All posts by Morgan L. Busse

Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the epic fantasy Follower of the Word series and the award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Her debut novel, Daughter of Light, was a Christy and Carol Award finalist. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.

Carol Award Finalist and Other Things

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me! I’ve traveled across numerous states, visited some beautiful places, spent lots of wonderful time with my family, finished my edits on Flight of the Raven, book 2 of the Ravenwood Saga, and…

I FOUND OUT AWAKENED IS A CAROL AWARD FINALIST! YEAH!

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So that’s why you haven’t heard from me in a while. If you want to see the pictures from my travels, check out my Instagram account (I also post pics of my books and pets because they are so cute!).

Next week I’ll be at Realm Makers and if you live in the St. Louis area, come see me at the Realm Makers Book Festival 🙂

Also, I’ll be having my very first giveaway for a signed copy for Mark of the Raven, so be watching (or better yet, sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out).

Book Highlight: The Story Peddler

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Hey everyone! I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Lindsay A. Franklin and her debut novel, The Story Peddler. First, a little history. I met Lindsay Franklin years ago (like, almost ten years ago) at a writing conference. Both of us were eager writers who were just starting to pitch our novels. Fast forward to today: I’m now the published author of five novels with my next one coming out in November. And Lindsay is the bestselling author of an awesome young women’s devotional and is about to present to the world her first fantasy novel. Yeah!!! How far we have come 🙂

First, her cover is awesome and I must share it because it is awesome!
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Happy sigh. So pretty! And here’s the story you’ll find inside this beautiful book:

Selling stories is a deadly business

Tanwen doesn’t just tell stories–she weaves them into crystallized sculptures that sell for more than a few bits. But the only way to escape the control of her cruel mentor and claw her way from poverty is to set her sights on something grander: becoming Royal Storyteller to the king.

During her final story peddling tour, a tale of treason spills from her hands, threatening the king himself. Tanwen goes from peddler to prey as the king’s guard hunts her down…and they’re not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers she’s not the only outlaw in the empire. There’s a rebel group of weavers…and they’re after her too.

The Story Peddler received a starred review from Library Journal. Don’t miss out on this book for you, for your friends, for everyone!

Purchase Links

AmazonBarnes & Noble Books-A-MillionChristianBook.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36327140-the-story-peddler

 

Oh, and did I mention there is also a giveaway happening during this tour? Here’s what you have a chance to win:

Story Peddler Giveaway

Enter to win a signed print copy of The Story Peddler (not pictured), a blue strand book sleeve (not pictured), custom Story Peddler bookmark, a fluffhopper sticker, and a set of five mini Story Peddler art prints! (US only.)

Link: giveawaytools2.com/giveaway.php?sk=57705600234

 

About the Author

Lindsay A. FranklinLindsay A. Franklin is an award-winning author, award-winning freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. She spends a lot of time in made-up worlds, and she’s passionate about sparking imagination through stories of infinite possibility. Her debut fantasy novel, The Story Peddler, releases in 2018. When she’s not exploring the fantastical, she’s exploring the Bible and encouraging young women through her devotional books (click here for more information on Adored).

Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her husband (master of the dad joke), their awesomely nerdy kids, two thunder pillows (AKA cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following (@therealwombatman). You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn’t hijacked all her accounts. She’s @LinzyAFranklin on Instagram and Twitter, and she Facebooks at www.facebook.com/LindsayAFranklin.

Email list sign-up link: http://eepurl.com/bwF64j

 

 

 

 

What Does it Mean to Really Forgive Someone?

What does it mean to really forgive someone_My husband Dan shared a great message about forgiveness this past Sunday. We know we are to forgive those who have wounded us (see my post on Bullet Wounds), but sometimes the “how” eludes us. I thought I would share what I’ve been going through over the last week to show my own journey into forgiveness.

I won’t go into the details, but a person in our lives has hurt us deeply, so much that when we received the letter from her lawyer, I was in shock and very angry. It is one thing to know there is evil in the world, but sometimes I want to believe there is still integrity and fairness in people since that is how I operate. When you come face to face with reality, it’s a hard blow.

Over the next couple of days, I could hardly breathe. It was like there was such a heaviness sitting on my chest, such a gaping hole, that I could hardly function. Every time I thought of the situation, I wanted to fight back. And we could, our case is much stronger than hers.

But then God reminded me of the parable of the servant who was forgiven a debt of millions of dollars, but then that servant turned around and went after another servant who owed him a measly amount. God showed me with everything He’s forgiven me, $1,400 isn’t much to forgive. I couldn’t shake that image from my mind.

Last night, I woke up feeling wounded, hurt, and angry again. Does that mean I hadn’t forgiven her? I don’t believe so. Real wounds take time. You can forgive, but there is still hurt as the wound heals. You know what you do with the hurt? You take it to God. Every minute. Every hour.

I prayed over and over again last night, even telling God I’m not strong enough to forgive such hurtfulness, that I needed His strength to do it. It took almost two hours of wrestling and crying. There were moments when I wondered if I was being weak since we were choosing not to fight. But then God reminded me the weapons she was using: intimidation and lawyers, were not the weapons for me to use. He also showed me another battle going on: the one for her soul. She is trapped by greed and the things of this world. So instead of hating her, I needed to pray for her.

