Discover Blue by Blevins & Multz #kids #middlegrade #adventure #newrelease #amreading #bookdesign #books

We love designing books for The Childhood Legends series. They are always a fun treat! The third book in this stand-alone series is “Blue” by Judith Blevins and Carroll Multz.

Blue by Judith Blevins & Carroll Multz

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Blue by Judith Blevins and Carroll Multz book design

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Blue by Judith Blevins and Carroll Multz book design

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Blue by Judith Blevins and Carroll Multz book design

Chapter Design for Print and eBook

Blue by Judith Blevins and Carroll Multz book design

We love including fun things like this clubhouse sign, which is used for both print and eBook

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Read the first chapter of Blue and see how the finished book looks.

About the Book:

Blue paint covered a five-year-old Cuban refugee seeking asylum in the United States. In his search for a safe-haven and, in an attempt to find food, he succeeded in causing a paint spill that would forever change his life and the lives of those who befriended him.

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“A New Universe Awaits” by @wmschlichter #spaceopera #scifi #amreading #books

First there was Buck Rogers, then came Ripley. Now, we introduce you to Commander Reynard and the characters of The Silver Dragon Chronicles, a new space saga by William Schlichter, author of the No Room In Hell series. To celebrate the release of Enter the Sandmen, book one of The Silver Dragon Chronicles, we turn our blog over to William Schlichter because…

Enter The Sandmen by William Schlichter

A New Universe Awaits… by William Schlichter

Modern day horror/thriller authors derive inspiration from the masters of the phantasmagoric throughout the literary and film world. When I write stories of the undead, or even explore other supernatural creatures, pointing out a source of inspiration seems easier to define. Night of the Living Dead—the definitive work to which all things undead are measured—is the primary origin for most zombie works. I am no exception.

When it comes to my sci-fi fantasy world, it’s not as easy to pin down an all-inspiring force as it might seem. My earliest childhood memory was watching Star Wars at the drive-in. I did fall asleep before the Death Star exploded. Blasphemy, I know, but I was three-and-a-half years old. Now while my friends wanted to be Han or a Jedi, I had grander ambitions. I knew from witnessing the majestic space epic. I played with the action figures—no one collected them then—but they did not always remain Han and Luke. My imagination flowed into my own galaxy far far away.

My father further spawned my sci-fi interest. He would tell me I should watch this movie or that television show. One I clearly remember was Battle Beyond the Stars. Little did I recognize The Magnificent Seven remake—in space. My parents introduced me to Doctor Who and others, but also to actors like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.

Enter The Sandmen by William Schlichter

One aspect of many Eastwood films, especially those where he directed and starred in, was this growth of the surrogate family—people who may not ordinarily belong together and become inseparable, like the character Josey Wales. The same can be seen with Star Trek’s Kirk and Spock. Kirk and Spock became brothers and both joined Star Fleet. I find those themes rewarding, and many of my characters in The Silver Dragon Chronicles have lost family and their entire culture because of warfare. Non-writers might think, “Oh, that’s easy. You don’t have to develop a world for these characters.” But several of the characters try even harder to hold onto their alien culture, which requires more detail to expand on their character. Creating backstories for societies never seen or hardly discussed takes time, but enriches a character and the overall novel universe. The more I write and work with them—even on side stories that may never see the light of print—develops a stronger, more believable character.

Well-rounded and developed characters are what keep us reading as we explore the hero’s journey. I could toss out literary jargon I learned as I earned college degrees, but whether the hanging curtain’s blue because I had some deeper symbolic meaning, or I just thought curtains needed to be labeled a color and I picked blue, is not as important as if I create characters the reader cares about.

All stories boil down to the characters and how they deal with a situation. This is where tropes come into play. How does a character deal with the same situation the reader has seen in multiple books? How do they handle it differently?

In No Room In Hell: The Good, The Bad, and the Undead, I wanted to explore how intelligent people would deal with dead rising during an apocalypse. In The Silver Dragon Chronicles: Enter the Sandmen, Commander Reynard is the trophic Buck Rogers, John Crichton and, to an extent, Ellen Ripley—all of which are characters blown from their natural element and placed in a situation where they are outsiders by time and space. Crichton and Rogers were already pilots and scientists, but what if they weren’t? What if they were just placed in the situation fresh out of high school? Even if receiving training in future technologies, how do they deal when the overwhelming larger universe’s now thrust upon them?

Star Trek eliminates poverty, hunger, money, but would addiction be able to be suppressed? How do people in the future deal with loss—real loss of loved ones? When war is a constant looming threat and human life has little meaning to other more superior alien races, how do intelligent characters deal?

Many characters during the course of the Silver Dragon Chronicles will deal with the question of how far they are willing to go to prevent a war, and if they will do what is just over what is lawful. Rampant prejudice toward humans looms over the crew. War means the destruction of planets and forever on the horizon looms a darker evil no one has a way to combat.

Those are just some deep buried themes throughout the course of the series. On the surface it’s a sword and spaceships adventure with humor, sister issues, planet hopping and more aliens than were in the Mos Eisley Cantina.

About Enter The Sandmen

The universe will never be the same

Thirty years after the Battle of the Twin Suns…

Smuggling weapons to rebel forces seeking to overthrow the Federation proved successful for the Silver Dragon crew. As war encroaches on the known galaxy, the crew’s personal agendas surface. Amye Jones especially seeks to escape her own sultry past, face her drinking abuse and deal with her perfect sister’s taunting.

Directed toward their next secret mission for Admiral Maxtin, the crew discovers there are sinister forces hidden in the universe, seeking to destroy them.

Enter The Sandmen by William Schlichter

Enter the Sandmen by William Schlichter is available now in trade softcover or eBook

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Merlin’s Knot by @MarkAndersenTales #ModernFantasy #Arthurian #MythsAndLegends #amreading #bookdesign

Merlin’s Knot by Mark Andersen is a modern-day fantasy set in Houston, Texas and is the first book in the Merlin’s Thread series. Perfect for fans of Merlin, King Arthur, and the weaving of legends set in modern times. Designing the cover for this novel was very design intensive and will be the subject of a future blog you won’t want to miss.

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About Merlin’s Knot:

Where in Texas has King Arthur gone?

Merlin the magician sleeps for fifteen hundred years…until his mystical connection to the mind of legendary King Arthur awakens him. Finally, the time has come to find the lost king and return him to his ancient destiny: saving the Britons in their hour of greatest peril.

The quest leads Merlin to Houston, Texas, where his link to Arthur becomes hopelessly tangled. The snarl centers on Alfred, a laid-off engineer suffering his own existential crisis. After Merlin coerces his help, they follow their only clue to a suburb called The Woodlands.

As they unravel the secrets of Arthur’s present life, returning the king to his own time becomes harder. Now Merlin must find a way to reconcile free will with fate—and repair history’s tapestry.

Read a sample chapter by clicking HERE.

Merlin's Knot by Mark Andersen

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Merlin's Knot by Mark Andersen

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Merlin's Knot by Mark Andersen

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Merlin's Knot by Mark Andersen

Our custom-designed print interior for paperback and eBook

Merlin's Knot by Mark Andersen

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Cover Design: Merlin’s Knot by @mandersentales #ModernFantasy #KingArthur #ContemporaryFantasy #Arthurian #amreading #BookDesign

We really enjoyed designing the cover for Merlin’s Knot by Mark Andersen—book one in the “Merlin’s Thread” series. Perfect for fans of King Arthur and contemporary/modern fantasy. Available now for preorder. Releases Thursday, May 5th in trade softcover and eBook.

Merlin's Knot by Mark Andersen

Cover design for print and eBook—Releases May 5th, 2016

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Merlin Cover Model: Marion Z. Skydancer
Copyright © 2016 Dragon’s Chyld Studio. Image used with permission and appears courtesy of Dragon’s Chyld Studio. All rights reserved.

About the Book
Where in Texas has King Arthur gone?

Merlin the magician sleeps for fifteen hundred years…until his mystical connection to the mind of legendary King Arthur awakens him. Finally, the time has come to find the lost king and return him to his ancient destiny: saving the Britons in their hour of greatest peril.

The quest leads Merlin to Houston, Texas, where his link to Arthur becomes hopelessly tangled. The snarl centers on Alfred, a laid-off engineer suffering his own existential crisis. After Merlin coerces his help, they follow their only clue to a suburb called The Woodlands.

As they unravel the secrets of Arthur’s present life, returning the king to to his own time becomes harder. Now Merlin must find a way to reconcile free will with fate—and repair history’s tapestry.

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Designing Vengeance: Target Of Vengeance by @RebeckaVigus #Suspense #Mystery #amreading #bookdesign

Target Of Vengeance by Rebecka Vigus is a standalone novel of mystery and suspense.

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About Target Of Vengeance:

A tragic car accident and the loss of her family brings Maggie Parsons back to her hometown as its new elementary principal. Just when she thinks she’s on her feet, odd occurrences begin to happen at school and at home. Vandalism, missing children, strange telephone calls…and it all appears to center around her old classmates. Now Sheriff Norton must find out what is happening in his hometown before another target of vengeance is selected.

Target Of Vengeance by Rebecka VigusCover design for print and eBook

Target Of Vengeance by Rebecka Vigus

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Target Of Vengeance by Rebecka Vigus

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Target Of Vengeance by Rebecka Vigus

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Cover Reveal: Bound By Time by @ADTrosper #YA #ComingOfAge #Supernatural #amreading

Bound By Time (book one in the standalone Bound series) sports a snazzy new cover and look to celebrate the release of Bound By Legend (book two). If you love coming of age YA stories with strong female characters and the supernatural, don’t miss this!

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Bound By Time - A.D. Trosper

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BLURB:

Time knows no bounds when you are tested to your limits…

Isobel Moore is looking forward to spending her summer break alone while her parents are overseas. But when she returns home from college she discovers it’s no longer the welcoming place it used to be…and that something sinister now resides within.

As Isobel begins to question her sanity, a mysterious neighbor moves next door with plenty of his own secrets…and Damien DeLuca has the uncanny ability to always show up when the unexplainable happens.

Now Isobel must unravel a past that tests her limits and everything she thought she knew—before the darkness kills her. .

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Cover Reveal: Bitch Witch by @SRKarfelt #Witches #ContemporaryFiction #books

Our design for the latest offering from S. R. Karfelt, Author—Bitch Witch arrives Friday, May 13th. Preorders start today. Let the magic begin!

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Bitch Witch by S.R. Karfelt

Available in eBook and trade softcover Friday, May 13th

BLURB:

Can good triumph over evil…when evil runs in your veins?

The problem is Sarah Elizabeth Archer doesn’t have to put up with anybody’s crap.

Coming from a long line of witches who lost their souls to dark energy, Sarah is determined to change her fate. Turning her back on her birthright, she smothers her natural instincts with a boring job and quiet life.

But when Sarah gets pissed off, all bets are off. And anything can happen when you piss off a witch.

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