Pixies In The Mist & Giveaway By Rasta Musick

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Blurb:

Kenneth had been assigned to Japan by the pixie queen years ago, which is just enough time for a pixie to get bored and complacent while keeping tabs on the local talent.

Most humans had no magic, and most magical humans didn’t know it was their power that made their food taste better, their paintings more vibrant, or people like them more.

When the two met, the spark in Jake gave Kenneth’s role a new urgency. Jake didn’t just have magic, he had a wild and unpredictable kind seen only once in a generation.

How could Kenneth keep Jake’s magic from falling into enemy hands? Kill him? Recruit him? Somehow keep him ignorant?

Jake’s magic had quietly led him to Japan, subtly influencing every choice in his life. That something special Jake had been waiting for was about to happen, ensuring his and Kenneth’s lives would never be boring again.

Giveaway Info:

Rasta Musick will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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About The Author:

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Rasta Musick spent the first 12 years of his life in California before moving to Japan with his family.

After graduating from college with a Bachelor’s in economics at the age of 16, he spent the years after learning Japanese and working. Having spent more than half his life in Japan, he’s confident that it’s his home.

With many different hobbies, chief of them being Latin dance, he keeps himself physically active as well as mentally active as much as he can.

The Latin dance community in Japan is alive and, surprisingly, quite large.

Rasta has lupus and hereditary coproporphyria. Given their complicated nature, he’s had to learn a lot to adapt and manage them.

The process also taught him a lot about managing other aspects of his life, and all of this influences his writing.

 Author page: https://cinnabarmoth.com/rasta-musick/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RastaMusick

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Pixies-Mist-Rasta-Musick/dp/1953971180/ref=sr_1_1

BN:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pixies-in-the-mist-rasta-musick/1139878846

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1095165

The Magic Of Music: Guest Post By C.O. Bonham

The Magic of Music:
The power of music and the soundtrack of Runaway Lyrics


Music is the closest thing to magic we can wield in this world.

Think about what music does. It moves our emotions. Music can force the happiest man to shed a tear. It makes the brave feel fear.

With music the scared feel calm. The sad are uplifted. Music can paint a picture in the mind’s eye. It can inspire. It can create worlds we can only dream of.

So when I started writing a musical magic system, I knew I was going to need a fantastic playlist.


Once I knew that my main characters favored the violin over other instruments, I thought of Lindsey Stirling.

Her modern take on violin music has the perfect amount of magic and wonder. 

For Runaway Lyrics, I listened to Lindsey Stirling. If you’ve never heard of her go google her right now. I picked out one of her songs for each of the major musical moments in the book.


Only two of the major music moments are music other than Lindsey Stirling. They reference other stories that have been adapted to the musical format of either opera or ballet.


The sound track:
 I have a YouTube playlist of music videos that correspond to specific parts of the book:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK8DRS5lDIJblN566s384zlEvkYpw9zxY


· Opening: “Endgame of Thrones”

This song emphasizes the odds that the sisters find themselves at. Each with different goals and different dreams.·

The song Rose plays in chapter five to control the storm is “Take Flight.”· The song Snow plays in the solarium during the hunter’s attack is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’’ by William Shakespeare.

(In the book I call it an opera, but I write better to Instrumental than sung, so I used the ballet version on the playlist.)·

The song that Snow plays to freeze the Fae Slavers in the forest is “The Little Match Girl’’ by Hans Christian Andersen. The Song of Shattered Sight is “Shatter Me.”

Obviously.· During the lighthouse scene with the kraken, listen to “Master of Tides.”· “Zelda Medley” is in the forest when Snow and Bayare get cornered by Grand Wizard Arken.

I needed a lot of distinct tones, so a medley worked for this. (Can you tell when the forest fire starts?)· 

The song of Entropy is “Elements.”· The epic fight against Arken is “Dragon Age.”·

Epilogue music is “Kingdom Hearts.”· “What you’re made of,” is inspiring and serves as an ending credits song.· The last video on the playlist is just Amazing Violin Music that I used while writing.


If you listen to the playlist, or if you don’t, I hope you enjoyed learning about the musical inspiration for the novel. Writing each scene was easier when I knew what the music sounded like.


