Frost by E.E. Rawls // Book Release!

Hello all! My lovely author friend E.E. Rawls has just released a new book and I couldn’t be more happy for her! From the blurb I’ve read, this is the perfect book to get you into the holiday mood. Plus there’s a wholesome romance! 😍

Book Blurb:

Frost, Winter Guardian and current resident of Boston. For centuries he’s watched over the winter seasons, feeling the steep toll of being in the world yet not being a part of it, of seeing families spend the holidays together, knowing that he can never do the same. He works alone, and time has made his heart grow callous.

Now, he longs to end his work and move on from this world. But for that, he must find a replacement…

In Concord, New Hampshire, seventeen-year-old Norah dreams of becoming an artist and making a better life for her and her little brother, Tim—one that’s free of their mom’s cruel boyfriend. While working to save up money, her life is suddenly turned upside down when she meets a handsome guy with snowflakes in his hair and frost glittering down his coat sleeves. He offers her his job, saying he’ll train her to become the next Winter Guardian.

This could solve her and Tim’s predicament… But there’s something Frost isn’t telling her—that to quit his job, his life must end—and secrets have a way of spilling into disasters, especially when feelings become involved, and weather demons are set loose. Can Norah break through Frost’s weary, stubborn heart? Especially before winter and Earth come to a destructive end?

A Jack Frost retelling and clean, sweet teen romance with a dash of humor!

Purchase Links:

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Author Bio:

E.E. Rawls is the product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years. She loves exploring the unknown, whether it be in a forest, inside a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book. She runs on coffee, cuddly cats and the beauty of nature to keep the story wheels of her mind turning as she writes stories with immersive world-building and misfit characters you’ll grow to love, who strive to overcome the odds stacked against them (with a dash of humor thrown in)!

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Rawls has been such a great friend to me and I am so happy for her new book release! I can’t wait to dive into this story and explore the world she’s created! Have you read Frost yet? Do you plan to? How could you not after that blurb, honestly… 😂 Let me know in the comments below!

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Reader Problems Tag // Revisited!

Hey all! I thought it’d be fun to take a little walk down memory lane, all the way to 2015. It was called the Reader Problems Tag, and it was one of my earliest posts I wrote for Short & Snappy. If you really want to, you can check it out here to see what young teenage Madeline wrote (cringe 😅). As I was looking back on it, I noticed how much my reading habits and preferences have changed in seven years. (Man, seven years…) So I’m going to attempt to answer the questions again! Let’s do it. 😊

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

First of all, my TBR has got to be at least 30,000 books by now, if not more. 😅 The way I usually go about deciding what to read next really varies and depends on my mood. Sometimes I’ll pick one up at random, or if there’s a particular genre I’m really craving. Other times I’ll make a list that I hope to get through. It’s hard because the type of book I’m craving can change while I’m in the middle of reading another book, so I’ll end up reading like three books at a time. 🥲

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

This is a hard one! I have gotten way better about setting books aside that just aren’t clicking with me (I used to be so bad about just powering through even when I was miserable 😆). I’ve also gotten better about telling when I’ll really love a book based on genre, story, characters, etc. pretty early on, so if I’m not digging it right away, I’ll probably quit. As a practical step, if I’m not sure I like it, I try to give a book 50-100 pages to decide if I should keep going. But honestly, there are just too many books to muscle through the ones I don’t like!

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I have gotten so bad about just reading on a regular basis, honestly. 😅 I’m lucky if I can get through twenty books in a year. I don’t really use the Goodreads reading challenge anymore, because I feel like it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself, but if I am challenging myself, I try to be flexible with my goal. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable, and if I’m just reading to beat a goal, then that kinda takes the relaxation out of it, in my opinion.

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This used to bother me so. much. when I was younger. Nowadays, though it still irks me, it doesn’t exasperate me as much. I think mostly because I can understand why covers change for marketing and reprint reasons. Cover changes mid-series, however…

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I usually just keep it to myself, ha. I’m not about to get into an argument over something that’s a matter of very subjective opinion. It’s not worth it. But if there is someone who agrees with me, then it’s nice to have that camaraderie. 😌

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I don’t cry when I read books. And especially if I was in public, I likely wouldn’t show very much emotion at all. But I guess if the book was super emotional and I was feeling the urge to cry, I would stop reading and get myself together, maybe take a break from the book altogether.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!

Okay, this is such an annoying problem. I already have the memory of a goldfish, so it is next to impossible for me to remember literally anything about the first book. If it’s a book I really love, oftentimes I’ll re-read it. I’m definitely not skipping the sequel, that’s for sure. I should try that synopsis trick…might come in handy!

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I used to be really against sharing books with people. Mostly my siblings, because I knew what they would do to them. 😂 But now that they’re older, I don’t really have a problem sharing books with them. Plus, then I get to talk with them about the book! But if I really, really don’t want to share a book with someone…I think I would still just let them borrow it. It’s just a book…I tell myself as I imagine all the crinkled, folded, pages and cracked spine. 🥲

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

This happens to me SO frequently lately. It’s like I have reader ADHD. The second I start a book, I want to read another book. Thus goes the cycle and thus comes the slump. I’m like a little child who gets what they want, but then they see their sibling with something and they change their mind. 😅 It’s always great when a really awesome book pulls me out of a slump though. It’s the best feeling.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Necessity has put a slight halt to book-buying for me, but I still usually buy a book if I’m super excited about it, especially if it’s from a fellow indie author. 🥰 If I could buy all the books I want, I would need to get more shelves…mine are already nearly reaching their limit…

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I am so ashamed to admit this, but there are books on my shelf that I bought when I was 16 that I still have not read. I’m almost 22. 😅 It’s bad, I know. I’m just such a slow reader! I didn’t used to be, but with different priorities now…it’s made reading an occasional thing. Which is honestly really sad. I miss being able to read for hours and hours, just totally forgetting everything else and being immersed in the stories.

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There you go! I hope this was entertaining for you guys! If you want to answer these questions, feel free to snatch this tag and do it for yourself! Thanks for reading! 💖

10 WEBTOONS for You to Check Out

Hi guys! This is just a really quick post coming at you (and the last day of the month no less 😅) since I’ve been working behind the scenes on big stuff happening for my book release. Stay tuned for that!

But for now, I’ve really been reading WEBTOONS a lot lately (more than reading actual books, frankly), and there are just so many good ones, I had to share some of them with you guys.

Matchmaker Hero

cute art style | absolutely hilarious | romance | aliens | sarcasm | general mayhem

The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn

weirdly delightful | spooky | ghosts | quintessentially British | complex narrative | gorgeous art

House of Stars

whimsical | magical | beautiful illustrations | adventurous | fairytale-esque | Studio Ghibli-esque

Raining Knives

heart-wrenching | emotional | crime | mysterious | haunting | brother relationship

Third Shift Society

paranormal happenings | detectives | magical | adulthood | weird but fun | urban fantasy

Ctrl+Z

will mess with you | insane | gripping | thought-provoking | clever | almost dystopian

Death of a Pop Star

hilarious | unique | pop star life | but also death | romance | fun art style

Live With Yourself!

bizarre in the best way | mind-bending | goofy | surprisingly complex | playful art style | chaotic

Bluechair

slice-of-life | cartoony art style | relatable | laugh-out-loud funny | weird | comforting

Relatable Doodles

adorable | frogs | life | but seriously frogs | cuteness overload | majorly relatable

This was definitely not my usual type of blog posts, but I’m really busy working on stuff for my book coming out this summer, so I hope you can forgive the chaotic-ness of this post. 😂 Have you read any of these? Do you have any other WEBTOONS or online comics that you would recommend?

the “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” Fairy Tale blog tag

Hey guys! How has your February been? It sometimes feels like time is simultaneously moving SO fast but so slooow at the same time. My brain is mentally in January as well as March already. 😂

I have a tag for your today! (Because my brain is really having a hard time scrounging up original content 🤪) It was created by The Fairy Tale Central (who do AMAZING spotlights each month all about different fairy tales; seriously, go check them out if you haven’t already), and it looks SO FUN.