I’m still hurting this morning. And I probably will hurt for a while. As someone who is a fair and just person, to experience such injustice committed toward my family is painful. But as Easter approaches, I remember the one I follow. At the end, Jesus said, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” If Jesus could forgive those who committed such atrocities toward Him, then I can forgive the hurt committed toward me.

Not alone, but with His help.

 

 

Cover Reveal for Mark of the Raven

Hello Friends! I’m excited to reveal the cover for the first book in my new fantasy series, The Ravenwood Saga, coming out with Bethany House November 2018. So are you ready to see the cover for Mark of the Raven?

Are you sure?

It’s pretty awesome 😉

Here you go!

MotRCoverAnd here is what it’s all about:

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy, a legacy that supports her people, or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her decision comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

COMING NOVEMBER 2018. But you can pre-order your copy now 🙂 www.amazon.com/Mark-Raven-Ravenwood-Morgan-Busse

Looking Forward to 2018

2018newyearA year ago I was moving halfway across the country, gave away half of my possessions so I could make the move, wasn’t sure if Awakened would be released for my readers, fighting one of the worst colds ever, and felt over all pretty bleak about the upcoming year. But one thing I did not lose sight of: God was still with me, and because of that, I could face 2017.

Fast forward: we are now looking for a house (which if you’ve known me for a while you know is a huge deal since we’ve moved every year since 2011). God replaced everything I gave away to move here to the Midwest. My health is in a great place. Tainted won the Realm Award for Horror/Paranormal/Steampunk. And Awakened released in November to the great joy of all of you readers 🙂
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So what does 2018 hold for me?

A new book series. The Ravenwood Saga, my next fantasy series, was picked up by Bethany House. Mark of the Raven, the first book, is slated to be released Fall of 2018. I’ve already seen one of the possible covers for this new book and can I say WOW! I can’t wait to share the official cover with all of you 🙂 (not to mention the story).

I will be teaching at The Well Conference up in Michigan in May. I will be sharing writing tools for the speculative writer and how to bring the Christian worldview in fiction without preaching. If you’re nearby and looking for a writing conference, then check this one out!

And speaking of conferences, I will be attending Realm Makers in July with my daughter (eek! I can’t wait!). I’ve been to almost every Realm Makers since it first started 6 years ago and is the best conference for speculative writers and artists in my opinion. To find out more, check out www.realmmakers.com

Plus I will be taking a fun trip with my family over the summer.

With all of the exciting stuff coming in 2018, I don’t want to lose sight of one thing: God is with me. And God is with you too, my friend. So go forth and face the new year!

New Book Contract

contract signingFriends! I’m so excited to announce that my new fantasy series has a home. I just signed a three book contract with Bethany House. It is bittersweet to be moving to another publisher and yet I’m excited to work with the people and authors at Bethany.

So what does this mean for you, my readers? It means you will have a new book to read next November (2018). And it also means you won’t be waiting a whole year between books. Yep, you read that right! I will be working diligently with Bethany to have a new installment every nine months. Yeah!

So be watching for the cover for Mark of the Raven, coming soon! And in the meantime, here is what my new series is about:

Mark of the

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy, a legacy that supports her people, or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her decision comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

Handling Real-Life Experiences in Fictional Writing

coffee dateHi everyone! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving full of food, fun, and family 🙂 It’s the last Friday of the month and that means another coffee date with yours truly. Enjoy.

Maegen asks: “When you write something that is similar to a real life experience you’ve had, does it feel awkward? How do you handle awkwardness in writing?”

When I write, I pour my heart and soul into my writing. I also ask a lot of questions in my writing: questions about myself, about God, and about life. Sometimes that means I bring in my own experiences and flesh them out through my characters. I think this makes my characters more relatable, but it also makes me vulnerable.

When I received back my first set of edits for Daughter of Light, my editor told me not to hold back. He wanted me to dive deeper into what Rowen was feeling and experiencing. That was hard because I didn’t want people to see my fears, my past anger toward God, and my struggles to follow God when life is hard. You see, when I choose to open myself up that much in my stories, it means that negative reviews are much harder to receive. People say readers are not judging me, they are simply judging my book. But when your book is you, then it’s harder not to take it personally.

As I’ve grown as a writer, it has become much easier to bring my life-experiences into my books and not have it feel so awkward. I’ve come to realize that there are others out there who need to read what I have to share, and have been through, or are currently going through, the same fears, doubts, and feelings of worthlessness. Those are the people I’m writing for. My books are a bridge between my heart and theirs. And when I look at it that way, it’s not as awkward to open up about myself.

Thanks, Maegen!

Book Endings and Time Spent Writing

coffee dateHello everyone! It’s the end of the month and that means it’s time for another coffee date with yours truly :). I’ve really enjoyed the questions you, the readers, have been sending me and I’m excited to dive into the next two questions for this month. So here we go!

Daniel asks: “Do you ever get caught up in your book, then dream a new ending?”

