Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Overhaul Winner!!!!!

And, here it is, the day that all of you have been waiting for, the day that you guys get to learn which of you lovely folk will have six shiny new books on their bookshelf.

Six shiny new books with six shiny covers.

I had no fewer than 631 entries for that giveaway, spread across 45 people. Two thirds of those entries, however, belonged to only three people - Sarah Taleweaver, Brie Donning, and Erudessa Aranduriel.

So it should be no surprise to anyone that it was one of those three.

But who was it?

*drumroll please....*



Erudessa Aranduriel

And now the rest of you can go home. I'll be shipping your package sometime in December. And, unless you've moved and I don't know about it, I already have your address from the last giveaway. 

I'm going back to NaNo, now.

Oh, and for the rest of you - just thought I'd point out that my books are going to be in the Black Friday Sale, and all of you will have opportunity to pick up the lovely new editions for amazing prices - and I'm offering all of my books with Free Shipping this year!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lookit my Goooooorgeous Writing

Okay, first all - I'm taking part in the Christian Indie Authors Black Friday Sale again this year - and we're looking for bloggers. Bloggers to help share the awesome news about this awesome sale. Bloggers who will each get FIVE awesome ebooks of their choice (well, we'll have a list, but they'll get to choose FROM that list).


So, you're probably thinking to yourself ... How can I get to be one of those awesome Bloggers?

WELL. 


Now, onto the regularly scheduled programming.


Beautiful Books, writing edition. Hosted by Cait and Skye.

I'm doing The Worth of a King for NaNo this year. Yes, feel free to go add it to your Goodreads bookshelves.


Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
Well, I am still alive even though I've already hit 30,000 words. Finished part 2 last night. I have twenty-one chapters left to write. And maybe an epilogue. I'm still debating on whether or not I'll include the scene that bridges it to Rizkaland. 

What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
Of the book?
A Queen sat on a balcony in her castle, various instruments for measurement scattered about her, mixed in with the notes she was taking.
Of what I'm writing for NaNo?
Obsidia cried herself to sleep as they flew through the night.

Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?
At the moment, that prize goes to Nadilynn, Delaney's younger sister, who's the most reckless ray of sunshine you ever met. However, Laura's showing up in a few chapters ... and Laura's one of my favorite characters period, so...

What do you love about your novel so far?
Pretty much everything about it. Well, except the fact that Jack had to drop out of the cowrite ... but, hey, that means I get to write the whole thing My Way. But - twisty plot, dynamic characters, epic worldbuilding, this book has everything I love in it.
And we have a pre-evil Amber and a pre-mopey Granite. My dear babies.

Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
I found a really weird one two days ago ... but I forget where it was. I let you know when I get to the editing stage in January.

What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
You asked us this one last year. I'm not answering it again. I like writing the post-book snippets best. HOWABOUTTHAT.

What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
Writing habits? Um, I've been writing for twelve years, and I've as yet to figure out what that word means, apart from my habit of making characters disappear and everyone forget them - WHICH DOESN'T HAPPEN IN THIS BOOK, I PROMISE. (it's just a recurring theme that has cropped up in three of my books so far.)

How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
I definitely need a cheer squad. Here, have a snippet and cheer me on - 

True to Christa’s word, though, the next morning, the print shop door swung open and the two girls walked in. Christa was all smiles. Zidi was as reserved as always.
“Zidi admitted this morning that she’s not been by, not once since she came to live with you guys,” Christa announced, loudly, as she skirted around and inched up to Adrian’s side. “What are you working on today?”
“Important notices that Lord Havink has issued,” Adrian admitted, as he arranged the pieces of movable type in the frame. “Nothing half so exciting as a new book, but sometimes you have to take the less exciting jobs. Besides, it’s only one page, so it won’t take but a few hours, and most of that is waiting for the ink to dry.”
“What’s the notices for?” Christa further prompted. “Are any of them at all exciting?”
“Reminders to pay taxes, notes of three desperate criminals on the loose, and then some bits about the spring festival,” Adrian admitted. “Apparently, Lord Havink is going all out this year. Then again, I believe he does every year, so it’s nothing new.”
“Why are all of the letters and words backwards?”
Adrian almost jumped out of his skin as he realized that Zidi had snuck up and was standing on his other side. He held his dignity, however, and managed a small smile. “Because if they were the right way around, then the letters and words would all be backwards when we put them on the paper.”
“Oh.” She tilted her head to the side a moment as she stared at the type, then gave a small nod. “That does make sense. Woodcuts are always backwards when you print them, after all.”
“And the printing press is just a flexible woodcut,” Adrian agreed, giving her a small smile as he continued to slide the movable type into place.
“How do you know that you have the letters in the right place?” Zidi asked.
Adrian pointed to the hand-written letter that he’d laid out on the desk beside him. “Also, I can read backwards almost as well as forward, anymore.”

