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Will Duane #2 Tell Me Why You Like This Guy Best and Maybe Win an eBook of Mogollon!

Here we are with Will #2. Different guy, different vibe. He can be serious, but is he tough enough to play Will? You don’t get to be the richest man in the world by being a nice guy.

WILL DUANE #2

WILL DUANE #2

Here’s another guy (again, shown as a comp from Dreamstime.com. I use comps from Dreamstime.com, 123rf.com, and Shutterstock.com. For the “real” version of Will, I’ll buy the images and give proper credit.) that looked like Will to me. Good looking. White hair that didn’t need Photoshop. Doesn’t have blue eyes, but that can be fixed. I’ll show you some more:

Will Duane and his staff at the Numenon Headquarters

Despite his personal shortcomings and tendency to explode, Will’s employees are extraordinarily loyal. He’s good to them and has jumped in way beyond the call of duty to help employees that are facing calamities. He has no prejudices based on race, gender, or sexual preference. He’s brilliant, providing a role model for everyone in Numenon. He can work harder and longer than anyone, and has done it for forty years.

The only problem is, if he blows his top at you, you’ll never forget it or get over it.

Will's competent on a computer, but not a real jock

He doesn’t know everything about computers, even the ones he builds. That’s why he has employees. Millions of them, all over the world. He’s a serious guy and works a lot.

Will may not smile much

This is as laid back as Will gets

This guy has pretty much the right look. He’s not as tough as I’d like. No pics of him beating employees, but there are wonderful images like this:

Will Duane rules the world. He darn near does, you have to admit it

Here we Will in his element. Creating empires and running them.

OK Will #2. If you think this guy seems most like the Will Duane in your head, go to this page and DROP ME A COMMENT ON THIS PAGE. I’ll go through the comments, pick the one I like best, and send the winner a free eBook of Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem.

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Sandy Nathan
Website #1    Website # 2, the Interactive One!

Will is shown as a comp image from Dreamstime.com. I use comps from Dreamstime.com, 123rf.com, and Shutterstock.com. For the “real” version of Will, I’ll buy the images and give proper credit.)

 

Will Duane #3 Tell Me Why You Like This Guy Best and Maybe Win an eBook of Mogollon!

And here’s Will Duane #3. If you think this guy seems most like the Will Duane in your head, go to this page and drop me a comment. I’ll go through them, pick the one I like best, and send the winner a free eBook of Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem.

WILL DUANE # 3

WILL DUANE # 3 Looks like it's "Happy Times Are Here Again" for Will

This Will has the prerequisite white hair. He’s tall, he’s handsome, he has great teeth. He looks jaunty and self confident enough to be the Will that everyone knows. Looks great in a tux, too.

Will's life is not all fun and games. Even on a spiritual retreat, his enemies are after him

In Mogollon, we feel the storm clouds gathering, but we don’t  have the faintest idea how bad it’s going to be.

Things in Numenon get worse

Will’s not one to take adversity lying down, but sometimes, people break.

Will breaks, but you won't believe what happens

This guy has some great shots showing Will in despair. That gets ahead of Mogollon, but you can see it coming in the book.

Again, Will is shown as a comp from Dreamstime.com. I use comps from Dreamstime.com, 123rf.com, and Shutterstock.com. For the “real” version of Will, I’ll buy the images and give proper credit.)

OK Will #3. If you think this guy seems most like the Will Duane in your head, go to this page and DROP ME A COMMENT ON THIS POST. I’ll go through them, pick the one I like best, and send the winner a free eBook of Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem.

You should look through all the Wills. They have different strengths. This one shows Will in emotion pain as well as being on top of things. Number 1 shows him pulling a screamer. Number 2 fits the bill and shows how he rules the world. Which one is the real Will Duane?

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Sandy Nathan
Website #1    Website # 2, the Interactive One!

 

MOGOLLON – This is not a COVER REVEAL – repeat NOT – This is a conversation with FREE BOOKS attached

My new book, MOGOLLON: A TALE OF MYSTICISM & MAYHEM is poised for release. Poised, but not there yet. At this point in a book’s production, everyone involved is just a little touchy and very tired. But decisions must be made.

Mogollon is a story of conflict, contrast, and personal growth. Will Duane, the richest man in the world, and his key executives are thrown together with Grandfather, an old Native American shaman and his People. The conflict plays out at a Native American spiritual retreat hosted by the shaman.

This is where I need your help. I’ve got the coolest cover in the universe. Scroll down. The extremely attractive guy on the horse is Rick Mora, a Native American actor, model & philanthropist. When I write a book, I usually do a video incorporating images of real people that I think look like my characters. It makes the character more real to me. In search of images for the video, I searched for “beautiful Native American men.”  Photos of Rick covered about half the page.

Rick looks exactly like my idea of a key character in Mogollon: Wesley Silverhorse. Wesley is Grandfather’s most advanced spirit warrior and expected to succeed  the shaman when the time comes. Wesley has all sorts of spiritual powers, but he’s a really nice guy and very modest. In wanting Rick on my cover, I wanted more than just a pretty face. Wesley is beautiful, and he’s also moral, kind and generous. And very sweet. To me, Rick embodies those qualities.

Here he is, riding across the New Mexico sand. Or ocean.

OK. I’ve got this great cover. So why am I holding a NOT COVER REVEAL? I’ve got another great cover and I can’t decide between them. I’ve asked all my friends what they think. They say all sorts of things. I’d like to see what you think. Here’s the other cover:

Not much difference, is there? Except for the shaman floating in the sky above Rick. Shaman or no shaman, that is the question. Scroll up and down on the page, comparing both of them.

And then leave a comment on this post and tell me which cover you like better and why. I’ll randomly select people and send them a free eBook of Mogollon. I’ve got ePub and mobi versions; tell me which you need. You can’t get Mogollon anywhere; the book is not out yet. When will it be out? That’s a good question.

Let’s discuss the shaman in the sky from an art critic’s position. The version without the shaman is a superior piece of art, hands down. Most art professionals frown on anything hovering in the sky: buffalo, fairies, hearts, you name it. They are tacky, unsophisticated, and trite. Sorry, lovers of floating wildlife.

Most of my friends and one editor said exactly that. “No shaman! No shaman! No shaman!” Some threatened to hold their breath until I promised to get rid of him.

But my eye just grabs onto that shaman and won’t let go. Why? Here’s something you probably don’t  know about me. I was associated with a meditation school based in India for, oh, about thirty years. We did all sorts of spiritual practices, but my favorite was the spiritual retreat. Go away for a few days, come home with all your demons singing in harmony.

I stopped counting how many retreats I’d done when I hit sixty. Yes, sixty. I don’t know how many more I did. My brain is thoroughly fried. People ask me where I get the ideas for my books  and how I write them. The ideas come from spending lots of time on the other side, the home of bliss and visions and creativity. I write the way I do from hard work.

Do you know what it’s like sitting in a meditation hall with a meditation master? When I got within ten feet of my first meditation master, my mind shut down. The energy blasting off of him made it hard to breathe, much less think. A still mind reveals what’s underneath the busyness of ordinary life. What’s that? Bliss. An ecstatic universe underlies the world around us.

And–you can get seriously intoxicated meditating. I did, as often as possible. Nothing is better than the high you can get through spiritual practice. Nothing. That’s why all those monks are smiling.

Bliss is the hallmark of  spirit.

So I go for the shaman.

What does this have to do with which cover I should use? Not a lot, because my developmental editor gave both the covers above  a devastating blow:

“I THINK THEY ALL LOOK MORE LIKE A WESTERN THAN A CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUAL/FANTASY/ACTION NOVEL.”

Ooh. That smarts, but it’s true. Mogollon is set in 1997. Will Duane, the richest man on earth, made his fortune by starting the tech revolution in the late 1950s. He’s kept ahead of all competition since then. His corporation has the most advanced technology available on the planet. To offset business cycle ups and downs, Will’s diversified into other industries.  He rules the economic world. Will and his team are Silicon Valley hotshots all the way, even if they’re in the New Mexico wilderness. Mogollon isn’t a western at all.

But I love the cover and don’t want to change it. How can we get the existing cover to reflect the contemporary and cutting edge status of the corporate side of the equation? We’re working on it.

Meanwhile I had the best idea:


The perfect merging of tech culture and a spirit warrior.

If I was better with Photoshop, I’d show Rick riding the horse while using the laptop.

That’s it for now. Sometime soon I’ll have a real cover reveal.

Write a comment any maybe you’ll win an eBook of  Mogollon.

Ciao,

  Sandy Nathan and Tecolote
Sandy’s Amazon Author Page
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Here’s the text from the rear of the cover. It will give you a better idea of the book:

PEACE OR OUR DARKEST NIGHTMARES?

Will Duane owns the tech revolution. It’s 1997; Will’s been the richest man on the planet for twenty years. He sways governments and ruins lives. Will has a new mission, one that brings him into conflict with all that’s holy. He and his corporate hot shots have reached their destination, a Native American spiritual retreat in the New Mexico desert. Their caravan enters the Mogollon Bowl, a geophysical anomaly where anything can happen. Now Will can spring his trap.

Grandfather, the shaman leading the retreat, has different plans. He has a vision of a world where love is king, a world of peace and harmony. His corporate guest is the key to making his vision real.

Another force watches them, waiting for an opening. Both men’s hopes are dashed, as a sacred place becomes the playground of evil. A malevolent power reaches for them, trying to claim their lives and souls.

An unforgettable modern day fable, Mogollon is a high-speed, high stakes fantasy with visionary roots.

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