Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Etopia Press Jan Release - Debra Kayn

Latest book release from Etopia Press  is 

Where There's Smoke

by the ever witty

It can be bought direct off Etopia and Debra has an exerpt on here site. 

Here's the blurb:
One hot fireman, one bossy Irish Setter…one woman whose dreams are about to come true…

When Amber Bailey inherits her estranged aunt’s old house, she’s sure it’ll be the perfect spot to open her pet daycare business and settle into a life her family will finally approve of. What she doesn’t count on is the cold shoulder she gets from her neighbors whenever she mentions her aunt’s name, or having to get a safety inspection on the old house before she can get a business license. Whoever heard of building inspections for a glorified dog house?

Gregg McKee runs his life the same way he runs the fire department…full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes. He didn’t even mind the angry calls from the neighbors about the crazy animal lady stuck in the tree—pulling her out gave him the perfect excuse to turn on the charm. But when she doesn’t follow through on fixing a code violation he issued, he realizes he might lose her forever. What’s he supposed to do with a woman too stubborn and independent for her own good?

This was much fun to do! Hot firemen? Heck yeah! 

It was fun to incorporate the smoke into the cover since its in the title. 
Fire for me is easier, but so didn't work in this case . 

Anyhow all book addicts go read and download!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Interview and a Contest from Author Steve Emmett

Steve Emmett has interviewed me about cover art, life and creme eggs! 

We talk about his upcoming release Diavolino on Feb4th from Etopia Press

You can read all about it 

and be in with a chance to win a signed A3 copy of 

Be Bad!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year & Beann Sidhe Clann!

Happy new year everyone! Hope your all recovered and well! 


Beann Sidhe Clann or Banshee Family was yet another slight mistake! 

Kelly Ealy puts these pics up and she is very tolerant of me and my smurfmaking! Especially in this one as the wee girl is her daughter Adrianna.

I've done a few for her now and she knows the score! 

I do love most of her shots, they are like perfect in exposure and her models are always stunning! I never really have to do much to them which is always a bonus.

So I was STRICTLY doing a RETOUCH (see top right hand pic below) 
and added in a blue adj layer to see what would happen. 


 Yeah - it actually was easy enough to put that well known photo from stock exchange in 
and because I was a lazy cow just blended it into the grass. 

The hardest part was Laura New's dress and getting the tonal gradient right over it. 
REALLY hard and well lets just say messing with upwards on 6 adjustment layers 
at a time is so much fun!


Was done over most of October as I was very busy with Annie and Etopia but I think its 4 - 5 hours work and only around 80 or so layers. 

Be bad kiddos in 2011!! 

I'm gonna take over the world with sticky chocolate toffee pudding with lashings of custard!