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Happy Holidays! Here’s a 5 Query/Character Sketches giveaway!

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All right! To celebrate the holidays, I’m giving away 5 Query critiques and 5 Character sketches (portraits)! Note that these portraits can be anything – even fanart, if you’re so inclined.

You can see my artwork here.

As for queries though I’m best at Science Fiction/Fantasy, any genre/age is welcome!

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway

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Have some FROSTBLOOD Fanart!

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Meet my version of Ruby, Frostblood’s fiery heroine!

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For those interested in specifics: this took me around 20 hours on Photoshop. I used my go-to stock account, faestock, for a pose reference because hands and I do not get along well.

FROSTBLOOD will be out in January 2017 from Little, Brown (US) and Hodder & Stoughton (UK). It’s a lovely, amazing book, and deserves to be read so add it on Goodreads!

THE TSAR’S GUARD PARADE!

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Hiiii, everyone, and welcome to my tour stop for The Tsar’s Guard Parade, in honor of Evelyn Skye’s THE CROWN’S GAME! I’m suuuuper excited for this book and YOU SHOULD BE TOO!

The Tsar’s Guard Parade also includes a giveaway for an ARC of the book. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post!

So, without further ado, here’s my contribution: a portrait of Vika!

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Bigger size here!
About the Book:

CrownsGame hc cTitle: THE CROWN’S GAME
Author: Evelyn Skye
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

 

About Evelyn:

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Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

Website | Twitter |Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Instagram

 

 

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive an ARC of THE CROWN’S GAME. International.

Rafflecopter code:

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Find the complete Tsar’s Guard Parade Schedule at Evelyn Skye’s website!

A piece of Truthwitch fanart!

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A piece of Truthwitch fanart!

One of my favorite authors — the AMAZING Susan Dennard — has a new Fantasy book coming out in January called TRUTHWITCH. Before Truthwitch, she wrote the Something Strange and Deadly series, which I absolutely loved. Also, she has a website littered with advice for writers, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t read through all of it. Especially the synopsis post. OH THE DREADED SYNOPSIS.

Anyway, I offered to draw some portraits for Susan, because, like I said, she’s a) awesome and b) I would’ve ended up doing them anyway because I can’t help myself. So here is my version of Safiya fon Hasstrel, Truthwitch extraordinaire!

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(alternative version can be found here). Iseult, Merik and Aeduan to come!

Opening for commissions!

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Since I’m in dire need of some extra cash, I’ve decided to open up for some art commissions for my “Go to RT convention in Vegas fund”. I’m really best at portraits/people, so that’ll be what I’m offering.

(please note that if I already offered to do a drawing for you, you’ll still be getting that for free)

Simple Sketch

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€10

Portrait Sketch

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B&W – €15

Color – €20

Full Body Sketch
(like the Simple Sketch, but with a full-body version)

€20

Detailed Portrait

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B&W – €45

Color – €55

Detailed Full Body Painting

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No background – €75

With simple background – €85

Complex backgrounds/book covers/extra characters, please get in touch!

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All payments processed via paypal. For inquiries, please e-mail me pinguicha [at] gmail [dot] com

Meet my character Blog Hop!

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The lovely Kathleen S. Allen tagged me in this blog hop. You can see hers on her own blog, and it honors me so so so much that she used the free character sketch I made for her during a contest ❤

And now, for my turn!

Meet Zéphyrine

 

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Zéphyrine – Zéph, for short – is fictional.

2) When is the story set?
It’s a baroque setting in an unnamed fantasy world (seriously, I just call it The World), during Zéph’s father’s quest to end the influence of the Gods on earth.

3) What should we know about him/her?
Zéph is one of the four children of the Ravager (the main antagonist), and is a Mind Witch, which means she can hop around inside people’s heads and manipulate them as she sees fit.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Her life has always been messed up, so, in a way, conflict happens when it starts becoming less so. When she gets to Almudena (where the story happens), she’s intent on bringing the city to its knees and be done with it. She starts falling for Jasen (the Prince, whom she’s been told to brainwash), but it’s only when she meets Iriae, the one person who could go against the Ravager should she wish to, that Zéph starts having options in regards of where her life goes.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?
First, its to survive through obedience. Zéph’s scared shitless of her father (the one time she was a disappointment to him, he burned her half to death), and she wants to remain on his good side. But at around page 110, it changes into protecting Iriae and Jasen from the destruction the Ravager wants to bring upon Jasen’s country and the world.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
Mind Witch, and you can read if you ask me, I guess. The query is in a separate header in my blog, too 🙂

7) When can we expect the book to be published?
When I get an agent, and said super agent sells this to a publisher. Meanwhile, have one teasers of an unfinished illustration for one of the book’s scenes.

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Boy Meets Psion Preview

Dana Collins, E. L. Wicker, you’re it!
(plz don’t hate me?)

So, I’m a grown-up now

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Not that I haven’t been an adult (technically, anyway) for seven years now. But I have a grown-up job that finally allows me to be monetarily independent. YAY!

And since I’ve been quiet for a while, here are some illustrations I did for Withering Spring (Belladonna) and for Sightless 2.0, the game.

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My group and I delivered this project mid-December. We’re now making the Game Treatment, but in the meantime, here: have the prototype for Sightless.

It’s very short and we had to strip down some of the features to deliver it on time (we had one week to make all of it). Writing and art are by me, coding was by my three colleagues!

What I’ve been doing… part deux

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So, for Game Design and Development, we had to submit a game idea of which the nine most voted by the entire class would be made into game prototypes. I subbed an idea I had based on a re-write of Sightless and it was the third(!) with more votes.So yeah, we’re making it! One tiny step towards one of my dreams, which is turning some of my own novels into games!

I’ve been doing concept art for the game. Here are a couple of screens of Aisling!

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That aside… I’ve been working on fixing key plot points of Withering Spring as well as taking my Master’s degree classes. Busy busy busy!