Just recently I found myself in the wonderful workd of mockups. I found so many that I want to use for the future that I filled half my hard-drive with them. These are PSD files (at least in the cases that I have here), that help you display your own works in realistic pictures. It is surprisingly hard to explain. But I’ll show you an example below.
That mockup has a ready made picture and the card standing in front of the box allowed to add my own text and card design so it looks like it belongs into the setting. There are mockups for all kinds of things like book covers, computer screens, phone screens, booklets, posters and so on and so forth. They are really fun and come in quite handy. Not only for graphic designers but also for authors who want to display their work in new ways.
I used this one to make it look it belongs into the world of “Sra’kalor”, the card being a part of the story without giving anything away you won’t know after the first two chapters. 😉 The mockup I used can be found here on forgraphictm.com. Hope you enjoy!
The actual picture is not made by me. Copyright lies by Konstantin Tilberg . I only increased the contrast a little and added the writing. Thank you for sharing your work, Konstantin, with us and allowing folks to use it as base for their stuff!
My dear friend Jonathan Snyder, a fellow writer and sounding board for my crazy ideas, has agreed to give Sra’kalor a try, even though it is not his kind of genre. One of the many things I like about him, is that he is very honest, so I am super excited that he gave Sra’kalor a 4 of 5 star rating!
I am not a big supernatural fantasy fan, but I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised in what I found in those pages. A good friend of mine asked me to read her book and it turned out to be a great suggestion! Jessica Werner’s Sra’Kralor, the first book in the Ashwood Falls series is a very interesting take on the supernatural creatures living in our world theme. It follows the story of Alana who has a mysterious ability that her family cannot deal with and when she turns eighteen, she is placed on a bus and sent to the nearby city of Ashwood Falls. If she thought her life could not get stranger, she would be in for a big surprise.
As you might remember from my last blogpost, there are exciting things at the horizon for me, all kinds of different projects. One of them, I can finally share with you!
Sra’kalor – which I have released in March this year – is undergoing revision! The fantastic editor Emily Roller, has been working hard on the novel and I have just received the final edit. That means that I will be able to soon release an even better Sra’kalor!
I hope that this will be really soon and I’ll be busy to make that happen! Stay tuned and get ready for the freshly edited Sra’kalor, part one of the Ashwood Falls Trilogy!
All of you should have received your email with the copy of Sra’kalor earlier today in your chosen ebook format. If you have not received it, please let me know and I’ll check on that. 🙂
Thank you everyone for entering! And keep your eyes peeled, I might do another one in the future. Until then I’ll continue to write the second part of the Ashwood Falls Trilogy, so you’ve got something to read. 🙂
Last month I have introduced Alana from my first Novel Sra’kalor to you in an character interview. She was a little nervous and a little shy, but I am sure she has enjoyed her time here. Today I have invited …
Why have I been called here?
I was just getting to that, Tyler. As you have seen, I have invited Tyler to us today, so you can get to know him. Welcome Tyler.
The red eyes of the man eye her suspiciously, but eventually he nods. So what do you wish to know.
Why don’t you start to tell us a little about you?
He sighs, shoulders raising and falling. He does not sound very enthusiastic and hesitates, before finally speaking. You do know my name, I am a Mystic from Ashwood Falls and belong to the Circle.
From Alana we know that the Circle took her in. What kind of group is this?
He suddenly perks up and pays more attention.Alana? What has she told you?
Not much, that is why I am asking you.
The circle is a group of magic users: Mystics, witches and such. Someone saw her use magic and asked Zandra to take care of her. He fidgets on his seat. Were you the person that upset Alana?
I have only asked her a few questions, just like I do with you right now. You do seem rather protective of her.
His red eyes spark slightly, and a low growl left his throat, before he cleared it and opens his fisted hands to straight palms on his thighs. She is part of the Circle and with that under my protection.
Is that so? Fascinating. What do you think Leandrus would say about that?
His eyes shoot up, staring in disbelief. How do you… It appears that he tries to hold it together, the knuckles of his hands whiten, as he clings to the edge of his chair. I do not know who you are talking about.
My dear, I have written you, there is no way to lie to me. Why don’t you tell us about the real you?
He scoffs and shakes his head and mumbles. These writers all think they have it all figured out, times never change. He then raises his voice to a normal level. Well then. I am Leandrus, though the shell you view is Tyler. I myself am a demon.
And how did that union happen?
He sighs. I was summoned, like so many demons. But the person who summoned me did not stay. And not only that, they did a mistake and forgot to banish the body’s soul before starting the ritual.
And what does that mean?
Lady, please do not pretend. You do know what it means.
Very well, so Tyler is still here and does not only listen to everything, he also talks with you. How does that work in regards to Alana?
He grumbles slightly and crosses his arms in front of his chest. I do believe, you have asked enough questions.
But isn’t it true that she is your One? How do you think she would react if she knew that you are not who she thinks you are?
He raises from his chair and takes a slight bow.I will remove myself from this interrogation. Fare ye well, Lady. With that he turns around and leaves the room.
Mhm, that is the second person that leaves in the middle of my questions. I seem to have struck a chord, though. He did seem to react in a strange way whenever I mentioned Alana. If you would like to know what is going on between them, and why Leandrus refuses to talk more about this subject, check out Sra’kalor and find out.
And do not forget, that I do have a giveaway running right now, to win your very own copy of the book. All you will have to do is like our facebook page AND fill out the form. You can find it in the linked article, or at the top navigation bar of this page.
Until next time when we will meet another Sra’kalor character. Until then, have a lovely week.
Today I’ll have a special little post for you. I thought that, while it surely is interesting to get to know me, who writes all these stories, it would be even more interesting to meet a couple of special people. Over the course of the next few posts, you will get to know Alana, Tyler/Leandrus and Dracon, the main characters of my latest novel Sra’kalor.
In this first part, I have the honor of Alana visiting my humble author blog; but before I’d tell you about her, why not let her do that. Welcome Alana.
The girl wiggles a little on her stool, a nervous smile playing around her lips, as she pushes a strand of raven hair behind her ear. “Thank you. I do not really know why I am here though.”
Well my readers would like to get to know you a little. So why don’t you tell us where you are from?
A look of confusion dances across her soft features, the golden eyes rolling upwards to look at the ceiling. “Uhmm, okay. ” She takes a deep breath, before she continues. “Well, I was born and raised in a small town called Oakdale Springs.” Her face lights up as her gaze drifts to an invisible area. “A sleepy little place, with picket fences and kids playing in the streets.”
And what has brought you to Ashwood Falls?
Her naturally tanned face takes a gentle pinkish hue. “There have been some… incidents.”
She swallows, trying to talk about the subject in a nonchalant manner, though she tried hard enough, to give the impression that there is more than she said. “Yes. Some things flying through the air, spontaneous fires… that kind of thing.”
That sounds like pretty strange circumstances.
A gust of wind washed through the room, sending papers flying as she blurts out “Well, it was magic, that usually is ‘pretty strange'”. Then her shoulders sag and she sighs. “Listen, I just never learned to control this stuff. So I put a few things on fire, and accidentally hurt some people. But I didn’t mean it. I cannot blame my parents for sending me away.”
You won’t be trying to set this place on fire though, right?
The smile on her lips seems a little sad, though she shakes her head ever so slightly. “I cannot promise it, but I’m trying. I met some nice people who want to help me learn control it. I actually will have a lesson with Tyler right after this.”
Who is Tyler?
Once more her cheek flush, as she avoids to look at anyone. “He’s one of the Mystics of the Circle, the group that took me in. Zandra put him in charge of my magical training.”
And Zandra is?
Alana’s smile grows and her eyes sparkle, at the mention of the name.“The leader of the Circle. She’s a lovely witch and really good with magic. I always have the feeling she knows what I’m thinking, it’s a little weird. But she explains a lot to me and is really nice.”
And Tyler, is he nice too?
As fast as the blush had left, it returns to the girl’s cheeks.The golden eyes roam nervously around the room. “Yes, he tries really hard to teach me, but it is not easy. He knows what happens when things go wrong. When I first met him, I accidentally made a heavy book slam right into him. I’m sure he does not want that to happen again.”
Did I just see you blush?
What had been a pinkish hue now turned into a bright red, and she fiddles her fingers, moving her hands from one position to the next over and over. “Ye.. no.. I .. uh.. I think I better go. Tyler does not like when I’m late. Thanks uhm.. it was a nice chat. See you around.” With that she jumps from the stool and hurries out without another word.
Well, that was a quick turn; it looks like I struck a chord with our young lady. I did not even get to ask where she sees herself in a year. Though if what we have seen and heard so far is any indication, she will either be a magical super hero, or buried under a pile of rubber that once was Ashwood Falls.
Let us hope it is the first. And if you would like to see more of what Alana is up to. Check out Sra’kalor, the first part of her three-part story and her life in Ashwood Falls. And stay tuned to get to know Zandra, Dracon and not to forget Tyler in the near future.