Welcome to “IRON’s” launch tour. I am the exhausted author/host, Madisyn Carlin.
WHAT IS IRON?
1) A general market “clean” book.
2) A magical fairy tale retelling.
3) Light and fluffy.
4) YA (Young Adult).
1) A Christian Fantasy.
3) Deep. Different from DECEIVED and not near as intense as SR, but still deep because it deals with human trafficking.
4) NA (New Adult).
5) A story with three (3) POVs in the organized, structural I always follow.
Genre: Christian Fantasy/Fairytale Retelling
Enforcing justice comes with a price.
Detective Redwyn “Red” Deathan will stop at nothing to uncover those behind the ruthless kidnappings of multiple children. But things are not as they seem, and Red’s efforts are thwarted at every turn. With each discovery the danger grows, putting Red and the lives of those she cares about at risk. Can she reveal the mastermind’s identity before she herself becomes a target?
Paperback coming soon.
Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Why “IRON” for the title?
I originally chose IRON due to the original blurb, but since that ended up not making the cut, I used it to signify an extremely pivotal moment in the book–specifically for Red. You’ll have to read the book to find out which scene. 😉
Why the cover?
I received some comments (and saw some) about how the cover did not look like a fairytale retelling. I concur with that. It doesn’t. But it does fit IRON.
The cover was originally a filler, but Mom saw it, asked if it was the actual cover, and that’s how this book received the cover it has.
Why a Cinderella Retelling?
When the first seeds of IRON were planted, I had Redwyn investigating different fairytales, but from the moment I put fingers to the keyboard, the story took a different direction. I found myself writing a Cinderella retelling, but it also went beyond a fairytale retelling. Serious themes were incorporated, new characters were introduced without my planning them (Ward being one of them), and the book took a completely different direction.
IRON went from being a novella to a word count of almost 100,000.
I wanted IRON to be short, around 40,000. Well, 40,000 came and went, and I upped the word count to 65,000. The same thing happened to 75,000 and 85,000. By the time I wrote, The End, IRON was at 97,500 words.
IRON wasn’t supposed to be self-published.
I began IRON in 2019 with the intent to submit it. That did not happen, and only when I first collaborated with a fellow writer in early 2022 did I contemplate returning to IRON. It went from being a half-baked idea to being a long, long book.
IRON was my first fairytale retelling attempt.
My second attempt is the first book in a side-series to The Redwyn Chronicles. If you read the book and thought there were only four kingdoms and one continent, think again. This side-series has a Celtic, Viking-ish feel, and I’ll give you a hint: the first book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, complete with wyrms, missing legs, and nefarious siblings.
If you like thick paperback books, you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to win IRON .
First Place Prize:
An Autographed Paperback if winner is U.S. resident. If the winner is an international resident, then they win an ebook.
Second Place Prize:
An Ebook in the reader’s choice of Mobi or epub.
For an extra entry point, comment and tell me your favorite fairytale and/or fairytale retelling!
Monday, September 26
Madisyn Carlin | Introduction + Behind the Scenes
Vanessa Hall | Book Spotlight + Review
Quilling in the Pines | Book Review
Saraina | Character Interview + Book Spotlight
Tuesday, September 27
Tower in the Plains | Book Spotlight
Wednesday, September 28
Allie Jo Anderson | Character Interview
The Bookdragon’s Alcove | Book Spotlight
Thursday, September 29
Neath the Hackberry Reading Club | Book Review
Quilling in the Pines | Author Interview
Christine Smith | Book Spotlight
Friday, September 30
Rainy Day Writer | Character Interview + Book Spotlight
Of Blades and Thorns | Book Spotlight
Saturday, October 1
Madisyn Carlin | Meet the Characters + Wrapup
Old-fashioned Book Love | Book Review
Penny Zeller | Saturday Spotlight