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Beautiful New Covers and a Crossover Ficlet

They’re here. Six beautiful new covers for the books I love to talk about here. Well at least I love talkihng about Rizkaland, and can’t avoid talking about Rizkaland. I cannot recal if I’ve ever talked about The Ankulen. I should have mentioned it because it makes me laugh and I love it.

Kendra’s sneak peeks had given me an idea of what some of the covers looked like. She also had shared a cover she was working on which was nothing like the final product and nowhere near as awesome. Unexpected plot twist there.

The books are also being edited to make them all shinier and add extra special content. Kendra’s first book, Sew, It’s a Quest has already been re-released, and the others are on their way. And if you want a copy of all the new books, Kendra currently is running a give-away of the full set. Head over to her blog to check it out. Any comments on this post count towards the giveaway.

But enough of me yammering. You want to see the covers and then you want to read the mini fanfic I wrote which crosses over with my own stories. (Don’t ask me how I know what you want. I just do. It’s a blogging skill.)

Covers are incoming!!!!

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Sew, It’s a Quest

It’s lovely, and shiny and pink!

Two twins in a fairy tale world must find their Fairy Godmother before their eighteenth birthday, lest they forever be stuck with the other’s gift. (Cause that would be bad, you know, when your gifts are sewing and swordplay.)

Kendra’s Revison notes: I sent this book to my kindle, tore it to shreds, then retyped the whole thing, making every word fight to stay in the book. I completely rewrote one chapter, and added/expanded several scenes, focusing on character development and pacing, in particular Robin’s character.

She did an awesome job too. It’s changed from being a nice story, to a great book.

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Do You Take This Quest

You know I love the colour purple, right? And incorporating the old cover is awesome.

A prince’s quest for allies against his misery uncle and a madcap race to get home for a wedding. (Also an odd girl looking for a paintbox, and some funny family resemblances.)

Kendra’s Revision notes: This book has one added chapter, a few (potentially) added scenes, and a severe edit. Again, focus is going to Robin’s character development. I hadn’t the maturity to completely handle her emotional situation when I wrote this book, and now I intend to fix that.

I’ve seen the extra chapter and it’s amazing. A lot of emotional depth to it.

Goodreads

 

My Kingdom for a Quest

Prince Arthur’s quest to take back his kingdom, and Casperl’s quest to find out how, exactly, he’s a prince.

Kendra’s notes: This book was mostly clean … but it’s getting a part two. AKA, book 3.5, The Quest for a Quince, AKA, Casperl’s story. There will be a edit to part one, though.

I’m not the biggest Bookania fan out there, but I’ve enjoyed every snippet from The Quest for a Quince that I’ve seen so far. I think something big is going on, but I don’t know what. (common trait of Kendra’s books)

Goodreads

Those first three covers were made by Kendra. The next three are designed by Alea Harper, an excellent aspiring designer. Go over to her website Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings and have a look at the covers she’s made for her own writing. (She made me a rough one when I mentioned the elements I’d like. She’s awesome.)

 

The Ankulen

Jen knows she had an imagination once – how far will she go to get it back?

This is especially a great book for writers. It takes place in an intersection of imagination and reality, makes fun of a few of Kendra’s writing tendencies, and explores the purpose of imagination. It’s also thoroughly fun and has chapter titles like: In Which I Discover that My Imagination is Gray.

Goodreads

 

Water Princess, Fire Prince

When two teens are pulled into another world, fire and water must work together to defeat a dragon.

I absolutely love this cover. The colours fit so well with the book. It give it a much more dignified look than the original cover. It might also help me get over my mental image of Rizkaland as white. There is snow when the book begins, and even when it’s gone, I still picture it. Snow and coloured trees.

Goodreads

 

Lady Dragon, Tela Du

Purple – Red – Beautiful

Only the Tela Du stands in Amber’s way for ruling Rizkaland forever. Petra would much rather find her long-lost sisters than fight a Lady Dragon.

I just dicovered I have a slight attachment to the old cover for this book. Yes, this one is better. Yes, I complained a little about the other not matching my standards. But its gold, and its vibrancy made me love it anyway. The one bit of my mind that wants things to stay the same is fighting with rest over how excited I should be.

 

Check out what everyone says about the covers and comment over there too. Then read my fanfic.

 

As part of the giveaway on her blog, Kendra is asking for crossover fanfics. There’s a number of options, but I choose to pull a few of my characters into Rizkaland. I have Demetrio from Lady of Courage and Cassia from SubM. Demetrio is supposed to be a villain, but doesn’t act like it, while Cassia remains anonymous and is a nuisance. I hope you like it.

 

Just Get Off the Mat

It was still early summer, but there was a patch of red leaves showing through the trees ahead. Demetrio pushed ahead. If the trees were suffering from some blight, he ought to know about it.

Further on were still more red trees. He stepped from the path to see how far the trees extended. They vanished again. Puzzled, he stepped back to the path. The trees appeared again. Demetrio hurried on. There was a loud click behind him and he whirled around.

Impossible. Red trees surrounded him. Yellow grass too. Was he going mad?

“Excuse me sir, What way would I walk to find a town?”

Demetrio scanned the trees and spotted a small golden-haired girl under one of the trees. He strode forward and grabbed her wrist.

“What have you done to the trees?” he demanded.

“I? The trees? They were red when I arrived here. Where they different before?” the girl asked.

“There were green trees here, just a minute ago. And green grass. Not this atrocity. Don’t pretend you know nothing about it.”

The girl’s eyes grew big. “You’re not from here either, I see. And you don’t know what happened.”

Demetrio loosened his grip on the girl. “Where is this then? Because last time I checked, I was very much from Doranto.”

The girl sighed. “It seems there was some reason for me to be here then. You’re not in Doranto anymore. You’re in another world. She said it was called Rizkaland before she disappeared.”

“Rizkaland? World? She?” Demetrio pulled his hat off and rubbed at his head. “What on earth do you mean?”

“I mean you’ve been transported to a place completely disconnected from where ever you’ve come from. Unfortunately, that means you can’t get back all on your own. Neither can I. So, we’re stuck here. And there is magic which just makes it all worse.”

Demetrio raised his eyebrows. He still had no idea what was going on, but his senses said this was real. So presumably the magic was real and could be useful. “What is this magic? I’m not sure I believe you.”

The girl twisted her had from his grip and stepped away. “You really don’t need to know.”

Demetrio took a step after the girl and grabbed her by both wrists. “Tell me. Please.”

She stared back at him for a long moment. “Fine. But I’ll advise you to avoid all of it. Magic is not something to be meddled with and there could be all kinds in this place. Take this for example.” She pointed at a purple mat under their feet. “If you say a special word, it transports you somewhere else.”

“Do you know what the word is?”

“Yes, but I’m not using it. I don’t do magic. That’s why I asked which way the nearest town was.”

Demetrio stared at her. “I don’t suppose you could tell me the word.”

“Nope. I wouldn’t want to have someone else’s use of magic on my mind. We’ll just have to wait for someone else to turn up.”

“You said there was a woman here?”

The girl nodded. “Yep, she went off on the mat to find someone else when I refused to use it. She’ll probably be trying to come back about now.”

Demetrio tugged at the girl. “Look here. I don’t know how these things work, but I’d imagine it’s not a good idea to stand on them when someone else wants to use them.”

She pulled back. “Oh, they just won’t work. But I don’t want her using magic either.”

~The End~

Bookania Interview with Robert

So today I have another Bookania interview for you. No I didn’t get to do two. My brother who prefers not to disclose his name, is interviewing Prince Robert of Locksley. So he has a story. Enjoy.

Today I shall tell you all the tale of a time I met with with a prince named Robert, and what he told me that day.
‘Once upon a time in a land called Bookania, in the country named Locksely, two men sat before the hearth in a small cabin. I, Aposhipolepo, traveller of a thousand lands, turned from staring at the mantel piece to the young man who had just sat down across the table, “Welcome Prince Robert, ” I greeted him, “what is your opinion of your position as the heir to the Locksely throne?”

“Government is a responsibility not to be taken lightly,” the prince replied, “Locksley is a larger country in Bookania, which means that I will someday hold a lot of power and sway. No sane person desires power, but I have every intention of doing my best with what is given to me and ruling my people to the best of my abilities.”

“Prince Robert, is there anything you see as in need of improving in Locksely?”

“My father, and great-grandfather before him, have been good kings who have governed our people well. I’m sure there’s always room for improvement, but really, I just hope that I can live up to them.”

“Are there any changes you foresee in the politics of Bookania? I would think the awakened royals from a century ago must effect the situation?”

“It has been interesting. The biggest change, so far, has been Briton, Fronce and Englund, though Kendra tells me that I can’t tell you what happened in Fronce and Englund. Kendra also says that we can expect some changes in Normandy and parts of Winthrop soon, but she won’t give me details on what.”

“That sounds very intriguing, authors are very secretive people. What is your opinion on whether your sister will make a good queen when it comes time for her and Eric to take Winthrop’s throne?”

“I don’t think she’d make a bad queen, but … they’re hoping that Lukas can be found before that time comes so he can take the throne instead.”

“If I understand correctly you are the best tapestry maker in Bookania as well as being gifted in the organic, what skills does that give you that you know of?”

“Um, archery for one, and handwriting, apparently, if I’m using a quill. Also, and I’m not sure on this one, falconry. I could also probably do gardening, but I’ve never attempted that.”

“I heard that Robin Hood was not completely impressed at your skill with archery. What is one of your greatest regrets about your past choices?”

“Robin Hood was impressed with my archery, he was just joking because of how fast I had picked it up. Uh, biggest regret… I don’t really have any regrets, I’ve lived a good life, but I guess, if I have to name something, the fact that I spent so much of life trying to organize Robin. I mean, yes, she’s disorganized, but she also had servants to attend to her, and I could have spent all of that time on things that I wanted to pursue.”

“May you continue without regrets all your days. Robert, would you please tell me your full name and title? I am not certain that I have heard it all together.”

“Prince Robert Michael of Locksley, and that’s all. I’m told that names and titles tended to be more pretentious before the Change.”

“I personally think that simple names are best. Thank you for your time, I am sure you have useful things to occupy your time other than talking to me”

“Thank you for having me. It was no problem. Rulers should devote time talking to the common people.”

And with that we rose and I saluted him before escorting him out the door.
And that is all I shall at this time tell you about the occasion the prince of Locksely came to my house.’

And that was that. I found it quite entertaining and informative. Robert is one of Kendra’s quieter characters. Quite the opposite of his twin sister Robin.

Head over to Kendra’s blog to see the most recent posts for the party.Also Tears, Frogs and Laughter and  CinderEddy are still free for a few more days. Even though neither of them have  Robert they’re still fun. I especially recommend CinderEddy.

Bookania Interview with Maryanne

So as I mentioned in my last post, Kendra is having a party to celebrate five years since she published her first book. And as part of that party I got to interview one of her favourite characters, Maryanne. And I plunged into the questions without actually making sure with Kendra that she was available.

Welcome Maryanne, I’m Anna and Kendra’s getting me to interview you on my blog. Let us begin. So, you’re a princess, What’s that actually like?

Kendra: Maryanne, get over here and use the computer like you’re always asking too!

Let me go find her…

Nothing happened for a long time.

Kendra: All right. Finally tracked down Maryanne, hiding in a well of all places. That girl … anyway, let me give the keyboard over to her.

“Ah, Hello! Guten Tag! Bonjour! Thank you so much for having me over to your blog. Blogs are so nice. I wish Kendra would let me have one, but she’s grumpy. Anyway, you’d like to know what it’s really like being a princess. Well, I’m not really sure I’m the best person to answer that question, for I’m not your typical princess, but I shall try my best.

My mother, for instance hated being a princess. I rather enjoy it. I think that mainly has to do with the fact that when she was a princess, princessing mostly involved dressing fancy, going to balls, and knowing your father was going to try to make a political match with you. I suppose that’s still the case with most princesses, even these days, but I got lucky and have fun parents who let me go on adventures and talk to people about politics, stuff like that. Anything else you’d like to know?”

Well I wasn’t asking about princesses in general. That sounds really fun. So, are you an only child?

“No, I’m the eldest of … a number. Well, there’s Peter, who does doctoring and then Bianca and Brianna, who are twins and like to confuse people.”

I know twins like that. Do you think there are advantages to being the oldest? I’m a middle child myself.

“Well, I get to tell my younger siblings what to do and they’ll usually listen. Though on that note, I’m also supposed to set an example, and that can be a pain. And then Peter gets it into his head that, because he’s a doctor, he can boss me around. He doesn’t approve of near-death experiences. I tell you, though, you haven’t lived if you’ve never had a near-death experience.”

A near death experience? *raises eyebrows* What did you do?

“A better question would be ‘what haven’t I done?'”

Tell me a bit about at least one thing.

“Well, there was the time that I fell off a cliff and was attacked by a wolf when I was … younger. Love was with me that time. She didn’t think it was very fun.”

Who’s Love?

“One of my cousins. Kendra says that you’ll be meeting her in … a book. She says it’s not far from now. I say she needs to hurry up and write it.”

Yes, she does. Along with a lot of other books.

“But she keeps distracting herself with Rizkaland. It’s annoying.”

I rather like Rizkaland. On the subject of other books, if you could live in any other world which one would you pick?

“Ooh. That world with Arthur in it. The one from the Merlin TV show. Sigh. It’s been so long since I last dumped a bucket of water on his head…”

Okay… I could follow along that line, but I won’t. How many fairy-godmother gifts do you have?

“Malina gave me the ability to pick up language very quickly and accurately – I can’t learn a language wrong – and then each year on my birthday Fallona gifts me with the knowledge of a language in its entirety. This is a very painful process, so she she also gifted me with a lowered sensitivity to pain.”

