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Eléonore Blurb Reveal

Hi friends 🙂

It’s late Sunday evening here, and I have to admit that it’s been a rather dismal weekend. I intend to make sure this new week is a better one.

This post will be a brief one. Its purpose is to, as promised, present the blurb for my novella, Eléonore.

I finished my final edits and am sending it off to a proofreader tomorrow. Meanwhile, I’m waiting for another draft of my cover. Hopefully I’ll be able to reveal that this week!

That December release is looking ever more probable!

Now, to the blurb!

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Hope you all have had a beautiful weekend! Stay well, friends!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink



Announcement Time | Nearing Achievement of a 2016 Goal

Happy Friday, friends!

I hope you’re all doing well, surviving NaNo if you decided to embrace the madness 😉

I have a big announcement. It’s the kind of announcement I’ve been waiting to make for a while… and when I say a while, I mean years.


Wait for it!

I am officially self-publishing my debut novella!

That’s right! I’ve been working a little crazily and I didn’t want to say anything until I could be sure, but with positive feedback from my beta readers I’ve decided to take the proverbial leap!

So December 2016, I’ll be releasing Eléonore as an ebook on Amazon, with hopefully a paperback version coming late December or early January!

Wait a minute while I pinch myself ;P

This post right now is probably coming off as a little rant of insanity, so apologies, but I’ve been excited to share this news for some time and I don’t know how to properly articulate just how pleased I am that I’m actually finally taking the plunge and sharing my first story with the world.

The next few weeks are going to be a little hectic, so bear with me if I disappear for long periods of time. It’s a lot to juggle, but I have such a supportive team behind me, which includes you, my fellow readers!

So many of my friends have published their books this year and they’ve inspired me with their perseverance, so to all of you — and you know who you are — thank you for sharing your journey  with me because I don’t think I’d be here right now if it wasn’t for you.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be revealing my blurb and cover for my little novella, as well as a more precise publication date. Early December is the aim, but I still need to finalize one thing before I can be sure of making this self-imposed deadline. When I know, you’ll know. 😉

For now, let me just remind you that Eléonore is an urban fantasy set in Montreal. It’s a novella of about 40k words and features Eléonore, a single mother who stacks shelves by day and hunts demons by night. Always the hunter, things get tricky when she discovers there’s a bounty on her head…

I’m signing off now! Have to get back to some last minute edits and writing my NaNoWriMo story (5565 words so far)!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Take care and keep pursuing your dreams!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

Beautiful Books 2016 | The Desert Knight


Happy Monday and Happy Halloween Friends!

November is fast approaching (aka: it’s tomorrow!) and with it comes NaNoWriMo!

In honour of it Cait of PaperFury and Sky of FurtherUpFurtherIn are hosting the Beautiful Books link-up, a change-up from the usual Beautiful People! But the idea is the same: ten question prompts to introduce your work in progress.

Today, I’m sharing one of the two books I’ll be working on for NaNoWriMo: The Desert Knight.

What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

The Desert Knight is set in the realm where Pirate Eyes is located. I loved the world I created so much that I started to imagine different ideas. I marked it down maybe five years ago, but only now realized that it would be a great idea to bring to life as another novella.

Describe what your novel is about!

The Desert Knight is the story of a masked vigilante who travels the dunes at night, protecting innocents from bandits and murderers.

What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

If you want to take a look at The Desert Knight’s aesthetics, you should check out my pinterest board 🙂

Introduce us to each of your characters!

Our main character is a young woman named Parvana. She has a dark past and pursues justice as a vigilante in the night.

Nitareva is a young girl whose life will never the same after one calculated act of violence.

Daltan is a holy man who is devoted to the god Rika, and Parvana’s mentor.

Ghazeen is a famed warrior, dishonorably discharged for a crime committed.

Sristi is a soothsayer and a servant of the goddess Kari. She has been Parvana’s adopted mother.

