Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Frontier Preacher by David Millican

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David Millican's debut novel, Frontier Preacher, is now available in eBook and Paperback!

About the Book

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Hollis feared the loneliness would swallow him whole. He had arrived in Wyoming to fulfill his uncle’s dying wish – that he save the people of Gillette – but his education and faith had not prepared him for the bitter cold and hardened hearts of the west. A dark secret in his new home threatens to destroy his very soul. Will Hollis be strong enough to stand against the tide of evil? Can he overcome where stronger men failed, before the west claims another victim? 

About the Author

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David was born and raised in Wyoming then spent his twenties traveling the world. He now spends his time in McKeesport Pennsylvania with his wife Emily. He has been writing since he was a child, enjoying success in the young authors program, local literary magazines, and blogging. You can follow David’s new projects and release dates on his Facebook author page.

What Reviewers are saying

"Definitely worth reading."-Amazon Reviewer "The author makes great use of his setting offering many rich details"-Amazon Reviewer "I loved the writing and the story. Then [sic] ending is unexpected and inevitable at the same time. "-Goodreads Reviewer

Discounts

David is offering a 50% discount for the paperback book! To get your copy, go to the Createspace estore and enter this code when you checkout: GYM7ACWX. From May 27-31, Frontier Preacher will also be on sale for just $1.99. That’s a $3.00 savings!

Giveaway

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Enter to win one of three giveaways! Giveaway #1 is a paperback of Never by J. Grace Pennington and a $15 Amazon gift card. Giveaway #2 is a paperback of Revel Knox by Michael Shank and a $15 Amazon gift card. Giveaway #3 is a personalized notebook from Faith Blum and a $15 Amazon gift card. To enter the giveaway, please fill out this form. The only required entries are your name and your email address. Everything else is optional.

Tour Schedule

Monday, May 23 Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Tour Introduction and Book Spotlight Rebekah Lyn Books-Book Spotlight and Character Interview (John Davies) Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Book Spotlight Rachel Rossano’s Words-Book Spotlight Tuesday, May 24 God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Book Spotlight PhreyPress-Book Spotlight, Guest Post, and Author Interview Wednesday, May 25 Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Book Spotlight and Excerpt Writing About Life-Book Review Frances Hoelsema-Book Spotlight and Excerpt Zerina Blossom’s Books-Guest Post Thursday, May 26 Stephany Tullis Blog-Character Interview (John Davies) Ramblings-Guest Post Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Excerpt Friday, May 27 Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Giveaway Announcement      

Monday, May 23, 2016

On Wyslings and Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal

The term 'wysling' was first coined (I believe) by Charles de Lint, in his novel 'The Riddle of the Wren.' I remember flipping through the book, and I couldn't understand why nobody else had adopted the term. We have orcs and wizards and elves and goblins, but no wyslings? That didn't seem fair. In my world, wyslings are very much like wizards, except they'll tell you that 'wizards' are fictional, please and thank you. There's no specific reason I latched onto the word except I fell in love with it. It sounds whimsical. It sounds magical. It sounds just a little irresponsible (apologies to Mr. De Lint).

My wyslings are eccentric people with fae blood and magical propensities. Ordinary humans can learn a magic trick or two, but thus far, only those with fae blood have any real magical abilities. While they tend to prefer living alone, they usually can't resist taking on an apprentice or two (most of them are helplessly vain).

Aside from heritage and frequent vanity, however, every wysling is different. Female, male, introverted, extroverted - it doesn't really matter. I tend to write about male wyslings because, well, they visit me more often than female wyslings, but that's only the author's prerogative. (I have a Paper novel planned featuring a female wysling, and I'm excited for it.)

Wyslings may be fae, but there are only a few factors that set them apart from others: their ability to perform wysary, and occasionally inhuman appearances. Most of my wyslings thus far could easily be mistaken for human beings, like many fae, but we'll meet some soon who definitely break that mold.

