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Feature Artist– Laura Givens

Here is my Clyde.

Surreal Magazine , Issue #4

I won’t tell you about the creepy-eyed things behind him because they’re important to the story. Can you see why I’m thrilled Laura Givens designed the art for Retribution?

She has quite a bit of her work including this image (Infiltrator) on her site- Laura Givens: Gallery One . She also designs book covers in addition to her gallery and illustration work. Since you all know how I love Cafe Press, I’m sharing her store as well. Laura Givens: funny, rude, outrageous fantasy art. : CafePress.com

A good friend of mine, Lyn Cash Lyn’s Licks & Laughs, described Retribution as a “chilling depiction of what happens when an emotionally dead hit man suddenly has his day of reckoning.” She’s been tooting the magazine on different lists. Thanks so much, Lyn!

My editor posted on their forums that in his editorial opinion, Retribution is one of the best stories they’ve printed. For someone who has been writing more years than she cares to admit, all this flattery is sincerely welcome. (grin)

Check out Laura Given’s work and have a great weekend!


  1. February 24, 2006    

    What a pleasant compliment from your editor.

    Congratulations. 🙂

  2. February 24, 2006    

    I’ve missed out on so much while I’ve been gone or recuperating – this artist of yours is really special. Wow. Quite a lethal combination – your story and her art. I couldn’t be happier for you, kiddo – you richly deserve this.


  3. February 25, 2006    

    Lyn! Glad to see you’re feeling better! I still think you’re vacation sounded like the best ever.

  4. February 27, 2006    

    Once again, very cool artwork 🙂

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