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The Dreaded Question

I just read a great post by Nadine Brandes on The Dreaded Question:

The first fifteen years of your life are spent in blissful ignorance. All you have to do is grow up, do the homework, go adventuring, navigate friendships and awkward crushes and different sports. But then…you hit junior year of high school and it happens. For the lucky ones, it doesn’t happen until senior year of high school. But I can guarantee that….IT. WILL. HAPPEN.

The question.

“So, what are you going to do once you graduate?”

And the answer is…

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Read the rest of the post here.

This really speaks to me right now, during this crazy, post-highschool, everyone-assumes-you-should-be-in-college time of life I’m in right now. Because yes, I’m panicking, and no, I don’t really have any plans anymore. But sometimes that’s ok. Thank you, Nadine, for helping me realize that.

If you don’t know Nadine yet, you must. She’s the sweetest, most amazing human ever. And she’s a ninja, so watch out! 😉 Nadine Brandes

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😍‼️🔥Black Friday Book Freebies!

Wow, check out all these free books, and an awesome giveaway!

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HAPPY (almost) THANKSGIVING, Y’ALL!

On November 23rd (WHOO! Thanksgiving!) through the 27th, both of my novels in The Witches’ Sleep Trilogy will be FREE for the Kindle! I’ll also be giving away a paperback copy of BOTH The Witches’ Sleep and World of the Beasts. (To enter, follow directions at the end of the post).

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Life Update

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here! I just wanted to pop in to say that, yes, I’m still alive, and will be returning to the blogging world soon! I have had a crazy past six months, with a lot of big changes in my life, and more to come. But I will be returning to social media in a few weeks, and I’m hoping to be more regular online.

I will also be getting back into writing. I will be working on revising the first draft of Something More and starting Book Two! I’m really excited for this, and I’ll keep you posted on my progress with both of those!

Have a lovely Spring!

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Exciting News

I’m alive!!
In case any of you were worried, I’m not dead or captured or otherwise in grave danger. Nope. I’ve just been doing other things. Writing, mostly. And that leads me to the exciting news I have to share with you guys.

I must scream it to the world, my excitement from the top of someplace very high!
I must scream it to the world, my excitement from the top of someplace very high!

I finished the first draft of Something More! It only came to 64,000 words, which is quite a bit less than I had been planning. I already know of several scenes that I will be adding in the second draft, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to bump the word count up. I’ve been working on this draft for about three years, so it is a huge relief to have it finished! I’m looking forward to editing, and starting book two with great excitement! 😀

Before that, however, I will be working on a few short stories: One is a submission for an anthology that I’d like to be included in, and the other two are just little shorts that I’ll be sharing with you on my blog. 🙂

And finally, my last bit of news is that I am starting college next week! This is an exciting (and slightly terrifying) new experience for me, so your prayers would be appreciated. And if I’m MIA for a while, you’ll know why (and hopefully pray harder 😉 ).

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Lady Dragon, Tela Du cover reveal

Hello everyone! I’m here with a cover reveal for the newest novel by Kendra A. Ardnek, and a short interview with the author. Without further ado, may I present:

Lady Dragon, Tela Du

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Book Description:
Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

 

We’ve got a short excerpt for you, and then the cover.

Why are you here, Amber?” asked the eldest of the kings, who was only twenty-four himself.
Amber drew herself to her full stature as she folded her arms at her waist and stared the man in the eye. “To negotiate terms of surrender.”
“You surrender?” asked one of the queens.
Amber shook her head and turned away. “Oh, no, that would be silly. You will be doing the surrendering. I’m giving you the opportunity to do it now, peaceably. Because otherwise, I’m not sure you’ll get another chance, at least not unless at great cost.”

Lady Dragon, Tela Du cover

 

Kendra A. ArdnekAuthor Bio:
Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.

Blog:
knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com

Official Website:
kendraeardnek.weebly.com

Add to Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25873539-lady-dragon-tela-du

Preorder Book:

Water Princess, Fire Prince, the first book in the series, is free today.

