Sunshine Blogger Award

It’s January. Which means that in some parts of the world, it’s summer and sunny… but where I am, it means that seeing the sun is not exactly guaranteed on a day-to-day basis. And while I’m fine with that (I get Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder… because I’m a weirdo like that), many other people aren’t. So what better than a ray of bloggy-sunshine to cheer everyone up? Many thanks to Deborah @ Road of a Writer for tagging me!

Who is the one person who is the sunshine in your life?

Well, I’m gonna have to say that role is definitely filled by my husband. Derek is the person with whom I have the most fun, can laugh with, “gets” and even appreciates my nerdiness, talks me down out of my trees when it’s needed, and just overall is my best friend.

But I have lots of other rays of sunshine in my life. My four kids. My parents. My siblings. My amazing in-loves. My friends. And you, dear Reader! You are each and every one of you a ray of sunshine in my life.

Do you prefer all happy movies, or occasional sad movies?

I prefer happy endings. But every now and then I do love a good tear-jerker… so long as it’s not just depressing. I like movies that are charming, and I prefer movies that make me cry because they are beautiful, rather than because they are truly sad. Like “Dreamer” or “It’s a Wonderful Life” for example.

What is the one food that always makes you happy?

Chicago style pizza. (Or, more specifically, Pal Joey’s in West Chicago…)

What is the sunshine on your blog?

Comments. I love getting comments and having discussions about books and movies and nerdy stuff!

What is your favorite whacky “fun” day?

Hmmm. Well, my ideal “fun” day would include getting to hang out with my parents, husband, brothers and their families, and my sister… playing games, going for a hike, watching a movie, just hanging out… that sort of thing. But “whacky” makes me think this question is asking for something more… so it would have to include some rock climbing, definitely going out on a lake in a boat, playing ultimate frisbee, and then going to a baseball game. Somewhere in there, maybe we could go on a roller coaster with a giant drop of some sort… those are my favorites!

What is one thing you love about yourself?

I’m unclassifiable. I can’t be put into a box. When I took the Meyers-Briggs test in college, my results were all around 49-51% on every result except introvert… but even my introvertedness has grown a lot less obvious as I’ve gotten older. All those personality tests – I always end up being on the raggedy edge of multiple answers…. I am emotional. But I am driven by logic. I am creative. But I can think analytically. I like to be on time. But it doesn’t bother me if others aren’t. I trust my intuition. But I’m also pretty observant and I like details.

What is one thing you love about the blogging community?

I love the ability it brings me to find like-minded individuals whom I would never have known about any other way. I love that the blogging community is so quick to encourage each other and lift each other up.

What is the one book that made you smile the most?

Only ONE?!?!

Well, I went and perused my bookshelf, and the books that made me smile are all the ones that have been with me the longest. The ones I’ve read and rer-read so many times they are falling apart.

The Hobbit. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Dealing With Dragons. Charmed Life. A Wrinkle in Time. Dragon Wing. Magic Kingdom for Sale: Sold! Lad of Sunnybank. The Lord of the Rings. Thursday Next Series. Hind’s Feet on High Places. Anne of Green Gables.

Every one of those is a book I can go to if I need a smile.

Where is your corner of sunshine in your home?

Well, I love curling up on my bed with a good book. And I love sitting on the floor in the living room playing games with my kids. And I love sitting on the couch, reading to my kids. So… any of those places are my corner of sunshine.

What is your favorite color or colors?

Blue, maroon, silver, and lavender are all favorites. And that deep, dark green that there is never a crayon for…

What is one movie (or drama) that always makes you happy?

The Princess Bride

Tagging… 

Tracey, Abbey, and Savannah

No pressure to actually do the tag, though!

And, if you like being tagged… let me know in the comments!

Is it warm and sunny in your corner of the world, or snowy and gray? Which do you prefer?

~ jenelle

Mythical Doorways

So, the Fellowship of Fantasy puts out periodic anthologies of short stories. Each anthology revolves around a common theme. So far, they’ve done Fantastic Creatures and Hall of Heroes. The next theme is “Doorways” which you may have heard me mention once or twice. A couple of weeks ago they revealed the cover for this newest adventure, and WOW!

Mythical Doorways

Isn’t that simply gorgeous? I love it so much! The artist who put it together is Juliann Whicker and she did a phenomenal job.

Also, I really like the way it looks with my blog-snow falling past it…..

But even more exciting than a new anthology with a beautiful cover, is getting to announce that my story will be one of the stories INSIDE the anthology!!! I got the note yesterday that my short story, DRAGON WARD, was accepted and will be part of this collection of stories. I cannot even express how excited I am about that.

Dragon Ward is set in Tellurae Aquaous, the same world as the one in my Minstrel’s Song series, but it takes place several hundred years before the advent of King’s Warrior (or even Second Son, if you’re thinking chronologically about the series). I am so thrilled that this will be coming out so soon after the release of Minstrel’s Call!

The goal is to get this anthology out by the end of March, and if you would like to receive alerts about this anthology, you can sign up for them HERE.

Spring 2018A Fellowship of Fantasy AnthologyI’m so excited for this to release so I can read everyone else’s stories. And, can I just say that I’m super psyched to be in another anthology with Savannah Jezowski?!?!? We’re anthology buddies from Five Enchanted Roses, and we are both releasing books at the end of February (there will even be a facebook party with us and a few other authors releasing books around that time… more info on that later!)

 

~ jenelle

Announcement

I am sorry that the site went down for a bit over the weekend. It was one of those “perfect storm” sorts of scenarios. Nothing drastic, just a little glitch that has now been resolved!

To make it up to you, I have an announcement that I think you will find exciting…

Minstrel's Call - release date

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly excited! There is something so fun about being able to set the release date for this final verse of the Minstrel’s Song on the last day of February. It is like coming full circle in many ways, because I released King’s Warrior back on Feb. 29, 2012! And it comes at the end of February is Fantasy month, so we keep the fantasy fun going a little longer, this way. (I’ll have more details on Fantasy Month coming soon)

And yes, the background for the image was taken from a tiny corner of the cover painting… so you even get a slightly bigger glimpse of that, too! I’ll be putting out a call soon for help with a blog-tour to celebrate the release, so keep an eye out for that!

Thank you, dear Reader, for being a part of this effort and for being a big part of the reason I’ve kept going and worked to complete this series.

 

~ jenelle

Wander With Me

I have some exciting news! Some of you may recall that I’ve talked about my sister, Brittany Jean, and her music career over here some. Some of you may even remember that I mentioned recently that her THIRD ALBUM, titled WANDER WITH ME is coming out next week.

Well, I just found out that she has a small number of those albums available for FREE in exchange for a review or blog spotlight. As many of you, my dear Readers, are also bloggers, I thought some of you might be interested in this opportunity. Brittany Jean’s music falls into the category of “Americana” which is a genre that is sort of newly emerging on the music scene. The Americana Music Association defines this genre of music as “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various mostly acoustic American roots music styles”

For a taste of what sort of music will be featured on this CD,  you can check out her latest single, “Smoke and Mirrors” below.

If you are interested in this offer, feel free to fill out the very short Google Form (because who doesn’t love a good Google Form?) below!

~ jenelle