DISCIPLE continues...

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Disciple, Part II now on sale

The Official Announcement

Disciple, Part II, is now available at major e-retailers.
Barnes & Noble

Paperbacks available at

Back cover copy:
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.

Praise for Disciple, Part I:
"In this book, Ms. Blankenship establishes her presence on the same shelves as those epic fantasy reads belonging to Martin, to Tolkien, and to Jordan. Hers, however, is uniquely female, and in that, it's refreshing. You find tremendous voice which I imagine in my mind as a Scottish brogue that sets the flavor of the entire piece. And when the author pulls monsters out of her hat, they're so real and visceral I feel like I'm actually there battling for my life."
- Michael Offutt, author of Slipstream and Oculus

Blog tour begins April 1st
Watch for world-building extras, A-Z Blogfest entries, amd the Goodreads give-away!

Revised: one of my world-building posts is already up: on symbolism.

Next up...
...why, Disciple, Part III of course. And now that I've finished all six parts of Disciple, other ideas are competing for attention. Which will I write first...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Diviner's Prophecy

I have taken over Ms. Blankenship's blog today and have the distinct pleasure of introducing you to Dowager Duchess Damara of House Florett who is here to instruct us in Court Etiquette.

Nicolette: Lady Florett, thank you for joining me today and teaching Ms. Blankenship's readers how to behave in proper company.

Duchess Damara: Lady Andrews, I am honored to have the opportunity to instruct you in the ways of court life. If you do not mind I would like to start our lesson right away.

N: By all means, go ahead.

DD: Well I must advise you that your address to me was incorrect. Though my husband has departed this world, I do still hold the title of Dowager Duchess. For someone, like yourself, to address me you should start by calling me, ‘your grace’. Similarly if I were to address you I call you by ‘my lady’, though you do not hold a title it is a form of respect.

N: Oh, I think I understand now and how would you, say talk to someone who is higher up than you?

DD: Well, there are few who are higher placed than I, but if I were to meet the Queen at a social gathering, I would address her as ‘your majesty’ but if I were to say, run into her nephew the Prince Heir, I would address him as ‘your highness’, do you see?

N: I think I get it now. Kings and Queens are ‘your majesty’ and Prince or Princess ‘your highness’?

DD: you are a quick study.

N: Why thank you. Now that we’ve established greetings, what does one do all day at court?

DD: For each individual it is different, women are expected to know how to sew and do fine mending and embroidery. There is entertainment to be found in the Hall of Entertainment or walking in the garden as well.

N: Sounds like you live the life of leisure to me.

DD: Well there’s always politicking, if you get bored with the more mundane aspects of court life.

N: care to elaborate on what politicking might involve?

DD: Let’s just say, if you don’t like who is in power, there are ways of convincing people to join your way of thinking.

N: That was a rather obtuse answer.

DD: Naturally.

N: Well, any parting words of wisdom for someone who wishes to visit a royal court soon?

DD: Remember to keep your eyes open and if in doubt, give someone more respect than they’ve earned, flattery gets you everywhere.

Thank you, your grace, for taking time to talk with us today and thank you, Ms. Blankenship (curtsies and murmurs "You're very welcome, m'lady") for letting me take over your blog. You can learn more about Damara and court life in my novel, Diviner’s Prophecy now on sale at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords and many other retailers.

You can also find Nicolette Andrews at her website, on Facebook, or Twitter.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tolkien Reading Day

It crossed my mind that I ought to say something about Tolkien, as he is the father of the fantasy genre as we know it today and I have devoted much time and writing to fantasy.

Then it crossed my mind that I couldn't possibly say anything that hasn't already been said, more eloquently, by someone else. For anyone born after the mid-1960s, it's just about impossible to write fantasy outside Tolkien's influence -- and it's been analyzed in minute detail for decades.

So I will have to make this a very personal post about what Tolkien taught me.

I read The Hobbit young, of course, and Lord of the Rings before I graduated from high school. And of course they were an influence on me. But the subtler lesson that Tolkien gave me came from The Silmarillion, which I read in college.

That book told me not to be afraid of diving into deep world-building. Tolkien poured much of his life into developing The Silmarillion, and the four novels were an outgrowth of that work -- rather than having written the story and then backfilled the structure necessary to support it. My belief that story, characters, and world-building are inextricable is rooted in this. Change one, and the other two must adjust to accomodate.

I believe that world-building is like an iceberg, in that 90 percent of it is invisible to the reader but still necessary. You don't have to read The Silmarillion to enjoy The Hobbit, but it's ballasting the story nonetheless.

I'm familiar with about the first 20 feet below water, of Disciple's iceberg, which gives me a good idea what the rest is like. I keep diving and learning more; and I'm grateful to the master world-builder for leading the way.

Disciple, Part I is on sale for 99 cents 
in honor of Tolkien Reading Day. Find it marked down 
at Amazon  B&N • Smashwords  Kobo

Also visit the events at: Goodreads • Facebook

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Equinox Sale

Spectacular Spring Fantasy Sale - March 20-22, 2013 - all books under $5

March 20 - 25
Disciple, Part I (ebook)
is only 99 cents

Disciple, Part I and Part II
at the Spring Fantasy Sale

Check out the Spring Fantasy Sale at the Magic Appreciation Tour site for more fantasy ebooks 
and 35 give-aways!

Disciple, Part I will be 
99 cents through 
J.R.R. Tolkien 
Reading Day,
March 25th
WebsiteGoodreads • Facebook

Look for Disciple, Part II
on sale April 1st

Is it on your to-read list at Goodreads?

Blog tour begins April 1st, too, if I haven't gone insane by then...
ebook's done, paperback's laid out, time to tackle the Smashwords file...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Quick update

Yes, Disciple, Part II is still on schedule for April 1st! My proofreader has the final draft. Meantime, I have been working on revisions to Disciple, Part III. All six parts have been written plus the first draft of the Prologue, Fire's First Kiss, so technically Disciple is "done."

Technically. There will be revising to do, of course. And yet, I'm getting a certain "empty nest" feeling...

Coming up soon: the SPRING EQUINOX SALE over at the Magic Appreciation Tour site! Fantasy books on sale below $5 -- I'll be marking down Disciple, Part I to 99 cents and giving away pre-release copies of Part II. Starts on the 20th!
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