Thursday, October 11, 2018

A SPARKLY DRAGON CAT FAIRY IS NEVER LATE.

Okay, with that out of the way, I have two things too say that, apparently, should have happened/been posted BEFORE NOW, but I am a Sparkly Dragon Cat Fairy, and as such, I can never be late. Just have things post at unexpected times.

*coughcough* Sorry, glitter smoke is bothering my allergies at the moment. *coughcough*

Anywho, first up - The Worth of a King is now available to purchase in paperback! Yay!


I cannot believe how much of a bear and a half this was to get into paperback. This hasn't been as long a wait as Do You Take This Quest? had, but I was dealing with a lost computer at that time. I've just had to fight a swap from CreateSpace to KDP this time! (Though, to be fair, that was a FIGHT.) Anywho, the paperback is out now, and it's just $14.99, and it's sooooo shiny. I went with white pages for the first time on this book, and I really like how they fit with this story. I'm really leaning towards giving them to The Seven Drawers as well. 

Also, as a note, sign-up for the Magic Mirrors blog tour is closing at the end of this week, so if you want to help promote these lovely stories, please get in and help promote them.


Okay, and now for the purpose of this post. 



The next Fellowship of Fantasy collection is out! Yay! I don't have a story in this one (I almost did, as they considered putting my "Cinders" in here, and I also had a cat story involving Laura that I was working on, but had to drop due to time crunches), but I know a lot of the authors who do, and the stories SHOULD be awesome. And just look at that cat on the cover!

Annnnywho, I have a guest post from one of the authors!

Sharon Hughson
·What was your inspiration for your story in the anthology?

It’s been several years since I read through the WARRIORS series by Erin Hunter. This is a middle grade adventure series feature clans of cats told from the perspective of the cats. For some reason, Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities mingled with the cat adventures and my creative brain wondered, “What if it was ‘A Tail of Two Kitties’?” The children’s story I imagined in those days bears little resemblance to the fairy tale-like story in PAWS, CLAWS AND MAGIC TALES. Probably because in the years since working with those struggling readers who enjoyed WARRIORS, I’ve read dozens of young adult fantasy books.

Tail of Two Kitlings by Sharon Hughson
Two kitlings. One tail. A mother's sacrifice and a brother's betrayal. Who will survive the Siamese curse?



Go download and read this lovely little collection FOR FREE, and don't forget to add it on Goodreads. Also, I think there was supposed to be a giveaway, but I'm posting this after the tour officially ended, so I think it'd be pointless to post it. Just go download a free book. And check out the posts that actually happened DURING the tour.

I'm gonna go slink back to my cave and continue editing Red as Snow and revising The Seven Drawers, 'cause I'm so not ready for my own release at the end of the month.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Carrie the Cover Reveal!

Argh. I had a nasty weekend. Not entirely a bad one, but it was draining, and I ended up (1) sleeping until noon today and (2) completely forgot that I had a cover reveal to take part in today.

I mean, it's not like I've not had anything going on. 


Anywho. Here's the cover reveal now:

About the Book

Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?

Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!



And now ... the cover ...

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wait for it ...

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Yes, I'm being annoying.












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And here you go!



Wait, what? That's not the full cover!

Oh ... that's right.

Giveaway Time!

It’s a scavenger hunt! The Carrie Mouse cover has been cut into nine pieces and scattered across nine different blogs. Visit this post to find links to all the cover pieces. Assemble them and email the completed cover to hunekeauthor(at)gmail(dot)com to be entered in an extra special giveaway: A book signed by both the author and the illustrator and a handmade Carrie Mouse doll to be shipped upon publication of the book. If you need a collage creation software, you can use PiZap.com, a free online photo editor. All entries must be submitted by midnight EDT on Thursday, September 20. The winner will be announced Friday, September 21 at www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com. Happy hunting!

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.


About the Author

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.

To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit:
or


About the Illustrator

Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.

To learn more about Rebekah and her work, visit:
or
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Monday, September 10, 2018

The Fall of a Star

Soooo ... it's been a week.

But, hey! I just promised you guys a Monday! Not any particular one. Be glad I'm giving you THIS one.

Anywho.


The blog tour for The Worth of a King is over, and I think it was a success, across the board. Not as amazing as the release for Water Princess, Fire Prince, three years ago - but it seems to be getting more of an overall positive response from its readers. We'll see how this goes.

I do have a goal of twenty reviews for the book by the end of the year - and I'm currently sitting at ten-ish on Goodreads (I say ish, because one of the reviews is someone freaking out over the cover.) So, if you read it, I do that ask that you go ahead and leave a review - even if it's just a few lines. I'd like to enter this book for the Realm Maker's awards - as I feel that it stands a chance of winning - and there is a minimum review count for that.

Now that the release week is over, the price has gone up to $3.99, and it'll probably stay at that price until its sequels hit the shelves. The paperback - which'll probably be around $15 - is coming, just as soon as I can find my brain.

So ... about the trilogy. For the first time, I've announced the titles of more than just the next book in a series. I know! I can't believe it, either. However, the thing is that #3 is a book that I've already talked about quite a bit, as a standalone, and you guys need to know that its title changed, though only slightly. But about book #2, first.

The Cost of a Queen. (Link is to add the book on Goodreads). So, readers of Rizkaland know that Amber and Granite fled Lintooalintae at its fall, and this book is that story. Its main characters are a set of triplets that Amber and Granite have adopted and raised as their own - and said triplets are actually recycled from a My Little Pony fanfiction that my sister and I had been working on.

There's something unique about these triplets - and why they attracted Amber's attention. For some reason, they're a perfect split of one person - Arissa represents mind, Catrina is body, and Lily is spirit. Why they're like this is a mystery I haven't quite solved yet, but they'll also be getting dragons that correspond with their element.

And, yes, there are good dragons in this book. I'm so excited.

I'm still hammering out the plot for this book, however, and only just started writing it. I like the set-up that I have for it, but there are still a few things that haven't yet come together. Which is why 2020 is probably the earliest you're going to see it hit shelves.

The Song of a Dragon, #3, almost made #2, as chronologically, it does take place before Cost. It's the tale of what became of the dragons after the events of Worth, and doesn't take place in Lintooalintae - but, rather, Wienta, which you might have heard Laura mention in Lady Dragon, Tela Du. It might also be the world that Saffron's Big Plan is set in. And it's also the book that was formerly #3 of Rizkaland, and, yes, contains spoilers for LDTD. This is, ultimately, the reason why I decided to have it last in this trilogy.

I actually have a first draft or two written for this book. I just have to rewrite it.

Anywho, Sarah Taleweaver, as the one who left the most comments across the tour, you will receive the privelege of reading both books as I write them - as I am writing them side by side, with the intention of publishing them within the same year, whenever that happens. And it'll probably be before Love and Memory finally gets out.

And Keturah Lamb, you won the rafflecopter giveaway. Get with me with your address and I'll send you your book and peppermint oil just as soon as the paperback exists.


Also, a few other small announcements:

Laura has made it to the finalists in the Strangest Character category in the Silm Awards. Please pop over and vote for her.

One of my author friends has a cover reveal today, so look at the pretty.


And speaking of cover reveals ....



Sorry that I can't say anything more, 'cause I have to leave for work now. But, LOOK AT ALL THE SHINY.


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Worth of a Blog Tour Update

Hey there!

I'd like to apologize for how out of it I've been on this tour. My last two months have been non-stop, and I have just not been as on top of things as I like.

That said, remember that there is prize for the person who leaves the most comments across the tour, so go check them out.

Tour schedule

I'll be back Monday with a proper wrap-up.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

If You Liked The Worth of a King, You Should Also Read...

So, yes, I deleted yesterday from existence, and yes, this post is late. I ... didn't get enough sleep last weekend, and my brain keeps crashing.

Anywho, I decided to cut today's topic and do yesterday's instead, 'cause yesterday's was the one that I'd done actual preparation for.


Books that I feel would also be enjoyed by readers of The Worth of a King.


1. Sons of the King by Kimia Wood.
Okay, I just have to start with getting this one off of my chest. I found out about this author less than a year ago when she participated in the Christian Indie Author Black Friday Sale - which happened AS I was writing The Worth of a King - and, honestly, this book kinda freaked me out with the similitude its premise had to my story - but also with some Prince Caspian vibes. When she participated in Indie e-Con, this author was actually the only one I read two books from. See, I needed to read her Zombies, as she was one of my sci-fi reps, but I really wanted to read this one too, so I did so, as the last book I read before Indie e-Con happened.
Anywho, the book exists on the same premise as The Worth of a King - or much of the same premise, as there aren't any twin sisters in the picture (though I could almost argue that Hector is a combination OF Delaney and Obsidia...). It's the tale of a disinherited prince rising up to defeat the man who killed his father and stole his throne. This prince is a bit more dedicated to the task than Adrian is - given that he was a bit older when he lost his father and the king is more obviously evil - and there are no dragons 'cause this is Kingdom Fiction instead of Fantasy, but, still, it was a really good book and it's on my list of books that I need a physical copy for my shelf. 


2. Dare by Tricia Mingerink
This is a book that I took waaaaay too long to read. I mean, I'd started it years ago, but I wandered away and didn't pick it back up until she participated in Indie e-Con last year. Sigh. I really should have read it sooner. Good book, this.
But, basically - like The Worth of a King, there are knife-wielding assassins in this book. However, unlike Worth, they're not "former" assassins - they're still card-carrying, and not just knife-carrying. And they're also working for a king who usurped his throne. Ah, yeah.


3. Dragon's Future by Kandi J. Wyatt
Aaaaaand, yet another author who I read for Indie e-Con this year. Ahem.
The last two books I mentioned were Kingdom Fiction - which is all well and good and amazing, but that means that (1) there are no dragons and (2) no twins with subtly psychic connections. And, I promise you, once you read The Worth of a King, you're going to want more of that. You're especially going to want some nice dragons. And this book provides perfectly. No usurper kings in this one, just dragon-riding goodness. And twins who weren't separated at birth.


4. White Wolf and the Ash Princess by Tammy Lash
I'm sorry, but these Indie e-Con books are just really fresh on my mind.
I acutally surprised myself with this one, as it wasn't one I would have initially considered but ... let's just say, Izzy and Jonothon have a LOT in common with Obsidia and Delaney. If you love best friend romances where the hero's just trying soooooo hard to protect her from his evil father, here you go. Also, both books feature a book-loving heroine who must be separated from her man in order to achieve personal growth before their romance can truly blossom.


5. Lady Dragon, Tela Du by Kendra E. Ardnek.
Yes, my book.
Because you're going to want to know more of Amber and Granite's story.


6. Espionage by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke.
Because of evil fathers and awesome political drama. Poor Kyle.


7. A Retelling of Snow White
Because The Worth of a King kinda turned out to be one, accidentally. I'm also disappointed with myself as it seems that I've read a lot fewer retellings of the tale than I thought I did.



Now, giveaway (U.S. only, though. Unfortunately.): 


Check out the rest of the tour for today and yesterday - (Btw, as per usual in my tours, the person who leaves the most comments will receive a special prize. So get commenting.)

Tuesday, August 28th
Reviews:
Reality Reflected
Interviews:
Books, Braids, and Born Again – Nadilynn
Where Fantasy and Reality Meet – Adrian
Excerpt:
Annie Louise Twitchell


Wednesday, August 29th
Reviews:
Dreams and Dragons
Keturah’s Korner
Interviews:
Laterose Doll Clothes and Doll Repair – Kendra E. Ardnek
H.S.J. Williams – Kendra E. Ardnek
Light and Shadows – Amber

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Worth of a Book Release.


Greetings and solutions! I rise from the dead!

And my newest novel The Worth of a King has hit the shelves. Virtual ones, at least. Due to life issues being crazy, I've had to put the paperback on hold - but I do plan to have that done before the end of September.

Anywho. The Kindle edition is out! Purchase it now! I'm told it's awesome!





And I have a giveaway for it. Seeeee:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out the rest of the tour for today - (Btw, as per usual in my tours, the person who leaves the most comments will receive a special prize. So get commenting.)

