Thursday, December 2, 2010

ILLUSTRATOR SHOUT-OUT! Realm, Niki and Stacey!

So, when NIGHTSHADE CITY debuted in October, some very sweet writer friends of mine sent me a big bag of goodies which included a hand painted frame of rats (still need to find out who painted it), an adorable mug that reads "Rats Rule!" (which of course they do), a bag of Cheetos (my favorite) and a slew of awesome cards! Of those, three were had drawn by some super fancy illustrators, Realm Lovejoy, Niki Smith and Stacey Vaughan!
Realm Lovejoy's card!
Realm is not only a super amazing illustrator, but a writer as well, represented by Joanna Stampfel-Volpe. Her illustrations are to die for and she has a crazy cool blog, wherein she does her own version of a cover for writers with books on submission! You must follow her!
Niki Smith's Card!
Niki is another brilliant illustrator/writer who recently won a webcomic contest from DC Comics! Her webcomic (illustrated by Niki and written by Michael Jasper), In Maps and Legends, has its first season up now! You must check it out!
Lisa and Laura Roecker's Card, drawn by their sister, Stacey Vaughan!
And I know you all know fab sisters Lisa & Laura Roecker! Well, there is another talented sister attached these women, Stacey Vaughan! Stacey has her own business, Poochie Prints, where she designs stationary, as well as crazy cute prints for your baby's nursery! shopping anyone?? She has uber cool stuff ready to buy or you can order custom work if you want to feel even cooler! ;)

Long story short, thanks to you talented ladies for taking the time to do these gorgeous cards for me AND to everyone else who supported and helped me with my book launch!! It's been crazy, scary, awesome and everything in between! I wouldn't want it any other way! Pretty soon I'll be doing a post listing everyone who's had a part in my will be a very long list! You all have been AMAZING!

xoxo -- Hilary


  1. Anonymous12/02/2010

    These are really awesome! Talented ladies for sure!

    Mary Cunningham

  2. hi miss hilary! wow i love those rat pictures! for sure those drawers got sooo much talent. im gonna go look at their blogs. when i get my book im writing all done i could want a really cool drawer to do the pictures cause its gonna need lots of neat ones. oh.. i been wanting to ask when is the next rat book gonna get out cause for sure im wanna be the first one to buy it! rats rock!!
    ...hugs from lenny

  3. I love those cards. What a cool thing to be able to illustrate your own cards.

  4. Mary, are they not the best? I can't believe I know such talented people!

    Lenny, Book II comes out in October 2011! We are editing NOW!

    Melissa, I know, right? Multi-talented ladies are very lucky! :)

    xoxo -- Hilary

  5. Thanks for the shout out, Hilary! Stacey is crazy talented and has an amazing line of holiday cards. She definitely got the artistic genes in the family.

  6. Great pictures! I wish I had half the talent!

  7. Anonymous12/03/2010

    This is really sweet!

    I'm reading Nightshade City now--LOVE IT!!!!! :D

  8. Hilary~I hope you know if you are ever in Iowa you have a place to stay. :-) I'll even throw a neighborhood book signing party. (Really!)

  9. Anonymous12/05/2010

    I love these illustrations. And I didn't know there's another Roecker sister.

  10. Congrats on your book launch success!

    Those rat drawings are pretty cool.

    I'll have to look for your book in the store.

  11. Thank you for the shout out, Hilary! I am so glad you liked your card. I loooove Niki and Stacey's rat art work! Nicely done, gals.


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