A New Endeavor

Hello, everyone! I’m so excited to announce that I have started an editing business! I have discovered I enjoy helping fellow authors with critiquing and editing, and it seemed only natural to make it official.

You can find everything about the business and editing services I provide under the Editorial Services tab up above or you can follow this link here.

I look forward to possibly working with some of you in the future on your projects.


On a different note, happy release day to Sarah Addison-Fox on her release of Discerned and happy release week to Claire Banschbach on her release of Wolf Prince!

 

 

Beautiful Covers

Hello, everyone!

I keep planning to do a Realm Makers recap post but time keep slipping away and by now you are probably all sick of Realm Makers recap posts anyway. Suffice to say it was amazing!

This week two lovely authors revealed the gorgeous covers to their upcoming releases. I’ve known both of these authors for a while on the Internet, but I was able to meet them at Realm Makers this year!

First up is the cover for Black Blood, book three in S.D. Grimm’s Children of the Blood Moon series. I loved the first two books in this series and can’t wait for the third one to release!

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Isn’t it gorgeous! I can’t wait!

Next up, we have The Wolf Prince by Claire Banschbach. I’ve followed the writing progress on this book, and I can’t wait for it to release so I can finally read it!

The cover is just perfect for this story! You can read more about it here on Goodreads.

Any other fun cover reveals you’ve seen lately?

 

Book Signing

This week is Realm Makers week!!!! Yay!

For those who don’t know, Realm Makers is a Christian speculative fiction writers’ conference, and just about the most fun thing ever. It’s like getting together with 300 of your best friends to chat about all things fandom and writing related.

This year, you all can drop by if you want! For free! All you have to do is get to the St. Louis area by Saturday night. You’ll be able to attend an open to the public book signing where you can meet all the 300 plus authors attending Realm Makers if you want.

On Saturday, July 21st, Realm Makers is having its first official book festival, which will be open to the public. Hundreds of authors will be there, including Wayne Thomas Batson, Nadine Brandes, Mary Weber, Jaye L. Knight, and me. 🙂 If you live anywhere near St. Louis, MO, I highly recommend you to check it out.


Besides preparing for Realm Makers, I’ve been busy being a reader fangirling over books. So many writers I know have been releasing books, releasing titles, releasing covers, it’s been crazy lately! So here’s a quick summary of a few of them! Click on the cover to link to Goodreads to learn more about the books.

Jaye L. Knight revealed covers for both book 5 and a companion novella to the Ilyon Chronicles. I’m so excited for these books! They look amazing!

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Aren’t they so pretty! They’re going to be amazing!

Sarah Addison-Fox revealed the cover for the final book in the Allegiance series. I can’t wait to read the ending to this series!

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Nadine Brandes released her newest book Fawkes a little over a week ago. Yes, I’ve read it already, and, yes, it is amazing. You can read my review here.
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Not to mention, just LOOK at that cover. Even though I knew I’d probably read it as audiobook (which I did, and the audiobook is amazing!), I still bought the hardcover because I knew I wanted this book gracing my shelves. It’s even more stunning in person.

This week, Nadine also revealed the title for her next book, which is going to be Romanov, a historical fantasy about Anastasia! *cue the incessant urge to re-watch the Anastasia movie for the 1000th time* You can read the full blurb about Romanov here on Goodreads. Doesn’t it just give you tingles?

What upcoming books are you excited for? Will I be seeing you in St. Louis on Saturday?

Song of Leira Blog Tour & Review

I’m so excited to share this new release with you guys, today! Song of Leira is the third and final book in The Songkeeper Chronicles by Gillian Bronte Adams, an epic fantasy adventure about a place where music is magic and one girl’s song can shape or break the entire world.

There’s a special invite for you guys at the end and I have a review of the book, but first, isn’t this cover gorgeous?

The Song bids her rise to battle.

Reeling from her disastrous foray into the Pit, Birdie, the young Songkeeper, retreats into the mountains. But in the war-torn north, kneeling on bloodstained battlefields to sing the souls of the dying to rest, her resolve to accept her calling is strengthened. Such evil cannot go unchallenged.

Torn between oaths to protect the Underground runners and to rescue his friend from the slave camps, Ky Huntyr enlists Birdie’s aid. Their mission to free the captives unravels the horrifying thread connecting the legendary spring, Artair’s sword, and the slave camps. But the Takhran’s schemes are already in motion. Powerful singers have arisen to lead his army – singers who can shake the earth and master the sea – and monsters rampage across the land.

As Leira falters on the verge of defeat, the Song bids her rise to battle, and the Songkeeper must answer.

Find Song of Leira online: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD

Add Song of Leira to your Goodreads Shelf


NEED TO CATCH UP ON THE SERIES?

Orphan’s Song (Book 1) Her solo is a death sentence. When Birdie first hears the Song coming from her mouth, her world shatters. She is no longer simply an orphan but the last of a hunted people. Forced on the run, she must decide who to trust: a traveling peddler, a streetwise thief, or the mysterious creature who claims to know her past. With war threatening to tear her homeland apart, Birdie discovers an overwhelming truth: the fate of Leira may hinge on her song.

Songkeeper (Book 2) War ravages Leira & the Song has fallen silent. Desperate to end the fighting, Birdie embarks on a dangerous mission into enemy territory, while Ky returns to his besieged city to save the Underground runners. Legend speaks of a mythical spring beneath the Takhran’s fortress and the Songkeeper who will one day unleash it. Everyone believes Birdie is the one. But can she truly be the Songkeeper when the Song no longer answers her call?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gillian Bronte Adams is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, wander-loving fantasy author, rarely found without a coffee in hand and rumored to pack books before clothes when she hits the road. Working in youth ministry left her with a passion for journeying alongside children and teens. (It also enhanced her love of coffee.) Now, she writes novels that follow outcast characters down broken roads, through epic battles, and onward to adventure. And at the end of a long day of typing, she can be found saddling her wild thing and riding off into the sunset, seeking adventures of her own (and more coffee).

She loves to connect with fellow readers and wanderers online through her blog, Facebook page, newsletter, and Instagram.


TAKE YOUR BOOK ON AN ADVENTURE CONTEST

To celebrate Song of Leira‘s release, Gillian Bronte Adams is running a contest to show that reading and adventuring go hand in hand! Snag a picture or video of you adventuring with your book, tag it #SongofLeiraContest and post it online. Winners will be announced on June 22 at the “Song of Leira and King’s War Facebook Party.”

To see the prizes at stake and the official contest guidelines, head over to Gillian’s website.


YOU’RE INVITED TO A PARTY!

Speaking of the Facebook party, you’re invited! Have you ever been to a Facebook party before? Gillian Bronte Adams is teaming up with fantasy author Jill Williamson for a special event full of awesome giveaways, prizes, and games! And you are invited to come! Click on the photo or RSVP on the event page.

I’m so excited for the Facebook party, and I’ve already participated in the #SongofLeiraContest. Head over to my Instagram page (@triciamingerink) to check it out!

My Review

After the heart-wrenching cliffhanger-y ending of Songkeeper, I wasn’t sure how this series could batter my heart more or how it would end. I just knew I wanted the ending to be epic.

And, it was. Ky and Birdie really come into their own in this book. They both become leaders in their own ways, but especially they learn to rely on the Master Singer and not on themselves. They learn strength through learning their own weaknesses and faults.

This book still rips the heart out. It heals some of the heart from the last book before tearing your heart again.

But that ending…so, so, so worth everything this series puts the reader through. I got tingles all over reading it.

The writing of this whole series is so beautiful, I can hear the songs even though I’m not musically inclined. I can taste the beauty of Leira in the prose.

Seriously, go out and read this book and this series!


One last note: this weekend is the last two days to vote in the Alliance Award. Please take a few moments to vote for your favorite speculative fiction book (doesn’t have to be Deliver, though I would be honored if you did).

 

Voting for the winner of the Alliance Award ends June 17. 

 

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Awards and Adventures

It has been a crazy couple of weeks since Dagger’s Sleep released. I ended up going on vacation only a week after it released, which actually was a good thing. A week without Internet to obsess over how sales were going or if I was getting reviews or anything like that. It also means I’m a little behind on a few things.


Deliver is an Alliance Award finalist!

While I was gone, the news broke that Deliver is one of the five finalists for the Alliance Award! Last year when Defy was a finalist, it was so unexpected I nearly cried (and I am not a crier). This year with Deliver, it was still unexpected given how many amazing books were in the running, but less of a shock. Instead I screeched and jumped up and down in my kitchen while packing for vacation.

Thank you guys so much for voting for Deliver! I am so honored that you would take the time to vote and consider Deliver one of your top favorite Christian speculative fiction books of last year.

Voting for the winner of the Alliance Award ends June 17. 

That’s in 5 days. I know. Due to vacation and all I haven’t put out as many voting calls as I would’ve liked, but oh, well.

Please, please, please take a few minutes and vote for your favorites (doesn’t necessarily need to be Deliver, but I would be honored if you voted for it). While the other awards run by Realm Makers are awarded by judges, this one is a reader-voted award. It is the one where your voice matters in showing the Christian speculative fiction community which type of books you enjoy and want to see. So take the time to speak up!

Vote here: https://faithandfantasyalliancellc.regfox.com/alliance-award-final-round-voting-2018

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The winner for the Alliance Award will be announced at Realm Makers, and I’m going this year, which will be super exciting!


Second exciting thing is that I’ve put together a Facebook Group for readers of my books! I’ve noticed that due to Facebook’s changing algorithms, announcements and such on my Facebook page often get lost/don’t reach many of you. By having a Facebook Group, you should see those announcements sooner. It also allows for more interaction in a closed group. It is your place to chat and post and interact with fellow fans.

If you’re interested in joining, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/176407276383496/

I hope to see you all there!


Author Adventures!

So last week I traveled with three of my best friends from high school for a week-long hiking trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Lots of hiking, giggling, and relaxing away from most Internet and cell phone service.

While I’ve hike Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia, it was my first time seeing this part of the Appalachians, and the Blue Ridge Mountains definitely live up to their name. The pictures don’t do them justice.

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Yes, the mountains in the distance really are blue. 
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Looking Glass Falls in the morning sunlight.
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This small waterfall doesn’t look like much, but the sand around it has pyrite and mira in it that makes the water sparkle like it has handfuls of glitter in it. Thanks so a local guide we crawled behind the waterfall. You can be sure this spot will end up in a book someday
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Sunrise over the misty mountains

I have lots of ideas for future books, and it was fun hiking through places I can imagine Daemyn and Rosanna traveling.

What are places you enjoy hiking and traveling?

Dagger’s Sleep Released!

Dagger’s Sleep is Released!

In case you haven’t noticed, my next book Dagger’s Sleep (Beyond the Tales Book #1) released yesterday! Yay! I’m so excited to share this book with you!

About the book:
A prince cursed to sleep.
A princess destined to wake him.
A kingdom determined to stop them.

High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.

A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?

One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest King himself, their quests will demand greater sacrifice than either of them could imagine.

For readers of adventure, fairy tales, and stirring allegories comes this fresh imagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, the first book in a new YA fantasy series from Tricia Mingerink.

Available as a Kindle ebook and paperback on Amazon. Click this link to purchase

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response so far! Thanks to you, Dagger’s Sleep is #3 in the Hot New Releases for Christian Fantasy.

I thought I’d answer a few of the main questions I’ve received about Dagger’s Sleep.

Is Dagger’s Sleep Christian fantasy? 
Yes. I’m not sure where the rumor started that this book was a secular fantasy book got started, but apparently my own mom believed it for a while. No, this doesn’t have Christianity in the way The Blades of Acktar does, but Dagger’s Sleep does have very clearly Christian allegorical elements and deep Christian themes. If you enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia or the Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, then Dagger’s Sleep is for you.

How many books will be in the series?
I don’t know. The books in the Beyond the Tales series are more loosely connected than The Blades of Acktar and thus I can write any number of fairy tale retellings in the series. I have plans for at least 5 more books. You will see reoccurring characters throughout the series that will help tie it all together. So please don’t stop reading after book three assuming it is a trilogy!

What book is coming next? 
Right now, I’m tentatively planning on writing the Beauty and the Beast retelling next in the series. That’s the plan, anyway, but plans can change.

Is there magic in Dagger’s Sleep? 
Yes and no. If by magic you mean things happen that can’t happen in our world, then yes. But the words magic, sorcery, spell, enchantment, witch, wizard, etc. never appear anywhere in the book. What could be called “magic” in the book is all an allegorical manifestation of God’s power and God’s gifts to people. Nothing happens in the book outside of that bound.

If you have any more questions about the book, feel free to ask! I’ll be happy to answer them.

The blog tour has wrapped up! You can find links to all the posts here if you want to read them.

Finally, last call for voting for the Alliance Award! Voting ends on May 31.

Deliver made the semi-final list and is eligible for voting, along with a whole bunch of other Christian Speculative Fiction books.

If you love Christian Speculative Fiction, this is a chance to have your voice heard and vote for your favorites, whether that is Deliver or many of the other of the amazing books on this semi-final list!

You can click this link to vote.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this! You guys are amazing!

Dissociate & Dagger’s Sleep Blog Tour

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Today kicks off the blog tour for Dissociate by Sarah Addison-Fox and Dagger’s Sleep by yours truly.

It’s going to be a super eventful week! In this post, you’ll find the links to an indie e-conference, voting for two different reader-voted book awards, links to a new release, two giveaways, a link to a really cool Facebook Festival with tons more giveaways, and the blog tour line-up.


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First of all, Indie E-Con is happening this week! You can find all the posts on the Facebook Party with this link or you can find the posts on the blog. Indie E-Con is a great place to connect with a lot of Christian indie authors and learn about a variety of genres.

Indie E-Con even has its own book awards. Voting is open now, and Deliver is up for a few of the awards (along with Disowned by Sarah Addison-Fox). You can click here to vote.

If you landed on my blog as part of the Indie E-Con Scavenger Hunt, my scavenger hunt post is the one right before this one.


Speaking of awards, the voting for the Alliance Award is still open. Deliver made the semi-final list and is eligible for voting, along with a whole bunch of other Christian Speculative Fiction books.

If you love Christian Speculative Fiction, this is a chance to have your voice heard and vote for your favorites, whether that is Deliver or many of the other of the amazing books on this semi-final list!

You can click this link to vote.


Dissociate CoverDissociate releases today! Yay!!!! So excited this book is in the world for all of its fans to love!

About the Book:

Freedom begins with finding the truth.

Amidst the turmoil caused by Smyth’s arrest, Celeste is stuck in limbo, stripped of her citizenship, with no choice but to flee to a peaceful Kyraenean hideaway with the tumultuous Amaya Mason.

When bounty hunters threaten the local orphanage, Celeste and Amaya must work together and fight. Even if it means risking what they cherish the most.

His plans in tatters, his career in jeopardy, Mick Haynes is forced to leave Kyraenea with the enigmatic Torrance Kyle, the agent he still can’t trust.

Torrance is good at lying, and even better at hiding his pain, but is he strong enough to deal with the consequences of betraying his own father?

Can Celeste accept the truth, accept her place in the Haynes family or will lies chain her to the past and destroy her chance at a new life?

Dissociate is available for sale on Amazon here. The first two books in the series Disowned and Dissemble are also available on Amazon.

About the Author:

Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her Christian YA fantasy series’,  she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.


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To celebrate the release of Dissociate and Dagger’s Sleep, Sarah Addison-Fox and I are hosting a day-long Facebook Festival. There will be plenty of games and giveaways, not to mention Serena Chase, author of the Eyes of E’veria series, will be the guest of honor. It’s a party you won’t want to miss! You’ll be able to stop by any time during the day to join the fun, no matter what time zone you live in!

Just a few of the prizes we’ll be giving away: A full set of ALL of Sarah’s and my books, swag from New Zealand, a Dagger’s Sleep inspired bookish candle, lots of ebooks of our books, paperbacks of Serena Chase’s books, and more.

Link to the Facebook Festival: https://www.facebook.com/events/244246872802075/


The blog tour starts today! Yay! So excited! Here’s the schedule of all the blogs that are hosting us this week:

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday – May 22

Laura Grace – Author Interview

Reading Anyone – Book Review

Jaye L Knight – Book Spotlight

Quirky Faith – Book Reviews and Author Interview

Wednesday – May 23

Allyson Kennedy – Author Interview

Sam H. – Book Review

Addyson Huneke – Book Review and Author Interview

Ivie Brooks – Book Reviews

Thursday – May 24

Shantelle Mary – Book Review and Book Spotlight

Brie Donning – Book Review and Multi-Character Interview

Blooming with Books – Book Review and Author Interview

Julian Daventry – Book Review and Author Interview

Friday – May 25

Faith Thompson – Book Reviews and Author Interview

Hannah Gaudette – Author Interview

CM Williams – Book Review

Chloe Parker – Book Reviews

Saturday – May 26

JM Christian – Book Review and Multi-Character Interview

Abigail McKenna – Book Reviews

Liv Fisher – Author Interview

Book Wolf – Book Reviews and Author Interview

Liz Koetsier – Book Spotlight

Monday – May 28

Jessica Dowell – Book Review and Author Interview

Lila Kims – Book Reviews

Marie Elrich – Book Reviews

Faith Potts – Book Review and Book Spotlight

 


And, finally, to wrap this post up, both Sarah Addison-Fox and I are hosting giveaways as part of the blog tour.

Allegiance Series GiveawaySarah Addison-Fox is giving away a paperback set of the first three books in the Allegiance Series. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace ships. The books may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

To enter this giveaway, follow this Rafflecopter link.

 


Dagger's Sleep GiveawayTricia Mingerink is giving away a paperback of Dagger’s Sleep. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace or the Book Depository ships. The book may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

To enter this giveaway, follow this Rafflecopter link.

 

 

Thanks so much for reading all the way to the end of this post!

Indie e-Con Scavenger Hunt 2018 – Stop #15

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I’m so sorry to everyone who has been scrambling around trying to follow this scavenger hunt only to have it fall apart at stop 15. Moral of the story, don’t make commitments the week before a book release.

If you are just joining the scavenger hunt, you can find the first stop here On Kandi Wyatt’s blog as well as more instructions and a giveaway.

So without further ado, let’s welcome E. Kaiser, who will tell us a bit about herself and her writing process.


My top three most influential books may seem like A) a no-brainer, B) slightly surprising, and C) completely confoozling…. but it all makes sense, just give me a chance to explain!

A) The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings.
For any fantasy reader, or writer, especially in Christian circles, this is almost such a given that it goes without saying. But here I am, totally saying it! I was introduced to Tolkien’s delightful world at the age of 8 when I begged Mom to read aloud from the book she was reading in bed. It felt like “fairytales for adults”, all complicated and best of all, very, very long. I adored it from the first, and have ever since.

B) Robert Louis Stevenson, especially Kidnapped.
The complex but dynamic relationship of the unlikely pair who grow to be friends; the rather milk-toast David Balfour and volatile Allan Breck Stewart; it’s just the best thing ever. If you have not read this book, I am sad for you, and if you did but don’t know what I’m going on about with these characters… well, I have nothing to say. I’m literally speechless.
If you haven’t read it, I advise you do so immediately, and while you’re at it revel in the way Stevenson pits two opposites against each other, using their inherent conflicts within themselves to knit an entwined relationship that is unbreakable in spite of anything the world can throw at it.
Truly inspiring fictional people.

   And C) the King James Bible.

     Okay, don’t laugh. The lyrical language of the writing style, (or shall I say translation style, because that’s what era of language makes it so lyrical,) is simply inspiring. It can be daunting for many people to read it, they stumble and trip over the odd juxtaposition of words and the archaic phrasing.
But it is just exactly that which makes it so amazing! I’ve grown up reading it, but it wasn’t till I challenged myself to read it aloud, like a poem,  that I fell in love with the language and began to “see” the images beyond the words. Instead of just viewing it as a dry and stuffy old tome, it’s a marvelous window into the past of the English language, and for anyone who’s heard that “to get more visceral, use the Old English root-word”… well, this is a treasure trove of them.
Naturally you can’t just cut your vocabulary whole cloth from it’s pages, or you’ll confuse your readers muchly … but if you immerse yourself regularly in these words you’ll have a refreshed, and enchanting array of brilliant words to slip in where you need something with just the right amount of shine.

(As an aside, you’ll also increase familiarity with the Writ, which as a Christian should always be a good thing.)

  As for runners up, I’d go with the Prydain Chronicles, by Lloyd Alexander. They are very similar in vein to LOTR, but drawn from the flamboyant Welsh legends and infused with a poignancy that is hard to sum up. They are classic adventure literature with a band of rag-tag misfits, which always manage to be unique and interesting in spite of looking  at first glance like the stock-est of stock tropes. Perhaps it’s because Mr. Alexander was among the early users of this style, and so his works are in the pot that all the stocks get drawn from.

   Whatever it is, Taran and Eillonwy, & Co. (most especially Gurgi!) are delightful characters to follow around, and they have a lot of lessons to teach to readers, and to writers alike.

Then I’d have to say the remaining spot on the list goes to Samuel Shellabarger, and his ‘historic romances’ such as Captain from Castille, and my personal favorite, Prince of Foxes. (Love that title!) Although Prince of Foxes is set in the warring city states of Renaissance Itally, with all the rampant opulence and moral decay that era was known for, the moral of the story is strikingly forceful in it’s underhanded way… and the characters are forever unforgettable.

Swash-buckling, larger than life people in a time when life itself was largely uncertain, these books teach about pace and suspense, as well as pay off and surprising twists at the end. I recommend them to any mature writer who cares at all about history, or the telling thereof… or how to make your invented worlds feel compelling and real.

 My publication story goes like this: I was a tormented writer/child who firmly believed I’d never have a future with words, at all. (Certain negative siblings did not help!) “Writing was a waste of time and energy”, and I tried again and again to “do something more productive”. But I was miserable, plain and simple, if I didn’t release my creative energy out onto a page, and so I kept being drawn back to the imaginative realms that stormed through my dreams.

When my beloved youngest sister, best buddy, and fellow fantasy fan, was turning 16 I asked her if she’d like a book as a present, and if so what kind. She replied “I’d rather have one you wrote”. (This was a real blow to the heart, because I was a non-finisher on everything I’d ever dabbled in previously!)
I took the challenge by the horns, and in the month before show-time I wrung out over 50k of a novel, featuring Fia Brithin; as cliche-free as possible and filled with fun stuff I hoped she’d enjoy. It was the first time I’d actually finished anything of great length. (This stunt left me with major burnout, and I didn’t even want to look at the thing for years!)

  Abi-sis, however, loved it, and wanted to talk about it for months on end. She adamantly insisted “it wasn’t done yet” and plotted out what was needed, as well as cajoling me to co-plot the next… wait for , it… next four books.
Yep! Four books to go, one total rewrite to get started on. That was my “recover from burnout” strategy, courtesy of my dear sister and enthusiastic cheerleader! ( Or shall we say “slave driver”?)

    Seven years later I attended a very small writer’s event where a speaker extolled the virtues of getting one’s books online as e-books. After mulling it over long and hard, I did so, (but that was in late 2011, and the 2008 e-book boom had come and gone far away.)
Jeweler’s Apprentice didn’t achieve commercial success, but I did find some great fans, and a handful of readers were enough to convince me that Traitor’s Knife was called for, which I released in 2014.

Amid the stirrings on Fia’s book 3 I was blind-sided by a story idea that wouldn’t go away, so I told Abi-sis about it just to clear the air in my head. She loved it, eagerly pushing me to write it down. “Even as a short story! It’ll be fun!!!” she said.
I let it rip, and away it went the winter of 2014/2015; like a harpooned whale with the rope zinging through my hands. Thaw rocketed past novella stage, into novel length, split once, twice, and then again (3 novels, 1 origins novella) The ride was staggering, shocking, and sooo much fun.
I found myself blinking at the horizon spinning out with over twenty fairytale re-tellings linked together by two main royal families… and knew they were on the docket. They would be fun… and I would be busy for a long time.

I can’t recommend juggling two series at the same time, but “change is as good as a rest” and in some ways moving from the one world to the entirely different one does accomplish that. So… I’m not sure I’d be releasing Fia’s books really much faster even if I wasn’t dallying with the Fairytale Collection between times.

  Real Life keeps dragging me away, but I learn so much there that it’s worth it. A lock, stock and barrel move of the ranch from Western Nebraska to S.W Missouri inhaled a huge chunk of the years 2016 & ’17, so I’m only just now feeling steady enough on my feet to face the prospect of releasing the next book in each series.
( I did keep writing diligently through the mayhem, so I’ve got completed manuscripts, and near-completed ones; so the publishing process is the part that’s lacking.)

In between times just for fun, Abi and I hosted a Space Kitties Anthology, and it was so well received by participating writers that they called it back for an encore. Space Kitties 2; Searching the Cosmos is out in e-book, but not yet in print (because of the move.)
Space Kitties 3: The Ones They Left Behind stalled out in submission stages, (our lovely volunteer judges fell off the edge of the world! And so did we…) and I need to kickstart that project. Hopeful life has cleared up a little for folks out there, and we can re-stock our judging panel… as well as re-cast a call for submissions. (Entries were low for SpK3, which would result in a ‘not up to par’ end result. So we need more… but I’m too swamped to find them!!)  {And I don’t even have Gilder to frame for it!}

  I am motivated by really bad writing or things in books that make me mad. While truly great prose awes me into a state of intimidation; sluggish plots, dull cardboard characters, and insipid dialog are elements that make me throw that book aside and say “I could write better than that!” and then I charge off writing.

Perhaps it’s the Social Justice Warrior side of me… saving the world from truly terrible plot points.

So my themes can be summed up by what I “don’t” write.
I don’t write “practiced magick”; I’m agin’ it. You’ll not find “spells, incantations, or wands” in my books. The Fairytale Collection has many fantastical, fairytale elements, including somewhat magical things… but I make it clear they are part of the fairytale world, and not even close to edging into the “darker side” of art.

   I don’t write girls with zero agency, nor do they have to be “warrior chicks”. In fact, I enjoy the character conflict that arises when MC’s that aren’t at all equipped for this get tossed into water far over their heads. Then they learn how to swim… and we have fun watching them handle friends, choices and success along the way.

I don’t write “dumb boys” nor “brainless love triangles”. My male characters are every bit as real and individual as the many people, guys and girls, I’ve met in my life, and I like to keep them likable, a little bit conflicted, and having to work extra hard to make it through the challenges they face.

   Romance is only lightly included in most my stories, if at all. On the whole I find friendship and family to be much more underdeveloped themes, and I try to cultivate those and raise a lush crop of fun and heartwarming  elements there.
When a romance is involved (Fairytale Collection, you just can’t tell ’em without it!) it stays clean, respectful and uplifting.

Gore or gratuitous violence. While I’m a fan of some deep grit, and realistic danger, the absolutely unrealistic gore and totally un-workable mayhem tossed around out there makes me see red. Fight scenes should be realistic, to every degree possible. Damage should be commensurate with the actions that created it… and no one at all gushes blood the way R-rated films and video games portray it. (Take it from a girl who has butchered plenty of goats, chickens and bovine critters. Living creatures, even with more blood than a person has, aren’t ‘blood-filled water balloons’. They  don’t gush like writers like to portray.)

  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s important to teach real things via fiction, especially fantasy, since it can paint the truest mirrors in with to look at your own life. But I can’t stand MC’s who jump off roofs and never bust a femur or even twist an ankle; horses that never run away or misbehave; and using gold coins to pay for a drink. (Ack!!! Gold was super valuable!! That would be like throwing down a  thousand dollars for a cup of coffee…)

I really don’t care if a books’ characters eat stew every day of the week… just don’t have them pay for it with gold coins. I’m beggin’ ya.

   So what will readers find in my stories( regardless of genre)?  Deliberately crafted invented-realism that will resonate with the real world, and yet sweep you away to demonstrate an angle you may not have seen before.
Wild escapes and light filled vistas where the stone in the shoe has to be taken out, and the mountain may not need to be climbed if you can just persuade the Eagles to get you to Rohan… (“Fly, you fools!”)

   Most of all, subtle lessons of encouragement and bolstering to fight the good fight, every day,… right here, right now, right where the reader stands…

  Because that’s what really good fiction is all about.


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To learn more about me and to continue the scavenger hunt, head over to Erica Laurie’s blog.

Thanks so much for participating in the scavenger hunt! I hope you enjoy the rest of it!

 

Award and Facebook Festival

It has been a crazy couple of weeks! Dagger’s Sleep is being formatted, the blog tour is being finalized, and the early readers already have it in their hands and have begun leaving reviews. Eeep! (I’m not nervous, I’m not nervous, I’m not…who am I kidding? *bites nails*)

Because things haven’t been crazy enough, Deliver (The Blades of Acktar #4) was a semi-finalist for the Alliance Award. This is the same reader award that Defy was a finalist in last year. Thanks so much for loving Deliver enough to vote it into the running!

Voting for finalists is now open. To be eligible to vote, you must have read at least two books on the list. If you haven’t, then go out and read some of the excellent Christian speculative fiction books that are on this list before voting closes on May 31!

To vote, follow this link.

I would be extremely honored if you vote for Deliver, but I know every single book on that list is absolutely amazing (I’ve read most of them) and know voting is going to be a challenge!

In the midst of all of this, Sarah Addison-Fox and I have begun planning the day-long Facebook Festival to celebrate the release of her book Dissociate and Dagger’s Sleep. There will be lots of games, fun, and prizes, including lots of paperback books, author swag from New Zealand, and an Amazon gift card. To top it all off, Serena Chase, the author of the Eyes of E’veria series, will be joining us as a special guest!

Follow this link to join the Facebook Festival!

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Really, it’s going to be amazing. You won’t want to miss it!

 

 

Blog Tour Sign Up

This post is going to be jammed packed with announcements. So much has been coming together, it’s hard to find time to breathe sometimes!


Destroy audiobook cover artDestroy (The Blades of Acktar 3.5) is now available in audiobook. While I’m excited about the release, that excitement was dampened by the news the narrator Jesse Dornan died unexpectedly shortly after he finished production on this audiobook, and it has released posthumously.

I won’t be doing a big giveaway for this one. If you love listening to audiobooks and would be willing to give this one (or the first three books) a listen and leave a review, please send me an email. I have a few free audiobook codes I can give away.

For now, Deliver won’t be available on audiobook for the foreseeable future.


Dagger’s Sleep is available for preorder for Kindle on Amazon! After the release, I’ll be raising the price from $2.99 to $3.99, so if you want the cheaper price, you’ll want to make sure you preorder.Dagger's Sleep Cover - Updated 031118

I have also set up a preorder in my website’s store if you would like to preorder a signed paperback from me. I will be shipping the books the last week of May as soon as I receive my copies of the books.

You can add Dagger’s Sleep to your want to read list on Goodreads.


As many of you know, I’m going to be hosting a joint blog tour with Sarah Addison-Fox to celebrate our two new releases. Her book Dissociate (book 3 in the Allegiance series) releases on May 22 and Dagger’s Sleep releases May 28, so it made sense to combine our efforts, not to mention she has become a dear friend.

We wanted to make the blog tour as flexible as possible, so the sign up sheet below has lots of options for promoting one or both of the books. If you don’t have a blog (or otherwise can’t be a part of the blog tour), we also have options to be a reviewer only to post reviews of one or both of the books on Goodreads and Amazon. You can sign up for this in the tour sign up below as well.

Since her books are upper young adult Christian fantasy (with an older audience) and mine are mid-level young adult Christian fantasy (with a younger audience), we have listed in the blog tour sign up page a small content advisory so no one is caught off guard. We’ll also have a content advisory picture that blog tour participants can share during the tour as well. As authors, we want to be completely honest about the content of our books so that they can find their way to the right audience of readers who will love them and have their hearts touched by them.

If you have any questions about the tour or reviewing the books, please contact me at triciamingerink (at) gmail (dot) com.

I’m so excited to start planning this blog tour and share these books with you!