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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Off to Camp NaNoWriMo!

Something big has happened. The last time I did NaNoWriMo was back in 2011, 2012, or so. Well, I've signed up for camp. Repeat: I have signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo! (*cheers*)

I've set quite the low word count goal (twenty-five-thousand) for April, seeing as, well, you know, high school.

But here's the sad thing: There are likely to be few to none posts during April. I know that the last time I said that, I still managed to produce seventeen posts (?), but this time, it's for real. Between managing high school and chores and life and camp, I see myself having very little time to blog. So, sadly, a few to-be-written posts (such as one on acting) will be postponed, for the time being. But Lord willing I'll be able to get them out soon, and when the month of April is over, this blog will be revived!

On a happier note, the winning Monday's Unicorn short story is #1, by Erudessa Aranduriel. Congratulations, Erudessa! To those who have yet to read it, head on over to this link to check it out!

One more thing, before I go: a Camp NaNoWriMo checklist!


I found this video by the WordNerds and found it quite helpful. ;)

My favourite things that they suggest for camp include:


  • Campfire sounds/writing music
  • Camp NaNoWriMo account (obviously)
  • WIP outline
  • Tea
  • Fort (yes!)
  • "Do not disturb" sign


(*squeals*) I can't wait for camp!!

Tell me, are you doing it, this year? What story will you be writing? :)

<3,







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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Introducing A BRANCH OF SILVER, A BRANCH OF GOLD

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For six hundred years I have dwelt in this prison. Trapped. Helpless.
Unliving and undying.
For six hundred years I have watched as cursebreakers come and go. Brave young women all, gifted with powers beyond mortal understanding.
I have watched them die. I have watched them wish to die.
Once again the Family of Night invades this country to claim its dues, and this generation’s cursebreaker has her chance to break the endless chain of torment.
To save me. To save her sisters.
But how can a peasant child scarcely fourteen years of age discover the three-part key and liberate the captives? Will she too be doomed to join the Death Dance binding us all to the Family of Night?

Introducing A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold, a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling and the first book in a stunning new series by award-winning author Anne Elisabeth Stengl! Find it on:


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Does this story not look incredible?! (*screams in a fangirling sort of way*) I cannot wait to read it!!

Have you pre-ordered A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold, yet? Or did you purchase the ARC after Rooglewood Press first announced it to their readers?







Unlike cover reveals such as Draven's LightFive Magic Spindles, and Rose of Prophecy, this reveal is not official.

The Lover of Winter Does Love the Spring

I have a confession to make; an odd one of sorts, seeing that I do enjoy the winter: I'm glad it's over. As much as I enjoy cold weather and warm blankets and nights huddled together with the pups, I am so glad that spring is finally here!

So glad that I feel as if I could frolic in grassy meadows and make daisy chains! Alas, perhaps I should wait for summer...

I admit that by February, I was wintered out. I'd had far too much of it.

And with this rather pointless post, I must say that it is time to embrace the spring -- even if that does involve spring cleaning!

So have a lovely day! Go outside and enjoy the sunshine, pluck a flower or two, and play with your puppies!

Love,







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Monday, March 28, 2016

Featured Short Story #3, by Erudessa Aranduriel

Another lovely submission by Erudessa Aranduriel, for Monday's Unicorn -- 2-1-2016!! :)



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"Embarr, be careful!" I called as my unicorn pranced on the point of rock that jutted out over the river.  He snorted and flinging his head back, stood staring across.

I raised my hand to shield my eyes from the setting sun and peer across.  There on a rock closer to the Waterfall, was a Unicorn mare and her foal.  I smiled as the mare reared and whinnied.  I recognized that whinny.  The mare was Brianna, mate of Embarr, and the foal would be Keavy, their newest daughter.  Brianna had been with foal when Embarr and I left on our diplomatic mission a year ago. 

Brianna whinnied again, this time with impatience, so I called Embarr to me and mounted.

We had been gone for far too long, I thought, as Embarr loped easily up the slope towards the Bridge. 

It would be wonderful to be home again.  I looked forward to the warm hearth, my wife's loving presence and good cooking and my children's warm welcome,  and Embarr to his pinetree enclosure, with his beautiful mate, mischievous older offspring and adorable new daughter.

Featured Short Story #2, by Erudessa Aranduriel

Thank you to Erudessa Aranduriel for her submission for Monday's Unicorn -- 1-25-2016!! :)



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Poor Sylva.  She stood in the little clearing with her head upraised, a mixture of intense anger and deep sorrow on her face.  Her rabbit friend lay at her feet and the butterflies that lived in her glen fluttered comfortingly around her, but nothing assuaged her grief.

Her mate was dead now; handsome, magnificent Convallis.  Unicorns mate for life and if one of the pair dies, it brings deep grief to the living mate.  Especially if their death was for nothing.  Convallis had been killed by hunters who wanted his horn, hide, mane and tail.  Thankfully Sylva, Con's rider, and myself had reached the spot and captured them before these things could be taken.  Convallis had still been alive when we reached him, but just barely.  There wasn't anything that we could do and he only lived long enough to bid us goodbye.

Featured Short Story #1, by Erudessa Aranduriel

Thank you to Erudessa Aranduriel for her very sweet submission regarding Monday's Unicorn -- 1-18-2016!! :)

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A pale blue-green light filled the forest as Lupine pranced happily down the tree-lined lane towards me. I smiled at her joy, for I too was filled with that utter happiness. She had just met the young male unicorn who was to be her mate and I, in three months, would marry that unicorn's rider. Together the four of us would live happy and fruitful lives, with hopefully many children from both unions. With my arm across her neck, Lupine and I watched our men through a gap in the trees. Fern and Nat were galloping toward the mountain valley that would be our home one day. Admiration filled us both, for Nate was a wonderful rider and Fern, a magnificent unicorn.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Monday's Unicorn Submission Reminder

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Thank you to all who have participated in the Monday's Unicorn series, with me! It has been quite fun! :)

I have received some incredible short stories, which I cannot wait to share with you! Of course, life behind the blog does not guarantee when exactly these short stories will be released (I will get to them as soon as possible!!), but it is likely to be over the course of spring break (approximately).

So, that's that. Just a little reminder that all Monday's Unicorn submissions are due tomorrow, March twenty-sixth.

Have a lovely day! Lord willing, I'll see ya'll soon! :)


Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday's Unicorn -- 3-21-2016

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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, March 14, 2016

Monday's Unicorn -- 3-14-2016

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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, March 7, 2016

Monday's Unicorn -- 3-7-2016

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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!! :)


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Announcement: *Sapphire Quills*

Guess what I've decided to give a try! A newsletter!

I'm probably going to wait a few weeks to actually start it, and the first month will be a trial run, but here's a little blurb about the newsletter. :D


Subscribers to Sapphire Quills will receive somewhat-monthly emails delivered to their inbox, containing updates on recent posts and Liv's writing. Sapphire Quills is set to replace the blog series The Events of Nightwind Court.

If you wish to sign up for Sapphire Quills, you may do so below. If you wish to unsubscribe at any time, you may do so here. An option to unsubscribe is also set to be available at the end of each newsletter.


I'm so excited! Hopefully, the first trial will run well. :D

Best wishes on your writing!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." --Winston Churchill

The winners have been announced, and, in a matter of mere months, Five Magic Spindles will hit Goodreads and Amazon, and be released! And I still cannot express how very excited I am for the winners of this collection!

Of course, this can be a downer for many of the participants. After months of toiling away at the keyboard, storyboarding on Pinterest, and simply planning the next plot twist for your novella, the day has finally come, and it can be a huge disappointment.

As noted by Five Enchanted Roses author Jenelle Schmidt, "I wish I could give you all hugs."

But the truth is this: You should go out and celebrate, or stay in an watch a movie! You have accomplished something
huge & incredible!!

I totally understand your reason for mourning, but guess what!
You have written a novella, whether it be twenty-thousand words or a mere five-thousand. You have written and edited and worked for months, and you have something to show for it!

Am I saying you should go out and publish it? Well, that's up to you.

But you have done something that, maybe a year or two ago, you could only dream of.
You have written and edited a story, and that is something to be proud of.

Another upside of not being a winner: You have more time to edit and perfect your story, should publication be its goal. As put by this year's winning author Grace Mullins back in 2014, "If the story is not good enough, make it better."

So may you have an excellent evening, a terrific week, and a spectacular weekend to follow. <3

FIVE MAGIC SPINDLES Top Ten Finalists

A little something I forgot to mention in the last post, but I might as well mention in its own: For the very first time, Rooglewood Press has announced the top ten finalists! Of course, seeing as five of them won, there are only five mentioned.

But a hearty congratulations to those who made it into the top ten!

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Wonderful work, Ian, Ness, Rebecca, Tracey, and Selina! It is ever so exciting to be aware that you made it into the top ten! :)

FIVE MAGIC SPINDLES

Well, fellow authors and readers, the day has finally arrived. We've been gripping the edge of our seats, eyes wide in wonder as we await that fateful day of March first. AND IT HAS ARRIVED.

The Five Magic Spindles winners have been announced, and believe me, this collection looks incredible!! Here's a little blurb about it, taken from Rooglewood Press's website:

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The Man on the Buckskin Horse
by Rachel Kovaciny

Guardian of Our Beauty
by Kat Medill

The Ghost of Briardale
by Grace Mullins

Spindle Cursed
by Michelle Pennington

Out of the Tomb
by Ashley Stangl

Awaken the magic...

Emma, a good-hearted midwife, rushes to warn a neighbor about the hired gunman headed to his ranch but can't prevent the catastrophe in store for his daughter.


Palli, the prophesied daughter of a king, is fated to rescue her people from the destruction called forth by a vengeful priest.

Roselee, a ghost with a faulty memory, flits through the halls of an insane asylum in search of the mortal boy who can help her save the day.

Arabella, a living spirit trapped in her own comatose body, helplessly watches from the realm of dreams as her usurping cousin plots to destroy her once and for all.

Tanza, a tomb raider on a distant planet, struggles to make a living and doesn’t need a long-lost prince to complicate her difficult life.


One way or another, these beauties have no intention of sleeping away their problems.

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Doesn't this collection look absolutely amazing?! I simply cannot wait to read it!

If you hop on over to Anne Elisabeth Stengl's blog, those who comment in congratulations to the winning authors are entered in a drawing for an ARC of Five Magic Spindles. :)

So hooray! And congratulations again to the winning authors!! <3

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