Monday, August 14, 2017

Sleepy Winners!


Well, the blog tour is over, and these three lovely new Sleeping Beauties have been released into the world. Hopefully, they'll eventually learn to take life by the ear and stop sleeping through it, but that's not the point of this post.

The point of this post is finding out who won all of the lovely prizes in the giveaway! Yay! Excitement!

Unfortunately, I'm having trouble confirming both of the entries that won the rafflecopter giveaways, and I need to email them for further confirmation before I can announce them.

I can, however, announce the winner of the comment contest, who will be receiving an early read of The Seven Drawers and Cindy Ellen.

Sarah Taleweaver.

Outpacing the runner-up by about thirty comments, Sarah was our hands-down winner. I have her email, and I'll be sending her prize once I get home from work today.



I'd like to thank everyone who participated in our Thunderclap. That was awesome. Don't know that I'll be doing another Thunderclap - maybe for Worth, next year, but that was awesome. And intense.


However, while that concludes the festivities for the tour, I'm just getting warmed up with my Bookshelf Overhaul. If you haven't yet, please click through here and find out all the details. And, if you have a blog, sign up for the big cover rereveal. Yay!

Someone's gunna win a full set of signed copies of my books...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Retellings that I Would Like To Write Someday.




Final day of the tour - how did it go by this quickly???? Anywho, I'm going to talk about the various fairy tale retellings that I have running around in my head but haven't written yet (at least not in their entirety). And I couldn't put a cap at seven, so you're getting thirteen, since some versions of Sleeping Beauty give her thirteen fairy godmothers.



1. All the Bookania.
Let's just get that one out of the way - my neverending series where I try to pack in all the fairy tales. I've made it through three books. Twenty bajillion left to go.

2. Red as Snow.
This is a retelling of Snow White that I've written about 3,500 words on, and I thiiiiink I'm about a third of the way through it. The book was inspired by the title, because my brain was tired and was messing with the fairy tale. It is, basically, a role reversal between SW and the stepmother. Snow is nearly ten years her stepmother's senior. But the "Prince," Snow's cousin, Charmel, is the true villain of the story. Yup, dreadfully twisted and I'm loving every moment of it.

3. Fair Rosamund.
This would be a historical fantasy. See, I was reading a book about Henry II, and it mentioned a mistress of his named Rosamund ... which happens to be a name belonging to Sleeping Beauty. So, yes, I made connections, and I now want to write a retelling. Someday. I'm not ready to write this story yet - that's how you guys ended up with Poison Kiss.

4. Snowella White
This is a blended retelling of Snow White and Cinderella, leaning closer to Snow White. I haven't quite worked out all of the logistics, but I'm substituting the seven dwarves for seven godmothers.

5. Untitled Rumpelstiltskin Sequel
This story actually dates back to Sew, It's a Quest's original conception, as it was going to be the second book in the "Beyond the Ever After" series that is now the Bookania Quests. Unfortunately, this story no longer fits into the Bookania framework that I have established. But it's well-plotted, about the child that Rumple lost, and is a bit of an allegory. So, fun.

6. Mermaid Footprints.
I have a .... page and a half of this book in my docs files. This is Mynna's story, and if any of you have read The Ankulen, you know that she's the youngest of seven mermaid sisters. As such, you probably already realize that it's a retelling of the Little Mermaid. Except that she leaves the water so she can save her people, not to be with a man, and she just happens to fall in love along the way.

7. The Dancing Princess
This is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, where it's just one princess, not twelve of them. I haven't worked out all of the details, but she might be rescuing twelve princes. We'll see how it goes.

8. Cayra
This book is kiiiiiinda a sequel to the Little Mermaid. I can't say anything more about that, though.

9. Sing, Aling.
My sci-fi retelling of Peter Pan. Aling is the tinkerbell character, and she's half-fairy and half-elf, and not quite accepted by either society. And then a spaceship crashes on their planet. It's gonna be awesome, and I WILL write it for NaNo, one of these years. Probably next year. Worth of a King is on the agenda for this year.

10. Fairer than Beauty
A self-aware retelling of Beauty and the Beast where the girl assigned to the tale had been hoping for the obscure "Fairer than a Fairy" and then proceeds to try to completely derail the fairy tale in an attempt to get the story that she wanted.

