As some of you may know, I have a very special project underway: writing Book 5 of Truth from Taerna. This is Kelton’s story – the older of Kaelan’s two younger brothers. I’ve been plotting, outlining, discovering Kelton’s personality, and making notes in preparation for writing his story this November. The plan is to complete the first draft during the month, and accomplishing that as a full-time mother of little ones requires very careful planning.
This is a story I’m quite excited about. It centers on a subject and themes very important to my life, and I can’t wait to journey with Kelton and find out just how deep these issues in his life are.
Here’s what the book is about:
Behind his big brown eyes, Kelton holds a lifetime of secrets. When the sudden death of co-king Daemien throws all Taerna into turmoil, Kelton’s memories prove crucial and his hyper-analytical skills essential. But will his quiet, home-loving soul crumble under the pressure of intense public scrutiny? And why does he disappear for two hours every day?
And now . . . the title!
Yes, Memory’s Mind. And, just for fun, here’s the mock cover I put together for a temporary placeholder cover for the book until the real cover is ready for reveal:
If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this November, feel free to add me!
What do you think of the title? What do you think of the mock cover? What do you think of the blurb? What would interest you about this story? Is the anything you think I ought to include in my plotting (hint, hint: you just might influence the book! Now’s the time!)?
Tomorrow I have a very special announcement coming! But until then, let’s play a game!
So far in Truth from Taerna I have:
But there’s a Book Five coming, and what shall it be called?
You get to guess!
Here’s your clue:
Come on now, don’t be shy. Comment below.
Give me all your best guesses!
I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!
Today’s a special day for my good friend and author Jessica Greyson (Happy birthday, Jessica!). All kinds of wonderful surprises are happening over in her corner of the internet today, so check out her page for all the details (free goodies? sales? new items? You’ll have to go see for yourself.)
Among other things, her first non-fiction book releases today! I am beyond excited about this work. Jessica is the author of several fiction novels/novellas as well as a short story collection, and her creative imagination, vivid world-building, and true-to-life characters shine through each one. But after reading the little book she’s releasing today, I must say that God truly has given her a special gift for Christian living non-fiction.
This book is a beautiful testimony – a testimony of what it’s truly like as a Christian woman desiring God’s best and struggling (occasionally or regularly) with singleness. Even though I’m not the target audience of this book, I found it profoundly encouraging and challenging to my own walk with God and my levels of satisfaction in Him.
I almost never highlight while reading. Yet I’d barely read a page of this book before I switched to my highlighter, and throughout my perusal, yellow appeared many time on the pages: a testament to the profound truths contained therein.
Waiting for Isaac is simple, heartfelt, practical, and Biblical. It has a touch of a beautiful old-fashioned style as well as a helping of genuinely witty humor – an excellent balance to the subject matter, which can often be full of heartache. Painfully honest at times with a depth that will speak straight to the hearts of readers, the author has spoken simply from her very heart with the beautiful truth of the real-life lessons God is teaching and revealing.
If you’ve read books on Christian singleness before, perhaps there may be not much here you haven’t heard before. But this book needs to make your to-read pile regardless. You’ve never heard these truths presented in this way. There’s no judgment or preachiness here, only gentle truth.
It is possible that a few outlying readers may interpret some of the author’s personal anecdotes as being intended as a formula or a standard of how to approach singleness as a young girl – but to me it was unequivocally evident that no such thing is intended. The author shares her personal journey – that which God has spoken to her for this season of life – and throughout the book her purpose in encouraging her readers to listen to God is embedded constantly. This isn’t another book about “what to do if you’re single and long for a husband.” This is a book about how to seek the heart of God among the many conflicting emotions and desires incumbent in singleness. The heart of God – not the will or words or formulas of men.
Within the truth shining throughout this book is mingled the poetic description. Oh, the description! Jessica Greyson has a gift for weaving words in a way that that is pleasant to the ear and vivid to the imagination. She’s captured real, raw emotions. She’s painted pictures of our dreams. She’s used clever analogies. She’s captured human nature in a way every person can relate to. And then in the midst of it, she drops a truth bomb so profound it leave me blinking and rereading.
Are you a single girl or woman? I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Are you a married person still learning contentment? I recommend this book to you as well. Thank you, Jessica, for your prayerful time in God’s Word and in the day-to-day storms of life that have given us this encouraging masterpiece.
I have Jerolin here (in a sense, as much as a character can be here) from The Worth of a King, book one in The Fall of a Star series by Kendra E. Ardnek.
This book released this week!
Hi Jerolin! What’s it like living with Adrian when you know things about him?
What do you think of King Ossian?
Well, he killed King Edson despite Edson being a decent king and actually responsible for a golden age in Dialcia, and while Ossian has not been a bad king thus far, that was just petty. Also, he works with the dragons and they’re bad news.
What’s your favorite memory of Lily?
The way she always kept us on our toes. She was a bit of a wild thing, and would attack Adrian and I at any random moment she fancied us off guard. It was really adorable when she was little.
If you could do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do?
I would have a nice, neat, normal life, where Adrian isn’t actually a prince, and he would be the printer, I would be the blacksmith, and we’d not have to worry one bit about politics.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Picnics with Adrian, Lily, and our parents.
Tell me about your relationship with El Shaddai.
My father is Zovordian, so, of course, he takes his faith in El Shaddai very seriously. He’s taught Adrian, Lily and I about Him from a very young age. It’s sometimes hard to trust that He has a plan, but when you know that your little brother is soon going to be over his head in politics … you have to.
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:
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.
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. 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.
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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
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
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.
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Welcome to Resting Life! For those whom I’ve not yet met, I’m Erika Mathews, author of Promise’s Prayer, editor, wife, mother, and Oxford-comma-user. Today I’m taking part in Sarah Holman’s Choose Your Own Story event to celebrate the release of her latest book, Escape and Endurance. In this event, you get to pick the outcome of the story by making choices. (How fun is that? I love stories, and I love controlling the direction of the stories even more!) A lot of different things can happen. If you just now stumbled across this exciting event, what are you waiting for? Start your adventure at the beginning of the story by clicking the image below.
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Without his horse, progress was slow. Sir Andrew. Such hardships were something that happened with knights. He would just have to do so. Not only would he continue on, he would find the princess and rescue her.
Andrew turned around and was surprised to see a farmer leading a horse. The horse was being used to carry sacks of grain, but it was obvious that the farmer cared for him well.
“You are Sir Andrew?”
“Aye, that I am. Forgive me, I do not know you.”
The farmer took his hat off. “I’m but a humble peasant that you saved from a bear last year in the forest.”
“Aye, now I remember you!”
“Please, take my horse and continue your journey. I can see that you are in haste.”
Andrew thanked the man and told him he would return his horse. He turned the horse toward . . .
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