The Universe

Rose of the Oath: A Beauty and the Beast Novella by Hope Ann

Well met, everyone! It is I, Nikken, and today I am introducing a special guest. She has come here to present unto you the wonderful news of a book release, and a review as well.

Now, without further ado, I present to you–My very own Author! *clasp wildly*

Author: *laughs* Thank you, Nikken. Today I am here to talk about Rose of the Oath, a new novella by author Hope Ann.

~*~

War clouds the horizon and rebels gather under a mysterious leader. Alone, with her two younger sisters, Elissa watches the mountain road desperately for her brother’s return. Instead, she receives news of his capture by a strange figure covered in scars and cloaked in wolf skins.

With rebels drawing nearer, she sets off to find her brother. To save him. There is no one else who can.

Yet she soon finds the rose that granted her warning now holds her captive in safety. Outside the valley, war threatens those she loves most. Though her strange host claims the ancient promises of the Prince’s return and victory over the rebels, Elissa knows the blood-drenched truth. She is on her own. Elissa will do anything to keep her family safe, but more than one kind of wolf stalks the Blackwood and danger lurks closer than she could ever imagine.

Download it for FREE at:

Amazon

Smashwords

iTunes

Add it to your shelf on Goodreads

Also, a bonus! For those of you who may not have seen it, I’m also giving away the prequel to this Beauty and the Beast retelling, Rose of the Night – an account of how the ‘Beast’ became the Beast.

Click here to claim your free copy!

Add to your shelf on Goodreads

Finally, in honor of the official release of Rose of the Oath, my other novellas are $0.99 for this week only!

Buy Song of the Sword: A Rapunzel Novella

Buy Shadows of the Hersweald: A Hansel and Gretel Novella

About Hope Ann

Hope Ann is a speculative fiction writer who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She has self-published three Legends of Light novellas and writes regular articles for Kingdom Pen as the Writing Team Captain. Reading since the age of five, and introducing herself to writing at age eight, she never had a question that the author’s life was the life for her. Her goal is to write thrilling Christian fantasy and futuristic fiction — stories she longed for while growing up. After graduating from homeschool, Hope now teaches writing to several of her eight younger siblings. She loves climbing trees, archery, photography, Lord of the Rings, chocolate, and collecting shiny things she claims are useful for story inspiration.

You can visit Hope’s blog at authorhopeann.com, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

~*~

This novella is actually a rewritten version of Hope Ann’s original published work, Rose of Prophecy. My close friend, Jese’s author, recommended it to me a few months ago. I got it on the Kindle, read it, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Just a few days later, I discovered the author, Hope Ann, was about to publish a rewrite of Rose of Prophecy, called Rose of the Oath. This intrigued me, and I became very excited to see what this new version would be like. So when Hope Ann announced she was looking for people to participate in her blog explosion, I signed up and read Rose of the Oath immediately. I wasn’t disappointed. The smooth-flowing descriptions, the carefully thought-out symbolism, the quality of the characters–all of these show that Hope Ann has continued to grow and improve in the writing world. The book was exciting, entertaining, and at several notable points had me close to panic about what would happen to Elissa and the Beast.

There are, of course, a few things that I liked better the way they occurred in the original version. Yet over all, Rose of the Oath is far superior to its predecessor, in the same way that a rose in full bloom overshadows a bud that is about to open. One of the things I love most about this new book is the character of Elissa. In Rose of Prophecy, Beauty is sweet and gentle, brave and loving, faithful and trusting in the promise of the Prince and the King. Beauty is a character that, while she still needs to grow, is on the threshold of adulthood in the faith.

Elissa, on the other hand, is broken. She has seen no provision of the King, she disbelieves the prophecy that His so-called son, the Prince, will ever appear. The King has never cared for her–why would He start to do so now? She’s struggling and afraid, clinging to her disbelief, scared of hoping only to see the hope burn to ash.

While both Beauty and Elissa struggle, Elissa’s struggles are more poignant. Both are realistically human, but Elissa’s humanity is one that everyone can relate to.

