I read Sarana and the Dark King this summer and I shared my thoughts on it here.
Also of note, Sarana and the Dark King is a finalist in the Global Book Awards. The publisher is running an e-book sale from September 15-September 30 for $1.99.
Read on for more about the book as well as a post about confidence by the author. The contest details are at the end of this post.
The fearsome Dark King of Bounten, with a magical creature known as a Valomere by his side, is on a quest to find the rare metal tarilium. His brutal ways incite the powerful psychic Allani. But when news of his plans to invade the kingdom of Attaveer spread, a new opponent emerges—Sarana, the daughter of a farmer…or is she?
At birth Sarana was sentenced to death for her “cursed” white hair. The delivery nurse, Meriden, whisked the fair-haired babe to a loving home across the waters from Bounten. Her entire life she hid her appearance to avoid prejudice. Things changed when she discovered she too had a Valomere. She strived to learn the creature’s magic and master fighting skills with the hope of becoming a warrior. Her dreams came true when she was allowed to join the Attaveerian king’s network of spies–a group poised to help defend the kingdom from an invasion by the Dark King and his powerful army.
When word of the white-haired messenger reached the Dark King he vowed to stop at nothing to capture or kill his opponent.
The time for hiding is over.
Can Sarana save herself and her kingdom? Follow Sarana from death to destiny as she joins forces with psychics, Valomeres, and the power of inner strength, to defeat an evil king.
Finding Confidence by Ivy Keating
How important is having confidence? Studies have shown that having confidence can increase our ability to solve problems. We’ve also discovered that people are more likely to trust someone that appears confident. But, maybe even more important, having confidence can help us feel better when we’re faced with upsetting situations.
I believe the key to confidence is embedded in the concept of a “locus of control.” Postulated by Julian Rotter, it refers to the varying degrees we feel we have control of things versus the degree that external things have control over us.
It’s easy to see how someone could feel insecure if they constantly had to wait for someone else’s approval. Let’s say you’re a writer. If the only way you value what you created is based on how others rate it, then you’re subjected to the whim of external forces.
So, how can we develop a strong sense of being in control?
First, accept and appreciate who you are. We all have flaws. It’s ok to work on them, but it is not helpful to saddle yourself with negativity. Always acknowledge your accomplishments and use self affirmations –– positive statements about yourself –– for encouragement.
Next, remember that you’re in control of your actions. How you respond to negative news is your choice. Just as how you act when you get positive news. Build on your accomplishments, and work on the failures.
And, finally, outside forces affect us but we can dictate to what degree. Self appreciation and the knowledge that we are capable of initiating our own coping behaviors will bolster feelings of having an internal locus of control. Armed with this feeling, the power that comes with confidence is yours!
-This article was written by Ivy Keating, originally posted at her website https://storiestonovels.com/blog/2021/6/30/finding-confidence and used here with the author’s permission.
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The giveaway starts now September 6th and ends on September 18th. The 3 winners will be notified via e-mail and here on this post on September 19th. If you do not reply with your mailing address within 48 hours of being e-mailed a runner up will be chosen.
* There will be 3 winners drawn. Each winner will get a print copy of Sarana and the Dark King by Ivy Keating AND a $10.00 Amazon E-Gift card
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Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. The article titled Confidence is by Ivy Keating and shared here with her permission.