My Thoughts on Avengers: Endgame …

I don’t usually make a huge deal out of how much I love the Marvel films. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Black Widow … I think maybe I’ve posted one thing here and there on my Facebook. The most recent posts having come from just seeing the latest film, Avengers: Endgame. But rest assured, I am a HUGE fan of these films, and (like I tend to do way too much) I am also deeply invested in the characters.

Therefore, I’m about to go Marvel geek on everyone. I blame this on my being a writer who thinks of every possible scenario before I actually see a film. I attempt to work out every way a story could go, leading up to an absolutely epic ending (because we all knew Avengers: Endgame HAD to have an epic ending).

So, before I begin this post, be forewarned there are major spoilers ahead! If you haven’t seen Endgame (which I can’t imagine there’s anyone who’s a major fan out there who hasn’t yet), don’t read on. If you haven’t seen it and don’t care about spoilers, then please, do continue. 😉

Please keep in mind these are my thoughts purely as a viewer of the films. I have never read the comics and do not know what they did or did not change. These are my observations of the films one by one as they were released without any knowledge of how the comics played out.

I am going to talk about the very big thing that happened at the end of Endgame. At least, this was huge for me. Yes, my friends, this post is about Tony Stark. How could it not be? I am now going to put something to you that may or may not be true, but that I couldn’t help thinking about in the days following seeing the last Avengers movie (again, my writer’s mind at work here).

After I walked away from the theater, it occurred to me that while I didn’t see Tony’s death coming at the end, I should have. I realized, the Marvel films may have been preparing us for Tony’s death all along. Let’s look back on how many times Tony Stark cheated death.

In Iron Man (2008), before he even became a beloved super hero, he was fatally wounded and, by all accounts, should’ve died. Yet somehow, he ended up a prisoner with a man who planted a device in his chest to keep the shrapnel from entering his heart and killing him. What are the odds?

In Iron Man 2 (2010), we discover that the device created in the first film to save him, is now actually killing him. He should die by the end of the film, leaving us with no Tony Stark and completely heartbroken. But then, when there seems to be no hope of saving our favorite hero (or my favorite hero, depending on who yours is), boom! Tony discovers the key to his survival was right in front of him all along. He invents a new device and lives.

In The Avengers (2012), Tony comes together with a team of our heroes to defend New York City when Thor’s brother, Loki, attacks. In a last effort to save the city and all the innocent people still there, he flies a missile INTO SPACE and JUST makes it back through the portal before it closes. Even then, he appears quite dead when Hulk puts him on the ground after catching him, reviving only after a few heart-stopping moments and, in typical Tony fashion, then suggests they should all go to a Shawarma restaurant.

In Iron Man 3 (2013), Tony deals with some major PTSD from the events in The Avengers (2012). His fear of losing Pepper completely outweighs any fears he has for himself, leading him into even more dangerous waters. Tony does reveal in this film that he will do ANYTHING for the people he loves, bringing our hero to an ultimate character arc. There were a few moments in this film when I really believed this would be the end of our hero, but lo and behold he lives! This gave me the illusion that he would survive everything yet to come.

In Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Tony battles Thanos on a planet far, far from home. He gets the crap beat out of him by our villain and definitely loses this fight. Thanos is completely prepared to kill him, until Doctor Strange steps in, trading the Time Stone for Tony’s life. And of course (SPOILER) …

We now know this is because Strange had seen the ONE in FOURTEEN MILLION that they win this fight and it required Tony to die.

There were TWO more things that should’ve warned us Tony’s death was coming. The first one was Pepper’s presence at the battle. Come on. How many times has Pepper stepped up to fight with the Avengers? Um … never. So why would Doctor Strange bring her through one of his portals for the final battle against Thanos? Why would he think to himself, “I better go get Pepper Potts!”? Well, of course, because he knew Tony would need her at the end. At the time, this didn’t occur to me. I didn’t really think much of her appearance, or of how they made a point to let us know she was there.