This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and anyone who has ever heard of the story knows one simple fact: Beauty and the Beast is about love. Not merely romantic love between two people, but deep, deep love that saves from death, doom, and destruction.

I have read multiple retellings of Beauty and the Beast, all of them good and beautiful. Yet in the end, I have to say that Rose of the Oath is the one that most accurately, movingly, and meaningfully depicts this love, in more ways than one and in surprising fashions.

To sum up, this is a story about someone beautiful and someone beastly, about a faithful prince and a failing people, and an Oath made in love that will be fulfilled, despite all the powers of hate and darkness.

~*~

Author: And now, I’m afraid I have to be going. Thank you for your time, and thank you, Nikken, for letting me borrow your blog for a bit. Goodbye, everyone! *waves and leaves*

There, wasn’t that great? Give my author a big round of applause, if you will! (After all, she’s the one who made me! 😉 )

Thank you for coming, everyone. Come back soon! Until then, fare you well wherever you fare!

life

A Sentence That Creates a Paradox

As someone who spends way too much time on the internet, I am here to tell you a sentence that, no matter what decision you come to concerning it, will leave you in a paradox.

You might have either figured this out before or seen it somewhere else (if so, you’ve done more internet surfing than I ever have), but that doesn’t matter. You can just skip this post and read something else, but if this is a new concept for you, I urge you to sit down and ponder.

Keep reading. I know you’re curious.

It’ll come. I promise you

Here we go:

Don’t believe anything on the internet!

A very very very simple sentence that can and will create a paradox.

If you disagree with this statement, you’re saying you believe anything on the internet, but by disagreeing with what I’m saying, you’re disbelieving something on the internet, which goes against the conclusion you just came to.

If you agree with this statement, you have yet another paradox. You’re agreeing that you shouldn’t believe anything on the internet, but because you read this post on the internet, you have gone against your conviction and believed what I said.

see you later 🙂

Jese

 

The Universe

On Modern Ideas of Female Battle-Wear

Well met, my friends! Wednesday has come around again, and so here I am with my thoughts on life and the universe (not on apple pie though–that’ll be Jese’s thing sometime soon).

A little while ago, I was watching my author play World of Warcraft. And as I’m watching, I notice the armor some of the women are wearing, and I have one question: Who on earth thought the metal bikini was a good idea?

I mean, really. Are all women warriors supposed to be some kind of suicide squad?

Where I come from, armor is very important. It protects you. It saves your life. It’s expensive. Way more metal and time goes into armor than into swords or spears. The High King does his best to ensure every member of his army gets high-quality equipment, but for travelers or normal people defending their homes, that isn’t always possible. I’m lucky, because I come from a wealthy family. When I have adventures or go to war, I’m always well-equipped. Many people don’t have that chance–they have to make do with boiled leather armor, usually with inset metal rings for extra protection. It’s better than nothing, but not as good as a well-made breastplate and chain-mail hauberk. If you have armor, you want to make sure it protects you. You take good care of it. When you go into battle, you know the armor you wear will do it’s part in protecting you.

I cannot imagine feeling confident marching into battle wearing something that exposes even a little of my stomach. Ships, you’re exposing one your most vulnerable spots to the enemy! Stomach wounds are a particularly painful and lingering way to die. I’ve been in battle, I’ve seen what it’s like. The only way I can see armor like that ever being helpful is if every enemy you face dies from laughter when they see what you’re wearing.

Yes, sometimes you are forced to fight without wearing any armor at all. I have relatives who are very skilled in the way of the sword who almost never use plate armor because it. But they usually at least use mail-studded boiled leather vests, and they don’t fight without shirts on unless they’re attacked in the middle of the night. Sometimes not even then–the more paranoid ones often wear leather vests to bed (I have some odd relatives).

I have female relatives that fight. They wear the exact same things that we do–sometimes they wear even more armor than we men (Yes, your Highness, I’m counting myself among the men. You can stop laughing now, I’m trying to concentrate).

The same thing goes for superhero costumes. Wearing little more than a bikini is asking for the villains to kill you (and don’t get me started on fighting in high heels. The very thought makes my mother and my cousin Enna go off into peals of high-pitched laughter). Personally, I think the defeat of injustice would be more effective if you’re not dead.

