Giveaway Winners & Blog Tour Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, readers! And we’re officially at the last day of this blog tour. My stars, this week went by quickly!

I did want to take a moment to thank everyone who was a part of the blog tour, volunteered to be on the advance reader team, shared in the cover reveal, and generally promoted my book in so many ways. There’s only so much I can do by myself as an author (writing the book is the big part), but the promotion of so many friends and fans really means a lot. And it’s by your reviews and words that I’m able to reach readers I may not have reached before.

So, thank you. Thank you. Thank YOU. Your support means the world.

Well, folks, we have a giveaway to wrap up. I promised two lucky winners their choice of an ebook from my series, and now it’s time to reveal the names.

Congratulations, Ribbon Ash and Elizabeth D. Marie!

Please email me as soon as possible at liannetaimenlore(at)gmail(dot)com with the ebook title you’d like to receive! And yes, you can choose any of the four books published in Once Upon a Twist Tales. Click HERE to learn more about the books.

Don’t forget that the blog tour is still going on today — so there are still some fun posts to read before we end this party!

Here’s the full schedule of posts from this week, including today’s.

April 5th

April 6th

April 7th

April 8th

April 9th 

(I will update with direct links once the posts are live.)

Don’t forget to snag your copy of The Bear of Rosethorn Ring! It’ll be the perfect read for this weekend. *winks*

Did anyone catch the information I hid in a certain guest post and a page on this blog? I’ve released the title and fairytale I’ll be retelling for book five of this series… along with the hero it’s going to feature. *grins* Comment below when you find it!

God bless!


Welcome & Giveaway!

GUYS. It’s happening! The Bear of Rosethorn Ring comes out TOMORROW.

Are you ready for it? I AM.

Well, today is Monday, April 5th, and we’re officially kicking off the blog tour here with a giveaway. This is actually the VERY FIRST giveaway I’ve ever hosted in conjunction with a book release — and really also the first giveaway I’ve personally hosted to give away one of my books. I’ve sent books to advance readers and participated in giveaways where I offered a copy of a book, but this is the first time hosting.

Pretty weird that it’s taken me four books to get to this point. *shrugs*

Anyway, BEFORE I get into all the details of the giveaway, I want to let you know of all the fun stops we’ll be making on the blog tour today. We’ve got a jam-packed schedule, and I CAN’T WAIT. For simplicity’s sake, I’m only going to be posting today’s stops here in this post. But if you’d like to see the full schedule, I’ll be sharing a full list on this blog/site’s home page, so be sure to check it out there.

April 5th Blog Tour Stops

Like I said, this blog tour is going to be PACKED with interviews, book reviews, and guest posts! You’re not going to want to miss a single post!

See the full schedule HERE.

Free Kindle Books!

As part of the celebration, I’m also running some of the Kindle books for FREE. Be sure to jump on over to Amazon to snag your ebooks if you don’t already have them!


The Rose and the Balloon: A Beauty and the Beast Story is FREE on Amazon April 5th through the 9th!



Spindle Dreams: A Sleeping Beauty Story isn’t available for free quite as long, but it’s still FREE on April 5th and 6th — don’t wait to grab your ebook today!



Now, for the giveaway I promised.


I’m offering TWO (2) lucky readers the chance to win their choice of an ebook of one of the Once Upon a Twist Tales. Yes, if you so desire, you could win yourself a copy of the brand-new book that hits Amazon tomorrow. Or catch up on the Rapunzel story you may have missed last year, and have been dying to read. I mean, I naturally assume the winners will want one of those two books, especially since the other two books in the series will be up for FREE this week (see above).

How to enter? It’s easy.

Simply comment below (on this blog post) your answer to the following question:

If you were siblings with Snow White and Rose Red, what would be your color-based fairytale name, and why?

You may make up more than one color-based name, if you wish, but I’m limiting the giveaway to only one entry per person. One fairytale name/comment per entry. Be as creative as you’d like, and maybe add in how the fairytale might read differently with you as the third sibling there.

I will accept all entries until Thursday (April 8th) at noon (12pm EST). I will announce the two winners Friday morning (April 9th) in the blog tour’s closing post.

Get commenting! I’m excited to see everyone’s answers!

Giveaway at Fairy Tale Central!

