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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,


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! :)




“The First 500” Scholarship Contest

Hey, you guys! Check out this contest from Realm Makers, a writing conference I am simply dying to attend!

“The First 500″ Scholarship Contest

Posted by Rebecca Minor on January 9, 2015

Thanks to the generous contribution of Tosca Lee, the keynote speaker for the 2014 Realm makers conference, we are excited to announce the first of several scholarship opportunities available to prospective Realm Makers:2015 attendees. Are you dying to come to the conference in August, but sure financial circumstances in your life will prevent you from affording registration and housing? Then this scholarship opportunity might just be your chance.

Here are the details:

Prize: One registration fee and the cost of quad-occupancy housing at Realm Makers: 2015

How to Apply:

  • Select the first 500 words of your best speculative fiction to show us you know how to start a story off with a bang that hooks your reader. The submission can be from a published or unpublished novel-length work. All submissions must be double spaced in a clean, readable font.
  • In 250 words or less, draft a letter containing the following information:
  1. Why you have financial need of a scholarship
  2. Where you are in your writing journey
  3. Why you believe attending Realm Makers would benefit you
  • Compile the 500 word opening sample and the 250 word letter of need into a single document (Microsoft word or .rtf only)
  • Make sure your name and email address are in the header of your submission document
  • Attach the submission document to an email to info@faithandfantasyalliance.com
  • Write “First 500 Scholarship Submission” in the subject line of your email
  • Send your submission between the 12:00 AM January 12th and 11:59 PM February 1st

One winner will be selected by committee and notified via the Realm Makers Facebook page at noon on March 2nd, 2015. The winner will be given a single-use coupon code to enter when he or she registers for the 2015 conference. Registration is projected to open in May of 2015.

A few business items:

Realm Makers reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not adhere to the above guidelines.

By entering the contest, you grant Realm Makers the right to mention you, by name, on all its social media and promotional outlets as the winner.

In the event the winner of the scholarship cannot attend the conference, the scholarship will be re-awarded to the runner up, who will not be named unless such a transfer needs to occur. PLEASE, as a courtesy to those who are seriously intending to attend the conference, do not apply for this scholarship if you are in doubt about your ability to travel to St. Louis in August.

Good luck! Polish up those opening pages and send us your fantastical stories.

I know this is extremely short notice, but, if Realm Makers is truly a conference you wish to attend, perhaps you can polish and submit your entry within the next three days. I plan on it, but heaven knows I haven’t accomplished much this pregnancy!

I hope to see you there! :)

In Him,


Original Post at faithandfantasyalliance.wordpress.com.

Beauty and the Beast Contest

While stalking–ahem–I mean, reading one of my favorite author’s Facebook page, I came across this lovely contest.

Of course, I had to share!

Anne Elisabeth Stengl, author of the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, is promoting a contest through Rooglewood Press.

*Side Note:  If you have never read the Tales of Goldstone Wood, stop reading this post, go get the first book Heartless, then get back to me.  You won’t regret it.  I promise.

Oh, yes.  The contest.

Here’s what you do.

  1. Go to http://www.rooglewoodpress.com/fairy-tale-collections and read the contest rules
  2. Sign and mail your entry form (and $10) by Dec. 16, 2014
  3. Write a smashing version of Beauty and the Beast between 5,000-20,000 words, any genre.  Wait, I don’t think you got that.  Any genre.  I’m kinda stoked ’bout that one.
  4. Submit your story by Dec. 31st


You may be one of the lucky five who get published in this gorgeous compilation!  (I mean, look at that cover!  And Beauty and the Beast?  My fave fairy tale of all time!)

I’m excited.  Beyond excited.

If you like to write, are obsessed with fairy tales, or have always wanted Beauty and the Beast to turn out just a little bit differently, I encourage you to submit your story.

I know I am.

You’ve got a month!  Go!  :)

(Yikes!  That means I’ve got a month–I’ve got to get busy!!!)

In Him,


P.S.  Check out Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s website (http://anneelisabethstengl.blogspot.com) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anne-Elisabeth-Stengl/120543861335559) or look up any of her books on Amazon.  You may just fall in love with her storytelling as I did!

Author: Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Five Glass Slippers: A Collection of Cinderella Stories
Veiled Rose
Shadow Hand
Goddess Tithe
Golden Daughter
Draven’s Light
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