Friday, July 31, 2015

7-7-7 Blog Challenge

A blogger friend of mine did this challenge and tagged those who hadn’t done it and wanted to do it. So I thought I would give it a go.

These are the rules:
  • Go to page 7 of your WIP
  • Scroll down to line 7
  • Share the next 7 sentences in a blog post.
  • After the excerpt, tag 7 other writers to continue the challenge.
Since I am in the midst of writing a number of stories (books and short stories) so I will be sharing a bit from each of them.

The Reward of Anavrea (editing)

   Urith remained stubbornly closemouthed about the keeper of the keys. Instead he expounded further on Lord Klian and the late Lord Alain.
    Liam grew steadily uneasy. Urith’s description of Klian made him seem even nastier than most of the criminals Liam interacted with during his stint in the service of the king.
With Urith riding behind Liam on his mount at the front of the column, they headed off to meet the keeper. The boy led them west into the forest that bordered the fields a quarter-mile from the village. The trail showed signs of being used by foot traveler, not horses.

Diaspora (writing)

   “About time we finally meet face to face,” Doctor Overan replied. He stepped forward and offered an open hand for shaking. “The name is Doctor Jaynden Overan, but you can call me Jay.”
   Panic and anger straightened my spine. The Diaspora considered physical touch between strangers extremely rude. I made that fact expressly clear in my summary of social protocols. Extending a hand to be shaken equated a marriage proposal.
   Yet, the Diaspora representative’s response baffled me more. He looked at me. No smile. No frown. It was simply an assessing glance before turning to introduce his companion.
   Doctor Overan’s hand remained unshaken.

Prodigal Brother (writing)
   My own grief threatened to undo me. I had avoided dwelling on my father’s, and subsequently Alexter’s, death, for just this reason. No matter how I rationalized it, denied it, or tried to desensitize myself to it, I couldn’t. The pain remained raw. The wound refused to heal.
   Perhaps it was because I was missing the last piece—Nigel. I reached across the physical divide between us and laid a hand on his shoulder. “It was an accident. We never thought otherwise.”

Living Sacrifice: Book 3 (writing)
   “The Sept Son is not an elitist.” I stated it with a finality that I hoped would cut off any further questions. “I am not his wife.”
   Ariana nodded in understanding.
   Lotus’ suspicion buffeted my energy senses. I chose to ignore it. In hopes of keeping the women off the sensitive topic, I began telling them about my history while I searched the shelves for extra copies of the Revelation and the Talent’s Code.

I am tagging anyone who would like to do it. My only qualification is that I would love it if you would post a link in the comments so I can read your post. I love encountering other writer's WIPs.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Radio interview on The Write Stuff Radio 2nd Anniversary Show!

I stopped by Parker J. Cole's radio show for the third time tonight. It is always a joy to spend time with Parker J. Cole. Her shows are entertaining and informative. Check it out every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30 PM ET.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cover Reveal - Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek

Book Description:

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.

Author Bio:

Kendra 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,

Available for kindle preorder:  $2.99 the 19th and 20th ONLY (at which point I’ll put it up to its official price of 3.99)


Tells us more about your new release?

First of all, it's my first book thick enough to use as a weapon. 

This is a story of love, and faith, and taking on responsibility. It's a story of courage, and fear, and sacrifice. It's a story of adventure, with a bit of danger thrown in. In it, I hope to make you think, but with a proper dose of laughter.

What was the inspiration for the story?

The shower. A bit cliche, but basically, I stepped into a shower one night, about six or seven years ago, and the thought flickered through my head "What if I were to blink and suddenly be standing under a waterfall. And what if I were to be declared a prophesied Waterfall Princess who'll save this strange new land from some great land and then rule it?"

It grew from there.

When do we get to purchase your new book?

The official release date is August 31st, though the kindle version is available for preorder. And today and tomorrow, it's only $2.99!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review - Tiger's Paw by Kimberly Rogers

I met Kimberly Rogers a while back when a mutual friend recommended I submit my books to her for review. Kimberly runs a great blog about Christian fantasy where she offers thoughtful reviews.

We got to talking via Facebook and discovered we have a lot of similar tastes in fantasy, characters, and writing. As we encouraged each other, she told me about her current WIP about shape shifters. One thing led to another and I eventually ended up designing her cover for her and beta reading her novella. All that said, I am extremely excited that her debut book is out today. If you are a fan of fantasy fiction, I recommend you give it a chance.

What if history didn’t quite play out the way we know it? What would stay the same? What would change? Even in a world where Elves and Humans coexist, there are secrets. Not all the old legends are accurate, but neither are they false. Hidden among the Humans are the Therians, those gifted with the ability to shift into beasts. How long they will remain unseen by Human eyes depends on how well they adhere to their code of life and honor – The Therian Way.

When secrecy is vital to survive among Humans and Elves, the Therian Way offers balance. The Fringe, a militant group of discontented Therians, threaten to expose their race to Mankind. It falls to General Baran to track down and remove the Fringe Nest before time runs out. Who can he trust when the fate of his people lies in the Tiger’s paw?

This Novella Prequel is a Clean New Adult Christian Urban Fantasy.

My Review

Tiger’s Paw is a Christian urban fantasy novella set in a world similar to our own, except it is also populated by shape shifters and elves. Crafting a complex and realistic blending of reality and fantasy, Rogers builds a world that offers plenty of opportunity for more storytelling, exactly what I hope for in an introductory book.

The humans live semi-peacefully with the elves, but are uneasy neighbors with the shape shifters. This uneasiness forces the shifters into a life requiring they hide their true nature. The shifters adhere to a code, the Therian Way, that calls them to live peacefully with their weaker cohabitants, but some are choosing to ignore this code. The rebels are tired of living in secret and are plotting to dominate the other two peoples.

I really enjoyed Rogers’ main characters, Baran and Raina. Baran, a man/tiger shifter, has bit of a grumpy personality, which plays well against Raina’s teasing, taunting banter. I love the interplay between the two, especially Raina’s insistence on calling him TDS (Tall, Dark, and Serious) and likening him to another famous tiger. I liked how Rogers used the characters’ personalities to enhance the plot and the suspense as the story moved forward.

Action, adventure, intrigue and a hint of romance are woven into this exciting opening to a new series. I look forward to reading more stories by Rogers, especially the coming series where she explores this world and the tensions between its inhabitants. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

A New Rooglewood Press Writing Contest!

Rooglewood Press is delighted to introduce their third fairy tale novella contest—

Five Magic Spindles
a collection of “Sleeping Beauty” stories

The challenge is to write a retelling of the beloved fairy tale in any genre or setting you like. Make certain your story is recognizably “Sleeping Beauty,” but have fun with it as well. Make it yours!
Rooglewood Press will be selecting five winners to be published in the Five Magic Spindles collection, which will be packaged up with the phenomenal cover you see here. Maybe your name will be one of the five listed?

All the contest rules and information (how to enter, story details, deadline etc.) may be found on the Rooglewood Press website. Just click HERE and you will go right to the page.

Rooglewood Press’s first collection, Five Glass Slippers is available for purchase, and our second collection, Five Enchanted Roses is scheduled to launch on July 27, and is currently available for pre-order. Be certain to get a copy of each and see what previous winners did with their wonderful retellings.