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Minstrel’s Call Blog Tour

Well, what with the release of To Save a Race, getting sick, and running my mom to the ER, I totally missed posting this character interview for The Minstrel’s Call. So, I decided better late than never. Unfortunately, the time on the giveaway has run out; so I won’t tempt you with it.

The Book:

img="Minstrel's Call cover"War threatens. The game board is set. But the Minstrel is missing…

Advancing his growing power, the Dread Prince breaks free of his prison and brings a faction of dragons under his control, stirring unrest and hatred in the newly united kingdoms of Tellurae Aquaous.

When the dragon wards of Kallayohm are targeted in a ruthless attack, the High King travels there to administer justice. But the trial results in a crippling blow that leaves him reeling.

On the heels of defeat, an unexpected message from the erstwhile Minstrel arrives, pleading with his friends for rescue. Together, the High King and his companions must follow the fragile trail, braving peril and darkness that will test the measure of them all…

 

The Interview:

“Hello, is anyone here? My name’s Kandi J Wyatt and I’d like to know about you and what you want the world to know.”

A young girl emerges and shyly waves. “Hi, my name is Kaitryn.” She fiddles with her skirt and stares at her bare feet. “I don’t know why anyone would want to hear about me, but since you asked, I’m fourteen and I live in Aom-igh with my step-father, Justan. He’s a captain of King Oraeyn’s knights, kind of his right-hand-man, really.”

She straightens, a glimmer of pride lighting in her eyes. She brushes a wisp of hair away from her face, slightly dislodging the crown of wildflowers she’s woven through her braid. “I’m kind of ordinary, really. I don’t think there’s a lot about me that would interest all you people… my papa… my real father, I mean… died when I was young, he died protecting our home from the invaders. Then, a few years ago, my mother gave her life to protect us once again. I miss her very much, but I’m grateful to my new Papa, Justan, for taking such good care of me, even if he is a little overprotective at times. I love to play in the woods and make flower chains. Let’s see, I have been learning to cook and sew, as well as play my mother’s cittern. I think I’ve been getting better! Would the people like a song?”

She looks a little nervous then rubs her hands together. “Oh, I left my instrument at home, I’m sorry. What was the other question? Oh, right, something I want the world to know. I just wish that people would believe me when I say I’ve seen and heard wind sprites. They may not seem very important, but they are hurt that people don’t remember them. Maybe that’s why they like talking to me, because I listen. Listening is important, and it seems to be something people sort of forget how to do as they get older and have more responsibilities, but that doesn’t make it any less important. And just because wind sprites are little, doesn’t mean they aren’t worth listening to.”

She nods firmly and tilts her head sideways with a gentle smile, swaying slightly to a music only she can hear. “Is that all? Thanks so much for having me, and for listening!” She skips back off into the woods she loves so much.

The Author:

img="author Jenelle Schmidt"Jenelle Schmidt grew up in the northern-Midwest. She now resides with her husband and their four adorable children in the wilds of Wisconsin. Jenelle fell in love with reading at a young age during family story-times when her father would read out loud to her and her siblings each night before bed. Her imagination was captured by authors such as Madeleine L’Engle, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Lloyd Alexander. It wasn’t long before she began making up her own stories and sharing them with her family. To this day she enjoys creating exciting adventure tales filled with poignant themes and compelling characters in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.

 

 

Where to Find More of the Tour:

Sarah Ashwood (newsletter release) http://www.sarahashwoodauthor.com
Kandi J Wyatt http://kandijwyatt.com

Where to Find the Book and Author:

You can find Jenelle on these sites:

Website/Blog: http://jenelleschmidt.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenelleLeanneSchmidt/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JenelleLSchmidt/

You can purchase her books on Amazon.

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Book Lists

A New Addition to the Family–the Book Family

It still amazes me to consider my ninth book releases today. I vividly remember the trembling finger that uploaded the rough draft manuscript of Dragon’s Future to a small publishing house that was accepting submissions. So much has happened since that President’s Day weekend three years ago. The family has grown from the original five books in the Dragon Courage series to now six in that set, a middle grade fantasy, and now two Biblical retellings.

The New Book:

To Save a Race tells an age-old story of persecution, love, racial hatred, and tremendous courage. The original story is beloved by both Jews and Christians. Although it’s been told in various formats throughout the years, I decided to go with a steampunk style inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky and Howl’s Moving Castle. My fascination with the Esther story goes back to first or second grade. The private school I attended celebrated Reformation Day by having students dress up as Biblical characters or heroes of the faith. The one year, I chose Esther. I felt so aristocratic in the green satin. This picture doesn’t do the outfit justice. Can you guess who my brother was?

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The Story-line:

Since I wanted to shine a new light on an old favorite, that meant I needed new characters. With that in mind, the Rector family came into existence. Lord Praus and Lady Hemma welcomed Arianna into their family with open arms. Pasha and Arianna had been friends since they were little, but now they’re foster sisters. With a relationship much like Anne Shirley and Diana Barry of Anne of Green Gables, Arianna pulls Pasha into her antics. However, the duke’s edict changes all of that. Pasha gets married, and Arianna heads to the castle to comply with the decree.

The first person Arianna meets is Ayudal, the man in charge of the girls coming to the castle. In the book of Esther, there are several men who are mentioned, but I took the liberty to combine them all into one trusted advisor to the duke. This man sees the potential in Arianna and singles her out for special training. Nevertheless, Arianna has one trait that Ayudal worries about–her temper blended with her spontaneity. If she can curb her impulses, she just may have a chance at becoming the next duchess.

An excerpt:

Arianna’s lack of holding her tongue is evident in this first meeting with the duke during Pasha’s wedding. She comes upon the duke and Lord Praus talking and is invited to join them to gain some refreshments. This scene begins right after they’ve finished eating.

The duke bowed, and Arianna curtsied. He offered her his arm, and led her to the area where the rest of the dancers swirled. Duke Callan was a confident leader and Arianna’s feet found the pace easily as they moved through the steps. Her nervousness must have been noticeable, though, for the duke’s eyes found hers.

“Relax,” he commanded. “I won’t bite. I’ve held many a young woman safely in my arms.”

His words, meant to comfort, had the opposite effect as Arianna envisioned the other women who were now the subject of gossip and disdain.

“I’m sure you have,” she said, a coldness edging her voice.

He raised an eyebrow and then laughed, a clear joyous sound. “I don’t believe any of my counselors would have had the candor to say that.”

“Maybe someone should have!”

The thought of his edict irked Arianna. No one should be able to command girls to leave their homes or rush into marriages. She didn’t care what it did to her chances at the castle—she was going to tell him what she thought.

“Even a duke shouldn’t be allowed complete reign. There’s One above all men who watches, and to whom all men will give an account.”

“May I ask what I’ve done?” The duke didn’t miss a step in the dance as he twirled Arianna out away from him and then brought her back.

“What?” Arianna stared. “You don’t even realize that what you’ve done is wrong?”

“Pray tell, maiden. How have I offended you?” the duke replied without a hint of mocking in his voice.

Arianna realized he honestly didn’t know. A deep sigh calmed her down and helped her remember who she was with. “Your Grace, maybe I shouldn’t have spoken so harshly.” They spun to the music and when Arianna returned to the duke’s arms, he looked expectantly for her to continue. Arianna sighed. “I’ve heard you’ve made an edict that all young maidens are to come for consideration as your new bride.”

Understanding dawned in the brown-flecked eyes. “Ah, and you think I should just ask the girl I wish to marry me in a traditional form, is that it?”

The details:

You can find the first review of To Save a Race on The Musings of a Book Addict which states, “She creates characters that you love to hate.” This seems to be the reaction to Duke Callon.

Blurb:

When Duke Callon divorces his wife and decides on an uncanny way of choosing his next duchess, Arianna’s left with little choice. Faced with the intricacies of politics, Arianna struggles to find her place. Just as she thinks she has her footing, a decree, issued with the blessing of her husband, calls for the extermination of her entire race.

A young innocent girl, a capricious duke, and a decree that will change everything. What will it take to save a race?

Follow along in this one of a kind Steampunk Biblical retelling of an Old Testament classic by Kandi J Wyatt.

Purchase:

The book is available on all major outlets; however, if you can’t find your favorite retailer, please let me know.

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Book Lists

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.

The Firethorn Crown

 

 

 

 

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.

DragonFriend

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.

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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.