So. Many. Updates.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Hey everyone!  Here's where I pretty much vomit up all of the cascading news of everything that's coming up soon or going on currently.  (AKA a lot.)

WRITING: 
I'm currently lowkey working on a few projects right now.  Very, very lowkey because I have a lot on my plate as it is and it's cramping my creative style.  But I have a few thousand words started into a new book, and I'm not sure if I'll be keeping any of those words, but it's a start!  And I also have a rough outline/character sheet started for another one.


NEW RELEASE:

Well, it's the week before release week.  I don't even know how on earth that happened, and I'm not sure how it can be the END of October already, but here we are...oof.  Preorders are going surprisingly well, and I'm amazed everyone's actually excited for this!  If you want to, make sure to keep track of my social media accounts all next week because the blog tour is kicking off Sunday!  Neverland Book Tours is doing the tour, and Rose was a joy to work with.  You can still preorder signed copies of The Lady of Lanaria HERE, and if you want to shelf it on Goodreads, it's HERE!  


PRETTI-FIED PAGE

I realized that the page on my website, featuring my books, was an actual wreck.  So I updated it, got some glam shots, and whatnot -- check it out HERE!  


GIVEAWAY STARTS OCT 31ST

The "big" giveaway for my book release will launch October 31st -- so check back soon!  


SIGNED PAPERBACKS

If you're interested in ordering signed paperbacks, I'm no longer using Etsy!  That was an executive decision I made...yesterday morning.  At least, I'm not using it for the moment.  I'm still deciding whether or not to keep using it. BUT you can still order from me!  Click HERE for more information, to check out prices, and see what's up!  I also have a few "bundle" options available at an extremely limited basis.  I have an extremely heavy drawer to empty out, folks -- since I bought a bunch of books for signings last year and this year, and...then 2020 happened.  As you can see, you can also order signed copies of The Lady of Lanaria on this form, but that's no different than my preorder form for signed paperbacks!


Whew.  Well, with that all off of my chest, I want to hear from YOU!  What are you doing this week?  Anything you're looking forward to?  I hope it's a lot more fun than all of this marketing stuff.  

COVER REVEAL: VICTORY'S VOICE by Erika Mathews!

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Hey everyone! Today I'm super excited to share the new cover for Victory’s Voice (Truth from Taerna #2) by Erika Mathews, coming this March! But before you take in the gorgeous cover, here's a bit of information about the book!

SYNOPSIS:

When Ellisia, a seventeen-year-old book enthusiast with a passion for learning and a fascination with words, has the opportunity to attend Academy, she’s elated to further her education as well as live near the Palace BookHall—the focus of her lifelong dream. But as she begins to discover the true power of the spoken word, she faces a choice: join forces with a foreign scientist or relinquish her dreams of someday working in the BookHall. As the scientist’s projects begin to threaten the safety of Ellisia’s family, she’s torn between her loyalties and her ambitions.⁠

When an impending crisis brings a clash of spiritual kingdoms, Ellisia must once for all choose how she’ll harness the power of words. Spoken words transcend her reality, uniting heavenly with earthly and commanding the forces that drive the physical world, and Ellisia’s voice will be the catalyst for sure defeat—or decisive victory.⁠


You can preorder this Christian kingdom adventure novel today from Amazon - click HERE. And in case you haven't read Promise's Prayer (Truth from Taerna #1), click HERE to order it now!

And if you want to order a special signed copy of Promise's Prayer, click HERE!


Follow Erika Mathews: INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | BLOG 


And now...for the cover itself!  Like the cover for Promise's Prayer, this was designed by Alea Harper.  Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? 




Have you read Promise's Prayer yet?  What are your thoughts on the cover for Victory's Voice?








COVER REVEAL: THE HOLIDAY VISITOR by Trista Shaye!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

 Hey everyone!  Today I have an adorable cover reveal to share, for The Holiday Visitor by Trista Shaye!  Make sure to read on for more information about the book -- and of course, check out the cover!  If you're a cat lover like I am, get ready for all the heart-eyes!

SYNOPSIS 

This is the second book of the middle-grade series, Big the Barn Cat.

The scent of Christmas cookies and pine trees is in the air—and so is the scent of trickery.
The winter wind is ripping through the midwest and Big the Barn Cat is seeing to his winter jobs on the farm and hoping he’ll avoid catching a cold during the chilly season.
The week before Christmas, Big unexpectedly encounters a creature in need. Under the influence of the Christmas spirit—and possibly a touch of cat curiosity—he steps in to help. But it turns out that the critter he rescues is a fugitive and Big is dangerously close to becoming one himself.
Can Big unravel the secrets this odd creature hides, save it from the cruel weather in which it can’t survive, and escape from the clutches of a murderous mob all by Christmas Day?
Big is counting on a certain jolly elf’s help. But how does a cat talk to Santa anyway?


Make sure to follow Trista Shaye on Instagram for more information! 


Can I just say that this series sounds super cute?  Definitely a great Christmas idea for MG readers!

But now, onward to the cover reveal!


Isn't that cover pretty?! Have you read the first book in the Big the Barn Cat series yet -  or do you plan to?



BLOG TOUR: A VERY BOOKISH THANKSGIVING SPOTLIGHT + PARTIAL REVIEW!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

 

 


Hey everyone!  Today I have the honor of sharing a spotlight for A Very Bookish Thanksgiving, releasing Monday October 26th!  Read on for more information about this sweet collection of classic-inspired stories, and make sure to check out my short review of A Fine Day Tomorrow, Amanda Tero's story in this collection!  



Five stories.
Five book-lovers.
Five Thanksgiving novellas inspired by five classics.
This is a limited-edition novella collection with contributions by five different authors.

The Promise of Acorns ~ Kelsey Bryant
Erin Moore is a nanny whose strained relationship with Thanksgiving becomes even more complicated when her new employer asks her to teach his grandchildren about the holiday. The results surprise them both.
Inspired by Jane Eyre

 


As Long as I Belong ~ Sarah Holman
Young Analise Marshall has always felt like she straddles two worlds, like Jane Austen’s Fanny Price. Yet, near Thanksgiving, she faces the fact she might soon not belong anywhere at all.
Inspired by Mansfield Park

 


The Windles and the Lost Boy ~ Rebekah Jones
All Lost Boys could find refuge with Patrick Quill. Jeremy might do the same—if he could find him and if Patrick is real.
Inspired by Peter Pan

 


Grand Intentions ~ J. Grace Pennington
Pippa has always dreamed of being a great novelist, but between her job and helping her mom raise her three younger brothers, she never seems to be able to write. So when her grandmother offers her a few months away with all the time she could wish for, she’s sure to write the story she’s always dreamed of—or does her problem run deeper than she thinks?
Inspired by Great Expectations

 


A Fine Day Tomorrow ~ Amanda Tero
Essie March never planned to do much with her life, being the sickly one of the family. And just as she starts to pursue her dream of nursing, it seems that everything stands in her way to prevent it.
Inspired by Little Women

 

I had the opportunity to beta read A Fine Day Tomorrow, and it was such a lovely story!  It's definitely a timely read, since it deals with the Spanish Flu of 1918 -- and that's why I think it's such an important story to read right now.  It handles tough topics of loss and suffering very well, but it also portrays themes of light and hope -- and that's important now more than ever.  If the beta version of this story was fantastic, I know the final version in this collection will be even better!  


Releases on October 26!

Available for pre-order now at this link

(The price will go up from $2.99 to $4.99 on October 27, so get it now!)

Add to Goodreads

 

 

About the Authors:

Kelsey Bryant is an author, editor, and martial arts instructor from Central Texas. She loves God, her family, classic literature, and anything that transports her to the past.

Website | Facebook | Goodreads

 

Sarah Holman lives in Central Texas with her amazing family. When not working on her next novel, she can usually be found hanging out with her siblings, reading, or taking long walks. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it’s because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

Website | Facebook | Goodreads

 

Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories. Rebekah is an old soul in a young body (she’s not 12—honest!). While her exact age is classified, her interests are not. Among them are reading a variety of books, singing, playing and composing music, studying all manner of subjects, nannying an adventurous group of youngsters, and, of course, writing her books, poems, articles, and short stories. She writes a wide range of books from gentle children’s adventures to family sagas to murder mysteries.

Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them down since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.

Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

Amanda Tero grew up attending a one room school with her eleven siblings—and loved it! She also fell in love with reading to the point her mom withheld her books to get her to do her chores. That love of reading turned into a love of writing YA fiction. Amanda is a music teacher by day and a literary guide by night, creating stories that whisk readers off to new eras and introduce them to heroic but flawed characters that live out their faith in astonishing ways.

Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

Giveaway!

 

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A Facebook Launch Party + A WINTER BOOKFEST?!

Monday, October 19, 2020




Are you excited for the release of The Lady of Lanaria?  Do you want to attend the virtual launch party for it?  Because I'll be having one!  Click HERE to join on Facebook and to check out the event details!  There will be a Q&A, games, and a few giveaways too!  




ALSO, I wanted to let everyone know that Angela R. Watts is planning on hosting a Virtual Winter Bookfest event!  If it's anything like the summer event she hosted this year, there will be a lot of great authors, games, and maybe even a few giveaways!  If you're a YA, NA, or adult fiction author, you can sign up HERE to participate in the event!  She only asks that the books you plan on promoting don't contain overtly graphic violence, swearing, sex, etc. The party will take place December 4th-6th, so sign up soon and share!  (Your books don't have to be set in the wintertime or be Christmas-themed to participate in the winter bookfest, but obviously those books are welcome too.)  I'm planning on being there -- what about you?  

LAUNCH DAY: Par La Grâce!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

 Hey everyone!  Today's the launch day for Par La Grâce!  Now, I know you guys are used to seeing my posts about book launches, release days, and so on -- but I absolutely love the decor, mugs, and little shelf decorations that Par La Grâce offers, and I jumped at the opportunity to share about her new website!  



This evening, she's launching her new site, which will include a new blog and a new place to shop!  While the website is still a bit under wraps this morning, you can still go on and sign up for her email list -- later on, you'll have access to shop news and coupons, but for right now, you'll get a free printable!  Isn't it absolutely beautiful?  I love the swirly script and the serif fonts combined...it makes my typography nerd heart sing.  Plus I love the message!  Definitely an important reminder right now.  


She has a lot of mugs and small wooden signs available in her shop that would be absolutely adorable for decorating shelves or using for bookstagram shots!  There are even some designs with bookish quotes.  (And there are some Anne of Green Gables quotes on mugs and signs, too -- which I love!)   



Click HERE to check out her website -- and if you want to go straight for the printables, her email list signup is HERE


You can also follow Par La Grâce on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, PINTEREST, and ETSY -- and if you're into DIY projects and home decor, follow Par La Grâce Home on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, and PINTEREST!  


Do you plan on visiting her new website?  What's on your wishlist from her Etsy shop? 



THE LADY OF LANARIA: New Preorder Options!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020




Hey everyone!  I have a quick announcement (well, two) to let you know about!  First of all, I just opened up signed paperback preorders for anyone who wants to get a signed paperback.  Make sure to get your order in before November 2nd!  You'll also get a preorder goodie packet shipped with your book.  They're only $9.00 with shipping included!  Click HERE for more information and to sign up.  (This is only for U.S. mailing addresses, sorry!)


BUT if you're an international reader, you can still preorder your own Kindle version of The Lady of Lanaria on Amazon for $0.99!  If you do so, please contact me or fill out this form HERE and let me know that you're an int'l reader.  I have a special digital preorder goodie packet with printables and phone wallpapers/lock screens that I can email to you!  


Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.  Stay tuned -- in the coming weeks, I'll be announcing more plans for the November 6th release, giveaways, and more!  Only a few weeks til release day!  Who's excited?