Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Science Fiction: Deep Space Giveaway #2—Jupiter Winds

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Today’s giveaway choice takes place in the not-so-distant future in a galaxy—well, our galaxy, to be honest. On Jupiter, to be exact. Or at least, partially on Jupiter.

The planet Jupiter has always fascinated me. I have never quite understood the obsession with Mars, or even the debate over poor little Pluto, but Jupiter, now there’s an interesting one! And our giveaway book, Jupiter Winds, is no less interesting than its setting.

It’s a fascinating blend of dystopian (which is generally an offshoot of sci fi anyway) and space science fiction. In fact, I almost listed it as one of the dystopian giveaways back in January. But the setting, I think, is what causes Jupiter Winds to shift across the line from dystopian to sci fi.

But you don’t have to take my word for it, because the author, C.J. Darlington, has agreed to offer a giveaway copy so the lucky winner can decide for him or herself. (Note: We are unable at this time to ship copies to Jupiter, Mars, or anywhere outside of the United States.)

Enter through the Rafflecopter below, but first, a bit about the book.


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In 2160, a teenager becomes the bait to capture her missing revolutionary parents she thinks are long dead.

Grey Alexander has one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Orinda alive. Not an easy feat living unconnected in the North American Wildlife Preserve, where they survive by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government's city zones. If the invisible electric border fence doesn't kill them, a human-like patrol drone could.


When her worst fear comes true, Grey questions everything she thought she knew about life, her missing parents, and God. Could another planet, whose sky swirls with orange vapors and where extinct-on-Earth creatures roam free, hold the key to reuniting her family?

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CJ DarlingtonMeet the Author

C. J. has been in love with reading since she was a kid dragging home bags of books from the library. When she was twelve she started dreaming about becoming a published author. That dream came true when her first novel Thicker than Blood won the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest. It became the first book in the Thicker than Blood series, which also includes Bound by Guilt and Ties that Bind. She has also written Jupiter Winds, a YA space adventure.

In 2013 C. J. co-founded the publishing company, Mountainview Books, LLC with her family. A homeschool graduate, C.J lives in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and a paint mare named Sky.


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dream Chaser

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To all my fellow dream chasers.

All too often, I clomp up the stairs to my apartment in the dark—having forgotten to leave the outside lights on again—fumble to get the key into the lock, stumble through the door, and crash into my desk chair, bone weary and yearning for bed, only to begin another couple hours of work at my second job as a writer.

All too often, I brew another cup of coffee, wrap up in a blanket, and huddle over my laptop staring at the blinking cursor on a blank page.

Waiting for the words to come.

But either the coffee is not working or my brain is just too tired to function properly, because inspiration proves elusive. Instead, I find myself taking a good, hard look at my life—the life I have chosen—and I wonder if it is truly worth it.

Writing is something I once only dreamed of doing. At the time, I also dreamed of sailing around the world, hiking the Appalachian trail, getting my pilot’s license, and becoming an actress. Oh and saving the world once or twice, of course. Dreaming big has never been a problem for me. Achieving those dreams has always been a little bit tougher … if not impossible. Life is ever more difficult than the imagining. And discovering after achieving those dreams that dreams in themselves are not enough, is blow enough to leave one winded.

But I am a dream chaser, and so I chase on.

Heedless. Reckless. Intent upon the hunt.

Four years ago if you had told me that I would be what I am, where I am, doing the jobs I am doing, I would have found it hard to believe you. In many ways, I am living the life I imagined for myself. In other ways, it is oh so different than I imagined.

But even now, it is far too easy to become so entangled in the next dream that it overshadows the moment of victory. To believe that if I can but accomplish one more thing, set my sights upon it and work with all my gut, heart, and strength toward it, then I will have succeeded and then I will be satisfied.

But it is a ghost chase.

When—and if—you lay hold of that next dream and go to tuck the accomplishment tidily beneath your belt, you will find it nothing more than an incorporeal wisp. Here one moment and gone the next. The thrill of the moment fades, and the chase begins again. But each dream requires a thousand tiny sacrifices. Each moment of the chase requires a thousand tiny decisions—decisions that determine who you are and what you become.

My fear is that I will become so enraptured (or conversely, so wearied) with the chase that I forget about the moment I am living in here and now. Sometimes a moment is all we have. And it is in the little moments that life is lost or won and time is squandered or made priceless.

Nights belong to the dream chasers. When the world falls silent and others sink into slumber, a dream chaser’s imagination comes awake. Yet sometimes, I find that I can do nothing better than to pull my gaze from the distant light of the stars and turn instead to the light of the sun. To bask in the present moment, simple as it may be, and recall that each breath is a gift. Each moment of life a blessing.

Each dream a privilege.

Are you a dream chaser? Do you ever find that you forget to live in the moment as well?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Character Spotlight—Meet Blizzard from Dare by Tricia Mingerink

When Tricia Mingerink asked me to participate in the blog tour for her new fantasy novel Dare, I was quite excited. Not only does it allow me the chance to find out more about a new series, but it provides me an excuse to break from my usual summer routine of being so absorbed in camp life and work that I neglect my poor laptop while the wailing ghosts of forgotten posts wander the grimy halls of this blog and my characters drift into an ever deeper and darker sleep …

(Apologies, dear friends. I tend to wax poetical when I’ve been away from the keyboard for too longs …)

Dare is the story of an assassin. I’m always one for a good assassin tale, so that’s enough to pique my interest. But in case you need more convincing, read on to find out a bit more about the book and about one of the characters!

Dare Book CoverCourage could cost him everything.

Third Blade Leith Torren never questions his orders or his loyalty to King Respen until an arrow wound and a prairie blizzard drive him to the doorstep of the girls whose family he once destroyed.

Their forbidden faith and ties to the Resistance could devastate their family a second time.

Survival depends on obedience, but freedom beckons. How far does he dare go to resist the king and his Blades?

No matter what Leith chooses, one thing is certain.

Someone will die.

 

Do you have the book buying shivers yet? If so, find Dare on Amazon. If not, read on (and then find the book on Amazon)!


Character Spotlight: Blizzard

Relation to the other characters: Leith Torren’s horse

clip_image002Appearance: In the book, he is described as a dark gray horse speckled with white fur, but in correct, horse color terms, he’s a blue roan. He stands 14.5 hands high, which means he is about 4’ 10” tall at his shoulders. While it isn’t mentioned in Dare, he’s a mustang.

Author’s Note: I never intended for Leith’s horse to end up a major character. Since I love horses and have a horse of my own, I tend to always have a horse in my stories. I wanted to write this book without making a horse a major character. I wasn’t even going to name them. Then, Brandi took over those first couple of chapters and named Blizzard. Next thing I knew, Blizzard became a major bonding point between her and Leith.

Blizzard is partially based on my own horse, though Blizzard is much more hard-working and well-behaved. My horse is content to stay in his pasture and eat all day, with the occasional back rub thrown in. My family also owns four goats, which my horse considers his herd. One of our goats, Ginger, made a small cameo appearance in Dare. And, yes, my horse really does let her climb on his back while he’s sleeping like Blizzard does in Dare.

What I like about Blizzard is that he is a regular horse. He isn’t a talking horse nor does he have human or dog-like characteristics like Maximus in Tangled (though, I do love Maximus!). He is a very tough, loyal horse, and a lot of my inspiration for him came from the steady diet of Westerns I read and watched growing up. After all, who doesn’t love the Lone Ranger and Silver, Roy Rogers and Trigger, or Lance Kilkenny and Buck? Almost every Western hero has his horse. Since Acktar is a mix of American West meets medieval, it’s only fitting that my hero Leith has Blizzard.


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Meet the Author

Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn't writing, she can be found pursing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, and her blog. Check out the rest of the blog tour posts here. And don’t miss out on the Dare Facebook Party!

Tricia is also offering a special giveaway to celebrate the release of Dare. Enter below for a chance to win the grand prize which includes an autographed paperback of Dare, a necklace like the one Renna has in the book with a sterling silver cross pendant, a medieval dagger (not sharp) like the one Leith carries, and Dare-themed bookmarks!  (Note: Due to the difficulties in shipping weapons across international borders, this giveaway is open to US residents only.)

