Black Friday Book Bonanza

I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving yesterday, even if you are outside of the United States, there are always reasons to be thankful.

But now the food has been eaten and the dishes are done and thankfulness gives way to rampant consumerism.

I have some big news for you if you enjoy books. The news gets better if you also enjoy saving money on books.

It’s Black Friday so that means you get all the books at rock bottom prices!

Black Friday Ebook Sale $0.99 or Free! Princesses, Fey Folk, & Happily Ever Afters. http://sale.perrykirkpatrick.com

This sale has 136 different fantasy books. All the Ebooks are 99 cents or free. Including my own Runaway Lyrics which is 99 cents through the sale dates.

Remember the Frosted Roses Collection? Four out of the six book in that collection are on sale for 99 cents each.

Five Frosted Roses at Black Friday prices. http://sale.perrykirkpatrick.com

Look for: Runaway Lyrics, Gilded in Ice, Rose Petals and Snow Flakes, and Secrets of the Mountain, in fantasy and The Bear in historical fiction.

You can also check out The Clockwork FaerieTale Novellas, #1: Red As Blood It may not be a Frosted Rose but it looks like an amazing steampunk retelling of Snow White and Rose Red.

I know what you’re thinking, “I prefer physical books.” We’ve all been there, and I hear you.

Runaway Lyrics Paperbacks are on sale too!

Grab yourself a physical copy of Runaway Lyrics from Amazon for the low price of $8.99. That’s four whole dollars off the regular print price.

That’s all for now! I hope you and your families have a happy and safe holidays and also that your book haul may be large and satisfying.

NaNoWriMo 2021 and Runaway Lyrics takeover

Hello Readers, I hope everyone is doing well. It’s been a minute since my last post. I’ve had to cut back on my reading lately to give myself time for National Novel Writing month, you the time of year where everyone is struggling to write a novel in 30 days AND cook dinner for thirty family members. Writers are crazy.

My project for NaNo is Shattered Lyrics. It’s the sequel to Runaway Lyrics that released this past September. Behold my Inspiration collage:

I’m about seven thousand words in right now. (Yes I am way behind in NaNo.)

Once again I am writing this story as part of the Arista band of fairy tale retellers challenge. In 2021 the challenge is to write a Snow Queen retelling.

Snow Queen is a hard fairytale to retell, it is very meandering and has a lot of characters.

Thankfully Runaway Lyrics had a lot of characters too.


In other news: This happened.

My book Runaway Lyrics was nominate as the November book of the month by the Fellowship of Fantasy Indie Book Club.

I did not get the coveted spot but I was a runner up. As a result I get an author take over day. That day is today! (November 10th 2021)

Please join the Book club’s Facebook group if you would like to see me share about Runaway Lyrics and get in on my giveaways.

Also as a side note, The winning book was written by my cover designer. I’ve read it before and it is very good, Beauty and the Beast meets Norse mythology. She is so talented at both art and writing.

Dive-in Review: Traitor

It’s time for another book release from L2L2, they publish amazing YA fantasy books, and today’s book is a sequel to one of their previous releases. Click here to check out my review of Common, the first book in the tales to the Mystic’s series.

About Traitor:

Princess Penelope has finally found a way to redeem her past mistakes—if only it didn’t require betraying her new fiancé. Princess Penelope has been the object of gossip and ridicule ever since she returned home in disgrace following her failed engagement to the Crown Prince of Imperia. When her father offers a new start in a country far across the sea, she has no choice but to accept.

Even if it means another betrothal, this time to a total stranger.

Penelope arrives in Delunia determined to avoid bringing further shame upon her family. But her devoted, caring fiancé makes it harder to guard her heart than she anticipated, and rumors of dark magic haunt her with memories she’d rather keep buried far beneath her pristine exterior.

When a poverty-stricken village outside the palace gates looks to her as their hope for a brighter future, Penelope embraces the opportunity to make amends for her transgressions. But in order to help, she must manipulate her new fiancé, putting her reputation on the line once more. And her heart.

Can Penelope rise above the failures of her past, or will she forever be branded a traitor?

Ready to order?

All of the purchase links can be found here (L2L2 website), as well a link to Common.
https://www.love2readlove2writepublishing.com/books/traitor/

My Dive-in Review:

Traitor, by Lauri Lucking, is the sequel to her debut novel, Common.

Having previously read and enjoyed Common made me both excited and hesitant to dive into Traitor. Traitor is about Princess Penelope, the antagonist of Common.

I really struggled to get into the story, at first. This girl was really unlikable in the first book, and I was not ready to forgive her.

