The Rise Of Aredor Series Re-Launch

Hullo, everyone! I’m so excited to be bringing you the re-launch of the Rise of Aredor series by Claire M. Banschbach!!! This series has been out for a while, and I’ve been dying to read both books, but then the publisher closed. Because of that, they were off of the market for a while, but now they’re finally be relaunched! I’m so glad to be a part of the tour. So let’s learn a little about the books, shall we?

The Rise of Aredor

Lost in a foreign land and separated from his family, Corin does his best to survive as a slave in the household of a Calorin lord. With newfound friends he fights for survival in ambushes and wars. For one act of bravery, he is awarded his freedom and returns to a home that has been invaded and ravaged by the Calorin armies. When Corin sets foot on Aredor’s shores, he has one goal in mind: find his family. He is driven into the forest, where he is reunited with childhood friends. From the shelter of the woods, they begin a spirited rebellion against Corin’s former cruel master, who now holds sway over Aredor. Follow Corin’s path in his quest to free his imprisoned brother, find a father who has vanished, and ultimately free his country in The Rise of Aredor.

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The Wildcat of Braeton

His term of service to Lord Rishdah now complete, Aiden returns to his home in Braeton. As he travels he hears rumors that trouble plagues Braeton. Clan Canich is being attacked from within. He arrives, determined to save his father, his brothers, and his Clan from the treachery of one man.

A year has passed since the Calorins were driven from Aredor and Corin is struggling to rebuild his country. Despite the peace, a fear haunts him that the Calorins aren’t far away. The Hawk Flight takes to the forest again to defend the borders against a possible attack from the neighboring country of Durna and its Calorin ally.

As Aiden and Corin struggle to adapt to their new lives they know one thing for certain – war is coming to the North!

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Author Bio

Claire M. Banschbach is a native West Texan. She discovered a deep and abiding love for fantasy and science fiction at a young age, prompting her to begin exploring worlds armed only with an overactive imagination and a pen while obtaining degrees in Kinesiology from Texas A&M and Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University.

She talks to fictional characters more than she should while struggling to find time for all their stories. She currently resides in Arlington, TX where she works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.

You can connect with her on Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Blog | Instagram

 

And now for some fun celebratory things! There’s actually a Rise of Aredor giveaway going on, and all of the books are on sale for $0.99! Along with that, you can get a taste of the Aredor universe by checking out some short stories on Claire’s blog. Check out the rest of the tour posts below to see even more!

Tour Schedule

Sept 28

Daley Downing – Series review

Rachael Ritchey – Series spotlight & Interview

Deborah O’Carroll – Series spotlight & Interview

Kelsey Bryant – Series spotlight

Shannon A. Hiner – Series review

Sept 29

CB Cook – Series spotlight

Liv K. Fisher – Series spotlight & Interview

Laura A. Grace – Video Reviews!

Emily Kopf – Review for The Rise of Aredor

Shannon A. Hiner – Interview

Sept 30

Hazel West – Interview

E. Rawls – Guest Post – Anatomy of Writing

Gabriellyn Gidman – Interview

E. Paige Burks – Series spotlight

Sarah Addison-Fox – Series review

Faith Blum – Spotlight for The Wildcat of Braeton

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Exiles (Ilyon Chronicles #4) by Jaye L. Knight – Release Blitz And Author Interview

Hullo, everyone! I’m here today with an author interview with Jaye L. Knight, in celebration of the release of book 4 in the Ilyon Chronicles!!! I’ve sadly gotten a little behind in this series, but I’m looking forward to catching up at some point in the future. 😀 On to the post!

Author Interview

C.B.: Starting off with a tough question! Which of your characters in the Ilyon Chronicles has
been your favorite to write?

Jaye: Jace! I love Jace. Jace is my precious. Jace will always be my precious. 😀 But that’s
probably pretty obvious to most of my readers. So I’ll make this more interesting and go beyond
the obvious. I also love writing Daniel. He always takes over his scenes. And then there’s Kaden
too. Really, it depends on the day and the scene. Most of the characters have been favorites to
write at one time or another.

Which of the books in the series was easiest for you to write, which was the hardest, and
why?

