Are you looking for something new to read this summer? Check out these free fantasy books: June 2021. This promotion runs May 30th thru June 26th, and to be perfectly honest with you I grabbed more off this list than I probably needed to add to my TBR pile. Here are the ones that caught my eye in this promo:
-Elvish by S.G. Prince (one of my top want-to-reads of all 2021!)
-Tavish by Jain Spain
-Summon the Elven Mage by Barbara Ferrier
-The Craftsman and the Wizard by Joel Newlon
-Delsin Chronicles: See No Evil Love No Evil by Bella Benz
-The Descendants by Desinty Hawkins
My own Splitting Worlds novella, Splitting Dusk, is available in this promotion as well! You can check out more about it HERE.
Ready to check out some free fantasy books: June 2021?
I'm am excited to let you read the first snippet of Down Falls The Queen: A Splitting Worlds Novella! With a little over a week to go before its release, Down Falls The Queen takes place 1,000 years before Splitting Dusk.
Ready to read the whole novella?
-Check out the Down Falls The Queen page HERE for links to pre-order your own copy before the June 9th 2021 release!
-Want something to read while you wait? Download Splitting Dusk: A Splitting Worlds Novella HERE for free by signing up for my e-mail list.
-Excited to share your thoughts on Down Falls The Queen? Add it to your list on Goodreads HERE.
Even though I love the work I writer, sometimes I end up changing my best-laid plans: my story mutinied...
My mind is filled with amazing stories from multiple series. When I decided to make The Vow That Twisted Fate my debut novel, I was left with the daunting task of selecting which of those series I would launch once The Vow That Twisted Fate (a stand-alone novel) is released.
After much discussion with my muse, my mentor, and my partner, I made a decision and started writing away. The story was coming along swimmingly! Characters surprised me with the twists and turns in their decisions. Lightbulbs were going off left and right. Yes, I was sure that Kritinia: Shadow Child was going to be the next full-length novel to see the light of day, and its arrival would kick-off the five-volume Kritinia series.
Then, something highjacked my best-laid plans: my story mutinied.
You read that right. Everything froze. The characters quit moving. They sat themselves down with a merry picnic of the best fried chicken and a heaping dose of indifference. And my attempts at prodding them forward was less successful than beating a certain green Jedi master at a lightsaber duel.
But it worked out for the best!
You may have seen a poll go out earlier this month (which is open through May 30th 2021 HERE) asking for help choosing the name of my next novel. Flaming inspiration for that novel and its counterpart (it is a two-volume series) has been fanned hotter and brighter within me, and I have now begun the process of vigorously writing volume one.
So yes, there has been a change in my best-laid plans: my story mutinied, but that doesn't mean that Kritinia is forgotten--merely delayed. I am excited to share more about the new series in the coming weeks here on my website, so sign up for my e-mail list if you'd like to hear the news first.
Are you a writer whose story has mutinied? I'd love to hear what you decided to do! Drop it in the comments.
Can't wait to read more about my next novel (currently in progress as of the time this blog is posted)?
-Pre-order The Vow That Twisted Fate (July 9th 2021 release) and upload your receipt HERE to start reading a digital copy now, while waiting for news on the new series!
-Check out Kritinia: Shadow Child's page HERE to see more about the story that mutinied.
-Follow my Reedsy Reviewer account HERE to see what books I'm reading/reviewing to give myself self-care breaks while writing.
I am utterly blown away and humbled as I write this, knowing that one of my books, my DEBUT epic fantasy novel, has placed as a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist: The Vow That Twisted Fate!
When CK Sorens, author of Trimarked, finished reading The Vow That Twisted Fate and messaged me suggesting that I enter it in the NGIB awards, I was conflicted. To tell you the truth, I wasn't sure my debut epic fantasy novel would be "good enough", and after releasing two flop self-published YA books in college, I didn't think I could bear another scathing rejection.
I have tread the ground carefully with The Vow That Twisted Fate. Every review is beyond appreciated. Every download and pre-order means the world to me! And now...to have placed as one of five finalists among such amazing fellow indie authors, I am truly, deeply grateful to CK Sorens for the recommendation, to the awards judges for reading my work, and for my husband Jikyo and sister Fu, without whom I would not have found the courage to submit the book for consideration.
The Vow That Twisted Fate is available for pre-order on Amazon, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble already, and I have some advanced reader copies (signed paperbacks and hardbacks) on my website shop as well.
If you're interested in reading a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist: The Vow That Twisted Fate is also available in an advanced digital copy to anyone who pre-orders and uploads their receipt HERE.
Want to hear more about The Vow That Twisted Fate or celebrate the award with me?
-Check out some the book's page HERE.
-Grab some delicious book-themed recipes HERE.
-Take a quiz to see which character you'd be in the book HERE.
-Follow the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Facebook page HERE for award ceremony information.
It's been a while since I posted about my favorite places to write, so I thought it'd be great to show another one of my favorite places to write: in bed.
I have been a night-owl my entire life. As a child, reading in bed when the house was quiet was the time I stoked my imagination for the days to come. I am also known for my uncannily vivid (although far-fetched) dreams--yes Uro, if you're reading this I do remember the 'burritos crawling away'. X-D
One key piece of advice my mother gave me was to keep a journal nearby with recollections of the most vivid dreams I had when I awoke--good and bad. As I grew older, more and more of the most unique stories I envisioned were ones I jotted down laying there in one of my favorite places to write: in bed.
If you're interested in reading more about some dreams that turned into novels I am publishing:
-Check out my debut Adult Epic Fantasy Novel: The Vow That Twisted Fate HERE.
-Check out my Kritinia Series: Shadow Child Novel HERE.
-Learn more about Spitting Dawn, a full-length novel in my Splitting Worlds series HERE.
-You can also see all my favorite places to write posts by following me on Instagram HERE.
Calling all readers! Help me choose the title of my next fantasy book! My next fantasy novel is in the works, with ideas pouring out, but the title is up in the air! Here's a brief summary:
When June, a recent business school grad, boards the wrong train while on holiday, she's swept into dimensions beyond her wildest dreams. In worlds where Humans are shunned, fairies are outlaws, wolves are the police, and magical ability dictates leadership, can she survive the train tour home?
Genre: Adventure/Portal Fantasy (Adult)
Ready to help me choose the title of my next fantasy book? Everyone who votes for the winning title will have their entry name here listed on the acknowledgments page of the book!
Vote For Your Favorite Title:
The Girl Who Twisted Tales
A Flame of Fae and Fang
Star-Crossed: Blood And Water
This poll is now closed, and the working cover reveal can be seen HERE.
Thank you for taking the time to help me choose the title of my next fantasy book! Want to learn more about me/my writing and get all the latest news?
-Sign up for my e-mail list on my home page HERE to receive a free New Adult Paranormal Fantasy novella (Splitting Dusk) as well as notifications on contests, giveaways, books news, and more!
-Check out my debut Epic Fantasy novel The Vow That Twisted Fate coming out July 9th HERE.
-Follow my Instagram for unique Instagram-only content HERE.
Today is launch day for a new Reedsy review: Bard by Dan Watt. I received a free ARC (advanced reader copy) of Bard courtesy of the author and Reedsy in exchange for an honest review. It was a unique story, definitely deserving of Reedsy's "Worth-Reading" 3-star rating (but with a couple areas that made it hard to give it a four or five.
-Q.: Why did I pick up Bard?
-A: The idea of a young man fated to find and be with one lover (thanks to a love gem gifted to him in his youth) and that same young man being a bard traveling the world having adventures stood out to me right away.
Without further ado, here is my Reedsy review: Bard by Dan Watt.:
Cornered and assaulted by ghouls, a mysterious maiden is rescued by a young boy named Bran, and she gifts him with a mysterious gem before vanishing without a trace. Bran is a simple but hard-working young man, whose destiny holds epic implications. Sent to train as a Bard as his now-blacksmith father once did, Bran finds himself swept up in a world he never knew existed outside the humble village he has survived in his entire life.
Bard, an epic tale of grand adventure, follows the young bard's journey from Bard-in-training with his friends to the deepest, darkest secrets of foreign royalty in the East. Along the way friends and made and lost, the lines between black and white are muddied to grey. Bran must battles between passion and hate as he travels through foreign lands and survives dangerous foes in search of the love who granted him the gem he cannot remove and that prohibits him from being with any other.
Watt's use of vivid imagery truly brings this story to life for readers. The world is inhabited by every kind of fantasy creature from elves and dwarves to harpies and goblins, and Watt does an amazing job challenging some of the stereotypes of each race while also maintaining the classic strengths in each that fantasy readers will love.
The deep darkness of the human heart is mirrored in corrupt immortal emperors and kings, while hope and love are still potent within the hearts of the characters we meet.
The present-tense narration in Bard was a little difficult to read and stay connected to over such a long book and there are some minor inconsistencies/unclear points in the plot regarding certain changes and decisions that Bran makes as well as the outcome of his friends, but it is definitely worth powering through the narrative style for this unique and unpredictable story.
Younger readers (as the synopsis advises this can be read by older teens) should be aware that Bard is definitely a dark fantasy. Trigger warnings include scenes and depictions of physical and sexual assault, murder, mentions of incest, graphic deaths/war, graphic injuries/deaths of children, explicit sex scenes, and gore.
Being a very original take on the good vs evil and fated-lovers tropes, this fantasy adventure would be a great read for lovers of the Game of Thrones series and Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Want to read another YA Dark Fantasy adventure novel? Check out my November 2020 featured indie author Clare Kae and her book Daughter of Dreams and Dread HERE.
Sparing you the backstory of how these came to be and why I love them, here is the recipe for today's writer fuel recipe: Tex-Mex Sweet Potatoes!
Ingredients (Makes 4)
4 Large Sweet Potato (washed)
1/2 lb ground chicken or beef (optional)
1 packet taco seasoning
1 oz can tomato sauce
1 green bell pepper, washed, de-seeded, and diced
1/2 tbl olive oil
Condiments as desired (salsa, pico, nacho cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream)
Writer Fuel Recipe: Tex-Mex Sweet Potations - Instructions
-Wrap the potatoes in foil and bake on 400 until smushy when squeazed (30-45 minutes on average).
-In a medium soup pan, if using ground chicken or beef, cook meat over medium-high heat until meat reaches a safe temp (see package for details). Drain grease and set aside.
- in a medium skillet, stir-fry green bell pepper until tenderness you prefer.
-add meat (optional), tomato sauce, and taco packet to the skillet and simmer over low for 10 minutes.
-slice baked sweet potato, top with 1/4 of the meat/peppers.
-Top with condiments as you prefer, and enjoy!
Want something sweet to go with your sweet potato? Try the cookies & creme cupcakes writer fuel recipe HERE.
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