Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday's Unicorn -- 2-29-2016

{Notice: This is a scheduled post.}

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Challenge: Leave a name for the unicorn in the comments.

Extended challenge: Using the name you've left, write a clean short story about the unicorn. Submit at oliviasrealm.blogspot.com. Should the story follow the given terms, it is likely to be posted on *A Sapphire Chamber* as soon as possible.

Extended challenge extended: Write an author bio to go with your story! If your story is posted on *A Sapphire Chamber*, your author bio will be listed after it. Please keep your author bio short, and make it no more than two short paragraphs.

I can't wait to see everyone's submissions! Have fun!! :)

Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday's Unicorn -- 2-22-2016

{Notice: This is a scheduled post.}


Challenge: Leave a name for the unicorn in the comments.

Extended challenge: Using the name you've left, write a clean short story about the unicorn. Submit at oliviasrealm.blogspot.com. Should the story follow the given terms, it is likely to be posted on *A Sapphire Chamber* as soon as possible.

Extended challenge extended: Write an author bio to go with your story! If your story is posted on *A Sapphire Chamber*, your author bio will be listed after it. Please keep your author bio short, and make it no more than two short paragraphs.

I can't wait to see everyone's submissions! Have fun!! :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Sound of My Thinking Tag

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I was tagged by Caroline M., over at Of Stars and Ink-Stained Things, to participate in the "sound of my thinking" tag. Thanks, Caroline! :)

Rules:


  • Grab the graphic (above).
  • Stick it in a post about your thought process, deep thoughts, trains of thought, imaginary worlds... (And share a copy of these rules!) Personify your brain, have a conversation with it -- the possibilities are endless!
  • Tag other persons to do the same! (And don't forget to thank the person who tagged you!)


I want to get to the people to tag, first... Since I did a challenge just the other day, I'm rather hesitant to tag any more people. (Plus I just don't really know many people with blogs!) So I thought, instead, anyone who feels so inclined to do this challenge can. :)

So let's get started. :D

Meet... my Brain!

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This is my Brain. Isn't it adorable?

While I was originally searching for a brain wearing a bowtie (bowties are cool), I ran across this one... And it's too cute not to share. <3

But don't let my Brain's looks fool you! While we work together like, well, a brain with a body, my Brain can actually be quite annoying!

I am not!

Dear, sweet brain... please save your words for the interview.

Uhg. Fine.

Thank you, darling.

Interview with my Brain

Thank you for joining us here, today, Brain.

(*huffs*) I'm ignoring you.

Really? Why?

Because you're mean.

How am I mean?

You're loud! And clumsy, too!

Dearest Brain, don't you understand? You get to order me around. If you don't like my clumsiness so much, why don't you just stop it?

Because you make me work too much! And by the way, you haven't addressed how loud you are! (*glares*)

But you do realize you give me my voice?

I do?

Yes. You're very important.

Well... I suppose...

And don't you realize how wonderful you are? Dear, sweet Brain -- you give me dreams! You provide me with imaginary adventures! Did you know that, because of you, I get to travel across thousands of galaxies each night?

Go on.

And I have no control over you. You may be my Brain, but you are highly independent. When I object, you object to my objection!

I am pretty special, now, aren't I?

You give me the plot ideas right after I've turned out the light and gotten all cozy in my bed! You're the one who doesn't remind me to grab my textbook for classes; classes in which the textbook is mandatory.

So you're insulting me, now?

What? Pssh! No! I am... complimenting you?

That was a question.

What makes you think that?

Duh. I'm your brain.

...Anywho... I'm afraid we must close this interview off, my lovely Brain, before--

Hold on! I want to talk about the time you went insane during English class!

Nope! No! No! No! Farewell, Brain!

(*whining*) But, Olivia!

I'm afraid that's all for now! Bye, guys!

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What's your brain like? Do you ever feel as if you're having conversations with it?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Secrets from Five Years of Writing

So here I was, thinking about how I really need to work on my WIP, when I ran across a post from the blog Ink Blots and Coffee Stains. And let me tell you -- this post is incredible.

And just because I liked it so much, here's the link to it: iamawriterandthisismyblog.blogspot.com/2016/02/what-ive-learned-from-five-years-of.html. :)

So many wonderful, writer-ly things are addressed in there!

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And, before you go, here's a quote I recovered from the blog, as well.

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit."

--Richard Bach

So there you have it. And I hope you enjoy the post by author Hannah, of iamawriterandthisismyblog.blogspot.com.

Love and best wishes,

Monday's Unicorn -- 2-15-2016

{Notice: This is a scheduled post.}

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Challenge: Leave a name for the unicorn in the comments.

Extended challenge: Using the name you've left, write a clean short story about the unicorn. Submit at oliviasrealm.blogspot.com. Should the story follow the given terms, it is likely to be posted on *A Sapphire Chamber* as soon as possible.

Extended challenge extended: Write an author bio to go with your story! If your story is posted on *A Sapphire Chamber*, your author bio will be listed after it. Please keep your author bio short, and make it no more than two short paragraphs.

I can't wait to see everyone's submissions! Have fun!! :)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Movie Review: SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE

This is, I confess, a crazy late review. The Abominable Bride did come out at the start of 2016, after all. But, nevertheless, here I go. :)

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Sherlock Holmes is the world's most clever detective, if, well, not exactly "all there". With his good friend, Doctor John Watson, at his side, the pair are known for solving incredibly complex cases, and even making it seem logical. So it is no surprise that the London police often turn to them for help.

But this time, it's different, and like nothing they've ever seen before: A ghoulish bride who simply cannot die... and yet her body appears to be as silent as the grave.


I had high expectations for The Abominable Bride, and, overall, it went above and beyond my hopes.

While I would discuss the lov-ability of the characters, I believe that is something the viewer must figure out for themself. But, most importantly, DO NOT WATCH THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN SEASONS ONE, TWO, AND THREE OF SHERLOCK. This is very important!! There is information revealed towards the end of the movie relating to season three's cliffhanger, which should not be seen unless you are all caught up on Sherlock!

(*clears throat, adjusts bowtie, puts on deerstalker hat*) Moving on, then.

Overall, the plot was very intense and exciting, and most definitely something you should not watch alone, or, at least, not alone and at night. While I enjoyed the plot immensely (as well as seeing a couple of my favourite screen characters, again), I found it to be slightly disappointing. Slightly. Which is why it received four-and-a-half stars instead of five.

So, what was wrong with it? While I was one-hundred-percent focused on the story, I found the, er, "time travel" (not relevant to Doctor Who) of sorts to be a little confusing. At first, I thought I had it all figured out. But then they threw in even more dreams and alternate realities, and such.

But what I was most happy about was that it explained the end of season three. (Yep, fellow Sherlockians -- it explained it! Do not miss this!) But, while I dare not speak of spoilers, the overall conclusion was somewhat disappointing, yet, at the same time, totally awesome. (Watch it, and you'll understand.)

Something more you should know before watching: There is some feminism in there (or, rather, strong support for women's rights, since it didn't actually seem to be putting men down). And while I'm not a feminist or strong supporter of women's rights, I thought it was incredible. The way it was incorporated in there was so well done, and so exciting, and so-- Well, I'm rambling, now. :)

Okay, I loved it. Every bit of it (almost). You need to watch The Abominable Bride. There. Case closed. ;)

Liebster Award

Firstly, before anything else, I'd like to thank Hope Ann, over at Writing in the Light, for nominating me for the Liebster Award!!

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Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to them.
  • Nominate up to eleven bloggers to receive the award. To be eligible, they need to have no more than two-hundred followers, at present.
  • Answer eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Tell your readers eleven random facts about yourself.
  • Give your nominees eleven questions to answer on their blog when they post their nominations.
Nominees:

My eleven questions from Hope:

1. Sword or bow?

I've had more experience with a bow, but I'd like to think I'd be more skilled with a sword. :)

2. Favourite jewel?

Sapphire, I think. Just cause I'm in love with the word.

3. What book are you reading, right now?

Romeo & Juliet (NFS) by William Shakespeare and SparkNotes. It's for one of my classes, and has the original text on one side, and a modern-day translation on the other.

4. Dragon or griffin?

I would love to choose both, but I think I'd rather cuddle with a griffin than a dragon. (Cuddling is a big deal, to me!)

5. When did you first start writing?

At five years old. I remember shouting across the house, asking my mum how to spell certain words. :P

6. What is your current favourite fiction book?

Gaah! Decisions, decisions! Hmm... (I really can't decide...) Maybe Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief? I've read it so many times that it is currently held together by duct tape.

7. Would you like to go backwards in time, or forwards?

Oh, probably backwards! If I could visit the middle ages, or even the Regency, that would be awesome. :D

8. Snow or rain?

Probably rain, since I've never experienced falling snow.

9. What is the name of a favourite character in a story you're writing?

My protagonist, Radha, from my current WIP.

10. Do you talk to yourself?

Only in the shower, or when I'm home alone.

11. Fly or breathe underwater?

Fly!

Eleven random facts:

1. I'm a nerd about Greek mythology.
2. I know more about Greece than Ireland, and yet I am totally obsessed with the latter.
3. My personality type is INFJ... though I'm not totally sure it's accurate.
4. I want a unicorn.
5. Before I started writing When the Sky Cries, my WIP was the first book of a trilogy, known as The Unicorn Trilogy. Hopefully I can return to writing it, someday.
6. I've been blogging for one year and about five months.
7. Even though I prefer Taylor Swift's older style of music, I'm actually kind of inspired (to write) by her Out of the Woods music video.
8. I've pretty much memorized the movie Frozen. Elsa's my favourite character.
9. I am so upset about the revival series of Doctor Who being taken off Netflix that I could almost start a full-fledged war just for a chance to get it back on.
10. My first book fandom was Harry Potter, and my first TV fandom Once Upon a Time (even though I'm crazy behind, and have only seen the first episode of season five).
11. I want to move back to my hometown in Humboldt (California) for community college, and then settle down in Portland (Oregon), afterwards.

Questions for my nominees:

1. Have you ever met someone who has an identical laugh to yours?
2. How often do you dream?
3. On a scale from one to ten, one being "super tiny" and ten being "crazy huge", how big is your family?
4. City, suburbs, country, or alone for hundreds of miles?
5. What song are you listening to, currently (or, if you're not listening to one, now, the last one you did listen to)?
6. What book are you currently reading?
7. What's a book you want to read after you finish it?
8. Favourite holiday?
9. Name two countries you really want to travel to, someday.
10. Would you rather dress up as the night sky, or as a hot pink skunk?
11. When you get published, would you rather be as famous as Rick Riordan, or somewhat famous with a few awards here and there?

Can't wait to see all your answers, and I hope you enjoyed this post! ;)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday's Unicorn -- 2-8-2016

{Notice: This is a scheduled post.}


Challenge: Leave a name for the unicorn in the comments.

Extended challenge: Using the name you've left, write a clean short story about the unicorn. Submit at oliviasrealm.blogspot.com. Should the story follow the given terms, it is likely to be posted on *A Sapphire Chamber* as soon as possible.

Extended challenge extended: Write an author bio to go with your story! If your story is posted on *A Sapphire Chamber*, your author bio will be listed after it. Please keep your author bio short, and make it no more than two short paragraphs.

I can't wait to see everyone's submissions! Have fun!! :)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

6 Tips for Growing & Maintaining Long Hair

I'm not an expert on hair. In fact, I'm terrible at doing/working with my own. But, eventually, I did learn about some awesome tips and products to help grow and maintain your glory. :)

Photo by B.D. Howard.

1. Avoid blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners whenever possible. You seriously do not need to use these guys! Though they may get the job done quickly, they are extremely likely to damage your hair. Instead of using a blow dryer, try ringing out your hair and then rubbing it down with a towel. As to curling irons, there are incredibly comfortable curlers out there, my favourite brand being Wrap, Snap, & Go. About straighteners -- that's a lot harder; will your hair brush out straight-ish after a shower?

2. Avoid using hairspray. Products containing alcohol will not help your hair! But if you seriously have problems with those fly-aways, try pulling your hair into a tighter hairstyle, or using a teensy bit of water to pat it down with.

3. Try homemade dry shampoo (if, of course, dry shampoo is needed). While canned dry shampoo is basically a girl's best friend, it will not do will not be the same to your hair. One recipe my mum made for me consists of one-quarter cup corn starch and two tablespoons cocoa powder (more or less cocoa powder, depending on how dark your hair is). While this recipe does take some getting used to (as well as a brush of some sort, to blend it in), it takes excellent care of your hair, unlike those alcohol-seeped spray cans.

4. Miracle 7 Leave-In Conditioner. Guys, this stuff is magic! Simply spray it on after you've washed your hair, and it'll change your life (literally, it changed mine)! Miracle 7 repairs dry and damaged hair, protects your hair colour, stops hair breakage, prevents split ends, and controls frizz. Using Miracle 7 does not mean stopping your regular use of conditioner in the shower -- just continue with your routine as you normally would, let your hair dry a little, spray it, and brush. Before moving on, one more thing: This stuff smells so good!!

5. Try Nexxus. And no, not the tablet! While I only used Nexxus for a few months, it did make a serious change in my hair's life (ignoring the fact that hair is just a bunch of dead cells). Nexxus smells amazing (that's a big deal, right there), and makes your hair shinier, smoother, and softer. Be warned, though: I didn't use Nexxus for very long, because one, it's crazy expensive, and two, it later seemed to make my hair a little too moisturized.

6. Brush your hair every day. This may be something I'm super bad at, but it is very important! Brushing your hair -- once, twice, maybe even three times daily -- will reduce tangles, which means far less fights with it! And if you're soft-headed like me, worry not -- there are awesome brushes out there that will make brushing your hair less of a chore! Two of my favourite brands of hairbrushes are Tangle Teezer and Goody Ouchless (though I would recommend a regular hairbrush for styling, itself).

And those are my six tips for growing and maintaining long hair! Hopes this helps!

Has anyone else tried these tips and products? How did they work out for you? :)

<3,

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Random Q&A

It's been a while since I did my last/first Q&A; almost five months, in fact.

Seeing as there are a few things I could be doing (such as working on When the Sky Cries), and probably should be doing, I thought this might be the perfect time to do a random Q&A.

So here's a list of blogging questions, retrieved from this link.

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What is your favourite ice cream flavor?

Mint chip. Or, better yet, mint chip with moose-tracks!

What was the last thing you ate?

Dinner. Rice with boiled broccoli, carrots, and kale, with a splash of lemon juice. That stuff is amazing!

Which CD is currently in your CD player?

Emerald by Celtic Woman. Though I really should switch it out, soon. It's been in there for several weeks, now!

How many keys are on your key ring?

Two, one of them being utterly mysterious by refusing to reveal its identity. Gasp! Maybe it's a TARDIS key!! (*queue Doctor Who theme*) (Did I spell "queue" right?)

What's your birthstone?

Aquamarine! I hated it when I was younger, wishing that it was a diamond or sapphire, instead. But it has most definitely grown on me, since then!

If you had one day to live, what would you do?

Write one last blog post filled with love and best wishes. Spend the day somewhere beautiful, but continue on with life as I normally would.

What does your name mean?

I seriously have no clue. I'm not sure which sources to trust, anymore. ;)

When I was in elementary school, we did a class assignment on our names, and I found out that mine is Victorian, and means "olive tree". (You would not believe the torment one receives over such a name!)

According to SheKnows, my name is Latin for "symbol of peace", and Shakespearean for "twelfth night" (?) and "rich countess". I've come across some other strange meanings as well, but they are just too long and weird to share.

Was there a book that changed your life?

Oh my goodness, yes!! Heartless, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

Heartless offered an entirely different view on the world, and quickly led to me becoming a more devoted reader and writer. Without going into a twenty-thousand-word speech on how amazing Heartless is, I'll just state that, yes, it did change my life.

What would you do if you had a million dollars?

Buy books. Travel the world. Send Bibles to poor countries.

Are you good at chess?

Nope. When I was tutoring, I had one of my students try to teach me... It didn't work out, so well.

How are you at checkers?

I think I'm better at checkers than I actually am. :P

Would you rather be rich or healthy?

Healthy.

Would you rather be invisible or read minds?

Invisible! With an invisibility cloak!!

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

I happily removed my closet doors some time ago. I have no need for such inconveniences.

Do you take the shampoo and conditioner bottles from the hotel?

Yes. Oh yes. I am that extremely annoying person who never uses them, but takes them anyway, and when the maid goes to add more, takes those, too.

Walmart, Target, or Kmart?

Target. I think.

Last but not least: Favourite colour?

Dark blue-ish/purple-ish.

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And there's my random Q&A, for this evening!

Are you good at chess? Do you wish you were invisible? Do you take the shampoo and conditioner bottles from the hotel? Feel free to share! :D

Book Review: THE BEAST WITHIN

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Beauty and the Beast -- it's a tale as old as time.

But, in Walt Disney's depiction, how did the prince become a beast? It wasn't all merely because he turned a grumpy old woman selling roses away, now, was it?

In The Beast Within, author Serena Valentino dives into the fantastical world of the Beast, pulling the reader into the depths of his being. Readers experience a unique voice, see the relation between the Beast and Gaston, and encounter a trio of witches, a forgiving sorceress, and unexpected heroines.

The Beast Within retells the story of Beauty & the Beast, and gives some enchanting background information, as well.

Click here to find The Beast Within on Goodreads.



During the first two chapters of The Beast Within, I wasn't expecting much, but when the author put the Beast in a trance and began to explain how he became a monster, the story became riveting, and almost impossible to put down.

The storyline and the writing style Serena Valentino put to use were incredible, but it was the characters that made me fall in love with it.

The Beast is so much more than the viewers see on the screen -- he is not as innocent as he appears in his beastly form. Readers of the book come to find what lurks beneath his long, curved horns. They see a story of heartbreak, mistakes, hope, loyalty, and forgiveness.

And there is much more to Gaston, Cogsworth, Lumiere, and the old woman, as well, making for a truly captivating tale.

Belle was a bit disappointing, however. Instead of making her a larger-than-life character, she is only mentioned a few times throughout the story, and is described as being different than other girls, instead of actually being proved as such.

But overall, The Beast Within was wonderful, and fans of Disney should read it as soon as they can!

Book Review: CARABAS

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When she finds herself about to killed for crimes of sorcery, young witch Catou is surprised when she finds the miller's simpleton son standing beside her. Reluctantly, the villagers banish the two, believing they are following the king's Law.

But Catou knows better.

In this Puss in Boots retelling by Sophie Masson, Catou leads her new friend on a reluctant adventure, in which they encounter a clever wizard, foolish noblemen, and a beautiful lady of the court.

Spun into a new life, the miller's son leaves Catou behind, and, when given the chance, becomes a Spanish lord, forgetting his old ways... But deep down, he knows better. Deep down, he is in love. And deep down, he knows that he will one day rise to power, and help to bring Catou the life she has been longing for.

Click here to find Carabas on Goodreads.


Carabas is probably my favourite Sophie Masson book, so far, considering the plot, the characters, and the writing.

However, the storyline seemed a bit confusing, after the first few chapters. While the miller's son -- Fredrick -- and Catou were venturing about the countryside with hopes of reaching Paris, I was entirely on board. But when Catou brought up being a figure born of the law, my first thought was, What? Please explain.

And so it did -- in the last couple of chapters. But, thankfully, Carabas was unlike the other books in the Star Maker trilogy, and did not come to a skidding halt like Cold Iron and Clementine.

As to the writing: To writers who are seeking inspiration and hoping to absorb a good writing style -- I would not suggest reading this. The writer's voice is merely a "so-so", and, unfortunately, does not completely captivate the reader.

Finally, the characters. Catou, Fredrick, and Monsieur Balze were a truck-load of fun, each of them filled with intrigue, hope, and defiance! Until multiple personalities and name changes were introduced.

The next thing I knew, I was liking the characters less and less. Even the all-knowing Balze lost his charm.

So it was that I found Carabas something I somewhat wished I hadn't read. However, if you have enjoyed Sophie Masson's writing style in the past, this I would recommend, for it goes above and beyond her usual tale.

That being said, I would give Carabas two or two-and-a-half stars, overall.

A Late New Year's Resolution & a Sophie Masson Book Review

{Side note: Okay, there is seriously no leaving this blog, so forget my little "I'm trying not to blog, for a little while" mentioning. However, there are still to be no official Events, this month.}

I'm not much of a fan of New Year's resolutions (seeing as it seems incredibly hard to set goals when you cannot clearly see the road ahead), but I've been able to think up one: review every book I read, this year. Right here. On this blog. I'll probably overlook the books I read several years ago and considered reviewing (unless they're just too awesome/awful not to review), but Lord willing a new post will be out every time I finish a book, this year (hopefully).

That being said, I believe it's time to review a book I've somewhat neglected writing about -- Clementine, the third book of Sophie Masson's Star Maker trilogy!

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Sophie Masson's Clementine tells the story of two young girl bound together by fate -- Aurora as innocent as a dove, and Clementine destined to betray her...

When a torrent of fairies attends Aurora's christening to bestow a gift upon the child, Fate herself turns up, determined to ruin it all with a curse. She prophecies that, come their sixteenth birthdays, Aurora and Clementine will return home after years spent under the fairies' care. And that Clementine will betray Aurora to a hundred years of slumber.

But when the sixteen years are finally over, Aurora and Clementine still find themselves the best of friends. Or could jealousy, a hopeless scheme, and a mother's love ruin it all?

Click here to find Clementine on Goodreads.


I read Clementine a little later than I had planned, but did so as research for writing my Five Magic Spindles novella. Overall, I was not impressed.

The book was separated into three parts, the first telling of Aurora and Clementine's christening, the second of their lives as teens, and the third of breaking the spell that bound them.

While the first was somewhat read-able, I grew somewhat befuddled with the characters. I was not entirely sure of what was going on, who the characters were, or their relations to each other (even though it was said several times over).

The second part had to be the most exciting, dipping into Clementine's thoughts every once in a while, displaying the feelings of love, disappointment, and hatred kept deep within her. But it seemed as if this section ended much too quickly.

Last was the third part, which I found to be probably the most boring part of the story. Strange, unexpected characters with little personality began telling the story of Sleeping Beauty, and, when they were not telling it, it was simply dialogue with nothing more said.

When the book finally came to a close, it came to it suddenly, with a chapter spilling all the secrets behind the mysteries, which I would've much rather preferred figuring out as I went along.

In conclusion, I would mark Clementine as a "don't read" to most readers and writers. However, the length and writing style of the book seem as if they might appeal to young readers (perhaps as a bedtime story?).

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So there's my strangely-written book review of Clementine, by Sophie Masson! (Hopefully I'll have writing book reviews mastered by the end of this year!)

What books have you read recently? Have you read Clementine? What did you think of it? :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cover Reveal: ROSE OF PROPHECY

Popping in again to let you all know about authoress Hope Ann Schmidt's latest release, Rose of Prophecy -- the first of nine novellas in the Legends of Light series!

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She is afraid. Not because she is alone. Not because thick roiling clouds obscure the moon. Not because the wind rushes through the forest like a wild dragon. She is afraid because she is late. And to be late means death.
Her life had been happy once. 
Despite the destruction wreaked by Tauscher, traitor to the King. Despite the distant war led by the Prince and fought with the help of her three brothers. Despite her own poorly-chosen nickname of Beauty, she'd enjoyed life. 
Of course, that was also before her father left home on a hopeful errand but returned weary and ill, bearing a velvety scarlet rose which he claimed would never wither. But even life in the ancient hall, tucked away in the center of Mosswood, surrounded by roses of every description, overshadowed with mystery and home to a scarred figure who is more beast than man, wasn't too bad after a time. 
But now... now, in a flash of light, Beauty finally glimpses the truth. And the cost. The price which must be paid, or the sacrifice which must be made.
It is a curse which even love alone may not be able to break.

Writing in the Light Publishing proudly presents the first of nine novellas in 


The Legends of Light series!
Rose of Prophecy,
a fantasy-seeped retelling of Beauty and the Beast
containing an ancient promise, an invisible spy, and the legendary Stieg der,
is more than a mere retelling of a favorite fairy tale.


Each novella focuses on one of the
nine Fruits of the Spirit
while also following the conflict between the Prince and Tauscher


and expertly retelling and twisting some popular, as well as several lesser known, fairy tales.

Find Rose of Prophecy on Smashwords and Amazon.


Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who loves reading and writing fantasy, retelling fairy tales, and futuristic fiction. She has been writing for over five years and is currently working on several fantasy books as well as a futuristic trilogy. 

Some of her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Serena Chase, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain. 
You can visit Hope’s blog at writinginthelight.org. You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Excited? I know I am! I cannot wait to dive into Hope Ann's spectacular new series!

Don't forget to pick up the Rose of Prophecy ebook (for free!) on Smashwords and Amazon!

Monday, February 1, 2016

The 3-5 Haiku Challenge

Thought I should pop in for a quick moment to mention that lovely writer Melissa, over at our Christian writing group (follow the link and send in a request to join, should you feel so inclined), suggested a brilliant idea, the other day: Write three to five haikus regarding your current state in life.

And I am excited! :D

So, without further ado, I present to you three haikus.

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Wind and storm and rain;
in the heater lies a flame
while I sit and read.

...

Listen to Enya
and Celtic Woman and more
to feel quite lovely.

...

Dreams are a new realm
in which you are the hero
and you have a quest.

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Not entirely sure if I did this completely right, but there it goes.

Anyone else have any haikus they'd like to share? :)

The [Rather Short] Events of Nightwind Court -- February 2016

While this is an Events post, it is to say that there will be no Events of Nightwind Court post, this month.

Here's why: February -- being the first month of the second semester -- is likely to be craaazy! And between homework, classes, and attempting to overcome my seemingly impossible writer's wall, it looks as if I won't be able to write much on *A Sapphire Chamber*, for a little while.

But I do have an update on my Monday's Unicorn series! :D

Such is scheduled to continue on to March twenty-first, as planned, but there is a determined deadline. Please send all short stories regarding Monday's Unicorn at oliviakimfisher.blogspot.com, by March twenty-sixth. Lord willing, during the week of March twenty-seventh through April second, I will be sorting out and scheduling all short stories.

Should no short stories be submitted, there is likely to be a post with unicorns' winning names, as well as the names of those who submitted them.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your clever names! :)

With love on this windy day,

Monday's Unicorn -- 2-1-2016

{Notice: This is a scheduled post.}

Image recovered from nevsepic.com.ua.

Challenge: Leave a name for the unicorn in the comments.

Extended challenge: Using the name you've left, write a clean short story about the unicorn. Submit at oliviasrealm.blogspot.com. Should the story follow the given terms, it is likely to be posted on *A Sapphire Chamber* as soon as possible.

Extended challenge extended: Write an author bio to go with your story! If your story is posted on *A Sapphire Chamber*, your author bio will be listed after it. Please keep your author bio short, and make it no more than two short paragraphs.

I can't wait to see everyone's submissions! Have fun!! :)


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