Honor: A Quest In – A Bookania Tag

Kendra E. Ardnek is releasing Honor: A Quest In this month. In its honor (!), she’s having all sorts of fun challenges at her blog as well as a giveaway of a set of paperbacks – and this tag happens to be one of them.

And she says, “For the record, each and every one of these questions are RELEVANT.

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The Seven Drawers: Character Spotlight – Gwen

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Kendra E. Ardnek’s The Seven Drawers releases today, and I’m spotlighting Gwen, the main character.

I had the privilege of reading an early version of this book, and it was quite interesting and followed a unique and fascinating premise to a satisfying conclusion. I have the final book waiting for a free moment to reread it and from all I’ve heard, it’s even better.

Giveaway for five paperbacks here, as well as the full tour schedule.

Here’s Kendra, talking about Gwen:

Some characters I plan out in detail before sitting down to the paper to write them… 

Others, I have a situation, so I just throw a random blank slate into the mix and see what emerges. Such is what happened with Gwen in the Seven Drawers. Except that she wasn’t Gwen I first threw her in. Originally, I was going to call her “Blanche,” but I quickly changed it. To Jennifer, which it stayed through the first draft. However, when I plunged into the second draft after the Rooglewood winners were announced, I shifted the book to first person, and, since my only other book in first person was about a Jenifer, I knew I needed to change a name. Gwen also meant White, so I went with that.
Gwen proved to be a very different person than Jennifer had been. While both were recovering from losing everything, and both felt very lost in life, Gwen was taking charge of her situation almost as soon I dropped her into the story, where Jennifer had taken a couple chapters.
And maybe it was because I gave Gwen the tools to retake her life sooner than I gave them to Jennifer, but, honestly, Gwen had a backbone almost immediately. Yet, at the same time, she still fell apart multiple times through the book. Because grief isn’t something you conquer all at once. You take baby steps, and even take what seem like steps backward.
Now … wasn’t this supposed to be a spotlight … not a guest post about grief? Ah, well. Here we are!

Kendra E. Ardnek

The Worth of a King Blog Tour Review

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Packed with vivid characters, plot twists, dragons, and intrigue, The Worth of a King fascinates the reader with a unified blend of theme depth and imaginative fantasy in a memorable journey for both characters and readers.

Kendra E. Ardnek, whose name you may know if you’re a regular here, is releasing The Worth of a King today! I had the privilege of beta reading/editing this book, and it is indeed a “worth”-while title for your bookshelf. Characters, drama, intrigue, plot depth – this book has it all.

First, can we take a moment to once again admire THAT COVER? Alea Harper did an amazing job and captured the themes of the book in a work of gorgeous, amazing art.

The story of Worth starts with a common premise: there’s a throne, and there are people who need to ascend to the throne. More than one, so who will get it? What’s more (surprise, surprise), the unassuming peasant isn’t who he thinks he is. Yet it very quickly branches out from that ordinary starting place with unique twists and amazing character development. Behold the summary:

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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.

The Worth of a King is told from all three points of view: Adrian’s, Obsidia’s, and Delaney’s. This provides a unique feel to the story and a relaxing, immersive pacing that allows us to identify with each character and fully understand the story. Personally, I loved being able to track events through each person’s viewpoint and put the pieces together one by one.

What I Loved:

  • Character development. Worth is a book of character development, and I absolutely loved the realistic way that each character learned, developed, and changed throughout the course of the story. The relationships that progressed were well done, and every major character had a beautiful arc in this story.
  • The three points of view, as I already mentioned. This rounded out the story excellently.
  • Laura, Amber, and Granite. If you’ve read any of the Rizkaland Legends, you’ll recognize these three. Initially, I was interested in reading Worth simply for the Amber backstory, and it did not disappoint. It was wonderful to see Amber and Granite pre-scale – such a new dimension to them and new insight into who they are! – and of course Laura always takes center stage whenever she appears. Yet I must be quick to add that this book is so much more than these three. It’s well worth reading even without them.
  • Jerolin. He adds so much to the story and he’s a hilarious, loyal, lovable character who spills books, spouts sarcasm, and unceasingly comforts and supports those he loves.
  • El Shaddai and how the characters grew in relationship with Him. Relationship with Him wasn’t a given for all the major characters from the beginning, and the different stages of characters’ walks with Him came across as realistic and also interesting to the story line. I especially loved His part in the climax.
  • That said, I loved the climax and conclusion. The way it was written and portrayed with all three points of view; the way it built and built and everything came down to one perfect God-moment; everything. Go read the book and see for yourself.
  • The theme of the book: the worth of a king. While I’m still pondering all the nuances of the meaning of this phrase, I will say it’s the perfect title for the book. Indeed, this theme is thought-provoking, and, though it may raise more questions than it answers, I count that a positive benefit. After all, the best books don’t even pretend to answer every question and give every moral; rather, the best books spur personal thought and meditation. And The Worth of a King is one of these books.

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Adrian heard the door, then a long silence before Father announced, in a regretful voice, “She chose Ossian’s boy.”

Mother gave a small gasp.

Frankly, Adrian didn’t see what was so surprising about the news. Obsidia was far from the first Dialcian princess to marry the son of the king who had killed her father.

“This means that we have to tell him,” Father continued.

Tell him? Him who? Tell him what?

“I can’t believe that this day has already come,” said Mother. “It seems only yesterday that Adelaide…”

“Do we really have to tell him?” This was Jerolin. “Right now?”

“There’s no time like the present,” said Father. “In my opinion, we should have told him years ago. Celeste, can you get the letter?”

“Yes, yes, of course,” said Mother, distractedly.

“But right now?” Jerolin repeated, voice rising. “He’s still asleep!”

“It’s nearly noon,” Father replied. “It’s high time the boy woke up. We can give him cake to soften the blow.”

Jerolin snorted. “Like cake will make up for finding out that his entire life has been a lie.”

Adrian went to his bedroom door. It was now clear that he was the “him” in question, but how was his life a lie? What did it have to do who Princess Obsidia chose to marry?

He pushed the door open and stared at his father, seated at the kitchen table, and Jerolin, pacing frantically. “What blow?”

Adrian had never experienced a more awkward moment of silence than the one that followed.

 

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 

Giveaway: Kendra is giving away a paperback copy of the book and a 15ml bottle of Peppermint oil (US only). She also has a special prize for whoever leaves the most comments across the blog tour – and that one is international. Go find the giveaways here.

Monday, August 27
Knitted By God’s Plan: Intro to the Party
Reviews:
Resting Life
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
Interviews:
Lit Aflame – Kendra E. Ardnek
Light and Shadows – Kendra E. Ardnek
Jenelle Schmidt – Granite
Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings – Christa

Don’t forget to come back right here to Resting Life on Thursday for an exclusive interview with Jerolin – Adrian’s hilarious brother. 

Click here for the full blog tour schedule!

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

Savannahjaysworkshop

Dreams and Dragons

Unicorn Quester

Kiri Liz

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Read, Write, Laugh, Dance

Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings

Books, Baking, and Cowgirl Boots

Jenelle Schmidt

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

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?

Line Edit Walkthrough (video)

Line Edit Walkthrough

The Indie e-con, an online conference for Independent Authors, is happening this week across the blogosphere, headquartered at Kendra E. Ardnek’s blog. Today is Day 2: Editing, and as an editor, I’m contributing as a guest speaker.

Sit back, grab your pencils, and join me for Line Edit Walkthrough, where you’ll learn about line editing, discover some free line editing tools, and watch me edit Surrender’s Strength (Truth From Taerna Book Three).

 

Lady Dragon, Tela Du: Interview with Granite

recently-updatedCheck out yesterday’s post with more information on the book, my review, a free book, and more!

Today I’m back with the Lady Dragon, Tela Du blog tour, and this time Granite is here with me.

Let me tell you, I love Granite. From his deep loyalty to his true love to his heartfelt pain, he’s patient, faithful, true, and steadfast. That’s not to say he hasn’t made his share of mistakes, but he’s a character to be loved.
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WR: So Granite, welcome to Written Rest. I’m honored to have you here all the way from Rizkaland. First, where did you get your deep loyalty to your wayward wife Amber, the Lady Dragon?

Granite: She used a love potion on me the day after her sixteenth birthday – it had been a present from her mother. And even though she say’s it worn off … I’m not entirely convinced.

I pledged my life to her, and I didn’t mean it just for the good times. If I had known where our path would lead, though … She was so good once. And I can’t help but wonder if, maybe, I could have done something, said something. If I’d been more forceful. Maybe she’d still be good.

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WR: Maybe…but maybe not; we can’t live life in the maybes.

Tell me about your relationship with Laura. What do you think of her?

Granite: Laura raised Amber and I, so she’s like a mother to us. Most of the time, at least. I’ve met her sometimes when she’s younger. Scared and innocent. Then she’s more like the kid sister we never had, and the older I’ve become, the more often I see her that way. She’s a fascinating person – a force of nature, really. It’s impossible to know her completely – some days I wonder if even she can make that claim – but she told me once that I know her better than most, and I consider that to be a rare honor.

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WR: That does sound like a rare honor. A “force of nature.” Interesting way to describe a person. On another note, Amber has lured many innocent people to her castle as servants. Do you have any kind of a relationship with those servants?

Granite: For the most part, I don’t interfere with the people around the castle, lest I direct Amber’s attention to them.

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WR: Probably a wise course of action. Tell me about a time when you interfered with Amber’s plots. What did you do and what was the result?

Granite: When we first came to Rizkaland, Amber kidnapped a number of the new kings and queens, froze some of them, and put two of them, Jane and Renee, into her dungeon. Laura and I helped their uncaptured friends sneak in and rescue them. Amber was furious, and a few weeks later we were on the Isle of Banishment. Such is my life.

WR: I’m sorry about that life. Life is hard…but there are bright spots even in the hardest life. What’s your favorite memory?

Granite: The first time Amber kissed me. It was after the love potion wore off. I don’t remember much of my actions under its effects, only that I very much acted the fool. And I was very embarrassed, so I hid. And Amber found me. Long story short, she kissed me. It was the first time she had ever shown me affection.

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WR: That’s sweet. What did you feel (due to your shared heartbeat with your wife) at the moment when the Water Princess and Fire Prince fulfilled their prophecy?

Granite: The moment when were forced back onto the Isle of Banishment? From amber, nothing, actually, aside from her detransformation from her dragon state as soon as were back in our castle. She was very calm, turned away, and marched to her office and didn’t emerge until the next day. She was annoyed, but not really angry, you see. I was mostly relieved that we were back where she would make minimal people’s lives miserable.

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WR: That is a benefit. What do you appreciate most about your wife?

Granite: She has a brilliant mind. Amazing. I just wish she’d stop using it for evil.

WR: As do I, Granite. As do I.

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