Friday, June 19, 2015

Water Princess, Fire Prince cover reveal

One of the most creative people I know, Kendra E. Ardnek, is releasing her fifth novel later this summer! 


When the Lady Dragon does come,
Hold fast, do not fear, do not run.
Your Water Princess will fight,
Fire Prince will set all to right.
Each shall come from a Fall,
Their union will save you all.

Despite the fact that she's on track for competing in the Olympics, and he's practically raised his younger brothers since they lost their mom in a car accident, Clara Mandras and Andrew Stevenson are pretty much normal teens. They have normal hopes, normal dreams, and they live in a normal world.
All this is torn away from them when they are thrust into another world and declared Water Princess and Fire Prince. With no experience ruling a country, meeting each other for the first time, and being expected to fight the Lady Dragon – an evil sorceress plaguing the world of Rizkaland – Clara and Andrew are underprepared and inexperienced. Unless they learn to work together despite their standing opposition, Rizkaland's hope will be lost.

What is to come will change their lives forever.

Available for kindle preorder:  $2.99 the 19th and 20th ONLY (at which point I’ll put it up to its official price of 3.99)

Author biography:
Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways.  She's been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years, "Finish your story, Kendra", is frequently heard at family gatherings.  Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children's tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog,

And now, the cover!

Fabulous, don't you think?

I asked Kendra three questions... here are her answers:

 1. Can you elaborate on how you came up with the prophecy and how you use it in the story as a plot device?
The very nature of the story idea when it came to me - a girl who walks out a waterfall to find herself a prophesied hero that would defeat some great evil - necessitated a prophecy. As I plotted out the story, there were various items that I knew I would have to include - like references to the Water Princess and Fire Prince each coming from a "fall," and the "Union will save you all" part. The original prophecy was eight lines and didn't rhyme, and while I liked it, it didn't quite hold up with some changes I'd been making to the plot. (Such as the fact I now wanted a reference to the Water Princess fighting).

I don't remember exactly how the current version came together, but I do remember it was about three years ago, because I had Clara and Andrew hanging out on a NaNo roleplay at the time (basically we were sending our characters to summer camp during the first Camp NaNo). [A note from Abbey: NaNo=National Novel Writing Month, or, NaNoWriMo.]

How do I use it for a plot device? Well, for the most part, it's the springboard for the book. It's how the Klaranders know that their Water Princess and Fire Prince are coming, and that the two will fight the Dragon and get rid of her. It does provide a bit of conflict between Clara and Andrew with the whole "union" line, but for the most part, it's just the springboard for the plot.

2. Why water and fire? Did something specific give you the idea?
The initial idea was a Waterfall Princess (later shortened to Water Princess at my mother's suggestion), and I tossed in a Fire Prince because, to my thirteen-year-old brain, it was the logical love interest for a Water Princess. Nothing specific, unless you count the fact that it came to me in the shower.

3. Tell us the best movie or TV show or visual media that you watched recently.

I'm not really a visual media person. Um ... I was perusing Once Upon a Time clips on YouTube the other day. It's an interesting show, puts some interesting spins on fairy tales.
Once Upon a Time is a wonderful show. :) Thanks for answering my questions, Kendra!


  1. Thanks so much for participating in the reveal! I'm so excited to be finally almost ready to share this story with the world.