Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Worth of a King {blog tour}


The Worth of a King Blog Tour




Okay, for starters, look at this cover: 



Isn't it AMAZING? I've been watching this for a while now, just because of that cover. I didn't end up with time to do a review of it, because I didn't have time to read it, because I've been a little busy with my own novel, but I have a short excerpt to share with you!


{Book Description}
Princess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born. Since there was no male heir, the crown went to the man who killed him, by Dialcian law. This never bothered her, growing up, and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband, she chooses Prince Delaney, the son of that man, with little hesitation. Only then does her life start crumbling around her.


Adrian expected to live a normal life, taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired. But, on his eighteenth birthday, when the princess’ engagement is announced, his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse, and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throne.

Delaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood. He wants nothing more than to protect Obsidia and his people, but as merely prince, he has little power against his father.
The ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and Queen is nearing its climax, and the three are already caught in it.


{Excerpt}

IN his panic, Adrian forgot that there was a party outside. A party for his twin sister. Because their father had been killed the day they were born.

It was impossible. It was a bad dream. It had to be. Perhaps a practical joke taking advantage of how he shared a birthday with the princess. Yes, yes, that was all this was. It had to be.
“Oh, Adrian!” Christa’s voice cut into his thought. “You’re awake! Oh, if I had only stayed just a few minutes longer! How did you like the cake?”
Adrian swallowed. He’d not even taken a bite of the cake, and he couldn’t tell her that. “I liked it,” he answered instead. It wasn’t a lie. It was a cream cake and she had made it.
“Good.” She gave a satisfied nod and then narrowed her eyes. “Are you all right, Adrian?”
As Adrian floundered for an answer because no, he wasn’t all right, he felt a hand on his shoulder, and Jerolin answered for him. “Oh, it’s just finally set in for him that he has turned eighteen and his carefree childhood is over. I’m sure that you’ll understand next year when you have to leave childhood.”
Christa rocked back on her heels, her frown easing, but not disappearing entirely. “Oh.”
“And you know how grumpy he always is on his birthdays,” Jerolin continued. “It’s just going to be worse this year. You might want to give him some space. Just for today, that is. Come tomorrow, everything should be back to normal.”
Normal? How could Jerolin say that? So flippantly, too. Things wouldn’t be normal tomorrow. Things couldn’t be normal. Never again. He was a prince.
He bolted again. Tore himself from Jerolin’s grip. Headed out of town. Dodging people. Trying to get away. To be alone. To think. He reached the edge of town and kept running. Down the road. Into the woods.
His foot caught on a root and he fell, face-first, into the dirt. He made no effort to get up. Just lay there as the world spun around him.
His parents weren’t his parents. He was the son of Queen Adelaide and the dead king. The murdered king. Was he expected to return to the castle and kill King Ossian in return? Was he supposed to become king?
Oh, but he hated politics.





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{Author Bio}

Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She's been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. "Finish your story, Kendra," is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children's tales that glorify God and His Word.



Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon 


-Annie

Friday, August 24, 2018

Choose Your Own Story {blog tour}





Hey there! Today I’m taking part in Sarah Holman’s Choose Your Own Story event. This is to celebrate the release of her latest book, Escape and Endurance.

In this event, you get to pick the outcome of the story by making choices. A lot of different things can happen. What are you waiting for? Start your adventure by clicking the image below.




Sir Andrew sat on a rock, thinking about what his next move should be. That’s when he saw her. Not far away, the princess was moving about the trees. She was walking about as if she didn’t have a care. Perhaps she didn’t. Maybe this whole thing was a joke to her.
He continued to watch her and the woods around them. He wanted to make sure that they were alone. She walked about, gathering plants. She was acting on some sort of picnic!
A movement caught Andrew’s eye. An armed man stepped toward the princess and then…




















Are you interested in reading about a knight, a tower, a princess, and a servant? Pick up a copy of Escape and Endurance! Haven’t read the other books in the Tales of Taelis series? Not to worry. Each book can stand alone.






About Sarah:
Sarah Holman is a not-so-typical girl, a homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and lives in the great state of Texas. If there’s anything adventuresome about her life, it’s because she serves a God with a destiny greater than anything she could have imagined. You can find out more about her at her website: www.thedestinyofone.com
You can join the Adventurers (her newsletter) by going here: http://eepurl.com/bitBIf



Have fun! 

~Annie

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Through the Pages {a giveaway and a thank-you}


It's been almost a year since this story started, but it's far from finished. 

I want to hug all the people who've helped spread the word about Through the Pages, but most of them aren't in my immediate range of hugability. 

So instead, I'd like to give away one of my Collector's Boxes. 






In this giveaway, you'll receive a paper back copy of Through the Pages...




A paper back replica of Harper South's Journal, available ONLY in these special bundles...




Five art prints...



And maybe a random bonus gift!


The Collector's Boxes will be available on my website when I have more books in stock! In the meantime, why not enter the giveaway?

International Winners: unfortunately, lack of funds prohibits me from shipping internationally. So instead, for international winners ONLY, I have an e-book copy of Through the Pages in your choice of Kindle, PDF, or ePub. 



And in closing, a random landscape shot. This is my hometown, ladies and gents.


Good luck! -Annie

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Through the Pages {my first novel}




Once upon a time, not too long ago, in fact, a little less than a year ago...


{August 19th, 2017}

"Hey, Annie, remember how you were asking, 'what will I write next' the other day?"

I did ask that question, after finishing Jump: The Things I Remind Myself. But when God asks a question like that, I've found He tends to have ulterior motives behind it. So I very cautiously said, "yeah, I remember... what about it?"

"Well, I've got one for you. Write a book for your mom."

Cue wide eyes and a heck of a lot of confusion. And a scrambled message to my girl's group. "I think I'm supposed to write a book for my mom. Help!"

Go figure, they all thought it was a brilliant idea.

"Hey Annie," came the somewhat amused voice from the upstairs regions of the cosmos. "It's for her birthday next year, by the way. And it's about books. The interior will be cream paper, with an artistic book drawing for underneath the chapter headers. The cover will be purple."

And that is the story of why I had a meltdown from August 19th to August 21st.

This was uncharted territory for me. I was pretty sure it would be a novel, not one of my short stories or a novella or something easy. (I've never completed a first draft of a novel, only a lot of partial first drafts.) And I had less than a year. And I needed to keep it a secret from everyone around me. (I'm horrible at keeping exciting things secret.)


{the journey}


The rest of August, September, and October were spent in a weird sort of stasis. I didn't write a whole lot, at least, not that I remember. I did a lot of thinking. I spent a lot of time with books, and with my mom. And by mid October I had a pretty solid idea of what this story was supposed to look like.

November came around and I used NaNoWriMo as my excuse to pound out a 50k novel in a very short period of time. For the first time, I had a whole, finished, novel. And I couldn't tell anyone.




Well, not quite true. I told my girl's group (after making them swear to secrecy). I told Missie. And in June of 2018, I told my pen pal/adopted grandmother/great-aunt about it, because she asked what I was working on, and I was pretty darn sure that she wouldn't tell anyone. 

The hardest thing this whole time has been keeping it a secret from everyone. Hannah helped; I had to tell her because I was in the middle of a stress-induced panic attack of "I can't do this!" and needed help getting myself out. I told Jeremy because I conscripted him to receive the packages so my mother wouldn't suspect anything. I made my cover designer, my editor, my beta readers, and my girl's group swear themselves to secrecy, and... 

...here we are. 






Here's one of my favorite quotes from this story:


"That's the thing, Miranda, you never get over the butterflies if it's the right person. They just settle down a bit. If it's the right person, you just go your whole life being all tangled up with the butterflies in your stomach and the love in your heart." 
Through the Pages
Annie Louise Twitchell


LOOK AT THIS COVER

*all the heart eyes to That Book Gal for this amazing design*



Available at Amazon


Fun Fact: I had the hardest time finding an editor until I was actually ready to see about hiring one. At that point, Facebook hiccuped and showed me a notification for a post from an editing page I'd been following and hadn't done much looking into. If you're in the US, I highly recommend Lemons to Lemonade Editing. Not only did she do a wonderful job with my line edits, but she works on paper, meaning I had a marked up paper copy to make my changes from. That was perfect for how my head works and the way I prefer to do things, and made my process of fixing things so much easier.

Fun Fact #2: I'm still a bit giddy that I actually did this thing. I will probably be varying degrees of giddy for the next two months.

Fun Fact #3: I've actually been so overwhelmed since I gave the book to my mom on the 5th that I've had two or three headaches and gone swimming a lot and written almost nothing. Just this blog post. I'll get back in my groove eventually. I think.



The Bunny approves. This is important.


~Annie

Monday, August 6, 2018

Wake the Moon {the story behind the story & giveaway}



Demons laugh, light fades, and Jesse must battle his own darkness to wake the sleeping girl.


{Behind the Story}

Wake the Moon was inspired by a friend of mine asking, 'what would happen if Sleeping Beauty couldn't wake up?' I took that concept (with their permission; in fact they shared it with "here's a story idea for you, Annie") and mulled over it for several months before finally sitting down to weave this story. 

Sleeping Beauty can't wake up. 

It started out unexpectedly, with a male POV that I learned was our hero. It didn't stay true to the Sleeping Beauty story, but some of the elements are still there. It's more of a new story, now, less of a retelling. And there's a spiritual angle that startled me at first. 


It scared me. I've never been so alarmed by words that came out of my fingers before. And at the same time I loved every minute of it. It didn't take me very long to write, and then I just sat and stared at the finished first draft for a long time before hiding it and not thinking about it for a while. 

In May, I was trying to think of a fairy tale I could share with the Fellowship of Fantasy for their fairy tale anthology. I thought over it a lot, started a few things, and finally remembered that I had a vaguely Sleeping Beauty story in my back file. So I pulled it out, asked for beta readers, and launched into editing. 

It's not very long, this little story of mine, but I hope you enjoy it.






{Book Description}

Rescue a princess, meet a mermaid, win your reward.

The authors of the Fellowship of Fantasy tackle fairy tales from once upon a time to happily ever after. Explore twists on old tales and brand new magical stories. Meet feisty mermaids, friendly lampposts, and heroes who just might be monsters themselves.

This fourth anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy will lead you on a quest for entertainment and storm the castle of your imagination. So make a wish and enter the deep dark woods to find stories that will make you laugh, shiver, and maybe even fall in love.













Cinders by Kendra E. Ardnek
When the fairy Jalia receives a plea for her aid, it seems a routine Cinderella rescue - until she only finds the family's pet cats.

At The Corner of Elm & Main by H. L. Burke
A sweet-natured lamppost dreams of seeing the world. When magic grants his wish, how will he use it? 

Tears of the Sea by Savannah Jezowski
When Le Rae indulges her fascination with the forbidden sand walkers, she discovers more than danger in the shallow waters.

Steelhand by Ashley Capes
When a man with a mechanical hand hears a woman's ethereal voice calling for help, he must brave the steel forest to rescue her from a foul Alchemist.

King or Beggar by D. G. Driver
When a king’s spoiled, conceited daughter refuses and insults every nobleman asking for her hand in marriage, he stops giving her a choice.

The Girl Who Talked by Birds by Kristen S. Walker
A young girl's already isolated existence is worsened by the emergence of strange abilities.

The Princess and the Stone-Picker by Sarah Ashwood
"Those whose eyes are nearest to the ground are those who see its treasures." A humble stone-picker's mysterious remark sends a spoiled princess pursuing answers.

Wake the Moon by Annie Louise Twitchell
Demons laugh, light fades, and Jesse must battle his own darkness to wake the sleeping girl.

The Greatest Adventure by J.M. Hackman
A beautiful slave girl, hidden Fire Diamonds, and a wily dragon give Firebrand Aideen Siriol his greatest adventure yet.

Third Princess by Emily Martha Sorensen
The youngest of three always succeeds after the older two fail. But what if the older two aren’t willing to fail?

A Week after Midnight by Alex McGilvery
The prince is so shy he needed a ball to find a wife. What will he do when she moves in?

Being Seen by Gretchen E. K. Engel
Just because Ilmara is invisible, doesn't mean she doesn't exist.

The Quest for a Wide-Awake Princess by Lia London
Prince Jack needs to find a suitable princess, but he'd settle for one who's not snoring.

How to Hide a Prince by E.J. Kitchens
Princess Fiona is destined to save a prince, but would kissing a talking frog free a prince, or curse them both?

Believing Fairytales by Arthur Daigle
Some fairy tales are true. The dangerous ones are partly true.

The Loathly Princess of Edimor by L. Palmer
Princess Selene always gets her desire. When she asks to escape a marriage by transforming into a swan, the witch who helps her has other plans.


{Rafflecopter Givaways}

 U.S. Only: (All books are paperbacks, and possibly signed.) 

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International: (All books are ebooks of the winner’s file format of choice) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway 


Comment Giveaway: The person who comments the most across the whole blog tour will win some sneak peeks of featured author's works-in-progress!

~Annie

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Tale of Two Apples {blog tour wrap-up}




So basically this summer has been insane and I haven't stayed on top of things very well. I've been crazy busy with projects and life and general busyness and a whole lot of swimming. 

I'm finally posting my wrap-up for the Tale of Two Apples Blog Tour. Better late than never, right? 






Here are the posts, we'd love for you to check them out. 

Sunday 22nd:

Monday 23rd:

Tuesday 24th:
Wednesday 25th:
Thursday 26th:

Friday 27th:

Saturday 28th:
Wednesday, August 1st:
  • Annie Louise Twitchell {wrap-up post}


And here are the links to our short stories: