There is a new book from @author.hope.ann! I had almost forgotten how much I love Hope's books, but just reading the blurb was enough to remind me. It sounds awesome.
Lillian helps Followers.
Royce hunts them.
With the appearance of a mysterious stranger who can spin heat into rain, their worlds collide in a storm of treason, local laws, and buried pasts that threaten to destroy them both.
And a teaser:
All the gold in the world won’t help Lillian and her city as they struggle against a drought. Rain on the other hand…
Rain might be worth more than blood.
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Happy Birthday to Kendra E. Ardnek @fairytalearista, an awesome human and the creator of I've of my favourite fictional multiverses. May this be a year of more joy and less sorrow.
Now the best thing you can do for an authors birthday is buy their books. Kendra however had some of her books on sale, for FREE, from now until the 9th.
(For Kindle Unlimited readers, Kendra's books are always available to you.)
Included are ROSE PETALS AND SNOWFLAKES (Austen Fairy Tale #1), THE SEVEN DRAWERS (standalone and adorable), SEW, IT'S A QUEST and THE MERCHANT OF MENACE (Bookania Quests, the first book and the most recent one, many puns), and WATER PRINCESS, FIRE PRINCE (Rizkaland Legends #1, portal fantasy, prophecy, redheads, and quotes from classics). Also, THE WORTH OF A KING (standalone, probably the most traditional fantasy of Kendra's books, but also Rizkaland adjacent) is free the 8th and the 9th. Don't miss out.
I already own her books as ebooks, but as soon as my mail comes my physical collection will be a little closer to complete. (The other four books I own were hidden under the light blue fabric.)
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Sort of. I'm not exactly attempting Nanowrimo, but I do have goals that involve writing a new book this month. Beginning it that is. I don't know when I'll get to the end.
What are your November plans? Or do you not really make plans and just freewheel madly through life? That can work too sometimes.
More on the plans and what adversely I'm writing is over on my blog.
Random fact: I don't really drink tea, but Taiwan milk tea is a different story. Probably because it's cold and has sugar.
I promise the random lace is relevant. Sort of. There's some mention of sewing in this book?
Yes, I'm making excuses, but the lace had just come in the mail and after I washed it, it was so delightfully messy. It's all ironed now.
As Long As We Live by @cortneymanningauthor is a lovely retelling of Snow White and Rose Red that sadly fell victim to my reading slump. However, it was also the book that helped me get out.
You should read it (probably, I don't want to tell people what to do, especially when it comes to their reading taste.) Of you want to know why you should read it, click the link in my profile to go to my review and find the excuses I have for not having reviewed it already.
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Nadine Brandes has a new book coming next year. It's called Wishtress. Not Wishtrees, which is what I first read it about. Tress, like long hair and females, not trees with leaves.
It's been quite a while since I read any of Nadine's books, do I'm excited to see what this one is about.
The lovely graphic was designed by @meganmcculloughbooks
Nadine is @nadinebrandes
Happy Book Birthday to Runaway Lyrics by C. O. Bonham.
I have an interview of one of the characters over on my blog (link in profile) asking with directions to the rest of the blog tour. It's probably the character on the corner, but hard to be certain as this book features identical twins.
I can draw and I will now unleash my power across the world!
The power to visualise my costumes before I make them that is. My drawing skills aren't all that awesome, but I've gotten them to a useful level.
Moving on from discuss the troubles with clothing in writing fantasy, I'm now discussing making cosplay. In particular, I'm working on a design for Kyrin Altair from the Ilyon Chronicles.
Link is in my bio, the fact that it's now spring in Australia is not.
I just finished reading Prophet's Apprentice by Cassandra Boyson. I've read a lot of good books and I'm not sure I could call this one spectacular or groundbreaking in anyway, but I just really, really liked it.
It's a solid example of a book that uses fantasy to explore supernatural themes. Sort of a chosen one story, but not about being chosen as a hero to save the kingdom, but as a prophet to do, well, the weird stuff prophets get up to. Wyn doesn't really know what she's doing it why she's been chosen.
The characters are fun. Wynn is super capable, except when it comes to most prophet matters, Phillip keeps tripping over his own feet and the prophet is a nutter who adores Wynn, is both wise and child-like, and does everything the great one asks of him without being perfect.
It was a good book and I'm definitely planning to read more by Cassandra Boyson.
Today I've got another reimagined fairytale (there might be a theme of me not liking my retellings to be straightforward)
K. M. Shea's Snow Queen books (Heart of Ice, Sacrifice, and the short story collection Snowflakes) have a lot of elements of the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, but they're all spun into an epic fantasy romance. Lots of themes of courage, love and redemption and wonderful characters. The books have a lot of feeling, but a good dose of humour too and plenty of depth to the plots.
I don't really want to make comparisons to Frozen, but there's an element or three that I strongly suspect were inspired by that. The snow Queen is a princess with ice powers who got exiled to an ice castle in the mountains and she's not evil: That's in there. Some sort of moose/elk creature: Actually has nothing to do with Frozen. That's really about the extent of the overlap. Heart of Ice certainly doesn't feel like a Disney movie.
These books are linked to K. M. Shea's Timeless Fairy Tales and Fairy Tale Enchantress series, but they stand alone very well.
(All images are versions of the book covers and belong to K. M. Shea)