DISCIPLE continues...

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


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! 

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