The Worth of a King: Cover Reveal!

Kendra E. Ardnek’s new book, The Worth of a King, releases on August 27! Today I have the honor of revealing her gorgeous cover (as well as interviewing her and sharing a unique excerpt from the book!) for this latest installment in her Rizkaland collection. While this isn’t strictly part of the Rizkaland series, The Worth of a King provides intriguing backstory for some important Rizkaland characters, as well as introducing the reader to new characters and plots and adventure.

I’m particularly excited to be a part of this cover reveal, and I’m thrilled at how gorgeous the cover is! If I was moderately interested in the story before, I now want to pick up the book immediately.

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Book Description

 
Princess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born. Since there was no male heir, the crown went to the man who killed him, by Dialcian law. This never bothered her, growing up, and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband, she chooses Prince Delaney, the son of that man, with little hesitation. Only then does her life start crumbling around her.

Adrian expected to live a normal life, taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired. But, on his eighteenth birthday, when the princess’ engagement is announced, his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse, and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throne.

Delaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood. He wants nothing more than to protect Obsidia and his people, but as merely prince, he has little power against his father.

The ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and Queen is nearing its climax, and the three are already caught in it.

Click here to read the Opening Chapter!

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Author Bio

Kendra E. ArdnekKendra E. Ardnek loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. “Finish your story, Kendra,” is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that glorify God and His Word. Find her online at:
Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon 

And Here It Is!

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love the blue and gold color scheme, the gorgeous font, the crown, the variety of textured elements – everything. It’s simple yet elegant – and perfect.

Excerpt

Obsidia fought a blush as she picked up the top book from the stack. “The Life of Queen Katina,” she read, and a grin pulled at her lips. “Oh, Del, you know me too well.”

“Queen Katina’s situation was not unlike your own,” Delaney remarked, taking the next book from the stack and sitting down in the chair opposite her. “She was also the daughter of an assassinated king and chose to marry the son of the man who’d killed her father. She later ruled as regent for her son after her husband’s death.”

“It is often speculated that she poisoned him,” Obsidia mentioned, as she opened her book.

“Indeed, you’ve mentioned that fact before,” said Delaney, cracking open his book, a massive tome of law that made Obsidia shudder. He glanced up with a raised eyebrow. “Is this a subtle hint that I should worry for my own life?”

She shook her head, smiling playfully. “If I killed you, who would handle the politics? I’m in charge of history, you have law. Remember?”

Delaney gave a laugh. “Ah, good. I can now sleep easy at night knowing that I am so essential to you.”

Interview With Kendra

Q: Peanut butter or jelly?

K: Jelly. Peanut butter gets stuck in my throat and it’s painful.

Q: Blue or green?

K: Blue, but only by slightly. And certain greens outrank certain blues.

Q: What’s one Biblical concept or message you think should be talked about more among believers? 

K: Apologetics for the book of Genesis, especially the first ten chapters. Too many people try to cram in a million years, and they just don’t belong there.

Pinterest Inspiration

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Click to view on Pinterest, including the comments that reveal the chosen name.

 Obsidia and Adrian’s father went WAY too long without a name. Jack and I finally talked it out on this post and decided to make him a reference to Elsie Dinsmore. Because I can and will reference Elsie Dinsmore whenever I have the opportunity. ~ Kendra E. Ardnek

Blogs Participating in the Cover Reveal

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Dreams and Dragons

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Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Read, Write, Laugh, Dance

Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings

Books, Baking, and Cowgirl Boots

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Reality Reflected

Jessica Greyson

The Music of a Story

The Flowering Vales

The Rambling Rose

Written Rest

The Labyrinth

Bible and Books

Jaye L. Knight

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Writing Romance? Try These!

In my last post, I talked about How Not to Write a Romance Novel, listing seven of my romance novel pet peeves.

But how should a romance novel be written? What isn’t overused, unrealistic, and stereotypical?

If you’d like to try your hand at writing romance, here’s a few underused elements I’d like to suggest using.

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How Not To Write A Romance Novel

While romance isn’t my go-to genre, clean Christian romances do comprise some of my fiction reading. Even in novels that aren’t strictly romance, such subplots and scenes do seem to weave themselves into the story more often than not.

Make no mistake – I appreciate a clean, sweet love story in its place. However, a number of trends in many of these stories cause me to wish for more books without a romantic element.

Today, I present my top pet peeves in romance novels.  Continue reading

There Was Always Laughter in Our House

There Was Always Laughter In Our HouseThere Was Always Laughter In Our House by Sarah Holman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Relatable, fun, mildly humorous throughout, packed with nuggets of wisdom and truth, and overflowing with the enjoyable and meaningful experiences of twenty-some years of growing up in a large homeschooled family, easy to read and difficult to put down – this book was a treat. I read large portions of it aloud in order to share the enjoyment – chuckling over the one-liners and discussing the deeper sentences with my family contributed to some memory-making of our own.

I enjoyed:

– The introduction with the backstory behind how the book came to be

– The humorous anecdotes about the little things in life – the funny mistakes that could be embarrassing but Sarah Holman and her family choose to laugh about instead – and the way they turn into inside jokes, memories to be shared and chuckled over repeatedly throughout a lifetime

– The homeschooling Q&A chapter and the “why do you have so many siblings” chapter – both how Sarah shares the humorous answers she wishes she could give to common questions, and how she also shares the kind, gentle, and wise answers she does give. So many times I’ve thought of a few of those same answers! Even though Sarah’s perspective wasn’t new to me, I appreciated having her beliefs on these issues laid out in a logical form – the simple yet clear format resonated with me and enabled me to more clearly articulate my own beliefs.

– The chapters about each of the Holman children – I enjoyed getting a little glimpse into each varied personality and the little tidbits that make each sibling unique. Sarah did an excellent job of presenting their quirks and yet entirely honoring each one as a beloved person and friend. Her relationship with each one shone through the pages and it was uplifting.

– The chapters describing unit studies – Sarah’s mother was a very creative teacher, and Sarah’s vivid and fun descriptions of some of their schooling adventures inspired me for possibilities in teaching my own children

– The reminder to challenge the know-it-all. I was one of those, and being challenged both by myself and by others around me was excellent in forming my character. This is something I need to remember and practice even now to combat boredom – there’s so much to learn that we haven’t even touched on yet!

– Sarah’s analysis of and response to homeschooling trends. What’s perfect for one family may not be the right fit for another, and she explains why and how in such clear, yet gracious, terms.

– The skirt chapter – when Sarah creates a t-shirt answering the skirt questions, I want one. Read the book to see what’s included on that shirt. 🙂 I related to every word in this chapter, and I’ll be referring back to it in future. Sarah has a gentle yet profound way of expressing exactly my own thoughts on this issue in an even clearer way than I can express them.

– Country kids and city parents – so relatable and hilarious, especially the city life elements Sarah points out that are new to her. I can relate. Country life is wonderful!

– The way the Holman parents dealt with and related to their children. So much love, gentleness, understanding, compassion, and graciousness shines through the pages of this book. Sarah’s parents truly sought to understand and empathize with each of their children, never downplaying any feeling or emotion, and treating the petty concerns of a child as real issues (because they are truly real issues to the child). This manner of child rearing is one of my own personal goals.

– The modesty chapter – again, I was reading my own thoughts transcribed in a clear and logical manner. The emphasis on the message stuck out to me. The tone is so light, so kind, so matter-of-fact, so utterly free of any traces of judgment upon others or on differing personal choices, so abhorrent of the idea of shaming anyone for any reason, and so filled with beautiful truth.

– The Rubber Duck War – the importance of communication in relationships can’t be over-emphasized, and I was happy to see this topic included and covered in such a memorable way.

– A Christmas Tree in March – reading the Holmans’ Easter traditions inspired me to begin similar traditions in our own family. Truly the resurrection is the pinnacle of our faith, and I love how Sarah’s parents chose to emphasize that by their celebrations.

– Sarah’s journey towards learning the Biblical response to tough issues and not just her political or social answer. I had a similar journey of learning how Christ in me responds to people and to issues instead of simply giving the logical answer, and it’s so encouraging to read the journeys of others in this area. Yes, a “debate-perfect” answer has its place, but the Person and Kingdom of Christ must motivate all we do and say. That’s most important.

– The matching outfit stories! I too love matching outfits and found Sarah’s stories hilarious!

– The Holman quirks mentioned in the chapter on I Know How to Play the Radio.

– The writing chapter. It inspired and encouraged me in my own writing career, as well as offered practical insight into how Sarah manages to publish three books each year. I loved her beautiful analysis of why she is a writer. Amen!

– The chapter detailing what the siblings do when the parents are gone! Read it; it’s hilarious and sounds like so much fun. 🙂

– The “Twenty Years from Now” chapter – another sweet and funny glimpse into the siblings’ interactions and personalities and an excellent way to wrap up the book.

I highly recommend this book for truth, laughs, and refreshing insight into the lives of a large homeschooled country family with quirks and a multitude of happy personalities.

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2017 Indie Christian Book Sale!

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It’s that time of year. The time for buying presents, making wish lists, and planning New Year’s Resolutions. If any of those activities involve books for you, Indie Christian Authors has a perfect event for you.
From Nov 25 through Nov 28, more than 70 independent Christian books are on sale. You can find free shipping$0.99 ebookspackage deals, and more! And if your budget is depleted from Christmas shopping, they’ve got you covered with some freebies!

What’s more, my book Promise’s Prayer is among those books offered this year! The paperback will be on sale for just $9.99 (regular $13.95) the entire week, and the ebook is only $0.99 Friday through Monday! If you’re interested in seeing what Promise’s Prayer is about, don’t miss this chance – the price will be returning to normal in December.

Think 70 books is overwhelming? Narrow it down and find the perfect books for you or someone on your Christmas list by using this quiz to generate a customized book list.
What awesome reads of 2016 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?
A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks. Also, some of the authors this year chose to not sell their paperbacks directly through the site. Those books are also marked “Sold Out” but if you click them open, you’ll find a link to the site where they are on sale and a discount code for you to use at check out.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

 

Christmas Comes Early! Blog Tour – Book Reviews

Christmas tour

In our house, the Christmas season gears up right around this time of year. Since it’s our favorite holiday, we enjoy extending the preparations throughout the month and a half before Christmas Day – and in this part of the country it also helps transition between the vibrant colors of fall through the gray November days before Christmas arrives. So today, we’re celebrating the release of not one, but eight new Christmas books, all written by Rebekah A. Morris. I’ll be spotlighting two of her books today and you can find out more about the others as you follow the tour.

About the Books

Christmas Lodge Cover At the Christmas Lodge

When Desirae Richey agrees to go home with some college friends for Christmas, she expects a small family gathering. Instead she is taken to the Christmas Lodge in the snowy mountains of Canada to a noisy, fun loving, adventurous group of family and friends who welcome her as one of their own. Everything seems to be going as planned until an unexpected snowfall occurs.

My Review: At the Christmas Lodge is a whimsical story of a Christmas adventure – snow, fun and games, laughter and new friends, dangers and excitement, and perhaps even a hint of romance. I enjoyed the vivid personalities, the lively games invented by the young people during the Christmas celebration, and the deep, realistic emotions portrayed. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light Christmas read. Four of five stars.

The Christmas She WantedThe Christmas She Wanted Cover

Christmas had lost its charm and wonder. Mrs. Rush hated the feeling but was powerless to fix things. Traveling to visit relatives for the holidays, the Rush children pass the time with their eyes glued to the screens of their devices. That is, until the flashing lights of a State Highway Patrol car bring their trip to a sudden and unplanned-for stop.

My Review: The Christmas She Wanted was a satisfying tale of learning to enjoy a special Christmas complete with the simplest things of life. In a world often overwhelmed with busyness, gadgets, and distractions, where are the things that matter – family, friends, love, joy, fellowship, relationship, memories, laughter, and above all, a focus on our Savior Jesus Christ? This book shows how circumstances bring this sort of Christmas to the Rush family. I found the story satisfying and inspiring – the book could be written about me – thoughts I had, feelings I’ve felt. I highly recommend this story to anyone who cares about the things that truly matter. Five of five stars.

About the Author

Author PictureRebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, and her bestselling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t’ writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.

 

Excerpts

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Des plunged into the glittering white mass and laughed with pure joy. This was snow! ~ At the Christmas Lodge

She gave a sigh. “You know, I wish we could have a real Christmas for a change. ~ The Christmas She Wanted

Tour Schedule

November 13
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Kaylee’s Kind of Writes – Book Spotlight
Resting Life – Review and Excerpt
Perry Elisabeth – Excerpt
Rachel Rossano’s Words – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 14
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Odelia’s Blog – Author Interview and Book spotlight
Bryce’s Creative Writing Corner – Author Interview, Review, and Excerpt
Counting Your Blessings One by One – Review and Excerpt
Perpetual Indie Perspective – Book Spotlight

November 15
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Whimsical Writings for His Glory – Author, Review, and Excerpt
Maidens for Modesty – Author Interview and Review
The Destiny of One – Book Spotlight
Rebekah Ashleigh – Book Spotlight
Once Upon an Ordinary – Review
Stephany’s BLOG Snippets – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 16
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Laurel’s Leaves – Author Interview
Stories by Firefly – Review
Claire Banschbach – Author Interview
Kelsey’s Notebook – Review and Excerpt
Jaye L. Knight – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 17
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Ruffles and Grace – Book Spotlight
With a Joyful Noise – Book Spotlight
Ordinary Girl Extraordinary Father – Review
Bookish Orchestrations – Closing Post

Six Cover Reveals

Author Kendra E. Ardnek is doing an extensive overhaul of all six of her books, and new covers are part of the bargain. Today is the grand reveal of all six shiny new covers!

Who’s Kendra?

If you’ve been around this blog for any length of time, you’ve read my posts on Kendra’s books and probably know all about Kendra already. If not, stick around and you will!

Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. “Finish your story, Kendra,” is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that glorify God and His Word.

Also, she has a website. Check it out. She has a blog where she knits stories and posts all sorts of interesting tidbits on life, writing, and other creative plain sense and fun imaginative nonsense. She has a shiny Amazon page, a Goodreads Author page, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account.

What’s being overhauled?

(in the words of the author)

Sew, It’s a Quest. I sent this book to my kindle, tore it to shreds, then retyped the whole thing, making every word fight to stay in the book. I completely rewrote one chapter, and added/expanded several scenes, focusing on character development and pacing, in particular Robin’s character.

Do You Take This Quest? This book has one added chapter, a few (potentially) added scenes, and a severe edit. Again, focus is going to Robin’s character development. I hadn’t the maturity to completely handle her emotional situation when I wrote this book, and now I intend to fix that.

My Kingdom for a Quest. This book was mostly clean … but it’s getting a part two. AKA, book 3.5, The Quest for a Quince, AKA, Casperl’s story. There will be an edit to part one, though.

The Ankulen. Mostly just a thorough edit. I don’t foresee any great changes.

Water Princess, Fire Prince. Again, mostly a thorough edit, but there will be a few continuity fixes, and I’ll be adding a bonus scene to the extra stuff at the end.

Lady Dragon, Tela Du. Edits mostly.

Where can I get more information on these books?

Goodreads: Sew, It’s a Quest ~ Do You Take This Quest?My Kingdom for a Quest ~ The Ankulen ~ Water Princess, Fire Prince ~ Lady Dragon, Tela Du

Createspace (paperback) and Smashwords (FREE ebook): So far, only Sew, It’s a Quest has been rereleased; the others will be available at intervals throughout the coming months.

Can I get free stuff?

Yes. Reread the above paragraph for a free ebook. Then go enter this giveaway for a chance to win a full signed collection of Kendra’s books in paperback. Comments on any blog post of mine regarding Kendra’s Overhaul count towards the giveaway (including this one), so comment below for more chances to win!

Is this a party?

Yes. All the following blogs have interesting and unique Cover Reveal posts today:

www.elvishpensfantasticalwritings.blogspot.com

Www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com

www.thefloweringvales.blogspot.com

http://briedonning.com

https://thepagedreamer.wordpress.com/

http://dreams-dragons.blogspot.com/

www.writtenrest.wordpress.com (You are here.)

http://jenelleschmidt.com

http://agwerff.blogspot.com

http://hazelwest.blogspot.com

Where are the new covers?

You have been most patient. Here they are. (Unless you skipped everything to get here. In which case you missed the free stuff.) The first three covers were designed by the author herself, and the last three were designed by the amazing Alea Harper, whom I wholeheartedly recommend for cover design. (Promise’s Prayer also owes its cover to her incredible skills.)

And now…the covers. Click to enlarge each one and read the tagline underneath.

Aren’t they so interesting? Here are a few of my favorite elements:

Sew: the title with the needle and sword wrapped together. If you’ve read Sew, you know the needle and sword are both key elements of the story.

Take: the painting on the easel, which is actually basically the old cover refined, toned down, scaled down, and incorporated into the new cover

Kingdom: the color scheme; the green is gripping.

The Ankulen: the pen hidden in the title

WPFP: the colors and how they blend together in the sky

LDTD: the faces and colors. You’ll have to read the book to understand how fitting these elements are and how well the theme is captured through this cover.

Why should I care about these books?

The Bookania Quests (Sew, Take, and Kingdom): if you like whimsical fairy tales turned on their head combined with imaginative and lighthearted adventure, you’ll like these books. Also, if you like puns even slightly, you’ll love these books.

The Ankulen: If you’re a writer or a reader with an imagination (or if you wish you had an imagination, or if you admire the imaginations of others), you will find this book clever and interesting. It’s light and fun, but the stakes still run high. It’s unique in that it can be taken both lightheartedly as a fun and simple fairy story, or philosophically with complex and deep questions, issues, and real-life struggles wrapped in a fantasy setting.

The Rizkaland Legends (WPFP and LDTD): If you enjoy light fantasy with spiritual meaning, you’ll like this series. If you normally don’t read fantasy, you still may enjoy this series (*raises hand*). It’s complex, colorful, deep, and riveting, with so many unexpected and clever plot twists and richly satisfying endings. I highly recommend these books to young adult readers.

 

What are your favorite elements of the six covers? If you’ve read any of these books, what do you like about them? If not, what interests you about them?