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Good Friday Traditions

This year, our normal Good Friday traditions are going to look a little different. Good Friday service tonight is live streamed. Normal family gatherings will happen virtually or not at all. My church always holds an Easter morning song service where we gather and sing Good Friday and Easter hymns. This year, the pianist will be live streamed while the rest of us sing in the small groups of our families. For a non-musical family like mine, it’s a struggle.

Maybe the extra time will give us the ability to sit down and truly ponder what this day means for us as Christians. Or maybe we’ll go about our day and forget it is Good Friday. If you’re still working (like I am) the day can feel like a normal Friday.

But I have one odd Good Friday tradition that I thought I would share with you today. I was an English Minor in college, and while not an Old English geek by any means (I have yet to teach myself to write or read the actual Old English), I love many of the poems written in that time.

“The Dream of the Rood” is a Good Friday poem written around the same time as Beowulf. It starts out with an unknown poet having a dream. In that dream, he sees the cross of Calvary, and the personified cross then tells the dreamer the Good Friday story from its perspective.

I find it a very fascinating poem in that it is such a strange mix of early medieval Christianity and Anglo-Saxon warrior mythology. It portrays Christ’s death in a way the people of that day could understand, as a warrior king striding into battle, but a battle won not by fighting but by willingly enduring a torturous death. And the poem shows the cross as Christ’s loyal thane (a warrior fighting under his leader). The tree agonizes over the fact that it cannot fight off Christ’s enemies, but instead is ordered to stand firm and let this tragedy happen.

I love the poem because it makes me think. From a human perspective, Jesus looked weak and helpless as He was nailed to the cross. He was mocked and ridiculed by those who taunted him to come down, though they did not believe He could.

Yet, He was God Almighty. He could have come down from that cross. He could have unleashed a host of angels to fight off His enemies. He did not have to stay, suffer, and die.

But He did, willingly, to save His people.

So, here is my favorite section from the poem (from the part where the cross is talking so the “I” here is the tree). I’ll provide a link to the rest of it at the end.


“It happened long ago—I remember it still—
I was hewn down at the holt’s end
stirred from my stock. Strong foes seized me there,
worked in me an awful spectacle, ordered me to heave up their criminals.
Those warriors bore me on their shoulders
until they set me down upon a mountain.
Enemies enough fastened me there.
I saw then the Lord of Mankind
hasten with much courage, willing to mount up upon me. (28-34)

“There I dared not go beyond the Lord’s word
to bow or burst apart—then I saw the corners of the earth
tremor—I could have felled all those foemen,
nevertheless I stood fast. (35-38)

“The young warrior stripped himself then—that was God Almighty—
strong and firm of purpose—he climbed up onto the high gallows,
magnificent in the sight of many. Then he wished to redeem mankind.
I quaked when the warrior embraced me—
yet I dared not bow to the ground, collapse
to earthly regions, but I had to stand there firm.
The rood was reared. I heaved the mighty king,
the Lord of Heaven—I dared not topple or reel. (39-45)

“They skewered me with dark nails, wounds easily seen upon me,
treacherous strokes yawning open. I dared injure none of them.
They shamed us both together. I was besplattered with blood,
sluicing out from the man’s side, after launching forth his soul. (46-49)

“Many vicious deeds have I endured on that hill—
I saw the God of Hosts racked in agony.
Darkness had covered over with clouds
the corpse of the Sovereign, shadows oppressed
the brightest splendor, black under breakers.
All of creation wept, mourning the king’s fall—
Christ was upon the cross. (50-56)


Link to the rest of the poem. 

How are you handling this change to your Good Friday traditions this year? Any traditions you are still able to do?

Writing Update & Survey

Happy New Year!

A New Year is always a good time to reassess and evaluate. Look behind with 20/20 hindsight. Look ahead to try to wisely plan (as much as we humans can plan anyways).

2019 was an interesting year. I didn’t publish what I thought I would, though the launch of Midnight’s Curse went better than expected. Thanks to Midnight’s Curse (and the new cover on Dagger’s Sleep), it and Dagger’s Sleep are now outselling Dare, which was previously my best selling book. I made a lot of new author friends. Spent time deepening friendships with my current writer friends. It was over all an another amazing year to thank God for.

