Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tarot Cards

When I announced the December release of Shadowfever (which has been moved to December 7th) I told you that we had a lot of cool stuff planned this year. I wanted to give you a quick peek at one of those things.

Last year, the uber-talented Mia showed me a few tarot cards inspired by the Fever series that she was working on for a wallpaper. When I saw the designs, I was blown away by the beauty of her art, the lushness of the images and the emotions that they evoked. Her Fever-inspired drawings inspired me.

I asked Mia if, instead of doing a wallpaper would she design an entire deck because I needed it for something. She rose to the challenge and created a tarot deck that exceeded all my hopes and expectations. She's been uncannily prescient, as if she and I were trolling the collective unconsciousness in tandem, selecting the same artistic tools, themes and motifs. It's been an exhilarating collaboration, the end result is stunning.

We wil be producing the tarot card deck. I'm not yet certain how we're going to make them available but we will be giving some away. Aren't they gorgeous?

(No, she doesn't know any Shadowfever spoilers, LOL!)

(Hate to have to add this, but after the last debacle, these cards are copyrighted to KMM, LLC, and are the sole and original creation of M. Suarez Amin)



46 comments:

jacabur1 said...

Fabulous and you are right they do evoke strong emotion...
Thanks for sharing this wonderful deck and it's beautiful art...

Jackie B Central Texas

Debbie H said...

Absolutely beautiful and haunting. I love the colors! Fantastic job, Mia!

Kris said...

Very pretty. I like them. :)

Debbie_D said...

beautiful!!

Lunera said...

I love these. Very beautiful indeed

Andrea said...

Beautiful! I adore Tarot decks and this is just the best thing ever!

Thank you, Mia!

Ducky said...

YIPPIEEEEEEEE!!! The release is the day before my birthday (I'm not saying which one).The cards are great too. Mia is a true artist. Maybe a few more things for my "happy birthday to me"? I think maybe so!!Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule for the update.You are the best Miss Karen.

Nurslings said...

Those are LOVELY and AWESOME !! Mia, amazing work, Karen amazing Muse :-)

KatKit13 said...

Oh my... I am a collector of decks and I MUST HAVE THIS ONE!

Wow.

sumthn2say said...

Those are absolutely fantastic! Especially the 10 of Cups. I've been planning something myself, but it's still in the planning stages...once I'm there I'll submit it to Leiha. Hopefully I'll be able to figure it out.

T. M. Sulsona said...

They are gorgeous! I collect Tarot cards and would love to add them to my collection. Please keep us posted as to when they'll be put out!

Nat Red Knits said...

Most definately a deck to add to my collection!

NancyB said...

Wow! These are so striking! You are so lucky that so many of your maniacs are so talented - maybe some of it will rub off on me:)
Mia, the cards are just divine - thank you for all your hard work!

Vixn2tame said...

OMG They are so beautiful!! Strong emotion indeed. Can you imagine using them??

I'll take 2 - one to use and one to just keep in new condition!!

Beth said...

Would love a deck, they are beautiful!

Rose McKeon said...

Wow, you are so talented Leiha. Beautiful designs

Nicki said...

They are beautiful! I can't wait to get my hands on a set!

Angela said...

They're gorgeous!

I think it must be fate that I was just looking for another deck...

Lori said...

Those are beautiful.They have a very authentic look to them. Loving the colors as well.

DemonLover said...

Beautiful artwork!

Jill Elizabeth said...

Oh my awesome! These are amazing!

Jess said...

Great work!!

Bev(QB) said...

Hmmmm.... interesting.

Beautiful work, Mia, but just what diabolic plans do you have, Karen, that include a use for this Tarot deck. I submit this as further proof of your evilness. ;-p

ainjill said...

Okay, if she wasn't before, Mia is OFFICIALLY my photography/Photoshop hero(ine)! The images are so beautifully put together, I may very well cry (I kid you not: thinking about how much time and effort Mia put into that deck makes me love that female all the more!!)... job excellently done, M! Brava!

Liberty said...

Love love love it! Gorgeous.

Tea said...

and I was just thinking about getting a new tarot deck!

Robin said...

The images gave me chills. Mia's artistic eye definitely captures the essence of your work. Uber-teamwork, I believe.

My Grandmother taught me how to read my first deck when I was 14 (a deckof Bicycle poker cards) and then gave me my first and only deck when I was 16. I had goosebumps when i first saw my own over 15 yrs ago, and I got them again seeing this sneak peek.

怡均怡均怡均 said...

Better say nothing than nothing to the purpose. ........................................

趙于毓 said...

書籍是全世界的營養品,生活裡沒有書籍,就好像沒有陽光......................................................

Pauline H said...

There are plenty of distributors online where you can submit your work and sell them as products.

Here is a list of tarot card distributors:
- http://www.usgamesinc.com
- http://www.llewellyn.com
- http://www.cartamundi.com
- http://www.customizedplayingcards.com/

Tracey said...

Wow! Beautiful artistry! what a talented lady!

Selena Illyria said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to see the full deck.

Rhya said...

Please please sell these! I've been searching for a new deck for a year now and would love a set of these.

Anonymous said...

completely amazing! beautiful! i want them! lol good job

Janette said...

They are stunning! I've been reading Tarot and have been collecting decks for years. This is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

Please-please-PLEASE let us know when these are availible for purchase.

Thanks,
Janette

Anonymous said...

PLEASE do let us know when we can get our grubby mitts on these, Karen :) They are absolutely stunning.

Anonymous said...

Wow, beautifull cards! I'm still waiting for the English release of Dreamfever here in the Netherlands :( But still the next book will be a perfect birthdaypresent for me :)

Good luck with writing and I can't wait

E. Koopman, the Netherlands

deb1013 said...

they are breathtaking! i am in awe of Mia's talent. just... amazing. can't wait to see the final product. i think the ten of cups is going to haunt me. it looks like something i should know.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME! Will they be available to purchase in Canada any time soon?????

Summer said...

Very nice..... I collect Tarot cards for many reasons... I enjoy them for their art and how they calls to me.... Wonderful work... Thanks for sharing!!!

Summer

Pamela K. Kinney said...

Wonderful and beautiful! I am an author myself, and your urban fantasy series and Jim Butcher's are the only ones I admit I am addicted to. I look forward to each book of yours when they come out.
And you're right, these tarot cards do evoke emotion.

Sapphire Phelan said...

Great tarot cards!

jeanne said...

if the rest of the deck turns out as well, you will have a very beautiful set

jeanne said...

if the rest of the deck turns out as wonderful, you will have a beautiful deck

Scottish Heart said...

Mia -this is an amazing undertaking. So incredible. Hoping to be able to get a set to add to my collection. Please keep us posted as to when they may become available - maybe FeverCon?

CeeVee said...

Just found these images. They are fabulous and there MUST be a set of Tarot Cards! I must have them!!!