Anyway, all I’m saying is that the whole metal bikini thing isn’t a smart way to go. I’m also not knocking World of Warcraft or the superhero industry–just saying that their idea of female fighting gear doesn’t really make any sense. So a heads up to all you people out there–if you ever fall into  portal or something and end up in an epic fantasy world, be careful. If they offer you metal bikinis, refuse politely and ask for a standard mail shirt, maybe a breastplate. Trust me, it’ll go a long way towards keeping you alive.

Farewell! May your paths be straight!

Until next time,

~Nikken

 

The Universe

Books that I would like to see as Movies

Hello everyone! Today I shall unleash my geeky nerdy self and talk about two of my favorite things: Books and Movies.

More specifically, books I would love to see as movies.

I read a whole lot so every so often I come across a book that reads quickly, lacks nothing in pacing or characters, and leaves such brilliant imprints upon my imagination that I would love to see those visuals taken to the screen, sometimes even thinking of perfect actors to depict the characters and the various camera shots that could be used to make the scene exactly how I imagined it.

Half of me doesn’t want to put this list out there because I know there are so many books that have absolutely terrible and inaccurate movie representation (usually the book is so long that there is no way the movie could give it justice) and I would like to protect these books from that fate as much as possible, but I shall do it anyway!

#1Heartless (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #1)

The Tales of Goldstone Wood series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

Whoops. I’ve already deviated from the criteria for this list by mentioning a series instead of a book. Oh well.

So the books I would love to see in movie format from this series would be Veiled Rose and Dragonwitch, but seeing as how they are not the first book in the series, it would be pointless to start from there and Heartless (the first book) is wonderful too. All of the books are vivid with wonderful descriptions that take you straight into the wood between and the realms of faerie, strong plots and characters, and would probably make a very good movie if it was done right.

#2

The rest of the Narnia books.

I’ve read the Narnia books several times and, while not necessarily thinking they’d make great movie material at the time of reading (I was only just beginning to immerse myself into the world of fandom), I absolutely loved The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as the movie. So I know that it is possible to make a very good, very accurate portrayal of Narnia on screen. Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader weren’t as great and I am dreading The Silver Chair because I heard they’re recasting everything (if it ever even happens. I’ve been hearing rumors about it for five years), but I have hope that someday the all the books can be made into movies that match up with the excellence of the first one.

#3Isle of Swords (Isle of Swords, #1)

Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson.

I love anything involving pirates.

I love any movie involving pirates. *starts humming Pirates of the Caribbean theme song*

And I need a movie of at least one of Wayne Thomas Batson’s books. They’re all amazing!

#4

The Percy Jackson series!!

(shh….we’re pretending the movies don’t exist….)

I would love to see all the wonderful elements of the greek mythological world blended with our own while watching Percy and his friends go on quests without the butchering of the plot and character descriptions that happened in the movies…

Oh right. We’re pretending the movies don’t exist.

#5Reckless (Mirrorworld, #1)

Reckless by Cornelia Funke.

I haven’t finished reading the series yet, so this is a recent read, but I loved how detailed the world was and I longed to have visual representation more than what my limited imagination could produce, and the story was so well paced with wonderful characters (and a shapeshifter :)) that I couldn’t help but long to see it as a movie.

Or if they can’t do this book as a movie, at least make Inkspell and Inkdeath into movies.

#6

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

So I’m not as obsessed with this one as my author is, but I did enjoy reading it and together we were both disappointed by the movie that they made.

Yes. I’m breaking the rules again. I’m good at that.

The movie that they made to represent this book fell short on so many levels. It did have the good visuals and wonderful actors, but it destroyed what I loved the most about the story. It removed Max’s stories, which I think were central to the plot. I want a movie that can condense some of the longer parts (like the movie did) but doesn’t remove anything important to the story.


 

 

After compiling this, I am getting a strong urge to join the film industry.

Time to brush up on my scriptwriting skills and save up for a camera…

Sorry this isn’t a very long list, but if I were to put all my recommendations for movies we would be here for several days, and I’ve barely read all the books in the world. And honestly I could write an entire list on books that deserve a better movie adaptation and that would keep us here even longer, but I don’t want to keep you for longer than I have to.

Have a wonderful day! Summer vacation is just around the corner!!

Let me know in the comments if there are any other books you would like to see turned into movies!

Sincerely,

Jese

 

life

Of the Second Author of this Blog (because he doesn’t like to be left out)

Heiliel! That’s how you say hello and goodbye where I come from. My author tells me it’s like the word aloha that the Hawaiians use (though I don’t know who these Hawaiians are. My only guess is that they have something to do with Hawaiian pizza).

Anyway, I should probably introduce myself. I am Lord Nikkenel Balonsson of the House of Tale, and I come to you from the distant past to regale you with my awesomeness. (Just kidding ;)). But my friends call me Nikken, and I hope you will too!

Because you’re probably very curious about me, I’m going to steal one of Jese’s ideas and make a list about myself (no, it’s not plagiarism, it’s imitation. Best form of flattery, and all that. Why would you think it’s plagiarism?).

  • I am also extroverted. Very much so.
  • While I do really, really love apple pie, it’s not my favorite kind (shhh! Don’t tell Jese). My favorite is the berry pie my mammami makes for special occasions and holidays, like Summer’s Eve or the Day of the Ships.
  • I am actually a twin. My brother Tory is the older one, and we look almost identical, except Tory is obsessed with neatness and always tries to comb his hair back into a tail or something (an effort that often ultimately fails). I am not so foolish, and strive to leave my hair the way the Father made it (unless Mammami goes after it with her Brush of Doom). I also have a little sister, Astera, but I’m closer to Tory–probably because we’re twins.
  • I, too, an am imaginary friend, and I belong to the best friend of Jese’s author. But, unlike Jese, I actually do live in this world, except I live a long, long time ago (but not in a galaxy far far away, fyi), and in a country that doesn’t technically exist. I would tell you more, but my author is tyrannical and doesn’t like me to tell you guys *too* many secrets (she’s one of those authors that holds onto her secrets and plot points like my brother holds onto honey biscuits).
  • Even though I am only fourteen years old, I am a general. My author tells me I have a great ability for strategy and much bravery, but my cousin the High Prince said making me a general will probably be the doom of us all. I prefer to listen to my author’s point of view.

Since Jese is going to take care of writing the stories and impassioned fandom bursts, I’ll be here to give you all sorts of recipes and funny tales. My aim is to pleased.

Until next time!

May the light of the Father’s Star shine always upon your sword,

~Nikken

 

 

 

life

About the Author(s) and the Blog

I am awesome. That is all you should know about me.

Haha. Just kidding.

Hi! My name is Jese (no, I did not spell that wrong). I am a teenager who is immersed into many things; fandom, sleeping, reading, and most of all Apple Pie.

You can forget everything I have told you and everything I will tell you just so long as you remember that last bit of information.

I love apple pie.

So other random tidbits of information about me:

  • I am an extrovert
  • I love other foods than just apple pie (like Pizza)
  • I am the youngest of three siblings
  • I am an imaginary friend
  • Which means I’m not real. Well, not to most people. But I don’t let that slow me down.
  • I live in a fantasy world out of my author’s imagination, but I spend a lot of my time in this world vacationing watching Netflix.

Well. Now that you know about me, I would like to tell you a bit about this blog.

I will be posting anything from fandom rants to original stories, and maybe a few recipes (though I am well known for being a disaster in the kitchen).

And now I shall introduce my friend who will help me blog on this site (adding his culinary expertise and sarcastic humor). His name is Nikken. He is also imaginary, though we do not have the same author. We are best friends because:

  • We look alike (kinda)
  • We both love food
  • We are exceptionally fond of apple pie
  • We have a very similar sense of humor.
  • Best Friendship cannot be explained in just five points or in just one blog post.

Together, we’re looking forward to this blogging experience and hope that you will all enjoy reading this blog as much as we enjoy writing it.

Until next time,

Jese

(and Nikken)