Looking back now that I’m on the very last book (which is being a royal pain in the
neck), I think Resistance was the easiest. When you first start a series, you have so much
excitement and it’s all so new and awesome. And you’re so pumped about it and anxious to get
to the next books. That really helps propel you forward. Six books in and six years later, you
can’t help getting a little bit tired and looking toward the finish line.

What is one piece of writing advice you would like to give to young aspiring authors?

Just write. Don’t get hung up on trying to get it right in the first draft, just get that story
on paper. You can always fix things later, but a blank page won’t get you anywhere. The best
way to learn is through practice, and the more you can write, the better. So go for it and don’t
worry what that first draft looks like.

Where do you get most of your story, plot, and/or character ideas?

Lots of places. It can be books, movies, music . . . pretty much anything. Ideas for Ilyon
Chronicles came from DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul, Robin Hood, Gladiator, The Hunger
Games, The Mentalist, Thor, and a commercial for a TV show called Unforgettable, among
many other things. I can pick up bits and pieces of ideas from just about anywhere.

You’re stuck on a deserted island! What person, what food, and what one other object
would you want with you? Why?

Is this person fictional or non-fictional? 😉 For non-fictional, I’d have to go with someone
who was good at surviving like Les Stroud or Bear Grylls, because, I mean, that would be
obvious. I do want to actually survive. But as for fictional person, well . . . Aragorn. Yeah, I’d
feel pretty good about my chances of survival with him. 🙂 For food . . . I guess something
imperishable, and it would have to be gluten free since I’m allergic to wheat (so imaginative,
lol). And object . . . something to write on, whether some sort of electronic device with unlimited
battery or a ginormous notebook. ‘Cause a writer’s gotta write. 😀

This was such a fun interview to do! I had no idea about all the different shows and books that inspired the Ilyon Chronicles! 

About the Book

Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to
restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete
people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their
support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep
Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than
ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the
location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding
relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life
threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a
traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new
arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir but, with other
forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

Available now on Amazon!
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Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? Find out more at the official Ilyon Chronicles website! Plus, the first three Kindle books are on sale August 11th – 14th! You can find them on Amazon.

About the Author

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict
with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure,
Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest
darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the
age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy. (Also, I got a Jaye’s Ranger’s Apprentice bronze oak leaf necklace for Christmas, and I absolutely love it! You guys should check out her Etsy store. 😀 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include
an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter
opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.) Check out the giveaway here.

Schedule

Thursday, August 10

Friday, August 11

Saturday, August 12

Sunday, August 13

Monday, August 14

Tuesday, August 15

Are you guys excited for the release of Exiles? What did you think of the author interview? Comment below with your thoughts!

Blaze Takes Over: 6 Pieces Of Advice For New Superheroes

Hey, peeps! Blaze here! So today is the last day to submit your creations for the IDIA Fan Creations Contest, so make sure and fill out the submission form before midnight tonight! We’ve received some awesome submissions, and I think C.B. is dreading picking a winner, with so many amazing creations to choose from.

So, in my last post, I talked about the life of a superhero, and in the comments, Sarah suggested that I give my advice for just-starting-out heroes. I thought that was an absolutely brilliant idea. So I present you with my amazing advice for new superheroes!

Blaze’s 6 Pieces of Advice For New Superheroes

  1. Listen to Data. (This is the one piece of advice Data approved of.) Always listen to what Data says. She’s been doing this all longer than you have, so she knows what she’s talking about. Plus, reading people leads to a pretty big knowledge base, which means she’s much smarter than you. If you disobey her, you’ll figure this tip out the hard way. (I’m looking at you, Jazz!)
  2. Explore your abilities. Not only is it fun to explore your powers, it can also come in handy when you’re on a mission. If you’ve tested your powers to see how far you can go, or different ways you can use your abilities, then you’ll be able to find more ways to use them on missions. That’s how I figured out that I could teleport, after all! That was a very weird day. Side note: Apologies to that Australian person I accidentally teleported behind. That was my bad. I had no clue what I was doing. Sorry. 
  3. Meet new people. People with powers come from all over the world, from very different backgrounds, and unique powers. Step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. I got to meet an elderly man from China who could speak with animals, and he introduced me to his pet panda. Plus, he taught me Chinese! It’s fun to meet new people and learn their histories. But also make sure not to be too invasive with your questioning. Everyone else wants to keep their secret identities under wraps, too.
  4. Bring food with you. I guess you should probably bring money too, in case of emergency, but food is more important, am I right? Seriously though, you don’t always know how long you’ll be at HQ or if you be able to go get food. I can teleport, but if you can’t, definitely bring food.
  5. Explore IDIA. It’s good to know the layout of HQ, so that you’re prepared for emergencies. Just be careful where you explore, because there are a few off-limits areas, and you could get in very big trouble. There are also a few really dangerous areas, too… so maybe you should explore with a lot of caution.
  6. Have fun. IDIA is a place where you can spend time with other superheroes, and you can be yourself and use your powers. Have some fun with that! Sneak up on other heroes, pull pranks, try to find Anvil’s secret stash of homemade candy… Have fun with your powers and your new superpowered friends! And if you actually try to find Anvil’s candy stash, watch out for booby traps and lots of pointy objects.

And those are my six tips for new superheroes! Did you guys like these? I’ve had fun taking over the blog, so maybe I can convince C.B. to let me present the winner of the IDIA Fan Creations Contest. Don’t forget that today is the last day to submit. Got any questions to ask me? Comment below!

Blaze out! 😎

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Samara’s Peril Blog Tour | My Thoughts on the Ilyon Chronicles and Resistance

Hullo, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I meant to take a small hiatus, and then accidentally took a quite long hiatus. Whoops. Never fear, I’ll be posting another part of Twinepathy tomorrow. Until then, I have a special post for today. Jaye L. Knight’s newest book in the Ilyon Chronicles has just been released! I’ve really loved this series, and I’m very excited about Samara’s Peril! In fact, today I was supposed to do a review of it… but since I haven’t finished reading it yet, that would be very difficult. 😉 Instead, I’ll be telling you about my introduction to this series and posting my original review of Resistance, which… well, I must admit, it involved a lot of fangirling. 🙂 Hopefully this will convince you to give the series a try if you haven’t already!

I had seen the Ilyon Chronicles around quite a bit, and seen a lot of fangirling about it. I actually had the books on my Kindle for a while before I actually got around to reading them. And here’s a fun fact – Resistance was the first fantasy book I read after reading The Lord of the Rings. Surprisingly enough, I enjoyed Resistance just as much as Tolkien’s classic, only in a different way. Resistance had amazing characters and awesome Christian themes, and now this series is one of my all-time favorites. I was very pleased to hear that there are quite a few more books in the making. *rubs hands in happy anticipation* On to the review!!!

(This review is from past me, but I’ve added some more current thoughts in italics.)

I guess I should go ahead and review this before I finish The King’s Scrolls. 😉 This book was absolutely AMAZING. I adored every single part of it (except the parts I wasn’t supposed to, of course) and I just WANT ALL MY PRECIOUS PEOPLES TO BE HAPPY! *squeezes everyone in a giant group hug*

The Good
Oh oh oh, where to start? I absolutely loved all of the characters. I really, really, really love Jace. He’s amazing. I also love Tyra. ❤ I desperately want a wolf for a pet now. Or maybe not. A very tame wolf, thank you very much. As in, my dog. And then Trask and Tane and Kaden and Kyrin and Rayad OH RAYAD and Kalli and Aldor *sniff* and Lenae… I can’t find room to list everyone!!!!!

AND THEN THE PLOT! I love the switching third person POV, and all of the tension. These poor characters are getting tortured. *sniff sniff* Now that I look back on it, it’s not quite as bad as that. And I do the same thing in my own writing… But I also love all the faith themes and the introductions of different races.

And then Ilyon. Although I don’t have all the place names and their relative positions memorized like I do for some books (*cough* Middle Earth, anyone?), I really enjoyed all of the thought that Jaye had put into everything. Basically this book was one big treat that I gobbled down. (And don’t tell anyone, but this is almost as good as LotR… shhhhh.)

The Bad

*cough*
*blink*
*scratches head*
Um.
I really can’t think of anything I didn’t like… AT ALL. (Except Daican. And Davira. But I’m not supposed to, so…) I do wish there was more of Jace than Kyrin, though…

The Ugly
Several executions, and many people get injured. Nothing too graphic. No other questionable content.


And now I have more! When I wrote this review for Resistance, I was already pretty far into The King’s Scrolls, and now I have Samara’s Peril. And speaking of Samara’s Peril, let me introduce you to the star of this blog tour!

About the Book

When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen. Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.

Available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks!

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Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? Find out more at the official Ilyon Chronicles website!

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About the Author

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy.  Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.

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Check out the full tour schedule and the awesome Rafflecopter giveaway on Jaye’s blog!

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June Contest: Picture Perfect Writing Challenge

Hello, everyone! I’m ready to announce the June contest! We had a great response to last month’s contest, and boy, you guys did not make it easy. 😀 Wonderful job! I’m hoping we’ll be able to do that one again in the future. Special thanks to everyone who participated! Now to announce the winners:

Picture 1 – The Old Man

M3L6H!

Picture 2 – Reflection Girl

Myliana by Bianca C.!

Picture 3 – Little Sunset Girl

Camille by Writinganyone!

All of them were super close, guys! Great job! And for those of you who won, I’ll be stopping by your blogs and giving you a winners button (and a virtual slice of celebratory cake). I’ll also be giving all participants their scores. Thanks to all of our contestants for participating! Check out the other posts: Aubrey, Willowy Whisper, Writefury, and Sprinklesquink. You guys all did amazing!

Now, on to the next contest!

June2015Contest

In the Picture Perfect Writing Challenge, contestants will write a story of less than 1,000 words based off of one of three pictures. Winners will be judged on creativity, plot, characters, and use of the picture. Any inappropriate entries will be disqualified.

I’ve got some cool pictures, so let’s get started!

The Pictures

Picture 1

Picture 1

Picture 2

Picture 2

Picture 3

Picture 3

The Rules

1. Maximum amount of entries is one per picture.

2. To submit, post your short story, with the contest button (above) and your chosen picture, and put a link to your submission in the comments belowOR, if you do not have a blog, you can submit your piece through the contact form on the Talk To The Writer page. (If you post your submission, tag it with “Picture Perfect Writing Challenge” and “The World of the Writer”.)

3. The deadline is June 30th, 2015!!!

Are you planning on participating? What do you think of the pictures? I hope to see your entry this month!

Got an idea for a contest? Submit it using the Talk to the Writer page.

Book Review: Our Intrepid Heroine by Ness Kingsley

I believe this is the first fantasy book I’ve read since Ashlee Willis’s The Word Changers… which, yes, I will be reviewing soon. I need to reread it first, though, since it’s been so long, and I might as well review this book while it’s fresh in my memory. 🙂

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 This book was awesome. The prologue was wonderful… I’m not the type who skips over prologues, and I certainly would not skip over this one. I really liked Ness’s writing style.

When I began to read the first chapter, I was a little annoyed because the narrator kept interrupting the story, which made it take a while for the story to get started. But I really got to like the narrator and didn’t mind so much. She – I assume it’s a she – added some awesome irony and just helped add some extra zing to the story. Zing. What a fun word. Just like the story. 😀

Back on track. Our Intrepid Heroine (which is how I must refer to her) was a really good character. All of the characters were nice. “The Female” was appropriately annoying, I must say. 😉 But somehow I still liked her a little.

This plot… *sigh* Just the idea behind it was enough to pull me in. A girl going to kill a dragon… which she’s never done before. I could tell the story was going to be funny just by reading the summary. “And a frog” is now going to be my go-to funny line when listing things off. 😉 I was definitely not disappointed. Ness Kingsley has a wonderful sense of humor. The situations, the characters, the narrator, and Our Intrepid Heroine’s dragon-killing instruction book… all just wonderfully crafted. (And I’ve found myself referring to her book as the How To Kill Your Dragon book since I can’t remember the title. 😛 )

I can’t wait for the sequel to this book to come out! Go check out Ness’s blog, and go get Our Intrepid Heroine! You’ll love it, and it’s totally worth it! 🙂