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

Title Page Design for Print and eBook

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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An Enchanting Book Design: The Isle of the Faeries #Fantasy #Mythology #Books

Lush green forests always seem to spring to mind when thinking about faeries. Our latest book design for The Isle of the Faeries by JoAnn E. Henderson uses this imagery for design inspiration.

The Isle of the Faeries by JoAnn E. Henderson

Print and eBook Cover design

The Isle of the Faeries Book Design

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Our print interior design and eBook design combines the imagery of the cover design with a touch of whimsy and magic:

The Isel of the Faeries Print Book Design

Chapter Design for Print Book

Interior Print Book Design for The Isle of the Faeries

Interior Print Spread with Magical Accents on Page Numbers

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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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Designing I Loved You in Paris by @JulietteSobanet #Poetry #Romance #Paris #amreading

I Loved You in Paris by Juliette Sobanet is the companion poetry book to her sizzling memoir Meet Me in Paris. Explore the raw emotions of love, loss, and ultimately, hope, in this collection.

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Blurb:

In this companion poetry book to her sizzling memoir, Meet Me in Paris, Juliette Sobanet gives readers a heartbreaking look into the raw emotions of a romance novelist as she loses her own happily ever after. From the impossible pull of forbidden love to the devastating loss of her marriage, and finally, to rebuilding life anew, Sobanet’s courageous poems expose the truth behind infidelity and divorce and take readers on a passionate journey of love, loss, and ultimately, hope.

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I Loved You in Paris by Juliette Sobanet

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I Loved You in Paris by Juliette Sobanet

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I Loved You in Paris by Juliette Sobanet Interior Design

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February Book Giveaway—Deny Tomorrow and The Legacy #MilitaryRomance #RomanticSuspense

Now through February 29th, you can enter to win these great reads at BHCAuthors.com. This month we are giving away a signed print copy of the sizzling military romance Deny Tomorrow from author Ann Heathman and Judith Blevins’  The Legacy, a romantic supernatural suspense set against the backdrop of New Orleans.

BHC Authors February 2016 Book Giveaway—Ann Heathman and Judith Blevins

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About Deny Tomorrow

When truth leads to heartache and death, it’s easier to deny truth than to face it…

Special Ops leader Zach Acevedo takes his team undercover to assassinate the region’s prominent warlord. He finds Arianna Garrett, a beautiful investigative journalist hiding beneath a burqa. Zach fights to protect Arianna from the danger she faces if discovered, while Arianna strives to expose the team’s covert activities. When the truth surfaces and lives are at risk, who will compromise integrity to hold onto love?

About The Legacy

One night…one moment…changed her life forever… 

Blood is a most peculiar essence, or so the ancient mystics say. A mysterious flow—the carrier of life. Even the demons know the power it can unleash. But such things never entered into the minds of Grant and Caroline Alexander. They were the perfect couple, deeply in love and lost in Grant’s music and the sweet rhapsody of their lives. He was an acclaimed piano virtuoso rocketing toward stardom.

Everything seemed perfect until tragedy struck one dark, stormy night. In that instant, everything changed. Caroline struggles to come to terms with what has happened but she is rapidly drawn into a strange and foreboding world in which she has no control. Convinced she is going crazy, she seeks the help of a psychic, Quinton Lucas. This encounter plunges her into a place of terror and discovery.

Will she be strong enough to break free from what reaches out to her from the grave? Follow Judith Blevins’ spell-binding tale of love, hate, deceit and terror as she takes you on an exciting journey set in the mystique and intrigue of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

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The Making of an Egyptian Fantasy: Designing Son of Anubis by Stacy Bennett

We’re pleased to present our book design for Son Of Anubis, a contemporary fantasy novella from BHC Author Stacy Bennett featuring one determined woman, a pack of werewolves, and an ancient Egyptian God.

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Blurb:

Jake is the best bomb dog at Newark International, the pride of the force and his partner, Becca Carter. But when he accidentally ferrets out an ancient artifact, their routine sniff-and-search goes horribly wrong. His heart has always belonged to Becca, but Jake never realized what losing her would mean until the night he found the Egyptian jar and tasted the wine of Anubis. The night they were attacked by werewolves…in Newark.

Injured and hunted, Jake struggles to understand the strange cascade of events that follow the attack. The one certainty is that only he can protect Becca from the antiquities smuggler who would do anything to keep his secrets hidden. Plagued by violent dreams and hounded by werewolf assassins, Jake must find a way to help Becca solve the mystery of the jackal-headed god’s elixir before she ends up dead…or worse.

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Son Of Anubis by Stacy Bennett

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Son Of Anubis by Stacy Bennett

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Title Page: Son Of Anubis by Stacy Bennett

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Chapter Head For Both Paperback & eBook

Interior Spread: Son Of Anubis by Stacy Bennett

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eBook Sample: Son Of Anubis by Stacy Bennett

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Cover Reveal—Nastragull: Dawn Sets In Hell by Eric Martin Willén

We’re pleased to present our cover design for Dawn Sets In Hell by BHC Author Erik Martin Willén​—book three in the sci-fi, space opera series Nastragull.

Nastragull: Dawn Sets In Hell - Eric Martin Willén

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Blurb:

Hell really is other people…

Alec von Hornet has somehow endured the agony of being half-eaten and installed as a living ­objet d’art in a depraved woman’s estate. Barely sane, he’s rescued and healed in a painful procedure that leaves him whole, but oddly vulnerable.

Recovered and rehabilitated by the same warrior monks who rescued Alec, his beloved Alexa is determined to win him back. As their paths converge, they find the way blocked by family, traitors, pirates, and a deranged general with an inexplicable connection to Alec.

But the lovers are determined to reunite, come what may—even if it means destroying half the Universe in the process.

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