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Update on Deceive

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Thank you to everyone who has been emailing me and messaging me asking about a release date for Deceive. It is still delayed, and I don’t know when it will release. After all the bugging the characters did about writing more books, when I actually sit down to write it, they aren’t playing nice. I think they are grumpy at me or something, lol.

My current plan is that Deceive and Poison’s Dance (the next Beyond the Tales book) will probably release in the summer or fall of this year. I will probably spend the beginning of this year writing both books, then editing and releasing them within a few months of each other. It all depends on how much trouble the books give me (and Deceive is already proving to be a problem child).

The Blades of Acktar 5th Anniversary!

On a happier note, this year will mark 5 years since Dare released! (June 2 to be exact!). I’m thinking we need to do something fun to celebrate, and I’ve been bouncing around a few ideas.

I’ve put together a survey of a few of the ideas I’ve been considering. If you would take the time to go through it, I would appreciate it!

Click this link to access the survey!

Thanks once again for your patience for Deceive! I hope it will be such an awesome book that it will make up for the long wait! 🙂 And, hopefully, the release for Poison’s Dance won’t be far behind it!

Black Friday Indie Book Sale!

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A whole bunch of indie authors have come together to give you a massive Black Friday sale on their books! Follow this link to find deals of my books and many other good books!

This sale has now ended.

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I have deals on all my ebooks, and some aren’t included in the above sale.

This sale has now ended.

Finally, I have a sale for free shipping on all signed paperbacks from my website. This sale has now ended.

 

Realm Makers 2019 Recap

I’m horrible at doing this recaps, and this is coming about a week late. I don’t know what it is, but time has been flying at double speed in the past week and a half. I’ll be back to the Dagger’s Sleep Read-Along later this week.

A week and a half ago, I went to the Realm Makers writers conference. It was my third year going, and it is always such an amazingly fun conference to attend.

This year, I arrived a night earlier than usual, so I visited the Gateway Arch with fellow indie authors Jaye L. Knight and Morgan Huneke (my roommates for Realm Makers this year) along with Morgan’s family (who are absolutely amazing. So much fun to hang out with them!).

Then on Thursday evening, the conference started off with a stellar opening keynote by Brent Weeks. He writes dark, general market fantasy, and I have yet to read any of his books. But I have a friend who loves them, so maybe someday I’ll pick them up.

Friday morning I had not one but two readers come up to me to ask for me to sign their books while I was eating breakfast. It was kind of surreal, and so nice to finally meet them in person!

Friday was a packed day of sessions and mentor appointments and finally the costume banquet. I got to meet Jill Williamson!!!!!!!!!!!! *fangirl squeal* Her Blood of Kings trilogy was the first Christian fantasy series that I read apart from The Chronicles of Narnia and showed me that there was a place for books that were both Christian and fantasy. I sat down to write The Blades of Acktar within a few weeks of reading her series.

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Jill Wiliiamson dressed at the White Witch and me as Maddie from Ranger’s Apprentice at the costume banquet Friday night.

 

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Me and my Roomies: Jaye L. Knight (author of the Ilyon Chronicles) dressed as Darrel from The Walking Dead, me as Maddie from Ranger’s Apprentice (not a hobbit as everyone kept asking), and Morgan Huneke (author of the Time Captives series) dressed as Anna from Frozen.

My roommates and I had a lot of fun with our costumes for the banquet. Jaye even had fake zombie blood drooling down her arm. We still had dried drops of zombie blood on our sink in our hotel room’s bathroom the next day. #onlyatRealmMakers

While Dagger’s Sleep was a finalist for the Realm Award in Fantasy, it didn’t win. That honor went to the stellar Ronie Kendig. It was cool simply having Dagger’s Sleep listed alongside hers.

Even though Dagger’s Sleep didn’t win, I ended up with an official name plate and table at the Book Festival on the last night of Realm Makers, and that was fun pretending I was a big name author for a night, lol. It worked out well that I wasn’t a big name author since they were placed at the rear of the ballroom so that their lines could snake around the edges while I had the very first table right by the ballroom doors so I was easy to find.

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Here I’m signing all the currently released books in The Blades of Acktar series. It’s become quite a stack!

Realm Makers was such a blast and I already miss all the wonderful people I met again or met for the first time. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing an experience the conference is, whether you are published or not-yet published or traditional or indie. It’s one big family reunion.

Oath of the Outcast Blog Tour

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Today I have a slightly delayed spotlight for my friend Claire Banschbach’s latest release Oath of the Outcast, a Scottish-flavored fantasy. I bought a signed copy of the book at Realm Makers last weekend, and I’m so excited to dive into it when I have a moment to read!

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A lost brother.
An unwilling outlaw.
A rising enemy.
An unusual alliance.

Years ago, Rhys MacDuffy was brutally cut off from his clan, stripped of his name and inheritance, and banished to the remote Dragon Keep. Perched high above the Shang Pass in the land of Alsaya, he assumed the mantle of the Mountain Baron, serving out his sentence as the overseer of the worst outlaws and outcasts.

But one day he receives a desperate message from the clan who disowned him: MacDuffy’s Seer—his beloved brother—has been taken by their enemies.

With his band of Mountain Brigands and an unwelcome sidekick, Rhys leaves his mountain stronghold to find and rescue his brother. The tide of war is rising amongst the Clans of Alsaya, fueled by the magic-wielding sect of Druids who seek to unleash a dark force the world has long forgotten.

Can the bond of blood run deeper than banishment?

Book Links: Amazon – Crosshair Press – Barnes & Noble – Goodreads – Newsletter sign up for free prequel short story

About the Author

C.M. Banschbach is a native Texan and would make an excellent Hobbit if she weren’t so tall. She’s a pizza addict, a multi-faceted fangirl, and a firm believer in being authentic—even if it means acting like a dork sometimes! When not writing fantasy stories packed full of adventure and snark, she works as a pediatric physical therapist where she happily embraces the fact that she never actually has to grow up.

She also writesYA/MG fantasy-adventure as Claire M. Banschbach.

You can find her at: Facebook – IG/Twitter @cmbanschbach – Website – Goodreads 

Giveaway!!!!

Crosshair Press is giving away books! Open internationally!

2 ebooks,

1 paperback,

1 combo pack of a bookmark and a map postcard!

Direct link to the giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d11da96b6/?

Tour Schedule:

July 22

Tour opening – C.M. Banschbach http://clairembanschbach.com

July 23 – Release Day!

Interview – Hazel West – http://hazelwest.blogspot.com

8 Things to know about Rhys/The Baron (Using only Dean Winchester gifs) – C.M. Banschbach – http://clairembanschbach.com

July 24

Review/spotlight – Breny – https://betterthanrubies.home.blog/

Meet the characters! – C.M. Banschbach – http://clairembanschbach.com

July 25

Interview/Review – Kyle Shultz – kylerobertshultz.com

Interview – K.A. Cummins – authorkacummins.com

Book 2 Title Reveal! – C.M. Banschbach – http://clairembanschbach.com

July 26

Review/Spotlight – Deborah O’Carrol – https://thepagedreamer.wordpress.com/

Interview – M.H. Elrich – Https://mhelrich.com

Spotlight – Tricia Mingerink – www.triciamingerink.com

July 27

Review/Spotlight – Rachel Ritchey – rachaelritchey.com

Review/Interview – Cheyanne van L. – https://thedancingbardess.wordpress.com

Tour Wrap Up & Conclusion – C.M. Banschbach – http://clairembanschbach.com

 

Midnight’s Curse Cover Reveal

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I am so excited to reveal the release date and cover reveal for my upcoming book Midnight’s Curse today!

For those of you who have been asking:

  • This is a sequel to last May’s release Dagger’s Sleep
  • It continues with the same characters as Dagger’s Sleep. So if you wanted to read more about Alex, Daemyn, Rosanna, and the rest, then you’ll want to get your hands on Midnight’s Curse
  • Yes, it is my first book whose title doesn’t start with D

Midnight’s Curse releases August 6, 2019!

I have already begun some of the brainstorming for the release, and it’s going to be epic with a blog tour, Instagram challenge, and, of course, lots of giveaways of Cinderella retellings.

Scroll down to see the cover!

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Isn’t it stunning? The cover was designed by Savannah Jezowski at Dragonpen Designs. You can find more examples of her work here.

