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If a picture paints a thousand words… then I’ve met my writing quota for the month!

It’s time for another graphics post, folks.

Inspired by my new WIP, I have created some more pages for my website: one for The Changeling Chronicles duology, and one for the first book in the duology – A Nightmare’s Betrayal (the book I’m working on right now).

I know this gif has nothing to do with webpage graphics... but I needed to post something here and Blair Redford is definitely SOMETHING ;)

I know this gif has nothing to do with webpage graphics… but I needed to post something here and Blair Redford is definitely SOMETHING 😉

But before I share my web addresses, I want to give a shout out to the exceptionally talented Heather Bruton for allowing me to use her gorgeous sketch of a polar bear. Thank you, Heather!

I would also like to make special mention of Carrissa, over at TheSilverDiva on Etsy, whose beautiful hand-stamped heart keyring features on my webpage and book cover. I purchased one of the keyrings myself and can only say wonderful things about Carrissa’s service and craftsmanship. Definitely check out her shop HERE – Carrissa has so many beautiful pieces to choose from, and she ships worldwide too.

I also used a variety of fonts, textures and brushes:

Okay, so with all my thankyous and credit given, I would like to reveal to you my two new web pages:

The Changeling Chronicles

A Nightmare’s Betrayal

They also link from my novels page – you just need to click on the Changeling tarot card. Sometime in the near future, I will add a more obvious link on this page.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, I’ve also created a book cover for A Nightmare’s Betrayal, the front of which appears on my new web pages.

A Nightmares Betrayal Cover

Once again, I’d like to stress that these are just fun book covers and web pages I’ve created for my own enjoyment and inspiration. Of course, I hope you enjoy them too 😀

Now (again) I just have to get the book finished :p

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The Changeling Chronicles…

I’ve been working on some artwork for my website – specifically a page for my fantasy WIP, book 1 in the Changeling Chronicles, set in the Scandinavian hidden world. I thought I’d post it here first – sources to be added to the Credits page shortly. The novel is dual pov – the girl in the top frame is the changeling, Astrid, and in the bottom frame, her nightmare, Danica. Oh, and there’s a bear in it… and a castle hanging in the sky 😀 I hope you like it!

The Changeling Chronicles

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A rose by any other name…

Recently, I’ve been brainstorming plot and character ideas for my next project and, as such, have been researching as much as I can about the process. The first time around I did everything by ear (ie. I tried whatever came to mind and determined what worked by trial and error). This time, however, I want to be a little bit more organised.

Anyway, yesterday I came across something that made me smile – advice from Holly Lisle to find pictures of people I can model my characters on. Why did this tickle my fancy, you ask? Well, because when I wrote my first WIP, I had a very clear idea of who my main character’s love interest looked like. In fact, when I first started writing (and learning how to use photoshop), I even made fan art with him posing as the sweet, rambunctious Aiden MacEachan.

But before I confess all, I’ll give you a hint…

Who comes to mind when you think – tall, fit, red-headed, with a cheeky smile and mischievous character to match?

Prince harry

Why, Prince Harry, of course!

Now stick a MacLean kilt on him, and you’ve got Aiden MacEachan…

Isle_of_Mull

Here is a wallpaper I created back in 2009, featuring Prince Harry as Aiden and Mélanie Thierry as Boudica…

Yes, I am officially blushing now, but I am sure you will agree, Prince Harry makes the perfect highland spunk — with a dark side!

And here is an alternate book cover I designed recently featuring none other than Prince Harry as Aiden...

And here is an alternate book cover I designed recently featuring none other than Prince Harry as Aiden…

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Judging A Book By Its Cover

This week I didn’t get much revision done – I was working on designing book covers instead! I made one red one and one green one – designed around the MacLean hunting and dress tartans.

This is how they turned out…

RED COVER

GREEN COVER

Just so you know, they are not real covers – they are just for fun, and also so I have something to represent my WIP on my website.

I’m still fairly inexperienced with photoshop but I’m really happy with the results. It’s hard to choose which one I like best, although I am leaning towards the red one – I think the colour makes it look a little more sinister…

I used Photoshop CS2 (it’s old, I know – but it’s still good) with the help of a few tutorials (aren’t photoshop tutorials just the best invention ever?):

I found my model on Getty Images (as soon as I saw her, I was like “she is soooooo Boudica MacLean!”). The cursive writing is Jefferson font.

The gorgeous background image is Snowy Branches and a Fence by seabug who most graciously allowed me to use her photograph. As soon as I saw the photo I knew it was perfect – it’s exactly how I see Croakers Alley (a setting in my WIP) in my mind’s eye!

This morning I had the (very exciting) pleasure of uploading them to my website (in 3D book format, might I add):

But now that it’s all done, I have to get back to my revision…

Gotta get the bloody thing finished – there’s no point having covers if I don’t have a book to put between them!

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