So basically how this is going to work, is these 10 questions are all different scenarios that I have to describe how I would finish, or what would happen next. Let’s get into it!

RUMPELSTILTSKIN 💰

You’ve just heard news that a poor girl has been taken by the king to spin straw into gold or suffer a beheading. Well, you just happen to be able to spin straw into gold and would like to help. The problem? You can only awaken your ability by someone relinquishing their greatest desire to you, thus you never like to use your ability. But if you don’t now, an innocent girl dies. What do you do?

Oof, the pressure. This is so hard, because I would hate to ruin this poor girl’s life by making her give me her greatest desire. So I think I would try to kinda fudge the answer for her. If she said something like, “my first kid,” I might be like… “I’ll take the first baby goat you ever have.” 😂 I would seriously try to find a way for her to keep her desire while also having me help her. It would be really, really hard though.

RAPUNZEL 👱‍♀️

As crown prince, your father the king gives you a task to prove you’re worthy of the throne. You’re to go slay a witch and rescue a girl who has been locked away in a tower by the witch’s hands. Except when you get there…the girl has absolutely no desire to leave the tower and claims she’s quite fond of the witch. If you don’t kill the witch and bring the girl back, the crown will be given to your ruthless younger brother who will no doubt bring ruin to the kingdom. What course of action do you take?

I might try to pull a Snow White huntsman and bring like an animal heart, pretending it was the witch’s (though how well did that work for Snow White…😅), and maybe find some random girl who wants to live in the palace? Maybe I would just say that I killed the witch, hope that they trusted me, and bring back another girl. Though, if I’m honest, if my brother is ruthless, he may try to steal the throne anyways, so really…there’s no easy solution. 😂

ALADDIN 🧞

You’re the son of the vizier and soon to marry the princess, your friend whom you grew up with. Only a mysterious Prince Aladdin comes and claims the princess as his own. By luck, you discover Aladdin has a secret magical lamp – but also that the princess is in love with him. What do you do with the lamp and the secret you now know?

I think I would be a little heartbroken, since this princess clearly only sees me as a good friend. But I don’t think I could bring myself to cause ruin in the relationship. Unless Aladdin was, like, a super jerky guy who was clearly not good for her; then I might try to recruit some magical help from the lamp.

SLEEPING BEAUTY 💤

As the youngest fairy, you’re still trying to learn the tricks of the fairy trade. When the vengeful oldest fairy curses a poor baby princess, it’s now up to you to give her one blessing that will somehow counteract this curse. What is it?

Well, it would really depend on what the curse was, wouldn’t it? If we’re talking classic pricking a hand on the spindle, I think instead of making her fall asleep for a 100 years (what kind of solution is that?), I would give her the gift of wisdom, so she would be smart enough to realize that spindles are dangerous and she shouldn’t be around them. If the curse was something more generic, like the child will die at a certain age, I might give her an eternal sense of youth, so she never quite ages past the predestined date.

SNOW WHITE & ROSE RED 🐻

You are living peacefully with your mother and sister in your cottage in the woods when there’s an urgent knock on the door. Upon opening it you find a dwarf, and he’s holding a chest full of treasure. He begs you to hide it for him because a wicked and greedy bear is hunting him down to steal the treasure which the dwarf says are his family heirlooms they have spent generations digging up in their underground home. Not wanting the poor man to be mauled by a bear, you agree to hide his treasure for a time. That evening, there is another knock. It’s a bear. Except he seems quite friendly and says he is simply looking for a warm place to sleep before he returns to hunting down a dwarf who has stolen his treasure. Now you don’t know who to believe, the dwarf or the bear. What actions do you take to solve this mystery and return the treasure to its rightful owner?

Ooh, a mystery! If I were to go about this, I think I would take an extremely methodical approach. If possible, I would have both the bear and the dwarf interrogated, first separately, then jointly. I would work with my mom and sister and discuss reasons for belief in each of them, and come to a conclusion in that way. I think it would be pretty apparent who the liar was once they were scrutinized. (Now I’m thinking a Snow White & Rose Red inspired detective story set in like 1950s noir style would be SUPER fun… 🤯)

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD 🐺

You’re a wolf in the forest, minding your own business, when that airheaded girl Red Riding Hood stumbles through your territory again. And it looks like she’s lost on the way to her grandmother’s house…again. Wolf though you may be, you’re not particularly inclined to eating humans, especially little girls, like the rest of your pack. In fact, naive though she is, you’ve grown rather fond of this particular little girl. The problem is, your pack is nearby and will no doubt spot her at any moment. But if you help her, she may get in her head that all wolves are nice and not be cautious around them. Worse, if your pack spots you aiding her, you’ll be shamed and banished from the pack for sure. How can you help Red find her way back to her grandmother’s house without her or the pack knowing about it?

Subtlety. I would have to be very sneaky about it. Maybe casually emphasizing a sign when the girl isn’t looking, or leaving a trail of flower petals when my pack isn’t watching. It would be so hard though! Though honestly, if my pack is super fond of eating people and I’m not about that, then maybe it would be a good thing for me to be banished. Then I could be a lone wolf, start a new life, maybe among the humans. I wouldn’t have to secretly guide Red, but rather be her protector and guide wolf.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 🥀

As a fairy godmother, you keep track not only of deserving individuals, but of delinquent ones as well. You’ve heard rumors of a spoiled prince deep in the woods and decide to check out those rumors yourself. When you arrive in disguise as an old beggar woman, he sends you haughtily away with a variety of insults to boot. What punishment -if any- will you bestow upon him to give him a lesson?

I don’t think I could bring myself to be really harsh, but I would definitely teach him a lesson. Maybe make an elaborate curse that involved people being brought to his home everyday, and unless he was kind to them—actually, truly kind to them, not just faking it—they would be trapped in his house. So he would have to learn his lesson. And everyday that he wasn’t nice, he would become uglier and uglier on the outside. I think he’d learn. 😂

THE FROG PRINCE 🐸

The prince whom you love has turned into a frog and tells you that only the first kiss of his true love can break his curse. However, you never told him that a fairy cursed your first kiss to be to the man who will destroy your kingdom. What do you do?

AGH I don’t know! Maybe the definition of “destroy your kingdom” could mean something else. Maybe he’s eternally clumsy and always messes things up, and that’s what that means. So just don’t have him do anything involving the kingdom. If he were to become evil and destroying my kingdom became his goal…I don’t know what I’d do. I might seek the aid of whoever cursed me and try to talk it out with them, see if we can come to some sort of reconciliation for the sake of me and my kingdom.

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA 🛏️

After your engagement to the prince is announced, you learn that his mother, the Queen, put a pea under your mattress to check if you were really a princess. You’re upset and decide to get some revenge on this petty royal family. You declare you must prove that the prince is really a prince. What will your test be?

I would pick a really, really stupid stereotype that he had to fulfill, like “your teeth must glimmer in the light,” or “your hair must blow majestically in the wind.” It would be hilarious to see how ridiculous that would be, and how stupid the test is to begin with. 😂

TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES 🩰

As the king you have 12 daughters you wish to teach how to run the kingdom. Your days are numbered and you must leave the kingdom to one of them. However, your daughters are mysteriously dancing every night and are so exhausted during the day they fall asleep through all their lessons. What do you do?

Well, I definitely wouldn’t promise my daughters to whichever prince can uncover the mystery. I would seek to figure this out myself, because I care about them. I would stay up and observe what they do, what happens, how it happens, and try to discover a cure. I might seek magical help, or maybe medical, depending on the circumstances. 😂 But I would be so determined to save my daughters from their exhausted fates.

Well, there you go! That was so much fun! If you want to do this tag, please feel free! The FTC post link-up is active till the end of February, but they encourage you to answer the questions anytime you’d like! What would you do in these situations? Let me know or link your post down below so I can see your answers!

Strayblood by E.E. Rawls is Out Now!

GUYS. I am so excited to announce that the second book in the coming-of-age fantasy series Draev Guardians has released! Where elemental magic reigns and monsters lurk, and where Cyrus, a girl who can manipulate metal, and Aken, the last Scourgeblood, struggle in a world that is determined to either use them or destroy them…

If you’re new to the series, scroll down further to see book one: Strayborn, and the Amazon sale!

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Strayblood, Draev Guardians #2

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Book One: Strayborn

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The Draev Guardian Academy is their only sanctuary. But training to become a Draev won’t be easy. Cyrus has to hide her human side as she gets placed in Floor Harlow with the outcast students, and nightmares of her deceased mother keep returning.

With creepy Corpsed on the prowl, and whispers of Cyrus possibly being a reborn Hero, both she and her friend Aken find themselves caught up in a web of secrets, racial tension, and an old legend with enemies that could spell their untimely demise…

If you’re new to the world of Draev Guardians, check out the links to book #1 below and the Amazon sale: The hardback price is discounted, and the ebook is FREE on Amazon through December 1st-5th, and will be $0.99 cents 5th-12th!

Purchase Links:

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Author Bio:

E.E. Rawls is the product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years. She loves exploring the unknown, whether it be in a forest, inside a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book. She runs on coffee, cuddly cats and the beauty of nature to keep the story wheels of her mind turning, as she writes stories that will both entertain and inspire, creating worlds that one can explore and quickly become lost within… Be careful you don’t lose your way.

WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM

I couldn’t be more excited for E.E. Rawls! It’s been so wonderful seeing her publishing journey and I’m so proud of her! 🙂 Let me know down below if you’ve read or plan on reading this fun fantasy series!

Strayblood by E.E. Rawls // Cover Reveal!

Hey guys! I’ve got some exciting news to share! My friend E.E. Rawls is releasing the second book in her Draev Guardian series! I couldn’t be more excited for her and I am SUPER excited to show you this beautiful cover!

But you’ll have to keep scrolling to see it 🙂

Almost there…

And…

…here it is!

Book Blurb:

“I am the rescuer of the weak. The hope of those who have none. And the executioner of vempar kind. I am the White Ghost—and your worst nightmare.”

With the events of the Festival Duel over, Cyrus wants to focus on training her Ability with metal. But trouble soon comes in the form of a shapeshifter: the White Ghost, who’s determined to exterminate all vempar kind, and he’s seeking the power of the Swan Princess in order to carry out his plan.

Seriously, why can’t people just leave Cyrus alone? She doesn’t want to be the Swan, some reborn hero from legend! She just wants to be with her friends and train to become a Draev Guardian. Is that too much to ask for?

Apparently, it is. The Oracle, who happens to be a faeryn child, can lead the Ghost right to her—and the Impure Nights, as well. Harlow must keep the Oracle safe, but with the Academy’s yearly Hunters Race coming up, things get even more complicated. The Scourgeblood in Aken’s veins is awakening, and to face the powerful shapeshifter, Cyrus’s fellow Draevs-in-training may have to pay the ultimate price…

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Releases December 1st! Would you like to join me and help spread the word about the release? Join the Book Release Shout-Out HERE.

If you’re new to the world of Draev Guardians, check out the links to book #1 below:

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Author Bio:

E.E. Rawls is the product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years. She loves exploring the unknown, whether it be in a forest, inside a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book. She runs on coffee, cuddly cats and the beauty of nature to keep the story wheels of her mind turning, as she writes stories that will both entertain and inspire, creating worlds that one can explore and quickly become lost within… Be careful you don’t lose your way.

WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM

Isn’t that cover just fantastic? It just captivates you! I can’t wait for this book to be out in the world, and I am super happy for Rawls! Let me know what you think of the cover in the comments below!

Where Giants Fall // Anthology Cover Reveal!

Hey guys! I’m excited to drop in and show you the beautiful cover of this awesome anthology that Angela Watts and Michaela Bush have put together!

But first, we must build up momentum…

You can feel it coming, can’t you?

Almost there…

Just a few more steps…

And there it is!

Isn’t it just fantastic?! 😍


Blurb

(Though this is just a placeholder until the stories are officially selected.)

The theme of this fantasy anthology is light in the darkness. This anthology offers bold, heartfelt stories that will leave the reader deep in thought and breathless from fast-paced action! If you enjoy stories about underdog heroes, or scary foes, this anthology will keep you reading past your bedtime! Releasing early 2022!


About the Editors

Michaela Bush is a Christian author, editor, and entrepreneur. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2019 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a B.A. in English and a minor in Psychology. She has enjoyed writing from an early age, and mostly writes Christian romance. When she isn’t working or creating her next story, she enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding, playing violin, and spending time at church. She is also a crazy cat lady and enjoys various arts and crafts.

Angela R. Watts is bestselling author of The Infidel Books and Golgotha. She lives at Step by Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, where she raises horses, dogs, cats, and snails. She’s been writing stories since she was little, and when she’s not writing, she’s probably drawing or working with her amazing editorial clients.

This sounds like an fascinating anthology to me! I’ve always loved short stories, so I’m really excited for this one! And what do you think of that cover? Beautiful, am I right? Let me know what you think down below!

2021 Silmaril Awards // The Winner of the Most Epic Hero Award

You approach the large theater hidden in the folds of the dark forest, wrapping your cloak tighter around your shoulders to fend off the autumn chill. As you draw closer, you hear laughter and merriment coming from inside. A ceremony is about to commence, and you don’t want to be late.

You pick up your pace and quietly slip into the echoing amphitheater. Hundreds of people have already filled the seats, all talking and laughing with each other. You find an empty seat in the back, hoping no one will notice you.

The red curtain on the stage begins to lift as the lights dim. Everyone falls into a hush as a spotlight falls on a man standing alone on the platform. His posture and expression command attention. He holds a faded scroll in his hands. You know him to be Strider.

“Welcome to our annual ceremony, friends,” he speaks to the audience. “We’re glad to have you here. I’m sure we are all eager for the ceremony to commence, so I will begin without further delay.” He unravels the scroll and begins to read.

“Let us begin. Our fifth place winner is a man who always has a clever quip at the ready, a man who some might consider rather pessimistic, but a man with a good heart, who cares for his friends and family. Our hero, Nick Beasley.”

You see a furry figure rise from the audience, and you crane your neck to see more clearly. It appears to be a Minotaur-like beast, sporting a shabby coat and vest. Horns protrude from his maned head, while a tail swishes behind him as he walks up to the stage. He doesn’t look thrilled to be in this position.

“I was really hoping I wouldn’t be looking like this for the ceremony,” Nick mutters. “But isn’t that just the way it is.” He reluctantly takes a small bow as the audience gives an appreciative round of applause.

“Thank you for being willing, all the same,” Strider says. “You may return to your place.”

The beast lumbers off the stage, muttering under his breath. You can’t tell what he’s saying, but it sounds disgruntled.

“Thank you, Nick,” Strider says. “And now our fourth place winner. This is a man who has been through many trials. He is as mysterious as he is noble, and despite his troubled mind he continues to push onward, even when his past…well, enough of that. Please welcome, Artham Wingfeather.”

You see a winged man rise, his expression stoic. He slowly approaches the stage, and you notice his fingers end in talons. “Thank you,” he says quietly. He dips into a simple bow to the audience’s applause.

“Thank you for being here, Artham,” Strider says with a smile. “You may be seated.”

The man returns to his seat without a word, but a quiet smile on his face. You can’t help but feel he has been through much more than any man should.

“Our third place winner, we can all agree, is a friendly soul. He is not only good-natured, but quick on his feet, of a sharp mind, and takes his responsibilities very seriously. Our hero, Will Treaty.”

You see a young man leap from his seat and quickly make his way to the stage, waving at the audience as he does. “Thank you all for supporting me,” he says as he approaches Strider. “It’s an honor to be here.”

“We’re all to pleased to have you here, Will.” Strider turns to the audience. “Everyone, please give our hero a round of applause.”

The audience breaks into a hearty applause for Will, a few whoops even being heard. Will bows deeply and then hurries off the stage.

“A fast one, he is,” Strider comments as the audience dies down. “And now, our second place winner. This young man displays a deep selflessness that is hard to come by. He would do anything to protect his family and is unafraid to take charge and be the leader his siblings need. Let us welcome, Janner Igiby.”

You see a young boy stand and make his way to the stage. You note that he is tall and lanky, all elbows and knees. He approaches Strider with a quiet confidence. “Thank you for having me,” he says with a bow.

“Thank you for being here, Janner,” Strider says. The audience needs no encouragement as they break into applause for the boy.

“You may return to your seat,” Strider says, gesturing to Janner. “Thank you.”

The young man returns to his seat, and you notice that he is sitting by Artham Wingfeather. Perhaps they know each other. The thought makes you smile but you don’t have time to reflect, because Strider clears his throat.

“And now, the moment we have all been waiting for. There is only one nominee left. Can you guess who it is?” Strider smiles.

The audience begins to chant. There is so much noise you can barely tell what they are saying. But you manage to pick out the name:

Zero! Zero! Zero!”

The amphitheater vibrates with excited energy, and you strain to see the winner in the commotion. A man with spiky white hair and frigidly pale skin emerges. He looks intimidating, with his piercing gaze and blank expression.

“Is all this really necessary?” the man says as he approaches the stage. He crosses his arms and glances out into the audience before looking to Strider. “I don’t think this is necessary.”

Strider just laughs as he hands Zero the gold medallion.

“It appears the people have spoken,” Strider says with a grin. “You are the most epic hero of the 2021 Silmaril Awards.”

As the crowd wildly claps for their winner, Zero’s face remains emotionless as he accepts the medallion. But you can tell the man is secretly shocked he was chosen. Maybe he isn’t as cold as he first seems?

Strider pats Zero on the shoulder and gestures for him to return to his seat, where you see that he is sitting with two other men, both with smirks on their faces. Zero ignores them.

“And now, we have come to the end of it.” Strider takes a bow. “I am always so grateful to host this award, and I thank you all for coming to the ceremony. We appreciate all of you. To heroes!” he adds with a shout and a raising of his fist.

“To heroes!” the audience returns, raising their fists together.

“To heroes,” you say in a whisper, smiling to yourself. You rise to leave, quickly, before the mad rush of people.

Hiding under your cloak, you exit the theater into the cold breeze of the forest. You smile up at the moon as the leaves crunch under your boot steps. Maybe someday, your character will be awarded the most epic hero medallion. Who knows? Anything is possible. 😉

Thank you to all of you for participating and joining in the fun this year! This wouldn’t be possible without all of your support. Give yourself a round of applause! And feel free to congratulate Zero in the comments. I’m sure he’ll love it… 😂

Plus, be sure to head on over to Sarah’s blog tomorrow to see who the winner of the Most Majestic Ruler award is!

2021 Silmaril Awards // Voting Round!

Wow…I’m proud to say that this year’s nomination round turned out to be my most commented-on post EVER. That is INSANE! Thank you guys all so much for all of your nominations and second! The Silmaril Awards wouldn’t be possible without all of your participation.

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But enough of that, let’s get to what everyone really cares about…who are the nominees?

Drum roll!

For the Most Epic Hero category, the nominees are…

Janner Igiby from the Wingfeather Saga! Janner is deeply selfless and would do anything to protect his family and the people he loves. He takes his responsibilities seriously and acts as a leader, someone to look up to, for his siblings. He can usually be found reading or daydreaming about places and people he misses.

Nick Beasley from the Afterverse! Nick is always ready with a witty or sarcastic quip, and most of the time, he’s simply done with everything and everyone. But despite being a skeptical grump, he has a good heart deep down and he cares deeply about the people he loves.

Artham Wingfeather from the Wingfeather Saga! Artham is a noble defender, extremely loyal to his family, despite coming into conflict with them at times. He suffers from the darkness and shame of his past, but this poet chooses to keep moving forward, working through his struggles.

Will Treaty from the Ranger’s Apprentice! Will was made to be a Ranger, having the skills and the strength necessary for the taxing job. He is good-natured, very friendly, and a quick-thinker. Though he may be young, he takes the responsibility of being a Ranger very seriously.

Zero from the City Between! Zero is a half-fae, half-human with a cold, emotionless facade. But deep down, he is extremely protective and loyal to his friends. Though he may look intimidating (he’s nicknamed the ice man!), he has a solid heart and cares very much for those who are close to him.

Now that you have the ballot, be sure to vote! Follow this link and vote for who you think should win in each category. Follow these links to see the descriptions of all the other nominees this year!

And may your favorite characters win!

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Thanks again for such a wonderful turnout this year, guys! I’m still blown away by the amount of comments I received. Have fun voting, and don’t forget to visit all the presenters’ blogs to find out who the winners are, starting on the 20th!

The 2021 Silmaril Awards // Nomination Round {CLOSED}

Hello guys! You know what time of year it is…that wonderful time where we all come together as fellow book lovers and discuss and debate our favorite fantasy characters to see who wins the famed Silmaril Awards! (Okay, maybe not quite”‘famed” yet. But we’re working on it 😉)

This week begins with our nomination round! And this year, I’ll be presenting…

Most Epic Hero!

What makes an epic hero? Is it the exciting quest they go on to save the world? Is it their charm? Their courage? Maybe their compassion? Or their willingness to face danger head on, even when they’re afraid? I think it can be all of these things and more! But you tell me…who is deserving of the title Most Epic Hero?

Before you head down to the comments, let’s go over a few rules:

  • NO Lord of the Rings characters. Most of them will be presenting the award winners, and, well, how awkward would it be to accept your own award?
  • No previous winners. If you don’t know who those previous winners, check it out on our site!
  • Only fantasy characters are available for nomination. If a solid argument can be made for a certain book or series that you think is technically in the fantasy genre…we’ll allow it (such as The Lunar Chronicles).
  • Be sure to mention which book/series the characters are from. Us mods consider ourselves fantasy experts extraordinaire… but we haven’t read every single fantasy book out there. It really helps us out!
  • Nominate and second as many characters as your dragon-loving heart desires. All you have to do is comment down below! The top 5 MOST seconded characters will go on to the final round, so seconding is important!
  • Authors are NOT allowed to vote for their own characters. But you can definitely encourage your fans to vote for them!

After leaving your pick(s) for the most epic hero down below, definitely go check out and nominate your favorites in all of the other 11 categories!

“Wait a minute,” you might be thinking. “11 categories? I thought there were only 10.”

And you would be right. If this year we weren’t introducing an all new, super exciting NEW category!! (Which we are, in case you didn’t pick up on that 😉)

And, if I can have a drum roll please…

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Our new category, presented by the lovely Sarah Pennington is…

• Most Majestic Ruler!


Here are all of the links to the categories so you can go nominate your favorites!

Who do you think deserves the title Most Epic Hero? Leave your nomination down below! And remember, nominations close the following Saturday morning, so get them in before then! Have fun! 😊