That’s fascinating. I’ve never learnt more than a tiny bit of a second language.

“I speak more languages that I can count … but since I can’t count very high. By the way, I must ask, where are you from, because you have a wonderful accent.”
I’m from a land called Australia and my accent is relatively subtle.(How could she pick up  my accent through text?) But we’re not talking about me now. Do you have any hobbies? Other than finding adventures.

“I enjoy translating old books. So many old, forgotten languages for me to learn. I also collect knives.”

Interesting, Aydel from one of my worlds, tries to collect knives, but she ends up losing them instead. Are knives you weapon of choice?

They are, though I also enjoy the sword.”

That’s not surprising given the skill your parents have. So you don’t tend to use a bow?

“I have some vision problems and I find the bow to be difficult. I can’t be perfect, you know.”

Of course not. People who are portrayed as perfect have no depth. Now, do you have any particular enemies?

“I’ll admit that I’ve made enemies as well as friends during my adventures. Sometimes Love thinks she’s my enemy. It can be funny.”

Well, sometimes having enemies isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re doing something. I could come up with more questions, but this is probably enough. Is there anything you’d like to say to all the readers?

“Auf Wiedersehen , kann der Autor mit euch sein.” (Goodbye. the Author be with you.)

Thank you for coming on.

“Thank you for having me.”

So that is that. Head over to Kendra’s blog to check out all the fun stuff there, and find your way to other character interviews.

Also check out the books that she has free today. The Woodcutter Quince, Will You Take This Quest, Tears, Frogs and Laughter, and Cinder Eddy

Five Years of Bookania Tag

Hello people,

I had intended to writing a post about how writing isn’t the most important thing in my life. But more important things pushed it out. So I grabbed Kendra’s Five years of Bookania Tag which probably took longer.

1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

It’s been 8 months now. Two thirds of a year. And I started because I’m an author and authors are supposed to have blogs.

2. How long have you been following my blog and how did you find me?

I don’t quite remember but it’s been a least a year I’ve been reading Kendra’s blog. As for how I found her, it may have been from homeschooledauthors.com. That’s how I found a lot of people. And I saw the sign up from beta reading Water Princess, Fire Prince and thought it might be interesting. And the rest is history.

3. Which of the books on my WIP list sound the most interesting to you?

Other than Lady Dragon, Tela Du, I would say Half-Hidden, HaV Academy and Worth of a King.

4. What are three of your favourite fairy tales?

 The Day Boy and the Night Girl (It’s a very obscure one), What the Old Man Does is Always Right(Perhaps not technically a fairytale, but it’s in my book of Hans Christian Anderson Illustrated fairy tales and I love the spirit of it.),  and The Emperor’s New Clothes.

5. What is the strangest fairy tale you’ve ever read?

The Travelling Companion (also from the Hans Christian Anderson book) It’s kind of weird and creepy. It’s got a few similar elements to 12 Dancing Princesses, but it’s not nearly as nice.

6. What are some things that you’re looking forward to/hope will happen in future Bookania Quests? (Or, if you haven’t read the Bookania Quests yet, in the series in general, or, you know, you could just delete this question and pretend it never existed…)

I want to see more of Shira. And I want to hear about Rapunzel.

7. Recommend a book for me to read. (You can check my Goodreads shelf to see what I’ve already read/my interests)

The Magician’s Daughter by Justyn Walker. It’s a crazy kind of book, a bit like some of yours. But in a slightly different way. Orphans falling though puddles? Check. Talking secret agent bat? Check. A mad wizard who makes your hair go rainbow coloured? Check. A lethal sport, a dragon named Smokey the Terrible and a couple of misfits for heroes? Check, check check.

8. What, to you, are the essential elements of a good story?

Good relateable characters who react in realistic ways, a plot with some stakes that aren’t just emotional and some deeper layer to them even id it’s very subtle.

9. What is your favourite fairy tale retelling, whether film or book, and why?

This is tricky, but I love A Dream, Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu. It was just the kind of book I needed to read when I first got it.

10. Tell me about a project (preferably a book, but I’ll understand if you’re not a writer), that you’re incredibly excited about.

I’ve only really got two books I’m working on and I’m excited about both of them. Especially Lady of Courage right now. The idea could go so many places and I’m to have so much fun figuring it out. And Kendra already knows about as much as anyone. But it’s exciting to mix up politics, technology, family relations, murder mystery and foreign invasion. And I really like my heroine. she may have her faults, but she’s a likeable person, she isn’t foolish and she doesn’t whine.

YAnd that is that. Head over to Kendra’s blog and check out all her party over there. I’ll be having a couple of her characters over here for an interview soon.

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