Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Three Sleeping Beauties ~ Cover Reveal

  Hello, hello, hello!!  I am very happy to bring you today, the covers for three upcoming Sleeping Beauty re-tellings!!  I've only read one of them, but the others look pretty interesting.  But before I reveal the covers, I am going to share with you all, my top three favorite Sleeping Beauty re-tellings.

  1. The Enchanted Rose: A Beauty and the Beast & Sleeping Beauty Re-telling ~ R.M. ArceJaeger
  2. The Healer's Apprentice ~ Melanie Dickerson
  3. Guardian of Our Beauty ~ Kathryn McConaughy (part of the Five Magic Spindles Collection)

  Now, onto the cover reveal!!

All three of these stories will be released on August 7th.
  Keep an eye on Kendra's Blog for more details.

Poison Kiss

Everyone knows that Sleeping Beauty's curse is triggered when she pricks her finger on a spindle and that she is awakened by true love's kiss ... but what happens when the wicked fairy decides to switch things up?

Edmund didn't mean to put Auralea to sleep, but now it's up to him and the famous Puss in Boots to figure out how, exactly, a spinning wheel is supposed to awaken her.

Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers. 
You can connect with Kendra on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest 

Twisted Dream

“I, Calandra, of the Wingans, do bestow upon you, the Princess of Hanover, a gift. You have been given long life. I cannot interfere with that, but when you are sixteen years of age, you will prick your finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an everlasting sleep.” She stepped closer so that she could be heard only by Liesel and her parents. “Then you will at last see the truth. Be wary. Be wise. Your fate rests upon yourself.”

On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Liesel Rosanna falls victim to a sleeping curse—but wakens in another world, a prisoner of war. As the bait in a trap for her fiancĂ©, the crown prince of Hanover, Liesel longs to escape back to the fairy tale world. The world where she is only wanting a true love’s kiss to set everything to rights.

As situations quickly grow dire, Liesel must choose which story to live, which life is real. The fate of her country rests on her decision.

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing and teaching piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment as well as the Time Captives fantasy trilogy.
You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

Rosette Thornbriar

Once upon a time, way out west...
Back when they were young'uns, Fleur Guardstone proposed to Rosette Thornbriar with a cigar band ring. However, not long after, she disappeared back into the forest and hadn't been heard from since. However, when Fleur hears reports of smoke coming from those woods, he's determined to find out if it is, indeed, his dear Rosette. If he can get past all of the briars.

Rachel Roden is a natural story teller, capable of weaving the most hilarious of fairy tales. She fell in love with the Lone Ranger in her teens, but ended up with a basketball referee instead. Together, she and the Ref homeschool their four children in the Piney Woods of East Texas, as well as any other odd kid who ends up in their house. She might also be the sole human who still uses math after college.
You can connect with Rachel on her blog, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.

  These are all looking very interesting so keep an eye on them!

  Also, Kendra's fairytale conglomeration, Sew, It's a Quest is now available for free on Smashwords!!  Check it out guys!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Rose of the Oath ~ Book Review

  Hello everyone!  I've been super busy lately, but today I'm popping in to review Hope Ann's newest Legends of Light novella. 

I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange fro my honest review.

Roses.  Wolves.  Mystery.

With the enemy armies approaching and her brother Eldric not yet returned from his trading trip, Elissa leaves her younger sisters and following the pull of a magical rose, finds Eldric held captive by a strange man in a rose filled valley.  Knowing that he is needed back home more then herself, she takes his place and as the days pass, finds that the stranger isn't as much of a beast as she once thought.  Raging against the King whom she feels cares naught for her, Elissa is torn between her growing feelings for her host, with whom she has grown comfortable, and the young captain, Dachs, who brings her news and insists that the Beast really is a beast and cares nothing about her at all.  Frustrated and confused, Elissa struggles to understand the strange events surrounding her and to find answers to her myriad of questions.  Can Elissa renew her faith and find her courage before it's too late?

  Elissa: I like Elissa.  She is strong, determined, responsible and loving.  She is also stubborn, bossy (in good way) and she has her share of flaws, but she is fiercely protective of those she loves.  Hope Ann also does a good job of portraying in Elissa how someone with a painful past can reject God thinking he doesn't care.

  Beast: I very much enjoy this version of the Beast.  He isn't actually a beast, just a very shaggy man who wears a cloak made of wolf skins.  He is smart, witty, charming (when he wants to be), occasionally growly, but always sorry afterwards and very sweet.  Now, he is by no means your perfect Prince Charming,  he has made a lot of mistakes in his life, oh boy! has he ever.  But he learns from them and more importantly, he repented of his wrong doings and has been forgiven.  He is an excellent example of how someone with a strong faith can weather the storms and come out stronger.

  The Bad Guy: I can't say very much on this subject due to spoilers, but as I have said before, Hope Ann knows how to write baddies!  I detest him!

  Elissa's Siblings: Helene and Klara were adorable, but since we don't see very much of them, there isn't much to say about them.  Eldric is great.  I love his devotion, his determination and his protectiveness of his siblings.

  This book doesn't have a very large cast of characters, which I don't mind, because there are less people to keep track of.  It does have some very well woven threads.  Also, though you don't have to read the short story prequel in order to enjoy and understand Rose of the Oath, some things will make more sense and you might be able to figure out plot lines more quickly if you do.

  On the whole I think this is a very well done re-telling of a classic fairytale.  I like how Hope Ann mixes fairytales and God's Word in a fresh and interesting way, that doesn't read like a sermon.

  I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars because I loved it, but I have read Beauty and the Beast re-tellings that I enjoyed more.

  Warning: It does contain wolf attacks on humans, some of them little children, and other minor violence. 
  Also, the Beast and Beauty are alone in the castle (though absolutely nothing happens), there are no invisible or visible servants or servants transformed into magical household objects.