Thursday, August 29, 2013

Breathless Press 4th Anniversary Tour: Guest Post with Cover Artist Victoria Miller + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Breathless Press 4th Anniversary Tour! I have a guest post from Victoria Miller, a cover artist with Breathless Press, as well as a huge giveaway including a Kindle Fire and gift cards. But, first, allow me to introduce our guest:

Victoria Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2008 from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She currently lives in Savannah, Georgia with her cat, Bagheera. She is the Art Director for Breathless Press and its YA offshoot, Lycaon Press. She also works with Liquid Silver Books as a content editor. When Victoria isn't working on edits or cover art, or at her day job making money for the rent, she can be found typing away on her next book. She currently has one book out, Wicked Satyr Nights, under the pen name Rebekah Lewis.

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Welcome to Imagine a World! I'm glad you could be here.
Thank you for hosting me!

Do you have a favorite cover that you've done?
There are several I really love. I think Color of Dreams may be my favorite. But I also love the ones I did for Angel's Requiem and Alien Dating Site. It is hard to pick just one!



Is there a process you use when designing a cover? 
When I am doing covers for Breathless Press and Lycaon Press I have an art form to work from, with all the main details about the book and the characters and the setting. For freelance covers I don't have a form but ask for as much info as I can get. Sometimes the author will have an idea for a cover that is really easy to incorporate, and I try to follow author suggestions as much as I can—depending on how it works and what images are available. Sometimes I can't though, and I have to think about it until I find inspiration. I'll spend hours, sometimes days, staring at stock images until I find an image that has something I can work with, and then I go from there. Many times the best covers come from trial or error. So I will just keep adding images, textures, gradients and fonts until the right combination occurs.

What is the most difficult part about designing a cover? The easiest? 
The most difficult would be trying not create the same cover as other artists multiple times. Since small pubs tend to use the same stock image sites, many covers have the same images on them. That is why I try not to do too simple of a cover and will attempt to add as much as I can to the background or style of the cover to make it stand apart. Anyone can slap text over an image and call it a cover.

The easiest would be changing eye color. I try to match hair colors with models to avoid the hassle of changing the color of that, but eyes take, like, five seconds to change. I don't even look at the model's eyes till the cover is done and I only have text to add.

Have you ever finished a cover and, when looking at it later, found one thing that you wish you had changed?
Alllllll the time. Sometimes it is something I thought looked good but then later I think I must have been temporarily insane. Other times it is because I couldn't say no to an author who wanted an image I didn't particularly think was the best image just to avoid hurt feelings, and so the image didn't blend in as well or looks off for whatever reason. I am my worst critic. (I am getting much better at saying no.)

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why? 
Viking age. Hunky men with big swords and long blond hair. Sign me up. And you can blame every mistake on Loki.
*Those Vikings are a delight ;)*

Summer or winter? 
Summer. I hate being cold. (but for Vikings I would freeze my arse off gladly hahahaha)

Cat or dog? 
Cat. I have a tuxedo cat named Bagheera. She's got so much personality! Though I'd love a dog as well, I am really happy Bagheera can take herself to the bathroom in the middle of the night and when I am at work.

Tea or coffee? 
Neither really. I can only handle coffee in a frozen drink with so much chocolate and cream that it masks it. Starbucks' mocha cookie crumble is amaaaaaaaaaaazing.

Book or movie? 
Book. The movies never equal up.

Bad boy or boy next door? 
What if the boy next door WAS the bad boy? ;)
*HA! Good one! Never thought of that :)*

Thanks so much for being here!
Thanks again for having me!

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Giveaway:

Up for grabs are several prizes: 
Grand Prize: 1 Kindle Fire
Second Prize: $25.00 Gift Card for Breathless Press
Third Prize: $10.00 Gift Card for Breathless Press
Fourth Prize: 10 x $5.00 Gift Cards for Breathless Press (meaning 1 per person)
Ends August 31.
Good luck!

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About the Publisher:

Breathless Press is an e-book publisher specializing in Romance and Erotic(a) stories.

Our mission statement is simple: To provide the opportunity for readers to connect with romance authors through the purchasing of quality e-books at a low price.

Starting in the summer of 2009, Breathless Press came into existence. Since then, we have been producing top end romance and erotic stories for valued readers to enjoy.

Check out the other stops on the tour for more author interviews and giveaway opportunities. For the full schedule, click on the banner at the top of the post or click here.


20 comments:

  1. Goddess Fish PromosAugust 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Thank you for hosting

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  2. Ashtrie Karana PutrieAugust 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I think I wouldn't survive a viking age. I hate winter cold weather, since I've been born and raised in tropical weather. But sure those viking is hot. ah, dillema ;p

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  3. I find it interesting about what age period she'd go back to. I always find that question super interesting. =)

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  4. Happy to be part of the tour :)

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  5. Staying in comfortable warmth or enduring cold for hot Vikings. Such a difficult decision ;)

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  6. Yeah, that's my favorite question to ask. The answers are always so diverse and interesting. Good luck on the giveaway :)

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  7. Great book covers.

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  8. Victoria would like me to thank you for having her today! She's currently on the road, but will check in when she can :)

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  9. Hi everyone! Thank you so much for hosting me today. I have been driving all day or I would have posted sooner :) Hope I kept it interesting for ya ;)

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  10. I sometimes think choosing just the right cover and writing a perfect blurb are just as important as the first chapter of a book.

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  11. Thanks for sharing the wonderful interview and the giveaway. I think that a great cover and blurb may a huge difference. The cover should reflect the book and hint at what's inside, a kick ass heroine, a wolf, a unicorn... The blurb should always hint at what's inside, especially if it is in a sub genre, like paranormal, sometimes I can't tell if a book is paranormal or not and I will pass it over for one that is. evamillien at gmail dot com

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  12. Happy to host for you! And, no worries, your interview was lovely :)

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  13. Totally agree. The cover is your first impression of a book, so it should match with the contents. And the blurb is how most readers decide whether or not to buy a book so it has to be interesting. Thanks for visiting! Good luck on the giveaway :)

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  14. Definitely. A blurb has to reflect what we'll get in a book. Thanks for visiting and good luck on the giveaway :)

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  15. How did Victoria discover the job of Cover Artist for books? Sounds like a fun and creative job!


    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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  16. The most interesting part was learning about how to design a cover.

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  17. Bad boy or boy next door?
    What if the boy next door WAS the bad boy? ;)

    OMG I JUST CRACKED UP. Someone needs to give me a book like that! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Laura @ Music Plus Books

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  18. I liked reading about the cover process

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  19. Great interview, I enjoyed it.

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  20. Sorry I was on the road Thursday and Friday or I would have hung around more. Thanks again for being a wonderful host!

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