for me. She sort of gave me a general theme to work with since there were no actual excerpts to be had. This one, more than all of the others, was really a joint endeavor. I was constantly asking for details she had to give me from her head since there was nothing already on paper. The result is what you see here.... the scene that likely happened, but was never written.  

Available in print and ebook.

Blurb:

After their first daughter’s death at the hands of the Thristans, Lisen and Korin escape the desert and ride home to Garla, but the loss of Rinli, the child conceived sixteen years earlier during the Thristan fertility ritual of the Farii, has delivered a devastating blow to their union. Their grief overwhelms them, and Korin, consumed by feelings he dare not express, reenlists as a captain in the Emperi Guard and runs off to Pass Garrison, abandoning Lisen and their two remaining children in Avaret.

Yet, at a time when miracles seem to have forsaken the two spouses to endless despair, something wondrous has unfolded in the desert. Rinli, thought lost forever, has fulfilled the prophecy of Mantar's Child and risen from her grave, proclaiming she has come to break the world. But her resurrection precipitates a personal crisis as she strains to identify who she is now and why Mantar sent her back, while for Lisen and Korin, it becomes a race to stop their lost-then-found daughter from bringing their world to ruin.

Return to Garla where before moving forward, Lisen must climb out of the abyss of her unbearable sorrow to confront her run-away spouse. Where she enlists his aid in an impossible task. Where Rinli takes risk after risk to prove her worthiness as a leader to the Elders of Thristas. And where Lisen realizes an inescapable truth—either she or Rinli must die to bring peace to the people of Garla and Thristas.
                                        
Blurbs for each book in the series can be found on my website.


Author bio:

D. Hart St. Martin lives in a small college community in Southern California. She is retired from “gainful” employment and now writes anything and everything she wants, including a fantasy series called Lisen of Solsta. She is owned by one cat, Calypso, who reminds her daily that she is common and of little use save for the food and treats she provides but who occasionally appreciates her abject humility in her supreme presence. 

For more information about Hart’s work and for updates and publication information, be sure to connect with D. on all her social networks (best way to get signed copies and news of the latest promotions):







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

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com


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*All art and designs in this post were created by myself unless otherwise noted even if some images have been replaced with newer ones to keep post current with my portfolio.