An Echo of the Fae: Dive in Review.

Hey It’s been a couple weeks since I shared a cover reveal for the newest Fantasy release from Jenelle Schmidt. Now it’s released and ready to be reviewed.

Dive in Review: An Echo of the Fae

An Echo of the Fae, is a sweet book about the true meaning of family.

Echo has lived her whole life being teased for her elfin appearance. The kids at school call her an echo of the Fae and say that she is a changeling.

One night Echo learns a terrible secret about her parents and where she came from.

The first few chapters to this book where a little slow as I pretty much guessed from page one what the terrible secret was. And it is pretty much impossible to review this without telling you the secret too. So will try to be vague and if you guess, you guess.

Echo is a very brave and loving young girl. The story picks up about of a quarter of the way in once Echo learns the truth, and accepts it. Her sacrifice in volunteering to enter the Fae realms and find her missing sister touched me. But not as much as her parents assurance that Echo was their true daughter. The love they shared was unconditional and a great example of everything parents should be.

The Journey through Faerie was exciting and everything you expect, magical, whimsical and a little trippy. The best part was watching this young girl out logic beings who stacked the decks so high in their own favor. But then that’s what we all love about fairy stories anyway.

I also really appreciated that this was an original story and not a retelling of a specific fairy-tale. It has a lot of existing lore and fairy tropes but the plot is inventive and unpredictable.

I was given a copy of this ebook by a person unknown. They cautioned me to protect it, and to not leak that which it contained. I however, decided of my own accord to read the manuscript, and am now divulging here my honest opinion of it’s contents.

Author Bio:

Jenelle first fell in love with stories through her father’s voice reading books aloud each night. A relentless opener-of-doors in hopes of someday finding a passage to Narnia, it was only natural that she soon began making up fantastical realms of her own. Jenelle currently resides in the wintry tundra of Wisconsin—which she maintains is almost as good as Narnia—with her knight-in-shining armor and their four adorable hobbits. When she is not writing, she homeschools said hobbits and helps them along on their daily adventures… which she says makes her a wizard.

Follow Jenelle around the interwebs to get news about latest releases and her writing adventures:

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From the back cover:

Echo enjoys the peace and solitude of the Faeorn forest, regardless of how strange spending time in the “haunted” wood seems to others.

But on the cusp of her thirteenth birthday, the discovery of a family secret reveals why Echo has never been drawn to the sea like her mother. This discovery shakes the foundations of her world and sends Echo on a quest, not merely into the forest, but into the heart of the fae-lands themselves, to rescue the sister she didn’t know existed.

Elves, dragons, and fairy courts will put Echo’s wit and resolve to the test. But with time running out for her sister, will Echo even be able to save herself?

A fairytale adventure perfect for fans of The Secret of Roan Innish and The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53480681-an-echo-of-the-fae

AMAZON – https://www.amazon.com/Echo-Fae-Jenelle-Leanne-Schmidt/dp/0988451239/

Endorsements:

“Enthralled by the terror, charm, riddles, and beauty of a richly depicted fae world, I devoured this marvelous book in two sittings! Readers of all ages will love Echo, a heroine strong in her weakness, clever and resolute amid her doubt and fear. An Echo of the Fae is sure to satisfy lovers of adventure and faery!” — J.M. Stengl, author of The Faraway Castle Series

Check out the other tour stops:

June 21

When the Story Chooses the Author @James Quinlan Meservy

Character Interview with Echo and Jana @Live.Love.Read

June 22

Author interview @Dreams and Dragons

Myths and Folklore that Inspired An Echo of the Fae @Author E.E. Rawls

June 23

How I’ve Been Influenced by Fairy Tales @DJ Edwardson

Review and Author Interview @Smudged Thoughts

June 24

Author Interview @An Independent Will

Book Spotlight @Kyle Robert Shultz

Book Review @Live.Love.Read

Building the Fae Realm @JL Mbewe

June 25

A Peek Into My Writing Process @Lands Uncharted

Book Review/Spotlight @CO Bonham -You are here

June 26

Friday 5s @Light and Shadows

Book Spotlight @Caroline Puerto

June 27

Character Interview with Jana @AMReynwood

Book Spotlight @NJWalker

Author Interview @Adventure Awaits

June 28

The Building of Ennis Rosliath @Live.Love.Read

Does the Author Matter? @An Independent Will

June 29

Book Review @ThePageDreamer

Interview with Jana @Dreams and Dragons

Book Review @Christine Smith Author

June 30

Character Interview with the Winter King @Beka Gremikova

Author Interview @Live.Love.Read.