You'll meet two wyslings in Paper Crowns - Azrael and Asterope, although throughout the rest of the upcoming series you'll meet Rastaban, Eridanus, Ras Algethi Chow, Wilhllmina, Ambrose Vernon, and a plethora of others, all with their own personalities, abilities, and styles of wysary. I look forward to writing them, and I hope you look forward to meeting them!

"So why are you here? …The old conscience giving you a turn?"
"I haven't got one," he said, his voice slightly pressed-sounding because he didn't bother to raise his head before he spoke.
"A turn?"
"A conscience."
"That must be awful," I retorted.
"Not really," he said.
— Ginny and Azrael, Paper Crowns





Ginger has lived in seclusion, with only her aunt Malgarel and her blue cat, Halcyon, to keep her company. Her sheltered, idyllic life is turned upside-down when her home is attacked by messengers from the world of fae. Accompanied by Halcyon (who may or may not be more than just a cat), an irascible wysling named Azrael, and a loyal fire elemental named Salazar, Ginger ventures into the world of fae to bring a ruthless Queen to justice.


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Mirriam Neal is a twenty-two-year-old Northwestern hipster living in Atlanta. She writes hard-to-describe books in hard-to-describe genres, and illustrates things whenever she finds the time.  She aspires to live as faithfully and creatively as she can and she hopes you do, too.





Friday, May 20, 2016

Building the Briznomian Culture - Espionage by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Worldbuilding is an essential part of fantasy writing. I’ll just admit it, worldbuilding is generally my least favorite part of writing. I get a random culture idea here and there, and that’s fun, but filling in all the gaps gets really tedious really quick. Briznom, however, was a little different.

I had a general idea of what Briznom was like before I started work on Espionage from previous versions of the country, but things changed drastically under Vannie’s story. Originally, Briznom was a pretty typical medieval fantasy monarchy. Ruled by King James, the country was populated with peasant villages.

I think I decided to change their government about the time I came up with the idea for Espionage. Honestly, Vannie was the catalyst for much of the worldbuilding. Briznom is divided into twelve vassalages: Wyland, Yoland, Maitland, Leland, Kirkland, Morland, Devland, Cumberland, Durland, Strickland, Stipland, and Roland. Each one is its own sort of district, ruled by a vassal lord. Each vassal lord can set some rules for his own vassalage, but his primary role is as a member of Court. The vassal lords meet regularly in the Capitol. They conduct business similarly to Congress, but on a much smaller scale, and since they don't have a bicameral legislature, legislation only has to pass through one vote. Not exactly the best for preventing bad bills, but that's how it goes. The king's role is far more similar to that of a president than that of a traditional king. He also presides over Court.

There are a few traditions that came with the political worldbuilding I did. One particular vassal lord tradition is infant betrothal. Because the title of vassal lord passes to the oldest son or the husband of the oldest daughter if there are no sons, they secure a match for said heir in early infancy. Both Vannie and Kyle, my two main characters, are caught by this. They’re still just kids, but infant betrothal already has potential to cause them major problems in the future.

The peasant villages stayed within the worldbuilding. I love villages almost as much as dungeons, so I had to keep them at the base of common society. How well off the villagers are depends on the vassal lord, as each one can control their own villagers however they want, so long as it is within national law. One thing that was added to the villages spur of the moment while writing is the emergency bell. In the center of every village, there is a bell to be rung to gather the villagers in case of emergency. It was a very useful addition.


Briznom is no more perfect than any other country. It has its good points, but it has other points that are rotten inside. Fixing those rotten points, well, that’s a job for the yet to be written (and yet to be plotted) sequel.




“Sir Roland has invited us to visit for the Autumn Feast.”

“Do we have to go, Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.”

As the daughter of a Briznomian vassal lord, Vannie Cumberland has spent her childhood immersed in the world of politics. Relations between Briznom and the neighboring country of Calhortz are strained due to the tyrannical rule of the strytes. A proposed alliance could calm relations between the two countries, but would come at the cost of Briznom’s freedom.

When her father’s political archenemy invites them to the Autumn Feast, Vannie uncovers an evil scheme endangering the life of someone close to her. Personal enmity comes to a dangerous head as Vannie struggles to expose the corruption and stop the alliance. Time is running out.

Events are becoming too big for her to handle. Will Sir Roland’s son help or will things finally spiral out of control?

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Character Spotlight

Kyle  

Appearance: Dark hair and eyes, fair skin, thin, average height.

Age: 12

History: Kyle Roland is the only son of Sir Roland, vassal lord of Briznom, and heir to the vassalage. He was raised at Roland Castle primarily by servants, and rarely ventured anywhere else. His castle is at the seaside, and he always liked to watch the ocean from the tower. At age four, he was betrothed to an infant named Rosie. His father was always very particular about what he was taught academically, rendering him ignorant of the true workings of history and politics. However, Sir Roland had little influence over Kyle’s character, and so the servants were careful to teach him about God and how to be a proper gentleman.


Author’s Notes: Kyle is one of my favorites. (I know, I say that about a lot of my characters, but they’re all my babies.) For one thing, he’s a proper gentleman after the manner of Felix Walker. He’s a bit better developed than Felix, however. He also, according to a quiz, shares my personality type. He’s rather more levelheaded, though. Kyle was in the dream that inspired Espionage. Two things I remember about him in the dream are that he had dark hair and was really nice. I loved writing his role as the calm and collected side of the coin. Kyle and Vannie are really like two sides of the same coin. They work very well together. I love Kyle Roland, and I hope you will too.


Author

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.




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Join in the excitement of Espionage and enter to win a special prize! The first prize winner will receive a signed copy of Espionage. The second and third prize winners will receive an eCopy of Espionage in the eBook format of his/her choice. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight

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Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Samara’s Peril, has been released! Samara’s Peril is the third book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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About the Book
When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen.

Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.

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Excerpt

“I think she’s in love with you.”

Kaden shot Trev a dark look in answer to his amused tone and grin. Though Jace tried, he couldn’t hold back his own amusement, even if it was at Kaden’s expense. He was just glad he wasn’t the one Tina had set her sights on. He wasn’t equipped to handle that awkward situation.

Kaden grumbled under his breath and sat down hard on his bed, where he flopped back against the pillow.

Aaron leaned casually against the door frame. She’s quite a talker.”

Kaden scrubbed his hands over his face and released a low groan. If I have to hide in this room the whole time we’re here, I’ll lose my mind.”

Not as fast as you would out there.” Aaron gestured over his shoulder, earning a chorus of chuckles.

Grabbing the pillow, Kaden chucked it at him. A lot of help you are.”

As Aaron bent down for it, Rayad returned to the room from meeting with Anne and Kyrin. The mood changed immediately, and Jace straightened. He needed to know about Kyrin. He hadn’t slept well last night, not knowing for sure if she was safe. How could he protect her if he couldn’t even be on the same floor as her?
 
About the Author
JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. 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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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Book Birthday - God's Will by Meghan M. Gorecki

Happy 2nd book birthday to Meghan Gorecki and her debut novel, God’s Will: a sweeping historical that follows the journeys of two families who discover His will is the sweetest place to be as they climb mountains and crawl through valleys during the Great Depression.



Kathy Andrews is good at goodbyes. Her mother is sent to a sanatorium, her sister, left behind in Chicago, and her father, forced to roam looking for work. So she holds close to the only one she has left, her brother Danny. When the two go to live with the Marshalls in the sleepy town of Brighton, she doesn't let anyone past hello. Elliott Russell frowns at his aunt and uncle's generosity--even though he and his sister are on the receiving end. He frowns, too, at the uppity city girl with a chip on her shoulder whom he can't get out of his head. When a tragedy rips apart what tenuous existence they manage to forge, will they find the sweetest place to be is in God's will--or will they turn their backs on faith that fails to protect against pain?



Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction, a blogger, book reviewer and voracious reader. Taking her life a day at a time as God leads, she is pursuing a career in the publishing industry as an editor in training and as a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. A hopeless romantic, history and Marvel nut, she's also a redhead (thanks to a box), who knows way too much trivia about movie musicals and the Civil War. Find her on social media and at her blog, A Northern Belle (www.northernbellemeg.com)