Dear Author Blog Tour

I have been friends with Laura A. Grace online for a while now, and I’m so excited that she is releasing a non-fiction writing book! It is especially geared towards writers, and I am so excited to read it!

About the Book

Think your words might not matter? Think again.

Words have the power to change lives, especially when they are used to create meaningful stories. In this collection of letters, bookish fangirl Laura A. Grace addresses topics related to every writer’s journey. From “character conversations,” to embracing one’s unique writing style, to celebrating a release day—there is a letter for every author no matter where they may be in sharing their story with others.

“Dear Author” includes six illustrations by Hannah S.J. Williams.

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About the Author

Laura A. Grace had a lifelong dream of getting to know authors behind the covers of her favorite reads. Little did she know that one day she would become an author too! Now an avid book blogger at Unicorn Quester and writer of clean, Christian manga, Laura creatively balances her passions of supporting indie authors and feeding her readers new stories. In between, she wields plastic lightsabers with her children and binge-watches anime with her husband. Join her quest to find wandering unicorns for your favorite authors at unicornquester.com!

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 2nd

Tuesday, December 3rd

Wednesday, December 4th

Thursday, December 5th

Friday, December 6th

Saturday, December 7th

Monday, December 9th

Tuesday, December 10th

Wednesday, December 11th

  • Video Book Review: Janeen Ippolito
  • Book Review & Guest “Embrace Your Inner Fangirl: Three Easy Ways to Support Authors (That Don’t Require Reviewing or Purchasing Books)”: Wounded but Hopeful

Thursday, December 12th

Friday, December 13th

Saturday, December 14th

 

Black Friday Indie Book Sale!

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A whole bunch of indie authors have come together to give you a massive Black Friday sale on their books! Follow this link to find deals of my books and many other good books!

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I have deals on all my ebooks, and some aren’t included in the above sale.

To find the deals on all my ebooks, click this link 

Finally, I have a sale for free shipping on all signed paperbacks from my website. To shop this sale, click this link. 

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Due to higher than expected sales, all of the Blades of Acktar signed paperbacks (except for Dare) are currently out of stock. If you wish to still purchase them to take advantage of the free shipping, I will ship the books as soon as I receive my copies. I will do my best to get the books to you before Christmas, but I can’t make a guarantee.

Resistance Audiobook Blog Tour

After five years since publication, the first book of Jaye L. Knight’s fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles, is now available on audiobook! Enjoy this epic adventure through the voice of narrator Lance Rasmussen. Find out more and listen to the sample below. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway! You can see the other tour posts here.

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know I ADORE audiobooks. I do most of my reading via audiobook, so I am beyond excited that Resistance is now on Audible where I can convince my dad and brothers to FINALLY listen to it!

About the Book

“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Available now on Audible and iTunes!

(click on the Audible link above to listen to a preview)

Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? Find out more at the official Ilyon Chronicles website!

Book Sale!

Now is the perfect time to get into the series! Starting Friday, November 29th, all books from Ilyon Chronicles will be discounted. You can even get the prequel novella for free! So be sure to check them out on Amazon.

About the Author

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning
author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for
Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure,
Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in
the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been
penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of
Wisconsin.
You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Etsy.

About the Narrator

Lance Rasmussen is an audiobook narrator and actor based in Denver, CO. A
graduate with a BFA in Acting from Utah State University, and an MFA in
Acting from Louisiana State University, he now narrates and produces
audiobooks from his home studio while working at various regional
theaters across the country. More information can be found at www.lanceras.com. Follow him on Instagram at @LCRasmus.

 

 

Giveaway

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win one
of 3 copies of the Resistance audiobook! Winners will receive a free download
code to use on Audible. Open internationally!

Don’t forget, next week I will be running a Black Friday – Cyber Monday sale on my Kindle ebooks on Amazon and on the paperbacks on my website!

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Upcoming Black Friday Sale

As everyone probably knows by now, Thanksgiving is next week! A time to gather with family and friends and be thankful for God’s blessings.

One of the things I’m especially grateful for this year is all the ways God has used The Blades of Acktar and Beyond the Tales in so many lives around the world. I’m thankful for all my many, many readers who have taken the chance on my books.

To say thank you, I will be discounting all of my Kindle ebooks from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. It is a great time to pick up that book in the series you’ve been missing or share them with a friend. I’ll also be running free shipping and a few discounts on the signed paperbacks on my website.

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A while back, I decided to submit Dagger’s Sleep for a Reader’s Favorite review. Last week, the review came back, and it is a 5 shiny stars review!!!!

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The review:

What does it mean to be a prince? Or a princess, for that matter? Is it a right of how one is born? A right to be arrogant, selfish and self-centered? A hundred years ago, a High Prince, Alexander, thought he was born to rule. He had the arrogance to think he was the chosen one and, as such, he could do no wrong. High Prince Alexander was cursed by the Fae. At the age of twenty-one, he would prick his finger with his own dagger and fall into a deep sleep for all eternity. On a journey to challenge this curse, he learns that he’s not as righteous as he thought he was, and though he manages to have the curse altered to only sleep until a cursebreaker is found, he discovers some unpleasant things about himself.

It’s approaching the anniversary of the High Prince’s demise and the cursebreaker has been found: Princess Rosanna. Only, the princess must travel incognito and across treacherous terrain to reach the castle where the High Prince sleeps in order to break the curse. Will she make it in time? And will it be worth the effort? Will her war-torn country be a better place to live after Alexander awakens? And must she love someone she has never met, even if he is a prince, after the curse is broken?

Tricia Mingerink’s fantasy novel, Dagger’s Sleep (Beyond the Tales): A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty, is more than just a fantasy. A well-loved fairytale retold becomes an adventure and a journey of self-discovery as two royal personages must come to terms with who they are and who they really should be. The plot is two-fold: one tracing the events leading up to the High Prince’s deep sleep that lasts a hundred years and the second one following the cursebreaker’s treacherous journey wake the High Prince. Each plot is distinctly identified to avoid confusion and each scenario is well-paced. The characters are well developed and the descriptive narrative is exceptional in setting the scenes. A great story by a significantly powerful writer. This is an author I’ll definitely follow.


I’m so grateful for such kind words about Dagger’s Sleep! That book had a rocky start, but it has really come into its own in the past few months. I’m thankful to everyone who has taken the time to read Rosanna’s, Daemyn’s, and Alex’s stories in both Dagger’s Sleep and Midnight’s Curse, and I can’t wait until next year to continue their story in Poison’s Dance.

Cover Reveal – The Merchant of Menace

This cover reveal was supposed to be on Tuesday. It should probably tell you something about how busy life has been lately that this is posting on Friday. Um, yeah. Only a few days late. Better late than never, right?

Anyway, I am happy to reveal the cover to The Merchant of Menace by Kendra E. Ardnek. This is book 6 in The Bookania Quests series, a fun, fantasy filled adventure series that mashes multiple fairy tales and legends all within a vast, zany world. If you are looking for a light and funny read, this series is just what you are looking for!

Book 1 Sew, It’s a Quest is free on ebook through today yet! Snap it up while you can!

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Isn’t it such a lovely blue color????? There is just something about deep, blue covers that make me want to snap the book up pronto!

The book does not have an official release date or blurb yet, here is the tagline:

Robin has promised Meg her aid in rescuing her lost father and sisters, but that’s easier said than done…

This is a retelling containing Shakespeare, Cinderella, the Oddessey, and pirates.

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You can find Kendra E. Ardnek on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her blog.

Doesn’t this book sound like so much fun?

 

 

Cover Reveal – Thirst

I am so excited to host the cover reveal for Jill Williamson’s upcoming book Thirst!

If you have followed me for a while, you know I LOVE Jill Williamson’s books. Her Blood of Kings trilogy was what introduced me to the whole world of Christian Fantasy I didn’t know existed and inspired me to write The Blades of Acktar.

You can find Jill Williamson on plenty of social media sites, including:

Instagram: @jill_williamson_author

Facebook: @jill williamson

Twitter: @jillwilliamson

Website: http://jillwilliamson.com/

Writing Tips Website (seriously, if you are a writer even if you are no longer a teen, check out this blog!): https://goteenwriters.com/

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About the Book

The end of the world is only the beginning. A waterborne disease has contaminated the world’s fresh water, decimating the human race. Seventeen-year-old Eli McShane and his friends flee the chaos and violence in Phoenix and journey north toward the rumored location of a safe water source. They add several to their number, including the mysterious Hannah, who is being hunted by a dangerous man. Desperation brings our the worst in many of the travelers, infecting even those closest to Eli. When division comes, will he be able to hold his group together or will each fall victim to their own thirst for survival?

Join some old friends from Glenrock and Jack’s Peak in this thrilling first book of the Thirst Duology. Best-selling author Jill Williamson has brought back the breathtaking suspense of the The Safe Lands series in this chilling prequel that will leave readers panting for the next installment.

Follow this Link to Preorder! http://jillwilliamson.com/thirst

I am SOOOOOO excited for this book! I read The Safe Lands as they came out, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this prequel to that series!

Midnight’s Curse Blog Tour Wrap Up

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Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the blog tour for Midnight’s Curse, the #MidnightsCurse challenge on Instagram, bought the book, reviewed the book, or otherwise spread the word during the release! The excitement for Midnight’s Curse was so great to see, and I’m so glad many of you have been enjoying the book!

My author copies of Midnight’s Curse finally arrived! You can order signed copies directly from me on my Store page.

Congratulations to Abigail Harder on winning the blog tour prize!

I am working on picking the winners for the Instagram challenge. Going on a vacation immediately after releasing a book is wonderful, but the lack of phone and internet service does make it difficult to stay on top of the last few details of a book release.

My vacation was very relaxing, though, and the Pictured Rocks area of Michigan is just as gorgeous as everyone says it is. I’m not going to flood you with photos, but here are a few from the trip.

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Isn’t the water such a stunning blue?

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This waterfall is Spray Falls, one of two major waterfalls that dump over the Pictured Rocks cliffs into Lake Superior. Since we were doing this trip on the cheap, we didn’t pay for a kayak or boat tour, so we hiked a nearly 10 mile round trip to view this waterfall. The first three miles of the hike were done in a steady rain that, while not a downpour, was enough to get us soaked. At least the rain cut down on the number of people hiking, so we had the trail nearly to ourselves for most of the day.

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Beautiful sunset over Lake Superior.

I hope everyone is having a great summer, even if it is winding down. Thanks once again for the great release for Midnight’s Curse!

Midnight’s Curse Blog Tour

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Welcome to the blog tour for Midnight’s Curse, book two in the Beyond the Tales series. Beyond the Tales is a series of fairy tale retellings with hints of allegorical elements set in a world based on the Appalachian Mountains.

I am so excited to finally share this book with all of you! It is such a fun version of Cinderella, and I hope you enjoy reading about Alex’s, Daemyn’s, and Rosanna’s next adventure!

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this blog post nor the invite to the Facebook party for more giveaways!

About the Book

Midnight's Curse_Internet UseThe glass slippers might be her dreams come true…or her worst nightmare. 

High King Alexander rules the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia—a divided nation on the brink of yet another war. When an invitation arrives from the king of Pohatomie, Alex knows it must be a trap, but could it also be his opportunity to unite the kingdoms?

Daemyn Rand has lived a hundred years, served an arrogant prince, fallen in love with a princess, and lost himself somewhere along the way. He has already died for his loyalty. Will standing at the high king’s side cost him his last chance to truly live?

Elara Ashen is a lowly, miserable servant. All she wants is to spend even one night in a fancy dress dancing with the high king. When she is offered a pair of glass slippers, it seems that all her dreams have come true.

But dreams have a price, and gifts can be curses in disguise. What will it cost to stop this curse from tearing Tallahatchia apart yet again?

Fairy tales meet the Appalachian Mountains in this adventurous fantasy retelling of the classic Cinderella story.

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The first book in the series Dagger’s Sleep, a Sleeping Beauty retelling where the prince is cursed to sleep and the princess must wake him, is on sale for $.99 on Kindle! Follow this link to snag this deal while it lasts!

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About the Author

Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with Tricia on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Facebook Party!

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The Facebook party should be a blast with giveaways of Midnight’s CurseDagger’s Sleep, and over ten other Cinderella retellings by indie authors! Follow this link to join the Facebook party. 

Giveaway!

Blog Tour Giveaway

Enter to win signed copies of Dagger’s Sleep and Midnight’s Curse (it will be the actual copy, not a proof copy as shown) as well as a Currently Reading 4oz candle from Novelly Yours Candles.

Due to shipping, the giveaway is open to the US only. Void where prohibited.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday – August 5

Tuesday – August 6 – Release Day!

Wednesday – August 7

Thursday – August 8

Friday – August 9

Saturday – August 10

Realm Makers 2019 Recap

I’m horrible at doing this recaps, and this is coming about a week late. I don’t know what it is, but time has been flying at double speed in the past week and a half. I’ll be back to the Dagger’s Sleep Read-Along later this week.

A week and a half ago, I went to the Realm Makers writers conference. It was my third year going, and it is always such an amazingly fun conference to attend.

This year, I arrived a night earlier than usual, so I visited the Gateway Arch with fellow indie authors Jaye L. Knight and Morgan Huneke (my roommates for Realm Makers this year) along with Morgan’s family (who are absolutely amazing. So much fun to hang out with them!).

Then on Thursday evening, the conference started off with a stellar opening keynote by Brent Weeks. He writes dark, general market fantasy, and I have yet to read any of his books. But I have a friend who loves them, so maybe someday I’ll pick them up.

Friday morning I had not one but two readers come up to me to ask for me to sign their books while I was eating breakfast. It was kind of surreal, and so nice to finally meet them in person!

Friday was a packed day of sessions and mentor appointments and finally the costume banquet. I got to meet Jill Williamson!!!!!!!!!!!! *fangirl squeal* Her Blood of Kings trilogy was the first Christian fantasy series that I read apart from The Chronicles of Narnia and showed me that there was a place for books that were both Christian and fantasy. I sat down to write The Blades of Acktar within a few weeks of reading her series.

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Jill Wiliiamson dressed at the White Witch and me as Maddie from Ranger’s Apprentice at the costume banquet Friday night.

 

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Me and my Roomies: Jaye L. Knight (author of the Ilyon Chronicles) dressed as Darrel from The Walking Dead, me as Maddie from Ranger’s Apprentice (not a hobbit as everyone kept asking), and Morgan Huneke (author of the Time Captives series) dressed as Anna from Frozen.

My roommates and I had a lot of fun with our costumes for the banquet. Jaye even had fake zombie blood drooling down her arm. We still had dried drops of zombie blood on our sink in our hotel room’s bathroom the next day. #onlyatRealmMakers

While Dagger’s Sleep was a finalist for the Realm Award in Fantasy, it didn’t win. That honor went to the stellar Ronie Kendig. It was cool simply having Dagger’s Sleep listed alongside hers.

Even though Dagger’s Sleep didn’t win, I ended up with an official name plate and table at the Book Festival on the last night of Realm Makers, and that was fun pretending I was a big name author for a night, lol. It worked out well that I wasn’t a big name author since they were placed at the rear of the ballroom so that their lines could snake around the edges while I had the very first table right by the ballroom doors so I was easy to find.

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Here I’m signing all the currently released books in The Blades of Acktar series. It’s become quite a stack!

Realm Makers was such a blast and I already miss all the wonderful people I met again or met for the first time. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing an experience the conference is, whether you are published or not-yet published or traditional or indie. It’s one big family reunion.

Oath of the Outcast Blog Tour

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Today I have a slightly delayed spotlight for my friend Claire Banschbach’s latest release Oath of the Outcast, a Scottish-flavored fantasy. I bought a signed copy of the book at Realm Makers last weekend, and I’m so excited to dive into it when I have a moment to read!

Oath-of-the-OutcastAbout the Book

A lost brother.
An unwilling outlaw.
A rising enemy.
An unusual alliance.

Years ago, Rhys MacDuffy was brutally cut off from his clan, stripped of his name and inheritance, and banished to the remote Dragon Keep. Perched high above the Shang Pass in the land of Alsaya, he assumed the mantle of the Mountain Baron, serving out his sentence as the overseer of the worst outlaws and outcasts.

But one day he receives a desperate message from the clan who disowned him: MacDuffy’s Seer—his beloved brother—has been taken by their enemies.

With his band of Mountain Brigands and an unwelcome sidekick, Rhys leaves his mountain stronghold to find and rescue his brother. The tide of war is rising amongst the Clans of Alsaya, fueled by the magic-wielding sect of Druids who seek to unleash a dark force the world has long forgotten.

Can the bond of blood run deeper than banishment?

Book Links: Amazon – Crosshair Press – Barnes & Noble – Goodreads – Newsletter sign up for free prequel short story

About the Author

C.M. Banschbach is a native Texan and would make an excellent Hobbit if she weren’t so tall. She’s a pizza addict, a multi-faceted fangirl, and a firm believer in being authentic—even if it means acting like a dork sometimes! When not writing fantasy stories packed full of adventure and snark, she works as a pediatric physical therapist where she happily embraces the fact that she never actually has to grow up.

She also writesYA/MG fantasy-adventure as Claire M. Banschbach.

You can find her at: Facebook – IG/Twitter @cmbanschbach – Website – Goodreads 

Giveaway!!!!

Crosshair Press is giving away books! Open internationally!

2 ebooks,

1 paperback,

1 combo pack of a bookmark and a map postcard!

Direct link to the giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d11da96b6/?

Tour Schedule:

July 22

Tour opening – C.M. Banschbach http://clairembanschbach.com

July 23 – Release Day!

Interview – Hazel West – http://hazelwest.blogspot.com

8 Things to know about Rhys/The Baron (Using only Dean Winchester gifs) – C.M. Banschbach – http://clairembanschbach.com

July 24

Review/spotlight – Breny – https://betterthanrubies.home.blog/

Meet the characters! – C.M. Banschbach – http://clairembanschbach.com

July 25

Interview/Review – Kyle Shultz – kylerobertshultz.com

Interview – K.A. Cummins – authorkacummins.com

Book 2 Title Reveal! – C.M. Banschbach – http://clairembanschbach.com

July 26

Review/Spotlight – Deborah O’Carrol – https://thepagedreamer.wordpress.com/

Interview – M.H. Elrich – Https://mhelrich.com

Spotlight – Tricia Mingerink – www.triciamingerink.com

July 27

Review/Spotlight – Rachel Ritchey – rachaelritchey.com

Review/Interview – Cheyanne van L. – https://thedancingbardess.wordpress.com

Tour Wrap Up & Conclusion – C.M. Banschbach – http://clairembanschbach.com