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All of my Marcher Lord Press ebooks are on sale for .99 this week as well as the Go Teen Writers ebook. So if you haven’t grabbed them yet, now is a great time.
Here’s where you can find them:
For the week of December 1 through December 7, the Go Teen Writers ebook is on sale for .99! If you haven’t grabbed this handy little book, now is your chance. The Go Teen Writers ebook is available in the Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Amazon online stores. It would also make a great Christmas gift for any young writers you know.
Here’s where you can find it:
Ela is soon to be married, until the Infinite calls her to be a prophet. But no prophet has ever been a girl, and she is only seventeen! Yet she cannot refuse the Infinite, and agrees to serve him as prophet and obey his voice at all times, even when his commands don’t make sense.
The Infinite sends her to Istgard, a place where the people have turned their backs on the Infinite. There she meets Kein, a young ambassador from Traceland, who is being held captive. Ela wants only to warn the people of Istgard to follow the Infinite, but Kein wants to get away. They end up working together to help the people of Istgard, and eventually Traceland as well. When romantic feelings for Kien crop up, Ela must fight them, for all prophets die young.
This book was beautiful! I loved it. Especially Kein. Ela was a little too perfect sometimes for a seventeen-year-old, though I suppose a prophet would have to be a special kind of person. But it did make it a little hard to relate to her at times. I adored Kein and wanted to read more of his story. The fantasy world was well built. As I read, I kept thinking it was Biblical fiction, though, as the land and the kingdoms felt very similar to 9th century B.C. Regardless, I really enjoyed it and read it in two days. This is the first book in a trilogy, and I’m eager to read the next two books.
When Validus’s substitute teacher turns out to be a monster and tries to attack her, she and her friend Alex flee with two new students through a portal that takes them to another world. There the new students transform to their regular selves, a tiger and a horse, both of which can talk! Validus learns that she is a paladin, a person who is meant to protect Earth from the Blight, a darkness that seeks to destroy everything in its path. Validus isn’t sure that she is a paladin, but there is no time to talk about it. The monster chases her into the fantasy world, and she must flee with the tiger and horse to the Cidadel for help.
Alex got separated from Validus and is befriended by a rock man. Together he and the rock man do what they can to help Validus and keep her safe. The question is: can Validus find the Sword of Six Worlds before the Blight destroys them all?
This was a super fun middle grade fantasy story. I enjoyed all the talking animals and the adventure. The story also had a nice moral at the end. I read this aloud to my kids, and they both loved it, especially when Validus was mistaken for a goat. Whimsical fun for young readers. If you have readers aged 8-12 around the house, give this book a try.
I’ve been dying to read the conclusion to this series, and I’m so glad I finally got the chance. This is book three in the Angel Eyes trilogy. The first book, Angel Eyes (click here to read my review), and the second, Broken Wings (click here to read my review), were both amazing, and I couldn’t wait to see how it all ended.
Brielle can see the Celestial realm, and there’s a war going on, right in her hometown of Stratus, Oregon. Angels and demons are fighting to the death over the souls of men. It’s a terrifying sight to see. And it’s even harder now that she and Jake have been parted. He was taken by Damien, so Brielle keeps watch over the trunk in Canaan’s room for word or clue from the Throne Room. One clue leads to another, which leads to another. Jake and Brielle both have mysteries to solve. What happened to Ali? Who was Jake’s father? How is Olivia involved in all this? And how was Brielle’s mother connected to it all? Their investigation leads to all the answers in a satisfying conclusion. Loved it!
I so enjoy Shannon Dittemore’s writing, her characters, and the way she tells a story. I’m sad this was the end, and I can’t wait to read whatever book she writes next. This trilogy was fascinating, and I highly recommend it.
Age Range: 8-12
Part of a Series: book three in the Angel Eyes series
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
To support Shannon, I’m going to buy someone a paperback copy of Dark Halo! International entries are welcome. Giveaway ends November 8th, 2013. To enter to win you can: tell me what is your favorite Halloween candy, follow Shannon on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway, or “Like” Shannon’s Facebook page. Good luck! (If you win and would rather have book one in the series, I’m happy to give away that book instead.)
Over 200 years in the future, life is very different. Drinking water is scarce and comes only from an underground aquifer beneath what was once Australia. And only one man knows the way. He alone is the one who keeps peace between the Rats that live underground and maintain the aquifer and those who live above. He is the Deliverer. And when he goes missing, the task of Deliver falls to his son, sixteen-year-old Luca.
Luca knows that something is wrong. His father always knows the way back. As he investigates, someone tries to kill him. This forces Luca to run, to trust those he might not normally trust. But if Luca is unable to find the truth and deliver it to the people who live above in time, they just might destroy the aquifer forever.
