Friday, December 28, 2012

Preditors & Editors Poll is up!

And I'm apparently in the running for Best Artist and my covers are up in the Best Cover Art category! I'm in good company, too, and it's awesome to see so many artists getting recognized!

So, please, take a moment and stroll on over to the P&E poll to cast your votes!

You can find the artist page here.

And the cover art page here.

In addition, in the Science Fiction & Fantasy catagory, familiar and awesome nominees include: Kat Holmes, Mike Arsuaga, Larraine Wills, and Mary Andrews!! Congratulations!! I can personally attest to their awesomeness, since I've worked with all of them. *nods*

You can vote for the best of that category here!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Book Trailer for A Sign in Blood

Yeah, it's been a long time in coming-largely because I resisted learning to use the video making program for so long--but I've finally made a book trailer I'm happy with! I'm not quite to the point where I'm ready to offer book trailers with my other promotional artwork, but... I had a lot of fun with this, and I hope to do that soon!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Season Cover Art Giveaway - Winners!!!

All right, everybody, today's the day! Thanks for sticking with me through the giveaway. There were a lot of great entries and I wish I could do covers for you all!

The winners are ... *drum roll*

1st prize (a full promotional package (1 promotional poster design (24”x36”), 1 cover flat design, 1 bookmark (two-sided), and 1 web banner - $200 value) goes to Cameron McKeth!

2nd prize (1 eBook cover + print cover - $100 value) goes to Jane Monson!

3rd prize (a free print cover - $75 value) goes to Annette Gisby!

I'll be emailing the winners today to discuss their artwork. Most of all... Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Next Big Thing

On the 5th, the wonderful Chrystalla Thoma tagged me into the Next Big Thing blog chain! She answered these questions, I’ll answer these questions, and then the people I tag will answer next week! It’s a whole merry-go-round of fun! Or something. *G*

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Born of this Soil. This will probably be the actual title, as well. I get attached to them and, if I have a choice, I cling to them.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

It came from a lot of places, actually. Part of it is from the question of what ancient societies might have been like if they’d experienced some of the ‘progressive’ influences of the printing press and some of the Enlightenment ideals. Some of it comes from the characters themselves. A lot of my stories start because I come up with the characters and then the story unfolds as they move through the world I’ve set them in, the way they deal with things makes things happen.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Political fantasy. Definitely. It’s my favorite kind of fantasy. There’s also action and adventure, conspiracy and magic, but lots of political intrigue!

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

That’s always a difficult question for me. I have a really definite vision of my characters and it’s difficult for me to think how an actor might play them. Plus, I tend to feel that most movie versions aren’t as good as the books. Not all of them, of course, but a good many movies cut out characters of color, change story lines and the movie makers don’t always care for the material the same way an author does, so… I tend not to consider movie versions.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

The murder of one of her people, and her drive to protect her less than legal mission to save other magic users, leads Beshauna into a world of political intrigue, shadowed conspiracies, and shifting loyalties.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I have no idea. I won’t know until it’s finished, but I’m not ruling out either.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Exactly 30 days. I wrote it for NaNoWriMo. First drafts aren't the real challenge to me. It’s the editing that takes me ages! As you can imagine with a first draft written in 30 days. :-D

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Oh, my. Such a dangerous question! But, hmm… I’d say that some aspects are similar to the Nightrunner books by Lyn Flewelling, and some aspects are like Crossroads series by Kate Elliott.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I don’t know how to answer that question. A story starts niggling, and I write it. It’s what I do.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

I wanted to write a story with a mix of people, with deep cultures and a secondary world that felt tangible. I enjoyed exploring the characters and politics and the setting, and I think readers will enjoy it, too.

And to hear more about the next big things, check out...

Cherylanne Ham
Cindy Borgne
James Hartley
Mike Arsuaga

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Holiday Season Cover Art Giveaway!

Have you been looking for a cover artist? Need promotional artwork for your masterpiece? Well you’re in luck! To spread the joy of the holiday season, I’m giving away my services!

1st prize is a full promotional package (1 promotional poster design (24”x36”), 1 cover flat design, 1 bookmark (two-sided), and 1 web banner - $200 value).

2nd prize is 1 free eBook cover + print cover ($100 value).

3rd prize is a free print cover ($75 value).

So drop on by and leave a comment to this post with your name and email address to enter! I’ll take all the names and randomly choose three winners.

Open to entries until December 15th and winners will be announced on the 17th!

Leave a comment to this post to enter!

Or check out my work here