Saturday, March 4, 2017

March Hiatus Notice

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Dragons, I've decided to go on my first-ever-planned hiatus. With school and life in general (only three more months 'til summer, after this *sighs*)--

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--along with The Magic Flute performances next week (OH. MY. STARS. OPENING NIGHT IS ON TUESDAY),--

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--which my grandparents are coming into town for (yipee!),--

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--and my bestie (who I haven't seen for seven months *screams*) coming to town for our birthdays in a few weeks--

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--March is pretty packed (which I felt could only be described by the use of I Love Lucy gifs 😉 ). Lord willing, I'll be back and conjuring dragon fire to make smores with ya'll again by April! But for now, this dragon needs a break.

Until next time, my dear Dragons! ❤

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WITH BLOSSOMS GOLD // Cover Reveal

{Image provided by Hayden Wand.}
Dragons, have I got something exciting in store for you, today! Hayden Wand, author of Hidden Pearls and For Elise, and co-author of Five Enchanted Roses and Once is releasing her Once novella, With Blossoms Gold, as a standalone paperback! With Blossoms Gold is a lovely story, one I had the pleasure of reading in the Once ARC, and now I'm thrilled to introduce to ya'll the cover for!

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About the Book

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She never wanted to leave the tower. He never wanted to rule the country.

Nella has lived quietly in her tower in the woods for over a decade. After dangerous accusations drove her and her grandmother away from their village, they escaped deep into the forest where no one would try to harm them. Now, after her grandmother's death, Nella is alone, and she is determined to stay that way. She has no patience for a world she deems judgmental and ignorant.

Or so she tells herself. In reality, her paralyzing fear prevents her from stepping foot outside of the tower.

Prince Benedict Allesandro is an adventurer -- a rescuer who prides himself on saving the weak and unfortunate. When he hears rumors of a beautiful damsel trapped in a tower, he rushes to her rescue...only to find a woman who most definitely does not wish to be saved.

But when war breaks out, this reckless prince and reclusive maiden are faced with overcoming their deepest fears in order to determine not only their own fate, but that of their entire country.


COMING APRIL SECOND, 2017


About the Author

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Hayden Wand is the author of the novel Hidden Pearls as well as the novella The Wulver's Rose, which was published in the Five Enchanted Roses collection. A Christian and a 2012 homeschool graduate, she currently attends a local college where she studies history and haunts the campus library. Readers can connect with Hayden via her blog.

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Eeep! Isn't that cover gorgeous? And peeps, With Blossoms Gold is AMAZING!!!! It's a lovely Rapunzel retelling, written by a very talented author! You can read my original review of With Blossoms Gold here.

So, what do you think of the cover? Have you read With Blossoms Gold in the Once collection?

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Monday, February 27, 2017

THE PRINCESS & I // Blog Tour & Interview

Hello, Dragons! I'm posting off-schedule again (I'm terrible at keeping a schedule, in the first place), but I have the perfect reason -- I got to interview the lovely Rebekah Eddy!

{Banner by yours truly. Background image by Alea Harper.}

Rebekah's second novel, The Princess & I, is releasing March third! AND THE COVER, PEEPS. THE COVER. (*drools*) Alea Harper of Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings did this simply magical cover for this story, and oh, 'tis so lovely! Alright, enough talk. I'm going to show you the cover, myself. 😉

About the Book

{Cover by Alea Harper. Image provided by Rebekah Eddy.}

Megan is content with her life, despite her parents' death and her brother Malcolm's job that keeps him busy at the King's castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine's lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.

However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God's amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.


KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE PRINCESS & I ON GOODREADS AND AMAZON --
IT RELEASES MARCH THIRD, 2017!

Interview

Welcome to Whispers on the Wind, Rebekah! First off, would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself? Hot coffee or tea? Chocolate or peppermint? Anything you like!

Thanks so much for doing this interview with me, Olivia! You asked some good questions, and I look forward to answering them! ☺

Tell you about me? Oh, goodness. Um... I'm an average Christian teen who loves books, coffee, and horses. (Although, I like pretty much any hot drink. Tea is awesome as well. 😉 ) Oooooohhhh, chocolate. Hands down. All my friends know how much I looooove chocolate. In fact, after beta reading The Princess & I some of them threatened to take away my chocolate because of something I did. *cough* But I won't tell you what I did to make them say that...you'll just have to buy the book. 😉

Other things you should probably know about me: I'm an extrovert, I tend to ramble, and I love blogging, writing, and contacting other Christian authors from around the globe. 

What led you into writing? Have you always been a storyteller?

Good question. I guess I've always kind of been a writer at heart, but it was probably reading good books that pulled the want-to-be-author out of me at such an early age. Adventure stories of all different genres have always fascinated me, and I decided one day that I would try my hand at it. My love of writing has grown steadily since then. 

Where did you first get the idea for The Princess & I?

Medieval England has always held a special place in my heart. I love the rich history surrounding it, and the books written in that time period. As with most other little girls, I loved the stories of princes and princesses, knights and ladies, kings and queens, etc. So I decided to write my own. It has been so much fun, too! 😉 Usually, I try to avoid a lot of research in my writing (hence most of my books being fantasy) but the research I ended up having to do on my story was enjoyable!

Is The Princess & I a part of a series? Will readers get to meet any of the characters again, in the future?

Well, I'm not completely sure yet if I will continue the series. I have some ideas flying around my head (as I always do) but it will probably depend on how well The Princess & I sells and how large a fan base I can create. I love all the characters in my story, and I know several people who would love to have them in another story... but we'll have to see. ☺

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Rebekah! Last one: Which character from The Princess & I do you relate to, most?

In answer to your last question, I relate to different characters at different times... but most often I find myself relating to the main character (surprise! 😉 ) Megan. She ended up the most like me in the end, although she tends to be more introverted. Her older brother, Malcolm, is the other one I find myself relating to sometimes, as well as William and Steven upon occasion.

You are so welcome! I had fun answering your questions! 😊

About the Author

{Image provided by Rebekah Eddy.}

Rebekah Eddy grew up surrounded by family members who read and appreciated good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever-growing imagination.

She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.

This eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy western Washington, and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.


You can connect with Rebekah via her blogs, Rebekah's Remarks and Simply Stories; Google Plus; Goodreads; and Pinterest.

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Oh. My. Stars. I can't wait for The Princess & I to release! Doesn't it look simply spectacular? I'm sure that this is one story fans of Gail Carson Levine, Shannon Hale, and Robin McKinley don't want to miss!

What are you most looking forward to about The Princess & I's release?

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

February Whisperings

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Oh my stars, this month has been such a whirlwind. At times, it flew by, and at others, it simply dragged on. February has always been one of my least favourite months; the first semester is over, but there's still a whole new semester to go. And spring break seems light-years away... But finally! Twenty-seven days until a whole week of freedom, and one-hundred-and-four days until summer!

Writing Desk

I have super exciting news to share... I won SpecFaith's 2017 Winter Writing Challenge (you can read my story here)! Thank ya'll SO MUCH for your love and support! I couldn't have done it without all you lovely Dragons! ❤

As to And Did the Waters Tremble: Once I finish work in The Magic Flute (*sniffles* it's almost over...), I'll probably start to make more serious progress on it. Right now, I'm still at the worldbuilding and scene-piecing stage. (If you're curious, you can check out my wordcount progress at this link.)

In the Theatre: The Magic Flute

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TEN DAYS UNTIL OPENING NIGHT. OH. MY. STARS.

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I came to tears during yesterday's rehearsal, while I was talking about it with a fellow cast member. While I'm looking forward to having free time, again (because free time is literally nonexistent when you're in high school and a play), I don't want this to be over. The Magic Flute's cast and crew has been together for the past thirty-eight days. Some of us have performed with the company on-and-off (or on, entirely!) since The Snow Queen in 2015. This is our director's last play with the company before she graduates. Lord willing, the company will be taken over by someone else after she leaves, but... This production, everything about it... I don't want to say goodbye.

(Okay, time to move on, before I burst into tears again.)

Reading Corner

I've read seven books, this month (which brings me to a total of eleven out of fifty books for the year!). But three of them were short stories, two plays, one a novella, and one a novel (which I DNF'd). I still need to write a review for the novella, but, for now, let me tell you this: It's For Elise by Hayden Wand. Go read it. Now. It's so delightfully hilarious, and wonderfully well-written. I'm convinced that Hayden's writing style is composed entirely of magic. It's that good.

In other bookish news... I'm currently reading way too many books. Seven. (*shrieks*) That's too many to read at once! (*hides*)

The When God Doesn't Fix It (by Laura Story) memoir and workbook are for a Bible study I'm doing with my mom and some ladies from church; I Don't Wait Anymore (by Grace Thornton) is a devotional I've been reading as a personal study; A Midsummer Night's Dream (yup, by Shakespeare, original text and all *sobs*) is for school (*sighs*); and The Reluctant Saviour (by Ralene Burke), Storm Siren (by Mary Weber), and Scarlet Moon (by S.D. Grimm) are in prep for Realm Makers. (So many books! Send help. I'm scared.)

Movie Theatre

How I had time to watch anything this month is beyond me.

So I ditched Bunk'd (due to the fact that it's Disney Channel, and after a while... nope). I tested Monarch of the Glen, but it just didn't click well for me. So, the highlights of the month were both rewatches -- which were actually for research. True story.

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Cinderella (2015)

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When I came home from rehearsal, yesterday, I was absolutely exhausted from test week, but I also felt as if my acting had been, well, not great. So I pulled this beauty off my shelf and popped it in. (Tip: If you ever need cheering up or help acting, WATCH CINDERELLA. You won't regret it.)

Lily James's acting is SO GOOD. In what I've seen of Downton Abbey, she plays an incredibly immature teenager named Rose, but in Cinderella, such a role is tossed out the window as she becomes kind and altogether lovely. So, yeah, Lily James is AMAZING.

North & South (2004)


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For the record, playing a love interest is hard, particularly in a comedy. It's weird. It's awkward. It gets easier along the way, but the ease with which Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe take on their roles in this period drama is extraordinary. They make Mr. Thornton and Margaret's love seem so real! (*is in awe, because how*)

Other watches for this month include Jim Gaffigan's Cinco (which I'm debating whether I'd recommend or not, due to cleanliness), and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (which I didn't like near as much as I wish I did).

Blogging

Time for those survey results I promised!

-- The top five kinds of posts you enjoy are:

  • Writing advice
  • Monthly wrap-ups
  • WIP updates
  • Movie & TV show reviews
  • Music recommendations

-- The top three days you'd like to see me post on once a week are:

  • Saturday
  • Thursday
  • Wednesday

-- The top three times (in Pacific time) that my blog posts work for you are:

  • 7 - 10 AM
  • 10 AM - 12 PM
  • 3 - 6 PM

I'll be taking a break from blogging, soon, but Lord willing when I start up again, I'll take these results into account. ☺

A huge hug and thank you to all who participated in the survey! I got some excellent feedback, and I'm looking forward to the changes to come!

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Elsewhere in the Blogosphere...


  • Shantelle of Between the Pages of this Bookish Life compiled a list of some of her favourite Regency novels -- read it here
  • Hannah of The Writer's Window wrote a beautiful li'l story about how she came to know Tales of Goldstone Wood -- read it here
  • Rachelle Rea Cobb discussed in a blog post the beauty and promise of unconditional love -- read it here


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Well, I suppose that's all, for now. (I need to sleep.)

How was your February? Did you rewatch any favourite movies?

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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. ☺

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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, he 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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