Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cover Reveal!



Can't wait for this to come out! I'd have applied for beta-reading, but my job makes me miss many things... :(
Ah, well; I can participate in this! And snag a copy of the book when it comes out in August (the 27th)! It sounds like a perfect summer read. 

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.

Snippet:
“I see.” Adrian frowned. “Then what do I need to do?”
“This is a war that I have waged for many long years,” said the queen, shaking her head, “yet I still cannot see how it will end – or even if it ever will, so long as this world stands. I saw my first world die, and I thought it a terrible thing indeed. I saw this world’s birth, and thought that I had witnessed perfection. It was only many years later that I realized that it was in the destruction that true perfection was achieved.”
“Then … there’s nothing to be done?”
“Oh, quite to the contrary. There is everything to be done,” said the king, suddenly stepping up and laying his hands on his wife’s shoulders. “Don’t let her speeches of gloom and doom deceive you. Evil must be fought, and respites of grace can be won.”


And now the cover! It has a wintery feel to it...take a look! To read the first chapter, click the image/text. To add on Goodreads, click here.

Click to read the first chapter!



I had some random questions for the author, and she has answered. :D

1. Did you have to go through many title options before deciding on "Worth of a King?"
Jack and I tossed several before we settled on this one, and then the conversation that had planned to write, which had inspired it, never happened. So I actually nearly changed it several times - until Laura jumped in with a new conversation that made it beautiful. 

2. How hard was it to choose your characters' names? 
Main characters? No, not at all. Naming a major character is easy, because you can get an easy feel for their character. Obsidia, Delaney, and Nadilynn, I all picked based on their meanings. I don't know all of Jack's logic with the characters she named - Adrian, Christa, Jerolin, and Ossian - beyond the fact that Adrian is Latin name to go with Obsidia.

You know what's hard? One-off characters. Characters that are mere references. Because their name is 90% of their personification, and you scarcely know who they are. I had a historical queen go through three or four names before I finally settled on Katina. 

3. A non story-related question for the last, if you don't mind. I read on your profile that you're an aspiring herbalist. Have you learned anything particularly unexpected/amazingly cool that you'd like to share?
I'm more into oils of late, but ... let's see. Oh, basil is really good for earaches!


And in closing, a picture from Kendra's storyboard. Doesn't it look epic?

Trenk


Author Bio:
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: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon 







Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Still here!

So, updates.
I’m alive.
After a year of…let’s see, what were the defining events…hard work, knitting, more work (yay overtime), meeting new people, the death of a pet, sort-of-kind-of getting used to driving, getting another pet, deciding three weeks before Christmas to buy presents for my sibs…
It was fun.
I hope it doesn’t come back (I feel that way about most all of my years previous, so… :P).

I’ve done a bit of redesigning on the blog and added a few project pages. I’ve also decided that I’m going to try to get some more content on here (maybe review a couple recently read books, participate in cover reveals).

And, finally:

Trouble in Bookland (completed!!)

Click the pic or text to go to the Amazon page!

Parts One and Two have been combined, a better ending has been added, and gosh darn it I’m done. I actually finished months and months ago, but just haven’t had the time to put it out there. Yay overtime and downed computers. *sarcastic fist pump*

I’m glad that I decided to peruse the document one last time before publishing. I found: a missing transition scene, a misspelled word, sentences referring to cut scenes… :-/

i don't even care if I've pinned this it's painfully true

I'm keeping it priced at $0.99 (almost priced it at $99 instead of $0.99! :P) because it's my first complete self-pub, and because it was a high school grad project (hence not a lot of hype). The story is where I'd like it to be (I actually enjoyed myself going over it again), and it's done. Done, done, done. XD

And now, a song from Peter Hollens. Why? Because I like it. Have a Disney Villains Medley.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Beautiful Books: The Seer

I'd add the linkup button, but for whatever reason, Blogger is giving me a red banner saying I shouldn't add it...
So instead, click the following hyperlink to check out Paper Fury!
Now onto the questions.


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1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

the muppets
From giphy.com
I'm over 15K behind...and work is giving me little time to actually sit down and write. :P
Though I have been getting snippets written here and there. So yay!

2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
Weeeeeeel, I changed it in the past few days, so here they both are. At the moment, I’m going off the second one with the character change.
***
1. Mara stood on the balcony of cabin ML. Below, in the gathering area of Camp Dragon Loft, the games were being arranged. Campers trickled into the area like so much grease.
“Aren’t you going to join the others?”
Mara glanced back at the cabin mother.  She always seemed to be smiling. “No.”
“Why not?”
Mara braced herself for a lecture on the importance of physical activity. When it didn’t come, she shrugged. “I don’t care to.” She hated the noise, the lightning-fast pace, and the breakdown that seemed to happen between people’s minds and decency.
2. Herman became conscious of a pulsing in his chest. He hated, yet anticipated, his moments of wakefulness. Hated because he could do nothing but listen. Anticipated because it was better than being trapped in sleep.
“You’ll do nicely,” said his father’s voice, muffled by the glass encasing Herman. “Yes, soon you’ll accept my soul, and the work will continue.”
I’m your son, Herman wanted to scream, not your clone! Get me out!
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3. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
I really like Mara (she was the original protagonist), but she’s kind of cold and distant. At least to other people, and that’s how she’s started seeing herself, so…yeah, sort of dark and brooding type of charrie. I like her. XD
I like Herman, too, but he just became the protag a couple days ago. We’ll see how he works out. *prepares gauntlet* ;)

4. What do you love about your novel so far?
Dragons. I like the dragons in this world. And the fact that it’s connected to another one of my stories. :D

5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
The only consistent typos I find I make are misspelling “embarrassed,” and the occasional scramble of a character’s name. There are others that happen, of course, but I usually fix them right away and don't remember them afterwards.

6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
It depends on the story. With most stories, it’s splurging the beginning out onto the paper. When I have to start stressing about getting it "just right," then I prefer the end.

7. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
If I have a few spare minutes, I sit down and try to write anything (more often than not, it’s a WIP other than the one I’m supposed to be working on).
I rarely have food while I’m typing because both hands are occupied, but sometimes I’ll have a coffee, or apple slices, things like that.
I tend to write better at night, or mid-morning.
And no pics because I just got a new desk (yay!) and it’s still kind of a mess. Well, my desk is always a mess... ^.^’

8. How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
I really like sharing things about my stories…but only if I trust people. Which is why I don’t have many specifics on my blogs; they're open to just about anyone. :P
I’m okay with sharing rough-draft snippets, though, because it’s probably going to go through a handful of changes before the week is out.
I don’t think I need a cheer squad, but having someone/some people to encourage me while I’m writing definitely keeps me from slacking.

9. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
Um, depends on the type of “hard.” If it’s “agh, words, coming they are not,” I just play some epic/fantasy/instrumental music. It gets me going (even if it’s on a totally different project… ;))
If it’s “wut happening now?” then dares and character chats with online friends usually makes for some interesting and inspiring material.

10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
Don't write alone; at least have someone to bounce ideas off of.
To paraphrase Jack London: Chase/cage the plot bunnies until they give you something useful. (Original quote: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.")
And my final piece of advice:
(sighs and goes back to writing) Olaf has shamed me for going on pinterest when there's a story to be written. LOL!!:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Writing Update



Current story:
Trouble in Bookland

Progress:
Editing (adding more detail, fixing a few plot points, etc.)! Almost done with Part One. :D

Helpful articles:
Not Quite Dead: A Writer’s Guide to Serious Injuries and Calamities
What Writers Need to Know About Archery

Prompt of the week:

Yes<<< oh god someone drew it! That's amazing!!!!:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Writing Update



Current story:
I was writing Part Three, and a few things came up...
1) It was getting repetitive (almost exactly the same as Pt. 2)
2) It would only be a few chapters long

Progress:
I'm going to add a more satisfying ending to Pt. 2. Then I'm going to work on extending the story (more detail, clearer backstory, a couple minor plot changes, etc.) and formatting it for paperback. :D
I'm going through the Structuring Your Novel Workbook, and it's coming along nicely.

Helpful articles:
How to Write a Story a Week: A Day by Day Guide
A Modern Herbal: Henbane

Prompt of the week:
Dialogue ✔
Via Pintrest; click to go to the site promptuarium

Monday, May 23, 2016

Writing Update

Current story:
Trouble in Bookland, Part Three

Progress:
Outline

Helpful articles:
How to Fight Write: tag: fight scene
Between Nations

Prompt of the week:

First thing that comes to mind: "So you've been doing this for three years, huh? Fine. I'll let you keep it up on one condition: I go with you next time.":
Via Pintrest