This was a very original futuristic storyworld. The language was well done, so much so that it was difficult to read at first because it took some time to get used to the lingo. But once I did, I couldn’t put it down. It was a fascinating dystopian novel with a mystery to uncover. I enjoyed the main character very much. I’m pretty sure that this is a stand-alone book, but the end was tied up nicely enough, even if it left some things to the reader’s imagination. An entertaining read.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
To support Jonathan, I’m giving away my ARC copy of Aquifer. U.S.A entries only on this one. Giveaway ends November 1st, 2013. To enter to win you can: tell me what is your favorite drink besides water, follow Jonathan on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway, or “Like” Jonathan’s Facebook page. Good luck!
The hunt begins on October 18 at noon (mountain time) and ends Sunday night, October 20 at midnight (mountain time). There are 25 stops on this tour where you will discover 25 new or upcoming novels. Sweetness.
Meet Shannon Dittemore
I’m honored to be hosting a dear friend, author Shannon Dittemore. I was at a Beth Moore conference in Boise, ID a few years ago. And I’d brought Angel Eyes to read on my Kindle during the long bus ride to and from Boise (since I live in the middle of nowhere). Never have I been so tempted to read a book through Beth! I didn’t, of course. But every time we had a break, I flopped back in my seat and kept reading. I was enthralled! And when I got home, I looked up Shannon and emailed her through her website. I just had to tell her how much I loved her book. And we’ve been friends ever since.
Shannon Dittemore has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a focus on youth and young adult ministry. For more information about Shannon and the Angel Eyes trilogy visit shannondittemore.com, facebook.com/shannondittemore, or twitter.com/shanditty.
There are three books in the Angel Eyes trilogy. First is Angel Eyes, then Broken Wings, and finally Dark Halo. If you love to read young adult fiction or if you have teenagers that do, these books are wonderful. They’re a meld of Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness, a sweet romance novel, and Shannon’s own beautiful prose.
Here’s what the book, Dark Halo, is about:
Brielle can’t help but see the Celestial. Even without the halo, the invisible realm is everywhere she looks. It’s impossibly beautiful—and terrifying, especially now. Because a battle rages above Stratus, Oregon.
The Terrestrial Veil is ripping, and demons walk the streets past unseeing mortals. Dark, sticky fear drips from every face, and nightmares haunt Brielle’s sleep.
Worst of all, Jake is gone. The only boy she’s ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien. When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap.
Now she’s stranded in a sulfurous desert with the Prince of Darkness himself, and he’s offering her another halo—a mirrored ring that will destroy her Celestial vision. All she has to do is wear it and she’ll see no more of the invisible world. No more fear. No more nightmares. No more demons. It’s a gift. And best of all: it comes with the promise of a future with Jake, something the Throne Room seems to be taking from her.
Will Brielle trade the beauty of the Celestial and the truth of the world around her just to feel ordinary again?
A Scavenger Hunt Exclusive from Shannon:
Stealing Moments: How My Books Get Written
by Shannon Dittemore
You must write every day.
This is the first piece of advice most of us are given when we set out on the road to publication. And it’s good advice. It’s sound. It’s the kind of advice that is both expected and necessary.
And yet, it’s not always possible to follow.
Writing every day is not practical for me. I’m a young mom with two munchkins and pastoral responsibilities at church. I teach Sunday school and a mentoring track. I pay bills and shop for groceries. I do laundry; sometimes I do dishes. I don’t make my bed every day but I try to vacuum once a week. And I work very hard to keep my husband at the top of my priority list.
That said, I really, really like to write books.
My first book, Angel Eyes, was easy. I had all the time in the world. No deadlines, no pressure.
Once I landed a contract, things changed. I had only six months to complete each successive book, which sounded doable until I realized I’d be editing one book and writing another. Oh yeah, and marketing that first one. The learning curve was huge, but I discovered a few things about myself.
First, I’m a fabulous Saturday writer. Many of my writer friends take the weekends off, but it’s the only day my husband is home from work. He entertains the children and I pump out words like a cyborg.
I wrote most of Dark Halo this way. On Saturdays and in the evenings after the kids were in bed. During the weekdays, I did whatever I could to steal moments in my manuscript. Fifteen minutes here, fifteen minutes there.
That said, the hardest part of the process for me is climbing in and out of a story. It’s difficult to spend time drafting the words of Lucifer and then climb back into the real world where there are Cheerios stuck to the carpet and we’re late for martial arts. It’s hard on me and it’s hard on my kids. So the time I’d steal during the day were usually moments lightly editing and skimming my thoughts. I saved the difficult stuff for my alone time.
And I finished. On time.
Here’s another thing I learned about myself: If I’m not out there with real people, my writing suffers. I need human interaction and even though there are days when I crave the company of fictional characters whose emotions and worlds I control, it’s healthy for me to tuck them away and visit the world I have less control over. And not just as an observer, but as a participant.
So that’s me. Every author has their own process, but mine relies heavily on Saturday writing sessions and moments stolen throughout the week. I may not be an everyday writer, but it works for me. In truth, I feel a bit like a rebel. And who doesn’t like that?
Thanks for visiting my blog, Shannon!
