Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sneak Peak of Book Two Illustration

I'm excited to release a sneak peak of one of the first illustrations from Stirring: Book Two of The Emblem & The Lantern. As with the first installment, Mikael Jury is the illustrator behind this amazing piece which, masterfully depicts the scene from the prologue.

One key difference between book one and two is that Mikael has set the goal of illustrating a key scene from each chapter in new one. In addition Mikael and I are working on facial appearances for book two. Our aim with Awakening was to keep the characters faces out of the lime light to give them more of mysterious visual quality. Mostly to allow the reader to imagine the characters as they'd like. However, as the character's stories expand in part two we thought it would be good to expand their illustrated look as well.

More to come!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Review of Awakening!

"The story is a classic fantasy quest, but is by no means a crass copying of any story with which I am familiar, and fantasy and science fiction are my favorite genres both as a reader and writer. The story, characters, and lands are all interesting and well depicted, and the reader is carried along both with the external events and with the struggles within the characters. The magic lantern and the light versus darkness motif, both literally and symbolically, are central to the story. If the other three books are as good as this one, this could prove to be one of the major fantasy works of our time." -Forrest W. Schultz, Southside Book Reviews