If you haven’t noticed, it’s party time at Fairy Tale Central! And if you don’t follow that site regularly, you NEED to because it has just the best fairytale content of just about anywhere. *subtle cough and insistent nudging*

Since February 26th is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, February at FTC has been dedicated to the celebration of fairytales in general. And we’ve been having so much fun doing just that.

HOWEVER, yesterday (February 23rd) was our party day, complete with amazing fairytale-related games AND a giveaway. Anyone who participates in the games before midnight hits (and everything turns back into a pumpkin) gets a chance to win not one, but TWO fairytale retellings: January Snow, a Jazz Age Snow White story by Hayden Wand, and winner’s choice of one MY books from Once Upon a Twist Tales.

What are you waiting for? Get on over there and enter!


I’m also VERY excited to say that BOTH the cover reveal date and the release date for The Bear of Rosethorn Ring will be announced soon. I’m still working out a few kinks, but you should expect the official announcement before the end of the month!

God bless!

Half-Blood Blog Tour & Giveaway

Jaye L. Knight’s new novella, Half-Blood, has been released! Learn more about this prequel story to Ilyon Chronicles and make sure you also enter the tour giveaway at the bottom!

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About the Book
The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.

For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.

Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?

See where Jace’s story all began . . .


Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? Find out more at the official Ilyon Chronicles website!


Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Half-Blood, a blue feather bookmark hand crafted by Jaye, a bronze sword pendant, and a $5 Amazon gift card! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)


Tour Schedule

Tuesday, July 14

Wednesday, July 15

Thursday, July 16

Friday, July 17

Saturday, July 18

Sunday, July 19

Monday, July 20

Tuesday, July 21

Wednesday, July 22

About the Author
JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her websiteblogFacebookGoogle+TwitterEtsy, and on her new fiction forum where you can interact with other readers of the series.

Be on the lookout for my review of Half-Blood and a special author interview with Jaye coming up in a few hours! 

Dear Love Valentine Giveaway!

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
      Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
      Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
      That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
      Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
      Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
      But it bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
      I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.

As part of the festivities for this week, I’m very honored to present a lovely giveaway for our party! I won’t drag on the preliminaries, though, because I’m just too excited to think about presentation right now. Besides, the above by Shakespeare covers any opinion that I might need a bigger beginning, right?

So, the grand event! I am extremely pleased to announce that there are two gorgeous items that I shall be including in this giveaway.

The first…

I contacted the shop owner early in January about donating an item for a Valentine party giveaway, and she very graciously agreed! Her Etsy shop is currently closed for holiday until the 9th of February, but let me tell you: she has a beautiful shop! I encourage you all to stop bluedrib to check out some of her listings!
And the second…
“How Deep the Father’s Love” print by TwoSisterShop.
It was via a friend that I was found this lovely Etsy shop, and I am grateful to them all for assisting me! This print was custom designed for this giveaway, and I don’t think it could have been more perfect. The pictures below are additional shots of the print, with the first showing its size next to a pencil.
So, how can you win one of these fantabulous items? Well…

Mandatory Entry:
~ You must be a public follower Lianne Taimelore
Extra Entries:
~ Heart bluedrib on Etsy
~ Heart TwoSisterShop on Etsy
~ Share this giveaway on your blog/Pinterest/Facebook (link required)
~ Answer this question in a comment: What is true love?

You can get up to five entries total, and I will randomly select two winners on Friday, February 14th. I must ask that those who enter be either from the USA or Canada, for shipping reasons.

Thank you so much and God bless!

The Giveaway, The Tag, And The Valentines

Jessica Greyson and Katherine Sophia are hosting a Book Lover Giveaway, in which 15, read it: FIFTEEN (!!!) dee-lightful, wonderful novels from amazing self-published authors make up the ultimate prize. And, of course, there’s also the addition of a $5 Starbucks card and a booklight, but to me, that’s trivial compared to FIFTEEN BOOKS! Go check it out now!

Oh, and before I forget, Jessica posted tag questions for all of us to answer, share, and all that good stuff… so, here’s that. 

Yes, yes, I know. The shock! Tag questions became trivial… but, hey! FIFTEEN books!!


What book do you love but everyone else seems to hate (or dislike)? For some reason, I seem to think there are a lot of those… Ben-Hur, The Silmarillion, and most of the older classics. I know most of my friends will concur with me and say they like them as much as I, but for the general populace, the older classics are just that… old. It’s the old part of it that makes me love them so.

