Thursday, August 19, 2021

Guest Post: Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and Silence the Siren

 

Today I have a special guest post by author Michele Israel Harper in celebration of the release of her newest book, Silence the Siren! Michele is awesome, by the way. I've talked to her a couple of times at Realm Makers and was so disappointed that she wasn't there this year. I haven't had a chance to read her Beast Hunters series yet, but I loved her Zombie Takeover book.

Guest Post

Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog today, Jaye! I am so honored to be here.

So it’s no secret that the latest book in my Beast Hunters series, Silence the Siren, is a light reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid.

I mentioned this in an earlier blog post on the tour (so I will only restate it briefly!), but I was raised on the Disney version of fairy tales. When I first read Andersen’s Little Mermaid, I threw my Kindle across the room.

(I mean, she didn’t get the prince, she died, and she turned into sea foam? Why, Hans, why?)

But that first read stuck with me so hard.

It kept circling in my head, the little mermaid’s sacrificial love and giving up what she wanted so the prince, and his new bride, could be happy.

Such different fare than my usual happily-ever-after must-reads.

Andersen loved his morals, loved telling his stories to children with an admonition to “be good” and to care for their eternal soul—a strong theme in his Little Mermaid tale—so different from the (dare I say it?) more selfish “I just have to wish hard enough and all my dreams will come true” stories I was raised on.

Don’t get me wrong. I adore those stories and absolutely think they have their place.

But this theme of sacrifice, of not always getting what you want, no matter how hard you work for it/wish for it—is this completely valid too?

I’ve struggled with it, wrestled with it, and finally had to write a story about it.

Now, I absolutely admit that I couldn’t do to my characters what Andersen did to his, but I played with the themes of love and sacrifice and happily ever after—and my characters explore what happens when things don’t quite go as planned.

Lest you think the story is a downer, let me assure you it isn’t! Silence the Siren is a high-seas adventure with pirates, sirens, swashbuckling, and heart, with just the slightest bit of sweet romance. (I grew up on HEAs, remember?)

But I had to explore self-sacrifice and putting others before one’s self.

I pray you enjoy the tale that was born out of that moment of throwing my Kindle!

Postscript!

Fun fact: There are quotes from the original story in both English and French throughout the book!

The Little Mermaid was first published in Danish in 1837, then translated into English in 1845. I wanted to use quotes from the original English version, but using stories in the public domain can be tricky. I had to find the original English version, pull five quotes (it was so hard to pick just five!), then translate them into French (oh my gosh, the tenses).

Those five measly little quotes took me two weeks to get just right. I don’t trust Google translate, so I had my French dictionaries spread around me, had three different French versions of the tale (and oh my word, each were significantly different), and conferred with a few of my French-speaking or French-nationality friends to get the phrasing just right.

So there you have it! I sweat blood and tears over those translations, friends. I hope you love them! (And any mistakes that got past those who knew what they were talking about were entirely my fault.)

Thank you, Jaye, for letting me ramble on about my story today! You are just the sweetest.

Michele

About the Book

Huntress Ro LeFèvre is hired to hunt the sirens who have been sinking the king of
Angleterre’s ships, and in turn, vast amounts of his wealth. All who have gone before her
have failed.

Fleeing heartbreak, Ro gladly accepts, but there’s just one problem. The king will credit the
Marquis de la Valère, and no other women are allowed on the voyage.

Ro will just see about that. Hiring an all-female pirate crew without the king’s knowledge,
Ro hopes they will follow her to the Caribbean, not take the gold and flee.

But when Ro is plunged deep into the ocean by the siren she’s being paid to kill, presented
the sirens’ side of the story at knife point, and pressed to join them or die, Ro must decide
whether to complete her mission, join the sirens, or something in between.

Before the sirens sink the ship full of men above.

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About the Author

Michele Israel Harper spends her days as an acquisitions editor for L2L2 Publishing and her nights spinning her own tales. Sleep? Sometimes . . . She has her Bachelor of Arts in
history, is slightly obsessed with all things French—including Jeanne d’Arc and La Belle et la Bête—and loves curling up with a good book more than just about anything else.

Author of nine published novels as well as an award-winning freelance editor in her spare time, Michele prays her involvement in writing, editing, and publishing creates many enjoyable books in the years to come. Visit www.micheleisraelharper.com to keep in touch or sign up for her newsletter.





Giveaway!

Michele is giving away a fun Silence the Siren prize pack! You can enter the giveaway by following this link: https://kingsumo.com/g/2owetc/silence-the-siren-newsletter-giveaway

Tour Schedule

• Monday, August 16th, “Be Our Guest Post: Michele Israel Harper” Cathrine Bonham, https://cobonham.com

• Tuesday, August 17th, “Random Interview with Author Michele Israel Harper” H.L. Burke,

• Wednesday, August 18th, “Review of Silence the Siren” Kelly Bridgewater, https://kellybridgewater.blogspot.com

• Thursday, August 19th, “Guest Post: Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and Silence the Siren” Jaye L. Knight, https://www.blog.jayelknight.com

• Friday, August 20th, “A Visual Sneak Peek of the Characters in Silence the Siren” Laura A. Grace,

Saturday, April 10, 2021

GOLGOTHA Blog Tour - Spotlight

Remember the cool cover reveal I did a couple weeks for Angela R. Watts' book? Well, the book is now available and I, for one, I'm very much looking forward to reading it when I get the chance. :)

About the Book


Four unlikely companions must band together to escape the Realm of Bones and save their kingdom from a reign of darkness.


Prince Moray will lead his empire to glory, even if it means dabbling with forbidden black magic. But when their parents are murdered, Moray and his brother, Finnigan, are cast into Golgotha—a realm where hope is dead. Finnigan fiercely believes his god, Elohai, will rescue them, but Moray will never trust again.


Princess Ama, promised in marriage to Moray to ensure her clan’s safety from rival tribes, arrives just before a coup and becomes trapped in Golgotha with the smart-mouthed mercenary, Gunnar. Surrounded by strange monsters and ravenous demons, Ama must fight to hold on to her faith—or lose everything.


Despite Ama’s Gift of prophetic dreams, Finnigan’s Gift of energy, Moray’s magic, and Gunnar’s blades, nothing can rescue them from themselves. If they fail to escape, darkness will devour the entire kingdom.


Shadow and Bone meets Mark of the Raven in this epic for fans of faith-based young adult fantasy.


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About the Author


Angela is the bestselling author of The Infidel Books. She lives at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, where she raises horses, dogs, cats, and snails. She’s been writing stories since she was little, and when she's not writing, she's probably drawing or working with her amazing clients.

Website: angelarwatts.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaRWattsauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelarwattsauthor/

Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/v7y6r0

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeculiarAngela



Giveaway!

One winner will receive a signed paperback copy of GOLGOTHA, along with a bookmark, and a GOLGOTHA map.


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Tour Schedule


April 8th

Nathan Renfroe | Spotlight

Joshua Reid | Review

Merie Shen | Review


April 9th

Laura A. Grace | Author Interview

Emily Seaver | Guest Post


April 10th - Release Day

Stephen Howard | Author Interview

Jaye L. Knight | Spotlight

Michaela Bush | Author Interview


April 11th

Ian Wilson | Author Interview

Nicole Dust | Spotlight

Madisyn Zeller | Spotlight


April 12th

Hannah Gaudette | Guest Post

Lacie Ryder | Spotlight

Yakira Goldsberry | Spotlight



Saturday, March 27, 2021

Golgotha Cover Reveal

 Today I'm participating in the cover reveal for Golgotha by Angela R. Watts! Doesn't it look EPIC?! 


Four unlikely companions must band together to escape the Realm of Bones and save their kingdom from a reign of darkness.

Prince Moray will lead his empire to glory, even if it means dabbling with forbidden black magic. But when their parents are murdered, Moray and his brother, Finnigan, are cast into Golgotha—a realm where hope is dead. Finnigan fiercely believes his god, Elohai, will rescue them, but Moray will never trust again.

Princess Ama, promised in marriage to Moray to ensure her clan’s safety from rival tribes, arrives just before a coup and becomes trapped in Golgotha with the smart-mouthed mercenary, Gunnar. Surrounded by strange monsters and ravenous demons, Ama must fight to hold on to her faith—or lose everything.

Despite Ama’s Gift of prophetic dreams, Finnigan’s Gift of energy, Moray’s magic, and Gunnar’s blades, nothing can rescue them from themselves. If they fail to escape, darkness will devour the entire kingdom.

Shadow and Bone meets Mark of the Raven in this epic for fans of faith-based young adult fantasy.

Monday, January 25, 2021

The King's Scrolls Audiobook

 I have a bit of exciting news to share this morning. The King's Scrolls audiobook is now available! You can get it on Audible and should be able to find it on iTunes as well. Make sure to share the news with your friends, especially those who enjoy audiobooks!



Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Acktorek: The Void Blog Tour + Giveaway!

 


My good friend, Morgan Huneke, has released her new book into the wild! Make sure you check it out and the other stops on her blog tour this week. And don't forget to enter the giveaway!

About the Book

Which would you choose—save your sister or save the world?

Emma Edsel’s first priority has always been protecting her blind sister Carla. So when Carla begins to develop science-defying abilities that threaten her life, Emma will stop at nothing to save her. With nowhere else to turn, she seeks help from Mitchell, the new boy at school who seems to know much more about it than he will admit.

After his last mission went horribly awry, Mitchell Banks is relieved to have a simple task: seal a small, accidental portal between Earth and other worlds in the multiverse. He didn’t count on his growing feelings for Emma—and the dangerous levels of dimension energy contaminating Carla.

Carla knows the voice in her head is evil. Manipulative. Feeding her with a strange energy she can control. She doesn’t know that she is the key to a coming global catastrophe and Mitchell’s boss will use any means possible to prevent it…including blackmailing him into murdering her.

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About the Author

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke fell in love with sci-fi and fantasy at age seven when she first read A Wrinkle in Time and The Chronicles of Narnia. In the time since, she’s spent an inordinate amount of time exploring new realms and bygone eras through countless books, movies, and TV shows. She also spends a great deal of time talking to her imaginary friends and writing down their stories in books such as the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and Twisted Dreams, a sci-fi/fantasy Sleeping Beauty novella. On the occasion she remembers she lives in Georgia in the 21st century, she can be found working at the local library, playing and teaching violin and piano, singing along to Disney and Broadway soundtracks, making casseroles while blaring Casting Crowns, sewing her own clothes, turning pirouettes in the kitchen, and volunteering for political campaigns. 

Giveaway

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Acktorek Cover Reveal

 Today my good friend, Morgan Huneke, is revealing the cover of the first book in her new series! I've started reading it, and it's REALLY good. You can find all the info below. Make sure you add this one to your reading lists!


*****Coming October 26!*****

 Which would you choose—save your sister or save the world?

 Emma Edsel’s first priority has always been protecting her blind sister Carla. So when Carla begins to develop science-defying abilities that threaten her life, Emma will stop at nothing to save her. With nowhere else to turn, she seeks help from Mitchell, the new boy at school who seems to know much more about it than he will admit.

 After his last mission went horribly awry, Mitchell Banks is relieved to have a simple task: seal a small, accidental portal between Earth and other worlds in the multiverse. He didn’t count on his growing feelings for Emma—and the dangerous levels of dimension energy contaminating Carla.

 Carla knows the voice in her head is evil. Manipulative. Feeding her with a strange energy she can control. She doesn’t know that she is the key to a coming global catastrophe and Mitchell’s boss will use any means possible to prevent it…including blackmailing him into murdering her.

 Preorder Link: https://amzn.to/2F4LyFc

 Add to Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3lNHie2


Monday, November 25, 2019

Resistance Audiobook Blog Tour Wrap-Up + Holiday Sales


So, technically, this post should have been up on Saturday. Oops. In my defense, I was not feeling well on Friday when I should have written it and I was gone on Saturday for my twin nephews' belated birthday party. SO. MUCH. CUTENESS. Ahem, anyway, here's a little wrap-up of the audiobook blog tour. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the tour and helped promote the audiobook on social media last week!

Spotlights
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
Elrich's Expressions
Read Write Breathe
The Music of a Story
Backing Books
Written Rest
Tricia Mingerink
Perfectly Quirky in Every Way

Author Interviews
Jenna Terese
Author E.E. Rawls
Allison Grace Writes

Narrator Interview
Liv K. Fisher

Giveaway Winners!
Congratulations to The Princess of Dol Amroth, Amanda G. and E. Rawls! I will be contacting you by email with the code for your audiobook download.

If anyone missed out on the tour, you can still find the Resistance audiobook on Audible and iTunes!


For those of you who may be wondering, Lance and I will begin working on The King's Scrolls audiobook in the next month or so! Just as soon as Lance finishes up his current projects. :)


Thanksgiving is coming up this week. I'm going to spend it with the rest of my family at my brother's house surrounded by my four little nephews and niece. <3 Thanksgiving also means lots of sales either started or about to start. Below you will find the sales I have to offer or are participating in.




I also have 20% off on these Etsy shops all this week through Cyber Monday: Nerd Cat Creations, Just the Write Place, and Blue Jay Shoppe.