Dust Tour Stop #29: FANtastic Interview with Kara Swanson.

Hello Lost Ones, you have made it to stop #29! At this stop I let you into the mind of Dust author Kara Swanson, as I ask her questions only a true Peter Pan fan would ask. But first, did you miss stop #28? Click here to go back, and beat Hook to the treasure: https://haileyhuntington.com/2020/06/23/dust-blog-tour-stop-28/ 

The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real–since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London… and a boy who shouldn’t exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan–and herself.

Add Dust to your Goodreads list!

Preorder Dust from Amazon or Barnes & Noble! If you do pre-order remember to send your receipts here for an awesome digital swag pack: https://form.jotform.com/200117693286153

FANtastic Interview with Kara Swanson:

CO: Tell me about your ahaha moment when you realized that you had something to add to the Peter Pan story.

KS: A friend and I were chatting about our mutual love of Peter Pan, and as I was sort of tossing around ideas, I realized that the main reason why neither of us felt like any of the retellings we’d read really resonated was because they all changed the fundamental Peter. When you took away the boyishness and the context that made Peter Pan…Peter, well, you suddenly no longer had a story that felt like Peter Pan at all. So I realized that if I were to try my hand at a retelling, I wanted to keep Peter as close to the the spirit of the original as possible, but just expand on that Peter a bit, while still feeling like he was an extension of the character Barrie had created.

CO: What is your earliest memory of Peter Pan?

KS: Watching the animated movie! We got it as a fun Christmas gift where we went on a mini treasure hunt through the house, and then my Dad had tied a balloon to the DVD when we finally found it.

CO: The London of Dust feels so real. Have you been to London before? If yes, was your trip for research?

KS: I actually have not! *wails* But I talked to many friends who have been to London, lived there, or live in the UK, and did a ton of research to really flesh it out. I’m hoping to do a London trip sometime soon, though!

CO: What would be your perfect cast for a dust movie?

KS: Tom Holland as Peter!

Imogen Poots as Claire

I honestly don’t have a ton of thoughts on the others! What would your fancasting be, Cathrine? 😉

CO: Well since you asked, I really do like Tom Holland for Peter, But for Clair I was picturing Emma Watson while reading (too old I know). I would cast David Tennet as Hook. He has just right amount of talent to play dangerous but trustworthy.

Do you believe in fairies?

KS: Hehe I believe in beauty and miracles and the whimsy in the world around us, and if God had created fairies, I’d believe in them too. ^_^

CO: I know that your publisher Enclave is a Christian publisher. How do you feel that Dust supports a Christian worldview?

KS: Mainly in themes. There are a lot of themes of light battling dark, hope, redemption, and finding our identity in the Creator of the Stars who created us for another world. ❤

CO: Is there anything you can tell us about the sequel to Dust? How long must we wait?

KS: It is called Shadow, and it comes out July 2021!

Connect with Kara on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for awesome bookish boards, photos, chats, and more! 

Follow Kara on Facebook or join her Starchasers group where we have loads of fun getting to know one another and nerding out on all things bookish!

You can also follow Kara on Amazon to stay tuned for all her new releases! 

And, lastly, you can find all things Kara on her website and even sign up on her newsletter to receive a free short story! 

Treasure Hunt

So maybe you are just here for the interview, and you’re like “What is this treasure hunt? No one told me there was Treasure.”

Well I’m telling you now. There is a treasure buried at the end of this blog tour and you need to use your pixie dust to fly through every stop to get it before Hook does. “Is the booty worth it?” you ask. I get it, danger at every turn, pirates, crocodiles, even mermaids. Behold what lies in store.

