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CF Scavenger Hunt Stop #20: Follow the clues to win a Kindle Fire, free books, and more!

Posted by on Apr 3rd, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 164 comments

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Welcome to the Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I’m Jill, your hostess for this stop on the hunt. There are 33 stops on this tour! Are you ready?

The hunt begins on April 4 at noon (mountain time) and ends Sunday night, April 6 at midnight (mountain time). You have all weekend to complete the tour, so take your time and enjoy. Collect the clue in red at each stop, and write them down as you go. The hunt begins at Robin Lee Hatcher’s site. If at any time during the hunt, you get lost, visit this site for help.

 

  • Grand Prize: Kindle Fire HDX + $100 gift certificate!
  • 2nd & 3rd Prizes: All 32 books in your mailbox! 

Meet Vicki Hinze

vickihinze20091It’s my pleasure to introduce to you Vicki Hinze, my guest for the scavenger hunt. Vicki writes edge-of-your-seat romantic thrillers with amazing characters. You just can’t book her books down! 

Vicki is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who has written over thirty novels, multiple nonfiction books and hundreds of articles published in as many as 63 countries. She’s a featured columnist at Social-In Global Network. Learn more at vickihinze.com, on Facebook at vicki.hinze.author or on Twitter @vickihinze.

 Today we’re taking a close look at Vicki’s latest release, Down & Dead in Dixie. 

 

Here’s what the book, Down & Dead in Dixie, is about:

Dixie-200-x-300-cover-1To live, sometimes ya gotta die! Daisy Grant is in a heap of trouble. She stumbles into a mob turf war and now somebody wants her dead. Daisy may be small-town to the bone, not at all the kind of woman to deal with the Southern Mafia, but she knows how to get creative fast! 

Enters the way-too-attractive Mark Jensen… He didn’t mean to rescue anybody, and he certainly didn’t mean to go on the run because of a stubborn, sassy woman. Soon they are up to their ears in so many wacky characters they don’t know who’s on their side. Daisy and Mark decide that to live, sometimes ya gotta die. And sometimes to die right takes . . . practice. 

What readers are saying about Vicki’s books:

“Move over Janet Evanovich! Vicki Hinze is romping through Dixie’s criminal underbelly, and she’s bringing the sassiest heroine since Stephanie Plum. Down and Dead in Dixie is a rip-roaring page-turner that delivers laughs, fantastic characters and twists galore. This one is a must read!” –Peggy Webb, USA Today bestselling author 

“I know I can always count on Vicki for an absorbing story I’ll remember long after I’ve closed the book.” –Kay Hooper , New York Times bestselling author, (on Not This Time

 


A Scavenger Hunt Exclusive from Vicki:

 

How I Nagged Vicki Hinze into Writing Down and Dead in Dixie

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Daisy Grant, Heroine 

 

I’m Daisy Grant, the heroine in Down and Dead in Dixie.  I’ve been hanging around, waiting for Vicki to get with the program and write my story since 2008.  But because I’m quirky, she didn’t think I’d fit in with the serious stuff she was writing.  I had to persuade her. 

No way was I going to tell her that my book was the start of a new series.  She’d still be balking. I had to have patience and persistence.  I learned a lot about patience when I was little and my younger brother Jackson and I got out of our mother’s car at the Piggly Wiggly for her to go park and she never came back.  We waited all day. I knew she wasn’t coming back.  Still, I waited.  And I waited for Vicki, too.  

I kept zapping thoughts of me into Vicki’s mind.  She’s receptive, and if you spark her interest, you might wait, but she does come back—usually on Sunday afternoons.  That’s when she writes books for the sheer love of story.  That’s where I wanted my story written.  So I perfected my aim and zapped her, and before she knew what hit her, she had a hundred pages of my story written! 

Then she got sick, so I zapped her again.  I know.  I’m awful to hit her when she was already down, but I’d waited a long time—from 2008 to 2013.  So I lasered her, and I can’t say I’m sorry.  She thinks the story came to her all at once with everything in place.  Actually, that was me.  I’ve been planting story seeds in her head all along.  She finally sat still long enough for them to snag her attention. 

When she pulled out the hundred pages, I was so excited, I gathered the entire character cast and everyone began zapping her.  We were elated—until she started throwing out pages.  Then the grumbling started.  The cast was in an uproar.  Some thought we’d hit her too hard and fried her gray cells.  I knew we hadn’t.  She was sluffing the fluff, looking for the heart of the story.  Of those hundred pages, about four pages made her cut.  She ditched the rest.  We were despondent.  Mark Jensen, amazing chef and so much more, made us some comfort food to munch on while we waited to see what the woman was going to do with us.  Everyone was worried sick we’d get the boot.  She has that rule, you know, about refusing to write a story she doesn’t love . . . 

Hope frayed and shriveled to a thread, but then her imagination fired up and stepped forward.  It took courage after all those years of her shutting us down, but it did it.  And the next thing we knew, she picked up the pen.  We held our breaths . . . anticipating, hoping, praying.  

Every fear and failure I’d ever made flashed before my eyes.  (Hey, when it takes practice for you to die right, you know you’re a serious work-in-progress, so I’m not kidding when I tell you, I was terrified.  Everyone knew it was make or break time; she’d write us now or never!)

She studied the pen.  Sighed. The air crackled with tension, and Mark squeezed my fingers so tight I thought he’d snap my bones.  “What is she doing?” he asked. 

“Muddling through it,” Lester said.  He’s my absent-minded neighbor.  Well, sort of. 

“She’s not.”  His companion Emily told Lester.  “Plain as day, the woman is fighting between ought to and needs to.” 

“Which one are we?”  I asked. 

“Don’t matter,” Lester said.  “She’s gonna do what she thinks she’s supposed to do.” 

“Well, that’s us,” I whispered, wondering if I should zap her again.  Just to be sure I had her full attention, you know? 

But then she did it.  She reached for the neon orange notepad. 

We all knew what that meant, and cheered.  

Mark hugged me.  “You did it, Daisy!  You got her!” 

“We all did.”  I laughed.  “I think Lester’s getting arrested for getting his mail out of the mailbox and me bailing him out of jail is what got her.” 

“Naw, Daisy girl,” Lester said.  “That ain’t what done it.  It was what you did to keep me from getting arrested what done it.  She laughed.  Out loud, I tell ya.  I heard it myself.” 

And that secret—making her laugh—is how I, Daisy Grant, Character-in-Waiting, nagged Vicki Hinze into writing my story.  I didn’t tell her Down and Dead in Dixie was the start of a new series, Down and Dead, Inc.,  until she was almost at the end.  By that time, I knew we all had wiggled our way into her heart and, I have to say, she gave in pretty gracefully even if she did mutter, “We all need a few more laughs to go with our bites of food for thought.” 

I—we, all of us characters, I mean—happen to agree…      

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling zapped by Daisy to read this book! I like Daisy already and am curious what she’s going to get herself into in Down & Dead in Dixie. Thanks for visiting my blog, Daisy. And Vicki, too! 

Make sure you grab a copy of Down & Dead in Dixie where you can spend some more time getting to know these fun characters. You can find a copy:

Scavengers, before you go, write down this STOP #20 clue: novel

Your next stop is Vicki Hinze’s own blog. Have fun!


MissionLeague3DLongBONUS PRIZES! 

To celebrate the release of Ambushed (book 2.5 in the Mission League series), ten winners will receive their choice: a set of all four ebooks or a paperback copy of one of the books in this series. Enter on the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win. International winners are welcome, but will have to wait longer for their paperback book to arrive.

Winners will be announced on this blog and via the email address entered in the Rafflecopter form. If I don’t hear back from winners in a week with their mailing address, I will choose a new winner.

Good luck in both the scavenger hunt and in my bonus contest! And as always, look under Contests and Freebies to see what other giveaways you might be able to enter on my site.

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Announcing Blood of Kings, book 4, After Darkness!

Posted by on Apr 1st, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 16 comments

There has been lots of talk, but it’s finally happening! A fourth book added to the Blood of Kings trilogy! The book is called After Darkness. In it, Achan, as a new king, must deal with the growing threat in Jaelport. Lady Jaira is still looking to take his throne. Will she succeed?

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April fools!

Sorry about that. Ah, well. It would have been fun, though. Except that I did a terrible job on that mock cover. Good thing I’m not a real cover designer…

Truly, though, today is By Darkness Hid‘s 5th birthday. I can’t believe that it has been five years since the book released! In celebration, I’ve scrounged up a very short cut scene from the book. This has never been edited. And it didn’t really fit with the story. It was better to leave Sir Gavin’s behavior mysterious until later on.

In this scene, Sir Gavin goes to talk to Lord Nathak about his new squire. And Lord Nathak is not happy about who the old Kingsguard knight chose.

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Sir Gavin knocked on Lord Nathak’s door.

The valet answered and let Sir Gavin inside.

“You wanted to see me?” Sir Gavin asked.

Lord Nathak looked up from his desk with a fleeting glance from his one visible eye. “It is my understanding that it was you who wanted to see me.”

“Ah. Yes, I did.”

Nathak’s one visible black eyebrow arched; he did not offer Sir Gavin a chair.

“These past few months I have trained a squire,” Sir Gavin said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had one, and in my old age, I thought it was time to get an assistant.”

“A wonderful idea,” Lord Nathak said. “Why did you not consult me first?”

“I am not subject to you, Lord Nathak. My choice in a squire is my business alone.”

“Not when you choose a squire from my help.”

“You know, then. Good.”

“Not good. I walked upon the lad insulting Lady Jaira of Jaelport. The poor girl was in tears.”

Gavin had heard of Lady Jaira’s quick tongue.

“What was he doing on the tournament field?” Lord Nathak asked. “He belongs with Poril in the kitchens preparing the feast. Poril can hardly manage without the boy.”

“He was competing.”

“In what?”

“The sword.”

“You’ve trained him to use a sword?”

“That’s right. I’ve trained him fully and he’s killed his own deer—it was announced just last night that Achan was worthy as a squire.”

“Where was this announcement made?”

“In the outer bailey. I’m sorry, but I did not think a stray squire worth waking you, my lord.”

Nathak’s visible eye narrowed. “Strays are forbidden to become squires. You had no right to do this.”

“Yet I am a stray and was commander of the Kingsguard knights.”

“And the king was murdered on your watch. You are lucky you are not in IceIsland with your friends!”

“You have plenty of servants, Nathak. Why such an interest in this young man?”

Nathak seethed. “Prince Gidon has passed all your tests, Gavin.”

“I’ll be the judge of that.”

Nathak rose to his feet. “This is my manor, and I rule here. I have send word this morning to Lord Levy that your services to the crown prince are no longer required. Lord Levy was most displeased to learn of the time you’ve wasted here training a stray squire and neglecting the prince.”

“The prince refused my training.”

“You shall leave immediately. Your stray squire stays behind. He is my property and Poril cannot part with him in the kitchens.”

“He is wasted in the kitchens,” Sir Gavin said.

“My soldiers have gathered your belongings, Sir Gavin. You will find them at the stables with your horses.”

“You will not get away with this, Nathak.”

“Get away with what, Sir Gavin?”

But Sir Gavin did not say. It was not the time to speak against Nathak, the prince, or the council. He swept from the room without another word. 

 

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That’s the scene! I hope you enjoyed this little birthday present from By Darkness Hid and the April Fool’s Day joke too. Feel free to share this if you want to spread the fun.

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CF Scavenger Hunt Prizes

Posted by on Mar 31st, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

Oh yeah. You’re going to want to take part in our Spring scavenger hunt, April 4-6. If you don’t win the Kindle Fire HDX plus $100 in Kindle credit, you could win one of two prize packs including ALL OF THESE BOOKS!

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To enter, you’ll start at Robin Lee Hatcher’s site that first weekend of April and follow the links to each of the other sites, gathering the clue on each one, and submitting the answer at the end. Easy peasey.  (Don’t fret about the “how to’s” now–it will be obvious. There’s no reason to race through; you have all weekend.) PLUS, there will be additional prizes and mini-contests offered by some of the authors as you scavenge through!

Open internationally. If a reader outside the USA wins the Kindle and $100 credit, they will receive the equivalent in USD$.

So mark your calendars. This is one you won’t want to miss.

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New Release! Ambushed: Mini-Mission 2.5

Posted by on Mar 19th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

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Ambushed, Spencer’s latest story, is now available in paperback and ebook formats.

Ambushed starts at the end of the year following Spencer’s trip to Japan. He’s worried about Grace and the dreams he keeps having about her, and he’s trying to navigate the confusing path of a potential NCAA athlete. He also gets to attend a Hollywood movie premiere.

Here is a little more info about the story:

All Spencer wants in life is an NCAA scholarship to play D-I college basketball. He visits universities when he can and works hard at his goal of taking his team to the state basketball championship.

When disaster strikes, Spencer’s desperation sends him to the one person he was determined to ignore: his father.

 

To find a copy of Ambushed, click on the links below. 

