Friday, April 13, 2018

The Stealthmaster's Shadow by Hope Ann ~ Cover Reveal

  Today readers, I bring you the cover of the newest Legends of Light novella, The Stealthmaster's Shadow.  It is a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling and I am super excited about it.  Not only do I love Hope Ann's work, but lately I have become quite fond of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and I can't wait to see how Hope Ann retold it.

Ehehehe.  Me thinks this Governor person dislikes the Verus person.

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you've all been waiting for...
The actual cover, designed by Kate Flourney


It’s ten confounded years since the war ended.
Ten years since the Prince won the war and pardoned the rebels.
And left.
The Prince left, but lasting peace never had a chance to begin.
As a Stealthmaster, Verus is determined to complete the task the Prince left, whatever the cost.
Traitors, needlessly vague governors, and threatening rumors are all part of a standard mission.
Verus will bring peace to what is left of the world, one city and village at a time. According to
the governor’s daughter, the war was never about a physical peace in the first place, but what
does she or any of the other Followers know? They weren’t there during the war.
They didn’t see the horrors Tauscher spread over the land or the scars that will never fade.
Commandeering the task of a former soldier, Verus presents himself to the governor of Nerva.
Eventually he’ll need to undermine the man, but even Stealthmasters need money, and a mission
to discover the owner of a misshapen slipper shouldn’t be difficult.
Until the ambassador from Zahavia appears.
Suddenly face to face with nightmares from the past, Verus struggles to help those plunged into
danger, from the governor’s newest prisoner to a serving lad to an infuriating woman he’s taken
to calling princess. Fleeing will only make the enemy stronger. But staying…
Staying could doom them all.

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So what do you all think?  To be honest, that is not what I was expecting the cover to look like!  It makes me think of Southwestern Native American Cave Dwellers.
(And now I want to write a Native American TDP)  Anyway, this cover definitely feels different from her other covers, but the synopsis sounds 'in tune' with the rest of the series.  I look forward to reading this tale.

Sounds like this guy is full of snarky sass and is fond of dramatic bows.

Coming June 1, 2018
Click here to preorder now!

His snark is amusing.
 


Hope Ann uses chocolate to bribe a wide ring of spies, from the realm leapers of Aslaria to the
double agents of Elkbend, for their stories. Based in Indiana, she is the self-published author of
the Legends of Light series, personal writing coach, and the Communications Coordinator for
Story Embers. You can find out more about her at authorhopeann.com

So, what do you think? Looking forward to installment four of Legends of Light?



Thursday, March 8, 2018

Randomosity

I like to be random.
It's a lot of fun.
So here is a post about random me.

When I listen to certain songs that I haven't heard in years, but I loved as a naΓ―ve teenager.  NaΓ―ve.



The last couple of mornings when I've just woken up and I'm lying there in bed, my brain thinks dreamily of the nice balmy March morning and how it will be the perfect day for working in my gardens and playing on the lawn with my dog........then I come upstairs.

View from the back window.

View from the front window.
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But on a happier note, can I just say....
 I LOVE THE GREATEST SHOWMAN!!!
Okay, I haven't actually seen the movie, but I've been listening to the songs (and watching the scenes that the songs are part of) and OH MY GOLDFISH it's amazing!!!  I can listen to the music for hours.  And especially these three songs.
Grrrrrrrrr.  It's refusing to let me put videos on here.  😠
Anyway, the three songs below.
This is Me
Rewrite the Stars
From Now On

Oh and this song.  I love it a LOT.  I've been listening to it like everyday for the last couple of weeks.
Eternal Love
I absolutely love the kdrama that it's from and I really should watch it again, but my computer hates the drama sites.  😞

via Pixabay

A pet peeve: when people turn off the shower, but leave the shower head engaged.  It shoots me in the face.  


via Pixabay

Okay, so for a few years now, I've had the idea of (someday) writing fairytale and Jane Austen retellings that are set in an Old West town (think Louis L'Amour).  Just the other day, I had the thought that Mrs. Gardiner from Pride & Prejudice would make the perfect Fairy Godmother for Cinderella.  Then I thought, what about this:
Cinderella is Mr. Bingley's young step-sister 
(Caroline and Louisa would make the PERFECT wicked step-sisters)
Colonel Fitzwilliam is Cinderella's 'Prince'
Snow White is Lady Catherine de Bourgh's step-daughter  

What do you all think?

And some random cool pictures I found on Pixabay.







And that 'tis all for this day.
May the sun shine upon you and the wind blow warm upon your face.
See you later, alligators!
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Cake Flavored Book Tag



Soooooo....I was tagged by my friend Keturah ages ago (I think it's actually only been a month) and I just remembered it.  Oops, my bad.  Anyway, here we go.

1. Chocolate Cake (a Dark Book you absolutely love).
Well that's a new one.  Ummmm......define dark.  Are we talking "deals with graphic horrible things in the world"?  I think that's what it means, so I'll go with:
Death Be Not Proud - Suzannah Rowntree

It's a very interesting story, a Snow White retelling actually, set in New Zealand in the early 1900's telling the tale of a cabaret singer who is mistaken for a young woman who was murdered years before.  Of course, since the bad guys think Ruby is the girl, they come after her and she is almost murdered.  It was much darker then I usually read, definitely not my normal cup of tea, but I loved it.  I recently included it in my Fairytale Post.


2. Vanilla Cake (a Light Read).
Oooooo!!  This one is easy!
Chip, of the Flying U by B.M. Bower

This is the book I turn to when I need a good laugh but something that doesn't take much brain power (and it takes even less now that I've read it like five times or more).
The cowboys of the Flying U Ranch believe there are only two types of women.
A) "There’s the Sweet Young Things, that faint away at sight of a six-shooter, and squawk and catch at your arm if they see a garter snake, and blush if you happen to catch their eye suddenly, and cry if you don’t take off your hat every time you see them a mile off.”
OR 
B) The Wild Kind.  "She’ll buy her some spurs and try to rope and cut out and help brand. Maybe she’ll wear double-barreled skirts and ride a man’s saddle and smoke cigarettes. She’ll try to go the men one better in everything, and wind up by making a darn fool of herself. Either kind’s bad enough.”
But which ever one she is, they all believe their boss's sister is an Old Maid Doctor with 3 chins and 2 stomachs and will make their lives miserable with doses and potions and bossing.  Ehehehehehehe.  Then in waltzes the Little Doctor, a 5 ft. something maverick with brown hair, blue eyes (I think), lots of spunk and sass, and those poor boys don't know what hit them.  It's absolutely hilarious.  You can find it HERE and either download it (it's free in the public domain) or read it online.  You'll love it. 


3. Red Velvet (a book that gave you Mixed Emotions).
Ummmmm........  Oh I know!  
The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan

While I loved seeing grown up Will with an apprentice of his own and even who he had for an apprentice......I HATE IT!!!!  John Flanagan is cruel and mean and HORRIBLE to do that to us!!!  IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WROOOOOOONNNNGGGG!!!!  And that's all I can say without spoiling it for those who haven't read it.  For those who have a wish to commiserate with me, DON'T give spoilers in the comments!


4. Cheesecake (a book you would Recommend to Anyone).
Oh this is superb.  Not only is Cheesecake my favorite cake but THE BOOK I would recommend to anyone is like my favorite book ever.  Okay, that's not quite true, but it's a totally amazing story, it's a re-telling of my favorite fairytale and it's my favorite re-telling of said fairytale (and y'all probably could have figured out the last part without me saying it!).  Anyway.....
Beauty and the Beast by K.M. Shea

I won't sigh and swoon over it anymore (though I definitely could!), y'all can just hop right over to HERE to read about it if you want to know more.  I would recommend this book to anyone and I do recommend it to EVERYONE.  At first I was going to answer this question with Lord of the Rings, but I wouldn't recommend that to certain ages.  B&tB however is okay for all ages.


5. Coffee Cake (a book you Did Not Finish).
I accidentally skipped over this question the first time.  Oops.
The Warden by Anthony Trollope

I started this book one time when I was sick and couldn't sleep.  I think I got half a chapter in before putting it down and I haven't picked it up since.  That was at least 3 years ago.


6. Carrot Cake (a book with Great Writing).
It took a bit of pondering to come up with an answer for this.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This book was very unique and absolutely mind blowingly amazing.  Like WOWO!!!


7. Tiramisu (a book that left you Wanting More).
Well besides every single one of my older sister's stories...  Seriously, every time I read one of hers I WANT MORE!!  But today we'll go with one of her bestfriend's books.
Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal

I NEED MORE!!!!!  This book is awesome and I know some stuff about book two and I WANT IT!!!!!  And I just sounded like a 2-year-old.


8. Cupcakes (a series with 4+ Books).
Ummmmm...crumpadoodles, that series only has 3 books.  Rats.  Okay, I found one.
The Squire's Tales by Gerald Morris

I don't know how many books are in this series, but I know it's a lot more then 4!  It is an Arthurian re-telling focusing mainly on the exploits of Terence, squire to Sir Gawaine.  They are a lot of fun, though I wouldn't recommend them to anyone under 16.


9. Fruit Cake (a book that wasn't What You Anticipated).
This is a rather easy one.  Hangs head and mumbles,
Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontΓ«

*glares at Mel for snickering and giving me an 'I told you so' look*
I procrastinated for 3 years about reading this book.  I did enjoy it.


10. Lamington (favorite Australian Book).
I'm going to use a series for this one.
Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan

Or more accurately, the first eleven books in the Ranger's Apprentice series.  *scowls at Mr. Flanagan again*  IT.  WAS.  WRONG.  And stupid.  And dumb.  AND IDIOTIC!!!!  *pounds fists on desk*  WHY DID YOU DO IT?!?!?!?!

*takes deep breath*
*sits back*
*smiles*
*returns to post*

10.5. Lamington (favorite Australian Book).
I wasn't exactly sure what was meant by an 'Australian' book.  For my first choice I used a series written by an Australian author.  If that doesn't count then...
The Golden Wolf by Mary Elwyn Patchett

This is a story we borrowed from the library and the only reason I read it was because I was proofing it, however, it was a good story that I enjoyed.  When Mary's dog is stolen for a circus, she dresses as a boy to get him back.  She runs away and meets up with an old teamster who takes her under his wing and helps her out.  It was really sweet.  And it is set in Australia.


All right folks, there are my answers!  I'm going to tag:
Lisa
and
(Now Melody, I know you don't normally answer tags, but I really want to see your answers for this one.) 

So long, folks!


Monday, February 26, 2018

No One Is Too Old For Fairytales

Quote: C.S. Lewis - Graphic: Arielle Bailey
I love fairytales.  A lot.  I didn't really grow up on them, though I did know the basic stories of several.  I was first introduced to them through mild exposure to the Disney versions (i.e. I snuck looks at the books at the library when I was 4-5 and then at thrift stores when we no longer went to a library).  One of those stories always fascinated me and has stuck with me as I grew up.  As I began reading the fairytales, I was delighted to learn more about it and it is still my favorite.  That tale, is Beauty and the Beast.  

I can't exactly tell why that story speaks to me (it's one of those things I can't put into words), but it is just so right.  Beauty is willing to sacrifice herself for love of her father and she learns to love a Beast.  Okay, she really learns to love the person he really is, but it's a excellent example of 'true beauty comes from within'.  I love it.   I also happen to be a lot like her.

I recently read a Rumplestiltskin retelling and it became my new favorite version of that story.  I began thinking of all the different fairytale retellings I've read, and decided to make a post listing my top three favorite retellings of various fairytales.  I planned to post it today, and then discovered that today is 'Tell A Fairytale Day' or 'National Fairytale Day' as some call it.  So here goes folks!

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Beauty and the Beast

via Public Domain Pictures

Beauty and the Beast by K.M. Shea

Once upon a time Elle made a mistake. A small miscalculation sends her through the roof of an enchanted chateau. Stranded until her broken leg mends, Elle is forced to rely on the good will of the sour chateau owner —the cursed Prince Severin.

Prince Severin—the commanding general and staunch supporter of his brother the crown prince—is cursed to look like a beast until a maiden falls in love with him. However, he has given up all hope of shattering the curse after several painful and failed attempts to break it. As such he has only disdain for Elle, leaving her to the devices of his bossy servants. This suits Elle perfectly as she dislikes the entire royal family, Severin included.

Unfortunately for the unsuspecting pair, the chateau servants are determined to break the curse and spend the majority of their time pushing Elle and Severin together. After bonding over gardens, animals, and terrifying squirrels Elle and Severin show signs of friendship, and perhaps something more…

But not all love stories can end that easily. After all, Elle is not what she seems, and Severin’s life is placed in danger when hostilities flare between his brother and the monarchs of a neighboring country.

If they really want the love of a lifetime Elle, a loyal liar, and Severin, an indifferent beast, will have to use every trick they know to survive.

I absolutely adore K.M. Shea's work.  It's incredible.  Unique, but holding true to the theme and basic outline of the original fairytale, and full of humor and heart.  And they are clean.  Lots of points for that!  Before I read this version, my favorite BatB was the story that is now in third place.

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Queen Beauty and the Beasts by Arielle Bailey

Though too poor to afford a teacher, Belleza still dreams of becoming a singing star under gleaming lights. When the masked lead singer of a popular band offers to tutor her, she eagerly accepts, too caught in the spell of his voice and her dream to heed the warnings of those who tell her he's dangerous.

A rash choice of her father's shatters her budding happiness, and she sacrifices herself for him, becoming an inmate of the Mansion of the Beasts. Amid the turmoil of preparing for her first concert, a web of brooding secrets from every corner of her new home threatens to choke her as a bizarre curse takes shape before her eyes, terrifying her with its reality in a world where it shouldn't be possible. 

Torn between brilliant, passionate light and fiery, alluring darkness, impelled to find the truth in a sea of masks, held captive by her own code of duty... if Belleza does not make a choice, she'll doom not only her life, but her soul.

Beauty and the Beast meets Phantom of the Opera under the stage lights of modern music in this tale of love, sacrifice, lust, and selfishness.

This, is an - as yet- unpublished work written by none other then my darling older sister.  It's fantastic and I really can't wait 'til it's published you all can read it for yourselves!  However, it is NA (New Adult, a category I didn't know existed until I was writing this), and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 18.

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The Enchanted Rose by R.M. ArceJaeger

~THE PRINCESS WHO CANNOT DIE~
First cursed, then kidnapped, Princess Aurea is not your average heir to the throne. But how is she to prevent the destruction of her kingdom if she doesn't even know who she is?


~THE PRINCE WHO CANNOT LIVE~
Twisted by enchantment and abandoned by his friends, Prince Ari doubts he will ever get to go home again. When a chance arises for companionship, he seizes it, not realizing the girl he has imprisoned is the one person who can set him free.


~THE CURSE THAT BINDS THEIR FATES TOGETHER~
Rose will do anything to save her father's life, even offer herself up as captive to a Beast whose true intentions she fears to discover. Yet the Beast is nothing compared to the terrible creature that haunts her dreams. Can Rose break the spell on the Beast before the creature can find her, or will she—and the kingdom—fall victim to a plan so cunning and horrific, it will change the fate of the land forever?


This is actually a Beauty and the Beast/Sleeping Beauty retelling and is very interesting!  It also has some mature elements, but it was fascinating how she wove the two stories together.
 
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Cinderella

via Public Domain Pictures

Cinderella and the Colonel by K.M. Shea

Scratching out a living in a land recovering from war and a hostile takeover, Cinderella—an orphaned, destitute duchess—is desperate to save her lands and servants in spite of the terrible taxes placed upon her by the Erlauf queen, even if it means she must don servants’ clothes and work like a commoner.

Her sacrifices aren’t enough, and when a mountain of debt is levied against her, she is given one season to produce the funds. Cinderella realizes it is only a matter of time before she loses everything she has struggled to protect, and it seems that all is lost until she is befriended by the debonair Colonel Friedrich—a member of the Erlauf military and a citizen of the oppressing country that rules her homeland.

From helping her break into the royal library to saving her from a rogue mage, Friedrich draws her closer and challenges her mindset of the queen and the war.

Cinderella knows Friedrich is not all he appears to be, but can she trust him with her country and her heart?

Yes, K.M. Shea once again!  It's sooooooo good!!  Totally hilarious, and very different!  The hero is a complete crack up and not a namby-pamby prince.  Arrogant, but a total sweetheart.  And Cinderella is a fiery little thing!

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A Cinder's Tale by Stephanie Ricker

It’s a dangerous life, yet Elsa wouldn’t trade this opportunity to work at Tremaine Station, mining cendrillon from the seething surface of planet Aschen. Nevertheless, when a famous deep space explorer and his handsome son dock their starcraft at the space station, Elsa finds herself dreaming of far galaxies beyond Aschen's blistering heat. There is no time for dreaming, however, when danger threatens the space station, and Elsa and her fellow miners are tested to the limits of their courage.

This is a story from Rooglewood Press's Five Glass Slippers collection.  It's short, but sweet and totally fantastic.  I don't normally like sci-fi retellings (I don't like Marissa Meyer's) but I really liked this one!

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Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you'll ever read.

Okay, who doesn't love this one?  Like seriously?  I'm still annoyed that they don't have Char and Ella sliding down the banisters in the movie.

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Sleeping Beauty

via Public Domain Pictures

Do You Take This Quest? by Kendra E. Ardnek

When Arthur's parents were lost at sea, his Uncle Mordreth became the regent for the young boy. Yet now that he's of age, Mordreth seems to have no intentions of relinquishing the throne. It looks as though Arthur will have to fight for his throne. If only he had more than just his two servants and the old man he met in the woods for friends. So the old man takes things into his own hands and whisks Arthur off to the wedding of a fellow prince, with the intention of finding him some allies.

All is not right at the wedding, however. The groom is missing and the bride had called quits. Where's the groom? Well, he's found a new bride. Now if he can just get her home ...

Okay, I know it doesn't sound like a Sleeping Beauty, but trust me, it is.  Partly.  It's also partly an Arthurian Legend retelling.  It's complicated.  But it's good!

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Guardian of Our Beauty by Kathryn McConaughy

Palli, the prophesied daughter of a king, is fated to rescue her people from the destruction called forth by a vengeful priest.

Rather a short synopsis, but the only one I could find.  This is the second story in Rooglewood Press's Five Magic Spindles collection.  Very unique.  You'll have to read it for yourself, 'cause I don't have the words to describe it.

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The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

Two Hearts. One Hope.

Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.

When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.

This was interesting.  (I know, I'm using that word a lot.)  It's actually a historical fiction retelling (most of the ones I read are fantasy), but I liked it.  It's actually my favorite in the series.

And an honourable mention to Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey

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Snow White

via Pixabay

Death Be Not Proud by Suzannah Rowntree

Moonshine liquor, jazz-fuelled dancing, and the risk of a police raid—these are all in a night's work for cabaret singer Ruby Black. But when a rugby star mistakes her for a dead girl, Ruby's life threatens to become briefer and more exciting than she bargained for.

Two years ago, schoolgirl Wu Xue Bai was brutally murdered. Now, Ruby herself is in danger. Who killed Xue Bai? What lies behind Max Moran's obsession with the dead girl? And will Ruby learn the truth before secrets from her own past catch up with her?

A fairytale retelling set in Jazz Age New Zealand, inspired by the thrillers of Mary Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock.

Now this book is not in any way at all my normal cup of tea...but I liked it.  But yeah, don't read it unless you like murder mysteries.  (I don't, this was an exception).

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The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe?

Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what.

When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

This is I think the third book in Melanie's Hagenheim Castle series.  It's an okay retelling, definitely not my favorite of hers.  I actually haven't read very many Snow White retellings.  5 all told.  I really need to find more!

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Seven Drawers by Kendra E. Ardnek

Jennifer's life has been absolute misery for the last two months. Her father died, she was written out of the will, her stepmother kicked her out of the house, and, in that time, she's not heard a word from her boyfriend of five years.
And she might be suffering from insanity. A chest of drawers just appeared at the foot of her bed, and as she opens each drawer, she's spirited away to another realm where she finds herself in increasingly bizarre prisons, each the fault of her stepmother.
Can she win back her life - and kingdoms? - from her stepmother? Or will Editha win?

This is another unpublished work.  And a submission for the last Rooglewood Press Fairytale Contest, Five Poisoned Apples.  I was privileged to beta read this and it's quirky and fun, like all of Kendra's retellings.

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Rapunzel

via Pixabay

With Blossoms Gold by Hayden Wand

Nella has lived quietly in her tower in the woods for over a decade. After dangerous accusations drove her and her grandmother away from their village, they escaped deep into the forest where no one would try to harm them. Now, after her grandmother's death, Nella is alone, and she is determined to stay that way. She has no patience for a world she deems judgmental and ignorant.

Or so she tells herself. In reality, her paralyzing fear prevents her from stepping foot outside of the tower.

Prince Benedict Allesandro is an adventurer- a rescuer who prides himself on saving the weak and unfortunate. When he hears rumors of a beautiful damsel trapped in a tower, he rushes to her rescue...only to find a woman who most definitely does not wish to be saved.

But when war breaks out, this reckless prince and reclusive maiden are faced with overcoming their deepest fears in order to determine not only their own fate, but that of their entire country.

Ah!  This is a swell story!  I've read one other story of Ms. Wand's, but I didn't really like it.  This is set in an Italy-ish country and plot was unlike any I've read before.

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Song of the Sword by Hope Ann

A glittering sword.

An ancient oath.

A blackened rose.

And a melody which ties it all together.

When Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are overtaken by events swirling from centuries past, they are forced into a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.

Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song.

To rescue Roinette and evade the trap almost certainly set for him by those who want his power, Evrard knows he’ll have to be careful. But even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. And, in the end, will his and Roinette’s efforts matter if the Prince brings an ancient oath to fulfillment, shaking the very foundation of Aslaria?

I don't normally like allegorical stories.  Usually I find them to be preachy.  This series however I enjoy.

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Rescuing Rapunzel by Tarrah Montgomery

Two princess cousins, Rapunzel and Snow White, are raised as best friends in the magical kingdom of Fenmore Falls—until Rapunzel is kidnapped at the age of six. Ten years later, Snow is forced to flee the castle when her own safety is threatened. Meanwhile, Rapunzel, who has been secretly locked in a tower all this time, escapes with the help of two unlikely friends.

Both princesses find themselves in a mysterious place called Idaho, where they happily reunite. A woman called Aunt Em takes the two girls into her house, which is already filled to the brim with seven teenage brothers and their little sister Dorothy. Some of the brothers aren’t so sure about Rapunzel and Snow White, and the feeling is definitely mutual. But when villains—including a ship full of pirates—threaten the princesses’ lives, the seven brothers come to the rescue.

This is the third book in the series and though they are not my favorite fairytale retellings, they are a lot of fun.  They are set in two worlds, Fairytale world (Fenmore Falls) and this world, in Idaho.  So it's portal (which I love), plus it's Idaho, which is very special to me as well and she mixes and matches the fairytales in ways I never would have thought of.  You all totally need to read them.

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Rumplestiltskin   

via Pixabay

Rumplestiltskin by K.M. Shea

When 17-year-old Gemma, a seamstress, is ordered by the insane King Torgen to spin straw into gold or be put to death, she knows her life is forfeit. Unwilling to give up, Gemma tries to escape her prison, earning her the respect of the mysterious mage, Stil. Stil offers to complete the impossible task…for a price.

Greedy and unsatisfied, King Torgen demands more and more straw to be spun into gold, and decrees that he will “reward” Gemma by marrying her. With death or marriage to a crazed king clouding her future, Stil offers Gemma a bargain that seems too good to be true.

Will Gemma’s trust in Stil be her downfall, or will he defy the entire country to save her?


This is the story that prompted this post.  And this is Rumple told in a way I never imagined!  Ms. Shea is truly a wonder.  I laughed, smiled and growled (at the bad guy) my way through this and loved every word.

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The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn

The year is 1880, and Bertie, having just arrived in New York with her family, is grateful to be given work as a seamstress in the home of textile tycoon J. P. Wellington. When the Wellington family fortune is threatened, Bertie's father boasts that Bertie will save the business, that she is so skillful she can "practically spin straw into gold."

Amazingly, in the course of one night, Bertie creates exquisite evening gowns--with the help of Ray Stalls, a man from her tenement who uses an old spinning wheel to create dresses that are woven with crimson thread and look as though they are spun with real gold. Indebted to Ray, Bertie asks how she can repay him. When Ray asks for her firstborn child, Bertie agrees, never dreaming that he is serious...


An Irish Lassie in New York City in the 1880's?  Yes please!!  This was my favorite retelling until I read Ms. Shea's.  Her stories tend to rise to the top every time!

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Spinner of Secrets by Annie Louise Twitchell

Where will the journey for love take you? Will it be worth the fight?

Letta is a peasant girl, whose father was outlawed and killed when she was small. Though her name means truthful one, she finds herself submitting to her step-father's will, and complying with his lies and trickery.

Prince Kyle is her reluctant husband. His mind is focused on one thing: avenging the murder of his childhood sweetheart.

They must learn to trust each other when a strange little man forces them to fight for what is important to them, in a desperate race to save their child's life.

In this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, Annie Louise Twitchell weaves an enchanting tale of love, longing, and thread.

 
Another story written by a friend.  This one is closer to the original tale with Rumple being the villain instead of the hero as he is the other two stories I listed.

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So that wraps it up folks!  Happy National Fairytale Day!
But I do have one more thing.  For those of you interested in reading Cinderella and the Colonel for yourself, it is free on e-book for today only.  You can nab it HERE and trust me guys, you want to!
Have a good day and Happy Reading!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

My Beautiful Baby

  Who isn't so little anymore!  I realized this morning while washing the dishes, that I never told everyone on here that I got to keep Rosie!!!!!  I am a very happy dog mamma and she is a rascal, but a sweetheart.  And HUGE!!  3 months and 5 days old and it's like you can see her growing!!


She used to be able to curl up on one of my hands!!

Now the only place she can curl up is my lap, but she's getting too big for that even.


And it takes both hands to cradle her head.

And look at those paws!  They're huge!
Watching her imitate her mother can be rather amusing.

  And at various times in the last month, there were amusing formations in the clouds.

Here is a great big whale. 

AND....ZORRO WAS HERE!!!  I wonder who he was rescuing?



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Worth of a King: Cover Reveal

  Hey all, I am appearing once again, this time to bring you the cover reveal for Kendra E. Ardnek's Worth of a King.





This book will be released on August 27th, and I'm very much looking forward to reading it! 



Princess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born. Since there was no male heir, the crown went to the man who killed him, by Dialcian law. This never bothered her, growing up, and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband, she chooses Prince Delaney, the son of that man, with little hesitation. Only then does her life start crumbling around her.
Adrian expected to live a normal life, taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired. But, on his eighteenth birthday, when the princess’ engagement is announced, his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse, and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throne.
Delaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood. He wants nothing more than to protect Obsidia and his people, but as merely prince, he has little power against his father.
The ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and Queen is nearing its climax, and the three are already caught in it.

You can find the first chapter here:



And add the book on Goodreads here:





Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She's been or acting them 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 glorify God and His Word.
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And here a snippet from the book.

One evening when Adrian was, as usual, in the library hoping for a chance to meet with his sister, he heard giggling.
This wasn’t terribly unusual. The library was popular for stolen trysts between lovers. Yet Adrian was bored and the couple wasn’t being quiet, so he unconsciously wandered towards the giggling.
As he expected, he found a young couple just a few shelves down. They appeared to be about Adrian’s age, and both wore expensive clothing. He also wore a number of finely-crafted weapons, and she an array of jewelry that didn’t strictly go together. He was whispering in her ear, hands trailing through her long, frizzy, brown hair. Apparently, he was being very amusing for she was the one giggling.
Adrian was going to back away and leave them to it, but her head shot up and her amber eyes locked with his. All mirth instantly vanished, and her lover even removed his hands and backed away.
There was no guilt in either of them, however, as Adrian was accustomed to seeing in the couples that he had previously caught.

And here is a Pinterest Inspiration picture.

Showing her something that was always special to him as a child?
 So, yes, this scene happened. Ended up being a turning point in Adrian and Obsidia's relationship.

And now, I need to go eat breakfast.  See y'all later!