My publisher, Enclave Publishing, is giving away a year’s supply of award-winning Christian fantasy and science fiction ebooks to one lucky winner (including my epic fantasy Follower of the Word series). The contest is open until Labor Day. So what are you waiting for? Go enter! 🙂
I am really excited to share the new cover for The Seahorse Legacy! This is one of my favorite books and I am eagerly anticipating the final book, The Sunken Realms, coming this summer 🙂 If you want to read my review of The Seahorse Legacy, click here: The Seahorse Legacy. And don’t forget to continue on with this post to enter for a chance to win some fantabulous prizes including an amazon giftcard!
a Pirate, bound by a centuries-old oath
As Keeper of the Seahorse Legacy, Cazien de Pollis is a King among pirates, divinely appointed to dispense justice on the seas. Bound by the sacred oath of a long-dead ancestor, he must fulfill a contract to wed the green-eyed Oracle’s Daughter named therein—or risk losing everything he and his people hold dear. But at nineteen, with the identity of his betrothed only recently revealed, Cazien resents the contract—and the urgency within him to see it satisfied.
a Knight, determined to prove her calling
Erielle de Gladiel returned from the quest for the Remedy, changed. Not only are her formerly-blue eyes now a brilliant shade of green, but she must don gloves to hide inky evidence that her prophetically-bestowed title, the Oracle’s Daughter, demands more from her than the task already completed. Erielle’s dearest-held dream is realized when she is knighted by her King, but unbeknownst to her, that very honor jeopardizes the prophesied purpose to which she and Cazien have been called.
a Legacy, demanding surrender
Just as Cazien summons the courage to collect his bride, dark rumors and darker deeds crawl up the coasts, calling its guardians, the Seahorse Pirates, into action—and Cazien away from Erielle. But even though the Oracle’s Daughter knows nothing of the contract to which she has been consigned, Cazien’s enemies have somehow learned of his interest in Erielle. And if they reach her before his ancestor’s weighty oath is executed, the Seahorse Legacy will be forfeited . . . and darkness will be given reign.
The third book in this series-within-a series, The Seahorse Legacy begins an epic re-imagining of several fairy tales, combined–including an unexpected twist on The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This romantic adventure will conclude in Eyes of E’veria, Book 4: The Sunken Realm, coming late Summer 2015.
And now for the cover!
And for the prize: The prize package includes:
1. custom skin for reading device (or phone) featuring the new book cover
2. temporary tattoos “Official Pirate Crew — The Seahorse Legacy”
3. $10 Amazon giftcard
SERENA CHASE lives in Iowa with her husband, two teen daughters, and a big white dog named Albus. A frequent contributor to USA Today‘s Happy Ever After blog, Serena is an avid reader of young adult fiction and inspirational romance and has become a respected influencer within those communities. When not engaged in her varied roles within the publishing industry, Serena can be found coaching her local high school’s Color Guard, watching action movies, and dreaming about someday living in a cottage by the sea. Connect with Serena Chase on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter (@Serena_Chase) and visit www.serenachase.com to subscribe to her newsletter and gain access to exclusive, subscriber-only content.
Guess what today is? Yep! The official release of Heir of Hope. A couple websites have joined up with mine to celebrate the launch of the last and final book in the Follower of the Word series and many of them are giving away books!
Excited? So am I! So without further ado, here are the websites and what they are featuring, along with a link. Enjoy your tour 🙂
First up is Emily Anne Kopf with an interview yours truly. Find out how I started my writing journey and who has been my inspiration: http://zerinablossom.blogspot.com
Next we have Worthy2Read up with her review of Heir of Hope: https://worthy2read.wordpress.com/
Fellow fantasy author Angie Brashear is doing a giveaway on her website. Just answer her question in the comment section of her post (who is your favorite Follower of the Word character?) for a chance to win an EBOOK COPY of Heir of Hope! http://angiebrashear.com
Laura Pol over at Crafty Booksheeps does a character spotlight on Caleb Tala, the former assassin from the Follower of the Word series. Find out what his most treasured possession is and enter her giveaway for a SIGNED COPY of Heir of Hope! http://craftybooksheeps.blogspot.com
Janeen Ippolito is doing a 3-day tour of the locations found in the Follower of the Word series. Leave a comment on each post for another chance to win a SIGNED COPY of Heir of Hope! http://janeenippolito.com
Ralene Burke has a tongue-in-cheek interview with Caleb Tala (he keeps coming up, doesn’t he?) over on her website. Check it out! http://www.raleneburke.com
And lastly, if you have never read the Follower of the Word series, Jason Joyner shares his review of Heir of Hope and if you leave a comment, you can be entered to win a COPY of Daughter of Light, the first book in this series. http://www.jasoncjoyner.com
To wrap up the celebrations, there will be a Facebook party tonight (5pm pacific). There will be laughs, conversation, and book giveaways. You don’t want to miss out on this! To sign up for the event, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events
As the release date for Heir of Hope approaches, the final book in the Follower of the Word series, I thought it might be fun to share some of the more interesting facts behind the characters, the setting, and the plot. Enjoy!
