Nina Pak, image from her website
Nina Pak is an artist whose work tells stories. She has been working with photography for more than 30 years! Her work has been published internationally in magazines, as well as featured on the covers of novels.
That last fact is of particular note if you are one of my author friends looking for the right artist to create your book cover. Check out the gorgeous images on her website and be inspired! If you think her work is the right fit for your book, don't hesitate to contact her.
Book cover featuring image by Nina Pak, c/o her website
I was lucky enough to model for a photo shoot with Pak. The images she created are ethereal... I can forget they were taken in an urban setting despite knowing behind the scenes details.
Here are a few of those images:
The Dragon Cager is an adventure story with an alternate England. There are men who turn to dragons, druids, half-druids, conspiracies, and a central love story. Well, on Lachlann's side it is a love-love story, and on Evie's a hate-love-hate-love story. The arguing between the main characters is fun and witty, though I would not have Lachlann's patience. Evie, despite being plenty lovable, is also insufferable and stubborn at times.
She is cast out for her imagined sins by her village, and then clings to the same values that condemned her. I wished she would give up on her notions of purity, but it fit the fantasy world Oake built.
There was a full on dragon fight that was thrilling to read, and Lachlann's sister in particular shone as a woman I'd like to know better. All in all, another great book by Oake.
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The weather is cooling, the leaves are starting to change colour... yes. It is pumpkin season. Pumpkin Spice Lover by Nico Rosso is a fun, short read but make sure you stock your kitchen with the necessary spices before you dive in. You are going to crave the stuff as sure as the characters clearly crave each other from page one.
This book is burning hot, and each time Alex and Camila give in to their fling their connection deepens. I enjoyed the frank descriptions and lack of shame from the characters. No shy half measures here!
So what is keeping these obviously well matched in the bedroom apart the second they leave it (or her living room, or his hotel room, or...you get the spicy point)? The story is revealed slowly, and it reads like the juicy gossip you wish someone would share with you in real life if you are really honest with yourself.
His long term ex is marrying her brother. Family and friendship bonds are tested as Alex and Camila have to decide if it is worth it to disclose their relationship to their loved ones. Everything could go so, so wrong!
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My latest poetry book, The Liminal Hymns, is now available in ebook on Amazon! The paperback is coming soon!
The Liminal Hymns sing the story of moments between, leaving certainties to embrace doubt. Liminal spaces are explored through examinations of mythology, philosophy, and religion. With sardonic shots of whiskey and wit, this collection delves into the sensory and psychological kaleidoscope of the human condition.
In Numina by @assaphmehr is finally out!
-detective w/ magic skills
-Rome inspired fantasy world complete with maps on his site
-fish sauce and strange ancient culinary delights
-haunted houses that haunt dreams
- I GAVE MY EDITORIAL REVIEW DEBUT ON IT