What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
The knowledge that people are going to read what I write and love it. They can't love it if it says in my head, you know.

What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
Sit down. Pick up your pen. Make words. 

And am I the only one who's just a liiiiiiitle bit annoyed that they're just asking the same questions year after year for these things? It'd not be bad if the questions were mostly about the SPECIFIC BOOK that I'm writing, but half of these are about my WRITING PROCESS, and that doesn't change THAT much from year to year. 

Seriously, the editing questions need have some interesting ones among them, or I'm not participating. *humphsothere* The first year or two of Beautiful books, they had good questions ABOUT MY BOOK. Not generalities about my writing. Anywho.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bookshelf Overhauled


Well, I did it. Somehow, in these last three months, I managed to overhaul and rerelease all six of my novels. I also released Poison Kiss. No, I don't know how I did it. It got intense, especially the last three weeks.

But now it's done, and look at these shiny new covers.




Oh, but I can just stare at those gorgeous covers all day long. 

You're probably expecting me to announce the winner of the lovely package of books now ... but I've actually decided to give you guys a tiny bit more time. See, I'm still waiting for my last package of proof copies to come in for Kingdom, WPFP, and LDTD, and thus I haven't ordered the box of books for the winner. 

And I realized that none of you have had a chance to read Kingdom's revision yet - unless you're ninja readers - so I'm extending giveaway entries through to November 15th. 

So, if you've written reviews and haven't emailed me links to them yet ... you have fifteen more days.
If you still need to write the reviews - you have fifteen more days.
If you want to play any of the games that I posted during the last three months - you have fifteen more days.
Fifteen more days to earn points by speculating for Rizkaland and Bookania.
Fifteen more days to earn points by asking questions of Rizkan and Bookanian Characters.
Fifteen more days to comment on any post here on this blog or on Ardnek Afterthoughts
Fifteen more days. 

Have fun. 

I'm going to go frantically write The Worth of a King. C'est la Vie. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Game: By Any Other Name



All right, first off - both LDTD and WPFP are free today through Saturday. Please share with your friends - in fact, if you tag me in your share, I will count it as a point to the giveaway. And there's no limit on how many times you can share it and earn points, so blast away!



And, don't forget, Sew is on permafree, so sharing it will give you points, too, if you tag me in the share.



All right - and now for the game. Basically, I'd like, in the comments, for you to post one of two things - 

(a) A new title for one of my books. It has to fit the book, but it's up to you as to how well, or how seriously. 
(b) A blurb for a new story based on one of my titles. It can be as wildly different from the book itself as you'd like. In fact, the more different, the better.

You may post as many blurbs/titles as you'd like/can come up with. 
Titles are worth two points, blurbs are worth three. An extra point for any that makes me laugh. Another extra point if I fall out of my chair laughing.
Titles are for my published books and short stories only, but blurbs are open to my full WIP list.
Have fun!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

That's So Pinteresting!


Hello! I have another game for you guys, based off of something I did in the Facebook party the other week.

Basically - most of you guys know my Pinterest Boards, right? 'Course you do. So here's the deal - I post a lot of very interesting and vague things on my storyboards, and today's your chance to read over them an ask questions. To play, all you have to do is post a link to one of my pins in the comments, and then I'll reply to your comment with an explanation for the pin. I miiiight even give you a straight answer. You MAY be able to earn some spoilers.

Be aware that some of my pins don't actually have straight answers. They're there just because I feel like having them.

