Awards and Adventures

It has been a crazy couple of weeks since Dagger’s Sleep released. I ended up going on vacation only a week after it released, which actually was a good thing. A week without Internet to obsess over how sales were going or if I was getting reviews or anything like that. It also means I’m a little behind on a few things.


Deliver is an Alliance Award finalist!

While I was gone, the news broke that Deliver is one of the five finalists for the Alliance Award! Last year when Defy was a finalist, it was so unexpected I nearly cried (and I am not a crier). This year with Deliver, it was still unexpected given how many amazing books were in the running, but less of a shock. Instead I screeched and jumped up and down in my kitchen while packing for vacation.

Thank you guys so much for voting for Deliver! I am so honored that you would take the time to vote and consider Deliver one of your top favorite Christian speculative fiction books of last year.

Voting for the winner of the Alliance Award ends June 17. 

That’s in 5 days. I know. Due to vacation and all I haven’t put out as many voting calls as I would’ve liked, but oh, well.

Please, please, please take a few minutes and vote for your favorites (doesn’t necessarily need to be Deliver, but I would be honored if you voted for it). While the other awards run by Realm Makers are awarded by judges, this one is a reader-voted award. It is the one where your voice matters in showing the Christian speculative fiction community which type of books you enjoy and want to see. So take the time to speak up!

Vote here: https://faithandfantasyalliancellc.regfox.com/alliance-award-final-round-voting-2018

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The winner for the Alliance Award will be announced at Realm Makers, and I’m going this year, which will be super exciting!


Second exciting thing is that I’ve put together a Facebook Group for readers of my books! I’ve noticed that due to Facebook’s changing algorithms, announcements and such on my Facebook page often get lost/don’t reach many of you. By having a Facebook Group, you should see those announcements sooner. It also allows for more interaction in a closed group. It is your place to chat and post and interact with fellow fans.

If you’re interested in joining, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/176407276383496/

I hope to see you all there!


Author Adventures!

So last week I traveled with three of my best friends from high school for a week-long hiking trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Lots of hiking, giggling, and relaxing away from most Internet and cell phone service.

While I’ve hike Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia, it was my first time seeing this part of the Appalachians, and the Blue Ridge Mountains definitely live up to their name. The pictures don’t do them justice.

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Yes, the mountains in the distance really are blue. 
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Looking Glass Falls in the morning sunlight.
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This small waterfall doesn’t look like much, but the sand around it has pyrite and mira in it that makes the water sparkle like it has handfuls of glitter in it. Thanks so a local guide we crawled behind the waterfall. You can be sure this spot will end up in a book someday
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Sunrise over the misty mountains

I have lots of ideas for future books, and it was fun hiking through places I can imagine Daemyn and Rosanna traveling.

What are places you enjoy hiking and traveling?

2 thoughts on “Awards and Adventures

  1. Sierra Istre June 12, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Congrats on being an Alliance Awards finalist! Deliver definitely deserves to be up there!

    I’ve been to the Blue Ridge mountains once with my family, and we climbed Grandfather Mountain. It was amazing, but that was back in 2007, and I would love to go again someday. I love hiking and camping in the mountains, but honestly, I love traveling anywhere. But if there are mountains, that’s definitely a plus! 🙂

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  2. Anonymously Allyson June 12, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    NC’s mountains are gorgeous but I may be a little biased since I’m from the other side of the state! haha 🙂 Congratulations on being a finalist for the award! 😀

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