Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Dream Not Imagined Cover Reveal

Hello, all! today I'm participating in the cover reveal for the Cinderella retelling A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Hannu.



A MAID, a PRINCE, and a DUKE. A GARDENER, a STEPMOTHER, and a secret...

Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after.

But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream...of the same prince.

In the end, are dreams even all they're made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed?

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella




About the Author:

Shantelle Mary Hannu is a follower of Jesus Christ and homeschool graduate with a great passion for all things books. She's been an avid reader since a young age, and likewise, an aspiring writer.

Shantelle's deep hope is to publish her works of fiction and through that, touch hearts for the one true King and provide clean, adventurous, soul-stirring tales for the world.








Be sure to check the book out on Goodreads!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Currently...

Writing:

     I cannot believe that my hills of hard editing are, for the time being, over. For the past five months or so I’ve barely been able to get any new writing done, what with Hidden Pearls and The Wulver’s Rose competing for my attention. However, after a good two weeks of steady writing, I’m halfway done with the first draft of my current WIP, and after I finish I may reveal the title. But only if I’m in an exceptionally good mood.

Listening to:

     All of the samples from Josh Groban’s new cd, Stages. It’s all songs from MUSICALS. Let the spontaneous sing-alongs commence.



Watching:

Charade with Hepburn and Grant.

     Classic films. Last watched? Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. While I could have done with a bit less romance, the plot kept me guessing and it was definitely a keeper. Next on the list is another Cary Grant film (this time with Katharine Hepburn): Bringing up Baby.

     The Hollow Crown- Finished Richard II the other night, and it was so good. The acting was amazing, and I can’t wait to start watching Henry IV and Henry V. Apparently BBC is also planning on a season 2 next year, and I’m looking forward to that, as well.

The Hollow Crown | Focus Features

Fangirling:

     Have I ever mentioned I hate the word “fangirling?” Or at least the idea that I actually do it. It makes me think of teenage girls throwing themselves, screaming, and fainting over the latest boyband. However…I cannot deny that emotions were not kept in check when the trailer for The Force Awakens was revealed. I’m no fan of the prequel movies, but the original Star Wars trilogy is a firm favorite, and I cannot wait to see my favorite characters again.


     There are also quite a lot of Sherlock set photos that are throwing me in a tizzy. In some weird way I keep thinking of this upcoming Christmas special as some sort of fanfic crossover, simply because while I love both the original Sherlock Holmes stories and the BBC TV show, I think of them as completely separate things, as if Sherlock is a sort of love letter to the original filled with insider winks and inside jokes. So then is it truly a strange thing that the Christmas special is striking me as a combination of the two rather than just a “special” episode of Sherlock? Anyway, I can’t look at a photo from it without squealing internally.

Setlock

     And then, of course, we have Age of Ultron, which I am definitely looking forward to seeing.

     But let’s not forget…

Josh Gad Just Posted the Cutest Instagram of the Beauty and the Beast Cast | Oh My Disney

     BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I’m probably driving my family crazy because I update them every single time a new cast member is announced, but this is my favorite story of all time and one of my favorite broadway musicals and it’s being turned into a movie with absolutely amazing actors. The current cast list includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Josh Gad, Audra Macdonald, Kevin Kline, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Hattie Morahan.... I'm really curious as to Hattie Morahan's unnamed character, by the way. Who is she playing? Are we going to get a flashback scene with Belle's mom, like Cinderella? I need to know! Why is 2017 so far away?


Reading:

War and Peace (Penguin Classics, Deluxe Edition) by Leo Tolstoy
     War and Peace.
     Still.

     I literally cannot remember the last time it took me so long to read a book.

     I'm also reading Ephesians right now, which is much easier to get through.
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk- not as unwise people but as wise- making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don't be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. -Ephesians 5: 15-17

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Five Enchanted Roses Title Pages!

The title pages for the stories in Five Enchanted Roses have been revealed! Here's the one for The Wulver's Rose. I'm absolutely in love with the font, and I love the border and the way the fog rises around the wulver. :)



Here are all of the pictures together:



I love the mysterious, eerie look they all have! I can't wait for the physical copies to come out!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bookshelf Tag

This is an absolutely marvelous tag by Natalie at Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens. I knew I wanted to do it as soon as I saw it, but it took me a little while to have enough time to take the pictures.



Some "rules":
The book (s) you answer with must be from your bookshelf.
And include a picture of your bookshelf if you'd like to and if possible (if not, no big deal. Include pictures of your dream bookshelf, if you wish!)

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn't actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from: Well, we have quite a few bookshelves in our house- there are two in our living room that have all of the “kid” books and junior-level readers (including all my American Girl books) as well as some homeschooling stuff and biographies, and then we have another homeschooling shelf in the dining room. My sister and I have one bookshelf that’s “ours” that we keep in our room. It has five shelves; the bottom two are Emily’s. I get three because I have more books and a nice sister. :) I also have a hanging organizer that was originally for bath supplies, but we use it for scarves and- you guessed it- books

Yes, I am currently using the corner created by Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales as a makeshift vase at this time. You can also see the stacks of books on either side of the shelf....
Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books? I organize my books in a highly specialized method that takes into account color, genre, author, book style, and favoritism. Yes, really. I have all of my red/white/cream books on the top of the bookshelf. The second shelf is full of pastel-colored historical fiction, Regencies, and “romance-y” books. 


Oh, and if you're wondering what the tiny little metal containers on the top shelf are, they're literary-inspired candles I got from this Etsy shop! Cute, aren't they?



The second shelf is what I’m currently converting into fantasy and science fiction, although there are still some historical books on there. The colors on this shelf are in darker, more muted tones (except for those crazy white Anomalies ;). The shelf after that is full of classics and a few craft/cookbooks. 


The little white shelf is also full of smaller-sized classics. I keep all of my really nice B&N leatherbound classics on the fireplace mantle. 

My sister drew that picture of Grace Kelly! She also has amazing framed sketch of Audrey Hepburn in our room as well. You can see more of her art here.
I also have stacks of book underneath my bed, but technically that’s not a bookshelf, so I won’t be counting those in this tag…but believe me, I have DOZENS more books under there.

What's the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf? The Dictionary of Quotations that I keep on the top. I use that book a LOT. It’s from the 50s, though, so it doesn’t have more modern quotes.

What's the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf? Maybe Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness?

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift? Probably more than one, but at the moment the only one that comes to mind is Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard. 

What's the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? Either The Art of Pocahontas (which is my sister’s) or Velvet Steel.

What's the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? Both the tallest and widest belong to my sister: the tallest is Drawing Portraits, and the widest is Little Dorrit.

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf? Before the Season Ends was a birthday gift from a friend.

Most expensive book? I think my sister’s copy of Little Dorrit wins that prize; out of my books, I think it’s Novel Interiors. 

The last book you read on your shelf? Brentwood’s Ward, by Michelle Greip.

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read? Little House on the Prairie

Do you have more than one copy of a book? Yes! However, on this bookshelf I think the only two books we have double copies of are Pride and Prejudice and Eight Cousins, since my sister and I both have our own copies. (In total I actually own three copies of P&P, and that’s AFTER I got rid of one….)

Do you have the complete series of any book series? I have Linore Rose Burkard’s Regency series, Krista McGee’s Anomaly series, Tracie Peterson’s Ladies of Liberty series, all of Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings, Catherine Palmer’s English Ivy series, Laurie Alice Eakes’s Daughters of Bainbridge House series and my sister and I share Cathy Marie Hake’s Only in Gooding books. We also share the Anne of Green Gables series (although they’re mostly hers). Again, I have a lot more, but they aren’t on the bookshelf…and it would probably get tedious naming them all.

I also own Sara Mills’s Miss Match series, but they’re on Em’s shelf because she owns half of the first one, and I didn’t have any more room on my shelf. Personally, both of us are extremely miffed that the third book in the series was never published. I’m still waiting for book three after that cliffhanger ending!!!


Yes, my sister makes sure that everyone knows those are her shelves ;)


What's the newest addition to your shelf? Brentwood’s Ward.

What book has been on your shelf FOREVER? The “Ladies of Liberty” series by Tracie Peterson. They were the first adult Christian fiction books that I ever read.

What's the most recently published book on your shelf? Ummm….I think maybe the Lighten Up, Ya’ll cookbook.

The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)? Most of my old books are elsewhere in the house, and I don’t have that many even so, but Emily is the antique copy queen, much to my envy. This Christmas, for example, she got a 1912 copy of Daddy-Long-Legs. Her copy of Rose in Bloom is from 1927, and we have a 1920s copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

A book you won? Actually, I think all the books that I’ve won are under the bed, not on my shelf. 

A book you'd hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)? An Old-Fashioned Girl. It’s pretty torn up, and due to how much I love it, it’s be difficult to loan out.

Most beat up book? My copy of The Moonstone (which I got from Paperbackswap) is in pretty sad condition. I’ve gotten many, many books from them, and The Moonstone is really the only one I’ve gotten that’s been in bad condition.

Most pristine book? I have a lot of those, since I get a lot of new books for free and (usually) only read them once.

A book from your childhood? Little House on the Prairie again!

A book that's not actually your book? All of my sister’s books on the bottom shelves ;)

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)? This copy of John Piper’s Velvet Steel, which I got for my sixteenth birthday. Isn’t it pretty?





A book that is your favorite color? But what if I don’t know what my favorite color is? Well, I’ll go with pink. And I’ve always loved the cover of Elizabeth Camden’s The Rose of Winslow Street.





Book that's been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven't read? Last of the Mohicans. I’ve tried, I really have. But…for some reason I just can’t get past the first few pages.

Any signed books? Okay, actually, back to the “book that isn’t yours” question- we have a Wizard of Oz sequel that actually belongs to my mom. It was written by Roger S. Baum, L. Frank Baum’s great-grandson, and it’s signed. 





If you want to do this, go ahead and consider yourself tagged!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The 777 Challenge

I've been tagged by Savannah Jezowski for the 777 Writing Challenge!

The rules? Go to the seventh page of your current writing project, scroll down to the seventh line, and share the next seven lines in a blog post. Then, tag seven other writers. Here's a snippet from The Wulver's Rose. It's not perhaps a bit I would have chosen to share, but oh well ;)

His words made Bonnie feel worse. She almost wished he would scold her. She wanted to be punished. She needed to be.
Before she could ask her father what the doctor had said about Maisie, a servant of the household came to inform them that a letter had arrived for Mr. Allaway.
The merchant took the letter and quickly opened it. His eyes quickly scanned its contents and the more he read, the more disturbed his expression became. By the time he finished reading, he looked so pale that Donald ran and got him a chair, lest he collapse upon the floor.


Somehow it only ended up being five lines when I put it on my blog post, but rest assured it's actually seven lines :) Several of my other fellow Five Enchanted Roses authors have done this as well, so try checking theirs out!


And I tag...anyone who wants to do this. But only seven of you. (Just kidding. If you want to do it, go ahead.;)

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