Realm Makers 2013

This was so big, I couldn’t list it with the rest of the newsy items on Monday. Coming August 2013. Early Bird Registration started May 1st and will go through until June 1st for a cost of $189. Check it out!RealmMakerslogo

 

Realm Makers is a writers conference geared specifically to creators of speculative fiction who consider their faith-based world view their highest priority. The event will present panels and classes appropriate for authors of all experience levels, from the beginning writer to the seasoned industry professional.

Have a great weekend y’all!

Catching Up

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It’s been crazy around here, but I’m plowing through and getting back into the swing of things. I finally got my Christmas/New Year’s/Valentines/Easter/Spring letter out. Sort of. I’m emailing it out, except we’ve exceeded our internet data this cycle, and it won’t renew until the 12th. Ack! And for those I don’t have email addresses, I’ll be sending it the good, old fashioned snail mail, except I got to get it printed out and stamps bought. Whew. It will probably be a Mother’s day/Father’s day letter when I get done. But that’s alright. At least it’s getting out there. Ha!

For those of who have been keeping up with the news around here, know that I signed a contract last month. When the ball starts rolling, it rolls! The week of March 17th, my short story, Desert Rose, skyrocketed up Amazon’s Bestseller list for Christian Fantasy, making it into the top ten, and in the hot new bestseller’s it broke number one. Wow. That was awesome, and I’m so thankful to everyone who went out and bought a copy. You guys rock!

Then to top it all off, one of my favorite authors ask me to do an interview. How cool is that?! If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here, at Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s blog. If you haven’t read anything by her, you’re missing it out! 🙂

Lots of exciting things happening this year, which means a lot of changes. In the next couple of months, I will be moving my blog to my website, editing a novel, working on some more short stories, and a top secret project. Eek! We’ll have a revealing later this summer. Keep an eye on the horizon! Our adventure is just beginning.

Interviewed!

Words cannot express the awesomeness of receiving an email from your favorite author, but not just any email, an email requesting an interview. As I’ve said before, and probably said too many times, this past week has been crazy amazing, let-me-fall-down-on-my-face-amazing.

If you haven’t discovered Anne Elisabeth Stengl yet, you’re missing out! Yes, you heard–er read right, Ms. Stengl has asked to interview me. Eek! So head on over and check it out!

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Desert Rose is Live!

Can a desert princess find love with a foreign king?

Johari lives in the shadow of her beautiful sister until a foreign king notices her, but in her haste to prove herself worthy of affection she finds herself compromised and on a difficult journey to make things right.

This is a short story set about thirty years before the beginning of the first book of my fantasy trilogy. You can find it on Amazon. Hope yall enjoy it!

Exciting times

These are exciting times around here. I know it’s not Friday, but I just had to share with you all the great news. First, I received a contract for the first book in my trilogy, and second, AltWit Press is releasing a short story set in the same world as my books. How cool is that? So without further ado:

Can a desert princess find love with a foreign king?

Johari lives in the shadow of her beautiful sister until a foreign king notices her, but in her haste to prove herself worthy of affection she finds herself compromised and on a difficult journey to make things right.

Desert Rose – Kindle Edition – Coming 3/18/2013

 

I’ll keep yall posted! Have a great weekend!

The Next Big Thing

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Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them.  I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy.  On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to five other authors you can explore!

My gratitude to fellow author, Clare Davidson, for inviting me to participate in this event.  You can click the following links to learn more about Clare and her books.

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In this blog hop, my fellow authors and I, in our respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our current book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek).  We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?

Sorceress’s Curse

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

In the glorious naivety of a newbie writer, I wanted to create a kind of Pilgrim’s Progress meets Lord of the Rings, but without the obvious. Granted, without the obvious, no one could tell it was an allegory. So that was pretty much scratched during the second rewrite. Oh, the things we learn the hard way. Ha!

3: What genre does your book come under?

Fantasy

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

When I first started writing, I envisioned Kael to be like a young Jimmy Smits with long dark hair and no facial hair.

Ayianna. She’s a harder one, but I’m thinking actress Rachel Weisz with a dark braid.

Desmond. Blond hair. Blue eyes. I don’t know maybe Matthew McConaughey

Prince Vian. short, red curly hair.  Rupert Grint

Saeed. Kind of like Morgan Freeman, but balding on top, the rest of his hair, white and pulled back into a braid. Long moustache and beard.

Semine. Nicole Kidman with red, coppery hair.

Derkomai. Maybe Robert De Niro with black-salt-n-pepper hair, mustache and goatee.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When a family secret kills her father, Ayianna must discover how to free the plains people before she loses her mother too.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

At the moment, there is a publisher looking at it. 🙂

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I can’t remember, that was like ten years ago. I don’t even have the same computer it was written on.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I know, but I don’t. It’s epic fantasy quest…the jury is still out on that one. ha!

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Don’t really know. Funny thing, really. I had completely forgotten that I had wanted to write when I was a kid until I found some old notes, and in those notes, I found glimpses of certain elements in this story.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Adventure, questing, a hint of romance, mermaids, dragons, harpies, elves, dwarves, feline shapeshifters, prophecies, secrets…

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Below you will find authors who will be joining me virtually, via blog, next Wednesday. Please be sure to bookmark their sites, and add them to your calendars for updates on their upcoming books!  Happy Writing and Reading!

Gabrielle Meyer

Lynn Donovan

Charlene Newcomb

Morgan L. Busse

The Chipper Muse

Since so many authors I know have already participated, I figured I’d post the links below to their posts for you to check out. You might find a new favorite. 🙂 And if you happen to have a favorite “The Next Big Thing”, please feel free to share a link in the comment section. Thanks!

Anne Elisabeth Stengl

R. J. Larson

Jill Williamson

Pauline Creeden

C. L. Dyck

Kat Heckenbach

Kessie Carroll

Aaron DeMott

Laura Ritchie

Blogging on Dreams

Today, I am the guest blogger over at The New Authors’ Fellowship. Dreams Reborn. Have your dreams been crushed? Or are you pursuing them? Have you reached them? Read the post and let me know! Thanks!

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Later this week, we are going to celebrate a year of blogging fun and friends with a giveaway. 🙂

Have a great day!