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.

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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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Progress Report

Hello dear readers and fellow adventurers!

How are you?

morning-gloriesFall is in full swing now. All the fall activities are going like clockwork gears or a juggler’s pins. Haven’t decided which analogy fits better. The temps are getting cooler. Finally! Been getting a good routine down so far. We’ll see how long that will last. I’ve already noticed I’ve reached my max for brain functionality and life.

It’s been awhile hasn’t it? You wouldn’t believe how much trouble I have been having trying to string two coherent thoughts together this week. So I apologize in advance if I’m a little disjointed.

I’ve been quiet for two reasons.

One. I am writing!

This second rough draft is about 2/3 of the way through. I’ve been sharing a few tidbits here and there on Twitter and at times on Facebook. Just search for #HiddenDagger3. 🙂

Two. I started a job.

With my youngest entering kindergarten, I was needing to get a job. I will spare your eyes all the details, but the idea of getting an outside job was killing me. Took me the entire summer to sort of finally accept it. And then I was met with closed doors until two and half weeks ago.

img_3596I am so excited and HUMBLED to be part of a team putting together a graphic novel for tweens. I LOVE LOVE LOVE doing this. The past two and half weeks have been spent learning the ropes of new software and a Wacom Cintiq. I am…dying over here. Flat on my face in awe. I can’t believe it.

Also, the past two weeks have also been something crazy. I have a hard time with change for starters. Then computer trouble! Then hooking it all up? With my husband? I might have had to go to repentance later. Ha!

Anyways, THAT is why I have been quiet lately. And I will probably continue to be so for a while, but I will pop in every once in a while to keep you posted on book three and a few new releases that I will be helping to get the word out about in the next few months.

Hope you all are well!

Tell me. What is one thing you are looking forward to this fall/winter?


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Minnesota at Heart

Greetings fellow adventurers!


Home for the past two weeks!

How has your summer been? (If you’re in the western/northern hemisphere.)

We just got back from our trip to Minnesota. And what a trip!

It was lovely! All. that. water! So much green. So many trees. And the rocks! Although I was very disappointed that the northern roads where my parents live did not have any agates like the ones in central Minnesota where I grew up. BUT I got to stand on a batholith. 🙂

daddy & ariah

Enjoying the lake!

There were a lot of firsts. Like the kids getting to fish from a boat. Sleeping in an RV–BIG thank you to my brother for that. Going to a county fair. And of course introducing the kiddos to my favorite place in Minnesota, Duluth!


Oh my heart!







We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary up in Duluth with my sister and her kids and my parents at Gooseberry Falls where my hubby and I had spent our honeymoon. And of course, right before we were supposed to leave for Duluth, I rolled my ankle. Yeah, so there I was hobbling around the best I could. But with each day the hobbling got less and I was able to walk fine as long as I didn’t turn it a certain way.

We hung out with family and got to meet up with some beautiful souls. Grandpa took the kids fishing and Uncle John took us cruising in his boat. The kids loved every minute, except having to return home. Oh, and the mosquitoes.

john us

Cruising with Uncle John!

And we got to see the world’s largest open mining pit. Wow, those trucks gave new meaning to Monster Trucks! The tires alone are TWELVE feet tall!

family pic in monster scoop hibbing mn

I have a few more images on Instagram, if you’d like to see more of our adventures in Minnesota. 🙂

So now, summer has ended for us. I am missing the cool temps of Minnesota, all the lakes and greeness of everything. And mourning the fact that I will miss the changing of the seasons and the Northern Lights. But time marches on! We’re getting ready for back to school. One week!!! And all the fall activities will be starting up. There are a lot of things up in the air for me, but I plan to make great strides in book III over the next couple of weeks.

How was your summer? Are you ready for fall?


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Progress Report

Greeting fellow adventurers!

This month has flown by! We are packing for our trip to Minnesota as I pound out my word count for this month and get last minute things done around here before we leave. It’s been four years since I’ve been home. During the next couple of weeks I won’t be around much. Summer will be drawing to a close and then all the fall activities will start back up. So on to the progress report.

Book III News

  • As I write this, book three is at 20,000 words. It is coming a long nicely. Although, I have forgotten how rough a rough draft can be. Even though I am rewriting book three, it will be completely from scratch.
  • Kael has already found himself in some interesting predicaments…
  • I am REALLY missing Prince Vian right now.
  • I NEED a title for book three. It’s bugging me.

My Daughter’s Mural

I came to a stopping point. I have yet to add the puffy white clouds and possibly the little white flowers on the trees. But for now. I am done.

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The Silmarillion Awards 2016

The fantasy-style awards have been announced! If you missed any of the posts, you can find the complete list below. Tomorrow there’s going to be a big to-do in cyberspace over the birthday of the Lord of the Rings. I won’t be around to celebrate, so I thought I’d celebrate tonight. Ha!

Happy Early Birthday!  

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The Best Redemption Story Silmaril

Before I hand this over to our esteemed host, I want to thank everyone who participated in the nomination process and for voting. We couldn’t do this without you. Again, THANK YOU!boromir (2)

If you’ve seen the hint on the nomination post, you will have most likely guessed who will be giving away the 2016 Silmarillion Award for Best Redemption Story.

He once tasted the bitter depths of darkness and wept. But he did not remain in such disgrace. Far be it! He rose to fight that others might live, and he paid the ultimate price to do so.

Eldest son of Denethor II. Steward Prince of Gondor, Captain and High Warden of the White Tower. Valiant Warrior.

Please welcome, Boromir!

Your words are too kind for a man like me, nevertheless, I am honored to present the 2016 Silmarillion award for Best Redemption Story.

silmaril-redemption-award-mediumOne does not simply give this award to just any story. No. This jewel can only go to one that demonstrates the great transformation of a character’s life. A character, misguided or otherwise, who rises from the darkest of pits to the glorious heights of victory, displaying integrity and virtue and all that is honorable, even if one’s victory is but celebrated beyond the grave.

The 2016 Best Redemption Story Silmaril, as voted on by you, goes to . . .

Edmund Pevensie of The Chronicles of Narnia!


Thank you Boromir! And thank you, dear readers, for joining us!

And if you would like to see the final nominated candidates and the votes went, here you go!

Edmund (The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe) 45 / 37%
Eustace Clarence Scrubb (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) 28 / 23%
Kalmar Wingfeather (Wingfeather Saga) 24 / 20%
Jace (The Ilyon Chronicles) 13 / 11%
Prince Lionheart (Tales of Goldstone Wood) 12 / 10%

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