ART: Elemental-FA

commission____danicojo____by_elemental_fa-db3x5ii

This group drawing of the cast of The Art of Falling is by the wonderful Elemental-FA. She did an amazing job capturing each of the characters, and I’m very honored that she wanted to take on such a feat!

To check out more of her work, visit her art blog at http://elemental-fa.deviantart.com/.

Advertisements

ART: December Drawing Challenge

Happy (almost) New Year! For the month of December I decided to challenge myself to draw a picture every day. To go with the theme of winter, and to promote my novel, I chose to draw winter and holiday themed doodles with the cast. Feel free to check our the sketches below! I may one day outline and color them in, too.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

AOF: You’ve Discovered a New Book!

Imagine you’re in your favorite bookstore one day and happen upon a new book sitting on the shelf. Intrigued perhaps by the title, cover, or after playing eenie-meenie-minee-moe, you pick it up on a whim. You flip it over to see if it’s something you would be interested in, and read this blurb:

“When an angel and demon bind their souls together, the only way to sever it is to make the angel fall or the demon ascend. Who will be triumphant: the love-struck angel, or the lustful demon prince?”

Regal is a young Incubus who has recently earned the title of Prince of Lust from Jackal, the King of Hell. Although he is different from all of the other Incubi, he has earned the title for his many successes of capturing lustful souls. That, and he has the perk of being Jackal’s son.

Keir is one of Gloria’s archangels in training, who specializes in the Virtue of Kindness under the guidance of Michaelangelo. Despite being very powerful for his young age, he still has a lot to learn about earth and its inhabitants before he can move up in the ranks of the Angelic Hierarchy.

These two powerful forces collide when a battle over a human’s life goes awry. Keir finds himself head over heels in love with the demon, and Regal is given the rare opportunity to seize the angel as a personal servant. Regal jumps at the chance to become the first demon in history to covet an angel, but Keir is much smarter than he anticipates, and the two end up tethering their souls together in an unbreakable bond.

Keir is more than happy to have the bond between them, but Regal wants out of the deal. The only way to do that is to make the angel fall from grace and become a demon. But can Regal succeed in his plans before Keir makes him ascend into heaven and become one of Gloria’s children?

What would you do? Would you set it back down, or hold onto it for a while before making a final decision? Would you immediately sit down and read it on the spot, or purchase it to read over and over again? Does this blurb grip you, bore you, excite you, appall you?

The paragraph on the back of the book is often the first glimpse a reader has toward the story, and this is the tentative blurb for my first novel, The Art of Falling, which is currently in the works to being published!

Let me know what you think in the comments, and help me fine tune my blurb into something that will compel readers to pick up my book!

ART: Youmacon 2016

Last weekend I attended Youmacon 2016 in Detroit! While I wasn’t holding my own artist alley booth, I did commission come wonderful art from fellow artists! They drew the original sketches, and I colored them in over the week. I love how they turned out, and I’m very excited to share them with you all!

*Credit to the artists within the caption of each picture.

AOF: Dragon Moon Press

It’s been a few weeks since I was first reached out by the publishing house I submitted The Art of Falling to, and I am very excited to announce that I’ve signed the contract with Dragon Moon Press! I’ll be working with them for the next several months to get the book ready for your shelves and e-book readers. I’m really hoping that we can get it published and ready for Shuto Con 2017 so I can sell some signed copies!

I’m still a little bit overwhelmed with emotion and not quite sure how to put it into words yet. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as the process continues. For now, we play the waiting game as the manuscript is read over.

Q/A: Ask the Characters

Quick, a Writing Challenge! How well do I know my main character(s)? Here’s a brief interview with five provided questions that I found online to do for fun:

1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Regal: Once I landed a role in an adult film that catered to a select market. I coveted 12 human souls that evening. That includes the actors and film crew.

Keir: My biggest achievement? I don’t quite know if I have one…I’ve only done what is expected of me.

2. Which talent would you most like to have?

Regal: Being musically inclined would be useful. Everyone loves a musician who can sing and play a guitar or piano.

Keir: My mother was always talented at knitting and sewing. She tried to teach me but I couldn’t get the hang of it. It’d be nice to make her something for a change.

3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Regal: I would get rid of the scars on my back.

Keir: I wish I were wiser and understood more about Earth.

4. What do you do when you get bored?

Regal: I’ll hang out with Etoile and we’ll play poker or some other card game. He typically wins, but every once in a while luck is on my side.

Keir: I really enjoy solving puzzles, like Sudoku or word searches. I’m really bad at crosswords though…

5. What is your worst fear?

Regal: Losing my sense of self.

Keir: Disappointing those who put so much faith in me.