Posts Tagged ‘books’

I just completed this image for a new book soon to be published.  Last summer I created a piece of cover art for the author, but since that time a major revision has taken place.

This is the cover art that the author liked last summer.  But that was last summer and according to the author everything has changed…yet I still like this for a cover.

This is the first version that I created last summer.  My daughter, who is the author, has the final artistic say in picking the art…since it is her book.  Let me know what you think.

If you are interested in the book and would like to purchase a copy follow this link: http://www.lulu.com/shop/vr-aisling/dream-captive/paperback/product-20179961.html

Dream Captive

Paperback, 223 Pages
Price: $15.99
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Shade has been haunted by nightmares all her life, and now she begins to have waking nightmares as well. When one of these waking nightmares takes her from her home, she finds out that her dreams were more real than she ever imagined as she enters the Dream World. She and several other children have been kidnapped by a man known as the Dark Master, to be used as sacrifices in a dark ritual; the Summoning. With aid from a man named Dantes, Shade escapes and tries to free the others as well. Will she be able to save the children? Or will she succumb to the power of the nightmares?

I’m in the middle of reading this new book and series by one of my favorite authors, Stephen R. Lawhead.  The book The Bone House is the second in a series called Bright Empires.  The reason I am even discussing this book is because the characters have found a method to travel between dimensions and time(s) through the use of ley-lines.

I’m not going to discuss the whole idea of ley-lines in this post, but to give you a brief overview Ley-lines are alleged alignments of a number of places of geographical and historical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths, natural ridge-tops and water-fords. Their existence was suggested in 1921 by the amateur archaeologist Alfred Watkins in his books Early British Trackways and The Old Straight Track.

Anyway, back to the idea of time travel, I awoke too early this morning and was thinking about this book I am reading and about moving through time. As I continued to wrestle between the state of wakefulness and reality I thought for some reason that it was no longer April 2012, but for some reason I was now half my age and it was April 1986. So I began trying to remember where I would have been in April of  1986…

I was twenty-three and in the middle of Army Combat Engineer Basic Training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  Talk about waking up to a bad dream.  Then I remembered reading an article about Marilu Henner and her special ability to remember every day of her life with striking clarity.

Henner said that having superior autobiographical memory is like having the ability to time travel to whenever she wants.  I wonder if that is what time travel is about?  I have always thought of listening to music as time traveling because I can place myself to a specific time and event with most popular music that I have grown up listening to, from hearing the Beatles in Gym class in elementary school to school dances in the 70’s and beyond.

So what truly is time traveling?  Is it physical where you actually transport to another time or is it a memory…possibly both, at least in science fiction novels and movies. I have thought it would be interesting to relive certain aspects of my life without the mistakes and with my current knowledge and understanding.  Thinking back to my dream.. well, I did not really want to remember all the wonderful events of basic training, but I do wish I was in that type of physical shape again and able to have the energy I had to get up and run five miles at 5 a.m. Instead I woke up and wrote a blog about time traveling at 5 a.m. in 2012 while listening to Celtic music.