DISCIPLE continues...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Next Big Thing, Part II

Disciple, Part II is my Next Big Thing!

What is the working title of your book?
As you know (Bob): Disciple, Part II. Subtitled, "Claims Laid." Subtitled: "Winter's Fools."

Where did the idea come from for the book?
As a continuation of Kate's story, Part II was driven by thoughts on how teenagers wrestle with both adult responsibilities and their hormones... and the idea of "you can't always get what you want" that was so well expressed by the Rolling Stones.

What genre does your book fall under?
Hard fantasy romance, heavier on the "romance" in Part II. Part III will be heavier on the "hard." :)

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I named some actors for the three main characters in the meme post for Part I... in Part II, we meet the three saints who rule Wodenberg. So let me cast them:


Chris Hemsworth. Angry Thor: perfect.
Saint Woden: He's the saint of war that I named this fantasy universe after: Saints of War. When I saw Chris Hemsworth in Thor, he was very close to how I picture Woden -- the saint being a little older, angrier, and uncompromising. Woden doesn't need to compromise, you see, he's powerful, he's dedicated to his people, and he's right.

Well, mostly. 

Abrahan Benrubi
Saint Aleksandr: He's a crafter saint and a shape-shifter, the kind of rock-solid guy you would always want at your back. Aleks doesn't take the lead because he knows Woden is better suited to it, and he knows his advice and tempering influence are much needed. Fortunately, Woden knows this too.

I never had a solid portrait for Aleks, I'm sorry to say, other than that he's a big, teddy-bear type of guy. I kept Abraham Benrubi as a reference photo while I was writing, but if I were casting this for real I would love for this to be a chance for a big guy to strut his stuff in a serious role.  

Assad Bouab
Saint Qadeem: When I sketched out the three saints of Wodenberg, I wrote down: saint of war, saint of craft, and saint of nerds. I wanted one of them to be a clear outsider, but just as vital to the kingdom as the two native-grown saints. Yes, Qadeem was inspired by classical-era Arabic scholars -- the ones who kept science and philosophy alive after the collapse of Rome. As with Saint Aleks, I would love for Saint Qadeem to be a great acting part for a talent pool that gets unfairly overlooked: men of Middle Eastern descent.

Edit: Sometimes you're just going about your business and something smacks you right in the face. This is a still I pulled from the short film Noon. The credits tell me this is Billy Khoury -->

That is exactly the wary, analytic look -- and the hair, the beard, good Lord he's perfect. Now if only I had several dozen million dollars to make a movie...


What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Kate worked hard to master her healing magic to serve in the front lines of the coming war, but now she must choose between love and duty.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be self-published -- Part I is available at all the major online retailers. Part II will go on sale April 1st.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
According to my notes, 39 days. November 15 to Christmas Eve, 2011.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Yeah, I still don't have an answer for this. Serious war, serious romance, hard fantasy. I'm not going to compare myself to GRRM, but if anyone knows another novel with the same parameters, I'd love to read it.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I wrote Disciple because I needed to. I don't really deal in inspiration.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Disciple is a six part story, and all six parts have been written. This series is not going to vanish halfway through.

Disciple, Part II arrives April 1st, 2013!
Pre-order Part II, or pick up a bundle of both parts, at Kickstarter from January 1st - 31st!
Blog tour starts here January 2nd with the No Kiss Blogfest and runs through the 31st.
Watch for three character interviews with collectible portrait wallpapers... and the soundtrack... 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hitting the ground running in 2013


Disciple's Kickstarter project begins January 1st! The Kickstarter project will be your chance to pre-order Part II and also get in on the Prologue offer... I wrote one, you see, back when I was getting settled into the Saints of War universe (that's what I call this fantasy world.) It was set before my main characters met each other, and it was a chance to work out the magic system, their personalities, things like that. Much of the magic is inaccurate, now, but there are some important personal moments in there.

I offered the Prologue as a bonus gift, when I ran the Kickstarter campaign for Part I. Since I did get some pledges at that level, I'm committed to rewriting the Prologue and publishing it for only the Kickstarter pledgers by November 2013. So if you're interested, make a pledge...

The blog tour begins here on the 2nd with the No Kiss Blogfest (have you signed up?), continues all month, and wraps up here again on the 31st.

Watch for three character interviews during the blog tour -- one with Kate, Kiefan, and Anders -- because they will come with character portraits! These portraits were created by S. Gina Shellie (link to DeviantArt.com profile) and I love them.

And watch for the soundtrack post! I've created a YouTube playlist of "theme songs" for my main characters.

See you on the 1st!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Anniversary of the Veil blog tour!


Vanna Smythe's Anniversary of the Veil blog tour stops by today! World-building is one of my personal obsessions, so my interview questions were, unsurprisingly, mostly about world-building. :)
I'm completely the opposite ;) Beyond the basics of cultural hierarchy, lay of the land, architecture,... I tend to build the world as I go along. I then make it cohesive in the revision.

Were you inspired by a particular culture or time period, when you created the world of the Veil?
I've always been fascinated by the middle ages, the role of the Catholic church in those times, and sword fighting and royalty and all else.  For this reason, the entire Anniversary of the Veil series is set in a medieval-like world. This doesn't mean that the world I created is entirely historically accurate, though.  I did, however, model it on  the model of life in medieval times in Europe. There's many small villages and towns, each with a church and a priest to oversee the spiritual guidance of the people.

The world itself is governed by a High Panel of Priests, though there is also a King who oversees the more day-to-day affairs of state.  It is, however, the priests who have the final say in most matters.  The priests also have their own army of Protectors who assist the King's guards in policing the Realm.

What's your favorite little world-building detail?
That would have to be the priests' secret army of assassins, the Pure Ones. These men are totally ruthless and have no human emotion left, except for the desire to do as commanded by the High Panel.  The King doesn't know of these men, nor do the majority of Protectors, except for the top commanders.

Do you have a favorite reference/research/inspiration source for world-building -- costumes, weapons, etc?
I love watching historical documentaries and movies and reading historical book, so that's where I draw most of my world-building ideas from. I'll also check some Internet resources to get a more detailed account of anything I want to use. But like I said, I don't strive for historical accuracy, nor is the world the most important aspect of my books. For me, it's all about the characters ;)

It's always tricky to keep magic from creating characters who are too powerful, too able to just wave a wand and solve all the problems. How did you keep magic in its place, in your novels? <
Well, actually, my main character, Protector Kae, is all powerful. The way I've dealt with this not making everything too easy for him, is by having him come to his full strength gradually. The magic in the world I created can only be practiced by some, while the general public is kept ignorant of its existence.  Protectors can all use this magic, but are only told so once they become Protectors. It is the same with Kae, and before he can master his full potential he still has a lot to learn.  Also, the most important choices he must make, the ones that could shape the outcome, can't be avoided or made easier through use of magic.

What are you working on now?
I just finished Decision Maker (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 2) which concludes the story I started in Protector. Next, I will write a shorter prequel to the series, and then Book 3 which will wrap everything up.  

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Cover reveal: Disciple, Part II

At last, it's time to officially unveil the cover of Disciple, Part II. Artwork by Unreal Studio (DeviantArt page).

Back cover text:

The prince first kissed Kate Carpenter for fear of missing the chance if they didn’t survive the journey home through the monster-prowled mountains.

Now that kiss seems like a fever dream. It’s back to work for her, back to the fellow physicians jealous of her talents and the sneers of an infirmary director who wants her shipped off to some tiny village. Kate means to be on the front lines to save lives. She’s worked too hard to overcome her past to let them deny her the chance to serve her homeland when the enemy’s army reaches their kingdom.

The grand jousting tournament is a chance to prove she can manage combat wounded, and at the royal Solstice banquet Kate means to prove she isn’t an ignorant peasant girl anymore.

But the prince’s kiss still haunts her. Their paths keep crossing, and the easy familiarity they earned on the journey home is a welcome escape from their duties. It’s a small slip from chatting to kisses.

