December Give-away: Demons and Dragons

Hey there, readers, friends, and fans! It’s time for my quarterly give-away, and December is all about demons and dragons!

This month’s winner will receive autographed copies of Bloodmaiden, my award-winning young adult fantasy novella featuring all things dragon, and Demon Queen, my newest Zelda fanfic. Of course, with Zelda being property of Nintendo, I can’t actually sell the paperbacks (not out to get sued anytime soon); I’ve created them just for funsies, while the free ebook download should be available for download via Smashwords soon. Point being, if you want an actual hard copy, my give-aways are the only place that’s possible!

To place an entry, simply leave a comment on this post anytime from now through December 31st. God bless, happy reading, and best to all who enter!

 

Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Hey there, Zelda fans!

This week’s post is a reminder that my free download of Demon Queen, my second Zelda fanfic, will indeed be available at long last come this December! It’ll be available to read through Smashwords, meaning it’ll also be available through sites like Barnes and Noble.

The fanfic is a cross-over of characters fromĀ Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time, and offers my own take and backstory on some of your favorite Zelda villains, namely Lord Ghirahim (my personal fave) and Koume and Kotake. It is not related to my other fanfic, Silent Hero, which happens during a later time period.

Be on the lookout for Ghirahim to make his lordly debut this December.

Till then, God bless, happy reading, and may you all be inspired!

To the Castle!!

hever4Greetings, readers, friends, fans, and fellow adventurers!

For those who are unaware, I just returned from a two-week trip to England. It was my first trip overseas, first time in a plane, first time seeing the ocean or riding a boat or doing a lot of things! I’ll be thrilled to tell you all about fun highlights like punting, my layover at the Iceland airport, London’s awesome zoo with its close-up animal encounters…but for today, I’d like to start with my favorite: the Hever Castle and Gardens.

One of my main goals for visiting England was that I had to see a castle. Just one castle, and I’d be satisfied. Boy, am I glad that THIS is the castle I chose. Pretty sure when y’all help me become a rich and famous author that Imma buy it and move in. I’ll be like Enya; she’s an artist who lives in a castle too.

Anyhoozles. So, I had taken myself a lot of places on the train up till then, but Hever was a new experience. I get off the train, and there are literally no humans. At first, I’m thinking, “Well, this is sketch lol.” But I quickly realize it’s not sketch at all; it’s so quiet because I’ve stepped into my first experience of English countryside. Soon as I realize this, I’m STOKED. This is about to be a true adventure.

One great thing about England is there are signs everywhere, so getting lost isn’t a super easy option. I followed the little signs for Hever Castle, and they soon lead me to this lovely footpath through the countryside. It was like playing Zelda, my favorite video game; I had to follow the signs and find the next kissing gate to progress.hever3

My favorite part about this footpath? SHEEP! I’d been wanting to see the black-faced sheep for DAYS. They’re so adorable. They led my way to the castle, and they were still there to lead my way back to the train at the end of the day.

hever5The castle and garden themselves? Phenomenally beautiful, magical, and whimsical. I chose the castle itself because I wanted to see an older castle; it’s also one of the places Anne Boelyn grew up, and I’ve always been interested in that period of history, particularly as it relates to Henry VIII.

hever14One thing I’ll say is that the English definitely know how to garden! I could just live in this garden, never mind the castle, with its sprawling rose garden (roses are my fave, besides lilies), relaxing willows by the lake, and massive, massive trees! I met so many lovely trees in England. They really appreciate nature and are much more environmentally conscious and friendly than we are in the States.

Well, that concludes this chapter of my England adventures. I’ll be posting more, so stay tuned for the next chapter!!