Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Once Upon a Wood Tribute Tag

Last Friday, Hannah of The Writer's Window wrote a simply beautiful, tear-jerking little story in tribute to Anne Elisabeth Stengl's series Tales of Goldstone Wood, which, back in January, Anne Elisabeth announced was coming to a somewhat permanent close. Hannah's story inspired me to write a tale of my own, but I thought it might be fun to turn it into a challenge for all the Imps of Goldstone Wood to do. ☺

{Image by yours truly.}

The Rules


Feel free to share links to your story with me in the comment section, below!

My Story

Once upon a time, there was a young girl caught between childhood and becoming a teenager. Long ago in the days of old, her favourite stories had been books by Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl... and while those stories still pleased her, they never did quite the same, again. For, at the tender age of eight, her father had introduced her to books by J.K. Rowling, her mother to books by John Flanagan, and herself to books by Rick Riordan. And her love for fantasy was born.

But as the young girl grew to that age of being caught between childhood and the life of a teenager, she found it harder and harder to find a good, clean fantasy book. Thus, the girl spent her years re-reading all those books by J.K. Rowling and John Flanagan and Rick Riordan, uncertain of in which new authors she should place her trust.

However, an afternoon came when the girl's mother browsed the kindle bookstore, and stumbled upon a free ebook from a Christian publishing company called Bethany House. Seeing that it told a story of princes and princesses, swords and dragons, mystical creatures and a mysterious wood, the woman sent the free ebook to her daughter.

Months passed by, and the mother's actions were forgotten by all involved. 'Twas a mere whisper on the wind.

Then, one day, the girl and her mother cleaned the house while her father was at work. They were expecting company that evening, and planned to spend the day baking, dusting, and polishing.

That morning, the girl closed her book with a sigh. She'd just finished Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief -- again, and was in want of a good book to last her through the day, for her to read between intervals of preparing for the evening to come. And so, the girl reached for her kindle, and began to scroll through her ebook collection. Then, a title popped up: Heartless. By Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

Curious, the girl clicked on the ebook and went straight to the cover. Her eyes widened.

Though her kindle was one made of black-and-white, the book's cover was still, undeniably, a beauty. All the more curious, she popped on Amazon to read the synopsis. Princes and princesses? Swords and dragons? Mystical creatures and a mysterious wood? Oh my, what a story this must be, indeed!

And so it was that the girl read the first three chapters. Her mother called her to help her with the baking and housework, but when she found a spare moment, she would always return to her beloved book.

That evening, the girl was enchanted. She was inspired to dress up in her very best! To, perhaps, even wear her tiara during dinner with the company, that evening! But alas, her mother informed her she must not, for they didn't want the company to feel under-dressed.

After the company had left and the girl lay in bed that night, her gaze flickered back to her kindle. She reached for it, and read late into the night.

The next morning, the girl and her family went to church, for it was a Sunday. After they returned home, however, the girl seated herself on the couch and read awhile. The time for bed came, and the young girl did the dishes, brushed her teeth, did her hair, said goodnight, and prayed. Once she was settled, she lifted the kindle back into her hands -- only one-hundred pages left! -- and read into the wee hours of the morning.

She cried when she finished her book. Not only because of the beautiful ending or the spectacular story, but because it was over. What was she to read, now? And then she saw it: An advertisement at the end of the novel, telling of Anne Elisabeth's second story, Veiled Rose.

Time passed, and the young girl grew, so did her Tales of Goldstone Wood collection.

Eventually, the girl's father took her online to show her something, when he noticed... that author his daughter so loved had a blog. Intrigued, her led her to it, and it was then that she became a part of the blogging world.

Had the girl never read Heartless, she might never have determined to take her lifelong writing journey seriously. Had she never visited the author's blog, she might never have gotten her own, and met all of you wonderful Dragons. Had she never encountered Anne Elisabeth Stengl's lovely books, who knows where she would be, now?

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So, fair Imp of Goldstone Wood... How was it you encountered Anne Elisabeth Stengl's books? Are you going to do this challenge? I truly hope to read your posts, soon! (If you don't have a blog, feel free to leave your story in the comments!)

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Life Lessons Learned from Fantasy Tag

Good morning, dear Dragons! How have you all fared, this week? (I'm sick, so forgive me if my enthusiasm is not entirely present.)

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The lovely Jenelle Schmidt has tagged me in her Life Lessons Learned from Fantasy challenge! Thank you so very much, Jenelle!! ❤

The Rules

  • Link back to Jenelle's blog
  • Use the February Is Fantasy Month banner (above)
  • Compose a list of five to ten lessons you've learned from reading a fantasy book or watching a fantasy movie
  • Tag two to four other bloggers to do the same

Life Lessons Learned from Fantasy

And here we go! In no particular order:

  1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling -- taught me the strength of wisdom
  2. Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl -- taught me that we all fall short of the glory of God... and yet He loves us, anyway
  3. The Lord of the Rings movies (worry not! The books are on my to-read list) -- taught me the value of pureness-of-heart
  4. The Wulver's Rose by Hayden Wand -- taught me that everyone makes mistakes
  5. The 2014 Maleficent movie -- taught me the beauty of redemption
  6. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling -- taught me the reasons for loyalty
  7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan -- taught me to share others' burdens
  8. The 2015 Cinderella movie -- taught me that courage, kindness, and endurance lead to better things
  9. The Companions Quartet by Julia Golding -- taught me the importance of friendship
  10. The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe movie (The Chronicles of Narnia is on my TBR list, as well) -- taught me of God's everlasting love and forgiveness

I Tag...


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I can't wait to see everyone's answers!

So tell me: Will you be doing this tag? What are some of your favourite fantasy books, and what have they taught you about life?

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

MARTIN HOSPITALITY // Blog Tour

{Book cover and banner background art by Mandy Cave. Blog tour banner by yours truly.}

About the Book

{Cover art by Mandy Cave. Image provided by Abigayle Claire.}
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she's been evicted, she spends the night in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.

The Martins aren't a typical family -- even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.

When Gemma's past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins' trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins' love and God's forgiveness go?





About the Author

{Image provided by Abigayle Claire.}

Abigayle has been a writer for as long as she can remember, but did not begin seriously pursuing becoming an author until 2015. Since then, she has started a blog and numerous social media accounts, graduated high school as a homeschooler, and participated in the infamous NaNoWriMo. Other than writing, she is also pursuing work as a freelance editor. Writing is her ministry and reading is her pastime. Abigayle lives in Central Texas with her six younger siblings and parents.

You can connect with Abigayle via her blog, Goodreads, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.

Giveaway

{Image provided by Abigayle Claire.}

Click here to enter the Goodreads giveaway, for a chance to win one of five signed, first edition copies. The giveaway is open to the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

Tour Schedule


Saturday, February 4th:

Sunday, February 5th:

Monday, February 6th:

Tuesday, February 7th:

Wednesday, February 8th:

Thursday, February 9th:

Friday, February 10th:

Saturday, February 11th:
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I can't wait to read Martin Hospitality! The contemporary genre doesn't usually interest me, but this story looks absolutely fantastic!

Will you be picking up Martin Hospitality?

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Friday, February 3, 2017

A QUESTION OF HONOUR // Cover Reveal

{Image by yours truly.}
Today, dear Dragons, I have the honour (see what I did, there? 😉 ) of introducing to you Jesseca Wheaton's cover for her upcoming release, A Question of Honour!

About the Book

{Image provided by Jesseca Wheaton.}

A man. A child. A war.

When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met.


David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable -- forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.


A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country -- but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives. Will he choose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard -- a standard of honor?


COMING MARCH THIRD, 2017

{Image provided by Jesseca Wheaton.}
About the Author

Jesseca is an eighteen-year-old daughter, sister, and child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there's no place like home.

You can connect with Jesseca via her blogGoodreads, and Pinterest.

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Isn't that cover intriguing? A Question of Honour sounds like quite the tale! To find out more about this story, visit Jesseca's blog, Whimsical Writings for His Glory.


What do you think of the cover?

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

January Whisperings

Greetings, dear Dragons! For a while, I've been wanting to restart my wrap-up posts. In 2015, I had a short series called The Events of Nightwind Court... but what with the cheesy title and all, my interest quickly declined... So I'm proud to introduce to you -- Whisperings!


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Of course, I'm not sure whether I'll do a Whisperings post every month, but I'm trying to get into a stricter blogging routine, so Lord willing, they'll be around for a while!

First thing's first...

School
(I know, a rather depressing first topic. I'm sorry. But it'll get better, I promise!)

Yesterday, I turned in all my homework for the month... and am now done with the entire semester! Although I'm very excited about it, at the same time it reminds me that I've got a whole new semester to complete. But, thankfully, the second is always easier than the first!

Acting: The Magic Flute

{Image provided by Adira Rosen.}

We began rehearsals last Wednesday! So far, we've gone through most of Act I, leaving a rehearsal for the rest of Act I on Monday, an off-script rehearsal for the whole of Act I on Tuesday, and more later on!

I'm honestly in love with my character, Princess Pamina. She's so terribly fun to play! She's bratty, princess-y, a control freak, and a little boy-crazy. She also gets to hit a monster over the head with a book!

January Films

Captain America: Civil War

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Thanks to Netflix, I finally got to see Civil War! I must admit that, while it was well-made, it was not my favourite Captain America movie. It was pretty fun to see all the Avengers, though! At first, I was pretty upset that they changed the Spiderman actor, but... he grew on me. A lot. His interactions with Tony were HILARIOUS! 😄

Bunk'd

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I'm rather embarrassed to admit it, but... yes, my mom and I have been watching a Disney Channel show. We usually don't watch them (since, honestly, there's better quality entertainment out there, and Disney Channel shows aren't always the best...), but we'd watched Jessie a few years ago, so when we were bored, surfing Netflix one day, and ran across this Jessie spinoff... why not?

Bunk'd is actually pretty good compared to other Disney Channel shows. The characters aren't all dumb, and some of them are actually rather endearing. Lou, Emma, and Xander are my favourites!

A Series of Unfortunate Events

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I have The Bad Beginning sitting on my bookshelf, but I've yet to actually read any of the books... (*winces*)

BUT OH MY STARS, GUYS. THIS SHOW IS SO WONDERFUL. LIKE, WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?!

I finished what I think is season one (the first eight episodes, anyway) last night, and WOW, PEEPS. WOW, JUST WOW. jdjgbkjgf jkvbk fvdkgjbvlpoqpbqgb (See, I can't even type!)

The ending of episode seven, though... Dearest Dragon, if you've seen it, WE NEED TO TALK. I literally cannot handle the doors and the couple and then Violet, Sunny, and Klaus and then the thing and then OH MY STARS! I nearly cried. (But I nearly cried at the end of episode eight, too. Mainly there 'cause I didn't want to wait anymore for season two.)

January Reads

This month, I read a total of four books (a rather pathetic number for a book dragon, I know, but I'm a bit of a slow reader)! You can check out my reviews by clicking on the images below.

Waking Up by Ted Dekker



Five stars, mainly for the addictive writing.

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen



Three to four stars. Though I'm a huge fan of the movies, I just didn't love this one.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding



Two stars. The writing wasn't that bad, but... the content.

Sky's Bridal Train by Margo Hansen



Four stars. This made for a fun and rather adventurous read, but it wasn't a favourite.

January Music

The Magic Flute

Since being cast as Pamina in The Magic Flute, I've become some what obsessed with Mozart's opera. I even made a playlist for the whole show, and while only a few of the songs from the opera are on it, I'm still very proud. 😃

The Celtic Collection by Adrian Von Ziegler

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I've known about Adrian Von Ziegler for a while, now, but I've only just started really listening to his music, particularly The Celtic Collection. It reminds me of a videogame I used to play, with a soundtrack I loved!

Covers, Vol. I by Evynne Hollens

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I really enjoyed Peter Hollens and his wife's YouTube channels, so when I found out Evynne had released her debut album, I rushed to Spotify and added it immediately! It's a pretty fun album, but I'd say my favourite track has to be Fields of Gold. (*sighs*) Her version of it is probably my favourite rendition ever...

Writing

2016 was a very poor writing year for me, so I've been trying to get back into it. Having my desk covered with old rehearsal schedules and cast lists hasn't helped at all (which is probably what I'll attend to after I publish this post 😉 ).

But something has happened that's very exciting, and is rather a boost of confidence for me! If you didn't see me mention it earlier this week, I'm a finalist in SpecFaith's Winter Writing Challenge! (You can vote for me here, if you're so inclined.)

Even if I don't win, it's still been a wonderful experience, and I'm so thankful to God that I was able to participate in it! ☺

Beasts of Grimm
(Because everyone totally names their house one thing, and then changes it a couple years later... And everyone names their house, in the first place. 😉 )

Sweetie

{Image by yours truly.}

Our oldest dog got a professional haircut, recently! We usually give her a haircut ourselves, but decided to take her to a groomer, this time. AND DRAGONS. THEY PUT A BOW IN HER HAIR. AND IT IS WAS STINKIN' CUTE!!

Belle

{Image by yours truly.}

Belle's been Belle. Never needing a haircut. Sitting on top of me at every possible moment. Stealing my pillow when we go to bed. 😉 Still, her and Sweetie are as cute as can be. ❤

Blogging

Finally, we come to blogging! I did a lot of scheduled blogging, this month. Here are some of my January posts:










Elsewhere in the blogosphere:

  • Tracey Dyck wrote about why fiction matters -- read post
  • Jenelle Schmidt restarted her fun meme, Nightstand Books, and announced the upcoming February Is Fantasy Month challenge -- read post
  • sadly, Anne Elisabeth Stengl announced that she'd be discontinuing her book series, Tales of Goldstone Wood -- read post

As to the results of the blogging survey, thank you so much for letting me know what you'd like to see more of! Some results have still been trickling in, so Lord willing I'll announce the conclusions in February. ☺

How has your January been? What did you accomplish, this month?

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