Cover Design Credit: Benjamin Ingalls – https://www.behance.net/BenjaminIngalls

And now we’ve got a few answers from Kendra:

Longest book you’ve ever read?
According to Goodreads, it’s David Copperfield, and I’m willing to agree with that. Unless you want to count the Lord of the Rings as one book, which my copy is.

Favorite sea creature?
Sea Dragons

Favorite flying animal?
Flying Dragons.
Dragons are just awesome all around you know? and can be tailor-made to anyone’s preferences. Like ’em big? Have ’em. Like ’em small? Take ’em by the doezen. Bright colors, dull colors. Evil or good. Fire, wings, you name it. If you want it, the dragon’s got it.

Here are all the other blogs who are also revealing today. Go check them out:
Knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com
liannetaimenlore.blogspot.com
https://clairembanschbach.wordpress.com
thefloweringvales.blogspot.com
https://authorhopeann.com/
http://elvishpensfantasticalwritings.blogspot.com
writtenrest.wordpress.com
http://www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com
Www.readwritelaughdance.wordpress.com
http://www.ReviewsbySoleil.blogspot.com
http://www.jayelknight.blogspot.com
http://BookishOrchestrations.blogspot.com
https://writinganyone.wordpress.com/
scatteredjournalpages.com
http://sutorinohana.blogspot.com/
http://wildroseleblonde.blogspot.com/
http://agwerff.blogspot.com/
thesplendorfalls.blogspot.com
http://annasbrie.blogspot.com.au/
Humoroushannah.blogspot.com

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The Redemption of Eustace Scrubb

This is why I love Narnia so much: because of the redemption!

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I just took my fifth grade students for a voyage on the Dawn Treader, and I have to confess something that might be shocking to those who are familiar with what I consider to be the best book in the series.

I love Eustace Scrubb.

Yes, he is irritating, shrill, mean-spirited, spiteful, and if I had I had a student like Scrubb in my fifth grade class, I would likely duct-tape him to the wall even if it cost me my job. He might just be the most infuriating young character in all of children’s literature, but God help me, I love the kid, and have for a long time.

There. I’ve said it, and I feel better.

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Guide to Getting Your Book Published

Great post by Tialla Rising on publishing. This will definitely come in handy!

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Guide to Getting Your Book Published

As an author, I’m often asked questions about how to publish a book.  Writers come to me, wondering about everything from the writing process to editing, formatting, cover design, and last but not least, finding a publisher.  Sometimes even a little marketing is thrown in there.  Considering writing and publishing books is my passion, I love answering these questions and talking about this subject.  It thrills me to share what I know and hope that it helps others who are looking to see their story printed and bound.

Due to the fact that I greatly enjoy discussing this topic, I’ve recently written an article with this exact subject over at HomeschoolLiterature.com.  It is a guide to getting your book published, and I basically poured nearly everything I know about the process into the article.  It is filled with tips, links, resources, and more.  For those of you who are…

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BLOG LAUNCH

IT’S HERE!! Zac’s blog is live!

Hello, one and all, and welcome to the official launch of my first blog, Of Bleeding and Pages! I’m glad you’ve made your way around. 🙂

To start us off, let me introduce myself. I’m Zac, a YA and MG writer of speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, steampunk, etc.). I’m an avid reader and traveler of worlds. I spend most of my time talking to imaginary people, riding my pet dragons, obsessing over all things weird, and adventuring into the unknown. I also love peanut butter and sometimes forget I’m not a kid anymore.

Now, don’t run off just yet. I don’t bite, and I’m usually friendly (but don’t mess with my dragons). And I have some fun planned for tonight, such as an interview with a very special author and two kindle eBooks being given away.

I’m going to share how I first came to be a writer, how…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read This Blog Post

Read this article! It will change your life!

….. Sorry, I just had to! 😉

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This is probably my final blog post.

Once the information I disclose on this post goes out, it is quite likely that the forces arrayed against me will stop at nothing to destroy me. My reputation will be smothered under a feather pillow, my finances will be encased in carbonite, and my life will be harshly wiped out like a first grader aggressively obliterating his misspelling of “spaghetti” with one of those giant pink erasers.

b0ByrCyIn short, I am going to be the escape goat, because I dared speak the truth.

