Monday, November 23, 2015

Thoughts on "Wonderland"


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was far better my second read-through. Some books are like that, striking your fancy more one day than the next. I think for me, the difference came from reading it a few years later. I'm a bit more seasoned and appreciative of witty nonsense verse apparently. This is unlike any other children's novel I've read. It's easy to see why so many people (particularly in the 60's) thought Carroll was on mushrooms when he wrote this. Truth be told, Lewis Carroll was a mathematician, fond of logic puzzles and an Anglican priest in the Victorian Age. His imagination ran wild for that time period in particular. Perhaps it was the cultural constraints of his society that sparked such a need to create a world like Wonderland. After all, it was this same time period that worlds like Oz and Neverland were also invented. Another aspect of the novel I noticed this read-through and missed entirely last time, is that Alice is just as mad as the many characters she meets in Wonderland. Every time she attempts to recite on call, her words become confused and jumbled, and she has a funny habit of talking things out to herself in front of other people. It seems fairly obvious that she did not happen upon this strange world by accident. While Wonderland is proposed to be Alice's dream world, I like to think she belongs there as much as the Hatter & the Hare.

View all my reviews Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #2)Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Through the Looking Glass" was just as much of a pleasure and a puzzle as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". I had not realized that many of the elements of the classic story we think of (thanks to Disney's retelling) are featured primarily throughout "Looking Glass." Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Jabberwocky & Walrus and the Carpenter poems are first given here, as well as the talking flower bed. While I enjoyed the different take and elements to Carroll's sequel, I wasn't as big a fan of Alice's obvious dreaming. At times Alice mysteriously appears in a new location, or a character suddenly transforms into another character, just like in dreams. I think I much prefer the first adventure into Wonderland, where the characters and world are more grounded. "Looking Glass" was much more surreal and at times confusing, yet still delightful.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Grand Finale for Craving Beauty Vol.1!


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

It's the Grand Finale for
Craving Beauty
By Jennifer Silverwood


Did you come along with us as the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast is retold in a Gothic setting where nothing is exactly as it seems and the heroine must be her own hero? If not, go back and check out each stop...

Launch - Author Interview

What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

Sometimes there is no knight in shining armor coming to rescue the damsel. Sometimes the damsel has to be the hero. I hope readers will find their courage, along with our heroine, Vynasha, to realize they too are beautiful beyond their inner and outer scars.


"Whatever you think you know, forget it, you are probably wrong. As I said earlier, there is so much going on within the pages of this book you won't know what to expect but that is what makes this book so utterly amazing. It was so different. It took a classic fairy tale one that I absolutely adore and made it something more. It made it something new."

Mythical Books - The Characters & an Introduction to Craving Beauty

Craving Beauty is yet another adaptation of the beloved fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, with a darker twist. Elements of Gothic romance and high fantasy flesh out this retelling. I have always wanted to read a high fantasy retelling of my favorite fairy tale, so I decided to write one. . . .My story is different from other retelling's because it focuses less on the romance and more on the journey of Vynasha.

deal sharing aunt - Author Interview

6. What would you like my readers to know?

Craving Beauty, Vol. 1 is a gothic romance as well as a high fantasy retelling of Beauty & the Beast. While it is a clean YA Fantasy, be prepared for a lot of mayhem and magic. And don’t be too surprised by the blood and beasts, or cloak and dagger. In the end, Craving Beauty is about finding courage and your own inner beauty despite all obstacles. Hope you will join me in Vynasha’s journey!


"Author Jennifer Silverwood will blow you away with her latest release, Craving Beauty. In this rendition of Beauty and the Beast, Jennifer has created a twist on the story that readers will fall in love with from page one. Although a little darker than I originally thought it would be, this novel is filled with a delightful story and excellently developed characters."


"If you are a fan of Beauty and the Beast type of story you will love this. It is a story of a girl with a tragic life who finds herself in a castle filled with Beasts and other enchanted characters."

Cover2Cover - Review

"This is a story of love and loss, sacrifice and finding the strength within oneself to beat the odds."

Colorimetry - Interview with Vynasha

The following interview was the last time anyone from the village of Whistleande had contact with her before Vynasha and her nephew, Wyll disappeared this winter. They are currently presumed dead by the local magistrate. One can only ponder what would drive these poor souls into a forest populated with danger and shrouded in myth.

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

The creature’s heavy limbs pounded upon the floor with every scrape of its claws. Roars echoed her flight over the crimson carpet. The hall was black as pitch without the light of the fire and candles. It wasn’t long before she felt the creature’s hot breath above her neck. Her heart pounded as she pushed harder and barely missed colliding with a column. She pivoted to avoid one agony, only to feel the rip of claws sinking around her waist.

Then she knew no more.
Bookworm Lisa - Not Your Average Beauty

As I mentioned before, Vynasha is not your average “Beauty”. She was beautiful once, but now is covered in scars. She has little interest in romance or personal goals but doesn’t consider herself to be selfless. From an early age, like so many women today, she learned to get by on her own. Sometimes the prince doesn’t come in time and the damsel has to rescue them both. In “Craving Beauty”, Vynasha will discover that her inner beauty, like her bravery comes in many shapes and sizes.


Zerina Blossom’s Books - What I Learned From Craving Beauty

Of all the projects I’ve worked on since I started writing professionally, Vynasha’s story has stuck with me the longest. It has been drafted and re-drafted, revised and edited and revised again. At times I wanted to throw in the towel and give up because I thought I would never see the day it would publish. Some authors in that position might have set it aside for a later date, or put it away for good to collect dust. And I might have done exactly that except for one thing, I love the story. I love gothic romances and fairy tale retellings, and “Craving Beauty” is somewhat of a conglomerate of the two. It has elements of horror and high fantasy with the necessary Byronic hero and a heroine who isn’t your average “Beauty.”


J. L. Mbewe - Interview

What are you working on now? What’s next for you?

As you might have guessed, I’m already hard at work on the sequel to Craving Beauty, as well as polishing up the companion novella, Wolfsbane’s Daughter. I’m also working on a contemporary adult romance novel called “Moonlight.” I hope to publish all three this next year, so be on the lookout for news from my website!

Reader Girls - Excerpt

The beast growled as it dragged her back into the shelter of the room. She felt a powerful arm, muscle and sinew straining against her body as it tucked her against its brown mane. She was too dazed to do anything but cling to the creature in turn as it barreled through the castle. Slowly, her muscles relaxed enough for her to almost enjoy that wild rocking sensation and the thump of the beast’s heartbeat.

alwaysjoart - Wylder Tales


Craving Beauty is the first book in a three part series. The next, Wolfsbane’s Daughter is a companion novella and in-between for volumes one and two. It follows the journey of a few side characters you’ll meet in volume one. We will get an up close and personal glimpse of Wolfsbane’s mute daughter, Resha as she looks after Wyll. Wolfsbane and Resha both have major parts to play before the story plays out in volume two. I had a lot of fun diving into a different perspective, since the other two books are told from Vynasha’s point of view. Also, because Resha was born and raised in the forbidding Wylder Mountains, she gives us a closer look at the new world Vynasha and Wyll have traveled to.

Craving Beauty
(A Wylder Tale, #1)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015

Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother's roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.

Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.

A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.

Other Books by the Author
Silver Hollow Qeya (Heaven's Edge #1) Ohre (Heaven's Edge, #2) Stay

Jennifer Silverwood
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.


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Print copy of Craving Beauty + swag (Us Only)
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Friday, November 20, 2015

alwaysjoart: Guest Post and Giveaway: Craving Beauty by Jennife...

Check out my guest blog on the world of Wylder Tales and sign up for the big giveaway!







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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bookworm Lisa~: Book Spotlight ~ "Craving Beauty" by Jennifer Silv...

Bookworm Lisa hosts Craving Beauty today with her fantastic blog! My guest post focuses on the history of women in fairy tales and Vynasha's role as another "beauty". 







"The message of fairy tales is just as relevant today as it was centuries ago. Our culture and 

perspectives may have changed in the meantime, but all of us crave beauty and love in our lives..." 



-to read more of this, follow the link below!



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Colorimetry: Interview w/ Vynasha by @JennSilverwood from Cravi...

Colorimetry features the Craving Beauty giveaway + an exclusive interview with lead heroine, Vynasha just before she disappeared into the Wylder Mountains this season. 

Click on the link to see what she had to say...







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Monday, November 16, 2015

Mythical Books: she fears this winter will be his last - Craving B...

Mythical Books features the Beauty, the Beast & the World of Craving Beauty today! Follow the link to visit their fantastical blog!







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Sunday, November 15, 2015

We're Launching the Book Tour for Craving Beauty!


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour for
Craving Beauty
By Jennifer Silverwood

Come along with us as the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast is retold in a Gothic setting where nothing is exactly as it seems and the heroine must be her own hero...

Tour Schedule


Interview with Author Jennifer Silverwood

What is your motivation behind Craving Beauty? Why did you want to write it?

I always wanted to read a high fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, something darker and grittier than the Disney version. Craving Beauty came about from this desire. I wanted to write about a heroine who is no longer outwardly beautiful. She is scarred both inside and out and doesn’t believe she is worthy of love. While this story includes a scary beast, it’s more about her journey and need to rescue her nephew than it is a love story.

What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

Sometimes there is no knight in shining armor coming to rescue the damsel. Sometimes the damsel has to be the hero. I hope readers will find their courage, along with our heroine, Vynasha, to realize they too are beautiful beyond their inner and outer scars.

Do you have a favorite scene?

My favorite scene would have to be just after Vynasha looks after the enchanted roses in the Prince’s castle. Her hands are bleeding and our antihero comes to heal her wounds. Though she doesn’t realize it at the time, she starts to let another person in for the first time since losing her family. And she begins the process of healing on the inside as well.

What is something that is unique about you?

I live in a hundred-year-old farm house in the middle of a forest. Seriously, it is miles from civilization, or anything most people would consider civilized. You have to drive about mile just to get to our house. While living in the woods has a few drawbacks, I love it. It is house my great-grandparents built and where my grandmother was raised. The land has been in our family now for several generations and I’m proud to welcome the next this December.

— Jennifer

Craving Beauty
(A Wylder Tale, #1)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015

Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother's roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.

Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.

A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.

Other Books by the Author
Silver Hollow Qeya (Heaven's Edge #1) Ohre (Heaven's Edge, #2) Stay

Jennifer Silverwood
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.


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Print copy of Craving Beauty + swag (Us Only)
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Prism Book Tours: We're announcing the Book Tour for CRAVING BEAUTY ...: On Tour with  Prism Book Tours . Book Tour Announcement for Craving Beauty By Jennifer Silverwood 

 Tour Schedule 

11/15: Launch
11/16: Painted Words ReviewsMythical Books, & deal sharing aunt
11/17: Singing Librarian BooksRockin' Book Reviews, & Cover2Cover
11/18: Book Butterfly in Dreamland & Kelly P's Blog
11/19: Bookworm LisaWriting PearlsTeatime and Books, & Zerina Blossom’s Books
11/20: J. L. MbeweReader Girlsalwaysjoart, & Dreams Come True Through Dreaming
11/22: Grand Finale



Tour Giveaway
$20 Amazon eGift Card & ebook of Craving Beauty (INT)
Print copy of Craving Beauty + swag (Us Only)
Ends November 27th




Wednesday, November 4, 2015