Saturday, 28 March 2015

Excited Beyond Measure .... lol

I am so excited!

Two of my books were entered into a competition on Easychair Bookshop. 
http://www.easychairbookshop.com/#!competition-final-fives/c1fmb

My book Build A Love has made it to the final five in two categories - Erotic & GLBT - AND Book 1 in The Hunters - A Hunter's Heart is in the final five for the Series category! 

Now comes a nervous few months of nail biting till the winners are announced.


I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined this at the start of last year, not only am I a published author with over a dozen books to my name I'm now in the running to win a prize with two of those books.  

What's even more exciting is that only two of my books were entered and they BOTH made it to the final five in their categories.

              


The third book in The Hunter's series has just been released. A Hunter's Challenge came out on Thursday and already it's made it to the 30 Bestseller's chart - at #11.

That means every single book I've released has made it to the chart!  Something else that I would never have believed would happen. There are a lot of authors with my publisher who have never made it with one book let alone every book!

It just makes being in a final all so surreal.

The ebook versions of Build a Love and A Hunter's Heart are available at all online bookshops like Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Angus & Robertson, Bookworld. etc

A Hunter's Heart  is also out now in paperback form from most online bookshops like Amazon, Bookworld, Fishpond, Angus & Robertson, etc.

Amazon - Build A Love  A Hunter's Heart
Amazon - paperback edition.

Amazon - my author page

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Chiaroscuro

One of the members of the online photography group I'm in posted an amazing photo.

The prompt was Chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro in painting is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark which in turn affects the whole composition. In photography and cinema it had the same meaning.

My picture for it was one of my Buddha busts which I achieved by bouncing the light of a torch off a mirror and onto the side of the head.

There were some amazing picture posted and I was in awe from some of them but then I saw this one.  It was perfect. There was a feel of Old Masters about it.

So I asked for and got permission to use it as reference in a painting.

I think its a bloody fabulous photo - very evocative and emotive.

Spent the last three days working feverishly - it was one of those things where you just had to keep going until you finished.

I'm happy with the result. A few times I was tempted to stop but glad I continued on. I've now stepped away from the easel and left it.

I did consider making it much darker originally but somewhere along the way I preferred the softer darkness - it seemed more fitting with my rendition.