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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Artwork of Death’s Dance by Crymsyn Hart

When I heard that Death's Dance was accepted with Seventh Star Press I was ecstatic because I had written the book with the hope of getting in and it was a different road than the usual romance novel with horrific elements that I normally write. And then I was told I could pick from their talented artists I was floored because it was awesome. I looked over the artist's portfolios and of all of them I liked one more, Enggar Adirasa.

So I had to come up with an idea for the cover and two interior scenes. The first thing I focused on was the cover. In my mind, I saw the cover differ than what it came out with. I saw the hanging tree, which is a central location in the book, the grim reaper peeking out from behind the tree and a single rotting corpse swinging from the bough. When I told my vision to Enggar, I sent him a few pictures of some old Oak trees and a short scene from the book describing the tree.

Some time passed and the artist came back with a sketch of the cover and it was different than what I expected, but it worked.  He had gotten the hanging bodies, the reaper and what I had asked for. However, when the final version came in colored and all, the overall creep factor of it had been magnified by a hundred and I knew I had made the right see decision about Enggar cause he got my vision and made it his own while capturing the essence of the book.

The two interior sketches I had a basic idea, but it was tougher picking what I wanted. The two scenes were the main character having to confront the reaper who had been manipulating her computer. The second scene was the main characters entering into the haunted church with Death's Dance and interrupting the mass going on. I sent a few images of old church interiors to Enggar and he came back with a haunting depiction of what I had envisioned of the ghosts in the old church not so happy about interrupted.

Overall I was very delighted with the artwork and how it came out. It had been the first time I had worked with an artist. Seeing what I had in my head drawn out as a visual medium instead of what I had just in my imagination was wonderful. It was painless and we worked very well together. I would do it all over again. Actually I plan to considering there are three more books planned in the Deathly Encounters series.

Death’s Dance Blurb:
Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.

Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.

From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.
From there things went from bad to worse.

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Crymsyn is a National Bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

To find out more about Crymsyn:

Twitter: @crymsynhart

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