About the book

High King Alexander rules the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia—a divided nation on the brink of yet another war. When an invitation arrives from the king of Pohatomie, Alex knows it must be a trap, but could it also be his opportunity to unite the kingdoms?

Daemyn Rand has lived a hundred years, served an arrogant prince, fallen in love with a princess, and lost himself somewhere along the way. He has already died for his loyalty. Will he have to sacrifice his last chance to truly live?

Elara Ashen is a lowly, miserable servant. All she wants is to spend one night in a fancy dress, dancing with the high king. When she is offered a pair of glass slippers, it seems all her dreams have come true.

But dreams have a price, and gifts can be curses in disguise. What will it cost to stop this curse from tearing Tallahatchia apart yet again?

Fairy tales meet the Appalachian Mountains in this adventurous fantasy retelling of the classic Cinderella story.

Preorder the Kindle on Amazon.

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Cover Story

I actually stumbled across this cover on a premade cover site when I was in the very early stages of brainstorming Midnight’s Curse. If you happen to frequent the same sites I do, you may have seen this cover before. Yep, I’m the person who snapped it up, lol.

As soon as I saw this cover, it was love at first sight. The girl on the cover was exactly as I had been picturing Elara, the Cinderella character. The castle in the background was the EXACT same castle I had decided to use as my base for my fictional castle in this book. The cover is a nighttime scene. Even the black and red dress was perfect. The designer was someone I’d had recommended to me from a fellow indie author, and I liked this designer’s work. The premade cover couldn’t have been more perfect for Midnight’s Curse if I had sat down with the cover designer and had it made specifically for the book.

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Original cover

The only problem was that it didn’t fit what was then the current cover for Dagger’s Sleep, the first book in the series. If I bought this cover, then I would need to change the cover for Dagger’s Sleep as well, and it would involve a bit of re-branding for this series.

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Current cover

After a few hours of agonizing over the decision, my gut was still telling me this cover was the right direction to go for Midnight’s Curse. I bought it and contacted Savannah about a cover for Dagger’s Sleep as well. She worked her magic, and created the new cover for Dagger’s Sleep that I adore!

So, yes. Not only did I have this cover for Midnight’s Curse before I’d even started writing the book, I also had it before the current cover for Dagger’s Sleep. Funny how things sometimes work like that when you’re an indie author, lol.

 

About the author:

DSC09450-2Tricia Mingerink is the author of the bestselling The Blades of Acktar series and the Beyond the Tales series. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with Tricia on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 

To celebrate the cover reveal, Dagger’s Sleep, a Sleeping Beauty retelling and book one in the series, is on sale in Kindle for $.99 this weekend!  Click here to purchase on Amazon.

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Giveaway!

To celebrate even more, I’m holding a giveaway for a paperback copy of Dagger’s Sleep and a 2oz Plot Twist candle by Novelly Yours Candles.

To enter, share the above sale graphic for Dagger’s Sleep, the cover for Midnight’s Curse, or the below Midnight’s Curse promo graphic and make sure you use hashtag #MidnightsCurse and tag @triciamingerink on any social media site to enter.

The giveaway will end May 22 at midnight. Please note this giveaway is only open in the United States. It is not sponsored by Novelly Yours Candles.

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What do you think? Are you excited for Midnight’s Curse?

Indie e-Con Scavenger Hunt 2018 – Stop #15

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I’m so sorry to everyone who has been scrambling around trying to follow this scavenger hunt only to have it fall apart at stop 15. Moral of the story, don’t make commitments the week before a book release.

If you are just joining the scavenger hunt, you can find the first stop here On Kandi Wyatt’s blog as well as more instructions and a giveaway.

So without further ado, let’s welcome E. Kaiser, who will tell us a bit about herself and her writing process.


My top three most influential books may seem like A) a no-brainer, B) slightly surprising, and C) completely confoozling…. but it all makes sense, just give me a chance to explain!

A) The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings.
For any fantasy reader, or writer, especially in Christian circles, this is almost such a given that it goes without saying. But here I am, totally saying it! I was introduced to Tolkien’s delightful world at the age of 8 when I begged Mom to read aloud from the book she was reading in bed. It felt like “fairytales for adults”, all complicated and best of all, very, very long. I adored it from the first, and have ever since.

B) Robert Louis Stevenson, especially Kidnapped.
The complex but dynamic relationship of the unlikely pair who grow to be friends; the rather milk-toast David Balfour and volatile Allan Breck Stewart; it’s just the best thing ever. If you have not read this book, I am sad for you, and if you did but don’t know what I’m going on about with these characters… well, I have nothing to say. I’m literally speechless.
If you haven’t read it, I advise you do so immediately, and while you’re at it revel in the way Stevenson pits two opposites against each other, using their inherent conflicts within themselves to knit an entwined relationship that is unbreakable in spite of anything the world can throw at it.
Truly inspiring fictional people.

   And C) the King James Bible.

     Okay, don’t laugh. The lyrical language of the writing style, (or shall I say translation style, because that’s what era of language makes it so lyrical,) is simply inspiring. It can be daunting for many people to read it, they stumble and trip over the odd juxtaposition of words and the archaic phrasing.
But it is just exactly that which makes it so amazing! I’ve grown up reading it, but it wasn’t till I challenged myself to read it aloud, like a poem,  that I fell in love with the language and began to “see” the images beyond the words. Instead of just viewing it as a dry and stuffy old tome, it’s a marvelous window into the past of the English language, and for anyone who’s heard that “to get more visceral, use the Old English root-word”… well, this is a treasure trove of them.
Naturally you can’t just cut your vocabulary whole cloth from it’s pages, or you’ll confuse your readers muchly … but if you immerse yourself regularly in these words you’ll have a refreshed, and enchanting array of brilliant words to slip in where you need something with just the right amount of shine.

(As an aside, you’ll also increase familiarity with the Writ, which as a Christian should always be a good thing.)

  As for runners up, I’d go with the Prydain Chronicles, by Lloyd Alexander. They are very similar in vein to LOTR, but drawn from the flamboyant Welsh legends and infused with a poignancy that is hard to sum up. They are classic adventure literature with a band of rag-tag misfits, which always manage to be unique and interesting in spite of looking  at first glance like the stock-est of stock tropes. Perhaps it’s because Mr. Alexander was among the early users of this style, and so his works are in the pot that all the stocks get drawn from.

   Whatever it is, Taran and Eillonwy, & Co. (most especially Gurgi!) are delightful characters to follow around, and they have a lot of lessons to teach to readers, and to writers alike.

Then I’d have to say the remaining spot on the list goes to Samuel Shellabarger, and his ‘historic romances’ such as Captain from Castille, and my personal favorite, Prince of Foxes. (Love that title!) Although Prince of Foxes is set in the warring city states of Renaissance Itally, with all the rampant opulence and moral decay that era was known for, the moral of the story is strikingly forceful in it’s underhanded way… and the characters are forever unforgettable.

Swash-buckling, larger than life people in a time when life itself was largely uncertain, these books teach about pace and suspense, as well as pay off and surprising twists at the end. I recommend them to any mature writer who cares at all about history, or the telling thereof… or how to make your invented worlds feel compelling and real.

 My publication story goes like this: I was a tormented writer/child who firmly believed I’d never have a future with words, at all. (Certain negative siblings did not help!) “Writing was a waste of time and energy”, and I tried again and again to “do something more productive”. But I was miserable, plain and simple, if I didn’t release my creative energy out onto a page, and so I kept being drawn back to the imaginative realms that stormed through my dreams.

When my beloved youngest sister, best buddy, and fellow fantasy fan, was turning 16 I asked her if she’d like a book as a present, and if so what kind. She replied “I’d rather have one you wrote”. (This was a real blow to the heart, because I was a non-finisher on everything I’d ever dabbled in previously!)
I took the challenge by the horns, and in the month before show-time I wrung out over 50k of a novel, featuring Fia Brithin; as cliche-free as possible and filled with fun stuff I hoped she’d enjoy. It was the first time I’d actually finished anything of great length. (This stunt left me with major burnout, and I didn’t even want to look at the thing for years!)

  Abi-sis, however, loved it, and wanted to talk about it for months on end. She adamantly insisted “it wasn’t done yet” and plotted out what was needed, as well as cajoling me to co-plot the next… wait for , it… next four books.
Yep! Four books to go, one total rewrite to get started on. That was my “recover from burnout” strategy, courtesy of my dear sister and enthusiastic cheerleader! ( Or shall we say “slave driver”?)