Reviews:
Interviews:
Lit Aflame – Kendra E. Ardnek
Light and Shadows – Kendra E. Ardnek
Jenelle Schmidt – Granite

And Water Princess, Fire Prince is currently free on kindle while Lady Dragon, Tela Du is just 99 cents! So go pick them up while you can! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Difference Between Robin and Clara

Also, I reeeeeally want to know why people let me get away with this. Both of these books came out THE SAME YEAR.


  She grabbed the hilt of a sword that was propped up against the wall behind her and tossed it to Arthur, no warning this time, but since he was watching her, he managed to neatly catch it. Despite getting instantly into position, however, the anticipated attack didn’t come. Instead, she sheathed her sword, leaned against the wall, and patted her mouth with a fake yawn.
  “Aren’t you…” he asked, lowering his sword slightly.
  “I’m waiting for you,” she explained. “I thought maybe you’d feel more confident if you lead the attack – since that’s what you’ll supposedly do against your Uncle Mortimer.”
  “It’s Mordreth.”
  Her nose wrinkled. “It’s still an awful name. Anyways, as I’ve said before, we don’t have much time. Every moment of hesitation is a moment wasted.”
  Arthur took a deep breath and, deciding she was serious, gave the sword a halfhearted swing towards her. She didn’t move a muscle, even when he stopped less than an inch away from her arm.
Slowly her eyebrows arched as she met his eye. “You didn’t even try,” she said, simply.
  He lowered the sword. “But I…”
  “Had you been trying, you would not have been able to stop yourself, the sword would have had too much momentum,” she explained. “The moment you started that swing, I knew I was perfectly safe.”
  Her sword sung as she pulled it from its sheath. Before Arthur had time to move, he found its tip at his throat.
  “But that’s just it,” she continued, narrowing her eyes. She took a step forward, forcing him to take a step back. “That’s why you’re going to fail with taking back the throne from your uncle. You’re scared. Let’s get one thing clear, Arthur. If you’re scared of him, he can’t be scared of you. Pretend I’m Uncle Mandrake. Make me scared of you.”
  “It’s Mordreth,” Arthur squeaked.
  “Does it matter?” her sword was suddenly back in its sheath, and she was leaning against the wall again, arms folded as though she had never moved. “Now let’s start over. Attack me.”
  Taking a deep breath and closing his eyes, he swung again, this time with every bit of strength he had, hoping he wasn’t making a big mistake. He doubted Eric would be very happy if his wife was seriously injured.
  Her sword met his with such force, it sent tingles down his arm, and his eyes flew open to find her glaring at him.

