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Enclave Publishing

A couple months ago I shared that my publishing company, Marcher Lord Press,  was bought by Steve Laube (you can find my post about the sale here). That sale has brought about some changes within the company, many of them good in my opinion. I wanted to update you, my readers, on these changes.

First, a name change came with the company. Marcher Lord Press is now Enclave Publishing. The mission is still the same: to produce quality Christian fantasy and science fiction. With that name change is a new website: Enclave Publishing. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you need to. It looks great!

This fall will see the first set of novels from Enclave Publishing. Instead of doing the usual pre-order, Enclave is doing a kickstarter. Take a moment and check out the books that will be available this fall and consider choosing one of the options for a discount on these select books. Enclave Publishing Kickstarter

Finally, I know many of you have been asking when Heir of Hope, the third book in the Follower of the Word series, will be released. With the purchase of Marcher Lord Press came some changes within the company. One of those changes was my release date. I can now say it will be 2015. I am expecting my first set of edits back in a couple weeks and will begin the big revisions.

I will also have other book news coming in the next couple months. If you don’t want to miss out, consider signing up for my newsletter. I only send it out when I have book or author news and it’s a great way to make sure you know what’s happening and when a book is releasing. Click here to sign up.

It’s going to be a busy and exciting couple months for me and for Enclave Publishing 🙂

How I Publish a Novel

Two weeks ago I shared how I write a novel. Today I want to talk about how I publish a novel.

So now I have a finished manuscript, written and rewritten until the story is exactly how I pictured it in my mind. Now it is time to get some feedback. Some people use critique groups, some people use beta readers. I like to use beta readers. A beta reader is someone who may or may not be a writer, but is definitely a reader, particularly of my own genre.

At this point, I want to know if my story is working, if there are any boring parts, or is there a place where I can make it better. I don’t care about a missing “the” or the finer parts of the writing craft (by now I have most of them down pat). What I want to know is how a reader feels about my story. After all, that is who I am writing for.

I currently have two beta readers with the possibility of adding a third. These are people who I trust to give me their honest opinion, who enjoy fantasy, are avid readers, and who want to see my story succeed.

It usually takes a week or two to hear back from them. In the meantime, I either take a break or start working on my next novel. When I get their feedback, I sit down and read through all their comments and figure out if I agree with them, if they fit in with my story, and should I change anything.

After my beta read, it is time for my manuscript to head off to my editor (duh, duh, dum). I know some people get nervous about this. I don’t. I know that I have written the best book I can and poured my soul into it. I’m pretty sure my editor isn’t going to write back and tell me to throw this story out and try again. What he (or she) will do is tell me how I can improve.

This is where trust comes in. I know my editor is for me and wants me to do even better. So when I get my manuscript back a couple weeks later dripping in red ink, it’s not because my editor hates me, it is because he or she loves the story and sees how to make it even better.

This edit, by the way, is called the content edit where the story is scrutinized down to the last scene (this is not the copy edit where the grammar and punctuation is checked).

photoNow I sit down with my newly “decorated” manuscript and go through every track change my editor put in. This takes couple of weeks of 8-10 hour days. It is the most grueling part of publishing in my opinion. My husband had no idea what this was like until the edits came back on Son of Truth and I disappeared every day into our bedroom with my laptop, only to emerge for coffee and food for three weeks. I did not clean, I did not go out for lunch with friends, I barely did laundry (naked is not an option at our house lol). I worked and edited until my brain felt like mush.

Once I am done (I can’t tell you how good that feels!), I send in the new and improved manuscript. Now comes the copyedit, which thankfully is done by someone else. This is when I catch up on my housework and family. A week later and the manuscript comes back. I double check the copyeditor’s work. Hit send. A couple days later I receive the galleys. The galley is the official book (how it will appear in print and on ereaders). This is where I have one last chance to catch any last minute stuff (minor things, no changing scenes or names, just catching the occasional missing “a”).

I am awful at catching stuff. I blame it on how fast I read. My mind will automatically put in the missing word. I have a friend who is amazing at catching these kinds of details. Because of that, both of us read the galleys and catch whatever little things we can. Every time she gives me her list of errors, I find myself so thankful for her work. She is amazing!

I now put my seal of approval on the galleys. The manuscript is sent off to the print, the ebook is uploaded into Amazon, B&N, etc… And then release day arrives (*cue heavenly music*).

