Friday, June 1, 2018

The Stealthmaster's Shadow by Hope Ann

The Stealthmaster's Shadow is finally here!



It’s been ten confounded years since the war ended.
Verus, a retired soldier, determines to enforce the peace the victory ought to have brought. His wanderings bring him to the city of Nerva, a sprawling riverside chaos no other Stealthmaster will touch.
Commandeering the task of a former comrade, Verus presents himself to the governor and promises to search out hidden Subverters. The true reason for his actions he keeps to himself. After all, the tyrannical governor will hardly approve of lending aid to those pitted against him, but the Subverters need information. Maybe even weapons.
The wishes of the Subverters themselves are immaterial. They weren’t there during the war. They didn’t see the horrors Tauscher spread.
Verus has.
So has the new ambassador from Zahavia who strides through the great doors of the feasting hall, bringing Verus face to face with nightmares from his past.
As the simple mission dissolves into confusion, Verus struggles to help those he’s plunged into danger, from a serving lad to the infuriating woman he’s taken to calling “Princess.” Fleeing will only make the enemy stronger. But staying…
Staying could doom them all.


Verus clasped his hands behind his back, his gaze silently daring the guard at the palace gate to mention his weapons. The man fidgeted but let them pass without a word. This Osvaldus surrounded himself with decent men indeed. He even sent another four soldiers, under an officer, to join his guards in escorting Verus to an immediate audience. How considerate.
The darkened corridors curved like underground rivers. Orange lamplight spilled beneath two great doors framed in murals of twisting branches at the end of the corridor.
Verus’s hands clenched beneath his cloak.
The doors swung soundlessly open and a deep red light spilled across the threshold like an accusing finger.
“Thank you for the company, gentlemen.” Verus quickened his pace and slipped between the two foremost guards. “I’ll introduce myself to the governor, if it’s not too much trouble.”


Hope Ann uses chocolate to bribe a wide ring of spies, from the realm leapers of Aslaria to the double agents of Elkbend, for their stories. Based in Indiana, she is the self-published author of the Legends of Light series, personal writing coach, and the Communications Coordinator for Story Embers. You can find out more about her at authorhopeann.com
 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Tale of Two Cities



 All right.  A Tale of Two Cities has been sitting on my bookshelf for over six months, but I was stalling about reading it because I thought that it was going to be boring.......WRONG!!!!  
I read it in two days.  
Granted I wasn't doing much else those two days, so I had lots of reading time, but I was still kind of surprised that I made it through in two days!  It was...well, not exactly what I was expecting!
  I knew the basic story line of ATTC - Mel told me a couple of years ago - but it was so much more then just two guys falling in love with the same girl and one guy sacrificing himself for the other and a lot of long boring stuff mixed in..  (Which yes, is what I thought it was.)

  So Mr. Lorry was, well, an old dear.  The way that he takes care of, and is so fatherly to Lucie, is really, really sweet.

  Doctor Manette's story was fascinating!!

  Charles Darnay was.....you know, I can't quite find the words!!

  And Sydney Carton.  The way that man perseveres.
Searching through my draft posts, I found this one that I wrote a long time ago.  Like ages ago!  I have not read the book since, but whenever it comes to mind, I still think "Wow, what an amazing story!"  How many of you have read it, and what did you think?
 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Always There ~ Celtic Thunder


When I'm less than I should be
And I just can't face the day
When darkness falls around me
And I just can't find my way

When my eyes don't clearly see
And I stumble through it all
You, I lean upon, you keep me strong
And you raise me when I fall

You are there when I most need you
You are there so constantly
You come shining through, you always do
You are always there for me

When life brings me to my knees
When my back's against the wall
You are standing there right with me
Just to keep me standing tall

Though a burden, I may be
You don't weary, you don't rest
You are reaching out to carry me
And I know I'm heaven blessed

You are there when I most need you
You are there so constantly
You come shining through, you always do
You are always there for me

You come shining through, you always do
You are always there for me


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day






Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there.

There is but one and only one,
Whose love with fail you never.
One who lives from sun to sun,
With constant fond endeavor.

There is but one and only one,
On earth there is no other.
In heaven a noble work was done,
When God gave us a Mother.

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Why?

  That is the question I ask myself as I write this post.  Why am I writing it?  There's not really anything to write about.  I actually do know the answer., I'm doing it to humor my little sister who wanted me to write a random post.  But no, I don't know why I decided to humor her this time.
  However, when I start thinking about it, there are things I've been meaning to tell you all about.

To begin with.....

That's right, I won!!  I'm really excited about it because not only have I never won anything like this before, but it was also my first Camp NaNo.


I was in a fantastic cabin with great people and it was so much fun.  At first I was apprehensive about joining that cabin, because I'm shy and I only knew one person there.  But then others I knew joined and I made friends with those I didn't know.  I very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next Camp.


My sweet little puppy, isn't so little anymore!  She is almost six months old and is growing like a weed.  Dog Bath time was a bit more exciting this year since we had three dogs to bathe instead of one.  Of course, none of them liked the baths, but we managed to keep them in the tub.







We had company over!!  PioneerGirl, Movie Critic, their younger sister and their mom stopped by on Monday.  It was great to see them again, it had been a year, but man those girls have gotten tall!  Movie Critic towers above me now.  😒


I've also found some really cool Irish Country songs.

I love this one.


Sad, but sweet


AND CELTIC THUNDER DID THE WILD ROVER!!!!!


And just because it's Friday, here is my 'Woooo hoooo!!  Friday is finally here!" song.



And i don't think there's anything else interesting to talk about.  

Oh, first the first time ever, the horse that I predicted would win the Kentucky Derby, won!

And...I watched The Quiet Man.  I don't like it.

  • The way they portrayed the Irish, irritated me.
  • Her randoms outbursts of temper that often made no sense were odd.
  • His complete and utter disregard for Irish customs and culture REALLY annoyed me.  'When in Rome..."
  • The American arrogance was horrible.
  • The way Sean treated Mary Kate was abominable.  If any man treated me like that?  I'd leave his RIGHT away.
 And that is all for now, folks! 
See you next time! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bring the Rain ~ MercyMe



via Pixabay


I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of
The clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

Holy, holy, holy,
Is the Lord God Almighty


via Pixabay

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Stealthmaster's Shadow by Hope Ann ~ Cover Reveal

  Today readers, I bring you the cover of the newest Legends of Light novella, The Stealthmaster's Shadow.  It is a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling and I am super excited about it.  Not only do I love Hope Ann's work, but lately I have become quite fond of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and I can't wait to see how Hope Ann retold it.

Ehehehe.  Me thinks this Governor person dislikes the Verus person.

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you've all been waiting for...
The actual cover, designed by Kate Flourney


It’s ten confounded years since the war ended.
Ten years since the Prince won the war and pardoned the rebels.
And left.
The Prince left, but lasting peace never had a chance to begin.
As a Stealthmaster, Verus is determined to complete the task the Prince left, whatever the cost.
Traitors, needlessly vague governors, and threatening rumors are all part of a standard mission.
Verus will bring peace to what is left of the world, one city and village at a time. According to
the governor’s daughter, the war was never about a physical peace in the first place, but what
does she or any of the other Followers know? They weren’t there during the war.
They didn’t see the horrors Tauscher spread over the land or the scars that will never fade.
Commandeering the task of a former soldier, Verus presents himself to the governor of Nerva.
Eventually he’ll need to undermine the man, but even Stealthmasters need money, and a mission
to discover the owner of a misshapen slipper shouldn’t be difficult.
Until the ambassador from Zahavia appears.
Suddenly face to face with nightmares from the past, Verus struggles to help those plunged into
danger, from the governor’s newest prisoner to a serving lad to an infuriating woman he’s taken
to calling princess. Fleeing will only make the enemy stronger. But staying…
Staying could doom them all.

☙ ❧

So what do you all think?  To be honest, that is not what I was expecting the cover to look like!  It makes me think of Southwestern Native American Cave Dwellers.
(And now I want to write a Native American TDP)  Anyway, this cover definitely feels different from her other covers, but the synopsis sounds 'in tune' with the rest of the series.  I look forward to reading this tale.

Sounds like this guy is full of snarky sass and is fond of dramatic bows.

Coming June 1, 2018
Click here to preorder now!

His snark is amusing.
 


Hope Ann uses chocolate to bribe a wide ring of spies, from the realm leapers of Aslaria to the
double agents of Elkbend, for their stories. Based in Indiana, she is the self-published author of
the Legends of Light series, personal writing coach, and the Communications Coordinator for
Story Embers. You can find out more about her at authorhopeann.com

So, what do you think? Looking forward to installment four of Legends of Light?