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Friday, October 21, 2016

LADY DRAGON, TELA DU // Blog Tour, Author Interview, Sneak Peek, & Giveaway

Image provided by Kendra E. Ardnek.
About the Book

Image provided by Kendra E. Ardnek.

Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you've lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent -- the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber's face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she's not sure if he's more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she'd much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family -- including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can't possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

Available on kindle and in paperback!


Welcome to Whispers on the Wind, Kendra! I'm delighted to have you here. :) First off, would you care to tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hello! I'm a homeschool graduate, lover of fairy tales, collector of nutcrackers and giraffes, Christian girl, and the author of now eight books.

Is there any particular music that helped to inspire or set a mood for Lady Dragon, Tela Du?

I'm not really a music writer, but I do have a YouTube playlist for the series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwjHKsPhXIkVqavKg32zJLEB8meOi5RQO. Songs specific to LDTD include "If You Fall," "Just Fall," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen," "Would You Go With Me," "Thousand Years," "Still," and, "My Past is Not Today."

If Lady Dragon, Tela Du were a movie, who might your picks might be to play your main characters, looks-wise?

I’ll play the two lookalike titular characters, Amber and Petra, and I have a friend who'll play Summer. I have no preferences beyond that.

Are there any authors who've made a major impact on you? Authors whose books you truly enjoy reading?

Authors who impacted me: Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Laura Ingalls Wilder, L. Frank Baum, Gail Carson Levine. Authors who I truly enjoy reading: Jaye L. Knight, Morgan Elizabeth Huneke, Bruce Coville, Paul Stewart, and Martha Finley.

When you published your first book, where there any surprises you encountered, or anything you found easier/harder than expected?

There were surprises, and I made my fair share of mistakes. It was easier than I expected to get in -- I went the route of self-publication with CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing -- but at the same time, the upward climb of making it as a writer has been a lot more difficult than it had initially appeared.

If you could have an entire day to yourself to do whatever you wanted, what would it look like?

I'd probably kick back with one of my favorite roleplay adventure games on my computer.

Besides writing, is there anything else you'd be interested in pursuing?

I'd love to get into acting. Actually, it was acting that got me into writing, because I was writing plays for me and my friends to perform. LDTD was one of those plays.

If you could live during any time period in any place, when and where would it be?

I'm pretty content with the time and place God has put me, to be honest -- I mean, hello, wifi! I think the only thing I'd change about my situation would be a better house. That's all.

Thanks for answering my questions, Kendra! It’s been wonderful having you here! Before you go, one last question: What advice do you have for fellow authors, particularly those who have yet to be published?

I have two pieces of advice for yet-to-be-published authors. (1) Seek feedback from as many different reader as you can, and have a humble mind as you approach their feedback. Learn to take criticism and to learn from that criticism. (2) Start building your audience early. Most of my uphill battle with writing is the fact that I didn’t really start building a readership until my second year of publication. I published a book thinking "Hey, this is a neat concept -- I bet it’ll bring readers to me!" But, no, it’s the other way round. I have to do the hard work of networking and advertising and bring the readers to the story.

Sneak Peek

Want to read the first chapter? Check it out here!

About the Author

Image provided by Kendra E. Ardnek.

Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.

You can connect with Kendra via her blog and website.

Free Ebook

From October nineteenth through the twenty-third, the first book (Water Princess, Fire Prince) in The Rizkaland Legends will be free on kindle! Click here to find it on Amazon.

Tour Schedule

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October 21

October 22

October 23

October 24

October 25

Image provided by Kendra E. Ardnek.




  1. Great interview!
    Also, Kendra, if you happen to read this . . . what are some of your favorite roleplay adventure games? (Because, you know, I totally need another method of procrastination . . .)

  2. I'm quite curious as to how Kendra plans to play both titular characters in the movie scenes that they are both in. That would take some rather creative film work and setup and editing.

    1. Very creative. Personally I don't picture either of the em as Kendra, so I'd probably find both of them being her rather weird.
      On the other hand identical actors are kind of hard to come by. They'd be needed for Reuben and Granite and Richard as well, though two would be enough for them.


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