The last warning came right before he died in Avengers: Endgame (2019). When Doctor Strange returns from the dead and Tony asks him if this is the ONE where they win, Doctor Strange looks at him pointedly and says,

“If I tell you, then it won’t happen.” (Not sure if that is the exact quote, but close enough ;)).

This should’ve been a BIG implication for us. But it wasn’t for me. Maybe because I really, really, REALLY didn’t want Tony Stark to die.

Everything depended on Tony taking those stones to save the world, which would certainly cost him his life. If he knew about it ahead of time, he would’ve been going over and over in his mind the different ways he possibly could manage to save the world and survive, for Pepper and Morgan’s sake. This would’ve probably made him hesitate when he needed to act, which would’ve cost the world EVERYTHING. Not knowing meant he had to make a split second decision to save the world, which he did. Because that was always who Tony was.

If he had time to think about things, he often made mistakes. Like in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). While Vision became an ally (the good thing that came out of this movie), creating Ultron, on the other hand, was a huge mistake and caused our heroes a lot of problems. But when Tony would simply be impulsive, acting on what was in his heart not his head, things always seemed to work out well (for the most part).

Watching and re-watching these movies has made me wonder if the writers intentionally weaved Tony’s destiny into the films, or if it simply came together that way by the end. Or maybe I’d just like to think this was all planned out from the beginning, giving viewers something to think about when they go back to watch the movies again. I just found it interesting that Tony survived so many things he shouldn’t have, only to make the ultimate sacrifice at the very end.

Well, not only … BECAUSE he HAD to make the ultimate sacrifice at the end. That’s why Doctor Strange willingly gave up the Time Stone. Because it wasn’t like someone else could’ve stepped in to do it. It HAD to be Tony.

So if you tie in all the other movies where Tony almost dies, but then didn’t, you can kind of put yourself in the mindset that it was because of THIS. This final act.

There. I’m done now. My two cents (or twenty) on the page. Funny, I realized I wouldn’t be able to let this go until I got it down in writing. This has always been the best way I can express myself. I mean writing is, after all, what I do. 😉

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Cover Reveal, Endorsements, & Reviews!

Good Morning everyone!

I am so happy to announce I finally finished Book 3 of The Winter Queen Series! This was, perhaps, the hardest one I wrote so far. I was so certain I would be finished with it before the end of 2018, only to discover my characters had their own plans. New faces popping up and unexpected plot twists held me back from finishing when and where I thought I would. Then, the moment I finally wrote the last sentence, I was overcome with exhaustion and relief! Until I remembered now the editing had to start … 😉

But even with the long road of editing in my future, I am very happy with where this story is going. I had such a clear picture in my mind of how this ongoing tale would begin and how it would end. But the middle had always been a bit fuzzy for me. Now that I’ve battled through the in-between (books 2 and 3, respectively), I am looking forward to starting the finale! Book 4, Winter’s Light, has begun!

I am now excited to reveal the cover of Crown of Flames to you! Along with a little blurb to get you excited to read. 🙂

 

COF - 1The Almaër Dominÿe has risen from the flames …

Damari Kael has been transformed into the Almaër Dominÿe, as was foretold. But with this title, comes the responsibility of a people Damari knows nothing about. She knows only that their country is under attack, and she must go to war against those she once called family.

Clea Jandry has invoked a birthright she did not know belonged to her. In search of the Summer Flower to strengthen her weakening magic, Clea finds herself tested by a king long thought dead.

Far away, in the heart of Sunkai, Gelsey Malaki of the Night Wood attempts to hold the throne against a mounting evil. But Raphaela Kael’s power has increased since she left the Mother City for Kaldon, awakening a darkness which covers all the land in the evil of the Abyss.

In the north, Adlae Sundragon has received a message from the shadows. She now knows her fate and must act. Yet even as loyal men and women gather from across Nfaros to her side, she feels the Abyss growing stronger. Only in the Circle of the Sundragon—only within the crown of flames her family created—will Adlae find the answers to destroy the darkness.

Add Crown of Flames to your Goodreads list HERE.

This is one of my favorite covers so far! I was so pleased with how it came out, and struggled so much holding back from revealing it until now! I hope you find it just as captivating as I do.

I’m also excited to announce we already have a release date! Crown of Flames will release on June 7th 2019!!! Commit to memory and be sure to look for it!

Now, I have a request! In the past, I’ve always waited until the last minute to make this request, scrambling so close to my release date for assistance. So I thought I’d ask in advance this time around.

To all Authors: I need endorsements! I understand this is the third book of a series, and perhaps you are afraid of being totally lost if you haven’t read the first two books. As the author, I can tell you that there are certain themes in the novel that might warrant explanation from the previous two books. However, Crown of Flames stands pretty well on its own in my opinion and I hope, even if you haven’t read 1 & 2, that you will consider contacting me about writing an endorsement! Remember, release date is June 7th, so there’s lots of time to read! You can find me on Facebook and private message me, or contact me here through my blog. 🙂

To all Readers: I need reviews! If you’ve read books 1 & 2, please consider leaving a review for me on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other social media site where my books appear. But I’d also like to have two or three advance reviews online for Crown of Flames. My book probably won’t appear on Amazon very long before the release date, however if you could have a review ready that would be amazing! And it’s already up on Goodreads, so a review there would be great too.

Everyone, please keep in mind the advanced copy of Crown of Flames you receive will only be partially edited. If you could overlook any errors, that would be greatly appreciated as Book 3 is still being worked on by me and my editor.

Thank you all for your consideration and for stopping by my blog today! I hope you’re as excited about Crown of Flames as I am and I look forward to sharing more about the book as we move closer and closer to the release!

Giveaway!!!

Good morning everyone!

Remember I mentioned a giveaway yesterday? Well here we go! I am giving away 3 signed copies of book 2 of my fantasy series, Dance of Shadows. Originally, I wanted to do this giveaway on Goodreads, like I’ve done in the past. Unfortunately, since my last giveaway, Goodreads has changed their rules and are now charging for giveaways. Since I am not in a position to pay for a giveaway hosted by them, but still wanted to give away the copies I have, I am going through Rafflecopter.

RGB_Dance of Shadows (1)I am very excited to be giving these copies away. If you’ve read Winter Queen and enjoyed it, I hope you’re as anxious to know what happens next as I was when I was writing Dance! This book took my story to another level and I very much hope you will enjoy reading it!

Let me tell you a little bit about how Rafflecopter works. You will find a link to the giveaway below. Once you go to the page, you will be able to select several options that will give you a certain amount of entries for your chance to win a free signed copy of my book. At the end of the giveaway, 3 lucky winners will be chosen at random to receive a signed copy of my novel. Remember, the more options you choose to complete, the more entries you receive which increases your chances at winning my book! It’s very easy, very fun, and winners will be announced on December 29th!

I hope you’ll participate in the giveaway and hope you’ll enjoy my book!

Rafflecopter link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/723b81ac3/?

A New Journey Begins …

It’s the most wonderful time of the year …

FBPost4Christmas is coming, it’s marvelously cold outside, and I have been crazy busy with my book! Crown of Flames, book 3 of my fantasy series, is just about halfway done and my plan to finish it by the end of the year has me glued to my laptop in an attempt to write, write, write until it’s done! Whether or not I’m able to finish by December 31st, I must say I am so happy with the way the book is going. Dance of Shadows was a bit easier to write, but despite the struggle with book 3, continuing the story of the Sundragon sisters has been a true joy.

I am so looking forward to sharing some book reviews with you soon. Keep your eyes open for my review of T.E. Bradford’s novel, Child of Prophecy, coming very soon. Book Reviews Coming Soon!In the coming year, I am going to try to keep up more with my book reviews, so you should be seeing my (hopefully favorable 😉 ) opinion on a mix of fantasy, romance, and historical novels in the coming months.

Now … who’s ready for a giveaway? Because one is coming! I will be hosting a giveaway for 3 signed copies of Dance of Shadows! So be sure to check back tomorrow for the details.

Now, in other news, I have a very special announcement to make. Today, I am launching a brand new blog! This website is completely fantasy based for the purpose of promoting writers of speculative fiction as well as attracting readers who love the fantasy genre.

Other Worlds: Discovering New Worlds One Fantasy Writer at a Time, has been created for the purpose of helping writers get some free promotion, as well as introducing readers to authors they may not have heard about before. I have always wanted to create a website that reaches out to authors who are trying to get their name out there, but haven’t quite made it yet. As someone who still struggles with marketing and promotion, who is very limited at the moment to what she is able to do, I understand how tough it can be when you’ve poured your heart into your book but you’re running out of ideas to keep people interested and attract new readers.

Will you become famous overnight by participating on my new blog? I’d like to say yes. 😉 But all I can promise is a little extra promotion that will reach some readers you may not have reached before. Oh, and did I mention it will be lots of fun?

I hope you’ll stop by to check out what the new blog is all about and I hope to hear from you soon!

Other Worlds: https://otherworldsfantasywriters.wordpress.com/

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It’s Here!!!

Good Morning everyone!

I am SO excited! Dance of Shadows, book 2 in The Winter Queen Series, released on October 29th! Who’s ready to get reading? Book 2 was so fun to write. There’s more of everything in this book. More danger, romance, dragons, and new characters! Everyone from book 1 grows and develops a little more in this story and it was such a thrill for me to write about them.

FBPost4I received so much support with this second book! If you were able to stop by Facebook on Monday evening, then you know the launch party was a huge success! I was joined by four other wonderful authors who made the night even better with games, giveaways and live videos. I’m so looking forward to repeating the experience next year with book 3!

Dance of Shadows is now available on Amazon and you can purchase your paperback copy HERE. Also, keep your eyes open! A Goodreads Giveaway will be coming up soon for your chance to win a signed copy of Dance!

Now, just to refresh your memory, here is the back cover blurb for Dance of Shadows! I hope you enjoy this second installment of my fantasy series, and don’t forget to leave a review! 😉

The Winter Queen has brought the storm … RGB_Dance of Shadows (1)
and the Abyss roams the halls of the Blood Keep.

Ten days have passed since Sundragon blood was shed for a sacrifice by Raphaela Kael. Ten days since Lathan and Maxx Jandry fled the city in search of Princess Damari Kael and their niece, Noelle. Brecken Jandry, Brae’s loyal husband, remains a tortured prisoner in the Kael dungeons and no one in Sunkai is safe from Roderick and Raphaela’s wrath.

Damari Kael flees Sunkai with little Noelle Jandry, determined to deliver the child to the safety of the Shadow Lands, even as her own power emerges within her. The Eventide Sisters embark on a mission to join the Winter Queen. Across the land, Clea Jandry arrives in her birthplace of Molderëin where she is met with a savagery she thought long dead. Afra Malaki seeks the Creator’s will and the Queen of the Woodlands prepares for battle.

In the peaceful city of Quintaria, the Winter Queen grieves. But the shadows are coming for her. They carry a message for Adlae Sundragon, and they will not rest until all is revealed.

Cover Reveal!!

So, the moment has arrived! It is time for me to reveal to you the BEAUTIFUL cover for Book 2 of The Winter Queen Series.

I am excited to say I am now in my second round of edits for A Dance of Shadows! We are one step closer to publication!

And now … drumroll please …

Tada!

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A Dance of Shadows should be coming your way this October as long as all goes well! I am so very excited for you to find out what happens to our characters in this next installment of my fantasy series, as well as for you to be introduced to some new people and places!

Now, to finish up, here’s the summary for A Dance of Shadows!

The Winter Queen has brought the storm … 
and the Abyss roams the halls of the Blood Keep.

Ten days have passed since Sundragon blood was shed for a sacrifice by Raphaela Kael. Ten days since Lathan and Maxx Jandry fled the city in search of Princess Damari Kael and their niece, Noelle. Brecken Jandry, Brae’s loyal husband, remains a tortured prisoner in the Kael dungeons and no one in Sunkai is safe from Roderick and Raphaela’s wrath.

Damari Kael flees Sunkai with little Noelle Jandry, determined to deliver the child to the safety of the Shadow Lands, even as her own power emerges within her. The Eventide Sisters embark on a mission to join the Winter Queen. Across the land, Clea Jandry arrives in her birthplace of Molderëin where she is met with a savagery she thought long dead. Afra Malaki seeks the Creator’s will and the Queen of the Woodlands prepares for battle.

In the peaceful city of Quintaria, the Winter Queen grieves. But the shadows are coming for her. They carry a message for Adlae Sundragon, and they will not rest until all is revealed.

Don’t forget to add A Dance of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads, here!

Battle of the Genres

Oh my. These past two months have been a whirlwind of imagination and inspiration! Torn between my Historical Romance and the third book of my Fantasy series, my mind has been so scrambled I completely forgot to update everyone on my progress with book 2 of The Winter Queen Series.

Since I’ve been asked a couple of times, let me start by saying there is no official release G's Vow 4date yet, but I have finished my edits and submitted the book to my publisher! I’m very excited to share all the changes that occur in book 2, the development of characters you all met in book 1 and the romance that blossoms between some of our favorite people. Not to mention all the new characters you’ll get to meet. Already having written over 20,000 words for book 3 of the series, I am so enjoying adding more and more people, magic, and romance to this continuing tale.

In the meantime, inspiration has taken hold for a mid-18th century romance and I need your help! I have my characters and my ideas, but the more I think about where I want this story to go, the more it changes! I can’t decide which version I want to write, which is more compelling and which, in the end, I like the most. So give me a hand, people! Here is a very short description of my ideas. Leave in the comments which one you’d be interested in reading the most and help this poor writer make a decision!

Idea #1: 1750s Virginia Territory. A young woman, recently moved to a secluded valley with her family to start a new life meets a strange and mysterious man of Native American descent. This is a Romeo & Juliet scenario in which the couple battle prejudice on both sides, leading not only to the possible destruction of our female lead, but a nation of people as well.

Idea #21750s Adirondack Mountains area. A British woman seeking a purpose travels across the sea to the New World, only to find herself in the middle of a war. When she meets a man who should be her enemy, she finds herself falling in love. But just when she thinks she’s claimed her future for herself, she’s torn away from him and sent home against her will. Now, they will both do whatever it takes to find each other again. (This would be an ongoing story, at least 2 books if not more.)

So, let me know what you think! Should I pursue both ideas, or focus on one? My fingers are itching to write, but I can’t seem to settle on one project. As I write book 3 of The Winter Queen, this is the story I want to turn to when I come up empty and need a short break from Adlae and her followers. So leave your comments below and let me know which of these books you’d be more interested in reading! 🙂

Now, to bring this to an end, let me introduce you to another character who you’ll meet in book 2, A Dance of Shadows!

Everyone, meet Gwylan! Draedinian and an Eventide Sister, Gwylan is one of the most powerful women north of Sunkai. Leader of a small band of Eventide Sisters, Gwylan sets out on a mission given by her Superiors to find the Winter Queen and unite their forces against Roderick and Raphaela Kael. However, along the way Gwylan encounters Maxx Jandry, who changes her life with a simple gesture.

Gwylan has been an interesting character to create and develop. Stubborn and aloof, sheGwylan 2 doesn’t welcome people into her heart very easily. But upon meeting Maxx Jandry, she begins to change. While her story begins in A Dance of Shadows, we don’t really get to know her until book 3. But I hope you’ll enjoy meeting her and finding out exactly what tradition Maxx unwittingly puts into practice upon their meeting. 😉

 

That’s all for now! I hope everyone has a great rest of their week and a fantastic weekend. 🙂