Monday, 23 September 2013

Cover Reveal: "Goddess Tithe" by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Cover Reveal!

The Vengeful Goddess
Demands Her Tithe
When a stowaway is discovered aboard the merchant ship Kulap Kanya, Munny, a cabin boy on his first voyage, knows what must be done. All stowaways are sacrificed to Risafeth, the evil goddess of the sea. Such is her right, and the Kulap Kanya's only hope to return safely home.
Yet, to the horror of his crew, Captain Sunan vows to protect the stowaway, a foreigner in clown's garb. A curse falls upon the ship and all who sail with her, for Risafeth will stop at nothing to claim her tithe.
Will Munny find the courage to trust his captain and to protect the strange clown who has become his friend?


From Anne Elisabeth:

There are eight full-page illustrations in Goddess Tithe, featuring various characters and events from the story. This is the first one to be found in the book. I decided to share it with all of you since it depicts my young hero, the cabin boy, Munny, under the watchful eye of his mentor, the old sailor Tu Pich. Munny is on his first voyage, and he is determined to learn all there is to know about a life at sea as fast as possible. Thus we see him utterly intent upon the knot he is learning to tie. Tu Pich is old enough to know that no sailor will ever learn all there is to know about the sea. Thus he looks on, grave and caring, and perhaps a little sad. He might be looking upon his own younger self, many years ago, fumbling through the hundreds of difficult knots his fingers must learn to tie with unconscious ease.
I enjoyed creating all the illustrations for Goddess Tithe, but this one was my favorite. I love the contrasts of light and dark, the contrasts of young and old . . . youthful intensity versus the perspective of age.
Here is an excerpt from the middle of the story. In this scene, Munny has been ordered to Captain Sunan’s cabin to clear away his breakfast . . . an unexpected task, for a lowly cabin boy would not ordinarily dare enter his captain’s private quarters! He hopes to slip in an out quietly without attracting the captain’s notice. But his hopes are dashed when Sunan addresses him, asking how their strange, foreign stowaway is faring:


“And what do you make of him yourself?”
Munny dared glance his captain’s way and was relieved when his eyes met only a stern and rigid back. “I’m not sure, Captain,” he said. “I think he’s afraid. But not of . . .”
“Not of the goddess?” the Captain finished for him. And with these words he turned upon Munny, his eyes so full of secrets it was nearly overwhelming. Munny froze, his fingers just touching but not daring to take up a small teapot of fragile work.
The Captain looked at him, studying his small frame up and down. “No,” he said, “I believe you are right. Leonard the Clown does not fear Risafeth. I believe he is unaware of his near peril at her will, suffering as he does under a peril nearer still.”
Munny made neither answer nor any move.
“We will bring him safely to Lunthea Maly, won’t we, Munny?” the Captain said. But he did not speak as though he expected an answer, so again Munny offered none. “We will bring him safely to Lunthea Maly and there let him choose his own dark future.”
“I hope—” Munny began.
But he was interrupted by a sudden commotion on deck. First a rising murmur of voices, then many shouts, inarticulate in cacophony. But a pounding at the cabin door accompanied Sur Agung’s voice bellowing, “Captain, you’d best come see this!”
The Captain’s eyes widened a moment and still did not break gaze with Munny’s. “We’ll keep him safe,” he repeated. Then he turned and was gone, leaving the door open.
Munny put down the pot he held and scurried after. The deck was alive with hands, even those who were off watch, crawling up from the hatches and crowding the rails on the port side. They parted way for the Captain to pass through, but when Munny tried to follow, they closed in again, blocking him as solidly as a brick wall.
“Look! Look!” Munny heard voices crying.
“It’s a sign!”
“She’s warning us!”
“It’s a sign, I tell you!”
Fearing he knew not what, Munny ran for the center mast and climbed partway up, using the handholds and footholds with unconscious confidence. Soon he was high enough to see over the heads of the gathered crew, out into the blue waters of the ocean. And he saw them.
They were water birds. Big white albatrosses, smaller seagulls, heavy cormorants, even deep-throated pelicans and sleek, black-faced terns. These and many more, hundreds of them, none of which should be seen this far out to sea.
They were all dead. Floating in a great mass.
Munny clung to the mast, pressing his cheek against its wood. The shouts of the frightened sailors below faded away, drowned out by the desolation of that sight. Death, reeking death, a sad flotilla upon the waves.
“I’ve never seen anything like that.”
Munny looked down to where Leonard clung to the mast just beneath him, staring wide-eyed out at the waves. “How could this have happened? Were they sick? Caught in a sudden gale? Are they tangled in fishing nets?”
There was no fear in his voice. Not like in the voices of the sailors. He did not understand. He did not realize. It wasn’t his fault, Munny told himself.
But it was.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Liebster Award Nominations

Grace at Fictionally nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thanks, Grace!

There are a few rules to be followed upon accepting this award and they include:
- Link back the blogger that tagged you.
- Nominate ten others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you.
- Ask ten questions for the bloggers you nominate.
- Let your nominees know of their awards and tag backs.

Now, onto the questions!

1. If you could visit any book/movie world, what would it be?

Probably Narnia. It means so many things for me, and will most likely remain my favourite book series for all time. As a child, it brought me joy, and as a young adult, it reminds me to keep holding onto hope and trust and faith, even if the world scorns you for it.

2. Favorite genre(historical, contemporary, fantasy...) ?

Fantasy. Right now I prefer my fantasy with less of the fantastical--more political intrigue, with just a dash of mystery and romance. I find historical-based fantasy really interesting, as it usually explores how large events affect tiny people. But maybe that's just because that's the sort of book I'm writing right now. :P

3. Do like to buy books or borrow them from the library?

I admit I am far too inclined to buy books. I'm teaching myself to borrow from the library more often in order to save money.

4. If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

I would go back to when dinosaurs and mammoths and all those wonderful, extinct creatures walked the earth. As a Creationist, I believe they co-existed with mankind and I honestly would have loved to see that--and have a pet dino. :D

5. When it comes to snack food, do your prefer salty or sweet?

Sweet. Anything with chocolate, caramel.... sweet-and-sour candies are also a favourite.

6. Where is one place you would like to visit?

The British Isles, which I actually hope to see happen within the next two years, thanks to an opportunity my university gives its students for travelling abroad.

7. Book store or online shopping for books?

Both. I like the cheapness of online shopping, but nothing beats going into the bookstore and sniffing books. They smell divine.

8. Do covers influence you to read/not read, some books?

Definitely. If there's some questionable content on the cover, I will most likely fight the urge to burn it to a crisp. But if a cover feels too cheap--even if the book within may be lovely--I assume the author didn't want to put as much effort into making it presentable, so why should I bother with the effort of reading it? Very harsh, I know, and I'm attempting to become less snobbish.

9.  Which do you prefer, series or stand alone books?

It depends. I like to buy stand-alones because then I'm not forced to buy more when I reach a cliff-hanger ending. But some series are written to be a bunch of stand-alones, which I appreciate. And if a series is so well written.... well, good art speaks for itself.

10. If you had to get rid of one of your favorite book from your book shelf, which one would it be?

GET RID OF IT? NEVERRR!!! Lol, if I had to SHARE one book from my book shelf--other than the Bible, of course--I think I would want to share C.S. Lewis' Til We Have Faces. It's one of those books that you have to re-read and think about. It breaks your heart and forces you to confront your own character faults. It also has a lot to say about truth, even in the guise of a myth's retelling. I could go on and on about it, but I won't. I don't want to spoil it for you.


Rissi @ Dreaming Under the Same Moon

Kara @ Flowers of Quiet Happiness

Anne Elisabeth @ Tales of Goldstone Wood

Amber @ Seasons of Humility

Jennette @ J. L. Mbewe

Rebekah @ Backing Books

Hannah @ The Writer's Window

Ysa @ Pages of Me

Clara @ The Darling Diaries

Grace @ Fictionally


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Monday, 2 September 2013

My Vanishing Act

Hey everyone,

I've been fairly absent from the blog lately, and will probably be so for a while. A new school year has begun, which means that I am now surrounded by friends, books, and lots of schoolwork. This is my second year of university. I'm in a dorm with wonderful girls and we're going to have a blast!

What this means, however, is that I will be neglecting this blog for a while. I will miss you all, but hopefully I can post once or twice a week, or every two weeks at least. I just need time to settle and get into a groove, as well as finish a whole bunch of writing projects I now have to make time for.

So until next time, God bless!