This is no time to be distracted by romance -- a vast and powerful empire is coming to slaughter anyone standing between them and the kingdom’s magical fount.

Kate ought to break both their hearts, for duty’s sake.

Read a sample from Disciple, Part II. (it's not the sample that was included in Part I.)

Disciple, Part II arrives April 1, 2013!
Pre-order Part II, or pick up a bundle of both parts, at Kickstarter and help cover production costs. The Kickstarter project starts January 1!

In other news, I am finishing up the first draft of Part VI (the end!) and then tackling the second draft of Part V. My beta readers will be getting a Christmas present...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Feel Real Fantasy blog tour


Today’s stop on the Feel Real Fantasy blog tour celebrating the completion of the Rys Rising series by Tracy Falbe introduces readers to Alloi, a mighty magic user full of love.

Age: One hundred sixty eight
Physical appearance: Tall, dark grey skin, black hair, black eyes, feminine
Special skills: Charisma, kindness, battle magic, mindreading, controlling animals, inspiring loyalty, and shielding magic
Magical Items: Herself

Alloi is a female tabre and the devoted twin sister of Tempet. She is an elite magic user of the reclusive Drathatarlane Sect. She serves as an ambassador to the Kwellstan Sect. Tabre civilization is divided between the two Sects.

The leaders of the Drathatarlane Sect plan to use Alloi’s immense power to restore their Sect to its former glory and undermine the Kwellstan Sect’s authority throughout Nufal. Although Alloi is committed to this rivalry, she is driven most by compassion. Her role in her Sect’s schemes and conflicts is an unfortunate duty.

Alone among the entirety of the tabre race, Alloi feels sympathy for the rys Dacian when he is a prisoner of the Kwellstan Sect. All rys are reviled by tabre as abominations that should never have been created, but Alloi is able to see the brilliance within Dacian. She even offers to help him, but he knows that she alone cannot undo the prejudice of her race toward his. He rejects her assistance and chooses outright war instead.

As the war between the tabre and rys escalates, Alloi is driven to use her great powers in ever more violent battles. Despite her kind heart, she strives to kill her enemies. Although her power can protect whole armies from rys onslaughts, her greatest magic remains her ability to make others love her. She will use this to switch the religious faith of many humans to her leadership. In the end, the only scraps of mercy granted in the hellish conflict will derive from her selfless capacity to forgive.

Author’s feelings about the character:
With Alloi I wanted to work with the concept of great power with a good heart. She is almost always kind and polite. She is considerate of others, even humans who are generally regarded by most tabre as livestock you can talk to.

She is full of love and other tabre remark that she is “too good for us” or “better than us all.” Although she abhors violence, she still plays a crucial role throughout the war. Her magic supports her fierce twin brother who is a mighty warrior. Her vast spells also shield many warriors from rys battle magic. In Alloi I explored what it would feel like to be a wonderful almost angelic being but still have to endure the hatred of enemies. She fights because she will not let those who depend on her perish. Both the humans and tabre of Nufal need her power and the ideals of her heart do not outweigh their need.

From Rys Rising: Book I
The dusk deepened and the glow crystals throughout Alloi’s house brightened in response. She felt pity for Dacian. He and all his kind were an abomination, yet he seemed a noble being. Perhaps he was even better than all the tabre for not lashing out with violence after so much provocation.

Filling with affection, Alloi bent down and brushed his forehead with a tender kiss. Dacian’s eyes opened and she withdrew, embarrassed.

Dacian sat up and moved away from her. He groaned as the pain from the crosha returned but he waved her away.

“I must go back to the Altular,” he said.

“Dacian, no!” Alloi cried.

“It is the only way,” he said bitterly. “I can’t think with this pain eating my mind. I must rest and then find a way to get this off me.” He dug his fingernails into the skin around the crystal as if he might physically rip it from his flesh.

“Dacian, I will help you, I swear,” she insisted.

Embattled and alone, he was sorely tempted by her offer, but there was nothing to gain by accepting help from a Drathatarlane. Miserably, he explained, “Alloi, you have been kind, but I cannot accept your help. Jingten is controlled by the Kwellstan Sect. If I side with Drathatarlane, the Kwellstan might punish all rys.”

He stood up to leave. Alloi jumped up to prevent him. “Please, Dacian, I can help you!” she pleaded.

“Are you sure?” he demanded bitterly. “Are you sure the Drathatarlane will help a rys?”

Alloi hesitated. “I will convince them to aid the rys,” she said.

“You can try,” he said and headed for the door.


From New Religion: Rys Rising Book III
“Alloi,” Cruce said. “Alloi.”

Her eyelashes fluttered, and he brushed a lock of her silky hair behind her ear. She was so beautiful, and he felt an intense need to care for her.

When her eyes opened, they beamed with magical light that illuminated a tear rolling down a cheek. “They hate us,” she whispered from an abyss of unhappiness.

Cruce reached for his canteen and helped her drink.

Mer groaned and all the tabre started to rise from their faint. Tempet murmured for his sister and they clasped hands.

“Did you stop them?” Cruce asked, unable to be patient.

She sat up and rubbed her head. The battle of wills in which she had just participated had astounded her, and she felt altered. This lonely hillside so far from home chilled her, yet the burning need of the human next to her inspired her. She had already sensed how he was willing to fight their enemies, no matter the risk, and he deserved an explanation.

“May I call you Cruce?” she asked politely.

He nodded, surprised by her thoughtfulness.

She continued, “Cruce, we confronted the two who rule the rys. They are Dacian and Onja. Their wickedness is the creation of the Kwellstan Sect. We have come to help end this abomination. We blocked their attacks until we exhausted them. Hopefully they will not be able to harass us for a few days.”

Cruce wasted little mental energy trying to imagine their amazing deeds. “So we can go on?” he asked.
Alloi sighed. “Oh, we are tired. In the morning we will go.”

Cruce wanted to go that instant, but he knew that moving his men down the trail in the dark would be slow and likely hazardous. If they waited for morning light they would make better progress, but he hated the delay.

Sensing his impatience, Alloi said, “You need rest. You cannot fight without it.”

Cruce hung his head. “Divine Lady, I cannot sleep.” He clenched his fists, needing to fight his enemies that were beyond his reach.

“Will you let me help you?” she whispered and he knew that she referred to the spell of sleepiness.
Although he had hated it before, he welcomed its peace now, especially from her.

Alloi sensed his consent. “Set aside your sword,” she said.

He surmised that his sword was blocking even her magic. He walked over to the pine and propped his sword against its trunk. When he returned to Alloi, he laid down on the ground. Only the gentlest soothing tap of her magic was needed to guide him to sleep.

Tempet stood over the human male. “You like this one,” he commented.

“So do you,” Alloi said.

“He is brave,” Tempet said. “But having these humans in our midst will take getting used to.”


Tracy Falbe invites you to give her characters a chance to feel real to you. The Rys Rising fantasy series is driven by magic, passion, bravery, ambition, conquest, and defeat. Rys Rising: Book I is a free ebook and hopefully your gateway to an epic reading experience.

Start reading Rys Rising for free and enter the prize drawing.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Plan

December plan:
  • Prepare the Kickstarter campaign for Disciple, Part II. Pre-order your copy of Part II and support its production costs! And hey, the project banner is also a sneak peek of the cover art:  
  • Prepare for Disciple's January 2013 Blog Tour to support Part I and the Kickstarter! If you are looking for a guest blogger for January, I still have Saturdays free except for the 4th. Comment below or email me!
  • Finish the first draft of Disciple, Part VI -- the final installment. Maybe take a few days off from writing! LOL! 
  • Premiere the cover art for Disciple, Part II!

Blog plan:

  • I hereby commit to a minimum of once a week posting at this blog: every Saturday.
  • There will be guest bloggers passing through on blog tours. I am active in both the Magic Appreciation Tour and the Blog Tour Exchange -- I'm also glad to host any blog tour related to fantasy or science fiction, in all their many flavors including those leaning horror-wards and those leaning romance-wards. But. No urban fantasy, please. YA fantasy and science fiction are welcome... though I feel I should point out that I don't generally read YA.  
  • If you want to blog tour here, I'm going to prefer guest posts about world-building and interviews that talk about world-building. Talking about research and listing favorite reference books a plus. Because I'm a world-building nut and devourer of non-fiction.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sample of Part II & announcements

And now, for your snacking pleasure... a few hundred words of Disciple, Part II that isn't the sample you read at the end of Part I.

I'm also happy to announce that Disciple, Part I is now available at Smashwords! And Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc.

I posted the back cover blurb for Disciple, Part II, last week, and I have been working on the cover artwork since then. You will have to wait a little while for that, but I promise to reveal it before the second Kickstarter project begins in January.

Yes, a second Kickstarter project! You will be able to pre-order Disciple, Part II, to help fund the rest of its production costs. And to pay for the cover art for Disciple, Part III, because this thing is going to keep rolling.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Back cover blurb for Disciple, Part II

Disciple, Part I is currently available at major ebook retailers, as well as in paperback. Disciple, Part II arrives April 1, 2013! Parts III through VI will follow.

Back cover text for Disciple, Part II:

The prince first kissed Kate Carpenter for fear of missing the chance if they didn’t survive the journey home through the monster-prowled mountains.

Now that kiss seems like a fever dream. It’s back to work for her, back to the fellow physicians jealous of her talents and the sneers of an infirmary director who wants her shipped off to some tiny village. Kate means to be on the front lines to save lives. She’s worked too hard to overcome her past to let them deny her the chance to serve her homeland when the enemy’s army reaches their kingdom.

The grand jousting tournament is a chance to prove she can manage combat wounded, and at the royal Solstice banquet Kate means to prove she isn’t an ignorant peasant girl anymore.

But the prince’s kiss still haunts her. Their paths cross at the joust, at the banquet, and the easy familiarity they earned on the journey home is a welcome escape from their duties. It’s a small slip from chatting to kisses.

Kate knows it’s foolish; he’s doomed to a political marriage. As a knight, he will be on the battleground this spring. The kingdom needs every defender, every physician, focused on the war. The vast and powerful empire is coming to slaughter anyone standing between them and the kingdom’s magical fount.

Kate ought to break both their hearts, for duty’s sake. 

No cover reveal yet -- soon, soon. I will be putting up a sample of Part II in a tab, just like the sample of Part I. Stay tuned for more information! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blog tour & Part II announcement!

It probably seems like it's been quiet here... actually, I'm writing interviews and guest posts like crazy. My first blog tour kicks off in November!

So I'll be updating here as the tour stops roll in. And while this tour is an important part of promoting Disciple, Part I, I'm going to do something much more important too.

I'm going to be publishing Disciple, Part II. (Now you know I'm crazy: I'm doing this again.)

The cover art is in production. If you're on my secret mailing list, you'll see a thumbnail of it on Saturday. If you want to be on that secret mailing list, email me -- blankenship.louise at gmail -- and I'll send you an invitation.

I've carefully pondered and come up with:

Disciple, Part II will be available by April 1, 2013 

I suspect I can beat that. I'm being cautious. There will be updates!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Interviewed at Bluestocking

Check out my interview over at Bluestocking -- the blogging home of an excellent crit partner. She asked me some good writing questions. Plus, it's the debut of the back cover blurb for Disciple, Part II.

I haven't nailed down a release date yet, but Disciple, Part II will be coming in early 2013. Now that I've started the ball rolling with Part I, I'll need to keep it rolling.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Goodreads giveaway!

The paperbacks that I ordered when I set up Disciple, Part I on Createspace have arrived! I will be giving away two over on Goodreads -- go enter now if you want one! I will be sticking one of my Disciple bookmarks into these two giveaway books, too.



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Disciple by L. Blankenship

Disciple

by L. Blankenship

Giveaway ends October 29, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Stay tuned for my guest posts and interviews over the next couple weeks. My official blog tour begins in November, and there will be more Disciple tidbits and giveaways for that!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Next Big Thing blog hop

Welcome to the blog hop! My friends at Unicorn Bell are tackling the Next Big Thing meme today. Check out their entries too: Marcy, Charity, Alicia, and Huntress.

What is the working title of your book?
Its final title is: Disciple, Part I. Its working title was "For Want of a Piglet," but it turns out that's just the name of this one part. The other five parts have their own names.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
To be totally honest, the core idea for the romance part of Disciple came from Titanic. Somebody I knew claimed that the socio-economic dynamic between Rose and Jack, if inverted, would ruin the romance. Naturally, my brain grabbed that and ran with it.

What genre does your book fall under?
It's a gritty fantasy romance. If I had to choose only one, I would call it a fantasy. Possibly epic, depending on the definition of "epic" that you're using. Trying to categorize fantasy can lead to madness, though...

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Kate: There's a new crop of young actresses every five years or so, and I can't possibly keep them all straight... but I would want a classic girl-next-door blonde to portray my main character, Kate. Somebody such as Kristy Lee Cook or Elisha Cuthbert, perhaps.
Kristy Lee Cook
Kiefan: Hopefully, we could find a fresh young hunk who can combine the lean, angry look of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers from his Titus and Gormenghast days with the build of a teenaged Chris Hemsworth.
I take it back --
Rhys-Myers still looks
lean & angry
Anders: He's easy; you just need a 20-year-old Alex Skarsgard. Must be able to snark in all situations.
Alex Skarsgard
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Kate needs all her magic to get her companions home alive from the mission -- even that sour crown prince.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be self-published -- and it just went up on Monday! Take your pick of an ebook at Amazon (for Kindle) or a paperback at Createspace! Next up: Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, etc.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took approximately 30 days, but that was complicated by my computer dying toward the end. Thankfully, the manuscript survived. The world-building and character development, though... that took years. Since Titanic was in the theaters, basically.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
... I'm going to have to ask my readers for comparisons. Comparing myself to famous books seems so presumptuous.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I wrote Disciple because I needed to. I don't really deal in inspiration.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
There are six parts in total, but don't worry about whether I'll finish it or fall off the face of the earth. Part II through Part V are already done and in various drafting stages. Part VI's first draft is in progress.

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Giveaway winner and The Look Challenge

Rafflecopter picked Elsabé Ros as the winner of Disciple's first giveaway!

If you didn't win, I hope you enjoy this consolation prize. Charity tagged me in The Look Challenge and it's a great excuse to give you all another taste of Disciple, Part I. The challenge rules are: search my story for the word look and post the scene around the first occurrence.

Well, the first couple looks in Disciple are in the sample that I've had up for months and months. So I'm going to post a later scene that you haven't read yet:

A shadow fell over us and the peasant startled, then dropped to one knee with his fist against his chest. I stepped back, myself, from the grey horse as it pranced close, mouthing its bit and puffing.

“I thought I told you to keep quiet.”

I squinted up at the crown prince. I’d seen him at a distance, riding beside the king, and with my memory Blessing that was all I needed. Wodenberg had only one prince, and it was well known that the queen had sworn she’d die before she let the king touch her again.

A good thing that Prince Kiefan was so easy to look at, then, golden-haired and grey-eyed, Blessed as few were and still unwed at eighteen.

Stern glares were his stock in trade, it seemed. Like his father.

“These men were wounded,” I said, then wanted to take it back as he towered over me. But then I steadied, sure that I was right. “How can I treat patients without speaking?”

M’lord leaned down from the saddle. “A squad of reinforcements doesn’t need a physician at all, let alone a young girl. Keep quiet.”

Fear stiffened my spine, kept my eyes on his black, shiny-new riding boot in the stirrup. “M’lord,” I murmured, to accept the command. My mind whirled, though, flickering through Master Parselev’s every word; he’d said I must go, Saint Qadeem had agreed, surely there could be no mistake…

Disciple, Part I, will be available everywhere on November 1, 2012. I'll post progress reports on its deployment here.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

DISCIPLE's cover reveal & giveaway!

I'm thrilled to reveal the cover for Disciple, Part I -- I love it. Big kudos to my artist, Faiz Nabheebucus and thank-yous to my Kickstarter supporters who made this possible.

Back cover: 
The saints favor her, else-wise a peasant girl like Kate Carpenter would never be apprenticed to the kingdom’s master healer. But her patron saint also marks her ready for the duty of tending to a mission that must cross the ice-bound mountains. Their little kingdom faces invasion by a vast empire and desperately needs allies; across the snow-filled pass, through the deathly thin air, is a country that’s held off the empire and may be willing to lend an army.

Kate knows about frostbite and the everyday injuries of wilderness travel. She can heal those.

She’s not ready for the attentions of a ne’er-do-well knight and the kingdom’s only prince, though.

And she isn’t ready for the monsters that harry them night and day, picking off their archers first, wearing the party to exhaustion, pushing Kate beyond the limits her healing abilities.

She must keep them alive, or her blood will be on the snow too.

Read a sample from the book.

Disciple, Part I, arrives on November 1, 2012!
But you can win an advance copy of the ebook! 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Magic Wakes

The Magic Wakes is the debut novel from Charity Bradford, one of the founding members of Unicorn Bell. Look for it in March, 2013, from WiDo Publishing! Charity's thrilled to be revealing the cover to The Magic Wakes and I'm glad to help get the word out because cover reveals are always fun.* Here's the back cover blurb to go along with this nice cover:

Talia has a secret, one that will save her world and yet rip it apart. Only she can decide if the price is worth it.

Scientist Talia Zaryn has always had visions of an alien invasion and of her own death. She’s kept it a secret, hoping they are nothing more than childish nightmares. But when her face in the mirror matches that of her dreams, she fears the dreams are prophetic. Talia must prove that life exists beyond their planet, Sendek; perhaps then people will prepare to fight.

Talia's work at the Space Exploration Foundation leaves no time for personal relationships, but Major Landry Sutton isn’t looking for a friend. He is looking for a traitor. His ability to sense emotions convinces him Talia is that traitor until a touch sizzles between them. In an instant their minds are connected and they can communicate telepathically. Just as the two begin to trust each other, the invading force arrives.

Talia and Landry must uncover the secrets of Sendek’s past if they hope to defeat these terrifying creatures. And Talia is the key—if only she can learn to trust the magic coursing through her veins.

*When will there be a cover reveal for Disciple, Part I? I'm hoping for next Saturday. My artist's deadline is tomorrow, and by the updates I've gotten I know it's so close to done. The suspense is killing me!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

New logo reveal & revised release date!


I've changed the logo from what I used on Kickstarter because I wanted more emphasis on the title of the entire story. I split it into six parts and named each part, but the most important point is that the whole story is Disciple.

I also started a Facebook page for Disciple.
My freelance editor went through the manuscript, I've made the final revisions, the proofreader checked it, and the book is now in production! I am moving up the release date up to:

November 1st, 2012

and there's a good chance I'll move it up to October 15th since the cover artwork is moving along. 

Coming soon: the cover art reveal and my first giveaway!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

News & Info for DISCIPLE

Disciple is a gritty fantasy romance in six parts. Part I: For Want of a Piglet will be available in November, 2012, as an e-book and print-on-demand paperback.

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Back cover:
The saints favor her, else-wise a peasant girl like Kate Carpenter would never be apprenticed to the kingdom’s master healer. But her patron saint also marks her ready for the duty of tending to a mission that must cross the ice-bound mountains. Their little kingdom faces invasion by a vast empire and desperately needs allies; across the snow-filled pass, through the deathly thin air, is a country that’s held off the empire and may be willing to lend an army. 

Kate knows about frostbite and the everyday injuries of wilderness travel. She can heal those.

She’s not ready for the attentions of a ne’er-do-well knight and the kingdom’s only prince, though.

And she isn’t ready for the monsters that harry them night and day, picking off their archers first, wearing the party to exhaustion, pushing Kate beyond the limits her healing abilities.

She must keep them alive, or her blood will be on the snow too.

Read a sample of Part I here.


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