Beat Hook to the treasure and you win these physical prizes.

  • A signed book plate
  • character cards
  • an art print
  • bookmark

So what are you waiting for? Visit this link to start at the beginning: https://gracebought.wordpress.com/2020/05/31/dust-blog-tour-kickoff/

Fly fast you have some catching up to do.

Your next Clue is: let

Fly on to stop #30: https://hopebethdougherty.com/?p=773 

Cover Reveal: Redeemed

Redeemed the second book in the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project releases August of 2020! Check out the awesome cover below!

I am currently beta reading it and will probably have it done by the time this post goes live. I want you to know that it is soooo good. Yes it is, so with four Os good.

To celebrate the release of Book 2, Book 1 is 99 cents on Amazon this week only! 

Reformed:

Once a villain, always a villain? Can reformed supervillain Fade learn to walk the hero path and save the day?

CLICK HERE!

To read my dive in review of Reformed click here!

To see the original book tour of reformed click here: Supervillain Rehabilitation Project

Now are you ready for the cover of book two? Of course you are.

Redeemed: Supervillain Rehabilitation Project #2

An idealistic heroine. A reformed villain. A troubled teen.

Can the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project form a family out of this mess?

Still working out her team’s dynamic as well as her own fledgling romance with former villain Fade, Prism is blindsided when her superiors order her to take on another rehabilitation subject or risk having her team broken apart. Then her best friend and fellow superhero, Tanvi, foils a robbery but injures a super-powered teen in the process. Guilt stricken, she begs Prism to let the young girl, Alma, AKA Soulbird, be their next project.

Alma fills a gap in the team and works her way into the group’s hearts. However, her past stalks her, as the villain who forced her into a life of crime in the first place doesn’t want to let her escape into hero life without a fight.

Can Prism and her team redeem Alma from her past, or will the villain life drag the girl out of the SVR and out of their reach forever?

Pre order Redeemed now: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BCFQ12F/  

Check out book one on Amazon now!

AUTHOR BIO:

Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled “The Dragon and the Scholar,” the Award Winning (2016 Realm Award for Young Adult Fiction) Nyssa Glass Steampunk series, and MG/Fantasy “Cora and the Nurse Dragon,” among others .

Sign up for her monthly newsletter at www.hlburkeauthor.com

Also, enjoy a free short story prequel to the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project Series: Relapsed.

Team Lines Cover Reveal

Hello it’s cover reveal day for a fun new poetry collection. It’s from Laura A. Grace the author of Dear Author, a fun collection of motivational letters to authors. This she is writing motivational poetry about team work, cooperation, determination, and being true to yourself.

About Team Lines

This short collection of poems is written in honor of the fictional characters who inspire readers to dig deeper and fight harder. With themes of overcoming all odds and never giving up, fans of the manga and anime, Haikyuu!!, will enjoy these reflections about the Karasuno team players.

Publication Date on Laura’s Website: July 13, 2020

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53936978-team-lines

About the Author

Laura A. Grace had a lifelong dream of getting to know authors behind the covers of her favorite reads. Little did she know that one day she would become an author too! Now an avid book blogger at Unicorn Quester and writer of clean, Christian manga, Laura creatively balances her passions of supporting indie authors and feeding her readers new stories. In between, she wields plastic lightsabers with her children and binge-watches anime with her husband. Join her quest to find wandering unicorns for your favorite authors at unicornquester.com!

Social Media Links

Website: https://unicornquester.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UQ4authors

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UQ4authors

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uq4authors

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LauraAGraceUQ

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/UQ4authors

Social Media Queen that she is, Laura is hosting a Photo contest on Instagram to celebrate the release of her book. It’s July 1-13th Make sue you use the hash tag #TEAMLINES.

The Luck Child a dive in review.

A few weeks ago I participated in a cover reveal for a new book from Uncommon Universes Press the release date for that book is tomorrow so I am back to give you my honest review. Usually I would start with the official back cover copy but I notice I tend to summerize the story in my reviews, so I’m going to put all that stuff the review and as the name implies — dive right in.

Dive in review of The Luck Child:

The Luck Child, by Rebekah Shafer, is a new take on the fairy child story.