I think my characters wish this would happen, and I would simply dream up a new ending, preferably one that says, “Everything they ever wanted to have happen happened, and they lived happily ever after.”

But to answer your question, no. Once I have an ending in mind, that is the one that happens. There might be some minor changes, but that is how the story ends.

The reason for this is the ending is my target as I’m writing the story. I’m constantly asking myself if this scene or chapter is bringing my story one step closer to that ending I have in mind. If I’m writing a story where the hero needs to face a dragon at the end, then go and write a chapter about cute, fluffy rabbits, I’m deviating from my ending (unless the rabbits are eaten by the dragon at the end of the chapter, reminding the reader of the dragon).

When I sit down to write a book, I have to know the beginning, the main events, and the ending. Then I can write. So if I dreamed up a new ending halfway through the book, I have a feeling I’d have to rewrite the whole story :).

Thanks, Daniel!

Judy asks: “How many hours a day do you spend writing?”

I spend anywhere from 2-5 hours a day writing. I write one thousand words a day at least, and depending how fast that scene comes to me is how long I spend writing (and then there are days when I get caught up in the story and write even more words). But in order to keep up with my deadlines, I must write at least 1k words a day. However, that said, I take Friday-Sundays off to spend time with my family and catch up on stuff.

Now, if the question was how long do you spend editing, that is a whole different story (when I get my edits back from my publisher, usually I’m crunched for time and spend 6,8, even 10 hours a day on edits. That’s when I disappear from life for a couple of weeks).

Thanks, Judy!

I love to hear from my readers and if you have a burning question you’d like answered during my end-of-the-month coffee dates, please leave it in the comments below 🙂

Heirs of Tirragyl by Joan Campbell

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I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Joan Campbell’s Heirs of Tirragyl, the second book in her award-winning fantasy series! I’ve know Joan for a couple years now as a fellow author at Enclave. It has been my pleasure to work with her and now it is my pleasure to share with you all her latest book. So here we go!

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Love live the queen . . . ?

Since birth, Nyla has shared everything with her twin brother–royal tutors, the right to the throne of Tirragyl… even their soul. Many believe it wholly belongs to Alexor and should be returned to him regardless of the sacrifice–Nyla’s death. However, her future isn’t the only one in question.

A threat looms over the kingdom. The influential Lord Lucian intends to seize the Grotto, an underworld settlement known for harboring fugitives. And if legend is to be believed, it is also the hiding place of the most powerful of objects, the Guardian Rock. As Nyla fights for her life, she realizes she’s not only a soul heir but also the sole hope for the kingdom’s survival.

Heirs of Tirragyl

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As a mother of boy/girl twins, this concept is fascinating to me! I can’t wait to dive into Heirs of Tirragyl. If the story has intrigued you as well, here are the places where you can purchase your own copy:

 

Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Kobo // iBooks

And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads list!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35644582-heirs-of-tirragyl

 

And did I mention there is also a giveaway going on? Here you go! 🙂

Enter to win an e-copy of Joan Campbell’s Heirs of Tirragyl! (Open internationally.)

Giveaway Link: giveawaytools2.com/giveaway.php?sk=43721765606

 

Oh yes, and there is a Facebook party Saturday morning (tomorrow morning!) where I will be a guest for the launch of Heirs of Tirragyl and will be giving away a signed copy of both Tainted and Awakened! So don’t miss out!

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/282951055541535

Calling all book readers! Join us as we celebrate Joan Campbell’s release of HEIRS OF TIRRAGYL, book two in The Poison Tree Path Chronicles, on October 14th from 10AM to 12PM EST (4PM South Africa Time, 9AM CDT, and 6AM PST).

Grab your favorite drink and snack and be prepared for a fun time of chatting with the author, games, and giveaways.

Special guests Morgan Busse and Jill Williamson will also be sharing their books and joining in the fun. 

 

I hope you can join us!

 

About the Author

joan-campbellJoan Campbell is notoriously bad at finishing things but, ever since she found the key to the portal, she’s been escaping into worlds far more intriguing than her own. In her word-spun worlds, magic can be harnessed, kings and queens rule supreme and ancient books contain coveted secrets. Her characters face division, danger, their own fallible natures and—ultimately—grace. While her husband and two daughters have learned to fend for themselves, a hungry whine or meow inevitably breaks the spell and brings Joan back to her everyday life in Johannesburg, South Africa. Here Joan wields a tennis racket instead of a longbow and trains writers instead of warriors, knowing full well that the pen is mightier than the sword. Chains of Gwyndorr was a gold medallist in the 2017 Illumination Book Awards.

Social Media Links

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Amazon Author Page // Goodreads

 

Tainted is on SALE!

Tainted Sale FacebookJust in case you missed it, Tainted is on sale this week! For my birthday 🙂

*Squeal!*

So if you’ve never read Tainted, or haven’t downloaded it yet, now is the time to do it. You can’t beat that price. It’s cheaper than a pumpkin spice latte (and way better in my opinion, although I do love my pumpkin spice lattes 😉 )

Here you go: http://amzn.to/2bvcZZv

Enjoy, my friends!