EXPLORE LERIA BLOG TOUR: U is for the Underground

I am so excited to be able host the letter ‘U’ in Gillian Bronte Adams Leria Blog Tour! I LOVE the Songkeeper Chronicles. If you haven’t read them GO READ THEM. They are so good and I can’t wait until the last book comes out. Stick around until the end of the post for a chance to win copies for yourself!

Thanks, Hope, for hosting me here and helping me celebrate the (almost) one year book birthday for Songkeeper! It is the second book in the Songkeeper Chronicles, which tells the story of a girl who can hear the song that created the world. If this is your first encounter with the blog tour, we are continuing a series of alphabet posts looking at the world and characters and magical creatures of the Songkeeper Chronicles (follow the tour at gillianbronteadams.com and find a list of all the stops at #exploreleira tour). And we have an awesome giveaway that you can enter below!

Today, we’re looking at the letter …

U is for Underground

U is for the Underground

Five years before Orphan’s Song began, the Khelari occupied the city of Kerby as a part of the Takhran’s mission to conquer the Nordlands. Not long after the Khelari arrived, people started disappearing. Taken by the dark soldiers. Those left behind assumed them dead. Far too often, only the children were left abandoned, forced to the streets to fend for themselves.

When the Khelari came for his father, Cade Peregrine fought his way through a burning building to get his sister Aliyah to safety through a secret passageway into the caverns where the outlaws (and his father) had once lived. There Cade planned his revenge on the dark soldiers.Map - Kerby & Westmark

Grieved over the suffering of his city, he gathered children off the streets and welcomed them into the cavern where like Hawkness and the outlaws of old they would make their home, band together into a cohesive unit, vow vengeance, and as their first act of defiance, survive.

They became the Underground.

A dim light appeared ahead, casting flickering figures dancing on the walls. The chatter of voices filled Ky’s ears and brought a smile to his face. Silence might be a good rule of thumb in the tunnels—so shallow and close to the city streets—but in the heart of the Underground, secreted far below the earth in caverns where brave men once fought, laughter and loud conversations reigned.

Here, they were free from fear.

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A host of thieves, pickpockets, and street rats, and not a beggar among them, for they must keep their pride. They spent their days apple-bobbing in the market, nicking bread from bakers, swiping wallets from the pockets of shoppers, and helping themselves to whatever various tools and accessories they could find. All “harvested” items were stored together and used for the good of all. Food and weapons distributed under Cade’s watchful eye, other valuable items bartered with select merchants for more useful goods. In the central cavern, the Underground runners lived and ate and slept and fought together around a large fire ring. A network of tunnels provided them with trapdoor entrances and exits throughout the city—perfect for making a quick getaway.Ky headshot

With Dizzier as his right hand man, Cade established the order of the Underground. The young were assigned older “brothers” and “sisters” who taught them the way of the streets. Those old and skilled enough became runners in their own right and eventually were assigned younger siblings. The oldest Cade made “raid leaders” and set them to carry off the more challenging tasks and rob the more difficult marks.

He gave them discipline. The rules of the Underground were learned by each new recruit until he or she could recite them by heart. The rules were the key to survival, and hence the key to everything else.

There were three simple rules in the Underground: be invisible, look out for yourself, and no going back. Ever. They all added up to the same thing: Keep up or get left behind.

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Survival, survival, survival. It was Cade’s mantra all through the first years of the Underground. Then nothing else mattered, because they had to survive before they could fight. What began as three kids—Cade, Dizzier, and Aliyah—soon swelled to ten, then twenty, and finally over forty at the time of Orphan’s Song.

Not an army, not yet. But an outlaw band that even Hawkness might be proud of. As a matter of training, Cade established the Ring. Because his father had been a swordsmith, he had been raised around weapons, so he formed a daily practice to train his runners and a system of challenges to keep them in line.

No one wanted to face Cade in the Ring.

In all this, Cade kept his true purpose hidden. None save Dizzier knew that he hoped to make of the Underground a fighting unit of warriors tempered by a life tuned to survival through the hard knocks of the streets, who might one day rise against the Khelari and drive them out of Kerby forever.

“That’s insane. We can’t fight the dark solders—there’s too many of them.”

“It is insane. For now.” Cade’s eyes glittered in the firelight. “Now it’s just a dream, but one day it will be a reality. Even now, every dagger we steal, every purse, every coin is a step toward breaking the soldiers’ hold on Kerby. And when we’re ready, we’ll fall upon them and drive them from the city. Then we’ll be free again.”

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And yet the Underground is more than the cavern, more than the army Cade thinks he has built. At its heart, the Underground is the boys and girls that gathered together to be the family that they all lost. That’s something that Ky Huntyr—one of the main characters in the Songkeeper Chronicles—understands, even as Cade struggles to comprehend.

“Now Cade says we shouldn’t even think about leaving, that this—the Underground—is our home.” With a sweep of his arm, he directed their gaze to the cavern with its walls of scored stone, floor worn smooth by the passage of their feet, and a roof that crouched to shelter them like the protective arms of the mothers they had lost. “But I say that this isn’t the Underground. We are the Underground. You … me … all of your brothers, sisters, friends. This cavern is nothing more than a hole in the ground. We make it something more. No matter where we are, so long as we survive and stick together, the Underground is not lost.”

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When you sweep away the grime and get down to the bare-knuckled bones of it, the Underground is a bit like Oliver Twist, Peter Pan’s Lost Boys, and Robin Hood’s Merry Men all rolled into one. *grins* Now how can you not love that?

Songkeeper

War ravages Leira and the Song has fallen silent.

Freed from the hold of a slave ship, Birdie, the young Songkeeper, and Ky, a street-wise thief, emerge to a world at war. Hordes of dark soldiers march across Leira, shadowed by whispers of plague and massacres, prompting Ky to return to his besieged home city in hopes of leading his fellow runners to safety.

Desperate to end the fighting, Birdie embarks on a dangerous mission into the heart of the Takhran’s fortress. Legend speaks of a mythical spring buried within and the Songkeeper who will one day unleash it to achieve victory. Everyone believes Birdie is the one, but the elusive nature of the Song and rumors of other gifted individuals lead her to doubt her role. Unleashing the spring could defeat the Takhran once and for all, but can she truly be the Songkeeper when the Song no longer answers her call?

Amazon: Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper

Barnes and Nobles: Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper

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GILLIAN BRONTE ADAMS is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author from the great state of Texas. During the day, she manages the equestrian program at a youth camp. But at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs, pulls out her trusty laptop, and transforms into a novelist. She is the author of Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper, and Out of Darkness Rising. Visit Gillian online at her blog, Twitter, or Facebook page.

 

And before you leave, don’t forget to enter the giveaway! One lucky winner will take home a copy of Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper, and a gorgeous handmade mug. Two lucky winners will take home copies of Songkeeper! Enter through the Rafflecopter below and be sure to visit www.gillianbronteadams.com to continue following the blog tour. You can earn new entries for each post that you visit along the way. Winners will be announced after April 15th.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!!!

Left to Die Blog Tour

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A good friend of mine, Ivy Rose, is publishing a new novella! I was privileged to help beta read it for her, and it is quite a sweet story. Check it out. Also, there is a giveaway at the end, so stick around. 🙂

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Lindy Greene’s life is perfect. Too perfect. But living as a missionary nurse, serving in a small hospital in China, soon brings the disaster she fearfully anticipates. All of her well-thought-out plans for the future disintegrate after pulling a fatally ill, disfigured, abandoned child from a pile of trash. She doesn’t even like babies.

Nathan Thomas can’t find balance. College suited him just fine until his cash ran out, forcing him to the Chinese mission field with his parents. The chaotic atmosphere in China does little to relax his agitated mind, and the pretty blonde nurse at the hospital does nothing to help him focus.

The Chinese mission field isn’t for the faint of heart. Nathan wonders how he can survive his remaining time there, while Lindy struggles to help everyone she can. With different ideals pulling them in separate directions, there is one thing drawing them together: a tiny, sickly, crippled orphan who relies on them to stay alive.

Find Left to Die on Goodreads and on Amazon

I was also able to interview Ivy Rose and so, without more ado, here it is:

What was the original picture or idea which prompted Left to Die?

The idea for Left to Die is actually a very old one that has been bouncing around in my head for longer than a decade (haha, I’m old enough to say that now. 😉 ). But in honesty, the main inspiration comes from my sister, who we adopted from China almost ten years ago. The orphan crisis has been heavy on my heart ever since, and hopefully, this book will raise awareness.

Does Left to Die tie into any of your other works?

It does not—at this time. I may write more China stories and connect them to Left to Die.

What are you working on right now?

At the moment, I’m learning to use the Snowflake Method of outlining. Writing-wise, I’m working on my Dystopian novel–which is top secret right now, but hopefully I will be able to share about it soon!!!

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About the Author:

About the Author:

 Ivy Rose is an 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, eating chocolate, traveling, reading, and doing TaeKwonDo. She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.

She can be found at various places on the internet:

Blog

Pinterest

Goodreads

Instagram

 

Follow the Tour

~Monday~

Becoming Lost – Review

Beyond the Amethyst – Review

Anika’s Avenue – Review

Once Upon an Ordinary – Interview

~Tuesday~

Whispers on the Wind – Interview

Read Another Page – Review

The Left-Handed Typist – Review

~Wednesday~

Counting Your Blessings – Review/Interview

Stories by Firefly – Review

Writing in the Light – Interview

~Thursday~

Reveries Reviews – Review

Marrok Macintyre – Interview

~Friday~

A Purpose and a Promise – Review

Having a Heart Like His – Review/Interview

Whimsical Writings – Review

~Saturday~

Rebekah’s Remarks – Interview

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Click here to enter the giveaway!

Interview with Nathan Philbrick

Remember the ebook giveaway I mentioned on Saturday? Well, today I am privileged to interview one of the authors, Nathan Philbrick. If you like writing humor at all, then head over to check out his blog because it is great.

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1.  What is your favorite genre to write and why?

I love writing fantasy, but I tend to lean more towards simple adventure more than grand wars and epic sagas. I can’t say exactly why. Fantasy’s just always been part of my life through reading and then writing.

 

2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

 

I started writing stories when I was ten or eleven, but I always wanted to be a film director, not a full-time writer. That changed right before I went to college. I went from a projected communications major to an English major, and that cemented my pursuit of writing as a career.

 

3. Are you working on any projects right now?

 

Absolutely! I just finished the 50K words for NaNoWriMo, so I’ll stay busy finishing that first draft in the following weeks. I’m also wrapping up preparations for the release of Where the Woods Grow Wild on December 10th.

 

4. What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 

Probably those moments when certain elements click into place in just the right way. Maybe it’s a character motivation I was struggling with or a plot point that wasn’t working out, but whatever the case, it’s immensely satisfying when the lightbulb goes on. Besides that, I love it when I finally get to write a scene that I’ve been anticipating for weeks or months (I’m one of those guys who has to write everything in order).

 

5. What is something (beyond the normal requirements, like patience and a computer) that every author ought to have?

 

Resilience. You’ve got to be able to bounce back from your mistakes. The first release of my first self-published novel was full of errors because I lacked experience (among other things). It was really hard not to let those mistakes shoot down my ambition, and I still look back on it with regret sometimes. Writing is something that never stops improving over time, so you’ve got to be able to learn from your mistakes and keep going.

 

6. Have any authors influenced your writing or passion for writing?

 

I wouldn’t say there’s one particular author that has directly influenced my writing, but there are a lot of authors that I admire and respect, of course. I think the writers that most influence my passion and excitement for writing are the fellow authors I interact with regularly on social media. It’s awesome to be able to share that passion and encourage each other in our projects.

 

7. You were born in America, but you live in Spain. Does living in another country influence your writing at all?

 

Yes. It influences pretty much everything about me. I’ve lived in Spain for over nineteen years, and I firmly believe living in a non-American culture has expanded my understanding of cultures and world perspectives. I think like a European more often than not, and I’m sure that works its way into my writing, albeit subtly.

 

8. You are getting ready to launch Where the Wood Grow Wild. Could you tell us a little bit about it?

 

I’d love to! Where the Woods Grow Wild is an adventure-driven fantasy novel about two young-adult protagonists, Martin Colter and Elodie Tuck, that wind up separated and lost in a forest that no one has ever been in before. I don’t want to give away too much, but as they attempt to find each other (and their way out), they discover a lot of strange and dangerous things in the woods.

 

I started writing WTWGW just over a year ago, and I’m stoked to see it come to life in just a few short days. Unlike past works of mine, WTWGW is definitely on the lighthearted side of the spectrum (most of the time), and I probably infused it with a bit too much caffeine-induced snark. Oops.

 

 

Find Nathen Philbrick on his blog, You Write Fiction, and on Twitter.

Last of all, if you missed it Saturday, here is the link to the ebook giveaway!

Click here to enter! 

December Book Giveaway!

The only thing better than a book is a free book. Or, in this case, a free ebook.

Looking for something new to read? Have a tbr pile which reaches the ceiling but want another book to add to it? Whatever your situation, I’m excited to be able to tell you that I and some author friends of mine are giving away seven free eBooks this Christmas, and you have a chance of winning one of them. Obviously. Or there’d be no point to this post.

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If you want to win one of these lovely thingies, choose one of the entry options and follow the instructions to gain a point. (Hint: you can enter with as many options as you like to increase your chances of winning.) The giveaway started December 2nd and ends on the 20th, so you’ll have plenty of time to enter. We’ll pick eight winners at random and contact them before Christmas so you can have your ebook delivered whenever you like.

List of Authors and Books

So let’s get to it. Click on the book to read about it on Amazon, and click on the author to see their awesome bookish blogs.

Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek

Be Thou My Vision by Faith Blum.

Becoming Nikki by Ashley Elliott

Alen’s War by Hannah A. Krynicki

Where the Woods Grow Wild by Nate Philbrick

Song of the Sword by Hope Ann

Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero

The Wings of Antheon (pre-order) by Ellyanna J. Wenceslao

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Last of all, the giveaway!

Click here to enter!

Also, a bit of a teaser, I’ll be having a special interview post with one of these authors next week, so keep your eyes open for that! Until then, check out the cool blogs I’ve linked and enter as many of the ebook giveaways as you’d like!

Lady Dragon, Tela Du Blog Tour

So, today, I am part of the blog tour by Kendra E. Ardnek’s newest book Lady Dragon, Tela Du! Not only did I get to interview Kendra, I also have a snippet from the book and a free gift for you all!

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Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

 

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Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.

Blog: knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com

Official Website: kendraeardnek.weebly.com

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Add Lady Dragon, Tela Du to GoodreadsAdd Lady Dragon, Tela Du to Goodreads

Buy the Book:

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JFUF3XE

Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/6354914

Interview Time!

Welcome to Writing in the Light, Kendra! I know this is a common question, but could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became a writer?

Hi! Thanks for having me. I’m a 21-year-old ENFP author with an imagination too wild for my own good. And I happen to blame my current release for my decision to become a writer. While I had dabbled around with several stories before that point, I was never really serious until some friends and I decided to make a “better” Narnia movie. As the oldest among us and the most adamant about the plot, I took up the task of writing the play. The thing became my baby as I wrote it over and over, each draft getting further and further away from the Narnia plot until at length I realized that it would be better off as a book. By this point, the written word had completely consumed me and there was no turning back.

What are your future writing plans?

I plan to participate in NaNo this year, writing ROCKS, a superhero boarding school dystopia, and I’m working on a companion novel to the Rizkaland Legends called “Worth of a King.” Beyond that, I intend to focus on Fairy Tale releases next year, most notably “Poison Kiss,” a retelling of Sleeping Beauty where the jilted fairy decided to change things up and declared that true love’s kiss would bring the curse of death rather than the spinning wheel. I’m currently in the middle of the first draft of the third Rizkaland Legend, which I hope to release sometime in 2018. Beyond that, I have very few definites.

What is your favorite part of writing?

Plotting and editing. Plotting because I don’t have to write anything down – just explore the limits of possibilities and get to know the characters. Editing because the book is already written and I only have to make it better.

Moving on to your newest book, Lady Dragon, Tela Du, can you tell us where you got the name ‘Tela Du’?

I decided I needed a name for Amber’s look-alike enemy, played around with syllables for a few minutes, and that’s what came of it. There is possibly a German influence, because I tried to learn German for a while … but it was indirect.

Did any characters in LDTD surprise you with the direction they took?

Well, in the very first draft, Ashna surprised me by existing. The girl just ran out of nowhere and was suddenly incredibly vital to the plot and I hadn’t even planned her.

Uh, in this draft though? Reuben actually surprised me by how eager he was to go to Rizkaland. I hadn’t really done much development for his character up to this point, so I had no idea that he was the kid who sat in the closet hoping to find Narnia – or that he still retained such delusions.

Also, I learned a few new things about the scope of Laura’s powers. For instance, I learned that she has what she calls her “Voice” which is the ability to say a single word at a certain frequency so that it shakes the fabric of reality and subtly influences people to do as she bids. It’s not something she does very often, as she runs the risk of damaging reality, but she can do it.

Quite a few writers put colors to their books. I think it’s safe to say that red and purple are dominate colors in LDTD, but are there any other colors you visualize as being mixed in?

Yeah, it’s safe to say that red and purple are pretty important. I tend to think in colors, not necessarily pictures, so colors do end up pretty important in my writing. The main color that I visualize when I think of LDTD is gold, though, hence why it’s on the cover.

 

A friend recently started a tag where one described their book as a room. What type of room would you describe LDTD as?

And another friend tagged me with that. I need to get around to doing it. Anywho.

LDTD is a grand, very austere room with golden walls, floor, and ceiling, and not somewhere you go to relax. There is no furniture beyond a collection of shelves, on which sit various magical trinkets. Weapons are scattered over the floor. In the very center stand the statues of two girls, one purple, one red.

 

Moving to writing in general, how have you, as a Christian, incorporated Christian themes into your own stories?

I incorporate them as they come up and make an issue of themselves. I deal a lot with themes of forgiveness, love, and sacrifice, though a running theme of choices, consequences, and God’s sovereign plan cropped in LDTD that I hadn’t planned.

 

Finally, do you have any tips for writers who are thinking of publishing on their own?

  1. Learn to take criticism – and seek critique partners who will give you honest, thorough feedback.
  2. Build your readerbase now. Whether you go independent or traditional, having an existing audience when you publish is vital.

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Check out this snippet I got a hold of:

“Reuben, we are not going to follow a random stranger to his house!” Petra protested, realizing that Reuben was about to do just that.

“Petra, it’ll be fine,” said Reuben, confirming Petra’s fear. “We need answers about what we’re supposed to do here in this world, and we might as well receive them at a house rather than standing here in nature. Besides, in books…”

“You do realize how often in books, the first person the hero meets is an agent for the enemy? Seriously, Reuben, show some discretion. We don’t even know this guy’s name, and you’re already agreeing to visit his house.”

It was true that the guy had read a few too many fantasy novels growing up, and had never quite given up his hope of traveling to another world someday, but this was ridiculous even for him.

“My name is Noraeto if that makes you feel any better, ma’am,” the guy spoke up. “I suppose you don’t have any reason to trust me. You’ll have to take me at my word, but I think you ought to know that you look just like our queen, and if she finds out about you, she is going to want to kill you. I don’t think you want word of your presence here to get back to her.”

“Okay, cool. Guess that means I’ll go back home. I didn’t really want to come here in the first place.” She turned and started to walk away, but was forced to stop short when Reuben grabbed her braid. She gave a huff and turned back around. “Reuben, I’ve warned you about that.”

“Sorry, it’s convenient, and gets your attention.” Reuben gave a half-shrug and turned back to Noraeto. “Why would your queen want to kill Petra just because she looks like her? Does it have anything to do with a prophecy?”

“You and your prophecies,” muttered Petra, rolling her eyes skyward.

 

And no, I didn’t forget; the free gift. Because…Water Princess, Fire Prince is currently free! But the promotion expires tonight, so grab it today!

Song of the Sword Wrap-Up

Greetings, my fellow Pilgrims!

Firstly, thank you so much to all of you who took part in my Song of the Sword blog tour and launch, whether by posting on your own blogs, or commenting, or buying Song of the Sword, or reviewing it…

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You’ve seen the cover of Song of the Sword enough the past week…how about a fresh picture? 🙂

Now the blog tour ended yesterday so here’s a summery of all the posts which were part of it:

Jennifer Kibble’s review of Song of the Sword and interview with me here

Faith Blum’s spotlight on Andrinian here

Keturah’s interview and review here

Heidi Burke’s unique interview with me as well as a pre-launch sneak peek of Song of the Sword here

Rebecca Morgan’s interview of me and spotlight on Punzel here

Claire Banschbach’s sneak peek of Song of the Sword here

Jaye L. Knight’s sneak peek and spotlight on Evrard here

Ivy Rose’s review of Song of the Sword and interview with me here

Kendra E. Ardnek’s interview and review of Song of the Sword here

Bethany Smith’s review of Song of the Sword and spotlight on Roinette here

Olivia’s sneak peek of Song of the Sword here

Anna Bria’s review of Song of the Sword and interview here

Also, even though the blog tour is finished, the giveaway runs until the end of the week. Click on the pictures below to enter if you haven’t already!

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I’ll probably choose a winner Sunday or Monday. However, I will be in Iowa this weekend until Tuesday (it will be a nice vacation after the launch) so it’s possible that I might not have time to announce the winner until Wednesday. 🙂

Until then, have a great week!

Song of the Sword is HERE!!!

Today is the day, everyone!

*squeals*

Song of the Sword is live on Amazon! If you have a nook, you can buy it in epub format on Smashwords.

Not only that, but it is on sale for $0.99 for three days only before going back up to $2.99!

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Anyhow, I’m excited. Or perhaps that’s too mild of a word. Thrilled. Exhilarated. Terrified. Wait, what? Never mind.

If you want to buy a copy of Song of the Sword, grab it at Amazon now while you can pay less than if you were grabbing yourself a snack or a pop.

Also, don’t forget the giveaways still going until next week!

USA Song of the Sword Giveaway

International Song of the Sword Giveaway

Also, make sure to check out the rest of the upcoming blog tour!

August 5

Jaye L. Knight – Spotlight and sneak peek on Evrard

August 6

Ivy Rose – Review and interview

Kendra E. Ardnek – Review and interview

August 7

Bethany Smith – Review and spotlight on Roinette

August 8

Anna S. Brie – Review and interview

Olivia – Sneak peek

Amanda Tero – Review

And now, excuse me while I try to decide if I should go huddle in a corner or eat some ice cream.

Cover Reveal: Lady Dragon, Tela Du

So, last year I was able to beta read Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though I somehow missed the memo for beta reading Lady Dragon, Tela Du, meaning I’ll have to wait for publication before I can read it.

*sighs*

But hey, at least I get to share the cover with you today! And a free gift…so make sure you scroll to the end. *smirks*

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Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

Add to Goodreads:

Preorder on Amazon:

And now, as promised, the cover of Lady Dragon, Tela Du!!!

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Cover Design Credit: Benjamin Ingalls

I also got hold of a fun snippet of the book:

When the men were gone, Mum turned to the girls. “So, hiking in the woods, wasn’t it?”

“Yep, shortly,” Petra agreed. “We have to clean up after breakfast first, but that shouldn’t take long at all.”

“You sure you don’t want me to clean up for you two, so you can go ahead and hit the trail?”

“No,” said Petra, picking up the platter of pancakes and handing them to Ashley. “I used the glass dishes this morning, and I would rather not see them broken, or you badly cut. Go get started on the paperwork. I promise you that I won’t kill Ashley while you aren’t looking. She’s too valuable a dishwasher.”

Mum gave something akin to a smile and shook her head. “I guess I’ll have to take you at your word.”

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Even great, powerful sorceresses capable of turning themselves into Dragons. I had such fun pulling her to her knees.

I also was able to interview Kendra!

Which of your books was your favorite one to write? 

Thus far? The Ankulen, actually. It was a relatively stress-free book compared to some of the others, and was by far my most pansted.

Do you ever plan to write something other than fantasy?

I’ve attempted sci-fi a few times (although, granted, the sci-fi universe is actually part of the Rizkan Multiverse), and I’m the middle of writing a superhero boarding school dystopia. And I have a few ideas for some Biblical Historical Fiction and a western rolling around in the back of my head.

Are there any songs which inspired LDTD?

I’m not sure there are any songs that have specifically influenced this book, and I’m not really a music person to begin with, but I do have a Spotify playlist for the series. Some songs that are specific to LDTD include “Just Fall” by Anthem Lights, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” by Celtic Thunder, “If You Fall” by JJ Heller, and “My Past is Not Today” which is a My Little Pony song.

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Author Bio:
Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.

You can find out more about her on her Blog or her Official Website
 

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Song of the Sword Blog Tour Continued

We’re three days into the blog tour, with only two more days until Song of the Sword is released!

Song of the Sword Blog Tour

If you haven’t already, you can check out:

Jennifer Kibble’s review of Song of the Sword and interview with me here

Faith Blum’s spotlight on Andrinian here

Keturah’s interview and review here

Heidi Burke’s unique interview with me as well as a pre-launch sneak peek of Song of the Sword here

Don’t forget to enter one of my giveaways if you haven’t already!

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USA Giveaway

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International Giveaway

And remember to check out the rest of the blog tour as it continues through the week

August 4

Rebecca Morgan – Interview and spotlight on Punzel

Claire Banschbach – Sneak peek

August 5

Jaye L. Knight – Sneak peek and spotlight on Evrard

August 6

Ivy Rose – Review and interview

Kendra E. Ardnek – Review and interview

August 7

Bethany Smith – Review and spotlight on Roinette

August 8

Anna S. Brie – Review and interview

Olivia – Sneak peek

Amanda Tero – Review

Song of the Sword Blog Tour

It’s finally here! The Song of the Sword Blog Tour! I am very excited about this (and hope you are too). And I’m running my first giveaway, so be sure to read to the end!

Song of the Sword Blog Tour

And now *bows* welcome officially to the launch of Song of the Sword, the second novella in the Legends of Light series! Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flows chronologically though the series, each novella is a stand-alone retelling of a favorite fairy tale. Each story in this nine novella series focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while also retelling popular fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.

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A glittering sword.

An ancient oath.

A blackened rose.

And a melody which ties it all together.

Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are caught in 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. Even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. 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?

Available on Kindle, iTunes, and Smashwords

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And now, here’s what we have to look forward to this coming week!

August 2

Jennifer Kibble – Review and interview

Faith Blum – Spotlight on Andrinian

August 3

Keturah – Review and interview

Heidi Burke – Interview and sneak peek

August 4

Rebecca Morgan – Interview and spotlight on Punzel

Claire Banschbach – Sneak peek

August 5

Jaye L. Knight – Sneak peek and spotlight on Evrard

August 6

Ivy Rose – Review and interview

Kendra E. Ardnek – Review and interview

August 7

Bethany Smith – Review and spotlight on Roinette

August 8

Anna S. Brie – Review and interview

Olivia – Sneak peek

Amanda Tero – Review

Giveaways

And now for the promised giveaway!

I’m giving away a beautiful, one-of-a-kind mug with the Legends of Light logo emblazoned on its side, along with a Song of the Sword bookmark. Due to shipping costs, at this time the mug giveaway is limited to the USA. However, I do have a second giveaway of a $10 Amazon gift card, along with another Song of the Sword bookmark, for international readers! Please only enter one giveaway.

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USA Song of the Sword Giveaway

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International Song of the Sword Giveaway

Have a wonderful day, everyone! And keep an eye out for the upcoming blog tour posts!