    Seven years later I attended a very small writer’s event where a speaker extolled the virtues of getting one’s books online as e-books. After mulling it over long and hard, I did so, (but that was in late 2011, and the 2008 e-book boom had come and gone far away.)
Jeweler’s Apprentice didn’t achieve commercial success, but I did find some great fans, and a handful of readers were enough to convince me that Traitor’s Knife was called for, which I released in 2014.

Amid the stirrings on Fia’s book 3 I was blind-sided by a story idea that wouldn’t go away, so I told Abi-sis about it just to clear the air in my head. She loved it, eagerly pushing me to write it down. “Even as a short story! It’ll be fun!!!” she said.
I let it rip, and away it went the winter of 2014/2015; like a harpooned whale with the rope zinging through my hands. Thaw rocketed past novella stage, into novel length, split once, twice, and then again (3 novels, 1 origins novella) The ride was staggering, shocking, and sooo much fun.
I found myself blinking at the horizon spinning out with over twenty fairytale re-tellings linked together by two main royal families… and knew they were on the docket. They would be fun… and I would be busy for a long time.

I can’t recommend juggling two series at the same time, but “change is as good as a rest” and in some ways moving from the one world to the entirely different one does accomplish that. So… I’m not sure I’d be releasing Fia’s books really much faster even if I wasn’t dallying with the Fairytale Collection between times.

  Real Life keeps dragging me away, but I learn so much there that it’s worth it. A lock, stock and barrel move of the ranch from Western Nebraska to S.W Missouri inhaled a huge chunk of the years 2016 & ’17, so I’m only just now feeling steady enough on my feet to face the prospect of releasing the next book in each series.
( I did keep writing diligently through the mayhem, so I’ve got completed manuscripts, and near-completed ones; so the publishing process is the part that’s lacking.)

In between times just for fun, Abi and I hosted a Space Kitties Anthology, and it was so well received by participating writers that they called it back for an encore. Space Kitties 2; Searching the Cosmos is out in e-book, but not yet in print (because of the move.)
Space Kitties 3: The Ones They Left Behind stalled out in submission stages, (our lovely volunteer judges fell off the edge of the world! And so did we…) and I need to kickstart that project. Hopeful life has cleared up a little for folks out there, and we can re-stock our judging panel… as well as re-cast a call for submissions. (Entries were low for SpK3, which would result in a ‘not up to par’ end result. So we need more… but I’m too swamped to find them!!)  {And I don’t even have Gilder to frame for it!}

  I am motivated by really bad writing or things in books that make me mad. While truly great prose awes me into a state of intimidation; sluggish plots, dull cardboard characters, and insipid dialog are elements that make me throw that book aside and say “I could write better than that!” and then I charge off writing.

Perhaps it’s the Social Justice Warrior side of me… saving the world from truly terrible plot points.

So my themes can be summed up by what I “don’t” write.
I don’t write “practiced magick”; I’m agin’ it. You’ll not find “spells, incantations, or wands” in my books. The Fairytale Collection has many fantastical, fairytale elements, including somewhat magical things… but I make it clear they are part of the fairytale world, and not even close to edging into the “darker side” of art.

   I don’t write girls with zero agency, nor do they have to be “warrior chicks”. In fact, I enjoy the character conflict that arises when MC’s that aren’t at all equipped for this get tossed into water far over their heads. Then they learn how to swim… and we have fun watching them handle friends, choices and success along the way.

I don’t write “dumb boys” nor “brainless love triangles”. My male characters are every bit as real and individual as the many people, guys and girls, I’ve met in my life, and I like to keep them likable, a little bit conflicted, and having to work extra hard to make it through the challenges they face.

   Romance is only lightly included in most my stories, if at all. On the whole I find friendship and family to be much more underdeveloped themes, and I try to cultivate those and raise a lush crop of fun and heartwarming  elements there.
When a romance is involved (Fairytale Collection, you just can’t tell ’em without it!) it stays clean, respectful and uplifting.

Gore or gratuitous violence. While I’m a fan of some deep grit, and realistic danger, the absolutely unrealistic gore and totally un-workable mayhem tossed around out there makes me see red. Fight scenes should be realistic, to every degree possible. Damage should be commensurate with the actions that created it… and no one at all gushes blood the way R-rated films and video games portray it. (Take it from a girl who has butchered plenty of goats, chickens and bovine critters. Living creatures, even with more blood than a person has, aren’t ‘blood-filled water balloons’. They  don’t gush like writers like to portray.)

  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s important to teach real things via fiction, especially fantasy, since it can paint the truest mirrors in with to look at your own life. But I can’t stand MC’s who jump off roofs and never bust a femur or even twist an ankle; horses that never run away or misbehave; and using gold coins to pay for a drink. (Ack!!! Gold was super valuable!! That would be like throwing down a  thousand dollars for a cup of coffee…)

I really don’t care if a books’ characters eat stew every day of the week… just don’t have them pay for it with gold coins. I’m beggin’ ya.

   So what will readers find in my stories( regardless of genre)?  Deliberately crafted invented-realism that will resonate with the real world, and yet sweep you away to demonstrate an angle you may not have seen before.
Wild escapes and light filled vistas where the stone in the shoe has to be taken out, and the mountain may not need to be climbed if you can just persuade the Eagles to get you to Rohan… (“Fly, you fools!”)

   Most of all, subtle lessons of encouragement and bolstering to fight the good fight, every day,… right here, right now, right where the reader stands…

  Because that’s what really good fiction is all about.


Your clue for the scavenger hunt is: I

To learn more about me and to continue the scavenger hunt, head over to Erica Laurie’s blog.

Thanks so much for participating in the scavenger hunt! I hope you enjoy the rest of it!

 

Exiles Weekend Release Blitz (and Review)

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Today Exiles (The Ilyon Chronicles #4) releases!!!!! Yay!!!!

Since many of you are also Ilyon fans, you have probably been counting down the days, and I really don’t need to tell you this news. If you aren’t a fan of the Ilyon Chronicles yes, well, you should be. They are amazing.


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Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir but, with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

Available now on Amazon!

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Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? The first three Kindle books are on sale August 11th – 14th! You can find them on Amazon.

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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.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.


My Review

This book is amazing!!! I think it is my favorite of the entire series so far! It has a lot of the same elements that made me fall in love with the Ilyon Chronicles in the first book Resistance and many of the characters from that book make a reappearance in this book after not having as big a part in books 2 & 3. The Resistance in Landale plays a big role once again in this book with Trask and Anne taking center stage. The politics in Valcre are heating up and Prince Daniel is at the center of it. And Kyrin and Jace are off on another adventure discovering the various cultures of Ilyon.

The author does such a great job of developing the different cultures across Ilyon, and I especially love the cretes!

And the plot twist in this book…wow! Few other authors I know of could pull off the twist Jaye does in this book, and especially couldn’t do it and heighten the tension for the rest of the series. The evil was scary before, but controlled. Now? Now I’m downright terrified for what my favorite characters are going to face in books 5 & 6! I’m bracing myself for a lot of tears.


Giveaway

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Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

Click on this link to enter.


If you’d like to find more blog posts in this weekend blitz, here’s the schedule for all the craziness:

Thursday, August 10

Friday, August 11

Saturday, August 12

Sunday, August 13

Monday, August 14

 Tuesday, August 15

 

Thanks for reading!

Release Day!!!!!

Defy releases today!!!!! Eeep! I can’t believe it is here already!

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The blog tour is in full swing. You can check out what has been posted already and upcoming posts here.

Today is the last day of the giveaways on Goodreads for Dare and Deny. Be sure to check them out here and here and enter before it is too late!

One final bit of housekeeping. The Kindle versions of Dare and Deny were both supposed to be on sale this weekend. You may have noticed that the sale on the Kindle version of Deny suddenly cut out. Never try to schedule a sale on one of your Kindle books right when your Kindle Select membership is set to renew. It makes it difficult, just saying. Due to this, the sale won’t go back up until June 2 and will continue to run to June 4. This is only on Deny. The sale for Dare went off without a hitch and will be running through June 3.

Enjoy Defy and the rest of the blog tour! Don’t miss the Facebook party on June 2. It’s going to be a blast!