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Hey everyone! Just in case you didn't already know, I'm primarily an Indie author :) If you would like to purchase Silver Hollow, it's free at the moment via Kindle Select, at least until Friday! Here's the link: www.amazon.com/Silver-Hollow-e…

Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions! I'm going to post the first chapter here as well, but feel free to come by my blog for more updates :)

Official Blurb-

Amie Wentworth writes paranormal romances, not because she is looking for a degree on ectoplasm, but because she's got bills to pay. Ever since her parents' car crash, she has been led a reclusive life and trusted books more than people. Not even a letter from her long-lost uncle, begging her to visit, gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a mysterious stranger.

After crossing the Atlantic to her father's homeland, Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane.

Being a believer in the corporeal, she is determined to root out the logic behind the unexplained. Never mind the possibility she might be a part of it, or the fact her dearly departed dad left her with an inheritance she can't return. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

Amie decides to throw herself into the world Uncle Henry has crafted for her. He teaches her the tricks of the trade and she tries to ignore the fact that his Gothic home and she are slowly changing. But when she comes face to face with the ugly truth, will she too be sucked into her father's madness? Or will she discover that madness is just another name for honesty?

Hope to hear from you!

Jenn :)
I've been playing around with photoshop a bit for fun, and to test out some of the different features. It's all new to me, as I've always been a traditional artist. But I've always loved taking photos as well. While I don't claim to have the talent of some, I hope you enjoy my take on ordinary things. :D

Jenn
I haven't updated this journal in a shameful amount of time. Sorry for the long absence. Though I'm not certain how big of a following I have. I'm not exactly known for my artwork lol, just the writing for now.

It's been weeks since I picked up a pencil or piece of charcoal to sketch anything. But I'm ready to start dipping into that part of my artsy brain so be prepared!

My best friend's getting married and I promised her a painting years ago. So of course I wait until something really important to make it for her lol.

I'm going to start making concept sketches this week and go from there.

Ooh! But I'm super stoked about finding a bunch of oil paints at Hobby Lobby for two bucks a pop! They may be little tubes but I'm well aware how pricey those oils are. I spent a whole semester once messing with them. The first time I did I didn't realize you can't just "wash" the paint off. Finally my teacher came around and asked why I was still in class before pointing out the turpentine to me. Took her long enough! lol

So thanks Ms. Lovelace for the 9 week painting lessons! They were a sweet kind of torture. My dad still has that silhouette sunset painting up in his office. :)

That's a life lesson for any artist there. So what you aren't getting it just right? Keep trying again, and again, and if you must, again!

Be looking for updates :)

Anna
So I'm having another writers spell. I keep jumping back and forth between sketches and my books, which is a good thing right? Healthy combination? That sort of thing?

Most creative people I know have their hands in more than one medium so to speak. You may be an artist, an actress, a singer, a songwriter, a sculptor, among other things!
I always envied my Dad because he's a concert pianist. And trust me when I tell you the man is brilliant, he's brilliant. He didn't even start lessons until he was eleven years old, but he advanced faster than should be possible. He's one of those rare people who have an insane drive to be better than everyone else.

Certainly I do what I do because I love it with a driving passion. But there's a difference between passion and high ambition. Growing up I always envied the fact he has one great talent, because he was able to throw himself into it. When you ask my Dad what his youth was like, he'll tell you a simple story. He woke up and practiced piano, went to school and came home and practiced piano. Then he ate dinner, watched black and white television, do homework and practiced piano. Afterwards he'd watch Dragnet and practice piano into the night. You get the picture!

But he's also been a carpenter and a salesman all his life lol. Just goes to show you can't pin anyone to one thing really. I guess that's one of the things God did to make us different from each other.

For those interested I've started a blog for my work, a compilation of what you can find here and links to my work, progress on new things. Have a look if you fancy!

silverwoodsketches.blogspot.co…

Meanwhile, I'm dredging up the energy after work to actually do something productive tonight :)
Wish me luck!

Anna
So now that I've posted my most recent favorite pieces I realized that I need to keep working! It is so difficult sometimes to find the will to work. I wish that all I had to do was write and sketch all day haha.

Finding motivation is not always easy. That's why I find it easier to illustrate than try at other art. Once I spent my nights and mornings working on different pieces for classes. It was fun but exhausting lol. And once I broke up with my boyfriend at the time, finding the will to work became easier and harder at once. Easier because I had an outlet for all the bottled up emotions exploding inside of me. Harder because I felt dead inside.

After that year I ran as far from developing my skills as possible. You all know what I'm talking about. I just convinced myself there were too many other talented people out there. People more gifted than I could ever hope to be. So what was the point?

The point is not giving up. The point is to keep on going because the fact is you aren't everybody else and so that makes your individual art uniquely you.

I've started a new challenge for myself ever week, to put out a new finished sketch. And I would challenge you too, to not give up on your craft, but keep improving and growing!

So we'll see what the future brings!

-E :D
Hey everyone!

So I've been coming to this website for years now, browsing through and finding my favorite new artists. I don't pretend to be as good as most of you lol. But I thought it would be fun to post my art here, to give myself a bit more incentive to start putting out again!

Tonight I gave my best stab at sketching again. After doing so many art projects in college I was so burned out. For anyone else out there who 's gone to art school you know what I mean. They tend to suck you dry.

Sure I got a heck of a lot better but at a price!

Now I long to return to those glorious days of ignorance, when I didn't have a real job and all I did day in and out was art.

I love fantasy pieces the best, and have a healthy respect for photography simply because it's beyond me.

I also love charcoal and pastels the best, occasionaly dabbling with prismas. I know this is bad of me but I can't shake my favorite mediums. If I had listened to my high school teachers and professors I would make myself work with all of them, but oh well!

As I work on my stories I'll be putting pieces I've done up to go along with them, for your enjoyment. If anyone with mad manip skills wants to take a turn at fiddling with any of these just let me know! I would love to see what some of you come up with!

Meantime I'm actually going to try and sleep now.

Hasta luego,

E :)