Sunday, May 31, 2020

Prince Nácil Cover Reveal!!!

Yes indeedy, Gentle Readers, we have yet another Cover Reveal here on The Rambling Rose. But this time, it isn’t me spreading the word about someone else’s fabulous new indie novel and sharing the amazing cover-art.
This time...I’m hosting a Reveal for a novel of my own.
At long last, I’m preparing to send out my first proper novel into the world, for people to read and (hopefully) enjoy...besides my family or close acquaintances, LOL.
Mega shout-out and a truckload of thanks to my friend and fellow “scribbler,”* Kendra E. Ardnek. Without her help, I’d probably still be printing my own books at home and giving half my profits to Staples. :-P
* Scribbler = An author; a writer. Used as a term of endearment. Origin: The image of a writer frantically writing down new inspiration before it evaporates from the brain.
~Tom’s Dictionary of Whacked-out Terms and Old Family Sayings


Above is the original cover-art I designed in PaintShop, which is meant to represent the title character’s personal emblem. I’m actually pretty proud of it, although it turned out a lot wider than I intended. However, it wasn’t really what I wanted. I was thinking something more along these lines:

...only I knew it’d be a copyright nightmare to Frankenstein bits of my inspiration pictures onto a book I’d be selling. That’s where Kendra came in—but more on that in a moment; y’all came here to see my actual-factual, official-professional cover:

From the moment Victor Greenwood sets foot in the old farmhouse of Willowmere, Mrs. Whitaker and her family take the friendless drifter under their wings as one of their own. Deeply touched by their kindness, Victor delights them with his stories about the Elven-king Othniel and Jael his queen, forming a special bond with Mrs. Whitaker’s nine-year-old granddaughter, Jane.
But several odd occurrences indicate that Victor is more than he admits to. When the secret of his heritage threatens Jane’s safety, he sets out for the homeland he has long been banished from, to find Jane and return her home.
Unbeknownst to his friends, Victor is doomed to die thirty days after setting foot on his native soil, with only one hope of breaking the curse. But surely thirty days is far too short a time to find True Love....
R.R. Goodwill began writing at the age of eight, eventually finding her niche in the fascinating realm of fantasy. Taking inspiration from J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Faerie-tales, and folklore, Goodwill uses her God-given talents and active imagination to weave a bit of Truth among her works of fiction.
Find her online at: || Amazon || Blogger || Goodreads || Instagram || Pinterest


ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL?!
Full credit for its creation goes to Kendra, who gave me a link to a website full of royalty-free/public domain images, and turned the one I chose into this amazing cover-art.
I love it. Every time I look at it, something inside me just sighs with satisfaction. The trees, the green-and-silver color-scheme—it’s pretty much spot-on with the imagery I associate with the title character, Nácil Vítuódhrán, AKA Victor Greenwood.
And I’m so in love with that font! Usually I use Monotype Corsiva, Edwardian Script, French Script, or Calligrapher when I want a fancy font; however, my current laptop doesn’t have any of them installed at the moment. The one Kendra used is called Lover’s Quarrel, and frankly, it’s a new fave. Fancy yet readable, with a touch of nobility—perfect for the chronicles of the Elvish Royal Family, I deem.

Prince Nácil is available for preorder on Amazon, so get your copy reserved today! Release date is scheduled for June 30th of this yearjust in time for the Summer holidays.

I’ll be hosting a Blog Tour the week of the release, during which time anyone who wishes can interview some of the main cast or myself, post reviews on their blogs—the usual fun stuff associated with Blog Tours. I’ll also go into more detail about how this story came to be, my vision for the series it’s part of, and stuff of that ilk.

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I know it’s not the usual procedure for a Cover Reveal, but I’d just like to take this moment to thank Kendra for all her help and hard work over the past couple months.
It all started with me leaving a message on her Google Hangout/chatboard/thing, asking her and her author friends if they’d be willing to help me host a Blog Party to celebrate Prince Nácil being finished and available for sale, and....

KENDRA: When’s the release?
ME: Actually, I’m printing it out myself and having Staples spiral-bind and laminate it.
KENDRA: …

She then proceeded to take the reigns and walk me through the (for me) daunting and often overwhelming process of self-publishing via Amazon Kindle Direct. I think I always knew I’d end up taking this route, but I didn’t know exactly how to go about it, and I don’t seem to know intuitively what to click or what certain terms mean (I declare, one has to be a computer wizard to do just about anything these days, LOL). Kendra has patiently guided me through the maze of behind-the-scenes what-nots I never knew were involved in this process, and cleared up what I saw as a mystery on more than one occasion...and overall been incredibly patient with my technological ignorance.
The painting features a stagecoach on the way to Denver in 1880. Description from artsyhome.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images
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I liken it to myself walking down the road, wanting to travel to the great city I’ve heard so much about (and where several of my acquaintances and their friends have gone), but not knowing exactly how to get there. I ask a passing wagon-driver for directions, intending to walk to the city myself...and she grabs me by the wrist, hoists me up in her wagon, and drives us there. While the pace at which we travel is faster than I’m used to—and therefore a bit frightening—I know in the end, this will be a good thing.
The first step in any journey is always the hardest. The first brick laid always looks insignificant. But they’re only the foundation on which one builds something great.
By taking advice from Kendra, I’m learning new skills and setting things in place that will help me (hopefully) have a smoother experience with my next book. And that’s a good thing.

Until next time, Gentle Readers,
God bless,
~ℛ~

Saturday, May 16, 2020

A Twist of Rapunzel Blog Tour | Interview with Kendra

 
Day Four of the Rapunzel-themed Blog Tour, and this time, I get to interview Kendra E. Ardnek, author of Misfortune.

Welcome, Anka Kendra (or is it Arista these days?), to the Rambling Rose! We’re honored to have you visit our humble little piece of the Blogosphere once again (and by "we," I mean myself and the various members of the Peanut Gallery peeking in the windows and around the doorway, of course).

I answer to both Anka and Arista. They each belong to a different universe, though they mean very close to the same thing.

1.) I hear you’ve based Misfortune not only on the classic tale of Rapunzel, but also the book of Daniel. What inspired you to combine these two stories?

The title, actually! Way back, I played a "your YA title based off your name and shirt color" game, and what I got was "The Daughter of Blood and Misfortune." What immediately popped into my head was the story of a girl who was considered cursed because she was born on the night that her kingdom fell, and my brain kept going "Fall of Babylon." Round about a few months later, I was looking for a Rapunzel retelling for the Golden Braids challenge, and this came to mind. See, there’s a non-canon story of Daniel where he killed a dragon. Using, among other things ... hair. It’s a story that’s fascinated me since I first heard it, and so I couldn’t resist the chance to play with it.

2.) What has been the most difficult part of writing Misfortune?

I actually lost the first three chapters of the book immediately upon writing them (I was using an annoying computer). I was able to recover the first chapter, because I’d just shared it online, but I had to rewrite the rest. I wasn’t able to recreate that first chapter, and it about killed my motivation to work on the story. Which is why you’re seeing it now instead of with the Golden Braids last year. That said, that loss was what spurred me to reattack Hair We Go Again, after I’d lost ITS first couple chapters a few months before, which is why that book was the one that I released last year.
Oh, honey...I’ve been there. It HURTS!
*Moment of silence for lost work*

3.) Which of the characters was the most fun to work with?

Misha, maybe? I just love writing mysterious old mentors who know more than they’re letting on.

4.) Were there any surprises or "Aha!" moments you’d like to share?

The moment that the story clicked together with the tale of Daniel and the Dragon.

5.) Do you plan on weaving any more Biblical stories into future works?

Who honestly knows. I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again, I promise.

6.) I noticed the braid in the cover-art is brown black, not "like spun gold," per the original Faerie-tale. (Well, it looked brown on my laptop, but we all know how shifty computer screens can be, LOL.) Care to satisfy my curiosity (and probably others’) as to why?

Because the heroine has black hair, not gold? Had to make it culturally appropriate!

7.) Any advice or encouragement for other writers looking to retell a classic Faerie-tale?

Make the story your own. Add your own twist to make it awesome. Respect the original tale. And remember that Disney is, itself, a retelling so please stop treating it as the original, guys!

Thanks, Kendra, for stopping by, and best wishes with your newest release!

Pop on over to Knitted by God’s Plan, A Synesthette Writer, and all the other blogs listed below join the fun!
 May 16
  Kendra E. Ardnek – Top 10 Rapunzel Retellings.
  Interviews: 
 Dreams and Dragons – The Daughter of Blood and Misfortune 
 Rambling Rose – Kendra 
 Reviews:  
 Live. Love. Read – Diamond
 


Until next time, Gentle Readers,
God bless,
~ℛ~

Friday, May 15, 2020

Rapunzel Retellings Blog Tour | Interview with Misha


It’s Day Three of the Rapunzel-themed Blog Tour, hosted by Kendra E. Ardnek and Kirsten Fitcher. 
Check out Kendras blog, Knitted by Gods Plan, for more info on her latest work, Misfortune.
Visit Kirsten at A Synesthete Writer to learn about her Rapunzel Retelling, Diamond.

Today, it’s my privilege to interview Misha, one of the characters from Kendra’s Misfortune. But first, a bit about the book he’s in:
Misfortune 
Tagline: Is the safety of a country worth the sacrifice of one girl - even if she is the daughter of blood and misfortune? 
Book Description: 
A Twist of Adventure #4 The day she was born, her kingdom fell, and so she was branded the daughter of blood and misfortune and locked away. Now a dragon plagues the land and her curse may be the only thing that stops it. 
But is she really cursed? 
 
Explore the rest of the series! Amazon || Goodreads 
Author Bio: 

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.  
Find her online at:
Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || Amazon
 
And now, to meet our honored guest.
Welcome, Father* Misha, to The Rambling Rose. My friends and I have prepared a comfortable seat for your use during this interview.
*An archaic honorarium given to older men, regardless of parental status.

1.) Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an old man who hasn’t seen his own country in a long time. Our exile is nearing its end, but I’m afraid that I’m too old to make the return myself. Besides, I’ve made a bit of a place for myself here in my exile.

2.) As a boy, did you receive any special training or education?
I was actually a member of the royal court of my own country, and so I was taught according to my station. And, then, when I was brought to Ablon, I received further training for the duties I would perform for King Nezzer there.

3.) Have you done any traveling in your day? If so, tell us about a memorable journey you once took.
I’m a long way from my own country. Yes, it was a bit of a journey - wasn’t my choice, but it was where God wanted me.

4.) What were your first impressions of Delshad?
He was quite a young lad when I first saw him, but I took him immediately for an intelligent fellow with a big heart. He’s grown into quite a fine young man.

5.) Do you have a favorite color?
Not particularly, but I do have fond memories of the gold of the temple of my God.

6.) What are your views on the state of the kingdom?
Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. I’ve served under worse kings.

7.) Have you any words of wisdom for the young people of today?
God may want you in a place where you don’t want to be. Just hold to your faith and His standards, and He’ll see you through.

Wise words, indeed, old father. Thank you for being part of this event.

There are lots of other things going on today—pop on over to join the fun!

~Tour Schedule~
May 15 Kirsten Fichter – The Girl Named Diamond Interviews:  Live. Love. Read – Kendra  Rambling Rose – Misha Reviews: Light and Shadows – Misfortune Madi’s Musings – Diamond 


Until next time, Gentle Readers,
God bless,
~ℛ~

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Blog Tour | Rapunzel Retellings

OhYesOhYes, it’s times for another Blog Party, once again hosted by the lovely Kendra over at Knitted by God’s Plan!


~*~The Pixie~*~
Party!!! 😊
*Confetti floof*
*Glitter bomb*

This time, Kendra is teaming up with Kirsten Fichter of A Synesthete Writer to celebrate both their latest offerings—retellings of the classic Rapunzel story, with a twist!

Release date is May 13th, as is the first day of the Blog Tour, so keep watch! You won’t want to miss it.

Until next time, Gentle Readers,
God bless,
~ℛ~