Tomb of the Relequim: cover art

Tomb of the Relequim: cover art

Tweet The long wait is over. The second book in the Vitalis Chronicles trilogy is headed to eBook distributors and soon the printers. The official launch date is set as August 14th, 2012, so get your Kindles and Nooks warmed up and ready! The cover art illustration was just finished today by Sam Spratt. The back of the book: Ardin Vitalis’ last waking memory is of killing the Mage who betrayed him. The woman he loved was murdered just beyond his ability to save her, the Shadow King who killed her escaping into the storm around them. He awakes to find himself incarcerated in a rundown mental institution, asked to escape by a mysterious winged warrior, and charged with the rescue of a people an ocean away. Little does he know that his own people are being...

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Almost There

Almost There

Tweet So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, largely because I’ve been traveling and working a lot. Sadly, editing took a back seat to the rest of my life for a bit, but I’ve finally finished cranking out all 32 chapters of Tomb of the Relequim and it’s ready for the final phases. Luckily for us all, I really enjoy most of the editing process, though what I’m about to embark on will feel like more of a grind. The “let me read this two more times in two different formats and make sure I didn’t miss anything/want to add anything” phase. I’ve read my book enough times already, thank you. I don’t want to totally give away the cover art, but I feel like you guys deserve a little teaser....

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Meeting Marjolein

Meeting Marjolein

Tweet So last summer I went to Holland to meet Marjolein Caljouw, my cover artist, for the first time. We met just for the heck of it as well as to discuss the cover for my second book. At the time I had a lot of other stuff to post, so I thought I would save this very special blog entry for when we were getting close to finished on the cover art for Tomb of the Relequim. That time is fast approaching. Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to share some photos of our time together. We met at the train station in Amsterdam. There was a little confusion as to who was actually where and a delayed train or two, but we figured it out. She’s tall, blonde, and beautiful, everything you come to expect from the Dutch when you’ve lived with them long...

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Europe and Writing

Europe and Writing

Tweet So I’m on vacation, a much needed one as it turns out. I’ve been in Africa for 9 months, and while I’m learning a ton and enjoying my experience – it was really time for a break. As it turns out I’ve ended up in Europe for a few weeks. I’m basically following the trail of free beds and sleeping on friends’ couches/spare futons/floors. So far it’s been amazing. I haven’t gotten much sleep, but I’m enjoying every minute. The goal in all this was to finish my second book: The Tomb of the Relequim. I’m about half-way through it, but it’s posing some problems because I’ve had some serious levels of depth added to it over the past couple of months. The other issue is that I’m...

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The Cover Art – White Shores

The Cover Art – White Shores

Tweet Here it is. I wanted to wait until I’d settled on a font. Believe it or not, that’s a challenge in and of itself. Serif or sans? Blending or simple colors? Word art or spelling the words with photos of friends in spandex taking the shapes of letters? As you can tell it’s a debacle, but I think I figured it out. Here’s the final cover as designed by Marjolein Caljouw (sans-spandex): I’ve also been moving to a new server so I didn’t want to spend a bunch of time on a blog post that would get lost in the transfer. We all know how much fun THAT would be. There’s also a facebook page now if you want to “become a fan,” which never made much sense. I guess you just ‘like’ things now, but we all know...

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It is finished

It is finished

Tweet The cover art that is. It’s been finished for a while in fact, but I still haven’t settled on a font for the text so I’m going to wait just a bit longer before I post it. The thumbnail can act as a tease. We’ve also finished editing the first 10 chapters of White Shores, which means I’ll be releasing them as a preview here soon; hopefully in the next couple of days. That raises the question: how much should a preview give? Personally I hate the previews on Amazon that are comprised almost entirely of the copyright and table of contents. I also wonder why they only give you something like 15% of the book to read. If it’s good, and something the person will read, I imagine that you could give them 80% and they’d still...

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