  “Never close your eyes when facing an armed opponent!” She took a step back and they both let their sword arms fall to their sides. “Other than that, not bad. I’d also like to establish right now that there is nothing you can do that will catch me off-guard – not with a sword at least. I’m always on guard. Not consciously, of course, but if I’m wearing a sword, I’m more ready than not. And if I’m not wearing a sword, or at least have one nearby … well, let’s just say that I don’t like it when that happens. But the question is, are you ready?”
- My Kingdom for a Quest

~~~~~~~~~~~


“I’ve been practicing [archery],” Andrew informed her.
“I can tell,” Clara agreed, taking the bow away from him. “Now for the sword. As nice as the bow is, I’ve a suspicion that our battles will be hand to hand. Us getting swords, unlike the Leaf Princess and Wind Prince who both received bows, is not such a subtle hint. So, I’m going to focus on that with you. You’re fair enough with the bow so that you can use it in a pinch, like I am, so we need to focus on that sword of yours. I don’t want to lose you the first time we head into battle.”
“I’m glad to hear that you care so much about me,” Andrew noted, drawing his sword.
She rolled her eyes. “It’s not you; it’s the fact that Klarand needs you. You might be worried about facing the dragon herself, but I’m not looking forward to the ruling that comes after that. So, I have vested interest in keeping you alive.”
Andrew took a step back as he processed what she said. She expected him to do the ruling? “Aren’t you going to draw your sword?” he asked, deciding that he would rather not ask questions and get confirmation that she meant what he thought she did.
“No,” she said, a dangerous light in her eyes. “I don’t need it against you. I might as well handicap myself and give you an advantage.”
“But you…”
“Come on, just attack me. I assure you that you aren’t going to hurt me.”
She looked pretty serious, so Andrew went ahead and swung his sword towards her. Not too fast, of course, since he didn’t want to hurt her.
At the last second, she ducked down, and at the same moment, reached up and grabbed his wrist. Then, while he was still processing what was happening, and off-balance from the swing, she knocked his legs out from under him. Next thing he knew, he was on his back, his own sword pressed against his throat, her knee digging into his stomach, and her free hand pressed against his shoulder to hold him down.
“Move faster next time,” she warned him, letting go of his wrist, and pulling herself off of him. He removed his sword from his throat, sat up, and stared at her. She sat with her legs tucked under her and hands on her knees, gazing back at him expressionless.
“How did you…”
“Didn’t I mention that I did martial arts, that I’m a black belt in Tae Kwon Do?” she asked, standing up. “My dad teaches it, and my mom teaches the sword. Naturally, I know how to fight one against the other. I also know how to use martial arts on a bow, though not from a distance.”
“Oh,” said Andrew. He regained his feet and readjusted his grip on his sword. “So, I’m guessing that you’d like me to try again?”
“If you would,” said she, actually drawing her own sword. “That was just a warning by the way, so you know what I’m capable of. I’m going to do my best to improve your skills, but you have to know what you’re working with, too.”

“Eh, no problem,” said Andrew. “Abraham used to knock me down a lot, too.”
“Good for him,” said she, smirking. “You’re shorter when you’re on the ground, and I think I like that better.”
- Water Princess, Fire Prince


Also, for the record, I'll be emailing the winners of the Tales of Ever After giveaway shortly. My last couple of weeks have been insane, and life only just decided to slow down, but I had to get The Worth of a King's ARCs out first. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Fairest Son Character Spotlight


The Fair and Foul courts of the fey folk have long yearned for one to bring them together in peace, but hopes are dashed when the fairest prince and the prophecy concerning him are laid to ruin. Burdened with shame and sorrow, the prince flees to the cold mountains far above the forests and lochs with nothing but animals and goblins for company. 

When a human huntress stumbles upon him in her search for a legendary predator, their fates are intertwined. But she hides deadly secrets, and if he dares to trust her, he may risk the doom of both courts to an ancient evil...

Greetings and solutions, I'm here today to help spread the word about an exciting new release by H.S.J. Williams - an author I've been wanting a book from for YEARS. And she has one now! A gender-swapped fae Snow White! Eep! I'm so excited. 

So, have a spotlight!


Character Spotlight: Keeva
Art by Phantomrin

Ashamed and afraid of a past hidden in shadow, the mortal Keeva headed to the high mountains of rock and snow to find freedom. Day by day, she hunts game both for survival and profit, taking the best furs to sell down in the lowlands where other humans dwell. Her eye is set on the ultimate prize, a legendary white bear called Dohmnal who terrorizes the wild peaks with a insatiable appetite for blood. His territory lies beyond the borders of mankind, into the wilderness of faerie. Still, Keeva has had dealings with the sĂ­dhe folk, both fair and foul, and is undaunted in her hunt. But what she finds in the mountains may test her inner strength like nothing before. 

