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:
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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:
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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! 
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