Blog Tour: Life is Art: Cover and Art Design by Danny Rei

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A big welcome to Danny who specialises in Cover art and design! Please feel free to check out some of Danny’s work, showcased below. Thanks in advance.

I’m Danny and I’m 21. I love beautiful book covers and posters. Ever since I was a child, I was very artistic and won several drawing competitions. As I grew up, my interest in art and design expanded somewhat. What started as something I enjoyed and was good at, became a passion.
My passion in art and design led me to start my own forum to satisfy my need to meet others with the same interests. As a result, I had to design my own buttons, banners, avatars and signatures.
Upgrading my skills came naturally, and soon I became fascinated with Photoshop and the endless possibilities I can discover with the program – from photo manipulating to digital painting from a plain white sheet.
I love reading books and seeing beautiful and creative cover designs inspires me. Not only to I enjoy the designing process, perfection is what I aim for.
I created my cover art service to help indie authors find the right cover artist for them. I have enjoyed working with several indie authors, as well as with a fantastic publisher – E.A.R. Publishing Company. Our collaboration has resulted in creating over 20 covers and other art works for the purpose of book promotion.
I do not have a specific way of working. Every client is special, unique and original, thus, my process is different every time. Usually, I ask the author if they have a specific vision of their cover art and go from there. And for those who are not sure what they want in particular, I ask for a sample of their book and the blurb. After I have digested the information, I suggest ideas and we go from there.
Art is Life really is a bespoke service that caters to the individual author’s needs.
WORK
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‘Demonic Saviour’, by Author Katherine Rocholz, is one of my most favourite cover designs I have made so far. I know having favourites isn’t something I should do, because all of my cover designs are like my children, but I just love this one so much. I drew this personally and I especialy like the ‘dirty’ lines of the art.
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The ‘UnForgotten’ anthology cover is also one of my favourite pieces. Maybe it is the theme of the writing contest organised by E.A.R. Publishing, or the calm, blue colours, but this definitely is something I enjoy looking at.
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Aah, ‘Another Way to Bleed’ by Author Susan Harris! This one is special to me in its own way. The model on the cover is a personal friend of mine and her personality fits the main character in Susan’s debut novel perfectly.
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‘Red Moon’ by Author J.V.K… I love this piece. Not only because it fits the second book perfectly, it is dear to me because the fragments of the compositions. A dear friend of mine is the model, and the dress she is wearing is my prom dress. So, naturally this cover means a lot to me. I love the simplicity of the colours: red – black – white. It is eye catching, simple, and in a way unique.
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‘Of Gaea’ by Victoria Escobar is my most recent art work. I have to say that when I read the blurb, I was fascinated with the story and felt privileged that the Victoria chose me as her cover artist. I loved working with her.
Other Book Covers
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Jeanne Ray

Eat Cake

 

Eat Cake

Ruth loves to bake cakes. When she is alone, she dreams up variations on recipes. When she meditates, she imagines herself in the warm, comforting center of a gigantic bundt cake. If there is a crisis, she bakes a cake; if there is a reason to celebrate, she bakes a cake. Ruth sees it as an outward manifestation of an inner need to nurture her family—which is a good thing, because all of a sudden that family is rapidly expanding. First, her mother moves in after robbers kick in her front door in broad daylight. Then Ruth’s father, a lounge singer, who she’s seen only occasionally throughout her life, shatters both wrists and, having nowhere else to go, moves in, too. Her mother and father just happen to hate each other with a deep and poisonous emotion reserved only for life-long enemies. Oh, yes indeed!

Add to this mix two teenagers, a gainfully employed husband who is suddenly without a job, and a physical therapist with the instincts of a Cheryl Richardson and you’ve got a delightful and amusing concoction that comes with its own delicious icing.

Ruth is 51.

http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Cake-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B006XWYC8K/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Nancy Thayer

Hot Flash Club

The Hot Flash Club

Meet Faye, Marilyn, Alice, and Shirley. Four women with skills, smarts, and secrets—all feeling over the hill and out of the race. But in a moment of delicious serendipity, they meet and realize they share more than raging hormones and lost dreams. Now as the Hot Flash Club, where the topics of motherhood, sex, and men are discussed with double servings of chocolate cake, they vow to help each other . . . and themselves.

Faye, the artist. A determinedly cheerful widow and connoisseur of control-top pantyhose, she’s struggling with creative block and an empty, lonely house. Now she’s got a tricky problem to bring to the club’s table: how can they catch her perfect son-in-law cheating on her only daughter Laura?

Shirley, the healer. Though her yoga-slender body belie her years, decades of dating losers and the strain of being broke make her feel her age. Shirley has a secret dream: a wellness spa that nurtures body and soul. But first she needs to believe in herself, in her abilities, and in her friends at the club.

Marilyn, the brain. A paleontologist who has spent so many years looking at dried-up fossils, she’s almost become one herself. Worried that her brilliant but nerdy son is about to marry the very wrong woman, she gets some help from the HFC, who transform her from a caterpillar to a butterfly, with amazing results.

Alice, the executive. Black and regal, she soared to the top of the corporate ladder. Now her shoes are murder on her arthritic back and the younger jackals are circling in for the kill. But as the inspiration behind the HFC, she’s about to discover something extraordinary: contentment.

For Faye, Shirley, Marilyn, and Alice, the time has come to use it or lose it—be it their bodies, their brains, their spirits, and their sense of fun. Together they realize that they can have it all, perhaps for the first time in their lives. And though what sags may never rise again, feeling sexy has no expiration date— and best of all, with a little help from her friends, a woman can always start over . . . and never, ever, give up what matters most.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Hot-Flash-Club-ebook/dp/B000XUDGAI/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1358074698&sr=1-1

The title is hilarious. I love it! It’s not necessarily a romance but it is about four women in their mid-fifties to early sixties.

Random Post: Romance and Sanity

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Don’t you just hate waiting? In this case I didn’t know how long the wait would be so I was glad I brought along some sanity in the form of The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt…

Ellyn Bache

Over 50's Singles Night

Over 50’s Singles Night

Living with her newly widowed sister was driving BJ Franklin insane. She had to find Iris a husband…fast! So she starts the Over 50’s Singles Night. But when only a few elderly ladies and a gay man attend the first meeting, she decides to fix her sister up with their neighbor Harvey. Except…Harvey has decided BJ is more his taste.

Could BJ really start dating again? And is she ready to start a relationship with the man next door?

The title says it all.

http://www.amazon.com/Over-Singles-Night-Harlequin-ebook/dp/B00A9V3KK2/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1358075167&sr=1-1

Margot Dalton

French Twist

French Twist

Ten years ago Madeline Belanger made the painful decision to leave Bayou Beltane and start a new life. But now somebody was threatening her family. And Madeline had come back to find out who. If only she could avoid Justin, her ex-husband, her first love, the man she couldn’t seem to forget…

Newly appointed judge Justin Delacroix had finally gained the success he’d so determinedly worked for. But he’d paid too high a price–he’d lost the only woman he’d ever loved. When he learned Madeline was back in town, he suddenly realized he’d been given a second chance. He vowed he’d do whatever it took to win his wife back. But after ten years, was he still the man she wanted?

Married couple in their 50’s.

http://www.amazon.com/French-Twist-Delta-Justice-Book/dp/0373825706

Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Major Ernest Pettigrew is perfectly content to lead a quiet life in the sleepy village of Edgecombe St Mary, away from the meddling of the locals and his overbearing son. But when his brother dies, the Major finds himself seeking companionship with the village shopkeeper, Mrs Ali. Drawn together by a love of books and the loss of their partners, they are soon forced to contend with irate relatives and gossiping villagers. The perfect gentleman, but the most unlikely hero, the Major must ask himself what matters most: family obligation, tradition or love? Funny, comforting and heart-warming, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand proves that sometimes, against all odds, life does give you a second chance.

http://www.amazon.com/Major-Pettigrews-Last-Stand-ebook/dp/B003DVB7XC/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1354633164&sr=1-1

Heroine is in her 50’s. Hero is 65.

Mary Balogh

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Simply Perfect

As headmistress of Miss Martin’s School for Girls in Bath, Claudia Martin long ago resigned herself to a life without love. Until Joseph, Marquess of Attingsborough, arrives unannounced and tempts her to toss away a lifetime of propriety for an affair that can only lead to ruin, embarking on a plan of seduction that leaves them both yearning for more. But Claudia knows she has no place in Joseph’s aristocratic world. And now that world is about to be rocked by scanda.…An arranged marriage, a secret that will shock the ton, and a man from Claudia’s past conspire to drive the lovers apart. But Joseph is determined to make Claudia his at any cost—even if that means breaking every rule for a love that is everything he has ever wanted.…

http://www.amazon.com/Simply-Perfect-Mary-Balogh/dp/0440241995/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363009478&sr=8-1&keywords=Mary+Balogh+simply+perfect

Hero is 36, heroine 35