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At seventeen, all Prince Nuelle had ever known was safety and peace while living in the Supreme Palace of Zephoris.

But one night, his older brother, Tane, defies their father by traveling to a cursed land. Now Nuelle holds the signet-ring and carries more responsibility than even Tane bore. Thrust from the palace and sent to a knight-building academy, Nuelle must discover his purpose for the entire kingdom’s sake.

From his place of banishment, Prince Antikai has been exacting revenge through fear and rebellions. Nuelle has the potential to defeat him, but he needs the help of a powerful book called the Acumen and six gifted youths.

Summoned by Antikai, shape-shifting beasts and other enemies hunt Nuelle and the Acumen. If either is destroyed, the faithful citizens in Zephoris will perish, and darkness will rule forever.

What other YA reviewers are saying:

“The Prodigy Prince is fast paced and exhilarating! It has action, adventure, a journey of self discovery, and fantastically enchanting elements. For lovers of Harry Potter, King Arthur, and Lord of the Rings, this one if for you!”-Adrienne, @Darque Dreamer Reads

“The Prodigy Prince did not disappoint me and it had me hooked from that first sentence until the very end. It was an epic movie unfolding in my mind as I was reading. All the action moments with their quick pace and visual moments… All the slow and reflective moments that made me just stop and think about myself and my own faith and beliefs… All those moments made the story not only interesting but a story that touched my heart.”-Jessica, Portugal @Jess Bookish Life

“The world Natasha created is something unheard of in my eyes. I loved how exciting and diverse the characters were. The scenarios were described beautifully and I couldn’t get enough of Nuelle’s relationship with the extremely well developed characters he met and who joined him on his journey to find a powerful weapon. I loved the twists that came with this book and it reminded me a lot of Harry Potter with a mix of Game of Thrones. To say the least, I fell in love with this book entirely! Overall, I would rate this book a 5/5 because it did not disappoint and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”-Chelsea, Canada @Biblio Beauty Books

“This story wasn’t typical, the plot turned and spun in new directions that I couldn’t even see what was coming next. I enjoyed being surprised. I recall shouting when I reached the end of the novel. Whether that was for joy, sadness, surprise or horror, I’ll leave that spoiler out. I was in awe at the ending and I am very excited to see where the next books in the series will lead…I’d recommend this novel to anyone who loves high fantasy, adventures, and/or fast-paced reads.”-Rebecca @Raven Reads

“The author did a fantastic job ensuring the novel grabbed the attention of the reader. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time wanting to find out the ending.-Ariel, @Librariel Book Reviews

“I loved this group of characters so much. They were all so unique and their interactions with one another were the best part of the book (besides the wonderfully-imagined beasts). We’ve got a runaway undercover princess (whom I’m 99.9% sure is ace), a pair of twins, a strong man with a heart of gold, and a loyal friend that’s the definition of soft and smol.”-Savannah, @The Book Prophet

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Storyteller, What’s Your Agenda?

We all have agendas. I have an agenda. And you have an agenda–even if you swear you don’t and all you wanna do is write an epic story. It can be subconscious, but you have beliefs and thoughts, opinions and views that are reflected some way in your story.

Usually, the most obvious way your personal beliefs come through your tale is via your characters; their personality, relationships, and dialogue. They say things you’d say (or say in your mind), and do things you’d do (or would like to do); a few of them are passionate about something(s) you’re passionate about, while other characters (typically your villains) reflect the opposite; they’re against what you’re for.

And that’s fine AND legal (for many of us)! Those of us who have freedom of speech, expression, and religion are able to share our art and message in the books we write. And readers are free and legally allowed to disagree with our characters’ views (really, ours), and like or dislike them. And here’s the thing, my fellow storytellers:

Someone is always going to like/agree with your views and someone is always not going to like/agree with your views.

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You can’t please everyone so don’t try to. Personally, I’m a Bible-believing, Jesus-loving, unashamed follower of His who shares all of His views and beliefs, and whole-heartedly believes everything He taught is true and right. Naturally, some of my characters are going to share the same values and views that I do, and others will reflect the opposite. Some people love what the Bible says, some people hate it, but I have to be true to who I am and that includes who I am when I write.

In other words, I’m an honest writer. I write from the heart and mind, from my true self. I don’t try to project messages in my story that I don’t agree with in real life. At the end of it all, I first write from a love for God and then a love for others. That’s what fuels everything I do (and for me, with a nearly three-year-old, a one-year-old, a husband, and a part-time editing job, writing is really a sacrifice. I have to squeeze in time and push myself to fight through my weariness (coffee helps a ton), and write [the first thing the Bible says in the famous love passage found in 1 Corinthians 13 is: “Love suffers long”].

What about you? Are you what I call an “honest writer”? Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment.

Happy helping!

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Prodigy Prince Spoiler Free Review

Woot! The latest: a 4.5 star review! Glad you enjoyed it, Raven!

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Review:

Prodigy Prince (The Seven Covenant) (Volume 1) - Natasha Sapienza

Prodigy Prince is the first book in a new YA Fantasy series,the Seven Covenant,by Natasha Sapienza.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Zephoris is a place of peace and harmony? or at least it was. Prince Nuelle discovers not all is as it seems when his entire life is turned upside down in one day. Traveling to the knight academy our young hero has his destiny thrust upon him: it?s up to him and his six prodigies to defeat the evil Antikai.

Reading Prodigy Prince is quite literally stepping into another world. Sapienza?s worldbuilding is epic and unique complete with magic, monsters and evil henchmen. Like any story with a new world, stepping into it takes some getting used to. However, the Tribe Guide and the Creature Guide provide ample knowledge whenever something new is introduced into the story.

It was quite easy falling in love with the array of…

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Writing Craft Wednesday: Don’t Let Revenge Fuel Your Protagonist

Some stories are fueled by a character’s vengeance. I don’t know about you, but I can’t relate to someone going on a killing spree to seek revenge. I don’t have the strength or heart to do something like that. And now think of the movies whose main characters are controlled by revenge? Punisher; Michael “Jay” Cochran (Revenge); other creepy murderous characters I don’t even wanna name. So many of these movies flop. Again, could it be because not many people can relate to and really enjoy a person who is consumed with vengeance and just wants to go and murder some folks?

Now think of the opposite of that kind of hatred: love.

We can relate a lot more to loving someone can’t we?  Whether it be the love for a parent, friend, sibling, boyfriend, girl friend, husband or wife, we get love. We’re very familiar with it and so when a character is driven by love, she’s easier to follow and enjoy.

And yes, we all know in YA fiction at least, insta-love is annoying and worn out like four-year-old ballet slippers. But, when that character genuinely loves a friend, family member, or significant other, it helps us connect.

I’m not saying vengeance is completely out of the picture, but I am saying it shouldn’t be your character’s sole or primary driving force.

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I remember reading a review from a YA reader who got the protagonist’s thirst for revenge, but when the protag never overcame that desire, but continued to be consumed and led by it, the reviewer was very disappointed. “She never rose above that.”

At the end of the day, desire–what your character wants–is everything. Are you going to give a very relatable desire, or a distant, hard to grasp one?

Really, it’s way easier to root for someone who just wants to find meaning in her life than it is for someone whose end goal is murder.

Sure, there’s lots of Braveheart fans out there, too, BUT William Wallace wasn’t just fueled by revenge, he was mainly ignited by a love for his country and its freedom. AND there’s a difference between pure vengeance and justice. Pure revenge is selfish: I’m going to make them pay for what they did to me. Justice has more of a focus on others: I don’t want to see these people suffering anymore so I’m going to risk my life defending them.

Quick vote: William Wallace or Punisher?

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See what I mean?

What do you think about revenge-driven characters? Do you enjoy pure vengeance stories, or do you prefer following a protagonist with a different desire? Share your thoughts in a comment!

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I GOT MY FIRST 5 STAR REVIEW FOR PRODIGY PRINCE!!!! AHHH!!!! — Natasha Sapienza

I’m crying right now. Yep. Crying. My heart is flooded with a shot of pure happiness because yes, I got my first five-star review for my YA high-fantasy, Prodigy Prince! I just had to share this moment with you guys because you have no idea (or maybe some of you do), how much I put […]

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Writing Craft Wednesday: Good character-building scenes that keep your plot rollin’

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Ever read a book that felt like slogging through twelve inches of snow? It dragged on and you were like, “Give me some action already.”

Chances are, not every scene moved the story forward. Either a lot of stuff was there for the sake of giving you important info, or the author took her sweet time for the sake of character building.

Whatever the case may be, if a scene doesn’t actually progress the plot, it’s a drag. You may think it’s a great scene for strengthening friendship or building intimacy between characters, but the fact is that a) that scene is unnecessary and b) you can do those things in scenes that actually move your plot along.

For example, see the above photo of that wonderful Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers scene. As another example, in Prodigy Prince, Sophana and Ave share a good moment of friendship/romance-building dialogue while trekking through a snowy land on a mission to retrieve something central to the plot and the advancement of it.

You can do the same. Take those character building moments and place them in a forward-moving scene. Traveling somewhere is probably the easiest choice. I think of Bryan Davis’ Reapers book. The main characters needed to take a train to their ghost-drop-off “depot.” Naturally, moments happened: romantic, question-raising, and sympathy-inducing exchanges between the characters that felt natural. If you’re traveling in a car, plane, boat, whatever with another person you know, you’re likely going to converse on the way. It isn’t forced and it won’t slow down your story. So instead of summarizing those transports, use them to familiarize your audience with the characters and to deepen their arcs.

You can also have such moments in few, but necessary times of rest; when your characters take a break during a voyage, like mine did in Prodigy Prince, settling in a forest for a nap after a long journey. As they rested and prepared to sleep, a conversation happened that gave us more insight into each of their backstories.

Have any tips or ideas on where to place character-enhancing or insightful moments in progressive scenes? Please share them in a comment.

Happy helping!

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Writing Tip Wednesday: Two Creative Writers Are Better Than One

If you think your idea is original, think again. No matter how original your idea may seem to you, someone’s probably already come up with it. That happened with me and a novel I started with a teen whose paintings could become real. Surprise, surprise: someone already wrote a novel with a MC who has that ability.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a not-so-orginal idea and make it original. This is no easy feat, but what I’ve learned from my own experience is that when you get together with another creative writer/storyteller, you can make your idea great.

This was what happened with my novel, Prodigy Prince. Hubby came alongside me and built upon my ideas, making them more unique and original. He created the coolest powers and just added so many awesome details and history to the story that I seriously could not have come up with on my own–and that he couldn’t either. See, my master-mind storytelling husband built upon what my creative mind had already made, and together, we created something better than if either of us had done it solo.

I’m reminded of this Scripture:

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.”-Ecclesiastes 4:9-11

If you’re a writer, chances are you’re friends with a writer. Find someone you trust and know is creative, and bring your idea to him or her and watch how much better your story becomes because of it.

Happy helping!

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Don’t Just Write a Story, Bleed One.

If you aren’t passionate about the story you’re telling, stop telling it. Because a great story is like giving birth: it’s long, painful, will be very draining at times, and you’ll get to a point where you just wanna push it out already!

You have to love your story enough to go through the sweat, blood, and tears it’ll require to come to fruition and grow into something beautiful.

I edited my high-fantasy novel over thirty-three times and had a handful of eyes peruse through it before finally reaching out to an amazing designer to begin the book cover process. And as he begins (this month), I STILL have to go back through my novel to fix a few things spotted by my proofreader.

Now don’t get me wrong, there WILL be times where you feel like giving up, but if you really love your story, you won’t. And here’s the clincher, if you don’t love your story, what makes you think your audience will?

It took over two dozen edits until I came to a place of really loving my high-fantasy story. Reading it now is a breeze. When you read over your story, do you get lost in it, as if it wasn’t even your own? When your novel gets to THAT place, it’s an amazing feeling. But until then, is your story worth laboring for?

If the answer is no, then think hard about a story you wish someone would tell you, and then write it.

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Make Your Audience Feel

If you want your audience to feel for your protagonist, to empathize with her, you must express feelings rather than tell feelings. Here’s what I mean; 

This is telling how your character is feeling:

Jenna dreaded her boyfriend’s reaction to her new cancer-riddled appearance. 

And this is expressing how your character is feeling:

Jenna’s clammy hands trembled as she raised them to her head. They met smooth, cold skin, like freshly shaved legs. She swallowed, her mouth drier than a desert. 

I expressed dread by Jenna’s actions and by showing what was happening to her body. But, to really have your audience emotionally connect, you want to add in a short, intimate interior monologue or thought:

Jenna’s clammy hands trembled as she raised them to her head. They met smooth, cold skin, like freshly shaved legs. She swallowed, her mouth drier than a desert. Chris would finally meet the new Jenna. The dying Jenna. 

Telling is writing at your worst. It robs your story and your audience of emotion and imagination. We cannot picture the word “dread,” but we can see trembling hands. 

Telling your readers a story is like having them stand outside the gate of your world, only hearing what’s going on inside of it. But showing your readers a story is like inviting them into your world to experience it. 

You want your audience to see your story like a movie in their minds. With the ability to imagine the scenes, they will be blessed with a greater emotional connection to your characters and story. 

Don’t just seek to captivate minds, but to capture hearts. If you’re able to do both, you’ll always have loyal readers.

What story have you read that had you feeling for the protagonist? Has a novel ever made you cry? Share your question or thoughts in a comment. Happy helping! 

Make Your Protagonist Problematic Tip 2: Trouble Magnet

Trouble should stalk your hero. And this trouble should of course cause trouble for those nearest to your protagonist. Trouble breeds trouble. When his trouble is contagious, this growing conflict makes for a more interesting story.

Naturally, we humans are drawn to conflict. We don’t just like drama for the sake of it, but because we desire to experience the solution. HOW are things going to get better? WHEN are things going to get better? Especially if matters become complicated and messier, we REALLY can’t wait to see how the mess gets cleaned up.

When Peeta is kidnapped and then gets brainwashed, and then is given back to Katniss, and then is having PTSD episodes, the audience is itching to discover how in the blazes this couple is going to get through it all. The trouble he brings causes trouble within Katniss’ team and as the story continues, the drama thickens, again, increasing our desire for a solution.

Now, don’t make all the troubles caused by some foolish decisions on your protagonist’s part. Audiences hate a dumb hero, especially if the mistake made was one we knew was contrived to render cheap, additional conflict. Let the troubles come on their own, more for who your character is rather than what he does, unless it’s a GENUINELY tough decision and a sacrifice must be made–that’s different and interesting.

So go on and make your hero a troublemaker !