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Cover Reveal: Love and Memory by Kendra E. Ardnek

Release Date: April 19th, 2021

Book Description:

The Rizkaland Legends #3
When a Queen forgets,

Her enemies rejoice in her weakness.

But when the Queen remembers,

They tremble in fear.

When a King loves,

His country rejoices with him.

But when that love is broken.

The land is broken, too.

Can Water and Fire join again?

Can Love and Memory be restored?

They spent years in Rizkaland. They ruled the land, forged friendships, built families, and made it their home. But then it was time to return to Earth, and their former lives just don’t fit anymore. Clara and Andrew struggle to reevaluate their priorities when hundreds of miles separate them. Reuben and Petra are lost as they seek a balance between their old friendship and their Rizkan marriage. And Ashna and Noraeto never planned to return, so what live is there for them on Earth?

When the unthinkable happens and a new enemy arises, they’re all thrown back into Rizkaland, into a young prince’s rise to power and struggle to build alliances for his kingdom. But they no longer belong in their other world, either.

Are good memories too much to bear?

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CSYSSXS/

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/…/s…/50512612-the-dancing-princess

SNIPPET FROM THE BOOK

“This isn’t so you’ll have more time to talk to Andrew, now is it?” Rhoda cut in. “Because I’m telling you, Clara—”

Clara’s eyes widened, and she twisted around to grab her purse and fish out her phone. “No, really, I…”

“Oh, really, as you dive for your phone?”

It didn’t help that the phone chose that moment to buzz with another message from Andrew. How many had she missed?

lot was the answer.

“I forgot I had a phone…” she mumbled.

“You forgot…” Kath repeated – and suddenly she was the one in Clara’s face. “What’s up Clair? What happened?”


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Kendra says: I originally pinned this with the thought of this being a later-series Clara, buuut then I decided that the woman looked a bit more like Clara’s mom. And suddenly, I had a new plot thread on my hands.

Author Bio:

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 || TikTok || Amazon 

Black Friday Sale:

For Black Friday and in honor of this cover reveal, Kendra is offering book 1, Water Princess, Fire Prince as a FREE ebook on Amazon, and book 2, Lady Dragon, Tela Du, is just 99 cents! And, furthermore, she is offering Broken, which is part 1 of Love and Memory, for free as well as an early read! This sale is part of Perry Kirkpatrick’s Black Friday Sale, so do go check out all of the other books on offer for 99 cents or less!

Blogger List:

Dreams and Dragons

Light and Shadows

Reality Reflected

Letters From Annie

C.O. Bonham

Kelsey’s Notebook

Rachel Rossano

Living Outside the Lines

The Rambling Rose

Written Rest

Madi’s Musings

Once Upon an Ordinary

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It’s Like a Dollar Store for Indie Books

All my books are on sale today through Monday!
All ebooks are 99 cents or free! 
All paperbacks are on sale – you can get a signed copy from me for less than an unsigned copy from Amazon!
If you enjoy fable retellings, Christian kingdom adventure fiction with a focus on deeply knowing God, inspirational poetry to draw you nearer to Him, inspirational Christian non-fiction, or historical fiction, check these out. 
 Gather ‘Round the Fables: FREE! 
Promise’s Prayer: $0.99! 
 Preorder Victory’s Voice: $0.99! 
 Overrun By Your Love: $0.99! 
 Resting Life: $0.99! 

 Due to Amazon’s pickiness, Promise’s Prayer won’t show as 99 cents until Sunday – but it will remain at 99 cents through Wednesday, so don’t forget to check it out! 

Victory’s Voice is also pending, but it WILL be 99 cents this weekend as well. This is the LOWEST price you can preorder it at – the price will go up to $3.99 on Thursday and remain there – so make sure to grab it this weekend! I am SO excited about this book – I get chills reading parts of it. The power of words in the spiritual realm is such an important theme and message. 

The paperbacks are also on sale this week! If you have a book-lover on your Christmas shopping list, check this out. 

 Promise’s Prayer, Overrun By Your Love, 
Gather ‘Round the Fables, and Resting Life Paperbacks on sale!
 
 Find out more about each book here 
 If you’d like something further to read or gift, a large number of indie-published authors have banded together to offer their books for free or 99 cents. I’ve read and loved a number of these, though I haven’t read them all.  
 Shop hundreds of indie books for $0.99 or free! 
 We hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving! We are blessed to have the privilege and calling of blessing the Lord at all times and giving thanks in everything! 
 In other news, Memory’s Mind (Truth from Taerna #5) is now a finished draft! That means that the entire Taerna series is now on paper! Victory’s Voice is available for preorder, releasing in March, and I hope to have the rest of the series published quickly afterwards. 
 Truth from Taerna info 

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The Cover for Victory’s Voice!

IT’S HERE!

Look at this gorgeous, victorious, triumphant cover for Victory’s Voice (Truth from Taerna #2)!

AND guess what! You can PREORDER the EBOOK AND SIGNED PAPERBACK today!

Didn’t Megan McCullough do an awesome job???

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Ellisia, a seventeen-year-old book enthusiast with a passion for learning and a fascination with words, has the opportunity to attend Academy, she’s elated to further her education as well as live near the Palace BookHall—the focus of her lifelong dream. But as she begins to discover the true power of the spoken word, she faces a choice: join forces with a foreign scientist or relinquish her dreams of someday working in the BookHall. As the scientist’s projects begin to threaten the safety of Ellisia’s family, she’s torn between her loyalties and her ambitions.

When impending crisis brings a clash of spiritual kingdoms, Ellisia must once for all choose how she’ll harness the power of words. Spoken words transcend her reality, uniting heavenly with earthly and commanding the forces that drive the physical world, and Ellisia’s voice will be the catalyst for sure defeat—or decisive victory.

This book is so exciting to me, and I can’t wait to release it in just a few short months! Every time I reread the climax of this story, I get chills and new excitement . . . this is SUCH a powerful message and so relevant today. Truly God wrote this book through me.

Don’t forget to preorder the ebook and signed paperback!

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Join the Victory’s Voice Cover Reveal!

I decided to do a VERY last minute cover reveal for Victory’s Voice (Truth from Taerna #2) … WHO WANTS TO HELP reveal the gorgeous cover and share the preorder link?

I’ll have a prewritten template for you to post on Instagram, Facebook, or your blog, so all you need to do is copy and paste! All the information about the book and the signup form is here:
https://forms.gle/T1CqjeZhaB5XjuwA7

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Promise’s Prayer Launch, Sales – and Interview with “Erika from the Past”

It’s launch weekend for the second edition of Promise’s Prayer!
New cover, new formatting, new editing!

First, the important things: the ebook is on sale through tomorrow night for just 99 pennies! After that it goes back up to $2.99, so be sure to grab it today or tomorrow.

The signed paperback of the new edition is available!

Special Post! Interview with “Erika from 2014” and “Erika from 2017”!

I found this fun post from launch week of the first edition of Promise’s Prayer back in 2017 with interview answers I’d written both in 2014 when I had just finished the first draft, and answers I’d written just before launching the book for the first time. I thought it would be fun to share in honor of the re-release . . . with updated answers!

On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best), how well do you think this book turned out?

Erika from 2014: Probably 6 or 7. I’m happy enough with it, but it does need editing. Somehow things never seem to appear on paper as they do in my mind, so it doesn’t match the quality I imagined–yet.

Erika from 2017: Wow, it’s clear that my opinion and love of the book have only improved with each edit. I’d now rate Promise’s Prayer somewhere in the range of 9 – not because I believe it’s the best book ever written, but because I deeply love the characters, the message, the plot, the wording, the journeys of Carita and Kaelan, and the truth of Adon Olam. It’s by far my favorite fiction story I’ve ever written.

Erika from 2020: I think I may be back to a 7 on this question. My writing skills have changed and improved in the last several years . . . and so often as I undertook my most recent edit this year I wanted to entirely rewrite the whole thing. But I still love the story, the message, the characters . . . and everything else about the book. And the second edition is so much better than the first.

Have you ever rewritten or edited one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan?

Erika from 2014: I have edited many books, but actually few of them have been mine. I edited a non-fiction book of mine a year ago. I don’t prepare much; I dive in. My plan is to go through and fix/improve one section at a time.

Erika from 2017: Editing other people’s books seems far easier than editing my own! Most of that is probably psychological as well as the fact that I’m not emotionally attached to other people’s books, i.e. with my own books, I can justify in my head why I chose those specific words or added that specific scene. With other books, I can be more objective. That said, it sounds like I didn’t have a very concrete plan when I first started editing. No wonder it took over two years! I did develop several sub-plans along the way. I read my book several times start to finish, editing each time. Three different times I sent the book to a few friends for opinions and feedback. I edited on my computer, on Kindle, and from the paperback. I scanned every bit of formatting as well as read sections repeatedly for typos. I listened to my computer read my book out loud to me and followed along with it. If there’s a method I didn’t try, please let me know and I’ll add that when I edit Book Two.

Erika from 2020: I’ve edited so many books in the last three years, both mine and other people’s. With mine, generally I let the first draft sit for a while, then go back and edit, edit, edit.

What’s your final word count? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book? 

Erika from 2014: My final word count is 66, 328, and I’m planning to both lengthen and trim my book, though I’m not entirely certain yet how significantly. Because I know some parts will be added and others deleted, I’m not certain whether my word count will increase or decrease, but I expect at least a minor increase before it is finished.

Erika from 2017: My book has lengthened. The final word count is 71,469 – so I added about 5000 words in the editing process. Several new scenes are included in those 5000 new words.

Erika from 2020: 74,786. Once again, it lengthened a bit with this new edit.

What are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing?

Erika from 2014: I’m most proud of my characters–no question there. I got to know them far better than even I imagined. They really took off with what I gave them and led me places I had no idea we’d go. Even supporting characters developed unique personalities and showed who they truly were. Kaelan showed up much more often than I expected, and other characters whom I expected would take the stage more stayed in the background. Plot and pacing are another story… pacing proved more difficult the further I got into the book, and with it, the plot seemed stagnant too, but my wonderful characters rescued both by the end.

Erika from 2017: I’m still most proud of my characters. Kaelan, Carita, and their friends are so realistic – I can relate to what they are thinking and feeling, and every time I read the book, I’m learning and growing along with them. Pacing is much better now than it was initially, though I’m not entirely confident about it. I’m very happy with the plot now that I’ve identified and filled in the original plot holes.

Erika from 2020: Still the characters, though I’m also quite content with both plot and pacing now.

What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself?

Erika from 2014: My hope and dream is that those who read the book will be able to relate to the characters and events in the book and that they will think about their own views and perspectives on life, culture, society problems, and their personal life purpose. I hope that readers will evaluate their own methods of approaching their goals, dreams, and what is important to them and ensure that they are making the right choices. I am also challenging the stereotypical “save the world” element of many novels.

Erika from 2017:  My desire is to demonstrate how the real, powerful, lifechanging truths of God’s kingdom (the spiritual realm hidden from our physical senses) could play out in a fictional setting. I hope that readers are encouraged to pray and challenged to trust God with their fears and struggles, relying on Him alone. My goal is that God will use this book to reveal His kingdom to my readers. As C.S. Lewis writes: “By knowing Me here for a little, you may know Me better there.”

Erika from 2020: My hope is that Promise’s Prayer demonstrates the power of the kingdom of God through ordinary people, transforming daily life into His resting life. My goal is that God will use this series to reveal His kingdom to you as the reader. My prayer is that by spending time seeing and knowing God within these pages, you may know and experience Him more intimately in your daily life.

ABOUT THE BOOK

He promised to save the land. She received a divine calling.
But how can mere prayer quench his restlessness and her fears?

Walking behind a plow day in and day out gets boring for a nineteen-year-old who longs for nothing more than adventure. In the midst of the rampant lawlessness and love of pleasure that drive their country, Kaelan Ellith yearns to make a difference. When a promise at his mother’s deathbed gives him the impetus to do just that, he’s off to the capital city to bring back the knowledge of Adon Olam. Despite his natural leadership skills, his schemes keep going awry, and lost people keep passing into eternity without hope. How can he ever keep such an impossible promise?

Shy Carita Kostan knows the voice of Adon Olam, and she desires nothing more than to follow His calling: “Love. Serve. Pray. Persevere.” Yet how can she minister His love to her neighbors when her soul is tormented by their unmet needs and handicapped by her own paralyzing fears?

When the true nature of his promise and her call begin to surface, Kaelan and Carita just might discover how saving the world is entirely different than they imagined . . . if they have the humility and the courage to receive it.

A clean, family-friendly Christian kingdom adventure fiction novel for all ages

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Five Fall Favorites: Top 5 for 2020

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Welcome to the last day of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog had a different theme for the day and each blog shared five favorite books each day in a specific genre.

Things are winding down at the Literary Lodge – giveaway winners will be announced as well as other exciting happenings. But today we have a special treat for you: free and cheap books – including almost all of my books! So be sure to read to the end to find them.

I also have BIG news!

Promise’s Prayer is releasing in the brand new second edition! 
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October 18 is the official release date – three years and six months after the release of the first edition!
But guess what! If you don’t want to wait until then, I have a secret! The ebook is already available in its brand-new shiny goodness! And you can grab it for only 99 cents this week only before it goes up to its regular price of $2.99.
In honor of the release, I’m putting my few remaining signed paperback copies of the FIRST edition of Promise’s Prayer on sale. Only $11 currently. . . and free shipping! If you love the first cover and want to snag a signed paperback, hurry before they are sold out! I don’t plan to sell signed copies of the first edition again, so these are the last ones.
And now, on to the last day of the party!

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To wrap up the week, come curl up in your favorite cozy blanket in this blankets room. There are swings and camp chairs and logs and benches, so grab your favorite blanket and let’s chat about our favorite books of the year.

Today I’ll be sharing my top five books of 2020! 

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A Very Bookish Christmas by Sarah Holman, Kate Willis, J. Grace Pennington, Rebekah Jones

These four stories were so much fun! They were quite different from each other and yet all tied together well. I loved the bookish themes and the way they were incorporated. I highly recommend this little collection. Gingerbread Treasures was engaging and well put together. Molly and Anna was a delightful mix of sweet/cute and deep/insightful, digging into the ever-present issue of racism in a honest and sensitive way. Sincerely, Jem was a sweet story filled with lovable awkwardness and relatable characters with real conversations and sibling interactions, and the touch of predictability only made it more enjoyable. Sylvie of Amber Apartments was so creatively written as it highlighted Sylvie’s Christmases during her growing up years and how she developed and matured both physically and spiritually – and the Anne theme was just darling. All in all, I loved this collection. And the cover is SO gorgeous! Well worth the purchase. 🙂

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Grandfather’s Mug by Rebekah Morris

What a sweet little story with a sweet little boy in it! 💙 I LOVED every sentence of the story behind the mug, and I loved how it got sweeter at the end, if a bit more painful. What a wonderful tale with wonderful characters and a wonderful message.

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I Don’t Dance by Jesseca Wheaton

Wow. I’ve had this on Kindle for a while and always bypassed it. That was a mistake. 😉 But how could I have known that an amazingly sweet and deep tale lay in these pages?

I find almost all romance novels (I don’t read mainstream romance, just clean/Christian on occasion) predictable and usually rather frustrating. But I Don’t Dance! Wow! What a breath of fresh air! A sweet old-fashioned godly romance between best friends – this is how it’s done, folks. 🙂 I love best friend romances, and this one was so well written!

I loved the characters. So many personalities and so well portrayed. I loved how the characters related in the beginning as simply friends – best friends. So innocent and real and sweet and charming without any hidden agendas or flirting or anything else to spoil it. I loved the pure laughing together and joking and just living life.

I loved the families! The parents were AWESOME. What a blessing. The siblings were unique and fun and supportive. I loved the family interactions.

I loved the waiting, the slowness, the stepping back and praying. No one rushed, no one was in a hurry…and they were so willing to give each other up if God wanted, despite the pain that would entail. Wow. I loved that there was no pressure to rush or teasing about marriage from others before the time was right. (Even Mike was surprisingly helpful and wise, despite his mischief.) I loved how both characters sought God and not their own desires and dreams.

I loved the little details of friendship – the chocolate ice cream and doughnuts, the shared memories, and the dancing. I loved the simple summer adventures!

And I loved how the story portrayed real trust in the Lord even when it’s hard.

I highly recommend this story!

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The Secret Place of Thunder by Alicia G. Ruggieri

What an enjoyable story of life as a traveling librarian. Vivid characters, exciting yet realistic plot, and a deep message combine to form this historically-based story. The writing style was excellent and the themes and tone woven together naturally.

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Resting Life: Jesus’ Rest for the Busy or Burdened Believer by Erika Mathews

Yes, this book is my own, and I don’t apologize for including it, because I published it earlier this year and it truly is one of my top books I’ve read this year. It is a culmination of over a decade of meditations and studies on Biblical rest, and my prayer is that it proves encouraging and helpful to believers seeking resting life in Jesus Christ in this fast-paced – or crazy and chaotic – modern world. The timing of its release coincided with quarantine, and these truths of resting in Christ in every area of life are more needed today than ever. I’m continually challenged by these truths and reminded how much spiritual rest is needed in my own life.

Today we announce the giveaway winners . . . so click the button below to hop over to Literary Lodge central to find out who won!

Also at Literary Lodge central are links to pages with free books and books on sale for 99 cents! Find it all with the below button.

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It’s been an enjoyable autumn week! Thank you so much for joining us here at Five Fall Favorites!

Have you read any of these books? What did you enjoy about them? Which books sound interesting to read? What are your top books of 2020? What were your favorite parts of this party?

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Five Fall Favorites: Instructional Non-Fiction

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Welcome to the Backpacks room – a crucial first stop for your day at the Literary Lodge – or a great refueling stop midway. Pick your favorite backpack from the assortment on these benches. They are pre-loaded with water, maps, jackets, and, of course, books. You can choose a sun hat or a winter hats from those on the hooks there. If you want, there are bike helmets and life jackets if you need them.

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Welcome to day five of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog has a different theme for the day and each blog will be sharing five favorite books in a specific genre. There are also giveaways and free books, so don’t forget to check out the rest of the rooms for today’s freebie (link at the end of this post). It’s the last day to enter the giveaway – which includes a fall reading bag with several paperbacks and an Amazon gift card. The good news is if we get enough entries, we’re adding a special second prize and perhaps even a third, so go enter!

Good! Now that you’re loaded up, let’s trek up these rocks to enjoy the view of the lake and share some of our favorite instructional non-fiction books.

For this category, I’m choosing to share some books that have been especially instructional in my spiritual walk. It’s wonderful (and I’m very grateful for) books that give practical “how-to”s in daily life . . . but thriving in our spiritual life will have eternal value and impacts.

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When I finally read this book, I was amazed at how logically, clearly, and practically Lewis lays out the basic elements of Christianity in an understandable way. It’s a stretching book, but so helpful to my knowing of God and confirmation of ALL the Bible says. 
 
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This is such an excellent foundational book on spiritual life! Watchman Nee had such a deep relationship with God. The truth that we have been crucified with Christ is so rich, and every paragraph of this book is packed with depth that transforms and refreshes the perspective on what relationship with Him should look like. I highly recommend this book to everyone! (I need to reread it again soon!)
 
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This is a practical book that touches on a wide variety of the disciplines and devotions of the Christian life. I have been very much enriched by studying and applying principles from the various chapters. It includes questions for personal application as well as text to read. Once again, every Christian should read this book.
 
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Wow. If there’s one book that opened my eyes to a side of Biblical Christianity that I hadn’t recognized before, it’s this one. Who would have thought that the simple concept of blood covenant could be so transforming and practical to my life in Christ? Covenant is the way that God designed his kingdom to work – and His relationship with us. I very highly recommend this book.
 
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This is another practical and deep gem of a book! It describes in step-by-step detail how to walk with God in daily life: how to practice His presence, how to abide in Him in the midst of mundane daily life, how to become more and more continually aware of Him in everything. If you haven’t read this book, you need to. 

 

Thanks for hiking with me, and we’ll see you tomorrow for the last day of Five Fall Favorites!

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And now for the giveaway! Look at this awesome fall reading book bag – filled with excellent books! The Grand Prize includes signed paperbacks, a tote, and an Amazon gift card . . . Enter here. Giveaway open to both US and international winners; an international first place winner will receive ebooks and an Amazon gift card while a second winner from the US will receive the paperbacks.

If we get enough entries, we’ll draw an additional winner to receive ebooks . . . so tell your friends!

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Have you read any of these books? Which were your favorites and why? Which ones would you like to read?