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Lady Dragon, Tela Du blog tour post #1: Author Interview: Kendra E. Ardnek

Today I’m celebrating the release of a friend’s newest novel–Kendra E. Ardnek’s Lady Dragon, Tela Du. We’ve got some info about her books, and then an interview with the author herself!

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Book Description: 

Lady Dragon Tela Du poem
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?

 

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And now for the interview! Please join me in welcoming Ms. Kendra E. Ardnek!

Hello Kendra! Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! I’m the Arista, a girl who travels through worlds with the purpose of collecting stories and sharing them with the people of my own world. I’m also a certified dragon tamer.

What is your dream for your books? Do you want to become world famous?
I want everyone to read and love my books. If I become world famous in the process, that’d be awesome.

Would you like any of your books to be made into a movie? If so, who would you want involved in the making (actors, director, producer, etc.)?
I’m very interested in my books being adapted into movies. LDTD actually began life as a play and has three complete scripts somewhere in my desk. I have some cousins who are looking at getting into the film industry and we have discussed them adapting my first book, Sew, it’s a Quest. As for actors, I’m not terribly picky at the moment, though I’d like to play Petra and Amber myself.

Sounds cool! What have you found to be most difficult about writing?
Actually getting words onto the paper. I can come up with ideas all day long, and editing is fun, but first drafts are the bane of my existence.

What are your other hobbies/passions?
I dabble in a lot of things. Writing is my big passion, but I have an on-off relationship with knitting, crochet, and some other crafts. I’m kinda into gaming. Mostly RPGs, match-3’s, and hidden object adventures. I occasionally delude myself into thinking that I can draw. But writing’s the big one.

What are you currently reading?
I am currently glaring at my kindle because, despite having hundreds of books, none of them are what I want to read. It’s a mite bit frustrating. I was reading a good book, but then it proved to be a sample, and I was disappointed.

That’s terribly disappointing! Hopefully you’ll find something good! Is there a little-known fact about you or your books that you’d like to share with us?
I believe I’ve mentioned that Reuben is what we would have named my baby sister if she’d been born a boy, but I actually didn’t name the character for her (and, actually, I named him before she was born, and it was still a possibility that I’d get a baby brother named Reuben). My baby sister was named for my Grandmother, who had always wanted a son named Reuben, and so when I was thinking up names for the new love interests that I had created for the Rizkaland cast, naming the eldest of the brothers “Reuben” was a given. In fact, while I think we had settled on Joseph for the middle name for my potential sibling, I chose instead to give Reuben the middle name that my grandmother had picked out – Matthew, for the first book of the Bible.

Thanks for joining me, Kendra! Everyone, go check out this lovely lady!
We’ll be back on the 25th with a character interview!

 

Kendra A. Ardnek

Author 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.

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Reviews: Trading Knives and What Is Needed, by P.H. Solomon

I recently read two prequel short stories by P.H. Solomon, and since I haven’t posted in a while, I’m sharing both those reviews tonight.

 

Trading Knives: Prequel Short Story #1 to The Bow of Hart SagaTrading Knives: Prequel Short Story #1 to The Bow of Hart Saga by P.H. Solomon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I greatly enjoyed Trading Knives, a short story prequel to The Bow of Destiny. There are a few typos, but not enough to detract from the story. It’s fast-paced and well-written, revealing just enough to make me want to know more. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

 

What Is NeededWhat Is Needed by P.H. Solomon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found What is Needed to be a well-written and quite interesting short story. Although there are a few typos, they do not distract too much from the flow of the plot. I was especially fascinated by the Withlings and I look forward to reading more about their Order in The Bow of Destiny. I felt connected to the three main characters – hopefully they will make an appearance in future books of the Bow of Hart Saga. Although I did not find this story quite as intriguing as Trading Knives, it was quite interesting, and I look forward to continuing with this series.

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Guest Post by Zac Tyson

Today, I have a very special treat for you, for a very special reason. My lovely writerly friend, Zac, is launching his blog today! By way of celebrating (and getting the word out, because, he’s freaking awesome!), I have invited him to write a very special guest post for us, about his work-in-progress, These The Restorers. (Isn’t that a beautiful title? I’m in love with it! ❤ )
Before I lose all my dignity by openly fangirling, I’m going to turn it over to you, Zac! 😉

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“Gray. All is gray. Never anything more. We are cursed for eternity.”

These are the opening lines of my YA epic fantasy, THESE THE RESTORERS. A story of hope amidst grief, compassion amidst cruelty, grace amidst condemnation, determination amidst indecisiveness.

A lot goes into this story, and even though its unfinished, it’s deep. I’ve struggled on how to tie it down to one guest post (that wasn’t novel-length). So I’m going to cover TTR (which is how we will refer it from here on out) in three points: Characters, Plot, and Backstory.

BACKSTORY: In the land of Tierlin, color is vital to life. Called Tones, every color (red, blue, green, yellow, black, and white) works together in harmony to keep balance in the land. Every generation, one person is elected as representative for each Tone. Each representative claims a seat in the Gathering Chamber.

One select generation of representatives were constantly at odds with each other, thus causing the Tones to affectively keep balance. Eventually, the representatives disbanded the Gathering Chamber, breaking off into their own separate kingdoms to rule over.

The Tones retreated with their representatives, leaving parts of Tierlin colorless and without balance. These places became known as the Graylands. The inhabitants of the Graylands lost color in their vision and true life within their souls. Each separate kingdom desired the most power, to claim all the Tones for themselves; wars were started. Soldiers were made.

The armies often used the Graylands for their battlegrounds. Years passed by. The wars would never end, it seemed. The Tones would never reunite, and balance would never be restored in Tierlin.

PLOT: A Graylands inhabitant, Kaelan Talshear, has watched the Tone Kingdoms war her whole life. She’s seen too much death, destruction, brutality. All she wants is peace. She’s heard stories of times past when the Tones worked together in harmony. She longs to see color, to have purpose in her life.

When two warring kingdoms rip her home to pieces, Kaelan decides she’s had enough. She and her brother Arec set off on an impossible quest: to reunite the Tones and restore balance to Tierlin.

The plot thus far has been so fun for me. I’m constantly thinking up new ideas and dialogue. It might be the most fun I’ve had crafting a story! There’s one particular plot point I know future readers will hate me for, but…ahh…I delight in it. wrings hands together despicably

CHARACTERS: This is my favorite part! I love discussing my wonderfully frustrating characters.

There’s five main characters in TTR: Kaelan, Arec, Teague, Sohl, and Jensen.

Kaelan, from which TTR is told, is fierce and unexperienced, with a heart that longs for more than just survival. She aches for what her ancestors had–harmony, happiness, color. She knows her quest to restore balance in Tierlin is impossible, but that drives her all the more. She’s not one to be told what she can or can’t do.

Throughout TTR, she learns that the Tone Kingdoms are all not what they seem. She grows and matures in her quest, she learns, she hurts, she rejoices. She succeeds, she fails…but through it all, she learns what love and compassion truly are.

Arec is Kaelan’s older brother. He’s witty, charming, sensitive, and protective. Despite how close he and his sister are, he learns much about her he didn’t know. His heart is broken to see the war and destruction from the Tone Kingdoms. He longs just as much as Kaelan to see balance restored.

Teague is the daughter of the baron of Kingdom White. A quiet book lover who’s never stepped foot outside of her kingdom, she longs for the adventures she reads about. When she meets Kaelan and Arec, she begs her father to join them. Their quest is what she’s been seeking. But when her father calls her foolish and rejects her wishes, she realizes sometimes you must take matters into your own hands. In TTR, Teague learns what bravery, courage, and adventure truly are.

Sohl is an old friend of Arec’s. He left the Graylands years ago to hunt down the people who took him from his family in hopes to find them. He’s silent, with a decent sense of humor, courteous, but a little rough around the edges. He’d rather speak with his sword than his tongue. He and Kaelan aren’t too sure about each other when they first meet, but something (something heated and touching) eventually develops between them.

Jensen might just be my favorite character. He’s an 11-year-old orphaned street thief from Kingdom Yellow who knows his way around a knife. When he’s first introduced into the story, he’s untrustworthy, mischievous, and closed, but still has the whimsical spirit of a child. In TTR, he learns what trust and compassion are.

So there you have it! Everything you can know about TTR without revealing the whole story! 😉 I hope that one day, when this story comes to light, you’ll give it a chance!

Happy reading, booknerds!

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Zac Tyson is a YA and MG writer of speculative fiction. An avid reader and traveler of worlds, he spends most of his time talking to imaginary people, riding his pet dragons, obsessing over all things weird, and adventuring into the unknown. He also loves peanut butter and thinks he’s still a kid.

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Yep, I’m amazed!! That was my first time hearing about it too, and wow, can we just take a moment to appreciate how amazing this is??? I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for this story!! 

Thank you, Zac!  

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The inherent “what if” at the heart of any story (What if a promising lawyer took a job with a law firm—only to learn it was run by the mob?) ventures beyond the everyday plausible with speculative fiction. What if the rapture happened to passengers riding on a commercial airplane? (Left Behind) What if a modern-day woman touched a magic stone and went back in time to 18th Century Scotland? (Outlander) What if a vampire had an existential crisis? (Interview With the Vampire).

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Black Friday Book Sale

I hope you all enjoyed Narina’s post. Well, I’m back, with an exciting post about BOOK SALES!!! 😀

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Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2015 and am thankful for.

  1. Thy Kingdom Come, by Daniel Adorno is a great post-apocalyptic novel, with some really deep insights (Check out my review)
  2. Holding the Future Hostage,  by Tialla Rising was another great read (Check out my review)
  3. But Who Would Be Dumb Enough To Even Try It, by several Enclave Publishing authors was a fantastic story by some fantastic writers!
  4. The Betrayal, by Douglas Bond is a great novel on the life of John Calvin (Check out my review)
  5. And finally, Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott. This classic took me right back to medieval England, into the action and intrigue.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 27-30. There’s literally something for everyone.
Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you.
Don’t know what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out!
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What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?

A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.
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Review: 1001 Islands by K.T. Munson

1001 Islands1001 Islands by K.T. Munson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


1001 Islands

The sliver of moonlight cast eerie shadows across the deck of The Dark Revenge. The Silence at the helm stood embracing the obscurity. His foreboding presence matched the anticipation aboard the ship, and no one spoke for fear they would break the stillness that encompassed them.

Tonight, everything changed.

The Dark Revenge gained on the Regatta. The raiders said nothing but he could hear the shuffle of taut female clothing and the tension in the air. It hadn’t sensed their existence, and drifted like heedless prey. Princess Roxana slept, unsuspecting of what was hunting her in the inky blackness of the night.

There was only one thing on the minds of The Silence’s crew as they drew near; Hang the Kings, Crown the People.
(Blurb from Goodreads)

I don’t think I’ve ever had such a hard time rating a book as I did with 1001 Islands.

Characters

The characters were great. They each had very distinct personalities; even the supporting characters were well-done. It was nice to see their personal struggles and the way they understood things.

Plot

The general plot line was very interesting, but there were several themes to the book that went directly against what I believe. Otherwise, I would have liked it much better. For the most part it was unpredictable and even quite exciting at times.

Overall thoughts

I really wanted to see a map. I’m sure the map would be quite beautiful, and would really help with understanding the story. The writing would have been excellent with a polishing touch. There were stunningly beautiful metaphors and descriptions, but it could have used the eye of an editor before publication. The fight scenes could have been expanded, also; I found them almost too short to be interesting. And a graphically intimate scene between two of the main characters further lowered my rating.

Would I recommend it? It really depends on your worldview
What age would I recommend it for? Adults, 18+
Would I read the other books in the series? Probably not, but I might give them a shot

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Review: Holding the Future Hostage by Tialla Rising

Holding the Future Hostage: The Legacy of the Ruby VialHolding the Future Hostage: The Legacy of the Ruby Vial by Tialla Rising
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Holding the Future Hostage

A Mystical Bottle… A Teenage Beauty… A Criminal… A Universe of Pursuit. When a teenage girl finds an enchanting perfume Vial, her world is thrown into chaos. Friends become enemies; enemies become friends. Trust is what she needs most – and what she can’t find. Through a series of deadly experiences, she discovers that this Vial plays a vital role in deciding the fate of many. Murder and betrayal surround her – hundreds try to claim her very life. A test of determination awaits…. Will she survive? Visions of the future, attacks, kidnappings, travel, explosions, and murder fill this page-turning novel with suspense and surprise.
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I’ve been meaning to read this for a few years now, and I’m so glad I finally did! Although it’s a self-published debut novel, Holding the Future Hostage was a well-wriiten, captivating book.

Characters

I liked pretty much all of the characters. Shawn was by far my favorite (I mean, come on? What’s not to like?), and I’m so excited to read more about him in the sequel! Virginia was a fun character, her friend felt very real, and I loved her brother! I really appreciated the way they grew throughout the novel. It felt fairly realistic and not forced.

Plot

The plot was pretty exciting! There were a few slow passages, but once I neared the end, there was no putting this book down! The last several chapters were pretty much non-stop action. I was enthralled by the premise, as well. I desperately wanted to hold the Ruby Vial: it seems so powerful! There were a few plot-holes, or things that weren’t explained well, but for the most part, I enjoyed it!

Overall thoughts

Overall, I thought this was a great book. I was shocked to find that the author’s writing style is very similar to my own! I’m sure it’ll improve in her next books, though. 😉 There were a few things concerning Shawn and his connection to the Vial that I thought were not handled well, but other than that, I’d say this book is very well done, especially for a teen author! Great job, Tialla! 🙂

Would I recommend it? Yes
What age would I recommend it for? Probably ages 10+, because of a few mildly violent scenes
Would I read the other books in the series? Oh yes!

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Introducing… Narina! Character Interview

I’m very excited to be doing an interview with one of my very own characters, from a short story/novella sequel to the prequel of my fantasy trilogy. (It’s complicated, I know!). I’m introducing Narina to you, because from now on she will be doing all the character interviews on my blog for me.

And here she is now, so we can proceed.

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Narina, it’s great to have you join us. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

As Lena said, my name is Narina, and I am featured in a short story she is planning to write. My grandfather was a human who lived on Artha, but moved to Kharsedon with his three children in his old age. I was born to his daughter in Kharsedon, but I moved to Artha when I was 24. I’ve lived here ever since, trying to blend in with the humans.

 

In what ways do you stand out from the humans of earth (Artha)?

Being half Kirf and half human, I have some characteristics of both. I’m a little stronger than most humans, but I still look like a human. I am a Comunicator – someone who can understand the language of a different species – so that’s easier to hide than if I were a Shifter. Also, the languages of animals here on Artha are slightly different from those on Kharsedon, so they’re a little harder to understand.
I also will live longer, which means I age differently: once I reached 20 years old, I stopped aging. I will not begin to age again until I’m 500 or so.
But for the moment, I just look like your average human!

 

This may seem like a silly question, but for the sake of the readers: are you aware of the existence of your author? If so, what is your relationship with her like?

Yes! We call Lena the Lekhaka, or Scribe. She was my first friend upon my arrival to Artha, and has remained very dear to me. We discuss all the different books she is chronicling, and I help her with the history and language of Kharsedon.

 

What is a special accomplishment of yours?

I am a worlds traveller. I have visited many different worlds through the Gateway (you can learn the fascinating history of the Gateway in the books Lekhaka is writing). I also have the ability to time travel, which I learned on one of my trips to a very technologically advanced world. 

 

That’s awesome! I would love to do that!
What was it like to move to another world?

It was difficult at first, but thanks to the help of Varldine and Lekhaka, I settled in relatively quickly.

 

Glad to hear it!! Thank you so much for joining me for this, Narina! I really enjoyed it.

 

If you have any other questions for Narina, ask them in the comments. She would be thrilled to answer them all!

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Water Princess, Fire Prince blog tour, post #2: Interview

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When the Lady Dragon does come,
Hold fast, do not fear, do not run.
Your Water Princess will fight,
Fire Prince will set all to right.
Each shall come from a Fall,
Their union will save you all.

Despite the fact that she’s on track for competing in the Olympics, and he’s practically raised his younger brothers since they lost their mom in a car accident, Clara Mandras and Andrew Stevenson are pretty much normal teens. They have normal hopes, normal dreams, and they live in a normal world.
All this is torn away from them when they are thrust into another world and declared Water Princess and Fire Prince. With no experience ruling a country, meeting each other for the first time, and being expected to fight the Lady Dragon – an evil sorceress plaguing the world of Rizkaland – Clara and Andrew are underprepared and inexperienced. Unless they learn to work together despite their standing opposition, Rizkaland’s hope will be lost.

What is to come will change their lives forever.

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And now for an exciting interview with the author! 

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! I’m a twenty-year-old author of seven books, I’ve been homeschooled my whole life, am the eldest of four, and I enjoy knitting.

 

Of all the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

At the moment, that award goes to Water Princess, Fire Prince. I’m rather proud of that hefty collection of words.

 

What is your favorite genre to read? To write?

Fantasy on both accounts, predominately Fairy Tale Retellings and Christian. 

 

How did you come up with the title for Water Princess, Fire Prince?

From the moment I came up with the idea, I knew I wanted the title of the main character as the book’s title. However, for the longest time, I was confused and thought it was Waterfall Princess. My mom set me straight, and I never looked back.

 

What is your current WIP?

I have three that I’m currently focusing on:
The Sequel: Which takes place about a thousand years after Water Princess, Fire Prince, and has a completely different cast. It was also one of the first books I ever wrote, so I’m rather excited about this one.

Poison Kiss: My entry for the Five Magic Spindles contest. Basically, I’m shaking it up with reversing the kiss and spinning wheel’s role and tossing in Puss in Boots.

And Sew We Take The Kingdom: An Anthology of Bookania. This involves revising Sew, and writing one and half short stories, and writing book 3.5.

 

When did you start writing? What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve been making up stories since before I understood the concept, and so when I learned to write, it was the most natural thing in the world for me to begin pouring those stories onto the page. And since I was homeschooled, and I have a very smart mother, she put a lot of writing into my curriculum. I can’t say for certain what my first book was, but a genderswapped retelling of “Rumplestilskin” sticks out in my mind.

 

What authors/books have inspired you most?

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and L. Frank Baum.

 

Which author would you most like to meet in person (living or dead)?

Miss Jack Lewis Baillot. This is mostly because we’re working on writing a book together and it’d be really cool if we could sit down and talk about it in person.

 

Random preference questions:
     a) Morning or night? Depends on my mood. Some days I want to burn the midnight oil, other days I’m all system’s go by six in the morning.
     b) Moon or stars? Moon. I actually have a rocket ship and make regular trips.
     c) Favorite food? Spaghetti.
     d) Favorite movie? The Nutcracker ballet – almost any version.
     e) Favorite genre of:
          i) Movie? Fantasy
          ii) Music? Country, Classics, Christian

 

Is there a little known fact about you or your books that you’d like to share with us?

Um … Ooh – in Water Princess, Fire Prince, there’s a mildly important elf named Dular. In the first draft, it was Zindar. However, when I reached his character in the second draft, Dular was the name at the top of my head.

It wasn’t until a few months later that I realized where the name came from – it’s the name of a character’s missing father in one of the WIP’s I have sitting on my back burner, Half-Hidden.

 

Thank you so much, Kendra! I greatly enjoyed this! 

 

imageKendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years, “Finish your story, Kendra”, is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog, knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com.

 

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So Andrew picked the sword back up, but this time didn’t lift it over his head. He held it awkwardly at about waist-height.
“Always respect your sword,” Abraham said, solemnly. “For it is not only your weapon, but also your defense. You just committed the simplest and most dangerous mistakes a person can make – you left your whole body exposed.”
“I didn’t expect you to attack me,” Andrew countered.
“Ah! So there your mistake began,” said Abraham. “Never assume that a man won’t attack you, especially if you can see that he has a sword. And even if you cannot see that he is armed, still, do not relax. You never know who your enemy is.”
“So you’re telling me not to trust anyone?”
“I’m telling you to not let your guard down at any time.”
And then without warning, Abraham attacked Andrew again, and the sword was again knocked from Andrew’s hand and went flying clear across the clearing.
“But I wasn’t ready!” Andrew protested.
He noticed Abraham’s raised eyebrow and scampered over to get the sword again.
“And what did I just tell you?” asked Abraham. “Stay on guard at all times.”
Andrew picked the sword back up. “I’ve never held a sword before in my life, and you’re expecting me to know how to ‘stay on guard!’”

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Water Princess, Fire Prince blog tour, post #1: Book Two title reveal!!

Introducing …

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Lady Dragon,
Tela Du

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 fifty years ruling over Rizkaland, and it is time for her to claim it. Only one person stands in her way of ruling forever – the Tela Du, the girl who shall share her face.
The last thing Petra wants is to have to fight and kill the Lady Dragon. What she wants is to have a normal life, and to prove that she isn’t insane for remembering sisters that no one else can. Rizkaland has other ideas.

 

The Story Behind this Book:
Nearly ten years ago now, the first of the new Narnia movies released, and I got to see it in Theaters – actually, the last movie we got to see as a family. A friend of ours had also seen the movie, and had been converted to the Narnia fandom, and so as we were chatting about it, one of us had a brilliant idea – why don’t we make our own Narnia movie? We all loved acting, so it seemed like the most natural thing in the world.

As the eldest of that threesome, and the most adamant about the plot, I took on the responsibility of writing the script, then titled “The Giraffe, The Witch, and the Tunnel Tube.” At first it resembled Narnia fairly closely, the changes we made were for casting or prop reasons – we didn’t have a lion costume, we did have giraffe. We didn’t have a wardrobe, we did have a tunnel.

After several fits and starts, my mother told me that I needed to put it away and rehash it so it resembled Narnia less, perhaps make it summer instead of winter, a dragon instead of a witch. So, I followed her advice and managed to turn out my first finished work of any great length. It was quickly followed by a second draft, after I decided that I wanted to make some changes to the ending. A third draft quickly followed when I decided I wanted love interests.

As I finished this third script, I realized that it was far too complicated a story for me to hope to perform at that time. And since it had changed so radically from Narnia by that point, I decided to take the plunge back into novel writing. Shortly before NaNo of ’10, I finished this draft at twenty thousand words, and was terribly proud of myself – though I knew it needed work. However, I now had other story ideas on my plate that were demanding my attention – Bookania and the Ankulen – and I knew I needed to write and publish Water Princess, Fire Prince first.

So I set aside again. Oh I worked on it, here and there and in snippets – one or two scenes especially – but for the most part, it largely sat at the back of my mind festering and boiling.

It’s changed a lot since I started writing it, and this draft that I’m writing now has changed even more. It’s a powerful story that has come with me through some of my darkest years. I’m so thrilled to finally be at the verge of sharing it.

 

Sneak Peak:

At last Amber came to the men working this farm, a father and his two sons, she guessed, of human stock. They’d suit her purposes just fine.
“Oh, good gentlemen!” she cried, filling her voice with pathos. “I’m so glad to have found you. Do these fields never end?”
The father straightened and regarded Amber critically. “Well,” he said, after several long moments, “I reckon I can say that there are days I wonder the same, though with this drought, they aren’t nearly enough. Who may you be, Miss? It isn’t often we see strangers around here, especially not ones dressed as fine as you.”
“Nor as pretty,” one of the sons commented.
Amber shot the boy an imperious glance. “I am married.” She’d already noticed the way they’d been staring at her while trying to look like they weren’t. She turned her attention back to the father. “I have traveled rather far from home, I fear,” she admitted. “Where I come from, there aren’t nearly as many colors, and the rim of this world curls away from me strangely.”
It took the man several seconds to process Amber’s speech. At length, he asked, “Did the Doorkeeper bring you to us?”
This question took Amber by surprise, and for a moment, she was rendered speechless, as her conversation with Laura echoed through her head. She quickly recovered herself, however, and shook her head. “No, I cannot say that she did.”
And it was true, Amber admitted bitterly to herself. For all the travels she made and grand stories she produced, Laura had never taken Amber anywhere. Amber had been forced to make her own escape both times her world fell.
“Well, perhaps she did and you just didn’t see her, I hear that she can be mighty sneaky at times.” The man shook his head. “But from the looks of your dress and jewels, I’m willing to say you were someone mighty important where you come from. A princess, maybe?”
“Queen.” Amber drew herself to her full stature.
“I see.” The man nodded. “Well, after our last few hard winters and scorching summers, we scarcely have enough to call a fitting meal for royalty, but you’re welcome to come stay at least the night with us before we send you to Loray to meet our own kings and queens. You said you were married, didn’t you?”
She nodded, “I am.”
“So your husband?”
“Accompanied me, but he lacks my ambition.”
“I see,” said the man. “Welcome along then, my dear – I mean, your highness. I don’t think I quite caught your name.”
“I don’t think I gave it to you,” she replied.

Books · Reviews

Review: A Wish Made of Glass

A Wish Made Of GlassA Wish Made Of Glass by Ashlee Willis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A Wish Made of Glass

Deep in a forest glade, the fey folk dance with a young human child. Their kinship is the fabric of Isidore’s childhood. But 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.
(Blurb from Goodreads)

A Wish Made of Glass is a beautifully written novella that captured my heart!
The characters were very well-developed for such a short book. They each had a distinct personality, and they stayed true to that throughout the book. I loved them all!
The plot was also well done. It was a bit predictable, but I still enjoyed every moment of it! There were enough times that I was unsure how it was all going to play out, that it kept me interested and constantly wanting to know more.
Overall, I loved this book! I loved the mystical aspect of the fey, and the whole premise of the glass shoes was fascinating. I think I would have enjoyed reading it more if I hadn’t been expecting there to be more of a Cinderella feel to it. I wouldn’t even call it a Cinderella retelling. Inspired by, maybe, but not a retelling. I liked that it was original, and not just another Cinderella story. Very well done!

Would I recommend it? Yes
What age would I recommend it for? I’d say it’s appropriate for any age. Light romance, no swearing, and no violence. It’s written like a true fairytale!
Would I read the other books by this author? Yes!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Books · Second Sunday Sales

Second Sunday Sales #1: Thy Kingdom Come (The Navitas Epidemic #1) by Daniel Adorno

For the first sale (I know I said I’d start this three months ago, but you know, life…), I’d like to share Thy Kindgom Come, on sale for 99¢ for a limited time! The price goes back up tomorrow (Monday, August 10th)!

So, I know it probably seems like I’m obsessed, but actually –

Ok, actually you’re right. I am obsessed. But I have reason to be, because Thy Kingdom Come is freaking awesome!!!

 

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An epidemic caused by a biotech virus has ravaged the population, turning the diseased into mindless electricity devourers. Dex Finnegan is one of the few survivors of the virus called Navitas. Orphaned and desperate for answers, Dex needs to find his uncle–the only man who may know why the outbreak occurred in the first place. But leaving his hometown may prove more difficult than he expects. Looting gangs stand in his way and the Mindless masses are an ever present threat. Can he escape the chaos before Navitas infects him too?

Thy Kingdom Come is the first entry into Daniel Adorno’s latest post-apocalyptic science fiction series.

(Blurb from Goodreads)

 

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Interview: Daniel Adorno

I’m very privileged to have the amazingly talented Daniel Adorno joining me for an interview to celebrate the release of his newest novel, Thy Kingdom Come.

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Daniel Adorno and I’m a self-published author who loves to write fantasy and science fiction. I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida. In 4th grade, I wrote my first story out of construction paper and crayon. It was called “The Hot Rod” and it was terrible. Seeing my budding interest in writing, my father bought me a typewriter and my love of creating stories was born! Throughout my middle and high school years I wrote short stories and poetry, but I didn’t pen my first novel, The Blade Heir, until I was in college. After I wrote the manuscript for The Blade Heir, it took me eight years to get around to editing and publishing it.

 

How many books have you written, and what are the titles? What are they about?

I’ve written two novels: The Blade Heir and Thy Kingdom Come.

The Blade Heir is an epic fantasy novel which tells the story of Lucius Nostra, an orphan raised by elves who gets caught up in stopping an uprising of dragons that threaten to conquer his realm. In order to stop the dragons’ deceased leader, Kraegyn, from ascending, Lucius embarks on a quest to reforge an ancient sword that will defeat Kraegyn once and for all.

Thy Kingdom Come is a post-apocalyptic young adult novel that follows Dex Finnegan into a dismal future where a nanovirus outbreak has infected much of the population and turned them into mindless beings who devour electricity. Living in his neighbor’s basement, Dex tries to cope with the loss of his parents by talking over the radio with his best friend Cassidy. When Cassidy’s life is threatened, Dex decides to leave his home to rescue her and also seek out his uncle Richard, an expert on nanotechnology. But his journey to save Cassidy will be fraught with danger as the Mindless roam at every turn and looting gangs of survivors threaten Dex’s life.

 

What is your favorite genre to read? To write?

My favorite genre to read is fantasy, but I’m also a fan of science fiction and young adult dystopian. With regard to writing, I’m very eclectic. I’d love to write an epic drama without any elves or robots in the story. But for the moment, I love writing fantasy and sci-fi. I get caught up in my imagination a lot, so naturally I prefer writing the more fantastical stories!

 

What is your dream for your books? Do you want to become world famous?

My dream for my books is just that they are read by a large audience. I’m not sure I want to be world famous because that sounds like a lot of pressure to deliver a book that everyone will love! So no aspirations to become the next Stephen King or anything like that. I’d be happy to have fifty people be super excited to pick up my next book.

 

You have one, at least! 😉

How did you come up with the titles for your books?

The title for The Blade Heir took me a really long time. I had so many title brainstorming sessions around that book it’s crazy! Tales of Azuleah and The Requiem Sword where both top contenders, but after asking several writer friends those just didn’t pan out and I eventually settled on “The Blade Heir” because it sounded more mysterious and intriguing.

With Thy Kingdom Come, I actually started out with the title before I had a story! I love the Lord’s Prayer and the line, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” resonates with me so much that I felt compelled to write a story featuring it. Plus the juxtaposition of a bleak, awful future with the glorious coming kingdom of heaven that the title creates just sounds cool!

 

Who is your favorite author? Favorite book?

My favorite is J.R.R. Tolkien hands down. I haven’t read all of his works, but The Lord of the Rings tops the list of my favorite books. C.S. Lewis comes in a close second with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe though.

 

I’ll definitely agree with you on that one!!

What authors/books have inspired you most?

I would say that Stephen Lawhead’s King Raven trilogy has definitely inspired me as well as Tolkien and Lewis. Michael J. Sullivan, J.K. Rowling, and Suzanne Collins’ books have also been quite formative to my growth as a writer and storyteller.

 

What inspired you to write your books?

Since my early days as a writer, I always wanted to write a book. I had multiple ideas for stories in my head and they played out in cinematic quality whenever I’d be driving, waiting at a doctor’s office, or just plain daydreaming. The desire became very strong after I watched the Lord of the Rings movies in college. I loved the books and seeing the story play out onscreen was very inspiring for me to finally sit down and write the first draft of The Blade Heir.

 

Which author would you most like to meet in person (living or dead)?

J.R.R. Tolkien, hands down. I’d love to pick the man’s brain about the complexity of Middle-Earth and how he kept it all straight! Preferably over tea and biscuits!

 

Sounds lovely! Am I invited? 😀

Who is your favorite famous person?

My favorite famous person would be Jesus. No one has shaped the whole world and human history in such a short time period and in such a profound way as he

 

Amen, brother!

Would you like your books to be made into movies? If so, who would you want involved in the making (actors, director, producer, etc.)?

Yes, I’d love that! But to be honest, I’d be frightened that it would flop under bad directing, casting, etc. That being said, I’d love Brad Bird to direct The Blade Heir and/or Thy Kingdom Come. And Richard Armitage must somehow be involved in either movie!

 

When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was eight years old in Mrs. Ducharme’s English class!

 

What have you found to be most difficult about writing?

The most difficult part is discipline. It takes a huge amount of effort to block everything out so I can sit down and write consistently every day.

 

What are your hobbies/passions?

Aside from writing, I love to spend time with my family at home, either watching a movie or playing outside. I’m also an amateur artist and I enjoy creating digital art on my computer ranging from fantasy art from my books to website design.

 

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan and three other books I can’t remember at the moment!

 

What is your current WIP?

My current WIP is the sequel to The Blade Heir. I haven’t started an outline for it yet, but I’ve jotted down a few ideas that I want to explore for Lucius’ new adventure.

 

How can we reach you? What is your prefered social media site?

I can be reached on my website: http://danieladorno.com/contact or on Twitter: @lucid_ghost. Preferred social media sites would be Twitter and Facebook, but I’m also on Tumblr and Google+.

 

Random preference questions:
  a) Morning or night? Morning
  b) Moon or stars? Moon
  c) Favorite food? Pistachio Torte
  d) Favorite movie? Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  e) Favorite genre of:
        i) Movie? Superhero movies
        ii) Music? Christian Rock

 

Is there a little known fact about you or your books that you’d like to share with us?

I used to work at Walt Disney World as a character. Goofy, Captain Hook, and Baloo were my common roles!

 

That’s just awesome!! ;D

Thank you so much for joining me for this, Daniel, I really enjoyed it. And congratulations on your newest release!

 

imageDaniel Adorno is an author of novels based in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He began writing back in 4th grade when his teacher assigned everyone to craft a short book with construction paper. Daniel was up to the task and wrote a book on race cars worthy of a Pulitzer. Before he was a teenager, his father bought him a typewriter for his birthday and Daniel started writing a sequel to the original race car story, which he titled The Hot Rod. Unfortunately, the book was never published, but Daniel discovered a love for writing from that first story and he continued to write short stories throughout high school and into college. His first completed manuscript was a fantasy story that he finished during finals week of his sophomore year in college. For 8 years, the novel sat in limbo waiting to be edited and then Daniel placed in the top five of a local writing contest. Everything changed. He dusted off the novel and a year later his debut novel, The Blade Heir, was published on Amazon.

Daniel currently resides in Minnesota with his wife and two sons. Besides writing, Daniel enjoys reading speculative fiction, creating digital art, and teaching Sunday school students at his church.

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Review: Thy Kingdom Come by Daniel Adorno

I’ve got a review of another amazing book by Daniel Adorno. This book is fantastic!

 

Thy Kingdom Come (The Navitas Epidemic, #1)Thy Kingdom Come by Daniel Adorno

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Thy Kingdom Come

The biotech virus, Navitas, has infected everyone, turning them into mindless electricity devourers. Dex is one of the few survivors left. He needs to escape his hometown to find his uncle, the one man who knows why Navitas exists. But can he escape before the Mindless infect him?
(Blurb from Goodreads)

Thy Kingdom Come is a suspenseful page-turner. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, right through to the end.

Characters

I really liked the characters. Dex is an interesting protagonist with some very real and difficult struggles. I really enjoyed the interactions between Dex, Lela, and Bill. They’ve got a good chemistry going on.

Plot

The plot was amazing! Seriously actionpacked, and thoroughly entertaining. Not a dull moment. A few unexpected twists kept me guessing until the end. And oh, that ending. Seriously, Daniel, are you trying to make me die of suspense? All I’m saying is, there had better be a book two! SOON!!!!

Overall thoughts

I don’t usually like first person perspective, but this one was well done. It was very engaging, and I still managed to submerge myself in it, which is not usually the case for me with first person. But seriously, I felt like I was there. When I was reading it, I would hear a thump, and my first thought was Oh my gosh, it’s a Mindless. I’m going to die, and then I would remember that it’s just a book. I’m in my house, in 2015. Everything’s going to be fine.
Now that’s good writing!

Would I recommend it? Yes! EVERYONE, READ THIS!!!!!!!!
What age would I recommend it for? Age 13+: it deals with some pretty heavy stuff
Would I read the other books in the series? Yes!!!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Exciting Book Release!

I’ve got exciting news! Thy Kingdom Come by Daniel Adorno is coming August 5th!

 

Thy Kingdom Come is a post-apocalyptic YA novel about a Dex, a teen who is struggling to survive in a world that is being taken over by Mindless, which are basically people who are turning into robots. Yeah, creepy.

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The biotech virus, Navitas, has infected everyone, turning them into mindless electricity devourers. Dex is one of the few survivors left. He needs to escape his hometown to find his uncle, the one man who knows why Navitas exists. But can he escape before the Mindless infect him?

(Blurb from Goodreads)

I was very privileged to have an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book, and you’ll all get to see my exuberant review of it on August 1st.

In the mean time, if you have Facebook or Twitter, you can help spread the word about it by joining Daniel’s Thunderclap campaign. You can also add it on Goodreads, or preorder it on Amazon.

 

Ah, this is so exciting! This is such an amazing book, I cannot even begin to describe it! Daniel Adorno is amazingly talented! Be sure to come back August 5th for an interview with this gifted man! I am absolutely thrilled to have him joining me. It’ll be great, I promise!

And now go support him on Thunderclap, buy all his books, and tell all your friends. He deserves it, trust me!

Books · Reviews

Review: Conception by Jennifer Hartz

Conception (Future Savior, #1)Conception by Jennifer Hartz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Conception

“I do not think it is a question of where, but when.” were the words that Charis left my mother with thirty years ago when I disappeared from Meric . . . before I was born.

Shortly after being sent back I’ve been attacked by man-eating Vaipes. I’ve learned that my father was a power wielding Guardian. I’ve discovered that the silvery-blue eyes intriguing me my entire life belong to my Watcher, Shaw who is without a doubt the most handsome man I have ever seen. And somehow I need to stop a war mongering tyrant who can manipulate people’s thoughts.

So my question isn’t where or when. It is how? How can I help the people of Meric when I can’t stop myself from falling in love?
(Blurb from Goodreads)

Conception was an interesting read set in a beautiful fantasy world.

Characters

I thought the characters were pretty good. They were well developed and were all pretty lovable. There was one character that I didn’t care for, but the rest were portrayed well.

Plot

The plot was very exciting. There was a lot of foreshadowing, which really makes me want to read the next one. The action was relatively fast-paced, and I enjoyed the battle scenes.

Overall thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. It has an exciting storyline, and the descriptions were lovely. I was appalled, however, by the apparent lack of any editing whatsoever. There were so many typos and misuses of words that it really distracted from what would have otherwise been a good book. I would like to advise anyone who is writing a book, please edit!

Would I recommend it? Yes, if you can get over the grammatical errors
Would I let my kids read it? Yes
Would I read the other books in the series? Yes, if only to find out what happens!

