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Five Poisoned Apples Cover Reveal

Oh my goodness, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be a part of the Five Poisoned Apples cover reveal! I love these fairy tale retellings so much!

To refresh your memory, first there was Five Glass Slippers.

Then Five Enchanted Roses (for which I began writing Kill the Beast but didn’t finish in time to submit. I’m sensing a pattern with this particular story…)

Then Five Magic Spindles.

Happy sigh.

Aren’t the covers gorgeous?

Well now you get to see Five Poisoned Apples.

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It’s coming…

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It may be my favorite of them all…

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Ta-da! Isn’t that perfection? Sigh. So gorgeous… (insert sappy, starry-eyed emoticon here)

So now the nitty-gritty details.

This is a contest.

It begins today.

Open to all authors anywhere.

Snow White themed.

Any genre whatsoever.

(Are you catching my excitement yet?)

In other words, you can write up a delicious story, submit it to this contest, and quite possibly be published in this gorgeous fairy tale-retelling collection.

In other words, WHY ARE WE BOTH NOT WRITING YET??? Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!

(Yes, I used all caps. Yes, I shouted. Yes, I used too many punctuation marks.)

But what are you waiting for? Check out the details and get to writing!

I’ll be cheering you on the whole way.

In Him,

Michele

THE FINAL FAIRY TALE CONTEST
Rooglewood Press invites you to join the adventure of the Five Poisoned Apples creative writing contest!

*Cover Model/Photography by Wynter Clark

*Covers by Julia Popova

I am thrilled!

Author Laurie Lucking from Lands Uncharted made my year!

In her post titled “Top 3 Books That Exceeded My Expectations,” she includes Zombie Takeover! My book! She likes it! And she hates zombies, too!

Oh, I am positively giddy.

You simply must read this fabulous blog post.

See the post here.

She also reminded me of a guest post I wrote for Lands Uncharted last year titled, “My Top 3 Spec Fic Books.”

I adored these three books then, and I love them even more today! (Yes, they may possibly be the three pictured above…)

See my guest post here.

Isn’t that marvelous?

Thank you, Laurie Lucking, for loving my book as much as I do!

In Him,

Michele

Special Post: Draven’s Light by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Anne Elisabeth Stengl wields her pen with such literary prowess, she has very nearly ruined all other authors for me.

So, yeah, of course I agreed to review her book when it came out, even though I am supposedly “on break” from writing to get to know my new little daughter. (Is it bad I don’t feel guilty for sneaking away for a quick review while my sweet little one is napping?)

Fair warning: I adore this book. Everything coming after this sentence is pure gushing. Okay, maybe what came before, too. ;)

Anyway, I just have to say…the latest Tale of Goldstone Wood, Draven’s Light, is utterly and enchantingly intoxicating.

This spellbinding novella is set far, far back in the Goldstone Wood’s history. Although the length may be shorter than most of the other tales, this tale was completely satisfying and too short at the same time. (Of course, I felt that way about Golden Daughter, book 7 of the tales, a hefty tome of nearly 600 pages. I seriously can’t get enough of this series!)

Here’s what the back cover of this epic fantasy says:

In the Darkness of the Pit The Light Shines Brightest. Drums summon the chieftain’s powerful son to slay a man in cold blood and thereby earn his place among the warriors. But instead of glory, he earns the name Draven, “Coward.” When the men of his tribe march off to war, Draven remains behind with the women and his shame. Only fearless but crippled Ita values her brother’s honor. The warriors return from battle victorious yet trailing a curse in their wake. One by one the strong and the weak of the tribe fall prey to an illness of supernatural power. The secret source of this evil can be found and destroyed by only the bravest heart. But when the curse attacks the one Draven loves most, can this coward find the courage he needs to face the darkness?

Isn’t that delicious? Oh, I get chills just thinking about this marvelous book!

This wistful tale captures Draven’s heartache and Ita’s fierce bravery in the face of their tribe’s unrelenting bloodlust–and the fae creature who preys on their weaknesses. Will Ita overcome? Or will Draven throw off the mantle of coward in which he is drowning in time to save her?

I. Adore. This. Book.

Now, off to read the entire series again to get ready for book 8, Poison Crown. More chills!

A special thank you to RoogleWood Press for sending me an electronic advanced reader copy of this book from my favorite series ever. Draven’s Light was amazing! I can’t even tell you how thrilled I was–am–to have been on your list. Thank you!!! :)

In Him,

Michele

PS–Quick word about the Five Magic Spindles writing contest! If you are a writer, jump on over to RoogleWood Press and check out the rules. Five retellings of the classic story Sleeping Beauty will be chosen and compiled into a gorgeous collection. Their previous release, Five Glass Slippers, has been a smashing success and Five Enchanted Roses will be out soon. I wish you the best! :)

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One week. Just one.

One week until our new little daughter makes her appearance in this beautiful world, making it lovelier still.

I can’t wait.

No, really, I don’t think I can stand being pregnant a second longer. Just about every pregnancy symptom I have–well, I won’t get into that. ;)

But the worst “symptom” is this blasted pregnancy brain. I forget everything, can barely finish a sentence, and have called my kids just about every name but their own.

Seriously. My husband keeps telling me who I’m talking to, then asking, “Did you really mean to say that?”

Nope. No, I sure didn’t. It’s loads of fun.

But what I really wanted to tell you is that I’ll be taking a teeny-tiny break from blogging, reviewing, and writing so I can love on this girl and just get to know her.

I really can’t wait.

Please, if you need anything, feel free to contact me, but it may be a while until I can get back to you. There just may be crickets on this website for a few weeks.

One thing I will be doing during this break is reviewing the lovely Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s newest novella in the Goldstone Wood saga (seriously some of the best books I have ever read in my life!) called Draven’s Light.

Her books are worth taking a break from my break! :)

But that’s it, folks.

Well, except I plan on posting my final chapter of Wisdom & Folly: Sisters early next week instead of my usual Thursday, hopefully beating this precious little one’s introduction to our family.

I’m so excited to get to meet her!

Her room is hot pink, black, and white with Eiffel Towers plastered on every surface. My husband thinks I’ve gone a tad overboard, but no girl can have enough Paris-themed decorations, right? ;)

(And suddenly I’m looking at this site and wondering if I have a thing with hot pink, black, and white…hmmm…)

Oh yes! A publisher recently asked to review my full manuscript of Zombie Takeover. I still can’t wait to show you the gorgeous cover my cover artist Sara Helwe designed, but I need to wait the full 90 days they asked to review it before I continue pursuing self-publishing. If that’s still what God wants me to do. :)

Okay, it sounds like I’ll be pretty active on this so-called break, but the point is I’m trying to take a break. We’ll see how well it works!

Off on this newest adventure!

All of my love, and in Him,

Michele

 

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Help me choose a cover artist! :)

Cover art.

It can be bad on self-published books.

I don’t want that. (I’m sure you don’t want that for me either!)

Can you help me find the perfect cover artist for my book, Zombie Takeover?

The Kindle in 30 Challenge is officially over, and this is one of my very last steps. The goal was to have a book ready to publish on Kindle at the end of 30 days–or at least a messy first rough draft.

I had a messy final draft, which I just received back from Dr. Dennis Hensley, fully edited. If you need someone to edit your book–he is excellent!

But I’ve had one problem getting the challenge done.

That cover art.

I am in love with three different artists’ manipulations on deviantART.com. I have contacted all three but am having such trouble choosing among them!

Can you help me?

Sara Helwe is magnificent. Her website is a tutorial of how she creates her masterpieces using stock photos and photoshop, and her Facebook page is a visual delight for any art lover. (Never Strong Enough, KhaleesiMother Nature, and The Warrior all copyrighted © 2012-2015 Sara Helwe.)

Andy Garcia possesses rare talent. Her images are so stunning and dark and real. It gives me chills how good she is. Her Facebook page makes me marvel, “How on earth does she do that???” (Winter is ComingSteampunk Anthology, Closer to the Edge, and My Fire all copyrighted © 2009-2015 Andrea García.)

Okay, you know how obsessed I am with Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s books, right? Well, she recently featured one of her cover artists, Julia Popova. I checked her out on deviantART and oh. my. goodness.  Amazing!

Julia Popova‘s art is ethereal and sweeping with a fairy-like quality. I am instantly transported to another world when I scroll through her creations. Check out her Facebook page and website–you’ll see what I mean! (Apostate, In a Moment of PeaceThousandth Morning, and Ice Crystal all copyrighted © 2009-2015 Julia Popova/Forest Girl.)

Do you see trouble I’m having?

I want all three of them to design my covers! (And I may just do that the more books I publish!) :)

But–for now–I need to choose one.

I need to choose only one of these amazing artists to design the cover for Zombie Takeover.

Which one would you choose? Vote below and help me make this agonizing decision!

Thanks so much–you guys rock! :)

In Him,

Michele

Art used with permission. All rights reserved. sara-hel.deviantart.com, andygarcia666.deviantart.com, and forestgirl.deviantart.com

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