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The Iníonaofa Chronicles | Title Reveal & Other Tidbits

Happy Thursday friends!

Today, I’m excited to share some news about my urban fantasy series: The Iníonaofa Chronicles.

First, let me highlight some tidbits about the series that you might not yet be aware of…

PRONUNCIATION:

I’ve gotten a few questions about this one, so I figured it would be a good idea to share the trick of it with you.

Iníonaofa combines two Irish words: Iníon and Naofa.

Iníon means daughter or girl and Naofa means holy or sacred. For the purpose of this story, the word Iníonaofa means Sacred Daughters. The purpose of that, well… you’ll have to read to find out.

Now, how do you pronounce it? As such: In – een – nay – fa.

The Series Structure:

I have a total of twelve novels/novellas planned for this series. I can’t go into too much detail for some of them because it will spoil a major arc. At the moment, four full length novels will make up the core of the series with the novellas working as companion pieces. In this large system, Eléonore works as a prequel of sorts, but an essential one, as the character of Eléonore is at the heart of the series. I would recommend reading her before leaping into the series…

And speaking about leaping into the series, now seems like the perfect time to present the title reveal for Book One of the Iníonaofa Chronicles…………………………………

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TITLE REVEAL

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That’s right. HERALDING.

I don’t have a blurb to share with you right now, mainly because I haven’t written one yet, but also because any blurb would hold some spoilers for Eléonore, but I can share a small premise (if you really don’t want spoilers, just skip the purple bit)…

Eléonore scratched only the surface of a grander plot in Quebec City. Demons and sorcerers are conspiring, a new force is awakening, and all of it heralds an entirely more sinister hellhole of trouble for Eléonore to get sucked into.

CRAFTING THE SERIES

This is just a reminder that for the next few months every second Thursday will be dedicated to a new blog series – CRAFTING THE SERIES – that will explore my journey with Eléonore. I’ll start with conceiving of the idea. If everything goes well, I’ll be providing PDFs to accompany each step to help you take your story from creation to publication too!

Exciting times are coming 🙂


May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

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This Week in Review | 05.02.17-12.02.17

Good evening!

Sunday is coming to a close here friends. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine’s been fairly productive, if not a little hectic at the same time.

Just coming to share the highlights of my week with you 🙂


Posts on My Blog

Eléonore Annoucement

REVIEW | Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle

REVIEW | Desert Jewel by Natalina Reis

My Writing Projects

I’m working on two main projects at the moment, the sequel to Eléonore – title reveal coming this week – and a new high fantasy screenplay. I’ve reached 7k in the sequel and 10 pages in my screenplay which is less than I hoped, but not shabby when all is said and done.

I’ve outlined both so I know where the story is going in each case and expecting that some changes will be coming as they always do. It’s the plantser in me.

My screenplay is one that I conceived a few years ago, but left without touching for a while. After rewatching all of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies with my sister, I felt inspired to pick it up again and try something new: to write a fantasy film without basing it on a novel. I think the story is unique and I look forward to sharing more about it as it comes.

With regards to the second book in the Iníonaofa Chronicles, I like how it’s taking shape, though I am also aware that it’s going to need a wee bit of editing once it’s done. Not worrying about that now, though. This first draft is about the writing!


Hope you’ve all had an amazing week and best of luck with the next one. Let me know what special moments have defined your life this week. Stay safe and be good to one another, friends!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Eléonore & the Iníonaofa Chronicles | A Couple of Updates

Happy Thursday friends,

I’ll try to keep this post as short as possible. I just have a few announcements to share with you today concerning my debut urban fantasy novella Eléonore

What People are Saying…

It’s been over two months since Eléonore was published and I can’t express how pleased I am to see how warmly she’s been received. Here are snippets of reviews:

33113796This is Faith Rivens’ debut work, and she has burst onto the scene with a bang.

Eléonore was a wonderful read for so many reasons. There’s a lot of action, a great main character, and enough feelings to make any brick tear up!

I was particularly impressed by the natural character banter and strong character building that made this story feel remarkably effortless – a true pleasure to read.

Faith Rivens has a wonderful way with phrasing, sentence structure and story pace, and her dialogue is effortless.

I think Eléonore is the kind of character you can’t help but love. She’s a kick-ass heroine, not perfect but a strong-willed one.

If you enjoy urban fantasy, you should absolutely give Eléonore a try. I’m looking forward to further books from this author.

Seriously, everyone! These words warm my heart! I’m extremely grateful that she’s received as much positive feedback as she has. You never know when you put your first work forward what you’ll get in return. The support and encouragement is more than I dared to hope for!