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Science Fiction: Deep Space Giveaway #1—Dark Trench Saga

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Space … the final frontier …

At the summer camp where I live and work, this year’s theme is a Star Trek/Star Wars style space opera mash-up, so I spent the past three weeks helping build a starship bridge set for our drama (it looks amazing, by the way), and now spend my afternoons piloting said “starship” in said drama, so I assume that may be why I have space on my mind.

I drift through it in my dreams. Catch myself humming the Star Wars theme. And expect either Spock or Darth Vader around every corner—don’t ask me why. So when I went to set up this month’s giveaway post, I found myself selecting a genre I hadn’t exactly been planning on picking quite yet. But the old brain has a mind of its own apparently, and so this month, we’re focusing on deep space science fiction.

*grins*

To be completely honest, I tend to be more of a fantasy reader myself, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed my fair share of sci fi. For these giveaways, I always try my hardest to choose books that I’ve read and enjoyed, and once I had settled on the genre, the giveaway choice practically leapt into my hands.

This is a series I can completely and totally recommend. Not only is it well written and well thought out, but it is narrated by a character that you can’t help empathizing with and it bears a beautiful Christian message that is natural and rooted in the story.

It’s the Dark Trench Saga by Kerry Nietz.

The best part of all? The first book is currently free on ebook, and I’m offering you a chance to win ebook copies of books two and three! Enter through the Rafflecopter below, but first … a bit about the series.


A Star Curiously Singing coverA Star Curiously Singing, Book One

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Sandfly is a debugger. He is property. Bought and paid for by his master, a relatively benign lord in a future Earth living under sharia law. All other faiths but one have been banned. And the word of the great Imam is supreme.

Sandfly just wants to debug his master's robots and avoid the mental pain shocks sent from the remote triggers owned by all the masters. But now he's been called into Earth orbit. Apparently the masters have a new spacecraft—one capable of interstellar flight. And on its maiden voyage, the only robot on board went mad and tore itself limb from limb. Why? Better question: does it pose any risk to humans?

When Sandfly reviews the bot's files and replays its last moments, he hears something strange playing in the bot's ears as they orbit Betelgeuse. He hears singing. Is it just solar winds interfering with the robot's wiring? Or is it something else? As Sandfly pieces together the clues, the masters spread the trap before his feet. Everyone is racing to the same conclusion, but only one side welcomes what that singing represents.

Find out more about The Superlative Stream (Book Two) and Freeheads (Book Three).

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Portal Fantasy Giveaway #2—Realm Walkers

Portal Fantasy Giveaway

I escaped from prison once.

Dug my way out with a stick and my bare hands. Emerged on the other side, sweaty and victorious, and threw my head back to revel in the free air. A second later, I took to the woods at the heels of my big sis so the guards wouldn’t spot us and run us down. But it as only a matter of minutes before we heard the dogs barking on our trail.

And after that, of course it wasn’t long before Mom called us in for dinner, and we tramped up to the house, dirt streaked and grinning from our play. We swiftly bundled the dogs back into our “prison,” their kennel, and then trooped inside for dinner.

A couple of minutes later, we heard the dogs scratching at the door. Turns out that a hole big enough for a seven year old is plenty big enough for a pair of dogs. So we spent the next day filling back in our brilliant escape tunnel, but the damage had already been done. From that moment on, we had a pair of escape artist dogs. We never were able to keep them in that kennel, or any pen, for long after that.

Now I can practically see you scratching your heads and saying “Well that’s a mighty fine story, Gillian, but what does it have to do with this post?” And I’m so glad you asked, because I … did … have a great answer to that question. In fact, the story tied in brilliantly for this post … but I cannot for the life of me remember how.

In any case, it is time for the next giveaway!

For our second giveaway this month, I’m happy to be able to offer the winner’s choice of one of the books from Donita K. Paul’s Realm Walkers series: One Realm Beyond or Two Renegade Realms. If you haven’t read one of Ms. Paul’s fantasy novels before, then I must tell you that they are marvelously whimsical and fairy tale-ish and always have a host of intriguing and unique characters! Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below, but first, I’d love to tell you a bit about the book.

[Note: Due to the unusual number of portals reportedly opening over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans  and allegedly responsible for the disappearance of countless book shipments, I’m afraid that paperback copies are limited to US winners only. Ebooks, however, are available for international winners. Good luck!]


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One Realm Beyond, Book One

Cantor D’Ahma waited his whole life for this day. Born with a gift to jump between worlds, the young realm walker is finally ready to leave his elderly mentor and accept his role as protector and defender of the realms.

But mere hours after he steps through his first portal, Cantor discovers that his job will be more dangerous and difficult than he ever imagined. The realms are plagued with crime and cruelty, and even members of the once-noble Realm Walkers Guild can no longer be trusted. To make matters worse, his first assignment—finding a dragon to assist him on his quest—has led him to Bridger, who is clearly inept and won’t leave him alone.

With the help of his new friends Bixby and Dukmee, Cantor must uncover the secrets of the corrupt guild before they become too powerful to be stopped. But his skills aren’t progressing as fast as he would like, and as he finds himself deeper and deeper in the guild’s layers of deceit, Cantor struggles to determine where his true allegiance lies.

Find One Realm Beyond on Goodreads/Amazon


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Meet the Author

Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. She says, “I feel blessed to be doing what I like best.”

She mentors all ages, teaching teenagers and weekly adult writing workshops.

“God must have imprinted 'teacher' on me clear down to the bone. I taught in public school, then home schooled my children, and worked in private schools. Now my writing week isn’t very productive unless I include some time with kids.”

Her two grown children make her proud, and her two grandsons make her laugh.

Bio from Donita K. Paul’s website


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Portal Fantasy Giveaway #1—River of Time

Portal Fantasy Giveaway

Lo and behold, it’s time for the next giveaway! The focus for this month is portal fantasy, for those of us who wish our closets were doorways to other worlds or that there was a Narnia at the back of every wardrobe, but must content ourselves with books instead.

So I am exited that Lisa Tawn Bergren has offered you the winner’s choice of one book from the River of Time series! I first discovered this series a couple of years ago and quickly devoured the books as they became available, beguiled by the idea of two sisters whisked off to medieval Italy.

Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below, but first, a bit about the books …


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Waterfall, Book One

Gabriella has never spent a summer in Italy like this one. Remaining means giving up all she’s known and loved … and leaving means forfeiting what she’s come to know—and love itself.

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. In Book One of the River of Time series, Gabi and Lia are stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, boring, and dusty archeological site … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

And thus she comes to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Forelli, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

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LTB_author_picAbout the Author

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), God Gave Us Easter, a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She’s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014.

Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, and working on ducks with her husband, Tim (RMrustic.com). Tim’s a worship leader, graphic designer and duck-sculptor. They have three kids–Olivia (18), Emma (15) and Jack (10).

The Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

When Destiny Comes Calling—Installment Twelve

As promised, my dear ladies and gents, the next installment of When Destiny Comes Calling, or as one of you lovely readers so aptly subtitled it “Destiny and Co.” This has been a long time coming, so “many thanks” to all of you for waiting so patiently to find out what happens next.

As always, read the previous installment here and catch up on all the others on the When Destiny Comes Calling page. (Oh and for any of you who might be interested in trying something similar, check out the guest post I wrote for the Realm Makers blog with tips and tricks for running a serial short(ish) story.)


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Installment Twelve:

“Well, then it seems we are agreed. First question: just what dangerous thing are Wizard Doomsday and myself supposed to do?”

“That, I thought, was obvious.” Destiny took another sip of her tea. “You must assassinate the Lord Chancellor, Baron Von Horben. Tomorrow night.”

For a moment, Alexander thought the world had tilted. He clutched at the table for balance and managed to knock over the entire pot of tea this time, earning a second heartbroken wail from Doomsday—“Mumsie’s doilies!”—and a disapproving “tsk tsk” from Destiny. But he just stood there, gripping the table, fearful that his legs would give way beneath him or that—horrors—he would faint!

Presently, he came to himself and realized that although his knees were knocking together, he had neither fallen nor fainted. Nor had the world turned on end. Apparently the Beaufords of Midsig were not of fainting stock. (Rarely of fighting stock either, though Alexander was determined to change that.)

He drew himself up to his firmest, proudest, most determined posture and opened his mouth to speak. Only to wilt and clamp his mouth shut. The strength seemed to leech from his backbone like Doomsday’s tea into the doilies. Standing face to face with certain death in battle was one thing—generally, one could count upon being armed to the teeth, bedecked in a dashing uniform, and backed by a cannon or two. If one died, there was always the posthumous medal to look forward to, the salute, and the knowledge that one’s name would live on in history.

But standing face to face with the imperialistic Destiny and her flashing eyes, primly upturned nose, and dragonish grin, well, that was a different matter entirely.

“Ma’am.” He cleared his throat, clasped his hands behind his back, and assumed his most formal manner—patterned after his father, of course. “Ma’am. I do believe you have gathered rather the wrong impression.” Diplomatic sounding perhaps, but somewhat too wishy-washy for his taste.

When refusing Destiny, perhaps it was best to do so outright.

“Beaufords are not assassins. I cannot kill anyone.”

He fought the urge to duck behind the table and forced himself to stand steady instead. Any moment now, the dam would break. Destiny would spew forth curses upon him for daring to defy her. Instead of dealing with his great great great grandfather’s curse, future generations would speak in hushed tones of Alexander the Abominable. How he had dared look Destiny in the eye and refuse her to her face.

The notion was terrifying … and a little bit thrilling too.

With measured grace, Destiny added a pinch of sugar and a dash of cream to her tea, gave it another three stirs—clink, clink, clink—and took a dainty sip. All the while, Alexander’s gaze never left her. She seemed remarkably calm. Too calm. It was almost more terrifying that the explosive wrath he had feared.

Perhaps by now he should have begun to expect the unexpected. Just when he thought he had Destiny worked out, she up and changed tactics so suddenly that it left him sprawled on his face.

“Now, now, my dear Alexander.” Her lips quirked into a smile. “You Beaufords may not be very good assassins, I’ll grant you that. But you are assassins nonetheless. You have your great great grandfather to thank for that, remember?”

A high-pitched call sounded out, and a yellow bird the size of Alexander’s fist suddenly shot across the Wizard’s lair, so close its wings brushed Alexander’s hair, and landed in Doomsday’s outstretched hand. It shrilled a series of notes, bobbing up and down on the wizard’s palm with a whirring of gears and creaking of cranks.

It was a gadget of some sort?

Alexander inched nearer for a closer look, but the wizard wrapped both hands around the fidgeting yellow bird.

“Oh dear.” Doomsday turned doleful eyes upward as he stroked the bird’s neck feathers. “It would appear we have a problem. Enemies are upon us. The Plucky Lass has been taken. We are all going to die.”

“Fate!” Destiny shot to her feet, upending the table with a clatter of broken tea ware and crockery. “We must—”

“Dear sister, calm yourself.” Fate emerged from the cobweb-bound section of the wizard’s lair. Little Emperor Caldwell VI sagged in her arms, his beat red face squashed against her shoulder, deep in peaceful baby slumber. “We are quite all right. Though if you’ve finished your little chat, I highly recommend we move on. I managed to close the trap door behind me, but barring a handy locking incantation from the good con-wizards, I daresay it will not hold forever.”

“Fresh out of locking incantations, I’m afraid.” Doomsday shoved the yellow bird into his pocket, then snatched up his black beard from the table and settled it on his chin. He disappeared into the dark corner beneath the trapdoor, and for a moment, all Alexander could hear was a great deal of muttering, thumping, thudding, and hammering. After a good minute, Doomsday reappeared, draped with cobwebs. “When locking incantations fails, a handy triple bolt system does the trick. We should be safe … for the moment.”

“By Bildad the Bold, I do believe those are the first optimistic words I have heard you utter.” Alexander grinned in spite of himself. If the pessimistic wizard had any hope at all, then surely things could not be so bad.

Doomsday shook his head. “You have woefully mistaken me. Our enemies cannot get in … but we cannot get out. My friends, I do believe we are trapped.”

And the funny thing was that the gloomy wizard actually seemed to be cheered by the fact.


And now, ladies and gents, it’s your turn! Alexander, Destiny, Fate, Wizard Doomsday, and little Emperor Caldwell VI have managed to get themselves into quite the pickle. How in all of Cantakorious will they escape?

Brainstorm below. We’ll tally together the best options and put it to a vote later!

Those of you who are members of the Inspiration Board for When Destiny Comes Calling on Pinterest, this week we’ll be looking for images of Fate and Destiny, twin sisters who are both remarkably alike and strangely different. If you would like to join the Inspiration Board, simply friend me on Pinterest and then leave a comment below saying that you would like to join. The more the merrier!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Epic Fantasy Giveaway #2—Resistance

Epic Fantasy

Some of you may have already read this week’s giveaway choice, since I’ve happened across it quite often in the past few months in this corner of the blogosphere that many of us frequent. I myself only discovered the author at the beginning of this year, but once I read her book, I knew I simply had to ask if she would be interested in participating in our year of giveaways.

Thankfully, she was.

So I am terribly excited to be able to present author Jaye L. Knight and her book Resistance, which she has graciously offered as a paperback copy for the winner.

If you have already read the book, I do still encourage you to enter the giveaway. You could always win a copy to give to a friend or to read once your copy has fallen apart from much use. Or tell your friends about the giveaway and encourage them to enter too! You won’t be disappointed in this book. I can guarantee that.

Don’t believe me? Read a little bit about the book and then enter through the Rafflecopter widget below …

(Note: due to the high costs associated with the risk of sea dragon attacks upon trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific shipments, this giveaway is limited to US entries only.)


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About the Book

“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.


JayeAuthorPhotoMeet the Author

Jaye L. Knight is a homeschool graduated indie author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean new adult fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.


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Jace rose up on his toes and stretched his arm as far as he could but, even being taller than most other six-year-olds at the estate, he still couldn’t quite reach the top roost in the chicken coop. He puffed out a sigh and came down flat-footed again. It would be so much easier and faster if he could just reach it. With resignation, he grabbed the small stool he kept in the corner and moved it in place. He stepped up onto it and came face-to-face with one of his master’s hens. The chicken gave him a wary look, but he’d learned how to handle them. He lightly stroked her feathers, calming her. He then slowly reached underneath her warm body for her eggs and withdrew them before she could peck at his hands.

Once he had checked each hen for eggs, he picked up his full egg basket and left the chicken coop. Cook would be getting impatient by now. He was always in a bad mood in the mornings. Jace set off across the yard toward the kitchen with quick, but careful steps. Broken eggs would really make Cook angry.

A horse whinnied and drew Jace’s attention to the fields, where most of the slaves worked. He wished he were big enough to work in the fields. It would be better than working around Cook or his wife. They were both mean. If only he could work with the master’s horses . . .

Loud, desperate chirping stopped Jace short. His gaze darted to the large willow tree near the master’s house, where cruel laughter followed the chirps. Jace’s stomach tightened up. A baby bird flapped helplessly on the ground, while Nicolas and Teege, the master’s two sons, poked at it with a stick. Jace cast a hesitant look toward the kitchen. Going near the boys would be trouble. It was always better to stay far away from them . . .


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Epic Fantasy Giveaway #1—The Dark Sea Annals

Epic Fantasy

This month, we’re focusing on epic fantasy! It’s no secret that out of the many fabulous subgenres of speculative fiction, epic fantasy has always been (and probably always will be) my favorite. Even before I could read, my dad read Tolkien’s works aloud to me and my siblings, so it’s little surprise that the Lord of the Rings was the first novel to find its way into my hands.

I have since expanded my collection of epic fantasy stories to such an extent that my bookshelf groans under the weight of so many massive volumes, but one of the first contemporary fantasy novelists I discovered was Wayne Thomas Batson. I hope you have had a chance to read some of his books. If not, I highly recommend them, especially the Door Within Trilogy and Isle of Swords series, not to mention the one selected for today’s giveaway!

I am terribly excited that Wayne has offered the winner’s choice of one of the books in the Dark Sea Annals—Sword in the Stars or The Errant King. I devoured these books when they first came out several years ago and hope to be able to read the next installment when it releases.

Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below! (Note: due to the high cost involved in determining the airspeed velocity of both African and European swallows winging their way across the ocean while laden with epic fantasy novels, this giveaway is limited to US entries only.)


Sword in the Stars cover

About Sword in the Stars

Centuries have passed since the Silence, and the few remaining faithful cling to the ancient prophecies of the First One.  They wait for the Caller and watch the skies for the Sword in the Stars, even as the world they've always  known unravels around  them.

Murderous Gorracks have secretly penetrated the kingdom's borders. Their attacks grow more brazen...more horrific, threatening to touch off a war on a scale  that hasn't been seen in seven ages.

In  the capital city of Anglinore, noble King Aravel ponders  the advice of  this twin brother Morlan:  declare all out war on the Gorrack nation.  While Anglinore's High Shepherd, the wise Sebastian Grenlaff urges caution and listens to troubling voices on the wind.

Queen Mariel, due to deliver a child any day, suspects the unthinkable about her husband's brother Morlan.  She sets off alone to Morlan's castle in Dunharrow, hoping against hope that she can keep old wounds from erupting in war.

Alastair Coldharrow,  tortured by an addiction to the outlawed Witchdrale and haunted by a violent past, wagers his life on the hope that the foretold Halfainin, the Pathwalker, would come.  When at  last, the Sword appears in the Stars, Alastair begins a fruitless search for the Halfainin that leaves him disillusioned, broken, and lost.  Used to caring only for himself, Alastair will enter a maelstrom of conflict as loyalties are tested, dark schemes are hatched, and  the many realms of Myriad brace  themselves for war.

The Errant KingAbout The Errant King

Deep in the caves of the distant Hinderlands, an ancient menace stirs. Townsfolk shudder at violent memories of The Red Queen and even dare to whisper the name Raudrim. At the same time, word comes to Alastair that Cythraul has at last resurfaced, seeking a devastating weapon in the ruins of Grayvalon. Blood-soaked clues lead Alastair into a confrontation from which only one warrior will return alive. Meanwhile in Anglinore, young Lochlan Stormgarden, the new High King of Myriad, leaves the pomp and politics of the throne once too often. While blending in with the people of his kingdom, Loch suddenly realizes that he's put them all at risk. The fate of his new found love Arianna, his best friend Telwyn, his family, and indeed the world of Myriad all depend on the decisions of the errant king.


Snippets from my review of The Errant King.

In the The Errant King, Wayne Thomas Batson spins a masterful tale filled with excitement, adventure, danger, and truly creepy villains with plenty of humor sprinkled on the side.
The Errant King is the second book in the Dark Sea Annals series, an epic story that will span seven books ere it reaches the conclusion. In this second book, Batson takes his writing to a whole new level, interweaving dozens of intricate plot lines, some carrying over from The Sword in the Stars, others reaching on into the next books. Because of the epic plot however, you don't want to read The Errant King without reading Sword in the Stars first.

I felt like I really connected with all of the characters - especially Loch, Telwyn, Ariana, Fred. And of course Alistair and Abbagael. (As a side note, I had heard so many people talking about Fred, I couldn't wait to read the book to find out what it was all about. All I can tell you is that Fred is one of the most creative and imaginative characters I've met thus far. Definitely worth reading if only to find out who Fred is.)

There are plenty of allegorical and Christian themes woven skillfully throughout the entire framework of the book. It's another one of those books that, as I call it, echoes eternity. The largest difficulty I had with the book was when two characters fell in love in less than a week. It seemed somewhat ridiculous, but did not detract too much from the story …

Overall, The Errant King was a tremendous and captivating read. If you're looking for a high action fantasy adventure, than the Errant King belongs on your list!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sale Sighted—Out of Darkness Rising

OODR Ebook Promotion

Ahoy there, on deck! Sail Sale sighted!

I come bringing some very good news for all of you dedicated readers out there who’ve been scrimping, saving, and shaking out your pockets in search of loose change …

The Out of Darkness Rising ebook is on sale over the weekend!

You can find it on Amazon or use the code XS52Q on Smashwords for non-Kindle versions.

Also, we’ve been having a blast on the blog tour hopping all over the blogosphere with Out of Darkness Rising related posts, so I wanted to include a list of all the posts that have gone live so far, in case you’ve missed one or two, so you could join in the fun!

Monday: “The Sun Yet Rises” – Morgan L. Busse

Tuesday: “To All Who Are Weary” – Laura Pol at Crafty Booksheeps

Wednesday: “A Love Letter” – Ashlee Willis

Thursday: “Death Reigns” – Nadine Brandes