Appearance: Dark brown hair usually tied back in a braid, dark brown eyes, fair skin toughened by the bite of ice. 

Skills: Especially adept with the bow, but also handy with a knife (both in combat and butchering). She is a master of stealth and moving over rough terrain at quick speeds. 

Quotes: 

"Do I look like a mortal maid to be frightened?" 

"I don't fit in anywhere. Not among mortals, not among the Seelie, not among the Unseelie." 

"Smile because they love you. Smile because you're alive. Smile because you can." 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Tour of Ever After - Tales to Come

Okay, so life has calmed down now, a little, and I am now no longer living with my parents. Yeah. They moved out of the house and left me behind with my aunt. So, yeah. That's been the stress I've been dealing with lately, but things should be settling down now. Hopefully. I still need to rearrange the downstairs trailer that I'm now living in, and figure out how to feed myself without a proper kitchen (long story), but, I'm here. It's happened. I'm now an independent woman. Ish.

But that's not the point of this post.


Last day of The Tales of Ever After blog tour. Wow. It's been a whirlwind week in more ways than one, and I'm so happy with how well the book seems to have been received. Don't forget to travel through all of the posts and leave as many comments as you can. While the rafflecopter giveaways end today, it's going to be Saturday before I can count all of the comments, so you have an extra day to attempt to win that special package of sneak peeks. For the record: bloggers, replying to your comments on your own reviews and guest posts counts. (Though this does not apply to the participating authors, just the bloggers.)

Now, onto my post!

See, when I sent out the sign-up form for the authors to let them claim their posts for the tour, one of the options I gave them was talking about their upcoming releases. After all, this is a collection to allow people to find their new favorite authors. People want to know what their new favorite author is releasing next.

And it's just a tradition for me to talk about my upcoming releases at the end of a blog tour. And you can't argue with traditions, now can you?

However, none of the other authors decided to take this option - even though I know a couple of them DO have very imminent releases. Ah well. I'm still going to talk about mine, because I have a pretty packed couple of months, and it's pretty much alllll fairy tales.

First off, end of August, I have my first major releases since 2016: The Worth of a King, which is a spin-off of the Rizkaland Legends. It's not an official retelling, but I realized half-way through the writing that it does follow a Snow White arc, so ... I'm running with it. I'm currently looking for bloggers to take part in its blog tour. I still have six more characters who I would really like to have interviewed, and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday only have two or three posts each. So if you have a blog, I'd love to have you on board. I also have a goal of twenty reviews for the book within the month of September, so if you can manage that, I'd love to send you an ARC. I'm running a wee bit behind thanks to the whole moving hoopla that I mentioned at the top of this post, but I'm planning to have the ARC's sent out on Saturday.

Sign up here, if you're interested.

Now, speaking of Snow White, at the end of October, I have a TON of that fairy tale dropping on the world. And not all of it mine. I'm leading a Magic Mirror's group release. Currently, I have four stories accepted, all of them lovely rich stories that are each highly unique and creative - two of them the most unexpected mash-ups you'll find. I'm currently reading through the last submission, and I will have either one or two of my own stories in the release - Red as Snow, the third Twist of Adventure for certain, and a strong possibility of The Seven Drawers if I can get back into the swing of its rewrite. Was going strong there for a bit, but I've hit a bit of a quicksand again. But, again, do look forward to that. I'll be announcing the 5-7 titles (AND REVEALING COVERS!) just as soon as Worth's blog tour is over.

Now, I would kiiinda like to touch on my plans for next year. My very ambitious plans for next years.

Three Bookania Quests.

Not three Bookania Short Stories. Actual, full-length releases. I've reached the half-way point on the first of them, and will hopefully have it done by the end of October, as I thiiiiink that I've made it through most of the sticky parts. Then, for NaNo, I'll write book 5, and if I finish it fast enough, will plunge into book 6. So, yes, ambitious, and I admit that I've never before managed to write a sequel before its previous book was released, but I'm going to try. I really want to drop the second trilogy of this series all at once, rather than the six years that it took me to pull the first trilogy off. That was just ridiculous.

There will also be a Golden Braids release sometime next year, probably in July/August, which will include the fourth Twist of Adventure, and hopefully the fifth Bookania Quest.