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Review: Unknown Sender by Ryan Lanz

Unknown SenderUnknown Sender by Ryan Lanz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Unknown Sender

Jessica’s world revolves around studying at college and affording prepackaged meals, which leaves little time for socializing. In fact, she is quite content without being noticed, which only makes the attention of a mystery texter all the more unwanted.

She isn’t unfamiliar with strange advances, but this is something entirely different. This person knows things about her. Things beyond just an average stalker.

Even after all that, Jessica would be much more content to forget than discover who is chasing her, electronically or otherwise. Eventually, she finds out that she can’t outrun her past.
(Blurb from Goodreads)

 

This was my first time reading horror. I think I may have stumbled upon an awesome genre!

Characters

Because it is a short story, the characters were not very well developed. I didn’t notice anything jarring in their personalities.

Plot

The plot was good, albeit I think it should have been drawn out a little more. There wasn’t much time for suspense. I liked the twist at the end, though.

Overall thoughts

I really liked it. It drew me in, and made me want to know who the mysterious texter was. I would have liked it better if had been a little longer, so there was more suspense. But it was fine.

Would I recommend it? Yes, to 15+ for slightly suggestive content, and because it’s horror
Would I let my kids read it? Yes, when they’re 15+
Would I read the other books by this author? Yes

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Water Princess, Fire Prince cover reveal

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Yay! Another cover reveal! Join me in celebrating the upcoming release of Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek.

Would you just look at that awesome cover!

 

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About the Book

When the Lady Dragon does come,
Hold fast, do not fear, do not run.
Your Water Princess will fight,
Fire Prince will set all to right.
Each shall come from a Fall,
Their union will save you all.

Despite the fact that she’s on track for competing in the Olympics, and he’s practically raised his younger brothers since they lost their mom in a car accident, Clara Mandras and Andrew Stevenson are pretty much normal teens. They have normal hopes, normal dreams, and they live in a normal world.
All this is torn away from them when they are thrust into another world and declared Water Princess and Fire Prince. With no experience ruling a country, meeting each other for the first time, and being expected to fight the Lady Dragon – an evil sorceress plaguing the world of Rizkaland – Clara and Andrew are underprepared and inexperienced. Unless they learn to work together despite their standing opposition, Rizkaland’s hope will be lost.

What is to come will change their lives forever.

 

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Read an excerpt:

Part 1: Chapter 1

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I’m excited to be hosting Kendra for a Q&A!

What’s your favorite part of writing?

Either plotting or rewriting, and it depends on the day. Plotting because the book is still clean and crisp and beautiful in my head (but frustratingly unsharable!), and rewriting because I now know the story and am able to polish it so it can better resemble that clean, crisp image.

 

Which of your characters do you wish you could be?

What do mean? I become my characters whenever I pick up my pen (or plot too hard.)

Okay, okay, I’ll answer the question seriously … though, this is a tough one. Is it characters in general, or characters from this book? I’ll go with this book. That’d be Laura. As much as I love all the other characters. Laura and I are both wandering souls who love to travel and she can control the doors between worlds. Sure, she’s frequently lonely because she travels alone – but I think I could deal with that.

Fun fact: the original incarnation of her, Sandra Elizabeth Nedor, was also my original idea for my pen name.

 

If you could be any creature (mythological or otherwise), what would it be and why?

That’s a hard choice between unicorns and dragons. Unicorns are pretty and usually have magic of some sort (usually healing), but dragons can fly and breath fire. Although I wouldn’t take dragon powers at the price Amber paid.

For the most part, however, I’m pretty satisfied with my own form.

About the Author

imageKendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years, “Finish your story, Kendra”, is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog, Knitted by God’s Plan.

 

 

Thank you for joining me, Kendra, for this exciting cover reveal!

Books · Reviews

Reviews: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and Unleashed by Jennifer Hartz

Two reviews! Hooray for summer reading time!! 😀

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Greek mythology? YES PLEASE!!!

Characters

They were awesome! Percy is so sarcastic, I love it! And I really liked how the children of each of the gods had unique personalities specific to that god.

Plot

The plot flowed nicely. It was fast-paced, with never a dull moment. I kept waiting for some plot points to be resolved, though, and they never were, which was frustrating. But it is a series, so I guess I’ll have to read the rest of them!

Overall thoughts

I absolutely adore Greek mythology, so this was fabulous! There was quite a bit of explaining of things, that I thought was unnecessary, but it is written for younger kids (who aren’t necessarily mythology addicts), so that’s understandable. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

Would I recommend it? Oh, yes!
Would I let my kids read it? Yes
Would I read the other books in the series? Yes!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Unleashed (Heroes of the Horde #1)Unleashed by Jennifer Hartz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Unleashed

Six mismatched students at Deacon Proprietary are about to discover the demonic legend of their school’s origin is actually true. Not only have they obtained amazing powers, but they’ve also unleashed the demonic Horde. Now it’s up to these six high school freshmen to stop the Horde before its evil spreads throughout the school and beyond.
(Blurb from Goodreads)

Unleashed was an interesting book about kids who acquired super powers with which to fight demons.

Characters

The characters were pretty good. I liked that they were all unique, and not exactly the same. Unfortunately, they were not very round characters.

Plot

The plot did not flow well. Each chapter was from a different character’s perspective (in first person, which I found jarring), and even within the chapter the plot jumped.

Overall thoughts

The dating. Ugh. I mean really, in ninth grade? Also, it was riddled with typos. Other than that, it was ok.

Would I recommend it? No
Would I let my kids read it? I would let them, if they wanted to, once they were in high school
Would I read the other books in the series? Maybe

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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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.

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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!

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Amazing Grace by Faith Blum

Amazing Grace

by Faith Blum

Giveaway ends July 02, 2015.

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