Friday, May 25, 2018

Paradise Girl by Phil Featherstone -Feature


Readers often ask me where I got the idea for my novel Paradise Girl. The answer is, it came from a bug. Or, to be more precise, a virus.

Nobody knows how many viruses exist, but scientists agree that they outnumber all other living things put together (actually there’s some debate about whether viruses can actually be considered alive, but for now we’ll assume they can). Only a tiny number of them affect humans, and most of those that do are easily dealt with by the body’s immune system. However, there are a few that the immune system can’t cope with, and these can cause serious illness and, in extreme cases, death. An example is ebola, which is spread through the transfer of body fluids. It’s also transmitted by fruit bats, which can carry the virus without being affected by it.

A few years ago a volcano in Iceland erupted, throwing smoke and ash several kilometres into the sky. A result of this was the grounding of commercial aircraft for several days. I live in a remote farmhouse high on the Pennine hills in the north of England. Usually the only signs of human life outside my home are the vapour trails of planes as they approach or depart from Manchester, or travers the country to and from other places. At the time of the Icelandic eruption, they stopped. The skies were empty, a beautiful, clear blue. For that short time I could have been the only person alive. This started me thinking: suppose that really was the case, where might everyone else have gone? What might have happened to them? Destroyed by radiation? Abducted by aliens? Wiped out by a plague? Ebola was in the news at the time, and so the latter seemed the most likely.

I began to work on the idea. Somebody in such a situation would be subject to unbearable pressures. They would be desperately lonely and terribly afraid, alternating between relief at surviving and the daunting prospect of a future without hope. It would add poignancy if the central character was young, maybe still in their teens with their life before them. Think about an almost endless series of days stretching ahead, with nothing to relieve them or distinguish between them. What dark places might a mind go when faced with that? What terrible dreams might occur?

They would try to cope by writing a diary, which would describe what they saw, heard and thought, and through which they could reflect on their predicament. It seemed to me that this would work best if such a character was female. Kerryl Shaw introduced herself, and I began to write her story. You can read it in Paradise Girl.





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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Nightwalker is Now Available

Get your vampire fix now. It's out Today!
http://mybook.to/nightwalkerbook2


Fans of Blood of Eden and The Originals will Love Nightwalker.

Praise for Sunwalker, Book 1

"Entertaining and fun..." Carole P. Roman, Award Winning Author of the Captain No Beard Series 

"...a vampire saga that will engross anyone..." D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review 

   It’s now three months since Lilly saved Tread and killed the psycho vampire Lord Steel, the leader of a sinister vampire community that enslaved humans and forced them to give blood. 

   Now Tread is slowly recovering from the terrible wound he received, but there are other problems to contend with. The city is slowly emptying of humans who don’t want to live alongside the vampires and donate blood to keep them sustained. 

   When Tread’s old friends Koyt turns up one day, along with two vampire friends, Lilly’s father recognizes him as one of his torturers and is enraged that he has been allowed to enter the city. But Koyt says he is a different vampire now and wants a second chance. 

   When challenges like a widespread epidemic and a mysterious blood thief threaten to destroy the city that Lilly and so many others have worked to build, Koyt may be the community’s only chance at survival.
 
   But can Lilly trust him to do the right thing? Can Koyt live up to his word, proving that he isn’t the monster he once was? And will Lilly and Tread’s relationship survive it if he doesn’t?

Monday, May 21, 2018

Illustrator Interview with Baruch Inbar



What made you want to be an illustrator?
I have always loved drawing, since I was 3 years of age. I have also loved storytelling, and it became rather natural for me to marry these two into being a visual storyteller.

How long does it typically take for you to complete one color illustration of a book?
It really depends on the style and complexity of the artwork. Some color illustrations may a couple of days, and some may take a week or more.



What tips would you give a new illustrator starting out?
My best advice would be: follow your heart and be authentic with your individual style and artistic expression. It is wonderful to be inspired by other artists, but at the end of the day, your own unique expression and "voice" is the most important thing.

What warnings could you give an author looking for a new illustrator?
I would suggest to do a little bit of research about them, get some references from former clients and most importantly: have a signed CONTRACT before you do anything. 



When an author contracts with you, do they own exclusive rights to the images, or does that have to be purchased separately?
My clients hire me to create artwork for them, therefore they own all the rights once the work is done and I am fully paid. That said, I retain the rights to promote the art and use it in my marketing avenues.

Do Illustrators offer revisions of their work? 
Absolutely. It is a vital part of the creative process.



Any last words?
I love working on children book projects which inspire and empower children to take action in their lives, dream big and become visionaries. Otherwise, what's the point to write children books?...


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Author Feature- The World Ends Tomorrow by Eliade Moldovan


Where is humankind?




Did human consciousness change along centuries and millennia?

Disrespect for our environment, religious intolerance, greed, selfishness… I did my reading, history and religious texts and books.

My conclusion? Not much. Add to all this the unstoppable population growth, the overpopulation and the insane resource consumption.

Did our life standards improve along centuries?

My take? A lot. For some of us. I would dare say that the average individual in western world lives better than kings few hundred years back. I remember a chronicle about the life during king Louis XIV, the Sun King; the cold and ugly smelling palaces (no toilets), sticks to scratch under the wigs for head lice, health problems…

So, we do better today. All this done because of human technology advances: internet, cars, airplanes, medical assistance, you name it…

So, what is wrong?

Technologies advanced much faster that human consciousness; and technology out of control generates disasters.

Discoveries and innovation based on research in chemistry, biology, quantum physics, information technology, transportation… make our life better, but could be used for destruction in the worse imaginable ways.

Can our society fix itself, and avoid self-destruction?

NO.

