Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Jody Hedlund- Foremost Review


Honestly I hope you came here prepared for more screaming because book two in Jody Hedlund's Lost Princesses series is coming out later this month. And I am ecstatic.

If you haven't read my previous post where I screamed about the prequel and book one you can find that here.


Now... onto Foremost


The Blurb:

A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion.

Raised in an isolated abbey, Lady Maribel desires nothing more than to become a nun and continue practicing her healing arts. She’s carefree and happy with her life…until a visitor comes to the abbey and reveals her true identity as one of the lost princesses.

When he was a young boy, Edmund Chambers helplessly watched King Ethelwulf murder his family. Edmund escaped and has lived in the abbey ever since, uniquely trained to work with wild animals. Secretly, he loves Maribel and desperately hopes she doesn’t complete her holy order vows.

When King Ethelwulf’s army arrives at the abbey to capture Maribel, she flees with Edmund across the desolate Highlands in an attempt to reach Adelaide’s rebel army. Edmund can no longer hide his love, but can Maribel give up her dreams of becoming a nun to love him in return?



My Review:

Okay so wow. I wasn't sure if I would like this one as much as the first. I mean how could I? I loved the first. I wasn't sure if I would like Edmund and Maribel as much as I did Christopher and Adelaide which is always the danger of series like this. I thought this would be the slow story of the series that I would have to suffer through...



Yup I readily admit it. I WAS WRONG.

I loved this book a bajillion times more than the first OH MY GOSH WHERE DO I EVEN START WITH ALL OF THE LOVING????

THERE WAS A LABYRINTH WITH BOOBY TRAPS!!!!

Can we take a moment to freak out over that fact. Y'all are probably all aware of how much I adore labyrinths AND booby traps but if not allow me to take a second to say ASDFGHJKL

So this world is technically medieval, but Hedlund does add in some things that are slightly more on the fantasy side so... we have people able to speak the language of animals, giant spiders, A FLIPPING DRAGON (I mean I believe that dragons existed but STILL). AND THIS FANTASY LOVER WAS 100% ON BOARD WITH ALL OF THAT.

Okay so we have the Fera Augmen which is flipping cool and Edmund's relationship with his animals was amazing. Actually everything about Edmund was amazing he was strong and dedicated but in his own way. This kid was crazy smart and loyal. He was usually pretty taciturn but knew how to joke around and just... can I have my own Edmund I promise I would treat him better than Maribel did. (but can we please have a moment of silence for this brother trapped in the friend zone?)

Maribel was all right, I mostly enjoyed her but sometimes I wanted to slap her over the head. Edmund did need to learn how to say no to her every now and then XD

But boy did I ship them. For some reason best friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes. Not gonna lie. And seeing people overcome the friendzone always makes me extremely happy XD

I did a thing again...



AND THE NEXT BOOK. THE NEXT BOOK. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW HOW I AM GOING TO WAIT I NEED IT NOW. PLLLEEEEAAAASSSSEEEE

I apologize if this review makes absolutely zero sense. I stayed up WAY too late last night to finish it and I am basically running on caffeine and feels.

I was provided a ARC from the author, all opinions, however are my own.




(aren't all of those covers just SO pretty???)




This book comes out September 24th do yourself a favor and Preorder Now!

And here are some links if you want to keep up with Jody Hedlund:


Well... that's all until book three releases. I will be pretty much screaming internally non-stop until then.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Shows that Deserved a Happy Ending

So I didn't post last Wednesday because I did two posts over the weekend. I do however have some updates as far as this blog goes. And that is that I will no longer be doing monthly wrap ups. My monthly wrap ups are now going to be bimonthly catch ups because frankly they were getting to be too tiresome to keep up with. So catch the August/September catch up at the end of this month ;P

Now onto the post...

I don't know about you guys but I have the notorious ability to find cancelled shows. Or maybe it is the TV programs who have the notorious ability to cancel good shows. Take this post as a warning, or if you love pain like me, as a list of shows you should watch next. (all pictures via Pinterest fyi)

Spectacular Spiderman



Spectacular Spiderman was the first show I ever lost. You do not want to know how many years of my young life I spent searching for Spectacular Spiderman season three only to finally learn. There was no season three. And of course it ended on a cliffhanger with our characters in some dicey waters and absolutely nothing resolved.

Timeless



A fun show with practical time travel (if there is ever such thing) and one of the best anti heroes of ever. I absolutely adored season one. They added a bunch of extra content in season two, so I wasn't too heartbroken when it was cancelled. But it would have ended on an absolutely awful cliffhanger if not for the fact that they made the ever glorious movie sequel. So for this one you will get a kind of sort of ending even if it was somewhat rushed.

Firefly



Space cowboys. Need I say more? Now I haven't actually finished watching this one, I've only seen some episodes, but I know that it ends on a cliffhanger. There is also a movie so hopefully I won't end up looking like this when everything is said and done



via GIPHY

Agent Carter



So... I'm not entirely sure why this show was cancelled. It seemed to be extremely popular, and about everyone's favorite sweetheart, doll, spy as she gets over Cap's disappearance. Featuring the ever lovable Jarvis and a crazy eccentric young Howard Stark it was a pretty good show. I would even be all right with the resolution if they didn't...

And this is a spoiler so don't read the next line if you don't want to

But if they hadn't FREAKING LEFT MY FAVORITE CHARACTER LYING ON THE GROUND WITH A BULLET HOLE IN HIS CHEST WHAT THE ACTUAL FLIP????

Now and Again



"Give me a sign! Blow me a kiss through space and time... We always want what we can't have." The theme song of this show pretty accurately describes my feelings for it now that it is gone. This is a bit of an older show (early 2000's or something or the sort) about Michael Wiseman who dies in a subway accident, but his brain is preserved and used in an experiment to engineer the perfect body. Now young and with almost super powers Michael "Newman" has to work for the government, he also has to give up all ties to the past, but he isn't quite ready to say goodbye to his daughter or widow. I /knew/ that it ended on a cliffhanger, but let's be honest this was the first show to do this to me since Spectacular Spiderman and I was not prepared for what they did to me.

Forever



Okay... this is the sorest of all the sore subjects. Randomly throughout the day I will just pause what I am doing and shout Henry! Because how dare they cancel this one? A cop show with a paranormal twist because what Police Detective Jo Martinez does not know is that Henry Morgan the coroner who helps her with cases is actually immortal. If he dies? He just comes back. He's been alive since like the 1700's or something. This was my favorite show (after Doctor Who of course which a league all its own) for a while, and it's cliffhanger is /survivable/ but only just barely and there are still 6,000 loose ends and I didn't want to leave behind these characters so yeah... sore, sore subject.

And while I would certainly recommend all of these shows if you are ready for the inevitable heartache, I do have to warn that a lot of them have content just so you know.

Anyway that's all for now. Have you ever had a show cancelled on you? Have you seen any of these? What book/show has had the worst cliffhanger you have ever come across. Comment below!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

A Time of Trepidation, Pirates, and Lost Princesses- Celebration Date



I don't know about you guys, but I have been greatly anticipating today because today is the day I send the ever troublesome sequel to A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses back into the big wide world after one of the most painful rewriting processes I have ever had the misfortune to live through.

But it's through. I'm done. I did it and now I am FREEEEEEE!!!! *cough* and also you can continue the series and find out what happens after the literal cliffhanger ending of book one. I am deeply repentant about that btw.

Not really, but still...

Also, to add to the celebration, today is Easton's birthday. Happy birthday, Easton, Mommy is sorry for everything she did to you in both book one and book two.

But anyway, the moment I am sure that you have all been looking forward to. The ebook is LIVE! The paperback will be going live very soon if it hasn't already.



After surviving a week trapped in the magical world of Amar; Chelsea, Easton, Clint, and Bobby are still no closer to accomplishing the mysterious quest that binds them to Amar. In a desperate attempt to figure out what this quest is, they decide to follow the instructions of an ominous book of poetry that was written over seven hundred years ago. Inside this book are several mysterious, almost prophetic poems that tell of four heroes who are the only ones who can save Amar from a dark fate. The poems also warn that one of the four will betray the other three, one will be left behind, and one will die.

Full of trepidation over what these poems could mean for them all, Chelsea and her friends journey to the Bextian Sea where they must find a golden amulet that has the potential to finally reveal what this quest is. Alas, nothing goes according to plan and Chelsea must soon find a way to survive a savage mermaid attack, a vengeful pirate king, and a sudden declaration of love from her childhood friend. All added to the stress of being trapped in a magical world, and the worry that these foreboding poems might actually be prophecies foretelling the future of her and her friends.


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Also I did a thing...