PAPERBACK

Amazon.com

Barnes&Noble.com

 

EBOOKS 

Ambushed on Kindle

Ambushed on Nook

Ambushed on Kobo

 

And click here to add Ambushed to your Goodreads To-Read list.

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF MISSION LEAGUE BOOKS

 

 

CSFF Blog Tour – A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr

Posted by on Mar 17th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 2 comments

This month the CSFF Blog Tour is featuring the adult fantasy novel A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr, the third and final book in The Staff and The Sword trilogy. 

I had the pleasure of reading A Cast of Stones, the first book in this trilogy, before it was released. You can read my thoughts here. I read the second book before reading the third so that I could get all caught up for the final installment of this epic adventure. I was not disappointed! I really enjoyed this series. If you haven’t read them, you should. Here are all three in order. Such gorgeous covers!

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And here is my review of book three.

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After completing his quest to Merakh, Errol and his companions return to Erinon. But things are not as they were. The king has died, and Duke Weir has taken over the realm. Duke Weir has them all arrested. He plans to force Errol to work as his omne, to marry Adora, and crown himself king.

It is not long before they escape and foil Duke Weir’s plans. But the kingdom is still in terrible danger. The barrier has fallen and ferrals are making their way toward Erinon, killing everything in their path. And they still don’t know who should be the next king. Adora sets off on a diplomatic mission to the shadow lands to sign the promised treaty with the banished people (whose name I forgot). Errol sets off for Ongol to bring back the holy book. Both journeys are perilous but necessary to the survival of Erinon. And so Errol and Adora part ways again. Will they accomplish their missions? Will they see each other again?

These books are wonderful! Patrick Carr did a great job of writing an epic tale with tons at stake and creating heroes worthy of saving the day. I really enjoyed his main characters. They were my favorite part of the stories. I loved Errol. I loved Rokha. Other favorites were Merodach, Rale, Cruk, and Martin. I liked the mystery of each character’s backstory. And I thought it was cool how the church couldn’t argue with the book once they’d read it. And I also have to mention the cool magic of casting lots. Very neat.

This was a fabulous ending to a great trilogy. I found the storyworld fascinating. I did NOT enjoy that there was no map! Why??? Maps are cool. Why do publishers continue to thwart my dreams of maps in books? I really wanted a map for this series. I wanted it badly! It would have helped me keep track of where everything was a little better. This book also could have used a couple of pages in the front that listed the characters. While I easily remembered the main characters, on some of the minor characters I found myself paging back through the books, trying to remember who was who. Though to be fair, my fantasy novels have this same problem.

A couple things that gave me pause… Errol using swords. He rocks at the staff. Swords seemed unnecessary. And I also felt like the other nationalities were very similar to middle eastern people and native Americans. Though, again, to be fair, in my books I used Native Alaskan traits for my Berland people. So, perhaps I’m picking on Patrick for things I would have done differently in my own books… 

All-in-all, I loved this series, and I think that if you enjoy fantasy novels, you will too. So if you haven’t read them yet, get over to your local bookstore and pick up book one! Or, if you’re an ebook reader, book one is FREE in all formats. Go to B&N or Amazon or CBD  to download yours right now! 

Age Range: 16 and up
Genre: fantasy
Part of a Series: book three in The Staff & The Sword trilogy
Pages: 457
Publisher: Bethany House
Released: 2014
**In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

 

You can read the beginning of A Draw of Kings in the Scribd box below. And if you’d like to find out what other bloggers are saying about this series, check out these links. 

Gillian Adams  Jennifer Bogart  Keanan Brand  Beckie Burnham  Mike Coville  Pauline Creeden  Vicky DealSharingAunt  Carol Gehringer  Victor Gentile  Rebekah Gyger  Nikole Hahn  Jason Joyner  Carol Keen  Krystine Kercher  Jennette Mbewe  Amber McCallister  Shannon McDermott  Shannon McNear  Meagan @ Blooming with Books  Rebecca LuElla Miller  Joan Nienhuis  Nissa  Writer Rani  Nathan Reimer  Audrey Sauble  James Somers  Jojo Sutis  Steve Trower  Shane Werlinger  Phyllis Wheeler  Nicole White  Jill Williamson

 

A Draw of Kings by Bethany House Publishers

Cover reveal! Ambushed: Mini-Mission 2.5

Posted by on Mar 6th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 2 comments

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Coming in just a few weeks!

