"Fallen Rose is a thrilling, emotional story that continues the epic journey of remarkable characters and their struggle to make the right choices under intense pressure. The new characters introduced in this book add a wider view of the struggle between the humans and the elves. Lliam’s personal struggle is so well-crafted that the reader cannot be sure which side he will choose until he chooses. In short, Fallen Rose is a masterpiece—a worthy sequel to Young Falcon."
Fallen Rose will be out next month; keep an eye out!
Look for Marta's new book Graystone coming out soon, too!
Here it is:
Pretty nice, huh? I'm so excited to show it to everyone later :D FR should be here within the next month -- definitely in time for Christmas! God is good, y'all!!! :)
It's true; I do indeed have 107 pages on the rewritten Book Three, most of which I've actually this summer. I discovered a new technique that's really helped me go faster, so I've been cranking out probably 10 or 11 pages a day. In the last week, I've written three whole chapters :D Which is good, because I'm about to head to Liberty and have less time to write. (Which is depressing ... I'm getting into some really important and intense scenes right now!)
Soon I shall also be starting to post more story/character-related things, such as character studies and plot discussions and fun trivia :) I have a few posts already written, and I'm trying to get stocked up on material before I leave so I won't have to scramble during school to get them written >.
Hope everyone's having a marvelous week; six days until I leave for college! O.o
Have a great week, all! :)
I have approximately 16 days of high school left, and ~25 until I graduate, which I frankly find amazing. Where did the year go? I'm not complaining—at all. But it's just weird to think that next year, I won't be in Texas anymore, where I've lived all my life. I'll be in Virginia, which is super exciting and actually not scary. I'm so eager to go at this point. I've made a friend already via Facebook, and I've contacted my roommate, so I don't feel very nervous about making friends. It'll just be nice to have a change, you know? New places, new faces :) Last night was a little sad, though—we had our last celebration of the fine arts at school yesterday, and they honored all the seniors, so we had to go on stage. Weird to think I won't be there next year ... I've been at my school for 11 years. Which also means I'm totally ready for a change of scenery. I'll still come home for Christmas and Spring Break and all, though, so it's not like I won't be returning anytime soon. It'll be hard to sell books in VA, however, since most people who've read it are in central Texas.
Speaking of which, I had an awesome book signing yesterday! I sold out of all 20 books I took; God is great, y'all :) It was one of the more fun all-day events I've been too, as well.
Anyway—graduation is nigh, and I'm excited! :D I look forward to seeing what God has in store for the next big chapter of my little life; I'm expecting something amazing :)
Have a great week, everyone!
Day 1 and 2: We arrived at ABIA and hung out until it was time to board, whereupon we flew to
|Me and M.M. on the flight to Chicago|
Chicago. There was snow EVERYWHERE in Chicago
—like, real snow :D It was great. Then we boarded our British Airways plane and had a 7-hour overnight flight to the London Heathrow airport. My first time in another country! That was awesome; so exciting. One of my friends brought pepper spray, however, not knowing it was illegal in the U.K., and so she got caught in security, and they called the police, whereupon her little pink pepper spray can was "seized and destroyed." I have a feeling none of us will be forgetting that story anytime soon ;)
|Locks on Juliet's gate|
Day 2 cont.: After getting off the looooooong flight in Milan, we met our tour guide, Francesca, got on a bus, and traveled to Verona. Actually, most of us were exhausted and just slept on the way, so I'm not sure how long our ride was, or which cities we passed through on the way >.amazing tortellini.
|Tortellini from the Ristorante Enocibus|
That was definitely the best meal we had on our entire trip :) Then we got back on the bus and headed for Venice, where we reached our hotel. One of my roommates, however, was in the other girls' room and graciously decided to stay there so she wouldn't come back and wake us up. However, we didn't know this. So M.M. got up at about 2:30 in the morning to make sure she was still alive ... which consisted of knocking on everyone's doors to see if she was inside. She found her, but not until after waking up everyone else ;) Fun times.
|Look at this horse. He made it in two minutes. Amazing!|
Day 3: Venice! My favorite city. Early this morning, we took a ferry out to Guidecca Island to watch a glass-blowing demonstration at the Murano glass factory. Let me tell you, this guy was amazing. God really blessed him with glass-blowing talent. Hence that he made a beautiful vase and a glass horse in under two minutes. Afterwards, we were allowed to shop in the store, where, unfortunately, everything was very expensive. One glass bead was €10. I was very disappointed, as I really wanted to buy something, but I wasn't willing to spend all my money on the first day of shopping. But! I found the Imperfections Table, where the imperfect items were being sold at half-price. I found this beautiful blue little glass cup which apparently had an imperfection (I couldn't find anything wrong with it) and got it for €20, even though it was originally €22 at half-price, because the very sweet saleslady saw that I didn't have chance and told me I could have it for €20 :) That made my day. After we all finished shopping, we met our tour guide for the afternoon. She led us around Venice and told us all about its history. Afterwards, we had free time, during which M.M. and I wandered around, looking at various shops and just enjoying the day. When our free time was over, we returned to St. Mark's Square and I went with the group who was going to ride gondolas. I mean, how can you go to Venice and not ride a gondola?
|Gondolas in Venice!!|
So we rode gondolas, and that was amazing
—the precision with which the gondoliers have to steer down those narrow waterways is just breathtaking; it definitely takes a lot of talent and strength to be a gondolier. I was thoroughly impressed.
Once we came back, we went to the Doge's (Prince's) Palace for a self-guided tour. That was neat as well, though we left pretty quickly and went to hunt down some gelato. Ah, gelato ...
Day 4: We traveled to Florence today, again by bus. We ate lunch and then took a guided tour of the city, where we saw the Duomo, which was probably the most impressive architectural feat I saw in Italy. We toured it and some other church and then went to see a (short) leather-making demonstration in a factory. The prices at the factory were waaaaay high, so I don't think many of us bought anything. Afterwards we had some free time. I don't really remember what we did ... probably just looked around at the markets. Probably ate some gelato, too. Then we ate dinner, hung out for a while in our hotel rooms (actually M.M. and I went sliding down the stair bannisters :D ), and then had some deep conversations before going to sleep. on our own after a while, though, and that was super fun. It was wonderful to just have some freedom, you know? We could go wherever we wanted, and I really loved being able to do that ... and pay for my own stuff and manage my money :D Weird thing to be happy about, I know, but hey
We had a free day the next day, and M.M. and I went shopping with P.W. and her mom. They mostly looked at fashion shops and bought some cute purses, shoes, and clothes. P.W., M.M., and I kinda struck out
on our own after a while, though, and that was super fun. It was wonderful to just have some freedom, you know? We could go wherever we wanted, and I really loved being able to do that ... and pay for my own stuff and manage my money :D Weird thing to be happy about, I know, but hey
—I'd never really done that before. On our way back, however, we ran into this Jamaican guy who offered us "free" bracelets and we were perfectly happy to take them ... until he asked for Euros. None of us had any change, and he got so upset that it was almost funny. He yanked the bracelets back and went off muttering, and we all just kinda stared at each other and then proceeded to head back, very perplexed and slightly amused. Interesting experience, indeed.
|Assisi from atop a mountain|
Day 5: We headed to Assisi today, which involved our bus going up into the mountains, as Assisi is situated a little ways up in a mountain range. It was beautiful here ... although the Catholicism of the city was extremely overwhelming and honestly, a little creepy. There were crucifixes and statues and rosaries and crosses everywhere; most of the stores were entirely full of these things ... enough is enough, guys ;) But we traveled to a castle that frankly looked like it belonged in Ireland, and it was very cool to get to explore it; I enjoyed that a lot :) Afterwards, we took a guided tour of St. Francis' Basilica, and that was interesting. I'm just not into old churches, though. I had much more fun just roaming around and shopping and visiting the fake Irish castle :) Then we packed up and headed for Rome! We checked into the hotel, and then some of the group went on a night tour. P.W., M.M., and I did not, however; we stayed in our room and talked for a while and then went to sleep.
Day 6: We went to the Colosseum today. For some reason, it wasn't what I was expecting ... and I wasn't all that impressed by it. Strange? Yes. I don't know why it didn't impress me. Oh well. Then we visited the Roman Forum, which was interesting but not mind-blowing. Then we went to the Vatican. Also didn't know what to expect here. The chapels and churches were pretty, yes, but there were just so many statues and paintings of popes and saints! C'mon, people, are we worshiping the saints and popes, or God? It was unsettling, especially since there was an entire, huge room of twenty-foot statues ... of the Greek pantheon. Um, what? Since when do the Greek gods belong in the Vatican? I think they had their religions confused. Anyway
—the tour included St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, and when we finished our extremely looooong tour (12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.), we ate, had a little down-time, and then visited the Trevi Fountain. It was indeed impressive, although it was also full of Greek gods and goddesses. Then we went back to the hotel and slept. I think I've numbered the days incorrectly, but this was our last day. Oh well.
Day 7: Part of the group woke up early and went to visit some early Christian catacombs. M.M., and I did not, but we were stuck at the hotel until the others came back ... which was 2:00 in the afternoon, and by then our day was kinda wasted anyway. But we discovered an amazing little sandwich shop around the corner that was very cheap and very good :D When the others got back, we went shopping again (I think ... I don't really remember what we did). Oh! We went to a gelato store with 150 flavors! :D That was AMAZING. Gelato is just a superior form of food in general. I wish I could have sampled more flavors, but there were just way too many to choose from.
Day 8: We packed up very early in the morning (3:45) and rode to the airport, whereupon we boarded and flew back to Heathrow. Then we headed for Austin ... on a 10 hour flight. I used to like flying. No more. But we arrived safely and soundly back at ABIA at 6, and then I went home and relayed my adventures to my parents :)
I think I've numbered the days incorrectly, but this was our last day. Oh well.
All in all, a wonderful week. I really wish the Scotland/Ireland trip had won, since I want (and intend to) live in Scotland someday soon, but Italy was amazing, too. I'm not sad at all that this was where we ended up going. It was my second choice behind Scotland/Ireland, anyway :) I made a new friend, learned a LOT about Italian culture, saw some beautiful sights, and realized how big the darn world actually is. And I got some practice handling and managing my own money :) This trip was a real blessing, and I'm so thankful my parents let me go. I will definitely be traveling abroad again as soon as I can. And
—here's the stuff I bought:
Some awesome Italian combat boots, a leather purse (my first purse ever, actually), a keychain from every city I visited (except Milan—didn't have time :/ ), and the little glass I bought from the Murano glass factory in Venice. Such a memorable and amazing trip!! If you ever have the chance to visit Italy, do it; it'll be well worth your time and money :) Arrivederci, y'all!
Anyway, I'm home sick today. Missing my very last Jog-a-Fun. Darn. actually be my last, but Jog-a-Fun, AP tests, Jr./Sr. ... my memories of those things will be stuck in 2013. 2013 was a good year :) 2014 has just seemed ... slow. Almost languid. Besides the Italy trip, nothing's really happened. Kinda disappointing, really. Oh well. Things will happen in a few months when I head to VA :) I'll be sure to keep my few readers posted ;) Oh! And speaking of readers (that made me think about Book Two), my mom's editing is coming along slowly but surely. I hope to have it to my editor fairly soon ... a few months, maybe. Oh, the process of publishing is slow, guys >.
Now I'm gonna go work on my extremely late giant Italy post. Hope you're all having a wonderful day/week! :)
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