Sunshine Tag and Twitter

I was tagged by my friend, Lydia, for this Sunshine Tag. Apparently I’m supposed to write seven things about myself. And since there’s no guidelines about what to write, be prepared for a random assortment of facts. 😉
1. Twitter! This week I branched out to Twitter. The main idea is to use it for marketing, but I’m also finding it quite fun just to have. You can see or follow me at Authoressofhope.
2. I like lighthouses, mountains, big waves, and waterfalls.
3. Some of my favorite TV shows include BBC Sherlock, Doctor Who, Master Chef Junior, Grimm, Unit, Once Upon A Time, and Falling Skies. All right, I just listed most of the TV shows I’ve seen. But I do like them.
4. My favorite meals include tortillas, pizza, and hamburgers. For dessert, I love cheese cake and chocolate ice cream.
5. I like potatoes in almost any manner: French fries, baked potatoes, spicy potatoes bites or wedges, mashed potatoes. And don’t forget salt. A potato isn’t anything without salt.
6. My favorite genre to read is fantasy, followed by futuristic fiction. I don’t particularly care for Westerns, contemporary romance, or historical fiction (though, in all fairness, I have read some very good historical fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed).
7. I am currently sewing up a blanket made of 56 knit squares. The squares are red, white, and blue, and each square stands for a different state of the USA.
8. And an extra fact, just for a bonus. Did I ever mention that I like to write?
There you have it: eight random facts about myself that no one probably cares anything about. ; )
And since I think I’m supposed to tag someone, I’m tagging my sister at Joy’s Country Kitchen. If anyone else would like to take part in this tag, feel free to count yourself tagged as well.

Undercover Prince

I’ve been writing short scenes for various pictures writing prompts, both on my forum and on a writing group in Ravelry. I liked some of them so much that I’ve decided to start sharing them here on my blog. So, without more ado, here is my first one.

From Pinterest

I could see them coming. With brilliant lightning searing the night sky, the only hindrance to our sight was the cold pelleting rain which dashed against our eyes and dripped from our blades.

Already the disorganized tramp of thousands of feet echoed off the cliff walls rising to either side of my two comrades and me.
“How do we need to kill before they’ll run?” The ranger to my left lifted his axe, his eyes gleaming as water streamed from his beard.
“More than you’ll be able to handle on your own,” the officer to my right chuckled grimly as he shifted his sword. “But we’ll be able to hold them off long enough, eh, Adrian?” He slapped me on the back. “What do you say to a wager? I’ll lay down a dozen crescents we’ll last fifteen minutes.
“It’s not enough.”
“Twenty crescents then.”
I shake my head. “There are woman and children behind us. They’ll not reach the fortress for several hours yet…” I glanced over our position on top of a landslide as thunder rolled.
“Some ray of light you are.”
I smiled grimly and my eyes fastened on the silver and black banner of the onrushing Shangarian horde. “There is one way…” I closed my eyes, my hand closing about the horn hanging concealed at my side. I’d not planned to reveal myself yet; a few weeks more…but there was no time.
With a swift motion I lifted the horn to my lips and blew a long shuddering blast though the night.
The oncoming soldiers wavered and my comrades stared at me as I threw back my hood, slowly advancing towards the Shangarians.
“Halt.” My voice echoed through the storm. “Halt, at the orders of your Prince.” I stopped before the foremost Shangarians, meeting each of their eyes as they stared at me. Recognition slowly seeped through the darkness and slowly, but without hesitation, the foremost soldiers knelt as a low murmur ran though the army.
A murmur which rose to a cheer and battled the storm.
“Prince Adrian has returned!”

Caption Challenge – January 2016 #4

Time for the next Caption Challenge! But first to announce the winner of last week’s challenge, which was this prompt:

The winner is Bethany with the caption ““Um, let’s just say that we’d both be in major trouble if I said no.”
And now for this week’s contest:
Comment below with a one line caption for the prompt; you can post up to three entries. On Saturday I’ll pick a winning caption and I’ll post it next Monday along with the name of the winner and the next caption challenge. 🙂


Progressing Publishing

Despite getting sick this week, I have managed to go through Rose of Prophecy again, polishing and picking out bits that need more work. Next week I’ll repeat the process.
I’ve been learning a bunch about publishing on Kindle, though nothing compares to actually doing it. Anyway I have a feeling it will be the first week of February before the novella is published.

And, just because I found this, think it’s adorable, and am determined to add it into my next story if at all possible…here’s a picture of a winged kitten. : )

 

Caption Challenge – January 2016 #3

Time for the next Caption Challenge! But first to announce the winner of last week’s challenge, which was this prompt:

The winner is Olivia K. R. Fisher with the caption “But some day, he will remember. Yes. Some day, he will remember, and he will regret the day I was ever born.” A close follow up (which interestingly gives the almost completely opposite idea of the picture) is Sophia White: ‘No, daughter, the King never forgets the names of His children.’ 
And now for this week’s contest:
Comment below with a one line caption for the prompt; you can post up to three entries. On Saturday I’ll pick a winning caption and I’ll post it next Monday along with the name of the winner and the next caption challenge. 🙂


Rose of Prophecy Blurb

This past week I’ve been working on Rose of Prophecy; corrections, formatting, front material, back material…and my blurb to describe the novella once it’s on kindle. I can use 4000 characters, including HTML code for formatting.

Below, I’ve include a preview of my blurb. I’d love your input and thoughts. What do you think about the format? About the blurb itself? Should there be more or less. For those of who who have read Rose of Prophecy, do you have any other suggestions about alternate phrases? Don’t worry about being harsh; I’ll not be offended. 🙂

Credit to Olivia White, Windy Knoll Photography

She is afraid. Not because she is alone. Not because thick roiling clouds obscure the moon. Not because the wind rushes through the forest like a wild dragon. She is afraid because she is late. And to be late means death.

Her life had been happy once. 

Despite the destruction wreaked by Tauscher, traitor to the King. Despite the distant war led by the Prince and fought with the help of her three brothers. Despite her own poorly-chosen nickname of Beauty, she’d enjoyed life. 

Of course, that was also before her father left home on a hopeful errand but returned weary and ill, bearing a velvety scarlet rose which he claimed would never wither. But even life in the ancient hall, tucked away in the center of Mosswood, surrounded by roses of every description, overshadowed with mystery and home to a scarred figure who is more beast than man, wasn’t too bad after a time. 

But now…now, in a flash of light, Beauty finally glimpses the truth. And the cost. The price which must be paid, or the sacrifice which must be made.
It is a curse which even love alone may not be able to break.

Writing in the Light Publishing proudly presents the first of nine novellas in 

The Legends of Light series! 

Rose of Prophecy, 
a fantasy seeped retelling of Beauty and the Beast 
containing an ancient promise, an invisible spy, and the legendary Stieg der
is more than a mere retelling of a favorite fairy tale.
Each novella focuses on one of the 
nine Fruits of the Spirit
while also following the conflict between the Prince and Tauscher 
and expertly retelling and twisting some popular, as well as several lesser known, fairy tales.

Hope Schmidt is a Christian authoress who loves reading and writing fantasy, retelling fairy tales, and futuristic fiction. She has been writing for over five years and is currently working on several fantasy books as well as a futuristic trilogy. 

Some of her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Serena Chase, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain. 

Caption Challenge – January 2016 #2

Time for the next Caption Challenge! But first to announce the winner of last week’s challenge, which was this prompt:

And the winner is Fereleth, Carrier of Light, with the caption ‘‘But I guess that’s a little arbitrary when you don’t even know who you really are— you’d be surprised what secrets the darkness can keep.’
And now for this week’s contest:
Comment below with a one line caption for the prompt; you can post up to three entries. On Saturday I’ll pick a winning caption and I’ll post it next Monday along with the name of the winner and the next caption challenge. 🙂