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If you want to see more, you can check out Eléonore’s GOODREADS PAGE.

A WEEKEND SALE!

Starting tomorrow and running up to (and including) Sunday, February 12th, Eléonore will be on sale for 5.00$ on CreateSpace.

If you’d like a chance to grab a physical copy, now is the time 🙂

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COMING DISTRACTIONS!

This is the announcement I’m most excited to share with you. Starting in two weeks, I’ll be scheduling bimonthly posts (that’s every second week) about my process of writing Eléonore. I’ll go through the entire journey of it, from conception to publication and a bit beyond.

I benefited in the past from fellow writing bloggers who have shared their take on the craft and I hope to lend others the same inspiration and motivation to conceive their own ideas and write the story in their heart.

On top of this, I’m in the middle of preparing a bimonthly newsletter. It’s not ready yet, but with any luck it’ll be up in time to coincide with the first of my Eléonore writing posts. So keep a sharp eye. 🙂

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A final note, I’m currently working on the sequel to Eléonore. It will be the full length novel in a planned quartet. Next week, I’ll share a title reveal and a bit more about the exciting plans I have for the Iníonaofa Chronicles!


Well, that’s it from me for right now. Stay well, dearest friends!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Rage and Ruin | Katie Roman

Hi Friends,

Here’s a very brief review for you. I hope to have another up later.

Thank you to NetGalley and Katie Roman Books for this ARC.


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BLURB

Bridget O’Malley’s temper has always been trouble. It’s made her the black sheep of the family, cost her customers at her bar, and ruined relationships, but it has never put her life in danger. That is until she tries to rescue her cousin from a demon summoning cult. In picking a fight with one of Chicago’s most powerful witches, Bridget finds her bar being picketed, her witch’s license suspended, and demons on her trail. Annoyed and afraid Bridget uses the only weapon at her disposal to get her life back to normal: her temper.

 

 

REVIEW

I was enticed to read this one because of the premise, but the promise of an adventure unfortunately fell flat.

It was not a terrible read, but the stakes never felt high enough to care and the characters didn’t have any real motivation to sympathize with.

Ultimately, there was a lot of telling, not enough showing. Not enough conflict. The potential was there, but never full realized. The shame is all the greater because the glimmers of possibility assure me that Katie Roman is a good writer. And that should not be forgotten.

CONCLUSION:

If you enjoy urban fantasy, you might find it entertaining. Feel free to give it a chance if you wish.

RATING:
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May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

WWW Wednesday | 18.01.17

Happy Wednesday friends,

I missed this last week because, to be frank with you, I hadn’t done much reading at all ;P Fortunately, I’ve made up since then and am currently on my 7th read of the year!

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Yes, I’m rather excited about it! 😂

Thanks to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for hosting this great opportunity to discover new books and share our reads each week.

If you want to participate – and I hope you do – then answer these three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

CURRENTLY READING

30298463Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle

Blurb:

Retired history professor Abe Aronson is a cranky, solitary man living out his autumn years on Gardner Island, a ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Seattle. One rainy February night, while dining at a favorite local haunt, Abe and his girlfriend Joanna meet an engaging enigmatic waitress, new in town and without a place of her own. Fascinated and moved by the girl’s plight, Joanna invites her to stay in Abe’s garage. It seems everyone falls for the charming and invigorating the waitress, but she is much more than she appears, and an ancient covenant made a millennium ago threatens to disrupt the spring and alter the lives of Abe, Joanna, and all those around them forever…

I am rather enjoying this one so far. I received an ARC from Netgalley but it’s been on the backburner for some time and I am doing my best to get caught up with them all by the end of February.

Anyway, this book is a lovely bit of whimsy and wonder, somewhat reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s work. Shamefully this is my first Beagle novel. I’ve been meaning to read the Last Unicorn (the movie has always managed to terrify me and devastate me)! For now, I must say that Beagle has caught my attention 🙂

FINISHED READING

I finished reading Mariana by Susana Kearsley in early January, but just posted my review here, if you want to check it out! A beautiful historical romance! Really tugs on the heartstrings!

Awaken (The A’Vean Chronicles #1) by GR Thomas

27822669Blurb:

SOME PEOPLE AREN’T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY.
With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life.
As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted.
However, destiny was about to intervene.
Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of something far beyond her wildest imagination.
Sophia will be pulled, kicking and screaming, into an unseen, ancient world that challenges all that she thought to be true of herself, her family and the origins of humanity.
Original sin, forbidden love and her life in constant danger.
Will Sophia survive this dark twist of fate?
Will the devil be her saviour?
Will an Angel be her downfall?

One of my highly anticipated reads of 2017, it exceeded my expectations. Amazingly well written with a dazzling mythology to support a gripping plot. Sophia is a brilliantly crafted protagonist and I can’t wait to find out what happens to her next. My review should be up tomorrow!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

25480342Blurb:

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

I am still not over this beautiful, heart-wrenching, magical book! Patrick Ness, welcome to my favourite author list!

 

Rage and Ruin by Kate Roman

33198313Blurb:

Bridget O’Malley’s temper has always been trouble. It’s made her the black sheep of the family, cost her customers at her bar, and ruined relationships, but it has never put her life in danger. That is until she tries to rescue her cousin from a demon summoning cult. In picking a fight with one of Chicago’s most powerful witches, Bridget finds her bar being picketed, her witch’s license suspended, and demons on her trail. Annoyed and afraid Bridget uses the only weapon at her disposal to get her life back to normal: her temper.

An ARC received from NetGalley, I was tempted to pick it up because the premise sounded so intriguing, unfortunately the plot fell flat, the story lacked in tension, stakes and likeable characters. My review will definitely be up tomorrow.

AND

The Blue Sword (Damar #1) by Robin McKinley

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Harry Crewe is an orphan girl who comes to live in Damar, the desert country shared by the Homelanders and the secretive, magical Hillfolk. Her life is quiet and ordinary-until the night she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk King, who takes her deep into the desert. She does not know the Hillfolk language; she does not know why she has been chosen. But Corlath does. Harry is to be trained in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men. Does she have the courage to accept her true fate?

I finished this one two nights ago and I am still hung over how wonderful it was! A real fantasy gem, stunning with plot, characters and world building! My second McKinley (I read Hero and the Crown first, and am kind of glad I did), I am in love with this woman’s writing capabilities! Fellow fantasy lovers, read this now 🙂

 

READING NEXT

I have three books left on my original January TBR (Vicious by VE Schwab, Desert Jewel by Natalina Reis and Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop), but I’ve added another book to the pile and will probably put it first…..

Night Study (Soulfinders #2) by Maria V. Snyder

16130759I’m not including the blurb because there are plentiful spoilers to be found within it!

I know this series gets a lot of mixed reviews and, in all honestly, I wasn’t such a big fan of Soul Study, but I feel compelled to finish this series. My understanding is that Night Study is superior to it, so I’m hopeful that I’ll enjoy it more.

The last book (I think it’s the last) is coming out January 31st so I figured I read this one now and then get to Dawn Study and call our time together at an end.

 

 

 


What books have you devoured of late? Let me know your weekly reading habits or share your link to your WWW post! Let the love of reading flourish 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

Eléonore | One Month Anniversary & a Giveaway!!

Hello again friends!

I realized something yesterday. Today, January the 4th, marks a month since I first released Eléonore to the world!

The past 30 days have been trying. Family issues arose on the 8th of December and changed the perspective I had. My focus shifted from my book to my loved ones and I don’t regret it.

With everything looking up now, I am excited to work on getting Eléonore noticed and to have her story entertain readers.

To celebrate a month of being published and the recent release of the physical copy, I thought it would be a good idea to host a giveaway! It’s open until January 12th! (that’s a week tomorrow!)

If you’re interested, just follow the link below:

GIVEAWAY FOR SIGNED COPY OF ELÉONORE!

And, here’s the blog and cover again, just to remind 😉

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Eléonore Dormant’s life is a precarious balancing act: librarian by day, demon hunter by night and single mother around the clock. Each day brings its challenges and she brings her A-game. It helps that coffee and a bottle of painkillers are always in supply.

For six years, she’s protected the streets of Montreal from all manner of demons and the consequent evil that they would wreak on her city. But even a resumé like hers isn’t enough to prepare her for the unforeseen night when she becomes the hunted.

A sorcerer, an enigmatic Elder, has placed a hefty bounty on her head and the demons are eager to claim the reward for her capture. They bear down on her, disrupting her mode de vie and endangering her son’s life all in one fell swoop. But Eléonore is ready to fight whatever Hell deigns to send her way to save him. The path she pursues will lead her to new places and old faces.

One thing is certain, Eléonore’s about to get into a whole hellhole of trouble.


May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Ending 2016 on a High Note

Hi friends,

Hope you’re doing well.

New Year’s Eve is tomorrow and as 2016 draws to a close, I have some final exciting news to share…

The paperback of Eléonore is now available!

You can purchase it on Amazon or CreateSpace. If you buy it off Amazon, you can also nab the ebook for free 😉

Thank you again to everyone who has supported me on this journey. You have been an utter blessing in my life and a constant inspiration.