All Spencer wants in life is an NCAA scholarship to play D-I college basketball. He visits universities when he can and works hard at his goal of taking his team to the state basketball championship. When disaster strikes, Spencer’s desperation sends him to the one person he was determined to ignore: his father.

One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul, Book Review

Posted by on Feb 18th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 5 comments

This month the CSFF Blog Tour is featuring the young adult fantasy novel One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul, the first book in a new young adult fantasy series. Today I’m posting my book review.

 


Review by Jill Williamson

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Cantor has trained his whole life to be a realm walker. He sets off through a portal on his first solo journey and is immediately caught up in an adventure. And while he makes new friends with another realm walker and two dragons—including one who likes to shop—he also discovers that the world is corrupt. Even the members of the Realm Walkers Guild cannot be trusted. There are few heroes left in all the realms, and Cantor and his new friends step up to the challenge.

This book was delightful. Donita K. Paul has crafted a complex and whimsical storyworld. I loved how her realms sat on different planes and were shifting dangerously. I loved the portals that enabled realm walkers to travel between the planes. And, most of all, I loved the shape-shifting dragons, especially Bridger and his cat. Just mentioning some of these fun facts to my children got them excited to read the book for themselves. (My daughter is especially intrigued about the dragon’s pet cat.)

This is a story about characters. The plot unravels slowly, building the storyworld and setting up the rest of the series, but the characters each grew in this story. And I look forward to seeing what happens to them next. This is a wonderful new series for readers, both young and old. Give it a try.

Age Range: 12 and up
Genre: fantasy
Part of a Series: book one in the Realm Walkers series
Pages: 414
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: 2014

 

You can read the first few chapters of One Realm Beyond in the Scribd box below. And if you’d like to find out what other bloggers are saying about this new fantasy series, check out these links.

Julie Bihn  Keanan Brand  Beckie Burnham  Mike Coville  Pauline Creeden  Vicky DealSharingAunt ● Carol Gehringer ● Rebekah Gyger ● Janeen Ippolito ● Jason Joyner ● Carol Keen ● Krystine Kercher ● Emileigh Latham ● Jennette Mbewe ● Shannon McDermott ● Meagan @ Blooming with Books ● Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews ● Rebecca LuElla Miller ● Joan Nienhuis ● Nissa ● Donita K. Paul ● Audrey Sauble  Chawna Schroeder ● James Somers ● Jojo Sutis ● Jessica Thomas ● Steve Trower ● Shane Werlinger ● Jill Williamson ● Deborah Wilson

 

One Realm Beyond by Zondervan

 

 

CSFF Blog Tour – One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul, Storyworld Fun

Posted by on Feb 17th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 10 comments

It’s been a while since I participated in one of the CSFF Blog Tours, but now that I’ve taken a break from my Novel Teen blog, I thought I’d get involved again. This month they are featuring One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul, the first book in a new young adult fantasy series. 

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Great cover, huh? I’ll post my book review tomorrow, but today I wanted to take a look at the storyworld. I’m a storyworld-first writer, so storyworlds always intrigue me. And this one was really clever. I’d try to explain, but better to let the author do that.

Here is an excerpt from the book that describes how the storyworld is set up.


 

Between the two old realm walkers, objects from the room floated. Cantor recognized the loose configuration of the nine planes represented by spoons, a couple of knotted napkins, a saltshaker, a ball of string, and woodchips from the kindling box. Of course, in reality, the planes looked more like floating pancakes, suspended over one another in a lopsided, shifting column.

Every planetary system in the galaxy was grouped in individual stacks. At times, columns came within pitching distance of one another. Well, not really. When Cantor was younger, he believed everything Odem told him, but he soon learned to discern when the man stretched a fact out of shape for a bit of fun.

The tales of two columns of planes being shuffled together like two halves of a deck of cards were just legends based on imagination, not truth. The ancient myth of one plane sliding out of its column, traveling through space, and integrating with another was also suspect. The only reason anyone lent these tales credence was Primen. Everyone knew Primen could do impossible things. If He were involved, then mountains might pick up their skirts and dance to the seashore.

Some facts stood on their own: Each plane held a realm. Each realm operated independently of its neighbors. Gravity kept them from floating away from each other, but didn’t keep them at a predictable, precise distance.

Many years before, Cantor had seen the plane of Alius when his realm and the other had drifted dangerously close. The other realm looked like a pale, mottled yellow disk float-ing high in the blue sky.

Odem told him that once, in ancient times, Alius and Dairine had collided. They’d bounced, and each floated out of the other’s domain.

Odem had cleared his throat and looked Cantor in the eye, the signal that what he was about to say held great importance. “The terror in the minds of the people far outreached the authentic threat of the situation. Some of our people ran to the other side of the plane and jumped off.”

 

[And a bit farther down in the scene . . .]

 

So here he [Cantor] stood, reduced to eavesdropping to glean information. Odem gestured at the model floating over the table. “Ahma, you can see, can you not, that Richra and Derson are edging too close?”

Ahma nodded.

Cantor watched, enrapt, as two spoons lost their bearings, slid sideways, and crashed together. They fell, knocking the saltshaker out of the way. Before the three planes stabilized, the woodchip representing Alius began to spin. Slowly, then with more speed, the plane tilted one way and then to the opposite side.

Ahma gasped. “The worst I’ve ever seen, Odem. Can we alter the course of Richra and Derson?”

“Perhaps.” Odem allowed his replica of the planes to col-lapse. The items clattered as they fell onto the table.

 


So we’ve got multiple realms that float on planes that have grown unstable. And there are portals between them, through which realm walkers can travel. And only the realm walkers–the good ones, not the corrupt ones–can stop these realms from destruction.

How cool is that?

Now, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t grouch over the fact that there is no map in the front of this book. It’s no secret that I’m a bit obsessed with maps in fantasy novels. It would be AMAZING to see a map of the realms and then a map of each world the realm walkers went to. But I’ll just have to dream about it. Or draw my own. Or wait for a fan to draw one.  

I Googled to find a similar type of storyworld, and the closest thing I could find to compare it to was the Great Wheel cosmology from Dungeons and Dragons. I never played, so I can’t make any comparison beyond these maps I found. They are so intriguing to look at, I think I could have easily been swept into the Dungeons and Dragons phenomenon and never found again. So maybe it’s a good thing I played basketball in high school and never discovered all this . . .

I imagine the maps for the Realm Walkers books might look somewhat similar to some of these images. Elysium is my favorite.

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Intrigued? You can read the first few chapters of One Realm Beyond in the Scribd box below. And if you’d like to find out what other bloggers are saying about this new fantasy series, check out these links.

 Julie Bihn  Keanan Brand  Beckie Burnham  Mike Coville  Pauline Creeden  Vicky DealSharingAunt ● Carol Gehringer ● Rebekah Gyger ● Janeen Ippolito ● Jason Joyner ● Carol Keen ● Krystine Kercher ● Emileigh Latham ● Jennette Mbewe ● Shannon McDermott ● Meagan @ Blooming with Books ● Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews ● Rebecca LuElla Miller ● Joan Nienhuis ● Nissa ● Donita K. Paul ● Audrey Sauble  Chawna Schroeder ● James Somers ● Jojo Sutis ● Jessica Thomas ● Steve Trower ● Shane Werlinger ● Jill Williamson ● Deborah Wilson

 

One Realm Beyond by Zondervan

 

 

Free Ebook for Subscribers

Posted by on Jan 23rd, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 5 comments

By now all my Sanctum ezine subscribers should have gotten the link to download an ebook version of my short story The Senet Box, which was originally published in the Spirited anthology by Leap Books.

If you did not get the latest ezine, check your spam folder. If it’s not there, you might not be subscribed to The Sanctum. Click here to learn more.

And here is the final cover and description for The Senet Box

Enjoy!

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The Senet Box

It’s the year 1283. Prince John of Cypress and Jerusalem, at eighteen years of age, is about to take the throne. But a mysterious senet box he found in an Egyptian treasure hoard had John’s full attention. It calls to him. Some say he is obsessed. But he must solve the mystery of the box, if only to know he is not insane.

 

“Among the standouts … Jill Williamson brings a fascinating era to life in her tale of a 13th-century crusader king obsessed with an Egyptian box and the secret it contains.”
          – Kirkus Review of the Spirited anthology

 

Zondervan’s Safe Lands Ebook Sale

Posted by on Jan 17th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 3 comments

Zondervan/Blink has put the ebook of Captives on sale to celebrate the release of Outcasts. Click on the image below to see the interactive ad, as mine is just a copy of their image. Or you can click on these links to find the ebooks.

Captives on Kindle

Captives on Nook

Captives on iTunes

Outcasts on Kindle

Outcasts on Nook

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