Good news for those of you looking forward to another Erika Mathews book release! Several pieces of news, to be exact . . .
- I have a release date for my book of inspirational poetry, Overrun By Your Love – and it’s only one week to wait! July 19, 2018 is the big day when the release will be live.
- I’m excited to reveal the lovely cover today, designed by Aesthetically Designs. It’s just perfect for this book. I love everything about this cover: the waterfall picturing how we are “overrun” by God’s love – abundantly more than anything we could imagine; the figure on the bridge abiding in that abundance; and the contrast between the brightness and joy of being filled with the fullness of God and the darkness of the world around us.
3. Overrun By Your Love is now available for preorder! You can order the Kindle ebook now and it will be automatically delivered to you on July 19 (and sometimes even a bit early!). Click here for more details.
4. I’m hosting a Media Tour to celebrate the release of this book! But I need your help to spread the word. If you have a blog or a social media account where you’d be willing to share about this book’s release, please fill out this form. There will be a special giveaway just for those who join in the Media Tour and spread the word about the release!
Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, “Quest for Leviathan.” Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.
Leviathan took the life of his father.
Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.
|Though little is known about this time period, I greatly enjoyed the immersive and accurate historical feel of this Biblical fiction story. I could see the ship, feel the waves, and understand the characters’ motivations.||For such a short story, the backstory was well-developed and thoroughly presented. The reader fully understands Anath’s thought processes and feelings before the action begins. The action sequences were then portrayed well, and Anath’s spiritual struggle was gripping: I was on edge to know what he would decide. However, because of the complete backstory, I felt that the story ended a bit too soon – because Anath’s entire life purpose up to that point had been “quest for Leviathan,” I wanted to know what became of him – what did he do for the rest of his life and how did he handle any lingering negative feelings after the climax.||The Biblically accurate way in which Leviathan was portrayed was refreshing. The wise counsel and spiritual truth shared in the story was excellent. It did seem like Leviathan was too easily found when it was convenient, but perhaps that’s not inaccurate. Also, I loved the illustrations that set apart each individual section of the story.||Overall, this is an excellent short story I’d highly recommend.|
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Plot: very good! I enjoyed the emphasis on personal interactions, character growth, and relationships – internal conflict and growth as well as the outer conflict with the “mystery.” Because villain POV snippets were interspersed in the story from the beginning, I figured out most of the plot twists and what was going on well ahead of time – so there wasn’t the suspense aspect present in some mysteries – but this didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book. It felt fresh and interesting.
Writing quality and style: I felt that this detracted just a bit from the story for me, as there were some grammatical errors, some instances of showing where telling could have been better as well as instances where I felt the narration was too detached from the characters. Still, I’ve read a later work by this author where none of these issues were present – so I’m definitely hoping that was unique to this book.
Characters: I loved the everyday mannerisms that set apart the characters – all but Olivia’s habit of touching her neck. I’m sure it’s just me, but it seemed cliche. I loved how the details of daily life were described – the little happy things especially. For most of the book, I felt the characters weren’t deep enough – I didn’t relate to or sympathize with them. In the first several pages, Cyril was a shrewd detective, but then he seemed to lose all distinct personality and become a grump who kept acting and reacting the same way, over and over, throughout most of the rest of the book – I found myself wishing for more variation in his character rather than the same basic scene repeated in every circumstance. (If you must be a grump, be an interesting one!) The same with Dudley: he was so sweet and lovable, but almost too predictably so for the first portion of the book – but then there was just enough variation and depth to make him refreshingly interesting. Olivia took a bit to understand: she seemed quite relatable at first, then uncharacteristically emotionally demonstrative at the drop of a hat (I get she had good reason; it just didn’t seem in line with her previous character to me) – and finally, naive. It was the naive stage that garnered my sympathy again, though – it seemed much more understandable and natural that the previous emotional outbursts. In retrospect, however, I don’t believe she was as demonstrative as I had the impression she was while reading; she was still at least ladylike about it.
The message: amazing! I loved how God and faith appeared naturally in the characters and their lifestyles. So well done, relatable, natural, and touching.
The ending: I loved the epilogue! So sweet. It did, however, confuse me a bit because it occurs AFTER the events in book 2 of this series – so since it’s a series, I may not have wanted to know these events this soon. 🙂 Still, it was so wonderful and wrapped up the characters.
Content: some violence, not described
Overall – if you enjoy mystery, England, or the 1910s era, read this book! Highly recommended. 🙂
Once upon a socially disadvantaged time, a hare and a tortoise lived in the world of non-human beings…
In celebration of Promise’s Prayer turning one year old this weekend, I’m releasing another book! This one is a short story collection full of whimsy and uniqueness that I had a lot of fun putting together. Hop on over to this post to read all about it!
The words of Aesop of Sardis, which came to him in the six hundred threescore and fourth year…
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.
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!
Kendra 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:
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And Here It Is!
I 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.
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.
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
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!
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?
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.writtenrest.wordpress.com (You are here.)
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?