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Will the real Will Duane step forward – and you can win a free copy of Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem

Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem (Bloodsong 2)

My new book Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem offers many interesting characters. One of them is on the cover. The guy on the horse is Rick Mora, the fabulously beautiful Native American model and actor. He fits my mind’s eye image of Wesley Silverhorse, the dreamboat portion of the Mogollon cast. Wesley’s in his mid-twenties, the typical age for dreamboats. Are breath-taking hunks limited to a few years after adolescence, or can they be older? Or much older?

Mogollon’s leading man,Will Duane, is the richest man in the world. He is a dreamboat for sure, even through he’s sixty-two years old. For one thing, add fifty billion dollars to any old fart and he becomes a dreamboat. Will’s got fifty billion dollars. But he was a dreamboat long before he grabbed all the moolah.

My character, Dr. Elizabeth Bright Eagle, meets Will Duane at the Meeting. (That’s the Native American spiritual retreat Will and his executives and staff attend and where Mogollon takes place.) Elizabeth is an internationally known physician and philanthropist who is also a top spirit warrior.  Elizabeth is a very classy lady and has the opportunity to take a very good look at Will when he hurts himself. From Mogollon:

“The doctor was able to see what a very good-looking man Will was. His chest had a thin mat of white hair. His pectoral muscles were clearly defined, as were his abdominals. He had no excess fat. Most thirty year olds don’t look like this, she thought. You’re a real stud-muffin, aren’t you, Will? Hostility streaked through her.”

But what does Will really look like? We know he’s tall with a lanky runner’s build, and has blue eyes and white hair. He’s so gorgeous he doesn’t have to even try to woo women.  He’s used to having his orders obeyed instantly. He can smile and be friendly, for a while, but that’s not his natural pose. He’s aggressive, serious, super-smart, and very competitive. He’s the richest man in the world, and he didn’t get that way by being a nice guy.

I’m trying to get an idea of the real Will because I like to do videos for my books. At the moment, Mogollon is without any visuals but the cover. I’d like to flash Will on Pinterest and a few places. I’d like to get to know him better, and I’d like you to get to know him. I’d like to get your opinion on which guy I should use for Will in my videos and maybe even the next cover. Here are my three candidates for Will:

WILL DUANE #1

WILL DUANE #1 Will's a happy camper here. Why not? He's got 50 billion and the largest corporation ever to exist.

Here’s Will #1. He’s not as handsome as the description of Will in the book might lead you to expect, but he’s majorly masculine and looks like a very successful businessman.

Some other shots of him show him doing things that Will would definitely do: yell at employees, for instance.
I’m going to link a WILL #1 GALLERY HERE. here so you can see more views of this Will in action.

This is a comp from Shutterstock.com. You can download comps from all the stock photo companies to try them out, what we’re doing here.

WILL DUANE #2

WILL DUANE #2

Here’s Will #2. He’s got the white hair, he’s good looking, but does he have the chops to be the Real Will?

Here’s a WILL #2 GALLERY. so you can see more views of this Will in action.

This is a dreamstime.com comp.

WILL DUANE # 3

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

Here’s Will #3. White hair, definitely a businessman, looks great in a tuxedo. But is he Will Duane? This image shows that while Will is very tough and aggressive, he’s capable of partying as hard as he works. He’s a  genuine party animal, an over the top party animal. He likes the ladies maybe too much.

Here’s a WILL #3 GALLERY here so you can see more views of this Will in action.

This is a dreamstime.com comp.

WILL DUANE # 1.5

WILL DUANE # 1.5 Here Will #1 wears the hair of Will # 3 and blue eyes by Photoshop.

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER DO YOUR OWN GRAPHICS: Many people, me included, learn a little bit about Photoshop and go, “Whee! I’ll do my own book covers! And Facebook Banner! I may even paper my car with my Photoshop art!”

This is not a good idea. Although you cannot see it, your homemade efforts will embarrass you if you ever wake up enough to see what they actually look like. I’ve suffered from an inflated view of my design abilities and displayed them publicly. And I do it here. 

Will has dark blue eyes and white hair. I liked Will #1 the best, but wanted to see him with the blue and white bits added. Will #3 has those. So I cranked up my Photoshop skills and did this:

Will Duane # 1.5  He looks like a white-haired Ken doll. I will definitely get my cover designer to do Will’s hair and eyes.

OK. Check out the albums for the three Wills:

WILL #1 is here. More pictures of our hero.

WILL #2 is here. More of Will 2.

WILL #3 is here. Will #3 at his finest.

And then leave a comment below stating your choice and why you think he’s best. I’ll send my favorite an eBook copy of Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & MayhemYou don’t have to agree with my choice. It’s the most interesting explanation that will win Will and all of his friends.

Good luck!

The REAL, REAL Will Duane. Two of them exist/existed in real life: Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman. But I don’t think their estates or attorneys would like me tossing their images around to publicize my book.

Is this Will Duane or what? This is the ultimate, perfect Will Duane.

Cheers!

Sandy Nathan  

Oh! Here’s my New Website. It’s interactive!

And my new blog, which is wild and crazy and not all the way up yet.

 

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.

Table of Contents:

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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?

Table of Contents:

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

 

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