Kendra E. Ardnek Book Cover Overhaul!

So… I am a terrible person, and I agreed to help spread the word about my author-friend, Kendra’s book overhaul. No, that is not why I am a terrible person. You see, I neglected to pay attention to the date that it was supposed to go live (hint: it was yesterday), so I am posting this a day late.


Same goes for sparkly plot wizardesses.


HOWEVER… I really do want to tell you all about Kendra and her books! I have actually been wanting to review the ones I have already read for a while, now, as I have read and absolutely loved her first three novels in the Bookania Quests. But when I found out that she was going through and re-editing them, I decided to wait until they were done. So it has been with great excitement that I have been following along reading Ms. Ardnek’s updates about the editing and re-release of her books!


And today… er… yesterday (because I’m a delinquent) is the day that she is revealing all the shiny new cover art!

She has already released the new version of the first Bookania book: Sew, It’s a Quest, which you can buy in paperback form HERE or get a free e-copy HERE.

Sewing8 (2)I love this book. And I LOVE the new cover! I have the old version sitting on my shelf, but I am definitely going to have to purchase the new versions. Sew, It’s a Quest is the first story in a tale of a brother and sister, twins, who were given the wrong gifts by their fairy godmothers. Robin, the princess, is a wizard with a sword, while Robert, the prince, is a genius with a needle. The two of them decide to set off to find their fairy godmother and ask her to switch their gifts to the correct twin… but this might be a bit difficult, as fairy godmothers don’t exactly hang out around the kingdom much anymore, and the fact that Robin and Robert even HAVE a fairy godmother is odd in and of itself. As they traverse their kingdom, they encounter difficulties and make some new friends along the way.

This book and series is packed full of familiar faces, as it is a veritable haven for fairy tale and legendary characters. If you enjoy fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and legends like Robin Hood and King Arthur, and you’ve always wanted to see them all in one epic adventure… this is definitely the series to read!

The rest of these have not been re-released yet… but we can still drool over the new covers together. (But don’t get the covers wet! Seriously)

The next book in the Bookania Quests is Do You Take This Quest?

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A prince’s quest for allies against his misery uncle and a madcap race to get home for a wedding…

I don’t want to give too much away… and it’s always harder to review sequels, because they sort of depend on a need to understand the stories that came before it. But this is a fantastic follow-on to Sew, It’s a Quest. You meet some new characters, and get to spend plenty of time with the ones you grew to love in the first book. This is also the story that introduces Arthur… and, what can I say? If it has a hint of Arthurian legend in it… I’m generally smitten.

Then we have My Kingdom for a Quest:

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Prince Arthur’s quest to take back his kingdom, and Casperl’s quest to find out how, exactly, he’s a prince.

This one is my favorite of the series so far… and I NEED the next book!!! But it also ends on a great note, so I’m not hanging off a cliff or anything while I wait.

The rest of these I have not read yet…. but definitely plan to read in the near future as they are re-released:

The Ankulen


Jen knows she had an imagination once – how far will she go to get it back?

Water Princess, Fire Prince

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When two teens are pulled into another world, fire and water must work together to defeat a dragon.

I have not read this one yet, but I do have a copy of the first edition sitting on my bookshelf. It is very high up on my To-Be-Read stack!

And finally, Lady Dragon, Tela Du

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Only the Tela Du stands in Amber’s way for ruling Rizkaland forever. Petra would much rather find her long-lost sisters than fight a Lady Dragon.

Dragons… sounds very promising!


But don’t go yet! Because Kendra is also doing a huge giveaway where you could win a grand prize of ALL SIX of these books, signed by the author herself! I… sort of hope to win that prize myself… but in the spirit of good sportsmanship, I suppose I should tell you that you can find all the details on how to enter the giveaway over on HER WEBSITE. The giveaway is running through October, so there’s lots of time to earn your entries. Comments on this post count for entries, as well, so let’s talk about those covers… which one is YOUR favorite? Have you read any of the original versions of Ms. Ardnek’s work?

I believe you can get more entries by swinging by the other blogs that helped with the cover reveal and leaving comments… you can find them at the following sites:


Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. “Finish your story, Kendra,” is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that glorify God and His Word.

You can learn more about Kendra in the various nooks and crannies of the interwebs:







~ jenelle

Arsenic and Old Lace

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I grew up watching quite a few black and white movies. I don’t remember when the “switch” occurred, what age I was at when I stopped assuming a movie would be “boring” if it didn’t contain any colors, but I know that there are several movies out there where I honestly can’t remember even now whether or not they are in color or black and white… the plot and the characters are that compelling.

Arsenic and Old Lace is one of those. (It is in black and white, I checked). It is also one of the few movies that makes me laugh so hard I cry every single time I watch it. I received a copy of this movie for Christmas from my husband’s family, and one evening I asked them to watch it with me. I’m pretty sure they spent most of the movie laughing more at ME and how hard I was laughing than at the movie itself… but at least a fun time was had by all. My 11-year old niece asked later in the week, “Can we watch the old funny movie with Aunt Jenelle again before they go home?” So, I consider my work there done… I have passed along at least a minor appreciation for this movie to the next generation.

Meet Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), a very jaded theater critic who doesn’t believe in love or “happily ever after”… but has just eloped with his childhood sweetheart, with whom he is madly in love. They stop by home on their way out of town to pack for their honeymoon and inform her father and his aunts that they are now married.

But imagine Mortimer’s horrified surprise when he discovers a dead body in his aunts’ window seat. Imagine his even greater horror when he discovers that his dear little old aunts have been intentionally poisoning lonesome old men who come to their house looking for a room to rent. While trying to keep Elaine (Priscilla Lane) from finding out what is going on, Mortimer now shoulders the task of figuring out how to resolve this issue without allowing his aunts to either go to prison or harm anyone else!

The plot gets even more twisted when sinister Jonathan, Mortimer’s cousin who was raised along with Mortimer by their aunts, suddenly returns home after many long years…

And it all takes place on Halloween.

One of the best comedies of all time, everything about this movie is sure to have you in stitches… which is a bit of a pun, but you’ll have to watch the movie to find out why! The humor ranges from laugh-out-loud funny, to slapstick, to dark/slightly morbid… so there’s a little bit of something for everyone. If you enjoy classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, It’s a Wonderful Life, or Abbott and Costello, you’re sure to enjoy this one!

Arsenic and Old Lace is available to rent at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.

But, I happen to have an extra copy! So, this week, I’m going to give away a copy of this movie to one of YOU. Just leave a comment on this blog post to be entered into the drawing. I will pick a name next Friday (Sept. 8).


~ jenelle

End of August

First and foremost, I want to wish a very happy birthday to one of my favorite people on the planet: My Dad!!! I love you, Daddy! Hope your day is fabulous!

Ishness is a monthly blog-meme creation of Deborah’s at Road of a Writer

August has been a great month, overall. A nice, relaxing end to a great summer.


I have now read the first three books in the Lunar Chronicles, and I have to say, I’m hooked! The next book is on order at the library, as well as the side-novels/short stories that go with this collection. And that’s saying a lot, because I don’t usually like short stories.


Let’s see… we finally went and saw Spiderman: Homecoming, which was SO MUCH FUN! More on that later.

I rewatched Miracle, because my blog post reminded me of how much I love that movie.

I’ve been enjoying the show Heartland on Netflix. It’s kind of cute and charming… nothing too deep, which makes it a relaxing watch.

We finished Blue Bloods and are now catching up on Hawaii Five-O, which we started watching when it came out, and then got very behind on.

We watched Hidden Figures with my in-loves. What an incredible story.

And we watched Kong: Skull Island last week. Um… yeah. Not my favorite. I have never found the whole “King Kong” thing to be all that compelling, and while I do think this was my favorite of the Kong movies I’ve seen… that’s… not saying much. It was kind of “Jurassic World” meets… “Avatar” meets “The Happening.” (None of which are movies I particularly enjoyed or think highly of…. though, perhaps I’m being unfair. It wasn’t as politically obnoxious with a “slap you in the face” agenda as Avatar and it wasn’t anywhere near as horrific or stupid as The Happening). The difficulty with the movie was that there were moments of dialogue or storyline that kept lulling me into expecting a plot to show up…. only to throw yet another enormous creature at the screen in a sudden and unnerving way so that I could watch something else die horribly. (I spent a lot of the movie yelping and hiding my face in the couch). Tom Hiddleston was pretty fantastic, though, as he always is.

The HISHE of this movie is far more entertaining than the actual movie. (Which I finally had a chance to go rewatch and feel I can link to it here). Did I mention that I got to meet one of the artists for the HISHE Super Hero Cafe at the Hudson Library-Con last year? SO COOL!

My favorite part is that they mock the whole King Kong meeting Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) – since both are in this movie and it is part of the whole “Monster Universe” series of movies they’re trying to do since the Avengers Universe thing is working so well in the box office.


I found this on youtube and have been listening to it while I edit. Very epic and inspirational! And I love that it’s so long… which means I don’t have to go hunting for new music very often.


I am now through chapter 31 on my editing of the Minstrel’s Call!!! Working slowly but steadily towards that goal… I have found a marvelous proof-reader who is going through it chapter by chapter behind me, which is AWESOME! When I’m done with all that, it will be time to format it (AGAIN! Long story…) and then order the first proof!!! (Which is exciting, but not indicative of a release date, as I will then go through the proof with my red pen for one last editing pass).

I am currently working on the blurb, which is making the book feel more like it might actually be published someday. I’m hoping to have a cover to show off soon!

Derek and I have also been working on a fun, top-secret little project… which I am not at liberty to discuss right now… but hope to be able to divulge more information on that soon!


My in-loves came to visit in the first half of the month. The girls had VBS at our church where the kids raised enough money to build a Library in Liberia and fill it with books! It was so cool that they managed to hit their goal and such an awesome display of God’s sovereignty. It was a neat thing to see L and N wanting so badly to help people they’ve never met. In addition to donating ALL their own money (which they’d been saving up for some things they really want), they also baked cookies and took them around the neighborhood giving them to our neighbors and telling them about the cause. I love their sweet hearts.

The girls also finished up their final round of swim lessons and they are both becoming very good swimmers.

G is getting super big and is extremely proud of himself for learning a new life skill: rolling over from his back to his tummy. He works very hard at it, and then when he gets there he raises his head up and looks around with this expression of, “Now, how did I get HERE?” on his face. It’s adorable.

Looking forward… September…

School starts up next Tuesday. Arda Academy will be in its 5th year of operation and I am excited about all the things we’re going to learn this year. I’m also a little overwhelmed. I was really hoping to have this round of edits finished before we started school. The best laid plans…

And that’s all I’ve got. How was your last month of summer, dear Reader?


~ jenelle