But surprise, forgiveness is the whole theme of the novel. This story was an excellent example of forgiveness, how we can never do enough good on our own to earn it, it is a gift, and how sometimes the person we most need forgiveness from is ourselves.

Once you spend a couple chapters with Penelope, you will like her, I promise. She knows she did wrong, and she has to live with the consequences. But she also works really hard to redeem herself by learning from her mistakes.

What I most liked about this book was the country of Delunia. It has a very exotic / Asian feeling compared to the very European feel of the previous book’s Imperia.

One thing that struck me as odd about Common was how magic was not mentioned until suddenly it was. Traitor mentions magic from the beginning and naturally builds to its climatic moment.

Lucking also does a fantastic job of building in the twist ending. I kind of suspected that it might go that way, but I wasn’t really sure until it did. Those are the best kind of twists. Obvious, but surprising.

*I received an advanced copy of this book. A review wasn’t required, but I left one anyway, because that’s how I do things.*

About the author:

Laurie Lucking loves hoarding books, singing at the top of her lungs, playing games that
don’t involve too much strategy, and spending time with her husband and three energetic
kids. A recovering attorney, she now spends her days as a stay-at-home mom and has
discovered writing young adult romantic fantasy is way more fun than drafting contracts.
Her fairy tale–inspired stories combine the excitement of discovering new worlds with the timeless enchantment of falling in love. Find out more about Laurie and her writing
adventures at http://www.LaurieLucking.com

Social Media Links:
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Halloween 2020 Anthology

I got published again. This time it’s in the Halloween 2020 short story anthology. It’s like the 2019 Halloween Anthology I was in last year, but you know, for this year.

There is no doubt that Halloween 2020 is going to go down as one of the strangest holidays ever. With lockdowns, social distancing, masks, politics, lies, violence and hate dominating every news report–every thought at times, celebrating takes on a different aspect this year.
Some people are determined to act as if everything’s normal while others are devastated that they can’t have their annual Halloween gala. Trick or treating has either been cancelled or there are so many rules in place to protect everyone from Covid-19 that it barely resembles its previous incarnations.
For the 2020 Halloween Short Story Challenge, I tasked the authors to look at Halloweens past, present and future. I suggested they view the holiday through the out-of-focus lens of 2020, but they didn’t have to. I challenged them to search outside the box, inside the box and all around the box, until they found something that resonated within them.
For many, this year has been one of loss, fear, uncertainty and apathy. It’s been hard to get out of bed let alone be creative. That’s why this was an especially difficult, yet important, Challenge.
The authors in this anthology accepted that challenge and they’ve written an incredible, eclectic assortment of Halloween stories and poems. They’ll terrify you. They’ll delight you. They’ll make you laugh. And hopefully, for at least as long as it takes you to read them, you’ll be distracted from the real-life horrors of 2020. Enjoy!

Buy it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3o1DuqM

Not every story in this anthology takes place in 2020 though, some stories are more like memories, others are just fun Halloween centric stories.

My story is a very 2020 centric story. In a world where trick or treat has been cancelled, Halloween becomes, “The Night of the Masked Children.”

So if you’re looking for seasonal read go ahead and pick up Halloween 2020 today. You might just decide to keep some candy on hand after all.

Available in eBook, paperback, and Kindle unlimited: https://cobonham.com/2019/10/24/halloween-short-story-challenge-2019-anthology/

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.

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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

Spring Fever Challenge sign up.

Hey I’m sorry this is really last minute. But do you remember the Challenge anthologies I was a part of? The Halloween, Christmas, and love letter ones. Yes those. Author Michelle Francik is hosting another one. This one is Spring Fever themed.

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Yes, I know the challenge started on the twenty-fifth. But look we’re only three days in and it goes until the ninth of May. There is still plenty of time for you to work on and submit an entry if you want.

It can be anything, short story, poem, or even a personal essay. Go sign up for more details and then join the facebook group to get the previous days writing prompts.

Tell her C.O. Bonham sent you when you sign up.

Sign up here: https://2020-springfever-challenge-signup.mfranciktheauthor.com/

Gretchen and the Bear Cover reveal

There is an amazing storyteller named Carrie Anne Noble, Her newest book is ready to preorder and the cover is stunning. 
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She’s only just moved to the regenerated Earth from an orbiting station, and now sixteen-year-old Gretchen must travel to dangerous, Faerie-ruled Britain to rescue her runaway stepsister. There, she meets the Bearfolk–people who sometimes take the form of bears. Kindhearted seventeen-year-old Arthur wants to help, but his scheming mother plans to use Gretchen to win an age-old Faerie war.When the mission proves costly, will Gretchen and Arthur find the courage to sacrifice what they love most to save the ones they hold most dear?
In case you have never read a book by Carrie Anne Noble, you should remedy that and check out her other books on Amazon.
Carrie Anne Nobel
In the wake of her thrilling past as a theatre student, restaurant hostess, certified nurse aide, and newspaper writer, Carrie Anne Noble now writes novels and short stories. She enthusiastically participates in National Novel Writing Month every November and loves encouraging other writers. When she isn’t writing, Carrie enjoys reading, napping, snacking, hosting spectacular tea parties, and spending time with family and friends. Find her on Instagram @carrieannenoble7 & Twitter @noblebat.
When does it come out you ask? June 17th, but don’t worry about forgetting, you can preorder it here.
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Lucid a Dive-in Audiobook Review

So a while ago I let you in on my secret for how I get audiobooks. So I am going to start featuring more audiobooks in addition to the other books I spotlight.

Today I am featuring Lucid by L. E. Fred.

Lucid coverDevon Alexander is a 15 year-old teenager coping with the monotonous reality of his average life. His life receives an interesting reprieve as he has his first realistic dream of a spaceship. The strangest thing about the dream is that he seems to be the only one on board who isn’t in a dream-like trance. Before he can figure out anything about the dream or his strange shipmates, he manages to wake up. The next day, Devon catches a news story about inexplicable comas taking place all over the world. Devon’s life becomes increasingly interesting as he recognizes some of the victims from his spaceship trip.

Devon and an unlikely group of other teens start devising a plan to find out who is behind the strange dreams and the comas. Their plan is not only successful but immerses them in to the fantastical world that only resides in dreams. While in the dream world, the teens learn about the power of teamwork, a new world of culture, and their hidden potential to be heroes.

Suspenseful, funny at the worst times, and just a hint of teenage romance, Lucid takes a group of young adults and throws them into a fantasy world that they only thought could exist in their dreams. In a sense, they’re right.

My Dive in Review:

Lucid by L. E. Fred, asks the question, what if lucid dreaming could transport you to another world?

People all over the world are being trapped in comas. and only Devon knows why. Because every night he dreams of the space ship that is stealing them away. Until one night he meets another Lucid Dreamer.

The build up in this book is amazing, the first half is really good at hyping up the mystery and keeping you guessing at what is really happening. But once you have the answers you realize your only about half way through.

The second half is all action and adventure and ancient prophesy. There is so much going on here. There’s not just running and fighting and creating fantastic things from dreams. There is a whole world that exists on the other-side of consciousness. There’s the Nightmares and the Dreamers, and secrets yet to be discovered.

The ending though is unfinished, this is only the first book in a series. While I wouldn’t call it a cliff hanger, that ending leaves me wanting more.

I was surprised the narrator was a woman, as the main characters are all male. The main male character Devon is fifteen so I guess that was the reasoning. After awhile I forgot the narrator’s gender and just got sucked into the story.

Rebecca Roberts does a great job and she uses variation in her voice for different characters, as all good narrators should.

All together Lucid is an entertaining experience and I look forward to checking out further books in the series.

*I was given a copy of this audio-book via Story Origins for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.*

 

Buy the book on Amazon and check that little box for audio narration here: https://www.amazon.com/Lucid-L-Fred-ebook/dp/B00L96KPNQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

LEFredL. E. Fred is a perpetual dreamer who writes about worlds both within and without this realm. With a degree in psychology, she tends to get lost in the mind, the greatest adventure of all. L. E. Fred just returned from a tour of Japan, and hopes to have many more adventures to inspire new tales of dreams and beyond. She currently lives in New Orleans, seated at her messy writing desk with her red furred dog at her feet.

Guide to Audible without a membership.

Reading takes a lot of time. Most books take between four to eight hours to complete, and most of us can only scrounge up about one or two hours a day for it. But what if there was a way to steal more reading time?

What if you could read while you did all your boring daily tasks like brushing your teeth and cooking a meal? Reading in the car, on your way to and from work? What if you could read in the shower?

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The book is Cry of the Raven by Morgan Busse. I took the photo.

Welcome to the world of audiobooks. The amazing, hands free way to steal over a whole extra hour of reading time per day. Audiobooks are amazing, but it can be a pricey habit. Most audibooks go for around twenty dollars, which makes sense, having to pay the narrator as well as the author.

The most common place to get audiobooks right now is Audible.

Audible is Amazon’s audiobook service. They offer one free audiobook a month if you sign up for a subscription at $14.95 a month. (Note: not free, you paid $14.95 for it.) So you save about five dollars off the cost of a twenty dollar audiobook.

But this not about convincing you to get a membership, this is about how to get audiobooks for cheaper than the cost of an Audible membership.

First Steps

Make sure you have an Amazon account.

Install the Audible App on the device you use most.

Sign in with your Amazon account. Ignore the adds trying to get you to sign up for a membership.

Now let’s find you something to read.

Shop on Amazon not on Audible

On Amazon search for the book you want to read. Make sure you are searching for the ebook format. Do not search for audiobooks!

If the book is also available in audio then you will often see a discount for buying both the ebook and audio version together. Keep in mind that this will not work if you use Kindle Unlimited. You must purchase the Ebook to get the Narration discount.

Underneath the buy now with one click button you will see a check box that says add audible to your purchase, and a price. This price is almost always $7.49. ($8.01 after sales tax) Still almost half what a membership costs.

But once in a while you will find a better deal.

Here is a deal to start you off.

The book Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer is a hilarious fantasy about computer nerds who learn to code reality.

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Screenshot is from amazon.com on 3/29/2020.

Right now you can get it for 99 cents and add the audiobook for $1.99. This is an eleven hour narration people. Eleven hours for $3! (Amazon prices can change on a whim, always verify prices before buying.)

And that’s not all. Has your favorite author ever offered their ebooks for free on Amazon? Well go ahead and snag it, because if they have it in audio, that’s a $7.49 audibook, that you don’t have to add the cost of the ebook to.

Follow Authors and leave reviews

Now I don’t mean follow them on Amazon, though that helps too. I mean really follow them. Subscribe to their email list, like their facebook page, and if they have one,  join their fan group.

Why? Because Audible gives authors review copies. If you are following an author when they release an audiobook, they just might ask if you want to review it.

A review copy is a completely free to you audiobook that you just have to listen to, then leave a review on. And the easiest way to get these is to be a fan. Read their other books and leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and a blog if you have it. Authors are more likely to give you a review copy if they know you will actually review it. (It doesn’t have to be a favorable review, but if you claim a review copy please always read and review as soon as you can. That’s just good manners.)

Reviewing on Audible is super easy. After you finish a book a screen will pop up to rate and review the book right away. Do it while it’s fresh in your mind. If you must wait. Simply go to the books page on audible.com and click write a review.

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I know that’s not how audiobooks work. Still it would be cool if you could do this.

Happy listening!

Was this guide helpful? If you have other tips to share feel free to leave a comment.

End of year wrap up

I hope that you (yes you reading this right now,) had a merry Christmas and I also send my best wishes for the new year. Don’t have a specific book to feature today so I thought I would just go over some of the highlights from my year.

The first highlight is a book that I featured twice on the blog, once as a cover reveal and once as a guest post. But it also has an Easter egg inside that makes it very close to my heart.

HoC CoverIt’s Heart of the Curiosity by H.L. Burke. Every story has those minor characters that might only be mentioned once, these characters still need names. Towards the beginning of chapter thirteen, on page 127 of the print version is a character who is named but never shown. Cathrinia is a ballerina who is seriously hurt in an accident. Do you notice the lack of an e between the h and the r? That’s because she’s named after me. Cathrine, without the e in the middle. I was so excited and to see that, because H.L. didn’t give me a heads up.

The second highlight is a book that I beta read. This means reading the book before it is ready to publish to let the author know about any plot holes or continuity errors. I also featured this book twice as a cover reveal and as a review.

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It’s Wish you Weren’t Here by Janeen Ippolito. The great thing about this book was the author thanking me by name in her acknowledgements, and she used a suggestion I made for expanding a character’s role.

The next highlight is an event. The annual Realm Makers conference was amazing this year. You can read about my experience here.

In personal publications. I was published on the daily fiction blog Havok not once but twice.

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First time was on May, 6th 2019. It was a Mystery Monday story titled “The Cover Was Blue.”

The second was recently on December, 16th 2019. It was also a mystery Monday story, titled “Snow Blind.”

And of course I can’t forget my two anthologies that I was accepted into.

The 2019 Halloween short story challenge, 72389416_2492090504211068_1742301497061801984_oincludes my story, “Seeing Double.” A story about what happened when too many wore the same costume.

Christmas Spirit coverThe 2019 Christmas Spirit challengeincluded my first ever Christmas story, a rhyming experiment titled, “Holiday Cheer.” It features a trigger warning because it involves a suicide attempt.

There were other highlights too, like all the great books I read and featured here on the blog so feel free to click around in the archives and find something to read.

What are my goals for next year? Reading more books and hopefully writing one of my own.

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