Why? There are mathematical theories that a system cannot fix itself from inside. The mechanisms to fix the system will alter it, and so, it is different than when the project started, it is catch 22 situation. 

What can be done?

If humankind deserved being saved, it will happen, help from above. Aliens? or gods?

But does indeed human society deserve saving?

My book The World Ends Tomorrow describes such a scenario.


Fracony, a supercivilization that visited Earth periodically, built models forecasting that an apocalypse generated by humans themselves is inevitable.

They discovered a baby girl, Clara, with very special qualities, a research accident from a lab that tried to match man and women for best offspring. Clara was raised and trained all her life to take over the world leadership and prevent or diminish the consequences of an apocalypse.

And the disater came as a biological apocalypse from a virus escaping from a research lab.

Clara can communicate with Fracony, but her training could not foresee everything, and Fracony might have their plans about what really means saving humanity, or the price to pay.

What is good and bad have different definitions in normal times versus crisis situations, and when human race was at stake that line between right or wrong was blurry and shifting until became non-existent.  Principles transformed into self preservation, fear in divine punishment transformed into anger. Who could rule such a world?

The action is four hundred years into the future, and only two countries sharing the planet, Gaia and Esperanto. Clara was ruling Esperanto as its Secretary. She had to navigate among centrifuge interests and ideas and take bold and heartbreaking decisions. Will she succeed or collapse before reaching the end of the tunnel?

The World Ends Tomorrow   Happy Reading!!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Illustrator Interview with Cris Carvalhoss



Today let's welcome to the blog, Illustrator Cris Carvalhoss!
We are so glad to have you with us today, will you please tell us a little about yourself

I am a digital artist based in Brazil. I’m majored in Fashion Design in 2010 and I work as a freelancer illustrator  and designer since 2016. I usually make portraits, character design and children’s books. I love to read, I love cats and I just love drawing cute stuff (specially girls).  

If there was one thing you wished author’s knew about illustrating what would it be?

I think that I’d like them (and everyone else) to know that illustrating is more than just doing cute stuff on a canvas. It requires a lot of hard work and thinking. It can be kind of tough sometimes, because images are also a message that you spread. So you have to think a lot about what you’re going to communicate, especially to kids. I don’t think that people have this misunderstanding about making art because they’re mean or something like that, it’s just that this part of the work don’t go out a lot. So that’s my message, art is hard work too! :)





I believe you. I can only imagine how much time it takes to achieve perfection. As an author I can just hit delete and start again. With Illustrations you might have to start all over from scratch. How do you communicate with the author on a project? Do you like it when the author gives a lot of direction or just lets you have creative license?

We usually have a more collaborative approach. Starting with the amount of illustrations or spreads that the book will have, to the sketches, composition, colors… We talk about everything, during the whole process. I kind of like it when they give me directions, because I know exactly what they need and what they’re expecting. But creative license is great as well!



What do you typically charge per illustration?

It depends a lot on the kind of illustration. If it’s a simple lineart to a coloring book, now I charge about $15 per illustration. But if the illustration is more complex, like a spread to a picture book, it cost about $45 per illustration. It really depends on the needs of the author, so prices can vary. 


Cris, do you have a favorite project that you have worked on?

My favorite so far is an illustration project that I’m working on right now. It’s for a children book, a story about courage of being yourself and I’m doing this with my husband (he’s a writer!). It has been great so far, and I hope I can come up with this soon, because it’s an amazing story and I think it has a great message.








What is your preferred method to illustrate in?  Digital? Pencils? Watercolor?

For personal work, any medium is great for me. I love digital,  pen and pencils, and I plan to learn about oil painting and watercolor soon. But when it’s about professional work, it’s easier for me to work digitally because of time and high quality of the images. It just helps me to keep the process more organized.

Any last words?

Thank you so much for this opportunity! I really enjoyed your work and it’s an honor for me to be part of it. Best wishes and inspiration for everyone!



Check out more from Cris at the links below. Happy Reading!!









Friday, May 11, 2018

The Wait is Over!


PREORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

MAY 23rd 


Fans of Blood of Eden and The Originals will Love Nightwalker

It’s now three months since Lilly saved Tread and killed the psycho vampire Lord Steel, the leader of a sinister vampire community that enslaved humans and forced them to give blood. 

   Now Tread is slowly recovering from the terrible wound he received, but there are other problems to contend with. The city is slowly emptying of humans who don’t want to live alongside the vampires and donate blood to keep them sustained. 

  When Tread’s old friends Koyt turns up one day, along with two vampire friends, Lilly’s father recognizes him as one of his torturers and is enraged that he has been allowed to enter the city. But Koyt says he is a different vampire now and wants a second chance. 

When challenges like a widespread epidemic and a mysterious blood thief threaten to destroy the city that Lilly and so many others have worked to build, Koyt may be the community’s only chance at survival.   

  But can Lilly trust him to do the right thing? Can Koyt live up to his word, proving that he isn’t the monster he once was? And will Lilly and Tread’s relationship survive it if he doesn’t? 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Coming Soon

With the release of Nightwalker just a few short weeks away, May 23, I thought I'd share a little teaser with you all.


Excerpt from Nightwalker:

Ryan would come through. She closed her eyes and leaned her head on Tread’s shoulder, relaxing for the first time since the outbreak began. She only needed to get her parents through one more night, and then everything would be fine.
She opened her eyes and turned to ask Tread when he would leave and then she froze.
From the bedroom she heard a gasp. Then the wheezing and breathing ceased, and one less heartbeat echoed from the room.
She looked at Tread for a split second and they both lunged into her parents room.

There's still time to read Sunwalker, book 1, before Nightwalker arrives May 23rd. You can read Sunwalker for free on Kindle Unlimited.

Happy Reading!!