Moonscript Book Spotlight & Review

I’m not a part of the official blog tour for Moonscript by H.S.J. Williams, but I read this book last week and it is so amazing I just had to spotlight it anyway.

About the book:

“It is said that Darkness is empty and whatever vanishes into its depths is lost forever. I know this better than anyone. For I have suffered here in the shadows, and there are none who might find me.”

Seventy years. Seventy years the elven prince has been lost to the darkness, assumed dead by his people and endlessly broken for a book that connects to the hidden realm of his ancestors, a land untouched by evil.

And now a light in the shadows. A chance for freedom. But those willing to help him come from the unlikeliest of worlds.

The orphan girl, yearning for a loving family, and the boy who won’t leave her side. A healer maiden given an unexpected chance for a life beyond narrowed expectations. A grieving creature flown far from home.

They all search for something and now their fates are tied to his. If their quest for life can pull him from the dark mire in which his soul drowns, then perhaps he can be saved.

Or else he will drag them all down to a fate worse than death.

The beginning of an epic saga, MOONSCRIPT is a journey of innocence, despair, and redemption.

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My Review:

I have been in a mood for books with elves lately, and it is hard to find good clean books with elves, for some reason. Moonscript hit my reader mood perfectly and then some. Lord of the Rings style elves with deep allegorical themes.

I knew this book was going to be amazing, but even with my high expectations, it still managed to blow me away! It has been several days since I read this book, and I STILL can’t stop thinking about it. The characters, the world, the themes all wrapped me up and touched my heart so deeply. I can’t even express how much.

Errance, oh Errance. If you like tortured heroes, he is definitely one. Tortured for 70 years in the most horrible darkness, this elf prince has a long way to go in finding love and redemption. But when it happens…I don’t often tear up in books, and usually only over a character’s death. But I was tearing up at the end of this book by the depth of his heart and redemption.

Tellie makes a great POV character to balance out what would otherwise be a very dark book. She’s optimistic and giving and loving and will stop at nothing to help the scarred elf prince find his way back home even as she searched for a home of her own.

Kelm, Tryss, Coren, Zizain, the Daisha…all of them play a crucial role and touch the heart. The fact that I even remember the character names (I am so bad with names) just goes to show how real they all are. While there is an expansive world, the author manages to keep the cast of characters small enough to make each one count.

This is the type of book to re-read again and again.

If you like stories about elves, tortured heroes, redemption, and Christian fantasy at its finest, than pick this book up. You won’t regret it! 

Thankfully, this book functions as a standalone with a complete plot, but it is the first book in a series. I can’t wait for more books about these characters! This world has so much room for growth and more stories!

This book is definitely going to be one of my favorite reads of the whole year, that’s for sure!

Dare New Cover Reveal

Today is the cover reveal of the new cover for Dare, the first book in The Blades of Acktar series. It has been nearly five years since Dare released, and it was about time to spruce up the series a bit.

Savannah Jezowski at Dragonpen Designs did the new cover, and she did a stunning job. She is currently hard at work on the covers for the rest of the series.

Here is the new cover!

Isn’t it amazing???? Leith looks so dangerous and assassin-like.

The whole cover is so amazing, here is a peek at the full wrap cover:

The new cover goes live on Amazon today. It may take a little while for the new cover to work its way through the system, so I can’t guarantee that paperback orders placed today will have the new cover.

If you want to order a signed copy from me, you can follow the link and pre-order. It will probably be about 2-3 weeks by the time I order my copies of the books, have them shipped to me, and for me to then mail them to you.

Click here to Pre-order new cover of Dare!

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Dare Cover Reveal Sign Up

New covers for The Blades of Acktar are coming! The cover for Dare is completed and go live next Friday (5/8).

If you would like to help reveal the awesome new cover for Dare (and get a peek at the new cover early), sign up using the Google Forms below!

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Poison’s Dance Release Date!

Poison’s Dance, the third book in my fairytale retelling series, will be releasing August 26, 2020. You can follow this link to see the book page on Amazon and pre-order the ebook. 

I’m so excited to share this book with you! Alex’s character arc really starts to shine in this book, and I really hope the pay-off of watching him stumble through lots of mistakes in the first two books is worth it in this book. 

I can’t reveal the cover yet, but even this teaser that my cover designer put together is stunning!

About the book: 
If he falls to the lure of the curse, the dance might trap him forever.

Alex has survived his first year as high king. The new counsel has improved cooperation between the kingdoms, and peace seems achievable. When the Tuckawassee queen sends him an invitation he can’t refuse, Alex must once again face his greatest threat for the sake of peace.
Princess Tamya of Tuckawassee, along with her eleven sisters, has danced from sunset until sunrise every night of her life. It is her gift and her curse. When Queen Valinda wishes to use the power their cursed dance gives them to rule all of Tallahatchia, Tamya must decide if she will do what is right even if it betrays her own sister.

Daemyn Rand has survived a hundred years’ worth of battles. All he wants to do now is safely marry his princess. Will he be forced to choose between the love of his life and the high king he has loyally served for years?

They have faced certain death before. This time, they might not make it out alive.

Don’t miss this re-envisioning of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale.

Diamond and Misfortune Cover Reveal

Today I have cover reveals from two fellow fairy tale retelling authors Kirsten Fichter and Kendra E. Ardnek.

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Tagline: Is the safety of a country worth the sacrifice of one girl – even if she is the daughter of blood and misfortune?

Book Description:

A Twist of Adventure #4
The day she was born, her kingdom fell, and so she was branded the daughter of blood and misfortune and locked away. Now a dragon plagues the land and her curse may be the only thing that stops it.

But is she really cursed?

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Author Bio:

Kendra E. Ardnek

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks. Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || Amazon 


Diamond

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Book Description:

Once Upon a Twist #3
Diamond leads a quiet life with the woman she calls Mother. There isn’t much to pass the time save for excursions in the forest and one-sided conversations with her pet rabbit, Hobie. Men are cruel beings who care only for themselves and must be avoided at any cost. After all, Diamond’s own father gambled her away once. What other terrible fates might await her if people knew she existed?

Seth Stendahl is an alchemist with a middling proficiency in the Rohesian tongue. After growing up with and surviving six sisters, there shouldn’t be anything too difficult for him to master – except maybe breaking his leg and being locked in the top of a ruined watchtower.

This is Rapunzel with a twist like you’ve never seen it before.

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Author Bio:

KirstenKirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). Diamond: A Rapunzel Story is her third published fairytale retelling. You can find out more about her on her blog, A Synesthete Writer.

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Good Friday Traditions

This year, our normal Good Friday traditions are going to look a little different. Good Friday service tonight is live streamed. Normal family gatherings will happen virtually or not at all. My church always holds an Easter morning song service where we gather and sing Good Friday and Easter hymns. This year, the pianist will be live streamed while the rest of us sing in the small groups of our families. For a non-musical family like mine, it’s a struggle.

Maybe the extra time will give us the ability to sit down and truly ponder what this day means for us as Christians. Or maybe we’ll go about our day and forget it is Good Friday. If you’re still working (like I am) the day can feel like a normal Friday.

But I have one odd Good Friday tradition that I thought I would share with you today. I was an English Minor in college, and while not an Old English geek by any means (I have yet to teach myself to write or read the actual Old English), I love many of the poems written in that time.

“The Dream of the Rood” is a Good Friday poem written around the same time as Beowulf. It starts out with an unknown poet having a dream. In that dream, he sees the cross of Calvary, and the personified cross then tells the dreamer the Good Friday story from its perspective.

I find it a very fascinating poem in that it is such a strange mix of early medieval Christianity and Anglo-Saxon warrior mythology. It portrays Christ’s death in a way the people of that day could understand, as a warrior king striding into battle, but a battle won not by fighting but by willingly enduring a torturous death. And the poem shows the cross as Christ’s loyal thane (a warrior fighting under his leader). The tree agonizes over the fact that it cannot fight off Christ’s enemies, but instead is ordered to stand firm and let this tragedy happen.

I love the poem because it makes me think. From a human perspective, Jesus looked weak and helpless as He was nailed to the cross. He was mocked and ridiculed by those who taunted him to come down, though they did not believe He could.

Yet, He was God Almighty. He could have come down from that cross. He could have unleashed a host of angels to fight off His enemies. He did not have to stay, suffer, and die.

But He did, willingly, to save His people.

So, here is my favorite section from the poem (from the part where the cross is talking so the “I” here is the tree). I’ll provide a link to the rest of it at the end.


“It happened long ago—I remember it still—
I was hewn down at the holt’s end
stirred from my stock. Strong foes seized me there,
worked in me an awful spectacle, ordered me to heave up their criminals.
Those warriors bore me on their shoulders
until they set me down upon a mountain.
Enemies enough fastened me there.
I saw then the Lord of Mankind
hasten with much courage, willing to mount up upon me. (28-34)

“There I dared not go beyond the Lord’s word
to bow or burst apart—then I saw the corners of the earth
tremor—I could have felled all those foemen,
nevertheless I stood fast. (35-38)

“The young warrior stripped himself then—that was God Almighty—
strong and firm of purpose—he climbed up onto the high gallows,
magnificent in the sight of many. Then he wished to redeem mankind.
I quaked when the warrior embraced me—
yet I dared not bow to the ground, collapse
to earthly regions, but I had to stand there firm.
The rood was reared. I heaved the mighty king,
the Lord of Heaven—I dared not topple or reel. (39-45)

“They skewered me with dark nails, wounds easily seen upon me,
treacherous strokes yawning open. I dared injure none of them.
They shamed us both together. I was besplattered with blood,
sluicing out from the man’s side, after launching forth his soul. (46-49)

“Many vicious deeds have I endured on that hill—
I saw the God of Hosts racked in agony.
Darkness had covered over with clouds
the corpse of the Sovereign, shadows oppressed
the brightest splendor, black under breakers.
All of creation wept, mourning the king’s fall—
Christ was upon the cross. (50-56)


Link to the rest of the poem. 

How are you handling this change to your Good Friday traditions this year? Any traditions you are still able to do?

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day Sales

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For those of you who like fairy tales, today is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. A bunch of authors writing fairy tale retellings have their books on sale today through the end of the week (including me!) so now is the time to stock up on lots and lots of books! There is also a Facebook party tonight with prizes and games, so you won’t want to miss out on that!


Sales! Sales! And More Sales!

Here is a list (with links) of all the fairy tale retellings on sale today! These are all from clean fairy tale retelling authors so while I haven’t read all of these books yet, I feel comfortable recommending them.

If I have read them, you’ll find my reviews on my Goodreads under fairy tale retellings. I’ve also tried to tag each book with their fairy tale, if I can find/know that information.

First up, my own books Dagger’s Sleep and Midnight’s Curse are both on sale this week from now until Friday!

National Fairy Tale Day Sale

Dagger’s Sleep (Sleeping Beauty): https://www.amazon.com/Daggers-Sleep-Beyond-Tales-Book-ebook/dp/B07BHPH4VF

Midnight’s Curse (Cinderella): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RQVFH1S

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Pathways (Rumpelstiltskin/Princess and the Pea): https://www.amazon.com/Pathways-Kingdom…/dp/B07ND2GB48

Spelled: https://www.amazon.com/Spelled-Kingdom…/dp/B07QYCHHN9

Identity: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TJ2G9DX

Reflection: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YSZJFHB

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Link for the series page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GHXGPW5

Thief of Cahraman, Prince of Cahraman, Queen of Cahraman are an extended Aladdin retelling. Beast of Rosemead and Beauty of Rosemead are a Beauty and the Beast retelling.

Book five in this series also released today! I’m so excited to read it!

Princess of Midnight

Princess of Midnight (Cinderella): https://www.amazon.com/Princess-Midnight-Retelling-Cinderella-Fairytales-ebook/dp/B081B8S7DW

Faraway Castle Series: All books $.99 and the two novellas are Free!

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Faraway Castle series link on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TGFL78V

Cinder Ellie (Cinderella prequel novella): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SPF3PC4

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Princess of Secrets (Frog Prince): readerlinks.com/l/732458

Princess of Shadows

$.99: Princess of Shadows (Princess and the Pea): readerlinks.com/l/732490

Princess of Mermaids

$2.99: Princess of Mermaids (Little Mermaid): readerlinks.com/l/822139

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Once Upon a Story Short Story Collection: readerlinks.com/l/1035522

Suzannah Rowntree

$.99: The Rakshasa’s Bride (Beauty and the Beast): https://books2read.com/u/bQB8Y7

Princess of Gems

FREE: Curse of Gems (Toads and Diamonds): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R3DJCDQ

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Firethorn Chronicles series page link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0753LNFXV

 

Dancer

$.99: Dancer: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PQ239DR

Dragon's Maid

$.99: Dragon’s Maid: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SCL935V

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The Dragon Princess (Sleeping Beauty): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TWBL2GK/

The Siren Princess (Little Mermaid): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YBNQZ22/


Facebook Party!!!

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Many of the clean fairy tale writers above are hosting a Facebook party tonight. Lots of prizes and fairy tale fun! You won’t want to miss out!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2639757836252467


Group Promo

I’m trying something new this year and experimenting with participating in a group promo on Bookfunnel. This group promo was open to all, so I can’t guarantee all the books participating are clean. I haven’t personally read any of them (besides mine, for course).

Fairy Tales with a Twist

Group Promo link: https://books.bookfunnel.com/fairytaleretellings/fyt2qzzcnz


Writing Update:

I’ve currently set aside working on Blades book 6 at the moment. It has been giving me trouble, and over the years, I’ve learned it is sometimes best to set aside a book and write something else for a while.

While I haven’t been writing Blades, I have been working on Poison’s Dance (Beyond the Tales #3) and it has been coming along nicely. I’m actually in the climax right now and should hopefully finish it this spring yet. That means it will probably release in August, like Midnight’s Curse did.

Right now, I probably won’t start working on Blades book 6 until late summer or fall. That means, at the earliest, it won’t release until about December. I know that is about a year later than I had planned, but sometimes creativity works that way. I don’t want to rush this book. Not when so many of you are counting on this return to Acktar being amazing.

No Chance Meeting Blog Tour

 

Looking for a clean romantic read? Check Jaye Elliot’s newly released book, No Chance Meeting. You can read all about it below, and don’t forget to enter the giveaways!
About the Book
Alex Jennings is done with life. After losing her brother in Afghanistan, everything has collapsed around her. Getting laid off from her day job and failing in her art career, she has nowhere left to turn. She once had faith to believe that all things would work together for good, but that faith died with her brother. Now she just wants the pain to end.
Riley Conrad served thirteen years in the military until three bullets sent him home. After a year and a half of physical therapy and scraping together a living, all he wants is to live a simple life and perhaps even open the coffee shop he dreams about. However, the weight of failing his parents’ expectations doesn’t make it easy, and working as a bartender isn’t getting him anywhere fast.
Could a “chance” meeting between Alex and Riley set them both on the path God always intended?
Available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and more!
20% of all February sales will go to the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs.
About the Author
Jaye Elliot is an award-winning author, country girl, and hopeless romantic at heart. She loves a good hero and will always sigh happily during the lights scene in Tangled. She writes from her home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, which she shares with three cats she considers her kids. When not writing romance novels, she pens fantasy and adventure stories as Jaye L. Knight. Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest
My Review
I normally don’t read contemporary Christian romance. It just isn’t my thing. But Jaye L. Knight’s fantasy stories are some of my favorite books, so I decided to take a chance on reading her books under her contemporary pen name.
I’m glad I did! I loved this book so much and couldn’t put it down. I loved all the details, from a main guy who drives an old truck to the main girl’s intense soul-searching.
This is not just a fluffy, feel-good romance. It deals with deep topics, from suicide to depression. Much of the book takes place in a bar. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it is very real and raw and beautiful in its healing.
Still, there are plenty of swoony scenes and sigh-worthy romance, even if it stays on the clean end of things.
I can’t recommend this author enough, and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!
Giveaway #1

To celebrate the release of No Chance Meeting, Jaye is giving away a reader bundle that includes a signed copy of NCM, a hand-painted watercolor bookmark, a coffee mug, and a bag of Dove chocolates! Enter using the form below. U.S. entries only. Not open internationally.
Giveaway #2
For her second giveaway, Jaye is offering 3 ebook copies of No Chance Meeting. Open internationally!

 

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Tour Stops
 
Friday, February 14
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Tour Intro at Jaye Elliot
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Review &
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Review at Losing the Busyness
Saturday, February 15
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Author Interview at Angela R. Watts
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Review & Author Interview at Resting Life
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Author Post & Excerpt at Lady Grace: A Quiet and Gentle
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Sunday, February 16
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Spotlight at The Music of a Story
Monday, February 17
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Author Post at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
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Tuesday, February 18
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Review at Tricia Mingerink
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Review and Excerpt at Read Review Rejoice
Wednesday, February
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Review & Author Post at Leah’s Bookshelf
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Book Spotlight at The Page Dreamer
Thursday, February 20
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Review at Stories by Firefly
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Author Post at Backing Books
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Review at Poetree
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Tour Wrap Up at Jaye Elliot

 

Book Review – Cry of the Raven

A week ago, one of my most highly anticipated 2020 releases finally released! I was so excited to read the final book in the Ravenwood Saga by Morgan Busse, and the book didn’t disappoint!

Cry of the Raven As War Looms, Will Her Power Be Enough to Save the Ones She Loves?

Lady Selene Ravenwood has come into her full power as a dreamwalker–a power greater than any in history. She embraces her new role as Nightwatcher, able to intercede for her people in the dream world, but the dark shadow of war draws ever closer.

Working together, the Great Houses come up with a plan to secure the borders from the approaching Dominia Empire. But dissension, conflict, and suspicion threaten to destroy their tenuous treaty, and as the empire burns a path across their lands, Damien Maris starts to lose his ability to raise the waters, leaving the lands vulnerable to the empire’s attacks.

The only one who can keep the Great Houses unified and restore her husband’s power is Selene. But it will require that she venture deep into the dream world to confront the enemies of her past who will do anything to stop her power. Will it be enough, or will both worlds fall under the empire’s might?

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My Review: 

In this book, Selene really comes into her own. In the first two books, Damien has to be the rock for both of them since she is still struggling with her past and coming to the Light.

In this one, both of them still have struggles, but Selene is strong enough that Damien can lean on her just as much as she leans on him. It makes for a beautiful relationship and a wonderful example of what marriage should look like.

This book really starts to put the pieces together from the previous two books. There were a lot of threads from book one that were wrapped up in this book. Things that seemed to be side tangents in that book became important in this book. So well done!

The worldbuilding came to full force in this book, and I could see all the ways the author had been carefully building for this book in the previous ones. It was so cool to see the way Selene learned to use her dreamwalking at full strength and what she was able to do with it.

There is so much I could say about this book! The ending is amazing and so tense! The audiobook is well done, and I couldn’t stop listening!

Read my review of book 1: Mark of the Raven

Read my review of book 2: Flight of the Raven

 

Writing Update & Survey

Happy New Year!

A New Year is always a good time to reassess and evaluate. Look behind with 20/20 hindsight. Look ahead to try to wisely plan (as much as we humans can plan anyways).

2019 was an interesting year. I didn’t publish what I thought I would, though the launch of Midnight’s Curse went better than expected. Thanks to Midnight’s Curse (and the new cover on Dagger’s Sleep), it and Dagger’s Sleep are now outselling Dare, which was previously my best selling book. I made a lot of new author friends. Spent time deepening friendships with my current writer friends. It was over all an another amazing year to thank God for.

Glass Slipper

Update on Deceive

*wince* Um, yeah. *wince again*
Thank you to everyone who has been emailing me and messaging me asking about a release date for Deceive. It is still delayed, and I don’t know when it will release. After all the bugging the characters did about writing more books, when I actually sit down to write it, they aren’t playing nice. I think they are grumpy at me or something, lol.

My current plan is that Deceive and Poison’s Dance (the next Beyond the Tales book) will probably release in the summer or fall of this year. I will probably spend the beginning of this year writing both books, then editing and releasing them within a few months of each other. It all depends on how much trouble the books give me (and Deceive is already proving to be a problem child).

The Blades of Acktar 5th Anniversary!

On a happier note, this year will mark 5 years since Dare released! (June 2 to be exact!). I’m thinking we need to do something fun to celebrate, and I’ve been bouncing around a few ideas.

I’ve put together a survey of a few of the ideas I’ve been considering. If you would take the time to go through it, I would appreciate it!

Click this link to access the survey!

Thanks once again for your patience for Deceive! I hope it will be such an awesome book that it will make up for the long wait! 🙂 And, hopefully, the release for Poison’s Dance won’t be far behind it!