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The Flight of the Ravenhawk Pre-Order Sale is Live!

Ink Smith Publishing’s Pre-Order Sale for The Flight of the Ravenhawk is live!

Get your copy reserved now!

img_3926A second-born prince. A banished elven princess. And a power-hungry Necromancer.

Kalero Tremayne is second-born Prince of the Allurian Empire and a talented wizard and scholar. Sheltered by the throne he writes boldly about the Lightdweller religion, the Wizardium, his brother, the King, and the treatment of non-magickal subjects in the kingdom. 

After distributing his writings on forbidden magick through Alluria, Kal is brought before the tribunal to face his crimes of treason against the crown. He is ordered to recant his beliefs, but Kal refuses. The punishment: Death. 

In dragon-form, King Darnashi embraces the power of the Underdark in an attempt to carry out Kal’s sentence. Forced to flee, Kal finds himself in the Ancestral Wood with, Sylvara, an elven princess outcast. While Kal learns the balance of his power, the world of Apeiron is crashing into war. 

*The pre-order sale will run until midnight on June 30th, before pricing returns to normal. All orders will ship to customers before July 7th, depending on date of order.

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The Flight of the Ravenhawk Cover Reveal!

J. Edward Hackett’s debut novel with Ink Smith Publishing is almost here! We begin a week of takeovers by revealing the cover for the high-fantasy novel. Filled with elves, dragons, magic, and the struggle between good and evil, The Flight of the Ravenhawk is a perfect summer read!

A second-born prince. A banished elven princess. And a power-hungry Necormancer.

Kalero Tremayne is second-born Prince of the Allurian Empire and a talented wizard and scholar. Sheltered by the throne he writes boldly about the Lightdweller religion, the Wizardium, his brother, the King, and the treatment of non-magickal subjects in the kingdom. 

After distributing his writings on forbidden magick through Alluria, Kal is brought before the tribunal to face his crimes of treason against the crown. He is ordered to recant his beliefs, but Kal refuses. The punishment: Death. 

In dragon-form, King Darnashi embraces the power of the Underdark in an attempt to carry out Kal’s sentence. Forced to flee, Kal finds himself in the Ancestral Wood with, Sylvara, an elven princess outcast. While Kal learns the balance of his power, the world of Apeiron is crashing into war. 

To end the chaos and save the world from necromancy, Kal needs the allegiance of the elves and dwarves. He must become more than the scholar he wanted to be. He must become king. 

Pre-orders begin tomorrow, June 16, 2019! Keep an eye out for our blog posts sharing the pre-order link!

Suburban Legend: E-Book Available!

If you haven’t purchased your copy of Suburban Legend by Christopher Veltri because you aren’t a fan of a physical book, then you are in luck! Suburban Legend is now available on Amazon Kindle and ready for download.

CoverA deadly book, a vicious videogame, and a quiet suburban town.

When bookish Ralph Marker moves back to Wilhelmina to live with his father, a dark videogame finds its way into his hands. As Ralph’s obsession grows, deadly creatures begin stirring in the quiet town.

But Cuazque isn’t the only evil force brewing – Wilhelmina High’s beauties have a dark secret of their own. Amanda Klein, Colleen Simpson, and Shannon Kennedy release an ancient force from hell that threatens to consume them wholly.

Forcing her friends to participate in an ancient rite for power, Amanda makes a demon deal in exchange for abilities for her and her friends. While Colleen is seduced by the newfound power, Shannon isn’t ready to accept her dark gift. Shannon and Ralph must join forces to put a stop to Amanda’s deadly, power-hungry plot, before it’s too late for them, and the town of Wilhelmina.

Don’t forget to leave a review once you finish reading this suspense-filled horror novel!

A writing prompt from A.L. Glennon

A.L. Glennon has never used a writing prompt to start a story. She is more of a visual writer. She’s provided us with this fun challenge to help stimulate some of those creative juices for aspiring writers! 

THE CHALLENGE: 

Open the first magazine you see to a random page and use the photo there to inspire a few lines!

Share with us what you came up with in the comments! Or tag us on social media with the image and your first few lines. We’d love to hear from you!

Angela Glennon on her debut novel, Wait for It!

AL Glennon1Wait for It, a contemporary young-adult novel with fantasy elements by new Ink Smith author, A.L. Glennon. In Wait for It, three teens take the journey of an afterlifetime, traveling to Hell and back, looking for meaning in great art, bakery-fresh éclairs, and, of course, their relationships with each other.

For Glennon, writing a story is easy and fun. “Rewriting and revising it, though, are torture! I stress over every word and punctuation mark,” she said. She started writing poems and stories in the first grade and has been writing on and off ever since. For Glennon, it’s not an interest, it’s an obsession.

While writing Wait for It, Glennon said one thing she learned was that you have to trust your characters to take you where you need to go next. Even if those characters are leading you straight to Hell, like her characters Martin, Zeke, and Zelda!

Writing is not an easy feat, and writer’s in the past have told us that if they could go back and change something about the book they would. But not Glennon. “Perhaps in hindsight I’ll feel differently, but after all the years of editing, tweaking, adding, and deleting, I think I’d like to leave it just as it is now, thank you very much.”

Inspiration comes from many places, but Glennon thinks it all leads back to one. “Love. I might even go so far to argue that love inspires everything humans create.” But Glennon isn’t just a romantic, she’s got a little bite!

When asked about her writing style, Glennon asked, “Could sarcasm be considered a style?” We think so! She noted that she tries not to take herself or her fictional friends too seriously, even when writing about serious subjects. Her light, flowing words in Wait for It can attest to that—but Glennon still manages to make you feel what her characters are feeling without drowning you in every emotion.

If there is any takeaway to her novel, Glennon wants readers to know that everyone deserves a second chance, “Or in Zeke’s case, sixty chance[s]!”

And if you’re an aspiring writer, Glennon has some advice too. “Just keep writing! Enjoy the process and the time you get to spend alone with your characters in those precious weeks/months/years before you let anyone else meet them.”

Glennon’s debut novel with Ink Smith Publishing, Wait for It, is due out Summer 2019.  Make sure to keep an eye out, the cover reveal is coming! And with it, an opportunity to win a signed copy!

“Thank you so much for taking this journey with Marin, Zeke, and Zelda! (And me!)” Make sure to follow A.L. Glennon on Twitter @ALGlennonAuthor for updates on her book Wait for It!.

 

Fun Facts about A.L. Glennon

Sometimes reading a book isn’t enough to satisfy our need for a connection with the mind behind the story. We asked A.L. Glennon to share some fun facts about herself so her readers can delve a little into the mind behind Wait for It!.

Her favorite color is red, and her favorite food depends on the day. She did reveal that she can’t live without chocolate, and who can blame her? Sweets are a source of fuel for writers, and brain food is always required when world building. Especially when that world is home to three very different personalities like Mike, Zeke, and Zelda!

Like most authors, and readers, when asked those dreaded questions, “Who’s your favorite author?” and “What’s your favorite book?” she said no! There is no way she could pick just one favorite book or author. “I have loved tons of books for tons of different reasons,” she said.

She did go on to note that she is a big Harry Potter fan. “I love the way J.K. Rowling created a world and characters that appeal to readers of all ages!” Ink Smith Publishing couldn’t agree more. We think Glennon did a solid job making Wait for It! a novel YA readers and adults can enjoy. 

Quick Fun Facts: 

  1. A.L. Glennon started studying ballet when she was four and still sneaks in a class now and then.
  2. Glennon used to want to be an economist. Then she found out what that really was. After she’d finished an undergraduate degree in economics!
  3. She was a forward (#6) on her college rugby team.
  4. She throws over-the-top theme parties.
  5. She likes baking cakes, and eating them, too!

Welcome to A.L. Glennon!

AUTHOR PORTRAIT BY BOBBY CARTER/BLINKONTWO.COM.

Ink Smith Publishing is happy to announce our new author, A.L. Glennon! A.L. Glennon  has her Master of Arts degree from the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and three sons. Her Ink Smith Publishing debut novel, Wait For It! is due out this summer!

Wait for It! is a contemporary Y.A. novel with fantasy elements. When a freak bathroom accident cuts his Earthly life short, academic bowl team captain Martin Van Assen is surprised to find himself languishing in the waiting room of the Soul Reassignment Office with only the overly dramatic Zelda Kozikowski and her maybe-ex-boyfriend, the oft-reincarnated Zeke Zabar, for company. The unlikely trio gets tired of sitting around with nothing to do but bicker while they wait to start new lives, and sneaks through a portal that takes them back to Earth in ghostly form. The search for meaning in their previous lives takes these three lost souls on the journey of an afterlifetime, all the way to the infernally warm intake office of Hell itself. Martin, Zelda, and Zeke might figure a few things out along the way, but none of it will matter much if they have to spend eternity in a pit of fire. Or worse.

Pre-Order for Wait For It! begins May 15th! Keep an eye out for updates on the pre-order status and author updates on our site. Want to join A.L. Glennon on her writing journey? Make sure to follow her on Twitter @ALGlennonAuthor.

National Poetry Month: Robert Frost

Robert Frost is one of the most notable poets in history. He has been the recipient of four Pulitzer Prizes, and even served as a consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress. Additionally, in 1962, he was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Frostpicture.jpgRobert Frost  was even asked to read a poem at the presidential inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. His work has spanned multiple genres of poetry, with subject matter ranging from self-reflection to inanimate objects as his focus.

According to The Poetry Foundation, “to accomplish such objectivity and grace, Frost took up 19th-century tools and made them new.” He wrote most of his poems in regular verse, not straying to far into the free verse realm. He was most known for portraying ordinary people in everyday situations which allows readers to connect immediately with the poem.

His most notable poems, The Road Not TakenStopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Birches, and Out, Out— are cornerstones to any literature enthusiast or student. Today, we note the affect that Robert Frost has had on the poetry community in honor of National Poetry Month.

 

 

About Corinne

CA Bio ImageCorinne has her MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University and her MPS in Publishing from George Washington University. She has been an editor at Ink Smith Publishing and Native Ink Press since 2013, taking over the company in 2019. Since her first trip to the library when she was a toddler, Corinne has been collecting books, recommending her favorites, and providing commentary on the less-than-stellar. Her belief is that if you have a problem, it’s nothing that a good book can’t solve.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all our readers! What is your favorite springtime poem? 

 

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Photo Credit: Chronicle Live 

 

Here are some notable Easter poems for your Easter Sunday enjoyment.

Easter Day

by Oscar Wilde 

The Silver trumpets rang across the Dome:
The people knelt upon the ground with awe:
And borne upon the necks of men I saw,
Like some great God, the Holy Lord of Rome.

Priest-like, he wore a robe more white than foam,
And, king-like, swathed himself in royal red,
Three crowns of gold rose high upon his head:
In spendour and in light the Pope passed home.

My heart stole back across the wide wastes of years
To One who wandered by a lonely sea,
And sought in vain for any place of rest:
“Foxes have holes, and every bird its nest,
I, only I, my wander wearily,
And bruise my feet, and drink wine salt with tears.”

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A Prayer In Spring

by Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

 

What Is It? 

Author Unknown

Tall ears,
Twinkly noses,
Tiny tail,
And—hop, he goes!
What is he?
Can you guess?
I feed him carrots
And watercress.

His ears are long,
his tail is small,
And he doesn’t make any
Noise at all!
Tall ears,
Twinkly nose,
Tiny tail,
And—hop, he goes!

 

National Poetry Month: Edgar Allan Poe

84477_v9_ba.jpgEdgar Allan Poe is one of the most known writers/poets among readers and non-readers alike. His name, and his work, are dark and emotional. “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity,” is one of Poe’s famous quotes. And done of the best quotes to describe his work, in my opinion.

And everyone recognizes Poe’s raven. “‘Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!’/Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”‘ When Poe’s name is mentioned, the first thing I picture is the raven flying; and of course a heart under the floorboards.

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His work was one of the turning points in my interest in poetry as a high school student. I know that a lot of my peers felt the same way. Even those who were not avid readers like myself have found great interest in Poe’s works. The darkness he portrays, the madness, the use of symbols most often related to omens (both good and bad!), and the vivid imagery all have played a significant part in the macabre curiosity in Poe’s work.

Today we recognize Poe for his writing and influence in the poetry realm. Happy National Poetry Month Poe!

 

About Corinne

CA Bio ImageCorinne has her MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University and her MPS in Publishing from George Washington University. She has been an editor at Ink Smith Publishing and Native Ink Press since 2013, taking over the company in 2019. Since her first trip to the library when she was a toddler, Corinne has been collecting books, recommending her favorites, and providing commentary on the less-than-stellar. Her belief is that if you have a problem, it’s nothing that a good book can’t solve.