How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

All of the above 😉

In truth, I mostly focus on developing my characters, getting inside their head and creating a general plan of action for the plot. With this one, I’m focusing a lot on researching too, focusing on the culture, religion and magic system of this Dalosian desert territory.

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

The ensemble of characters that will support Parvana on her quest. I really love this cast. They remind me a lot of Keira’s crew mates in my Pirate Eyes novel. The same bunch of loveable misfits 🙂

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

  1. Arid and dangerous.
  2. Lush and exotic.
  3. Restless and changing.

What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Parvana’s goal is to protect the innocent residents of the desert from the injustices of evil humans. Think that covers the who (or what) as well 😉

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

I’d like to imagine that Parvana succeeds in recapturing a bit of the innocence she had previously lost but we’ll have to wait and see…

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

The main themes are the loss of innocence, the bond of family, the search for justice.

I hope that readers leave the story feeling thoughtful and satisfied, maybe a little sad, but mostly hopeful.

Okay, that’s it for today’s post 🙂

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow and my days are going to be packed writing The Desert Knight and editing Eléonore! Look out for an announcement on Friday by the way! I have some exciting news to share 🙂

And if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, let me know what story your working on. You can find me under the username faith_therivens! Let’s join forces and conquer this month together!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Thirtieth (Eléonore Edition)

Happy Monday Friends!

As you’ve undoubtedly realized, I’ve been a bit inconsistent lately with posts. Why, you might ask? Well, I blame a woman named Eléonore and the story she made me tell.

For those of you who don’t already know, here’s the basic premise (please note it should be Eléonore not Eléanor – there was a bit of scuffle over how her name should be spelled…I lost):

September 1st, I sat down to start a novella. What followed was twenty-five whirlwind days of writing. I had an outline of my major plot points, I knew what my story’s conclusion was going to be. Everything else was up for grabs. It was a little more laissez-faire than I’m used to, but it was a good exercise for myself and, overall, I think it was an enriching experience.

I planned to have this novella done by October 1st, but I reached the story’s conclusion last night. First draft was completed just a little shy of my intended word count…

Once I hit the climax, I was ensnared and the words just came. I love those moments when you get so wrapped up in the world and everything disappears. When I wrote the final sentence (cheated here a little, because I knew what that was going to be since September 1st), I will admit to you, friends, I was proud of myself.

This is technically the fifth story I’ve finished writing (we’re talking first drafts here people). I’m planning to do a post on the other four shortly, but for now I’ll list them off. Pirate Eyes (the original version written in 2006), Stolen Minds (sequel to Pirate Eyes completed in 2012), Pirate Eyes (the new draft of the first half of the original Pirate Eyes – I kid you not, it felt like writing a whole new novel with new goals and a different structure of development – completed 2015) & Heritage (my first NaNoWriMo completed novel written in 2015).

Five stories. Five different experiences. With each written novel, I feel as though I have gained more insight into the writing craft. And there is still so much to learn.

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The plan now is to give myself this week off writing, to let my story sit and rest. We’ve gone through a lot together in the last twenty-five days and some time apart will do us a lot of good. I’m hoping to start editing on October 1st. After that…

I have a beta-reader lined up and I’m looking for an editor as well because I think this might be the one. Friends, I believe Eléonore will mark my debut as a published author. But before I count my chickens, I’ll wait to see how the eggs crack October 1st.

In the meantime, I’ll be catching up on your blogs and completing the beta reads and critiques I have piled up. I have to apologize for falling behind. I’ve been selfish and it isn’t right. It’s something I’m working on…

Stay tuned this week for some special posts introducing the titular heroine of Eléonore and the world/characters that define her life.

Before signing off, I just want to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you who have supported me this past year. I believe that God has blessed me with your encouraging words. I hope you know that I believe that you can persevere, that you can fulfill every dream you set your heart to. Never give up on your happiness. Never be ashamed to be who you are.

How are your projects coming? Any recent accomplishments to share? Any big goals lined up in this last week of September 2016 (wait that can’t be right!!)? I’d love to hear about your progress and aspirations!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink