Saturday, November 30, 2013

A giveaway that you should not miss!

Click here to enter.
Greetings all!

I've thrown in with a group of independent authors whose works feature strong, female characters.  I have always admired strong women in fiction, and have always striven to stray away from the archetype wilting violet, waiting for the world to rescue her.  Some of my girls may start off seemingly helpless or frail, but in almost all my books, all you have to do is watch as each of my ladies finds her source of power and uses it to steer her own fate.  There are no Bella Swans in my books, and there are no cookie-cutter, hot-tempered silly putty romance novel milquetoasts in any of the books being offered in this giveaway (at least we hope!)

There are (count 'em) 23 authors participating in this giveaway, offering a total of 29 books to the winner(s).  Tinna's Promise and Tinna's Might are in there with the prize package, which also includes gift cards and other lovely things.  The winner gets two hard copies (signed) of the books, and the runner-up gets two digital copies (or coupons to for free download).

So click on through, and enter to win.  Almost 30 books of ass-kickin' power-chicks is no prize to thumb your nose at. :)  Good luck!

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Wizard King - Sneak Peeks

Hello Internet world. As you may have noticed, and the blog got a bit of an overhaul today. They were combined into one. It needed it. It's funny how something looks suitable and good for a bit, and then all you want is to change it.  I wanted something a bit lighter and brighter, especially for the launch of my newest book, 'The Wizard King', which will be launched in January at the Wizard World Portland Comic Con.

This month, we had a killer photo shoot up at the Timberline Lodge. This cool vintage building was a 'New Deal' project in the thirties, organized to create jobs during the great depression. They employed a great number of brilliant artisans and skilled craftsmen to assemble this impressive building, and today it stands as a testament to craftsmanship and forward-thinking.

The exterior of the lodge was portrayed in the movie 'The Shining' -- depicting what was called The Overlook Hotel in the movie.  It does not have a hedge maze, nor is the interior even remotely like what was shown in the film.  The interior is extremely rustic.  The lighting has the quality of that of an great old manor, with bright, white light pouring into darkened interiors, bouncing off the rugged textures of wood and stone, giving, at least in my view, an old-world castle type of light quality, something like the old oil portraits. It was what I was looking for.

With a great team of people, from photographer to hair and makeup stylist, we tramped up there with our lovely models and took a series of beautiful shots.  I will post some examples of them (ones we are not using for the book cover).

Model Robyn Wodiuk takes a rest on some of the many heavy-timbered
structures about the lodge.  The setting is modern compared to the
look of the cover. But none of that will show in the cover.

Model Robyn portrays the sweet, graceful Ynith.
All elegance in a white regency-style round gown,
and a seemingly endless swag and rumple of shawl.

The outdoors are cast in the white light of

Robyn in all her elegance.

Model Breck Warren portrays
the somewhat sinister character of Arnsword.

A lovely photo, in spite of the modern trappings.

All men should aspire to wearing cravats.

The lovely Ynith/Robyn.
This image was one of my favorites of the shoot, but it was unsuitable for
the cover, there are no winter themes in The Wizard King. I just
wanted the lodge's lovely lighting. But I love this photo, regardless.
The Wizard King is a Fantasy Romance novel, a sort of alternate world with Regency themes.  The costumes were made by Stephanie Johanesen of Mount Hood Creations (Robyn's beautiful gown and accessories), and Breck's costume was created by Morgan Shanafelt, who also styled the hair and makeup for this photo shoot.

Photographer was Julie Savage Lee Photography.

The final cover will be revealed when the book is released.