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Blog Tour: The Princess and I by Rebekah Eddy!! || RELEASE DAY *insert more exclamation marks*

Hey guys! Remember a couple weeks ago, when I posted Cover Reveal: The Princess and I!!?

Well, today is RELEASE DAY!!

To celebrate, here is a general overview of the book, as well as an author interview! (A book review is coming out soon as well!!

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So….let’s start off with the beautiful cover, in case you forgot.

Cover

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Synopsis

Megan is content with her life, despite her parents’ death and her brother Malcolm’s job that keeps him busy at the King’s castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine’s lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.
However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God’s amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

Interview

(so um…I was only allowed 5 questions? So like, y’all have to check out the other interviews to find out other things? Like Rebekah didn’t make stalking The Princess and I easy? Like what is this world?)

Me: What inspired you to write The Princess and I? Did you have any particular stories that you pulled from?
Rebekah: My love of all things Medieval. I’ve always loved the old fairy tales with princes and princesses, kings and queens, and knights and ladies. There wasn’t any story in particular that I pulled from, but I did draw a lot from the old stories in general as well as Medieval history. 🙂

Me: What were some of the challenges you faced while writing? What got you through them?
Rebekah: I see what you’re doing…you’re sneaking extra questions in, aren’t you? 😛 Well, I’ll let it go THIS time.
Ahem.
Some of the challenges I faced while writing included technical issues, writer’s block, procrastination (hey, it happens to the best of us ;), and lack of inspiration. What got me through them? Well, having a dad that computers love helped for the technical stuff. For the writer’s block I worked on another story briefly and talked to myself in the shower until I came up with a new scene. ;P When I procrastinated, well, that was my own fault and I just had to make myself sit down behind my computer and WRITE. The lack of inspiration caused me to take a step back and take a break for a couple days while I listened to music, scrolled through Pinterest, and read some books. And BOOM I was inspired again. 😉

Me: Is there a section that you’re particularly fond of? Can you share? 🙂
Rebekah: Well, so the scene that’s my FAVORITE contains the biggest plot spoiler in the entire book. So, no, I can’t share that one with you. 😉 I really loved the whole ending of my book too…but again, spoilers. Guess you’ll just have to buy my book. 😛

Me: What’s your favorite/ideal writing setting? Any drinks/food/people/music that you need?
Rebekah: A quiet, sunlit room, sitting in the corner of our couch, on my bed, or at my desk. A mug of something hot nearby, and maybe some fruit or crackers on a plate. Preferably no people (I’m very social, so having people nearby would seriously distract me) and no internet access (because…procrastination. ‘Nough said.) I’d definitely have music going as long as it doesn’t have and singing in it. Preferably movie soundtrack.

About the Authorauthor-rebekah-eddy

Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.
She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.
This eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.

Contact

Blog link: http://4rmeddy.blogspot.com/
Google+ link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101959924522864159924
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14228138.Rebekah_Eddy
Pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/4rmeddy/


So, there’s that! Go check out Rebekah’s blog (up above) for the rest of the blog tour/release day party stuffs, and look for a review for The Princess and I coming soon!

Cover Reveal: The Princess and I!!

So, as you may or not have read in the title, today, I’m revealing the cover for Rebekah’s new novel, The Princess and I!! This is my first cover reveal, and I’m SO EXCITED!

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Ready?

Ready?

Well….here it is!

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*cue oohing and aahing*

Isn’t it PWETTY??!

The Princess and I will be released March 3rd, 2017!

Synopsis:

Megan is content with her life, despite her parents’ death and her brother Malcolm’s job that keeps him busy at the King’s castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine’s lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.

However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God’s amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

About the Author:

author-rebekah-eddyRebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.

She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.

This eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.


To find out more, check out Rebekah’s blogs here:

4rmeddy.blogspot.com (her personal blog)
simplystories4.blogspot.com (snippets and stuff)

Are you excited about The Princess and I? Isn’t the cover SO PRETTY??!

Book Review: Princess Academy

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Princess Academy,  a book by Shannon Hale, is a book that I read for the Fantasy Reading Challenge that I’m participating in, (Yes, it was in February) is a book that I stole from In the Bookcase’s TBR List. Although I didn’t participate in the challenge’s second half, I still wanted to review this book because it was so awesome.

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In a tiny mountain town in a territory unworthy even to be called a province in Danland, workers mine linder, a stone so precious that it is the only rock that can be used in the king’s palace. It is here that Miri, a motherless, friendless girl lives with her father and sister. Although everyone else works in the quarry, Miri is not allowed to set foor in the quarry at all.

One day, out of the blue, and important messenger arrives from the lowlands with a startling message: This little town has been chosen as the home of the prince’s future bride. All girls of eligible age must attend a finishing school in preparation for the prince’s choice of bride.

As all the girls start school under the watchful eye of Tutor Olana, who often doles out frequent and often unfair punishments, Miri faces the competition of girls she has never called friends and her conflicting desires to stay on the mountain with Peder, a boy that calls her his “best friend”, or to go to the lowlands to marry the prince.

However, Miri has her own secrets.She is learning, something other than the Reading, Danlander History,  Diplomacy, and other courses in the school. Since she was never allowed into the quarry, she had never learned this art, the art which all the quarry-workers knew. However, with practice, she learns this skill, and it is with this skill that starts to bind her close to the other girls. It is with this skill that allows her to communicate. It is with this skill that she employs when her class runs in the peril.

This was an incredibly well written, well-put-together, spell binding, and beautiful book. If I had a word to describe it, it would be enchanting. And no, that’s not because it’s a princess book. In fact, Princess Academy is about as far of a princess book that I have ever read. It defies the standard prince, ball, ball gown, magic everywhere, happily-ever-after type fantasy story. In the beginning of the book, when it said that Miri was not allowed into the quarry, I surmised that it was going to be a Sleeping Beauty cliche-y type fairytale retelling. However, this book surpassed all my expectations, performing plot twists and unexpected endings that defied all my expectations.

This book seems to cover everything, from Miri’s striving to become accepted, to her earnest desire to work in the quarry with the other townspeople, to her attraction to Peder, this book passes over all the normal princess stuff for a much deeper, more intricately woven story.

Having accidentally gotten a little spoiler from GoodReads, I presumed I knew what was going to happen. However, the plot twists so intricately woven into the storyline made the ending so exponentially different from what I had expected, which was incredibly gratifying. I especially appreciate the ending, the way all the loose endings, even down to minute details were tied up. I love how reconciliation came about, I love how truth prevails in the end, and I love how (this is probably the most cliche part of the entire book) family and friends are always better than any material possessions.

Although I have never considered myself to be a fantasy reader, preferring to read historical fiction and mysteries, this book has captured my interest and leads me to want to read the rest of the books in the trilogy, as well as other books in the fantasy genre.

RockandMinerals4Him rating- 10/10 (if there are pluses, then I’d give those too).

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Book Review: Snow Treasure

Book Review: Snow Treasure

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Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan, is one of my all-time favorite books. (Never mind the fact that my all-time favorite book list is like 100+ books long) :P. A tale of courage, resourcefulness, and danger, this historical fiction book is a wonderful book to read. Although the characters and the places in the book are fictitious, the book is based on a true story. The main character, Peter, is a thirteen year old boy who lives in Norway around 1940. The Nazis are about to invade their peaceful country and there is a very large amount of gold stored in their little village. Peter’s uncle and father, as well as a few other men, decide that rather than letting the Germans get the gold (and then using against them!), they would try to get the gold unto Peter’s uncle’s ship, which he would then sail to America to keep safe until the war ended. However, adults lugging sleds down a mountain (past the Nazi camp) would attract attention. They instead chose to appoint the children to sled the gold down the mountain. The plan seemed to work…..for a while. After the children have been sledding the gold down the mountain (a distance of around 8 miles in the book, which was actually closer to 15 miles in real life) for a few weeks, the German commander decrees that the children had to return to school. The people of the village come up with a solution that bypassed the decree, and the gold kept flying down the hill, in around 75 pound increments. On their last day down the hill, they were discovered by a Nazi!

I really loved this adventure story. I “had to” read this book around 3 years ago for school, and I’ve always kept rereading it ever since. The plot line is really really intriguing, and the plot twists are super unpredictable. Although it is a really short book (around 200 pages), it is really action-packed and fun to read.

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