September 23, 2013

Goddess Tithe Cover Reveal

Hullo-allo-allo, something new for you today!  Some of you - the ones who have read a few or all of Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Tales of Goldstone Wood - have been waiting to learn more about her newest project. The cover of Shadow Hand was shown several months ago, and since it isn't scheduled to release until February 2014, I rather thought that would have to be it for the time being.  But then Anne Elisabeth announced a new project, the very first novella in the Tales of Goldstone Wood.  

The Vengeful Goddess 
Demands Her Tithe 

When a stowaway is discovered aboard the merchant ship Kulap Kanya, Munny, a cabin boy on his first voyage, knows what must be done. All stowaways are sacrificed to Risafeth, the evil goddess of the sea. Such is her right, and the Kulap Kanya's only hope to return safely home. 

Yet, to the horror of his crew, Captain Sunan vows to protect the stowaway, a foreigner in clown's garb. A curse falls upon the ship and all who sail with her, for Risafeth will stop at nothing to claim her tithe. 

Will Munny find the courage to trust his captain and to protect the strange clown who has become his friend? 

Besides being the first novella in the series, Goddess Tithe differs from the usual Goldstone Wood fare by being illustrated.  Anne Elisabeth included eight full-page drawings (done by herself, of course, because she's awesome like that) throughout the story, and is letting us have a sneak-peek at one of them.

Anne Elisabeth writes, "This is the first [illustration] in the book. I decided to share it with all of you since it depicts my young hero, Munny the cabin boy, under the watchful eye of his mentor, the old sailor Tu Pich. Munny is on his first voyage, and he is determined to learn all there is to know about a life at sea as quickly as possible. Thus we see him utterly intent upon the knot he is learning to tie.

Tu Pich is old enough to know that no sailor will ever learn all there is to know about the sea. Thus he looks on, grave, caring, and perhaps a little sad. He might be looking upon his own younger self of many years ago, fumbling through the hundreds of difficult knots his fingers must learn to tie with unconscious ease.

I enjoyed creating all the illustrations for Goddess Tithe, but this one was my favorite. I love the contrasts of light and dark, the contrasts of young and old . . . youthful intensity versus the perspective of age."


 According to the official author bio...

Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a kindle of kitties, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University.

She is the author of the Tales of Goldstone Wood, including Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Starflower, and Dragonwitch. Heartless and Veiled Rose have each been honored with a Christy Award, and Starflower was voted winner of the 2013 Clive Staples Award.

According to me...

She can also be found over at Tales of Goldstone Wood, where she blogs about writing, cats, and fantasy in general.  (Psst! Her Friday Tidbits series has some great tips.  And her cats are adorable.  So everyone should head to the blog.)

A number of bloggers are participating in Goddess Tithe's reveal today, some of whom will be featuring an excerpt and, I believe, some background on how Anne Elisabeth designed the cover.  The novella releases November 12, soon enough to tide readers over until Shadow Hand's February appearance.  Keep an eye out!  And in the meantime, be sure to enter the giveaway below: you might just win a copy.


  1. I love that all of our posts have taken the blogging world by storm. ^.^

  2. For Anne Elisabeth--do you ever do book signings?

  3. @orc blogger: I do, but not very often. I prefer to do speaking engagements because then I get to . . . you know . . . speak. :) Book signings tend to be a lot duller going, with a lot of people shuffling by trying to not make eye-contact in case you're trying to sell them something (which, truth be told, I am!).

  4. for Anne Elisabeth - is this novella allegorical, say in the same way Dragonwitch is? By the way, I loved Dragonwitch immensely - thanks so much for the giveaway from over at Elizabeth's blog!! :)


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I am a writer of historical fiction and fantasy, scribbling from my home in the United States. More importantly, I am a Christian, which flavors everything I write. My debut novel, "The Soldier's Cross," was published by Ambassador Intl. in 2010.
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The Soldier's Cross: Set in the early 15th Century, this is the story of an English girl's journey to find her brother's cross pendant, lost at the Battle of Agincourt, and of her search for peace in the chaotic world of the Middle Ages.
finished writings

Tempus Regina:Hurled back in time and caught in the worlds of ages past, a Victorian woman finds herself called out with the title of the time queen. The death of one legend and the birth of another rest on her shoulders - but far weightier than both is her duty to the brother she left alone in her own era. Querying.
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Wordcrafter: "One man in a thousand, Solomon says / will stick more close than a brother. / And it's worthwhile seeking him half your days / if you find him before the other." Justin King unwittingly plunges into one such friendship the day he lets a stranger come in from the cold. Wordcount: 124,000 words

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