The Goodreads Giveaway for Luminous has ended with a grand total of 3,753 people entered! All the winners have been notified by Goodreads so congratulations! Thank you to everyone who has supported the launch of Luminous, it has meant the world to me!
Only two more days until the Goodreads Giveaway ends! Don’t miss out on a chance to win one of ten free, signed copies of Luminous! Go to the link below to enter:
Last Friday, I experienced the kind of day all writers look forward to: the day they finally get to hold the book they’ve worked so hard on in their very hands! It was delivered in a flat brown box via FedEx and opening it up was surreal. Looking at Luminous manifested in book form for the first time was one of the most magical moments of my life. To have something that started as a tiny speck of inspiration in my mind so many years ago and to see it take shape in this world…for it to go from the mists of the imagination to the solid compilation of pages, words can’t describe. In many ways, I had a near death experience because in those few moments, all the years I’d worked on creating the Psyne Universe flashed before my eyes. Finally, all that work had paid off and Luminous was in book form as it was always meant to be. To make the memory complete, I had the privilege of showing my toddler the back page of the book and when I asked her who was in the picture on the Author page, she promptly exclaimed, “That’s mommy!” I say “I had the privilege of showing” her the book because for me, even more than the personal satisfaction of publishing my first book is the fact that I’m now a role model in the professional world to my children and I can be proud to show them that through perseverance and determination, their dreams can come true too. It means the world to me that they can draw strength from my example. Every writer has different reasons and motivations for going down the difficult road to publishing and it took becoming a mother to push me to finally do it. Keep writing aspiring authors, keep working and dreaming and believing and learning and editing. Keep creating and you will get there too! In the age of e-books, Kindle and other such devices (I love my Kindle Fire), nothing quite beats the feeling of holding a physical copy of my book in my hands. Nothing. I’m on Cloud 9!
This post continues the spotlight on the Artists of Luminous and today I’m introducing you to the ever-talented, amazingly-creative Joanna Bishop. The story of how I met Joanna starts where the post on Abigail Sloan left off. Abigail and Joanna had become friends years earlier and had bonded over their many shared interests including their love of creating art. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and has worked in graphic design for a number of years. When I began the search for a graphic designer to create the cover of Luminous, I was at a loss. I knew I needed someone who shared my love of fantasy and who could inject the right amount of magic into the project. When I asked Abigail if she knew of anyone who fit my criteria, she immediately recommended Joanna. After my first meeting with her, I knew Joanna was the perfect choice to give my Psyne novel a proper home. Her professionalism and expertise was, and is, unparalleled. Collaborating with her was such a phenomenal experience and the cover she produced was light years ahead of my wildest dreams. She took the image of my Ilauria painting and created the kind of book cover that will rival any best-selling cover out there! One of my all-time favorite elements is the ethereal font she custom created and it is true to its name—absolutely luminous. She also designed an incredible website which I’m hoping will go ‘live’ later this year as well as promotional materials for Luminous. I can’t say enough about how pleased I am and I’m super excited to begin working with her on the cover of the sequel, Prism, in the very near future. Her vision is truly magical! Not only do I have a simply stunning book cover to enchant readers with but I’ve gained a cherished friend as well. Check out this fantastic artist and designer at her websites:
This week I’m spotlighting the Artists of Luminous! Tonight I’m going to introduce you to Abigail Sloan and tell you how the art featured on the cover of Luminous came about. It was five and a half years ago that a dear friend and I decided to take a beginning belly dance class together. The class was made up of maybe ten or twelve women and was taught by Fvorboda of Desert Journey School of Dance who is completely phenomenal and changed my whole perception of belly dancing and is a topic for a magical blog post at a later date. Abigail was a sophomore in high school at the time and the youngest in the class. I took several of Fvorboda’s classes that year including a few intermediate classes as well as a veil class which I loved and Abigail was also present in them. We were friendly with each other in class but didn’t really get to know each other until two years later when Abigail, then a high school senior, asked me to attend a Regional Art Competition she had entered. I went to support a budding young artist and was absolutely blown away by how amazing her watercolor painting was. This was no budding artist, she was a rare talent and I commissioned her to do a portrait of Ilauria from my Psyne Series that spring. She agreed to work with me and within the hour, she won not only first place in her category but first place overall! Over the months that she worked on the Ilauria painting, we became fast friends and she did no less than pluck the image of Ilauria from my head and bring her to life in ‘living color’. The portrait meant so much to me and fueled me to continue writing the Psyne Series. Every time I’d look at the painting, Ilauria was telling me to keep writing her story, to keep persevering and to never give up. I wouldn’t have had that motivation staring me in the face if it hadn’t been for Abigail Sloan’s immense talent. She is a truly fantastic artist and a treasured friend. Looking back on it, I can only shake my head because during all those months of shimmying in the same dance class with Abigail, I had no idea she was this phenomenally talented artist. It just goes to show, you never really know what kind of extraordinary people are in your midst until you get to know them. I’m excited to report that she and I have begun collaboration on the artwork for the cover of the sequel, Prism, due out next summer. At present, Abigail is an art student at the University of Utah and you can follow her on Facebook at:
We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, but it’s human nature to choose the most visually appealing book with the most interesting cover. With that in mind, I knew I wanted the cover of Luminous to be true to its name and to forecast to the reader that they were in for a narrative treat filled with enchantment, intrigue and mesmerizing characters. Abigail Sloan is the amazingly talented artist behind the incredible artwork on the cover. Years prior to the publishing of Luminous, I commissioned her to do a watercolor painting of one of my Psyne characters, Ilauria (pronounced “Ill-lore-ree-uh). The end result speaks for itself! Joanna Bishop is responsible for the absolutely stunning cover design and she took the rich watercolor of Ilauria and transformed her into a bonafide fantasy book cover. I couldn’t be happier with the end product. I’ll be blogging more this week on both of these extraordinary artists and what a privilege it is to be able to collaborate with them on the Psyne Series projects.
Today is the start of my Luminous Book Giveaway on Goodreads.com and there are already 287 people entered, hooray! It’s for 10 autographed paperback editions of Luminous, to be released in Oct/Nov. The giveaway ends Nov 21st. Hope you enter to win and tell your friends about it too because free stuff is just plain awesome! For giveaway details and to sign up go to: