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

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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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Lady Dragon Tela Du: Review

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In this Blog Tour post, you’ll find:

A Review
Book Synopsis
Author Bio
A Free Book
A Special Excerpt 

Come back tomorrow for a special interview with Granite!

Review

First comes the review. If you’re here from one of the other blog tour stops, you probably already know what book we’re talking about, who wrote it, and what it’s about, and you’re only here to see what I thought of it. If so, great news! To find my review, you don’t have to scroll through the same info you’ve already read several times.

Lady Dragon, Tela Du is an epic. It’s set in the colorful and imaginative world of Rizkaland – a world plagued with its own problems, not the least of them being Amber, the Lady Dragon. Intriguing characters and stunning plot twists fill the pages of this tale. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you read.

Writing: Good
This story has undergone countless rewrites and revisions, and it shows in the final product. Since I had the privilege of being an alpha reader for this story, I read the last three versions. Even in that short amount of time, I saw tremendous improvement in the tightness of the story and the writing style itself. LDTD is written almost in the tone of a lighthearted fairy tale, but the conflicts and depth of the plot and characters lend dead seriousness to the tone of much of the story. Still, despite the dangers and uncertainties faced by the characters, the overall mood is fairly light and easy to read. It won’t drag you down, but it’s complex enough that you won’t be able to put it down.

Plot: Excellent
So seamlessly are the plot twists and foreshadowing woven together into the story that you’ll probably want to start the book over again the moment you finish. The best part of that element is that the second read will be just as exciting as the first. You’ll pick up hints you totally skimmed over, ignored, or misinterpreted the first time. Personally, I loved how the author crafted the plot so skillfully. Even though I guessed at some of the resolutions and ending, the story was so craftily put together that up until the last moment I had no clue if my desired outcome would happen or not. At the same time, the ending and everything leading up to it were extremely satisfying – so much better than I even could have hoped for or imagined. The points of view of various characters are put together in a clear way that’s easily to follow and, for the most part, easy to keep track of.

Characters: Extremely excellent
While the plot makes the story, the characters make the connection with the reader. All of the characters are vividly pictured through their dialogue, point of view, actions, and the style in which they are written. Petra and Reuben’s relationship is real and deep; Petra and Ashna’s relationship is real and strained; Petra and Amber’s relationship is real and business-like; in short, the author does an excellent job of creating true-to-life characters. And we can’t forget Amber and Granite—their relationship as a married couple is both sweet and endearing despite one of them being the villain. Throughout the course of the book, I found myself sympathizing with them more and more despite the evil that Amber continued on wreaking throughout Rizkaland. It truly take a masterful author to incite such kinship with the clearly-marked antagonist.

Content: Mild violence (nothing to be concerned about); romance (married couple and soon-to-be-married couples). Also one “dream sequence” scene (it’s not a dream sequence, but that’s the best way I can think of to describe the scene’s tone without giving spoilers) featuring dead animals coming to life. For a younger or more sensitive audience, I recommend skipping the scene – though it is as tastefully handled as possible under the circumstances.

A Few Elements I Liked:
The ending. Wow. There’s not much I can say without giving spoilers, but I will say the ending was well worth the entire book. I loved everything about it.
The message. This isn’t just entertainment; there’s truth here.
Granite and Amber’s relationship – a sweet picture of married love complete with deep struggles and heartaches. Such loyalty.
Petra and Reuben’s gift/power. It adds a new and interesting depth to their relationship.
The plot twists! I’ve never seen plot twists done in such a satisfying manner.

If you liked Water Princess, Fire Prince, you’ll absolutely love Lady Dragon, Tela Du. While the plot, characters, and message of the first were excellent, those of the second are even better.

/End of Review. Readers from other tour stops, you’re welcome. And now, you may scroll quickly through the rest of this post until you reach the last header—because I know you want to know what the Snippet from the book that I’ve included is. 😉

All other readers, keep reading to learn more about this wonderful book!

Synopsis

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.

 

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Dusk was gathering as she stepped through the gates, and found Granite lying on his back in the middle of the courtyard staring at the sky.

She sighed. “I see you’ve been making use of yourself while I was away.”

He seemed not to hear her, so she walked over and crouched by his side. “Just what are you doing?”

A smile spread across his face as he sat up. “Oh, I was just observing the Rizkan sky and reminiscing. Would you care to join me?”

She sighed and started to stand up, but he reached forward and grabbed her arm, preventing her.

“I have more important things to do with my time,” she protested.

“After six thousand years, you can make time for the little things,” Granite replied, simply.

She sighed again. He wasn’t going to give up, was he? She lay down beside him.

“I always marvel at how empty the Rizkan sky is, even at the dead of night,” he said at length. “Especially after staring at the stars of Lintooalintae for four thousand years. Do you ever miss the stars?”

“No, I can’t say I do. I find them more useful now that they have fallen.”

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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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Five Years of Bookania: Character Interview

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Ladies and gentleman, writers, editors, and readers of all ages: today we have here with us a special guest with a very special gift from a very special world out of a very special book series (Bookania) penned by a very special author, Kendra E. Ardnek. Please join me in welcoming Prince Richard of Refrence (known to his friends as Dick)!
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Dick and Theo

He’s graciously agreed to answer a few questions about himself and his world. Dick, thank you for joining us here today. I understand that your gift is the ability to define any word and use it correctly. What’s your favorite word and why?
Friend. Unlike my brother, I prefer smaller words with more meaning, rather than big words with less. Friend is such a large, powerful word, another person who wilt stand by thy side through thick and thin. I also enjoy the fact that, if thou removest the r, it becomes “fiend” and has essentially the opposite meaning.
That’s truly fascinating, and that’s a great favorite word with both depth and richness. So – tell me the funniest or most exasperating story regarding you and Doranna, with her habitual misuse of words.
I try not to talk to Doranna. It almost never ends well.
Really. (laughing) I can see that, I suppose.
I occasionally find her insistence of “fiend” instead of “friend” amusing … but for the most part, it’s just frustrating to listen to her misuse the English language. I think the most exasperating thing she ever did was the time she decided to give up on words entirely and speak only in numbers. I don’t remember how long that lasted.
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Doranna

Oh my. Sounds like a mess. Moving on from Doranna, you have a brother whose gift is using big words. You always know the meaning and the context of the word, but have you learned new words (the words themselves) from him? If so, what is it like to learn a word for which you already know the meaning?
He does frequently use new words that I hadn’t heard before. It isn’t so much that I know the meaning of every word, but I can define any word. There is a subtle difference. When I hear a new word, I know not its meaning immediately, but based upon context, etymology, and some other strange factors that I can’t quite explain, I can work out the meaning within moments. It’s a disorienting few moments, but it usually doesn’t last very long. 
That makes sense. One of the unique side effects of your gift. That would be an interesting skill to possess.
Unless of course, I learn a new word from Doranna. For some strange reason, everything she says is a real word, just in a completely wrong context. It took me a week to work out the meaning of “wombat.” 
Wow, that would be confusing. On the topic of confusion in language, when Bookania speech switched from older English to more modern English, what was that like for you? How did you adjust?
It has been disorienting. The new grammar has had a similar disorienting effect on me as new words, only worse because things that have always been wrong before now seem right, and some aspects of grammar that were right are now very wrong. And some words have lost meanings, and others have gained meanings. I refuse to give up the proper usage of “you” – plural nominative, but I have had to concede many of my old speech habits. 
Enna, for some reason, has already forsaken the old way of speaking entirely.
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Enna

For most of us, the change didn’t happen like that. We had generations to slowly change. Have you ever thought about writing a dictionary or thesaurus?

Oh, I do have a dictionary I’ve been working on. Theo has a thesaurus.
Wonderful. Using your gift to give a gift to the world. Sounds like a big task, though. Moving on beyond the topic of your gift, what do you appreciate most about your fiance?
Amy has many endearing qualities, but I think what I appreciate most is her incorrigible spirit. Hers was a terrible childhood, and she received little love, but it didn’t stop her from becoming the kind soul she is with such a zest for life.
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Amy

That’s wonderful. I’d love to get to know her better. As far as your titled position, what does your role as prince involve?
Since I’m not the crown prince, mostly following my brother around and translating him.
Great. (laughing) I’m sure that makes for an interesting life. It’s been a pleasure having you here, Prince Richard, and many thanks for dropping by. Ladies, gentlemen, writers, editors, and readers of all ages, we’ve been chatting with Prince Richard of Refrence. If you haven’t been introduced to his story yet, check out these books that are currently free on Amazon:
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Thank you for stopping in for Five Years of Bookania! You can check out the rest of the party at knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com – including some fun giveaways!
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Water Princess, Fire Prince Book Review

DesktopWater Princess, Fire Prince.

It starts slow.

But it quickly becomes an engrossing and intriguing tale of two ordinary teenagers thrust into a non-ordinary life.

Kendra E. Ardnek has been working on this story for seven years, and the depth of her work shows in her characters. She has infused life into Clara, Andrew, Laura, and their friends. Each one has a true-to-life personality that it’s easy to befriend while poring over the pages of their story.

The entire concept of the story is intriguing. It answers a fundamental question that everyone has wondered: “What if I stepped in the shower and it was really a waterfall and I stepped out as a Water Princess?”

Okay, so maybe most people never have that thought. But the idea touches a chord inside of us – the thrilling realm of the imaginative “what-ifs” that adulthood never truly loses. And when Kendra had that thought, pursuing the trail of where it led her resulted in a complex and deep story that reveals the workings of Alphego (God) in the lives of those whom He has called.

Following Clara, Andrew, and their friends as they find themselves caught in His plan is an adventure of trusting Him, no matter what personal preferences might be or how crazy the situation looks.

As for the plot and content, it’s masterfully done. Some parts are predictable and the action is slower, but so many unique elements fill the sequence that the story is indeed a page-turner. There’s a bit of romance. And thumbs-up to Kendra for how her characters don’t rush into things but are willing to step back, wait, and take things slowly.

The world-traveling element of the story is also a unique plot element that adds interest to the story with the twists and turns of time, connections, and how past, present, and future mix themselves up. It keeps the readers as well as the characters on their toes.

This book has a very large cast of characters that can be slightly difficult to keep straight. However, the story is long enough that the major characters are clear and the minor characters are mentioned in such a way that they can be kept track of, even if their personalities and roles might not always be developed thoroughly.

Watching Clara and Andrew work through their struggles, both individually and together, was inspiring. Both of them are normal teens with normal feelings and issues, but both of them seek Alphego and learn to submit to Him instead of running their own lives. As they learn to put the needs of others above their own, both grow and mature throughout the book. Cause/effect is strong and clear in this story.

Dialogue is realistic and believable. The backstories are hinted at just enough to support the main story with their own unique strength. Elements of the story in the beginning tie in very well throughout the book and in the end. Overall, Rizkaland is a fresh and believable world with interesting geography, science, and history that are revealed in small snippets in natural ways interspersed throughout the story.

I recommend it for all ages. There is very minimal violence (some creatures are killed and on occasion, characters are injured by animals), there is minimal romance, and there is a very clean feel to the story.

This is not a light read – it is a thick book with five parts. However, it is well worth the time, both in entertainment and, more importantly, on an inspirational level. Kendra’s goal in her writings is to glorify God, and this theme is clear in Water Princess, Fire Prince.

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“Forgive me if this sounds like a strange question, but what do you know of the various arts of combat?”

Clara narrowed her eyes. “Could you be more specific?” Sure, her dad taught Tae Kwon Do, her mom taught fencing, and Kath’s dad taught archery, and thus she was well-trained in all three. However, she wasn’t ready to put her weapons on the table until she knew what weapons were needed and for what.

“Well,” said Lord Erik, “have you done any training with a bow and arrow, perhaps with a knife? I know this may seem like a strange question, you being a girl and all.”

Oh, please. “Do you really expect me, a young girl, to know how to use a weapon?” she asked. “Besides, where I come from, we barely even use those sorts of weapons anymore.” She paused a moment, then added, “I can throw my shoe at mouse kings, but that’s probably about it.”

“Unfortunately, our problem is a bit bigger than a mouse king,” said Lord Erik, sounding a trifle confused as he narrowed his eyes.

“Really? Because mouse kings can be huge problems, eating all of the sweets and chewing holes in dresses,” said Clara in her best shocked voice, layering in plenty of concern. “What could be worse than that?”

Lord Erik took a deep breath, while the dark-haired young man on Clara’s right whispered something under his breath. Clara shot this young man a conspiratorial smile, because she felt like it.

 

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Rizkaland Legends: Book Two Title Reveal!

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I am excited to announce Book Two of the Rizkaland Legends…

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Two girls with one face

Two girls with twisted fate

One in purple, one in red

One shall speak the other’s death

Who shall win their final war?

Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised fifty years ruling over Rizkaland, and it is time for her to claim it. Only one person stands in her way of ruling forever – the Tela Du, the girl who shall share her face.

The last thing Petra wants is to have to fight and kill the Lady Dragon. What she wants is to have a normal life, and to prove that she isn’t insane for remembering sisters that no one else can. Rizkaland has other ideas.

The Story Behind this Book

100_1992Nearly ten years ago now, the first of the new Narnia movies released, and I got to see it in Theaters – actually, the last movie we got to see as a family. A friend of ours had also seen the movie, and had been converted to the Narnia fandom, and so as we were chatting about it, one of us had a brilliant idea – why don’t we make our own Narnia movie? We all loved acting, so it seemed like the most natural thing in the world.

As the eldest of that threesome, and the most adamant about the plot, I took on the responsibility of writing the script, then titled “The Giraffe, The Witch, and the Tunnel Tube.” At first it resembled Narnia fairly closely, the changes we made were for casting or prop reasons – we didn’t have a lion costume, we did have giraffe. We didn’t have a wardrobe, we did have a tunnel.

After several fits and starts, my mother told me that I needed to put it away and rehash it so it resembled Narnia less, perhaps make it summer instead of winter, a dragon instead of a witch. So, I followed her advice and managed to turn out my first finished work of any great length. It was quickly followed by a second draft, after I decided that I wanted to make some changes to the ending. A third draft quickly followed when I decided I wanted love interests.

As I finished this third script, I realized that it was far too complicated a story for me to hope to perform at that time. And since it had changed so radically from Narnia by that point, I decided to take the plunge back into novel writing. Shortly before NaNo of ’10, I finished this draft at twenty thousand words, and was terribly proud of myself – though I knew it needed work. However, I now had other story ideas on my plate that were demanding my attention – Bookania and the Ankulen – and I knew I needed to write and publish Water Princess, Fire Prince first.

So I set aside again. Oh I worked on it, here and there and in snippets – one or two scenes especially – but for the most part, it largely sat at the back of my mind festering and boiling.

It’s changed a lot since I started writing it, and this draft that I’m writing now has changed even more. It’s a powerful story that has come with me through some of my darkest years. I’m so thrilled to finally be at the verge of sharing it.

~ Kendra E. Ardnek, author

Sneak Peak

At last Amber came to the men working this farm, a father and his two sons, she guessed, of human stock. They’d suit her purposes just fine.

“Oh, good gentlemen!” she cried, filling her voice with pathos. “I’m so glad to have found you. Do these fields never end?”

The father straightened and regarded Amber critically. “Well,” he said, after several long moments, “I reckon I can say that there are days I wonder the same, though with this drought, they aren’t nearly enough. Who may you be, Miss? It isn’t often we see strangers around here, especially not ones dressed as fine as you.”

“Nor as pretty,” one of the sons commented.

Amber shot the boy an imperious glance. “I am married.” She’d already noticed the way they’d been staring at her while trying to look like they weren’t. She turned her attention back to the father. “I have traveled rather far from home, I fear,” she admitted. “Where I come from, there aren’t nearly as many colors, and the rim of this world curls away from me strangely.”

It took the man several seconds to process Amber’s speech. At length, he asked, “Did the Doorkeeper bring you to us?”

This question took Amber by surprise, and for a moment, she was rendered speechless, as her conversation with Laura echoed through her head. She quickly recovered herself, however, and shook her head. “No, I cannot say that she did.”

And it was true, Amber admitted bitterly to herself. For all the travels she made and grand stories she produced, Laura had never taken Amber anywhere. Amber had been forced to make her own escape both times her world fell.

“Well, perhaps she did and you just didn’t see her. I hear that she can be mighty sneaky at times.” The man shook his head. “But from the looks of your dress and jewels, I’m willing to say you were someone mighty important where you come from. A princess, maybe?”

“Queen.” Amber drew herself to her full stature.

“I see.” The man nodded. “Well, after our last few hard winters and scorching summers, we scarcely have enough to call a fitting meal for royalty, but you’re welcome to come stay at least the night with us before we send you to Loray to meet our own kings and queens. You said you were married, didn’t you?”

She nodded, “I am.”

“So your husband?”

“Accompanied me, but he lacks my ambition.”

“I see,” said the man. “Well, come along then, my dear – I mean, your highness. I don’t think I quite caught your name.”

“I don’t think I gave it to you,” she replied.

Clara: I could have told you the title of that book.

Andrew: But we’re in Rizkaland, and others aren’t.

Clara: Of course the Tela Du will win. That happens in all the stories. The dragons never win.

Andrew: This is our lives, Clara. Real life doesn’t work like the stories.

Clara: Well, if it did, I’d be living happily ever after by now.

Andrew: Perhaps we will…someday.