So, some quick rules -

Each pin must be a separate comment. Include the title of the storyboard you gleaned the pin from when you post, and if you have a specific question, do ask. Otherwise, mine will just be a general explanation.
You're welcome to ask about as many pins as you'd like, but only three at a time. (And by "at a time" I mean, "as I answer them." Basically, I don't want to be deluged with three hundred pins to answer questions about at once.)
You must get your pins from the storyboards I'm embedding below ... but that is all of my storyboards. I'm just making them easier to access. The only one I left off is Poison Kiss, as I have published that book, and there aren't any pins there that aren't answered in the story. There shouldn't be, anyways. I did post The Ankulen, as there are pins there for the spin-off series.
Each pin you post in the comments is worth one point towards the giveaway.

Oh, and before I let you loose in the comments - just a quick update on the Q&A - I've realized that I don't have time to get the posts written up at the very moment, so I'll be doing them in December. Thus, I'm opening the questioning back up. Get thyselves over to Goodreads. I especially need more questions for the Bookanians.































Phew. I have a lot of pinterest boards...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lookit my Goooooorgeous Plots.

Beautiful Books time again! I'm taking part in Cait and Skye's Beautiful People link-up to talk about my NaNo of the year - The Worth of a King.

Cover not final



1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

So the inspiration for The Worth of a King was a conversation with Miss Jack Lewis Baillot in her blog comments where she admitted that she couldn't write girls, and I said I couldn't write guys, and we promptly decided that we needed to write a book together, me writing the female protagonist and her the fella. And we decided that it needed to be twins because we didn't want to do romance with each other.

I just checked through my emails and the earliest in the chain discussing the book was January 31st, 2013, so it's been on my plate a while.

2. Describe what your novel is about!

It's about a pair of twins caught in a huge political war. Also there are dragons and masked assassins, and awesome worldbuilding.

3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!




Okay, so a lot of dark and mysterious. Lots of crowns. Dragons. Awesomeness.

4. Introduce us to each of your characters!

Let's start with the POV characters:

Obsidia: Princess of Dialcia. She's engaged to Prince Delaney ... the son of the man who killed her father on the day of her birth. The man who is the current king because her father had no (apparent) male heir. She's the quiet sort, preferring books to people and history to politics. She doesn't like change.

Adrian: Raised the son of a printer in a small town, expected to take over for his "father" one day and live out a simple life ... but then he's informed that he's actually the twin brother of Princess Obsidia and that he has to go reclaim his throne and avenge his murdered father. Like his sister, he's a quiet bookworm who hates politics and change.

Delaney: Obsidia's intended husband and the official crown prince of Dialcia. He knows that his father's up to no good, and he's actually delighted to find out about Adrian because it means that he doesn't have to wait until his father dies to get him off the throne.

And for other major characters:

Nadilynn: Delaney's younger sister and Obsidia's best friend. She's a ray of sunshine too precious for this world.
Jerolin: Adrian's foster brother. As grumpy as Nadilynn is cheerful.
Christa: Adrian's best friend and potential love interest. Also a baker's daughter. She's a practical girl.
King Ossian: Delaney's father, who was formerly the Diplomat to Morcondia, the Dragon country ... until the dragons corrupted him and convinced him to kill King Edson.
Queen Adelaide: Obsidia and Adrian's mother, a woman who has become very bitter after her husband's murder.
Zara: Princess of Zovordia, a nation of former assassins who now follow El Shaddai but still wear masks and act all mysterious. They're in perpetual war with Morcondia.
Queen Amber: While some of you might recognize her as the Lady Dragon of the Rizkaland Legend, this book takes place before she turned evil.
King Granite: Amber's husband, before he got all sad and mopey like you see him in Rizkaland. Yeah, I know. It's so awesome.

5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

Howling. I like that one. We'll go with that.

6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

All the adorableness. And the intense political situations. And it just generally being awesome.

7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

1 - The world this book is set in is an inverted sphere. This means that people walk around on the inside rim of the ball, rather than the outside, like we do.
2 - The world is lit by a collection of stars at the sphere's center. During the day, they draw together and shine brighter. At night, they spread out and dim. Gravity in the world fluctuates with the brightness. Also, the stars occasionally fall and they are capable of magical feats. Amber generally collects them before anyone else can use them.
3 - I think I mentioned dragons ... but did I also say that there are Winged Horses????

