Monday, April 29, 2013

Casting Call for Quest of the Hart by Mary Waibel

Mary Waibel is one of my critique partners and let me tell you, Quest of the Hart is an amazing story. I love it! Seriously, guys, you should check it out. You will not be disappointed!

Mary played the role of a casting agent and pick out talents to portray the MCs in Quest of the Hart.

First up is Kaylee, the princess who goes on the quest to save the sleeping prince. Kaylee is Britt Robertson.

Mario Lopez and Britt Robertson


















Next up is the sleeping prince - Devlin. If only Chace Crawford had longer hair, he would be perfect for the part!

Chace Crawford

Sabrina plays a crucial role in helping Kaylee on her quest. She's Shelley Hennig. (I'm starting to think Mary's a fan of Secret Circle. There's nothing wrong with that! I enjoyed the show and was upset when they cancelled it.) 

Shelley Hennig

Finally, there's Princess Arabella - the villainess. If Phoebe Tonkin had violet eyes and blacker hair, she'd be a dead ringer for Arabella. 

Phoebe Tonkin


And bonus - Thaddues, a knight, played by Jake Sandvig.

Jake Sandvig

A reverse Sleeping Beauty tale where the princess goes on the quest to save the prince.

Princess Kaylee has never had to fight for anything. Her entire life has been arranged, even her marriage. But when Prince Devlin falls under an enchantment, she finds she is willing to do anything to save him, even if it means fighting a dragon.

Devlin's own sister, Princess Arabella, is behind the deadly plot. She wants the throne and will use any means necessary to gain it. Her perfect plan unravels, leaving Devlin caught in a magical sleep that is slowly spreading through the kingdom of Breniera. All Arabella needs to finish her spell and claim the crown is a drop of Kaylee's blood, but obtaining the single drop is proving more difficult than expected.

To save her betrothed, Kaylee embarks on a quest to find an ancient sword and gather a drop of dragon's blood, while trying to stay out of Arabella's traps. But Arabella's traps aren't the only danger. Time is everything. For once the last inhabitant of the kingdom falls asleep, the spell will be sealed, and not even true love's kiss will break it.



Mary lives with her husband, son and two cats. When she isn't twisting fairytales, she enjoys reading, playing games, watching hockey, and camping. Her debut novel, Quest of the Hart, will be available from MuseItUp Publishing April 19, 2013. The Lost Princess, a companion novel, will be available from MuseItUp Publishing in August 2013

You can find Mary Waibel at:

Buy Link (Quest):

Book Trailers (Quest):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d-ohY2CEVo

Excerpt:


          Arabella’s fingers trembled on the hilt of the dagger as desire for the animal swept through her. He was perfect, not a point out of place or a blemish on his coat. She gazed longingly at him, until a sound from Kaylee brought her back to the task at hand.
          Shaking her head to clear it, she watched Kaylee speak to the creature. Did she honestly expect him to answer? Arabella stopped her snort before it gave away her presence. There would be no better chance than this.
          Holding the dagger before her, she lined up Kaylee with the tip of the blade. It had to be a perfect throw, as she would not get another chance. She dipped the blade forward once, twice, thrice, then let it fly through the air with a flick of her wrist. The blade spun, end over end, sailing forward. Arabella held her breath, watching, praying her aim was true.
          The dagger flew on target, but just before it buried itself in Kaylee’s back, the princess moved, and the dagger embedded itself into the chest of the hart.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Win a Print Copy of Woman of Honor

First ever Goodreads giveaway! Want to enter to win a print copy of Woman of Honor? Here's your chance! Good for those in the US and Canada. If it goes well, I'll probably do an international one too. So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and enter!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Woman of Honor by Nicole Zoltack

Woman of Honor

by Nicole Zoltack

Giveaway ends May 31, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has a new site

Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has launched a new site aimed at bringing you the best Kindle Ebook Deals and Steals.



Each day on feedyourreader.com you'll find a new list of available ebook deals (most for under $3).



And of course there will be lots of  Featured Freebies too!



To celebrate the launch of the new site she is giving away a Kindle Fire, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.


Win a 7" Kindle Fire (US only)




Or $100 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)




Or $100 in Paypal Cash (International)





Giveaway Details 
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" (US Only), $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in Paypal Cash (International).
Ends 5/5/13

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Monday, April 8, 2013

L. Blankenship, Author of Disciple Part II, is talking about pop culture's "medieval" vs.Historical reality

Today, L. Blankenship is talking about pop culture's "medieval" vs.Historical reality as a part of the Disciple Part II blog tour!


We all know that movies aren't a good place to find historical accuracy. Their job is to entertain us, first and foremost, and accuracy can get in the way of that. Over time, movies, television and novels have build up their own conventional ways of representing medieval Europe -- habits that started out as honest mistakes or for the sake of drama and looking good.

I'm going to point out a few of these. I'm going to stick to world-building details, since the particulars of things like politics, social morals, the treatment of women, etc., varied from place to place and century to century -- and one must always leave room for individual variation in things like that. Not everybody in a given place or time would perfectly conform to the letter of what's been passed down to us.

For clarity, a definition: the medieval period, in Europe, lasted from the fifth century until the end of the fifteenth century.

Costuming problems
This is an easy detail to pick on. Movies go for aesthetics over accuracy, since vegetable-dyed wools just aren't as pretty as bright, swishy synthetic fabrics. All the evidence points toward most medieval folk wearing warm, boring clothes and directors want their stars to look sexy. It's worth looking up photos of (or meeting) serious re-enactors who put a lot of effort into dressing themselves accurately.

Corsets
The earliest references to corset-like undergarments date from 1530 at the earliest -- which is the sixteenth century. So strictly speaking, there were no corsets in the medieval era. Ladies' dresses might be tailored to fit snugly in the bodice, and they might use structure and lacing to encourage that snug fit, but they didn't wear true corsets.

Pants
Medieval men didn't wear pants. But the ancient Romans and the Vikings did, so what the heck happened? To put it simply, pants turned into underwear. Men wore full-length robes over them in the early middle ages. As those robes got shorter over the centuries, socks got longer to make up the difference. They started calling the socks hose, or stockings -- and those eventually evolved back into pants in an ass-backwards manner.

Plate armor
Knights always wear a full harness of metal plates, right? Not until the late 14th century. Components began showing up earlier -- breastplates are ancient -- but it wasn't a full suit until the medieval period was almost over. Before plate, knights wore mail (chainmail, to D&D gamers) suits, and it was a very different style of armor.

Military combat
It's difficult to judge exactly what was done on medieval battlefields, but we know this much: a pell-mell race across a field to attack the enemy is a good way to get slaughtered. We've all seen this in movies, though. It's exciting and dangerous. One-on-one combat in a chaotic field looks great, and it gives characters a chance to have dramatic, easy-to-see fights.

It's also what helped Rome conquer the world: they hunkered down behind their shield walls and cut those disorganized charges to hamburger. Passion in battle is a great thing, but it's been proven beyond all doubt that discipline and organization will beat passion every single time.

Medieval tactical writers knew this too. They describe knights charging in stirrup-to-stirrup lines and defensive formations for the polearm-wielding infantry. Shield walls persisted long after the fall of Rome -- because they worked. Individual combat on a chaotic field is immensely risky. Terrifying. Standing shoulder to shoulder with men you trust, behind a wall of wood, is much more heartening. Your chance of surviving is much better.

This isn't to say that individual combat on the battlefield never happened. In small engagements or ambushes, it's more plausible. But still, what you want to do is bunch up with your friends, not stand out there all by yourself. 

If you're interested in a place to start, with medieval tactics, check out these tagged posts at I, Clausewitz' LJ.

These are some points where you can differentiate your work from other stories. By stepping away from pop culture expectations, you can add greater individuality to your world and challenge yourself creatively.

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The prince first kissed Kate Carpenter for fear of missing the chance if they didn’t survive the journey home through the monster-prowled mountains.

Now that kiss seems like a fever dream. It’s back to work for her, back to the fellow physicians jealous of her talents and the sneers of an infirmary director who wants her shipped off to some tiny village. Kate means to be on the front lines to save lives. She’s worked too hard to overcome her past to let them deny her the chance to serve her homeland when the enemy’s army reaches their kingdom.

The grand jousting tournament is a chance to prove she can manage combat wounded, and at the royal Solstice banquet Kate means to prove she isn’t an ignorant peasant girl anymore.

But the prince’s kiss still haunts her. Their paths keep crossing, and the easy familiarity they earned on the journey home is a welcome escape from their duties. It’s a small slip from chatting to kisses.

This is no time to be distracted by romance -- a vast and powerful empire is coming to slaughter anyone standing between them and the kingdom’s magical fount.

Kate ought to break both their hearts, for duty’s sake.

Disciple, Part II on sale now
along with Disciple, Part I


Disciple, Part III coming in late 2013
Disciple is complete in six parts and will make a lovely doorstop
when all 400k words have been published.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Kindle Fire HD 7" G*veaway


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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cover Reveal - A Change of Plans by Donna K. Weaver

Author: Donna K. Weaver

Genre: Adventure Romance
Publication Date: Jun 1, 2013
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing

When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old, Colorado high school teacher wants to do is forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. Lyn plans a vacation diversion; fate provides Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and temporary friendships, her emotions come alive. 
However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he's navigating, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn is on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs from Braedon and what he has to offer.
Their confusing relationship is bad enough, but when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa things get worse. Paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped and Lyn's fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.

Author Bio:

Donna K. Weaver is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and Europe. Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband.
At fifty, Donna decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.
After recording city council minutes for twenty years, Donna decided to write something a little longer and with a lot more emotion--and kissing.
Donna and her husband reside in Utah, they have six children and eight grandchildren who live all over the world.



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