Artist, Jessica Allain talks about cover art for Diamonds in Black Sand

Jessica Allain sent along her thoughts on the vision behind the moody and dynamic cover she created for Ann Marston’s engaging new YA fantasy, Diamonds in Black Sand. After reading some of Ann’s manuscript, as well as speaking to her about aspects of her book, I began picturing the scene I wanted her cover to reflect. Growing up beside the ocean, I had a good idea of what a maritime scene should be. Ann described a…

Ann Crowe discusses creative process for Avians cover

Cover artist, Ann Crowe, shared with us the creative process behind Timothy Gwyn’s dynamic new YA fantasy, Avians. I’ve always wanted to do illustration for books, be they book covers or children’s picture books or otherwise, so when I was approached to illustrate the cover for Avians, I was ecstatic. This project was a dream come true for me. After being introduced to the author, Timothy Gwyn, my first order of business was to find out…

Timothy Gwyn discusses forthcoming novel, Avians

In which author, Timothy Gwyn, discusses the creative process for his forthcoming YA novel, Avians. LJS: What was the inspiration for Avians? Was it a concept, an action, place or person, or something quite other? TG: I wanted to take aviation in a greener direction. I asked the question, “What would aviation look like on a world that burned no fossil fuels?” Gliders and solar-powered airships were the core elements of the story, and everything else…

Interview with Michael Skeet, author of A Poisoned Prayer

Michael Skeet’s debut fantasy romance, A Poisoned Prayer, releases May 1, 2017. Michael Skeet is an award-winning Canadian writer and broadcaster. Born in Calgary, Alberta, he began writing for radio before finishing college. He has sold short stories in the science fiction, dark fantasy and horror fields in addition to extensive publishing credits as a film and music critic. A two-time winner of Canada’s Prix Aurora Award for excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Skeet lives in…

Tanah Haney signs book deal with Five Rivers

Five Rivers is pleased to announce a forthcoming novel, Fractal Theory, from Peterborough, Ontario author, Tanah Haney. A suspenseful, rollicking adventure, Fractal Theory follows the events around two unlikely protagonists, Nicholas and Minnie. You could say Nicholas and Minnie were two ordinary people caught up in a series of extraordinary events, but let’s be honest–they’re about the least ordinary people you’re likely to meet. Nicholas’ lifelong status as misunderstood recluse is only made worse by the arrival in…