A book is not published in a lonely corner by one person. It is done by a group of people who love and care for the story. Will there be mistakes after the print? Yes, after all, it is humans who are producing it. But it will be the best book we could produce at this given moment in time. I will continue to grow as a writer and the publishing process will change. Even now, with the recent sale of Marcher Lord Press, I know there are changes in store for me and my books.

But for now, this is how I publish a novel.

My Thoughts on the Sale of Marcher Lord Press

Marcher Lord PressToday 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.

Ebook Sale!

Hi everyone! Tomorrow I will be participating in an author blog scavenger hunt. What is that? It’s where you follow links through a list of blogs, read the interviews or special features and find part of a clue. Once you have collected all the clues, you turn them in at the end of the scavenger hunt for a chance to win the grand prize (an iPad mini and a paperback book from every author on the scavenger hunt).

What does this have to do with an ebook sale? During the week long scavenger hunt, both of my ebooks will be on sale for $0.99 everywhere: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Marcher Lord Press. That’s right, Daughter of Light (Christy and Carol award finalist) and Son of Truth (the second book in the Follower of the Word series) are $0.99.

Daughter of Light is the story of Rowen Mar, a woman who can see the soul of a person with just a touch of her hand. Son of Truth continues Rowen’s story along with Caleb Tala, an assassin and prince introduced in Daughter of Light.

If you are looking for a gripping fantasy series to read this winter, then download these books. Already read Daughter of Light? Now is the time to pick up Son of Truth. Read both of them? Then consider gifting these books to your friends and family 🙂

Here are the links:

Daughter of LightDaughter of Light: Amazon

Daughter of Light: Nook

Daughter of Light: Marcher Lord Press



Son of TruthSon of Truth: Amazon

Son of Truth: Nook

Son of Truth: Marcher Lord Press


Birthdays and Giveaway Winner

BirthdayI love birthdays, which is kind of funny because I’m not a big celebrations kind of person. But there is something about a birthday: it is one day that is all yours and everyone rejoices with you.

I am now a year older, and I don’t mind. Really. I don’t mind getting older. Every year I have more and more things to be thankful for, to celebrate. I am blessed, even with everything that has happened in my life. And with each year that passes, I draw closer and closer to the day when I finally get to meet Jesus face to face, the one that I love.

So here is to birthdays!

I’m also excited because I just clicked on the winner button for my rafflecopter giveaway. Congratulations, Karen Kahne Shoemaker! You are the winner for the Daughter of Light and Son of Truth giveaway! Whoot!

I will be contacting you today and getting those books sent off into cyberspace!

It’s just wonderful to giveaway gifts on my birthday 🙂

For the rest of you, my publisher is running a great deal right now: 25% off almost every Marcher Lord book (including my series). I have personally read almost 1/3 of the titles and slowly making my way through the rest and I can tell you that these are good books. And I’m not saying that because I’m published with MLP. I was reading these books before I was published!

If you are interested, here is the link to get the code.

Thanks, everyone, for the wonderful birthday wishes and for entering my book giveaway 🙂


Son of Truth

Since I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about my new upcoming novel, Son of Truth, I thought I would take today and answer some of them :).

Son of Truth will be releasing in three months on April 1st, 2013. Now of course things can disrupt that date, like Jesus coming back (I would love that), or massive computer failure all over the world. But for now, expect Son of Truth on April 1st (and that’s no April Fools!).

Secondly, I finally have a name for the series: Follower of the Word. This is a 3 book series, with the possibility of spinoff stories if the series proves popular (in particular, what were the Nordic Wars? How did they start? How did they end? And why are people so afraid of another war like that?).

Lastly, here is the back blurb for Son of Truth to get you a little excited:

The war in the north is over, but the war for all the Lands has just begun. As the Shadonae solidify their hold on the city of Thyra, Rowen Mar, the last Eldaran and savior of the White City, awakens to find herself hunted by those she has saved.

Meanwhile, the assassin Caleb Tala finds himself in the presence of the Word. The time of reckoning has come and he must pay the price for all the lives he has taken. But in his moment of judgment, Caleb is given a second chance to change his life.

These two hold the power to save the Lands from the Shadonae. One must escape slavery, and one must choose to forsake everything before the world is consumed in darkness.

