And the ebooks go to…


I’m just dropping in to let you know that the giveaway has ended, and we have a few winners– eight, to be exact. Congratulations to Olivia, Hailey, Rachel, Marrok, Raechel, Jennifer, Bailey, and Cory! (Whew.) You’ll be getting your ebooks within the next few days.

For those of you who didn’t win this time… no need to feel sad. You can still follow our blogs (there’s a list of them here!) for more bookish goodies and contests. And you’ll definitely want to follow me on Figment, because that’s where I’ll soon be posting journal entries from a certain raiding captain we all know and love… In the meantime, you can still visit the giveaway page to see the list. Be sure to congratulate those who won!

Congratulations and holiday cheers to all who entered; you are the best! See you next time.

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Ebooks for Christmas: A Complimentary Giveaway


Who’s ready for some free books?

Maybe you just happen to be looking for another book to read this winter. Perhaps you have a sister who really loves fantasy. It might even be that you’ve never read a book in your life and would like to try one to see what it’s like… who knows? Whatever your situation, you’ll be happy to know that I and some author friends of mine are giving away eight free eBooks this Christmas, and you have a chance of winning one of them.

Now for the rules! 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 starts December 3rd and ends on the 20th, so you’ll have plenty of time to enter. We’ll pick eight winners at random and contact you before Christmas, so you can have your eBook delivered whenever you like.

In case you want to know what you’re winning… it just so happens that I have a list for all you merry folk. Click on the book to read about it on Amazon, and click on the author to see their awesome bookish blogs.

Now for the giveaway, which opens December 3rd and runs through the 20th. Enjoy the fun!

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And come back here over the next few weeks for author interviews and visits. I’ll be visiting some of these other bloggers and hosting them here to talk about books, writing problems, the caffeine content of chocolate… whatever it is, you won’t want to miss it.

As always, happy writing!

A New Direction (not a joke)

Hello, people of various cities, countries, and alternate-universes who congregate on my little corner of the internet.


Because I couldn’t find the Matt Meese version.

Yes, of course, you say. You always miss me. But why is this post up on Sunday? I never post on Sunday. It’s a miracle if I even post on Monday. But I’m here early because it’s time for an announcement. To cut to the chase: my blog is going a new direction, and I figured I would take the time to tell you all about it before randomness starts popping up. (Surprise.)

A little backstory: As some of you may know, my other site, A Heart Devoted, is leaving the internet for good, and I’ll be posting those sorts of things here now. For those of you who haven’t heard yet: hitherto I and several other girls have written for a Christian blog, but lately we’ve been quite busy with a little thing called life, so we decided to consolidate that blog with our personal sites.

So, while I’m at it, I’ve decided to expand the scope of this blog to include lots of things. Videos (and vodcast, hopefully), literature, philosophy, maybe even economics… all of it will be here alongside the writing stuff. Basically you get a peek into whatever is on my mind every week.

Hence, the new tagline: Inside the mind of a sheltered Christian writer. Because that’s what haters call me, so I’ve decided to roll with it. It worked for Yankee Doodle, didn’t it?

Lastly, a disclaimer for the sake of everyone’s sanity. I’m not saying that non-Christians and others who disagree with me aren’t welcome here anymore. Far from it, anybody of any belief system can come here and talk about reality and such, as long as you’re willing to be courteous to everyone else. However, I want to be fair: know that I can’t slow down and explain all the relevant tenets of Christianity and dispel all possible misconceptions before I start the actual discussion. (My posts are way too long as it is.) So if you really want to gain something out of my posts without being offended, just walk around in my shoes while you read my stuff, and if something seems off, give me the benefit of the doubt. Get it? Got it? Good.

So welcome to the new blog. I look forward to talking with you.

Two Warnings

It seems I have many updates this week… But these announcements are critically important. You must be warned. There is an evil which does not sleep.

First, my sister Grace has a blog of her own. But I don’t recommend it- no, not at all. Learned in the lore is the random musings of a nerd, with thoughts about Christianity, MBTI, fantasy, and King Arthur. Such dangerous, hateful things. If you dislike friendly, thoughtful posts about all things creative, do not- repeat- do not read this blog. 

Then, my friend Elly posted a fun interview with one of my characters. Do not click the link to read it. You see, Elly is a dangerous type, too: a thoughtful Christian writer who just published her debut novel, and so she asks terribly good questions. If you have not read Alen’s War or are not interested in epic fantasy about pirates, you don’t want to see the chat with Alen at Chokmah&Kishron. Nor should you be sure to read all about her book.

Crisis averted. Good work, folks.

Stopping by on Tuesday afternoon…

…to say that my blogging friend Ellyana J. Wenceslao has self-published her first novel!

The memory of the Great Battle against the Antheons is a story of long ago, now buried within the pages of history. But everything changes when one boy learns the truth: the Antheons live! Peter, an Antheon living among humans, has a necklace, a secret, and the Duke he calls friend. But when he discovers that the Duke has been hiding his dark history, Peter’s only choice is to leave or face death. As he runs doubts begin to set heavily, leaving him faced with the question: Can he ever trust anyone again? His answer: No. Forced to flee for his life, Peter embarks on a quest to find the lost Antheons – a quest were danger and adventure never seem to be more than a step away. But will Peter be able to overcome his own dark history and doubts before everything changes…again?

I blogged about this back in June, and I told you then that this is one book which actually got a spot on my “top ten re-readable books” list simply because it was so much fun. That hasn’t changed. I’m so excited for everyone to read this book.

Enough talk. Go pick up the thing on Amazon, “and we shall hear the tale that has never been told.”

Giveaway Winners

A quick congratulations is in order!

I’ll be sending you your free ebooks on July 28th. Mazel tov!

And thank you to all who entered. Hold out until July 28th… it will be worth it. For now, you can read the first three chapters of Alen’s War on Figment.