Month: February 2018

The Worth of a King Cover Reveal

It is my pleasure today to participate in the reveal of a cover of a book I’m really looking forward to. It’s The Worth of a King by  Kendra E. Ardnek. Yes, the same Kendra I often do reveals and releases for. And I still complain about her books not coming faster.

I have read a large part of Worth already and quite enjoyed it. I don’t know how it’s going to end yet, but I suspect a mixture of triumphant and ominous. Both of which are awesome in their way. But enough of my speculations. You want to see the cover.

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Pinterest!

 

Okay, this isn’t the cover. It is coming though, it’s the next picture down. But I thought I would share an inspiration pic first and a dialogue snippet.

 

Not the cover. Just some smoky crown from Pinterest.

Kendra says: This is an aesthetic pin that screamed Worth to me for some reason. It ended up inspiring the titles of the book’s three parts.

“Oh, Sidi, it’s a crying shame how little time we’ve spent together of late,” Nadilynn declared, as Obsidia left her bedroom, Christa a step behind her. “And now there are only a few weeks before my birthday!”

“We are greeting our guests together today,” Obsidia pointed out.

Your guests,” Nadilynn corrected. “My suitors.”

Sighing, Obsidia slipped her arm through Nadilynn’s. “Come along.”

“And even now, one of your girls is trailing behind us.” Nadilynn gave a melodramatic sigh as they started walking. “I’m beginning to think that I’ve been replaced.”

“You are leaving me in a few months,” Obsidia pointed out, shaking her head. “I had to think ahead.”

 

And now we have the cover in all its glory.

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Isn’t it pretty? It’s a little different to Kendra’s other covers, but Worth is just a little different. It’s not fairy tale or portal fantasy. It’s, well just read the description. I can’t explain it well enough.

 

Princess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born. Since there was no male heir, the crown went to the man who killed him, by Dialcian law. This never bothered her, growing up, and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband, she chooses Prince Delaney, the son of that man, with little hesitation. Only then does her life start crumbling around her.

Adrian expected to live a normal life, taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired. But, on his eighteenth birthday, when the princess’ engagement is announced, his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse, and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throne.

Delaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood. He wants nothing more than to protect Obsidia and his people, but as merely prince, he has little power against his father.

The ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and Queen is nearing its climax, and the three are already caught in it.

 

The Worth of a King will be coming out on the 27th of August.

(That seems ages away, but I know it will come all too quickly.)

You can add the book on Goodreads here and the first chapter is waiting for you to read it right here.

 

Kendra E. Ardnek, as always, loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. “Finish your story, Kendra,” is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that glorify God and His Word.
Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon 

 

You can find more snippets from  the book along with inspirational pins, more copies of the cover, and the comments of awesome people who are not me, at all these lovely places.

Savannahjaysworkshop

Dreams and Dragons

Unicorn Quester

Kiri Liz

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Read, Write, Laugh, Dance

Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings

Books, Baking, and Cowgirl Boots

Jenelle Schmidt

Jessica Greyson

The Music of a Story

The Flowering Vales

The Rambling Rose

Written Rest

The Labyrinth

Bible and Books

Jaye L. Knight

 

 

Top Ten Books on my To-Read List

Today I’m talking about the books I’ve been waiting to read the longest. Otherwise known in some cases as books that interested me an I forgot about.  I’m going by my Goodreads list here. I suspect there are some books I’ve wanted to read that are older than the list. I’m doing a combined fiction and non-fiction list because that’s what I have. I’m also dropping some books because I don’t really care about them any more.

1. When Every Month is NaNoWriMo by Larry Brooks.

Probably still something worth reading, though I have no intention of attempting 50,000 words every month.

2. Bitter Winter by Jaye L. Knight.

When I first put this on my to read list, it was nameless Book 5. I don’t even think Book 3, Samara’s Peril had a title yet. Bitter Winter still isn’t out, and though I’m not complaining, I will order the paperback the first day it is available.

3. Haphazardly Implausible by Jack Lewis Baillot.

It’s out of print and not cheap. But I love the title and I did love Brothers in Arms, also by Miss Jack.

4. Hebros by Nicole Sager.

I probably won’t read it. I didn’t love the Heart of Arcrea enough that I feel like reading more in the world. Just because there’s only so much time I can spend reading.

5. Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams

I almost bought this at the Omega Writers Conference, but I thought I would wait for an opportunity to get one with the new cover. I wish I had bought it instead of the novel I did get for myself. Would have been more interesting. The rest of Gillian’s books are also early on my to read list, but I won’t duplicate them.

6. The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis

It takes place inside a book and the allegory sounds fresh. Still want to read.

7. The Shadow Things by  Jennifer Freitag.

I had no memory of this, but I want to read it. Realistic historical fiction in post-Roman Britain that’s centered around the arrival of Christianity? Yes! And there’s good reviews from people I respect.

8. Our Accidental Adventure by Ness Kingsley

It sounds as fun as when I added it to the list. But I really ought to finish Our Intrepid Heroine before starting another of Ness’s books. And given that I was reading that book with my brothers, and we’re all busy, it’s gotten stuck. I’ll have to finish it alone, because I do want to know is she kills the dragon or not.

9. Honor by Rachel Rossano

It’s been a long time since I read Duty. I know I like it, but romance, even in this  medieval fantasy setting, isn’t something I go rushing after.

10. The Christian Imagination compiled by Leland Ryken

I really really want this. It’s actually on my Amazon wishlist, not good reads, but when I saw it I couldn’t leave it off.

Bonus: The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel by Diana Wynne Jones

I’ve wanted this since I found it existed, but it’s not easy to find at a reasonable price. Oh well, It probably won’t help me write anyway.

 

Go check out the link up at thatartsygirl.com if you want to see what books a whole lot of other people haven’t read.

Alternatively you could stay here and leave a comment. What books have you wanted to read for a long time? Are any of them the same as mine?  Have you read any of mine?

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