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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Kingdom by Anderson O'Donnell Virtual Book Tour Presented by First Rule Publicity

In a secret laboratory hidden under the desert, a covert bioengineering project--codename "Exodus"--has discovered the gene responsible for the human soul.

Somewhere in the neon sprawl outside the nation's collapsing economic core, a group of renegade monks are on the verge of uncovering a secret that has eluded mankind for centuries.

In a glittering tower high above the urban decay, an ascendant U.S. Senator is found dead--an apparent, yet inexplicable, suicide.

And in the streets below, a young man races through an ultra modern metropolis on the verge of a violent revolution....closing in on the terrible truth behind Exodus--and one man's dark vision for the future of mankind.

Welcome to Tiber City.  
From the Back Cover:

Kingdom is a thrill-a-minute, bio-punk myth that manages to wrestle with the most pressing issues of the new millennium. O'Donnell has crafted a kickass novel of tomorrow night, when the big party gets raided by the monsters we've been building for the last half-century. Hip and hellish, wild and weird, Tiber City is the dystopian megalopolis into which we will all soon move--whether we know it or not.

About the Author
Anderson O’Donnell presents a biopunk, dystopian noir-esque thriller in this amazing read, KINGDOM. Most people are familiar with the term “cyberpunk,” but “biopunk” is harder to nail down. In many ways, biopunk is similar to the cyberpunk genre, and shares many of the same themes and archetypes: the dystopian future; the overreliance on technology; mega-corporations; a constant and overwhelming flow of data; the anti-hero—these elements are integral parts of both genres.

Both genres are fueled, to some extent, by the sense of rebellion and desire for individual freedom expressed by the original punk rock revolution. But the main difference—the most important difference—is that while cyberpunk focuses on invasive technological modification of the human body, biopunk explores the dehumanizing consequences of biological modification, of re-arranging our DNA in the pursuit of perfection.

Anderson lives in Connecticut with his wife and 2 sons. Anderson himself deems Kingdom as “a thrill-a-minute, bio-punk myth that manages to wrestle with the most pressing issues of the new millennium. O’Donnell has crafted a kickass novel of tomorrow night, when the big party gets raided by the monsters we’ve been building for the last half-century.”

His debut novel, Kingdom, a dystopian, biopunk thriller, is now available in paperback and ebook format. Kingdom is the first part of the Tiber City Trilogy. Look for part two, Exile, in the summer of 2013.

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My Thoughts:
This was one of those books where you are smarter by the time you finish it. I was excited about this book from the synopsis. I love this genre. This book stuck with me long after the last page. It is dystopian but it was so subtle in the way the world fell apart. This book is part horror, part sci fi, part medical thriller told from the point of view of three people. The author does a wonderful job telling the story in these three parts. He is a great storyteller. I really love how he took even the technical parts and made it interesting. This book is not for the faint of hard it can be dark but it is well worth the read. I give this a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bonnie Wasson Seventh Star Press Artist -Spotlight

I am so very excited to be spotlighting Bonnie Wasson here today. This is the art piece that sent me over the edge to worship. I love this piece, it is so beautiful. I have liked her previous pieces but this one is my favorite.

I have always been a art lover. We have quite the odd collection or art pieces at my house. My husband have different taste but we display everything. I even have a print of the piece above displayed at home. :)

I know people say do not judge a book by a cover but I will be honest I sometimes pick up a book solely based on the cover. I love cover art. I love seeing a glimpse of the what is to come in the book.

On thing I have always loved about Seventh Start Press is the amazing art that can be found in their books. I love that they have not only amazing cover art but they even have some art pieces throughout the book to experience along the way. Also available for each title is a set of art cards that are amazing. And you can buy larger versions of some of the art pieces as posters or T-shirts. So after you love a SSP title you can fondly remember it with a poster or proudly wear it as a t-shirt.

But as I said I was lucky enough to get to interview Bonnie. I had heard she was a comic fan but man was I excited when she told me who her favorite comic book hero is. Kudos to Bonnie for that, amazing art and winning at Dragon*Con. So with no further ado, I bring you Bonnie Wasson.

