How to Sell Your Book by Way of a Great Cover, or Cover Lovin’ by David Blalock

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Once more I’ve decided to welcome another author over to the Belle to do my dirty work.  Today, author and cover art critic David Blalock has come over to talk about his Angelkiller Triad and how a really great cover artist can give your book the boost it needs to excel.  Because, as we all know, your book might be the best thing ever, but no one will know if they don’t pick it up.  And if you’re like me, you often choose a book initially because it has an interesting cover.  Seventh Star Press is well known throughout the industry for having the very best in cover and interior artwork and David’s trilogy is a perfect example.  But I’ll let him tell you…

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What can I say about Matt Perry’s artwork that can do it justice? His covers have drawn some significant attention to the series, attention it probably would not otherwise have had. As an artist, Matt has the ability to take an idea and imbue his own personal interpretation into the image without losing the original theme. It is a tricky balancing act, one he has mastered admirably.

 

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The cover of Angelkiller is a striking image, unlike anything I’ve seen. His use of atmospheric imagery on that cover gave it that disturbing, unreal feeling that conveys the essence of the Great Conflict. The books are about a war between entities more than human and that cover shows just enough humanity to connect with the reader while retaining that otherworldly quality. The interior images in Angelkiller faithfully reproduce the scenes from the text in an exciting and provocative manner. They more closely connect the reader to the text, inserting more humanity into the art while retaining just enough emotional impact.

 

 

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For Traitor Angel, Matt reached into the idea of virtual reality crossing over into mundane reality by presenting the combat between good and evil, represented by the knight and the dragon, against a background of circuitry. As a lot of the book contained just this combat, it was again faithful to the ideas embodied in the text while making a broader statement about the story arc in general. The interior art continues this theme, reaching toward the humanity without letting us forget how different the virtual reality conflict can be.

 

 

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Finally, in Doom Angel’s cover, Matt states the Great Conflict in an iconic image that sums up the series marvelously. The feedback about this art has been unanimously positive. Again, he took the road of impression instead of strict interpretation, resulting in a stunningly beautiful, yet slightly troubling, image. The Great Conflict could not have been better presented in a single piece of art. The interior artwork only reinforces and strengthens the conviction that what is happening has a deeper meaning than simply a war between human factions.

 

 

Having Matt Perry as my artist for the series was a struck of incredible luck. I am very fortunate to have such a talented and perceptive individual on my team. And Seventh Star Press has a gem of an artist in their employ.

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Now you all know that while I’m a romantic at heart, I really love a dark urban fantasy.  I’ve just started reading Angelkiller but I’m already in love.  Read this description.  I dare you not to be desperate to read it…

Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that.

Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the
fight with centuries of experience.

Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another realm.

Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?  Okay, kids.  That’s it for me today.  I’ve got a dragon by the fireplace waiting.  He seems pretty tame but he keeps shouting, “Bored!” and breathing fire. If I don’t act quickly, my house may burn down.  See ya, kids!

Throbbing Thursday Spotlight: TreSart L. Sioux

And we’re back!  Due to a little hiccup last week, we missed our Throbbing Thursday Spotlight, but the kinks have been worked out and here we are again!  This week, the radiant glow of admiration falls on TreSart L. Sioux.  TreSart is a writer of lesbian erotica and quite an accomplished artist as well.  We share a love of all things dark and disturbing, so I jumped at the chance to have her do a guest spot here at The Belle.  With that in mind, meet TreSart L. Sioux…

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Just Me

By

TreSart L. Sioux

I’ll admit, I truly didn’t know what I was going to write about for the blog. In the past I’ve been given questions to answer about my writing and art, so this is a bit different for me. I’ve decided to get a little more detailed about my experiences.

I don’t think many would find it shocking that I write lesbian erotica. I’m a very outspoken woman when it comes to my sexuality. With all of my published novels, there is a little bit
for everyone. One minute I can write the sweetest story and then the next, total hardcore. It all depends on my mood. I might also add, several of the stories I have created are partially based on real events.

In high school, I had the most evil English teacher.  Well, that’s what I thought at the time. I admit, I skipped classes and really didn’t apply myself. At the end of the year she failed me, but I’ll never forget her pulling me to the side and telling me I had potential as a writer. Summer school was the best! I had a great teacher and she loved my writing. Please note, this wasn’t erotica. LOL! I still have the story somewhere.

Erotica has become a big part of my life. There is a passion when you go to another world and know you control each character. I believe there is a good comparison when it comes to
songwriters and erotic writers. Each single word you put down means something to you. I never want to just jot some crappy story and send off to the publisher. You have to feel.

I think one of the biggest misconceptions some people have about erotic writers is we are simply whores. Now, I can’t speak for every writer out there, but I can for myself. My body is
my temple and I might have had some wild times in my past, but this was before I began to write. No wonder I have so many stories. 😉

In the future, I have two audio books, one paperback and I’m in the process of working on another three novels. It’s some heavy work, but when I look back and see how far I’ve come, I
will always keep writing.

Art has been a huge part of my life. I can remember drawing when I was a kid. I took every art class possible. In high school, I was placed in an advanced class with maybe six other
people. If I turned in something because I was just being lazy, my teacher would make me do it over. If I could take a class by her again, I would! I learned so much!

College was a different story. Having a teacher wanting you to only draw or paint her way was not a learning experience. I think that was the first time I ever despised an art class. I ended up enjoying the Layout and Design one more. I created so many album covers and movie posters. The teacher was great too!

I think some people may not know about my degree in animation. I’m talking the old school style. I would have to sketch at least over 100 drawings to get maybe 3-5 minutes of a piece.
I also had to make sure everything matched up. Very time consuming and sometimes frustrating, but I’m glad I did learn.

I am currently working on several paintings and hoping to find some time to get back to my graphic novel.

My love for writing, art, music and photography will always be in my world. I love surrounding myself with creative and open people. I don’t think I could have it any other way.

Just me.

TreSart L. Sioux

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If you’d like to learn more about TreSart and her art and erotica, she can be found at:

http://www.renebooks.com

http://www.angelfire.com/movies/artist