Make sure you grab a copy of Dark Halo where you can enjoy the exciting conclusion to this fabulous series. You can find a copy:
Scavengers, before you go, write down this STOP #7 clue: different
Your next stop is Shannon Dittemore’s own blog. Have fun!
To celebrate the release of Outcasts (book two in the Safe Lands series), I’m going to give away ten sets of Captives, book one, and the ARC (advanced reader copy) of Outcasts, book two, to ten lucky participants of this scavenger hunt. Enter on the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win. International winners are welcome, but will have to wait longer for their books 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.
Save the date for the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. We’ll be live this Friday, 10/18 at NOON mountain time, and the hunt will go on through Sunday night, 10/20/13 (midnight, mountain). I’m sure you’re wondering about the prizes…
Two runners-up will receive all 25 books in their mailbox, and the grand prize winner will get an iPad Mini 16GB! AND many authors taking part will be offering additional prizes… Collective prizes total well over $1000!
So, mark your calendars to discover unique posts about new releases/about-to-be-released titles, as well as put your name into the mix for amazing prizes!
Hope to see you all there.
What would you do if you saw a vision of a Scottish guy in a kilt calling your name? That’s what happens to Veronica, and she thinks she’s going nuts. But the stars align, and Veronica just so happens to head off to Scotland on vacation with her best friend, MacKenna, who inherited a cottage from her great aunt. The locale must be playing with Veronica’s mind, though, because now the she’s seeing the Scottish guy everywhere! In fact, she’s starting to get a little obsessed.
Then she finds MacKenna’s aunt’s old journal that not only tells the story of the magical land of Doon and how to get there, she also finds a drawing of the Scottish guy himself. A guy named Jamie. “Prince” Jamie MacCrae. Hello.
The girls give the instructions in the journal a try and soon find themselves in Doon. Stuck in Doon, is more like it. They’re suspected of witchcraft and arrested. And when Veronica finally meets the real Jamie, he’s not so dreamy. In fact, it seems he’d rather see her executed! The girls set out to prove that they’re not witches indenting the destroy Doon, but what they discover is almost as bad.
Doon is a romance novel in a fantasy setting. It was lots of fun, and I blitzed right through it. MacKenna’s voice was a hoot. Some things were a little too convenient and some of the storyworld elements pulled me out, like eating sushi and pizza in this fantasy world. They explained why this happens, but it sort of weakened the magic to me. Plus everyone was beyond beautiful, the guys were all muscular, and the character’s flaws weren’t really flaws but misunderstandings. Like I said, a fun romance novel. In fact, I could totally see this as a Disney Channel teen movie. Younger teen girls will devour this book, and if you love romance novels, you likely will too. This is the first in a series. I’m curious how book two will play out.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Age Range: 12 and up
Part of a Series: book one in the Doon series
To support Carey and Lorie, I’m giving away my ARC copy of Doon. U.S.A entries only on this one. Giveaway ends October 18th, 2013. To enter to win you can: tell me what is your favorite fairy tale, follow Carey or Lorie on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway, or “Like” Carey or Lorie’s Facebook pages. Good luck!
Blink YA Books is doing an ebook promo now through September 30th. The following books are .99 on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and three of the books are also on iTunes.
And Captives is one of the sale books! Woot!
Just think. Five books for five dollars. Pretty good deal, huh? Click on the links below each title to be directed to the book pages. And be sure to share this post on Twitter or Facebook by using the links at the bottom.
When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many–including his fiancée, Jem–taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.
Partially blinded years ago, Merlin is a timid swordsmith’s son who wants nothing more than to live a quiet life and win the hand of Natalenya, the beautiful and kind daughter of a magistrate. But after he and his friend Garth encounter a strange stone in the wood, one protected by druids, Merlin receives a series of visions and prophecies that he is to save Britain from a dark force. As the power of the stone grows and threatens his family and friends, Merlin is forced to embrace his calling—for he may be the only one immune to the stone’s power.
Touching on multiple elements of the classic Arthur story—from the Lady of the Lake, the creation of Excalibur, the sword in the stone, and the rescue of Arthur himself—this fantasy tale will appeal to young adults looking for adventure and a hint of romance, as well as adults who enjoy the classic tale this series is based on.
When high school junior Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown of Anna Maria Island, Florida, she has one goal: hide from the bullies who had convinced her she was the ugliest girl in school. But when she is caught sneaking into a neighbor’s pool at night, everything changes. Something is different now that Melissa is sixteen, and the guys and popular girls who once made her life miserable have taken notice. When Melissa gets the chance to escape life in a house ruled by her mom’s latest boyfriend, she must choose where her loyalties lie between a long-time crush, a new friend, and her surfer brother who makes it impossible to forget her roots. Just as Melissa seems to achieve everything she ever wanted, she loses a loved one to suicide. Melissa must not only grieve for her loss, she must find the truth about the three boys who loved her and discover that joy sometimes comes from the most unexpected place of all.