Cover Reveal: Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage

Good morning! I’ve got an exciting post today. A cover reveal for Morgan Huneke’s new book! It sounds like a super cute book, too. Make sure you check out the giveaway, too!

About the Book

Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?

Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss! Continue reading

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Espionage: Character Spotlight

Wednesday and today, I have the privilege of having Morgan Huneke on my blog to share about her new book, Espionage. I hope you enjoy learning about it. Today I have a Character Spotlight for Sir Cumberland and Morgan also has a giveaway.

About the Book

“Sir Roland has invited us to visit for the Autumn Feast.”
“Do we have to go, Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.”

EspionageAs the daughter of a Briznomian vassal lord, Vannie Cumberland has spent her childhood immersed in the world of politics. Relations between Briznom and the neighboring country of Calhortz are strained due to the tyrannical rule of the strytes. A proposed alliance could calm relations between the two countries, but would come at the cost of Briznom’s freedom.

When her father’s political archenemy invites them to the Autumn Feast, Vannie uncovers an evil scheme endangering the life of someone close to her. Personal enmity comes to a dangerous head as Vannie struggles to expose the corruption and stop the alliance. Time is running out.

Events are becoming too big for her to handle. Will Sir Roland’s son help or will things finally spiral out of control? Continue reading

Espionage: Author Interview

Today and Saturday, I have the privilege of having Morgan Huneke on my blog to share about her new book, Espionage. I hope you enjoy learning about it. Today I am doing an author interview with Morgan and she also has a giveaway.

About the Book

 “Sir Roland has invited us to visit for the Autumn Feast.”
 “Do we have to go, Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.”

EspionageAs the daughter of a Briznomian vassal lord, Vannie Cumberland has spent her childhood immersed in the world of politics. Relations between Briznom and the neighboring country of Calhortz are strained due to the tyrannical rule of the strytes. A proposed alliance could calm relations between the two countries, but would come at the cost of Briznom’s freedom.

When her father’s political archenemy invites them to the Autumn Feast, Vannie uncovers an evil scheme endangering the life of someone close to her. Personal enmity comes to a dangerous head as Vannie struggles to expose the corruption and stop the alliance. Time is running out.

Events are becoming too big for her to handle. Will Sir Roland’s son help or will things finally spiral out of control? Continue reading

An American/Medieval Fantasy Culture

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As I mentioned yesterday, we have a very different blog post today. Instead of summarizing it, I’ll let you read it. And if you missed the giveaway yesterday, you can enter today.

An American/Medieval Fantasy Culture

By Morgan Huneke

I’m a genre mixer. Why stick to one genre when you can throw a few together? It makes it more interesting, less cliché. After all, Across the Stars is a magic-free fantasy with a sci-fi spaceship instead of a portal. It’s fun to mix. My worldbuilding tends to be that way as well, only with eras. I love history, but I love so many different parts of it that it’s hard to pick just one to write about. Fantasy provides a solution for me. Because why stick to one era when you don’t have to?

I don’t have anything at all against strictly medieval fantasy. I like so much of it. And I’m rather partial to knights and swordfights and the age of chivalry. Not to mention peasant life. Yes, I’ve always been more interested in the poor people than the rich people. But I love American history as well. I couldn’t help wanting to include some. And then Jaye L. Knight’s Facebook posts about gladiators made me want to toss a bit of Ancient Rome in for extra flavoring. Here’s what I came up with.

Calhortz has a somewhat typical fantasy/medieval government. In other words, they’re a monarchy and that monarch lives in a castle. The queen, Toarna, also tends to dress in regal robes instead of the typical attire of the people, which I’ll get to later. They also primarily fight with swords and the soldiers wear medieval armor. Toarna has ladies-in-waiting, often insists on a court musician, and in general behaves like a medieval (tyrant) queen.

I pretty much always knew that the true people of Calhortz were slaves, and therefore I turned to the stereotypical ante-bellum South. Now, as a history nerd and a southern girl, I am quite adamant that there is way more to that era than the stereotype, but this isn’t the place to get into that. Most of the strytes who live in Calhortz live on plantations which they run with human slaves. They feed them little, punish them hard, and work them to death, separating families on a whim, caring little for the slaves’ feelings. Though because I couldn’t say every plantation was like this, George had a decent master. I also took the stryte fashion from this era. Those Southern Belle dresses with the hoop skirt and the tiny waist like you see in Gone With the Wind? That’s typical female stryte attire. (Not a huge fan of Gone With the Wind, though, once was enough.)

The strytes also have a Roman thirst for bloody entertainment. So you’ve got the men in their frock coats and the women in their hoop skirts flocking to the arenas to watch slaves kill each other. Yikes.

There aren’t many seafarers from Calhortz, but Toarna does employ privateers. Their ships are about colonial period, and cannons are the smallest firearm anyone has been able to make. Since most seafarers come from the Yatachee Islands where fashion is quite behind the times, knee breeches are most common among the sailors, both merchant and pirate.

Era mixing is great fun. It’s not exactly easy to do, but it’s quite rewarding to write about your favorite time periods all at once.

 

About the Book

“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”

Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”

The CrosswaysEmily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.

A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?

Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?

The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

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About the Author

Morgan Author pictureMorgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.

 

Giveaway

Join in the excitement of Time Captives and enter to win a special prize! The first prize winner will receive a signed copy of The Crossways. The second prize winner will receive an eCopy of The Crossways in the eBook format of his/her choice. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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Schedule

Monday, October 19

Tuesday, October 20

Wednesday, October 21

Thursday, October 22

Friday, October 23

Saturday, October 24

Monday, October 26

Eleanor, Time Captive

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Character Spotlight ~ Eleanor

Physical Appearance: Small, with dark red, curly hair. At home, she often wears overalls, and generally is barefoot.

Time Period: 1940

History: Eleanor grew up during the Great Depression. She has one older brother and two younger brothers. Being the only girl made her somewhat of a tomboy, and living through the Depression made her resourceful. She was a fun-loving girl, liking to play jokes. It made it easier to deal with hardships…back when she was with her family. However, later on, her perspective on laughing through her trials changed significantly. Continue reading

Crossways Cover Reveal

Today we have another cover reveal. I know, there have been a lot of them. Sorry, I can’t help it that a lot of my friends have awesome covers they want to show you of their soon-to-be-published books. The author of the day today is Morgan Huneke. Isn’t the cover lovely?

The Crossways

About the Book

“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”

Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.” Continue reading

Creighton Hill Cover Reveal

Today I have the honor of hosting Morgan Huneke to help her reveal her lovely cover for her upcoming book! She also graciously answered three questions about herself. Other bloggers are also a part of this cover reveal tour. Check out the details here.

About the Book

“No one can mysteriously disappear leaving no trace. It isn’t realistic.”

“You’re right, Emily,” her grandfather said thoughtfully. “It isn’t realistic. However, a good many things happen in this world that are not realistic, things supernatural.”

 Emily, Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna have grown up on their grandfather’s tales of ancestors who mysteriously disappeared from Creighton Hill, the plantation home that has been in their family for centuries. When Grampa’s death forces them to move into Creighton Hill, the truth about the supposed disappearances is the first thing on their minds. Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna’s, that is. As for Emily, why must they keep at their supernatural hogwash?

Could it be that their family really does just have an unusual history of early deaths? Most people seem to think so. But Grampa’s research has uncovered something different.

When mysterious writing matching descriptions found in ancient accounts begins appearing to the children, they know something’s up. They must find out what really happened to their ancestors, and work together to discover the reason behind the mysterious writings.

Creighton Hill is the first book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

 Release Date

Creighton Hill, Time Captives book 1, will release on June 8th, 2015. Stay tuned on Morgan’s blog and Facebook page for more information and sneak peeks.

Without further ado, here is the gorgeous cover!

Creighton Hill Cover Front

Interview

What is your main goal in your writing? Do you write for pleasure, to reach others, for money?

If I wrote for money, I would have stopped a long time ago. 😉 I write both for pleasure and to reach others. I’ve always loved stories and my mind has always been full of my own fictional people. I love learning their stories, whether I actually write them down or they remain in my head (I’ve lost some good ones by not recording them 😛 ). But I also want to reach people. God gave me a gift of writing, and I ought to use it for Him. Stories are meant to be shared, but there’s more to it than that. I don’t even know how many times I’ve understood something theological because I was able to relate some story to it as an example. I want to be able to supply those examples and teach through fiction (in a natural, non-preachy way). It is my prayer that, even if I never hear about it, at least one person would be inspired by my books to learn more about God and dedicate his or her life to Him.

How would you describe yourself in three sentences or less?

I am a Christian, conservative, politically involved, history loving writer, who is also an aspiring violinist. I am a later-this-month-19-year-old homeschool graduate, and the oldest of three girls. I love to babysit, I make a lot of my own clothes, and I want to do my part to make America a Christian nation once more.

Does your role in your family affect your writing at all?

I’ve never been anything but the oldest, so I don’t know how it would be different if I wasn’t, but I’m sure it has. A lot of my characters tend to be the oldest, though there are times where I give them older siblings because I wish I had some. I can’t really think of any other specifics, but my birth order and the responsibilities that come along with it are a large part of who I am, and that spills over into any characters into which I put some of myself. I don’t know if this has anything to do with family roles, but my youngest sister tortures her characters a lot more than I do mine.

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About the Author

Morgan cropped blurred background no highlightMorgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

 

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.