Her Heart on a String, a Weeping Angel and My Sunshine Covered Tales

I should say that the questionable quality of my camera is an insult to SunshineShelle’s glorious work… but a witchy writer must do the flashing with what she has, right? So please look beyond my camera’s lack of yum and delight in the original art for the covers of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories, Thorn in Red and Wishing upon Earth and Bone (work in progress):

I love Shelle’s work. There is magic in the way she takes a bit of story and turns it into the right colors and shapes for the tale. This is the snippet I sent when I asked for AlmaMia’s cover:
“The sun oozed through the cacao leaves that shrouded the trail leading from Vanesa’s place to Miss Toledo’s cabin. Birds shot through foliage, their morning interrupted by the sound of feet smacking ground. A branch scraped AlmaMia’s right cheek. Covering the stricken flesh with a hand, she kept running.” ~AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories

Wishing upon Earth and Bone was a bit different. I can’t share the cover details without giving you spoilers (and spoilers are the scum of the universe). But I will say that I gave her less than 28 words. When it comes to Thorn in Red, Shelle had an image to work with. My dear Eliora created a virtual model of the Ax and Butterscotch necklace she was crafting for the novella. I’m still in love with the shine of the ax, the yumminess of the tiger’s eye (butterscotch) bead, and the glittery cover.

Shelle also sent me these two beauties: 
I fell in love with Weeping Angel the moment I saw those huge golden eyes, silvery tears and that lone feather. I was terrified the piece would be sold, so I emailed Shelle while she was on vacation and made my claim. My angel arrived with a friend… I was thrilled to get Carnival of Bones. Shelle painted the lovely girl with her heart on a string for Witches in Fiction 2013… to the Bone. I thought she no longer had her… Every now and again, I love being wrong! *cackles and giggles*

Right now, I’m writing Wishing upon Earth and Bone, editing Blooming Howls (to be published in spring) and plotting mayhem with a secret project… 

What have you been doing, my Wicked Luvs?  

36 comments:

  1. I have been waiting for your writing, of course!

    Shelle's haunting style stirs places in my soul that I didn't know were there.

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    1. I will work hard--and have fun while I'm at it--so that the wait will be worth your time. ;-D

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  2. Winter is a life sucker! I am looking. Ore and more like Shelli's characters. I especially admire the Angel as well! Except it's to cold for tears where I live! I am happy that I have stirred the reading bug in my daughter and she has past on her reading list to me....Kat Richardson..The Greywalker Series...? I like that word..Greywalker! especially today!
    Heading for my crayon box, I hope to scribble my nastiness away! Otherwise ...Happy to be breathing, feeling sad for everyone who lives in friendlier climates experiencing MY. hideous season and planning for a playful weekend with puddleducks! Huge Hugs! xoxoxoDebi

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    1. We should all grab a handful of crayons and throw ourselves into the therapeutic art of scribbling our "nastiness away!" The world would be a much better place, methinks. ;-)

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  3. What a wonderful artist and how lucky you are to have found someone who can work your magical words into equally magical works.

    My daughter and I have been decluttering and redecorating - there's still lots to do.

    I hope you're having a lovely week so far lovely magaly :)

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    1. We are a lucky trio, aren't we? Life is very giving every now and again.

      I should do some of that decluttering you speak of...

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  4. Shelle's art is truly stunning, and Eliora's creations are super cute.

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    1. A great combo for the senses...

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  5. I have seen that weeping angel painting somewhere before! Likely on this blog, now that I think on it. Even the first time I saw it though, I was reminded of the the Left4Dead character "Witch"

    I just went searching for a picture to show you, but ugh...nothing Google turned up is remotely flattering and her painting is very lovely. Disregard my comparison!

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    1. Now I'm curious about Left4Dead. It might not be the look of the art, which triggered the memory... maybe it's something else, and I LOVE a mystery. ;-D

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    2. Left4Dead and its follow up game Left4Dead2 are zombie apocalypse games that a friend introduced me to some years ago and I've been playing them ever since. We've gotten A LOT of mileage out of those games and had a lot of great laughs while playing them. We all live in different places so it's a great opportunity to laugh and chat while we run through hordes of slavering undead armed with shotguns, sabers, and cast iron skillets. Damn, now I want to play!

