SALE: Award-winning TALES OF ARILLAND by @aletheakontis

Tales of Arilland is special to me because “Blood and Water” is the first story I read by Alethea Kontis, and I’ve been fan squee-ing after her ever since.

-Michelle “Mica” Ristuccia

Alethea Kontis’ 2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award Winner, TALES OF ARILLAND IS JUST $.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME!

 

In the fairy tale realm of Arilland, stories are told at children’s bedsides–and not the stories you think you know. Tales of Arilland is a collection of fairy tales, presented in the magical topsy-turvy way that only Alethea Kontis can do. Discover the story of Bluebeard’s first wife (“Blood From Stone”), what really happened to Snow White in those dark woods (“The Unicorn Hunter”), how dangerous the Little Mermaid might have been (“Blood and Water”), and just how far Little Red Riding Hood was willing to go (“Hero Worship”). Included in this collection is “Sunday,” the original novelette that inspired the award-winning novel Enchanted, as well as “The Cursed Prince,” the previously untold history of Prince Rumbold of Arilland…and more.

Purchase your copy from any of these platforms!

Amazon
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New Release: Immortal Progeny by PJ Ballentine

What an exciting month. We have several book releases to share with you.

PJ Ballentine’s Immortal Progeny just released and is now available in paperback!

You can listen the first chapter here on her blog.

For generations the world of Rahvas has been awash in holy war between its many temples.

Priests and priestesses have built towering monsters to destroy one another and prove their deity the One True God.

But those temples also made two mistakes. When three little girls came out of the void where Gods are born, they mistake them for humans and let them live.

Separated, Rowan, Vervain and Amaranth have lived out very different lives. One lived as a temple acolyte, another as meat for the creation of progeny, while the third learns the magic of the atheists.

As the sisters’ power unfolds and they learn the truth of who they are, the temples and all those that fight for them will find a new war on their doorstep. Rahvas will become the battleground between gods and monsters.

 


View PJBallantine.com for more:
First Chapter of Immortal Progeny

HOLE IN THE MIDDLE now available to preorder

Kendra Fortmeyer’s HOLE IN THE MIDDLE is now available for pre-order for its July 6th release date (2017)!

HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE A PART OF YOU IS MISSING?

Morgan’s sick of living with her secret. She was born with a hole in her middle: a perfectly smooth, sealed fist-sized chunk of nothing where a stomach ought to be. After seventeen years of hiding behind lumpy sweaters and a smart mouth, she’s fed up. But when she bares all, the fallout is more than she bargained for.

A few photos snowball into a media frenzy, and suddenly Morgan’s desperate to get back to her own strange version of normal. But between the hospital visits, the internet celebrity, and a disintegrating relationship with her best (and only) friend, normal is slipping farther and farther away. Then a new doctor appears with a boy who may be both Morgan’s cure and her destiny. What happens when you meet the person who is – literally – your perfect match? Is being ‘whole’ really all it’s cracked up to be?

HOLE IN THE MIDDLE explores the hard truths of being a young adult in a world obsessed with body image, instant fame and unlikely love stories.

 

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HOLE IN THE MIDDLE now available to preorder

Re: Writing Degrees and Writing Retreats @KTBryski

KT Bryski addresses a contentious question in the writing community:

Do writers need writing degrees?

Or, if you want to be more generous, do writing degrees help make a writer?

The short answer to the first question is “No.” We don’t need writing degrees to became great writers. So then, what DO writers need to improve their craft, and how do college classes factor into this?

KT Bryski has a MFA in Creative writing. Read her thoughts on her blog, here: Degrees and Kinds: On Writers and English Majors

I have a BA in Psychology with a Spanish minor, so I have my own opinions about colleges and degrees. Overall, I enjoyed college and can’t quite bring myself to say that I wouldn’t go if I had to do it all over again. What I never liked, though, was the number of classes required that didn’t relate to my degree–I consider that bloat.

I think the point here is that you have to learn by doing and by interacting with and learning from other people. College classes can be both, because I sure remember writing short stories and critiquing in Creative Writing class. Writing retreats can be both. (KT Byski also posted about how much she got out of the Smoky Writers Retreat). Then there’s writers and critique groups.

The question, then, is not what a hypothetical writer needs to improve their craft, but what YOU need to grow as a writer.

There’s so much out there!

-Michelle Ristuccia

Update: HOLE IN THE MIDDLE cover and release date!

Kendra Fortmeyer’s Hole in the Middle now has a cover and release date, so go add it on Goodreads!

She also has new original fiction in Lightspeed and Apex, and a reprint of “Asymmetry” in PodCastle coming this spring.

View KendraFortmeyer.com for more:
Update: HOLE IN THE MIDDLE cover and release date!

Chimera by @alhilton narrated by @marksmaster

Abigail Hilton sent word out to her Patreon followers that “Chimera” is available in audio for a limited time, until the entire short story collection goes up at Audible.com

Get Chimera, narrated by another of our lovely Ladies Pendragon, Lauren Harris, here!

Giveaway and Review of The Truth About Cats and Wolves by @AletheaKontis

Enter the giveaway for Alethea Kontis’ The Truth About Cats and Wolves on Goodreads before Feb 28th!  Follow Alethea Kontis on patreon for updates like this one.
Michelle Ristuccia reviews The Truth About Cats and Wolves on her blog, as well as Once Upon a Kiss: 17 Romantic Faerie Tales, a fairytale anthology in which “Glass Mountain” by Alethea Kontis appears.
Michelle says, “These two new releases by Alethea Kontis will entertain and nurture the romantic in you. What better way to weather these trying times? And as per usual with Ms. Kontis, the stories have a delightful depth to them, blasting through tropes even in the context of a fairy tale.”

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Review: The Truth About Cats and Wolves by @AletheaKontis plus Once Upon a Kiss