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Amazing new book: Aerisian Refrain

Every have one of those books that you pick up and just fall in love? I’ve had a few of those–Marc Secchia’s Dragon Friend  and Sarah Ashwood’s Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset. So, when I saw there was another Aerisian book, I couldn’t wait to grab it. Well, it’s here. I grabbed my copy for only 99 cents, and it’s still on sale.

What it’s about:

Following the prophesied Artan’s victory over the Dark Powers, the land of Aerisia is finally at rest, until ancient beings, long imprisoned, begin to stir…

Eight years after Annie Richards’ stellar voice and musical talents skyrocketed her from rural Oklahoma to international fame, haunting visions have begun threatening her sanity. While she’s returning to her childhood home to convalesce, creatures straight from her nightmares bring down her plane. Annie wakens in a parallel world, Aerisia. Here, she discovers her musical gifts translate into magical powers—the legacy of a banished race who have been invading her dreams.

Mistrusted by Aerisia’s most powerful factions because of her heritage, Annie finds allies are hard to come by. Supporting her are one Simathe warrior, Cole, who refuses to label her as evil, and one woman willing to stand against anything and anyone to help a friend: the Artan herself. Seizing control of her destiny will mean defying both her ancestors and the Aerisian leaders. Mastering her magic may mean making the greatest sacrifice of all…or risk becoming the reason Aerisia itself is torn apart.

What I think:

Well, I started to read it on Friday evening and have had a hard time putting it down. Now, I’m not normally one to fan-girl over books or even characters. I found myself literally exclaiming outloud and unable to see to read because a character came into the plot or I recognized a place. It was as if I’d just landed back in a familiar home after a long journey. I’ve not finished the story yet, but I’m deeply engrossed and am excited to finish this blog post so I can go ahead and read more. The plot moves forward with just enough twists and turns to keep you coming back for more. If you haven’t read the first trilogy, don’t worry. Another friend read an advance copy of Aerisian Refrain and had not read the other books in the series and fell just as in love with the story and world as I have.

What it looks like:

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Who’s it about:

Author’s thoughts on character

What is your character’s name? Does the character have a nickname?

His official title is Cole, Lord among Simathe. However, he’s simply called Cole by friends, and Lord Cole by subordinates or in formal situations.

What is Cole like?

Both are a deep, unnatural black. Simathe are a race of immortal warriors, with several interesting racial characteristics, including deep bronze skin and completely black eyes. No “whites of the eyes,” no pupils, etc. can be seen…only blackness.

Another distinguishing characteristic of the Simathe is they have a very hard, stony facial cast. Most people consider them emotionless because they rarely, if ever, reveal an outward emotion and are extremely hard to read.

The left side of Cole’s body is scarred from taking the brunt of a dragon attack. He threw himself between a dragon and a friend during battle. Being immortal, he survived, but with scars to tell the story.

Who are Cole’s friends and family, those who he’s closest to and who does he wish he were closest to?

Simathe are a unique race created by the magic of the Scraggen, or witch-women, in the land of Aerisia. They are born from normal human parents, and all Simathe are males. They live together in a unique brotherhood. Thus, Cole has no family except his fellow Simathe, and really no friends outside them, except for one person: Aerisia’s legendary savior, the Artan. This is a young woman from Earth, Hannah Winters, who was brought to Aerisia to fulfill her destiny. In the course of her adventures she fell in love with the Simathe High-Chief and married him. However, Cole was the first Simathe to befriend her on her journey to become the Artan, and they have remained friends ever since. She is the friend for whom he was wounded by a dragon. He considers his scars of little note when compared to having saved her life.

Where was Cole born? Since then where has he lived, and where does he call home?

Like all the Simathe, Cole doesn’t know where he was born or where he’s from. Simathe children are surrendered at birth to other Simathe. It’s considered a curse to normal Aerisians to bear a Simathe child, and they’re gladly given up. Simathe children are taken to the Simathe stronghold, Treygon, where they are raised. This is their home base.

Tell us about Cole’s emotions.

Even if Simathe are angry, most don’t know. They are extreme stoics. If Cole really, really needed to be alone, he’d simply retire to his quarters.

Cole has few fears until another young woman from Earth, Annie, crosses to Aerisia. Whereas no Aerisian woman has ever looked twice at him, Annie is struck by him immediately. (He can hardly comprehend this.) However, Annie’s not in Aerisia without a cause, and various forces are at work to harm or control her. Annie’s safety quickly becomes paramount to Cole, but, since he is Simathe, he acts on this—he doesn’t talk about it.

Does he have a secret?

That he really likes this girl, Annie, but he has no idea what to do about it.

What makes Cole laugh out loud?

After crossing to Aerisia from Earth, Annie really, really misses her coffee. She is not a morning person. At all. And Cole thinks this is pretty funny.

Has Cole ever been in love? Had a broken heart?

Never. At over six hundred years old, this immortal warrior has never really looked twice at a woman because he’s Simathe and no woman would ever look twice at him. Not until Annie enters his life.

What Cole really thinks:

Now let’s chat directly with Cole. Cole, I’m so excited to have you here. I may have to control my emotions since I really enjoyed your interactions with Lady Hannah and can’t wait to get to know you better here.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Saving my Artan’s life during her fight against the Dark Powers.

That was very noble of you. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

“Enjoyment, happiness, those are fleeting. Duty and responsibility are eternal. Simathe ascribe to duty first. Always duty first.”  (Actual quote from Aerisian Refrain.)

What is your favorite occupation?

If by occupation, you include ways to keep yourself occupied, I enjoy whittling when I’ve nothing else to do. I generally carry a special knife for that purpose.

Oh wow! My son works with wood as well. With that said what is your most treasured possession? My son’s would be one of his knives.

My Restless. (Restless are a unique breed of horses used by the Simathe.)

I could see that. I think I’d be a little afraid to meet a Restless up close.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

There was no love in my life until I met Annie. She changed everything. I would endure or give up anything for her.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Courage in the face of adversity. Being honorable, no matter the cost.

…and in a woman?

I spend very little time around women, save Lady Hannah, the Artan. (And now Annie.) I admire similar traits in both men and women: courage, being honorable. But I also admire Lady Hannah’s bold sense of humor and Annie’s sweet smiles.

What do you most value in your friends?

My friends are my brothers, the Simathe, and I value their loyalty to Treygon and each other.

Which living person do you most admire?

Lord Ilgard, the Simathe High-Chief, for his leadership of our clan. Also Lady Hannah, the Artan, for the sacrifices she made on behalf of Aerisia.

Ah yes, Lady Hannah and Lord Ilgard. Their story was quite an emotional roller-coaster, even if Lord Ilgard wouldn’t acknowledge it.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Simathe do not allow themselves to wish for what they cannot have. But, were I to wish for things to be different, I would wish to be a normal human so my relationship with Annie would not be so fraught with difficulties.

Thanks so much for being with us, Cole. I hope more people read your stories, and that things work out with you and Annie. What I’ve learned about her so far, she seems like a very special gal.

About the Author:

img="Sarah Ashwood author"Don’t believe all the hype. Sarah Ashwood isn’t really a gladiator, a Highlander, a fencer, a skilled horsewoman, an archer, a magic wielder, or a martial arts expert. That’s only in her mind. In real life, she’s a genuine Okie from Muskogee who grew up in the wooded hills outside the oldest town in Oklahoma and holds a B.A. in English from American Military University. She now lives (mostly) quietly at home with her husband and three sons, where she tries to sneak in a daily run or workout to save her sanity and keep her mind fresh for her next story.

Sarah’s works include the Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy and the fantasy novella Amana.

To keep up to date with Sarah’s work and new releases, sign up for her newsletter. You can also visit her website, or find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Where to find Aerisian Refrain:

Find Aerisian Refrain on Amazon and Goodreads.

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Awesome Cover for Spicebringer by H. L. Burke

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David as Kirito for Fellowship of Fantasy’s Cosplay

Two years ago, my youngest son participated in Fellowship of Fantasy’s cosplay contest and won with his representation of Kirito from Sword Art Online. His prize was multiple audiobooks by Fellowship of Fantasy authors. One night at the dinner table, he looked at me and said, “Mom, have you read any of H. L. Burke’s books? You should read Beggar Magic.” I followed his advice and have never been happier. I’ve added several of her books to my book lists over the course of the years. You can find my input on Nyssa Glass on this blog about books for children’s book week. The top three recommendations in this post of five books for March are H. L. Burke’s. Finally, her Spellsmith & Carver trilogy can be found on this post for four fall reads.

With that said, you can imagine how excited I am to present a new book by H. L. Burke. Spicebringer sounds very intriguing.

The Blurb:

Let me share with you what I’ve learned:

A deadly disease. A vanishing remedy. A breathless journey.

All her life, Niya’s known she will die young from the fatal rasp. She survives only with the aid of vitrisar spice and a magical, curmudgeonly fire salamander named Alk. Then an ambitious princess burns down the vitrisar grove in an effort to steal Alk so she can claim her rightful throne. Joined by Jayesh, a disgraced monk, Niya and Alk must flee to the faraway Hidden Temple with the last vitrisar plant, or all who suffer from the rasp will perish.

But even as Niya’s frustration and banter with Jayesh deepen to affection, the rasp is stealing away her breath and life.

For a girl with limited time and a crippling quest, love may be more painful than death.

Doesn’t that sound good? I love a good love story, and this sounds like it’s going to deliver that.

The Cover:

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About H. L. Burke:

img="H. L. Burke"Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

Where to find her:

Facebook page

Facebook Reader Group

Twitter

Instagram

Website

Where to pre-order Spicebringer:

Where can you get your copy? I’m glad you asked. Just read away–or click for your favorite retailer. Ooh, and there’s a special autographed paperback copy offer!

Amazon Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook

Kobo

Apple iBooks

And the Paperback offer: Regularly 17.99, autographed paperback preorders are 14.99 with free shipping discount (free shipping to US locations only)

Uncommon Universes Press – autographed paperback preorder: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/spicebringer-autographed-paperback-preorder/

 

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Book Review and Release by Annie Douglass Lima

I’ve reviewed several of Annie Douglass Lima’s books. I love the Krilonian series and have interviewed a character on my blog as well. I’ve showcased The Annals of Alasia in two different blogs (book 2 and book 3) and shared her coloring book. So, when I was asked to beta read another in the series, I jumped on the opportunity.

Get book one of the Krillonian Chronicles

Background:

The Annals of Alasia cover the invasion of Alasia by Malorn. Young teens face the hardships of war and fight for their country in unexpected ways. Book 1 tells the story of the Prince of Alasia as he tries to regain his throne. In In the Enemy’s Service a young girl becomes a spy as she tries to stay alive and still help Alasia. My favorite of the series has been book 3, The Prince of Malorn. It shares the story of the invading army. However, I’m not sure which is my favorite now. Book 4 has captured my heart as well.

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About the Story:

What happens if you’re young, in the army, and the enemy attacks suddenly at night? You fight for your life, but if you are knocked unconscious and wake up to find the battlefield empty of any living person and the enemy has taken over your land, you just may run for your life. That’s what Tarvic does. Starving, wounded, and exhausted he finally finds refuge in an unlikely place–on a farm with three young girls whose father is away in the army. With the enemy searching for any members of the Alasian army and any chance to take what isn’t theirs, Tarvic must defend the farm from the enemy.

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Review:

Annie Douglass Lima has done it again, drawn me in and kept me enthralled with her world. I loved Tarvic and how real he was. His struggle with who he was and what he should do came across as genuine. It was fun to see some of the scenes from other books in the series played out from this point of view. One of the strengths of this series is the way Mrs. Lima can tell a new story from the same timeline. It’s like viewing the scene from multiple angles.

This fourth installment moves more toward Young Adult than middle grade, but there is no overt violence or gore to keep the book from a younger reader. The character is older than the other main characters in the series so far, and there’s even a bit of romance. Readers both young and young at heart will enjoy this book.

Get your copy of The Nameless Soldier

The book is on sale today only for 99 cents! Go grab your copy. Not sure if it’s your cup of tea or afraid you can’t read it since you haven’t gotten the rest of the series? No fear, here’s an excerpt:

Chapter 1:

Tarvic woke to the sound of a distant yell, abruptly silenced. He pushed his blankets aside and sat up, puzzled, but heard only the light patter of rain on the canvas. “What was that?”

Drevel, his roommate in the barracks and tentmate out on campaigns like this, stirred and rolled over. “What?”

“I heard something. Someone shouting.”

“It’s probably just another drill.” But Drevel sat up too, shoving his own blankets away, as Tarvic crawled over and untied the tent flap.

A blast of wintry air and raindrops greeted him as he leaned out, peering across the tent-studded hillside. Clouds hid the moon and stars, and on every side the thick dark of the forest leaned in from the edges of the large clearing. But the telltale flickering light of distant torches sent shadows leaping over tents and across the open spaces between them. Why would someone be using torches out here? Any soldier in camp had easy access to lanterns among the supplies.

Something was wrong. Very wrong. Tarvic pulled back into the tent and yanked on his breeches and jacket.

They both heard the next yell, closer this time, and then the unmistakable clash of swords. Both men snatched up their own swords, jamming their feet into their boots and fumbling for shields. From all around them, shouts of alarm erupted as men in their company woke up.

And then the enemy was upon them. Horses exploded through the camp, trampling tents and the soldiers just crawling out of them. Riders leaned low off their mounts’ backs, swinging swords and waving torches.

Keep reading

 

Get your copy of The Nameless Soldier

 About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published seventeen books (four YA action and adventure novels, five fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Connect with her on her blog, facebook, twitter, or amazon.

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Fantasy Writing and Reading for You

With the Indie e-Con, I’ve been tasked with writing about fantasy. You ask what Indie e-Con is? Well, that’s been happening since last Saturday when the scavenger hunt opened up. Feel free to go around and gather the clues. You’ll find the information for it in my post from last week. The week has been filled with posts by various authors on writing. It’s like having a writers conference right at your fingertips. Feel free to go explore the Facebook page to have an easy link to all the posts, or check out Kendra E. Ardnek’s blog.

With fantasy being such a broad scope, I thought I’d narrow it down to highlight a writing activity and a reading activity.

Writing Fantasy

In my first years of teaching Spanish, I decided I wanted to have something unique for Spanish 2. The result was my year of Fantasy Fridays. Each Friday, or Thursday depending on the week, I focused on a specific section of fantasy–castles, knights, unicorns, dragons, kings, fairies, etc. Students learned about those items in both English and Spanish. Then by the end of the first semester, we started a fantasy writing unit. Students began creating their own fantasy stories following the hero’s round and the fantasy elements. Their stories are as diverse as the students. I’ve had legends come to life, stories about everyday life, and even a dinasaur/elephant confrontation.

Feel free to check out the lesson plans or just look at the supplemental materials to write your own fantasy story.

Explore the Fantasy Writing Unit

Summer Reading Program

This summer the authors of Fellowship of Fantasy have teamed up to create a Summer Reading Quest for you and your children. The books are all clean middle grade and young adult books by indie authors. Readers sign up at the lists (registration) and then read from the book lists from June 1 through September 1. Young readers can add up the points of their books to enter for biweekly tourney prizes (things like paperback books, legos, stuffed dragon, hand-painted horse, and gift cards) and for end of the summer tourney prizes such as a large lego set and a Kindle Fire. Adults just enter for one final tourney prize at the end of the summer for a $25 amazon gift card. When it asks for a paperback, that’s from the books that have astrisks. We may be able to send you one.

Adult Registration

 

Youth Registration

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Parents Beware! Why Young Adult Books Are Harmful

Yep, you heard me right. Young Adult books can be very harmful to your child. Wait a minute! Don’t you write Young Adult books? Yes, I do. Let me explain.

Background

I’m working my way through the book of Ephesians in my quiet time. A week ago, I came upon these verses in chapter five.

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Those verses really hit home to me. What a way of looking at life and what we read, or let our children read.

Content of Young Adult Books

If you look at young adult books and even middle grade you’ll find that they are filled with potty-humor. Jokes about bodily functions fill middle grade books, while young adult books often have explicit kissing, necking, fondling, and even sex scenes. This content is exactly what the Apostle Paul tells us not have even named among us.

At the same time, young adult books can have some of the best plots and writing around. They captivate both young and old readers. I can’t count the amount of adults who’ve said they prefer reading young adult books to adult books.

Do we throw the baby out with the bath?

The old saying don’t throw the baby out with the bath comes in play here. Think on it, do you tell your children they can’t read any young adult books? Most kids will immediately go grab more young adult books just because you said, ‘no’. So, instead of issuing a moritorium on young adult books, start by reading what your child’s reading. We did this when Harry Potter came out. Our kids wanted to read them, but we’d heard the hub-bub from the conservative circles. With that in mind, we told them they couldn’t read the books until they had a discussion with us. I then spent a night and read book three. Don’t ask me why I started with book three and not one, but that’s where I started. Nevertheless, I was able to gain my own understanding of the book before discussing it with our kids.

Training your child

Besides reading what you’re kids are reading, you can also train them to decipher what’s good and what’s not. Many people will say kids don’t know the difference. I beg to differ. I’ve seen too many junior high and high school students watch as an adult walks by or is in the room and turn to their friends and say, “turn off that music, it’s not school appropriate”. Kids know what’s okay and what’s not. Let’s just take that a step further.

Train your children to know this litmus test:

  • Is it clean?

Does the book have immorality? That’s a big word that refers to any sexual sins. The Greek word is where we get the word “pornography” from. In our current day and age, that’s one area that is rampantly available not only to adults but also to our kids.

  • Is it pure?

Purity is another area that the world says is old-fashioned. They mock those who are ‘goody-two-shoes’. In fact, that was one negative review of the Dragon Courage series, my characters were too good. I wanted to give examples to kids of what a good person looks like.

  • Does it praise greed?

Think of the classic Garfield comic strip; he hordes lasagna. Greed is more than just hording something; it’s the blatant desire for things you don’t have. When a character is willing to go to any means to get what he wants, that’s greed. Does a book have to be free of greed? No, but does it show greedy people in a good light? If so, then I’d say no.

  • Do the characters speak foolishly?

This silly talk doesn’t mean the characters can’t joke around. However, it’s the idea that the characters are portraying themselves in a foolish manner because of their speech. In anime it’s the type of character that would be called ‘baka’ because of his words.

  • Does it have crude joking?

Crude joking would include potty-humor as well as any form of joking that is off color.

Sources for Clean Young Adult Books

Even though you’ve taught your child the best way to rate a book, it’s still good to know there are resources out there that provide good wholesome books that your child and you can agree on and enjoy. Clean Indie Reads is one of those options. This site rates books on the same scale as movies and doesn’t allow anything over a PG-13 rating. Their fantasy sub-group is Fellowship of Fantasy. Their directory even has a listing of perma-free ebooks you can download right away. All you have to do is explore their menu. They’ll also be hosting a summer reading program for middle grade and young adult readers, and all the books on the list (80 so far) are all clean approved.

One final site to gain great books is from Realm Makers. I’ve just recently learned of them. One post mentioned that if “you love fantasy and sci-fi and love Jesus, then Realm Makers is for you”. They don’t have a book listing, but they do have a mobile bookstore. They also have a blog under the parent group Faith and Fantasy Alliance.

Most of the books listed on this site are from one of these three sources. A few of them are from my publisher days. When I was with Booktrope, Vox Dei was the faith-based site. I’ve kept in contact with those authors and share what they have coming out as well.


In my years of raising children, I learned to listen to my kids. Often my favorite books came from a teen saying, “Mom, you’ve got to read this!” Some of my favorite memories are reading books with my kids at the dinner table or listening to audiobooks together. A good source for clean audiobooks is Audiobook Edge Reader Discussion Group on Facebook. Cherish those moments together with your kids. Train them to be literary discerners. Do you have a way you deal with sorting through young adult books? I’d love to hear your ideas.

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Mythical Doorways: A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology

A couple of years ago, I was able to be part of Fellowship of Fantasy’s first anthology, Fantastic Creatures. In anticipation of the release of their third antholgy, I get to be part of the blog tour. Anthologies are wonderful ways to get to know new authors as you read short stories that go along with a specific theme. With this anthology, we have the theme of doorways.

Featured Author, A. J. Bakke

Two summers ago, I had the privilege of making a trip to the midwest, and blogged about my journey. The roadtrip started though with a day in Pioneer Courtyard Square in Portland, Oregon, with two other authors, S. Smith and A. J. Bakke. Sharing a pop-up 10’x10′ canvas was great fun. A. J. Bakke has a short story in the anthology as well as other books.

img="author with horse"A. J. Bakke’s favorite things to do are horseback riding, reading, and writing books. She writes almost every morning with a big cup of coffee nearby and one or more cats piled on her. Cats are attracted to magical people, after all. Pumpkin is probably my personal favorite to see pictures of.

 

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img="Cosmic Cravings cover"Cosmic Cravings involves characters from her Worlds Akilter Series. Bree the mouse-mage is obsessed with chocolate covered coffee beans, but when she is relocated to the world of Deart by a demigod, she discovers that chocolate doesn’t exist there. The horror! Despite her immense powers, she’s not that great with magic, so her attempts to get back to Earth cause a few problems, but might also lead to helping a child in trouble.

 

You can find more of A. J. Bakke’s stuff at: ajbakke.com and https://www.facebook.com/ajbakke/

 

 

 

Mythical Doorways Anthology

Eleven Tales of Magical, Mysterious, Mythical Doorways!

Step through portals and into adventure as the authors of the Fellowship of Fantasy take you on another journey into fantastic worlds. Travel through time, space, and realities to encounter monsters, mechanical foxes, and the Fates themselves. You’ll fly with dragons, save implausible beasts, and perhaps find your true home. Choose your path wisely, for dangers lurk in the lands beyond.

In the third anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy, eleven authors promise you journeys into fairy lands hidden within the modern world, futuristic universities, and lands of ancient myth. So what are you waiting for? Cross through our Doorways for the adventure of a lifetime!

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Purchase your copy:

Download the ebook (free to download starting tomorrow March 27th) at your favorite digital store: https://www.books2read.com/u/bxq70e

You can share your review on Goodreads.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39286425-mythical-doorways

Facebook celebration

Fellowship of Fantasy is celebratingimg="Mythical Doorways facebook party" their third short story anthology release, Mythical Doorways!

Whether they open onto new worlds or just new opportunities, doorways allow us to step through and uncover great adventures, discoveries, and risks.

Where will these Mythical Doorways take you?

Grab your favorite drink and snack on March 29th at 8 PM EST (7 PM CST and 5 PM PST) and be prepared for a fun time of chatting with multiple authors, games, and giveaways!

Be sure to mark “going” so you can get notifications. Go ahead and head over to Facebook before you forget. Then come back here to enter the giveaway!

Giveaway

Yep, as if everything else wasn’t enough, there’s a giveaway, too!

The Fellowship of Fantasy and Deep Magic E-Zine have joined together to offer you an awesome paperback giveaway! Dive into eleven new worlds by entering to win a paperback of Mythical Doorways! (US only.)

About Deep Magic E-Zine: The name Deep Magic pays homage to C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. Deep Magic is a quarterly e-zine dedicated to creating a safe place for minds to wander in the worlds and universe of SFF. We want all who visit to feel welcome and confident that they will encounter professionally written fiction of the highest quality that is safe for all to read.

You can go to Deep Magic E-zine’s website to learn more about them.

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New Year, New Reads

With a new year upon us, many start looking for great books to read or to fill up their new devices. Therefore, I decided to not disappoint. I have four of my own books on sale, and a list of wonderful books that you’ll want to read. If you’re not on my mailing list, you’ll want to hope on because I’ll be sending out a special listing of books available tomorrow.

1. New Year, New Reads

Last year I participated in this deal, and I’m doing so again this year. The goal is to have three days, January 1st through the 3rd, and share 99 cent books. You can find all about the other authors who are participating on the website, and head over to my page with my books.

New Year, New Reads home page

New Year, New Reads on my website

2. Book lists

I have a category of blogs called Book Lists. These are all blogs I’ve written over the last two and a half, almost three years now, that feature books that I either have personally read, or that I know I can trust the author to write great content.

Book lists

3. My 2017 favorite books

Wow! I just went through my Kindle library and counted about 30 books that I read this last year! To think that the majority of those were read over half-hour lunch breaks is even more impressive.

a. The Firethorn Crown series by Lea Doue

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These are fairy tale retellings told in a fun way around the twelve princesses of the fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I love how each book focuses on a new sister and tells a new story. So far there are three in the series and two short stories that go with the series.

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b. DragonFriend series by Marc Secchia

img="DragonFriend cover"The world of the Cloudlands draws the reader in from the get go with excitement, action, and beautiful scenery all the while using language to weave the story in such a way that the very words themselves come alive.

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c. The White Wolf and the Ash Princess by Tammy Lash

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This book was introduced as book of the month for Fellowship of Fantasy’s Indie Book Club. Even being warned it wasn’t typical fantasy, I still was left intrigued and trying to decide where this book fit. From the get go, the reader wants to know what Jonathan is hiding, and this suspense creates a page turning historical fiction/native tale retelling.

The White Wolf

 

 

 

 

d. Fabled, Eternal, and Deception by Kara Jaynes

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Another fairy tale world story sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go. The first book was fun to try to count or identify the various fairy tale illusions. The author took all the elements of a fairy tale world and the various fairy tales in existence and wove them together to create her own new fairy tale. A definite must read.

Fabled

 

 

e. Annie Douglass Lima’s Alasia series and Krillonian series

Yes, both of these series are well worth the read. The Alasia series is a trilogy where events of an invasion are chronicled through the eyes of three different characters. I loved it. I think my favorite was The Prince of Mallorn. The Krillonian series is another trilogy with a new stand-alone in the same universe. In a land where slaves are sold as property and martial arts are held as entertainment Bensin struggles to survive and keep his sister alive as well.

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Book one of Krillonian series


Here’s to a 2018 of more books read. Any suggestions on where to start? I’d love to hear your ideas.

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Book Lists

Four Fall Great Reads

It’s time for a list of awesome books to read.

Spellsmith & Carver:

H. L. Burke is a favorite in our household. Anything by her is a definite must read. I read the first Spellsmith book and loved it. Just saw a post that book 3 is on pre-order and had to nab it and pass it along to you all.

img="Spellsmith & Carver book 3"In a realm of steampunk fantasy, Spellsmith has gone off to the university to train in the ways of the latest spell casting. When he returns home, he finds the new apprentice has taken over his father’s shop and his sister’s heart. When his father disappears, Spellsmith and the apprentice, Carver, make a tentative agreement to try to find the senior Spellsmith.

I’ve yet to read book two, but I did purchase it when I pre-ordered book three. Can’t wait to see how the two work things out.

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Aranya:

img="Book cover Aranya"I first read Marc Secchia’s Dragonfriend in March of this year and fell in love with his cloudlands world and his writing. He has a way with words that few have. The rhythm of his words sunk deep into my psyche so my thoughts resounded in a similar pattern. He also has the honor of being the first author that I read book one and went and immediately purchased book two. When I saw a post early in September that he had a sale for the book Aranya, I didn’t hesitate to go purchase it. I wasn’t disappointed. Aranya takes place in the cloudlands world several hundred years after Dragonfriend. It’s another shapeshifter book with an interesting twist and romance thrown in.

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Annals of Alasia:

img="Book cover In the Enemy's Service"After reading book one of the Annals of Alasia, which I enjoyed, I was a little skeptical about reading books two and three. How could an author tell the same story three times and not make the reader bored? Annie Douglass Lima proceeded to do just that. Each of the three books is from a different point of view and brings new facets of the plot to light. Book one follows the prince of Alasia as he flees for his life on the night of the invasion from Malorn. Book two tells the story of a young girl who finds herself captured by the Malornian army and forced to serve at the former Alasian palace. Her spying intertwines with book one and gives back story or the other side of several scenes from book one. Book three was my personal favorite. In this story, we hear the other side of the tale–that of the enemy prince. I highly recommend all three for any young reader and young-at-heart reader.

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White Wolf and the Ash Princess:

img="White Wolf and the Ash Princess"If you love a good tale this is a book for you. I read it in September for Fellowship of Fantasy’s Book Club book of the month. I immediately was pulled in with the suspense and question of what happened when Izzy was younger. While I read, I wondered where the fantasy was but never found it. Instead, I discovered a wonderful blend of genres from steampunk elements to New World era fiction, along with Native American tales and life on the high seas, all from a Christian perspective. The present tense telling caused some issues with me understanding it, but it was worth staying with it. The lessons Izzy and Jonathan learn along their journey are pertinent for modern-day readers.

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Outstanding Opportunities for Readers to Interact with Authors

How many times have you read a book and then wanted to talk to the author to either ask a question or to state your mind about what you thought about their story or character? I know when I began reading Timothy Zahn’s books, I found it exciting to be able to chat with him after I finished reading. Here are a couple opportunities for you as a reader to interact with authors of great books.

Book Club

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The idea of a book club isn’t anything new, but the idea of an online book club that enables the readers to have personal contact with the author of the book each month and throughout the year is different. That is exactly what Fellowship of Fantasy has done with their Facebook Book Club.

Each month, club members nominate a theme for the next month and nominate ten books that are then voted on by the club members. An electronic version of the chosen book is made available for free to all members throughout the month. All of the nominated books are featured throughout the month with giveaways and prizes. Part way through the month a spoiler thread appears and readers can share their thoughts and feelings and discuss the book to their hearts’ content. The best part is the author gets to interact and answer any questions you have!

<img="Fellowship of Fantasy August book">This month’s featured book was Fabled by Kara Jaynes. At the beginning of the month, Kara let us know that books two and three were on sale for 99 cents. So, when I picked up Fabled, I also grabbed the the other two books. I am so happy I did, because book 1 ends in a bit of a cliff-hanger. I’ll be featuring the series in a future blog post of recommended reads for back to school.

 

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Fan Art Contest

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Do you love to draw, paint, write, sing, quilt, or sculpt? If so, then you’re the one we’re looking for. Fellowship of Fantasy is sponsoring a fan art contest for any Indie fantasy books. Any of the Dragon Courage series will count as will any of the books listed in my recommended book lists. Enteries are open right now until August 21st. Voting will be held on Fellowship of Fantasy’s Facebook page based on likes during the month of September. For ease of voting, there are three divisions: ages 16+, 11-15, and 10 and under. Want more information or have something to submit? Check out Fellowship of Fantasy’s Fan Art page.

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Hope to see you in the book club and to see your artistic renderings in the fan art contest. Have questions? Feel free to ask.

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Big Discount on Books & Author Facebook Party

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Making a fence for a backdrop to the dance floor for my daughter’s wedding.

If I’ve seen MIA from social media lately, it’s because I have a daughter getting married on Wednesday. My days have been filled with wedding plans and sewing the flower girls’ dresses and helping to adjust my daughter’s dress. At the same time, I’m suppose to not forget the rest of my family and you, my readers. I’m not sure how well the last has gone. I’ve been able to keep up with family, but I feel as if I’ve neglected you. To make it up to you, I’m going to fill you in on some happenings this week.

 

 

Prime Day–July 11

Amazon is celebrating Prime day for those with Amazon Prime. I decided to celebrate by giving you all a deal on Dragon’s Heritage. The ebook is on sale for 99 cents until Friday. That will also help celebrate my daughter’s wedding since she was the inspiration for Duskya. This sale is only available on Amazon.

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Summer Shelf Stock-up Party

What better way to enjoy the summer, besides a wedding, than with a book? Maybe with multiple new to you clean books that are on sale! Yep, you heard me. Before I even knew my daughter was thinking about marrying her Army boyfriend, I joined a group of authors to celebrate Christian author books. They’ve planned a Facebook party to showcase books for you. Come meet ten other authors, win prizes and learn about their books that are on sale for 99 cents. I’ll be hosting the party from the get go–I’m hoping my mind will be clear since the party is the day after my daughter’s wedding.

The party is on Thursday, July 13 from noon-8 pm EST. Here’s the line up:
12-1pm Kandi J Wyatt
1-2pm Kate Willis
2-3pm Sharon D. Tweet
3-4pm Faith Blum & Amanda Tero
4-5pm Audrey Rich & Kellyn Roth
5-6pm EJ McCay
6-7pm Melanie Snitker
7-8pm Julie Spencer & Liwen Ho

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Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to seeing you at the Facebook party.