In this world you can be born Fairy or you can be born Human. Poor Orphaned Cabernet (Pronounced: Cab-er-nay it’s french I think,) seems to have been born both. He is drawn to the fairy kind, he gets along with the fairies and they seem to like him. But he’s obviously human. He can’t do magic without tools, and he craves human company. The only problem is that human beings don’t remember who he is once he leaves their sight. You can’t call yourself lonely until you’ve been forgotten by even the most casual of acquaintances.

The narrative bounces back and forth between the present (where Cabernet is asked to find his majesties missing ships) and the past (where a young boy searches for a family, or at least some companions who won’t forget him).

I found myself equally captivated both by the predicament of adult Cabernet and the heart breaking loneliness of young Cabernet. I feel like each portion could have been expanded into two separate stories but once I reached the climax I really appreciated the way it all came back around and made a circular plot. Each half needs the other to make a whole story.

The world building and fairy lore were great, but I was most blown away by the character development. I felt such empathy for Cabernet that I actually felt lonely while reading. (Of course I do my best reading alone so that may have been a contributing factor.) In addition to Cabernet there is a whole cast of fairy creatures as well as a handful of humans, each well developed in their own right and all of them like real people. (mostly because people are awful and would totally forget about a poor boy looking for shelter and food and company.)

Maybe the best thing you can take away from this novel is that everyone should have a Cat. Cat’s will never forget you.

I found a copy of this manuscript in the bottom of an old email, it bore a note from the publisher saying that it was an advanced reader copy. I have taken it upon myself to read this manuscript and report to you my own honest opinion of it’s contents. So that if you should happen upon your own copy of this manuscript you will be informed and shall not fear it.

About the author:

Rebekah Shafer is a thirty-something-year-old living in Georgia, USA, who got tired of spending an awful lot of time and energy trying to Be an Adult the Right Way.

Now she writes stories in a small house painted green on the inside, with plenty of jazz vinyl albums, a problematic front lawn, and two grey cats who look just enough alike to confuse house guests.

Website: https://www.lanternleafpress.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorshafer/

Instagram: @rebekahnovella

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rebekahnovella

From the back of the book:

Cabernet would give almost anything to be remembered–except his freedom. 

Cursed to be eternally forgotten, Cabernet grew up walking a dangerous, lonely line between the world of mankind and the world of fairy. Now known only by a faceless reputation as a rogue and fairy aficionado, he wanders ceaselessly with the cat Maugrim as company. 

Then the king dares order him to eliminate a magical foe in northern waters, and threatens to attack fairy lands if Cabernet refuses. As an increased annoyance, he is saddled with a stiff naval officer, the king’s elderly personal advisor, and the advisor’s nurse, a charming young woman named Rosemary who can inexplicably remember him. 

Cabernet wants to complete this mission quickly without actually facing the enemy, a dangerous enchantress who nearly killed him before. But sea perils and fearsome monsters blindside his every trick and turn. Moreover, he is somehow growing fiercely attached to the human tag-a-longs.

As the enchantress’s deadly net tightens around them, Cabernet must face the terrors of his past in order to save his new-found family–and future.

Enjoy this standalone YA fantasy that combines dark whimsy with fairy tale magic, plus a side of Oliver Twist and an enchanting romantic subplot.

To pre-order or to not pre-order?

The book comes out tomorrow! How is this even a question? What are you waiting for! Order it now!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0881GRKJV/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-luck-child-rebekah-shafer/1136965986

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-luck-child

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1511459537

Autographed paperback pre-order: https://uncommonuniverses.com/?product=the-luck-child-autographed-paperback-pre-order

Echo of the Fae: Cover Reveal

Welcome to June! You’ve survived everything this year has thrown at you. So far. *2020 laughs evilly.*

But I’m not here to worry you. I’m here to tell you about Echo of the Fae. A new fantasy adventure from author Jenelle Leanne Schmidt.

This is the first of the amazing summer releases that are coming out in 2020. Because a pandemic can’t keep good fiction down.

Today’s post is just a cover reveal but I will have a full review for you later in the month. Until then make sure you read to the end for a special excerpt.

