Buried Lives

Life has a way of burying us. Layers of dirt and grime, fear and hurt, disappointment and lies, silencing our voices and confining ourselves to a box until we forget who we are. If we aren’t careful, those layers will eventually kill us.

Because when life buries us alive and silences our voices, we self-destruct.

It’s the journey I’m on. I could say it started in 2017 when I chose IDENTITY for my word for the year. It went along with Fearless and Bloom from the previous years. Perhaps it began the year I helped Nadine Brandes with her Called2Speak blog tour. But in reality, it’s been going on for a lot longer than that. I just didn’t realize it yet.

I’ve been digging deeper, stripping away the layers, trying to set my soul free, trying to discover who I really am. Not without my moments of self-destruction, nor moments of flying high. I admire those who can open their hearts and be real, sharing their struggles and victories. It reminds us we are not alone. Because when we think we are, the voices get louder and the layers get deeper.

And then I find stories and movies that resonate with me, it shows me I’m not alone. They also show me what happens if I keep allowing life to bury me. If I keep burying myself.

No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending by Esther Fleece hit it square on the head for me. Here was a book that gave voice to my own struggles. I have been shutting down my emotions all my life. Even when I thought I was reaching out for healing. It was only surface level compared to the depth of the iceberg beneath it.

When I finally watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and saw what became of Credence because he tried to squash his true identity, it was a visual representation of what was going on inside of me. The darkness created by words held back, thoughts caged, pain silenced, feelings denied until it exploded. Not without consequences. It was warning me. If I kept denying who I was, I would self-destruct. I could feel it.

Last week I was reading The Story Peddler by Lindsey A. Franklin, and there was a scene that reminded me of Credence. A lady who had buried her true identity, and it was destroying her. Another warning of what happens when we try to squash our true selves.

The same message, three times, and within a year! And what was I going to do about it?

I am tired of the fear, the lies, the layers of dirt and grime burying me, silencing me. Our art, stories in my case, is the expression of the soul, and if we allow life to silence us, then our art fails. And what better message our stories can show than this: we are not alone.

I guess this is what happens when I choose a word like identity for my word of the year, or more like decade. The journey to delve deeper to discover has been wildly challenging, and I have yet to find my voice. But I’m getting there. One step at a time. I’m not sure where this journey will take me or what the next step will be. It will probably get messy. But life is messy.

Isn’t it beautiful when the stories we read can resonate so deeply with us? What’s a story that has resonated with you and your journey?

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Book Review: The Story Peddler

Happy Monday!

This past month we’ve been reading The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin in Spec Haven, our Facebook group for lovers of speculative fiction. There is a special nugget of wisdom hidden within these pages that really spoke to me that I will share later this month. But for now, the story.

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THE STORY PEDDLER

Selling stories is a deadly business

Tanwen doesn’t just tell stories—she weaves them into crystallized sculptures that sell for more than a few bits. But the only way to escape the control of her cruel mentor and claw her way from poverty is to set her sights on something grander: becoming Royal Storyteller to the king.

During her final story peddling tour, a tale of treason spills from her hands, threatening the king himself. Tanwen goes from peddler to prey as the king’s guard hunts her down . . . and they’re not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers she’s not the only outlaw in the empire. There’s a rebel group of weavers . . . and they’re after her too.

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The Story Peddler is about a young woman who has a special talent to weave stories where her words create beautiful representation of the story to please her audience’s eyes. When she finishes, they crystalize into a lovely object, which she hopes to sell. She is kind-hearted and hard-headed. She dreams to become the Royal Storyteller and live happily ever after. Of course, she is in for a rude awakening.

The story is engaging and well-written. The characters are personable, driving us to turn the page to see how it will all end. While the story wraps up nicely, it also promises us more adventures to come. I look forward to seeing where Tanwen goes next and how her decisions will play out. Highly recommended for those who love stories like Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul, The Last Motley by DJ Edwardson, and Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams.

*I received a free copy from Netgalley to read and review.

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Progress Report

Greetings fellow adventurers!

I am happy to report that Curse Bound is off to the editor! Commence nail biting and the onset of paralysis of the brain.

You see. As I write this, I’m thinking about this week, this new month, and what to do next. I have so many major projects I wish to tackle in the next few weeks. Two of which are secret projects that I can’t wait to share with you all. Non-writing related, but yet related. Sort of. Plus there’s Clans Divided that went from a short story to a novella. Do not have time for that. Ha! Brainstorm book launch stuff, cover design for Curse Bound, purge and organize the house. Do I work on my next work-in-project? Do I tackle the budding story idea I’m writing with my kiddos? Ack! And the list goes on. I’m torn on which to pursue all the while, hoping to relax a little and focus on making memories with the kids.

They’re only young once. And because summer is going by so fast! Soon it will be time for back-to-school shopping and work preparation. Then my day job begins for me and school for the little ones, and I’m back to having no time at all. I’m hyperventilating just thinking about it. So I try not to. Ha!

I need a Tiki from Miraculous, so I can bounce all these ideas off of someone. Or a Twilight Sparkle to help me organize my thoughts, lists and goals and map out a clear path to tread. Otherwise I freeze up and then I don’t accomplish much. Crazy, eh?

So how is your summer going?

Currently reading: Story Peddler by Lindsay A Franklin

Currently listening to: my husband writing a new song. This time, there’s an Afro Cuban beat going on in the background. When he’s not playing in the background (or when I’m blasting music through my earphones), I’m listening to a playlist with songs like This is Me from The Greatest Showman, Fear is a Liar by Zach Williams, Trust in You by Lauren Daigle, Broken by Lighthouse, God Help Me by Plumb. Just to name a few… Can you tell what season I’m in? I should add these are non-writing tunes. For writing, I’m listening to the Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3 soundtracks.

Current mood: overwhelmed. Ha!

Current TV show: Netflix counts, right? Have you guys seen THE PINKERTONS???? Oh my goodness. I LOVE that series. Only one season, though. 🙁  Just a little research for my next work-in-progress. 😀

And of course, Miraculous. Hey, I have kids. But I need to know what happens after Season 2 Episode 12!!! Back to Murder, She Wrote and Father Brown. The show is growing on me, plus it’s Arthur Weasley! Totally why I started watching it. When I get a chance, like maybe tonight. 😉

So what have you been up to? What songs, shows, books are you really enjoying?

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Blog Tour: Electrical Menagerie

Welcome!

When I saw this cover and discovered such a unique story world, I jumped at the chance to participate in this book tour. Today, Mollie E. Reeder has stopped by to share a glimpse of her story with us. So without further ado, please welcome, Ms. Reeder!

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Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages! I’m Mollie E. Reeder, author of The Electrical Menagerie, a steampunk adventure featuring robots, magicians, and flying trains (also possibly murder… but you didn’t hear that from me).

In The Electrical Menagerie, illusionist Sylvester Carthage and his producer Arbrook Huxley run a one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow full of inventions and magic. Entering a cutthroat royal talent competition is the only way to save their show from bankruptcy, but it means going head-to-head against the best entertainers in the realm — all of whom have their own reasons for wanting to win. One such competitor is rival magician Andromeda Skyhawke.

Andromeda has a compelling backstory that emerged through the course of the book, and I loved writing about her, but I didn’t get to write any scenes from her point-of-view. For my guest post today, I wanted to share a glimpse into the world of The Electrical Menagerie, and I thought exploring the first audition from Andromeda’s point-of-view was just the way to do it.

Illustration by Randi Lynn Jackson (IG: @randilynn_jackson)

Meet Andromeda Skyhawke!

Andromeda Skyhawke: Talented young illusionist Andromeda Skyhawke finds herself entangled with the Electrical Menagerie when she goes head to head with Carthage & Huxley in the royal competition. Andromeda’s short and often difficult life as a young woman has forged in her a wry wit and a fierce determination, but pitted in rivalry against The Electrical Menagerie, Andromeda wavers. Is it a rivalry that spells the end of whatever simmers between her and the beguiling charm of Arbrook Huxley?

Andromeda Skyhawke stared into the looking glass and tried to see what everyone else saw.

Her hands were shaking, and she gripped the edge of her dressing table to steady them. The electric bulbs lighting the mirror washed her in a somehow grimly golden glow. Months of preparation, hours of rehearsal — years, truly, of toil — would culminate in a single audition.

A single, life-changing audition.

Through the curtains, she could already hear the audience. Voices mingled together into a single, indistinct hum, the same warning sound a beehive made. Music floated somewhere overhead.

Was it too late to run?

Prepare to be astonished — that’s what it said on the posters. Right underneath her portrait.

They’d be astonished, alright, if she never arrived to her own show. That would be a most spectacular vanishment.

She imagined, momentarily, what it would be like to entertain the stage fright and simply walk away. Out of the tent. Off of Astoria Isle. Back to obscurity.

But the thought of obscurity turned rancid in her belly. She’d worked too hard, left too many precious things behind, to walk away from the opportunities that loomed ahead. Even if she was nervous — even if she was terrified — she couldn’t turn back now.

She dug her nails into the grooves of the dressing table and stared into the mirror.

A stranger looked back.

Where was the little girl she remembered? The one whose small hands shook? The one who never cried, even when she skinned her knees — too afraid the other children might laugh?

There was a woman in her place. A beautiful woman, with pearls in her ears and quartz pins in her hair. A grown woman, swathed in a dress that concealed the knotty scars across her knees, dusted with powder that hid her freckles. A grown woman, eyes rimmed with unspent tears.

Still terrified the other children might laugh.

Her picture was on the posters. That was her name, printed in holo-ink for everyone to see. She was the Mistress of Illusion.

But when would any of it start to feel real?

When would the applause seem genuine — the attention feel deserved?

When would Andromeda Skyhawke no longer feel like an impostor, and start feeling like herself?

She closed her eyes and pulled a desperate breath.

A single, life-changing audition. Her entire life laid before her, full of possibility.

She opened her eyes.

Yes, she was terrified of fame.

But she was more terrified of its opposite.

She couldn’t run away.

She wouldn’t.

“Whatever happens,” she vowed to her reflection — to this strange, grown-up thing she’d become — “I won’t turn back.”

“Five minutes,” called her manager from the doorway.

She straightened from the dressing table. She didn’t need five minutes — she was ready.

The fear wasn’t exactly gone. The stage was terrifying, but it was inescapable. The spotlight summoned her like a match summoning a moth.

She was Andromeda Skyhawke, Mistress of Illusion.

And she’d never let them see her cry.

 

About the Book

The Electrical Menagerie, one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow, is bankrupt.

Sylvester Carthage, illusionist and engineer, has the eccentric imagination the Menagerie needs to succeed creatively — but none of the people skills. Fast-talking Arbrook Huxley, meanwhile, has all the savvy the Menagerie needs to succeed commercially — but none of the scruples.

To save their show, Carthage & Huxley risk everything in a royal talent competition, vying for the chance to perform for the Future Celestial Queen.In this stardust-and-spark-poweredempire of floating islandsandflying trains, a shot at fame and fortune means weathering the glamorous and cutthroatworld of critics, high society, and rival magicians —but with real conspiracy lurking beneath tabloid controversy, there’s more at stake in this contest than the prize.

Behind the glittery haze of flash paper and mirrors, every competitor has something to hide… and it’s the lies Carthage & Huxleytell each otherthat may cost them everything.

Dazzles from start to finish. In Carthage & Huxley, Sherlock & Watson fans will find another dynamic duo whose ready wit and sizzling banter(and inevitable personality clashes) never fail to delight. You’ll be calling for an encore performance.” Gillian Bronte Adams, author of The Songkeeper Chronicles

“The stuff thatfandoms are built on.” Kyle Robert Shultz, author of Beaumont & Beasley

Purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Mollie’s first job was with a major theme park, where she operated a roller coaster, fixed parade floats, and helped Scooby-Doo put on his head. Now, Mollie is a movie producer and the author of character-driven science fiction/fantasy novels for adults who never outgrew imagination. Her favorite things include Jesus, dinosaurs, and telling cinematic stories that blend glitter and grit.

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Giveaway Time!

Explore the world of The Electrical Menagerie by entering to win this Celestial Isles prize pack, which includes: “High Victorian” playing cards by luxury playing card company Theory11, handmade galaxy mug by DeVita Designs, Science & Engineering Themed Pocket Notebook Set by CognitiveSurplus, and a tin of Electrical Menagerie themed tea (over a $50 value)! (US only.)

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 4th

Tuesday, June 5th

Wednesday, June 6th

Thursday, June 7th

Friday, June 8th

Saturday, June 9th

Monday, June 11th

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#WIPjoy

Happy Monday!

