Sunday, April 04, 2010

Bedtime Stories: Inspiration by Selena Illyria

Bedtime Stories: Inspiration by Selena  Illyria

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Bedtime Stories: Inspiration

by Selena Illyria
cover art by Reneé George
ISBN: 978-1-60521-120-6
Genre(s): Paranormal, Hot Flashes
Theme(s): Vampires, Shapeshifters, Magic and Mayhem
Series: Bedtime Stories
Length: Hot Flash

Cover artist Kelsey is on a deadline for Bedtime Press but her elemental powers are out of control. As a cat shifter, she's in heat, which is interfering with her concentration. An electrical surge, power outage and the appearance of two sexy digital models come to life may be the answer to her prayers.
Bedtime Stories: Inspiration
Selena Illyria
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Copyright ©2010 Selena Illyria

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One session and you were hooked like a moronic fish.
Shut up, you, before I find the catnip. Besides, look at what we can do now.
Oh, of course it was all worth it. Digital models you can drool over. Do they come to life? Are they willing to fuck us to stop this damn heat? Hmmm? Didn't think so.
Kelsey rolled her eyes. She opened a few images of her past work. Comparing then to now showed she'd improved immensely. Life before the Electric Ray 3-D plus package had seemed mundane. Going back to outdated models that looked awkward and at times not even attractive was impossible, not when she could make them so lifelike.
Kelsey whimpered as she looked up at the walls. Framed artwork of some of her digital art goddesses were lined up neatly in a row. Gorgeous models in various erotic poses and situations with so much detail they were surreal. Effective use of layering, colors and utilizing various brushes, all to create mini masterpieces. With Electric Ray 3-D she would be one step closer to the perfection she found in work from Leslie Stella or Anne Renée. Kelsey cursed her current situation.
To make things worse, the cover art requests were piling up. She'd just managed to send out her last cover only to get five more last minute requests. A scream rumbled up from her throat. It expanded and pushed upward, ready to burst forth. All she could do was swallow it down. No use getting frustrated. Work was work. Getting paid to feed her software habit was of the utmost importance.
Besides, anger was not good in this situation. Her energies were acting up. It was bad enough being a cat shifter who had gone into heat, but to be an elemental witch, as well, whose gift was electricity, was very dangerous to her equipment. She couldn't afford to call Troll and request another custom built system along with the charge that went with reloading her software. Every time she was late with a cover or asked for some new software or computer equipment, that was another year to her contract. So far she was up to twenty years.
With a sigh, she got to work. Kelsey brought up her favorite new models, Jonny and Maximus. A quick scan of the printout for the cover art request form and she was off to the races. She'd blindly reach out and hit repeat or play on her little CD player while adjusting this and that. After four hours, she was almost happy with what she'd gotten accomplished. The poses were what the author had requested, and the background was almost right, but something felt off.
She peered at the screen. They don't look lifelike enough. Kelsey saved her work and put it on her backup disc before she went searching on the internet for something that would help make it look right. Scrolling through the forums of her favorite artwork sites, she tried not to drool at some of the things she saw. There was a new package out for elf garb and some new action features she coveted with a vengeance. Then there was the movie star look-alike bundle that made her fingers tingle with want.
"It's too bad I can't use any of this," Kelsey murmured with a sigh. She didn't have enough hours in the day to test out the latest rendering tech. Vacation time was impossible when you were on Troll's clock.
After two hours, she still hadn't found what she was looking for, so she loaded up her art program again and got to work trying to figure out where she went wrong. After deconstructing her cover she discovered what the trouble was. There was no spark, no it that made the models look alive. No amount of rendering software could replace the ghost in the machine, as it were.
"They don't look lifelike enough, but I'll damn well try. Gotta keep tweaking the UV map and shader editor."
Kelsey got up and put on another pot of coffee. She did a few yoga stretches before pouring a cup of java and getting back to work. Life faded around her until it was just her and the cover art. She used every trick she could think of to make the models seem as close to human as possible. Midnight had come and gone, and she was so buzzed she felt jittery, but none of that mattered. She was so close to finding what she was looking for.
Kelsey took a moment to look at the screen. She saw the sharp features, rugged good looks and chiseled abs of Maximus and almost drooled. Then there was the lean, athletic body of Jonny with high cheek bones, a boyish grin and a twinkle in his eye. "Damn, I wish these guys were real."
Energy surged through her body. The hairs on the back of her arms and neck rose. Kelsey cursed before a major burst of power erupted from her fingertips, frying the keyboard and monitor. The lights in her office flickered before they went out.

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