*I started writing this series almost exactly eleven years ago. Wow!
*Daughter of Light was originally supposed to be a stand-alone novel. About halfway through the first draft, I realize there was a lot more to the story.
*I completely rewrote Daughter of Light four times (and that doesn’t include the two rewrites during the official editing process).
*Many of the places in the Follower of the Word series are based on real places I have visited including the Oregon Coast, the Rocky Mountains, and the Mojave Desert.
*When I could, I would explore a place to write a scene accurately. For example, for the scene outside Avonai in Daughter of Light at night I went for a walk on the beach in order to see what it would look like, sound like, smell like, feel like, especially to see how well a person could see during a full moon on the beach. Verdict? You can actually see pretty well 🙂
*Nierne, one of the main characters, originally came from a group of islands to the west. Somewhere I found the name Nierne and it meant “western islands”. Since then, I have never been able to find her name again online and she ended up in the Thyrian Monastery instead.
*Knowing the ending to my books is very important to me before I start writing. However, when I discovered Daughter of Light would be more than one book, I had no idea how I would end the series. Two years later, at a Women of Faith conference, I was sitting in an arena filled with thousands of women and I suddenly saw the ending. I grabbed a napkin (the only thing I could find) and started jotting down the ending that would eventually become Heir of Hope.
*When Daughter of Light was originally published, there was no series name. When Son of Truth came out, we decided we needed a name for this series. I had earmarked Follower of the Word for the title for the last book, but we decided it made a good series title instead. So that left me to figure out a name for the last book. I realized the main theme for the last book was hope, and Rowen carries the hope of both her people and mankind, and thus Heir of Hope was born.
*The cover for Heir of Hope is based on a scene from the story.
It’s been quite a journey and hard to believe it is almost finished (at least for me). I hope to someday revisit this world, perhaps in the form of a novella that might extend Caleb’s story, or another series that takes a look at the Nordic Wars, an world-altering event that precedes the Follower of the Word series.
Heir of Hope releases April 21st. In conjunction with the release, I will be throwing a Facebook party that night that will include giving away a couple signed copies of Heir of Hope and a complete, signed set of the Follower of the Word series in their new covers. Of course, you are all invited 🙂 Just click here to let me know you are coming!
I am excited to have Gillian Bronte Adams as a guest this week on my blog. She is a fellow fantasy writer and friend (and has the most gorgeous red hair!). She is here to share a snippet from her latest novel, Out of Darkness Rising, and one of the ideas behind her story, what if you never saw the sun? So without further ado, here is Gillian!
The Sun Yet Rises
A little over a week ago, I could have sworn the dark of Mordor was descending upon us. I happened to glance out the window at work and watch the world turn from gray to black in a matter of seconds. Less than a minute later, it was pouring.
Had I not feared looking like too much of a dork, I might have given into the temptation to announce in a properly woeful voice that “Doom is upon us.” As it was, I merely whispered it to myself and cast baleful glances out the window.
For almost two weeks, a rainstorm had been camped out over my little town, and life was dim, gray, damp, and dreary. I would wake up tired, head in to work tired, slog through the mud at the barn tired, and try to plan my day around the weather only to be outsmarted at every turn. By the time I made it back home—tired—I was weary and dispirited.
Had the Lady of the Green Kirtle been present, I would have been all to ready to nod along and slip into a dull listlessness as I denied the very existence of the sun. Had Faramir appeared, full of dauntless hope that this darkness would not endure, I might have laughed—but it would have been a cheerless laugh, for the clouds and the gloom and the damp seemed here to stay.
More than anything, I wanted to see the sun.
For the villagers in my novella Out of Darkness Rising, it has been nearly a thousand years since anyone caught more than a glimpse of the sun through the heavy murk surrounding the Island. Bright sunlight, blue skies, and clear, crisp mornings are but a thing of legend, no less mythical than tales of a forgotten King. It was a key element of the story, but I wrote it in there without truly giving it much thought beyond the simple logistics.
It wasn’t until I experienced a taste of it (albeit a small one) that it truly struck home.
Can you imagine never seeing the sun?
Never stepping out into a brightness so cheerful it warms your spirit. Never feeling its heat bathing your skin. Never squinting before a light so true your eyes cannot take it in.
Light and darkness are not uncommon themes in Christian fantasy (or general market fantasy, for that matter) because they are not uncommon themes in Scripture. There are countless verses that reference light and darkness, but two of my favorites became theme verses for Out of Darkness Rising.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)
“God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, who no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and might forever. Amen.” I Timothy 6:15b-16 (NIV)
Those verses seeped into my thinking as I was writing Out of Darkness Rising and came back to mind while I was bemoaning my measly two weeks of storm clouds. Then one afternoon, while I was curled up in my desk chair working on a project (i.e. staring pensively off into the distance) my brain registered what my eyes had already seen.
