Come join the fairy tea party

Fairies (also spelled faeries). I’ve always loved them. In fact, when I was a child I wrote a story about a faery wedding taking place in my front yard. So mention the idea of a faery tea party and I am so there! :) It doesn’t hurt that tea parties make me think of Alice in Wonderland, another big love of mine. :) Mad Hatter's Tea Party Some of the faeries in my tea party are out for a little mischief so, watch out. ;) Well, what would you expect when you invite the King of the Dark Faeries to tea? dark faery king by NobleDeath_deviantart.com Yes, I did. He’s really a gentleman though, unless you push his buttons right. Shouldn’t be a problem, though. I invited his beloved, a faery godmother candidate, to the party as well. That should remind him politeness is a virtue. Now, what kind of tea would you like, my friends? Green? Chamomile? Some tasty rose hip tea? Oh, that will do nicely. Oh dear. Do be careful with that faery dust, Ianthe. My goodness!

Changeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, faeries, fairies, new adult fantasy novelWhen Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again.

After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong. But why? Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties.

Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her magical assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

Uh oh, I hear drums! Let’s hope that doesn’t mean the faeries are getting up to trouble! *sigh* Must go corral them. In the meantime, enjoy a cup of tea and have a great time, and happy midsummer!

If you’d like to check out Changeling’s Crown it’s on sale at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Createspace. Don’t miss more of the party at the Midsummer Night’s Dream blog hop.

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Daniel R. Marvello–A Little Romance with Your Fantasy

We’re always listening out for great new fantasy romances around here, so when our good friend Daniel R. Marvello mentioned his new book First Moon, I knew my readers would be interested too. First Moon (The Ternion Order Book 1) released a few weeks ago and though it looks like a bit of a departure for him, I think you’ll find it interesting. So when I extended my invitation, he decided to tell us a little about the romantic thread to First Moon.

A Little Romance with Your Fantasy

by Daniel R. Marvello

When I set out to write fantasy adventure stories, adding romantic elements was not a high priority. Yet readers comment on the relationships between my male and female lead characters nearly as often as they do any other aspect of my stories. Apparently, I can’t help myself.

While I lay no claim to writing romantic fantasy, I do believe that every story (of any genre) benefits from including a little romance. As a reader, I don’t care much for obsessive swooning, but nothing does more to make a story a page-turner for me than putting a relationship or love interest at stake.

To one degree or another, all stories are about people and their relationships. But there’s a reason that romance is the biggest selling book genre: most of us enjoy a good love story, and most of us want a happy ending.

Romance Happens

For me, a big part of character development is figuring out how the characters relate to each other. Their motivations often mesh in surprising ways. The result can become a rivalry, an opposition, or an attraction that affects how the story progresses.

At the same time, circumstance often has a big influence on how relationships develop between characters. In fact, I believe it should have a big influence, because characters who don’t react realistically to their circumstances don’t feel like real characters.

All of the romantic relationships (fictional or otherwise) I can think of depended upon circumstance. Or, as my wife often quotes, “geography is destiny.” Her use of that quote originally referred to a competition between a physically remote relationship and a nearby one, suggesting that the nearby relationship is more likely to win out. But it can also mean that putting two compatible people in close proximity to each other is likely to result in a connection.

Drawing from Reality

I’m a story planner, but I don’t plan down to the scene level. My stories evolve in many ways as I move my characters from one major story beat to the next. I know where everyone is going, but the details of how they get there develop incrementally. In my stories, the romance subplot germinates from one of those details.

I often discover that some event from my own life or someone I know fits perfectly into the story. I modeled the marriage proposal in one of my books on my real-life proposal to my wife. (This anecdote will show you just how romantic I am not.)

Back in October of 1990, my girlfriend and I were driving to Yosemite for a several-day vacation. All of the deciduous trees were turning color and the lateness of the season meant we were virtually alone on the road. Driving up the curves toward the park was surreally beautiful. As I drove, I was thinking about how much I enjoyed spending time with the adorable woman who sat next to me. We had fun with each other all the time, and I wanted to keep doing things with her forever. It was in that moment that I knew I wanted to marry her. The connection from my brain to my mouth formed before I gave it much thought, and I declared my perfectly logical conclusion: “We should get married,” I said. “Okay,” was her answer. And that is the story of our oh-so-romantic betrothal.

Richer Characters

I may not have set out to write romance into my books, but I’m glad things have worked out the way they have. Character development is not just about exploring the passions and motivations of a character in isolation, it’s about how characters with different (or similar) passions and motivations interact.

We humans influence one another. Our interactions drive our emotions, to both good and bad effect. My favorite stories acknowledge that and celebrate it. Relationships can take many forms, but I believe including a little romance makes the characters richer and the story more engaging.

This following information is also available at:

http://www.danielrmarvello.com/announcing-the-release-of-first-moon/

First Moon

First Moon by Daniel R. Marvello

After being dumped by his fiancé, Kyle Nelson is ready for a rebound fling. But a one-night stand turns into a catastrophe that leaves Kyle with violent dreams and disturbing physical symptoms.

Kyle is approached by an attractive witch named Amanda who tries to convince him that he is in danger of turning into a werewolf and that his only hope for a cure lies with her secret society, the Ternion Order.

Initially writing Amanda off as a lunatic, Kyle reconsiders her offer after he attracts the attention of the local pack and learns that his fate will be sealed on the next full moon.

First Moon is a contemporary fantasy adventure of approximately 78,000 words.

You can get First Moon at these retailers:

Thanks for this glimpse into your new series, Daniel! We look forward to reading it, and wish you all the best with it!

This following information is also available at:

http://www.danielrmarvello.com/about-daniel-r-marvello/

Author Daniel R. Marvello Daniel R. Marvello Biography

Daniel R. Marvello writes magical fantasy adventure stories. He lives deep in the forest of the North Idaho panhandle with his wife of 20+ years and a small collection of wonderful pets. His professional background is in database and software development as well as technical writing.

Daniel’s fiction writing was inspired by his love for reading magical fantasy and his years of enjoying fantasy role-playing games. His fiction works include The Vaetra Chronicles, a high fantasy adventure trilogy, and The Ternion Order, a contemporary paranormal fantasy series.

To learn more about Daniel and his Vaetra Chronicles and The Ternion Order, see his website at: http://www.danielrmarvello.com/

You can also follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielRMarvello

and Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanielRMarvello

or add First Moon to your Good Reads TBR lists, here.

Games of Chance, a fantasy novel by William L. Hahn

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William L. Hahn

In GAMES OF CHANCE, fantasy author William L. Hahn introduces readers to a fascinating fantasy world, where chaos is about to change everything. Solemn Justice, a young wizard, joins a band of gypsies after his father’s death, before finding himself on the wrong side of the law with his fate in the hands of a scholar elf; Treaman the Woodsman and his group of explorers seek adventure and find monsters instead, a King reluctantly allows his son to become ambassador to their enemies. All lead up to what very well may be the fight of their lives. With nothing less than hope as the spoils of war.

In GAMES OF CHANCE, William L. Hahn has penned an exciting epic fantasy tale of magic, myth, and mayhem that I enjoyed very much. I think it’s the perfect story for fans of Tolkien and Game of Thrones. Do check it out! If you’d like to add it to your Kindles/nooks what have you, GAMES OF CHANCE is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and in paperback. Enjoy!

And don’t miss William’s guest post, below. :) Enjoy!

Judgement’s Tale–The Tale I Didn’t Trust Enough–guest post by William L. Hahn

Today, I am pleased to welcome an author I’ve been trying to get to come over to our tribal grounds for a while. A fellow Fantasy author, William L. Hahn has always offered a kind ear, and some intriguing stories. So when I saw he had a new release, I couldn’t help extending the invitation once again. Here’s here to talk about how he conceived his latest sprawling tale, the Tales of Hope,  so do lend a kind ear while I give Will the floor. :)

The Tale I Didn’t Trust Enough

Some of my author colleagues —I think most—are pretty good at outlining their tales. In certain genres I know it’s almost a matter of formula to have a hero, a sidekick, an antagonist, and I enjoy reading those stories very much. My inability to do this is not a virtue. But it’s also not optional. I am a chronicler. Helpless, really, to do anything about what I see except to take it down.

And part of the reason I didn’t try to tell the Tales of Hope for so long is that I couldn’t see where the breaks were. If you woke up one morning after someone had read H.G. Wells’ A Short History of the World to you as you slept… Continue reading

Katherina Gerlach–A Few Words About Stepmothers

I am pleased to have award-winning fantasy author Katherina Gerlach here. She has written about a subject also dear to my own heart–faery tales–in her latest release The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister. So I asked her to come tell us a little about the inspiration behind the novel. (And just as an editor’s note, I can say from personal experience that stepmothers can be awesome. ;)) Take it away, Kat!

A Few Words About Stepmothers

by Katherina Gerlach.
I deliberately chose the stepmother as the main character of this ale. Even as a child I was annoyed the stepmothers were always the bay guys girls in fairy tales. Now, that I’m a stepmother myself (I’ve been fostering two girls for nearly ten years now), it angered me. I wanted to show that stepmothers can be just as good as, and in many cases much better than, biological mothers.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the biological parents of my girls even though they’ve got severe problems, but they’re not very good parents. So why should the stepmother always get the blame? I thought it was high time to fight this cliché and show a different truth. What better place to do that then inside a story? But rest assured, I did it without a wagging finger and a moral sermon.

About “The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister

An imaginative retelling of “Little Brother, Little Sister” by the Brothers Grimm. What if they painted a wrong portrait of the stepmother?

Even with her powers as a witch, Isabel cannot find a trace of her stepchildren. Desperate, she crosses the Old Forest, filled with as much malignant as benevolent magic, to reach the distant mountain kingdom she left as a young girl when her magical powers manifested. She soon realizes that a sinister creature holds the unsuspecting kingdom in thrall. It will take all she’s able to give to save her children and the kingdom she once loved.

pre-order here: The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister (Treasures Retold Book 2)

About the Author
Author Katherina GerlachBorn and raised German with a generous helping of an adopted Scottish heritage, Katharina started writing at age seven (although she didn’t get serious until much later) when the tomboy adventures she lived in her father’s forest weren’t enough for her imagination any more.

Writing about balloon people, flying hearts, giant spiders, and more was her lifeline to sanity and Real Life™ all through her education. After finishing with a PhD in science, marriage and the start of a beloved but distracting family, she returned to her life-long vocation.

These days, Katharina lives for stolen moments of writing happiness in two languages while juggling her husband, two girls in puberty, a fledgling daughter that just left the house, a dog, and … laundry.

The easiest way to keep up with her publishing schedule is by leaving your eMail address with her (you’ll get a free eBook as a thank you). Or you can have a look at her amazon page or her homepage. She’s also on Facebook, Pinterest, and (occasionally) on Twitter.

Thank you for being with us today,Kat and good luck with The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister. It looks like a fun read. Folks, if you’d like to check the book out, you can pre-order it here.

Happy Winter Solstice and New #shortstory release

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Announcing, my new fantasy-esque short story, “The Gift of the Stag Maiden,”  has been released in the latest edition of Eternal Haunted Summer. “The Gift of the Stag Maiden” is the story of ancient tribal warrior chosen for a great honor…Will the goddess honor him? You’ll have to read to find out! If you’d like to take a peek at this free read you can see it here.

Also, my dear friend Jolene Dawe has a new story in this issue as well. Be on the look out for “A Song for A Goose”. I, myself, can’t wait to read this one! :)

And the full edition of this month’s zine contains many other fine tales and poems. The full issue is here. Enjoy and to all who celebrate…I wish you a merry Solstice!