Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Crossways Cover Reveal!


Hi Everyone, and Good Morning! :) Today I am super excited to bring you the cover of the next book in the Time Captives series by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke! It's called The Crossways, and will be releasing on October 19th, 2015. Be sure to watch Morgan's blog and Facebook page for more information and sneak peeks!
And now the cover! :D  

About the Book
“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”
Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”


Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.


A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?


Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?


The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25990964-the-crossways?ac=1
 
Free eBook


Haven’t yet begun your journey with the Time Captives? Book 1, Creighton Hill, is free on Kindle today only! Find it at Amazon.com!


About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.


You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Book Review(s): Water Princess, Fire Prince

Well, here it is: the last day of the Water Princess, Fire Prince blog tour. Today I have not one, but two reviews of Water Princess, Fire Prince for you- mine, and my younger brother Ezra's. He's nine, and this is his first real review. It took several tries, but I finally suggested that he just write it like he was telling a friend of his about the book. Hence all the exclamation points. :o)
But first, how about one last snippet from the book itself?


     With that thought, she turned to the Fire Prince with the exclamation, “Movie magic, I love it.”
     He turned towards her with a confused expression on his face. “Movie magic?”
     She pointed towards the chasm. “Don’t you just love movie magic?”
     He got the joke this time and chuckled. “Water Princess, this isn’t a movie,” he pointed out. He sighed. “It’s real life. Our life.”
     “Oh.” She let the silence sit for several seconds before she added. “I just keep getting mixed up.” She sighed. “But now that you mention it, you’re right. I just don’t think this is a movie. Probably just a book.”
     “A book?”
     “And, knowing our luck, not even one of the good ones. Probably some self-published work.” She shook her head. “I’d hate to know what the cover art looks like. Probably some photoshop fail.”
     He laughed. “That would be just our luck.”

Well, Clara, I'm terribly sorry, but I beg to differ. This is most definitely one of "the good ones," as you so candidly put it.

My Review:
I loved this book. I have raved about it to my friends, family, grandfather- pretty much anyone who gave me a chance to. Seriously, it's fantastic.
Okay, worldbuilding: I have never read a book set in such a unique world. Water comes in every color, and each color is useful in a different area (cooking, bathing, drinking, etc.) There's the Firefall (think waterfall, only with liquid fire) in Lower Klarand, and the Waterfall in Upper Klarand. Also, the world is cylindrical. Intriguing, no? Not to mention all the creatures, legends, traditions and such scattered throughout the book.
Romance: Oh, Clarand. *sighs happily*. I must say, the two of them are adorable. I may or may not have squealed out loud several times whilst reading WPFP.
Plot: (from the description)
     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.
The romance is not the sole plot of the book. The two of them must fight Amber (also known as the Lady Dragon), a sorceress who is capable of turning herself into a dragon. And freezing people.
I won't say any more, for fear of spoiling parts, but I will say this. READ. THIS. BOOK!
Trust me, you won't regret it!
Five full stars!

Ezra's review:
Water Princess, Fire Prince is an awesome book. There is this sorceress that can turn into a dragon. She’s called The Lady Dragon. She looks like a young girl, but she is really 5,000 years old! The world is like a huge soup can in shape. There are different colors of water there. If water and fire are mixed in that world, it becomes a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DANGEROUS LIQUID. The Lady Dragon’s island is built so if anyone sets foot in it they can’t leave for 500 to 1,000 years! She even has a device that can turn people to ice!!!!! She’s dangerous. It’s cool how there is a firefall (A waterfall with fire instead of water)

So there you have it! You can buy the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Princess-Prince-Rizkaland-Legends-ebook/dp/B00YTQBTDI/
And add it to your goodreads shelf here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24022364-water-princess-fire-prince

Be sure to check out these other books by Kendra E. Ardnek, they'll be on sale for free today!
The Ankulen: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EZAXWYM/
CinderEddy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KZNW2TO
Saffron’s Big Plan: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HYS9W2/

And check out the other blogs on the tour as well!
http://knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com/p/blog-tour-sign-up_18.html
 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Interview with Andrew from Water Princess, Fire Prince!

Hello everyone, I'm back again with another post for the Water Princess, Fire Prince blog tour :o)
This time it's an interview with Andrew, the Fire Prince! Here again is the book cover and 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.

Available on Kindle
Add it to your shelves on Goodreads

Read the first chapter of Part 1 here: http://knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com/2014/12/water-princess-chapter-1.html
And the first chapter of Part 2 here: http://knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com/2014/12/fire-prince-chapter-1.html


...And here is my interview with Andrew!

1. You’ve been taking care of your younger brothers ever since your mom died. What is that like?

Difficult, especially at first, as there is a degree of resentment they have against me because I’m not the parent. It also means that I’ve had to give up a lot of things most teens regard as normal and necessary, such as dating and sports.

2. What were your first thoughts upon meeting the Water Princess?

“Hello, sword.”

In my defense, she was pointing a sword at me.

3. Is there any item from Earth that you especially miss in Klarand and Rizkaland?
Maybe the internet. Having all that information at my fingertips.

4. Are there any skills you’ve learned in Klarand and Rizkaland which you expect to use on Earth?

Well, I honestly doubt I’ll ever have a need of swordplay or archery when I return home. Maybe confidence in dealing with people.

5. What do you think will be the most difficult part of readjusting to life on Earth?

Readjusting back to Earth’s flora and fauna. Rizkaland and Earth are very different places.

6. What is your favorite part of being a Fire Prince?

People listen to me. Mostly. 

Now, how about a snippet of that first meeting with the Water Princess? 

     “I’ll decide if there’s a quarrel or not,” the girl hissed. She spun back around to face Andrew. “I don’t believe it. You’re too clumsy to be the Fire Prince.”
     Clumsy. Well, that was a new one.
     “Well, I came out of the Firefall,” Andrew protested.
     Her already narrow blue eyes narrowed even further. “So you say.”
     Suddenly something clicked in Andrew’s head. She’d been quoting books from his world, including Alice in Wonderland. That meant that she must come from his world. And she fought. Very well.
     “You’re the Water Princess,” he realized, wanting desperately to be wrong. She was gorgeous, and that was half the problem. The other problem was that she was staring up at him from the hilt of his sword.
     “Well, well,” she said, with mocking surprise. “You can figure something out on your own after all. Yes, I’m the Water Princess, and I am not impressed.” She waved with his sword. “Turn around and march. I can ask questions of you far better at my own camp. And you, Lord Abraham, had best follow, unless you want me to give you a reason.”


Be sure to check out the other books by Kendra E. Ardnek, they'll be on sale for free during the tour!
August 31st- September 4th:
Sew, It’s a Quest: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005G3ZFKG
Do You Take This Quest? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CFDHFT4/
September 1st – 5th:
The Ankulen: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EZAXWYM/
CinderEddy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KZNW2TO
Saffron’s Big Plan: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HYS9W2/

And check out the other blogs on the tour as well!
http://knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com/p/blog-tour-sign-up_18.html

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rizkaland Legends book two title reveal!

Huzzah! *muffled squealing*
Anyway, without any further ado, introducing…

Lady Dragon,
Tela Du

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:
Nearly 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.

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. “Welcome 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.