Book Cover · Design · The Crucible

The Book That Never Was – After Dark

So I finally finished the cover for a story I never got the chance to write. If you followed The Crucible Series, you know my books were unpublished at #9. Well, as this “mock” cover states, After Dark was set to be #15. There were a number of things that needed to happen to set up the story line for this particular couple, but I’m not naming names or giving away any clues about what would’ve been here. I just wanted to make this cover because this was one of the books I really looked forward to writing, and while I have no regrets over unpublishing my books, there’s a part of me that really wishes the series could’ve made it this far. Still, maybe one day we’ll get there, but until then, I hope you guys enjoy this! :)

Book Cover · Design · Light of Dawn · The Crucible · Uncategorized

Book Cover Remakes – Light of Dawn

So … I bet no one thought to see me posting here again any time soon, huh? Myself included! But here I am, and I have some fun stuff to show off … well, fun stuff if you ever read any of my stories lol!

As most of you already know, I unpublished my books a year ago (almost exactly, which seems a little strange!). In the time since, I’ve learned quite a bit about my difficulties functioning in recent years, and while I don’t want to start dumping lengthy explanations on everyone right now, I can say that I’ve discovered new ways to do art, and that’s what’s been taking a lot of my focus!

So in the effort of keeping things short and sweet, I think everyone is aware that I created my own book covers for The Crucible Series. There are several places online where you can purchase stock photos for fairly cheap, and using those, I would piece the cover together, slap the title on it, and voila! For example, here’s Light of Dawn’s old cover:

This is still one of my favorite covers just because I love the light effects! However, I’ve been dabbling in 3D modeling lately, and wouldn’t you know it, I managed to create the characters from my stories! Well, I haven’t created all of them yet, but I do have quite a few, and yes, that includes Charlotte and Ulric! As such, I decided to remake the cover of their book for no other reason than I could, and I love doing graphic design. So without further ado, here’s the new cover for Light of Dawn:

Before I go any further, I wanted to make sure to specify that no, this doesn’t mean I’ll be republishing my books! I’ve still got a long way to go before that option is back on the table again, but I wanted to do something creative, and I had way too much fun piecing this together! I can also say you guys can and should expect to see more in the future because I’m intending to rework the covers of all my books, as well as post some general character art and make a few covers for books I never got the chance to write!

I hope you guys enjoy this! <3

Light of Dawn · Romance · The Crucible · Uncategorized

Light of Dawn- Angela Colsin

Oh wow, whatabookwants has been kind enough to give Light of Dawn a review! I’m seriously floored! Thanks so much for this and I’m really glad you enjoyed the story! The good news is it won’t be long now before more about The Final Calling is revealed LoL :D

Romance · The Crucible · The Final Calling · Writing

Mapping a World

I think a lot of people harbor under the misconception that writing a story, regardless of the content, only consists of, well, writing. Write the words down, that’s all it takes, right?

WRONG.

There’s a lot that goes into stories, even the most basic and shortest story you could read. Much of this revolves around research and fact checking, but some of it extends further, for example, map making :D

I’ll admit, I’ve always been fascinated by maps. I’m definitely an author by definition, but my day job involves studying maps and blah blah technical jargon goes here. In any case, maps are extremely interesting. I often look at them and wonder if a landmark might have been involved in some mysterious event that was never fully explained, or how a battle might have been waged when this river blocked the entrance to this valley, etc.. Simply put, maps hold stories for us to discover.

That said, anyone who’s read my books may recall Ulric mentioning in Light of Dawn that draconians hale from another realm entirely, called Ithelyon. There are also allusions to Mystikkar throughout my stories (a.k.a. the City of Magic) which also happens to be in Ithelyon–and we will finally be getting a chance to see some of it in The Final Calling. Yay!

Anyway, point being, worlds need maps, and I’d definitely had an idea in mind for Ithelyon for quite some time, just not extreme specifics. But with the way the story goes in The Final Calling, I’ve had to not only plan one, but two different realms. Actually, three if you count … wait, I’m not handing out spoilers here :D

But the most important is Ithelyon, and I wanted to put my thoughts down, not just in story form, but map form as well. So I started working on it (not at the expense of writing the story itself, however!) and I actually have a very nice work in progress to provide.

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Overall, I’m pretty happy with the basic quality, though I’ll admit I don’t have every landmark down here (still not handing out spoilers lol). A friend asked if I was going to include this map as an insert in the book once it’s published, and I’m considering it, but I don’t want to clutter my story with a bunch of side notes and yadda yadda. But hey! That’s what blogs and websites and so on are for, right? :D

This map is a smaller piece of a much larger image, and the overall project is still in the works (it’s not easy building a world after all). But I thought I’d share just because I’m easily excited and all that :P

Cheers! :D

Fallen Hearts · Romance · The Crucible · Writing

Fallen Hearts by Angela Colsin

So, Debra from geeksneakpeek.net just reviewed Fallen Hearts, and I’m floored, not to mention extremely grateful my series was enjoyable to read! And don’t worry guys, I’ll have Edith and Isaac’s book done soon! (I’m predicting a May/June release) :D

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Fallen Hearts is Book 4 of The Crucible Series by Angela Colsin, an independent author I recently found.

As always, first the Blurb:

Most humans live in blissful ignorance of the supernatural, unable to see what they don’t believe exists. Such used to be the lot of Stephan Forrester, a normal mortal leading a regular life, at least until the day vampires abducted him. With his family murdered in the attack, Stephan finds himself alone and dying of an obscure, incurable illness contracted in the vampires’ lair.
Using what time he has left to seek justice, Stephan sets out to eliminate the offenders until only one remains. However, locating this final target means doing something he doesn’t think possible—actually working with a vampire.
Entombed against her will and forced to hibernate for seventy years, Maddox only awakens when a mortal with a vendetta frees her from the grave. He…

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Book Cover · Design · Light of Dawn · Romance · The Crucible

Out with the Old Cont…

It’s so weird that I got a new (and wonderful, let’s not forget that part :D) review on Light of Dawn just when I was about to share the new paperback cover image =| It must be a sign! Of what, I don’t know, but I guess we’ll find out in time! :P

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Call me arrogant, but I’m reeeeeeally happy with this one! But I’ve always been a sucker for glowy sparkles and that kind of thing. AND LIGHTNING. Lightning is awesome. <3

Cheers!

Blue Moon · Romance · The Crucible · Writing

Blue Moon by Angela Colsin

Oh my! A super huge thank you to Debra from geeksneakpeek.net for this absolutely wonderful review of Blue Moon! I’m blushing all over (I seriously never knew how to handle any type of compliment without getting all shy lol!).

Geek Sneak Peek

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Blue Moon is the first book in The Crucible Series by Angela Colsin.  This is the first time I have read this independent author.

The BlurbWhen betrayed by his Alpha, Cade Hodgins takes the role in leading the Arkin City pack and begins his search for those responsible for his father’s death. Information is hard to come by however—until a stray lupine wanders into his territory.

But Ashley Passmore is no ordinary stray. She’s a newborn wolf, turned from being a human with no prior knowledge that lupines existed. Due to her blackouts, she can’t recall who turned her or why, but Cade suspects her attackers may be the same as those who entrapped his father.

In the meantime, Cade takes Ashley in to help her regain control of her new life, and finds more than just a lead—she’s his mate. But Ashley is adjusting to the new…

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Romance · The Crucible · Writing

The Crucible Series Book 5 Teaser

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Romance · The Crucible · Writing

Personal Life and Writing

For weeks now, I’ve been wanting to come over here and write an article for (hopefully) everyone to enjoy, but sadly, nothin’ doin’. Mostly, personal (health) issues have gotten in the way, and I was fairly sick over the weekend, which really interfered with my writing.

As if that isn’t enough, I’ve come to an impasse in my current manuscript (boo pacing and exposition) though I’m fairly sure it’s only a temporary setback until I can find my flow again (probably offset by how sick I was feeling this weekend). So, because I haven’t been able to write any articles, and progress has been going a little slow on my next book, I was kicking around the idea of revealing who it’s about despite the fact that I have no title yet, no blurbs, and no cover. In fact, if I had to estimate a percentage of completion for this manuscript, I’d have to say it’s only at about 35% done, and that might be just a tad generous.

Still, I’m very excited for this next story in my series, and I believe I may have only met an impasse because I’m so invested in writing it and want it to be, well, good! :) So I’ve decided to keep it a secret for just a little longer, but I’ll soon hand out more information for everyone to sink their teeth into :D

Hints? Let’s just say I’ve been asked for this story repeatedly, and I know some people who’ll probably be thrilled that it’s finally coming along!

Cheers! :D

Blue Moon · Fallen Hearts · Light of Dawn · Romance · Strange Brew · The Crucible · Website · Writing

Website Updates & Halloween Book Sale

So, I’ve finally gotten around to posting some new information up woo! Mostly, these updates are on my characters and terminology pages, which includes entries for Maddox, Stephan, Ardilon, Jennifer Kivsey, and a few others, as well as updated appearances. On the terminology page, there are several new words, and I have to admit, I kind of have an odd fascination with writing them out in a dictionary style. I’m weird, I know lol!

But it’s a good time to be weird with Halloween right around the corner, and yup, I’ve got plans for it! Perhaps even crazy ones! Ones that make you go “this is madness!” Okay, they’re not that drastic, but starting tomorrow, every book in The Crucible Series will be on sale for $0.99 until Halloween! Yay! :D

This is a coupon based sale on smashwords only, and I’ll have more details up soon. In the meantime, I hope everyone’s having a delightfully frightening week!

Cheers! :D

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