Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Reading Clean - and Heartless!!

Hosted by Clean Teen Fiction, One Librarian's Book Reviews & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.


Which of you came up with the baby in the picture?  Babies drool, man!!  Please be careful with those books!!!

My book for this giveaway is not baby material. (I'm sorry!!) But it is pretty clean. Writing fantasy for a Christian publisher sounds almost daunting and a lot intriguing. I've been watching this series since I found the author last spring and I can't wait to read -n- review her newest book coming out this fall.  BUT FIRST... let's check out the first in the series!!!

Heartless
by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Paperback, 363 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers

Premise:

The Dragon King Seeks His Princess—
Who Dares to Stop Him?

Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon marry. She dreams of a charming prince, but when her first suitor arrives, he's not what she'd hoped. Prince Aethelbald of mysterious Farthestshore has travelled a great distance to prove his love--and also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be on the hunt and blazing a path of terror. 

Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald's offer--and ignores his cautions with dire consequences. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in his sights. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.

A Tale of Goldstone Wood
Timeless Fantasy That Will Keep You Spellbound


Anne Elisabeth has offered a print copy of her first book, Heartless, for an international giveaway. PLUS, she agreed to come by for an interview!!!

I have since found (and downloaded) Heartless for FREE on my Nook!!  So this is the best giveaway ever... you get a FREE book plus a chance to win a print copy from the author herself.
First.... I give you... Anne Elisabeth


1. Where did your story start from? What idea sparked it all?

My PhotoMy debut novel, Heartless, emerged from a desire to write a fairy tale . . . a new fairy tale, but with all the trimmings we know and love from the stories we read as children. And what fairy tale is complete without the pretty princess, the noble prince, and, of course, the evil dragon!

But I also wanted to take my fairy tale a new direction. Oh, Princess Una is very much your classic, Disney-esque princess, altogether too focused on finding her Prince Charming! But where this girlish dreaming leads her is a sometimes funny, sometimes dark, and often surprising adventure . . .

My hope is that readers will sink into a world that feels as familiar to them as Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, but then walk away with a whole new tale in their hearts, remembering characters as vivid as any they'll find in Grimm.

2. What was your favorite scene to write? Do you have a favorite character?

Oh, dear, I have to be careful here! Don't want to give away any spoilers!

Well, all of you can see that Heartless is a dragon-story, and the Dragon King is the great nemesis. In the first draft I wrote the climactic battle sequence and loved it . . . loved writing it, loved reading it, loved dreaming of it. Although Heartless went through a good eight drafts before it reached publication, that final climactic scene hardly changed at all.

I also really love a particular scene where the princess's brother, Prince Felix, haphazardly practices fencing in the soldiers' yard. That scene, inadvertently, led to me meeting my husband! I decided that, in order to write it effectively, I'd better take fencing lessons . . . and lo and behold, who was studying fencing with the same club? Mr. Right himself! So, yeah, I have a special fondness for that scene. (Thank you, Felix!)

My favorite character, however, would have to be the princess's pet cat, Monster. He's also the fan favorite about whom I get the most emails! But you'll have to read the book to find out why . . .

3. Please share something about YOU!  What do you do when you're not writing?

I drink tea. Lots and lots and lots of tea. Good, strong, black tea with a little cream and sugar (British style). Tea, I have found, solves a great deal of life's little problems.

I'm a consummate crazy cat-lady, so I have a kindle of kitties all my own, and I also do fostering. I rescue wild kittens from around this area, teach them to be people-friendly, and find them homes. It's always great to see a wild, snarling, mini-tiger turn into someone's adored fur-baby!

I used to teach art classes to kids and adults, and I still paint and sketch now and then. But these days, I'm working fulltime at writing, so the art has had to go on the back-burner!

And I REALLY love to interact with my fans, so if you decide the Tales of Goldstone Wood are the books for you, do come over to my blog (www.anneelisabethstengl.blogspot.com) and participate in the various ongoing conversations we have over there! Always something new and fairy-tale related!

Thank you for a fun interview, Laura. I love a chance to be featured on your truly gorgeous blog!


*Blush* Thank you!!  I love so many things about your answers. I can't believe you met your husband fencing for your book!!  That is seriously the most romantic way to bump into a husband!!  I love tea, too. We shall have to have you back to Colorimetry for tea sometime. :-)  It's amazing that you can rescue wild kitties. I have seen the "snarling" variety up close and that's just literally amazing.

Thank you for sharing so much fun stuff!!

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The Tales of Goldstone Wood Novels:

Heartless
Veiled Rose
Moonblood
Starflower - coming Nov 2012

Get your eCopy of Heartless while it's available!!

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& pick up Veiled Rose while the e-Price is reduced!!

Nook for $7.55
Kindle for $5.99:

Available to WIN:

A print copy of Heartless. Maybe we can ask Anne Elisabeth to sign it? :-)

UPDATE:  Yes, indeed, I can sign the copy of Heartless . . . and I'll send along pencils and bookmarks and all sorts of fun paraphernalia as well! :)

Woohoo!!

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49 comments:

  1. Great interview and giveaway, I've always loved fairy tales! I feed stray dogs that always seem to end up around my house, I've even been to known to leave a blanket out on the porch on cold nights. I wish they could all come live with me but that would be frowned upon =(

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  2. I love that she put a twist on a classic fairytale, but kept the main female character Disney-esque. That sounds delightful!

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  3. I'm a cat maniac also. Were we rent doesn't allow them though, : (. But i get to see some of my cats at my parents house! Have you ever seen a munchkin cat? My dad has one. She Lola like she has a Weiner dog body in cat form. Short legs and a long body. Your book sounds awesome bytheway!

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  4. This book sounds completely and utterly up my street! I love more or less anything fantasy-related! Plus, anything that relates to fairy tales? Count me in! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. I'm the local crazy cat lady (well, I hope not lol) and am always feeding/spoiling/trying to find GOOD, loving homes for all the sweet little strays that come my way (I swear to God, I think they are *busing* them in!) <3

    Thank you for the very nice giveaway, too! :)
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  6. Will you ever include cats in your stories?

    Great interview:)

    Thank you:)

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  7. Oh goodness, that book looks so up my alley!
    I want!

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  8. @ Christina K.: Oh, yes to the cats! In fact, my favorite series' character, Monster, is a cat . . . or is he?

    Monster is the fan-favorite as well. I recently hosted a Fan Fiction contest on my blog, and more than half of the submissions were about him! But I can't say too much without giving away spoilers. But, we'll just leave it at, "Yes, there is a strong feline element . . ." :)

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    1. Wait... I read the Prologue to Heartless this morning and there was a blind cat that came out of the forest with burs in its fur.... is this the famed Monster?!

      'Cause I got the distinct impression that he was more than "just" a cat!!

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    2. Lol - you know, this is taking cat-rescue to a whole 'nother level.

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  9. I've never heard of this book before, but it sounds right up my alley :)

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  10. Yes, we feed a few stray cats and my son just talked me into adopting a kitten that was going to be taken to a shelter. It is very ADHD which fits in perfect with my four kids who all seem to have a slight case of it. She is very crazy!!

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    1. Lol. Sometimes I wish I could label the craziness around here, but then I might pass out excuses, too, you know? I figure you must with four (the "perfect" number!)

      My husband brought home a stray once. I forgot. She was pregnant and turned into 8 mewers.

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  11. Writing Christian fantasy sounds fabulous. I'd love to read your book to learn more!
    BTW, I don't save wild cats, but I have done a lot of fostering. Thanks for taking care of those babies!

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    1. And thank you for fostering! This summer the rescue organization I work with was SO swamped in homeless kittens, we were thankful for every kind-hearted person who would take even a few in at a time. :)

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  12. I HATE CATS! Um, excuse me. I am horribly allergic to cats, so none for me. And this novel sounds great. Is it free as a kindle ebook too?

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    1. *crickets* This is hardly the conversation to share your feelings about cats. Lol.

      Did you get your eCopy, yet?

      It's free even for people who don't like cats. I warn you, though... Monster jumps in with all four paws!!

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  13. The coverart is what attracted me to this contest, but the fact that Ms. Stengl also fosters kittens, even wild ones, while drinking tea has me hooked. At the beginning of 6th grade we moved & the new place came with 22 cats. 4 of the ladies gave birth that following spring. Not all the adult cats were tame either, so it was quite the project to tame them enough for neutering. We found homes for all the kittens.

    I had to wait til I was much older to start my love affair with tea.

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    1. Yup, tea and kitties . . . add books into that mix, and what more could a girl need? :)

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  14. I drink green tea - lots of that. With cinnamon. I love cats as well, but I never tried to tame the wild ones. We have too many tamed cats around here which don't have a home. Yet.

    By the way, does Ms. Stengl have Austrian or German background...? ;)

    Oh, I forgot, great cover! :)

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    1. Green tea with cinnamon sounds very exotic! I've never had it that way (being a black tea girl), but it sounds like something I might have to put into a novel . . .

      Finding homes for adult cats is sometimes hard even than finding homes for wild kittens. Wild kittens have the "cute factor" but adults don't have that. They can be the SWEETEST pet in the world, and people still won't look! Breaks my heart. Good luck finding kitty-homes! :)

      And yes, I do come from Austrian heritage. Well spotted! Family legend has it that the Stengls have a castle out in Austria which no one will claim (for insurance reasons, which is boring. So I'm going to say for a haunting or something. LOL).

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  15. I love cats..I saved lots of them when I was young.. I only stop until the realization hit me that whenever I have a new cat, my father would throw it away again and again or give it to our neighbors

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    1. Oh, that's sad. My father wouldn't let me rescue cats when I was younger, but I did eventually find a rescue organization to volunteer time at when I was in highschool. Didn't start wild-kitty rescuing until years later. Maybe you'll get a chance at it again alter on? :)

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  16. This book sounds amazing! Thanks Laura for bringing it to my attention. Great interview as well! I'm afraid we don't have many cats in my neighborhood, it's mostly a dog territory.
    Thank you for the international giveaway :)

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    1. This is ok!! Cats have this thing with multiplying!!!!

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  17. Ooh, I was thinking of this book today, but couldn't remember the title! And lo and behold, it's on your blog! This sounds like fairytale retelling, and even if it's not meant to be, it sounds amazing!

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    1. I hope you will enjoy it! I am such a fan of all things fairy tale, and I had a wonderful time writing this novel. :)

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  18. Congrats for your debut, Anne!
    So you're a cat lady? I also have a cat lady friend and most of their names was taken from the hero/heroines of her favorite novels LOL

    Thanks for the chance to win a print copy, Anne :)
    Wish you all the best!

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    1. That's a cute way to name cats! We have a tradition of all "M" names. I don't know why! But all are cats' names start with an M . . . Marmaduke, Minerva, Magrat, Monster, and current foster kittens, Minko and Midnight. When we had twelve foster kittens this summer, it was a challange to come up with enough M names for them! :)

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  19. I don`t save wild cats, I want to, though. I hope to become a vet

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  20. My daughter and I would both love this book. We both still love fairy tales even though she's a teen and I'm a little bit older. Thanks for the giveaway!

    jlchoyt at gmail dot com

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  21. Unfortunately, I'm deathly allergic to cats, so I can't help in that area, but if anyone else is called to it, I'm behind them! Thanks for hosting another great giveaway!

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  22. i save stray cats...about 20 cats lived in my house....
    i can't live without them :)

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  23. No I do not save wild cats, but I do save stray dogs.

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  24. I'm allergic at animals hair, but I love cats and dogs.

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  25. We often have feral cats that adopt us. I don't know how tame they end up, but we love them.

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  26. Will love to have this book. And the cover book, it's amazing, really love it.

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  27. yay! another dragon book!! add this one on my TBR mountain

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  28. i love this book!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  29. I'm allergic on cats but I like them :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ~Anatea

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  30. If by wild, you mean strays, then yes, I do try to help them when I'm able.

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  31. Sorry to say, I'm not really fond of cats. We never had a cat because we have a bunch of dogs.
    Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international! :)

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  32. Writing Christian fantasy sounds fabulous, thanks for the giveaway

    My father love cat, so in my home there is three wild cats adopting by my father, i not hate or love them.

    -Lilian S

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  33. Thank you a lot for opening the giveaway to international .
    I don't save wil cats but my dog makes me save and heal all the animals or birds he find hurt

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  34. Wow this book looks really good! Haha. :D No I don't say wild cats. I don't spend much time with them actually due to parental and possibly my own allergies.

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  35. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win and Anne, I hope you'll sign it!

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  36. I actually do not save wild cars as I am allergic to them, but I do love kittens. ;)

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