Revealing artwork by Emma Calin – a cover for a new novel SHANNON’s LAW

COVER REVEAL

SHANNON’S LAW by Emma Calin

Shannon's Law

The cover for Emma Calin’s forthcoming romance/adventure novel

Emma Calin’s latest steamy romance novel is due for release on the 28th February 2014 – but she is kicking off 2014 with the cover reveal to whet your appetite.

Shannon’s Law will be available in paperback and digital formats – you can even pre-order copies at fantastic discounts from Amazon between now and the launch (29% off USA and 12% off UK):

Shannon’s Law USA           Shannon’s Law UK

Find out more about the launch, the book and the author and some rather unusual pre-launch sponsorship deals (you can sponsor the book’s dedication page – all editions will carry you personal message of devotion –  as a unique St Valentine’s gift for your lover!)  http://emmacalin.wix.com/shannons-law

To celebrate the cover reveal event, there is a draw (see below) where you can win Amazon vouchers, copies of the book, and also  VIP tickets to the UK launch party on Sunday 2nd March at Avington Park in Hampshire: the inspiration for the home of the love interest in the book, Spencer, 11th Earl of Bloxington (and featured on the cover!).

Get additional entries by ‘liking’ Shannon’s Law on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/ShannonsLaw

…or by leaving a comment below by telling us your favourite venue for afternoon tea?

Enter Emma’s Free Cover Reveal Celebration Draw:

N.B. EVERY entrant will receive a FREE gift of an audiobook of Emma’s short story Escape to Love.

Just click here: a Rafflecopter giveaway to register to win – either ‘like’ the Facebook page or comment on this post to qualify for an extra 2 chances.

Freeze Frame Poetry Anthology – The Cover Story

Poet and intrepid editor Oscar Sparrow interviews the cover designer for the new Freeze Frame Anthology …

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Relax – Will’s got ‘em covered

I always thought that if I ever got the point of hearing myself saying “When I was young….” it would be time to step off the conveyor. One of my favourite jokes is about a kid who asks his dad “Do parents know more than their kids?” The father replied “Yes”. The kid thought for while and asked “Who invented the steam engine?” The father replied “James Watt.” The kid nodded and asked “Why didn’t his dad invent it then?”

Probably many of you know that joke or a variant. Like all good humour it is funny because it makes a serious point. Mankind is constantly refreshed by youth and fresh eyes. Sadly too often they are born into existing bigotries and the grand tribe of Chief Tendentious. Despite all discouragements, our constant rebirth brings new talent and energy. I always try not to be overtly political but our societies really ought to prioritise  the need to give young folk opportunities to show their abilities and earn a good wage.

I want a cover

I want a cover (Photo credit Fotothing)

The reason for this preamble was my chat with Will who did the cover for Freeze Frame. I felt like an old silverback wandering into the room and saying  ”I want a book cover – here’s the title. See what you can do.”

The rest was done by Will who is a design student. I asked him a couple of questions

Did the concept of Freeze Frame immediately give you an idea?

Yes, and the fact that were several writers gave me the concept more or less at once. At first I played with the idea of picture frames but the film format begged to be done really.

What makes a good book cover?

Ha ha – it depends who you ask or what advice you take. Oscar tells me that poetry lovers don’t mind thinking a bit so I guess you can be a bit more cryptic. A good book cover to me is something that catches my eye because there are so many to choose from. In this case I wanted to get some bold interesting colours to contrast with the black and white. As a designer you are always trying out new pathways.

FreezeFrameWhat technology do you use?

I use photoshop on a Mac but I’m just as happy on a PC.

Did you read the poems?

No, but I listened to them all because I was there when the music track was being added. Audio book construction is pretty cool because it comes together from all kinds of angles. When you hear the tracks you think you sort of know those people.

Were you happy with the finished result?

To be fair I was more nervous than anything. I looked at it and wondered if it was a bit risky because it’s probably a bit busy in pure terms. It’s been great to get good feedback and I can breathe again.

Favourite film? Favourite song today?

Back To The Future. Favourite song would be “Some Nights” by Fun. It is a strange video because it’s about the American civil war. If I get the time I’ll be finding out a bit more about it. I mean, where did that concept come from for  music visuals? It’s gonna bug me…..

It’s great to work with young folk. (Said the patronising old fart). These guys have stuff at their fingertips where I don’t have fingers. Will be out of college next year and is up for any offers or work in the meantime via Gallo-Romano.

Cover Reveal – Freeze Frame Anthology

Today marks the beginning of an exciting week as the first stage of our latest book launch gets underway and we reveal the graphics for the FREEZE FRAME anthology. Edited by Oscar Sparrow, this collection includes an international array of authors: two Americans, Jo VonBargen and Jefferson Hansen, three Brits, Paul Tobin, Candy Bright and Oscar plus a Citizen of the World Claude Nougat.

Without further ado, here is the artwork for the digital version which will be launched on Amazon worldwide on the 21st December…

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As part of the general festivities we have also revealed the Facebook Fan Page for the book which is available here: http://www.facebook.com/FreezeFrameAnthology

If you give the page a ‘like’ we’ll keep you up to date with news about the book, its launch program and the authors.

Next up will be the  ‘Music Reveal’ – the first public playing of the original piano track commissioned to head up this anthology.  Watch, or rather listen, to this space…