Echo enjoys the peace and solitude of the Faeorn forest, regardless of how strange spending time in the “haunted” wood seems to others.

But on the cusp of her thirteenth birthday, the discovery of a family secret reveals why Echo has never been drawn to the sea like her mother. This discovery shakes the foundations of her world and sends Echo on a quest, not merely into the forest, but into the heart of the fae-lands themselves, to rescue the sister she didn’t know existed.

Elves, dragons, and fairy courts will put Echo’s wit and resolve to the test. But with time running out for her sister, will Echo even be able to save herself?

A fairytale adventure perfect for fans of The Secret of Roan Innish and The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53480681-an-echo-of-the-fae

AMAZON – https://www.amazon.com/Echo-Fae-Jenelle-Leanne-Schmidt/dp/0988451239/

KINDLE PREORDER – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089654VWC

“Enthralled by the terror, charm, riddles, and beauty of a richly depicted fae world, I devoured this marvelous book in two sittings! Readers of all ages will love Echo, a heroine strong in her weakness, clever and resolute amid her doubt and fear. An Echo of the Fae is sure to satisfy lovers of adventure and faery!” — J.M. Stengl, author of The Faraway Castle Series

Author Bio:

Jenelle first fell in love with stories through her father’s voice reading books aloud each night. A relentless opener-of-doors in hopes of someday finding a passage to Narnia, it was only natural that she soon began making up fantastical realms of her own. Jenelle currently resides in the wintry tundra of Wisconsin—which she maintains is almost as good as Narnia—with her knight-in-shining armor and their four adorable hobbits. When she is not writing, she homeschools said hobbits and helps them along on their daily adventures… which she says makes her a wizard.

Follow Jenelle around the interwebs to get news about latest releases and her writing adventures:

WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

GOODREADS

NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP

AMAZON AUTHOR CENTRAL

Excerpt:

Do the fae read books? Echo wondered suddenly, and voiced the question before she had time to consider whether or not it might be rude.

“We don’t read about life; we live,” Malilia replied. “And we learn, not from reading, but from living.”

“That’s beautiful,” Echo said. “And yet… hollow.”

Malilia arched an eyebrow. “Hollow? What is in your books that is so wonderful?”

“Everything!” Echo enthused, warming to the topic. “Why, in books you can be anyone, go anywhere. There’s a freedom to reading unlike anything else. When you read, it makes you think differently about the world and your own life, and sometimes it helps you understand what’s going on around you by showing you a different perspective. And… well… there’s beauty to be discovered in books, more real and more true because it’s only limited by your own imagination. And besides, it’s…. it’s just… fun!”

Malilia grew thoughtful. “This is something you care about.”

“Yes.” Echo felt a little embarrassed. She did not usually speak so forcefully. “I like reading.”

“I can tell.” Malilia’s eyes twinkled with amusement.

Release day is June 21st so pre-order Today!

PREORDER – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089654VWC

2020 Spring Fever

Hi Everyone,

Once again I had a short story release and I forgot to mention it here. So now I am remedying that oversight before I start posting about all of the amazing summer releases coming out this year.

As you know this year was seriously wrecked by something called COVID-19, and whatever your feeling about it, we are all together in agreeing that it ruined everything.

So the newest short story challenge was dubbed the Spring Fever challenge.

spring fever cover

Spring time is supposed to be when we emerge from the darkness of winter and get to hang out on the beach, with our friends, at the park, and at sporting events. This year, 2020, that isn’t happening. Covid-19 has shaken us all up and it’s been a rough few months. This anthology is a collection of essays, poems and stories that touch on how the Corona virus has affected us all. The authors dug deep and wrote honestly about their fears and their struggles, but also their joys and revelations! Funny, touching, thought-provoking: there’s something for everyone!

Spring fever back cover

 

My name is on the cover, it’s so exciting.

You can buy it on Amazon in both ebook and paperback. https://amzn.to/3bWFwBm.

The story I contributed to the collection is a look at the virus from a supervillain angle. If it had been released by a villain, who would do it and why? A question that even had other villains stumped.

If you have read the 2019 Halloween short story challenge you may recognize the names of some of these villains. They are from my Captain Galaxy flash fiction universe.  You can check out another story from the universe here. 

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Rapunzel Tour: Diamond

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Hey there, thanks for coming back for my second round on the Rapunzel tour. If you missed my first post, a dive in review of Misfortune click here to check it out.

Today I’m giving you my dive in review of Diamond book #3 in the Once Upon a Twist series.

Diamond

This time, Rapunzel’s not the one stuck in the tower, but the secrets he brings with him may cost her own life.

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Diamond leads a quiet life with the woman she calls Mother. There isn’t much to pass the time save for excursions in the forest and one-sided conversations with her pet rabbit, Hobie. Men are cruel beings who care only for themselves and must be avoided at any cost. After all, Diamond’s own father gambled her away once. What other terrible fates might await her if people knew she existed?

 Seth Stendahl is an alchemist with a middling proficiency in the Rohesian tongue. After growing up with and surviving six sisters, there shouldn’t be anything too difficult for him to master – except maybe breaking his leg and being locked in the top of a ruined watchtower.

 This is Rapunzel with a twist like you’ve never seen it before.

Order Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0872MC72P/

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48984508-diamond

Explore the rest of the series! Goodreads

Author Bio:

KirstenKirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). Diamond: A Rapunzel Story is her third published fairytale retelling. You can find out more about her on her blog, A Synesthete Writer.

Find her online at:  Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Amazon 

Diamond Review:

Not all Diamonds glitter.

This Diamond is a girl. Her mother keeps her hidden away, always obsessing about her nearly eighteen feet of golden hair.

Before you start thinking you’ve seen this Disney movie before, you need to know that this is a non-magical story. Everything it totally plausible, well except for the alchemist, he’s still not magic though, just very fashion forward with the goggles and the foreign accent.

I loved the main characters who are super cute together. Seth, with his six older sisters knows how to say just the right thing. And poor Diamond, who has never spoken to another soul in her life let alone a man, has no idea what to say.

I also loved the gender swapping element of Seth being the one stuck in the tower, even though Diamond still had the long hair. It was an interesting twist that added originality to the story.

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Okay so yes there are nods to everyone’s favorite Disney movie too. The jokes about the horse not acting very horse like were a particular favorite of mine. But Diamond shines (Pun Always Intended) on it’s own as a unique fairy-tale retelling that is sure to remind you why you love Disney movies in the first place.

*I was slipped an electronic copy of this story, secretly in the dead of night, for purposes unknown. I willingly relate to you now my honest opinion of the material so that you may be informed and forewarned about the contents.*

Today’s Tour Stops:

May 18
Kirsten Fichter – Seth Stendahl and his Alchemy
Interviews:
Reality Reflected – Delshad
Reviews:
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke – Misfortune
Fairy Dust on My Pen – Diamond
C.O. Bonham – Diamond

Please visit this page for the full schedule: https://kendrasgiraffecrafts.blogspot.com/p/a-twist-of-rapunzel.html

Misfortune: a twist of Rapunzel

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What happens when two authors release Rapunzel retellings on the same day? An awesome Rapunzel themed blog tour! That’s what.

In fact I’m doing two posts for this tour, one dive in review for each book. Today I’m featuring Misfortune: a twist of Rapunzel.  Book four in the Twist of Adventure series.

Misfortune

Misfortune Is the safety of a country worth the sacrifice of one girl – even if she is the daughter of blood and misfortune?

Book Description:

A Twist of Adventure #4
The day she was born, her kingdom fell, and so she was branded the daughter of blood and misfortune and locked away. Now a dragon plagues the land and her curse may be the only thing that stops it.

But is she really cursed?

Order Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0872QTZ4N/

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50512526-misfortune

Explore the rest of the series! Amazon || Goodreads

Author Bio:

Kendra E. Ardnek (1)Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.


Find her online at:  Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || Amazon 

Dive in review: Misfortune

This was such a good twist on the Rapunzel story.

What if Rapunzel had been locked up to protect others from herself? It’s a question that rings close to home for us in this time of quarantine. 

But it’s not a pandemic they are trying to prevent.

The princess has been raised to believe that she is full of ill luck, a daughter of blood and misfortune. Forbidden from even cutting her hair for fear the misfortune will escape from her. She has no idea of her own worth. Until a prince comes along and takes her from her tower.

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An ancient Rapunzel with a biblical twist.

I love the message of this story, that everyone is worthy of love and grace. That we are not guilty for the sins of others. That there is a way out of the tower.

I loved the biblical elements that were included. The story takes place in an ancient times setting, and the apocryphal story of Daniel (yes the lion den guy) and the dragon (the story isn’t actually in the Bible. It’s basically a legend.) plays a large role.

And the tower. Rapunzel’s Tower. It’s the Tower of Babel! Sorry, I don’t know if that was a spoiler. Maybe file it under things to look forward to,

 *I was given a copy of this story by the author for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are my own and were reached honestly.*

I’ll be back on the 18th with a dive in review of the second Rapunzel retelling, Diamond.

Today’s Tour Stops:

May 14
Kendra E. Ardnek – Five Reasons to Read Diamond
Interviews:
Live. Love. Read – Diamond
Reviews:
Tangled Up in Writing – Misfortune
C.O. Bonham – Misfortune

See this page for the full schedule: https://kendrasgiraffecrafts.blogspot.com/p/a-twist-of-rapunzel.html



The Luck Child: Cover Reveal

I love and follow certain publishers almost the same way I follow authors. One of those publishers is Uncommon Universe Press, or UUP for short.

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Uncommon Universes Press is a traditional publishing house creating books that celebrate wonder, adventure, and sacrifice. Formed out of friendship, UUP believes stories can provide thrilling, soulful escapism while also shining light into struggles and difficulties. A UUP book takes you on a fresh, authentic journey while challenging you to reclaim your hope, no matter what. Be uncommon!

 

UUP Social Media

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/uncommonuniverses/
Instagram: @uncommonuniversespress
Twitter: @uncommonunivs
Website: uncommonuniverses.com

 

I think I’ve read just about every book that UUP has published. Today they showing off the cover for their newest book, The Luck Child.

 

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About the book

Cabernet would give almost anything to be remembered–except his freedom. 

 Cursed to be eternally forgotten, Cabernet grew up walking a dangerous, lonely line between the world of mankind and the world of fairy. Now known only by a faceless reputation as a rogue and fairy aficionado, he wanders ceaselessly with the cat Maugrim as company. 

 Then the king dares order him to eliminate a magical foe in northern waters, and threatens to attack fairy lands if Cabernet refuses. As an increased annoyance, he is saddled with a stiff naval officer, the king’s elderly personal advisor, and the advisor’s nurse, a charming young woman named Rosemary who can inexplicably remember him. 

 Cabernet wants to complete this mission quickly without actually facing the enemy, a dangerous enchantress who nearly killed him before. But sea perils and fearsome monsters blindside his every trick and turn. Moreover, he is somehow growing fiercely attached to the human tag-a-longs.

 As the enchantress’s deadly net tightens around them, Cabernet must face the terrors of his past in order to save his new-found family–and future.

Enjoy this standalone YA fantasy that combines dark whimsy with fairy tale magic, plus a side of Oliver Twist and an enchanting romantic subplot.

The Luck Child releases June 9th.

You can Pre-order it at the following links:

 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0881GRKJV/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-luck-child-rebekah-shafer/1136965986

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-luck-child

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1511459537

Autographed paperback pre-order: https://uncommonuniverses.com/?product=the-luck-child-autographed-paperback-pre-order

Author Bio

Author Rebekah Shafer HeadshotRebekah Shafer is a thirty-something-year-old living in Georgia, USA, who got tired of spending an awful lot of time and energy trying to Be an Adult the Right Way.

Now she writes stories in a small house painted green on the inside, with plenty of jazz vinyl albums, a problematic front lawn, and two grey cats who look just enough alike to confuse house guests.

Find Her Online

Website: https://www.lanternleafpress.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorshafer/

Instagram: @rebekahnovella

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rebekahnovella

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