Oct. 13th, 2009

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"I began my career in Illustration in 1976. It was not my career of choice, which was to be a “Fine Artist”, (also known as a “Starving Artist”). But a few years after graduating with a BFA degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, I was steered towards illustration by an experienced illustrator, Charles Gehm. Already experimenting with realism, using photographic reference, I was shown how to use my inclination and actually make a living. I was introduced to the world of models, costumes and photo studios and practiced as a sort of apprentice. I started out in paperbacks with a genre that was fading in its popularity, the gothic novel. These books usually had a woman in a nightgown looking scared in front of a big, sinister mansion.


Devilish Duke in My Bed by Sophie Jordan

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The “bodice-ripper” was on its way in and I proved adept at this look, playing with the over-the-top sensuality, but also bringing elements of classical painting and design to them. A trip to Italy in 1984 reinforced this classical tendency, when I saw the works of Carravaggio, Botticelli and other Renaissance painters. I recognized that those artists were really illustrators in every sense. Their images were designed to communicate and tell a story. They worked for clients whom they had to satisfy if they wanted to continue being employed, and they had to meet deadlines as part of their job, (admittedly they had much more time, with some commissions taking years to complete).

Up till that point, I had generally seen Illustration as sort of a commercial half brother of “Fine Art”, and it troubled me to think I was selling out and should instead be painting in a “pure” way. But I began to realize that the Art industry was responsible for the pure art myth, when in fact it, too was a commercial system, - just with different rules! Since then I have worked steadily with the goal in mind to continue the ancient tradition of Art Illustration, to not just satisfy the client, but also satisfy my sense of Art.

By most recent estimate estimate I have created around 3000 illustrations so far for clients such as, Avon Books, Ballantine Books, Berkley Books, Dell, Doubleday, Harcourt, Harlequin, Holt Rhinehart Winston, Little Brown, New American Library, Random House, Rounder Records,The Bradford Exchange, The Wall Street Journal, Viking Penguin, Italian Vogue, Zondervan and Zebra."

http://www.james.griffin.org/
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"I began my career in Illustration in 1976. It was not my career of choice, which was to be a “Fine Artist”, (also known as a “Starving Artist”). But a few years after graduating with a BFA degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, I was steered towards illustration by an experienced illustrator, Charles Gehm. Already experimenting with realism, using photographic reference, I was shown how to use my inclination and actually make a living. I was introduced to the world of models, costumes and photo studios and practiced as a sort of apprentice. I started out in paperbacks with a genre that was fading in its popularity, the gothic novel. These books usually had a woman in a nightgown looking scared in front of a big, sinister mansion.


Devilish Duke in My Bed by Sophie Jordan

more pics )

The “bodice-ripper” was on its way in and I proved adept at this look, playing with the over-the-top sensuality, but also bringing elements of classical painting and design to them. A trip to Italy in 1984 reinforced this classical tendency, when I saw the works of Carravaggio, Botticelli and other Renaissance painters. I recognized that those artists were really illustrators in every sense. Their images were designed to communicate and tell a story. They worked for clients whom they had to satisfy if they wanted to continue being employed, and they had to meet deadlines as part of their job, (admittedly they had much more time, with some commissions taking years to complete).

Up till that point, I had generally seen Illustration as sort of a commercial half brother of “Fine Art”, and it troubled me to think I was selling out and should instead be painting in a “pure” way. But I began to realize that the Art industry was responsible for the pure art myth, when in fact it, too was a commercial system, - just with different rules! Since then I have worked steadily with the goal in mind to continue the ancient tradition of Art Illustration, to not just satisfy the client, but also satisfy my sense of Art.

By most recent estimate estimate I have created around 3000 illustrations so far for clients such as, Avon Books, Ballantine Books, Berkley Books, Dell, Doubleday, Harcourt, Harlequin, Holt Rhinehart Winston, Little Brown, New American Library, Random House, Rounder Records,The Bradford Exchange, The Wall Street Journal, Viking Penguin, Italian Vogue, Zondervan and Zebra."

http://www.james.griffin.org/
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To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Allwynn ([livejournal.com profile] allwynn)

Please contact me with a private message or tell me how I can reach you.



The assigned ebook is:

If I Were a Lady by Bryl R. Tyne
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60592-025-2
Buy Link:
https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=32

Fifth grade English teacher, Kendra Wright, doesn’t believe in instant love. In fact, at twenty-nine, she’s all but given up hope of ever finding love, period. That is, until she meets the new principal, Valerian Riche.

He may be stunning, gentlemanly and honorable, but falling for the man is the last thing on Kendra's agenda. But when Val makes the first move, Kendra’s life as the youngest spinster to ever grace the pages of history is turned upside-down.

She’s longed to be treated like the lady she knows she is, but technically, is not. But if the truth comes out, it will destroy her career and end the wildest romantic ride she’s ever known.

Kendra must end the relationship before she’s in too deep. Before the truth is revealed. But, how does a lady say no to the charm-charged wiles of a man as determined, and eager, as Val Riche? While she anticipates the horror of breaking the news, he persists on making her decision as difficult as possible. Maybe Val should’ve checked Kendra’s package before he unchecked his heart.

And as Special Prize for the lucky winner, Bryl R. Tyne offered also Coin Operated Boy, just out yesterday!

Coin Operated Boy by Bryl R. Tyne
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60592-057-3
Buy Link:
https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=65

After serving time for violating the Android Fair Usage Act, Rye "Silk" Pecatti is hell bent on locating and reacquainting himself with his super android, Chal. Chal was created to learn and to retain human emotions, but Rye never figured in the "will factor." With an android that's learned to bargain his way through life, enterprising takes on a whole new meaning, and Rye discovers that yielding control to his creation may be the only way to truly fulfill both their needs.
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To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Allwynn ([livejournal.com profile] allwynn)

Please contact me with a private message or tell me how I can reach you.



The assigned ebook is:

If I Were a Lady by Bryl R. Tyne
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60592-025-2
Buy Link:
https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=32

Fifth grade English teacher, Kendra Wright, doesn’t believe in instant love. In fact, at twenty-nine, she’s all but given up hope of ever finding love, period. That is, until she meets the new principal, Valerian Riche.

He may be stunning, gentlemanly and honorable, but falling for the man is the last thing on Kendra's agenda. But when Val makes the first move, Kendra’s life as the youngest spinster to ever grace the pages of history is turned upside-down.

She’s longed to be treated like the lady she knows she is, but technically, is not. But if the truth comes out, it will destroy her career and end the wildest romantic ride she’s ever known.

Kendra must end the relationship before she’s in too deep. Before the truth is revealed. But, how does a lady say no to the charm-charged wiles of a man as determined, and eager, as Val Riche? While she anticipates the horror of breaking the news, he persists on making her decision as difficult as possible. Maybe Val should’ve checked Kendra’s package before he unchecked his heart.

And as Special Prize for the lucky winner, Bryl R. Tyne offered also Coin Operated Boy, just out yesterday!

Coin Operated Boy by Bryl R. Tyne
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60592-057-3
Buy Link:
https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=65

After serving time for violating the Android Fair Usage Act, Rye "Silk" Pecatti is hell bent on locating and reacquainting himself with his super android, Chal. Chal was created to learn and to retain human emotions, but Rye never figured in the "will factor." With an android that's learned to bargain his way through life, enterprising takes on a whole new meaning, and Rye discovers that yielding control to his creation may be the only way to truly fulfill both their needs.
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To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Tangerine_haze ([personal profile] tangerine_haze)

Please contact me with a private message or tell me how I can reach you.



The assigned ebook is:

Cattle Valley: Fool's Gold by Jenna Byrnes
Publisher: Total-e-Bound
ISBN: 978-1-907010-37-8
Buy Link: 
http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=489

Adeline Murphy believes the Apple Valley Inn is the only thing waiting for her in Cattle Valley, and it's up to Melissa Danes to change her way of thinking.

Adeline Murphy heads to Cattle Valley, Wyoming looking for a fresh start. She's invested every dime she has and purchased the local bed and breakfast. Arriving in town with a cranky girlfriend in tow, Addie's devastated to discover the inn has been vandalised. With the property uninhabitable, she has no source of income and a mounting stack of bills.

Melissa Danes' quiet Cattle Valley existence is shaken by the arrival of the beautiful Addie and her surly tagalong, Chloe. She's captivated by Addie, but stays away thinking Addie and Chloe are in a committed relationship. When she discovers differently, all bets are off.

Mel discovers Addie has several barriers to cross, including repairing the damaged inn and her even more wounded self-esteem. When Mel looks at Addie she sees more than Fool's Gold, but she needs to find a way for Addie to see it too.

Note: This novel is a stand alone title which includes characters created by Carol Lynne in the Cattle Valley Series. Visit the Cattle Valley website for more information on this bestselling series!
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To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Tangerine_haze ([personal profile] tangerine_haze)

Please contact me with a private message or tell me how I can reach you.



The assigned ebook is:

Cattle Valley: Fool's Gold by Jenna Byrnes
Publisher: Total-e-Bound
ISBN: 978-1-907010-37-8
Buy Link: 
http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=489

Adeline Murphy believes the Apple Valley Inn is the only thing waiting for her in Cattle Valley, and it's up to Melissa Danes to change her way of thinking.

Adeline Murphy heads to Cattle Valley, Wyoming looking for a fresh start. She's invested every dime she has and purchased the local bed and breakfast. Arriving in town with a cranky girlfriend in tow, Addie's devastated to discover the inn has been vandalised. With the property uninhabitable, she has no source of income and a mounting stack of bills.

Melissa Danes' quiet Cattle Valley existence is shaken by the arrival of the beautiful Addie and her surly tagalong, Chloe. She's captivated by Addie, but stays away thinking Addie and Chloe are in a committed relationship. When she discovers differently, all bets are off.

Mel discovers Addie has several barriers to cross, including repairing the damaged inn and her even more wounded self-esteem. When Mel looks at Addie she sees more than Fool's Gold, but she needs to find a way for Addie to see it too.

Note: This novel is a stand alone title which includes characters created by Carol Lynne in the Cattle Valley Series. Visit the Cattle Valley website for more information on this bestselling series!
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To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Nurseowens ([livejournal.com profile] nurseowens)

Please contact me with a private message or tell me how I can reach you.



The assigned ebook is:

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Angelia Sparrow
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-522-6
Buy Link:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&manufacturers_id=20&products_id=1605

Catherine McAllister didn't expect to be widowed in Indian Territory, her husband dead in a freak accident. When her neighbor and best friend Amanda is left alone as well, the women move in together. Soon, they find friendship was the least of it, and settle in as a married couple to make a go of their joint homestead.

When zombies begin devouring their livestock, they treat the invaders like any other predator. Aided by Amanda's mother-in-law, Half-Moon, Catherine leads the local homesteaders in defense of all their wives and children. Will they be able to keep the things that go bump in the night off their land?
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To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Nurseowens ([livejournal.com profile] nurseowens)

Please contact me with a private message or tell me how I can reach you.



The assigned ebook is:

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Angelia Sparrow
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-522-6
Buy Link:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&manufacturers_id=20&products_id=1605

Catherine McAllister didn't expect to be widowed in Indian Territory, her husband dead in a freak accident. When her neighbor and best friend Amanda is left alone as well, the women move in together. Soon, they find friendship was the least of it, and settle in as a married couple to make a go of their joint homestead.

