COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY - The Torch Keepers by Hosanna Emily

It's cover reveal time for one of my best friends, Hosanna Emily!

Who's excited to see this cover? *raises both hands*







The King's blue flame quivers as a new fire arises, and Kadira must hold fast to the torch.  It's destiny; she's a torch keeper.

A fiery revolution sweeps across the kingdom of Érkeos, and each person must choose a side.  Kadira, a girl set apart to serve the King, finds her city engulfed in emerald flames.  Her blue eyes mark her as the enemy, and she flees from death.  It stalks her anyway.  When she meets Rekém, the Liberation warrior sent to kill her, she rebels against the King's ways.  Two armies collide; indecision isn't an option.  As hearts and lives hang in the balance, Kadira and Rekém could bring destruction or liberation to the entire kingdom.

It's time for a giveaway!

Click the link below to enter to win a copy of The Torch Keepers!


PROJECT CANVAS Cover Reveal + Blog Tour - interview with contributor Hosanna Emily + Giveaway


(If you'd like to see the cover design process for this cover, make sure to check out my guest post on the Project Canvas blog!)


An international writing community.

61 authors
11 countries
6 continents

Are you looking for advice on how to create the perfect villain? Do you need the courage to put your story down on paper?  Find this and more in Project Canvas, a writing resource written completely by teen and young adult writers and compiled by Caroline Meek and Olivia Rogers.

Project Canvas includes:
71 short chapters, each written by a different author
bonus interviews with authors such as Tessa Emily Hall and Q. Gibson
world building and character development worksheets
and other helpful resources!

“This is a writing teacher’s dream – not a how-to book, but more of a literary testimony and homage to the process of writing.  A sweet balance between the practical and the spiritual, Project Canvas is concise enough for daily meditation, yet robust enough to move the writer’s soul beyond the temporary.” –Brian Dolezal, professional development and spoken word coach at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science

Project Canvas will be available for purchase through Amazon on November 15.

Interview with HOSANNA EMILY

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About Hosanna

Hosanna Emily is an ordinary girl following an extraordinary God. She’s a seeker of beauty in the midst of life, whether through creating emotion through ink on paper, dancing under the stars, using sign language in songs, or offering a hug. As a writer, Hosanna wants to showcase the glory of God to the world while reaching out to love others. She published a novella at age thirteen and continues to write stories and share her heart on her blog, Having a Heart Like His. She lives on a farm in the middle of nowhere with her family of 12.

About the Project Canvas Founders

Caroline and Olivia have been friends ever since kindergarten, when they met in a homeschooling group.  Their writing journey was a slow evolution over the course of many sleepovers, games of pretend, writing stories together, and finally publishing some of them.

Caroline Meek is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Project Canvas. She’s originally from Kansas City, Kansas, where she co-authored The Drawing in of Breath and attended Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences. Caroline has a passion for bringing writers together and is currently studying English & Creative Writing on the Publishing track at the University of Iowa. She’s been published in The Kansas City Star, Ink Lit Mag, Wordsmith, and blogs at Of Stars and Ink-Stained Things.

Olivia Rogers is the co-founder of Project Canvas. She’s originally from the great state of Kansas, where she showed sheep, competitively debated, and also became involved in politics. Olivia believes that writing is the gateway to change. She’s currently studying Political Science and Philosophy at Kansas State University, with the goal of becoming a lawyer and continuing to advocate for others.

Project Canvas Links


Project Canvas is running a Rafflecopter giveaway from November 1-15th! CLICK HERE for a chance to win FREE COPIES of Project Canvas and more.


Hey, here's a writing contest!

Hello, everyone!

I know I haven't been consistent in posting lately. My life is pretty crazy, and I don't have many post ideas. So, I'm not sure where this blog is going to go.


Project Canvas (look out for the book on November 15) is hosting a writing contest for handwritten works!

The deadline for this contest is October 19, and winning is another thing to put in a query or book proposal! For all of the submission guidelines, please check out their website!


ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes Cover Reveal (it's beautiful)

Raise your hand if you're an Anastasia fan.

*Aggressively raises hand*

Actual GIF of me holding Romanov.

Anastasia is my favorite musical of all time, so obviously I was super excited when Nadine announced that her next book is a historical fantasy Anastasia retelling. Seriously, I think I screamed.

Then I screamed again when I got the email with the cover. (I got it when I was waiting for my art history class to start...which is funny because this book cover will definitely go down in art history.)

So...without further ado...let's reveal this cover!


The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.


May 7, 2019

I know, this book needs to take a "Journey to the Past."
(Someone stop please me from making bad Anastasia puns.)

You can preorder the book now, so you can have this book in your hands as soon as May 7 comes around.


The Worth of a King BLOG TOUR - Character Interview with Christa

Princess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born. Since there was no male heir, the crown went to the man who killed him, by Dialcian law. This never bothered her, growing up, and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband, she chooses Prince Delaney, the son of that man, with little hesitation. Only then does her life start crumbling around her.
Adrian expected to live a normal life, taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired. But, on his eighteenth birthday, when the princess’ engagement is announced, his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse, and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throne.
Delaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood. He wants nothing more than to protect Obsidia and his people, but as merely prince, he has little power against his father.
The ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and Queen is nearing its climax, and the three are already caught in it.

Character Interview

Alea: If you could bake only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Christa: It would probably be the cream cake as, apparently, I make the best cream cakes in the world and Adrian would never forgive me if I gave them up.

Alea: Mmm. Now I want cake... :) When you were little, what was your favorite thing to do with your best friend, Adrian?
Christa: Actually, when I was really little, Adrian's younger sister, Lily, was my best friend. It was only after her death in the plague that Adrian and I bonded in our grief. We would explore the forest together - we even found a special meeting place alongside the creek. We've spent so many long hours there, just talking about anything and everything.

Alea: Wow! I'm so sorry about Lily! What is the weirdest present someone has given you?
Christa: Adrian's younger sister gave me a Zovordian knife, once and made me promise to tell no one that she did so. Not particularly out of place for her, but I never figured out why she did it. 

Alea: That is an interesting gift  :) What is your favorite food?  
Christa: Vegetables. 

Alea: Is a surprise birthday party fun or your worst nightmare?
Christa: It's a luxury that I'll probably never get, given that my cream cakes are apparently the best in the village and you cannot celebrate anything without them.

Alea: A wizard and a group of dwarves want you to help them reclaim their dragon-infested mountain. (Yes, this is a Hobbit reference.) What do you do?
Christa: I would go to Adrian's father for advice, as he is Zovordian and the Zovordians have an ancient war with the dragons. 

Alea: What is the most embarrassing baking mistake you've made?
Christa: One time I used sour milk for a cream cake - it didn't come out right at all and was a complete disaster.

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