And not peeking-through-the-clouds, soon-to-be-smothered sunlight either. It was honest-to-goodness, blazing glory of the sun! In no time at all, I abandoned my desk chair and my project and took to the trails to bask in the daylight.
Perhaps I am spoiled living where I do, where rainy days are not infrequent but sunny days are rarely far behind. Perhaps I should not be complaining. But the dreary, gray days seemed to sap the energy from my limbs and my mind, like I was stumbling through a thick fog for days on end. With the reappearance of the sun, I felt more alive than I had in the previous two weeks.
It was truly glorious thing!
And I couldn’t help being reminded of this scene from Out of Darkness Rising, when Marya catches her first glimpse of the sun.
“At his command, the dark mist covering the Loch fled, scattering before a warm breeze. Blue sky shone clear overhead, and for the first time in centuries, the villagers were able to behold the light of the sun. Light. Marya reveled in the wondrous sight, her unaccustomed eyes watering at the intensity. She took a deep breath and then another, filling her lungs with new, clean air.”
How about you? Can you imagine never seeing the sun?
GILLIAN BRONTE ADAMS is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author from the great state of Texas. During the day, she manages the equestrian program at a youth camp. But at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs, pulls out her trusty laptop, and transforms into a novelist. She is the author of Orphan’s Song, book one of the Songkeeper Chronicles, and Out of Darkness Rising. Visit Gillian online at her blog, Twitter, or Facebook page.
Hi Everyone! In celebration of the soon-to-be released Heir of Hope and the new covers, I am holding a giveaway for one signed paperback copy of Daughter of Light and Son of Truth in their new covers!
To enter, head on over to goodreads.com and enter the giveaway. I have provided a link for each book:
Hey! I just found out that the ebook version of Daughter of Light is on sale. Here is the link: Daughter of Light-Amazon
As you may have noticed, things have changed around my website. I am excited to reveal not only the new cover for Heir of Hope, but for all three books in the Follower of the Word series.
Why the new covers? My publisher decided to update Daughter of Light and Son of Truth so they matched Heir of Hope. Now the titles of each book are easier to see in thumbnail form and are definitely eye-catching. So without further ado, here they are:
Pre-order is now available for the paperback version of Heir of Hope. If you are interested, here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Heir-Hope-Follower-Morgan-Busse
There was a glitch on the ebook pre-order, but as soon as it is available, I will let you all know. Thank you, everyone, for your patience as you waited for the last book in the Follower of the Word series. This book is definitely worth the wait!
I am so excited to share with you the cover reveal for one of my favorite author’s latest novels! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Anne Elisabeth Stengl, she writes Christian fantasy with a fairytale feel (although none of her Tales of Goldstone Wood are actual fairytale retellings but stories from her own imagination). I love her work and I hope you will check out her stories. Now, onto the reveal for Draven’s Light!
In the Darkness of the Pit
The Light Shines Brightest
Drums summon the chieftain’s powerful son to slay a man in cold blood and thereby earn his place among the warriors. But instead of glory, he earns the name Draven, “Coward.” When the men of his tribe march off to war, Draven remains behind with the women and his shame. Only fearless but crippled Ita values her brother’s honor.
The warriors return from battle victorious yet trailing a curse in their wake. One by one the strong and the weak of the tribe fall prey to an illness of supernatural power. The secret source of this evil can be found and destroyed by only the bravest heart.
But when the curse attacks the one Draven loves most, can this coward find the courage he needs to face the darkness?
Coming May 25, 2015
Read an excerpt from Draven’s Light! dravenslightnovel
Want a chance to win an advance copy of Draven’s Light? Then follow the link to Anne’s rafflecopter giveaway!
Already know you want to ready it? Pre-order Draven’s Light today!
ANNE ELISABETH STENGL makes her home in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a kindle of kitties, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Tales of Goldstone Wood. Her novel Starflower was awarded the 2013 Clive Staples Award, and her novels Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Dragonwitch have each been honored with a Christy Award.
To learn more about Anne Elisabeth Stengl and her books visit: www.AnneElisabethStengl.blogspot.com
Many of the authors at Enclave Publishing are doing Goodreads giveaways this month (including my own book). Here is a list of the books and links to their giveaways. Hopefully you find some great reads listed here!
Daughter of Light (Follower of the Word #1) by Morgan L. Busse
Crosswind (Sark Brothers, #1) by Steve Rzasa
A Time to Die (Out of Time Series, #1) by Nadine Brandes
Firebird by Kathy Tyers
By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kings, #1) by Jill Williamson
To Darkness Fled (Blood of Kings, #2) by Jill Williamson
From Darkness Won (Blood of Kings, #3) by Jill Williamson
Never to Live by Just B. Jordan
Orphan’s Song (The Songkeeper Chronicles, #1) by Gillian Bronte Adams
Failstate: Nemesis by John Otte
The Restorer (Sword of Lyric Series, #1) by Sharon Hinck
A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz