Saturday, August 20, 2016

LDTD Blog Tour.


So I told you guys to watch out for my posting about the blog tour for Lady Dragon, Tela Du later this week - and guess what? - it's later this week!

Information and sign up is over on this page, so if you could just head over there and fill out the forms, that'd be nice, thanks!

I'm also strongly considering doing another Facebook party on October 21st, if that sounds like fun to all of you. It'll be a bit different from my last Facebook party, as my finances are a bit tighter than they were last year so I won't be able to give out the same prizes. We'll have fun, though, Just you wait!

Also, sales!



As you may already know, LDTD is already available for preorder (well, ebook preorder, CreateSpace hasn't given me the tools to make print books preorderable, yet.), but you might not know that I have it on sale for just 99 cents! This sale will last either through to next Saturday, or until the end of the month. I haven't decided which, yet.



Speaking of sales, WPFP is also still on sale for the same price, and will remain so until the end of the month. But with WPFP, if you write a NEW review of the book before the end of the month, you could win a $100 Amazon Gift card, with which you can win a whole slew of new books. You can find more information about that, and submit your reviews for the giveaway here.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bookania Winners!


All right!

Today's the day all of you have been waiting for, the one where I tell who won what. Cue confetti. (Thank you, Pixie, for keeping me in a steady supply.)

First of all, we have the winner of the complete paperback set of my books:

Addy
Congratulations. (Although I'm sure your sister would appreciate it if you shared, since she shared her blog with you)

I'll be putting though the order as soon as I put some money in th bank (today's payday), but I will warn you that they won't be signed since I can't afford to ship the books twice right now, nor do I feel that I can get the package to you in a timely fashion since I don't have a reliable ride to the post office.


Anywho, now for the winner of the ebook collection:

Amanda

Not sure how you pulled this off, since you had among the fewest of entries. Ah, well, such is the nature of a random drawing. I'll be emailing you this evening after I get off from work with details about your prize.


Annnnnnd, I decided to toss in a suprise prise. I had one girl who is so desperate to read LDTD that she went and racked up almost double the points of anyone else (And her two runner ups only squeaked past the halfway mark because they were the only two who bothered to send me links to their reviews). So to reward her hard work, I'm going to send Miss Erudessa the story just as soon as I finish cleaning up this one scene her sister is making me rewrite.

So congratulations everyone, and thank-you to everyone else who partipated in the party and made it awesome. Stay tuned and I'll be releasing details for the blog party in the next week or so.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Interview with Hope Ann

All right, quick thing before I get to the scheduled post, and if you're just here for Hope's interview, you can go ahead and skip to after the image below. I have decided that I'll be posting the giveaway winners for my party next Friday, August 12th, and until I do so, you can continue to score points by commenting on posts - whether the official ones for the party, cover reveal posts or character interviews, or scanning through my back posts for ones with the "Bookania" label - or by reviewing my books. For reviews to count, you have to send me an email with a list of links to each individual review and every place you've reviewed it. Remember, the prize is a set of all seven of my published ebooks, in a format of your choice, the opportunity to read Lady Dragon, Tela Du before publication, and your choice of three of my other unfinished WIP. (I'll be sending you a list with said choice.)

Also, moderation is not going back on yet, so you can still comment to your hearts' delight.

Now onto the programming.


All right, I'm here with an interview with Hope Ann, the author of a lovely series of fairy tale retellings based on the Fruits of the Spirit. I've only read the second book, (while I've had the opportunity to read the first book, and it's even now sitting on my kindle waiting for me, it's Beauty and the Beast and I have to be in a special mood to enjoy a B&B retelling. However, now that I've read the sequel, I do intend to read it soon), but it instantly shot up to one of my favorite Rapunzel retellings. I'm not sure if it quite outranks Rapunzel's Revenge, but it's close. It's very close.

That cover's gorgeous, too, although I always forget that it's green when I'm not looking at it. It's very much a yellow story to me for ... reasons. Someday I ought to do a post about me and colors and what various colors mean to me. Still, it's a gorgeous cover for a gorgeous stor, and at least there's yellow in it.

Anyway, official book information:

A glittering sword.
An ancient oath.
A blackened rose.
And a melody which ties it all together.

Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are caught in a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.

Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song.
To rescue Roinette and evade the trap almost certainly set for him by those who want his power, Evrard knows he’ll have to be careful. Even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. In the end, will his and Roinette’s efforts matter if the Prince brings an ancient oath to fulfillment, shaking the very foundation of Aslaria?

Available on Kindle, iTunes, and Smashwords


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And now an author interview!

Hello and welcome to Knitted By God's Plan! Can you tell my readers a bit about yourself?
I’m the oldest of nine children, a Christian, a conservative, a creationist, homeschooled, a writer, I love Lord of the Rings, and live on a small farm. *takes deep breath* There, all the important things in one sentence. *smirks* Fantasy is my favorite genre and I love collecting shiny things, such as pendants, cool stones, and daggers. I also climb trees on occasion, love watching waves crash against rocks (in YouTube videos, since unfortunately we don’t live near a beach), enjoy Doctor Who and Sherlock, watch and rewatch inspiriting music videos…oh yes, and I do write as well.
The Legends of Light seems to be an allegorical series of fairy tales focusing on the Fruit of the Spirit. Can you tell me where you got the idea for this brilliant combination?
I, umm, can’t remember actually. I got the idea a number of years ago and it’s been maturing until I dusted it off last year. There was a contest for rewriting a fairy tale, and that might have been my original inspiration for wanting to retell more fairy tales. I like having some sort of allegorical theme to my stories. Whether I thought of coupling the Fruit of the Spirit to fairy tales all on my own, or whether my Dad mentioned writing about the Fruit of the Spirit and I coupled it to fairy tales later on, I can’t remember. But once the idea lodged in my brain, it stuck until I actually did it.
This second book, focusing on joy, retells Rapunzel. Can you tell me why you chose that Fairy Tale to demonstrate the Fruit?
Some fairy tales are easier to assign to an aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit than others. Love fit perfectly with Beauty and the Beast, for example, and joy fit really well with Rapunzel, mainly because of the singing. There is a decent amount of singing in Rapunzel. That’s how the prince finds her in her tower, and then later, when he’s blind, that’s how he finds her again. Singing coupled naturally to the theme of joy and it went from there.
What are some of the other twists you make on the tale?
Wellllll, I can’t give too much away. But one main twist was making the making the main character (normally the prince) and the Rapunzel character siblings instead involved of a romantic attachment. I enjoyed doing that because, if I have romance in my fairy tale retellings, I want it realistic. Not ‘oh, I’ve heard her sing from the window and she’s so pretty so I’m going to marry her’. (That is part of the reason I love Beauty and the Beast, because the two get to know each other for about six months before she agrees to marry him.)
I've heard tell that some of the future books in the series will be obscure fairy tales (a move I thoroughly applaud). I happen to know that some obscure fairy tales can be pretty weird. What's your favorite weird fairy tale?
Oh yes, there are some weird ones. Sometimes I’ll stare at the story and wonder what I just read. But one of my favorite obscure fairy tales is Fairy of the Dawn. I can’t remember if it was Grimm or Anderson, but I really like that one.
What advice would you give any writer who wants to attempt a fairy tale retelling?
Have fun with it! Most fairy tales read like outlines, leaving the background and motivation and characters to the writer’s imagination. The basic outline can take place in a fantasy setting, or a steam punk setting, or a scifi setting. You can add twists so even those who know the story won’t be quite sure how it will end. You can have stories set before or after the fairy tale itself…the possibilities are endless and exciting.
Would you happen to know your MBTI personality type, and if so, how would you say it affects your writing style?

MBTI personality types, yes! A friend got me into personality typing not long ago. I’m INTJ-A. I think that is part of the reason I take a very umm, scheduled approach to writing. I like everything laid out. I like to have deadlines. I like to move in a logical order. And I can flip easily between several projects in one day. Also INTJ’s show the least emotion out of the various types (I’m pretty sure, anyway) therefore, most of my characters suppress their emotions as well. 
About the Author



Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.
She has been writing for over five years, and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories, but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.

Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.
Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.

You can visit Hope’s blog at authorhopeann.com, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

So that's Hope. Also, she's having a giveaway!

Giveaway!!! (LINKS BELOW)
I’m giving away a beautiful, one-of-a-kind mug with the Legends of Light logo emblazoned on its side, along with a Song of the Sword bookmark. Due to shipping costs, at this time the mug giveaway is limited to the USA. However, I do have a second giveaway of a $10 Amazon gift card, along with another Song of the Sword bookmark, for international readers! Please only enter one of the giveaways.

I'm also supposed to review the book over at O.Scarlett today, and hopefully I'll get it up before midnight. I've been trying to crunch through edits on Lady Dragon, Tela Du and juggle my own party, and completely forgot about this post until today. While I have read the book, I still need to write the review. For now, know that it's an amazing book and I highly recommend it.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Two Girls With One Face ....

Hello, folks! Today's the day everyone's been waiting for! When I show off all of the lovely mock and fan covers that were made for Lady Dragon, Tela Du!












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Aren't they all just gorgeous? I have such talented fans. 

Oh, and I got a new author photo! Wanna see it?


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Why are you still here? Do you think I have something else to show you guys? Oh, wait. I do.

Happy now?

Oh, and you can pre-order the book now on Amazon. 


I actually made the silhouettes myself. I'm so proud of them. They're also based on a picture of me ... because I love being on the front of the book as well as the back.

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Design is again by my cousin, Benjamin Ingalls. He doesn't have a website yet, but you can check out his portfolio.

Also, I'm making the tour of several blogs today. Do check them all out, because some have interviewed me, some will be sharing snippets, and others will be showing off images from my pinterest inspiration board. Some will be doing all three...


And then there are two blogs that won't be posting today, but if you'll keep an eye out, they'll be posting within the week or so.

Hey, and if you're interested, today CinderEddy AND Water Princess, Fire Prince are free on kindle! Get your copies now!

And don't forget that today is the LAST day to earn entries for the kindle package giveaway.  You can refer to this post for a reminder of what you can do to win!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Maryanne and Pinterest



Hola! Maryanne here again! Kendra's off busy getting ready for the cover reveal tomorrow. So she's letting me talk again. And post pictures. Of me of course, because Kendra just loves pinning pictures of me.

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And now's the part where you get to tell me all about your favorite ones. Mine are the ones with my brother, Peter, because I'm such a great big sister. Don't ask him to verify that one, though, because he likes to tease and say I'm not one.

Anyway.

You can also head over to Jenelle's blog where she interviewed Madeleine. Jenelle's a great author. She has a character who shares my name - my first name, that is, the name I don't use. Dylana. Except she adds a second 'n' for some reason and makes it Dylanna. Confusing, I know.  Anyways.

Cover reveal tomorrow. I'd be more excited if it were my book, which Kendra still hasn't written yet... but since this is the book Kendra's been working on for over ten years, I suppose she has a right to be excited right now.
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