Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Awesome author interview and a giveaway!

This week I'm super-excited to interview J.A. Andrews, author of The Keeper Chronicles (rated a sparkling 4.7* from 69 reviews on Amazon). Psst! Did I mention she writes dragons too ...? Without further ado:


1) What is Noblebright to you?
To me, noblebright means that there is the chance at redemption for every character, and even the world.  There must be a ribbon of hope running through the story, even when the world looks very dark.

2) How do you portray the Noblebright ideals in your work in general and the Luminous selection in particular?
My book, A Threat of Shadows, deals with the question of whether or not we’re forever defined by the worst things we’ve done. Alaric has done things he’d never imagined in an attempt to save his dying wife. And after failing repeatedly, he’s convinced himself that those things are what now defines him.

I think it’s pretty easy for many of us to keep hold of the worst thing we’ve done and believe it has the power to define us. The story is about his path to reconcile who he’s become with who he always thought he’d be, and whether there is hope for his redemption.
  
3) What is your favourite kind of character? I love characters that are clever and fun and not the best at everything. In fact, I like when they’re not the best at anything. They’re the ones it’s fun to root for as they figure things out.

4) Do you have plans for a sequel to your novel included in Luminous? Yes! I am currently writing the second book in The Keeper Chronicles. It is expected to be published early in 2018.

5) What would you like to see more of in Noblebright? I’d love to see morally complex characters for whom choosing to do the right thing is hard, and so when they do, the strength that noblebright needs will be obvious. Because I believe that it takes more strength to choose good than evil.

6) How do you like to write? Longhand (shorthand?), typewriter, computer, blood, nail scratches on the walls? Lol! I usually type on my computer my first draft, but I have to revise with it printed out on paper. And if I just can’t get a scene to work, it’s usually fixed by writing it out longhand. There’s something about actually writing out the words that lets me connect to in more emotionally.

Also, I write notes on the shower door since all my best ideas show up in the shower. 

7) Are you a speed writer, or a turtle writer? I’m pretty speedy when I have time to write. But I’m a mom of 3 and I homeschool, so the quiet hours are few and far between. That means it takes me a short time to write a page, but a long time to actually finish a book.

8) What is your favourite re-read book for a rainy afternoon? My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. I don’t really love any other of Austen’s books or many other classic novels, but I adore P&P and have read it at least ten times.

9) Tea or coffee? Coffee. With vanilla creamer if I’m home, or froofed up with chocolate and sugar and whipped cream from some place that’ll make it for me.

10) Music or no music? No music. It has to be either complete silence for me to write (one of the reasons I don’t get much done when the family is awake) or I listen to brain.fm which has magical brain-focusing hocus-pocus powers. Whatever happens there, it really helps me to focus on my writing.


Bio:
JA Andrews lives deep in the Rocky Mountains of Montana with her husband and three children. She is eternally grateful to CS Lewis for showing her the luminous world of Narnia. She wishes Jane Austen had lived 200 years later so they could be pen pals. She is furious at JK Rowling for introducing her to house elves, then not providing her a way to actually employ one. And she is constantly jealous of her future-self who, she is sure, has everything figured out.





Discover JA Andrews, writing, and nine more noblebright reads in Luminous… You can also check out the full line-up of Luminous author interviews at http://noblebright.org.

And don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the giveaway!


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Dare to step into lands of myths, magic, and monsters, because there is light to be found in even the darkest of places.

Now, ten fantasy authors have come together to offer this epic boxed set of noblebright fantasy! Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to explore ten unique worlds, fall in love with gallant heroes and heroines, and discover the chinks in the darkness where the light shines through.

What is Noblebright fantasy?
Set apart by a sense of hope, noblebright fantasy includes at least one character who, although flawed, still deliberately pursues goodness. And that goodness has the power to make a difference. In a noblebright story, even villains are not without hope. Their redemption isn’t guaranteed, of course, but it is a possibility.

This boxed set includes:
The Lord of Dreams by C. J. Brightley
When a fairy king grants a human wish, there’s more at stake than dreams.

A Threat of Shadows by JA Andrews
Haunted by his past and surrounded by companions carrying their own dark secrets, Alaric grasps at one last chance to save his dying wife. 

Heir of Iron by J.S. Bangs
Family secrets. Forbidden Love. An empire on the brink of collapse.

The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn
You can run as far as you can, but you can never escape the Dark.

Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story by Pauline Creeden
Just when Raven tries to leave the life of a Reaper, she’s pulled right back in. 

The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doué
After discovering a secret underground kingdom and a mysterious sorcerer-prince, Princess Lily must free herself and her sisters from a dangerous curse or face a lifetime of darkness.

Wolfskin by W.R. Gingell
Sometimes the little girl in the red hood doesn’t get eaten, and sometimes the wolf isn’t the most frightening thing in the forest…

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
A street thief with a dangerous secret, Hitomi finds herself betrayed to the dark mage who killed her father.

Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter
Magic school can be a lot more dangerous—and wondrous—than expected.

The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia
Now, the courage of the smallest will be tested to the utmost. For Pip is the Pygmy Dragon, and this is her tale.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

When the muse is not amusing

Update on Aranya Book 4, me & the muse, and the world of dragons.
I'm the kind of writer and person who is led by the heat of the idea. I love mad complexity and beauty and the poetry of words. That's why my series intertwine and come out haphazardly, because I'm chasing one burning idea - an all-consuming storyline - that simply MUST be written. The muse wakes me at 4am begging for time at the keyboard. I fly dragons whilst washing the dishes and produce at a manic rate. I want to use every waking hour for writing. I splash words on paper at 3-5,000 words per day.
Not so fun when the muse is silent, or at best, misfiring. I'm not wanting for ideas. I have 4 or 5 ideas bubbling at any one time, but as I've been labouring on the 4th book of Aranya, to be entitled "Beautiful Fury", I've been struggling for months now to reach that place where the prose simply flows - where I know I produce my best writing. Partly this stems from a struggle with depression this year, worse than I've ever experienced. Those who've experienced depression or loss will know all too well that feeling of living under a dark, oppressive cloud that may not have any particular reason to exist, but it does and it colours everything.
So I hope you will forgive me, but I doubt Beautiful Fury will be finished this year of 2017. I am crafting a couple of other quirky ideas to be set on the Dragonfriend timeline, however - one called Quickpaws which will feature one of Hualiama's grandchildren, and another book to be entitled "The Dragon Librarian". I've also written 4 chapters on a brand new idea which I hope you'll love ...
We all know there are seasons in life. This has been a hard and deeply frustrating season for me and for my family, who have been brilliant. That said, I'm stubborn. A fighter. So I am determined to chase that next burning idea for all it is worth, because I know that the process of creation and crafting to completion will bring back the joy.
Thank you for reading this post. My wish is that you would experience deep, abiding joy in your life, even amidst the struggles. If you can't find it? Chase it!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Law of Tall Girls!

My heroines range from a 3-foot 11.5 inches Pygmy girl to the Shapeshifter Dragoness, Aranya, who is inches taller than her lanky father, King Beran, to the ultra-tall 6-foot and 7 inches (!!) Zhialeiana of my IsleSong series. Oh, and she's not done growing ... in all sorts of unexpected ways. That's what Dragons of Sea and Sky, the 4th in the IsleSong series and also the sequel to Dragon Thief, will reveal!

Now, I've a treat for you. How's about a contemporary tale featuring a tall girl, The Law of Tall Girls from the always excellent Joanne McGregor? (by the way, it's a #1 Bestseller on Amazon)

When you really stand out, can you ever fit in?


Seventeen-year-old Peyton Lane is a tall girl. So tall, it’s the only thing most people notice about her. 

On impulse, she accepts a bet to prove she can be as attractive and desirable as other girls. Now she just needs to go on four dates (including the prom) with one of the guys on her very short list of very tall boys.

Number one on the list is Jay Young – the new guy that Peyton already likes way more than she should. Because not only is Jay already taken, he’s also breaking her Law of Tall Girls, and he’s determined to discover the awful secret she’s been hiding for most of her life.

Funny and romantic, The Law of Tall Girls is a feel-good, heart-warming read for anyone who’s ever felt different, or like they just don’t belong. 

This young adult contemporary romance will appeal to fans of Kasie West, Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Julie Buxbaum and Morgan Matson.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Dragonstar has Risen!

I'm so delighted to announce the release of Dragonstar, the 4th and final (at this point!) volume in my epic dragon adventure series, Dragonfriend.

"Ancient rivals. Awesome Dragon powers. In the crucible of battle, only the strongest will survive."

Fly Higher


As Hualiama discovers her powers and heritage, she must deal with a range of potent enemies, including Numistar Winterborn and her own mother, the Empress of the Dragon-Haters. But the fledgling Star Dragoness will be plunged into deeper and darker perils than anything she could have imagined. Even with Grandion the Tourmaline Dragon and Flicker, her twice-born friend at her side, this star must learn to shine, or be snuffed out forever.

Purchase your copy of Dragonstar today! (Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited)

I am now working on the 4th volume of Aranya's tale to complete that series as well. Do remember to check out my allied series set in the same world including The Pygmy Dragon and IsleSong.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Summer Sunset Giveaway

Grab some summer sun with a win in the Summer Sunset Giveaway!


The summer sun is setting, and soon it will be time for pumpkin spice and fall colors. So, why not celebrate the changing seasons with a new giveaway? This time FIVE lucky winners will score their choice of a new Kindle Fire or a $50 gift card! That's not all though! In our Summer Sunset block party giveaway, you'll meet ELEVEN fantastic, friendly authors, each of whom has a free book to give you. Check out the color key below to easily find the authors in the genres that fit your interests best, have fun, and may luck be on your side!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New release - Islesong series

I'm delighted to announce the release of the third volume in my IsleSong series, The Girl who Swam with Whales. For those who know my books, the links and parallels in this series now become clear as the worlds of Shapeshifter Dragons and the oceanic world of Zhialeiana meet.

Purchase The Girl who Swam with Whales here.

I have deliberately kept the exact timelines off my website and public pages so as not to spoil the surprise ending of this trilogy. Further, it will not surprise you that this volume will be followed by another book to be called Dragons of Sea and Sky, but I have not yet decided exactly how the series/numbering will work as this book will link two of my existing series.

I wish you a wondrous journey with a girl and her magical Whales!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Preorder live - The Girl who Swam with Whales

I'm delighted to announce the forthcoming release of the third book in my bestselling IsleSong series, The Girl who Swam with Whales on July 22nd, 2017.

In this tale Zhialeiana will confront the Sea-Witch - but not all is as it seems! The link between the dragon-worlds of Aranya and Dragonfriend, and the water-world of IsleSong, comes to life in this third volume in a plot twist you will not see coming.

When strength fails, will love prevail?

Betrayed. Hunted by the Whales for the power of her Song. Snatched away from all she holds dear, Zhialeiana must journey to the farthest shores of the World-Sea, where she will confront the ultimate power of the age, the Sea-Witch and her draconic minions.

Forsaking all else to the farewell of life-currents,
My soul’s boundaries expanded,
My grief ne’er sweeter,
Thus, we parted.


Yet, many dark secrets swirl within the life-current of a girl with the power to touch souls. Legends will rise. The darkness will resist. Ten thousand leagues of uncrossable ocean separate Zhialeiana from her destiny. At the end, she will suffer for the crimes of all humanity. Yet what is her true nature? Why are the great mountains riven, and the oceans exposed to the dominion of Dragons? What is the enigma of the ancient Queen of Fire and Eternity?

Nothing is as it seems. Only a journey into the very soul of darkness will reveal all, and in the crucible of tragedy and fate, Zhialeiana’s love will be put to the ultimate test.

Thus the worlds of Islesong and Dragon joined together, and Water and Cloud became one.

Swim with Zhialeiana into a new adventure as she comes to grips with her destiny!

Pre-order on Kindle The Girl who Swam with Whales