Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Consumed {poem}

I wasn't going to share this one at all, but it scared me so much that I sent it to one of my writing groups, and Miss Rebekah {Rebekah DeVall} said "oooooooooooooooooh I like that", or something like that, so... here it is.




Consumed
Annie Louise Twitchell


Don’t let me fall,
please.
Grab my hand and draw me back.
I’m too small.

Don’t let me fade,
please.
Bring your crayons and color the lines of me.
I’m so afraid.

My heart pounds,
seeking escape from hollowed-out ribs.
My heart likes to believe it is a butterfly,
but butterflies are not only lovely things.
Butterflies consume flesh and flowers alike
the same way my heart consumes me, flesh and flower alike.

Don’t let me slip,
please.
Steady my wobbling mind and keep me from insanity.
I am a sinking ship.

Don’t let me fall,
please.


Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

News: October 2017





As October marches onward and it finally starts behaving like autumn here, I have a few things to share: first of all, my new storefront at AnnieLouiseTwitchell.com is running a coupon for the rest of the month. I have limited copies available, so if you're interested in a personalized, autographed copy of one of my books, head on over there and check it out!

I'm starting preparations for my second NaNoWriMo. Mostly that involves sitting on the ground in a quiet corner and thinking very hard of nothing much at all; I'm very industriously working on that.

Also, I'm working on rewrites for No Dragons, Please! which will hopefully be coming out sometime in November. I'm also illustrating this kid's story, and I'm mostly done with those.

And for people in my local area: be watching my Facebook page for news about the craft fairs I'll be attending during the holiday season with my books and other related things.

Now, for the boring stuff: I'm hiking a mountain this weekend, I have been walking miles a day because I'm slightly bored and also rather antsy, and I did a photo shoot with Elli and Cricket this last weekend.







Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Aveza of the Ercanhelm {Review}




{Author Bio}

Rebekah DeVall is the author of "When Your Melody Fades" and many more upcoming Christian fantasy books. Find her on Facebook or her blog.



{Book Blurb}

Aveza Kenlin is no classic princess. A harsh childhood leads her to join the Ercanhelm, the underground religious organization dedicated to removing her stepfather, Hagan, from the throne. Though she hides her identity from the Ercanhelm for ten years, her missions take her closer to the palace. Rumors of her true identity spread. If the Ercanhelm discover the truth, they will kill her. If Hagan discovers her, living within his city, allied with the Ercanhelm, he will kill them all. Both paths lead to death, yet Aveza cannot speak the truth, plead shelter from one or the other. How much is she willing to give for the cause? Can the truth set her free?




{Review}

I've known Rebekah's work tends towards heart-wrenching, throw-the-book-at-the-wall-and-curl-up-in-a-corner-and-cry, so I was prepared for Aveza of the Ercanhelm.

Or so I thought.

I wasn't prepared for the ending, let's put it that way. No spoilers.

I haven't found many Christian-fantasy books that deal with what-happens-after. So many of them deal with the redemption arc, and with salvation and grace. Aveza of the Ercanhelm is a what-happens-after book. Because yes, a perfect grace saved us. But we are still humans and sh*t still happens. Aveza of the Ercanhelm presented a view on it that I haven't met very many places, where sometimes the happily ever after isn't what we wanted, where sometimes you do the hard thing because it is the only thing. Where sometimes an all loving God loves you enough to ask you to give it up for him.

Aveza of the Ercanhelm was vivid, strong, and painfully real.

(Aveza of the Ercanhelm contains threads of abuse, that while not detailed, are definitely suggested. Recommended for 16+.)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Aveza of the Ercanhelm {Character Interview}




{Author Bio} Rebekah DeVall is the author of "When Your Melody Fades" and many more upcoming Christian fantasy books. Find her on Facebook or her blog.






I've had the pleasure of working with Rebekah for some time now, although we can be pretty good at distracting each other rather than working. (I am NOT an angry kitten!) She's a talented lady who, I have high hopes, will go far with her writing.






Aveza of the Ercanhelm

{Interview with Hagan}


Hagan Kenlin is king of Korbin. All other information is classified.

(Note from the author: He’s a surly fellow, man of few words, and INTJ.)




ALT: What is your full name?
Hagan Kenlin.

ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father?
He always preferred my brother. Can I blame him? No.

ALT: Siblings?
I had one brother, Othmar, king of Allod. He was born to rule Allod—I made myself able to rule Korbin. Opposing countries, yet we brothers came to rule the greatest kingdoms of the world, at least for some time.

ALT: How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period of time?
Love is a thing for peasants. Marriage is an arrangement for mutual benefit, or at least for my benefit. It served me well, first with Brunhild, now with Johanna.

ALT: If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
  1. The throne of Korbin, unquestioned, in my hands.
  2. A son, to take over the throne after my death… and only one. I need no civil war.
  3. Prosperity never kills.

ALT: How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? With this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?
I do not trust until my trust is earned, and even then… only time can tell. Brunhild proved me wrong there.

ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?
My parents expected me to be a failure. They were wrong with that, as they were with so much else.

ALT: What are you most proud of in your life?
The youngest prince of Allod, the failure, now king of Korbin? I should think that quite an accomplishment.

ALT: Have you ever been arrested? What for?
I do the arresting.

ALT: How would you, if you could, choose to die?
Of old age, having a son to rule my throne and make it greater than even I could.

ALT: If you could do one thing and succeed at it, what would it would be?
I succeed at all I put my mind to do.

ALT: You're the kind of person who:
Makes my own way in life. Station and laws will not hold me back, nor will the opposition of small organizations such as the Ercanhelm. Nothing will stop me from my destiny, nothing at all.



You can pick up a copy of Rebekah's book on Amazon, HERE.

Rebekah and Hope Ann are having a release party on Facebook, on October 7th - click {here} to join in the fun!



Thanks for interviewing, Rebekah, and congratulations on the new release!

Be looking for my review of Aveza of the Ercanhelm in the next few days!


All characters belong to their author. Used with permission. Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell and Rebekah DeVall.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Ocean And I {Release Party}




Here is the link to the Facebook event: {party!}

I got my order of ten of these beauties this week! You can order one from Amazon, or...
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ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 8TH, YOU CAN ORDER AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OFF MY WEBSITE.

THAT'S RIGHT, DARLINGS.

annielouisetwitchell.com


In fact, my three paperback books are all available there. I do have limited stock, but THERE THEY ARE.

I've spent a lot of time over the past few weeks working on getting it set up, and I'm proud to announce it's almost ready! Don't worry, I'll still be blogging here - so if you're subscribed to my emails, you're all good. If you're not, maybe you should be, so you can be overwhelmed with a lot of bubbly Annie talk almost every week. Totally up to you, though.

Hey, so I'll be running some giveaways and games at my event. What would you like to see? Let me know in the comments!