11. Untitled Rapunzel Retelling
This is the idea I was messing with when I thought that the next Rooglewood contest would be Rapunzel. It's twist - instead of living in a tower, Rapunzel is trapped underground. No, I haven't worked out all of the details yet. Why are you asking?

12. Colinda and the Swan's Secret
Probably the loosest sense of a "retelling" on the list, Colinda was inspired by Swan Lake, so I'm going to count it.

13. To Perfect a Fairy Tale.
And, finally, I have the book where all of the fairy tales are messed up, and it's up to a young girl named Anthea to fix all of them. Fun stuff.

On The Blogs Today:
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke - Something About the SSS
Interviews:
Rachel Rossano's Words - Kendra
Dreams and Dragons - Rachel
Reviews:
Girls Living for God’s Glory - Twisted Dreams
Sutori no Hana - Twisted Dreams


Giveaway Time!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


There will also be a prize for the person who leaves the most comments across all of the blog posts for this tour - whoever leaves the most comments gets to read The Seven Drawers, the retelling of Snow White that I just finished for the Rooglewood contest, and Cindy Ellen, the sequel to Rosette Thornbriar. Both stories are finished, so you don't have to worry about cliff hangers. Get commenting.

And, as a reminder, any comments that you leave on my blog this month and next will count towards a drawing for a full set of my books, with the all-new covers.

Oh, and free books!
Sew, It's a Quest (Permafree): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/731321
Woodcutter Quince (Free August 8-12): https://www.amazon.com/Woodcutter-Quince-Bookania-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B00OYGVHP8/

Thank you to everyone who came by and took part in the blog tour - contest and giveaway winners will be announced Monday.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Seven Reasons to Read Rosette Thornbriar




I'm here today to talk about the final Sleeping Beauty, and why you should drop everything and go read it.



1. My Mom wrote it. As all of you know, my mother's love for fairy tales is what inspired my own love, and so now you can go straight to the source.

2. It's nonmagical. So, if magic is something that bothers you, you have nothing to fear from this tale.

3. That said, the western town of Wunstuponia is absolutely enchanting.

4. Fleur is an adorable, dedicated hero, undeterred by any challenge.

5. Rosette screams when he kisses her.

6. You get to meet Cindy, who will be the protagonist of the next tale.

7. It's short, so it's a perfect read to share with your whole family at bedtime.


On The Blogs Today:
Interviews:
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke - Poison Kiss Feature
Interviews:
Light and Shadows - Puss in Boots (PK Character)
The Music of a Story - Will (TD Character)
Reviews:
The Flowering Vales - Twisted Dreams


Giveaway Time!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


There will also be a prize for the person who leaves the most comments across all of the blog posts for this tour - whoever leaves the most comments gets to read The Seven Drawers, the retelling of Snow White that I just finished for the Rooglewood contest, and Cindy Ellen, the sequel to Rosette Thornbriar. Both stories are finished, so you don't have to worry about cliff hangers. Get commenting.

And, as a reminder, any comments that you leave on my blog this month and next will count towards a drawing for a full set of my books, with the all-new covers.

Oh, and free books!


Sew, It's a Quest (Permafree): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/731321

CinderEddy (Free August 7-11): https://www.amazon.com/CinderEddy-Kendra-E-Ardnek-ebook/dp/B00KZNW2TO/ LAST DAY FOR THIS ONE.
Woodcutter Quince (Free August 8-12): https://www.amazon.com/Woodcutter-Quince-Bookania-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B00OYGVHP8/

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sleeping Beauty's Cousins




Day four. I'm here today to talk about a few other fairy tales that bear strong resemblance to Sleeping Beauty on some level or another.



1. The Sleeping Prince.
This one is more of a "Goose-Girl" fairy tale, where a princess is told that if she'll watch over a Sleeping Prince for set amout of time, he'll marry her when he wakes up. Unfortunately, she lets her maid take over for the last few minutes, and ... well, it's Goose-Girl from there.

2. The Crystal Coffin.
This Sleeping Beauty rejected the hand of sorcery, and he trapped her in a coffin until her brother defeated the sorcery. And a random tailor has to let her out of the coffin and she marries him.

3. Fairer-than-a-Fairy.
So, this princess's father did worse than failing to invite a fairy to her Christening - he implied that she was more beautiful than the fairies - he offened them ALL. So she was kidnapped. Isn't her that ends up asleep, though, but her Prince, Rainbow.

4. Sun, Moon, and Talia.
So, I'm cheating - this is an old version of the tale. But it has a few ... weird differences. (1) It's a peice of flax lodged in her thumb that puts her to sleep. (2) The prince ... does a bit more than kiss her, and doesn't even wake her up. Instead, she gives birth to twins, and one of them sucks the flax out of her thumb and THEN she wakes up. (3) The prince marries in the interim, and the wife tries to eat Talia and her kids. (I can't make this up.)

5. The Fairy Gifts
No one sleeps in this fairy tale, but I'm including it because it discusses gifts given by fairies ... and the consequences that can come of them.

6. Snow White.
Yes, I count this as a Sleeping Beauty tale. She meets her True Love comatose.

7. Rosanella.
Just throwing this one in because it's weird. In order to win a contest for the Faery throne, one fairy splits a princess into twelve girls, each with an element of her personality, in order to cure a prince of ficklness.

I don't make this stuff up.

On The Blogs Today:
Interviews:
The Overactive Imagination - Group
Rachel Rossano's Words - Morgan
Books, Braids, and Born Again - Kendra
Reviews:
The Page Dreamer - Poison Kiss
Dreams and Dragons - Twisted Dreams


Giveaway Time!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


There will also be a prize for the person who leaves the most comments across all of the blog posts for this tour - whoever leaves the most comments gets to read The Seven Drawers, the retelling of Snow White that I just finished for the Rooglewood contest, and Cindy Ellen, the sequel to Rosette Thornbriar. Both stories are finished, so you don't have to worry about cliff hangers. Get commenting.

And, as a reminder, any comments that you leave on my blog this month and next will count towards a drawing for a full set of my books, with the all-new covers.

Oh, and free books!


Sew, It's a Quest (Permafree): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/731321

CinderEddy (Free August 7-11): https://www.amazon.com/CinderEddy-Kendra-E-Ardnek-ebook/dp/B00KZNW2TO/
Woodcutter Quince (Free August 8-12): https://www.amazon.com/Woodcutter-Quince-Bookania-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B00OYGVHP8/

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Seven Reasons You Need to Read Twisted Dreams


Day three! Halfway through the tour already. How about that. I'm going to talk about Morgan's book today, and the seven reasons that you need to read it.


1. Because Matthew is adorable. Just needed to get that out of the way. Adorable fellow there who needs far more love.

2. So you can find out which is the real world - the fantasy kingdom or sci-fi dungeon.

3. And, while you're at it, so that you can find out who is the real villain. Is it Calandra, who's trying to keep her in the sci-fi world, or the Cantileens who want to keep her in the fantasy kingdom?

4. Because the worldbuilding is brilliant. Or, at least, very intriguing. I like worldbuilding. The Wingans are awesome. #JustSaying.

5. There are dungeon break-outs. You know, just in case that's the thing you're into. I'm about to write a dungeon break-out... once I get these characters INTO the dungeon..,

6. It gets political. It's a book by Morgan. This is a given.

7. It has an awesome theme. Perhaps better than Poison Kiss's. That maaaaaay because I needed TD's message a bit more than I needed PK's. Anywho. Go read this book.

On The Blogs Today:
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke - Rosette Thornbriar Feature
Interviews:
The Destiny of One - Kendra
Reviews:
Reflections of the Heart - Twisted Dreams
The Flowering Vales - Twisted Dreams
Other:
Reality Reflected - Rachel+Rosette Thornbriar - Interview+Review

Giveaway Time!

There will also be a prize for the person who leaves the most comments across all of the blog posts for this tour - whoever leaves the most comments gets to read The Seven Drawers, the retelling of Snow White that I just finished for the Rooglewood contest, and Cindy Ellen, the sequel to Rosette Thornbriar. Both stories are finished, so you don't have to worry about cliff hangers. Get commenting.

And, as a reminder, any comments that you leave on my blog this month and next will count towards a drawing for a full set of my books, with the all-new covers.

Oh, and free books!
Sew, It's a Quest (Permafree): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/731321
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