Were you already a Lindsey Stirling fan? If not, I hope you give her a listen. What kind of music do you like? 

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Snow loves music.

She has spent her entire life learning new instruments and memorizing new pieces, only to while away her life in a country manor with only her mother and twin sister as company.

If only she could get out on her own and play in front of a real audience.

Rose loves magic.

The things she can do with music would amaze her twin sister, but whenever she shows her, Snow quickly forgets as if the event had never happened.

If only Rose could get out on her own and work some real magic.

When an airship crashes near their home, Snow’s magical abilities awaken. Together the sisters must learn to use their magic, rescue a pair of cursed princes, and discover their own secrets.

Discover the magic of music in this retelling of Snow White and Rose Red.

Interview With Author Kendra E. Ardnek

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By way of introduction, here is Kendra E. Ardnek’s bio:

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales.

She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her.

When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.

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Hello, Kendra, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

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When did the writing bug ensnare you? 

I always knew that the written word was my destiny (I share a birthday with two famous authors), and I’ve been making up stories since I understood the concept

I wasn’t serious until I was eleven or so and decided to rewrite my own movie version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

Anywhere and everywhere. The characters of this book are all based on those of Jane Austen’s work, but I have one in another project that literally developed out a skirt. She’s a Dragon Fairy. 

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What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work? 

Getting to connect with readers who fall in love with my characters and worlds just as much as I am.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Take your time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your story. Each word you write will get better. Focus on loving your stories, not writing a masterpiece. 

What are your favorite books?

Ella Enchanted, That Hideous Strength, The Ilyon Chronicles, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lunar Chronicles, Emma, Elven Alliance, The Four Kingdoms, and lots more. I like a lot of books.

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If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?

The problem with this question is that my brain immediately goes to the Inklings and its ultimate implosion. Honestly, the groups I have are amazing and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

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A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie, and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?

Probably be a villager or a servant or some such. Though I would really want to play the Mistress. 

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

I’ve been in the publishing scene for ten years now, and it’s a constantly evolving process.

But the timeless guidelines are—Keep your book visible (don’t worry about being the annoying author who always talks about her own books. (SHOW THOSE BABIES OFF.)

Have a great cover and be able to pitch your book in a single sentence (I highly recommend Finding the Core of Your Story by Jordan Smith to learn how to do this).

Create a community for your readers and promote a fandom. Word of mouth is the most powerful tool, and people love a club. 

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

https://kendraeardnek.weebly.com

knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com

Where can we find your books?

On Amazon!

Thank you, Kendra, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!

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Kendra’s Featured Book

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Book Blurb:

After their father’s death, and thanks to their older half-brother’s wanderlust, two sisters find themselves caught in the politics of a mysterious forest.

Elinrose finds herself in direct conflict with the wood’s Mistress, while Snowmari hides a deadly secret that could mean her death if found out.

Can their bonds of sisterhood withstand these trying times? Or will they even make it out alive?

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Interview With Author Katherine Monroe

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By way of introduction, here is Katherine Monroe’s bio:

A native of Poland, Katherine Monroe, is an artistic soul who enjoys learning foreign languages and writing stories in various genres, with flavors from many cultures (especially East Asia).

Hello, Katherine, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

When did the writing bug ensnare you?

I think it was when I was between 10 and 12 years old. My family and I were on vacation with my uncle, when my younger sister and I made a contest with him to write the best short horror story – it was then I thought about being a writer in the future.

Is writing your full-time profession?

Unfortunately, no, I’m just beginning my journey. I can’t pay my bills with money from books yet, so I have to work in other fields as well.

How long have you been writing?

I started as a 10-year-old, so I have been writing for 20 years, of course with some hiatus along the way since my teens to late twenties.

Have you won any literary awards?

I won 2nd place in a popularity contest on Fictionate.me, the main platform I publish on, with my thriller novel Blossom Tears.

How many published books have you written?

Six novels, counting in the three parts of my series Light & Darkness. Another two are in the making 🙂

Which genres do you write?

Mostly Fantasy/Romance, but I wrote two novels from the Thriller/Crime/Suspense genres.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

Thriller is the most challenging since I rarely write in this genre because it’s hard to write a good thriller suspense story. Fantasy is quite easy for me because it lets me freely use my imagination.

What are you working on now?

I will be writing Light & Darkness: Book 4 and currently I am writing a Fantasy/Romance novel called Love of the Snow-White Fox.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

In a lot of places: music, movies, other books, sometimes all around me, while meeting various people.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

Every positive comment, where people say they loved the story, is rewarding, showing me I should keep on writing because my novels can make others happy.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Never give up, especially if writing is something you love to do, read a lot, learn from others to improve your writing, look for inspiration everywhere: from various cultures to everyday life, you never know where you’ll find a great book idea.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I just want them to know I appreciate every opinion and hope that my novels are making them happy.

What message are you sharing in your books?

Most of my books contain a “love can change the world” idea, so I wish my readers would regain hope in the strength of love, since I believe in it with all my heart.

What are your favorite books?

I love Stephen King’s works, also Anne Rice and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Overall horror books are my favorite, mostly in vampiric themes. I also like period romances like Jane Austen’s books.

If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?

Anne Rice for sure, Bram Stoker and Jane Austen for sure 🙂

Also, Stephen King, of course. And many more I don’t remember right now.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

I think maybe Japanese anime. Many of my fantasy novels have elements of it. Korean detective dramas definitely inspired my thriller’s.

When you’re not writing, where can we find you?.

Anywhere there is good music, peace and nature.

A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie, and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?

Hmm, that’s a hard question, but maybe as a passerby? I don’t want any big role, to be honest 🙂

An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do?

I would definitely ask if he needed any help, also about his tattoo, and maybe I would also give him some hot tea with honey.

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

Just promoting on social media, I guess. Although I’m not the best at marketing 🙂

But for sure, a pretty graphic or video about your novel is always eye-catching.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Yes, on Facebook you can find me as Katherine Monroe, which is my pen name, facebook.com/KatherineMonroePL . I also have an active Instagram as eastasiaaddict_pl

Where can we find your books?

Most of them are on Fictionate.me or Dreame platform.

I also have some on reading apps like Readict, GoodNovel, OnReading, Libri & Bravonovel.

More info can be found on my Facebook’s author page: facebook.com/KatherineMonroePL

Book Links:

Love of the Snow White Fox (Fantasy/Romance): http://fictionate.me/…/6CC28753-66A8-463B-A5F9...
The Scarlet Angels (Supernatural/Thriller/Psychological):
fictionate.me/books/4AA26379-BA2F-427B-BEB2-5D6982A01CAF
Blossom Tears (Suspense/Thriller/Crime):
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Black Roses (Paranormal/Romance):
fictionate.me/books/659E3E83-7E05-4384-B183-3EA585146E24
Moonlight Waltz (Fantasy/Romance/Adventure):
dreame.com/novel/41RMVRIGEjiifqx6Du%2FVLQ%3D%3D.html
Scarlet Rose (Fantasy/Romance/Vampire):
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(For Dreame: Better copy+paste the link instead of just clicking, it may redirect you to the Dreame home page)

Light & Darkness series:

Book 1: fictionate.me/books/C04685C6-EE28-4EC4-8E38-24FE46D993BA
Book 2: fictionate.me/books/7542FA3D-4629-4EA7-81AE-E076D78E6D2D
Book 3 : fictionate.me/books/7A12E281-648D-4F1E-BC5A-04EF27B853EF

Thank you, Katherine, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!

Katherine Monroe’s Featured Book: Available September 1, 2021

Book Link: fictionate.me/books/6CC28753-66A8-463B-A5F9-264F62685BA6

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/219063840083721

Book Description:

Soo Jung is a gumiho – a Korean nine-tailed fox spirit – but also one of her kind, with a fur as white as snow.

After being saved by a human, she walks down from the mountain, turning into her human form, but soon tragic events occur and Soo Jung escapes to the mountains and falls asleep for a long time, not intending to wake up.

However, one day she is awoken by a dream about a man who resembles her long lost love. Soo Jung goes down from the mountain once again. She soon discovers the world has drastically changed and tries to fit in, while searching for the man from her dream.

Coming Soon: The Next Best Cupcake By Rebecca Greene

Available April 2021!

Get ready for some messy baking fun!

The Next Best Cupcake is about a boy named Dylan who is diagnosed with a tree nut allergy. Dylan loves cupcakes more than anything!

But one day, Dylan eats a cupcake with pecans, and has an allergic reaction. He is told by his doctor that he now has a tree nut allergy and he can no longer eat his favorite bakery cupcakes. What will Dylan do?

He decides to face this challenge with determination and resilience and takes on the challenge of baking his own allergy-safe cupcakes at home that get his classmates cheering.

Special features of this book include a discussion guide with conversation starters to spark meaningful discussions and an original, top 8 allergen-safe cupcake recipe that kids can bake at home.

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Book Excerpt:

“Your Grace,” they all heard Grace say, “Your wonderful sister has returned.” 

Aria could almost hear the smile in her voice. 

“I see that,” the young man at the front of the room said. His voice was deep and gravely. Aria found it a little scary, if she was honest. 

“And why is it that my sister returns days later than expected,” he asked. Aria could hear him getting up, his chair scraping the floor. 

“Unforeseen complications, Your Grace,” Grace said. Aria was sure that she was smiling now. She could hear him coming down the steps towards them.

She decided to look up. 

He walked towards Grace. When he was standing in front of her, he reached down and offered her his hand. She grasped it, and he pulled her up. And to Aria’s surprise, he hugged her.

Grace wrapped her hands around his neck while he placed one hand on her back and the other on her head. He kissed her cheek before letting her go. 

“Are you okay? Did everything go smoothly,” he asked in a quiet voice.

“Yeah, it was fine,” Grace said. 

He nodded and finally looked past her to the group of people kneeling in the center of the room. 

His eyes landed on Aria’s first. She dropped hers to the ground a second later. 

She heard him take a few steps towards her. He stopped right in front of her. She decided not to look up.

He stood there for a few moments before moving on, walking around the group in a circle. When he was in front of Aria again, he spoke up.

“What the hell is this,” he asked.

Still, Aria didn’t look up. She was pretty sure no one else did, either. 

“I said the exact same thing,” Grace said, joining the king at the front of the group. 

“They’re a bunch of children,” he said, with a little edge to his voice. “Look at them. Not a single one of them can be over the age of twenty. These are the people that the Terra just had to get rid of? As if they’re some great threat,” he said. 

“Apparently,” Grace said. 

“How have they survived? They’re practically skin and bones,” he said like this was some sort of trick. Aria could feel anger replacing her fear. “And you couldn’t have soaked them in some water before bringing them here? They’re absolutely filthy,” he said. 

Aria could feel herself getting tense. Her knee was starting to ache, but she didn’t dare look up. Not just yet. 

“This is their leader,” Grace said.

The king took a step towards Aria. He put a hand on her chin and pushed her head up, making her finally lift her eyes from the ground. 

“Aria…” he said, sounding her name out. “Aria from under the ground. Rise,” he said. 

She stood up; she wasn’t sure how. Her legs felt like jelly. Being closed off in this room, with nowhere to run, made her feel like she was back in that tiny dirt room, trapped. 

He studied her face for a few minutes. 

She felt her cheeks flame under his scrutinizing gaze, aware of how dirty she was. 

“Tell me, Aria, from under the ground, how has such a little girl managed to survive all this time? How has a child convinced brutal warriors not to kill her and her friends? How have you caused so much trouble for the Terra that they would be desperate to be rid of you?”

Something about his tone and the mockery in his eye made Aria angrier than she’d ever been. 

“I don’t know…but perhaps you will find out,” she said before she could stop herself. 

But the king only smirked. 

“Perhaps I will,” he said.

About The Author:

Adrianna is a 28-year-old wife and stay-at-home mom to her 1-year-old baby boy. She comes from a large Mexican American family and was born with Cerebral Palsy.

She also holds an MLIS degree and greatly enjoys getting to tell people she’s a librarian.

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