When zombies begin devouring their livestock, they treat the invaders like any other predator. Aided by Amanda's mother-in-law, Half-Moon, Catherine leads the local homesteaders in defense of all their wives and children. Will they be able to keep the things that go bump in the night off their land?
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As promised, here are the ebooks for giveaways authors donated for who voted in one or more polls. Today winners are:

Ebook: If I Were a Lady by Bryl R. Tyne (Special Prize: Coin Operated Boy by Bryl R. Tyne)
Winner: Allwynn ([livejournal.com profile] allwynn)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/815535.html

Ebook: Cattle Valley: Fool's Gold by Jenna Byrnes
Winner: Tangerine_haze ([personal profile] tangerine_haze)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/815840.html

Ebook: Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Angelia Sparrow
Winner: Nurseowens ([livejournal.com profile] nurseowens)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/815970.html

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As promised, here are the ebooks for giveaways authors donated for who voted in one or more polls. Today winners are:

Ebook: If I Were a Lady by Bryl R. Tyne (Special Prize: Coin Operated Boy by Bryl R. Tyne)
Winner: Allwynn ([livejournal.com profile] allwynn)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/815535.html

Ebook: Cattle Valley: Fool's Gold by Jenna Byrnes
Winner: Tangerine_haze ([personal profile] tangerine_haze)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/815840.html

Ebook: Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Angelia Sparrow
Winner: Nurseowens ([livejournal.com profile] nurseowens)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/815970.html

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This is not a review and it's the first time I do something like that. This is an admission of guilt, I wasn't able to finish this book. But not since the book wasn't good, or well-written, I think that, if you are a fan of gothic fantasy, very dark gothic fantasy, and of a well-crafted setting, and if you have a very open mind, Sacrificial Sex is a good book for you. But for me it's too much; I can arrive to some extension, but even I have my limit. Human blood sacrifice, multiple partners, using of sex as a weapon to control people... and basically men without moral boundaries, sorry not for me. I know, and this is the reason why I post, that to some readers these things are not a "no, no" like for me, but instead something they search. I repeat, I think that the author's style is good, the world she created complex and original, and I think this is a big push boundaries novel. I arrived to more than half the novel, since when I was just there to let it go, the writing always kept me, but then I had to stop, it was too troubling for me going on. But if you want to give it a try, here it's:

Sacrificial Sex by Laura Tolomei: A young man thrown into a primitive world where blood and sex are sacrificed to sanguinary gods in a vicious ritual, tries to stop the sorcerer from satisfying his own blood lust and sexual cravings on innocent virgins. An intended victim himself, the handsome stranger will use sexual persuasion to gain his trust without revealing the truth behind the sacrifices or its virgin offerings. But in his dangerous quest to save the virgins, Rowen will get more blood, sex and cruelty than he has bargained for.

http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=ebook_flypage&product_id=5289&category_id=34&manufacturer_id=130&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=44

Amazon Kindle: Sacrificial Sex

The Rainbow Awards: First Week results: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/811346.html
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This is not a review and it's the first time I do something like that. This is an admission of guilt, I wasn't able to finish this book. But not since the book wasn't good, or well-written, I think that, if you are a fan of gothic fantasy, very dark gothic fantasy, and of a well-crafted setting, and if you have a very open mind, Sacrificial Sex is a good book for you. But for me it's too much; I can arrive to some extension, but even I have my limit. Human blood sacrifice, multiple partners, using of sex as a weapon to control people... and basically men without moral boundaries, sorry not for me. I know, and this is the reason why I post, that to some readers these things are not a "no, no" like for me, but instead something they search. I repeat, I think that the author's style is good, the world she created complex and original, and I think this is a big push boundaries novel. I arrived to more than half the novel, since when I was just there to let it go, the writing always kept me, but then I had to stop, it was too troubling for me going on. But if you want to give it a try, here it's:

Sacrificial Sex by Laura Tolomei: A young man thrown into a primitive world where blood and sex are sacrificed to sanguinary gods in a vicious ritual, tries to stop the sorcerer from satisfying his own blood lust and sexual cravings on innocent virgins. An intended victim himself, the handsome stranger will use sexual persuasion to gain his trust without revealing the truth behind the sacrifices or its virgin offerings. But in his dangerous quest to save the virgins, Rowen will get more blood, sex and cruelty than he has bargained for.

http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=ebook_flypage&product_id=5289&category_id=34&manufacturer_id=130&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=44

Amazon Kindle: Sacrificial Sex

The Rainbow Awards: First Week results: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/811346.html

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