As you could tell by my spastic title, Dare officially releases today! Eeeep! Let the Party BEGIN!
To get everyone excited about the release, here’s the book trailer I posted to Youtube yesterday.
To celebrate the release, I’ve set the price of the ebook versions across all platforms to $0.99 for the first two weeks. After that, the price will go up to $2.99.
As an ebook, it is available on Amazon as of right now. I hope it get it up on Smashwords, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and basically anywhere you want to get an ebook as soon as possible.
Due to being a newbie and not knowing how long it takes Amazon to upload a print book, the paperback is still being processed by Amazon. I will let you know as soon as it goes live.
Today is also the start of the blog tour. Here is the schedule with lots of great posts for the next week:
- Tricia Mingerink – Announce Release and Kick Off Blog Tour
- Jaye L. Knight – Author Interview
- Kim Moss – Author Interview
- Jansina on River Shore Books – Author Interview
- Nadine Brandes – Author Interview
- Tricia Mingerink – Inspiration for Dare – Setting
- Shantelle Hannu on A Writer’s Heart – Author Interview
- Jaye L. Knight – Character Spotlight (Leith Torren)
- Kim Moss – Character Spotlight (Renna Faythe)
- Alicia Ruggieri on A Brighter Destiny – Author Interview
- Faith Blum on Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Character Spotlight (Shadrach Alistair)
- Nadine Brandes – Character Spotlight (Brandi Faythe)
- Tricia Mingerink – Q&A with characters
- Kathrese McKee – Author Interview
- Gillian Bronte Adams – Character Spotlight (Blizzard)
- Tricia Mingerink – Q&A with characters
- Jansina on Thilly Little Nothings – Character Spotlight (Harrison Vane)
- Claire Banschbach on The Over Active Imagination – Author Interview
This next week is going to be a blast! I hope you have as much fun on the blog tour and Facebook party as I have planning them. 🙂 I’m excited to finally share this book with you, and I hope you enjoy it!
For more celebration, I’m also holding a Grand Prize giveaway! (Due to the issues with shipping weapons internationally, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only). You can enter the giveaway here:a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Instead of my Fiction Friday book spotlight, I have another cover reveal for you all. I’m super excited to reveal the cover for Jaye L. Knight’s novella Half Blood. I’m a huge Ilyon Chronicles fan, and I can’t wait until this prequel novella releases!
About the Book
The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.
For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.
Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?
See where Jace’s story all began . . .
Coming This Summer
About the Author
Jaye 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.
I don’t know about you, but I’m bouncing with anticipation for this book! Jace is my favorite character in the Ilyon Chronicles, and I’ve been dying to learn more about his backstory!
As part of a month long celebration for the one year publication anniversary of Resistance (Ilyon Chronicles – Book 1), Jaye is giving away several fun prizes! Enter for a chance to win using the form below! U.S. entries only please. a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you want to visit the other spots on the cover reveal, here’s a list of all the participating bloggers:
Posted in Announcements and tagged Half Blood, Jaye L. Knight, Resistance, The Ilyon Chronicles, The King's Scrolls by TriciaMingerink with 4 comments.
Only THREE WEEKS until Dare releases! Crazy how fast time flies when you have a book releasing!
To celebrate the book release, I’m going to look at a few of the things that inspired some of the themes or storyline in Dare. Dare is fantasy, so it isn’t directly based on any real history. But I’m a history buff. I like to explore the things I see in history in my own stories, even if I’m coming at them from a different direction.
One of my inspirations for the themes in Dare is World War II, specifically World War II as experienced by the Netherlands. About a year before I started writing Dare, I researched and wrote a nonfiction narrative about my great-grandparents’ life in the Netherlands and their immigration to Canada. My great-grandparents lived in the Netherlands during World War II, so I did a lot of research about what life was like in the Netherlands during that time.
World War II tore the Netherlands apart in many ways. Some people supported the Nazis. Some actively resisted in various ways, including forming the many groups that made up what is collectively known as the Dutch Resistance. Others didn’t like the Nazis, but felt they were the government God put over them and they should obey it. Neighbors were divided. Churches were divided. A person’s greatest enemies weren’t the Nazi occupiers, but their former friends, neighbors, and even fellow Christians who might turn them in. Thanks to the geography of the Netherlands, those on the run, whether Jews or Resistance members, had very few places to hide.
My great-grandparents were some of those that resisted. They were forced to flee their home to live in a different part of the Netherlands because of it. At the end of the war, the dyke protecting their home was bombed, and they lost everything they’d been forced to leave behind in the resulting flood. Because they chose to resist, they lost all their worldly possessions.
Flooded Wieringermeer Polder where my great-grandparents lived.
If you’re interested in learning more about this time in history, Corrie ten Boom’s book The Hiding Place tells the story of her family. Another book that I highly recommend is Liz Tolsma’s Snow on the Tulips. While fiction, the book is based on a true story and very historically accurate. I’m also partial to it because it is set in Friesland, the province in the Netherlands where my great-grandparents spent part of the war.
Have you researched World War II? What do you find fascinating about it?
Posted in Christianity, Fun History Facts, The Blades of Acktar and tagged A Hiding Place, Christianity, Corrie ten Boom, Dare, Liz Tolsma, Netherlands, Resistance, Snow on the Tulips, The Blades of Acktar, World War II by TriciaMingerink with 2 comments.