On a different note, you might find my blog inundated with book reviews over the next few days as I try to catch up on sharing thoughts on the ARCs I received these past two months. Sorry in advance.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

It’s the Day! Eléonore (An Iníonaofa Novella) has Launched!

Happy Sunday friends 🙂

Today was the release date for Eléonore! I can still hardly believe that she’s finally published and out in the world.

It’s been such a crazy rush leading up to today! I’m planning to share my self-publishing journey with you.

I spoke a bit about it today during the weekly #storycrafter chat on twitter which Faye (@Writerology) was kind enough to let me co-host!

It was such fun to interact and engage with the writing community. If ever you’re free on Sundays at 3PM EST, you should definitely check it out!

I just want to extend my gratitude again to all of you who have supported me. I feel like Eléonore has been the product of a few years of work, and yet she was only conceived in August! I have many of you to thank for inspiring me to this moment.

My goal was to be published before my 26th bday. And it is a goal achieved! Today’s release was an early birthday gift from past me to tomorrow me!

I just want to take this moment now to say to you friends: I hope that you continue to pursue your dreams. Don’t let anyone stand in your way. Especially yourself. I shared these thoughts today during the chat:

Don’t reject yourselves, friends! Believe in yourself and trust that you’ll know when the time is right for you to share your story with the world.

If you’re interested in urban fantasy, I hope you check out this little novella. But let me give you a piece of advice. If you prefer a paperback copy like myself, wait until it releases mid-December (if you do, you’ll get the ebook free!) If you prefer the ebook though, here’s the Amazon. com link: Eléonore (An Iníonaofa Novella)


May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faithquill-ink

 

Eléonore | Book Playlist

Happy Thursday Friends,

It’s December 1st. Hard to believe we’re only a few weeks away from the end of 2016.

With Eléonore releasing this Sunday, I’m taking the liberty to share some trivia and excerpts with you.

Today, I’ve decided to share the playlist that I have created for it.


I filled the first third of the drive to Quebec City with tunes on my dad’s tapes and reminisced on the past. The combination of memories of old days hunting demons with him and sappy ‘80s ballads were enough to ease my frayed nerves. In its place, rose a nostalgic sentiment that dulled my senses.

-Eléonore

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I already have plans for a second volume for the next book, but that’s me getting ahead of myself ;P

Find Eléonore on GOODREADS or AMAZON.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

Eléonore | An Excerpt

Happy Wednesday friends,

Can you believe it’s November 30th! Only one more day and then we’re in December. And then there’s only 24 days to Christmas and one month til 2017! Where has this year gone?

This Sunday, my debut novella Eléonore (The Iníonaofa Chronicles #1) releases to the world. In anticipation, I’m sharing the opening paragraphs. I hope it’s an ample teaser 🙂

There were demons to kill, but first I needed a cup of coffee.

The nearest café offered a variety of frappés, lattés, and mochas, but all I needed was a good strong, dark roast black from Canada’s oldest coffee shop. An extra three blocks of walking was worth the bitter brew that steeled my nerves and jolted my brain. One sip was enough to get the juices flowing. Three more and I could feel the anticipation building. Ready and willing to slit some throats.

It was a little after nine o’clock in the evening and the night life of Downtown Montreal was quickening. Saint Catherine Street was a crowded hub of the young and yearning. Clubs, bars, pubs: those were the places that called their name. I couldn’t hear what the revellers did; the only voice in my range beckoned me to the open area of Dominion Square.

It was a rowdier crowd that gathered there. Druggies and drunks. The putrid stench had my nose wrinkling and eyes rolling. At least the demons I fought were physical.

Eyes surveyed me as I went. Maybe it was the short red hair that caught their attention; it definitely wasn’t the hazel brown eyes. I didn’t have the Marilyn bombshell body that would turn heads either. It could have been the long brown coat that I wore over my burgundy dress, grey leggings, and tall black boots.

Or maybe I was just being paranoid and over-observant. It could sometimes be a side effect of the job, and tonight I was especially on edge.

Most nights, I stalked the streets trying to detect evil with what some would call a sixth sense. Tonight, however, Sinéad had warned me that something bad was going to go down. It was rare for her to give me a missive, preferring to offer only spiritual aid, so chances were high that something significant would take place this evening. The thought of a big brawl was exhilarating.

Eléonore – Faith Rivens


Stay tuned for tomorrow. There’ll be a new post to share either the characters or Eléonore’s playlist. Not sure which yet. Any preferences?

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink