Author Vinay Kolhatkar contacted me recently about doing a few changes to his current cover for his novel “The Frankenstein Candidate.” We left the layout pretty much the same, a few tweaks here and there and a new image.
Look for the new cover coming soon!
Another thing that’s been keeping me busy lately is my husbands new shop Dieseltec. Not art related? pffft…who do you think had to create the logo, business cards and any related graphics?? Not to mention advertising, office work, and well pretty much anything you can think of related to setting up a new shop.
[NOTE: This is a blatant advertising plug, because it's my blog and I can!]
My husband Brian, has been working on Diesel trucks for years. For fun, as a profession, on the side, etc. So obviously the next step was to move into a new shop. And thus, Dieseltec was created!
There aren’t many places in Grand Rapids or West Michigan that specialize, or even work on Diesel Pick-up Trucks. At Dieseltec we cater to the big three: Cummins, Duramax, and Powerstroke. And we don’t do just repair, or just performance, we do it all!
Can’t find a place that does a Diesel engine oil change? Or does it right? Stop on in! Truck running a bit rough and your not sure what’s wrong with it? We do computer diagnostics! Got an injector out? No problem! Rough start on a cold morning? Got exhaust problems? How about you just want MORE POWER! Make my husband giddy, he LOVES tuning trucks and showing people what they are really capable of! (I swear…boys and their toys!)
Check out Dieseltec’s Services Page.
If you own a Diesel Truck, or if you just love Diesels, and live in the Grand Rapids, Mi Metro area, stop on in!
Available now on ebook!
BLURB: Running away isn’t necessarily the answer.
In her mad rush to escape a failed marriage, Sara Woods takes the first job available and lands in the middle of a mystery. Her first assignment as a news reporter for the Ralston Courier is the investigation of a string of deaths, all young women, all her age.
She becomes a patient at the Goldstone Clinic, a local mecca of healing, to deal with chronic pain from her past. But all is not as it seems at the Goldstone, its doctors and nurses are all the picture of perfect beauty and health. Patients at the clinic first seem to get better, then they deteriorate. Sara enlists the help of Dr. Rick Paulsen, who teaches her how to access her internal power, skills she never knew she had, revealing secrets from her past. Police officer Brendon Zale also takes an interest in Sara, but he acts like a stalker, watching her every move, and he won’t leave her alone.
As she digs deeper into the story, and more young women die without explanation, she tries to choose allies wisely, but not till the last confrontation does she discover the identity of her true enemy.
By then, it’s too late.
Book two in author CJ Archer’s Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Series, “Possession” is in the works and will be available on ebook and print this September.
When the ghost of a notorious killer possesses the body of an upper class youth, London’s pre-eminent medium, Emily Chambers, must exorcise it before the spirit goes on a rampage. As if this isn’t distraction enough, she must fight her feelings for brooding ghost, Jacob Beaufort, who doesn’t like the new man in her life – the handsome and very much alive, Theodore Hyde.
With reputations and lives at stake, Emily discovers that navigating the poorest suburbs of London in search of the evil spirit is almost as dangerous as finding her way in a Society that thinks “freaks” like her belong in the circus.
And the print version:
I was invited to to share some of my abstract work in the Radix Restaurant Gallery for their opening exhibit, located in Eastown (Grand Rapids, Mi) So if your in the mood, swing on in, enjoy the exhibit, have a nice meal, or have a few drinks.
The Radix Tavern is located at 1420 Lake Dr, Grand Rapids, Mi (Where the Queen’s Pub used to reside)
The pieces being shown are:
A Framed 24×12 print of Desire
A Framed 24×12 Print of A Pinch of Blue
A Framed 12×24 Print of Pale Perception
And a Framed 12×24 Print of Preconceived Illusions
All four prints will be on display over the next couple months, and are available for purchase at $200 a piece after the exhibit is over.
I feel like I have been neglecting my Pre-made Cover section and I had a moment today to go through some older files, covers that didn’t quite fit the bill, things started that weren’t finished, etc and cleaned a few up to add to the pre-made section.
I’ll be adding more once I get a chance to go through more.
For information about purchasing a pre-made cover, click here
Author Liz Schulte decided to add her literary masterpieces to the world of printed books. I wiggled my nose and whispered a few choice words and this is what we came up with.
Look for them coming soon to print!
I’m not sure why I feel the need to add “another non-cover post” to my title. LOL Seems like all my posts are about covers lately. Used to be, all my posts were about photography or art. So once in a while I need to throw something non-cover related out there.
Most of my time now days is spent on doing cover art, but not all of it. I felt the need to get away from Photoshop a bit, and get in touch with my camera again, so I took a local photography workshop called “Critiquing Your Photography” instructed by Will Fields. If you’re in the area, and have an interest in photography, I highly recommend taking one of his classes. Will offers a variety of photography classes/workshops both here in Grand Rapids, Mi and in St. Louis. Varying from a 1hr Private Instruction classes, to Beginning Photography, to In Studio Lighting, to Nature Photography, to Critiquing your Photography, to weekend Photography Tours.
I had a great time, learned a lot, made a few friends, shared a bit of Photoshop knowledge, and took a bunch of pictures over the 4 week course.
Now I’m gonna share some of my pics!
I did do a post previously on the first assignment, which was called “A Non-cover Post” (go figure!) Though technically I wasn’t doing those pics FOR the assignment, I had it in mind, was sort of a practice/prelude. I had planned on doing something else, but life happened and I wound up using those shots anyways. The assignment was to pick a famous photography, and try and recreate their work/style. For those of you who don’t want to go back and read that post, just want to see pics, here are a couple from that. (no PS)
And more pics taken during the time frame of the workshop:
A Photowalk we did downtown (only cropping done)
An old school house one of my classmates and I found, working on shutter speed.
More shutter priority work, we were to capture motion, decided to go downtown at night, overlooking the highway.
(played with the color a bit in PS on this one)
Then I got a bit preoccupied by the way the light reflected off the Grand River, and ignored the whole motion thing:
I also tried having the kids play with flashlights at night:
And since I’m sharing pics, here are a few, not connected to the class, but a couple of us joined the Grand Rapids Flickr Group on their monthly Photowalk.
Emma Wulff decided to go a new route with her book “The Catcher of the Guy: A Girl’s Guide to Getting the Guy“. Here’s the sparkling new revamped cover:
BLURB: We’ve all met a Catcher. The girl men fall over themselves to get an inch closer to, the girl who’s enigmatic charm seems effortless, the girl with the intriguing ability to capture the attention of even the most elusive of men. Annoying, isn’t she? But jealousy aside … how does she do it?
Packed with real life examples, anecdotes and case studies, this book examines the inner workings of the Catcher, unravelling the mystery behind her magnetic allure, revealing what gives her the edge over game players and highlighting why men will always choose a self esteem queen Catcher over a woman who bends over backwards for him. From the secret of her charm offensive to why a Catcher never sits around analyzing whether a guy is ‘into her’ or not, this dating holy grail reveals all, setting you on the path to relationship success; the path to finding the Catcher in you.
The print version: