A Visual Peek at the The Story Peddler

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Another blog tour, another fabulous story!

Today I get to spotlight The Story Peddler, the latest release from award-winning author and editor, Lindsay A. Franklin.

She compiled a fantastic visual display of images and text for you and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


Tanwen

Ho, fellow story-lovers! It’s me, Tanwen, but you can call me Tannie. I’m a story peddler by trade, and that’s how I put food on the table since I moved out of Farmer and Ma-Bradwir’s house some years ago. They were kind to take me in, but a girl’s got to find her own way at some point, don’t you think?

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Ah, the Eastern Peninsula of Tir. Our little scrap of farming countryside. This is at the edge of our village, Pembrone. Doesn’t look like much, does it? That’s because it’s not. A burp of a town, my mentor Riwor says. She’s not wrong.

Brac

Aw, Tannie. Come on, now. You make it sound so…ugly. Pokey. Dull. That ain’t fair. Pembrone is the best spot in all Tir! It’s our home, after all.

*sigh* That’s Brac Bo-Bradwir—best friend, constant nuisance…would-be suitor. *double sigh* Brac, this is my tour. Can’t you ever mind your own onions?

All right, I’ll humor Brac and show you my cottage. It may be the only part of Pembrone I don’t despise.

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It was my mother’s family home once. I wish I could have known her, but since that wasn’t in the stars for me, this is second-best. I can sleep in the room where she slept. I can cook in the kitchen where she cooked. Plus, it’s right down the lane from the Bradwir stead. The cottage is getting a little shabby these days, but at least it’s a warm place to return to after a long peddling tour.

Do you want to see the actual best part of Tir? Whatever Brac says, it’s definitely not Pembrone. It’s Urian, the capital city! Now, I’ve never been there myself, but one day I’m going to live here in the palace and serve the king as his Royal Storyteller. I just have to get King Gareth to notice me somehow…

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If I could only make it to Royal Storyteller, I’d finally be someone, you know? I’d no longer be the parentless urchin, fighting for every scrap of food, handing over most of my earnings to Riwor. I’d be Tanwen En-Yestin, faithful servant to the king and honored guest at his court. Imagine—me at court. Brac doesn’t think I’ll make it, but mark me. I’ll show him. I just have to stick to telling the crown-approved stories and keep making those babies crystallize clear as glass, and eventually I’ll get there. Sure, sometimes the storytelling gift is a little…wild. But as long as I practice those crowned stories like Riwor taught me, what could possibly go wrong?

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Want to dive into a new world or in need of a good book?

Enter to win a signed print copy of The Story Peddler, a blue strand book sleeve, custom Story Peddler bookmark, a fluffhopper sticker, and a set of five mini Story Peddler art prints! (US only.)

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There’s also a Facebook party!

Join authors Lindsay A. Franklin and Sara Ella to celebrate the releases of their novels, The Story Peddler and Unbreakable, on May 1st! 

Grab your favorite drink and snack and be prepared for a fun time of chatting with Lindsay and Sara, games, and giveaways.

The party starts at 8 PM EST (7 PM CST and 5 PM PST) and here’s your official invitation. Can’t wait to see you there!


Lindsay A. FranklinLindsay A. Franklin is an award-winning author, award-winning freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. She spends a lot of time in made-up worlds, and she’s passionate about sparking imagination through stories of infinite possibility. Her debut fantasy novel, The Story Peddler, releases in 2018. When she’s not exploring the fantastical, she’s exploring the Bible and encouraging young women through her devotional books (click here for more information on Adored).

Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her husband (master of the dad joke), their awesomely nerdy kids, two thunder pillows (AKA cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following (@therealwombatman). You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn’t hijacked all her accounts. She’s @LinzyAFranklin on Instagram and Twitter, and she Facebooks at www.facebook.com/LindsayAFranklin. You can also sign up for her email list.


Thanks for joining me!

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Jebraun Clifford always wanted to step through a door into an imaginary kingdom, so it’s no surprise she now calls Middle Earth home. Too short to be an elf and too tall to be a Hobbit, she lives smack-dab in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island in a town filled with thermal activity, stunning lakes, and enough Redwoods to make her Californian heart swoon. She writes about discovering identity, living without fear, and enjoys creating fantastic worlds. Her unpublished YA fantasy, The Two Queens of Kyrie, won both the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2015 First Impressions contest and the 2016 Genesis contest. She loves coffee, tree ferns, dark chocolate, and Jesus, and harbours a secret penchant for British spelling.

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Drifting: A Sequel Worth the Wait and a GIVEAWAY

Drifting Blog Tour.pngI never read a mermaid story until I read Sarah Armstrong-Garner’s Sinking a little over a year ago.

And I could. Not. Put. It. Down.

The prose was beautiful, the story enticing, the characters endearing…I didn’t read it, I devoured it!

And then I had to wait for the sequel. 

Forever, it seemed.

In the interim, I found my mind returning again and again to the story. What was going to happen to Jocelyn? Would she return safely to the sea? What about hunky sea captain Aidan? I don’t want to give too much away in case you haven’t read this epic story…but I was itching to get back to it.

(And…by the way…I’ve got a giveaway of BOTH titles at the end of this post!! 😉 )

Finally. Finally. Finally.

The sequel is here! And I read it! And I love it!

But first…the cover and blurb:

Jocelyn plunges into the ocean near Calcutta, India, thrown overboard by a man claiming it’s the only way to save her life. As she sinks, the transformation begins, and the ocean welcomes her back into its embrace.

Aidan Boyd thought the only way to save Jocelyn was to give her back to the ocean, but now he’s not so sure. Aidan doesn’t believe in mermaids, but he can’t explain the way she changed. Will he see Jocelyn again? Or has he condemned her to a watery grave?

Jocelyn drifts in a world she’d forgotten only to find she’s hunted by a deadly force from the ancient city of Thessa, the reason she was hidden in the world above. But she cannot get Aidan out of her head. Was what they shared real? Or was it a fantasy brought on by her unconscious need to seduce a human?

Both Aidan and Jocelyn begin a desperate and dangerous journey to discover the truth . . . and hopefully each other. But will their love be enough?


Happy sigh. Isn’t that cover gorgeous?!?

Drifting starts exactly where Sinking left off. Which is good. Because I was on the edge of my seat by the end of Sinking. And, let’s face it, distraught at the cliffhanger ending.

Right away we get introduced to some new characters. Merfolk to be exact. As Jocelyn rediscovers her mermaid origins, we get to travel under the sea with her to a strange and fascinating new world.

I’ve heard the author talk about her love of writing screenplays, and let me tell you, she packs a lot of visual description into her narrative. As a very visual person, I loved imagining the intricate scenes she sets, the facial expressions, the flick of a tail, and especially the underwater mining city of Ommo.

Then there’s Jocelyn’s captivity and…ooops! Again…I don’t want to spoil the story for you.

Okay. On to the romantic aspect of Drifting.

Two men vie for Jocelyn’s affection. Benlar, the noble merman, and Aidan, the hunky sea captain I mentioned earlier. I’m definitely Team Aidan, and I cheered him on as he struggles to regain control of his ship and then desperately searches the world for his beloved.

Throw in the mystery of why Jocelyn is a hunted mermaid, and this story covers all the bases: fantasy, romance, adventure, and suspense.

I savoured every word!

So run, swim, commandeer a ship, whatever it takes to get a hold of these beautifully written stories!


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Don’t forget to go to the launch party. L2L2 Publishing seriously throws some of the best parties around with lots of prizes. RSVP here!


Sarah Armstrong-Garner lives in Northern California with her husband and three children, and get this: not only is she an author, screenwriter, and photographer, she also shoots indie films with her husband. You can visit www.SarahArmstrongGarner.com to learn more about her and her upcoming releases.

Connect with Sarah

Website: http://www.saraharmstronggarner.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SarahArmstrongGarner
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SarahTwyla
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/saraharmstronggarner
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/33156298-sarah-armstrong-garner
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sarahtwyla

Purchase Link (L2L2 Publishing’s Website):
http://www.love2readlove2writepublishing.com/books/drifting

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If you want to read Sinking and Drifting for yourself, enter my giveaway! One lucky participant will win an e-book of both of these beautiful books. You have until May 5 to enter.


Thanks for joining me. If you’ve read these books, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

cropped-jebraun-clifford-lr-3.jpgJebraun Clifford always wanted to step through a door into an imaginary kingdom, so it’s no surprise she now calls Middle Earth home. Too short to be an elf and too tall to be a Hobbit, she lives smack-dab in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island in a town filled with thermal activity, stunning lakes, and enough Redwoods to make her Californian heart swoon. She writes about discovering identity, living without fear, and enjoys creating fantastic worlds. Her unpublished YA fantasy, The Two Queens of Kyrie, won both the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2015 First Impressions contest and the 2016 Genesis contest. She loves coffee, tree ferns, dark chocolate, and Jesus, and harbours a secret penchant for British spelling.

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What Do You Think of my Website’s Awesome Makeover? (and do you want some chocolate?)

A year ago I did an overhaul of my website. Got my own domain name and decided it was time to devote the site entirely to my writing.

I had fun playing around with a theme and coming up with the tagline dream.write.repeat.

I continued to share about my writing journey, featured new releases and debut authors, and threw myself into social media. I started a newsletter. Published some flash fiction.

But something still didn’t feel…right.

A tagline should give readers an idea of what they can expect from my stories. And while dream.write.repeat. sounds kinda cool, it’s what I do, not what I write.

So I hired a professional.

Some of you may remember reading my post about goals for 2018 that I wrote earlier this year over at Quills & Inkblotts. In it, I mentioned I worked with Janeen Ippolito from Creative Breakthroughs in Speculative Fiction and Beyond to develop a new tagline.

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We brainstormed for thirty minutes (and had entirely too much fun!), and she asked me all kinds of questions about why I wrote and what I wrote. Then she read some of her ideas back to me. As soon as I heard the right one…I knew it was me!

I changed up my website header, played around on Canva.com, and voilà!

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Fearless Words in Fantasy Worlds. 

I love the alliteration. I love the concepts. I love the imagination.

This is me! This is what I write!

I also added a page for the stories I write, tidied some links, and even started formulating a plan for my street team.

To celebrate my gawgeous new look, I’m giving away chocolate. That’s right. New Zealand has the best chocolate ever (totally my opinion, feel free to disagree, and be wrong 😉 ).

And I’ve got two bars of Whittaker’s chocolate to give away to anyone in the world. All you have to do is go to my Rafflecopter page (link below) and tell me if you prefer dark or white chocolate (or either, who are we kidding!), and you’ll be in the draw to win a Whittaker’s Marlborough Sea Salt and Caramel Brittle with Saffron in dark chocolate OR Whittaker’s West Coast Buttermilk Caramelised white chocolate with Gingerbread Biscuit.

Stop drooling and enter by clicking the photo below!

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BONUS: you’ll get 5 extra entries if you sign up for my quarterly newsletter.

And for those of you who already are on my newsletter list, you will be having your own chance to win some chocolate and a fabulous e-book (by a certain author whose initials are Mary Weber) in the middle of next month.

Thanks for sharing the adventure with me!

come say hi at jebraunclifford.com

Jebraun Clifford always wanted to step through a door into an imaginary kingdom, so it’s no surprise she now calls Middle Earth home. Too short to be an elf and too tall to be a Hobbit, she lives smack-dab in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island in a town filled with thermal activity, stunning lakes, and enough Redwoods to make her Californian heart swoon. She writes about discovering identity, living without fear, enjoys and creating fantastic worlds. Her unpublished YA fantasy, The Two Queens of Kyrie, won both the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2015 First Impressions contest and the 2016 Genesis contest. She loves coffee, tree ferns, dark chocolate, and Jesus, and harbours a secret penchant for British spelling.

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8 More Fascinating Behind-the-scenes Facts About Spark and a GIVEAWAY

I’m on the tail-end of the fabulous Spark tour which means they saved the best for last 😉

In all seriousness, I’m excited to share some more cool stuff about J.M. Hackman’s YA fantasy debut, Spark.

And I’ve got an e-book to GIVEAWAY! Woohoo!

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Author J.M. Hackman sat down with me in a virtual cafe, where I got a low-down on on all the gossip about Brenna and the fantasy world of Linneah.

Jeb: Very excited to catch up with you about Spark. The first few chapters are intense. Man, you jump into the action right away. So, explain to me where Brenna’s powers come from?!?

JM: She was born with them, although Linneans don’t come into them until their teen years (a lot like puberty).

When I first started writing Spark, I tried to come up with a superpower that hadn’t been done before. Unfortunately, I think Solomon was right—nothing is new under the sun. Still, fire-starting intrigued me.

Jeb: Are you kidding? Fire-starting is cool! It’s a talent that would come in handy in more than one scenario, though I understand Brenna kinda wishes it would go away. She also mentions her frustration that Belgian waffles don’t exist in Linneah. I want to know if there’s a significant story to why she loves them so much?

JM: When they lived in Vermont, Brenna’s mother made them often on Saturday mornings. They would douse them with butter and real maple syrup because everyone in New England (and I mean everyone) uses real maple syrup.

Why does she love them? Have you ever had a Belgian waffle? Fluffy dough, fried to perfection, smothered in syrup, or confectioners’ sugar, or fruit/chocolate chips/whipped topping? What’s not to like?

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Jeb: You’re right. Belgian waffles are awesome. Unfortunately, maple syrup is rarer than dragons here in Middle Earth. Speaking of dragons, in an epic battle with a dragon, who would win…Brenna or the dragon?

JM: Hmm. Brenna hasn’t learned all there is to learn about being a Firebrand. And if she didn’t have protection (i.e., a shield), I think the dragon would win. After all, before dragons became extinct in Linneah, the Firebrand’s main rule was, “Never engage a dragon in an unnecessary firefight.”

Jeb: Sounds like a wise proverb! I love the world-building in Linneah. Are any of the settings (Silvastamen, for example) based on real places?

JM: Cloverdale’s reservoir and spillway are modeled after the reservoir our small town used before the artisan wells were drilled. I haven’t been there in years, but I remember a trip there when I was young. Most of Linneah is lightly wooded, much like central Pennsylvania. Flare (book 2) will take place elsewhere in the Jasper Territory and therefore have different scenery/settings.

Jeb: Well, your memory is a good one because I can picture the Cloverdale reservoir clearly from your description in the book. What about Brenna? Does she have a favorite childhood memory?

JM: When she lived in Vermont, she loved to go ice skating—especially on the dirt road that went past their house! (If it sleets—or rains and then freezes—on top of untreated hard-pack snow, it becomes like an ice rink.) She and the two other neighbor kids would strap on their ice skates and skate in each other’s driveways and the ice-covered dirt road. Going downhill was especially terrifying because it was impossible to stop once she picked up enough speed. She’d just skate into a snowbank to stop.

Jeb: I’ve never been ice skating. I prefer my own two feet flat on the ground, lol. What does it feel like to travel through the portal to Linneah?

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JM: Are you wearing a jasper?

Jeb: Uh…no…

JM: That’s what makes the difference. Without the jasper, it’s harsh. You get blasted with extreme temperature swings, your vision becomes fuzzy, and nausea hits. With the jasper? A brief cold wind, a little hot flash, some hazy vision, and you’re through.

Jeb: Eeek! Sounds a little scary. I’ll stay in my world, thank you very much. Brenna’s hair is gorgeous—did her mother object when she colored it? (Did you notice my attempts at using American English with favorite and colored? I’m biting my fingernails, it’s bothering me so much, lol.)

JM: Good job, Jeb—we’ll convert you yet! Her mother didn’t object—because both her mother and her grandmother have a similar colored hair streak, too. You’ll have to read the book to find out why!

Jeb: Oooh, like the teaser! Any of your characters based on real people? 

JM: I think Brenna is a mixture of my two daughters and a much-younger me. My youngest has ADHD, my oldest is the same age and emotionally like Brenna, and when I was younger, I would say anything (like Brenna, I had no filter).

A few months ago, I realized Baldwin is like my husband: dark good looks, sexy (at least I think so), and very conscientious. He plays by the rules (while I look for ways to break them.)

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Jeb: Now I’d like to find out a few things about you. I understand you’re a chocolate lover like me. What’s your favorite? If you say white…I may have to unfriend you on Facebook…

JM: White!?! Phth! That’s not chocolate—that’s candy. My favorite is dark. Deep, dark, rich chocolate…excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin.

Jeb: Yusss! Kindred spirits!!! We’ve both worked at libraries before, too. I always got in trouble for reading the books I was supposed to shelve, hehe (I mean, I worked in my university’s children and YA section…what did they expect?!?) What was the best part about working in a library?

JM: Getting a new shipment of books. I read them first, because my name was at the top of the list. (For what it’s worth, I also got in trouble for reading the books in the stacks. Some people just don’t understand the temptation. All those books, and so little time.)

Jeb: I know, right? Wait a minute. You like dark chocolate, you worked at a library, you were also a teacher. Me tooooo! Were we separated at birth? You’ve got wavy hair and glasses…your name starts with a ‘J’…hmmm…I can’t believe all of these similarities are a coincidence.

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JM: As far as I know, Jeb, I was an only child and used my vivid imagination to keep myself occupied. I did get a degree in elementary education. Although I enjoyed the kids, I was surprised at how much discipline factored into the job. About 50% is teaching and the other 50% is discipline. Because I tend to throw myself into almost everything I do, I probably would’ve been one of the teachers that burned out.

Jeb: Well, you’re going to excel at writing books. I for one, have loved reading Spark and can’t wait to finish it. And then I get to look forward to Flare getting published.  

JM: Thanks so much, Jeb, for chatting with me!

Jeb: Thanks so much for taking the time to share all about your new book and congratulations!


Author_JM_Hackman_HeadshotJ.M. Hackman has held many positions: assistant librarian, office assistant, office manager, substitute teacher, writer, wife, and mother. She still holds the last three. And loves it. She received a degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University and now spends her days writing stories, consuming massive quantities of chocolate, and looking for portals to other worlds. You can find her at:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Pinterest

You can purchase Spark from L2L2 Publishing and it’s also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBook, Kobo, and any other online retailer.


Did you miss any of the other blog stops? Then check them out:

5/15: Amy Brock McNew – Spark! Into the World of J.M. Hackman
5/16: J M Hackman – What I Learned While Writing Spark (And Spark Teaser!)
5/17: Emilie Hendryx – Author Chat with J.M. Hackman and The Story Sanctuary – Review
5/18: Michael Israel Harper – Five Reasons Why I Love Linneah
5/19: Kat Heckenbach – Behind-the-Scenes: A Different Kind of Magic
5/20: Writing Prompts, Thoughts, Ideas – Interview

Week 2

5/21: Quills and Inkblotts – Visual Post: The Visual Feast of Spark
5/22: Laura Zimmerman – Book Review
5/23: Lands Uncharted – Behind-the-Scenes: The Evolution of Spark
5/24: Pam Halter – Guest Post
5/25: Pages and Hope – Interview

5/26: Ralene Burke – Confessions of a Small Town Mountain Girl) and 8 More Fascinating Behind-the-scenes Facts about Spark (right here!)


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Jebraun Clifford always wanted to step through a door into an imaginary kingdom, so it’s no surprise she now calls Middle Earth home. Too short to be an elf and too tall to be a Hobbit, she lives in a gorgeous town smack-dab in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island filled with thermal activity, stunning lakes, and enough Redwoods to make her Californian heart swoon. Her unpublished YA fantasy, The Two Queens of Kyrie, won both the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2015 First Impressions contest and the 2016 Genesis contest. She loves coffee, tree ferns, dark chocolate, and Jesus, and harbours a secret penchant for British spelling.


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Who Doesn’t Love an Awesome Giveaway?

Giveaways are the best!

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So here’s the deal: along with my gorgeous new website, I’m also putting together a newsletter!

Newsletter? Tell me more!

I promise this newsletter won’t be spammy! And it won’t be simply a repeat of all my blog posts either but will have fresh content such as:

  • Book reviews and reading suggestions
  • Helpful links to other writer-ly people (like authors & editors!)
  • Happenings and going-ons of my writing journey
  • Special content like flash fiction & sneak peeks of my WIP

And that’s where the giveaway comes in. Every newsletter will have one.

That’s right.

Every 6-8 weeks, you’ll have a chance to win something awesome like one of my newly-discovered-and-now-favourite e-books (I’m stocking up on some great titles!) or an Amazon gift card.

And (hopefully!) there will be enough exciting stuff within the newsletter to keep you entertained.

That’s it!

What do I do next?

Just enter the magic portal…(erm, follow this link), and enter your name and email address.

You might be asked to confirm your humanity. Which shouldn’t be a problem since you’re not a robot…right?!?

Finally, the powers-that-be want to make sure you really, really do want this newsletter, so don’t let the confirmation e-mail get lost the nether-world of your junk or spam folder!

Come on, what are you waiting for? 😉

And hurry because my first newsletter with it’s first giveaway goes out May 1!

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Jebraun Clifford always wanted to step through a door into an imaginary kingdom, so it’s no surprise she now calls Middle Earth home. Too short to be an elf and too tall to be a Hobbit, she lives in a gorgeous town smack-dab in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island filled with thermal activity, stunning lakes, and enough Redwood trees to make her Californian heart swoon. Her unpublished YA fantasy, The Two Queens of Kyrie, won both the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2015 First Impressions contest and their 2016 Genesis contest in the YA category. She loves coffee, tree ferns, dark chocolate, and Jesus, and harbours a secret penchant for British spelling.