Friday, June 19, 2015

Cover Reveal - Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek

Book Description:

When the Lady Dragon does come,
Hold fast, do not fear, do not run.
Your Water Princess will fight,
Fire Prince will set all to right.
Each shall come from a Fall,
Their union will save you all.

Despite the fact that she's on track for competing in the Olympics, and he's practically raised his younger brothers since they lost their mom in a car accident, Clara Mandras and Andrew Stevenson are pretty much normal teens. They have normal hopes, normal dreams, and they live in a normal world.

All this is torn away from them when they are thrust into another world and declared Water Princess and Fire Prince. With no experience ruling a country, meeting each other for the first time, and being expected to fight the Lady Dragon – an evil sorceress plaguing the world of Rizkaland – Clara and Andrew are underprepared and inexperienced. Unless they learn to work together despite their standing opposition, Rizkaland's hope will be lost. 

What is to come will change their lives forever.

Author Bio:

Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways.  She's been practicing her skills 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 also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog,

Available for kindle preorder:  $2.99 the 19th and 20th ONLY (at which point I’ll put it up to its official price of 3.99)


Tells us more about your new release?

First of all, it's my first book thick enough to use as a weapon. 

This is a story of love, and faith, and taking on responsibility. It's a story of courage, and fear, and sacrifice. It's a story of adventure, with a bit of danger thrown in. In it, I hope to make you think, but with a proper dose of laughter.

What was the inspiration for the story?

The shower. A bit cliche, but basically, I stepped into a shower one night, about six or seven years ago, and the thought flickered through my head "What if I were to blink and suddenly be standing under a waterfall. And what if I were to be declared a prophesied Waterfall Princess who'll save this strange new land from some great land and then rule it?"

It grew from there.

When do we get to purchase your new book?

The official release date is August 31st, though the kindle version is available for preorder. And today and tomorrow, it's only $2.99!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review - Tiger's Paw by Kimberly Rogers

I met Kimberly Rogers a while back when a mutual friend recommended I submit my books to her for review. Kimberly runs a great blog about Christian fantasy where she offers thoughtful reviews.

We got to talking via Facebook and discovered we have a lot of similar tastes in fantasy, characters, and writing. As we encouraged each other, she told me about her current WIP about shape shifters. One thing led to another and I eventually ended up designing her cover for her and beta reading her novella. All that said, I am extremely excited that her debut book is out today. If you are a fan of fantasy fiction, I recommend you give it a chance.

What if history didn’t quite play out the way we know it? What would stay the same? What would change? Even in a world where Elves and Humans coexist, there are secrets. Not all the old legends are accurate, but neither are they false. Hidden among the Humans are the Therians, those gifted with the ability to shift into beasts. How long they will remain unseen by Human eyes depends on how well they adhere to their code of life and honor – The Therian Way.

When secrecy is vital to survive among Humans and Elves, the Therian Way offers balance. The Fringe, a militant group of discontented Therians, threaten to expose their race to Mankind. It falls to General Baran to track down and remove the Fringe Nest before time runs out. Who can he trust when the fate of his people lies in the Tiger’s paw?

This Novella Prequel is a Clean New Adult Christian Urban Fantasy.

My Review

Tiger’s Paw is a Christian urban fantasy novella set in a world similar to our own, except it is also populated by shape shifters and elves. Crafting a complex and realistic blending of reality and fantasy, Rogers builds a world that offers plenty of opportunity for more storytelling, exactly what I hope for in an introductory book.

The humans live semi-peacefully with the elves, but are uneasy neighbors with the shape shifters. This uneasiness forces the shifters into a life requiring they hide their true nature. The shifters adhere to a code, the Therian Way, that calls them to live peacefully with their weaker cohabitants, but some are choosing to ignore this code. The rebels are tired of living in secret and are plotting to dominate the other two peoples.

I really enjoyed Rogers’ main characters, Baran and Raina. Baran, a man/tiger shifter, has bit of a grumpy personality, which plays well against Raina’s teasing, taunting banter. I love the interplay between the two, especially Raina’s insistence on calling him TDS (Tall, Dark, and Serious) and likening him to another famous tiger. I liked how Rogers used the characters’ personalities to enhance the plot and the suspense as the story moved forward.

Action, adventure, intrigue and a hint of romance are woven into this exciting opening to a new series. I look forward to reading more stories by Rogers, especially the coming series where she explores this world and the tensions between its inhabitants. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

A New Rooglewood Press Writing Contest!

Rooglewood Press is delighted to introduce their third fairy tale novella contest—

Five Magic Spindles
a collection of “Sleeping Beauty” stories

The challenge is to write a retelling of the beloved fairy tale in any genre or setting you like. Make certain your story is recognizably “Sleeping Beauty,” but have fun with it as well. Make it yours!
Rooglewood Press will be selecting five winners to be published in the Five Magic Spindles collection, which will be packaged up with the phenomenal cover you see here. Maybe your name will be one of the five listed?

All the contest rules and information (how to enter, story details, deadline etc.) may be found on the Rooglewood Press website. Just click HERE and you will go right to the page.

