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April 13, 2011

Homage to Diana Wynn Jones

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

On March 26th, 2011, we lost the great fantasy writer Diana Wynn Jones.

To read our small homage at the Enchanted Inkpot, please go to  http://community.livejournal.com/enchantedinkpot/88034.html

April 2, 2011

Welcome to Two Moon Princess Blog Tour

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

For an author, Virtual Book Tours have the best of both worlds. You get to meet lots of interesting people and talk about your book, yet you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.

Thanks to Kari, the blog tour for my YA fantasy TWO MOON PRINCESS (Tanglewood Press) starts this Monday April 4 with Amber Clark’s pageturnersblog.com and continued daily until April 30.

The schedule for this first week is as follow:

Monday, April 4: Amber Clark (Teenage Garage Sale)          www.pageturnersblog.com

Tuesday, April 5: Lexie (Character Interview: Andrea)     http://lastexilewords.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 6: Melissa(Review)                                    http://bookgirl-mel.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 7: Britta (Tens List)                                           www.ilikethesebooks.blogspot.com

Friday, April 8: Amy-RT (Author Interview)                           http://ReadingTeen.net/

Saturday, April 9: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Review) http://caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com/

As specified above, each blogger will post either a review of Two Moon Princess, a guest post about a specific subject she requested from me, or an interview with the author (that would be me).

I was amazed at the imagination displayed by these wonderful bloggers in their choice of questions and blog subject matters. I hope my answers do them justice.

Please stop by at any time, and leave your comments.

March 29, 2011

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

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Review by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban




Clever and Cunning, The Thief is King

No one said marriage is easy. The one between Eugenides, the spy/thief of Eddis and his sworn enemy the queen of Attolia seemed doomed from the start, a marriage of political convenience, imposed on Attolia by their rival kingdom. For how could the thief possibly love the queen responsible for the loss of his hand?

But Eugenides is anything but predictable and has married the queen for love, even if by doing so he must leave his beloved Eddis behind.

As the third book in this excellent series starts, Eugenides is stranded in the Attolian palace. Ridiculed by the Attolian courtesans, despised by the Queen guards and his own attendants, he endures their daily pranks, pretending to be a guileless idiot while weaving a web of intrigue to gain his queen’s heart and bring his enemies to their knees. If only he lives long enough.

Cleverly plotted and beautiful written, the story moves at a fast pace to a satisfying conclusion that answers many questions while posing new ones,

Is the Queen pregnant as her fainting may suggest?

Where is Sophos, the heir of Sounis? Would he marry the Queen of Eddis?

Would the political situation in a not distant future set Eugenides against his cousin, the queen of Eddis?

The only thing I know for sure is that I’m impatiently waiting for the King’s return.

March 15, 2011

Little People are Big in Fantasy. See at The Enchanted Inkpot

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By Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


Have a favorite childhood story with little people as protagonist?

Check out what Angie Frazier has to say about her own and other fellow bloggers’ favorites under the entry “Small Enchantments: Miniatures in Fantasy” at The Enchanted Inkpot.


March 7, 2011

Best Advice on Writing Fantasy at The Enchanted Inkpot

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Join us at The Enchanted Inkpot at http://community.livejournal.com/enchantedinkpot/84375.html to learn from our collective experience on writing Fantasy.

My advice: “… read the classics.

Also, keep it simple. As they say about lying, the closest you stick to reality, the less chance you have to make mistakes. And do your research. Inventing a believable fantasy world is incredibly difficult. You must know how real societies and civilizations have worked over the years to be able to create a coherent one. 

As a coronary of the previous one: If you want to write fantasy to skip the research, don’t.”

March 2, 2011

On Fortune’s Wheel by Cynthia Voigt

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Reviewed by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

A beautiful story of love and courage.

From the moment she looks into the deep blue eyes of the young lord she found stealing a boat the previous night, Birle knows she’ll love him forever. She’s also painfully aware that her love will never be: he’s a lord, she, an innkeeper’s daughter. Not that it matters anyway, as the lord sees in her only a child. Content just to be with him for the time being, Birle convinces the lord to let her come with him.

For days they travel down the river, Birle’s practical skills a valuable asset to help them find food and survive in the wilderness. But as soon as they reach the ocean, they’re taken prisoners and separately sold as slaves.

Refusing to accept her lord is lost, Birle searches for him in the unknown city where she’s also a slave, risking her life again and again to save him from his brutal master and help him return to their kingdom, even if doing so means she will never be with him.

This is a beautifully told story of love and courage for the romantics at heart.

A Sharp Turn into Fantasy by Leah Cypress

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On our weekly TOTW post at The Enchanted Inkpost, Leah Cypess wonders whether readers like or are upset when a book takes an unexpected turn into fantasy.

If the subject interests you, please, read her post, and leave your comments at:


February 15, 2011

Love Story Archetypes by Wendy Delsol

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If you have ever being enthralled by the odds working against your favorite characters to get together in a story, you may want to check what Wendy Delsol calls ‘Love Story Archetypes’ in out Enchanted Inkpot blog.


February 2, 2011

Why do you write the kinds of fantasy stories you do? by Laura Williams McCaffrey

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If you ever wondered why fantasy authors write the kind of stories they write, wonder no more, Laura Williams McCaffrey has asked her fellow bloggers at The Enchanted Inkpot that very same question and their answers is just a click away.


January 24, 2011

Fantasy writer’s use of history, legend, & myth by Jenny Moss

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Please join us at The Enchanted Inkpot (http://community.livejournal.com/enchantedinkpot/80746.html#cutid1) for our Monday blog.

Today read and share your views on how fantasy writers use history, legend and myth in their stories.

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