Cover reveal & a special gift for you!

How did it get to be June already? Am I the only one who feels this way? Time sure flies by, but this is an exciting month for me.

First off, let me tell you THANK YOU for subscribing to my newsletter. As a special way of showing my gratitude, I've set up a Rafflecopter giveaway that is exclusive to my newsletter subscribers. The giveaway is for a beautiful, hard cover copy of Hans Christian Andersen's Complete Fairy Tales, and also a cool necklace with the Tolkien quote, "Not all who wander are lost." So it's really for two gifts--one for you, should you win, and one for a friend. Or keep them both for yourself. Either way, I just want to say thanks for reading my newsletter!

This giveaway is open until June 16th, after which the winner will be chosen and notified. It is open internationally, as well.

Next, June is an exciting month because I'm in the final editing stages of Aerisian Refrain, my brand new fantasy novel and the first book of my new Beyond the Sunset Lands series. I'm so excited to share the lovely cover with you today. My cover designer worked hard to accommodate all of the tweaks I asked for, including adding the dreamcatcher as a symbol of my heroine, Annie's, Cherokee heritage, and the black wings as a symbol of... Well, I can't say. #spoilers You'll just have to read the book to find out!

For further fun, the link below will take you to a book trailer for Aerisian Refrain, and underneath that is the back cover blurb.Hopefully these previews will whet your appetite for more. Aerisian Refrain should debut at the end of June, so expect champagne and cavier in next month's newletter to celebrate! (Virtual champagne and caviar, that is.)

Aerisian Refrain Book Trailer (Takes you to Facebook)

Aerisian Refrain BLURB:

Following the prophesied Artan’s victory over the Dark Powers, the land of Aerisia is finally at rest, until ancient beings, long imprisoned, begin to stir…

Eight years after Annie Richards’ stellar voice and musical talents skyrocketed her from rural Oklahoma to international fame, haunting visions have begun threatening her sanity. While she’s returning to her childhood home to convalesce, creatures straight from her nightmares bring down her plane. Annie wakens in a parallel world, Aerisia. Here, she discovers her musical gifts translate into magical powers—the legacy of a banished race who have been invading her dreams.

Mistrusted by Aerisia’s most powerful factions because of her heritage, Annie finds allies are hard to come by. Supporting her are one Simathe warrior, Cole, who refuses to label her as evil, and one woman willing to stand against anything and anyone to help a friend: the Artan herself. Seizing control of her destiny will mean defying both her ancestors and the Aerisian leaders. Mastering her magic may mean making the greatest sacrifice of all…or risk becoming the reason Aerisia itself is torn apart.

Remember, Beyond the Sunset Lands is a follow up series to my Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy. If you haven't read it yet, you can grab book one here. It's free!


Just so it's not all about me and my books--since we all love to read fantasy, right?--in every newsletter I like to spotlight a couple of fantasy books from recommended authors. I have read quite of few of Annie Douglass Lima's books, and I've thoroughly enjoyed them all. Take a peek at her latest release, The Nameless Soldier.

The Nameless Soldier is book 4 in the Annals of Alasia young adult fantasy series. Haven't read all (or any) of the others? That's okay! The books can be read in any order, and each one can stand on its own.


What do you do when you’re the only survivor?

Nineteen-year-old Tarvic bears the name of a mighty hero from Alasia’s past. However, the young soldier feels anything but heroic when he regains consciousness to find himself the lone survivor of a brutal attack by invaders from the neighboring kingdom. 

Forced to leave his identity behind, Tarvic is thrust into civilian life in the role of protector to three war orphans. When the four of them encounter a mysterious stranger, he must choose between keeping the young girls safe and taking on a mission that could help free his kingdom. Can Tarvic live up to his noble name and find a way to balance his duty and his dreams?

Where to Get a Copy:

Click here to buy the ebook or paperback from Amazon. (The ebook is $2.99, but right now it's just $0.99 through June 6th!) Hurry and grab your copy today!


Get to know the Author:

 Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published seventeen books (four YA action and adventure novels, five fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.







Amazon Author Page



Last but not least, I want to share a fun steampunk/fantasy, The Electrical Menagerie, debut novel from author Mollie E. Reeder.

About The Electrical Menagerie

The Electrical Menagerie, one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow, is bankrupt.

Sylvester Carthage, illusionist and engineer, has the eccentric imagination the Menagerie needs to succeed creatively — but none of the people skills. Fast-talking Arbrook Huxley, meanwhile, has all the savvy the Menagerie needs to succeed commercially — but none of the scruples.

To save their show, Carthage & Huxley risk everything in a royal talent competition, vying for the chance to perform for the Future Celestial Queen. In this stardust-and-spark-powered empire of floating islands and flying trains, a shot at fame and fortune means weathering the glamorous and cutthroat world of critics, high society, and rival magicians —but with real conspiracy lurking beneath tabloid controversy, there’s more at stake in this contest than the prize.

Behind the glittery haze of flash paper and mirrors, every competitor has something to hide… and it’s the lies Carthage & Huxley tell each other that may cost them everything.

"Dazzles from start to finish. In Carthage & Huxley, Sherlock & Watson fans will find another dynamic duo whose ready wit and sizzling banter (and inevitable personality clashes) never fail to delight. You'll be calling for an encore performance." Gillian Bronte Adams, author of The Songkeeper Chronicles

"The stuff that fandoms are built on." Kyle Robert Shultz, author of Beaumont & Beasley

Find this fun book on Amazon and Goodreads!

Explore the world of The Electrical Menagerie by entering to win this Celestial Isles prize pack, which includes: "High Victorian" playing cards by luxury playing card company Theory11, handmade galaxy mug by DeVita Designs, Science & Engineering Themed Pocket Notebook Set by CognitiveSurplus, and a tin of Electrical Menagerie themed tea (over a $50 value)! (US only.)

About the Author

Mollie’s first job was with a major theme park, where she operated a roller coaster, fixed parade floats, and helped Scooby-Doo put on his head. Now, Mollie is a movie producer and the author of character-driven science fiction/fantasy novels for adults who never outgrew imagination. Her favorite things include Jesus, dinosaurs, and telling cinematic stories that blend glitter and grit.

Social Media Links

Website — Twitter — Instagram


So that's it for this month! Until July's letter, I'll be working hard on finishing up Aerisian Refrain so I can get it into your hands--or your ereader, whatever format you prefer. I don't judge. Good luck on whichever giveaways you enter!

Until next time--



Sarah Ashwood


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