Typing THE END

Happy Monday!

If you follow me on other social media sites or if you have signed up for my newsletter, you will know what I’m talking about. Last Thursday I typed THE END for book three of the Hidden Dagger trilogy. It’s a second first draft, if that makes any sense. I was doing a complete rewrite from the original story, and I am done. Now I’m diving into revisions. It should go quicker, but I definitely have my work cut out for me. Ha!

Other newsy things…

Darkened Hope is one of the semi-finalists for the Alliance Award, Realm Maker’s reader’s choice award. Eep! Thank you all for nominating it! I am honored to be listed among such awesome books. Now it’s time to rate them and see which ones become a finalist. So readers, let your voices be heard! Head on over to Realm Makers and learn how. 

Again, thank you!!!

Hope you have a great week!



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Songkeeper Blog Tour: S

Happy Monday!

I am excited to share this continuing adventure with you all! Gillian Bronte Adams is celebrating a book anniversary with an awesome book tour where each day we learn a bit more about the world of the Songkeeper Chronicles and there’s a giveaway!

So without further ado, please welcome Ms. Adams!

Explore Leira Blog Tour: S is for Songkeepers, Songlings, and the Shantren

Thanks, Jennette, for hosting me here and helping me celebrate the (almost) one year book birthday for Songkeeper! It is the second book in the Songkeeper Chronicles, which tells the story of a girl who can hear the song that created the world. If this is your first encounter with the blog tour, we are continuing a series of alphabet posts looking at the world and characters and magical creatures of the Songkeeper Chronicles (follow the tour at gillianbronteadams.com and find a list of all the stops at #exploreleira tour). And we have an awesome giveaway that you can enter below!

Today, we’re looking at the letter …

S is for Songkeepers, Songlings, and the Shantren

I am feverishly excited about this post because I get to tell you all a little more about the “magical” system in the world of the Songkeeper Chronicles. Whether it was reading the creation of the worlds in Tolkien’s Silmarillion and Lewis’s Magician’s Nephew, or reading spellbound about the contest between Felagund and Sauron, or listening to epic soundtracks from my favorite movies, the idea of powerful music has always intrigued me.

So much so that it bled into my writing. In the world of Leira, the Song of Emhran, the Master Singer, brought the world into existence at the beginning of time. Afterwards, the Song flowed through a river than ran throughout the entire land. It was tended by Keepers who granted access to those who wished to immerse themselves in the presence of the Song. Within the waters of the river, Leirans found life and healing and lifted their voices in harmony with the master melody.

[Gundhrold’s] eyes closed and his voice assumed a rhythmic cadence until Birdie could scare tell if he were speaking or singing. “It is said that long ago, before the stars burned or the sun awakened, the Master Singer wove the fabric of the world through the threads of a Song and bound the melody within a river that flowed throughout the entire land of Leira. It became a source of life and of healing to all the people and creatures who lived here, and the music sang in every fiber of their being.”


But eventually the river was lost. The flow ceased. The Song fell silent.

And only five broken notes of the master melody remained, coursing through the hearts and individual voices of every living thing in Leira.

Soon after, the first Songkeepers appeared, tasked with keeping the memory of the Song alive.


Those who have received the full gifting of a Songkeeper are able to hear three different types of melody—the broken five-noted individual melodies, the grand sweeping Song of the Master Singer, and a discordant melody that marks those who have turned their backs upon the master melody.

In the Song of the Master Singer, Songkeepers hear the voice of Emhran calling to them, summoning them to himself. The Song is not controlled by the Songkeepers. They cannot unleash its power at will. Rather, when summoned by the Song, a Songkeeper yields to the prompting, and the power of the Master Singer pours through them.

The power of the Song manifests itself in different ways, depending on the Songkeeper, empowering him or her as Emhran deems fit. The melody brings healing. It is life-giving, and yet it rains terror upon the hearts of those bound to the cursed bloodstone of the Shantren. Because the Song once flowed through a river, water bears the strongest memory of the melody and responds in might to its summons.

The storm swallowed her voice, but the Song rose from the depths in answer. Strong. Rich. Powerful. It swept over her, and for once, it did not draw back. She raised her chained hands as the music welled within her chest and then burst from her open mouth.

The released melody swirled around her, and she felt its touch like that of a friend long missed. Thicker than amassing storm clouds, it gathered at her fingertips and grew. Building. Summoning force.


Ordinarily, only one with the full gifting of a Songkeeper is raised up at a time, and yet, there may be many who possess a partial gifting. In Songkeeper, we learn that the council of griffins was formed to protect the Songkeepers and determine between full and partial giftings. Those with partial giftings were called Songlings.

Gundhrold’s gaze flickered to the opposite wall, but one glance at his eyes told her that he was seeing something more than gray, splintered wood. “For centuries, my kind have served as Protectors for the Songkeepers and for anyone who showed promise of possessing their abilities—Songlings, we called them.”



Songlings may possess any number of hints of the full gifting. They might be gifted to hear the individual melodies or to discern the discordant melody. They might be gifted to understand the speech of animals and converse with all living creatures. A few might even be gifted with the skill of healing. But Songlings are rarely gifted to hear the voice of Emhran or grasp the full grandeur of the Song.

Oftentimes, one who seems to possess the gifting of a Songling will come into their full gifting in time to be trained by the previous Songkeeper before his or her passing. Birdie’s grandmother, Auna, came into the full gifting during the time of the Songkeeper Artair and was trained by him before he was taken by the Khelari at the massacre of Drengreth.


“Know this though, little Songkeeper, there are others with powers in this world, who are sworn to the Takhran’s service. It is his hand that bestows their powers, his hand that maneuvers them like playthings. They are called the Shantren … and they are dangerous.”


The order of the Shantren were formed to serve the Takhran and oppose the Songkeepers and Songlings. They wear the talav, or bloodstone, a necklace with a scarlet teardrop shaped crystal, through which they are gifted abilities that the Takhran twists to his own ends. He promises them freedom and control, and so they willingly accept the chain of their slavery. For once the talav is set in place, no knife or act of human will can remove it, save only the Songkeeper’s blade.

So there you have it, a little glimpse into the magical system of the world of Leira!

Can you picture a world where music is powerful?

About the Books

Orphan’s Song

Her solo is a death sentence.

Deep within the world of Leira flows a melody that was sung at the beginning of time by Emhran, the Master Singer. Now it is broken, buried, forgotten. But in each generation, a Songkeeper arises to uphold the memory of the Song against those who want it silenced forever.

When Birdie first hears the Song coming from her own mouth, her world shatters. She is no longer simply an orphan but the last of a hunted people. Forced to flee for her life, she must decide whom to trust—a traveling peddler, a streetwise thief, or a mysterious creature who claims to know her past.

With enemies at her heels and war threatening to tear her homeland apart, Birdie soon discovers an overwhelming truth: the fate of Leira may hinge on one orphan’s Song.


War ravages Leira and the Song has fallen silent.

Freed from the hold of a slave ship, Birdie, the young Songkeeper, and Ky, a street-wise thief, emerge to a world at war. Hordes of dark soldiers march across Leira, shadowed by whispers of plague and massacres, prompting Ky to return to his besieged home city in hopes of leading his fellow runners to safety.

Desperate to end the fighting, Birdie embarks on a dangerous mission into the heart of the Takhran’s fortress. Legend speaks of a mythical spring buried within and the Songkeeper who will one day unleash it to achieve victory. Everyone believes Birdie is the one, but the elusive nature of the Song and rumors of other gifted individuals lead her to doubt her role. Unleashing the spring could defeat the Takhran once and for all, but can she truly be the Songkeeper when the Song no longer answers her call?

Check out the links below for a place to purchase the books.

Amazon: Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper

Barnes and Nobles: Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper

And before you leave, don’t forget to enter the giveaway! One lucky winner will take home a copy of Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper, and a gorgeous handmade mug. Two lucky winners will take home copies of Songkeeper! Enter through the Rafflecopter below and be sure to visit www.gillianbronteadams.com to continue following the blog tour. You can earn new entries for each post that you visit along the way. Winners will be announced after April 15th.

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About the Author

GILLIAN BRONTE ADAMS is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author from the great state of Texas. During the day, she manages the equestrian program at a youth camp. But at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs, pulls out her trusty laptop, and transforms into a novelist. She is the author of Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper, and Out of Darkness Rising. Visit Gillian online at her blog, Twitter, or Facebook page.


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Cover Reveal: Willoughby

Happy Monday!

One of our own fellow adventurers has a book coming out! Pam Halter. Today she reveals the cover of her lovely children’s book. I’m sure you all have a youngin in your life that might enjoy this book, or if you’re young at heart–like me!

Of course, I have a 6 and 8 year old, so I can’t wait to share it with them.

So here is the cover! Isn’t it gorgeous?
And the back cover!

You can find the book on Amazon or visit Willoughby’s Facebook page. Pam Halter will be throwing an awesome Facebook Party March 16th. So mark you calendar! You don’t want to miss it. The event details should be posted soon. She will share it on Willoughby’s Facebook Page

Have a great rest of the week!


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Happy 2017 & A Progress Report

Happy 2017 fellow adventurers!

I had really wanted the next time I posted on here to be able to share with you that I had finished book three, but I realize that probably was a bad goal and so 2016 left us with no goodbyes or reading check-lists or Christmas wishes.

That said, I am soooooo close to finishing book three. I am writing the final GREAT BIG BATTLE scenes. So I checked this book out for a bit of light reading. 😛

Might take me a while at my pace.

As 2016 marched to the end, I had yet to think about my vision board like I have done in times past. So guess what I did December 31st? Yep. Even though I had limited time putting it together, I am pretty pleased with it. Of course, some of it was a carry over from 2016. I added a few items since taking this picture like Twilight Sparkle to help me remind me to take time for friendships because they are so important!

Despite all my goal planning and vision-boarding (that’s a word, right?), 2017 has already blown me out of the water. I got a message on January 2nd about a possible job opportunity and by January 3rd, I had an interview and was offered the job. I will begin working as PPCD aid at my daughter’s school. The teachers and staff there have been awesome since I first entered the whole public school scene when my son began preschool three years ago. I am excited to join their team and look forward to working with them to make a difference in the lives of the students.

I will continue to work on book three and keep you posted! So that’s where I’m at.

How did you say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017? Anything exciting planned for this year?

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Book Tour: Bellanok

Happy Monday y’all!

Today I am celebrating with Ralene Burke on the release of her novel, Bellanok: A Reluctant Savior. And she is giving away TWO copies!! You might remember last year that I shared about the serial she was releasing on Amazon and I know many of you were waiting for the whole story in one book. Well, it is finally here!

And this one is extra special to me, because I had the privilege of designing the cover. Here is the complete wraparound cover for the paperback. 🙂


About the book:

With evil darkening the mountains to the north, the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm of Bellanok to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life.

Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He’s tired and frustrated–a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior.

Fauna must open Brian’s eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven’s secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.

Find it on Amazon.

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About the author:

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! She spins fantastical tales to encourage people to SHINE BEYOND. She has worked for a variety of groups/companies, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients.

When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .

Don’t forget to check out the rest the blog tour over at Ralene’s website! The tour ends on Dec. 1st.

Now time for the GIVEAWAY

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Spotlight: Flaming Sword

Greetings fellow adventurers!

I am joining Heather L. L. FitzGerald in celebrating the release of Flaming Sword, the sequel to Tethered World. Last year, I shared about Tethered World and had invited Ms. FitzGerald to share about one of her characters who has autism in her guest post titled, Autism, A Different Kind of Normal.

Tonight, she is throwing a Facebook Party with a ton of awesome prizes. Go!!! I will be popping in and out between word sprints. 😀


AND if you haven’t read Tethered World yet, now is a great time to pick it up. For FREE. 

Flaming Sword

32057755Sadie Larcen and her family are slowly recovering from their life-altering trek to the Tethered World. That is until their aunt arrives clutching a mysterious letter and sporting a black eye. The letter that Aunt Jules shares with the family writhes with sinister implications. A new and menacing enemy has slunk from the shadows and is conspiring to seize the most powerful piece of weaponry in the land: The Flaming Sword of Cherubythe. The sword must—at all costs—be kept from the enemies who lust for its power.

The threat extends to Sadie’s autistic brother Brock. As High King in training, he now resides in the Tethered World, within close proximity to the sword. It’s apparent that drastic measures will be required by all in order to protect what’s most important. Can Sadie once again confront her disabling fear, stare evil in the face, and walk away whole—let alone alive? How can one teenage girl and her family save a sword with the potential to start a world war? Will lines be crossed even as Sadie’s faith is tested? Sadie knows it’s going to take a lot more than strength, grit, and courage to survive.

Find it on Amazon

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About the author

Heather L.L. FitzGerald lives in Texas with four someones that call her mom and one special someone that calls her his wife. She homeschooled her now grown children–one of whom is autistic–and teaches ballet and creative writing at a fine arts school in Forth Worth. Heather is a member of the North Texas Christian Writers, ACFW, and helps to facilitate the Manet writer’s group in Fort Worth, Texas. She loves drinking ice lattes, cloud watching, and getting lost in a good book.

 You can connect with Heather on her website/blogFacebook, Pintrest: (Belongs to her main character, Sadie), Character blog: (Sadie’s mom has a blog about legendary creatures.), Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads.

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Party Wrap-Up

Happy Friday y’all!


Scrambling to get everything done before the party. 🙂

Last night’s Facebook Party was amazing. Thank you to each and everyone of you who were able to come hang with us.

I’ll be honest. I was dragging my feet. Between my awesome-very-thankful freelance project and writing and parenting with two kids in school now, I have been…processing. Ha! I have had to cut way back on my social media interactions and commitments, because I just don’t have room in my brain for all those marbles. My brain feels like its tearing rather than stretching. I’m looking into it. Ha! THAT said, I have so missed blogging and interacting with you all. I hope to one day get back to doing that on a regular basis. All these changes takes me longer to process. Ha!


Preparty selfies. I was at parent-teacher conferences when this happened, so I’m the book. Ha!

So, I have to thank Ralene Burke for forcing me encouraging me to join the fun. She is awesome like that. And I am very excited for what she and the other Ladies of Spec have planned for this upcoming year. Not only that I loved hearing from your, dear readers and fellow adventurers! Your excitement for the stories propels me forward. I am going into November with renewed efforts to tackle book three (still needs a name!!!). Pay no attention to the progress bar to the right. With these rewrites of the beginning, book three is taking shape, but soon, this second draft will be complete! I am hoping for a fall of 2017 release with another Tale of Nälu spring of 2017. We shall see!

In the meantime, Ladies of Spec has created a Reader’s Group. Another brainchild of the amazing Ralene Burke. She writes: “This group is for anyone who enjoys reading speculative fiction--particularly stories by Desiree Williams, J.L. Mbewe, Amy Brock McNew, or Ralene Burke. But they love to highlight books by many different spec authors, old and new. Join in for book discussions, games, book launch fun, parties/events, and more!”

If that sounds like your kind of group, drop by and invite yourself in!

If you weren’t able to make the party, the posts will still be up and you can peruse at your amusement.

Desiree Williams put together this awesome quiz where you can find out what character you would play in an adventure story. I got Loyal BFF. Take the quiz and let me know who you would be!

And Amy Brock McNew put together an amazing video introducing us. I couldn’t figure out how to share it on my blog. But if you’d like to learn a bit more about the other authors, hop on over to the event page and check it out. 🙂

Thanks y’all!

Now I need to sleeeeeeeep. Ha! Hope you all have a great weekend!




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Books for 2017

Had an amazing time with everyone who came out tonight for the Facebook Party. Thank you! Since we’ve had such a lively discussion, I thought I’d share a bit here as well.

For starters.

Which books are you most looking forward to reading in 2017?


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Let’s Party!

Greetings fellow adventurers!

I will be taking a break from my writing this Thursday to participate in a fun-filled Facebook Party with fellow speculative authors: Ralene Burke, Amy Brock McNew, and Desiree Williams. The evening promises plenty of prizes and bookish fun. Hope to see you there!


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Scarlet Moon: Meet Jayden

14689155_10210668751979328_1968524264_oGreetings fellow adventurers!

Have I got a new adventure for you!

Scarlet Moon by S.D. Grimm. Doesn’t it look amazing? I invited Ms. Grimm to join us today and share about one of the main characters from her debut novel. And she has so graciously offered to giveaway one signed paperback copy! So stay tuned to see how you can win!

Without further ado, please welcome S.D. Grimm.


Hey! S.D. Grimm here. I am really excited for this guest blog post today. Not only do I get to talk about my novel Scarlet Moon, but I also get to do something really fun, and that is talk about my main character: Jayden Jorah.



A little bit about Jayden’s appearance first.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Medium brown with some red highlights.
Height: 5’ 3”
Distinguishing features: A birthmark that looks just like the moon only it’s blood red.

Now there is more than one main character in the Children of the Blood Moon series (of which Scarlet Moon is the first book), but Jayden’s story really takes the lead in this book for a number of reasons. I wanted a really awesome heroine, but I also wanted someone real. Someone relatable.
Jayden is those things. She has honest fears and doubts, and overcoming them is a big part of her story.

14646778_10210668752099331_2067475152_oWhat Jayden likes most about herself: Her ability to spar with daggers and a sword and to throw knives. I’m not going to lie; she’s really good at it.
What she likes least about herself: Her emotional side. She’s an empath, and sometimes feeling all those emotions get in the way. Also, she has a big problem with fear. She fears stepping out of her comfort zone and leaving what she knows.
What she wants to do with her life: Become a wise woman and eventually a doctor.
Jayden’s biggest fear: Moving away from her home and family and the things that she believes define her.
People she’s closest to: Her brothers and her best friend/betrothed Ryan. She’s kind of a tomboy and doesn’t have that many close female friends.
Her deepest secret: Children of the Blood Moon like Jayden have special talents and abilities given to them—they’re all marked by the Blood Moon birthmark. Jayden’s biggest secret is some of her talents. No one knows she can actually feel other people’s emotions and make them her own.
Has she ever been in love? Well, she loves Ryan, her betrothed, but she’s not ready to marry him. Some of it is the fear of leaving her comfort zone—that includes her friendship with him. She’s not sure how much things will change when she moves from friend to wife. And she’s not sure she’s ready.

Here are some fun facts about Jayden.
Favorite color: Green. Specifically the green the sky gets right before a storm.
Myers Briggs Personality Type: ISFJ
Theme song: “Shatter Me” by Lindsey Stirling
Hobbies: Sparring, horseback riding, cooking, and archery.
Favorite animal: Horse. She wears a necklace that used to be her mother’s, and the white, wooden charm is a horse.

I hope you have as much fun getting to know Jayden as I had writing her story!

12319752_10207979512230015_1142188476_nS. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult speculative fiction. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency and her debut novel, Scarlet Moon, is slated to be published in October 2016. When she’s not writing or editing, Sarah enjoys reading (of course!), making clay dragons for her Grimmlies store on Etsy, practicing kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, training dogs, and doing anything outdoorsy with the family. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog.

Website, blog, and newsletter. 

And now for the giveaway! Ends THIS Friday (October 21st)! For US residents only.

14689791_10210669016985953_1135926789_oScarlet Moon

Destiny can pick someone else.

Evil is slipping through the cracks of its prison, and all Soleden trembles in its wake. Yet some would harness that evil to their own ends, and first among them is Idla, the sorceress queen bent on distorting the world.

Only one can stand in her way: Jayden. Upon realizing her mark as the prophesied Deliverer, Jayden conceals herself from her enemies and her Feravolk countrymen. But after the harm the Feravolk caused to her family, she s loath to rescue the not-so-innocent.

Hiding her mark was never easy, but now that Jayden knows both Queen Idla and the Feravolk are after her, hiding her gift of the Blood Moon will be impossible.

Scarlet Moon on Amazon

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