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! 🙂
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
Hi! Welcome to the Realm Makers Blog Voyage. I’m going to do something a little different. I know others along this blog hop have shared why they like Realm Makers and why you should go. I’m going to share my own experience at Realm Makers, but through pictures. Enjoy!
First reason to go to Realm Makers: all the people you get to meet. Authors, comic book writers, editors, publishers, friends. Last year was special to me because I met Kathy Tyers, one of my favorite authors, my editor Jeff Gerke, and many friends who I have only known online for years.
Second reason you should go to Realm Makers: the great classes. From worldviews and how they influence one’s writing to how to write a comic script to swordplay. I can guarantee you won’t see those kinds of classes at your typical conference 🙂
Third reason you should go: the banquet. Now this isn’t just any banquet, this is a dress up banquet with a sci-fi/fantasy twist. Some of the attendees spent months planning out their costume! Of course, you don’t have to dress up, but if you’ve secretly always wanted to wear that medieval dress or steampunk outfit, this is the place to do it 🙂
And the last reason? It is affordable ($250 plus room and food). You just can’t beat that!
Want to find out more? Check out the links: Realm Makers and Realm Makers Facebook Page. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway, which includes a Writer T.A.R.D.I.S. Basket full of goodies (including books by Tosca Lee, L.B. Graham, and yours truly).
Today I was going to continue my series on how I write and publish a novel. Ironically, that might be changing in the next couple months since my publisher, Marcher Lord Press, was just purchased.
There has been a lot of different reactions to this change ranging from shock, to cautious hope, to anger, and even a hint of betrayal. Fans are known to be passionate, and that passion is definitely coming out now.
I thought that by sharing my own thoughts as one of MLP’s authors I might assuage some of the fear and wondering out there.
First, let me assure you there has been a lot of prayer over this decision. Lots and lots of prayer. I was one of the people praying. Nothing was done in haste or in greediness, but in what was best for Marcher Lord Press.
Because there was so much prayer involved, it saddened me to see that no one commented about God’s involvement in this decision when the news broke. Many people reacted, but I think people forgot that God is over everything, even this. There is no need to fear. God will accomplish what He will accomplish, even in the area of Christian speculative fiction.
Because God is sovereign, I believe we should hope, not in the “Gee, I hope this turns out well” but in the “I believe it will”. I believe Marcher Lord will continue to do what it does best: produce great speculative novels with a Christian worldview. Not because of anything we do but because God can do it. And I believe He will.
So my thoughts? I am excited to see what God is going to do. I am looking toward the future in a positive way. Is it a little scary to be in the midst of a transition like this? Yes. Especially since I still have one more book in the Follower of the Word series contracted with Marcher Lord (which I have been assured will be published).
I have also spoken already with Steve Laube, the new owner of Marcher Lord Press. I’ve known about Steve for a long time and have greatly admired him. As Jeff has shared elsewhere, Steve has been a champion for Christian speculative fiction a lot longer than Jeff. I’m excited about the things Steve hopes to bring to Marcher Lord Press.
On that note, pray for this transition. Pray for Jeff Gerke as he leaves Marcher Lord to pursue other areas God has called him to. Pray for Steve Laube as he steps into this new position. Pray for Marcher Lord Press. Change is never easy. But prayer can ease the transition.
Here is the link to the official press release: Steve Laube Buys Marcher Lord Press
*The Q&A with Steve Laube is now live.
Realm Makers: 2013 was a blast. Imagine about 80 Christian speculative lovers gathered in one place for two days. I can’t believe the place didn’t explode! We had some great speakers including Jeff Gerke, Bryan Davis, L. B. Graham, Robert Treskillard and more. Classes and panels included writing horror, worldviews and world building, swordfighting, and comics. And of course a night of dinner and cosplay 🙂
Here are the pics from my first Realm Makers conference:
To find out more about future Realm Maker events, follow their website at www.realmmakers.com
Imagine if you could connect to the Internet with just your mind. Imagine that connection is possible because of an implant in your brain. Imagine it’s the future, a future where Islam is the main religion. Your role in that futuristic society (with your implant) is a debugger. You are in charge of keeping everything technological smooth and running. This is Sandfly’s story in A Star Curiously Singing.
Sandfly, a debugger, is sent to investigate why a robot tore itself apart while on a flight to and from a star. While on the space station, Sandfly discovers more than he bargained for.
From the first chapter, I was hooked. The book is written from the first person point of view (we see the world through Sandfly’s eyes). His role as a debugger leaves him in a needed but barely tolerated role in this futuristic Islam society. I was fascinated with the idea of being connected with the Internet and all the information available via an implant. However, that same implant also ensures you obey. If you think an angry thought about your master (the one who owns you as a debugger), you get a zap inside the head. Refuse an order? Zap. Wander too far from the Islamic beliefs? Zap. Freedom and enforced restrictions at the same time.
I’ve mentioned before that one way I rate a book is by how fast I want to get back to reading it (does it feel like homework? If I have free time I’ll go back to reading it? Or do I find a way to get out of every job I have because I need to finish this book?). A Star Curiously Singing fell into the latter. Every time I had a free moment (or could make one by leaving the dishes in the sink) I went back to reading. The writing is magnetically engaging, Sandfly a deep and complex character, the storyworld fascinating.
Do I recommend A Star Curiously Singing? Most definitely! And will be getting my hands on the next in the series :).
*I received a free copy of this book from Marcher Lord Press in order to review.
Starfire is an otherworld military science fiction filled with… dinosaurs! Actually, a more accurate term for the cold-blooded fighting force would be the Saurn.
Rathe, a Saurn on the low end of the military and caste totem pole fights his way to a decent standing in a light infantry force. On a mission to retrieve a group of engineers, his world is tossed upside down when one of the engineers stumbles into an old technological ruin and is transformed into a cybernetic messenger. His mission now changes. He is to protect Karey Or (the name of the engineer turned cybernetic) and lead her to Thode (an ancient military institution) where her download will be complete. Then she will become the key to Starfire.
Only Rathe can make the choice to use Starfire and save his people from the invading Herians or destroy Karey Or and save all the people of his world… at a price. Which will he choose?
It took a couple chapters for me to immerse myself into Starfire, but once I did, I was blown away. Stuart Stockton does an excellent job getting the reader inside the skin of his dinosaur heroes. I could see the volcanoes in the distant, taste the Seethe juice, feel the cold as a cold-blooded reptile would.
But not only was the world building great, I found myself thinking about the characters. I couldn’t decide whether Karey Or should be destroyed to save the many or if Starfire should be fired to save the Saurn. I struggled when some of the characters died and when one betrayed the others. I found myself relating to Struth as he works out his newfound faith in VorTolKo.
Starfire left me thinking long after I finished the book and in eager anticipation of the next in the series.
For more about Starfire or Stuart Stockton, head to Stuart’s site at www.ritersbloc.com
*I received a free copy of this book from Marcher Lord Press in order to review.