Sunday, January 17, 2016

Thoughts and Art Feature

I have always though it would be really cool to see my books adapted into comic/graphic novel format. It would be totally awesome, actually. I tried myself a while ago, but let's face it. There is no way I can do them alone. People are my strong point, anything else such as backgrounds, animals, buildings, etc. I am terrible with. Some authors want to get movie producers interested in the books. I just want to see it in colorful comic form. Perhaps it's the artist part of me that likes the idea, or perhaps it's because I'm terrified a movie producer would change too much of my story line for my liking.  I don't know. I know and follow some downright amazing artists and think seeing my books in comic book format would be awesome. 

I've done a few of my own little chibi type comics, but even then, I stopped doing them after a while. Of course, when I did those, I hardly had any background to them and they were also done completely traditional with pen and colored pencil and then scanned onto the computer...
What I would love to see would be any of my series in full color comic form. Not really the Japanese chibi style, I did that just for fun. I have seen some amazing art styles but some equally amazing artists. Be it comics or just plain old art, these artists are some of my favorite! (click on the images to go to the original posting of the art and check out what else these talented artists have to offer!) I wish I could get to their level of awesomeness!


 hchan, creator of Dream*Scar webcomic







Saturday, December 19, 2015

Black Blade Blues Review

Black Blade Blues (Sarah Beauhall #1)

by J. A. Pitts

3 Stars

"Sarah Beauhall has more on her plate than most twenty-somethings: day job as a blacksmith, night job as a props manager for low-budget movies, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group. 

The lead actor breaks Sarah’s favorite one-of-a-kind sword, and to avoid reshooting scenes, Sarah agrees to repair the blade. One of the extras, who claims to be a dwarf, offers to help. And that’s when things start to get weird. Could the sword really be magic, as the "dwarf" claims? Are dragons really living among us as shapeshifters?  

And as if things weren’t surreal enough, Sarah’s girlfriend Katie breaks out the dreaded phrase… “I love you.”  As her life begins to fall apart, first her relationship with Katie, then her job at the movie studio, and finally her blacksmithing career, Sarah hits rock bottom. It is at this moment, when she has lost everything she has prized, that one of the dragons makes their move. 

And suddenly what was unthinkable becomes all too real…and Sarah will have to decide if she can reject what is safe and become the heroine who is needed to save her world."

My husband recommended this book, so I finally decided to read it. Overall, the book was good. However, there were two things that bugged me about it: the indecisiveness of the MC and the extreme depth of detail put into what she was wearing/eating/driving, etc. I myself have learned that there can be too much detail sometimes. I was not prepared for the relationship the MC character was in. I have nothing against it, one should be allowed to love regardless of gender, it just caught me off guard (Yes, I didn't read the blurb before I read the book. My husband said it was good, so I just started reading it). All in all, it was a decent read.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Character Paintings

Recently, I colored in the newly revised world map of Midgard. It made me think of the digital paintings I've done of Maeja and Ril recently and realized that I hadn't done any art of the two main antagonists of the series, Severus and Ilivrra, since 2011. I'm not the best artist in the world, but I think I did an acceptable job.

First we have Severus Arganon Valine, eldest living son of the Emperor of Shilyka, Ensor Valine VIII. He is quite the complicated villain, oftentimes as difficult to write as a certain snarky pirate. 
Next we have Ilivarra Vicyrr, Queen of Azrith. She is a master of manipulation and cruelty, 
possibly more so than the Shilykan Empire itself.
And of course, the first two digital paintings I did of Maeja and Ril.
Are you artistic yourself? Draw up any of my characters and share them with me! I'll add 
your art to the Character Art Page! I'll also favorite it on deviantART 
(if you have an account and upload it there) and tweet/facebook about it!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cover Reveal!

The treasure hunt continues in the snowy mountains of Midgard
with Opening of Lost Doors, The Chronicles of Midgard #3!

In the snow covered mountains, Odin's spear lies within a forgotten slumbering city...
Mæja and her crew must find the relics of the gods before the Empire does, but acquiring Odin's spear will be no simple task. First they must escape from the Empire's capital city, then travel deep into the icy mountains, to a dangerous, trap-filled labyrinth beneath the fabled Shrine of Ages. Here, Odin's spear remains securely hidden in the long forgotten palace of Ostegard. Mæja must first prove her worth as a Valkyrie before the city will wake and the gates open. Only then will she be able to lay her hands upon the spear.
With an army of walking corpses ravaging parts of the Midlands and the great serpent Jormungand tormenting the seas, Mæja and crew are running out of time.

Monday, November 23, 2015

New Release from Kate Squires!

Romance author Kate Squires has just released her latest novel, Tracing Hearts. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon Kindle for only $1.99 until November 30th! Grab your copy today!

Paired together as childhood pen pals, Sebastian Vaughn and Julia Bessette grow up writing back and forth. Even though they live worlds apart, their lives intersect in ways that no one could ever imagine. 

As young adults, their paths initially cross, when a concerned Sebastian pays heartbroken Julia a surprise visit. The two spend only a few short days together, but the spark is undeniable. However, tragedy comes in all forms, and soon they're separated. 

Fast forward a few years, and fate finds Army Captain Vaughn in a dangerous situation, where he’s forced to go into hiding. Out of desperation and a primal need to be near her, he unintentionally drags Julia into his treacherous world. Feeling responsible, he vows to protect her above all else, but will the cost be too high? 

Meanwhile, Julia willingly goes on the run with Sebastian, sacrificing her way of life, and her safety, for the man she hopes is the one. She worries about his rejection, but more so than that, she worries about never again feeling the way she feels when she’s with him. Can the couple make it out alive? Can they find each other in the process, or will it all be too much to bear?

Kate Squires was born and raised in Ohio where she still resides with her husband and children. She has always loved writing, but never, ever thought her life would lead to sitting in front of her laptop for hours on end creating stories other people would read some day. Kate has dabbled in all sorts of odd jobs ranging from dog groomer to dance instructor and even a chicken farmer, but her true passion is creating characters out of thin air and making them do her bidding. 

Currently, her list of published works are, That Kiss, its sequel, That Promise, I Will Catch You, and most recently released, Tracing Hearts! 

Visit her website for more information about her books and upcoming events. 

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Monday, November 9, 2015

So Amazon Opened a Bookstore...

I recently learned that Amazon opened a brick and mortar books store (from I find this pretty intriguing and really cool, especially since they said that in-store prices will be the same as online. The store opened in Seattle on November 2nd. I wish I could go and see it myself. One thing that intrigued me greatly was this:
 Amazon says that it won't entirely be doing things like a traditional store, however; it'll be relying on data — including customer ratings, sales totals, and Goodread's popularity — to decide which books to stock.
This is a very good reason why I say that reviews are very important to an author. It helps potential new readers decide if they want to buy a book or not. They look at star ratings. They read peoples thoughts on the book. And then they decide. This applies even more so with this pretty cool thing that Amazon is doing now.

So I ask, If you have enjoyed any of my books, would you please consider taking the time to post a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads? For an indie author like me, reviews and word-of-mouth are the most important ways to spread the word about my work and introduce new readers to my books. But I need your help! So, if you liked it, please tell your friends. Thank you for allowing me to share my stories with you. Your support and encouragement mean so much!