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  6. Eliora has such a keen eye for combining lovely trinkets and sparklies into magical creations. Shelle's art evokes such huge feelings in her paintings. Both are very talented and connected to their inner self. Both are blessed to be a blessing and are. And then there is you............talented, strong and wild. Couldn't love you more darling girl. Oma Linda

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    1. They both amaze me... and when I see how my work and theirs fit together, I amaze myself. It's a wonderful feeling... ;-)

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  7. I can't wait to read your new works, and I love that you found such a great artist to do cover art for you. :)

    One thing I've been doing lately is slowly catching up on old Doctor Who episodes. As such, when I was only halfway through the title of this post, my gut reaction was "Don't turn your back on a weeping angel!" Wrong sort of weeping angel, I guess...

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    1. Doctor Who's weeping angels are awesome!

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  8. Amazing artists. They certainly capture the essence of all things dark and mysterious!! I won't say which one is my favourite - but I do have one! :)

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    1. You are better than I am... I can never pick a favorite!

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  9. Love Shelles work, it's stunning, as for what I've been doing catching up with Mr Gaiman and the "Anansi Boys" while hiding from Winter Storm Leon.

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    1. I'm sooo envious of your reading of Anansi Boys I hope Gaiman white another one, soon. If not, I will have to do some rereading... again. ;-D

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  10. Shelle's art is breath taking!!!! You are lucky you got the Weeping Angel!!! What am I doing? Trying to decide if I need a new camera?? Mine is 12 years old, but she is still good! Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. I feel very lucky, indeed.

      My camera is about ten years old. Now, every time it starts acting weird, I'll tell her, "Stacy's camera is 2 years older than you and still doing a great job. Stop whining!" *hehehe*

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  11. Shelle's art is FANTASTIC! Love it! xoxo Jen

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    1. I've been in love with for quite some time...

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  12. Shelle's images are wonderful and I'm really impressed with the moody, gloomy painting she's created from 28 words. You got the Weeping Angel? Lucky bunny!

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    1. I think the fact that she reads everything I write helps *cough, cough* It's nice to work with someone who doesn't only understand your characters/stories, but likes them, too!

      I just grinned at my Weeping Angel. ;-)

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  13. Ooooh... Carnival of Bones is fabulous! There's just so much happening in that painting... I could stare at it for hours. I love the idea of you, Shelle and Eliora combining your creative talents to concoct dark delights. :)

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    1. I started writing a story when I saw Carnival of Bones. I hope to finish it soon... It seems that the more I stare at the painting, the more things I learn about the girl and her bony companions...

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  14. Oh! They are both beautiful! I prefer the tiny angel a bit better though!
    Thank you for your comment my love! I accidentaly erased it which should teach me to finally stop trying to blog through my cell phone! I have been thinking for a while now to post a song, but i always put it off! I really want to do that, sometime!

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    1. I think I understand why you prefer the angel--she makes me feel (or at least search for) serenity. The girl of the bloody heart gets me giddy... I want to know and know and know some more when I look at her.

      I do hope you share some of your singing with us. I will enjoy it, and share it with my Piano Man!

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  15. Oh my, I'm humbled and thrilled by this post and if I really was as good as these beautiful (and generous) comments make out I'd drop the Big F (hubby) and marry myself LOL :) The amazing Eliora has gifted visions she births into this world and I love her pieces - like each and every little bead and heart, link and word she weaves together. You Magaly, well it's a bit of a worry how much a Wicked witch and Catholic chick have in common, I'm starting to think we were Borg in another dimension, we may have got separated but out brains somehow still maintained the connection :) Thank you Magaly, this is so lovely, and a sincere hug to all for the kind words on my art xoxox

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    1. I think, my dear Shelle, that I need to write my reply to your comment as a full post. One of your sentences--I'm sure you know which--has described my reason for writing, for blogging, for reaching out to people in general... that deserves deep and special attention. So I'll give it. For now, I'll say that you are right... and AWESOME!

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    2. Oh, and I think you and Big F and you would make a purrrfect threesome. Even the Church would understand that!

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  16. You know I like Shelle's work...sweet with a twisted twist!

    I've been recovering from everyone getting sick and putting together my house like one of the King's Men after Humpty Dumpty, and getting ready for the next insane snow storm. Ack! I need spring!

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    1. I've been needing Spring since Yule! This is getting ridiculous! Shelle's art sure keeps me from losing my cool. ;-)

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