So, yeah. Stay tuned for that. All the fairy tales!

Now, again, don't forget to visit all of the posts and comment on them, and enter all of the rafflecopters before they close. I'll be here on Saturday to announce the winners! There's a Facebook party tonight that you can check out, so hop on over there. Also, there should be one or two more posts up on Monday, one of them being a Scavenger hunt where I try to find books from my shelf  that match the stories in the Tales of Ever After. I'd hoped to have this video up before the release, but, again, moving hoopla.

Rafflecopter Givaways:
U.S. Only:
(All books are paperbacks, and possibly signed.)

International:
(All books are ebooks of the winner’s file format of choice)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Tour of Ever After - My Writing Theme

Hello there! Kendra returneth with a post that's actually on time.

No, the tailspin that is my life hasn't died down yet, but it's starting to. Last night was also my first night "on my own." I mean, I have an aunt living just upstairs, but ... I'm now responsible for myself and everything.

Anywho, I'm here today for the Tales of Ever After blog tour again!


Today, I'm here to talk about my writing theme.

So, funny thing that happened after I had assigned this for myself on the blog schedule, but I was actually talking to a good friend of mine, who happened to be one of the submission judges for the Tales of Ever After collection. The submissions had all names removed, so it was a blind judging.

We were talking about the collection, and she'd admitted that she felt that the story was my best yet (she's read ... pretty much all of my books up to this point), which prompted a curiosity in my head. I knew that she'd known that I'd be entering a story, and I think she knew some of its premise, but I wanted to know how long it took her to realize that the story was mine.

"Half a page?" she answered.

And it was my writing she recognized, not the premise I'd previously shared with her. (And she hastily went on to assure me that her comments were based solely on the story's qualities, and not any attempts to sway the game in my favor. Which I had no worries over. The girl's a tough judge.)

This prompted further discussion into my writing style, with the other girls in the group chat who'd also read significant chunks of my writing. Because, apparently, I have a distinct, strong voice. Whimsical, apparently. Lighthearted on the surface but usually hiding something serious and deep. I think it's also the fact that I overuse dashes - they're pretty much my favorite punctuation. But I think they were trying to be nice and thus didn't bring it up. (Seriously, I think someone needs to take away my dashes at some point.)

But I do put in an effort to make sure that my writing and style is distinct. My goal is to write books that makes the reader laugh, and makes the reader think. I write escapist fiction that leaves the reader better equipped to face the real world when the book is over. I search for creative, high-concept plots, but I don't shy away from cliches if I see an angle that gives a unique perspective. And I have a Fairy Tale obsession that shows through in most of my books.

So, if you enjoyed Cinders, I'm fairly certain that you'll enjoy the rest of my writing, too. I mean, they're older works, so therefore not as good, but still fun, I promise!

But don't forget to check out the rest of the other lovely stories in the collection. I must say, I'm halfway through my own read, and I've as yet to find one I didn't like. And the ones I didn't love, I know there's a reader out there for them, somewhere.

What's your writing theme? Would you say that you've achieved your distinct voice yet?

Make sure that you visit and comment on all of the posts in the Tour of Ever After - the person who leaves the most comments will get a bonus collection of sneak-peek snippets from a number of the authors! (I am in the process of fixing the broken links. My blog isn't being nice to me about them)

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Tales of Ever After - Cinders

This post is a ... wee bit late.

My life has been turned upsidedown this last week as my parents finally got a new house and we've been in hyper-move mode to get them into it. Leaving me with practically no time today. Sigh.

But here I am now, with post stuff. Though I am also unfortunately on the wrong computer and don't have many of my graphics for this post. We'll make do, though, shall we?



Basically, and in short, I had a story make its way into the latest Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology! (Not only that, but the organizer put my story at the front of the collection!)

And, in the interest in keeping this post short, here's the rundown of why you should read this lovely story that I christened "Cinders"

1. As the name suggests, it is a Cinderella retelling.
2. But it's a very mixed up retelling of Cinderella.
3. It features a veeeeeery adorable little kitten, who has a pretty important role to play. (They almost moved the story over to the cats collection, in fact!)
4. One of my friends has told me it's my best work to date.
5. The collection it's featured in is free! Or it will be, just as soon as Amazon gets its act together.

And some funfacts about the writing process for this story:

1. It's been the fastest I've ever taken a story from inspiration to publication, as I didn't even have an idea for an entry when the anthology was first announced.
2. The anthology organizer actually gave me my premise, when I confessed to having no inspiration.
3. I proceeded to write the first thousand or so words in one night, in a notebook.
4. The last half of it was written at the Texas Homeschooled Author's Writer's retreat.
5. I got to hug the anthology organizer at Realmmaker's the week before last.

Now, there are some giveaways involved with this thing, but I currently don't have access to the links and such. I'm just going to point you guys to the masterlist/schedule thing, where others DO have the giveaways posted. Click through and comment on all of them, because the person who leaves the most comments across the tour will get a bundle of sneak peeks from the upcoming books of multiple authors!

(Please note that some of the links are broken. I am in the process of fixing them, but every time I think I have, they break again. Bear with me.)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Five Most Romantic Fairy Tales



So, I'm a bit late in the day posting it. Maybe a little more than a bit. But the video took longer than I expected to convert and upload, due to being better quality than my normal videos, and when I was finally able to upload it, it was minutes before I had to leave for my uncle's birthday party, and I misplaced my brain when I got back.

But I think I've found my brain now, so have a video:


Do click through, leave a like and a comment, and consider subscribing. If you do subscribe, it could qualify as an entry in an awesome giveaway!



Check out all of the other blogs participating in the Christmas in July!

I also would like to note that I am in the process of moving away from blogging into vlogging. I'm not abandoning this blog, but ... talking to the camera means less hand cramps, and I get enough of those from regular writing as it is (Currently hard at work trying to finish Worth and The Seven Drawers for their publications in August and October, respectively). So, yeah, if you want more frequent updates from me, check out over there. I'm going to be talking about fairy tales a lot. And I may do a stint of reading through Sew, it's a Quest. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Christmas in July Blog Party



First off, two videos that I have posted on YouTube the last couple of weeks on the theme of The Worth of a King. I'm taking a step back from blogging to see if vlogging is my true calling. So far, I'm loving it. Planning to get a better camera just as soon as I can manage it, though. As well as video editing software.



But, to the point - I am taking part in a Christmas in July blog party, and my post will be on the fourteenth. Check out the other great posts that have and will be going down this month:

July 1, 2018
Author Sarah Holman
Free: “Distorted Glass”

July 2, 2018
Author A.M. Heath
Giveaway: Where Can I Flee?

July 3, 2018
Author Faith Blum
Giveaway: Audiobook redemption code

July 4, 2018
Author  E. Kaiser Writes
Spotlight: new cover

July 5, 2018
Author- Amanda Tero
Free: Noelle’s Gift

July 6, 2018
Author Ryanna Lynn
Discount: Free shipping for Coffee Shop Christmas

July 7, 2018
Author  Alicia G. Ruggieri
Discount: The House of Mercy e-book

July 8, 2018
Author Sarah Holman
Discount: Emmeline

July 9, 2018
Author A.M. Heath
Giveaway: In the Shadow of Thy Wings

Author Kelsey Bryant
Discount: Suit and Suitability ebook

July 10, 2018
Author Kelsey Bryant
Discount: Second Impressions ebook

July 11, 2018
Author Rachel Rossano
Discount: The King of Anavrea ebook

July 12, 2018
Author Amanda Tero
Free eBook: Hartly Manor

July 13, 2018
Author Kate Willis
Free eBook: Enjoy the Poodle Skirt

July 14, 2018
Author Kendra E. Ardnek
Vlog and Giveaway: The most romantic fairy tales

July 16, 2018
Author A.M. Heath
Giveaway: Out of the Ashes

July 17, 2018
Author Rebekah Morris
Discount: The Unexpected Request
Free: Choices for Max

July 18, 2018
Author Emily Ann Benedict
Discount: Perception, a Vintage Jane Austen Novel

July 19, 2018
Author Erika Mathews
Discount: Promise’s Prayer ebook, Overrun By His Love
Free: Gather ‘Round The Fables

July 20, 2018
Author Ryana Lynn
Blog post: character interview.

July 21, 2018
Author Rebekah Morris
Sale: to be announced

July 23, 2018
Author Amanda Tero
Discount: Journey to Love, Befriending the Beast, The Secret Slipper

July 24, 2018
Author Rebekah Morris
Blog: Special upcoming release announcement

July 25, 2018
Author Emily Ann Benedict
Giveaway: The Father Christmas Confessions.

July 26, 2018
Author  Faith Blum
Blog: Special upcoming release announcement and book sale

July 27, 2018
Author Alicia G. Ruggieri
Discount: A Time of Grace: The Complete Series
Blog: Spotlight on new book

July 28, 2018
Author Abigayle Claire
Giveaway and discount: Andora’s Folly

July 30, 2018
Author Alicia G. Ruggieri
Discount: The Mystery of the Missing Cufflinks

July 31, 2018
Author Amanda Tero
Giveaway and new release: “Finding Christmas Joy”


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