MY NANO 2019 PROJECT … GOLGATHA

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I told y’all I’d post about my NaNoWriMo project… y’know, since I finally decided what I’d be doing. I had a major toss up between two novels, but GOLGATHA won out. Buckle up kids, and let’s see what this novel is all about…

 

GOLGATHA

GENRE: FANTASY, SUPERNATURAL (those are the main genres…)

RATING: PG-13 (though I am not actually sure if I will market this as young adult or not…)

WORD COUNT: over 50k, for sure, haha (send help)

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Prince Moray will stop at nothing to earn the throne over the Buacach Kingdom and gain control for Golgatha–the world of hell. His brother, Finnigan, will stop at nothing to see the plan ruined: especially when Finnigan realizes the betrothed princess, Breeda, is unhappy. When an unlikely traitor slaughters the Buacach king and queen and casts Moray, his brother, his betrothed, and his merc, into Golgatha… they have no choice but to rise from the ashes.

 

LONG BLURB:

Prince Moray and Prince Finnigan haven’t always clashed heads–but with a throne precariously hanging in the balance, neither are willing to go down without a fight. Being eldest, Moray chooses his bride to be before Finnigan ever has a chance. He will become king and gain power over Golgatha, the second world of chaos and hell. However, fate has no mercy on his plans.

Breeda, daughter of the chief of Red Clan, will never marry Prince Moray–his black magic is nothing that Elohai can ordain. Despite her attempts at fleeing, the wedding continues–until it doesn’t. After Moray and Finnigan’s parents are slaughtered and a traitor rises to power, Breeda–along with Moray, Finnigan, and the merc–are thrust into Golgatha.

A ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the four must face unholy conditions to survive. Meanwhile, the traitor, the wizard, and the peoples face their own hell.

Yes, the blurbs are rough, and not final.

QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE…

 

IS THIS YOUR FIRST TIME WRITING FANTASY?

Nope. Back when I was 10-14 yrs old, fantasy was pretty much the only thing I wrote. I was greatly inspired by Narnia, LOTR, Ted Dekker, the Inheritance Cycle, and Cornelia Funke back then!

However, I stopped writing fantasy after none of the projects went anywhere, and since God gave me Seek… Fantasy hasn’t been something on my plate for a while. I’m super excited to jump back into the genre!

 

WHAT MAKES GOLGATHA DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER FANTASY NOVEL?

Something that bugs me about most fantasy is the unclear line between good vs. evil. It’s pretty popular nowadays to blur that line: make dark magic/spells/etc OK, make good guys bad and bad guys good, and focus a lot on thing that aren’t really of God. I enjoy fantasy but honestly, can hardly read most of it, and that’s disheartening!

GOLGATHA is different because the dark magic and related things are not made into good things. The good elements and Gifts are good, but there’s a clear difference. So, basically, there’s “magic” (not good!) and “Gifts” (good!). And GOLGATHA also has some strong Biblical themes that are NOT preachy… Which, personally speaking, I feel is lacking in most fantasy novels I read nowadays, haha.

 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLANNING GOLGATHA?

Months, haha? I’m not quite sure on the date, but I had the idea(SSSS) rolling in my head for a while. I finally sat down a month or two before NaNo to actually write the plot down and outline it the best I could.

WILL IT BE INDIE PUBLISHED OR TRAD?

Fantasy is pretty hot on the Indie market, and at the same time, it’s also something easier to pitch to presses. So… while I want to try traditional, I have a small feeling this book will probably be Indie.

Why? Well, I’ll be writing a post about this, but basically: I love Indie. I love being The Boss. I love learning and applying what I learn and watching God do the rest. I love all things it takes to be an Indie author–yep, even marketing. So while trad is cool and I’ll try one day… I don’t know if God is saying today is that some day, and that’s cool.

So, yep, no strong idea WHEN this bad boy comes out, but follow the blog/newsletter and you’ll get first beta reader dibs, ha.

I’M THINKING OF DOING NANO–DO YOU HAVE TIPS?

I wrote a post dedicated to NaNo HERE so, rock on, friend!

And here’s my NaNo, if you wanna be buds.

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NOW for real, ask me anything about GOLGATHA! (Or, hey, Indie publishing, since that post is coming up…) I’ll probably be doing a Q&A for this novel again (during November) IF y’all give me enough questions about it. 😉

Thanks for reading and I sincerely hope you’re a lil’ excited for GOLGATHA

God bless,

Ang

KING OF MALORN by ANNIE DOUGLAS LIMA | BOOK SPOTLIGHT

Exciting news today, friends… I’m joining the party for Annie Douglas Lima’s release, King of Malorn! Let’s cut right to the good stuff.

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Life as the king’s younger sister should be exciting.

Not for Princess Kalendria. She’s sick of the dissent and of constantly having her
family undermined by those who think they could rule Malorn better than King
Korram.
Hoping to lighten the mood in the palace, Kalendria plans a ball to celebrate her
seventeenth birthday. It doesn’t hurt that their handsome Alasian ally King
Jaymin has promised to attend, and she’s been waiting for him to notice her for
as long as she can remember.

But unfriendly forces have their own party plans. When Kalendria, Korram, and
Jaymin barely survive an assassination attempt, their only recourse is to flee
into the wilderness. Tracked by unknown assassins, they must figure out whom
they can trust and who is behind the plot. Can Kalendria help her brother
reclaim his throne – oh, and catch Jaymin’s attention while she’s at it –
before they are all killed and war destroys both kingdoms?

You can download a copy of the ebook for freebetween July 9th and 11th!

Click here to download your copy of King of Malorn on Amazon now! 
Click hereto see King of Malorn on Goodreads.

 

SERIES INFO



King of Malorn is book 5 in the Annals
of Alasia
. But don’t worry if you haven’t read the others; it will still make sense on its own. 



Each of the first four books can stand on its own as well. They each deal with events surrounding the same major political incident: the invasion
of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. 



Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and
describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to
flee for his life. 

In the Enemy’s Service
features a girl as the protagonist and tells the story of those who were not
able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded. 

Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and
focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the
Invasion. 

The Nameless Soldier shows how a young Alasian soldier lives through the Invasion but then has to survive and make a name for himself in enemy-occupied Alasia. 



In each of the books, main
characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other
at the point where the timeframes and settings overlap. 



I also have a short
ebook of “interviews” that I conducted with the characters in the other three
books. Annals of Alasia: The Collected
Interviews
is not available on Amazon, but I send a free copy to anyone who
signs
up for my mailing list

(to receive updates when I release new books or occasionally offer them for free).

AUTHOR BIO

Annie Douglass Lima considers herself
fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of
them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her
students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction,
fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her
students’ poetry, and Bible verse coloring and activity books. When she isn’t
teaching or writing, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or
pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.



Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com
Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/anniedouglasslima

LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn

Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/letters-from-annie-douglass-lima-6275229

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/annie-douglass-lima

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I hope you’re having a fantastic week. I’ve been a bit out of the blogging world but I’ll have some personal posts coming soon… Ready?

God bless,

Ang

 

A ROYAL MASQUERADE | BOOK REVEIW

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Greetings, friend! I’ll be sharing my review for A Royal Masquerade today! You can find my book spotlight HERE (don’t miss it! There is a GIVEAWAY!)!

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Burndee can barely tolerate the mischievous Prince Colin, but the two of them are invariably thrown together in a way that keeps them at one another’s throats.

While attending a noblewoman’s wedding, Burndee and Colin’s private feud comes to a climax when Burndee loses his temper and does the unthinkable.  With Prince Colin unable to attend to his royal duties and Burndee bound by an inconvenient spell, can the two of them work together long enough to unsnarl the mysterious goings-on around them?

A madcap and magical retelling of The Goose Girl from a unique perspective.

AMAZON GOODREADS

 

AUTHOR BIO

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Allison Tebo is a Christian author in her mid-twenties. A sales associate for a major transportation company, she writes books in her spare time. A graduate of London Art College, Allison also pursues children’s illustration and cartooning. When she is not creating art with words or paint, she enjoys narration, singing, quilting, and, naturally, baking.  Allison blogs at www.allisonswell.com about the love of Christ, the joys of living, occasionally, all about  the wonder of gifs.

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

 

SCHEDULE

Gracelyn | Spotlight

AbigailM | Spotlight

Rayleigh |Review

GIVEAWAY

My Internet won’t upload the pictures of the goodies for some reason, so VISIT THIS POST!
1st prizeA Royal Masquerade’s signed copy,  fairy tale candle, and a glass goose.  Fourth item for the 1st prize giveaway is Godiva chocolate!
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2nd prize: A Royal Masquerade paperback and a $5.00 Amazon gift card!

ENTER HERE!

REVIEW

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free ecopy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

A Royal Masquerade is like a giant cake—sweet, beautiful, and full of delicious surprises!

The writing style and setting were delightfully vivid and entertaining. Just like watching a play or being right there with the character! I could just imagine the garden and palace settings, as well as smell the baked goods. The writing style and setting snagged me in and I loved it to bits.

The characters of A Royal Masquerade were my favorite part. Ms. Tebo has a true gift for being friends with characters who are spirited, funny, and life-like! All too often, fiction nowadays belittles princesses and weakens male characters. ARM was like a glass of fresh lemonade because it had characters who didn’t fall flat or cliche. Ever.

As usual, my favorite was Burndee (maybe because I relate so much to his grumpiness), and Colin was as fantastic as ever. Ella and Cynthia are two lasses that every little girl needs to read about! And MECK. Ha, yes, I skipped the rest of the memorable cast because this furry dude needs billions of hugs. I could almost feel his soft fur and ears!

As for the rest of the cast and plot line, I was amazed. Things were so well woven and hinted, it truly was a joy ride. I was surprised sometimes at the plot’s brilliance. Even though this book was not ‘plot-driven’ because the author wished to show that people are silly and not every book needs to be serious, it was still a focused story! It had character development (EEP!) while also making me laugh.

Overall, I loved this book. A strong 5/5 stars. I look forward to reading it aloud to my young nieces!

 

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Thank for joining me and be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour! =D You don’t wanna miss the Tales of Ambia.

God bless,

– Ang

 

 

BOOK SPOTLIGHT | A ROYAL MASQUERADE by ALLISON TEBO

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Hello, friend! I am ecstatic to share Allison Tebo’s latest release, A Royal Masquerade! If you love fantasy, steampunk, cute people, and a lot of humor, The Tales Of Ambia are what you are looking for! Let’s jump straight to the fun!

 

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Burndee can barely tolerate the mischievous Prince Colin, but the two of them are invariably thrown together in a way that keeps them at one another’s throats. 

While attending a noblewoman’s wedding, Burndee and Colin’s private feud comes to a climax when Burndee loses his temper and does the unthinkable.  With Prince Colin unable to attend to his royal duties and Burndee bound by an inconvenient spell, can the two of them work together long enough to unsnarl the mysterious goings-on around them? 

A madcap and magical retelling of The Goose Girl from a unique perspective.  

AMAZON | GOODREADS

 

AUTHOR BIO

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Allison Tebo is a Christian author in her mid-twenties. A sales associate for a major transportation company, she writes books in her spare time. A graduate of London Art College, Allison also pursues children’s illustration and cartooning. When she is not creating art with words or paint, she enjoys narration, singing, quilting, and, naturally, baking.  Allison blogs at www.allisonswell.com about the love of Christ, the joys of living, occasionally, all about  the wonder of gifs.

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

 

SCHEDULE

Nov 11th (Sunday)

Hannah: Spotlight

https://therosesheart.blogspot.com/?m=1

Angela: Spotlight / Review

https://thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com/

Nov 12th (Monday)

Faith:     Spotlight

thefloridsword.blogspot.com

Liz:    Spotlight / Author Interview

www.homewithhummingbirds.com

 

GIVEAWAY

1st prizeA Royal Masquerade’s signed copy,  fairy tale candle, and a glass goose.  Fourth item for the 1st prize giveaway is Godiva chocolate!
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2nd prize: A Royal Masquerade paperback and a $5.00 Amazon gift card!
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ENTER HERE

 

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Is this book not GORGEOUS?! And it sounds so amazing, I cannot wait to read it. =D Be sure to check Allison’s blog out because she is a huge dear. Congrats, Allison! ♥

God bless,

– Ang

 

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