Rooglewood Press’s first collection, Five Glass Slippers is available for purchase, and our second collection, Five Enchanted Roses is scheduled to launch on July 27, and is currently available for pre-order. Be certain to get a copy of each and see what previous winners did with their wonderful retellings.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Introducing Christi Ella Ryder

I have a good writing friend I would like to introduce to you. She hasn't published her first book, yet, but I can personally attest when she does, you will be in for a treat.

Welcome Christi!

Q1: If you were to describe yourself in five words, what would they be?

Creativist (even though it's not a word, it describes me perfectly)

RR: New words are so much fun!

Q2: Describe your favorite writing environment.

Sitting in a big, overstuffed rocking chair in the living room, late at night after everyone else is in bed.

RR: Sounds heavenly to me.

Q3: What is your writing style? Are you a pantser, a plotter, or somewhere between?

I am somewhere in between. I like to start with a fairly structured outline, but I don't mind deviating if need be. Ultimately, as long as I know where I'm going and have a general idea on how to get there, I just fill in the rest along the way.

Q4: What you like most about writing?

I love watching the jumbled images in my head sort themselves out and create a wonderful vibrant picture as I write. Watching the story come to life is very rewarding.

Q5: What do you like least about writing?

Definitely editing. Though, pushing through the slow parts is not terribly enjoyable either.

RR: A woman after my own heart.

Q6: Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?

I don't normally spend a lot of time thinking about the future besides just a few months in advance. However, in five years I would love to be picked up by a publisher and working hard at releasing books for young Christian women to enjoy.

Q7: Which genre do you feel the most comfortable writing? Which do you want try to write someday?

I feel most comfortable writing modern Christian romance. I would love to write historical Christian romance at some point, though I know it's not as easy as it looks... it's something to aspire to!
I would also love to write an Amish book or two someday.

Q8: Can you tell us a bit about one of your characters? What do you like most about him/her?

Air Force Sergeant Kellen Hail is the main character in my current WIP. He has a complicated past, but throughout the course of the story, he learns that nobody but he can determine the course of his life. The Air Force helped give him purpose at a time in his life when he was floundering. Everyday life is a different story. He's funny, adventurous, and family oriented. He's a very dynamic character - one I am looking forward to you meeting!

RR: I can't wait for them to meet him either.

Q9: Why did you choose to write Christian Romance?

Oh, this is a good question. I believe that romance is an integral part of life, and is definitely good in nature. However, so many have decided that romance is simply pleasing the flesh. Written correctly, it can serve to encourage young women to look forward to their own love story without encouraging them to dwell on the parts of romance that our culture embraces so adamantly. I strive to write clean Christian romance for that very reason. As a Christian and a lover of romance stories, I know there is a large shortage in this genre. I hope to change that, one book at a time.

RR: I can't wait to read what you come up with. Be assured I will be watching your progress eagerly.

Q10: If you could travel anywhere in the world and visit for a few weeks, what would your top three choices be and why?

One of my favorite things to do is travel, so this is a great question.
I would love to visit Europe one day (which I am counting as one place, since all these places are within driving distance of each other), specifically Paris, Germany during Oktoberfest, and Switzerland. I've always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, I am a stickler for historical festivals and Oktoberfest looks amazing from pictures I've seen, and I want to see the Swiss Alps in person.

Second is definitely Ireland. I love music, accents, and green countryside, so I figure there's a lot waiting for me there.

Finally, England would be a delightful place to visit. While I would probably find the refinement somewhat exhausting after a time, I think a short visit would be a fun experience.

RR: We definitely think alike. I would love to visit all of those places too. Thank you so much for coming over and interviewing with me.

Thank you, Rachel, for doing this interview for me!

Christi Ella Ryder lives in the country with her dogs and her books.  She's a jack of all trades, picking up many new hobbies, learning everything she can and storing the knowledge away for future dates.  Although she loves to travel, she spends a lot of her time at home, homeschooling her younger siblings, learning homemaking skills from her mother, and entertaining herself with reading, writing, sewing, photography, and watching movies.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Guest Post by Sarah Holman

The Power of Forgiveness
by Sarah Holman

When I started writing Brothers and Betrayal, I didn’t have a theme in mind, but then I rarely do when I start writing a book. It takes me a while of getting into the characters and story to find the lesson/theme. The theme quickly became one of forgiveness and its power.

I have struggled a lot with forgiving others and myself through my life. I easily take offence for others and harbor anger and unforgiveness. I remember a time not that long ago when I felt like there was rage always right beneath the surface, and I lashed out on a regular basis and then felt guilty. It took me a lot of time in prayer to realize that the anger was due to a grudge that I was holding against someone who had hurt my family. It had felt right at first to stay angry at them and recount their wrongs against us. After all, what they had done had hurt. However, it quickly became a burden to me.

In my favorite TV show, Sue Thomas FBEye, there is a quote about forgiveness that I love: “Forgiveness is for the one who forgives.” While it can be very healing to the one who is told they are forgiven, it is even more freeing to the person who lets go of the hurt and paint that they have been holding onto.
I know very well that to forgive is far easier said than done. Forgiveness is a process that can take days, months, or even years. The good thing is that we do not have to work it out on our own. God is ready and willing to help us to forgive.

Would you like to join me in exploring the theme of forgiveness in my newest book? You can pre-order a copy of Brothers and Betrayal here.

Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of three published books and counting. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.