Cover Reveal: The Frog Prince’s Courtship.

So one of my favorite genres is fairy tale retellings. Which is strange because I really value originality in my fiction. (It’s one of the reason’s that fan fiction doesn’t impress me much.) But sometimes having a formulaic plot to adhere to really lets the author shine by putting more of their energy into producing original characters and unique worldbuilding. (Actually I’m currently writing a fairy tale retelling.)

So when my friend RJ was looking for people to share the cover of her new frog prince retelling I jumped on it. RJ Conte is an amazing author who has a talent for writing relatable characters. I can’t wait to see what she brings to this timeless story.

Kiss a frog and get a dreamy prince – every princess’s recipe for happily ever after… right?

Not for Revelle, second daughter of the king of Aileh. This girl’s got no time for marriage. She’s got a secret dream of being queen.

When a mischievous Fairy brings a reluctant Revelle a prince cursed to be a frog, the princess does her duty and kisses him, but then she wants him gone. However, he’s a visiting royal far from home, and he has his eyes on winning her hand. She’s got to admit the handsome blond dude isn’t hard on the eyes, but she’s got other plans in the works – like convincing the council to be open to the idea of a female monarch next year when her father retires. Leon, former frog prince, seems to be turning out to be an eager ally, but his ideas about how their enemies in Fairy Reservation are being treated are messing with Revelle’s head. Seems like being queen AND getting the guy is impossible – or is it?

If this sounds like a fairy tale rom-com that you’d enjoy, then be sure to pre order here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09782BTMX

Hurry the book releases June 21st.

About the author:

RJ Conte has kissed only one boy in her entire life – and she married him – inspiring her to write about sweet or powerful love stories ever since. She writes issue-driven fiction that explores human nature and the depths of the soul while pointing readers to their Creator.

She writes a blog on parenting, publishing, painting, and perorating at http://blonderj.wordpress.com

The King’s Spell Cover Reveal

Today I am hosting a cover reveal for The King’s Spell. This book is the first in a new series by E.J. Kitchens. The Realm and Wand series. This book also takes place in her Magic collectors universe, So if you’ve been following her magic collector book then you should like this addition.

I’m sure you’re tired of suspense so lets open right with the cover:

Cover design by MoorBooks Design

The King’s Spell

E.J. Kitchens

Realm and Wand, book 1

A Magic Collectors series

YA fantasy, Christian

Release date: June 17th, 2021

Only a king can banish sorcerers and strip enchanters of their power. Only a king is immune to spells and potions. Only a king knows the truth behind the legends. Until now.

Magic Collector Devryn Ashby may have deserved the curse that saps his magic-manipulating abilities, but it certainly won’t help him with the task King Reginald has assigned him. Instead of allowing him to continue hunting for those who stole the powerful Enchanter’s List, the king makes Devryn trainer-in-magic to the mischievous enchantress Lady Meredith Lofton.

Except for an occasional matchmaking exploit, Lady Meredith has little use for her power of enchantment—until the king asks her to train in magical warfare techniques. This both excites and terrifies her. And irks her, for she refuses to be bossed around by the critical Devryn Ashby, a man she’s not even sure she should trust. 

But as dangers increase and the sorcerers’ schemes unfold, Devryn and Meredith must choose whom to follow—their own desires and prejudices or their king. Only a king knows how much the kingdom depends on their choice.

About the Author:

E.J. Kitchens loves tales of romance, adventure, and happily-ever-afters and strives to write such tales herself. When she’s not thinking about dashing heroes or how awesome bacteria are—she is a microbiologist after all—she’s enjoying the beautiful outdoors or talking about classic books and black-and-white movies. She is a member of Realm Makers and lives in Alabama.

Social Media Links

Website: http://www.elizabethjanekitchens.com        

Group blog: http://www.landsuncharted.com

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/ekitchens0132/                   

Facebook group Faith and Fairy Tales:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/585858426143754/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10409961-elizabeth

Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/E-J-Kitchens/e/B00J7C53XG

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/e-j-kitchens

Unconditional Love Animal Edition.

I’m back with another release. This one also has something I wrote in it. There’s a new short story challenge anthology out now. The challenge was to write a short story poem or essay in only two weeks. The theme was Unconditional love, but there had to be an animal involved.

You can check it out on Amazon now.

What does unconditional love mean to you? That’s the question these authors were asked to answer and write about in this Short Story Challenge. Oh, and since this is the Animals Edition, they had to feature an animal!

