The Night of Elisa – Halloween Blog Tour

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Hello Darklings! ^.^ The Night of Elisa starts today a Halloween Blog Tour, organised by Bewitching Book Tours.

There will be interviews, guest posts and a paperback copy giveaway! You can participate on the tour on the following blog and days:

October 16 Teatime and Books
October 16 Leigh Anderson (Guest Blog)
October 16 Paranormalists
October 16 Reads 2 Love
October 17 T’s Stuff (Interview)
October 17 Whiskey With My Book
October 17 Roxanne’s Realm (Guest Blog)
October 18 Eskimo Princess Book Reviews
 
October 18 Fang-tastic Books (Guest Blog)
October 19 Character Madness and Musings
October 19 Ramblings of a Book Nerd
October 19 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
October 20 Lisa’s World of Books
October 20 Mythical Books (Guest Post)
proposed topic Brides and Gothic Stories
 
October 20 The Book Junkie Reads . . .(Interview)
October 23 SImply Kelina
October 23 Share My Destiny
October 23 For Love of Books4
TNOE-instafreebie.jpg The book, which story has been compared to Tim Burton movies and Penny Dreadful series, is also available for free at Instafreebie. But only until 31st October!
Embark on a Dark, dreamy tour to Duskland with Elisa & Co.

It’s Friday 13th and here is a little Classic Horror drawing

After years doing digital work, I am rekindling with ink and paper. As an artist, it is important that I do studies in both digital and traditional media and I have basically abandoned the last part for a while.

This week, however, after months trying to reconnect with my roots, I finally found the motivation and right mindset to do that.

Here comes a little drawing, Frankenstein – not from the book, – but from the classic movie. I used a mechanical pencil for the draft and 0.3 + 0.5 mm ink pens.

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You can see more of my artworks, including book covers, on my new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/helheimendesign

So, what are you reading or watching Horror-wise this Friday?
I will be drawing another classic Horror/Gothic character and hope to post it soon 🙂

Stay dark! Thanks for visiting!

Happy birthday, Human Voices!

Clare Diston from UK does the editing for my books and her company, Human Voices, is now 2 years old! We celebrate it with an inspiring article, giving insights of freelancing life. Looking to start freelancing editing, writing, cover design and so on? Read this article first!

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As of the 1st of October, Human Voices – as a full-time venture – is now 2 years old!

Human Voices has been officially up and running since October 2011, and almost 4 years to the day after I started the business, I quit my job to become a full-time freelancer. This has been my only job for 2 years now, and I couldn’t be more pleased!

To celebrate, I made the most garish cake I could think of:

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Of course, birthdays are a pretty good time for reflection, so I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned since I’ve been in business:

  • If you do a good job, clients will come back. It might take a few months or a few years (the latter especially if you’re dealing with people who write novels), but if you make a good impression your clients will remember you and they…

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Working on ‘As Black As Ice’ the sequel and final part of ‘As Cold As Thorns’ – now, the secret of The Black Rose will finally be unveiled!

Nightmares, hallucinations, strange happenings and impossible love have all been traits of As Cold As Thorns contrasting with sarcasm, narcissism, art and extravagance. There is a mystery in the story – the key to everything and that is the infamous, elusive Black Rose.

But what really is the Black Rose? Which powers does it possess?

Henrique, the protagonist, goes through a transformation, from a bright artistic mind and kind, cordial man to someone cold, tormented and shrouded in darkness. Is it love, madness or something else inflicting him this pain and twisted state of mind?

For those who followed the ups and downs of the world’s most acclaimed tailor, the sad story of Amelia, the grim drama of Princess Catalyna and the expeditions towards the infamous rose, you shall no longer be puzzled. You shall have your answers in the Spring of 2018 on the sequel As Black As Ice.

Like the first book in the duology, this one will also be illustrated and have the special layout.

At the moment, I am writing its chapters and doing the editing with Clare Diston https://humanvoices.co.uk  whom I have worked in (almost) all my books. This October,  a team of beta readers gathered by RBTL Book Tours http://www.rbtlbooktours.com  and I are starting the beta reading process for the final part of the story.

The cold, dark mood of the Autumn and Winter seasons in Norway are perfect inspiration to help setting the mood during the writing process, and of course, all the amazing energy and support of those who have read the story and helped me making it better.

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I took this photo last week, while driving with my husband, on a beautiful Autumn morning. See more photos like this on our Photography website: sousaneshaug.com

So stay tuned, for something wicked this way comes… in Spring 2018.
Cheers and enjoy life! 🙂

Gothic, Horror and Dark Fantasy Books Freebies and Giveaways this Halloween

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You love Dark Fiction and its subgenres: Horror, Gothic, Dark Fantasy… and you’re looking for good dark reads to get (or keep) you in the mood for Halloween. You enjoy Stephen King, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley and Tim Burton movies, and you also enjoy discovering independent authors (ahem, like me!).

Well well, I have some good news for you! I’m running a GoodReads Giveaway where you get  two beautifully illustrated paperbacks: The Night of Elisa + As Cold As Thorns. 3 lucky winners will be chosen by 31st October.

halloween 17 books-tnoehalloween 17 books-eleanorIf you’re new to my books, I’d love to connect with you, dear reader! One new easy way to do that was to make The Night of Elisa and Eleanor’s Gift available for you for FREE at Instafreebie.

This is a very nice platform, where you can claim free books, uploaded directly by their authors and publishers. You will discover new, exciting stories at no cost, in your favourite genres! Whether you download my books or not, I totally recommend you to check this great e-book platform.

Claim The Night of Elisa here: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/964NS

Claim Eleanor’s Gift here: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/WQJeI

Good luck, and Carpe Autumn! 😉

Books that I love: Special editions of Frankenstein and Books of Blood

This June/July, I travelled to Sao Paulo, Brazil to spend some time with my parents, brother and extended family. Besides the amazing moments I got, I received some beautiful and great books as gifts. I’d like to share with you two classics (one old, one modern) of Dark Fiction.

I’ve been in love with their layout and paper and you can have a glimpse here on this short video.

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley was even more special, due to the extra illustrations and the 4 bonus short stories. However, my favourite cover is that of Books of Blood, by Clive Barker. It’s utterly beautiful.

The Night of Elisa – Character artworks and concept sketches that did not make it to the trade book

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When I first started the creative process for The Night of Elisa, my idea was to have a fully painted portrait for each character in the book as well as paintings of scenes, environments and objects. I actually started some of these illustrations and had to put the dream on stand-by for someday in the future.

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