Dagger’s Sleep Read-Along: Week One

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Welcome to week 1 of the read-along for Dagger’s Sleep!

I meant for this post to go live yesterday, but after a busy weekend and an even busier Monday, it didn’t happen.

Also, stay tuned at the bottom of this post both for the sign up for the blog tour for Midnight’s Curse and this week’s giveaway for the read-along.

About the Read-Along

Here on the blog and in the readers group on Facebook (you can join the group here) we are going to be doing a read-along for Dagger’s Sleep. This is where we all read the book a few chapters a week, then discuss and have fun behind-the-scenes peeks at the chapters, and stuff like that. Kind of like an online book club.

If you haven’t read Dagger’s Sleep yet, there will be spoilers. So you might want to avoid my blog for the next little while or join the read-along yourself and read the book.

Each week, I’m going to be hosting a giveaway starting on Monday or Tuesday (depending when the blog post goes live) with the winner announced Friday with that week’s wrap up post. I’m hoping to post Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but since I’m an inconsistent blogger, we’ll see how well this goes, lol.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Introduction to Dagger’s Sleep

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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.

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Dagger’s Sleep is the first in my new series Beyond the Tales, which is a series of fairy tale retellings set in a world based on the Appalachian Mountain area of the United States. This series is Christian fantasy and features allegorical elements that make it just as clearly Christian and inspiring as The Blades of Acktar, just in a different and unique way.

It is actually a (major) rewrite of a book I wrote back when I was in fifth or sixth grade. That book was called The Quest for the Sleeping Prince and besides the prince being called Alexander, him pricking himself on his dagger (though under much different circumstances), and having to be woken by water poured on him instead of a kiss (in that version, it was a bucket of water flung on him), there really isn’t much resemblance.

That early, early version was a rather quirky fairy tale romp that brought in just about every fairy tale, legend, and nursery rhyme character I could think of, including but not limited to Thumbelina, the frog prince, Robin Hood, the woman living in a shoe, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, and Peter Pumpkin eater’s wife living in a pumpkin. It was a terrible mess of a plot and all those side characters sound cool, but I was an eleven-year-old with no concept of character development. Talk about a lot of random cardboard characters cluttering up the story.

In that version, the princess’s name was Cassandra and, shocker, she ended up with the Prince Alexander, who went by the nickname Sandy. Yes, I had Cassie and Sandy. What can I say. I was 11.

Probably most interesting is that the early versions of Isi, Zeke, and Daemyn were all there. Cassandra had a maid with a quirky sense of humor that goes along with her on her quest, and this maid fell in love with the Robin Hood character, who has a little bit of Zeke’s personality (though with more arrogance).

Daemyn’s original character is a bit more tricky. In the early version, I had a character named Ellis who was a twelve-year-old boy when the prince fell asleep. This boy ends up living to be a hundred and twelve (he ages in this version, so he was actually a rickety old man) and leads Cassie to the prince. In a later revision, I added that he was a page boy given the task of carrying Prince Alexander’s dagger out of the castle and kingdom before the hundred years’ of sleep. At the end of the hundred years’ sleep, 11 year old me didn’t know what to do with Ellis. It was too sad to have him die so I ended up having him just live to be really, really, really old. No romance for him. No getting stuck not aging. He still ended up the king’s adviser.

This version wasn’t based on the Appalachian Mountains. It wasn’t Christian fantasy. Actually, it didn’t have any Christian themes. There wasn’t even a clear bad guy except the nebulous difficulties of travel.

I always loved the heart of that story, and since my brand is writing Christian fantasy, I transformed the book by adding in allegorical elements on top of all the changes I made to characters, plot, and setting. It hardly resembles the same book now.


Giveaway!

Waking Beauty by [Morin, Sarah E.]

This week, I am giving away a Kindle copy of Waking Beauty by Sarah E. Morin. This book was published by Enclave Publishing, and it is also a Sleeping Beauty retelling with allegorical elements, like Dagger’s Sleep, though the allegorical part is much more subtle. It is a very lyrical, lovely retelling and the book that showed me how beautifully fairy tales could mix with allegorical elements.

To enter, comment on this post and/or tomorrow’s post either here or in the Facebook group. If you comment on both posts, your comments count as 2 entries. The winner will be announced on Friday. This giveaway is available internationally wherever Amazon Kindle is available (barring Amazon giving me any trouble).


Midnight’s Curse Blog Tour and Launch

It’s that time again! We are a little over a month away from the release for Midnight’s Curse! I can’t believe it is coming so quickly!

I’m going to be hosting a blog tour from August 5-10. If you would like to participate, please sign up using the form below.

If you don’t have a blog but would like to help launch Midnight’s Curse, there will be plenty of opportunities to review the book or post on social media, including an Instagram bookstagram challenge. If you would like to review Midnight’s Curse or participate by posting on social media, you can also sign up using the form below.

Thanks in advance for helping with this launch! Launching a book can be a daunting task, and your help is greatly appreciated!

Dagger’s Sleep Read-Along

Announcing the Dagger’s Sleep Read-Along!

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To get ready for the release of Midnight’s Curse, I’m going to be hosting a read-along for Dagger’s Sleep, book 1 in the series, here on my blog and in my readers Facebook group (you can join by following this link then asking the join the group along the sidebar) where we will read the book together and then discuss those chapters.

I’ll post some behind the scenes stuff on my blog and hopefully some giveaways while you’ll have the chance to ask me your burning questions about the book!

I’m a little late putting this together, so the amount of chapters per week might look daunting. But it comes out to reading roughly 1 chapter a night for the next 36 days.

I’ve been planning out some of the blog posts, and it should be a lot of fun!

The read-a-long officially starts next week, but feel free to start reading now if you need the extra time to finish the book. 

What behind-the-scenes things would you like to see? Trivia? My writing process? The Bible passages that inspired certain scenes?

Cover Reveal For Time Captives

We have another cover reveal! Morgan Huneke has new covers for her Time Captives series and they are lovely! Check them out and don’t miss the giveaway at the end!

Morgan Huneke is a friend and fellow indie author of mine (I’m actually going to be rooming with her at Realm Makers this year! Yay!). I’ll admit, I have only read the first book in this series, Creighton Hill, and haven’t read the rest yet. *wince* They are fun, middle grade fantasy books perfect for younger readers looking for something a little more adventurous!

You can find out more about Morgan and her books at her website. 

 

In a perilous quest that spans two worlds, four siblings must team up with their long-lost ancestors and a rebellious slave to deliver an enslaved people from the cruel strytes who invaded their land.

Creighton Hill

“No one can mysteriously disappear leaving no trace. It isn’t realistic.”

“You’re right, Emily,” her grandfather said thoughtfully. “It isn’t realistic. However, a good many things happen in this world that are not realistic, things supernatural.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna have grown up on their grandfather’s tales of ancestors who mysteriously disappeared from Creighton Hill, the plantation home that has been in their family for centuries. When Grampa’s death forces them to move into Creighton Hill, the truth about the supposed disappearances is the first thing on their minds. Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna’s, that is. As for Emily, why must they keep at their supernatural hogwash?

Could it be that their family really does just have an unusual history of early deaths? Most people seem to think so. But Grampa’s research has uncovered something different.

When mysterious writing matching descriptions found in ancient accounts begins appearing to the children, they know something’s up. They must find out what really happened to their ancestors, and work together to discover the reason behind the mysterious writings.

Creighton Hill is the first book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

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The Crossways

“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”

Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.

A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?

Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?

The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

Buy now!

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God, please look after Adriel. Keep him safe and keep him from acting foolish. And please help him to be able to find me.

Rae knew she could trust God to look after both of them. It was all she had now.

The Time Captives have been reunited. The rightful king has been freed. Now all that remains is to defeat the strytes who still hold a tyrannical rule over the people of Calhortz. But with their lack of soldiers, it’s a task that is easier said than done. They need allies, but are they worth it when it requires facing ghosts from their pasts?

Returning to his home country only brings the loss of Adriel’s family to the forefront of his mind. His determination to find Rae has never ceased, but now that determination could potentially destroy all that he and the Time Captives have been working towards. And his new-found faith may not be able to withstand the challenge.

Will they be able to set aside their personal struggles for the sake of the freedom of all or will they allow their pasts to consume them? Will they manage to win back Crannig Castle from the rule of the strytes? The fate of Calhortz hangs in the balance.

Crannig Castle is the final book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

Buy now!

Giveaway

Morgan will be giving away a complete set of brand new Time Captives books! Be sure to enter! Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

Flight of the Raven Blog Tour


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Today I have the pleasure of spotlighting Morgan Busse’s The Ravenwood Saga. I loved both of the currently released books in the series, and I can’t wait for book 3!

Make sure you read all the way until the end for a giveaway and a sale.

Flight of the Raven
(The Ravenwood Saga #2)
By Morgan L. Busse
Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family’s destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new life as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill.

While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself.

With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: embrace the Dark Lady’s offer, or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other offers freedom. But time is running out, and soon her choice will be made for her.

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My Review:

I pre-ordered the audiobook and literally set aside the audiobook I was listening to so I could jump into this one right away. After the sort of cliff hanger ending of the last book, I’ve been impatiently counting down to this book.

This book was a bit different than what I was expecting, yet in some ways it was exactly what I was expecting. It had less action than the last book. Really only the ending had anything like the danger and tense scenes of the first book. I was expecting a lot of Damien and Selene falling in love and growing as people, and that’s exactly what I got and it was really well done and sweet and adorable.

Even though this book was in many ways slower than the first book, I still couldn’t stop listening. The struggle inside Selene is very compelling and Amara’s struggles were a good parallel.

There were a few doctrinal things I didn’t agree with, but overall I appreciated the Christian aspect of the book.

The ending was the best part of the whole book. Tense and heart-wrenching and totally sets up a dramatic finale in the third book. I’m already starting a countdown to the release of book 3

Other Books in the Series

Mark of the Raven
(The Ravenwood Saga #1)
By Morgan L. Busse
Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
November 6th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

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My Review:

This book is amazing! Of course, I knew it would be since I’ve adored every single novel this author has ever written!

This one started off slow. But the sort of slow where the plot and worldbuilding are unfolding like a flower, one petal at a time. Just at the moment when I wasn’t sure where this was going, stuff started happening, deceptions upon deceptions and betrayals and plots and planned assassinations, and everything just got tense and crazy.

The worldbuilding is well done. Each of the Houses had their own personalities, and the author does a great job of writing clearly during the scenes where multiple houses are together and a great number of characters are introduced so that even someone like me who struggles with names didn’t get confused.

Damien was my favorite character from the moment he stepped on the page. His introduction in this book is simply epic. Gave me chills. I still think one scene with him early on is my favorite in the whole book for how spine-chillingly awesome it is.

Selene was also a really, well-done character. It would’ve been too easy for her to feel whiny or too passive, but the author does a great job of making the reader root for her.

This is a great start to this new series, and now I am even more eager for book two!

Also, I read most of this book via audiobook, and the audiobook version is well done. The narrator does a really good job!

About the Author

Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the steampunk series The Soul Chronicles. She is a Christy and INSPY Award finalist and won the Carol Award in 2018 for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.

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1 winner will receive print copies of Mark of the Raven, Flight of the Raven, and a $20 Amazon gift card
2 winner winners will receive print copies of Mark of the Raven and Flight of the Raven
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Midnight’s Curse Cover Reveal

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I am so excited to reveal the release date and cover reveal for my upcoming book Midnight’s Curse today!

For those of you who have been asking:

  • This is a sequel to last May’s release Dagger’s Sleep
  • It continues with the same characters as Dagger’s Sleep. So if you wanted to read more about Alex, Daemyn, Rosanna, and the rest, then you’ll want to get your hands on Midnight’s Curse
  • Yes, it is my first book whose title doesn’t start with D

Midnight’s Curse releases August 6, 2019!

I have already begun some of the brainstorming for the release, and it’s going to be epic with a blog tour, Instagram challenge, and, of course, lots of giveaways of Cinderella retellings.

Scroll down to see the cover!

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Isn’t it stunning? The cover was designed by Savannah Jezowski at Dragonpen Designs. You can find more examples of her work here.

About the book

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 he have to sacrifice his last chance to truly live?

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

Preorder the Kindle on Amazon.

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Cover Story

I actually stumbled across this cover on a premade cover site when I was in the very early stages of brainstorming Midnight’s Curse. If you happen to frequent the same sites I do, you may have seen this cover before. Yep, I’m the person who snapped it up, lol.

As soon as I saw this cover, it was love at first sight. The girl on the cover was exactly as I had been picturing Elara, the Cinderella character. The castle in the background was the EXACT same castle I had decided to use as my base for my fictional castle in this book. The cover is a nighttime scene. Even the black and red dress was perfect. The designer was someone I’d had recommended to me from a fellow indie author, and I liked this designer’s work. The premade cover couldn’t have been more perfect for Midnight’s Curse if I had sat down with the cover designer and had it made specifically for the book.

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Original cover

The only problem was that it didn’t fit what was then the current cover for Dagger’s Sleep, the first book in the series. If I bought this cover, then I would need to change the cover for Dagger’s Sleep as well, and it would involve a bit of re-branding for this series.

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Current cover

After a few hours of agonizing over the decision, my gut was still telling me this cover was the right direction to go for Midnight’s Curse. I bought it and contacted Savannah about a cover for Dagger’s Sleep as well. She worked her magic, and created the new cover for Dagger’s Sleep that I adore!

So, yes. Not only did I have this cover for Midnight’s Curse before I’d even started writing the book, I also had it before the current cover for Dagger’s Sleep. Funny how things sometimes work like that when you’re an indie author, lol.

 

About the author:

DSC09450-2Tricia Mingerink is the author of the bestselling The Blades of Acktar series and the Beyond the Tales series. 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

 

To celebrate the cover reveal, Dagger’s Sleep, a Sleeping Beauty retelling and book one in the series, is on sale in Kindle for $.99 this weekend!  Click here to purchase on Amazon.

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Giveaway!

To celebrate even more, I’m holding a giveaway for a paperback copy of Dagger’s Sleep and a 2oz Plot Twist candle by Novelly Yours Candles.

To enter, share the above sale graphic for Dagger’s Sleep, the cover for Midnight’s Curse, or the below Midnight’s Curse promo graphic and make sure you use hashtag #MidnightsCurse and tag @triciamingerink on any social media site to enter.

The giveaway will end May 22 at midnight. Please note this giveaway is only open in the United States. It is not sponsored by Novelly Yours Candles.

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What do you think? Are you excited for Midnight’s Curse?

Sign up for Cover Reveal, News, & More

This is going to be a rather eclectic blog post. It has been far too long since I’ve posted, and things have begun to pile up.

In April, I pushed really hard to finish the first draft of Midnight’s Curse, the sequel to Dagger’s Sleep. I’m happy to say I finished it! Even if it took writing 55k words in 32 days. Social media and posting on here took a back seat to writing all the words.

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Since I finished the first draft and have been lining up all the stuff to release the book, it is time to do a cover reveal and announce a release date. Yay!

 Fill out the form below to join the cover reveal for Midnight’s Curse!

Why help with the cover reveal?

  • It helps an author launch a book on the right foot.
  • You get to see both the shiny new cover and the release date before anyone else.
  • You get this author’s sincere gratitude for being an awesome person. If I could give you all maple sugar cookies, I would.

The cover reveal is going to take place on May 17. That’s less than 2 weeks away. I know I’m cutting the time short, but life was too crazy for me to arrange this before now.

You don’t need to have a blog to participate. Any social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc). will work.

On that weekend, the preorder for Midnight’s Curse will go live on Amazon, and the Kindle version of Dagger’s Sleep is going to be on sale for $.99. So there will be a lot to celebrate!

Here’s the form for the Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to reveal this cover to all of you! Savannah Jezowski of Dragonpress Designs did this cover, and it’s amazing. She’s the same person who designed the new cover for Dagger’s Sleep, and as amazing as that cover is, I think the one for Midnight’s Curse is even more stunning.

RealmAward_2inchSpeaking of Dagger’s Sleep, it was announced a couple of weeks ago that Dagger’s Sleep is a finalist for a Realm Award for the Fantasy category. It is such an honor to see Dagger’s Sleep alongside all the other amazing finalists. You can see a full list of the finalists here.

 


Friend Features

Several books by author friends and acquaintances have released in the past couple of weeks, and I wanted to highlight a few here.

Flight of the RavenFlight of the Raven by Morgan Busse released on April 30. It is book 2 in her Ravenwood Saga and continues the story of Selene and Damien. It is Christian fantasy published by Bethany House.

I’m not going to say tons about it now since I’ll be posting about it (well, fangirling about it) as part of the blog tour at the end of May. But you can find my review here on Goodreads and here is the link to the book on Amazon.

I’ve enjoyed all of this author’s books and I can’t wait for book 3 in this series to release!

The Lady and the Wish by J.M. Stengl released on April 25. It is book 4 in the Faraway The Lady and the WishCastle series and is a retelling of the King Thrushbeard fairy tale. All of the Faraway Castle books are adorable fairy tale retellings, and I can’t wait for the next book in this series! If you have read Dagger’s Sleep or enjoy books like K.M. Shea’s Timeless Fairy Tale series, then you will want to pick up the Faraway Castle series.

Besides, isn’t that cover simply gorgeous?

Here is the link to find the book on Amazon and here is the link to my review on Goodreads.

RomanovFinally, today is the release day for Romanov by Nadine Brandes. It is a historical fantasy/retelling of Anastasia, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on it from the moment I knew she was writing this book. I haven’t started reading it yet, but I’m sure it is going to be as amazing as all her other books!

Here’s the link for the book on Amazon.

 

Congratulations to all of these authors on their recent releases!

Do you know of any other new releases that you would like to tell everyone about? Feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the cover reveal and release date announcement for Midnight’s Curse. I’m really excited to share this book with you!

Introducing Fairy Tale Central

When I heard that several online friends were starting a website to highlight fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, I was super excited to feature their website’s launch on my blog.

Dagger's Sleep_Internet UseI LOVE fairy tale retellings. I grew up on Gail Carson Levine’s fairy tale retellings and have since discovered a whole wealth of traditionally published and indie published authors who write fairy tale retellings, including KM Shea and Melanie Cellier, who are among my favorites (both are indie authors who write funny, clean fairy tales).

Last year, I released my own fairy tale retelling Dagger’s Sleep, a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a few hints of allegorical elements. I’m working on writing Midnight’s Curse, the sequel to Dagger’s Sleep and a Cinderella retelling.

So without further ado, here is Fairy Tale Central!


Once Upon a Time two girls had a dream. A dream of a fairy tale site, an internet library, if you will, for all the fairy tale lovers of the land to gather and converse. To learn, to read, to fangirl/boy, to bask in the goodness that is fairy tales.

As this dream blossomed, the two girls recruited a third. Because, after all, all good fairy tales come in themes of three.

With the third member in place, the girls got to work. The dream began to take shape, until it was no longer just a dream. But something real.

Introducing…

 

FAIRY TALE CENTRAL

This newly launched site run by Arielle Bailey, Faith White, and Christine Smith, is your source for all things fairy tales.

Every month a single fairy tale will be featured, and posts will include:

  • Reviews for retellings/shows/movies/etc.
  • Essay, origin, and discussion posts on the featured fairy tale
  • Interviews with fairy tale retelling authors
  • Galleries featuring fairy tale artists and artisans
  • And a whole lot more!

The FTC’s goal is to unlock the magic that is fairy tales and build a community of fellow fairy tale enthusiasts. Arielle, Faith, and Christine are thrilled to share this new fairy tale centric space and connect with all you epic fairy tale fans!

You can CLICK HERE to find the site and join the Fairy Ring! (Don’t worry, you won’t be enchanted or cursed.) And, if you want to connect even more, you can find the FTC on:

(If you’re inclined to share about the FTC in those places too, you may or may not be blessed by a fairy godmother. *smile, smile*)

Do tell a friend, or a dragon, or the fairy living in the hollow tree behind your house. All humans and mythological creatures alike are welcome!


Doesn’t it sound like a cool site? I know I’m excited to follow their posts!

In case you didn’t hear yet, last week the finalists for the Realm Award were announced, and Dagger’s Sleep is a finalist in the Fantasy category!

Realm Award Finalists!

I am really honored that Dagger’s Sleep made it this far, especially considering how many amazing fantasy books were released by Christian authors last year.

The winners of the Realm Awards will be announced at the Realm Makers Conference this year, and I’m going! Realm Makers is always an amazing experience, and I’m excited to be going again this year!


Are you excited for the launch of Fairy Tale Central? Do you read fairy tale retellings?

Alliance Award Nominations Open

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The nominations for the Alliance Award are now open! This is a reader voted award, which I personally think is the best kind of award. It is the readers that truly matter, right? 😉
Anyway, both Defy and Deliver were finalists for this award in 2017 and 2018. This year, both Dagger’s Sleep and Decree are eligible to be nominated.
Not that you have to nominate them. There are a lot of other good Christian spec fic published in 2018. A few others that are also eligible are Bitter Winter by Jaye L. Knight, Fawkes by Nadine Brandes, Song of Leira by Gillian Bronte Adams, and Mark of the Raven by Morgan Busse. And that just scratches the surface of all the great Christian spec fic novels published last year!
So please consider taking a few minutes out of your day to nominate your favorite spec fic novels published last year by a Christian author! Both indie and traditionally published are eligible!
Here is the link where you can nominate books. 

The nomination submission asks for the ISBN to make the nominations more accurate (not required, but highly encouraged and helpful).

The best place to find the ISBNs for the books you would like to nominate is to look up the paperback of that book on Amazon. The ISBN can be found in the product details.

Here is an example of the product details for the paperback of Dagger’s Sleep. The 13 digit ISBN is highlighted in blue:

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Live Without You Book Spotlight

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Today I’m so excited to be featuring Live Without You, the debut release by Sarah Grace Grzy.

So, true story. I met Sarah Grace and her older sister Victoria Lynn (who is also a published author. Go check out her books London in the Dark and Bound here.) They visited a craft sale where I had my books back when I was a newbie author with only Dare out and before either of them were published. I was so excited that I actually had fans that I jumped up to hug them…and promptly stepped on Sarah’s foot. Yeah, I’m that author. Totally graceful.

We had a wonderful chat about indie publishing and being an author that day, and I’m so excited to see both of them living their dreams and publishing.

You can find the schedule for the rest of the blog tour here.

About the Book: 

lwy kindle cover jpgPiper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t.

For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

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About the Author: 

author imageSarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.

A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.

You can connect with her through her newsletter, Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram

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A Look Back; A Look Forward

This is the time of year when everyone gets bombarded with a host of Christmas posts and New Year’s posts and resolution posts and a year in books posts. Here’s one more. Kind of a look back at 2018 both in life and books and an unofficial wrap up for the Ilyon and Acktar blog tour since I never did one of those. Oops.


2018

Every year has its ups and downs. But 2018 is one year I’m personally glad is over. It was a year that started with blowing a tire on the highway and dealing with that mess and ended with having to say goodbye to my grandpa as he went to Heaven and saying goodbye to a place very dear to my heart all in one month, all while running a blog tour and releasing my seventh book. It was a year where I found out I was going to be an aunt again, only to grieve with my brother and sister-in-law as they suffered a miscarriage and clung to the hope of Heaven, a hope that now both my unborn niece or nephew and my grandpa are together with Jesus. This was a year of finding out just how amazing and supportive my friends are, both the ones in Michigan and far-flung across the United States and world.

The year had its amazing moments. Going to Realm Makers and meeting some friends for the first time and others for the third or fourth time was awesome. Realm Makers is always a blast, and this year was definitely so. I took a road trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and completely fell in love with the area. My critique partner came in September, and I had the privilege of showing her around west Michigan.

It was a year where I launched a new series and wrote a new book in my established series. Writing itself wasn’t as difficult as it was last year, but it wasn’t without its discouragements and joys. I had my worst release since my first book as a newbie author and also my best release ever. I tweaked or completely changed the covers of 4 of my books while working on the covers for two upcoming books all in the same month. I released my 5th Blades of Acktar book within four days of Jaye L. Knight, a really good author friend, releasing her 5th book in the Ilyon Chronicles, and the joint blog tour was amazingly fun, especially the combined character chats.

Over all, it was an amazing, exhausting, draining, strengthening year. I look forward to what God has in store for 2019!


Mini Blog Tour Wrap Up

Now that all the polls from the character chats have wrapped up, it’s about time we announced the results.

For those who might not know, at the end of each of the combined Ilyon and Acktar character chats from the recent blog tour, Jaye and I had a poll pitching two of our characters against each other in good fun.

Character Chat #1 Poll – Leetra vs. Martyn

Leetra came out swinging and gained an early lead, which probably made Martyn mad because he took the lead after that and never looked back.

Final result: Leetra (23) vs Martyn (26) (49 votes total)

Martyn wins! Barely, though. Leetra definitely put up a good fight!

Character Chat #2 Poll – Trask vs. Shad

This one really, really surprised me. After a few votes early on, Shad ended up the HUGE winner. Sorry, Trask.

Interestingly enough, it was this poll (not the Jace vs. Leith poll like we expected) that got the most response and the most votes.

Final result: Trask (19) vs. Shad (34) with 1 vote for a tie (54 votes total)

Character Chat #3 Poll – Jace vs. Leith

This was the most highly anticipated poll, and the Jace fangirls definitely brought it. In a practice fight (where Leith would be barred from using his assassin trickiness), Jace was the clear winner.

Final result: Jace (21) vs Leith (12) with 1 vote for a tie (34 votes total)

Character Chat #4 Poll – Kaden vs Kayleigh

This poll got somewhat the short end of the stick since it went up on the last day of the tour and only lasted for about 48 hours.

But of all the polls, this one was the friendliest fight. Kaden and Kayleigh stayed neck and neck for the whole time and tied in the end, with one person voting that Martyn would beat Kaden. So after a friendly bout where Kaden and Kayleigh tie, Martyn tips things in Kayleigh’s favor by getting annoyed with Kaden.

Final result: Kaden (14) vs Kayleigh (14) with 1 vote for Martyn as winner (29 votes total)

So there you have it. The fans have spoken!

Thanks so much for everyone’s participation in the tour and voting on the polls! All of the character chats are up and can still be enjoyed if you missed them. Just scroll down to the blog post before this one to find the 4th character chat and links to the rest.


2018 in Books

I read A LOT of books this year. Part of that was I deal with stress by reading, and usually reading light, non-demanding books, and I discovered several authors that fit that bill nicely.

I read 188 books in 2018. That doesn’t count the bazillion times I read Dagger’s Sleep and Decree before their releases.

Of the 188 books:

113 (60%) –  audiobooks. That is down from 70% last year, but that is kind of deceiving since a bunch of the books I physically read were short stories and shorter books while all the longer books I read were audiobooks.

86 (45%) – indie books. I honestly thought it would be more, but indie authors don’t have as many books on audiobooks. But of the 75 books I physically read, 62 (83%) of them were indie books, and another 3 of them were small presses.

103 (55%) – Christian books

  • 78 (41%) – Christian books for the Christian market
  • 25 (13%) – Books written by Christians for the general market

Genres: 

Fantasy: 80

  • Fairy Tale: 25
  • Kingdom Adventure: 12

Western: 24

Thriller: 12

Romance: 85

  • Christian contemporary romance: 20
  • Christian historical romance: 45

Graphic Novel: 1

Sci-Fi: 2

Time Travel: 3

Steampunk: 15

YA: 15

I knew I read widely and with a variety of genres, but it was fun breaking it down like this. No one genre was even 50% of my reading, though Fantasy and Romance were nearly tie at roughly 45% each, though there are a few more that were both fantasy and romance that I included under fantasy and not under romance. I also read surprisingly little YA this year.

Most-read authors:

  1. Louis L’amour (18) – all of these were re-reads. Western.
  2. Carol Moncado (17) – new-to-me author. Mostly new, but I re-read a few. Christian contemporary romance. Indie author. Reader Ages 14+
  3. Lindsay Buroker (14) – Some re-reads, some new. Adult steampunk. Indie author. Can get steamy. Reader Ages 18+
  4. Tamara Leigh (13) – Some re-reads, some new. Christian historical romance. Indie author. Can get steamy. Reader Ages 18+
  5. Tie between K.M. Shea and Melanie Cellier (12). KM. Shea is a longtime favorite author while Melanie Cellier was a new-to-me author this year. Both write fairy tale and fantasy. Both are indie authors. Reader Ages 10+

Except for Louis L’amour, all of my top, most-read authors are indie. Maybe because they put out more books per year and have more books out there to binge?

That’s my year in books. I love tracking my reading progress on Goodreads! It makes it so easy to look back and figure out what I read during a year!

What about you? Do you track your reading on Goodreads? Did you make your reading goal?


On to 2019

2019 is going to be a busy, crazy year. I’m currently working on writing Midnight’s Curse, and I’m super excited to see it come together. I already have the cover for it, and I’ll know more about a release date once I finish the first draft.

I’m also brainstorming Deceive (The Blades of Acktar #6). I think this book and book 7 are going to be worthy additions to the series!