Shadows of the Hersweald Blog Tour: Day 1

Shadows of the Hersweald Blog Tour: Day 1

And so it begins… 😀

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Welcome to the Shadows of the Hersweald blog tour! I already posted about it Friday… which was an accident because that post was supposed to come out today but it works out this way too.

Tomorrow is the big day when Shadows of the Hersweald finally launches! *grins* And today, I’m sharing the trailer I put together for this Hansel and Gretel retelling!

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Make sure to check back the rest of this week for special posts about Shadows of the Hersweald. Here is a schedule of what you can expect.

Monday, March 27

Brie Donning – Review, sneak peak

Erudessa Aranduriel – Interview, quotes

Tuesday, March 28

Catherine Regitz – Book review

Raechel – Quotes

S. F. – Review, interview, quotes

Wednesday, March 29

Audrey Caylin – sneak peek

Ivy Rose – Quotes

Thursday, March 30

Marrok Macintyre – Interview

Rebekah – sneak peek

Friday, March 31

Elle – Review, interview

Hannah Whatley – Review, interview, quotes

Saturday, April 1

Sarah – Review, interview, sneak peek

Wysteria Campion – Review, interview, quotes

Rebeca Morgan – Interview, quotes

Shadows of the Hersweald Fan Art

Shadows of the Hersweald fan art by my friend, Tasha

Shadows of the Hersweald Blog Tour

Shadows of the Hersweald Blog Tour

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Welcome to the launch of Shadows of the Hersweald, the third novella in the Legends of Light series! If you enjoy Christian fantasy and fairy tale retellings, you’ll want to check out this Hansel and Gretel novella.

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They would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Harsweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Tregaron in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.

A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.

A pardon Haydn detests.

A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.

Guilt-ridden from his own actions during the war, Haydn knows there are others who have no conscience at all. Others who are using the freedom of the pardon to forward their own desperate schemes.

With enemies closing in on all sides, a pardon that refuses punishment, and nightmares of murder and fire haunting his every thought, will Haydn recognize the truth or will his fear condemn everything he loves to destruction?

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Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flow chronologically through the series, each novella in the Legends of Light series is a stand-alone story. Each novella focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while twisting fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.

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Keep an eye open, because I’ll be posting links to others taking part in the blog tour, where you can find quotes, sneak peeks, and interviews!

Shadows of the Hersweald: Table of Contents Reveal and a Gift!

Shadows of the Hersweald: Table of Contents Reveal and a Gift

Two weeks ago I asked you all to vote on what sort of Shadow of the Hersweald post you would like to see. Pinterest pictures of all the characters won by a wide margin last week. A reveal of the Table of Contents came in second, so guess what I have today. 🙂 Oh, and make sure you stick to the end because I have a treat for you all!

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Collage made from Pinterest pictures

Without more ado, here is the Table of Contents.

Chapter 1: The Prince’s Governor

Chapter 2: Unwanted Pardon

Chapter 3: Like Old Times

Chapter 4: Shadows and Flames

Chapter 5: Rebels

Chapter 6: The Firecarn

Chapter 7: Whispers of the Hersweald

Chapter 8: Traveon

Chapter 9: The Stormestone

Chapter 10: Unmasked

Next week the blog tour starts, so I wanted to add in the item that came in third place… as much because I love it as for any other reason. This is Haydn’s song. I like finding songs to match my characters. Haydn was very difficult. I’d given up before I found it by accident. They lyrics aren’t perfectly him, but the spirit of the song very much is his own struggle.

And now for the treat I promised… A free short story that prequels Shadows of the Hersweald!

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If you are signed up to my newsletter, you’ll have gotten a copy of this free story on Wednesday. If not, you can claim your free story by clicking HERE or clicking the picture above. 😀

Oh, and one final bit of unrelated info… Song of the Sword is ON SALE for $0.99 for all of this next week in celebration both of the upcoming Indy e-Con (which you can check out HERE) and because Shadows of the Hersweald is coming out. So if you want to check it out, but haven’t had the money to do so, now is your chance. You can go pick it up HERE!

Rose of the Night & Rose of the Oath

As many of you know, I’ve written a second Beauty and the Beast retelling to replace Rose of Prophecy. Because of some tight scheduling, I’m actually sending out my new novella to beta readers before Shadows of the Hersweald is launched. *sighs* It’s not ideal, but if I didn’t, anyone who wanted to read the novella and/or it’s prequel would only have around three weeks. So, without more ado, here are a few quick blurbs.

Rose of the Night (a Beauty and the Beast prequel novelette)

Behind every beast, there is a curse.

Behind every curse, there is a promise.

Behind every promise, there is a sacrifice.

Two hundred years before Beauty was born, blood and tears wove a legend of hope and sorrow. A timeless tale of a forbidden rose and the smooth voice of a masked stranger. A story of rebellion and despair and love. A story of a promise given and of a hope received.

Rose of the Oath (a Beauty and the Beast novella)

War clouds the horizon, and wolves howl into the night. With rebels on the move, Elissa is desperate for her brother’s return. When she receives a mysterious message concerning his capture, she knows she must save him.

There is no one else who can.

But the rose that granted her warning now holds her captive in safety. According to her mysterious scarred host, even that safety is tentative at best as wolves and dark figures stalk the night.

Outside the valley, war threatens those she loves most. Her host might hold to ancient promises of the Prince’s return, but Elissa knows the blood-drenched truth. She is on her own. And she is willing to do almost anything to keep her family safe.

Like last time, I’m not actually posting a sign-up form on my blog. I do, however, have a small email list of anyone who is interested in getting notifications about beta reading. I’ll be sending out the official form for Rose of the Oath later this week, so if you want to sign up for beta reading alerts you can do so HERE.

Shadows of the Hersweald: Character Pictures

Last week I asked you all to vote on what sort of Shadow of the Hersweald post you would like to see. Pinterest pictures of all the characters won by a wide margin, so here we go! Some pictures are closer to the character than others, but they were the best I could fine.

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Clothes aren’t right, but this Haydn, my main character

Gorawen

This is very much Gorawen, Haydn’s cousin/half-sister

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Traveon, a friend of Haydn and son of the province governor

Mathias

Mathias, the province governor

Artaith

Artaith, Haydn’s mother

 

Eurof

Eurof, Haydn’s stepfather

 

 

Kynlas

Kynlas

 

I do not own any of these pictures; they are all found on Pinterest.

Well, what do you think? If you’ve already read Shadows of the Hersweald as a beta reader, do the pictures look like you imagined the characters or not?

 

 

Shadows of the Hersweald and A Poll

Shadows of the Hersweald, Shadows of the Hersweald… I know, I know. That’s all it seems I’ve been talking about recently. Well, that’s not quite true. Just… half true. But hey, the launch is in less than four weeks. Wait, what? *stares at calendar* I thought I had… Never mind. But can we just have a moment of silence for the fact that it is March ALREADY???

*draws deep breath*

Moving on now…

I’ve been talking about the novella for awhile now, but today it is your turn! I’m going have two special posts about Shadows of the Hersweald for the next two weeks and you get to pick what I will post. Would you like Shadows of the Hersweald themed wallpaper for your electronic devices? Do you want a sneak peek of the trouble I had coming up with this novella (I may or may not have written the whole thing with a different main character at one point…). Or how about a list of chapter titles or the main character’s song (yes, I’m weird like that. I like picking songs to go with my characters.)

Anyhow, vote below on what you would like by ranking each item with one being your favorite idea and five being your least favorite idea. Only use each number once.

Have any other ideas? Comment below and I might add them in as extras!

Updates: Shadows of the Hersweald Launch Team

So, I announced that I was building a Launch Team for Shadows of the Hersweald last week. You can find out details about the novella in that post (oooh, look, I even have a link *smirks*). Today I have what I didn’t have then. Details. Always a nice thing to know – for you, I suppose, but also for me.

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I’ll contact everyone in my launch team during the first full week of March. I will be setting up a closed Facebook group too, and will contact you all either through there or through email (depending on how many people are actually on Facebook.)

For those of you who signed up for review copies of Shadows of the Hersweald, I’ll send out ebook copies of the novella that first week as well.

The next week I’ll have one or two tasks involving a short story I wrote that happens before Shadows of the Hersweald and that will be free to everyone who signs up to my newsletter. I’ll also send out blog tour stuff for everyone has signed up for that.

The last week before the launch will involve sharing about the book as well as a countdown. Then, of course, there will be the first week of the launch itself where anyone interested (be they part of the launch team or not) can share about Shadows of the Hersweald, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

To be clear, however, you can pick and choose what you would like to do. You aren’t obligated to do everything. Now, there will be a point system. Everyone who reaches 50 points will receive several bookmarks in the mail. Or a Shadows of the Hersweald bookmark and maybe a magnet or…never mind me. I just got an idea this morning and I need to look into seeing how it will work. Moving on, the person who gets the most points will receive a dagger and a leatherbound journal (there is a vague possibility this last prize will change, but I doubt it). I also have a second dagger. I’ll draw lots to see who gets that one. And… I don’t have pictures yet. But they are pretty cool. 😉

One final note… those who want to help but don’t have a blog and aren’t on social media. There are a few things you can do if you really want to help.

  • Sign up to read and review the novella on Amazon
  • Tell friends and penpals about the novella, along with information on where to get it (just mentioning my site, or that it can be found on Amazon)
  • Send Shadows of the Hersweald bookmarks to penpals; only ones who you think would be interested, of course. 😉

If you can do this, feel free to signup for the for the Launch Team.

And… that is pretty much it. *grins* You can sign up HERE if you are interested, and I will be seeing you all next week!

Oh, one last thing. What are your thoughts on a Facebook party? I’ve seen writers doing them, and I’ve taken part in some, but have never tried to host one myself. Is it something you would be interested in? Let me know in the comments below!

Shadows of Hersweald Cover Reveal

Shadows of the Hersweald Cover Reveal

Yes, it is time! Already!

*squeals*

Shadows of the Hersweald is the third novella in my Legends of Light series and retells the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. And I am very excited to be sharing the cover with you today.

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A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows the only end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor is chains, followed by punishment and possible execution. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.

A pardon Haydn detests.

A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.

Guilt-ridden from his own actions during the war, Haydn knows there are others who have no conscience at all. Others who are using the freedom of the pardon to forward their own desperate schemes.

With enemies closing in on all sides, a pardon that refuses punishment for the rebellion, and nightmares of murder and fire hovering in the back of Haydn’s every thought, can he save the only ones left he cares about before it is too late?

Find out in Shadows of the Hersweald!

And…I suppose I should actually show you the cover now. So, without more ado, here it is!

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This gorgeous cover, by the way, was created by a good friend of mine who just started a blog and who you can find here.

Oh, and one more thing. There is something else I’ve been looking forward to sharing. The book trailer for Shadows of the Hersweald. It is the first book trailer I have made and I had fun with it.

Well, what do you all think, of both the cover and the trailer? Looking forward to the end of March yet? 🙂

Shadows of the Hersweald: Cover Reveal Signups!

Shadows of the Hersweald: Cover Reveal Signups!

Shadows of the Hersweald comes out in less than three months, guys! That seems like a lot of time. It also seems like a very short time.

Today I have two cool things for you all. Firstly, here is my January Vlog. But instead of being a normal vlog, it is focused on Shadows of the Hersweald, name pronunciation…and there is a cool treat at the end. *grins*

The second item is a chance to see the cover for Shadows of the Hersweald a week early by signing up to host a cover reveal post on your blog! And the cover is very cool, let me tell you. Signups to take part in the cover reveal end next week, January 13th. I’ll send you all the cover, graphics, and base cover reveal post on the 20th, and the cover reveal itself will run from the 27-31st. So, whether you decide to sign up for that or not, it is something to look forward too.

Shadows of the Hersweald

You’ve all heard of it, on and off, but now it’s time for the official unveiling of my third Legends of Light novella, Shadows of the Hersweald, a retelling of Hansel and Gretel. Though it originally gave me much grief, the story has progressed into one of my favorites. Which might mean something except that, so far, the each Legend of Light novella is a favorite as I write it.

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They would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Harsweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Tregaron in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.

A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.

A pardon Haydn detests.

A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.

Guilt-ridden from his own actions during the war, Haydn knows there are others who have no conscience at all. Others who are using the freedom of the pardon to forward their own desperate schemes.

With enemies closing in on all sides, a pardon that refuses punishment for the rebellion, and nightmares of murder and fire hovering in the back of Haydn’s every thought, can he save the only ones left he cares about before it is too late?

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And yes, I am aware that I spelled it Harsweald in the above quotes and am now spelling it Hersweald. It’s called progress. *smirks*

Shadows of the Hersweald is currently scheduled for publication late March of 2017. I do have a date, but I’m not releasing it yet because it’s possible it may change to early April instead. This will be the first novella I find an editor for, and I’m not sure how long the editing process itself will take…

But I will be accepting beta readers soon! I’ve about a week left of my own corrections, then I’ll send it out. But I’m not going to be having an open form on my blog this time. Instead, I’ve set up a beta reader email list you can sign up to. I only use it to email out beta reading and book review alerts and opportunities. And, just because you are signed up, you will be under no obligation to beta read anything. Anyhow, you can sign up here if you are interested.

I’ve a bunch of fun stuff planned in relation to Shadows of the Hersweald over the next few months, so you can be looking forward to that. And, in the meantime, I must be off because there is writing yet to do, both on Shadows of the Hersweald and Rose of the Oath.