Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Allegiance Blog Tour + Giveaway!

“If you like non-magical fantasy with a strong dash of romance about a girl who fights against incredible odds to find freedom and her place in the world, then this is for you!”

Last month, Livy Lynn contacted me, requesting that I be part of an exciting Blog Tour, for Christian Fantasy Author, Sarah Addison Fox! Sarah is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed, clean, fantasy with strong heroines.

Her debut novel, Disowned, is about a Kyraenean slave name Celeste. She risks her life to reach the free nation of Etraea, a country filled with technology and wealth. Once she arrives in Etraea, she unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will change her life forever. You can check out her book here.

I'm super excited to announce that for my portion of the Tour, Sarah is giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card! Yay for more money to spend on books! :D

To enter, simply use the Raffelcopter form below, to follow Sarah Addison, and the Tour Coordinator, Livy Lynn, on their Social Media accounts.

The Giveaway begins January 10th and ends January 12th!

*Please note, this giveaway is not in anyway endorsed or funded by Amazon. The Giveaway prize is coming directly from Sarah Addison Fox, author of Disowned.

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Tour Coordinated By: Livy Lynn Blog! Are you a Christian author? Let me plan your next Blog Tour! Visit www.livylynnblog.com!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Ilyon Chronicles Website Overhaul + Giveaway!

First of all, happy 2018! I didn’t even have a chance to write a New Year post. First I was out of town on New Year’s Eve weekend because my brother got married (yay!) and then I came down with my third (or is it fourth?) bout of the flu this winter. So awful.

Anyways, in between all of that, I worked on giving my Ilyon Chronicles website a complete overhaul. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a while now and finally made time for it. I’m quite happy with how it turned out. I even updated the Ilyon Chronicles character quiz and made two new ones: Which Ilyon guy is right for you? and Which Ilyon girl is right for you? Yes, I didn’t want to leave my male fans out. ;) Here is a fun “before and after” picture of the home page of the website.

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To celebrate the shiny new makeover, I’m having a giveway for an Ilyon Chronicles t-shirt! It will be winner’s choice of design, color, and size. You can see the t-shirts that are available on the website. Just enter using the form below. And do tell me, how do you like the new website? :D

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Student and the Slave Blog Tour

Take a look at this exciting new young adult action and adventure novel, The Student and the Slave, now available for purchase! This is the third book in the Krillonian Chronicles, after The Collar and the Cavvarach and The Gladiator and the Guard.

The series is set in an alternate world that is very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with "have a rack"), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

First, a Little Information about Books 1 and 2:

Book 1: The Collar and the Cavvarach

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Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire's most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie's escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

Click here to read chapter 1 of The Collar and the Cavvarach.
Click here to read about life in the Krillonian Empire, where the series is set.

Book 2: The Gladiator and the Guard

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Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

Click here to read about life in the arena where Bensin and other gladiators are forced to live and train.


And now, The Student and the Slave, with another awesome cover by the talented
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Book 3: The Student and the Slave

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Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … at a cost.
Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones … and live with the consequences?

Click here to order The Student and the Slave from Amazon for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through November 31st!

Excerpt

In this excerpt, Bensin, needing desperately to earn more money, hesitates on the edge of a decision he knows he may regret.

After the martial arts lesson was over for the night, Bensin ventured to approach Axel about the subject of a job. The gang leader looked around, exchanging meaningful glances with some of the others, before he replied.

“We’d been thinking of talking to you about that, actually. Now and then we do have opportunities where you could make money — a lot more money than from these lessons. As a matter of fact, we’ve got a job to do tonight. You want to make a few more hundred imps?”

Bensin hesitated. A lot of the time, he could almost forget that his friends were in a gang. He had never seen them do anything illegal, apart from the unnamed substances some of them swallowed or smoked now and then. They never even talked about illegal activities, at least, not in front of him. They did sometimes talk about the Corner Creepers, cursing as they discussed the things they’d like to do to them, sometimes in graphic detail. And now and then they would let a remark slip that made him think they had encountered their rivals recently and used some of the moves he’d been teaching them. Occasionally, some of them would show up with fresh bruises or limps, or Bensin would see a bandage poking out from under a sleeve. A couple of times, Deiv had called and asked if Bensin could switch their next lesson to a different day, or hold it earlier in the evening, because they had something else going on. And now and then they ended the night’s hangout time early, telling him there was some place they all needed to be. But they never talked about any gang activity directly. Bensin didn’t ask questions, and they didn’t tell or pressure him in any way or even suggest he join them. Not that he had ever wanted to.

But he needed the money, now more than ever.

“What kind of job?” he asked.


About the Author:

Annie Douglass LimaAnnie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published fifteen books (three YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.


Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon

LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn

Google+: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGooglePlus

Now, enter to win an Amazon gift card or a free digital copy of the first two books in the series!

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Sales, Sales, and More Sales

Yup, it’s that time of year where you’ll find sales galore. What kind of author/businesswoman would I be if I didn’t have my own Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales? So, without further ado, enjoy these holiday sales from the comfort of your own home where you don’t have to worry about being trampled. ;)

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And I’m not the only author with great sales. Check out Indie Christian Books for more! You can see all the participating authors in the Author Database and get to know some of them better at the week long Facebook party. There’s also a giveaway! :) (Note: ebooks on the site are listed as sold out because they are being sold elsewhere. Just click on the books and you find links to the purchase them.)

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chirstmas Comes Early Blog Tour

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Christmas time is here! Okay, so not quite yet. It's still over a month away, but that doesn't mean we can't start celebrating early, right? So today, we're celebrating the release of not one, not four, but eight new Christmas books! All written by Rebekah A. Morris. I'll be spotlighting two of her books today and you can find out more about the others as you follow the tour.


About the Books

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First Christmas in America

Klara Ivanski arrives from the Old Country with her Papa, Mama and ten brothers and sisters. “All vill be vell,” Papa assures them, but Mama and several of her brothers and sisters must remain at their aunt and uncle’s because of sickness. With barely enough money for food, Klara is quick to assure her papa that they only need Mama and the other to make Christmas special. But will the family be together for their first Christmas in America?



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Home for Christmas


Feeling that life is unfair when her father is killed in the front lines of France and she has to live with her relatives on a western farm, twelve-year-old Susanna Stanson runs away to the city. She decides that all will be well when she reaches her old home, but a severe snowstorm interrupts her trip.




About the Author

Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, and her bestselling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn't’ writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.



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“Do you think Mama and the others will be here by Christmas?” Klara looked up. The low flames of the firelight flickered on Papa’s face. ~ First Christmas in America

“Well, that ain’t my concern, though I say it’s a shame to send a young girl like you off with no bag an’ baggage. An’ right before Christmas too.” ~ Home for Christmas


Tour Schedule


November 13
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Kaylee's Kind of Writes – Book Spotlight
Resting Life – Review and Excerpt
Perry Elisabeth – Excerpt
Rachel Rossano's Words – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 14
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Odelia's Blog – Author Interview and Book spotlight
Bryce’s Creative Writing Corner – Author Interview, Review, and Excerpt
Counting Your Blessings One by One – Review and Excerpt
Perpetual Indie Perspective – Book Spotlight

November 15
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Whimsical Writings for His Glory – Author, Review, and Excerpt
Maidens for Modesty – Author Interview and Review
The Destiny of One – Book Spotlight
Rebekah Ashleigh – Book Spotlight
Stephany's BLOG Snippets – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 16
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Laurel's Leaves – Author Interview
Stories by Firefly – Review
Claire Banschbach – Author Interview
Kelsey's Notebook – Review and Excerpt
Jaye L. Knight – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 17
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Ruffles and Grace – Book Spotlight
With a Joyful Noise – Book Spotlight
Bookish Orchestrations – Closing Post

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mice and Marriage Blog Tour—Excerpt


What do mice and marriage have in common? I don't know, but now I'm curious to read Sophie Dawson's new book, Mice and Marriage!

About the Book


Noelle Copeland has no intention of ever letting another man break her heart. She’s content to take care of her two boys and help her brother around the church. That is until a mouse sends her onto a table screaming like she’s being murdered, and a handsome, heroic man comes to her rescue. Now, she finds her heart longing for Turner Metcalf, but he’s keeping things from her. She wonders if she can trust him not only with her heart but her sons’ hearts as well.

Turner Metcalf is a man on a mission. He’s in town for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season for one reason only; to protect his sister and her new husband. He has a secret life he isn’t willing to give up. That is until he comes to the rescue of Noelle Copeland. Now, his heart is drawn to the one thing he never thought he could have; a future. He finds himself falling for the divorced mother of two and her sons.

Can he survive his secret mission long enough to let her know? Or will his frequent travel and hidden agenda end things before they really get started? Will he live through his mission and be able to consider a future with this ready-made family? What about Noelle’s ex-husband and his new girlfriend? Will they mess things up for Noelle and Turner? Can love find a way to overcome the doubts of a woman afraid of Mice and Marriage?

Love and marriage come to us inspired by many things. Who would have thought that mold, spots, and mice would bring love and marriage? Well, they have. The Love's Infestation Series continues with Mice and Marriage.

You can find the book on Amazon!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October Blog Tour—Character Interview & Excerpt + Giveaway!

Yesterday we began a countdown. To what? The release of J. Grace Pennington's new book, October. Yep, she named her book after the month we are in. Check out the great giveaway, and the other posts in this countdown!

About the Book


For Emily Baxter, life is simple. Her world is made up completely of school, church, and the community in the small farming town she calls home. All that changes one fateful Sunday, when a new girl shows up at Pleasanton Baptist—a girl unlike anyone Emily has ever seen. A girl with long red hair, crystal green eyes, and style and posture like royalty.

A girl named October.

The months that follow are filled with magic—the magic of ordinary things, of finding pictures in the stars, of imagination and a new sense of beauty. But as time goes by, Emily begins to sense that her enchanting new friend may have secrets that could break the spell. Is October really all she seems to be?


About the Author


J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them down since age five.  Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits.  When she's not writing she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.


Giveaway

Grace has generously offered a paperback book of her new book as her giveaway prize. You can enter at this link or the widget below. 

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Character Spotlight: Jackson “Jax” Miller

Jax is the third of the main characters of October.  He is Emily's cousin, neighbor, and closest friend.  Essentially he's like a brother to her, though he claims he's glad he's not really her brother because she talks too much.  She doubts that he really means this.

So who is Jax, exactly?

His name is Jackson, but everyone has always called him Jax.  He is currently seventeen and six feet, three inches.  He's quiet and good-natured, protective and soft-hearted.  He has a dry sense of humor and doesn't like to let his hair grow more than about an eighth of an inch.

He loves reading and gets good grades.  He especially loves history because he sees it as having so much to say to anyone who cares to listen.  He helps run his parents' small farm, but doesn't want to be a farmer himself.  He's not yet sure what he wants to do.

He becomes very close with October, and the three share many delightful, everyday adventures together.  She draws him out more than anyone ever has—helping him discover new talents and become a nobler version of himself.  But as Emily begins to sense hidden depths in October, how will this affect his relationship with them both?

Excerpt

The sanctuary was empty the third Friday that we walked into it. After our first time, October had insisted that we arrive early, a preference that she freely admitted was because arriving before everyone else helped her not be so overwhelmed by too many people at once.

The late afternoon sun shone through the stained glass windows on the west wall, and the only sound was the hum of the air conditioning.

Halfway down the center aisle, she stopped. I watched the dust particles floating in the multi-colored light as she turned to look at each window in turn.

Jesus with the children. Jesus turning water into wine. Jesus at the last supper. Jesus walking on the water.

She turned at last to the one of Him carrying the lost lamb, and there she stopped for a long while. I looked at the glass for a moment, eyes again drawn to the misplaced red piece in His robe, then I turned to look at her face.

It wasn't very expressive. The only spark that I could see was in her eyes, which sparkled in the rainbows. Her eyebrows drew down over her eyes slightly.

“That's my favorite,” I told her.

She took one step forward, stopped, then took two more steps, eyes fixated on the window as though she were mesmerized. “I think perhaps it's mine, too.”

She kept focusing on it, her gaze sweeping every bit of glass. I started to ramble.

“I think it's just the look on His face... and how He has His arms around it, sort of... gently, and strong. I like the way it looks... nurturing. It looks caring, don't you think so?”

She kept looking at it for a moment, then she spoke slowly. “I think... I like it because I know the story it represents. The lost sheep. And how out of a hundred sheep, ninety-nine of them good and perfectly well-behaved, he went after the one who left. The disobedient one. He was willing to leave everything good and right and go after... things that most people would say weren't worth it.”


October 25, 2017
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory post
God's Peculiar Treasure Rae – Character Spotlight
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Character Spotlight
Lisa Swinton - Queen of Random – Book Spotlight
Audrey Rich – Book Spotlight

October 26, 2017
Frances Hoelsema – Excerpt
Jaye L. Knight – Character Spotlight and Excerpt

October 27, 2017
Liv K. Fisher – Author Interview and Excerpt
Opinions, Thoughts, and General Rambling – Character Spotlight and Excerpt
Leila's Bookshelf – Book Spotlight
Britbear's Book Reviews – Guest Post

October 28, 2017
Rebekah Lyn Books – Excerpt
In the Bookcase – Review
Roxbury Books – Character Spotlight and Excerpt
J. Grace Pennington – Special author’s post

October 29, 2017
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winner