Friday, May 11, 2012

Cover Reveal:Rhiannon Frater's The Last Bastion Of the Living + Interview w/cover artist

Check out Rhiannon Frater's newest book and cover reveal!
The Last Bastion of the Living a futuristic zombie novel

Love the cover, and I'll be participating in the blog tour and my tour stop with review will be June 18, so please make sure you come back and view my thoughts on this book.

Excepected Publication June 12, 2012Add to Goodreads

The Bastion was humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. A fortified city with a high wall, surrounded by lush land rich with all the resources needed to survive, protected by high mountain summits, and a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, the Bastion became the last stronghold of the living on earth. But one fateful day, the gate failed and the Inferi Scourge destroyed the human settlements outside the walls and trapped the survivors inside the city. Now decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city as resources and hope dwindle.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her whole life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of her lover, Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy and the author of several other books: the vampire novels PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES and the TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. The first two books in her zombie trilogy, THE FIRST DAYS and FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, are available now in bookstores. SIEGE will be in bookstores April 24, 2012.

This cover was designed by Claudia from Phat Puppy Creations
and guess what, I also have an interview with the talented Claudia to share with you guys!

1) Tell me a little about yourself, and how you became an artist?

It's nice to be here and thanks for asking me. :)

I first became an artist at around the age of 39 - my daughter was preparing to sign with a major music label and needed
her pictures tweaked a bit for her Myspace page. I just "fell" into it really - and am so happy I did. Next to being a wife and mom, it's my passion in living.

2) How do you come up with design ideas for your covers? Is it a collaboration between the author and yourself, usually?
Usually the author gives me a few elements they wish to see on the cover and then I take it from there - it is definitely a team effort though to be sure.

Often times, I do have a piece in my available for cover art section at that does fit their story - so it works out well.
I'm branching out now and doing some of my own photoshoots now and also working with awesome photographers who help to get exclusive and custom shots no one else has.
It's a little more money - but so worth it to have a truly exclusive work.

3) I'm not going to assume you enjoy reading, but if you do, What are you reading right now?
Unfortunately right now - I don't have any time to read. :( I'm working a LOT. However when I do read, I tend to like things in the style of John Irving. My favorite book of his was

"The World According to Garp" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany". Love his stuff!

4) How long does it take to go from an idea to the actual production of a cover?
Usually a day or two - I like to pride myself on really good turnaround time.
Wow, what an amazing turnaround!

5) Other than book covers, do you feature your artwork anywhere else?
I have had some gallery showings in Europe and here in Laguna Beach, CA. I had one piece on display at the Savoy Palace in Italy - and another, if you can believe this, an entire section of a historic Viking Ship with my work displayed.... somewhere I think in Norway. lol That was totally cool.

Anyone interested in my work can write to me at
and go to my website at to check out my "Available Cover Art" and "Discounted" sections.

I'm on Facebook too at

Thanks for the interview. I really enjoyed it!!!!

Thank You Claudia!! It was great to have you take time from your busy schedule to do a interview for my readers.

Cover Reveal hosted by: Ashley from The Brookish Brunette
Don't forget to visit Ashley during Zombie Craze 2012!


  1. Oooh, I like this cover. I wanted to read this book before even learning about it only because of this cover.

  2. OMG!! I LOVE Claudia!!! I actually contacted her for artwork for my blog when I re-do it and she is so generous with her work!!! I have a few pieces in mind and I'm just waiting until I have the template picked out (and the $) and I'm going to her for the work!!! Did you see on her site the before and afters????? Amazing!!!!! I can't wait! I want to buy this one print for home "Waiting for my Master", too. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you did this interview!!!!
    -Kristin @myparahangover