8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Adrian and Obsidia both want nice, normal lives with as little change as possible ... but mwahahaha, I'm writing this book, and I'm going to throw sooooo many curveballs. Like, um, Adrian finding out that he's actually the prince, and Obsidia finding out that King Ossian will probably kill her just as soon as she marries his son.
Delaney wants to get his father off of the throne and Obsidia kept safe but ... Dragons.

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Adrian and Obsidia both grow a lot, muchly in the confidence department. Not so much sure about Delaney, since I only just added his POV to the story, but he's probably going to do some growing too. Doncha worry.

10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

Family, friendship, courage, determination, faith, trust in God, the normal gambit for my epics. And I want my readers to be disappointed that it's over when it finishes. ESPECIALLY SINCE I AIN'T WRITING IT A SEQUEL. I AIN'T. I AIN'T. (Well, except for Dragon Song, but it's not a direct sequel.)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Canons of the Head!

I've got another game for you guys today.

Basically, in the comments below, post your headcanons for my books - any of them that I have published, even the short stories.

Put each headcanon in a distinct comment. Feel free to comment on other people's headcanons and build upon them.

Each headcanon is three points.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kaboom!


And lookie here - The Ankulen's new edition is out. I decided to go with just a reupload for this one, as it was merely a stiff edit, and there weren't any major changes. Well, I renamed a dragon near the end from Seawing to Seafoam, but that was it for changes.

The other reason that I chose to reupload was that I liked where the book was in its KDP enrollment - aka, reuploading meant that I could make it free now and still be able to run a Kindle Countdown come the Black Friday Sale.

Because did I mention that The Ankulen is currently free? Well, it is, and, again, this is mostly for the benefit of those who already own the book.

Quick bit of instructions for how to download the new edition.

1. Go Amazon.com
2. Find the tab that says "Hello, Your Name, Accounts & Lists." Hover your mouse over it.
3. From the menu that drops down, select "Manage Your Content and Devices"
4. Search for The Ankulen in your books.
5. Delete it from your library.
6. Repurchase the book. Because it's free.

And, as a friendly reminder, Sew, It's a Quest is still free. Becuase, you know, it's permafree.


And, as another friendly reminder, reviewing my books, and emailing me links to those reviews, counts towards points for the big giveaway...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I Tell You A Story Instead

So I was going through my notebooks and found this poem that I wrote ... I'm going to say seven or eight years ago, because there's a line that indicates that it was when my dad was unemployed. I don't think I finished it ... because there's a started verse on the next page ... but I think where it ends is fine enough.

And there was a specific person that I had in mind that I was talking to when I wrote this poem, one of my sister's friends.

You hurt me the last time I told you,
The last time my true thoughts I said.
And you wonder that I never share now,
That I tell you a story instead.

You don't know the sorrow that builds up,
The tears that are so far unshed.
I don't want to tell you about it,
So I tell you a story instead.

You point out my flaws with a vengeance, 
But your critique sinks my effort like lead.
Yet, to your own flaws you never will listen,
So I tell you a story instead.

I don't tell you about all my worries
About how next month we'll be fed.
Instead, I tell you of nice things.
Yes, I tell you a story instead.

I'm told to not be a gossip,
For that is how rumors are spread.
I won't tell you the tales of another
I'll tell you my stories instead.

You say that I live in a dreamworld,
That near to the clouds is my head,
But I can't tell you what truly bugs me,
And I tell you a story instead.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hullo

Hey there. Just thought that I'd pop in with the news that Do You Take This Quest? now has its lovely new edition for sale on kindle - and that it's currently FREE!!!


Also, I have finally jumped through all of the hoops necessary to make Sew, It's a Quest permafree on Amazon! Yay!


And, then to conclude the Bookania excitement, I have a preorder set up for Kingdom's new edition.


If you'll click through, you'll see that the date is October 31st - the last day of the Bookshelf Overhaul. I know, I was going to make it the next one in the lineup ... but then I remembered - it has the biggest changes in the line up. AKA, getting a part two. So I decided that it was the bang that I wanted to end on. 

Oh, and for the record, while the other books are getting free spins, due to having significant added content, Kingdom will not. Just a fyi.

Also, a bit on The Ankulen - due to the disappointment with its cover, Alea and I have made some slight modifications. This is what it looks like now:


Friday, September 1, 2017

Look at 'em! Just look at 'em!

I am INCREDIBLY excited about this cover reveal. Not just one new cover, but a new cover for each of my six novels. Three of which - aka the Bookanias - I designed, the other three I must credit to Alea Harper, who is an awesome designer who's going to go far. She also advised me in the design of my three and gave me the watercolor overlay that I used on them.

She's awesome.

So, without further ado. The covers:
(Look at me not playing hard to get...)


This isn't quite the direction I had intended to take this cover, but then I found the background sunset, and it just screamed a horse, and it came together so brilliantly. For those of you who don't remember, Sew's original colors were pink and black, and so this cover really feels like it's going back to its roots, but this time with a horse and a lot more whimsy.


Oi, but this cover was a bear and a HALF to get just right, but I like how it ultimately came together. Yep, I was sneaky and worked in the old cover art - which was one of the biggest struggles. The other struggle was making sure that Madeleine didn't look like she'd been beaten.



Confession here - I never liked the sword that my cousin used for the cover of Kingdom. So, now that I had the power to do the cover myself ... I made sure that I had the right sword. Emerald in the pommel. Not a weird lion-looking thing.



Now we're to the Ankulen's new cover, first of the ones that Alea did. I was going to do this one, but she messaged me saying she had a concept ... and I offered to send her some pictures of the bracelet that I made for the original cover ... and of my legs. I had to shave my legs first. Anywho. I love the fact that the opening of the book is on the cover, and that there's a pen in the title. It's awesome. Alea is awesome.



You might recognize these cover - they're some of the fancovers that Alea did for Water Princess, Fire Prince. See, I mentioned to Alea that I kiiiiinda wished that they were the real covers, and she said she could make it happen. So, yes. Ain't they gorgeous?


I love all of these covers so terribly stinkin' much.

And check out all the blogs that are taking part in the reveal today. Comments left on any of the reveal posts count towards the giveaway.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Red Rover, Red Rover


First off, I intend to send out the new covers to the revealers tonight or tomorrow. So, yeah, look forward to that. If there's anyone who signs up after I send out the information, I'll make a second send out on August 30th.

Now to this week's game - Red Rover.
I walked to my aunt's house after work the other day - she lives just down the street from the McDonald's where I work, and luckily, the road between is a non-busy backroad - and arrived just in time to find my cousins playing Red Rover. They managed to hurt themselves within very short order, but it reminded me of a game I did in my Five and Three blog party ... three years ago, a game which no one actually played.

So I'm going to issue it again, since our timeframe is looser.

Red Rover, red rover, let Clara come over...

Basically, the jist of this game is that I'd like you guys to write a short cross-over fanfic.

You can:
Write a scene where my characters go to the realm of another author's fiction.
Write a scene where another authors characters go to my worlds.
Write a scene where my characters meet characters from someone else's book.
Write a scene from my book with characters from another author.
Write a scene from another author's book with my characters.
Come up with something else. The point is that you bring an element of my fiction to another author's fiction, or vice versa.

And, yes, if you're an author yourself, you're free to make the "other author" be yourself, even if the fiction you're merging with mine isn't published yet.

Fun? Fun!

You're free to post it in the comments below or in a post on your own blog, then post a link to said post in the comments. You're allowed to write as many scenes as you'd like.

Four points if it's posted in the comments. Five for each individual post you do on your own blog. If you put multiple scenes in one post, the first is worth five, and each subsequent is worth four.

An extra point to any scene that makes me laugh. Extra two points if I fall out of my chair laughing.

Go forth and write.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cover Reveal - Scars of War

Hello, world! I'm taking a bit of a road trip today, so I'm participating in a cover reveal for Hazel West. I really adored the first book of this series, so I can't wait to read this one.


What, you thought that I'd just hand over the cover like that????

Hah!

Nope, first you have to read the synopsis.

Synopsis:


After the events on Samhain Eve things have calmed down for High King Eamon and his Fianna. The Unseelie Court is under new rule, and Eamon is happily married—and with an heir on the way! But just when it seems like things couldn’t be better, reports of changelings keep coming into BPAFF (Bureau of Protection Against Fair Folk). With the risk of children being changed out in their cribs, especially when a royal heir is weeks from being born, Eamon enlists the help of Aeden Mac Cool, Commander of Na Fianna, and Cassandra Whalen, Director of BPAFF, to deal with the threat before it escalates. Riots, Faerie rebels, and road trips with the King of the Unseelie—it’s just a typical day, right?

The book is releasing on August 31st. Fun, yes??? (WPFP's birthday, actually. It'll be two years old ... my how time flies...)



SNIPPET TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!

This scene is part of a larger scene, you can find the other parts on this link here, listed in order.

            “Now what?” Rory asked.
            “We wait,” I told him, opening the closet and pushing the fallen clothes and toys to one side before I stepped in. “I’ll wait in here, you should hide under one of the beds.”
            He gave me a longsuffering look before he sighed and lowered himself onto his stomach to worm under the bed nearest the door. “This is going to be one of those plans that backfires on me, isn’t it?”
            “Quit complaining. You know I always have your back, kid,” I told him with a grunt as I fought the door closed. It was tight but I could watch the window through the slats, the most likely way the Faerie would come in.
            “You know this might just be happening because they’re not taking babies,” Rory said, his voice muffled from under the bed.
            “What do you mean?”
            “You know, people usually ward against Faeries with iron over the cradles, and stuff. The most susceptible time for changeling exchanges is the first six months of a baby’s life, but a lot of people stop warding after a year or two at the most if they even bother to go that long. The faeries might just have realized it’s easier.”
            “That is true. In fact it would make more sense for them to do it like this because, as you said, parents aren’t nearly as careful with kindergarteners as they are with infants.”
            “At least I don’t have to hide in a crib,” Rory said and shifted with a slight whimper. “Ow, there’s a dragon poking my back. How much longer do you think we’ll have to wait?”
            “Probably no longer than midnight,” I said, still watching the window and the pale moonlight seeping through. “Now hush.”
            Rory grumbled something else, but settled down. After a while, I thought I heard him snoring and was about to wake him up when I saw a shadow cross the window, playing over the floor of the room. “Rory,” I hissed.
            “Hm, wha’ ow!” he jumped, and there was a thump as he hit his head on the underside of the bed.
            “Hush, I think he’s coming.”

            I froze, watching the window as it opened very slowly and quietly; just wide enough for a dark, slim figure to slip through with a bundle clutched tightly to his chest. He went to the beds where we had put pillows under the blankets to make it look like the boys were still there. I waited until he had moved past me before I flung the door to the closet open and leapt out.

And now, finally, the cover!


Hazel wanted me to let you know that all comments that you leave on the participating posts in this reveal count towards a giveaway so ... go comment. Someone is going to win ebook copies of the two previous books, and that someone might be you.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bookshelf Overhaul Tag


Okay, first off and heads-up, I've extended the Overhaul giveaway through to the end of October, as I've realized that it's going to take me that long to get through ALL of the edits.

So today, I'm issuing a tag for you guys to fill out. You can do it either in the comments below, or you can take it to your own blog. Comments is worth four points, while doing it on your own blog is five.

1. How long have you been following Knitted By God's Plan and how did you find me?
2. If you've read any of my books, which? And which are your favorites? If you haven't read any, which are you most interested in?
3. If you could redesign any of my covers, how would it look? Feel free to photoshop something, or just describe it.
4. Of my WIP's, which are you most eager for me to finish and publish?
5. Which of my Pinterest Storyboards do you find the most intriguing? 
6. Pick a fairy tale and tell me how you would like to rewrite it.
7. Recommend a book for me to read. 
8. If you and I were stranded together on a desert island, how long do you think that we would survive?
9. What is a project that you're working on that you can't wait to release into the world?
10. What is a burning question that you have for me?

If you fill this out on your own blog, post a link to the post in the comments.

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!


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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.
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