Bonnie Wasson was born in Dallas, Texas. From an early age, her mother’s love of science fiction and fantasy left an indelible mark on what would eventually become an intense love for all things nerd. Being exposed to the artistic beauty of animated Disney movies, the complex details of comic book heroes and the strange new worlds of Star Trek, Bonnie found that drawing fit her need for creative expression.
She graduated from college with a shiny BFA degree and is working in the print industry as a graphic designer. She has recently found a small niche in creating illustrations for book covers and interiors, as well as participating in art shows for science fiction and fantasy conventions.
Bonnie currently resides in Eugene, Oregon with her husband and her lovable (and sometimes diva) Labrador Retriever.

When did you decide to become an artist?
I'm not sure if I can pinpoint the exact moment, but there was a strong inclination to win all of the art contests in elementary school. I won a few and it fed into my confidence. I remember trying extremely hard to create a work of art that would grace the cover of the yearbook, but I was never picked. I never knew who did the picking, but it might have had something to do with my mother being a teacher at the same school. I was way too young to understand what a "conflict of interest" might have meant.

From then on, I found I could draw pretty good imitations of a handful of Disney characters (mainly Bambi and the Little Mermaid- four legs to no legs, the entire gamut, it seemed). I eventually moved on to cartoons, then comics and so on.

Where did you train?

I went to the University of Kentucky with full expectations to become a graphic designer. The program at that time wasn't a strong one and I ended up with a degree in the fine arts. You got to stick your fingers into all sorts of mediums, but I narrowed it down to drawing and printmaking.

How did your training influence you?
I found that I was very fortunate to build a strong foundation in the fine arts. I feel that in order to create a style all your own, you really need to know how things are put together. Learning how a human body is built, how light affects different surfaces, how colors interact and understanding perspective are just a few things that an artist needs in their toolbox to create a successful piece. I always felt that if you had a strong understanding of the fundamentals, you can stylize anything you want and make it look like it works.

Where do you get your ideas?
From just about anywhere. Anything from movies, music, a walk in the park, standing in line for a coffee, watching TV, going to a football game, the weather, other artists' work, my dog, ANYTHING. I'm constantly absorbing what's around and thinking, "How can I incorporate this or that idea into piece of Bonnie art?"

What artist or artists inspired you?
My list is always changing, but Adam Hughes (cover artist for Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Marvel and DC in general) is always my top inspiration. His compositions, facial structures, color usage and line quality always amaze me. Other artists that make the list are: Michael Whelan, Frank Frazetta, James Gurney, Brom and Donato Giancola in painting. Alfons Mucha, Justin Gerard and Bruce Timm in illustration. Adam Hughes, Jim Lee, Alex Ross and Tim Townsend in comics. The list can go on, and on, and on...

How did you decide on this medium?
My true passion is working with graphite, but I've been working mainly in the digital realm for a while. After college, I found work in a print shop that specialized in digital and screen printing. I learned how to use the Creative Suite on the job and was also exposed to what the good, the bad, and the ugly in graphic design was up to. I began to realize what could be created digitally and was hooked.

In all honesty (and some may say it's a stupid reason), I picked up working digitally because of color. Yep, the Roy G. Biv scares the crap out me. I was never really good at color theory and picking colors that worked together. I'm still rather pathetic and I've always been crap at painting with the real stuff. I began to experiment with a tablet and Photoshop. It was so cool and I began to use Photoshop for everything except what it is named for (photography is way out my league). This new insight helped me overcome some of my fear of messing up an expensive piece of drawing paper or canvas. It's irrational, but it's true.

Don't succumb to CMD+Z! It will spoil you! I've really tried to not let that happen. This digital stuff is self-taught and I'm always looking for ways to improve. I'm slowly training myself to not rely on that particular command and concentrating on making good decisions with my "stylus" strokes. I still say that if CMD+Z helps alleviate some creative pressure, have at it. Whatever steps or tools help one to expand their artistic talent, go for it. Adding the digital medium to the tactile skills of drawing with a pencil have drastically helped my art creation in ways that I never expected. There is always room for improvement in my work and I always need practice. It's a never-ending, glorious circle.

Where do you do your work?
Most of this craziness goes down in my studio. Studio. That sounds like I know what I'm doing. It's more like the spare bedroom/office/room-for-random

What technique do you use?
My first attempts at this new fangled medium were basically pencil drawings scanned and digitally colored. I then attempted to "ink" in and clean up my line work and then color. Now I'm at a point where everything is digital; from sketch to the final piece. I feel I'm at a point where I need to shake things up and revert back to creating a pencil drawing and scanning the image in. I'm always changing my mind...

Which is more important to you, the subject of your painting, or the way it is executed?
I strongly believe that it is a marriage of both. I want to create an image that is strong and original enough to attract the viewer, but I also want the piece to look like it's completed and not just an afterthought. As the artist, I know what the piece started out as compared to what the finished product is. There's a sense of accomplishment that comes with its progression. For the most part, the viewer sees the final piece in its final stage. A lot of times, it's your first and last impression. With every piece, I try make sure the little details are polished and are there with a purpose. I don't always get it right. Sometimes I can get away with an "oh yeah, I meant to do that", but I usually file it in the Gotta Do It Better Next Time category.

Do you prefer a perfect smooth technique or a more energetic expressive technique and why?
If anyone has seen my portfolio, the general impression is that I'm all over the place. Being relatively new to the digital world, I like to try different things to see how they turn out. It also depends on what kind of mood I'm in. I usually have a pretty good idea of how I want a piece to look, but when it's filtered from brain to hand, I can't always be sure how it will turn out. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's we-really-need-to-start-over.

What genre do you like doing cover art for the most?
That's a no brainer (zombie pun intended). Give me fantasy, sci-fi, horror any day. The whole idea of creating something that doesn't exist is AWESOME! So many possibilities, it hurts your brain to think about it.

Tell us about your Dragon Con award?
Total surprise. I've been an attending artist for the Dragon*Con artshow for four years. The quality of artwork you see in that artshow is crazy cool. There is some amazing talent in that room that will blow your socks off. I'm small potatoes next to some those artists. To be awarded an honor that was voted on by those artists meant the world to me. It's an amazing experience to be able to network and meet some of the greatest artists in the industry. I mean, how cool is it to walk by a booth and see an original Boris Vallejo, Michael Whelan or Donato Giancola piece hanging there with those guys sitting right in front of them?! It's a total fan girl experience as well as a humbling one. These artists are the masters of their craft and you can walk right up to them, ask how they're doing and receive some free advise.

Do you have a favorite cover or illustration you have done? Do you have a fave that someone else has done?
It's hard to pick a favorite, but the cover I did for Leandra Martin's Dark One Rising was a personal accomplishment for me. It was the first cover that felt like a true digital painting. It may seem like a small milestone to an accomplished painter, but I was so excited to complete something without lines!

Do you read the books you are illustrating or do you let the author describe the scene?
I unfortunately don't have a lot of time to read the books I'm illustrating. By the time the assignment comes through, the deadline is already tight. I'm a slow reader and that wouldn't benefit anyone. I leave it up to the author to pick out the scenes that they feel express the heart of the story. I'll take the excerpts and create a preliminary interpretation of the scene and run it by the author. At that point it's easy to make changes with the author's input. I'm not sure how other publishers work, but Seventh Star Press allows the artist and author to collaborate in the creative process.

Who is your favorite comic book hero?
It's Robin. Really, it's Robin. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of watching Batman: The Animated Series and reruns of the 1966 series. Batman was awesome, but Robin accomplished what he was designed to do: I could relate to him. I had a huge crush on Dick Grayson (and Burt Ward, I ADMIT IT). However, if you really want to get technical, my favorite Robin has ended up being Jason Todd. The reasons why are for another interview for another day.
Thank you Bonnie for taking the time to answer my questions. And I always had a crush on Burt Ward too. LOL 

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