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?

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Lady Dragon, Tela Du Cover Reveal

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Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

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Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.
Official Website: kendraeardnek.weebly.com
And so is another of Kendra’s books: CinderEddy: https://www.amazon.com/CinderEddy-Kendra-E-Ardnek-ebook/dp/B00KZNW2TO/
Cover Design Credit: Benjamin Ingalls – https://www.behance.net/BenjaminIngalls
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Kendra, if you were a tree, which would you be and why? 
Kendra (author): Ummm …. A mimosa. It’s my favorite tree because it refuses to blend in and look like a normal tree (have you seen its leaves), and it has the most gorgeous flowers.
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Petra, if you imagined a dragon, what would your perfect dragon look like? 
Petra (Tela Du): Uhhhhh … either a small dragon that I can keep as a pet, will ride on my shoulder and hiss at people who get too close, or a large dragon that I can ride instead of a car. If you want a detailed description of an ideal dragon, you can talk to Reuben. I’m sure he has more opinions on the matter.
 
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Amber, what motivates you and what you do?

Amber (Lady Dragon): The good of the people and creating a better world.
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Kendra’s Note:  One of the new things I learned while writing the final draft of Lady Dragon, Tela Du was the fact that Amber likes to write. So when I found this pin, it just felt so perfect.

From Lady Dragon, Tela Du

Rintaya’s “house” proved to be a doormat.

At least, that’s all that Petra could see even remotely resembling a home, when Rintaya stopped walking and declared that they’d arrived. It did not even remotely resemble the castle she’d promised.

“Is your house magic?” asked Reuben.

“What do you mean?” asked Rintaya.

“It’s just that, normally, when someone says castle, I picture a large fortress with lots of towers, maybe a moat with a small sea monster in it, definitely some heavy walls, and I don’t see anything like that here.”

“Oh,” said Rintaya, nodding slowly. “Then I suppose I do understand your confusion.”

“Does ‘castle’ mean something else here in Rizkaland?” asked Petra.

“Oh, no,” said Rintaya, shaking her head. “Indeed, your definition is pretty much spot on for what we describe as well.”

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Water Princess, Fire Prince

Because I’m insanely busy at a national homeschool speech and debate championship for the league I work for (running product sales), I couldn’t participate officially in Kendra’s marvelous cover reveal.

But I still wanted to join the fun. So I’m posting the cover for this book anyway.

I’m enjoying the privilege of beta reading this book right now. And let me say it’s an easy read and well set up.

And the cover makes me like it better! Seriously, I’m impressed.

I’m also intrigued that the designer of this cover, who is the author’s cousin, is also related to Laura Ingalls Wilder.

For all the information you might want about this book, visit the author’s blog.

Kendra E. Ardnek, author photo

And now, back to my T-shirts, timers, and tags.

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Ilyon Chronicles: Half Blood Cover Reveal!

Gladiators, bluebirds, soul struggles, slavery, and sheer willpower… it’s another enthralling story. Today, check out this epic book cover. But don’t look too long or too hard, or it might hurt. It’s the cover of Jaye L. Knight’s upcoming novella, Half-Blood, the prequel story to Ilyon Chronicles. Make sure you also enter the giveaway at the bottom!

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Here is Jace. Although he is forced to the spotlight on the cover of a book, he’s trying to hide. This speaks worlds about the conflict in his soul. Even his pointed ears, the symbol of his status as a half-blood, are hidden as though he is ashamed of them. And behind him looms the symbol of what his blood has brought him to due to the cruelty of those who force him to call them master. On top of this, the textured clouds in the sky above bring a token of normalcy to the scene.

He is Half Blood. Can he tolerate that, accept that, embrace that? More, can anyone in his world look upon his created identity without loathing, disgust, hatred, or distrust?

About the Book

The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.

For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.

Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?

See where Jace’s story all began . . .

Coming This Summer

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About the Author

JayeAuthorPhotoJaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

Giveaway

As part of a month long celebration for the one year publication anniversary of Resistance (Ilyon Chronicles – Book 1), Jaye is giving away several fun prizes! Enter for a chance to win using the form below! U.S. entries only please.

Participating Bloggers
A Writer’s Faith
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
A Writer’s Heart
Thoughts and Rants
Written Rest
To Be A Person
Tialla’s Tellings
The American Anglophile
Knitted By God’s Plan
Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings
Pencils Can Change The World
Crafty Booksheeps
Zerina Blossom’s Books
Ryebrynn’s Random Ramblings
Through the Realm of Dreams
Red Lettering
Leah’s Bookshelf
The Official Website of Brent King
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections
Shattered Fractals
Flights from the Aerie
E. Rawls
The Pen of a Ready Writer
Scattered Journal Pages
Sutori no Hana
The Art of Storytelling
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The King’s Scrolls Cover Reveal!

In the spring of 2014, I participated in a cover reveal, and a blog tour that included a book review and an interview with Kaden for ResistanceBook One in the Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight. Today I’m thrilled to participate in a cover reveal for The King’s Scrolls – Book Two of the Ilyon Chronicles! It includes an excerpt from the book as well as a fun giveaway.

Plenty of other blogs are joining the fun, so be sure to check out the grand center of operations at the cover reveal on Jaye’s blog. Or join by adding The King’s Scrolls on Goodreads.

This autumn I had the privilege of beta-reading The King’s Scrolls. It is a book well worthy of being a sequel to Resistance. Stay tuned, because you’ll be able to read this amazingly powerful story with not only adventure, well-developed characters, and an intriguing plot but also depth, meaning, and exquisitely crafted beauty very soon: The King’s Scrolls’ release date will be early in 2015.

The Thrilling Summary

Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.

Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.

When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?

The Talented Author

JJayeAuthorPhotoaye L. Knight is a homeschool graduated indie author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean new adult fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

The Delightful Giveaway

To celebrate her revealing of the cover, Jaye is giving away one of her handcrafted quill pen necklaces and a $5 Amazon gift card! Enter here for a chance to win! U.S. entries only please.

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And now….

Presenting…

The Magnificent Cover!

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Isn’t it excellent? It ties in perfectly with Resistance while setting an entirely different tone and mood. I love the black/brown color scheme. It gives the feel of being in a study and also in a secretive place. I like how there are only muted colors, tones, and shades. I love how the feather pen fades into the background near the top of the page. The colors are crisp and clear. There is a cozy, peaceful feel somehow as well as a business-like feel. The line are clean and simple without anything to distract from the main focus.

And what wondrous adventures of Kyrin, Jace, and their friends lie within the pages concealed under the cover? Here is a sneak peek into The King’s Scrolls!

The Exciting Excerpt

The other younger crete took a swig of his coffee and set his eyes past her. Kyrin peeked over her shoulder at Kaden who, of course, was staring at the dragon. The female creature stared back in mutual interest.

“Go ahead,” the crete said suddenly. “You can touch her. She loves attention, and she’ll only attack if I tell her to.” A sly glint sparkled in his spring-green eyes.

Besides Jace, Kyrin had never seen anyone with such bright and colorful eyes as these cretes.

Kaden looked at him, his brows rising. “You can do that?”

The crete nodded. “Dragons are highly intelligent. You can teach them almost any command. Storm here is young, but she learns fast.”

Kyrin smiled at the delight in her brother’s eyes as he stepped closer to the dragon and ran his hand over her bluish-gray neck scales. A grin split his face.

“She’s so smooth. Kyrin, come and feel it.”

Kyrin stepped to his side and laid her hand on the dragon. The scales were indeed very smooth, reminding her of the polished marble stair-railings in Auréa Palace, but they weren’t cold. Warmth radiated through them. The dragon, still watching them, let out a little rumble, almost like a giant cat’s purr.

“I told you she liked attention,” the crete said, grinning.

Kyrin chuckled and glanced at Jace to see if he wanted to touch the dragon, but he made no move to come closer. This certainly had more to do with the crete than the dragon. He was very fond of any type of animal. She faced the crete again.

“So they can breathe fire?”

“For short bursts, but that’s usually all it takes to deter any threat.”

“That’s incredible,” Kaden breathed.

While he continued admiring Storm, Kyrin observed the dragon’s rider. He appeared to be in his early to mid-twenties—about ten years younger than Captain Darq—though his exact age was impossible to guess. Cretes were said to mature faster than humans, so he could be anywhere from seventeen to twenty-five. He too wore a sleeveless jerkin. Brown tattoos, a little darker than his skin, marked both shoulders. Darq and the other cretes had them as well, but Kyrin hadn’t taken a good look at them until now. This man’s were a complicated pattern of spirals and dots, but the shape of a fox stood out in the center of his right shoulder.

Though she tried to be discreet, he must have caught her studying him and suddenly extended his hand to her. “I’m Talas, by the way. Talas Folkan of the Fox Clan.”

Now turn off your computer or mobile device and spend some well-invested time in the Scrolls of Your King–His Holy Bible that He has given to us.

Cover and author images used by permission of Jaye L. Knight. All other images from Pinterest.