Son of Truth lettering


Marcher Lord Press Collaborative Story

I’m the guest blogger again for the Collaborative Story over at Marcher Lord Press. All of us authors have been contributing a chapter a week and this week it’s my turn. The story is starting to wrap, so head on over, you don’t want to miss out!

But Who Would Be Dumb Enough To Even Try It?

Marcher Lord Press Collaborative Story

Hey! Today I am a guest blogger at Marcher Lord Press as one of their collaborative story writers. The overall story is a fantasy about 5 companions who are dumb…er…brave enough to embark on an adventure no one else in their right mind would do :). Enjoy!

But Who Would Be Dumb Enough To Even Try It?


Daughter of Light

For those of you wondering what my debut book is about, here is a blurb I wrote up this past summer:

Have you ever seen inside the human heart?

I have.

I have seen the darkness that hides within, I have felt the feelings of hatred and lust, heard whispers that still haunt my mind. With one touch I see what no one else sees: the very soul of man.

I am a mirror. I reflect the darkness within. I rip away the lies and deceit wrapped around the heart until all that is left is darkness and light. I expose the truth. And am hated and feared for it.

Why would the Word give me such terrifying power? Why must I see the darkness in others?

I never wanted this. I tried to rip the mark from my hand. I tried to hide it. I even ran away. It worked for a time. But a power like this cannot stay hidden forever.

And so I have been banished from my village. I run from those who wish to kill me. And hide from others who hope to twist my power.

Only a few stand beside me. But even they cannot follow me down the long dark road that lies before me. Only one can. The One who gave me my power.

Someday I will pay the price for my gift. For men do not want light, they want darkness. But until that day comes, the Word will stand with me and by his power I will shine.


As the Shadonae rise in the west and war threatens the north, a young woman discovers she is not human…

Banished from her village, Rowen Mar finds sanctuary in the White City using a leather glove to cover the strange mark on her hand. She lives in fear that if she touches another person, the power inside her will trigger again, a terrifying power that allows her to see the darkness inside the human heart…

But those called cannot hide forever. For the salvation of her people lies within her hand.

Daughter of Light.

Releasing April 1st, 2012 (and no, that’s not a joke :)) through Marcher Lord Press and Amazon. Ebook to follow…

October is Speculative Month

October is speculative month! Why? A) Because its my birthday B) I will be covering/reviewing a bunch of sci-fi fantasy books and internet sites C) Marcher Lord Press is releasing 5 excellent books and C) A holiday on the 31st where I get to eat lots of candy, compliments of my husband and children 🙂

So to start off October I want to showcase a book that just released today over at Marcher Lord Press. For anyone visiting or doesn’t know, Marcher Lord Press has been dubbed the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction. It is also the publishing company that will be producing my own book Daughter of Light (release date TBA).

Anyone who knows me knows I like the weird, the strange, and the fantastical. So anytime I can promote my love for this genre in book, movie, or game form, I will. And here, to begin Speculative month, I give you Oxygen.

I asked Randy to tell me why he and John decided to re-release Oxygen. After all, the original book was great, garnering both readers and awards. Here is what Randy had to say:

When John and I started working on the new release back in March, we thought it would be pretty easy to tighten up the writing a bit. But then we started talking about the parts of OXYGEN that we didn’t like so much, and we discovered that there were some scenes we both hated.

And that scared the liver out of us, because as a whole, the original story worked very well. A lot of readers loved it and we won a pile of awards for it. So we didn’t want to break anything, but we still wanted to fix those pesky scenes that seemed to us to be clearly broken. It took us months to polish them up, but we finally got it done, and just in time.

The main “catastrophe in space” storyline hasn’t changed at all. That’s still exactly the same.

So what’s changed?

The romantic storyline between our heroine and hero has been buffed up a bit.  We added a little more heat where it was needed early on, and we removed some conflict which we thought was heavy-handed artificial — mainly conflict over faith issues.  Along the way, we inserted a little more humor.

We think the result is better than before.  Not hugely better, but enough better that we feel good about every single scene now.

I can’t wait to read this new version of Oxygen and will probably write up a review sometime. But don’t wait to hear what I have to say about it, click here and check it out yourself. And check back the next few weeks to find more speculative goodness 🙂