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.
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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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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.

Halloween short story challenge 2019 Anthology

Hello everyone, I wanted to let you know about a new shot story anthology that I have a story in.

 

72389416_2492090504211068_1742301497061801984_oThe 2019 Halloween Short Story Challenge is an anthology of stories that will tantalize you, terrify you and taunt you. With 25 stories and poems written by 15 authors, there’s something for everyone!

 

 

Presented in alphabetical order:
A Moment of Silence, by Annie Littlewolf
A Moonlight Rose, by Rachel Harris
A Mother’s Love-Feeding Eve, by Michelle Francik
A Spiritual Feast, by Annie Littlewolf
A Witch’s Halloween Surprise (A Fae of Calaveras Story), by Kristen S. Walker
Autumn Harvest, by Virginia M. Barilla
But This Only Happens in Movies, by Katrina O’Brien
Connection, by Michelle Francik
Coughing, by Kristen S. Walker
Darker Than Dark, by Carlos F. Gonzalez
Indulgence, by Michelle Francik
Porch Light, by Ichabod Ebenezer
Seeing Double, by C.O. Bonham
Stay Away From the Cemetery, by Brandy Galaznik
The Coming of Halloween, by Virginia M. Barilla
The Halloween Quilt, by M. Quinn Evans
The Haunted Canal Town, by Kristi Asher
The Master Chef Mouse, by Annie Littlewolf
The Musicians and the Werewolves, by Kristen S. Walker
The Pale Child. by Jeff Bacon
The Watching Eyes, by M. Quinn Evans
Thorns and Firelight, by Hannah Schofield
Touched, by M. Quinn Evans
When Love Comes, by Brandy Morrison
Wicked Rotten Apples, by Michelle Francik

Whether it’s shadows, a love story, or a flame burning bright, these stories will make you think twice about turning off the lights. Curl up with a loved one and enjoy this anthology of all things Halloween!

My story is titled “Seeing Double,” It’s about a villainous robot that can’t quite compute when everyone is dressed as his heroic target during Trick or Treat night. It feature’s Captain Galaxy and his daughter Galaxy girl.

Buy the Anthology here: https://amzn.to/32susaY

It’s available in Ebook, paperback and Kindle Unlimited.

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Unexpected Exploit, cover reveal and excerpt.

Hello, if you been following my blog for a while you may be familiar with a series of middle grade books I’ve been reviewing.

The Mythcoast Adventures series by Kandi J. Wyatt, follows a group of friends who find mythical creatures turning up in their pacific northwest home.

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The third book is on it’s way and I’m here to show off the cover and give you a sneek peek. I am super excited for this installment because this time the kids follow the mythical creatures home.

About the book:

Protect a mythical realm or his family?

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Cover Designer: Amalia Chitulescu

Sixteen-year-old Franklin follows a Sasquatch through a portal to the realm of Shinwano and discovers a world full of mythical creatures he never expected to actually exist. Upon returning to Myrtle Beach, Oregon, he vows to protect the land, not realizing how difficult it will be to keep his promise, especially when a poacher, a NSA agent, and his friends are interested in the portal—and all for different reasons.

 When the poacher threatens his family, Franklin must reconsider his vow to protect this new world to keep his family safe. The consequences of his decision reach further than just a rift in the space-time continuum.

 Can Franklin live up to the trust placed on him and save this new world from an even greater danger?

Harry and the Hendersons meets The Neverending Story

You can preorder it now for only 99 cents, but hurry up because the release date is September 10th.

Instagram_preorder.jpgPreorder Links: https://books2read.com/mythcoastadventures3

 Other books in the series:

          An Unexpected Adventure: https://books2read.com/u/3yDLX6

          An Unexpected Escapade: https://books2read.com/mythcoastadventures2

 

Author Bio:

Kandi_J_Wyatt_Author Picture 2Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt, had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that’s her own five or the hundreds of students she’s been lucky to teach. When Kandi’s not spinning words to create stories, she’s using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership.

 Where to find her:

Website: http://kandijwyatt.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kandijwyatt/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/kandijwyatt/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kandijwyatt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13817774.Kandi_J_Wyatt

Bookbub: https://bookbub.com/profile/kandi-j-wyatt

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kandi-J-Wyatt/e/B00ZTC4T10/

 Other books by Kandi J Wyatt:

Dragon Courage series

Dragon’s Future: https://www.books2read.com/u/bzpDq9

Dragon’s Heir: https://www.books2read.com/u/47YQE3

Dragon’s Revenge: https://www.books2read.com/u/b5qvGb

Dragon’s Cure: https://www.books2read.com/u/47kxJa

Dragon’s Posterity: https://www.books2read.com/u/4DA8og

Dragon’s Heritage: https://www.books2read.com/u/3neVN6

 Middle Grade Fantasy:

Journey from Skioria: https://www.books2read.com/u/4AwJee

 Biblical Retellings:

The One Who Sees Me: https://www.books2read.com/u/mdrRlb

To Save a Race: https://www.books2read.com/u/49PG5k

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An Unexpected Exploit Excerpt:

Franklin felt a calloused hand on his forehead and started to turn toward its owner, but the pain in his neck stopped him short. “Hush, don’t try to move. Let me check the compress.” Sahasi adjusted some kind of damp fabric, and as she did, Franklin caught a glimpse of coarse black hair covering her hand.

He felt his pulse quicken. What had he gotten himself into? What kind of people were these?

“Will he be okay?” Ladaku’s tone carried not a hint of the concern in his words.

The weight of Sahasi’s hand lifted, and Franklin tried to move again. He needed to see where he was; besides, the position he lay in and the tickling of his nose from the fabric beneath him was getting too uncomfortable.

“Ladaku, use your size and help me reposition him.”

Whatever the relationship between the two, Franklin knew the tone of a mother when he heard one. Soon large, hairy hands wrapped around his arms and pulled him to a sitting position. Franklin learned nothing at first, as he was too busy trying to keep his breakfast down. But when the nausea and pounding in his head subsided, Franklin cracked his eyes open a slit.

A large, dark face with a flat nose and beady black eyes met his gaze. Long, stringy hair covered the creature as far as Franklin could see. His eyes came back to the face. Although it was alien, it still bore the recognizable expressions of tenderness and concern.

“My name is Sahasi,” she said. “I am a healer among my people, the sanraksaka. I don’t believe you have properly been introduced to Ladaku.”

Franklin shifted his position and shuddered. Staring at him with hairy arms crossed in front of an ape-like chest was the same creature that had met his gaze across the clearing.

Remember to snag it now before the price goes up on September 10th.

If you do pre-order make sure to screenshot your recipt and fill out this google form from the author: http://bit.ly/preordergiveaway. She is giving a special gift to everyone who pre-orders An Unexpected Exploit.

Realm Makers 2019: Recap

Part of being a Writer means socalizing with other writers. Even though we can do so much of that online, it is still important to go to writing conferences, for learning and fellowship.

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My Name tag, note the 7 marking my attendance streak.

Last month I was at Realm Maker’s seventh writers conference for Christian speculative fiction authors. (Curious about year one? Click here.)

Why has it taken me so long to  get a post up about it? Recovery. It is hard for me to be around so many people for so long. It is also hard to put an event like realm Makers into words. (I’ve tried in past years)

For me the highlight this year was meeting bestselling authors Brent Weeks and Terry Brooks.

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For bestselling authors they were both very down to earth. Terry Brooks even stopped to chat with a group of us sitting in the lobby on Sunday evening, after the official conference was over.

Once again I did not have a novel to sell or to pitch to an agent or publisher. But this year I resolve to fix that.

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WTB teaching about balance. 

I learned from Wayne Thomas Batson on how to balance my life and writing. I think it helped. I have been making slow but steady progress which is better than no progress at all. He mostly just drilled into me that books don’t write themselves and if you want to do it you need to make time for it.

Then of course there was the costume banquet. It’s the best reason to go to Realm Makers over any other writers conference. That and Friends.

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Steampunk DC villains!

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I found a doctor!

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And fought a TARDIS

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Steampunk Justice league. I was Batman.

After the conference I went with a group to the City Museum in St. Louis. It is crazy amazing there. It’s like a giant art installation, and it’s never finished they are always adding to it. If you are ever in St. Louis you must go.

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The last great thing about Realm Makers are the book hauls. So many great books and so many great authors, ready to sign them. I had to take an empty suit case just to pack all my books in to take home. 

 

 

Giveaway:

I won some books this year that I already owned. So I got them signed and now I’m giving you a chance to win them.

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Just tell me how many books I have in my suitcase and if you are the closest then I will send you one of the two books pictured above.

Mark of the Raven by Morgan Busse or Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne.

The first right answer gets to pick and the second right answer gets the left over.

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If it helps the suitcase is 13″ X 21″ X 8″

Email your guess to dolphin18cb@aim.com by August 18. Please put, Realm Makers Suitcase guess, in the subject line so I know it’s an entry.

Legal disclaimer: This giveaway is solely on me and is not sponsored by Realm Makers, WordPress or any of the authors pictured.

 

 

Heart of the Curiosity Blog-tour

I am so excited for this amazing book that’s releasing soon, It’s steampunk goodness with a theater of wonder and magic sisters, snails and so much good stuff. Check out theses early reviews:

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The release date for The Heart of the Curiosity is swiftly approaching. So I invited Author H. L. Burke over to tell you a bit about the amazing magic system she created for her novel.

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You’ve Got a Knack for That.

Have you ever known someone who had an unusual small talent? Or who seemed eerily good at their job, however mundane? Maybe they were super snappy at letter opening. Maybe the espresso machine at the coffee shop which was finicky for everyone else operated perfectly for them. Maybe they can always get pickle jars open even when their Marine husband screws them on ridiculously tight to the point where no human ever could get them open, no matter how many tricks she tries like banging on them with a butter knife or running them under warm water or … sorry, flashbacks. Much trauma.

Anyway, pickle jar woes aside, in the world of Heart of the Curiosity, these abilities have 64784056_10157933783166002_8334785011739787264_oreached a point that defies scientific explanation. They’ve crossed that ever so wobbly line between talent and magic. They are “knacks,” little day-to-day magical gifts that help people improve their lives in small ways … for the most part. Not everyone has the knack they would choose.

Knacks tend to fall into two major categories, professional and personal.

The first, professional, help people with their work. As people are born with knacks (though they sometimes don’t manifest until later in childhood), there’s a sense of “fate” as to what profession they end up in, and as knacks tend to run in families, you might have generation after generation of accountants with a knack that makes them able to add up long lines of figures at a glance. Some professional knacks (which you may find within the pages of Heart of the Curiosity) are a librarian who can mend ripped pages at a touch, a dancer with a levitation knack that makes her literally light on her feet, or a mechanic who can see how things are broken at a glance.

Personal knacks can be less obvious in their intended use. They can range from a person who can see if you are keeping secrets to the ability to detect the emotions of others and finally, the knack that Leo, the heroine of Heart of the Curiosity has and despises, the ability to manipulate the emotions of others.

62351511_10157896887816002_7910744780391317504_nMost of the time, knacks are a gift, something that helps a person find their place in the world and aids them in their day-to-day life. Other times knacks can be a source of turmoil as the knack leads a person towards a life they might not want or if a person who feels they should have their family’s knack ends up with a different knack that makes them feel like an outsider.

Finding (and accepting) your place in the world is hard enough without a big flashing neon sign saying, “Go there and do this whether you want to or not!” over your head. At the same time, the idea of having a small, individualized magic that helps me through the day to day really appeals to me as a lover of small wonders.

What sort of knack would you like to have? Someone in my book might actually have it. Find out in Heart of the Curiosity.

Heidi Lyn Burke

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heidi-107Born 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.

Social Media Links:

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

Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hlburkereaders/

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Website: http://www.hlburkeauthor.com/

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The secret lies with the Heart.

HoC CoverBorn with a magical knack for manipulating emotions, Leodora’s only dream is to ensure her talented little sister dances on the biggest, brightest stage in the Republic: The Curiosity, a grand old theater of tradition and innovation. After escaping a cruel carnival, Leo secures her sister a place in the Curiosity’s chorus line, and herself a job as a professional audience member, swaying the crowd’s mood with her magic. The girls have a home for the first time in their lives.

Then a tragic accident darkens the theater. A greedy businessman begins blackmailing Leo, and financial woes threaten to close the show forever. The Curiosity’s sole hope lies in a mythical power source hidden beneath the maze-like passages and trapdoors of the theater—the Heart. And Leo’s only friend Paxton, nephew of the theater’s stagemistress, is the key to finding it.

While Leo and Paxton hunt for the Heart, the blackmailer’s threats loom larger. Mysterious figures, cryptic clues, and deadly traps hinder the search at every turn. If the friends cannot recover the Heart in time, Leo and her sister will be cast out of the only home they’ve ever known, and the final curtain will fall on The Curiosity.

Enter a world reminiscent of The Greatest Showman, with a puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes and National Treasure, in this new Steampunk Fantasy from H. L. Burke.

Pre-Order links:

The release date is June 27th so take advantage of the pre-order deals before they’re gone.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Curiosity-H-L-Burke-ebook/dp/B07S58N3P5/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heart-of-the-curiosity-h-l-burke/1131668257

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1464838020

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/heart-of-the-curiosity

Autographed paperback: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/heart-of-the-curiosity-autographed-paperback-pre-order/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45944020-heart-of-the-curiosity

Here’s one more quote graphic to get you excited:

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