In this anthology, you’ll find 21 original works from 10 very different authors! Stories, poems and essays that reveal the bravery, joy, grief, humor and hope of unconditional love.

Enjoy these amazing stories by:

Brandy Morrison

C. O. Bonham <– that’s me.

Colleen Cade

Francine Muzykant

Kristi Asher

Linda Hudson Hoagland

Meagan Myhron-Bennet

Michelle Francik

Victoria Fletcher

Virginia M. Barilla

I like doing these challenges because it forces me to work on a story that might not fit in anywhere else. I can really let loose and see where the theme takes me. This time it caused me to explore love, not just in animals but in families. I also got to ask the big question. “Why doesn’t that dog like me?” If you pick up this anthology look for “Through Dog’s eyes”

The paperback is out now or you can pre-order the ebook version until June 16th.

Finding God in Anime: a devotional for otakus.

I know I literally just posted something yesterday. But this one is important. This book was originally meant to come out the first of June, but now it’s coming out today!

I couldn’t postpone telling you about it because I wrote a piece for this one.

Being a Christian can be tough. Being an otaku can be tough. But being both at once?

Sometimes it seems easier to become Hokage rather than explaining your faith and passions to others. That is why we otaku have united in this devotional: To encourage otaku like you spiritually and through a medium we all cherish.

In this devotional, you will find God in the animes you know and love. Each devotional presents spiritual lessons found in animes ranging from the world-famous Attack on Titan to fan-favorite Haikyu!! to beloved classics like Cowboy Bebop. Each piece will feature a different theme such as:

  • Human Will vs. The Holy Spirit in Yona of the Dawn
  • Choosing to be Free in Free! Swim Club
  • Not by My Might in My Hero Academia

…and many others! We believe that God can be seen throughout His creation—even in places where people might not intend! So pull out your cosplay and snuggle close with your plushies as you join us in Finding God in Anime.

“What is an otaku,” you ask. The short answer is that it’s Nerd in Japanese. The long answer is that English speakers have adopted it as a way of defining a westerner who is obsessed with Japanese pop culture, products, and trends. Things like: anime, manga, and video games.

So I wrote an anime devotion. Does that make me an otaku? I guess. I mean, maybe, not really. I don’t follow anime because it’s Japanese. Most of it’s just really good writing. In fact, I will only watch it if it’s dubbed in English. I don’t read manga because the right to left formatting drives me nuts. And I’m just not very good at video games. (Still stuck on chapter 3 of Bendy and the Ink Machine.)

But I do love good stories. And Anime’s have some of the most compelling storylines that I’ve ever seen. Honestly, achieving the level of plot twist that I’ve seen on some of these shows, are my writing goals.

That said, there is a very strong opinion that good Christians shouldn’t watch anime, (or any fantasy for that matter). This idea is sad because, anime is only a medium. There are good and bad ones, just like there are good and bad sitcoms. A good Christian should use discernment to decide what entertainment is in keeping with their beliefs.

This devotional was made to help you with that. It isn’t meant to push you to watch anime is you don’t want to. It isn’t made to justify anime to those who still feel that it’s wrong. Instead it’s for the Christian Otaku to read, and grow closer to God through the entertainment they love. And to know that they are not alone in loving that entertainment.

The best part is that this book is free as an E-book. The paperback will cost you about eight bucks.

Finding God in Anime: a devotional for otakus is available now as a free Ebook. https://books2read.com/u/3GvLxK

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B094Q1PX7P

Other Book Retailers: https://books2read.com/u/3GvLxK

Add it to your Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58045420-finding-god-in-anime

I hope you check it out and let me know in the comments:

What is your favorite anime?.

Amok Cover Reveal

Thanks to self publishing and the rise of the online marketplace, you can buy books written by authors from all over the world. Today’s book is written by an author who lives in Malaysia. I had the pleasure of beta reading this book and it was amazing. I’ll have a full review closer to the release date for you. But until then, rest assured that this cover is every bit as amazing as the story.

What is faith, except hope in desperation?

All Putera Mikal wants is to gain the Amok Strength, the supernatural power granted by Kudus to the Mahan royal family. No matter how religiously Mikal keeps his vows, Kudus still denies him the Strength—whilst his father, Sultan Simson, flaunts the Strength despite his blatant defiance of the Temple and the priests’ visions of coming doom.

Then the prophecies come true.

Taken captive, Mikal must find a way to liberate his people and restore his throne in Maha—and the key to this is the Amok Strength. But what does it take to gain Kudus’ favour?

Amok releases on June 24th, but until then you can preorder it at the following links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Amok-Absolution-Book-Anna-Tan-ebook/dp/B08YXQKPN7/

(Universal link: http://getbook.at/Amok)

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=BAIvEAAAQBAJ 

Other retailers: https://books2read.com/amok 

The E-book is on sale with a special preorder price: USD2.99 / RM12.00 [Full price: USD4.99 / RM20]

(RM is the currency in Malaysia)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anna Tan grew up in Malaysia, the country that is not Singapore. She is interested in Malay/Nusantara and Chinese legends and folklore in exploring the intersection of language, culture, and faith. 

Anna has an MA in Creative Writing: The Novel under a Chevening scholarship and is the President of the Malaysian Writers Society. She can be found tweeting as @natzers and forgetting to update annatsp.com.

Where to find Anna online:

Website: https://annatsp.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/annatsp

Twitter: http://twitter.com/natzers

Facebook: http://facebook.com/annatansp

Discernment: Cover reveal and pre-orders

Today I get to show off a shiny new book that just became available for preorder. The preorders go live today for Discernment. This is the third book in the Legacy Chronicles, a science fiction retelling of the story of Moses.

You can find the first two books here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/series/B07QGK7TZY

The Legacy Chronicles: Discernment
By: Lauren H. Salisbury

A misfit, a fugitive, and a sacred destiny. Everything changes when all three collide.

In Jiya’s world, the only choice a woman has is who she will marry. When she meets a mysterious off-worlder, she must decide how far she is willing to push the boundaries of Teraburan culture to gain her freedom, and whether that is truly what she wants.

Mahsan has never been accepted for who he is. The sole human raised on an Esarelian cruiser, his attempts to belong led only to disaster and him becoming a fugitive. When he is invited into the home of a Teraburan clan leader, he finds a place where he could finally put down roots. But his past haunts him, and he will need to make peace with it if he wants any kind of future in his new home.

Not everyone approves of Jiya and Mahsan’s friendship, and some will stop at nothing to keep them apart. As the unlikely pair discover their true calling, they will have to confront everything they thought they knew and learn to see themselves as they never have before.

Pre-order now for a special price, before the release date on June 2nd. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093WWJ5HY

Preorder Discernment and receive, Provision, a companion story for free. Find more details about this pre-order offer at the author’s website. https://www.laurenhsalisbury.com

Links

Pre-order Discernment – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093WWJ5HY 

Legacy Chronicles page (US) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/series/B07QGK7TZY

Author’s Website – https://www.laurenhsalisbury.com

On the Run with a Cover Reveal

So It’s going to be an interesting week as I have a post scheduled about every other day. For some reason, this is the week to do all the things, Reveal a cover, hype a preorder, Release a book. Review an Audiobook. All of that is coming your way, so make sure you keep coming back.

Superhero Shawn wants to get hitched…not framed.In his first year with the Department of Super-Abled, Shawn Park, AKA Surge, has two goals: to prove to his team leader that he can fight villains with the best of them and to find the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend, Katie.When a teammate ends up dead with evidence left behind pointing to Shawn’s involvement, Shawn’s perfect life is knocked for a loop. On the run from his own agency as well as villains, Shawn must prove his innocence or lose his ideal future—and maybe his life.

The book is available for preorder now and can be found at the following links.

Add to your Goodreads lists: https://www.goodreads.com/…/57743849-on-the-run-with-a…

Pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B092LRGR1Y

Find Book 1 here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NHZPH7H

And if you are interested in her main series Super Villain Rehabilitation project books, check them out here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089VYG9W5?ref_=dbs_p_mng_rwt_ser_shvlr&storeType=ebooks

Yes, I said main series. Because the Supervillain Romance project is a spin-off series. It takes place in the same story world only with different characters, and it’s just as amazing.

Here’s the chronological order of books if you want to read the whole universe.

Relapsed (Short story prequel)

SVR Book one: Reformed

SVR Book two: Redeemed

SVR Book three: Reborn

SVR Book four: Refined

Blind Date with a Supervillain (which has a main series cameo)

and finally On the Run with a Supervillain.

On the Run releases May 18th, so start reading now if you want to catch up.

Release day for: Embers, Dreams, and Dustfire

Janeen Ippolito is a prolific author of fantasy novels, but she is also a poet and today she is releasing her second poetry collection titled Embers, Dreams, and Dustfire.

If you would like to read about her first collection, A Storm Grows, then check out this post here.

outlasting the fire around me

I breathe out the fire

within me

and stand

and soar


A poetry anthology of hope, joy, and endurance through all obstacles.

When you feel like you cannot go one step further,
there is rest, strength, and hope for the future.

Always.

I think the cover is beautiful. So shiny with the word shadows rising like smoke.

After the nightmare of 2020, I think we can all agree that hope for the future sounds like something we all need.

If this anthology sounds like something you need, then I have good news for you. When you order an autographed paperback copy from the Author, she is going to include swag with your purchase.

You can find all the order links, including those autographed copies at this web page: https://www.janeenippolito.com/books/embers-dreams-and-dustfire-a-poetry-anthology/

Janeen Ippolito believes you should own your unique words—and make them awesome! She’s a multi-published author of bestselling fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She’s also an experienced book editor and marketing strategist, plus the CEO of Uncommon Universes Press, a publishing company with award-winning books. She hosts the podcast Own Your Unique Words, which helps gutsy fiction authors grow their businesses without burning out. In her spare time, she helps her missionary husband with his youth swordfighting ministry, indulges her foodie ambitions, reads whatever books she feels like, and explores a slew of random hobbies. Her life goals include traveling to Antarctica and riding a camel while wearing a party hat. This extrovert loves to connect, so join her on social media or at janeenippolito.com

Social media links:

Website: https://janeenippolito.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janeenippolitounique/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaneenIppolito 

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/janeen_ippolito_creations

https://www.instagram.com/janeen_ippolito

Cover Reveal: The Bear of Rosethorn Ring.

Today’s cover reveal is for a new book in the Once Upon a Twist Tales. You can click here to read my review of book three, Diamond. The new book is also a direct sequel to Diamond, so catch up before the fourth book releases.

About the Series:

Once Upon a Twist Tales are your favorite fairytales retold backwards and upside-down, with a little bit of steampunk thrown in for fun!

You can find the first three books on amazon if you want to read them before the new one releases.

About the Book:

The Bear of Rosethorn Ring: A Snow White and Rose Red Story (Once Upon a Twist Tales, Book #4)

How far would Snow White and Rose Red go to save the man behind the bear?

When their father runs away, Marita and Diamond Kadlec realize how different twins can be. Marita’s ready to forget Lucas entirely, but Diamond wants to give him the second chance she’s never been able to give before. That’s before they discover that Lucas is indebted to the ill-tempered D’vard and his traveling circus, the Rosethorn Ring. The Ring’s entertainment lacks a bear, and Lucas must play the part of the savage creature to regain his freedom.

Lorcan D’vard cares only for three things: tending to his beloved beard, promoting his Rosethorn Ring, and eradicating the assassin out to kill him. With time running out, D’vard agrees to cancel Lucas’s debt and let him go free – if Marita and Diamond can apprehend the assassin before the assassin ends the show.

This is Snow White and Rose Red with a twist like you’ve never seen it before!

The Bear of Rosethorn Ring releases April 6th, 2021

About the Author:

Kirsten 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). She is present in many online circles under the name “Kiri Liz” if you care about things like that. As you read this, she’ll be somewhere under a maple tree – trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once.

Fantasy and Fairytales Anthology

I have a cute short story in a new anthology. The release date is tomorrow (March 10th) but you can pre-order it for ninety-nine cents if you do it today.

What if Fairytales were real?
Things that go bump in the night. Mighty warriors, dragons, and fairies. Ogres and cupids. Magic, mystery and mayhem. Join our authors on a journey through time. To a place where magic exists and things are not always what they seem. Fourteen authors and eighteen stories. Tales of bravery, enchantment, terror, and romance.
What are you waiting for?

The paperback ($8.99) is live now and there is a hardcover ($19.99) option too.
Buy it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3kFIgsM

If you grab a copy, look for my story, “Dragon Cuddles.”

“Dragon Cuddles” is a story about a dragon who just wants some love and cuddles.

I’ve it had in my head for a while now that just never manifested right. For a long time, I was trying to make it be a novel. Turns out, once I committed to making it a short story, the whole thing came together.

Fantasy and Fairytales is the sixth anthology produced from Michelle Francik’s short story challenges. You can learn more about her at her website https://mfranciktheauthor.com/

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