But the truth must be known, regardless of the impact it has on my life or my blog, because the implications of what is happening are bigger than any simple blogger.

As Skipper told Dusty in Planes, a movie that was not a cash grab at all…

Volo Pro Veritas”.

Or in this case, Blog Pro Veritas.

I Blog for Truth.

And…

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Why Writers are like Gandalf

This is beautiful!

The Overactive Imagination

Howdy!

I had this epiphany this morning on my way to an eye doctor’s appointment. I was driving along thinking about the writing I wanted to get done today, which somehow transitioned to debating how I would fare during an adventure, which somehow transitioned thinking about Gandalf and how he got Bilbo to join Thorin and Co. My mind is a strange place and apparently in a constant state of flux.

Of course thinking about Gandalf got me thinking about writing again and I realized there were a few similarities between writers and this great wizard.

  1. When we discover a new character what’s the first thing we do? Knock on his freshly painted door and tell them “I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure!” To which they probably reply “No thank you!” But we just look at them fondly, chuckle a bit, and reply

“Well that’s decided. It’ll…

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Updates, Newsletters, and Summer Reading

Alright, let’s start with the updates:

My blog will be undergoing renovations, so be sure to keep checking back. I’ll mostly be focusing on the Writing pages. I’m also focusing on writing one of my WIPs, Something More. It is book one of a fantasy trilogy, and I’m hoping to finish the first draft by the end of the year. I got quite a bit done this month by participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, which was a great experience. You can watch my progress in the sidebar. And I know I haven’t done the Second Sunday Sales like I said I would, but I promise I will start that in August. Pinky swear.

I’ve also been able to read quite a few books this summer, which I’m pretty excited about. I’ve reviewed most of them, which you can check out on the Reviews page. I’m currently reading an incredible dystopian novel, Thy Kingdom Come, by the ridiculously talented Daniel Adorno. Yeah, I’m pretty much obsessed with his books (if you couldn’t tell by my reviews… 😉 ). Aaaand, I’m planning to read (and hopefully review) Holding the Future Hostage by Tialla Rising and The Witches’ Sleep (fabulous, by the way; it’s a re-read) by Kaitlyn Deann. I’m also reading a brilliant biography of a brilliant man: Tolkien, by Humphrey Carpenter. That basically sums up my reading life lately… And now for the exciting news!

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I am starting to send out newsletters! You can keep up to date on all my blog-happenings, the progress of my WIPs, and here’s the exciting part: I will occasionally include exclusive excerpts from my books! Subscribe right now! I’ll be sending out the first one very soon! These certainly won’t be monthly, and they probably won’t even happen very regularly, but whenever I have something exciting to update you on, I’ll send one out, and you’ll be the first to know!

 

I love you all and I hope the rest of your summer is exquisite! Thank you for reading and following my blog! ❤

-Lena

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The Innocent blog tour

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I’m excited to be participating in another blog tour, this one for the talented Willowy Whisper‘s new novel, The Innocent.

 

About the Book

“I wonder who would shoot a girl so young…?” The question haunted him as he left the river and her grave behind.
Harvey West is given a month. One month to prove his innocence. As the evidence points him to the gallows, he fights to find the enemy of the beautiful Elsie Roselind. Someone wanted her gone.
Someone destroyed the evidence. Someone had to kill to keep her from coming back…
And the someone isn’t afraid to kill again—no matter what the cost.

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About the Author

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I am a sixteen year old girl who loves to write! I have always been homeschooled, and I live in a quiet neighborhood in West Virginia. I am the author of five novels, four of which are published, and numerous short stories. Now, down to the exciting stuff…

I am an incurable romantic—a dreamy sort of girl who sits around all day and dreams about true love…and writes about it. “Not everything revolves around romance,” people are always telling me. But to me, there is a little bit of romance in everything. Willowy Whisper, my pen name, is a fictional character in the Whispering Leaves Saga. She is, in a sense, me. She represents my “fairy-tale” life. I also love writing thriller/suspense stories, murder, and mysteries…and all that. Anyways…

I am an Independent Baptist Christian, a firm believer in Jesus Christ. I was saved when I was five years old, eleven years ago. As a Christian teenager, one of my major goals in life is finding the “right one” and staying pure until I do.

 

I’m pleased to have the opportunity to interview one of the main characters, Harvey West:

 

Harvey, please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Harvey West. I’ve always been a drifter, a wanderer with a restless sense of discontent that kept me from staying at any one place too long. But then I met Abigail—and her love was stronger than any desire to travel, so here I stay.

 

What is the thing you love most?

I love the Lord. He’s been all I ever needed for as long as I can remember, and I’m set on serving Him.

 

Who/what would you die for?

I would die for Abigail. When I first met her, I thought her the most stubborn thing I’d ever seen. But somewhere along the way, she touched my heart and hasn’t let go. I’d die for her. A million times, a thousand ways, I’d die for her… 

 

If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

I reckon there’s a lot of things I could wish for—but I think what I’d want more than anything, is to see my friend Brock as happy as I am. He’s lost so much, hurt so bad. Maybe I wouldn’t have understood before, only now I do. Now I know what love means. I can imagine the agony of losing, the hurt, the pain. Brock felt that pain. And I’m certain that the only thing that can heal that is more love—and so for him, I wish happiness.

 

Why are you a Christian?

I’m a Christian because at eleven years old I realized I was dying. Maybe not any time soon, but someday. Where would I go? What if death didn’t stop at the grave? My mother brought out the Bible. She showed me life. She showed me a Savior that took me into His arms and hasn’t let go. She showed me a love that was stronger than all my mistakes, greater than my weakness. When I came to Him broken, He fixed me. When I came to Him empty, He filled me. He loved me—and that’s why I serve. That’s why I claim His name. That’s why I love Him.

 

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!

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Faith Blum’s novellas cover reveals

Check out the covers for Faith Blum’s three new novellas, I Love Thee, Pass Me Not, and Redeemed. They will all be published this summer! Instead of doing three separate reveals, she chose to do one reveal for all three. To learn how these novellas came into being, check out Faith’s blog post today. Read on to see the covers and learn about each of the stories. Don’t forget to enter to win the novel that started it all!

 

I Love Thee
Publication Date: June 26, 2015

Pass Me Not (2)

Redeemed

 

Synopses

I Love Thee

Mom and Dad dead STOP Please come STOPGage

Confirmed bachelor, Cole Baxter, finds himself raising his sister’s four young children. After one week of leaving his ranch in the hands of his foreman to take care of the grieving, needy children, he has to admit the task is beyond him and he needs help. But hired help won’t suffice: those children need a mother’s hand. Cole needs a wife.

Approximately 17,800 words.

I Love Thee Preorder
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Pass Me Not

Let me at Thy throne of mercy/Find a sweet relief/Kneeling there in deep contrition/Help my unbelief

Timothy is at his wit’s end. His twelve year old half-sister has run off five housekeepers in almost a year. Since their parents died, she has grown wilder than ever. What can he do? As he looks for a new housekeeper, his eye catches sight of a mail order bride advertisement. One young lady has a younger sister and sounds like a God-fearing woman. Could this be the answer to his dilemma or will Louise run her off, too?

Approximately 15,300 words

 


Redeemed

Mail Order bride seeks wealthy Western man. Write Mona Sommers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Alexander Granger is tired of his father’s lectures and sermons. It’s time for payback. His plan is to pretend to marry a woman and scandalize his father when he finds out they aren’t really married. Will Mona accept his offer? Can Alex get away with his plan?

Approximately 11,600 words.

 

About the Author

An avid reader, Faith Blum started writing at an early age. Whether it was a story about the camping trip that summer or a more creative story about fictional characters, she has always enjoyed writing. When not writing, Miss Blum enjoys reading, crafting, playing piano, Captaining on the Holy Worlds Historical Fiction Forum and playing games with her family (canasta, anyone?).

As a history enthusiast who has been fascinated for years with the Old West, Faith has endeavored to create a clean, fun, and challenging Western story. Faith lives with her family on a hobby farm in the Northern Midwest, where she enjoys the many cats they have.

You can find Faith on her Website, Blog, Facebook, and Twitter

 

Giveaway

How would you like your very own copy of the book that started it all? Well, at least started it all for the novellas. Enter the giveaway below and you could win a signed paperback copy of Amazing Grace.

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Or, if you would like another chance to win a signed copy, you can also enter the Goodreads giveaway that is open today through July 2nd!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Amazing Grace by Faith Blum

Amazing Grace

by Faith Blum

Giveaway ends July 02, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

 

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A Dream Not Imagined blog tour

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I am excited to present to you…..

The Fairy Godmother, from A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu.

 

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Every Cinderella story has a fairy godmother . . . right? Well, A Dream Not Imagined isn’t magical, so we don’t have wands and magical twinkles. But we do have a sweet, grandmotherly old woman in the story.

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She has snow-white hair, a short, round figure, and gentle but wise eyes.

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My ‘fairy godmother’ might wear something like these dresses:

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If you would you like to get to know this dear woman better, and see her connected with Ellie (Cinderella), then do pick up a copy of A Dream Not Imagined! 🙂

 

About the Book

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A MAID, a PRINCE, and a DUKE. A GARDENER, a STEPMOTHER, and a secret…

Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after.

But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream…of the same prince.

In the end, are dreams even all they’re made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed?

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

 

Purchase as a kindle book on Amazon Now!

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About the Author

imageShantelle Mary Hannu was born in the mountainous west, spending her golden childhood years there. Since then, she has relocated time and again with her parents and seven siblings, making cherished memories in both the South and Central United States.
A Christian homeschool graduate, Shantelle has a passion for writing and all things books. From a young age she’s been penning tales with a hope of sharing with the world adventurous and soul-stirring stories that bring glory to God.
A Dream Not Imagined, a fairytale novella, is her first published book. She’s currently preparing a full-length fantasy novel for publication as well, and working on its sequel.
Shantelle blogs at A Writer’s Heart: http://shantellemaryh.blogspot.com/ about her stories, favorite books and movies (with reviews), healthy wheat-free recipes, and hosts fellow authors, among other things. One of her joys is connecting with fellow writers and readers! You can also find her on:

Facebook: Shantelle Mary Hannu, Author

Twitter: @shantellemary

Goodreads: Shantelle Mary Hannu

Google+: Shantelle H.

Pinterest: Shantelle H.

 

Giveaway!

Enter the rafflecopter form for a chance to win a kindle copy of A Dream Not Imagined and a $5 Amazon giftcard!
One winner will be chosen May 31st, and I will send the kindle book and gift card to their email.

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Blog Tour Schedule – Upcoming Events

(For a complete schedule please see the original post at A Writer’s Heart)

 

Saturday, May 30th

Hannah Williams at The Writer’s Window – Author Interview

Raechel at God’s Peculiar Treasure – Book Review

C.B. Cook at The World of the Writer – Character Interview with The Stepmother

Sierra at Flights from the Aerie – Author Interview

 

Sunday, May 31st

Shantelle Mary Hannu at A Writer’s Heart – Tour Wrap Up and Excerpt

 

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A Wish Made of Glass cover reveal

I have another exciting cover reveal for you! This one is for Ashlee Willis’ new novel, A Wish Made of Glass.

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Deep in a forest glade, the fey folk dance with Isidore, a young human child. Their kinship is the very fabric of her childhood. When her mother dies and her world darkens with sorrow, Isidore finds her belief in the fey folk wavering.

The love of her new step-sister, Blessing, proves an unexpected gift in her time of need. Yet even as their friendship blooms, Isidore begins to see that Blessing is everything she herself has always wanted to be, but is not. Jealousy grips Isidore as she watches this beautiful new sister steal away all she holds dear.
Driven to desperation, Isidore turns to the fey folk once more. She has only one wish to claim from them, one chance to make things right. But she must tread carefully. For wishes, like hearts, are easily broken. And obtaining the one thing she desires could mean destroying the one thing she truly needs.

Coming Summer 2015

About the Author

Ashlee Willis is the author of fantasy for young adults. She lives in the heart of Missouri with her husband and young son. While most of her days are balanced between writing, reading and being a stay-at-home mom, she also finds time to enjoy forest rambles, photography, and playing the piano.

 

Find her on:
Her Blog
Goodreads
Facebook
Amazon
Twitter
Pinterest

 

I’m very honored to be a part of this reveal. And isn’t that cover just gorgeous?

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Where Shadows Lie cover reveal

I’m very excited to be part of the book cover and trailer reveal for Tialla Rising’s upcoming release, Where Shadows Lie! She is an awesome author, and I’m so excited for her new book! Check out the incredible cover, and continue below to enter the giveaway! 
 

Release date: June 2015

Synopsis via Goodreads:

His dark past haunts him. His new life taunts him.
 
After twenty years in the gangs and a hefty prison sentence, an early release gives Shawn the opportunity to turn his life around.
 
But that isn’t so easy when gangs are involved.
 
Only a year into his fresh start, the gang catches on and makes Shawn’s life miserable. After all, once a gang member, always a gang member. His very blood belongs to them.
 
Threats become promises. Whispers become actions. Words become bullets. He must fight – not only for his life, but to save his honor, prove his integrity, and protect the woman he loves.
 
An ember of hope glows in the darkness, strengthening his resolve. Will her support and his determination be enough to dispel the shadows of his past?
 
A story of discovery and faith, love and perseverance.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tialla Rising is a Christian young woman living with her family in the mountains of Arizona. She loves to write and will passionately spend hours long into the night developing her stories. Like most writers, Tialla fills her spare time with reading from her favorite fantasy and mystery genres. A good book, a stormy day, and an iced coffee comprise her favorite moments.


www.therubyvial.com 

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Irony

I recently found this awesome blog post by Jim Butcher on NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program website. I think it is quite possibly the best post on writing that I have ever read. And it is a brilliant example of what I had just read in school about the use of irony in writing.

Beware, sweet, innocent, aspiring writer. People aren’t telling you this, and they should be. NaNoWriMo participants are being deceived into thinking that being an author is a good thing. But you don’t know. You don’t know the horrors you might face as a professional, published, full-time author.

The best part about this post is that it is actually inspiring! It encouraged me to go forth and write! 🙂

You cannot know the horrors you will face! Run! Flee! Turn aside from this dark road!

For if you do not, I fear that one day, you will find yourself writing with other damned souls like me.

Who knows? Maybe I will!

 

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A Dream Not Imagined cover reveal

I am so excited to be a part of Shantelle Mary Hannu’s cover reveal for her book, A Dream Not Imagined. It is a Cinderella retelling, and her debut novel. So without further ado, I present the amazing cover:

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About the Book

A MAID, a PRINCE, and a DUKE. A GARDENER, a STEPMOTHER, and a secret…

Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after.

But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream…of the same prince.

In the end, are dreams even all they’re made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed?

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

Tentative Release Date: June 2015

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About the Author

image Shantelle Mary Hannu was born in the mountainous west, spending her golden childhood years there. Since then, she has relocated time and again with her parents and seven siblings, making cherished memories in both the South and Central United States. A Christian homeschool graduate, Shantelle has a passion for writing and all things books. From a young age she’s been penning tales with a hope of sharing with the world adventurous and soul-stirring stories that bring glory to God. A Dream Not Imagined, a fairytale novella, will be her first published book. She’s currently preparing a full-length fantasy novel for publication as well, and working on its sequel. Shantelle blogs at A Writer’s Heart: http://shantellemaryh.blogspot.com/ about her stories, favorite books and movies (with reviews), healthy wheat-free recipes, and hosts fellow authors, among other things. One of her joys is connecting with fellow writers and readers! You can also find her on:

Facebook: Shantelle Mary Hannu, Author

Twitter: @shantellemary

Goodreads: Shantelle Mary Hannu

Google+: Shantelle H.

Pinterest: Shantelle H.

About the Illustrator

Natasha H. is an aspiring photographer and also loves drawing and painting. A Dream Not Imagined is the first book she has drawn the cover picture for. Learn more about her work at her blog: http://tashahphotography.blogspot.com/

Bloggers Participating in the Cover Reveal

Hayden Wand at The Story Girl http://everystory-storygirl.blogspot.com/

Claire Banschbach at Claire M. Banschbach – Thoughts and Rants https://clairembanschbach.wordpress.com/

Amber Stokes at Seasons of Humility http://seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com/

Ghost Ryter at Anything, Everything http://ghostryter.blogspot.com/

Deborah O’Carroll at The Road of a Writer https://deborahocarroll.wordpress.com/

E. Kaiser Writes at …The Adventure Begins http://ekaiserwritesablog.blogspot.com/

Alyssa-Faith at The American Anglophile http://www.theeamericananglophile.blogspot.com/

Hannah Williams at The Writer’s Window http://williamshsj.blogspot.com/

Laura Pol at Crafty Booksheeps http://craftybooksheeps.blogspot.com/

Natasha H. at Through My Lens (+ review) http://tashahphotography.blogspot.com/

Skye Hoffert at Ink Castles http://skyehoffert.blogspot.ca/

Jaye L. Knight at Jaye L. Knight’s Blog http://jayelknight.blogspot.com/

Serena at Poetree http://poetreeandbooks.blogspot.com/

Brittney at Brittney’s Book Nook http://brittneysbooknook.com/

Jesseca Dawn at Whimsical Writings http://jessaswhimsicalwritings.blogspot.com/

Lena K. at Read, Write, Laugh, DANCE https://readwritelaughdance.wordpress.com/

Allison Ruvidich at The Art of Storytelling http://www.allisontheartofstorytelling.blogspot.com/

Shannon McDermott at Shannon McDermott’s Blog http://www.shannonmcdermott.com/?page_id=189

Tricia Mingerink at The Pen of a Ready Writer http://triciamingerink.com/

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The Liebster Award tag

Liebster Award

 

Thank you, The Word Review, for tagging me in my very first award! 🙂

 

The Rules:

Mention the person who nominated you on your blog and link them.
Answer 11 questions by the person who nominated you.
Nominate 5-11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers and link them below.
Create your own 11 questions for them to answer and let the nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

 

Brianna’s questions:

Why did you start a blog?

I started this blog because I wanted a central place where I could share my writing, and connect with other bloggers.

 

If there were no obstacles standing in your way, what would be the one career you would love to have?

I would love to be a professional ballet dancer, or explore the farthest reaches of space in person. Weird combination, I know. Maybe I could dance for the aliens?

 

Where would you most like to visit, and why?

I desperately want to go to Italy, to Florence and Rome. I’m obsessed with ancient history and Michelangelo.

 

You’re hosting a dinner party, and you can invite any three people, dead or alive. Who would be at your table?

Michelangelo Buonarroti, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, and Jesus Christ.

 

One book you think everyone should read?

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

If you were asked to be part of a mission to colonise another planet, knowing you could never return home, would you go?

That’s a hard one. If I could take my writing and all my books with me, and I’d still be able to communicate with earth, then I’d probably go. Otherwise, I wouldn’t.

 

If you could live in any book or film world for a week, which one would you choose?

Middle Earth! I’d love to live there forever.

 

What historical moment would you love to have been there for?

Jesus’ Ressurection. That must have been such and awe-inspiring moment.

 

What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

Choreographing a ballet performance when I was 13.

 

Do you believe in ghosts and aliens?

I don’t think so…

 

Do you believe in fate?

I believe that God is in control of our lives, and some people call that fate.

 


 

I nominate:

~ Alive in You
~ The Comeback Kids
~ Elizabeth Cook
~ It’s a Beautiful Day
~ We Are Those Girls

 

Here’s the questions for them to answer:

  1. When did you start your blog?
  2. What does your blog name mean/how did you think of it?
  3. What is your favorite book?
  4. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  5. Why do you like to write?
  6. If you could be anyone in the world (past or present) for a day, who would you be?
  7. Who has inspired you most?
  8. What time period would you like to live in?
  9. How would you like to die?
  10. Where do you most want to go?
  11. What fictitious world do you want to live in?

If I didn’t tag you, and you’d like to do this anyway, feel free!

I’m very interested to hear your answers!