My “Next Big Thing” inspired by Carrie Cuinn’s post

I just heard about this “Next Big Thing”–thing on Carrie Cuinn’s blog. If you haven’t read hers yet, go do it. Two words: magic apocalypse. Then go read all the others she links to. You won’t be disappointed.

So how does this Next Big Thing work? You’re supposed to answer ten questions about your current WIP novel, short story, anthology, screenplay, etc. You get the idea. So what am I working on? Glad you asked.

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Updated Flowers of the Sky artwork

The other day I posted the awesome artwork done by Westly LaFleur. Today I get to do that again! Let me explain: after I posted the art, Wes contacted me, saying he wasn’t entirely happy with the level of detail in the illustration. He’d spent a few more hours tweaking it and wanted to give me an updated version. I couldn’t say no.

I liked the first image, but this newer version is even better. I have a designer working on the layout for the cover and the interior of the book right now. As soon as that’s done, I’ll put the collection up on Amazon. Stay tuned for more info. But for now, enjoy more of Wes’ artwork. If you’re looking to hire an artist, I highly recommend him.

Flowers of the Sky - Cover Art updated

Artwork for my upcoming short story collection

Daaaamn. That’s all I gotta say. I recently commissioned artist Westly LaFleur to illustrate the cover for my upcoming short story collection, Flowers of the Sky. Oh, that’s right. Guess I should mention that. Since I got the rights back to “Flowers of the Sky: Discoveries,” I decided to pair it with its sequel “Flowers of the Sky: Dreamer’s Gaze” in one ebook short story collection.

I knew if I was serious about self-publishing this mini-collection I’d need an awesome cover. Wes stepped up big time. I can’t be happier with it. I’ll let you know more about Flowers of the Sky as more developments come up. But for now, gaze upon Wes’ art! Gaze! If you’re in the market for some illustrations, especially of the fantasy variety, contact Wes. Here’s some more samples of his art.

Flowers of the Sky - Cover Art

The Exile’s Violin now available from

I used to think the writing was the hardest part of making a book. Well, as Hydra Publications releases The Exile’s Violin into the world today, I’ve found out that this is much more difficult.The Exile's Violin by R.S. Hunter

Before I got to spend time in a world I created with characters I knew and loved. The only people who read my book were my first readers and my editors, people I knew and trusted. Now that the book’s out there, my family’s going to read it, friends are going to read it, and hopefully, people I’ve never met before are going to read it.

Now I’m sitting here, trying to write this post on my lunch break, nervously waiting for the first bits of feedback to come in. It’s incredibly nerve-wracking. Releasing a book, especially as a first-time novelist, is like having a baby and then inviting the world to judge whether or not your baby’s any good. Still, if I had to choose between the nerves of waiting for reviews and not having a book out at all, I’d choose this every single time. It’s probably one of the scariest and most joyous feelings in the world.

I made* The Exile’s Violin, and if you head over to Amazon, I’d love to share it with you.

*This is a slight oversimplification as many other people helped make the book what it is today.