Battling through a demonic assassin and an army of monsters, Luke Callindor has survived his time at Hamilton Military Academy. Now, Luke and his friends must leave the safety of the academy to escort Duke Solomon’s heir down the L’dandrin River and into the safety of the city of Gods’ Voice. Joining them for this journey is Nyx, a powerful caster apprentice of Rainbow Tower. With her talent for combat magic and her short temper, Nyx will prove to be a challenge for Luke and all of their enemies.
Who will survive the harrowing trip down the L’dandrin River? And, who will be the one to break Luke’s trust?
Okay everyone, A Girl Named Cord has just been sent off for review! So by early tomorrow morning, it will be available for your reading pleasure!!!
I feel like a parent who has just sent her youngest child off to college and is waiting nervously to see if he will fit in with the rest of the real world. So now, all I can do is anxiously wait for an email confirming that I have crossed all my ‘T’s and dotted my ‘I’s, and congratulate my that my ‘baby’ has been finally been published!
It has been a long road to publication, since I started writing this book in 2009 and only just finished writing it this spring. Then came the big decision, do I self-publish this book, or start querying agents? I chose the first option, since I wasn’t sure I had the patience to wait for the rejection letters. Then I started editing. I though I was done so then I found some beta readers. They threw light on the fact that I am NOT an editor. But they helped me along, and I finally felt like my manuscript was ready to be shared with the rest of the world. (This is a head’s up to all of you people who go through my now-finished book and exclaim “Here is a typo!”, I don’t want to hear it!!!) I already had a cover, but then I got an offer for a new one, which of course, I jumped at. And as it turns out, the cover art came out beautifully and just made the deadline, which was awesome.
And now, here I am. Playing the waiting game that most authors hate. But I also have a feeling of accomplishment. All that is left to do is rake in the royalties. (I’m trying to be optimistic here, okay?)
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Jade is one of the sweetest, funniest, and thoughtfullest (yes, that is a word, even though my spellchecker argues that it isn’t) person here on WordPress.
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What do you like about main characters? Do you connect with them better if they have the same personality as you (i.e. shy, smart, funny, etc.)?
What MUST a character be in order to seem real? Do you like a faultless character or one that goofs up at times and isn’t ashamed to admit it?
Oh! I have just had the total honor to read a pre-release of the novel A Girl Named Cord by Briana C. Vedsted. Before I was introduced to Briana’s books, it had been a long time since I’d read anything written for young adults.
I would like to begin my review by saying that I am not a fan of Westerns…I am merely a poet and the daughter of a man who adored – somewhat secretly – Western novels. One can never be sure what creates attraction. The important thing is that I was immediately attracted and fully led into the story woven by Ms. Vedsted.
I left this novel with very clear images of its characters. Jake and Ghost, the seemingly shadow cousins; Cord, the young woman coming of age during a difficult time in her own life and, I believe, historically.