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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Grail Quest Books to Publish Lumen Legends!

11738056_10153446185358523_6824508693460170766_nIt’s a great thing when an aspiring author finds a like minded publisher. I don’t know, perhaps it’s so great a thing that when it occurs choirs of angels bust out into late 80s rap, you know, back when rap was innocent and entertaining, when it was all about that base thumping sound being pushed out of an Alpine deck, when The Fat Boys were back and Big Willy was still an up and coming Fresh Prince trying to get jazzy with Jeff. Well, anyway, Friday (July 10), when Grail Quest Books posted this little gem on Facebook, the angelic voices started thumping my speakers.

NEWS RELEASE: Grail Quest Books is thrilled to announce that we have acquired the rights to publish the sci-fantasy series, Lumen Legends, created by Tyrel Bramwell. Our publishing schedule will commence with releasing a GQB edition of his first book in the series, ‘The Gift and the Defender’, published by the author in 2010.

Not only did GQB pick up The Gift and the Defender, but also the entire Lumen Legends series! Put your removable face plate back on the stereo and stay tuned for future updates.

… I don’t know, was the rap analogy too much? It felt like too much. Was it too much?