TGTD Cover Design Stages

TGTD stages

Today I thought you might enjoy seeing what I emailed out to subscribers a few weeks ago, the progression of The Gift and the Defender’s cover design.

Once Edward Riojas agreed to paint the cover, I provided him with a synopsis of the story. He used that to produce the initial sketch. Only two changes were made to his original concept: the shape of the shield and a sword in place of the staff. After some conversation regarding the title layout, Ed produced the next image, reflecting the changes mentioned above and providing a taste for what the finished design would look like. Not long after that he delivered the final image!

Chad Bird, Dreaming Big, and The Gift and the Defender

Last week I read an excellent article written by Chad Bird called, “Dream Small: The Joy Of An Unaccomplished Life.” In it he deals with the American cultural insistence that we’re supposed to dream big.

Whatever path you follow, you are told to dream big, to be all that you can be, to earn trophies that serve as icons of a life worth living… Your big dreams will come true. You will be an accomplished person, so it’ll all be worth it.

Or will it?

TGTD Front Cover Image_Newsletter VersionThere are two main characters in my upcoming novel, The Gift and the Defender, and one of them, Adam Malloy, like many Americans, took a nice long swig of this particular flavor of Kool-Aid.

“…it’s about me following my dream, making the world a better place… You’ve never chased a dream… You don’t know what it’s like to want something more, to want to do great things, to climb high above the streets and shout your victory!  You don’t know because you settled…”

Chad goes on to speak about another, better, way. He talks about 1 Thessalonians 4:11 and how God would have us live our lives.

To avoid any TGTD spoilers I’ll simply leave you to read Bird’s article (link above) and encourage you to read Lumen Legends: The Gift and the Defender when it comes out later this summer.


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