Friday, April 29, 2016

How Writing PULSE Changed My Life - by L. R. Burkard

How Writing PULSE Changed My Life




I grew up in New York, in view of Manhattan.  The farthest thing from my mind was having to store supplies for future need. The nearest deli and grocery were only around the corner and across the street.  When we moved to a more rural environment, I learned to avoid unnecessary shopping trips by keeping better stores in the house. However, even that was nothing next to what happened after I wrote my book, PULSE. As I researched the book, I discovered some very disturbing facts.

PULSE shows the aftermath of a solar flare which has caused an electromagnetic pulse, which in turn takes down the electric grid for the continental United States.  The book focuses on three families for whom life is changed, virtually instantly. Reduced to existence without the help of anything electric or electronic—no heating systems, no air conditioning, no telephones, (not even cell phones) no TV, radio or internet. Even most transportation would be immediately disrupted. (Your fancy new expensive car probably won't run after am EMP, either.)

Imagine it.

I did!  And thus, my series was born.
But while PULSE is a work of fiction, the threat of an EMP, unfortunately, is not.   

A sufficiently powerful electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, can render the United States virtually without electricity or electronics—almost instantly.  A  Congressional Report detailing the likely results of such an EMP is online for you to read for yourself.  The picture isn't pretty. It could take YEARS to restore power. They estimate that within one year, more than 70 million people in this country would die.

Needless to say, being aware of how quickly "life as we know it" could be shattered, the question arose for me, "What can be done?"   (Despite the dire consequences outlined in the Congressional Report, an amendment to "harden" the US infrastructure failed to pass. Nothing was done!) Which leaves us on our own to prepare individually and as families.  What about you? A catastrophic EMP caused by the sun may not happen in our lifetime. However, a recent headline in the news stated that N. Korea now has satellites over our country which could cause an EMP with the same, catastrophic effects. In PULSE, the characters consider whether the pulse is divine judgment for America. Could it be coming? 

Instead of ignoring such threats, or worrying about them, I suggest getting prepared!  First, we prepare by getting right with God. Then, we take stewardship seriously and prepare our households for difficult times. It's really perfectly natural to want to set things by for a rainy day. We've been lulled into thinking there is no need to do this in today's world, but that's precisely my point: This world could change, quickly and decisively, with disastrous effects.
 Ask yourself, how long could you and your family eat three meals a day if stores were closed—indefinitely? If you had no transportation? If you couldn't get online and order anything?   In my book, only one family was ready when the world changed.

Disturbing things happened for those who weren't. RESILIENCE, which debuts on Amazon.com today, continues the story of the three girls and their families as they struggle to survive in a world gone dark, where teens shoulder rifles instead of school books, and where survival might mean becoming your own worst enemy.

How ready are you? What have you done to prepare your family for a grid-down world—just in case?

Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for a free ebook copy of PULSE or RESILIENCE, the sequel. 


For a free PDF I've made about how to get started preparing for an emergency, click here


Linore Rose Burkard is best known for historical romance novels with Harvest House Publishers, and now writes YA/Suspense as L.R.Burkard. Linore teaches workshops for writers with Greater Harvest Workshops in Ohio, is a mother of five, and still homeschools her youngest daughter—preferably with coffee in one hand and an iPad in the other.  Be the first to kn

Friday, April 22, 2016

Thaw Series - Print Launch

A friend of mine has been writing a fun series of fairy tale inspired novels called The Thaw Series. Also she has just published The Five Gems Series in print as well. So, to celebrate the print release of all of these books, a number of authors and myself are going to be hosting a Facebook party on April 23rd. We would be delighted if you would join us for fun and free stuff (like books). 

The Thaw quartet isn't merely a Snow Queen retelling... it's so much more.

Beginning with aspects from the The Snow Child, Snegurken, The Snow Queen,  plus numerous other well known tales... it's a ride into the world of the unknown, on glittering icy swans and a wind that can blow you anywhere you'd least expect it.

Exploring themes of self-pride vs. self sacrifice, & redemption the Thaw books have been hailed as; "...utterly lovely..."



#1 Winter's Child A barren king and queen pray for a child, and when in their loneliness, they make one out of snow, their prayers are answered in a special, and unusual way. Sometimes, when we get what we wish for,  we don't know what to do with it.

#2 In Winter Queen a slightly pampered girl allows her avoidance behavior to isolate her from the world... it's only when she takes the final step that she realizes the wall she's built in the name of safety is also the one that will hold her prisoner forever... unless she discovers how to destroy it. The only one who can break a neurosis... is the one who has it.


#3 Prince of Demarken The whole world knows his guilt, and is absolutely correct about it, but how far can a man go to regain respect so swiftly lost? Or is an honorable death the best a fallen star can hope for? The only person who can help him... is the one he most deeply wronged.



Original "medieval fantasy" with strong family values, friendship, honor and doing what's right no matter how risky. Even if you're young, inexperienced and surrounded by state secrets!


#1 Jeweler's Apprentice
On her first visit to the palace 16 year old Fia Brithin stumbles onto a court secret. To keep the secret safe, the Chancellor sends her off as apprentice to a famous, reclusive, high mountain jeweler. ...And straight into adventure. Discovering gems with deep secrets and new friends with the same, Fia learns a whole lot more than just making wax models.   She learns... When to trust a stranger, and when not to; why not to try stealing from gem thieves; what heroism is, what royalty ought to be, and that the mountains themselves can sometimes be the greatest danger of all.

#2 Traitor's Knife
When the loyalist cause enlists the mountain house into a weaponry, young apprentice Fia is confronted with three refugee children, a disturbingly upstart former messenger, and accidents happening everywhere. Are saboteurs out to nix the weapons works... or is it her friend, Othira's incognito crown prince they're after? Traitor's Knife continues where Jeweler's Apprentice ended, and nearly seventeen year old Fia Brithin from the foothills still has a lot to learn about the mountains, and the people now in them.

E. Kaiser Writes credits her nearly nomadic childhood for the vast reach of her fictional worlds; she has lived (and gotten to known the locals) in the Rocky Mtns, the Smoky Mtns, the plains, the deep forest, the searing Texas summer and frozen Minnesota north. She wears many hats: writer and editor of ad copy, web copy, office correspondence & fiction; a cowgirl, animal trainer, seamstress, jeweler, artist and... authoress!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Writing/Editing/Publishing Update

A quarter of the year is gone! Yikes! It is going by too quickly for me. At the same time, I am thankful for the warmer weather, longer periods of sunshine, and the ability to run out the door without a coat most days.

Despite multiple health issues the past few months, the Lord has been very gracious and loving to me. I can announce many finished goals and progress toward others, which is always an exciting moment. Yay!

So, onto the good news!

The Making of a Man: A Short Story Anthology officially has a release date! April 26th! Lord Dentin's anthology has a cover, a book trailer, and the ebook copies have been uploaded and the pre-orders set up and waiting for readers to buy ahead of time. Only the print formatting remains, and I hope that by the posting of this post, that will be well in hand and proofs ordered. (I can be optimistic right?)

Living Sacrifice Book 3 is officially complete. I wrote the last sentences of the epilogue in the end of March and the whole series is now officially in the editing phase. I will be looking for beta readers very soon. Before you sign up, be warned that this is a three book commitment. Also, it isn't my usual fare. As Inspirational Epic Fantasy, it offers a bit more of a grand scale when it comes to length, contents, and depth.

The hubby has finished reading The Reward of Anavrea! He hasn't given me his notes yet, and we haven't discussed anything yet. He wants The Making of a Man to get released first. Still, he has finished it, which is a major step toward publishing for the next novel in The Theodoric Saga.

Now for the last bit of news...the next Rhynan novel's progress. I am writing! Yes, I know that doesn't sound that ground breaking, but it actually is. This this novel has been one of the hardest to get going in my whole writing experience. Hopefully that bodes well for the quality of what I am writing now. We shall see. I am four chapters in and moving at a decent clip now. Hopefully that pace will continue.

So that is all for today's update. Did I miss anything? Do you have any questions about any of my projects? If so, feel free to comment below and I will try to answer all of your questions. :)

Until next time...

Rachel

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Solid Rock by Faith Blum

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I am excited to be part of this blog tour for a new Christian Western! Faith Blum joins us today to talk about her new release, The Solid Rock. It is about a talented detective with a mission to find his kidnapped colleague who finds himself working undercover with a heinous outlaw who has more plans than first meet the eye.

About the Book

3D The Solid Rock
Joshua woke with a quiet groan. As his senses woke up one at a time, he cracked his eyelids open. Sure enough, there was a silhouetted form standing at the foot of the bed. From the smell, the person was either from the brothel down the street or had recently left one. He forced himself to breathe evenly and reached for the knife in his thigh holster. With as tough and evil a voice as he could imitate, he spoke, “State your intentions.” Pinkerton detective, Joshua Brookings, is sent on a job that seems simple on the surface. His fellow detective has been kidnapped and his boss, William Pinkerton senses foul play. Joshua is sent to investigate Edward's case in hopes of finding the kidnapped detective and helping solve the case that has taken over ten years to investigate. Arriving in Cheyenne, Joshua finds much more than a simple kidnapping. Yet again, he must go undercover, something he made his boss promise never to make him do again. The only Christian in the outlaw group, Joshua falters and almost loses faith in God’s providence. Will he stand on the solid Rock or drown in the sinking sand?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cover Reveal - The Making of a Man: A Short Story Anthology (Novels of Rhynan #2.5)

The time has finally come to reveal the cover for my new release. The Making of a Man: A Short Story Anthology will be making its official appearance on April 26, 2016, but you can order your ebook copy today if you want. The Amazon pre-order links are live and the pre-order links on other sites will be appearing soon.

In the meantime, I am looking for reviewers who would be willing to review the ebook in advance of the book release and post their reviews as soon after the release as they can. If you are interested, let me know in the comments of contact me via email.

Now without further ado, here is the cover and details of The Making of a Man: A Short Story Anthology.

The Earl of Dentin returns. 

Eight stories ranging from short story to novelette in length give us greater understanding into why Dentin is the complex and enigmatic man he is. It also includes new adventures that happen between Honor and the next Rhynan novel.

Passing the Mantle 
An ill-fated hunting trip

Forging Friendships 
Recruiting able-bodied men ineligible for knighthood

The Sword of Korma Monroe 
A sword made for trouble

Turning Point 
A duke and an earl plot treason

The Bittersweet Pear 
A marital misunderstanding

Isbeth’s Redemption
Dentin doesn’t make a good first impression

A Squire’s Love
Reginald’s quest

Restoration
A trip to Braulyn produces unexpected company