Thursday, September 3, 2015

WATER PRINCESS, FIRE PRINCE release

Hey, guys!!!! Today my blog is a part of the Water Princess, Fire Prince blog tour. As you will soon see, Water Princess, Fire Prince is an original fairytale novel written by a young Christian woman, Kendra Ardnek.

I am having an interview with the author herself!!!

And then some stuff about the book :D So, enjoy! And check out this awesome story!



1. Welcome, Kendra, to Keturah's Korner! Thank you so much for joining me today :).

Thank you for having me!



2. Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Um, well, I'm human, have lived just over twenty years in Earth's timestream, and have been a Christian for most of that, and have been homeschooled for almost as long. My favorite color is purple, I spend most of my time working with words and I make the world's best spaghetti.



3. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

When I found out that books were written by people and that it was a viable career option for me. I did get distracted by screenwriting for a few years though before I remembered my true calling.



4. Can you tell us something crazy that you like to do?

Run around the yard like I'm insane because I just got the most brilliant plot idea ever. Also, run into walls. Don't ask why.



5. What is your favorite book that you've ever written? ( I know, this is probably hard to answer. I mean how can we authors choose our favorite!? )

Water Princess, Fire Prince. Although this will probably change once I finish the sequel.



6. Your least favorite book you've ever written? ( Another mean one! )

Published or unpublished? I guess I'll go with Tears, Frogs, and Laughter. It's an adorable little story, but it isn't as dear to my heart as some of my other work is.



7. What inspired you to write "Water Princess, Fire Prince"?

My own desire to leave my world and discover a fantasy kingdom to save and rule. Also, the shower. The shower played a huge role in this book's inpsiration.



8. How soon will it be before we get the sequel to "Water Princess, Fire Prince"?

I'd like to say about a year, but that completely depends on how quickly I write the sequel, and that's a variable. We'll see what happens. I AM eager to share the sequel with you guys, because it has some brilliant plot twists.



9. What does Tela Du mean and how did you come up with that word/ name?

Tela Du means, in Rizkan, "same face," as an allusion to the fact that the Tela Du shall have the same face as the Lady Dragon. How I came up with it ... um, about how I come up with any word - I slapped some syllables together, played around with them until I liked them, and declared them good.



10. What are your plans/ hopes/ dreams for "Water Princess, Fire Prince"? For readers' response and for the novel itself?

Plans? Lots of promotion, and hopefully getting the sequel out by this time next year.

Hopes? That everyone who reads it will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it, that they'll be amused and inspired in turn.

Dreams? That someday a film company will pick it up and I'll be allowed to play Amber. Yes, the villain. I have... reasons.



11. Again, thank you so much for joining me today! I really hope that God blesses you and this book!!!

Thank you for having me!







Water Princess, Fire Prince Description:


When the Lady Dragon does come,
Hold fast, do not fear, do not run.
Your Water Princess will fight,
Fire Prince will set all to right.
Each shall come from a Fall,
Their union will save you all.


Despite the fact that she's on track for competing in the Olympics, and he's practically raised his younger brothers since they lost their mom in a car accident, Clara Mandras and Andrew Stevenson are pretty much normal teens. They have normal hopes, normal dreams, and they live in a normal world.

All this is torn away from them when they are thrust into another world and declared Water Princess and Fire Prince. With no experience ruling a country, meeting each other for the first time, and being expected to fight the Lady Dragon – an evil sorceress plaguing the world of Rizkaland – Clara and Andrew are underprepared and inexperienced. Unless they learn to work together despite their standing opposition, Rizkaland's hope will be lost.

What is to come will change their lives forever.


About the author:

Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She's been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years, "Finish your story, Kendra", is frequently heard at family gatherings.

Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children's tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog,knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com.



Water Princess, Fire Prince:

Available on Kindle

Add it in Goodreads

Part 1's First Chapter

Part 2's First Chapter



Free Books!

31st-4th:
Sew, It's a Quest

Do You Take This Quest?


1st – 5th:
The Ankulen

CinderEddy

Saffron's Big Plan







My Review and Thoughts on Water Princess, Fire Prince:

Clara has her life planned out - every little detail. She has great friends - even though they do tease her a lot-, awesome parents and she's about the best in any gymnastics and sports.

But that all changes. One perfect dive into a pool, and her life is turned inside out. A different world, a different culture.

Clara finds herself part of a prophecy to save and help rule the world she has been brought into as the Water Princess. She loves adventure, and to be honest has always dreamed of going to a different world.

But it has a cost. What starts out epic turns into a battle of the wills - for there is the Fire Prince.

He is also a part of the prophecy. Meant to fight with her, rule with her.

This world isn't just a Narnia. Her life will be drastically changed if she chooses to embrace what this place demands of her and her future. Even life back on Earth won't - can't - be the same as before.

Can she give up her dreams to help a world that isn't hers? - And if even so, will Clara be able to put aside her feelings to work with the one person she hates, the Fire Prince?




I have read some of Kendra's other stories this last year. As you can see from this blog post, they weren't what I had been expecting, and at first I didn't even care for her stories.

Not that they were bad.

Just from the many reviews I'd read, I was expecting something more  like Gail Carson Levine-C.S. Lewis and instead got a Christianized version of "The Never Ending Story."

And I just wasn't used to reading that sort of stuff and hadn't developed a taste for it. But, as I read more of her shorter stuff it grew on me so that I began to like it.

So, when I signed up to read "Water Princess, Fire Prince" I knew exactly what I was getting ( I thought ).

Yet again, I was surprised! This time by how much I actually enjoyed the story.  And loved it. And wanted more.

Yes, it still definitely wasn't Levine - but it is much better than "The Never Ending Story" and  "Shark Boy and Lava Girl".

The characters feel real. It has a strong, funny beginning that I just wanted to read over and over. There are so many orginal plot twists and back story expertly woven in to the main story.

And of course just the title and main idea of a Water Princess and a Fire Prince sounds pretty awesome :).

Of all of Kendra's novels that I have read, this is by far my favorite! Read it and check it out!  Because if you like a good fairy tale, you will most likely love the "Water Princess, Fire Prince".



Have you read any of Kendra Ardnek's novels? If so which were your favorites? What do you think about Water Princess, Fire Prince?






15 comments:

  1. Great review and interview!
    Semi-random: 'du' is the familiar form of 'you' in German. I'm not sure if Tela has a German meaning, though- I keep forgetting to look it up.

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    1. Knowing me with my fascination for German, that probably was a bit of my inspiration.

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    2. Thank you, Sarah! That is an interesting observation:) I love the German language also :)

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  2. You're human, Kendra? I thought you were something else.... ;)

    I think I've now read all of Kendra's published books, and WPFP is my favorite. Kingdom is second....

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    1. I have yet to read the Kingdom books, but will be doing so soon!

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  3. Oh, I was wondering if anyone would remember Shark Boy and Lava Girl. You should have seen Kendra's reaction to that movie, she was still pretty young, but was already well involved with her Rizkaland world and ran around playing the characters and singing the national anthem at the top of her "no tune in the bucket" voice. She was SO mad at the movie for stealing her idea! LOL

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    1. Haha, interesting! I just recently saw Shark Boy and Lava Girl, though my siblings have likes it for a long time.

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  4. Loved Water Princess, Fire Prince and The Ankulen. I liked the Bookania ones too but not as much. My brothers are reading Take to each other at the moment.

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    1. Is Take To Each Other by Kendra?

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    2. TAKE is the abbreviated form of DO YOU TAKE THIS QUEST?, which is the second volume of my Bookania Quests.

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  5. "Run around the yard like I'm insane because I just got the most brilliant plot idea ever. Also, run into walls. Don't ask why."
    I do that too. *shrugs* About more than just plot ideas, though...I may actually be insane. Shhhhh.

    Great review and interview! And like you, I enjoyed it a thousand times more than I thought I would.

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    1. I'm sure you're not insane, Amanda. Running around can be dangerous though. I know.

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    2. Thanks Amanda!!!

      Haha, know what you mean - the only truly insane people are the ones that aren't insane ;)

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