Review on Enchanted, Hero, and Dearest by Alethea Kontis

Dearest (Books of Arilland #4)Dearest by Alethea Kontis

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is more of a short summary of my thoughts on Enchanted, Hero, and Dearest overall.

To begin with, the world-building and characters are very fun, and the storylines promising. However, it goes downhill from there.
What could have been a fun, clean, sweet romance/fairytale, was littered with profanity, crude remarks, nudity, and creepy false gods and faeries. This is NOT a series I will be recommending. In fact, I didn’t even finish Dearest because of the creepy/morbid factor.

If your looking for a fun fairytale/romance that is clean, read some of Melanie Dickerson’s books.
If you like a little more of the darker magic and Faerie realm, read Entwined by Heather Dixon or the Tales of Goldstone Woods by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

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Self-editing…yet another name for torture

I never knew how hard it could be to try to edit your own manuscript…until I tried it myself. Yeesh, what a mess.

It’s like my brain shuts off as soon as I try to read it through-autopilot kicks in and I start skimming.

Thankfully, I’ve found some helpful articles on the process-such as Nadine Brandes’, which can be found here. This other article on how her manuscript becomes a book was also great. (Loved the gif from Emperor’s New Groove. ;))

Still, it’s soooo much easier to have someone else read it and help point out things you may have missed. Speaking of which, I am considering putting together a beta-reader team for Stained Glass. Comment and let me know if this is something you would be interested in.

Btw, I have finally fixed upon a description of the genre it is set in-it is a period novel with a fantasy setting. “What the heck is that?” most of you are probably wondering.

Well, in short, its a fantasy novel, but the only thing that makes it fantasy is the fact that it is not set in this world. No magic, no mythical creatures, nada.

Still trying to come up with a suitable summary, but here’s a quick teaser.

The main character is a girl. She lives in a land named Glass-a sort of cross between England and France in a time period similar to the Georgian Era. It features themes of love, betrayal, self-sacrifice, and standing up for what is right.

Hopefully this has you all chomping at the bit to read it-I know I can’t wait to hear what you all think once it is done!

Hello World!

Hi everyone!

Thanks for checking out my blog.

I thought it would be fitting to have my first official post on my birthday-2/4. So far it’s been pretty great!

Today I finished the first draft of my novel, which is tentatively titled ‘Stained Glass.’ Now I have to go into the editing process-that’s going to take some work for sure.

I am still reading the Tales of Goldstone Woods series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. I am on Moonblood, the third book. So far, my favorite has been the first, Heartless.

Right now, christianbook.com has several of them on sale for 99 cents each. Or you can by the six-pack for 24.99, which roughly works out to around $4 a book. I haven’t sprung for any yet, but I am definitely thinking about it! (thanks to C.B. Cook from Goodreads for alerting me!)

I am compiling a to-read list for releases in 2016:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Sept. 20th, 2016)

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (May 17th, 2016)

A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes (Fall 2016)

Samara’s Peril by Jaye L Knight (May 13th, 2016)

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson (May 17, 2016)

A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson (Feb. 9, 2016)

Light of the Last by Chuck Black (Feb. 16, 2016)

It seems like May is definitely the month for releases. I will be keeping my eye out for all the new books, as I can’t wait to read them!

Art is going pretty well-working on my third portrait. (For those of you who don’t know, I am also an artist along with being a voracious reader and author. 😉 ) I will have to post pictures soon.

Well, thanks for letting me ramble. Adios!