I drew a picture of all my main characters from my series taking place in Amar. You already know of My Time in Amar and Return to Amar but the adventures in Amar don't end when Chelsea's and Alicia's do. There are going to be four series set in and around Amar. My Time in Amar is the only one that is going to be actually four books long, all the rest are going to be duologies.

I have already published the first two My Time in Amar books as well as book one of Return to Amar my Alice in Wonderland retelling. I hope to publish My Time in Amar book three and the final Return to Amar book early next year (my goal is January and March respectively), and then publish the fourth My Time in Amar book late 2020.

After book four comes Fake Magic the first book in Far From Amar a Wizard of Oz/Wicked retelling that takes place in the mysterious fourth realm and stars some beloved characters from the previous series. Next is Remember Amar book one Forget to Remember You, which is going to be an amnesia story line that takes place partially on Earth as well as returning to the Bextian Sea and some characters that you are going to meet in Time of Trepidation. Then comes Far From Amar book two, False Heroes where one of the four may or may not return to try to help these unlikely main characters survive. Finally we reach the end with Remember to Forget Me, in which I at last delve more deeply into who the Knights of Amar are, the order that Chelsea's and Easton's dads served while on their quest.

And there will be crossovers. Which is why My Time in Amar three absolutely has to release before Return to Amar two because... spoilers ;P

So as a last summation, since I know this might be a little hard to keep track of this is the order my books take place in:

A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses (My Time in Amar book one)
A Time of Trepidation, Pirates, and Lost Princesses (My Time in Amar book two)
A Certain Sort of Madness (Return to Amar book one)
A Season of Subterfuge, Courtiers, and War Councils (My Time in Amar book three)
A Matter of Curiosity  (Return to Amar book two)
An Era of Evil, Dragons, and Dark Lords (My Time in Amar book four)
Fake Magic (Far From Amar book one)
Forget to Remember You (Remember Amar book one)
False Heroes (Far From Amar book two)
Remember to Forget Me (Remember Amar book two)

And there you have it, keep an eye out for more Amarian updates and announcements in the weeks to come. I'm going to be trying to speed write A Season of Subterfuge in the months of September and October so that should be fun.

Don't forget to grab your copy of Time of Trepidation in the meantime.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Jody Hedlund- A New YA Medieval Series

 Two absolutely amazing stories came out in the last month and it is my great honor to share them with you.

I loved Jody Hedlund's previous YA medieval series so of course I freaked out when I found out that she was publishing a series not just about knights and kingdoms but also princesses and lost treasures.

Intrigued?

A little more about the books including my incoherent reviews:





The Blurb

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.


My Review

Words cannot express how excited I am for Jody Hedlund's new YA series. I absolutely adored her last one. And with this novella this series is already off to a great start.

This story has everything: adventure, romance, cute little babies, and sassy nuns. I must admit that I have not read a straight up romance for a while so it took some time for me to become readjusted to the genre. It was a little abrupt at first but it is a novella so that is a given. The detail was rich and the world building created a unique story world. Felicia and Lance were such a cute unlikely couples. I have a secret weakness for Elite Guards, so there is also that *totally wasn't crushing on Lance just for the fact that he was an Elite Guard*

I cannot wait to read the princess's individual stories.

I was provided a ARC from the author, all opinions, however are my own.



The Blurb

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

My Review

Warning: if you are looking for a coherent review, this is not the place to be. There will be much flailing and fangirling and asdfghjkl.

Okay so I LOVED this book SO MUCH.

Augh, lost princesses, hidden treasures, TALL JOHN. YOU GUYS, he said like three words but he is a without a doubt this book's MVP. I adored Christopher, he was such a fleshed out character capable of being both serious and joking when it seems like many characters are only able to be one of the two. And also I always like Jody Hedlund's warrior ladies because those are the ones that I relate to more XD

The one thing I would have liked was a little more to Mitchell's arc because I think he had a lot more potential.

King Draybane was the absolute best! I think I laughed at everything that he said, this man...

ASDFGHJKL

Like I said, no coherency here. If you get anything out of this review just know that I love this book XD

Look! I even made a collage for it!
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Whenever I read series like this which have different protagonists each book, I like to try to figure out who the main characters of the next books will be ahead of time. Obviously the heroines are Adelaide and her sisters. The next book will probably be about Maribel since she is the next oldest. But what of the heroes? We have Christopher in this book, and honestly I think it is a huge likelihood that one four year old kid who disappeared during the invasion all those years ago is going to resurface *waggles eyebrows* (I'm guessing he is going to be Maribel's hero). But also I just want to point out how I would absolutely FREAK OUT if Ethelwulf's son and one of the princesses ended up falling in love (Emmaline anyone?) Because that would be a FANTASTIC twist asdfghjkl. After Adelaide tries so hard to not end up married to his heir and Ethelwulf is spending the series trying to make certain that she or one of the princesses does marry him and then those two kids end up going and doing it anyway. Oh my stars, that would be such an interesting plot. AND I WOULD 100% BE THERE FOR THAT ENEMIES TO LOVERS ACTION. But I digress.

Needless to say that I am extremely excited for the next books and I NEEDED THEM YESTERDAY. Please and thank you. Also can I just take a moment to point out how absolutely excited I am for Lance and Felicia to come back onto the scene?? Because I'm pretty darn excited.

I was provided a ARC from the author, all opinions, however are my own.

Now hopefully I have said enough. Go! Buy the books and read them and the return to here so we can fangirl over them together. And while you are at it read Hedlund's first YA series ;P

Buy Always and Evermore.





Wednesday, August 28, 2019

My Top Six Animated Series

So... we're trying something different today. Actually we aren't even having a book related post. Instead I thought I would share my favorite animated series. I chose to do those first because I actually have clear favorites here unlike live action series and movies and books and such.

Anyway... without further ado some series that you absolutely have to watch:




Spectacular Spiderman

Maybe this show doesn't have the best animation (I think I heard somewhere that it was hand drawn? But I'm not sure). Starting up at the end of the summer Peter gets his powers, we don't have to watch Uncle Ben die, which is a plus. Instead we watch an idealistic Peter start school thinking that everything will be different... better. And realizes just how hard having super powers is. The proper blend of teen angst and struggles with responsibility, this is one of the best representations of Peter Parker yet.



This show has basically everything that was canon in the comics, from the relationship drama with Liz, Gwen, Black Cat, and MJ to the friendship issues with Harry. It has a lot of twists and turns and hilarious scenes. It also features backstories for the villains which include Venom, The Green Goblin, and The Sinister Six.


Unfortunately, this show was canceled to make room for The Ultimate Spiderman and leaves off on a terrible cliffhanger and nothing is certain for our heroes and antiheroes. Still I would recommend watching it because aren't all the best shows cancelled anyway?

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes



This one might just be my favorite animated show, obviously I love all of the shows listed here, but this one? This one is something special. Honestly this is the best Avengers you are ever gonna find, even over the MCU.

All is not just sass and joking around. The team dynamics on this show are amazing, characters are always shifting and changing. Some leaving, some joining. Everyone has a backstory, an arc, and a motive. Even the more side characters like Hawkeye and Black Panther get their moments in the spotlight. Seriously, if you are ever trying to figure out how to write team dynamics... WATCH THIS.


Also I just want to take a moment to scream over the ships!!! They weren't in every episode but they were in there enough to string you along. (especially Jan and Hank OTP material here people)


Bonus points to one of the catchiest theme songs ever. This series has strong overarching plots, and it wasn't technically cancelled so it comes to a satisfying conclusion (if you could count Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes ending as satisfying). However the last few episodes of season two are a bit rushed as the producers try to wrap everything up so that Avengers Assemble can steal the air space.


Justice League


One of the edgiest kid shows that I watched as a kid. I've been re-watching these now after buying the whole series and I still love them.


Another show with awesome team dynamics and ship worthy relationships. Dynamic dialogue and varied episodes, some are better than others, but I enjoy them all. This show features my precious Wonderbat and so I am definitely on board with that.


Also it has THE BEST Batman I have ever seen. This show is the reason Batman is my favorite DC Superhero. This show ran for two seasons and then was replaced by Justice League Unlimited which isn't as good as the original, and has way more side characters who I don't care about as much, but it still is good and features plenty of the original league to satisfy fans.


GI Joe Renegades


This ain't your mama's Cobra and this ain't your daddy's GI Joe. More modernized than the original this one has a much smaller group, which I appreciated since i always found the huge cast of the original to be maddeningly confusing. The thing I love about this is that they are on the run so each episode takes place in a different location. And you get to see how a team of practical strangers learns how to become a family and function under a great amount of pressure.


This show runs for two seasons and actually manages to not end on a cliffhanger, but it still has one of the most open love triangle resolutions in existence and it is MADDENING.



Star Wars the Clone Wars


The sass is strong with this one. Featuring many well known characters from the Prequel trilogy, this show takes place over the two years of the Clone Wars. I loved getting deeper into the dynamic of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padame. The episodes with those three and Ahsoka are honestly the best because there is so much sass and love and peril and all that jazz. You see a different side of Anakin in this and honestly this show is the sole reason I like Anakin Skywalker.

But I warn you, DO NOT EVER WATCH THIS SHOW BEFORE REVENGE OF THE SITH. You will be a blubbering mess. It isn't a pretty picture AT ALL.


I have a few ships, of course, but I think the best part about this show is actually the brotherly bond between Anakin and Obi-Wan and the fatherly love he has for Ashoka. This has like five seasons, each which gets progressively darker. I didn't like the fifth season very much and there were some subplots that got wonky. But still the first seasons are amazing and worth watching for sure.

Scooby Doo



No posts about animated series would be complete without my first love. This movie taught me how to ship (Fred and Daphne forever) and the gang is my family. The original series of course is the best, but I also have a special love for What's New Scooby Doo


So anyway that's my top six animated series. Have you seen any of these? What are your favorite animated series? Comment below!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Language of Worlds: SoS



Guess what time it is again! If the above picture isn't an immediate giveaway it's time for another Language of Worlds. This one is for July/August but since I'm always so fashionably late I decided to wait until closer to the end of August to do it because that's just how I roll.

This Language of Worlds, hosted by the lovely Liv focuses more on the book project as a whole rather than specific characters. And while I certainly have many of projects to choose from, I thought I would talk about My Time in Amar book 3 A Season of Subterfuge, Courtiers, and War Councils or as I have lovingly dubbed it SoS because help! 


1. How long have you been writing this story?
Oof, so I've actually been working on SoS since the end of 2016. I did my most work on it in early 2017 where I wrote about 60k, but then I ended up setting it aside to rewrite the first two books and I'm only just now managing to pick it back up now that the major rewrites fro ToT are done.
2. Who’s your favorite character? Why?
This is a tough question, because I love all of my characters. But since Bobby doesn't have a POV this book I would say that it is probably a tossup between Easton and Alexis. Which is weird because they really couldn't be any more different. Easton is an idealistic optimist and Alexis is Mr. Broody McBroodypants from Broodytown Broodselvania.
3. Which character do you consider the “goodest of the good”?
This one is Easton for sure. That boy has a hero complex, I swear... He may not always make the right choices, but he is certainly well meaning.

4. Which character is the “baddest of the bad”?
In this book it is Axius for sure. *glares at the little creep* For some reason I thought making my bad guy immortal was a good idea and now I honestly don't know what to do with him. But yeah, Axius is known for killing his kids so that they don't try to take his throne so... definitely bad in my book (if you laugh at this pun I will love you forever).
5. If you were to have tea (or coffee!) with one character, which one would you pick? Why?
Hmm, probably Maude a crazy lady and daughter of the wealthiest man in the kingdom. I think it would be awesome to just sit down and talk to her. Maude is saltier than the dead sea and we would probably spend the whole time roasting all of the other characters so that would definitely be fun.
6. Describe your storyworld.
Amar is a magical deadly place. It is pretty primitive, only about as advanced as Medieval Europe. It consists of several separate countries with have pretty much nothing in common, and mostly they don't like to interact with each other and basically just deal with their own problems separately and privately. News doesn't spread that well in Amar. There haven't been any major wars for about five hundred years since the last time the countries actually got together they signed a peace treaty that said that in order to declare war the countries must first gather together and discuss everything in a war council to see if a more peaceful means can be found.
7. You’ve fallen into your book! Which place would you be happiest at?
Probably Kydrak Castle in Rinbroch. Maybe it gets cold up there in the winter because it is not only in the north but also in the mountains, but that's what castles are for. It has multiple grand libraries, and is just all around an opulent beautiful place. Also dragons. Yes that is right folks Kydrak is the dragon capital of the world and thanks to the ruling family's affiliation to dragons they actually have giant stables and landing areas in the castle grounds made specifically for the majestic beasts.


8. Which place would you like to avoid at all costs? (Or, explore to know its secrets a little bit better?)
Probably Fort Mastra because that is where Axius likes to hang out. But Fort Mastra is also pretty much built on top of a labyrinth (I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a creature living in this labyrinth) so I also wouldn't mind exploring this place a little bit because it's sure got a lot of secrets. But only if there is no creature.

9. Share an aesthetic!
I'll do you one better and share a few because I haven't actually shared much about this book on this blog. And now I feel bad because I talk about its older siblings so much but not this one.

"Careful son you've got dreamers plans, but it gets harder to stand... Soldier keep on marching on," Soldier, Fleurie



"Because in your warmth I forget how cold it can be and in your heat I forget how cold it can get" Warmth, Bastille


"This is the winter of our youth... I know the winter's getting colder, but why just because we're a little older do I relive it?" Winter of our Youth, Bastille


"We're ready for war, no stopping us now, no taking us down, we'll get what we came here for." Ready For War, Tommee Proffitt and Liv Ash


10. Share a snippet!
"Of course, trying to sword fight in this heavy dress will probably be the death of me. Actually, just sword fighting in general will be the death of me."
Honestly, guys, that's the whole book summed up in one quote.

And there you guys have it, hopefully you know more about A Season of Subterfuge, Courtiers, and Warn Councils now. Readers, have you read the previous books and if so where would you like to visit in Amar? Writers, what place in your own stories would you like to visit? Comment below!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Amar Fanart Winners!

Last August I decided to hold a Fan Art contest for my series taking place in Amar. It was supposed to end in January of 2019 but I decided to extend it until August so that it ran for a full year. But now it has come to an end and it is time to select the winners.

However before that, a little about the contest to those only just learning about it. The rules and prizes were:

The rules:

  • The pictures must be of either characters or scenes of any of my Amar books I've written. That would include: A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses; A Certain Sort of Madness; as well as any piratey things you want to draw from A Time of Trepidation, Pirates, and Lost Princesses. (no vulgar content is allowed; because that is obviously not in my books)
  • No payments required, submit as many pictures as you would like to boost your chances at winning.
  • Email your pictures to me at nicky(dot)chapelway(at)gmail(dot)com
  • The subject of your email should be "Amar Drawing Contest"
  • Submissions end on August 8th, 2019

The prizes:
First place will win signed copies of the first three of the My Time in Amar books. A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses; A Time of Trepidation, Pirates, and Lost Princesses; and be one of the first to receive a copy of A Season of Subterfuge, Courtiers, and War Councils when it releasesThe will also have a character named and created off of them in A Season of Subterfuge, Courtiers, and War Councils.
On top of these two things, they will win a print of a picture where I drew of ALL OF my main teenage characters from both my Amar series (that I had up to that point, anyway).




Please don't mock the picture, I know I'm no artist, but I'm sure since it's the author's rendition it will be worth something in the future! When/if this series becomes famous XD


And I know that some of you are looking very closely at who is standing next to who. I know I would be. Just know that even if each of these relationships between the characters does happen at a certain point in the story, that doesn't mean that it stays that way forever. So don't get too excited *chuckles like the evil overlord I am*


The winner will also receive a paper copy of the official map of Amar:
Also drawn by moi

Second Place will win signed copies of both A Certain Sort of Madness and A Week of Werewolves, Faeires, and Fancy Dresses as well as their choice of either the map or a copy of the character drawing.
Third Place will win their choice of a signed copy of either A Certain Sort of Madness or A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses as well as their choice of either the map or a copy of the character drawing.

Now I have had some great entries, and I could only have three winners. But you guys are all amazing artists.

Now onto the three winners...


Third Place: Winner of their choice of a signed copy of either A Certain Sort of Madness or A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses as well as their choice of the map or a copy of the character drawing goes to...

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R.F. Gammon!

Here is her winning entry of a alternate cover of sorts for A Certain Sort of Madness complete with Eugene trying to act sneaky and a killer plant:





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Second Place: Winner of a copy of both A Certain Sort of Madness and A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses as well as their choice of the map or a copy of the character drawing goes to...

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I.F. Bellewoof!

Here is their winning entry of a portrait of baby Odysseys from A Week of Werewolves, Faeries and Fancy Dresses






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First Place: Winner of copies of the first three My Time in Amar books as including a character modeled off of them in A Season of Subterfuge, Courtiers, and War Councils, as well as a copy of both the character art and the map. This prize goes to...

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Annabelle White!!!

Here is the winning entry, a scene from the end of A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses


I will contact the winners soon with details about your winnings.


Congrats to all! What did you all think of my first fan art contest? Should I try this again sometime? What do you think of the winning entries? Do you have a favorite? Comment below!