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DANDELION DUST // Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway

Howdy, folks! This morning, I am absolutely delighted to share with you Dandelion Dust, a debut novella from author Faith L. Potts!


Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day...

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.

The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.

As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

Like a dandelion, life is beautifu…

Your 4 Key Characters

Whether your story's cast consists of twenty characters or five-hundred, at least four of them are your primary characters. As once eloquently put by writing wizard K.M. Weiland in a post on Helping Writers Become Authors,

"These four characters are important for the simple reason that, together, they provide the foundation for not just your plot, but a multi-faceted theme."
In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, we meet Lord Voldemort (and yes, I'm pronouncing that "t" as silent). He's the reason Harry's an orphan, and provides a stark contrast to the story's theme of love and loyalty.

In the BBC's Poldark, there's George Warleggan. Crafty, manipulative, and determined, George shares Ross Poldark's burning anger and desire for change... which makes him the perfect villain.

In Disney's 2015 remake of Cinderella, Lady Tremaine serves as the primary villain. She's jealous of Ella: jealous of the time she spent with…

COILED // Blog Tour, Book Review, & Giveaway

Howdy, Dragons! Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Coiled, a new, YA mythological romance from H.L. Burke!


A healing touch. A hideous face. A looming curse.
As the ugly twin to a perfect sister, Princess Laidra lives her life in the shadows -- until her parents offer her as bait for a giant serpent.
Her escape attempt leaves her shipwrecked on a secluded island with only one inhabitant: Prince Calen, who lives under a curse. If anyone looks upon him, he turns into a giant serpent. Speaking to him in the darkness, Laidra sees past the monster to Calen's lonely soul, and she determines to free him from the magic's hold.
But if Laidra can't break the curse in time, Calen will become a mindless creature of scales and fangs forever.

"Love doesn't fit on a scale for us to say whose has more weight." ~H.L. Burke, Coiled
Greek mythology retold. A giant, man-eating serpent. A rejected princess with a hideous curse and an astounding …

THE SORCERESS & THE SQUID // Blog Tour & Sneak Peek

*waves* Hello, Dragons! Today I am very excited to be a part of the blog tour for Emily Mundell's debut novel, The Sorceress & the Squid! I must say, what an enchanting title! And what an enchanting cover...

In the magical land of Perth, divisions between the Old Kingdom and the New have waged for centuries. The humans have long harbored a mistrust of the spell-casting Fae and vice versa. In the midst of this conflict, Estrella the Sorceress lays waste to the Training Academy for Human Warriors, making an enemy in the soldier, Jalen. During their standoff, Jalen is turned into a squid and Estrella, unable to restore him to his original form, takes pity on him and travels west across the Sea to bring him to the Wizard in hope he can be saved. But is there more to the unrest in Perth than meets the eye?

Jalen started to shrink, and his ruddy brown skin became grey-ish and wet-looking. His hair and clothes disappeared, but his arms and legs seemed to multiply, until they w…

Investigating Jayna Buckley // Beautiful People


Firstly, Camp NaNoWriMo. It's that time of the year, again! And this time, I am thoroughly determined to do it. *buys all the chocolate because inspiration and HELP ME PLEASE*

Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo this July? Feel free to add me!

Now, on to Beautiful People, which, for those of you who don't know, is a monthly set of character questions, hosted by Cait at Paper Fury and Sky at Further Up & Further In. Though I don't always do Beautiful People (*coughs* Obviously. *glares at the small collection of all the Beautiful People posts I've ever done*), it's a rather fun tag (and what was supposed to be today's blog post had a fight with me), and next month's NaNo! Good excuse? Good.

Since my Camp NaNoWriMo project is also the first draft of my Five Poisoned Apples entry, we'll be discussing Jayna Buckley, the Regency heroine who also happens to be my Snow White character.

Ahem. Without further ado, zee queztionz!


The Voices of YA Tag + the Goodreads Tag

Hullo, Dragons! *basks in the glory of summer* *sighs* Isn't it just wonderful to finally have free time?

Today, I have a couple tags to share with you. The first is the Voices of YA Tag, from Audrey Caylin! *waves* Thanks for the tag, Audrey! And thanks to Caitlyn at Quills & Coffeefor creating it!

THE RULES Thank the person who tagged youLink to the original creatorAnswer the ten questionsTag at least two other YA writers/bloggers*
*Since I'm doing two of these puppies, today, consider it a free-for-all! If you want to do the tag, then go right ahead and do it. 😁

1. What draws you to YA?

I've never been very big on children's books. And though I do fall in love with the occasional middle-grade novel (*coughs* Harry Potter and Percy Jackson & the Olympians!!!!), I've always loved the enthusiasm and originality of YA fiction.

2. Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you?


ILLUSIONARY // Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway

Hello, Dragons!

Today, I'm delighted to feature novelist Desiree Williams! Desiree is a fellow spekkie who writes fantasy with a good dose of romance!

I recently read one of Desiree's latest novels, Sun & Moon, which is a captivating tale set in a land of desert sands, harsh slavery, soulmates, allegories, and powers harnessed from the stars. If you haven't read Sun & Moon, I highly recommend it! You can pick up a copy here.

Desiree is with us today in honour of her most recent release, Illusionary, which came out in April. Here's a bit about the book:

Dorothy got sucked into a tornado.
Alice fell down a hole.
Wendy flew to Neverland.
Kamryn? She tripped down the stairs.
Now, Kamryn Kensington finds herself in a strange new world. Within minutes of her arrival, she dodges an archer's arrow and avoids getting sliced up by a cosplay reject holding a dagger to her throat. And that’s before the storyteller's breath brings stories to life.
Home is the missio…