Left to Die Blog Tour

blog-tour-graphic

A good friend of mine, Ivy Rose, is publishing a new novella! I was privileged to help beta read it for her, and it is quite a sweet story. Check it out. Also, there is a giveaway at the end, so stick around. 🙂

left-to-die-cover

Lindy Greene’s life is perfect. Too perfect. But living as a missionary nurse, serving in a small hospital in China, soon brings the disaster she fearfully anticipates. All of her well-thought-out plans for the future disintegrate after pulling a fatally ill, disfigured, abandoned child from a pile of trash. She doesn’t even like babies.

Nathan Thomas can’t find balance. College suited him just fine until his cash ran out, forcing him to the Chinese mission field with his parents. The chaotic atmosphere in China does little to relax his agitated mind, and the pretty blonde nurse at the hospital does nothing to help him focus.

The Chinese mission field isn’t for the faint of heart. Nathan wonders how he can survive his remaining time there, while Lindy struggles to help everyone she can. With different ideals pulling them in separate directions, there is one thing drawing them together: a tiny, sickly, crippled orphan who relies on them to stay alive.

Find Left to Die on Goodreads and on Amazon

I was also able to interview Ivy Rose and so, without more ado, here it is:

What was the original picture or idea which prompted Left to Die?

The idea for Left to Die is actually a very old one that has been bouncing around in my head for longer than a decade (haha, I’m old enough to say that now. 😉 ). But in honesty, the main inspiration comes from my sister, who we adopted from China almost ten years ago. The orphan crisis has been heavy on my heart ever since, and hopefully, this book will raise awareness.

Does Left to Die tie into any of your other works?

It does not—at this time. I may write more China stories and connect them to Left to Die.

What are you working on right now?

At the moment, I’m learning to use the Snowflake Method of outlining. Writing-wise, I’m working on my Dystopian novel–which is top secret right now, but hopefully I will be able to share about it soon!!!

author-picture

About the Author:

About the Author:

 Ivy Rose is an 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, eating chocolate, traveling, reading, and doing TaeKwonDo. She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.

She can be found at various places on the internet:

Blog

Pinterest

Goodreads

Instagram

 

Follow the Tour

~Monday~

Becoming Lost – Review

Beyond the Amethyst – Review

Anika’s Avenue – Review

Once Upon an Ordinary – Interview

~Tuesday~

Whispers on the Wind – Interview

Read Another Page – Review

The Left-Handed Typist – Review

~Wednesday~

Counting Your Blessings – Review/Interview

Stories by Firefly – Review

Writing in the Light – Interview

~Thursday~

Reveries Reviews – Review

Marrok Macintyre – Interview

~Friday~

A Purpose and a Promise – Review

Having a Heart Like His – Review/Interview

Whimsical Writings – Review

~Saturday~

Rebekah’s Remarks – Interview

giveaway-prize

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Interview with Nathan Philbrick

Remember the ebook giveaway I mentioned on Saturday? Well, today I am privileged to interview one of the authors, Nathan Philbrick. If you like writing humor at all, then head over to check out his blog because it is great.

all-ebooks

1.  What is your favorite genre to write and why?

I love writing fantasy, but I tend to lean more towards simple adventure more than grand wars and epic sagas. I can’t say exactly why. Fantasy’s just always been part of my life through reading and then writing.

 

2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

 

I started writing stories when I was ten or eleven, but I always wanted to be a film director, not a full-time writer. That changed right before I went to college. I went from a projected communications major to an English major, and that cemented my pursuit of writing as a career.

 

3. Are you working on any projects right now?

 

Absolutely! I just finished the 50K words for NaNoWriMo, so I’ll stay busy finishing that first draft in the following weeks. I’m also wrapping up preparations for the release of Where the Woods Grow Wild on December 10th.

 

4. What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 

Probably those moments when certain elements click into place in just the right way. Maybe it’s a character motivation I was struggling with or a plot point that wasn’t working out, but whatever the case, it’s immensely satisfying when the lightbulb goes on. Besides that, I love it when I finally get to write a scene that I’ve been anticipating for weeks or months (I’m one of those guys who has to write everything in order).

 

5. What is something (beyond the normal requirements, like patience and a computer) that every author ought to have?

 

Resilience. You’ve got to be able to bounce back from your mistakes. The first release of my first self-published novel was full of errors because I lacked experience (among other things). It was really hard not to let those mistakes shoot down my ambition, and I still look back on it with regret sometimes. Writing is something that never stops improving over time, so you’ve got to be able to learn from your mistakes and keep going.

 

6. Have any authors influenced your writing or passion for writing?

 

I wouldn’t say there’s one particular author that has directly influenced my writing, but there are a lot of authors that I admire and respect, of course. I think the writers that most influence my passion and excitement for writing are the fellow authors I interact with regularly on social media. It’s awesome to be able to share that passion and encourage each other in our projects.

 

7. You were born in America, but you live in Spain. Does living in another country influence your writing at all?

 

Yes. It influences pretty much everything about me. I’ve lived in Spain for over nineteen years, and I firmly believe living in a non-American culture has expanded my understanding of cultures and world perspectives. I think like a European more often than not, and I’m sure that works its way into my writing, albeit subtly.

 

8. You are getting ready to launch Where the Wood Grow Wild. Could you tell us a little bit about it?

 

I’d love to! Where the Woods Grow Wild is an adventure-driven fantasy novel about two young-adult protagonists, Martin Colter and Elodie Tuck, that wind up separated and lost in a forest that no one has ever been in before. I don’t want to give away too much, but as they attempt to find each other (and their way out), they discover a lot of strange and dangerous things in the woods.

 

I started writing WTWGW just over a year ago, and I’m stoked to see it come to life in just a few short days. Unlike past works of mine, WTWGW is definitely on the lighthearted side of the spectrum (most of the time), and I probably infused it with a bit too much caffeine-induced snark. Oops.

 

 

Find Nathen Philbrick on his blog, You Write Fiction, and on Twitter.

Last of all, if you missed it Saturday, here is the link to the ebook giveaway!

Click here to enter! 

December Book Giveaway!

The only thing better than a book is a free book. Or, in this case, a free ebook.

Looking for something new to read? Have a tbr pile which reaches the ceiling but want another book to add to it? Whatever your situation, I’m excited to be able to tell you that I and some author friends of mine are giving away seven free eBooks this Christmas, and you have a chance of winning one of them. Obviously. Or there’d be no point to this post.

all-ebooks

If you want to win one of these lovely thingies, choose one of the entry options and follow the instructions to gain a point. (Hint: you can enter with as many options as you like to increase your chances of winning.) The giveaway started December 2nd and ends on the 20th, so you’ll have plenty of time to enter. We’ll pick eight winners at random and contact them before Christmas so you can have your ebook delivered whenever you like.

List of Authors and Books

So let’s get to it. Click on the book to read about it on Amazon, and click on the author to see their awesome bookish blogs.

Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek

Be Thou My Vision by Faith Blum.

Becoming Nikki by Ashley Elliott

Alen’s War by Hannah A. Krynicki

Where the Woods Grow Wild by Nate Philbrick

Song of the Sword by Hope Ann

Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero

The Wings of Antheon (pre-order) by Ellyanna J. Wenceslao

Giveaway widget/link

Last of all, the giveaway!

Click here to enter!

Also, a bit of a teaser, I’ll be having a special interview post with one of these authors next week, so keep your eyes open for that! Until then, check out the cool blogs I’ve linked and enter as many of the ebook giveaways as you’d like!

Lady Dragon, Tela Du Blog Tour

So, today, I am part of the blog tour by Kendra E. Ardnek’s newest book Lady Dragon, Tela Du! Not only did I get to interview Kendra, I also have a snippet from the book and a free gift for you all!

recently-updated

Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

 

47-img_5944

 

Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.

Blog: knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com

Official Website: kendraeardnek.weebly.com

lady-dragon-tela-du-final

 

Add Lady Dragon, Tela Du to GoodreadsAdd Lady Dragon, Tela Du to Goodreads

Buy the Book:

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JFUF3XE

Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/6354914

Interview Time!

Welcome to Writing in the Light, Kendra! I know this is a common question, but could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became a writer?

Hi! Thanks for having me. I’m a 21-year-old ENFP author with an imagination too wild for my own good. And I happen to blame my current release for my decision to become a writer. While I had dabbled around with several stories before that point, I was never really serious until some friends and I decided to make a “better” Narnia movie. As the oldest among us and the most adamant about the plot, I took up the task of writing the play. The thing became my baby as I wrote it over and over, each draft getting further and further away from the Narnia plot until at length I realized that it would be better off as a book. By this point, the written word had completely consumed me and there was no turning back.

What are your future writing plans?

I plan to participate in NaNo this year, writing ROCKS, a superhero boarding school dystopia, and I’m working on a companion novel to the Rizkaland Legends called “Worth of a King.” Beyond that, I intend to focus on Fairy Tale releases next year, most notably “Poison Kiss,” a retelling of Sleeping Beauty where the jilted fairy decided to change things up and declared that true love’s kiss would bring the curse of death rather than the spinning wheel. I’m currently in the middle of the first draft of the third Rizkaland Legend, which I hope to release sometime in 2018. Beyond that, I have very few definites.

What is your favorite part of writing?

Plotting and editing. Plotting because I don’t have to write anything down – just explore the limits of possibilities and get to know the characters. Editing because the book is already written and I only have to make it better.

Moving on to your newest book, Lady Dragon, Tela Du, can you tell us where you got the name ‘Tela Du’?

I decided I needed a name for Amber’s look-alike enemy, played around with syllables for a few minutes, and that’s what came of it. There is possibly a German influence, because I tried to learn German for a while … but it was indirect.

Did any characters in LDTD surprise you with the direction they took?

Well, in the very first draft, Ashna surprised me by existing. The girl just ran out of nowhere and was suddenly incredibly vital to the plot and I hadn’t even planned her.

Uh, in this draft though? Reuben actually surprised me by how eager he was to go to Rizkaland. I hadn’t really done much development for his character up to this point, so I had no idea that he was the kid who sat in the closet hoping to find Narnia – or that he still retained such delusions.

Also, I learned a few new things about the scope of Laura’s powers. For instance, I learned that she has what she calls her “Voice” which is the ability to say a single word at a certain frequency so that it shakes the fabric of reality and subtly influences people to do as she bids. It’s not something she does very often, as she runs the risk of damaging reality, but she can do it.

Quite a few writers put colors to their books. I think it’s safe to say that red and purple are dominate colors in LDTD, but are there any other colors you visualize as being mixed in?

Yeah, it’s safe to say that red and purple are pretty important. I tend to think in colors, not necessarily pictures, so colors do end up pretty important in my writing. The main color that I visualize when I think of LDTD is gold, though, hence why it’s on the cover.

 

A friend recently started a tag where one described their book as a room. What type of room would you describe LDTD as?

And another friend tagged me with that. I need to get around to doing it. Anywho.

LDTD is a grand, very austere room with golden walls, floor, and ceiling, and not somewhere you go to relax. There is no furniture beyond a collection of shelves, on which sit various magical trinkets. Weapons are scattered over the floor. In the very center stand the statues of two girls, one purple, one red.

 

Moving to writing in general, how have you, as a Christian, incorporated Christian themes into your own stories?

I incorporate them as they come up and make an issue of themselves. I deal a lot with themes of forgiveness, love, and sacrifice, though a running theme of choices, consequences, and God’s sovereign plan cropped in LDTD that I hadn’t planned.

 

Finally, do you have any tips for writers who are thinking of publishing on their own?

  1. Learn to take criticism – and seek critique partners who will give you honest, thorough feedback.
  2. Build your readerbase now. Whether you go independent or traditional, having an existing audience when you publish is vital.

lady-dragon-tela-du-final-001

Check out this snippet I got a hold of:

“Reuben, we are not going to follow a random stranger to his house!” Petra protested, realizing that Reuben was about to do just that.

“Petra, it’ll be fine,” said Reuben, confirming Petra’s fear. “We need answers about what we’re supposed to do here in this world, and we might as well receive them at a house rather than standing here in nature. Besides, in books…”

“You do realize how often in books, the first person the hero meets is an agent for the enemy? Seriously, Reuben, show some discretion. We don’t even know this guy’s name, and you’re already agreeing to visit his house.”

It was true that the guy had read a few too many fantasy novels growing up, and had never quite given up his hope of traveling to another world someday, but this was ridiculous even for him.

“My name is Noraeto if that makes you feel any better, ma’am,” the guy spoke up. “I suppose you don’t have any reason to trust me. You’ll have to take me at my word, but I think you ought to know that you look just like our queen, and if she finds out about you, she is going to want to kill you. I don’t think you want word of your presence here to get back to her.”

“Okay, cool. Guess that means I’ll go back home. I didn’t really want to come here in the first place.” She turned and started to walk away, but was forced to stop short when Reuben grabbed her braid. She gave a huff and turned back around. “Reuben, I’ve warned you about that.”

“Sorry, it’s convenient, and gets your attention.” Reuben gave a half-shrug and turned back to Noraeto. “Why would your queen want to kill Petra just because she looks like her? Does it have anything to do with a prophecy?”

“You and your prophecies,” muttered Petra, rolling her eyes skyward.

 

And no, I didn’t forget; the free gift. Because…Water Princess, Fire Prince is currently free! But the promotion expires tonight, so grab it today!

Song of the Sword Wrap-Up

Greetings, my fellow Pilgrims!

Firstly, thank you so much to all of you who took part in my Song of the Sword blog tour and launch, whether by posting on your own blogs, or commenting, or buying Song of the Sword, or reviewing it…

fierylogo copy

You’ve seen the cover of Song of the Sword enough the past week…how about a fresh picture? 🙂

Now the blog tour ended yesterday so here’s a summery of all the posts which were part of it:

Jennifer Kibble’s review of Song of the Sword and interview with me here

Faith Blum’s spotlight on Andrinian here

Keturah’s interview and review here

Heidi Burke’s unique interview with me as well as a pre-launch sneak peek of Song of the Sword here

Rebecca Morgan’s interview of me and spotlight on Punzel here

Claire Banschbach’s sneak peek of Song of the Sword here

Jaye L. Knight’s sneak peek and spotlight on Evrard here

Ivy Rose’s review of Song of the Sword and interview with me here

Kendra E. Ardnek’s interview and review of Song of the Sword here

Bethany Smith’s review of Song of the Sword and spotlight on Roinette here

Olivia’s sneak peek of Song of the Sword here

Anna Bria’s review of Song of the Sword and interview here

Also, even though the blog tour is finished, the giveaway runs until the end of the week. Click on the pictures below to enter if you haven’t already!

usa-giveaway

international-giveaway

I’ll probably choose a winner Sunday or Monday. However, I will be in Iowa this weekend until Tuesday (it will be a nice vacation after the launch) so it’s possible that I might not have time to announce the winner until Wednesday. 🙂

Until then, have a great week!

Song of the Sword is HERE!!!

Today is the day, everyone!

*squeals*

Song of the Sword is live on Amazon! If you have a nook, you can buy it in epub format on Smashwords.

Not only that, but it is on sale for $0.99 for three days only before going back up to $2.99!

Song of the Sword Facebook Promo - sale

Anyhow, I’m excited. Or perhaps that’s too mild of a word. Thrilled. Exhilarated. Terrified. Wait, what? Never mind.

If you want to buy a copy of Song of the Sword, grab it at Amazon now while you can pay less than if you were grabbing yourself a snack or a pop.

Also, don’t forget the giveaways still going until next week!

USA Song of the Sword Giveaway

International Song of the Sword Giveaway

Also, make sure to check out the rest of the upcoming blog tour!

August 5

Jaye L. Knight – Spotlight and sneak peek on Evrard

August 6

Ivy Rose – Review and interview

Kendra E. Ardnek – Review and interview

August 7

Bethany Smith – Review and spotlight on Roinette

August 8

Anna S. Brie – Review and interview

Olivia – Sneak peek

Amanda Tero – Review

And now, excuse me while I try to decide if I should go huddle in a corner or eat some ice cream.

Cover Reveal: Lady Dragon, Tela Du

So, last year I was able to beta read Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though I somehow missed the memo for beta reading Lady Dragon, Tela Du, meaning I’ll have to wait for publication before I can read it.

*sighs*

But hey, at least I get to share the cover with you today! And a free gift…so make sure you scroll to the end. *smirks*

Lady Dragon, Tela Du Final-001

Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

Add to Goodreads:

Preorder on Amazon:

And now, as promised, the cover of Lady Dragon, Tela Du!!!

Lady Dragon, Tela Du Final

Cover Design Credit: Benjamin Ingalls

I also got hold of a fun snippet of the book:

When the men were gone, Mum turned to the girls. “So, hiking in the woods, wasn’t it?”

“Yep, shortly,” Petra agreed. “We have to clean up after breakfast first, but that shouldn’t take long at all.”

“You sure you don’t want me to clean up for you two, so you can go ahead and hit the trail?”

“No,” said Petra, picking up the platter of pancakes and handing them to Ashley. “I used the glass dishes this morning, and I would rather not see them broken, or you badly cut. Go get started on the paperwork. I promise you that I won’t kill Ashley while you aren’t looking. She’s too valuable a dishwasher.”

Mum gave something akin to a smile and shook her head. “I guess I’ll have to take you at your word.”

writing prompt

Even great, powerful sorceresses capable of turning themselves into Dragons. I had such fun pulling her to her knees.

I also was able to interview Kendra!

Which of your books was your favorite one to write? 

Thus far? The Ankulen, actually. It was a relatively stress-free book compared to some of the others, and was by far my most pansted.

Do you ever plan to write something other than fantasy?

I’ve attempted sci-fi a few times (although, granted, the sci-fi universe is actually part of the Rizkan Multiverse), and I’m the middle of writing a superhero boarding school dystopia. And I have a few ideas for some Biblical Historical Fiction and a western rolling around in the back of my head.

Are there any songs which inspired LDTD?

I’m not sure there are any songs that have specifically influenced this book, and I’m not really a music person to begin with, but I do have a Spotify playlist for the series. Some songs that are specific to LDTD include “Just Fall” by Anthem Lights, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” by Celtic Thunder, “If You Fall” by JJ Heller, and “My Past is Not Today” which is a My Little Pony song.

47-IMG_5944

Author Bio:
Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.

You can find out more about her on her Blog or her Official Website
 

And now for your FREE GIFT from Kendra. You didn’t think I’d forgotten, had you? Well, I haven’t. And guess what? Water Princess, Fire Prince will be free for today only!!! Hop over to Amazon to claim you free copy today!

Song of the Sword Blog Tour Continued

We’re three days into the blog tour, with only two more days until Song of the Sword is released!

Song of the Sword Blog Tour

If you haven’t already, you can check out:

Jennifer Kibble’s review of Song of the Sword and interview with me here

Faith Blum’s spotlight on Andrinian here

Keturah’s interview and review here

Heidi Burke’s unique interview with me as well as a pre-launch sneak peek of Song of the Sword here

Don’t forget to enter one of my giveaways if you haven’t already!

usa-giveaway

USA Giveaway

international-giveaway

International Giveaway

And remember to check out the rest of the blog tour as it continues through the week

August 4

Rebecca Morgan – Interview and spotlight on Punzel

Claire Banschbach – Sneak peek

August 5

Jaye L. Knight – Sneak peek and spotlight on Evrard

August 6

Ivy Rose – Review and interview

Kendra E. Ardnek – Review and interview

August 7

Bethany Smith – Review and spotlight on Roinette

August 8

Anna S. Brie – Review and interview

Olivia – Sneak peek

Amanda Tero – Review

Song of the Sword Blog Tour

It’s finally here! The Song of the Sword Blog Tour! I am very excited about this (and hope you are too). And I’m running my first giveaway, so be sure to read to the end!

Song of the Sword Blog Tour

And now *bows* welcome officially to the launch of Song of the Sword, the second novella in the Legends of Light series! Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flows chronologically though the series, each novella is a stand-alone retelling of a favorite fairy tale. Each story in this nine novella series focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while also retelling popular fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.

swordcoverlowres

A glittering sword.

An ancient oath.

A blackened rose.

And a melody which ties it all together.

Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are caught in a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.

Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song.

To rescue Roinette and evade the trap almost certainly set for him by those who want his power, Evrard knows he’ll have to be careful. Even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. In the end, will his and Roinette’s efforts matter if the Prince brings an ancient oath to fulfillment, shaking the very foundation of Aslaria?

Available on Kindle, iTunes, and Smashwords

Add on Goodreads

And now, here’s what we have to look forward to this coming week!

August 2

Jennifer Kibble – Review and interview

Faith Blum – Spotlight on Andrinian

August 3

Keturah – Review and interview

Heidi Burke – Interview and sneak peek

August 4

Rebecca Morgan – Interview and spotlight on Punzel

Claire Banschbach – Sneak peek

August 5

Jaye L. Knight – Sneak peek and spotlight on Evrard

August 6

Ivy Rose – Review and interview

Kendra E. Ardnek – Review and interview

August 7

Bethany Smith – Review and spotlight on Roinette

August 8

Anna S. Brie – Review and interview

Olivia – Sneak peek

Amanda Tero – Review

Giveaways

And now for the promised giveaway!

I’m giving away a beautiful, one-of-a-kind mug with the Legends of Light logo emblazoned on its side, along with a Song of the Sword bookmark. Due to shipping costs, at this time the mug giveaway is limited to the USA. However, I do have a second giveaway of a $10 Amazon gift card, along with another Song of the Sword bookmark, for international readers! Please only enter one giveaway.

usa-giveaway

USA Song of the Sword Giveaway

international-giveaway

International Song of the Sword Giveaway

Have a wonderful day, everyone! And keep an eye out for the upcoming blog tour posts!

The Dragons of Alsace Farm Blog Tour

So, I decided to sign up for a blog tour the day before my own starts, but hey, that’s how it goes. *smirks* Also, this book does look very interesting.

Dragon Banner

Everyone has their secrets and Tayte, Agnes, and Noah are no exception. In Agnes’s home, though, those secrets—or dragons—might just tear them all apart. Part of the Kindle Scout competition, The Dragons of Alsace Farm, was hot and trending for four weeks before its launch. Find out why during this blog tour!

About the Book

Cover jpeg front onlyIn need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.

Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.

The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

buy-button-amazonAbout the Author

Author Picture

L.C. Lewis (Laurie) was born and raised in rural Maryland, surrounded by history-rich Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore. She and her husband Tom reside in Carroll County, Maryland, where they raised their four children.

The Dragons of Alsace Farm, Laurie’s eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with the dragon of dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812, America’s nearly forgotten second war of independence: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Dark Sky at Dawn and Twilight’s Last Gleaming were finalists in the 2008 USA Best Books competition. Oh, Say Can You See? was a 2010 Whitney Award finalist.

Three new books are in progress. Please watch for her remake of Awakening Avery, a political suspense novel titled The Shell Game, both of which are slated for later in 2016, and a March 2017 novella, Laurie’s contribution to the multi-author “Destination Billionaire Romance” series.

Laurie loves hearing from her readers and may be contacted through her website: www.laurielclewis.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @laurielclewis or on her blog at www.laurielclewis.blogspot.com. She also enjoys interacting with book clubs. Contact her to arrange a video chat with your group.

Book Club

The back of the book contains some thought-provoking book club questions. Laurie would love for you to schedule a video conference with her if their book club chooses The Dragons of Alsace Farm as one of their selections in the next six months. You can email her at: laurielclewis@laurielclewis.com.

Giveaway

Giveaway Picture

First and foremost, The Dragons of Alsace Farm is a love story, about the power of tested love, the promise of new love, and the strength of family love. Here’s a love basket, with a fun date night, Agnes’s favorite breakfast for the morning, and an autographed copy of the book to read on a lazy afternoon. Always remember love.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway

Enter here for the chance to win a paperback of The Dragons of Alsace Farm.

Excerpt

He leaned forward to study the thick, intricately detailed frame that surrounded the delicate seascape, and then heard a voice beside him.

“Do you think it’s centered?”

When he turned, he found an attractive, dark-haired woman wearing a blue dress. She was tall, maybe only six inches shorter than he was, and she leaned away from him as she also scrutinized the piece. Feeling instantly awkward, he dropped his gaze to the concrete before replying. “Its position isn’t the problem.”

The woman put a hand to her hip and raised one eyebrow in evident incredulity. “Really? And do you mind if I ask what is?”

The first word’s drawn-out delivery underscored the woman’s displeasure. He regretted having answered her at all. “Never mind. It’s just my opinion.”

She huffed and took a long-legged step back away from him, as if assessing him. “Are you an artist?”

He responded to the accusation in her voice by shifting his feet and moving his helmet to the crook of the other arm. “I’m just saying that the frame is too dark and heavy. It’s beautiful, but it doesn’t complement the piece. I’d prefer to see a gentle seascape surrounded by something lighter and more natural.”

She didn’t respond, but a quick glance revealed wrinkles in her brow line, as if she were considering his words.

He shifted again. “Anyway, I’m not an artist, it’s just my opinion.”

She folded her arms across her body. “So, if you’re not an artist, what are you?

Twitter Banner

Tour Schedule

July 31
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Laurie L.C. Lewis: A View From the Other Side of the Hill-Excerpt
Writing in the Light-Excerpt
Charity’s Writing Journey-Excerpt

August 1
Ruth’s Real Life-Excerpt
The Overactive Imagination-Author Interview
Author Franky A Brown-Excerpt

August 2
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt
Rebekah Lyn Books-Excerpt

August 3
Frances Hoelsema-Excerpt
Kandi J Wyatt, author: Where Fantasy and Reality Meet-Interview with Noah
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Excerpt

August 4
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Excerpt
Laurel’s Leaves-Author Interview

August 5
Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Excerpt
Good & Clean Reviews-Excerpt
Phrey Press-Author Interview

August 6
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Conclusion and Giveaway Announcement