Monday, June 26, 2017

Author's Alphabet L



Of course, we are going to talk about love.

I've  been single my whole life...but it still doesn't mean I haven't loved.

I think very often as authors when we think of love we automatically translate that to the romantic kind of love between a man and a woman, and while that is certainly an anchor and carry a story, I mean we have an entire genre dedicated to it...there are so many other types of love that can be explored.

Love of God
History is filled with all kinds of beautiful examples of people who chose to put God above everything in their lives, ranging from the martyrs who died to nuns and monks who lived to honor God with their lives.

Love of Country
This one is a powerful one that has driven young men to war for centuries. The women's role is traditionally different when it comes to this, I am all for hearth fires, but you know there have to be some movers and shakers out there too...and the only women we know that went to war were the ones who were discovered.

Parental Love
One of the most powerful forces known is the love of a parent for their child, they will go to the ends of the earth for them...and pay whatever price is necessary to keep the safe and cared for.

Brotherly Love
Brotherly love is far too discounted, it seems like most authors this day are more interested in the power of tension in a love triangle; however, true brotherly love goes beyond just family ties and is frequently found in army stories. I'd love to see it become more frequent, stories of David and Jonathan, Joshua and Caleb, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are a few compelling examples of how brotherly love can shape history and the power it carries.

Sisterly Love
I'll say Jane Austen was a master of this. The Bennet sisters, Elenor and Marianne, Persuasion, are beautiful stories full of sisterly love...or the lack thereof. But the love of a sister carries a lot of weight. I didn't have an older sister, but I had a few mentor sisters, and they both carried a lot of weight in my life. As an older sister

Sibling Love
Your best friend, your worst enemy, the one who know all of your inside jokes, watches everything from period drama to action movies with you. The one you talk and gossip about books and the people you know, who can finish your sentences. The one you share some of your deepest stories and roots with

Friendship Love
This is one of the loveliest things in life. Sweet, unexpected...sometimes we grow out of them...sometimes we grow together. Friends come and go...and some just stay delightfully forever. But there are all kinds of twists and turns, and you just might never know where it's going next.

 What kind of relationships do you like to see in stories?

Friday, June 23, 2017

What I Liked About Wonder Woman

Thi last weekend I went to the movie theater, something I really only do when out of the country, and I chose to see Wonder Woman.

I fell in love very swiftly, and other than a few scenes that I would have skipped at home or if shown to a younger audience....I instantly fell in love with this woman. 

She was strong.
She was feminine
She was relatable
She was innocent.
She loved....
She experienced loss and overcame it.

The origin story was fascinating, and all kinds of similarities to other things can easily be drawn...even the villain was a master deceiver.

The action was beautiful without being too gory or detailed...the villains were perfectly bad and evil...but they didn't give me the willies.

An aspect I really loved about this story was while the romance was an aspect and Chris Pine NAILED his role as the romantic was merely a catalyst to the story line and not the main point...which was Wonder Woman. It was a sweet, simple love that held so much promise for their future. They were perfectly matched.

Wonder Woman was everything a woman should be.
Tender, compassionate, gentle, caring, strong, war-like, feminine, genuine, truth seeking, leader and yet companion. She was the embodiment of what a woman can and should be...I mean other than the supernatural powers....which none of us have. However, I would say it's easy to hold her up as a role model, I'd like to watch it a few more times just to get more out of it. I'll be honest I am a bit in wonderment of it to find too many of its flaws.

But...I think the thing I took away from it...was it's worth it to love....even in the pain.
It's worth it to love...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Three Sleeping Beauties and their stories

All three books release on August 7th
Stay tuned on Kendra’s Blog,, for details.

Poison Kiss

About the Book
Everyone knows that Sleeping Beauty's curse is triggered when she pricks her finger on a spindle and that she is awakened by true love's kiss ... but what happens when the wicked fairy decides to switch things up?

Edmund didn't mean to put Auralea to sleep, but now it's up to him and the famous Puss in Boots to figure out how, exactly, a spinning wheel is supposed to awaken her.

About the Author
Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers. 

You can connect with Kendra on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 Twisted Dreams

About the Book
“I, Calandra, of the Wingans, do bestow upon you, the Princess of Hanover, a gift. You have been given long life. I cannot interfere with that, but when you are sixteen years of age, you will prick your finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an everlasting sleep.” She stepped closer so that she could be heard only by Liesel and her parents. “Then you will at last see the truth. Be wary. Be wise. Your fate rests upon yourself.”

On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Liesel Rosanna falls victim to a sleeping curse—but wakens in another world, a prisoner of war. As the bait in a trap for her fiancĂ©, the crown prince of Hanover, Liesel longs to escape back to the fairy tale world. The world where she is only wanting a true love’s kiss to set everything to rights.

As situations quickly grow dire, Liesel must choose which story to live, which life is real. The fate of her country rests on her decision.

About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing and teaching piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment as well as the Time Captives fantasy trilogy.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 Rosetta Thornbriar

About the Book
Once upon a time, way out west...
Back when they were young'uns, Fleur Guardstone proposed to Rosette Thornbriar with a cigar band ring. However, not long after, she disappeared back into the forest and hadn't been heard from since. However, when Fleur hears reports of smoke coming from that woods, he's determined to find out if it is, indeed, his dear Rosette. If he can get past all of the briars.

About the Author
Rachel Roden is a natural story teller, capable of weaving the most hilarious of fairy tales. She fell in love with the Lone Ranger in her teens, but ended up with a basketball referee instead. Together, she and the Ref homeschool their four children in the Piney Woods of East Texas, as well as any other odd kid who ends up in their house. She might also be the sole human who still uses math after college.

You can connect with Rachel on her blog, twitter, and Pinterest.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Author's Alphabet K


Kings & Kingdoms

Today I am going to talk about kings and kingdoms. Most of my stories are set in and around kingdom's and sometimes the very throne room itself.

Maybe there isn't a king in your story, however, it is important to remember what kind of role your government plays in any story. Though it might directly play into the story, there is always the underlying heartbeat that government plays in your characters lives. Keep in mind what kind of government is in your country. Republic, Democracy, Communist, Dictatorship....and many other there are to choose from.

Kings, there are some typical stereotypes.

King's as characters are easy to simply just sketch out a basic king and puppet him around, but if they are closely related to any character in the story it's important to add at least a second dimension of purpose and motivation for what is important to the country.

If your character is a loyal hero, they should carry what the king's purpose is for his nation close to his heart.

Meanwhile, a rebel should want to tear it limb from limb.

Tips for adding depth: Find flaws in what they believe, and truth in what the other side believes and cause them to question who they are and what they are doing.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Author's Alphabet J


Justice Systems

Everyone has a just system. You do, I do, your character should too. Understanding how justice systems work in yourself and other people is important in creating strong and moving characters as well as creating action in their hearts.

Your internal justice system is more your personal weights and balances of right and wrong in the world. We all have different scales, and there are points we allow people to cross because they know it's okay in their system...even if it's not right in our own. However, sometimes people will cross your justice system and you will be prompted to action.

People act when their system of justice is violated. You see it all over the world, riots, parades...but also in a much smaller way, it can be why someone loses their temper, makes choices, and pushes people to do things out of their comfort zones.

The other week, I lost my temper...I was surprised that I lost my temper...and then I cried over losing my temper because it felt stupid and immature...and I wondered why. When I knew I shouldn't have...and I should have been able to just talk with the person. It was because they crossed the line of my personal justice system.
They disrespected a mutual authority and made it their excuse for their bad behavior...and I was in shock and the amount of anger that thudded through my body shocked me. Then they called me disrespectful and I kinda lost it...

Needless to say it was a lesson for me a person, as well as with writing...the way I acted didn't feel normal to me...but my system of justice had been violated and I wanted the world to go back to the right place and so it moved me to wasn't the right action but I moved.

What about you? What is a justice system trigger in your characters lives or even your own that prompt them to action?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Author's Alphabet I


Info Dumps

Evil info dumps are sometimes necessary in writing.

So how do we write them without making our beloved readers feel like they've been dumped on?

If possible weave it into a conversation, this makes it more interesting, this always works especially well if you happen to have a nosey neighborly character who wants to share all of the news.

Another way to make them not feel so dumped on, is to make sure there is specific background in the story for there to be something at stake for the upcoming information, give the reader those little butterflies fluttering in their stomachs as they read the information realizing this could mean good or bad things for the character who they care for. It's not just an info's a climatic stepping stone edging your story forward towards the pinnacle of what you've been building up. Try to create info dumps that make readers hold their breath instead of sorting through information trying to figure out how or why it is relevant to them and the story.