This week I'll be celebrating my 54th Birthday.
And today, Sunday Aug. 9th is National Book Lovers Day.
Combine the two and we have Castle's Story World Book Lovers Birthday Bash!
(the crowd cheers, applause all around...)
Well, that's how it plays out in my head. Ha!
Keep reading for this week's special deals and fun stuff going on over at Castle's Story World on Facebook. There will be several times this week, where I'll ask a birthday released question. Those who leave a comment will be in the running to win a free book from my newest releases.
I hope to see you there...
After a very long year, I've finally finished the first mini-series from The Chronicles of Alburnium. Perhaps you've read the White Road Chronicles series. This newest series of fairy-tale retellings all take place during an earlier time in the world of Alburnium. You'll meet Tarek's early family, along with a few other favorite Houses...and Beings.
You'll also learn how Lord Darnel rises to power over the course of the extended series.
The Lionheart Province is Leon and Kardia's story,
Coming next will be the Phoenix Province which will be Rillion and Sterlyn's tale.
(Don't worry, you'll meet them in Gold & Fire, so be looking out for them)
For now, let's talk about the conclusion of the Lionheart Province - Gold and Fire.
I'll also share a sneak peek of my favorite scene.
Oh, and in case you didn't notice, the first two covers have been given an overhaul. What do you think of them?
I'm so excited about this latest Audio project.
I've been wanting to put the White Road stories on audio for some time now. I started with Tarek's complete story - The White Road Tales Complete Novella Collection. How many of you would like to have the White Road Chronicles in audio? Comment below.
Keep reading to find out more about the audio version, listen to a sample reading from the series, and enter to win a free audio code for this book!
I feel like running a contest. The prizes will be ebook copies of Blood & Water and Silver & Light.
How many depends on the response I get.
What do you need to do?
Help me name a baby. Keep reading for more details.
A Word of Caution...
If you've not read Blood & Water and Silver & Light then you are about to venture into SPOILER ALERT territory.
You've been warned.
Who doesn't love a good fairy tale?
We think they are for kids, but I disagree. I think they are full of treasures for the one willing to look. I think that's why they are told again and again in various ways.
For a couple of years, I've felt nudged to write some fairy tale retellings, and I'm glad that I listened to that inner nudging. Like parables, these old stories have a way of reaching through time with some hard truths that resonate even today.
I've decided to release The Faerie Trader on Amazon. Right now, it's on pre-order for only .99¢!
This is a limited time offer. Once the book releases on April 23rd, it'll go up to $2.99 sometime that weekend.
For those who haven't already subscribed to my Castle World Fantasy Newsletter, you can read the first chapter below. Or just click the picture to purchase your pre-order copy.
The Chronicles of Alburnium.
In Silver and Light, we find Kardia leaving the safety of her home village for the great unknown. She is determined to find the legendary path that leads to the White City of Aloblase, that she's only seen in her dreams, and read about in King Shaydon's Book Of Letters.
Kardia doesn't make it far before she must stop for a rest and there she meets a most unexpected traveler...
Kardia nestled deeper under her woolen blanket, breathing in the scent of damp earth and moss. She’d made camp beside a stream after venturing off the road she followed in her search for the King’s Highway. Hopefully, she’d find the road to Aloblase soon. She was running out of the few supplies she’d packed before leaving Goia, her childhood home.
Her eyes, heavy from exhaustion, slowly closed. She’d almost drifted off when the sound of wagon wheels rolling over the dirt road caused her to sit up. A chill of fear raced down Kardia’s back. Hopefully, she was far enough off the road to not be spotted. Holding her breath, she waited for the traveler to pass. Her heart pounded like a drum in her ears. She curled her arms tighter around her chest and tried not to move.
The clomping of hooves stopped.
Something made a sniffing sound.
Kardia tried to peer through the fern and brush toward the road, but the growing darkness of night made it too difficult to see more than gray shadows.
“Hello in the woods,” a deep voice called out.
Oh no! They knew she was there. But how?
Kardia held perfectly still, not daring to breathe lest she make her position known. Silently willing them to leave, she tensed up, wondering if she’d get very far if she ran for it. Why hadn’t she left her boots on? If only her tired feet hadn’t hurt so badly when she stopped earlier. She’d not wanted to lose her toes like she’d lost her fingers. Despite the pain, she’d wriggled out of them. They were so hard to get on and off with her damaged hands.
“I can smell you. Human, for sure. Are you hurt? I smell the scent of blood hanging about you. I can help…” the man moved off the edge of the road. It wasn’t footfalls she heard, but rather the clomping of…what exactly was she hearing? How did he… smell…her?
Granted, she’d not tried to bathe yet. She’d hoped to find safe shelter before attempting that. The blood scent most likely came from her blistered feet.
“I won’t hurt you, little human.” It sniffed again.
Kardia reasoned that if it was calling her human, then it wasn’t.
“Ah, there you are,” the stranger declared, his tone softening.
Her heart threatened to pound right out of her chest.
“If you’re hiding a weapon, you should know I’m a master fighter. I’m also much larger and stronger than you could ever dream of being.” Then he added, “Even if you were a grown human male. But rest assured, I intend no harm, so be a good little human friend and sit up slowly so we can talk.”
She bolted to her tender bare feet. Stepping on the edge of a jagged rocked, she cried out from the sharp pain. Her foot misstepped and she started to tilt toward the stream.
The creature-man darted forward and caught her by the arm. To her shock, he wasn’t dressed! His bare chest glistened in the dim light of the rising moon. His bearded face and wild hair came into focus. He towered over her by nearly two feet. Thick hair covered his lower arms. As she dared to lower her gaze, she found thick hair, or rather dark brown fur, covered the lower half of his body down to his hooves.
Kardia blinked. She’d heard of the half human half goat men before. They were called…what? The part human and part horsemen were centaurs, she was sure.
“Faun!” she exclaimed as the name slammed into her memory. “You’re a faun!”
(From Silver and Light, chapter 1)
January 16th is Appreciate Your Dragon Day.
How did this day come about, you might ask? Well, it turns out that one of my favorite authors is behind this fun day!
Back in 2004, Donita K Paul who wrote the Dragonspell series decided there needed to be a National Day set aside for these marvelous beasts.
Crystal, from the White Road Chronicles series, and I both agree. So, in celebration of all things about dragons, I'd like to present some fun things in today's blog that's all about dragons. You can start off by clicking the picture of Alyra and Crystal below for a fun puzzle. Let me know in the comments how you did.
Read on, and at the end, I have a special offer for you...
UPDATE: Winner has been determined and I'll contact that person soon.
Last week, we talked about how things went in the Story World in 2019. Today, we'll be looking ahead!
This week, I'd like to share some of my vision for 2020.
First off, I'm determined to have a plan. I've always been a "come what may" kind of girl, but not anymore. I'm tired to running to keep up. This year is my big step in getting ahead and sticking to a plan.
Wish me luck. 🙄
Jackie Castle is an author, artist and dreamer. She lives in Texas with her husband, two grown children and her dog, Banjo. She looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary in everything she experiences.
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