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Six Quirky Tales Vol. 1 by Rayne Hall

It is my pleasure to host the cover reveal for Rayne Hall’s Six Quirky Tales, Vol. 1, as well as a short Q & A with Rayne. As a fan of short stories, especially in the fantasy genre, I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on this one!

 

SIX QUIRKY TALES Vol. 1 RayneHall cover 2013-07-04

Q: This book has been previously published with a different cover. Why did you change it?

A: A good book cover tells the readers what kind of fiction is inside. It makes a promise about genre, mood and tone. The old cover was ok, something I’d rustled up with a stock photo and some basic GIMP, but it didn’t convey the flavour of the stories.

Recently, I made some changes to the book – corrected a couple of typos the proofreaders had missed, swapped one of the stories for a longer one – and this seemed a good opportunity to replace the cover.  The new picture suggests what the stories inside are like – quirky, entertaining, tongue-in-cheek fantasy yarns, some of them with historical or fairytale elements.

Q: Who painted the picture?

A: Xteve Abanto is a young fantasy artist from the Philippines. You can see more of his art here.

Q: Where can we buy the book?

A: It’s available as an ebook from Amazon (though it may still show the old cover),  and from Kobo. Because of the changes it’s temporarily unavailable from Barnes&Noble and iTunes, but I expect it will be back soon.

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Cover Reveal- 13 British Horror Stories by Rayne Hall

13BritishHorrorStories cover 16Feb13C

I have the distinct privilege of hosting the cover reveal for Rayne Hall’s Thirteen British Horror Stories. And what better way to host a cover reveal than to sit down and chat with the artist, Nadica Boskovska.  For more information on Thirteen British Horror Stories, please visit Rayne’s author page. Enjoy, and happy reading!

1. How long have you been an artist, Nadica?

– I’ve been painting ever since I can remember. There isn’t a long-standing artistic tradition in my family, but I’ve been blessed to have the support and understanding from my loved ones.
Painting is a truly important part of my life and it’s the best media to express my feelings. I paint the way some people write their autobiography and journals. It’s the movement of painting that interests me, the dramatic movement from one effort to the next, even if those efforts are perhaps not pushed to their ultimate end. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages of my journal, and as such they are big part of me.
2.You have a good number of book covers under your belt – how did you get started with this form of art?
– It was completely spontaneous. I love to paint and despite some side roads I’ve taken along the way, trying to make a career in other areas, I’ve always been brought back to my painting. Thanks to the love of art I’ve met so many inspiring people that share the same passion, but also some wonderful writers, who needed me to translate their thoughts and emotions and to create artworks, that will be complimenting and praising their books.
3. When a person commissions artwork from you, what sorts of details about the artwork do you need to create it? How closely do you work with the commissioner?
 I always dedicate time to my clients and have a brief conversation for their book. First of all, I need to know what genre the book is and what kind of theme it is elaborating. I also ask the writer for their personal opinion about how they imagine the cover to look like and once I have that base, I work around it and try to enhance it, so that it’s appealing for the readers and makes them want to get the book and read it.
4. Where can people find out more about you and your artwork?
– The best way to find out more about my artwork is to visit my deviantART gallery: