Awards and Adventures

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


Deliver is an Alliance Award finalist!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

I hope to see you all there!


Author Adventures!

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

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

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

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

What are places you enjoy hiking and traveling?

Dagger’s Sleep Released!

Dagger’s Sleep is Released!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can click this link to vote.

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

Dissociate & Dagger’s Sleep Blog Tour

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

You can click this link to vote.


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

About the Book:

Freedom begins with finding the truth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author:

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


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

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

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


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

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday – May 22

Laura Grace – Author Interview

Reading Anyone – Book Review

Jaye L Knight – Book Spotlight

Quirky Faith – Book Reviews and Author Interview

Wednesday – May 23

Allyson Kennedy – Author Interview

Sam H. – Book Review

Addyson Huneke – Book Review and Author Interview

Ivie Brooks – Book Reviews

Thursday – May 24

Shantelle Mary – Book Review and Book Spotlight

Brie Donning – Book Review and Multi-Character Interview

Blooming with Books – Book Review and Author Interview

Julian Daventry – Book Review and Author Interview

Friday – May 25

Faith Thompson – Book Reviews and Author Interview

Hannah Gaudette – Author Interview

CM Williams – Book Review

Chloe Parker – Book Reviews

Saturday – May 26

JM Christian – Book Review and Multi-Character Interview

Abigail McKenna – Book Reviews

Liv Fisher – Author Interview

Book Wolf – Book Reviews and Author Interview

Liz Koetsier – Book Spotlight

Monday – May 28

Jessica Dowell – Book Review and Author Interview

Lila Kims – Book Reviews

Marie Elrich – Book Reviews

Faith Potts – Book Review and Book Spotlight

 


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

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

To enter this giveaway, follow this Rafflecopter link.

 


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

To enter this giveaway, follow this Rafflecopter link.

 

 

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

Indie e-Con Scavenger Hunt 2018 – Stop #15

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

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

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


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

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

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

   And C) the King James Bible.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Your clue for the scavenger hunt is: I

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

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

 

Award and Facebook Festival

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

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

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

To vote, follow this link.

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

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

Follow this link to join the Facebook Festival!

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

 

 

Blog Tour Sign Up

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Cover & Title Reveal for my Next Book

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I’m sorry. I’ve made all of you wait far too long for this reveal. I know I’ve been rather silent about this book. For a while there, I wasn’t sure this book would come together and I didn’t want to get your hopes up if it didn’t. 

But right now, the editing is going smoothly and I’m finally loving this book and the characters, making me even more excited to share this book with you! 

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Introducing, Dagger’s Sleep (Beyond the Tales Book 1)!

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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.

Release Date: May 28, 2018

DSC09450-2About 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 her on FacebookPinterestGoodreadsTwitterInstagram, and her blog.

What do you guys think? Are you excited? If you are, feel free to spread the word across social media! Feel free to post the cover, blurb, and title on whatever social media you prefer to use. If you would like a mobi version of the cover to send to a Kindle for pictures for Instagram or other social media accounts, please let me know. 

To make things even more exciting, I’m going to be co-hosting a blog tour from May 22 to 28 with Sarah Addison-Fox. Her next book Dissociate releases May 22. I had the privilege to read an early copy of her book, and it’s amazing! I can’t wait for all the fun and games we have planned for the tour! 

Final note, nominations for the Alliance Award opened yesterday. This is a reader-voted award run by Realm Makers, and last year, thanks to you guys, Defy made it to the top 5! While Deliver was published last year and is eligible to be nominated, I’m not going to demand you go out and vote it in (though I would be beyond honored if you did). Just take a few minutes to give a shout out to the books you felt were great Christian speculative fiction works last year! Link to nominate books here.

 

Who wants to help with a Cover Reveal?

It has been far too long since I’ve updated about a new book. It’s been far easier to stay silent than admit that, for a while last summer, I wasn’t sure there would be a new book. The words weren’t coming and the more the words didn’t come, the more I stressed about it, and the more I stressed, the more I couldn’t write. I’ve since learned I wasn’t alone. Several other authors I know have said last year was tough for them too. Here’s one of the blog posts here.

Even once I did start writing again, I flat out hated this current book and nearly quit it several times up until I was nearly halfway into it. I dreaded having people ask about it and forced myself to smile as I said it was coming along.

Which probably isn’t the best way to get all of you excited about it, is it?

But I loved and still love the second half of the book, and things finally seem to be falling in place with it. Early reader and editor feedback has been positive. Editing is coming along and making the hated book into something I like and hopefully you’ll like too. And it has a cover. Which I’ll be asking if you want to help reveal at the end of this post.

Cover Reveal Graphic

But first, I’d like to give a shout out to fellow authors who recently had their books release.


First off, Chris Wachter had her first book release! Isn’t the cover so mysterious? I had the privilege to be able to read the first chapter two years ago when I met her in person at Realm Makers, and I can’t wait until I can read the rest of this book! I’m so excited that, after two years of following Chris’s publishing journey, her book is finally out!

You can find the book on Amazon here.

You can also connect with C.S. Wachter at her website: www.cswachter.com.


Dissemble: Allegiance Series #2 by [Addison-Fox, Sarah]Second, Sarah Addison-Fox had her second novel release recently. The cover is so pretty! And the book is absolutely amazing! I’ve had a chance to read it, and you can find my review for it here. Sarah has been such a huge encouragement the last few months, and I’m so excited for her that this book is out and getting such great reviews!

You can find the book on Amazon here.

You can connect with Sarah at her website: www.sarahaddisonfox.com


Now that I’ve thoroughly distracted you with pretty covers, how would you like to help reveal the cover of my upcoming book? Actually, you’ll be helping to release the cover, release date, title, and blurb. You’ll have one week to sign up, and the cover reveal will happen on March 16 starting at 8 AM EST.

No, this book isn’t another The Blades of Acktar book. It is a completely new book set in a new world with new characters and adventures. I hope you’ll love it!

Amber Eyes Blog Tour

 

About the Book

Destiny can be cruel

Darkness retreated from the light of the scarlet moon, but has since grown even stronger. The Mistress of Shadows has found a new pawn—one that may be the key to unlocking the door to her underground prison. Now evil threatens to escape its shackles and destroy the land.

In the aftermath of loss and betrayal, Jayden’s fight with the enemy still isn’t over. But while she isn’t sure she can stop the Mistress alone, leaving her friends might be the only way to keep them from being consumed by the darkness.

With lives hanging in the balance—and no time for error—can Jayden make the right choice?

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About the Author

S.D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency and author of SCARLET MOON. She currently has four books under contract, including the remainder of her YA fantasy series Children of the Blood Moon. When she’s not writing or editing, Sarah enjoys reading (of course!), practicing kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, training dogs, and binge-watching shows with great characters. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog. You can learn more about her upcoming novels at www.sdgrimm.com.

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Book Review

After the major cliffhanger at the end of Scarlet Moon, I couldn’t wait for Amber Eyes to release! Especially once I learned SD Grimm lives not to far from me!

Anyway, Amber Eyes didn’t disappoint. Just like Scarlet Moon, the worldbuilding is fascinating and unique. I just love, love, love it so much with all the different mythical creatures and the animal bonds all without going over board or making the world confusing. The characters are well developed to the point my heart ached during this book for all the characters I’d come to care about so much. I can’t say too much about the plot or the characters without giving away a few spoilers, but I was so glad to see a few of my favorite characters return in this book when I feared I might never see them again at the end of the last book!

And that ending…argh! How are we ever going to wait for the next book?

This is a series you aren’t going to want to miss! Five stars all the way!

Giveaway

Want to dive into a new world? Enter to win a signed copy of both Amber Eyes and Scarlet Moon, a grimmlie dragon of the dragon on the cover (made by the author), a charm bracelet (made by her Captain America), and a $10 amazon gift card. (US only. Sorry!) The giveaway ends tomorrow, so don’t wait to enter!

>>> Entry-Form <<<

 

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, January 22nd

Tuesday, January 23rd

Wednesday, January 24th

Thursday, January 25th

Friday, January 26th

Saturday, January 27th

Monday, January 29th

Tuesday, January 30th

Wednesday, January 31st

Thursday, February 1st

Friday, February 2nd

Saturday, February 3rd

Monday, February 5th

 

2018, Here I Come

I realized it has been too long since I posted. Not since November. *sigh* But that’s December for you. Always way too busy. It doesn’t help I’m bad at blogging. I struggle to figure out something worthy of being blogged about. I don’t want to bore my readers with mundane stuff.

But you’re getting mundane today. Because that’s all I can think to write about, and it might help to share how my life has been going since 2018 started 4 days ago.

New Year’s Day started off with me being gone on a vacation with my family about 5 hours away from home. Which, was a really good vacation despite the cold weather…until the morning of our last day when my cousin called to let us know he’d stopped by my parents’ house and my horse had gotten out.

Not a good feeling. At all. When horses get out of their pasture, they tend to go all wild horse and run all over the place. They can run for miles, get hit by a car, take hours to be rounded up again. It isn’t a good thing when a horse gets loose. It’s even worse when you’re 5 hours away and can do nothing about it but listen to your dad’s end of the conversation and try to think of something that would help. We were all out of horse grain, but thankfully I had left plenty of the horse’s favorite apple-flavored treats.

Apparently my horse and my brother’s dog (who has a dog run next to the horse pasture) got a little bored sometime in the middle of the night or early morning and between the two of them they managed to tear down a section of fence large enough for the horse to get through.

Thankfully Shadow, my horse, hadn’t gone far, and it appeared he spent most of his time outside the pasture trying to get back into it, but was too scared to go past the dog’s run.

And now my cousin, a virtual stranger to the horse, had to try to get the horse back into the pasture with only a bucket of horse treats.

But this is where it is a good thing I have the laziest, fattest, most homebody of a horse ever. A virtual stranger opens his gate and offers him treats and what does my horse do? Trot right in the pasture to eat the offered treats, that’s what. Getting back into his nice, safe pasture was all he really wanted anyway.

All in all, I only had to panic a few minutes about my horse being out without me being there to make sure he got safely in the pasture.

The next day on my way to my first day back to work after my vacation my truck blew a tire and left me temporarily stranded along side of a busy freeway in 10 degree temperatures and several inches of slush. And when I say blew a tire, I mean the entire side wall was gone and parts of the tire were literally down to the rim. It looked like something out of NASCAR. Thankfully, I kept control of my truck and didn’t spin out into a wall like they tend to do after blown tires in racing.

I wish I could say I remember the feeling of the tire blowing more clearly than I do. If I got the life experience out of it, I should be able to call it book research, except that I mostly write fantasy set in more medieval times and the feeling of a blown tire wouldn’t be all that helpful in that sort of book. Not that blowing a tire and getting stranded along the freeway is necessarily a life experience I wanted to check off my bucket list, but I guess I did anyway.

Note to all of those dealing with cold temperatures: if you’ve been gone for a week of vacation and you have a tire that already is leaking air and then the temperatures drop 40 degrees while you are gone, it can cause issues like really low tire pressure which cause further issues like blown tires. Little life lesson: make sure you check the tire pressures.

Another Little Life Lesson: the jack included in a car is junk. I can change a tire by myself with a proper jack and air wrench in my dad’s barn, but alongside the road with a worthless jack was a bit more challenging. My dad and uncle helped me out at different points throughout the day to get the wrecked tire off, bring the rim to the tire place at the next exit, get to work, leave work once the new tire was ready, go back to my stranded car, and get the new tire on (my spare tire is one of those under the truck sort of spares that are completely worthless on an older vehicle like mine because they become rusted in place and impossible to get off when you are stuck alongside the road).

So that was the first two days of the year for me. Hopefully the rest of this year isn’t so stressful and crazy.

On another note, my vacation gave me time to do some mild editing, and I think I’m finally getting sort of excited about sharing this next book with you. I keep wanting to share snippets and titles and blurbs with you guys, but I’m not letting myself yet. I want to put together the cover and a cover reveal to really make those things have an impact.

But I guess I will share this. One of the pictures I’m using as an inspiration for this current book:

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How has your 2018 been so far?