Friday, January 31, 2014

That thing is a killing machine!

 Wherein Jack has good news.

 First, before I forget, I am taking part in a Valentine celebration! I should have all kinds of information on this, but I've been sick all week and right now I can't think of any kind of information. But the button is on my sidebar, and if you keep your eyes open there will be information cropping up all over the internet and blogging world and I will have more for you soon. But it is going to be fun and amazing and there will be lots of books and 99 cent ebooks. (Some of mine should be 99 cents too, if I can figure out how to make it happen.) But, grab the button and spread the good news!!!!! (That was an order from your evil over lord. Hopefully I did the button correctly.)

 Okay, there, I remembered to tell you about the celebration. Now I have other things to tell you about.

 Off and on in my posts I mention my kindred spirit, and I've pointed you all to her blog a lot, but I never get tired of doing it. So here it is again. Jenelle Schmidt. Jenelle is the author of the book, King's Warrior which I reviewed a year ago, or maybe longer. It was one of those books I started but didn't think I'd like - I can't remember why. I'm sure you've all had that happen. You pick up a book and don't think you'll like it but try it anyways. Well, by the time I finished it I loved it. (In fact, I got a lot of inspiration for The Broken Blade from it.) It has everything a fantasy book should have, a dashing hero - a couple of them actually - swords, Dragons, battles, quests. For those of you who like The Lord of the Rings and Howl's Moving Castle I really think  you'd enjoy King's Warrior. Jenelle kind of writes like Dianna Wynne Jones - there were times when there was a lot going on, and it seemed like nothing would add up in the end, but by the last page everything had come together and it had a well done ending with just enough left open for the promise of a sequel, (hopefully 8-D)
 Normally I try not to compare books to each other. I think it takes away from each book, lumping them all together or making it sound like a newer book is a replacement to a classic. King's Warrior is brilliant just by being itself, but it does have a lot of the same qualities as the classics. And the characters are very well done. They grow so much in the book, that by the end they don't really seem like the same characters - though in a good way. I've seen character development like this before, but usually it is in a series. I think the only time I've seen it happen in a single book was House of Many Ways and even in that one the characters didn't grow as much.
 Okay, but there, I've probably said enough for a post that isn't even supposed to be about King's Warrior. The point of this post is that, at long last, book two in this series is out!!!!!! And, as much as I loved the first one, I've wanted this one even more when I read the summary, because book two is about my all time favourite character from book one. It is his book!!!!!!!!!!!! And I wants it!!!!! (Okay, so maybe it isn't completely his book, but to me it is. I have a feeling a certain someone will be trying to steal the spotlight from him...)

 And now.....I am pleased to announce I am taking part in the cover reveal for book two, Second Son.

In an attempt to manipulate the future, a family and a nation are forced to decide between two brothers. Guided by a prophecy spoken hundreds of years before, the King and Queen of Llycaelon have set their course. Their goal: to fulfill the prophecy and save their nation from a dire fate.
Rhoyan has always understood and accepted his own role as second born and perpetual prince. He looks forward to the day when he will be a warrior in his older brother’s guard. When Rhoyan is sent on a quest filled with unimaginable danger, nobody anticipates the greater repercussions.
As Rhoyan journeys far across the seas on his appointed trial, he will battle creatures of legend, suffer shipwreck, endure captivity, and lay claim to a fallen star. When tragedy strikes, Rhoyan must struggle to return home believing his quest has failed. However,  the home he left no longer awaits him and the true test of his strength and character has only just begun.
Long before Aom-igh needed a champion, Llycaelon had a Second Son.

Jenelle grew up the oldest of four. Every night before bedtime her father read to her and her siblings, and it was during these times that her love for adventure and fantasy were forged. While she adored the stories of the Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Prydain, the Wheel of Time, and the Chronicles of Narnia; it wasn’t long before her imagination led her to the creation of a world and story all her own.
In 2001, Jenelle completed King’s Warrior, originally titled The Dragon’s Eye, as a project for her father who wanted something new and fun to read to the family at night. This first endeavor gave way to the completion of a four book series that is full of the same adventure that Jenelle grew to love in literature as a little girl. Jenelle graduated from Taylor University in Indiana in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in English Education.
Jenelle has written numerous short stories and many poems, as well as some full length work within the realm of science fiction. King’s Warrior is her first published work and she is currently working on bringing the rest of the series to public availability. Jenelle lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Derek and two little girls Leiana Arwen and Nathalie Eowyn.

And now....

 Pretty fantastic, isn't it?

 I was going to add more, but I am now falling asleep so I should probably not attempt it.

 Quote is from Monsters Inc. (Sorry about lack of quotations. I am trying to find ways to make the sudden rush of spam to leave me alone.) It is when Mike is trying to convince Sully that Boo is going to kill them.




  1. I simply LOVE the cover! I can't wait to read it!

  2. I've definitely read those books where I didn't think I'd like it, but ended up at the opposite spectrum.

    Fantastic cover—best of luck with it, Jenelle!

  3. AHHHHH! Fantastic artwork! And I love both Lord of the Rings and Howl's Moving Castle, so I'll probably love this one too!

  4. That is a very pretty and unique cover! The book sounds fantastic. I will have to add it to my list.

  5. Oh WONDERFUL! That is so beautiful! I love the castle! I just started King's Warrior last night and am already enjoying it.
    Wow, I can't get over how gorgeous it is.

    Put that thing back where it came from or so help me! (So help me!)

  6. For the Giveaway on Jessica Greyson's Blog:
    I already follow your blog under the name Michaela.

  7. That is a cool picture. It's slightly abstract in a good way, and I love the muted tones, and the overall Chinese flavour of the style. Verra cool. :)


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