Wow, two posts in one month?

Yep. I am doing my best to pop in and say hi on a regular basis. It gets rather secluded and quiet as a writer. Left by myself too long, the voices start getting louder and it gets harder to think! Ha! And I miss you all!

Anywho, this month, I’m finally participating in Bethany A. Jennings‘ hashtag game, #WIPjoy, where we share about our current work-in-progress and encourage each other to keep on keeping on. So I will be sharing bits and pieces from Curse Bound. The game was made for Twitter, but has spilled to Instagram and Facebook. I plan to post to all three as much as I can.

Here are some of last week posts I think you might enjoy. Hope you have a great week!

 

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Spring Cleaning Writer Challenge

Happy Monday!

It’s definitely time for some spring cleaning around here. So when DJ Edwardson tagged me in this Spring Cleaning Writer Tag Challenge, I thought it the perfect opportunity to let you all know how things are going here, especially regarding Curse Bound.

1. Dust bunnies and plot bunnies: Reorganize your writing goals or make new ones.

Well… my goals are a bit fluid at the moment. I am about two months behind on my original plan, but I am hoping to catch up. That said, Curse Bound is in the middle of revisions. I am making progress, just slower than I like.

I have taken time off from the novella, Clans Divided, to focus on CB at the moment, but once CB is off to the editor, I will dig it back out again.

I have another story and characters pestering to be written, but it isn’t anything like I’ve ever written before, so it’s been percolating in the background. I’ve been reading, researching, gathering bits and pieces of this new world, which I hope to tackle next.

Also, I’ve begun brainstorming for Curse Bound‘s launch. It will probably be a bit smaller than Darkened Hope‘s now that I am working full-time. So we shall see. I’d love to start blogging again on a more regular basis. I miss you all!

2. Which stage am I at?

According to Deborah O’Caroll’s metaphor:
a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

I am busily painting walls and polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors of Curse Bound, and hopefully adding some flowers in vases. Ha!

The new work-in-progress, which isn’t exactly new, because I have notes on the story, characters, and world dating back from 2009. :-0 I don’t’ think it’s even at the blueprints stage. I can’t decide which architecture I’m wanting to go with. The story seems to demand a more contemporary style than what I am used to.

Those are the projects that are occupying my head space right now.

3. Treasure from the back of the closet: Snippet Love.

From a scene in Curse Bound that may or may not make it past the editor’s axe. 😀

my work space 🙂

“You’re not going to kill me, are you?”
Semine laughed. Her voice bounced off the surrounding wall and buildings.
“You have Vian, why would you need anyone else’s blood?”
“To build a bigger and even greater army.” Semine clucked her tongue. “I can’t waste Vian’s precious blood for that.”

3.5. Bonus: Do some actual spring cleaning of your writer self. (And share a picture!)

Well, I haven’t done much “spring cleaning”, but with revisions looming over my head, I have straightened my office space a little and managed to keep the house some what decent. Ha! Nothing like living life balanced between reality and dreams, eh?

 

That wraps up the Spring Clean Writer Challenge for me! Thank you DJ for tagging me!

I tag Ralene Burke, K. M. Carroll, and Kyle Robert Shultz! And if any of you’d like to participate in the challenge, consider yourself tagged!

Here are the rules:

Rules:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Share the picture
3. Answer the questions (naturally…) or even pick and choose which ones you answer
3.5. Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal; I’m not picky)

Questions:

1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

2. Which Stage Are You At? Expound!

a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)

3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (And share a picture!)

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Have a great week y’all!

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Cover Reveal: Phoenix Fire

Hello dear readers!

Have I treat for you all! I am so excited to share another gorgeous cover with you. This time from the lovely S.D. Grimm. She is a fellow Realmie and cool chic with several novels under her belt. AND she will be one of the guest authors at tonight’s Facebook Party! (Are you coming???) Her latest, Amber Eyes, just released, and she is gearing up for a second release this year. Phoenix Fire coming this March!

Wha?!

I know, right?

So without further ado, may I present to you:

PHOENIX FIRE

 

After spending her life in foster care, Ava has finally found home. But all it takes is a chance encounter with hot nerd Wyatt Wilcox for it to unravel.

Now, things are starting to change. First, the flashes of memories slowly creeping in. Memories of other lives, lives that Wyatt is somehow in. Then, the healing. Any cut? Gone.

But when Cade and Nick show up, claiming to be her brothers, things get even weirder. They tell her she’s a Phoenix, sent to protect the world from monsters—monsters she never knew existed. It’s a little hard to accept. Especially when they tell her she has to end the life of a Phoenix turned rogue, or Cade will die.

With Wyatt’s increasingly suspicious behavior, Ava’s determined to figure out what he’s hiding. Unless she can discover Wyatt’s secret in time and complete her Phoenix training, she’ll lose the life, love, and family she never thought she could have.

Pre-order it on Amazon!

Add it to your Goodreads shelf!

About the Author

S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction. That’s to be expected from someone who looks up to heroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman, has been sorted into Gryffindor, and isn’t much taller than a hobbit. Her patronus is a Red Voltron Lion, her spirit animal is Toothless, and her lightsaber is blue. She believes that with a little faith, a lot of love, and an untamed imagination, every adventure is possible. That’s why she writes. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog (and sometimes a virtual pocket monster). You can learn more about her upcoming novels at www.sdgrimm.com

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Progress Report & A Bookish Party

Happy Monday!

How are you?

Can you believe it’s already February? Time for our quarterly Facebook party, and I have yet to mention it on my blog. *hangs head in shame*

Life may be kicking my butt right now, but I am pushing through! 5 am comes way too quickly for me and inch by inch–more like two steps forward one step back–I am moving forward!

Curse Bound. It is still out for critiques, but I should be getting some feedback very soon.

Clans Divided. Wow. What was supposed to be another short story for the Tales of Nälu collection has now turned into a novella. Here’s hoping it will remain a novella. Ha! It’s kind of like a Romeo and Juliet, but with dwarves. While Curse Bound is out, I’ve been working on this one. I hope to have it available soon. 🙂

Ladies of Spec Facebook Party.

Got cabin fever? Escape the wintery blues with a good book or two and come hang out with us! We have THREE special guests joining us!

Joshua A. Johnston, check out his seven question interview with Enclave Publishing. Into the Void, the sequel to his sci-fi novel The Edge of Oblivion, just release this month.

DJ Edwardson, we recently celebrated the release of his beautiful novel, The Last Motley.

S.D. Grimm, also with a new release. Amber Eyes came out at the end of January, and she is gearing up for another release next month! Keep your eyes on the horizon for a cover reveal this Thursday! Check out her seven question interview with Enclave Publishing.

Hope to see you there!

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Cover Reveal: Minstrel’s Call

Happy Thursday!

I am excited to help Jenelle Leanne Schmidt in revealing the cover to the fourth and final book in The Minstrel’s Song series. So without further ado:

Minstrel’s Call

War threatens. The game board is set. But the Minstrel is missing…

Advancing his growing power, the Dread Prince breaks free of his prison and brings a faction of dragons under his control, stirring unrest and hatred in the newly united kingdoms of Tellurae Aquaous.

When the dragon wards of Kallayohm are targeted in a ruthless attack, the High King travels there to administer justice. But the trial results in a crippling blow that leaves him reeling.

On the heels of defeat, an unexpected message from the erstwhile Minstrel arrives, pleading with his friends for rescue. Together, the High King and his companions must follow the fragile trail, braving peril and darkness that will test the measure of them all…

Minstrel’s Call is available for pre-order on Amazon.

If you haven’t read the previous books in the series, check them out!

You can find them on Amazon.

Author Bio
Jenelle Schmidt grew up in the northern-Midwest. She now resides with her husband and their four adorable children in the wilds of Wisconsin. Jenelle fell in love with reading at a young age during family story-times when her father would read out loud to her and her siblings each night before bed. Her imagination was captured by authors such as Madeleine L’Engle, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Lloyd Alexander. It wasn’t long before she began making up her own stories and sharing them with her family. To this day she enjoys creating exciting adventure tales filled with poignant themes and compelling characters in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.

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Blog tour: The Last Motley

last motley fantasy book tour

Welcome to the virtual book tour for The Last Motley by Grace Award nominated author DJ Edwardson.

To celebrate the book’s release the digital version is being offered at the special discounted price of 99 cents, now through February 17th. In addition, you’re invited to come along on a virtual treasure hunt visiting some of the places featured in the novel. And to help you along your journey, we’re giving away a few prizes, too. So how ’bout them apples?

Today’s stop is:

Brackenland Province

The central “Helm” of Halicon, Brackenland Province gets its name from the dusky color of its soil, rich in clay and other minerals. Though waving grasslands blanket the northern half of the province, to the south lies a ruddy land of mines and smithies which supply much of the empire’s wealth.

Brackenland is also known for its stonemasons. The greatest architects of Arinn alive today are trained in the provincial capital of Havensward in Oryx College, the only school to rival the Anthem Academy in Evenspire.

Though Barrondale to the south has perhaps richer mineral deposits, those of Brackenland are more accessible and the tunnel system of Brackenland is said to run for miles in places below the surface.

With such wealth it is little wonder that Brackenland is home to many of the great merchants of the empire. For all its material abundance, its people do not have much of a reputation either for politeness or congeniality. The sad faces one sees among its inhabitants are testimony to the general grumpiness which is the one commodity which fortunately no one visiting ever seems to want to buy.

last motley map world of arinn brackenland

We hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the world of Arinn. If this taste has you curious, be sure to check out the full length novel set in this world.

This unique tale is not your typical fantasy novel, Yes, you’ll find monsters, dungeons, harrowing escapes, magic portals, a humor, an ancient artifact, and much more but above all This is the story about the importance of family, faith, and the courage to do the right thing.

Here’s the official teaser:

The Last Motley

The Last Motley Fantasy Book CoverMotleys. Candy-colored creatures with dark powers to drain the souls of men. That’s what Roderick always thought. Until he met one. Now he’s not so sure. But with seemingly everyone in the province hunting the motley down, he must quickly decide which side he’s on.

Is the motley the living nightmare the legends say? Or just a child cursed by magic? Should Roderick save him from an awful fate, or turn him in? Either way, it seems like everyone wants to make sure that this will indeed be the last motley.

Be one of the first to read this unique and original fantasy novel, available now for the first time in digital format at the following online locations:

 

Treasures along the way

As you follow along on this virtual tour of Arinn, be sure to enter the giveaway to make your journey a little easier. Maybe you’ll be one of the ones to find treasure at journey’s end.

Here’s what we’re giving away:

last motley giveaway treasure hunt

A lovely leather journal, an autographed copy of The Last Motley, and a coloring book from the Chronicles of Narnia

You can use the journal to record your travels, the novel as your guide, and the coloring book to, well…for those rainy days when you’re stuck in the inn!

PLEASE NOTE: By entering the giveaway you agree to receive occasional email updates about DJ Edwardson’s releases, sales and book reviews. He will not share your email for any reason and you can unsubscribe at any time. Entries accepted until February 23rd.

Enter the Giveaway


Now if you’re feeling especially adventurous, there is a separate giveaway for the truly dedicated treasure hunters among you. All you have to do is collect ALL TWELVE location names on the tour (e.g. if this were for Middle-earth the answers might be Rivendell, The Shire, Mordor, Gondor, etc – basically we’re looking for the names of the places featured on each of the maps at every stop).

Once you’ve got them all, send them to:

THIS EMAIL ADDRESS

will be entered in a drawing to win this one-of-a-kind poster of the World of Arinn. Measuring 36″X24″ it is nearly movie poster size, printed on thick, glossy paper, and suitable for framing. In addition, the map will be signed by the author. This is a prize you won’t find anywhere else!

motley fantasy map poster world of arinn

(actual photo) It’s even more impressive in person. It’s huge!

You will not be added to the email list for this drawing. Entries accepted until February 23rd as well.

Winners for both contests will be contacted within three days of the closing of the contests.

The journey continues

There are many stops along this virtual tour. Be sure to check them all out.

Feb 6 E.E. Rawls
Feb 7 Angel Leya
Feb 8 Elise Edmonds
Feb 9 Jennette L. Mbewe
Feb 10 Jess Elliot
Feb 11 Rachael Ritchey
Feb 12 Deborah O’Carroll
Feb 13 Karlie Lucas
Feb 14 Abbey Stellingwerff
Feb 15 Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
Feb 16 Jessica Groom
Feb 17 Steven Moore

 

Thanks for joining us on this journey!

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