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5GS audioGuess what? Rooglewood Press is producing an audiobook version of the Five Glass Slippers collection, which they hope to release in early December!

Click here to listen to the first chapter of A Cinder’s Tale. The narrator, Becky Doughty, sounds approximately 17 times more sophisticated than I do, and I’m seriously considering kidnapping–I mean hiring–her to read publicly for me, should such a need ever arise.

Stay tuned (ha, see what I did there) for an update on availability in December! (Edit: I’ve reuploaded the chapter to a different location that–I hope–will be easier for people to download or stream.)

In other news, I wrote a guest post on editing and writing over at Red Lettering. Check it out!

 

So aThe Cendrillon Cycle, Volume 1pparently when I said that The Battle of Castle Nebula, volume 1 of The Cendrillon Cycle, would be available for preorder soon…it was already up. I got the good news via a friend who had already preordered her copy.

Preorder yours today!

I think the book would look pretty snazzy on your Goodreads shelf too, personally. Think about it…

I am the very worst at titles. The very, very worst. I just can’t bring myself to slap a title on a work until it’s completely finished, which, as you may imagine, makes mThe Cendrillon Cycle, Volume 1arketing ahead of time a little bit difficult. BUT…

…at long, long last, Volume 1 of The Cendrillon Cycle has a title!

The Battle of Castle Nebula ebook will be available for preorder very, very shortly, and will make worldfall on the first day of winter: December 21st, 2014.

She has nothing left, not even her dreams. But Elsa Vogel still has her duty, and she will do it, no matter the peril, no matter the anguish in her heart as she leaves her ravaged home planet, perhaps never to return.

And the same tragedy that tore Elsa’s life to pieces also transformed the lives of others. Others who may need a reason to go on living, after the cataclysmic Battle of Castle Nebula…

Clear your schedule before you pick this one up.

I’m serious. I made the mistake of starting Golden Daughter when I had a plethora of imminent deadlines looming over my head, and setting this book aside to attend to them was torturous. Once you become immersed in this particular Tale of Goldstone Wood, you will not want to leave.

Don’t let the girly cover fool you. As is often the case with the Tales of Goldstone Wood, the book is truly terrifying in parts—and I chose a bad time to eat dinner, as I read the scenes with the imps. This story is intense, in a good way.

Sairu, the heroine of the book, is possibly my favorite female character of Stengl’s, which is really saying something—I was in love with Starflower, hitherto my favorite installment in the series. Golden Daughter has wrested the status of favorite away from the earlier book, however, and this is due in large part to Sairu. She is intriguing, realistic, terrifying, and lovable. The whole premise of the Golden Daughters is fascinating, and I would love to see more of them in future stories.

All of the characters, even the minor ones, are drawn in such a lifelike way that you’ll swear you’ve met some of these people before. Jovann in particular impressed me very much and is one of Stengl’s most likeable heroes, in my opinion. Eanrin maintains his charm and mystery, and by this time, I feel like no story is quite complete without him. In each book, we learn more about him, and I adore him even more.

Stengl creates a multi-faceted, intriguing culture for Golden Daughter, one that is quite different from those in her other books. Her command of multiple storylines is impressive, and all of the plots weave together beautifully at the end. The story casts new significance on the events of earlier books in the series, particularly Heartless—which made me like Heartless much more. While I admit I preferred the day-to-day character interactions and plots to the more cosmological, allegorical ones, all of the threads were skillfully manipulated to create a cohesive, dark, funny, fascinating, eerily realistic whole.

I’m pleased to announce that Rachel Heffington, one of my co-authoresses for Five Glass Slippers, is releasing her new novel today!

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Back Cover:
The 12:55 out of Darlington brought more than Orville Farnham’s niece; murder was passenger. In coming to Whistlecreig, Genevieve Langley expected to find an ailing uncle in need of gentle care. In reality, her charge is a cantankerous Shakespearean actor with a penchant for fencing and an affinity for placing impossible bets.When a body shows up in a field near Whistlecreig Manor and Vivi is the only one to recognize the victim, she is unceremoniously baptized into the art of crime-solving: a field in which first impressions are seldom lasting and personal interest knocks at the front door.Set against the russet backdrop of a Northamptonshire fog, Anon, Sir, Anon cuts a cozy path to a chilling crime.

Anon, Sir, Anon is available in paperback and Kindle, and will shortly be available on Barnes and Noble. Stay tuned at Inkpen Authoress for more information!

Author Bio:
Rachel Heffington is a novelist, a nanny, and a people-lover living in rural Virginia with her family and black cat, Cricket. Her first novel, Fly Away Home, was independently published in February of 2014, while her novella, The Windy Side of Care, was published by Rooglewood Press in the Five Glass Slippers anthology in June of 2014. Visit Rachel online at www.inkpenauthoress.blogspot.com.

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The Cozy Quagmire Party Pack includes everything you’ll need to have an evening worthy of guests such as Vivi, Farnham, and Dr. Breen. Prize includes P.G. Tips (my favorite British black tea), a $5 Panera Bread gift-card for toasting-bread, a Yankee candle, matchbook, and a paperback copy of Anon, Sir, Anon.

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