on change and reoccurring fears

One of my “resolutions” for 2021 was to explore my faith, what it means to me, and how I want to live it.

The other day I was considering my “resolutions” and the way I feel like I’ve been quite lax on truly pursuing them, only to realize that without fully meaning to, I’ve actually been really honing in on that faith one in particular.

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Phoenix Fiction Writers 3rd Anniversary Sale!

*scrambles in at the last possible moment carrying a sloshy bowl of ramen noodle soup, one earbud stuffed in and barely audible snatches of the Hadestown soundtrack drifting from the other as it swings wildly about*

Hello, friends!!

*deposits ramen bowl haphazardly on a nearby surface, wipes away a “Wait for Me”-induced tear, and removes earbud*

Today’s post is here to tell you all about the sale currently being held on the Phoenix Fiction Writers’ website in honor of their third anniversary. In fact, I’ve got a few handy little graphics here from E. B. Dawson, editor-in-chief of PFW and an awesome author herself, that show off some of the shiny things you can expect to find in this sale:

I will hasten to add that these promos don’t represent everything included in the sale! For a more complete list of all the books and merch options available, head over to the PFW official site and check out their top post: www.phoenixfictionwriters.com.

I won’t make assumptions about the situations of everyone who could see this post, but I know I have some extra Christmas money that I’m planning to use on books, and I feel like it’s possible that some of my readers do as well. So if you’ve been eyeballing any of the books by the PFW authors (including such cool creatives as the aforementioned E. B. Dawson, Hannah Heath, Beth Wangler, and Deck Matthews, among others!), it’s definitely worth checking to see if the titles you’ve been wanting are included in this sale. Or, if you’re just looking for a small sampling of the work of some of these authors, there are also some freebie short stories available–a historically-set fantasy tale from Janelle Garrett’s Steward Saga series, a story from C. Scott Frank’s hard sci-fi Echo in the Black series, a novella from the universe of J. E. Purazzi’s cyberpunk Malfunction Trilogy, a few stories from across the fairytales-retold universe of the Afterverse by Kyle Robert Shultz, and more! And of course, there are so many cool options for merchandise graced by Grace Crandall’s fabulous art based on the short stories from the PFW anthology collection, Antiheroes (which is itself on sale as well!)

I think this post has quickly turned into an opportunity to fangirl… oh well. I guess I should wrap things up before I end up gushing too much more. 😂

Oh! But there is one more important detail! Today is the last day of the sale!! (I actually wasn’t joking when I said I was doing this at the last minute.) So if anything from this sale has piqued your interest, you’ll need to move fast!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and is currently enjoying an equally-lovely week-after-Christmas! For now, I think I’m off to spend a little of my own Christmas money… 😉

Stay safe, warm, and well, everyone!

✨ Shay

cover reveal — Blood of the Seer by C. M. Banschbach

It’s time for the second day in a row with a (late 😶) cover reveal from Shay!

(yes, if you haven’t figured it out already, I’m about a week later than everyone else who participated in these reveals. I had to push them back a bit so I could wrap up my final school assignments for the semester before attempting to get involved with blogging again.)

This time I get to show you all the cover of book 2 of the Dragon Keep Chronicles by C. M. Baschbach, Blood of the Seer!

A blood curse.

A shadow world.

An indomitable evil.

A forgotten bond.

Banished for a crime he didn’t commit, Rhys MacDuffy risked his life to rescue the little brother he no longer could claim as his own. Sean, the Seer of Clan MacDuffy, returns from his ordeal to war between the Clans and Lord Adam Barkley. Moreover, the Clan Lords refuse to lift the exile on Rhys. No outcast has ever been forgiven.

But the druids who held Sean captive have taken the key to controlling his powers—his blood. Rhys determines to keep his brother safe no matter the cost. Heedless of the war, he leads his rowdy band of Mountain Brigands on a hunt to destroy the druids before they destroy Sean with their dark magic.

The druids force Sean into a shadow world full of demons and danger, where their menacing god Deronis can consume him. Yet Rhys is able to follow Sean into the other world. There they discover an older magic that might be the key to stopping the druids.

The bond of brotherhood between Rhys and Sean runs deep. But is it strong enough to stand against the druid’s blood god?

This cover is so! pretty! When I got the email with the media kit for this cover reveal, I literally just had to stare at my phone making heart eyes at the cover for about a full 3 minutes before I could process the rest of the information in the kit. 😂

I have to admit that I’m still catching up on the Dragon Keep Chronicles. I got book 1 in paperback for Christmas last year, and I would love to fit it in before book 2 releases in February, though it remains to be seen if that will actually happen or not.

Here’s a little more info on the author herself:

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C.M. Banschbach is a native Texan and would make an excellent hobbit if she wasn’t so tall. She’s an overall dork, pizza addict, and fangirl. When not writing fantasy stories packed full of adventure and snark, she works as a pediatric Physical Therapist where she happily embraces the fact that she never actually has to grow up.

She writes clean YA/MG fantasy-adventure as Claire M. Banschbach.

I’ve followed Claire for some time on Instagram, and she’s very sweet and engaging with her readers and fellow writers on there. She’s definitely one of my favorite authors to follow. If you’re interested in following her around the web, her Instagram handle is @cmbanschbach (or you can follow this link straight to her page), her Facebook is also @cmbanschbach (or you can follow this link), and she’s on Pinterest as @clairebanschbach (or you can follow this link). You can also check out her website, ClaireMBanschback.com.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering Blood of the Seer, here are links to where you can do so!

Kindle preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QGFCCT8/

Other online retailers (still being added as the book uploads): https://www.draft2digital.com/book/645703

I hope y’all check out Claire’s writing and her books, and I’ll be back tomorrow to share about the sale from the Phoenix Fiction Writers happening this weekend.

Stay safe and well and warm, my friends!

✨ Shay

cover reveal — Sing to Me of Rain by E. B. Dawson

Hello friends!

I’m currently enjoying my holiday break from school very much… but imposter syndrome is already beginning to set in, telling me that I shouldn’t be enjoying all this time to myself to read, draw, and catch up on my set-aside cosplay projects without doing something productive to deserve the time I send on them.

Luckily, I’ve got just the thing for these pesky feelings of unworthiness!! A trusty battle-ready frying pan cleverly disguised as a handful of promotional posts I’ve volunteered to do for a few of my favorite authors!!

First up in my queue is this cover reveal from E. B. Dawson of her upcoming book, Sing to Me of Rain!

Sing to Me of Rain

“An innocent naiad. A wounded boy. An adventure that will change their lives forever.”

Plip is a naiad of the Great Waterfall, destined to one day sing the songs that send rain out into the world. 

Akino isn’t destined for anything but trouble. His father long gone, his mother working on a plantation far away, he doesn’t really belong in the village below the Waterfall. And the villagers don’t let him forget it. 

When Akino convinces Plip to travel down the mountain with him, for his own selfish purposes, he launches them into a world more dangerous than either of them could imagine. A world where people are not always what they seem and the rain does not fall evenly across the land.  

Preorder Sing to Me of Rain!

I’m personally very excited for this book. I’m still catching up on the rest of E. B. Dawson’s currently-published work, but she’s quickly claimed a spot in the top tier of my favorite sci-fi authors. I’m currently reading her futuristic, genderbent retelling of Sherlock Holmes, Watson and Holmes, and it is ah-mazing! (ngl, I would die for Terrence the small robotic houseplant. he’s a bby. 🥺) Since I mostly know her writing from her more spacey-wacey writings, I’m really eager to read what she does with an imaginative fantasy setting.

Should you be interested in checking out Dawson’s blog, I’ll stick a link for that right here: EBDawsonWriting.com. And here’s a link to her Twitter and Instagram, in case you’d like to follow her on those platforms (I do, and I would recommend it 😉).

I’ll be back very soon with another cover reveal and a cool sale from the Phoenix Fiction Authors!

✨ Shay

hello, self-loathing my old friend–a reflection on past mistakes, the conflicting desires of being known and being safe, and (somehow) Gospel parallels in my latest musical obsession

Please tell me I’m not the only one who occasionally fantasizes about erasing their own timeline. Really, wouldn’t the world be better without the long trail of my various offenses and misdemeanors against thoughtful society? That time I expressed a foolish opinion in front of all my classmates, or said something hurtful to my sister about her new hairstyle without even realizing it, or raged on social media about topics that no one will even remember in another half-a-decade. I wonder sometimes about how my childhood BFF is doing, if she ever recovered from all the times my insensitivity made her run off sobbing. It’s the main thing that stops me from trying to reconnect with her now, although it’s been around ten years since the last time we talked–what if she still hates me for that time I told her only babies were scared of worms? how many therapy sessions did it take her to recover from the years we were friends?

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