What book does everyone else seem to love, but you just can’t get into? Most new-ish fiction. Entwined, The Goose Girl, and other books of that sort. They’re… well, for a lack of a better word, shallow. The characters are superficial, and the dialogue is weak. I like stories with substance, and for most modern fiction, it just doesn’t cut it for me.

Love in books—love or hate it? I don’t mind it, but I despise the way the modern, average author protrays it. Love is so much more than ooh-it’s-a-thrill-I-feel-it-he’s-so-handsome, and that’s the love we see so much in our world today. Yes, I know that I’m coming down rather hard on modern literature, but it’s sad to see the state we have degraded to. No one appreciates good literature now, and that’s a pet peeve of mine. I adore novels by Austen and Dickens, and for those who know those tales, romance is not a stranger to those pages. So, yes, I do like that kind of romance – Emma and Mr. Knightley, Bella Wilfur and John Harmon, Rose and Mac Campbell – those are *real* romances, relationships that are more than just a fleeting passion. The couples grew together and learned to love despite flaws. Mr. Knightley scolded and lectured the vain Emma, and she bore it like no other woman could have. John Harmon came home to marry a mercenary woman he’d never met, and he tested her before he let her know his true character and fortune. Mac Campbell thought of Rose only as his friend and cousin at first, yet as they grew closer, he was determined to show himself worthy of her. Love is a self-sacrificing desire to meet the needs of the one loved; it’s not a cheap show that can be bought and sold at the expense of others. And this is officially a huge answer for this question… but I do have some pretty opinioned thoughts on the topic of love. One reason why I’m holding the Dear Love Valentine Party (to which I invite you all!). Moving on…

What is your favorite friendship/brotherhood/sisterhood in a book? One of my favorite friendships would have to be the relationship between Gimli and Legolas in The Lord of the Rings. And if you need a “why” on that, I’d suggest you read this post, for I did talk about it a bit there.

Do you “ship” couple when you read? What are some of your favorite ships—that sailed or didn’t? Shipping, shipping… my thoughts on shipping. Well, honestly, I don’t normally “ship” people the way most readers do. I love reading, but I don’t entangle my life and my happiness to be hinged on the lives and happiness of fictional characters. I hate to say it, but that’s the truth. However, that does not mean that I have opinions about the aforementioned characters. I do occasionally feel that two characters belong together, and on that note, to be fair to the question, some of my favorite “ships” would be… oh, gracious, I shall have to think about this… ships that sailed… Eowyn and Faramir (LOTR), Bardon and Kale (DragonKeeper Chronicles), Caroline Tucker and Charles Ingalls (I always loved the Caroline books WAY better than Laura, and yes, I know they’re not fictional), Shasta and Aravis (The Horse and His Boy), and John and Bella (Our Mutual Friend). Ships that didn’t… umm… probably Dan and Bess (Jo’s Boys), Peter Pan and Wendy (who didn’t?), and Arrietty and Spiller (The Borrowers; ’tis a pity that Mary Norton cut off the series so abruptly). 

Do you still exchange Valentines? Not necessarily; I mean my little sisters sometimes enjoy making Valentines for each other, and when they do make them, it’s impossible not to join them, but generally, we don’t do much in the way of Valentines. And they are rather dangerous things… just look at poor Cranford in the hands of the ruthless Jack Marshland.

Your favorite Valentine gift, chocolate, flowers or something else? Chocolate, dark, milk, white—other? Hmm…. I’m allergic to chocolate and the smell of flowers gives me asthma… how ’bout a book? *grins*

Your personal views on Valentine’s day? Valentine’s Day is a holiday like any other. It doesn’t hold any particular special meaning for me, and while we kids usually try to set up a nice, formal dinner for my parents, we’ve never really celebrated Valentine’s Day like the rest of the world. I’m not against it, but I’m happily single and loving being a part of my own family. I have absolutely no reason to despise or otherwise regret my present situation. This holiday isn’t just about the mushy love between a boy and a girl, even though that’s what everyone makes it out to be. And if I’m celebrating any love at all on the holiday itself, it’s the love I share with my family. 

Favorite sweet Read? Umm…. let’s say Rose In Bloom by Louisa May Alcott. Definitely a favorite.

Favorite fairytale and why? I know it’s redundant, but Beauty and the Beast, because it’s a tale that has more than just, “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but you’re incredibly handsome, so let’s get married.” Beauty and the Beast took the time to actually know each other before they even thought about falling in love. And that’s not usual for a fairy tale. More about BatB here, if you’re interested. Another less-known favorite is The Bremen Town Musicians. Why? Hello! It’s about music! Sure, the “town musicians” are awful singers, but it’s hilarious. You know, I once wrote a script based on that fairy tale… that was fun.

Favorite romantic gesture in a book? *insert Winnie the Pooh’s voice* Think, think, think. I know there must be one, but I can’t think of one off the top of my head. Umm… I would say Amy’s overall treatment of Arthur Clennam, but I have yet to finish Little Dorrit, so that can’t be entirely true. Probably Mr. Knightley’s offering to make Hartfield his home for Emma just so that her father would feel at ease. There’s not many a gentleman who would give up his own comforts to please his beloved’s father

Do you have a favorite “romantic movie” for that you like to watch? Does period drama count? ‘Cause that’s about it. Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House, and all those wonderful stories. Ever After would be another.

Favorite Literary couple and why? Emma and Mr. Knightley… best friends and worst enemies at times, and they got married so as to continue on in the same manner. Almost. But that’s pretty much what happened.

Favorite opinion about love from a Character? (like Jo in little woman…to her it was an awful idea).  I know this is where I’m to insert some hilarious thoughts of a small boy or girl determined never to engage in the sport of love, but frankly, none come straight to mind. In reality, I’m reminded greatly (not of the morning room at Maple Grove, of course) of a quote from everyone’s favorite Elizabeth Bennet: “I am convinced that only the deepest sentiment of love would induce me into matrimony.” 

Favorite quote about love? Love is not love when alters when it alteration finds, nor bends with the remover to remove. O, no! It is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken. ~ These are some of my favorite words by Shakespeare, and I think it nails love on the head. True love doesn’t change whenever it feels like it; true love doesn’t fly away when trials beat about it; true love is forever.


And since Jessica is also holding a marvelous make-your-own-valentine contest, I thought I’d include my contribution here to keep the idea of Valentine’s Day going in this post. The theme for this contest is fairy tales, and in all truth, I could have made loads of valentines, but I did limit myself to three. I’d encourage you to enter! Go here to check out Jessica’s post.

Inspiration: Aladdin
Inspiration: Sleeping Beauty

Inspiration: Rapunzel
(with a bit of The Princess Diaries)

And on another fun rabbit trail, I guest posted yesterday for Jessica and Katherine’s party over at Seek Him First. Much fun, and I know you’ll love the post. Please read. 🙂

God bless!

A Glorious Post In Which I Annouce The Giveaway Winner

Last Saturday I was most excited to host the first ever giveaway on Lianne Taimenlore, the scrumptious object given away being the new novel penned by my dear friend, Jessica. Annabeth’s War is Jessica’s debut novel, and as part of the blog tour for the book, she very graciously gave me the option to host a giveaway of the book here on my blog. Of course, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been following Jessica’s blog, Safirewriter, since, I believe, May of this year, and I always look forward to reading her posts. 

Jessica, I cannot even begin to describe my ecstasy at hosting you on my blog. I am so excited over the publication of your first novel, and from everything you have allowed us to read about it on your blog has only increased my anticipation of reading it. 

Okay, I’m sure you’re all wondering who actually won the giveaway and who will be getting a very special copy of Jessica’s book, Annabeth’s War. I wrote all that in the beginning because I needed a lot of words to show up in the gray box on your dashboard, because what fun is it when you can read who the giveaway winner is right there on the home page? I personally think it’s grand to actually go read the post and find out later on.

Yes, I know. I’m being mean. I usually don’t do this type of thing to drive people nuts, but I’m having fun. And yes, every word I said about Jessica and her lovely book was absolutely true. I’m sad that I wasn’t able to enter my own giveaway because I would have loved to win a copy of Annabeth’s War

But now, the time has come to disclose the winner of Lianne Taimenlore’s first giveaway. 

Are you ready to know who won?

Are you sure?

Keep scrolling….

Yes, I stole this from Jessica’s blog.

I thought it was a neat idea to keep people in suspense.

Okay, okay… I’ve tormented you long enough. Ahem! 

This morning, I counted up all the entries that you all gave me in your comments and entered them into a list on With a deep breath, I surveyed the list once more to ascertain the eligibilty of each name on the list, and then I hit the randomize button. 

One click. 

And then I knew who won.

I know who is getting a very special copy of Annabeth’s War.

I know one very lucky girl who will be overjoyed to know that she is the new owner of a copy of Jessica’s new book.


Oh! You want to know, too?! Okay, I’ll share the list with you. 😀

You have won your own special copy of Annabeth’s War!

I want to take a moment to personally thank each and every one of you who took the time to enter the giveaway. My eyes lit up every time I saw a new comment awaiting my moderation on my blogger home page. You girls are awesome. Enough said. 

If you want to purchase your own copy of Annabeth’s War, please stop by Amazon, or if you would like a signed copy, Jessica has them for sale on her Etsy page.

Thanks again and God bless!

Merry Christmas… A Day Late… And A Reminder

I didn’t get a chance to get on yesterday and wish everyone a very merry Christmas! I hope you all had a blessed holiday with your loved ones! 

My devotions yesterday led me to the 53rd chapter of Isaiah, not normally what people would consider a Christmas chapter, but one that definitely cannot be overlooked. I wanted to share it with you all here.

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

This is why Jesus came as a babe in the manger. He came to suffer and die. For ME. For YOU. Because of our sin, Christ became a man and died to appease the wrath of the Father. He became the perfect sacrifice for an imperfect people. He took upon Himself the sins of the world, a world that gave Him only hate for His unending love. 

But He did not stay dead. Oh, no, my friends. The true message of Christmas is hope because Christ did not just die. He rose from the dead on the third day and now He sits at the right hand of God. He paid the price of our sin and now offers the free gift of salvation to one and all. In a world growing more and more wicked, we can have true hope because He came and He died; because He lives, and because He saves. What greater joy can there be? 

Hallelujah! The Savior is born!


Before I go, I would like to remind my dear followers of Lianne Taimenlore’s current giveaway. Don’t forget to enter to win your own copy of Jessica‘s new book, Annabeth’s War

Merry Christmas, and God bless us, one and all!

Annabeth’s War – Interview And Giveaway!

Jessica of Safirewriter has published her book, Annabeth’s War, and the whole town is talking of it! I have the great delight to be able to interview her here on my blog. This is one of my first author interviews, and I’m rather excited about it! 

But I need not say any more. Enough of me. Introducing the authoress, Jessica!


First, give me a short description of Annabeth’s War.
With King Harold away at war, Lord Raburn is playing for power, the only one standing in his way. A common girl, named Annabeth.
What gave you the idea to write this story in the first place?
Annabeth is story that developed over time. I don’t think there is any one thing that triggered the story, but rather an accumulation over time, an old plot called The Mask of Marguerite, my passion for swords, and to make a strong heroine who was still feminine and sweet despite her strength.
Who is your favorite minor character and why?
Song Lark, he is a minor character and insists on staying there. Unfortunately there is a lot about Song Lark that never made it to the page partly because he doesn’t really share information about himself and he’s very elusive.
But why is he a favorite? He’s Annabeth’s friend, he’s clever and quick-witted and he plays the lute.
Is the current ending of Annabeth’s War exactly as you imagined it would be when you first began writing the story?
It certainly isn’t, I had a pretty good vision of how the story would go until I had about one third of it down, then one character threw a fit and I had no idea how or when it would end. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride. But I certainly love how it turned out.
Let’s suppose that someone just finished reading Annabeth’s War and laid the book aside. What would you expect or hope his/her reaction to be?
I would hope they would love the characters and walk away with something to take away.
Now let’s switch topics from the enchanting story to the lovely creator. What is your purpose in writing?
To Glorify God, for He is the Author and Finisher of my faith, and He has made the best possible story for me and it writing it with the most loving hand a writer could ask for.
What time of day do you find it the easiest to write?
Whenever the inspiration strikes.
I used to be a really late night owl writer, and I still find it easier to write a night as long as I am not too tired. Though if I am really inspired, morning is a fabulous time to write, and of course we can’t forget the afternoon, if no one is around.
Do you often find what you believe coming through in your writing?
Sometimes I know it does, at other times not so much, the characters can really be dealing with a lot of pressure, and they really come out with what they are feeling and believing.
Every writer struggles with something when it comes to writing, whether it be plot, character development, dialogue, etc. What would you consider your weak point, and how do you plan on perfecting that?
My weak point would probably be my editing, I am not keen on it and find it difficult simply because I know what is supposed to be there and sometimes I pass over things simply because I think  it is there and it really isn’t.
How I plan on perfecting my flaw? Being more careful in my writing, and trying to be a more through reader of my own work.
To wrap up, choose one of the stories you are currently working on (one of your favorites) and give me a taste of it, just enough to make me want to read more. 
Hmm the story I am working on editing right now is Captive of Raven Castle, I’ll give you most of the first chapter…that still needs to be edited. (you asked about my weakspot here I be!) How does that sound?
“Alexandra! Alexandra are you ready yet?” echoed a thundering voice from below.
The dark haired girl looked consciously into the mirror a worried expression crossing her face and shone in her blue eyes. “Judith, are you sure I will be alright?
The nurse laid her hands gently on her charges rich black wavy hair, smoothing it as she placed a delicate crown on her head. “You will be fine. Your father just wants to show you off to the people and the ambassador. See how pretty you are my darling?” she said bestowing a kiss on the pale wan cheek. “They need hope the drought has been too long and the people need something to forget their sorrows and the ambassador needs to meet you to make sure the prince will be happy here. Seeing you will be the perfect cure for all of them. You will give them hope. They will adore you. I promise.”
“But Judith I….”
“You father wants you. You know how he gets when you make him wait.”
Alexandra looked once more in the mirror at her purple dress and white pearl necklace with amethyst pendent, the pearls woven into her dark locks.
“I am just scared to go Judith…the ambassador is so strange and the people so restless I am afraid of what might happen we are so near Raven Castle. What if they should storm the city?”
“Your father has too strong a force with him to be in danger from those men.”
The voice hollered again. Louder this time.
“Oh, wish me luck,” and Alexandra hurried as fast as she dare stopping at the head of the stair, to look at her father waiting impatiently below.
He was a man of noble stature standing in a richly decorated hallway of the castle waiting for her. Tapping his foot, always a bad sign. A jewel encrusted crown sat on his head raven black hair graying at the temples. His silver chainmail glistened with readiness beneath his short sleeved tunic with the royal coat of arms boldly woven there on.
Alexandra took deep breath and began her lady like decent down the long stair case.
He turned to bellow once more then caught sight of his daughter. A smile burst on his countenance.
Alexandra wondered how even when he smiled he didn’t seem handsome. His features were so stern and the set jaw shown even behind well trimmed beard.
“Hello father.” She said stepping down beside him and glancing timidly upward.
“Turn around for me won’t you?”
She turned slowly.
“You look quite lovely my dear, however do you think you will be warm enough? We can’t be too careful of your delicate health.”
“I am quite warm as it is right now, are you sure it won’t rain?”
“We shall have a servant carry your furs just in case you need to wrap up.”
“Do we have to go to see the ambassador? Why can’t he come here like he usually does?”
“The full length likeness of your future husband has just arrived there and there is to be a tournament this afternoon, we shall kill two birds with one stone. We will see the ambassador, decide if we like the portrait enough to be shown to the people and if so bring it to the tournament to show the future king; your noble husband-to-be who will take all the cares of this country off your slight little shoulders that are barely able to carry a crown.”
“Yes Father.” She murmured submissively, with a hidden shiver. There was not much for her future, she wondered if she would ever live past bearing her first child. Hopefully a male heir to inherit the throne she as the queen would leave him.
Alexandra looked down at her reflection in the white marble polished to a perfect shine.
She had always been a weak thing. Her father had been extremely careful of her frail health. Alexandra was never allowed to embroider, play music, or draw more than half an hour at a time lest it weaken her. Reading was forbidden lest her eyes become damaged by straining over the mysterious black and white pages. She was read to, often by her ladies in waiting and her affectionate nursemaid Judith who had been dedicated to her since the childhood.
In a minute he had helped her into the carriage after she had glanced fearfully at the spirited horses that pawed readily at the ground, her father sat beside her. Guards on horses surrounded them as they rode out of the castle gates and through the streets.
Alexandra looked at the people that stopped to gawk at them.
“Smile Alexandra,” whispered her father through clenched teeth that were bearing a grin.
“They don’t look happy,” she said turning to her father and king.
“I know. But if we smile we will bring them hope of a better future.”
Alexandra tried to smile as she looked at the people but they only stared at her blankly.
“I wish I hadn’t come,” she said nearing tears.
“Nonsense, Alexandra,” he murmured his voice bordering on stern.
There was resounding thump as something landed against the carriage. Alexandra jumped.
A second made her scream involuntarily.
“Pick up the pace!” her father shouted and the horses burst into gallop.
Alexandra clung to her father as the carriage jostled, jolted and tossed her about-to afraid to cry. Objects where hurled at the carriage making loud frightening noises. Some splattered, some thudded, a few bounced boldly in the window, and one barely missed hitting her in the head.
Soon they were in the safety of the ambassador’s closed court yard. In a moment she was scooped up in her father’s arms and carried indoors.
He laid her down on a lounge, pale and shivering but tearless. In a few moments the ambassador appeared.
“I am so glad you are here safely.” he said in his funny accent.
“As am I.” replied her father.
Unexpectedly the ambassador came over and kissed Alexandra’s hand. “It is an especial pleasure to see you my dear. You are looking quite lovely even with your dreadful scene. I don’t think I have seen someone who managed to look beautiful while being frightened I must say you have handled it rather well. But come I have something most delightful to show you. You have been waiting for it, for such a long time.” He said pulling her unwillingly to her feet.
She shuffled beside him as he took her arm under his own.
In a few minutes she stood before a veiled frame taller than herself.
“Please take a seat your highness,” he said offering her a chair. “I have for you a masterpiece of fine artwork. Prepare to be most pleasantly surprised with the most handsome prince of Shalburg.” He motioned two attendants to reveal the image. The silk fabric fluttered and shimmered to the ground revealing a young man with dark hair and eyes, most royally dressed in red holding dead bird by its feet, blood streaming off its body, a large hawk resting on his other arm.
Alexandra’s jaw dropped unexpectedly from near horror of the man who stood in front of her.
“Ah, I knew her highness would be most pleased.”
“Is he fond of dead birds?” She managed to utter at last.
“He is a most avid sportsman in any sport that you can name. An excellent hunter, he can bring down anything well from birds to wild boar and wolves. That hawk there is his favorite, It’s name is Kashir, lovely bird it is. You should see it fly through the air. Ah, yes his highness is most well suited for a beautiful princess such as yourself.”
Alexandra looked up at her father seeking his thoughts on the matter. He was smiling. There was no hope. Her destiny was sealed. She would wed the second prince of Shalburg.
“Ah, but I must not forget his gift to you.” And the ambassador pulled out a box inlaid with mother of pearl and placed it before her.
Alexandra’s hands were still trembling from the carriage ride and the portrait… this was just too much. What new horror laid in wait for her? Had he sent her a necklace made of bear teeth?
With a trembling hand she pushed back the lid of the box. A shimmering necklace lay before her. A solid mass of diamonds dazzled her eyes.
Suddenly there was the sound of shattering glass. Her father ran to the window, hand lying on his sword. The dull roar that had gathered had grown near deafening.
“We need to get out of here now. The stupid people don’t know I am trying to do what is good for them.”
“What shall we do?” asked the ambassador dumbfounded.
“They aren’t after you. They are after us. I need you to conduct my daughter safely into your country while I take care of this mob. Take your carriage out the back entrance and I shall distract them with mine. Once she is married there won’t be any more difficulties like this. I promise. Now, Go.”
“Father! What is going on?”
“I said go!”
The ambassador slammed the lid of the inlayed box and shoved it into her hands. Before she knew what was going on. She was  being pushed into a carriage the shades drawn, horses hitched and they were riding out the back gates.
Alexandra shivered as she sat next to the Ambassador. The carriage tossing them about at a dreadful rate. Suddenly Alexandra wanted to laugh as she wondered whether her future husband would have the same funny accent as the Ambassador. She glanced at the man a slight smile on her lips.
“I hope you do not find this amusing my dear?”
“I do not Sir. I was just wondering…” she never had a chance to finish that sentence as the carriage came to a sudden halt flinging them both forward into the opposite seat.
There was the sound of struggle going on with out.
“I am going to see what this is all about,” he said pulling back a curtain.
Instinctively Alexandra ducked below the curtain’s view.
“This is ridiculous they are your father’s guards. I am going to clear this all up.” He fumed as he stepped out of the carriage.
There were voices raised in anger as they talked suddenly a wild cry was raised and the carriage bolted into a gallop tossing Alexandra back into her former seat. Hesitantly she peaked out of the curtain. There was a lone rider urging the horses on.
A rider in plain clothes.
Not one of her father’s men.
Nor one of the ambassador’s men.
He was from Raven Castle.


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