Just finished these new commissions. Both are small pieces, so I decided to try out my prismacolor pencils and see what effect I got. They are a challenge, and very different from working in pastels, but I do like the finished results. I have one more large pastel to do and the horse panel for the fence, then I'll be all set for Christmas orders.
I will be at Camano Community Center on the 17th of Nov for their Christmas bazaar, then off to Snohomish on the 18th the the bazaar there. That is going to be one busy weekend.
Had a great time at Women Writing the West Convention in Walla Walla Washington.
I will now be spending my days eliminating many of the exclamation marks, italics, needless tags and passive verbs from my manuscript. I'm glad I got to this convention before I published the first book in the Navarre Link.
There were lots of great insights and opportunities to speak with people in the publishing business. I hope to go again next year.
Finally, after a few delays with getting supplies together and then playing around with the lay-out, the first fence panel is all blocked in and ready to go. Monday I will get out the small brushes and get serious.
I had hoped to get the cover for The Navarre Link: Twisted Fate done before I started on my commissions, but it's not going as smoothly as I had hoped. At this point now, the commissions need to get done, so my own artwork is being delegated to the back burner for now. I will get back to it, and probably work on it periodically as I find time.
On one hand, this is a good thing! It gives me more time to finish critiquing my upcoming book to make it even better!
Here are some of the five star reviews posted on LuLu and Amazon! Thanks to everyone who takes the time to give their support. It means a lot to us authors!
This novella is the prelude to a longer book, which I am now looking forward to immensely. Brauneis creates a solid sense of place -- the opening scenes, of a pair of outlaws fleeing a posse on horseback, through blizzard conditions, is so vivid I could imagine myself there. Jack and Leon, outlaws but not truly bad men, stumble across a ranch and meet a family whose welcome shows them a new way of life, but all too soon reality closes back in . . . The author's clear understanding of horses adds to the sense of time and place. Fans of the old ‘Alias Smith and Jones’ tv series will enjoy this, as well anyone who likes action, adventure, and the possibility of redemption.
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I liked the relationship between Peter/Leon and Mathew/Jack, they share a deep bond. The action starts right at the beginning and keeps going. I am looking forward to The Navarre Link.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Format: Kindle Edition
I am really looking forward to the next installment the author has done a great job with world building. Love the boys and had a hard time putting it down. I enjoyed the little bit of humor that sneaks in.
This is such a great read from the beginning right thru to the end. I love the relationship between these two outlaws, Nash and Jack. Wanted and on the run, they still have a sense of humor and decency. Coming to care about the family that takes them in when they are finally able to lose the posse that has been chasing them. Capture, escape, a very smart horse, a creative meal on the run, this story just keeps giving you more and more. I am looking forward to reading more of it.
This author has presented us with a sympathetic pair of anti-heroes, and given them a compelling storyline as they seek shelter with a warm and generous family who don't know they are wanted. The posse hunting them don't know they are trying for pardons either and are determined to bring them in. Vivid descriptive language paints a world so real you can almost feel the ice and snow and a characterful horse brings the kind of light relief which could only have been written by someone who knows horses intimately. A wonderful read for fans of Westerns.
What a week end! Thank goodness for the breeze that helped keep the temperatures at a bearable level!
The number of attendees weren't quite as many as we had hoped, and it did seem to be a slow weekend overall, but once the dust had settled, I actually did fairly well.
Again, I sold a number of books and made more contacts. Time will tell if those come to anything. But I did sell a few prints, and have a solid commission (down payment already in the bank), so the show did do more than pay for itself.
We had great neighbours too! This makes a street fair easier to get through, when you're not being run off your feet. Overall, it was well worth doing.
Thank you to those who came out to support and enjoy!
Wow! Close to another month gone by again.
The Mothers' Day Studio Tour went very well. Sold lots of prints, some originals and a lot of books. Had people talk about being interested in commissioning a portrait from me, but we'll wait and see how that goes.
Paul and I are off on a road trip now. We've settled in Getzville, New York for a week, helping out with family stuff. It's been nice for Paul to visit with family and child-hood friends, since he grew up here. It's been a fun visit for me as well. We went meandering around yesterday, going through some of the surrounding small towns, and stopped at a lovely restaurant called The Boat House in Wilson, then got a nice picture of Lake Erie from Olcott. It was a nice, relaxing day. We'll be here through the weekend, then hit the road again on Monday.
We'll be heading back to S. Dakota and Wyoming, so I plan to promote my book as much as I can. We'll see where it goes from there. I'm almost ready to publish the e-book of ICE, then it'll be time to begin the final process of The Navarre Link, Volume one! We're off and running now!
Wow! I have been so busy, I haven't had time to bring things up to date.
The Mother's Day Studio Tour starts tomorrow, and I have been running around getting everything set up for it. The only glitch so far, is that my book ICE won't get here until Saturday. Thank goodness this tour lasts over the two weekends, and not just the one! But, everything has come together. It's raining today, but the forecast is for a nice weekend, with each day getting better as we go. Hold that thought!