Monday, 26 January 2015

News, News, News: Woven, A to Z, & Kargrandes

Before I do my news roundup, I must thank everyone who dropped by last week and offered their support and advice following my Funk Off blog post. It meant a lot to have so much support and really lifted my spirits. I cannot thank you enough. Now for some news.

Woven by Michael Jensen and David Powers King has finally been released. It's been a rocky road to publication and I could not be more happier for them both. Congratulations!

Book Blurb

Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself.

All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown.

But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure.

Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face.

Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.

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About the Authors:

Michael Jensen is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s prestigious music, dance, and theater program. Michael taught voice at BYU before establishing his own vocal instruction studio. In addition to being an imaginative storyteller, Michael is an accomplished composer and vocalist. He lives in Salt Lake City with his husband and their four dogs.

Photo credit: Michael Schoenfeld

David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to become a writer. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

Photo credit: Katie Pyne Rasmussen

Praise for Woven:

"It’s not often that you read a fantasy that feels as epic and original as Woven by King and Jensen. Clever, well-paced, and full of intrigue, it’s a superb read. Highly recommended."
— James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner

"The worldbuilding is dynamic, original and intriguing … and the characters, appealing. A sure bet for high-fantasy fans." — Kirkus Reviews

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The 2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge list has officially opened.

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE.

I will be taking part in A to Z as part of my writing group, Untethered Realms

Ahead of the highly anticipated release of Dragon of the Stars, Alex J. Cavanuagh has launched the What Are the Kargrandes? website. 

The site is just one page with two images that rotate every seven seconds. Every Monday morning, a new clue will appear, and a piece of the puzzle will fall into place, all the way up until the day before Dragon’s release. Dragon of the Stars is now available for preorder on Amazon.

What are the Kargrandes? You’ll find out on April 7!

That's it for this week's post. Do you have any news to share? Will you be reading Woven? Taking part in A to Z? Have you any ideas as to who or what the Kargrandes are?


  1. All good stuff! Congrats to the authors!

  2. I know what Dr Karg’s crispbreads are, but Kargrandes? Sounds intriguing.
    Twenty-six posts in a month? I usually only get round to one. I'll think about it, could be fun.

  3. Congratulations to David and Michael!
    Thanks for plugging the Challenge. Cool Untethered Realms is participating.
    And big thank you for mentioning my book and the Kargrandes site!

  4. Lots of exciting news to share and a lot of fun to look forward to.

  5. Congrats to David and Michael.

    Just what is a Kargrandes?

  6. Congrats to those awesome co-authors.

    April will be here before we know it!!

  7. I still have no clue about the Kargrandes. My only guess is some alien race of some sort.

    Signed up for the A to Z Challenge and started outlining posts already. And I love the badge this year! :)

  8. Glad to hear you are feeling brighter.

  9. I signed up for the A to Z. Now to come up with a good theme...

    And I read the Dragon book already. It's a real good one.

    Thank you for featuring Woven on your site! :)


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