Indie e-Con Scavenger Hunt 2018 – Stop #18

Hullo, everyone! I’m very excited to be participating in the Indie eCon again this year! This year, each author is helping with a scavenger hunt that’s taking place on each of our blogs. Today I’m hosting Ivy Rose, as she talks a little about her writing and who she is. Check out each of the blog posts shared today to gather the clues, and submit them for a chance to win a special giveaway! Read to the bottom to find your clue.

Hey there! I’m Ivy, and it’s a pleasure to take part in the Indie eCon this year. I’m the author of The Old River Road: a historical fiction novel based on the life of my ancestors; and Left to Die: a contemporary novella inspired by the adoption of my little sister from China.

As I was trying to write an updated bio for myself last year, I had to drive deep into what themes I consistently touch on in my stories. People what to know what I write about, but what do I write about? Both of my published novels are about normal people. Lots of my unpublished books contain characters leading seemingly normal lives. Writing contemporary novels pretty much screams “normal normal normal” when compared to a genre like fantasy or dystopia.

So what makes my writing different?

It took a lot of thinking, praying, and asking critique partners for their thoughts before I was able to file it down to something that made sense (and would fit into a bio):

My stories are about ordinary people in ordinary places. But they are put in a position to make extraordinary choices.

That theme isn’t something I consciously decided to do. It just kinda happened. I’ve been told by readers that my characters are quite relatable. Though I don’t do that on purpose, it makes sense; the characters don’t feel like they’re anything special. They’re normal. But when put in a position to make an extraordinary decision, guess what? Ordinary becomes extraordinary. Just like in real life.

Finding my writing theme was a process that took a few years. Just when I thought I had it figured out, it didn’t quite seem right. It takes time. Don’t fret if you can’t pinpoint yours just yet…it will come with time.

~Ivy Rose

 

Bio: Ivy Rose is a young novelist with a passion to create beautiful fiction. Armed with a desire to make scenarios readers can easily relate to, she writes in many genres about ordinary individuals faced with extraordinary choices. Two of her novels have been independently published. As a chronic illness warrior, Ivy eagerly encourages others to find joy no matter what the circumstances. In her free time, she loves dancing, playing music, or enjoying various outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest.

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So 4 is your clue for this post! You can check out the full list of posts here, start at the first post on Kandi’s blog, and check out the post I wrote on Sarah Allerding’s blog! Also, don’t forget that sign-ups for Lightporter’s release tour are still open, and I’d love to have more people participating!

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Lightporter Release Date (EEEP!) And Release Tour Sign-Ups

YES YES YES I’M EXCITED TOO!!!!

It’s been almost two years since Twinepathy released, and work on Lightporter has been pretty slow, but I’ve finally finished my edits, and I now have a release date for you!! *drumroll*

June 16, 2018

I’m so excited to finally be bringing you guys this book! It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here! If you would be able to help out with this release, please fill out the contact form below! And now for the blurb (FINALLY!) and some details!

LIGHTPORTER

(Light-por-ter)

n. someone who has the ability to manipulate light and can use that ability to teleport

Albany and her twin sister, Brooklyn, have gotten more comfortable in the superhero world. But when Blaze starts acting secretive and weird monsters attack, the girls realize there is more going on that they still don’t know about. Before long, they discover that Blaze is hiding something—or someone. With FOE still hiding in the shadows, the girls must decide who they can trust… before it’s too late.

Important things to know about the blog tour:

  • The tour will last from June 11-16. If you sign up to help, you can post/promote on any (or all) of those days.
  • Starting on June 11th, Lightporter will be up for pre-order for $0.99, and Twinepathy‘s price will go down to $0.99 permanently! After the release (probably about a week after), Lightporter will go up to $2.99, so if you can buy it during the release or right after, you’ll get a lower price.
  • Don’t have a lot of time to participate, but still want to help? No problem! I’ll be providing a pre-written post with a description of the book and links.
  • If you haven’t read Twinepathy yet and don’t know if you would want to help promote Lightporter, ask me about a free PDF review copy of Twinepathy. I’d love to get some more reviews for it!
  • If I receive enough entries, there could be another fanart or fanfiction contest. If you’d be interested, let me know in the comments below! There could be signed paperback copies of Lightporter given away. 😀 If there aren’t enough entries for a contest, but a few people still submit entries, you’ll still get a special thank you, so let me know in the comments if you’d like to participate! (You can see the last contest here.)
  • If you sign up to do a character or an author interview, you must send me your questions by June 1st. This will give me time to answer your questions.
  • Have your own idea for a unique type of post? Let me know in the signup form or in the comments below. I’d love to hear it!

As always, if you have any questions, comment below! You can also share this graphic to get your friends excited about the release.

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I’m super excited about this release, and I hope you guys are too!! Comment below if you have any questions! 

A Blazing Seal of Approval: An IDIA Short Story

Why, hello, everyone!!! It seems I’ve been neglecting this blog a teensy bit. The school semester has been crazy, but I’m trying to put together a few more posts for you guys before next semester. I’m also still working on the editing for Lightporter, and I’m hoping to have an update (with a release date!!!) for you guys soon! We’ll see how it goes.

Anyway, I was looking over some of my older stories and I saw a short story I wrote as fluff a little while back that takes place right after Twinepathy, and I thought that would be a fun way to celebrate the new year with you guys! So I hope you enjoy, and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

“It just makes absolutely no sense.”

I look over at Denver as I pour milk on my cereal, trying to decide if I should shake my head or laugh. The two of us are the only ones home. It’s Saturday, so the rest of our family is out shopping. We opted to sleep in, instead. “Denver, Brooklyn and I can speak to each other with our minds, and you don’t seem too weirded out by that. Why should teleportation make sense?”

Denver sighs, stirring his oatmeal. “I don’t know. It’s just weird. None of this makes any sense scientifically.”

I shrug. “It’s kinda weird, but I’m starting to get used to it.” I lean forward. “And I also told Blaze he could join us for breakfast, so be nice.” It’s been about three weeks since we officially joined IDIA, and while our family has met some of the IDIA members, Jen thought it might be a good idea for them to hang out some more. I think she just wants to keep an eye on our family, but that’s fine with me. As long as we don’t have to lie to them anymore, I’m happy.

Denver’s frown deepens. “Every time I’ve met him he seems sarcastic and rude. Why do you like hanging out with him so much?”

“You’ve spent five minutes with him!” I protest. “Give him a chance.”

He sets down his spoon. “His illusion stuff and teleportation don’t help. He could be spying on you when you least expect it.”

There’s a laugh nearby, one that I instantly recognize. “Like right now?” Blaze teases. He appears, grinning. “Hey, Jazz. ‘Sup, Colorado?”

Denver and I both look at him with blank expressions, and Blaze’s grin widens. “Your name’s Denver. That’s in Colorado…”

I groan. “Blaze, you are not helping his opinion of you.”

Denver takes a deep breath and turns back to his oatmeal, electing to ignore Blaze, I guess. Blaze sits down at the table. “Do you guys want donuts?” he asks. “Because I can go and grab some.”

“You mean steal some?” Denver asks, looking up at Blaze.

Blaze’s face reddens, and he glares at my brother. “I would never do that!”

“Sure, Blaze, I’d love some donuts!” I interrupt cheerfully, trying to break up the tension. “Maybe you could grab some more milk, too, if that’s okay? We’re almost out.”

“Definitely,” Blaze agrees tiredly. He disappears instantly, and I wave a hand through the spot to make sure he teleported and didn’t just turn invisible.

I immediately turn to Denver. “I thought I asked you to give him a chance! He’s trying super hard to impress you.”

“Does this really mean that much to you?” Denver asks with a sigh.

I nod. “Yes, it does. Could you just try to find some common ground, or at least not insult him by insinuating he’s a thief?”

“Fine.” Denver leans back in his seat. “I’ll ask him about his powers. Maybe he’ll like talking about himself.”

“Denver!” I protest.

He smiles. “I’m teasing. But just so you know, I do not give you permission to date him yet.”

“WHAT?!” I practically screech, but before I can protest further, Blaze reappears with donuts and milk in hand. I clamp my mouth shut and slump back in my chair, glaring at Denver. With Blaze here, I know I can’t protest about Denver’s statement because I’d never hear the end of it from Blaze. After all, we’re just friends, and Blaze said he doesn’t date… whatever that means.

Denver reaches over and picks up a donut out of the box. “So, Blaze, how exactly does your teleportation work?”

Blaze looks over at him, as if trying to decide if Denver’s trying to get valuable information on how to destroy him. “Well, it’s all based off of light,” he explains vaguely. “It’s kind of complicated, and I’m not sure I completely understand it, either.”

Denver straightens, actually looking interested now. “It’s based off of light? Really?”

“Yeah…” Blaze glances at me and back to Denver. “Why?”

“I did an in-depth study of light for a science project in high school.” Denver leans forward. “So if your powers are based off of light, I might be able to understand them.”

Blaze tilts his head to the side. “Maybe you can help me figure out exactly how my teleportation works, too. If you’re interested, that is…”

Denver smiles. “Definitely! You know, we might be able to use the physics lab at the college to run some tests, as long as you can make sure no one sees you teleporting or anything.”

Blaze brightens. “Sure! And I could bring in some other teleporters, too, if you want to compare the difference between our teleporting. Most teleporters’ powers work similarly, except for mine.”

“Don’t even ask Trav,” I add in. “She’s always so grumpy.” At least they’re getting along well. I should have known my nerdy brother would find something interesting to do with Blaze. I stand up, putting my empty cereal bowl in the sink. “I’m going to leave you two here to do your science stuff while I go… read or do something interesting.” I grin at the two of them as I leave.

A couple of hours later, I’m deep in a novel, laying on the couch in the living room, and Denver comes in, flopping down in an armchair. I ignore him, flipping a page in my book, but he clears his throat. I sigh and put my book down. “What?”

“You now officially have permission to date Blaze,” he says with a grin.

“Denver!” I protest. I consider throwing my book at him, but I opt for a pillow instead. “Come on! We’re just friends.”

He shrugs. “That’s what I always said about Ezra before we started dating.” I groan, but he grins at me, although his grin is a little sappy since he’s thinking about his girlfriend. “Anyway, Blaze and I are going to get some teleporters together next month to work on some tests and stuff to figure out exactly how his teleporting works. Do you wanna be my lab assistant?”

I give him a fake grumpy frown. “Not if you’re going to keep teasing me about Blaze.”

Denver leans forward. “But if you’re just friends, why should it bother you?”

I want to wipe that teasing grin off of his face. “Because…” I groan. “This is a losing battle, isn’t it? Fine, I’ll help you.”

He stands up. “Good. I’ll let you get back to your book.” He ruffles my hair when he walks past. “And you were right, by the way.”

I lift an eyebrow. “As usual. About what?”

“Once I gave Blaze a chance, it turned out he wasn’t so bad.” Denver smiles at me. “I may be your big brother, but you can still teach me a thing or two, I guess.”

I grin. “Well, that’s what I’m here for.”

I hope you enjoyed that fun little story! What did you think? Would you like to see this published as an ebook on Amazon? Comment below! I’d also love if you’d leave a review on Goodreads if you can!

I Need Your Help! (Awards, Voting, and Such)

Hullo, everyone! Happy late Thanksgiving! I know I haven’t posted much lately, but I have some exciting news! Twinepathy has been nominated for TCK Publishing’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards! *throws confetti*

I’m super excited about this, but I need your help. Since this is a reader’s choice award, you can vote for Twinepathy to help it win. Just got to the contest website here, go to the YA/Middle Grade Book category (category 12), and vote for Twinepathy! The entries are in alphabetical order. It’s super easy and only takes a minute, and I would really appreciate your vote. Even if you haven’t read Twinepathy yet, you can still vote for it. Every vote helps!

I’d also appreciate if you could help spread the word! Post on social media, tell your friends, and spread the word. The contest is open until December 10, 2017, but don’t wait!

Thank you guys so much! 😀 Also, as a reminder, the Indie Christian Book Sale is now live, so go check it out and pick up some free or bargain books!

 

Indie Christian Books Black Friday Sale!

Hullo, everyone! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted! With school and trying to squeeze in time to edit, I haven’t had much time for my blog. But today I’m happy to be hosting the Indie Christian Books site for a special Thanksgiving/Black Friday sale. I’m super excited about this, and although I wasn’t able to get my own books in the sale this year, I’m glad to help support other Indie authors! So here’s some more about the Indie Christian Books Black Friday Sale.

From Nov 24th through Nov 30th, a huge selection of independently published Christian books are on sale. You can find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if your budget is depleted from Christmas shopping, we have some freebies for you! Need even more of a reason to support indie authors and fill your shelf with good stories? When you purchase a paperback book through indiechristianbooks.com you’ll be eligible to enter an exclusive giveaway including free books and an Amazon gift card!

You can meet our authors by visiting the Author Database on the website. Want to get to know the authors better AND have the chance to win some fun prizes? We’d love to have you join our week long Facebook party which will feature 39 authors over 7 days.

A note on the Ebooks Only page. Many of the books are listed as “Sold Out.” This is because we aren’t selling those directly through our site. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

Check out the giveaway here!

What books are you excited to get on sale? Have any on your Christmas list? Comment below with your favorite book you’ve gotten for Christmas!

Retellings of Parables for the Modern Day

Hullo, friends! At the beginning of this school semester I decided to try and blog more this school year, since I hardly blogged at all last year, and September went by with a total of two posts. Whoops. So since I’m low on time for actually writing posts, I thought I’d look through some older short stories and such. While I was doing that, I remembered my New Testament class assignment where I rewrote two parables to make them more relatable to modern audiences. They were fun to write, so I thought I would share them with you guys. I’ve also included links to the original parables. Hope you enjoy!

The Parable of the Two Roommates

Original: The Parable of the Two Sons

“What do you think? There was an RA who had two students who were rooming together. She went to the first and said, ‘Hey, can you clean your room? It’s gotten too messy.’

“‘Sorry, it’s not my turn,’ the first roommate replied, but later she decided to clean anyway.

“The RA went to the other roommate and asked her the same thing. She said, ‘Sure!’, but she didn’t do it.

“Now which of these did what the RA asked?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “The criminals and sinners will enter the Kingdom of God before you. John came to show you how to be righteous, and you didn’t believe them, but the criminals and sinners did. Even after you saw that, you didn’t repent and believe him.”

 

The Parable of the Lost Child

Original: The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Now the criminals and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But several Bible scholars muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “What if one of you is at a camp with a hundred children and one of them wanders off? Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine behind to look for the lost child until you find him? And when you find him, you would take him back, relieved. Then you would call the other counselors together and say, ‘I found him!’ Similarly, there will be more celebration in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who don’t need to repent.

What do you think? Enjoy? Have you ever thought about rewriting a parable in modern-day context? Comment below with your thoughts!

The Rise Of Aredor Series Re-Launch

Hullo, everyone! I’m so excited to be bringing you the re-launch of the Rise of Aredor series by Claire M. Banschbach!!! This series has been out for a while, and I’ve been dying to read both books, but then the publisher closed. Because of that, they were off of the market for a while, but now they’re finally be relaunched! I’m so glad to be a part of the tour. So let’s learn a little about the books, shall we?

The Rise of Aredor

Lost in a foreign land and separated from his family, Corin does his best to survive as a slave in the household of a Calorin lord. With newfound friends he fights for survival in ambushes and wars. For one act of bravery, he is awarded his freedom and returns to a home that has been invaded and ravaged by the Calorin armies. When Corin sets foot on Aredor’s shores, he has one goal in mind: find his family. He is driven into the forest, where he is reunited with childhood friends. From the shelter of the woods, they begin a spirited rebellion against Corin’s former cruel master, who now holds sway over Aredor. Follow Corin’s path in his quest to free his imprisoned brother, find a father who has vanished, and ultimately free his country in The Rise of Aredor.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The Wildcat of Braeton

His term of service to Lord Rishdah now complete, Aiden returns to his home in Braeton. As he travels he hears rumors that trouble plagues Braeton. Clan Canich is being attacked from within. He arrives, determined to save his father, his brothers, and his Clan from the treachery of one man.

A year has passed since the Calorins were driven from Aredor and Corin is struggling to rebuild his country. Despite the peace, a fear haunts him that the Calorins aren’t far away. The Hawk Flight takes to the forest again to defend the borders against a possible attack from the neighboring country of Durna and its Calorin ally.

As Aiden and Corin struggle to adapt to their new lives they know one thing for certain – war is coming to the North!

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Author Bio

Claire M. Banschbach is a native West Texan. She discovered a deep and abiding love for fantasy and science fiction at a young age, prompting her to begin exploring worlds armed only with an overactive imagination and a pen while obtaining degrees in Kinesiology from Texas A&M and Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University.

She talks to fictional characters more than she should while struggling to find time for all their stories. She currently resides in Arlington, TX where she works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.

You can connect with her on Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Blog | Instagram

 

And now for some fun celebratory things! There’s actually a Rise of Aredor giveaway going on, and all of the books are on sale for $0.99! Along with that, you can get a taste of the Aredor universe by checking out some short stories on Claire’s blog. Check out the rest of the tour posts below to see even more!

Tour Schedule

Sept 28

Daley Downing – Series review

Rachael Ritchey – Series spotlight & Interview

Deborah O’Carroll – Series spotlight & Interview

Kelsey Bryant – Series spotlight

Shannon A. Hiner – Series review

Sept 29

CB Cook – Series spotlight

Liv K. Fisher – Series spotlight & Interview

Laura A. Grace – Video Reviews!

Emily Kopf – Review for The Rise of Aredor

Shannon A. Hiner – Interview

Sept 30

Hazel West – Interview

E. Rawls – Guest Post – Anatomy of Writing

Gabriellyn Gidman – Interview

E. Paige Burks – Series spotlight

Sarah Addison-Fox – Series review

Faith Blum – Spotlight for The Wildcat of Braeton

9 Tips And Tricks For College Students

Hullo, friends! So today’s post is a little different. This past semester, I finished my first year of college, and it was certainly a new experience. 🙂 So I thought I would share some of the little tricks I learned in my first year at college. Keep in mind that all colleges and their surrounding towns are different, so you may  not be able to do some of these, but I hope you’re able to find something to help you out. And if you’re not in college, share this with someone you know who is (or bookmark it for future use 😉 ).

  1. Be creative when it comes to food. It is really, really easy to get bored of the same old cafeteria food. If your cafeteria has a salad bar, try using some of the items on there to mix up other meals. Tired of hamburgers? Add some bacon bits and shredded cheese. Bring some salsa from an outside restaurant, or bring your own salad dressing or sauce. Buy Go-gurts and put them in the freezer to have your own froyo (seriously, it is the best)! Building off of that…
  2. More expensive restaurants may equal more meals. Spending twelve dollars on a meal at a more expensive restaurant may not seem like a good idea at first, but take into account how many meals you can get out of that twelve dollars. To-go boxes are amazing, guys! The food is usually more expensive (not to mention better quality) at some Italian restaurants, but they usually also give you bread of some kind and a side salad as part of your meal, which can easily fill you up. And if they have big portion sizes… well, I’ve gotten four meals out of one twelve dollar meal.
  3. Get a library card. By this I mean a card for a public library, not the school library. A lot of public libraries not only have awesome reading books, they have movies, too. All you need is a library card, and you can get free movies! They’ll usually have a shorter rental period than books, but they’re definitely cheaper than Redbox.
  4. Pay with cash. Lots of studies have shown that people who pay with cash tend to spend less. This is sooo true. It’s easier to spend money with a card, because it’s harder to hand over a twenty dollar bill to a cashier than to just swipe a plastic card. Plus, this is better for your finances in the long run.
  5. Save your change. I actually learned about this from my Business teacher, and it builds off the previous tip. At the end of the day, empty out your change from your wallet or your pockets and put it in a jar or container of some kind. You can actually save up a lot of money this way! Change tends to build up without you realizing it, plus this can relieve some of the weight in your wallet or purse.
  6. Ask about student discounts. This is mostly at restaurants, but student discounts are really helpful! Just by showing your ID you can get anywhere from 10-20% off your usual price. This is easy to forget about, but try and ask when you’re shopping or going out to eat. You might be surprised at the places that do student discounts! (You can also try Googling, but keep in mind each location is different).
  7. Get up early to do your laundry. Very, very few college students will get up at seven to do their laundry on the weekends. Take advantage of the empty laundry room and get your laundry done early. Better to get up early than to wait hours for a dryer! (And also, this is just courtesy, but move your laundry right after it finishes!)
  8. Go for a run or a walk. I actually did a whole speech last semester about the benefits of exercise, and one thing I was surprised to learn was that exercise can actually help your creativity a lot. So if you’re stuck on something, try getting some exercise or just going for a walk. It can also help improve your focus!
  9. And last but not least… talk to people. I know, sometimes us introverts like to avoid social interaction, but there are times you want to hang out with people… and you can’t do that if you don’t have friends to hang out with. 🙂 In college, you even have a few basic questions you can ask the people who sit next to you in class, like “what’s your major?” and “where are you from?”. Don’t rely on other people to start the conversation. Put down your phone before class and start up a conversation with the people around you, sit with someone who’s sitting by themselves in the cafeteria, or just compliment someone who’s wearing a shirt with your favorite superhero on it.

I’m sure there are many more tips and tricks out there, but this is a pretty good start! Do you have any college or school related tips? Have you used any of these before? Do you want to see more college-related posts like this one? Comment below with your thoughts!

Reintegration (Reintegration #1) by Ashley Bogner – Release Day And Review

Hullo, friends! I’m super excited to be sharing a book review with all of you today! I was given an eARC of this to review, and I enjoyed it spook much! Up until lately, I’ve been reading a lot of good books, but Reintegration is the first book in a while that’s made me fangirl and really really enjoy reading it.

As mentioned above, I received a free ARC of this book, but all thoughts are my own, and I wasn’t required to give a positive review (I just loved it!).

Oh. My. Goodness. Where to start with this review????? There are so many things I loved!

Plot

I loved the plot of this book! It was super exciting and kept me reading, but there was also a lot of slower spots where there was a lot of character development, which was sooo good. And just the whole idea of a dystopian society like this (I’m trying to fangirl without spoiling!) and trying to erase someone’s memories to make them fit into society…. It was so good, and such a fun ride!

I also loooooved the plot twists, too. I saw some of them coming, but it was the kind of “seeing it coming” that was really satisfying when I was right.

Characters

I absolutely have to do this in list form. XD

  • Katherine: I usually tend to like side characters more than main characters, but I actually really liked Katherine. She was multi-layered, and her doubt over everything she’d been taught was portrayed in a realistic and believable way. I loved her progression from perfect student to doubt and beyond. You can tell from the blurb that she begins to question things, but it wasn’t done in a cliche or forced way, and her inner conflict was portrayed SO WELL. There were a few times I didn’t like things Katherine did (there was some tension at one point where all I could think was “just ASK HIM!!!!”). Despite that, I really liked her!
  • Matthew: Oh my goodness, I loved Matthew! He was so sweet and innocent, especially post-Reintegration, and I loved his reaction to Chelsea flirting. Also, his morals were great and I loved how they were portrayed as something natural and normal. Also he is adorable and I want to hug him. ❤
  • Chelsea: At first I thought she was just going to be a foil to Katherine and a side character, but I like what happened with her. Without spoiling anything, I have to say that I loved her role in the plot twist that I did not see coming.
  • Haynes: I knew her role in the story as soon as we first met her, and she was sooo good! Honestly, she was very chilling and a good villain, although she did fall into monologuing/revealing evil plan mode a few times.
  • Thompson: AHHHH THOMPSON. Basically he is awesome and I very much want to hug him and protect him. That is all.

All of the characters were so we’ll developed, and I loved all of them (except for the evil ones). I think the only thing I didn’t like was that some of the characters (Haynes and Thompson, for example) were referred to by their last names most of the time, so I don’t even remember their first names. It’s mostly a personal preference because last names seem more distanced to me, but that didn’t really bother me much at all when I was reading it. 🙂

Theme

I don’t usually talk about themes much when I review books, but this book… The terms were at the root of the plot, so I can’t really mention one without mentioning the other. This dystopian society was so realistic because their views on tolerance we’re so similar to those of our society today–these people had just taken this to the next level. I loved the portrayal of right and wrong as absolute (in spite of what society said). Plus, the way guilt was described without being called guilt was just amazing!!! Overall, this book portrayed its theme so well, and I immensely enjoyed it! 

Theories

So I want to talk about my theories soooo much, but I don’t want to spoil the book for those of you who want to read it but haven’t yet. I’ve put them in spoiler tags on my Goodreads review, and you can check them out there if you want to. 🙂

Overall, I immensely enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it. It’s a fun, clean story, with great Christian themes and an awesome plot. You can check it out on Amazon, Createspace, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads, and follow Ashley Bogner’s blog. You can also read more about the book in my cover reveal post.

Do you want to read Reintegration now? (Do it, do it, do it!!!) Have you already read it? Comment below!

Exiles (Ilyon Chronicles #4) by Jaye L. Knight – Release Blitz And Author Interview

Hullo, everyone! I’m here today with an author interview with Jaye L. Knight, in celebration of the release of book 4 in the Ilyon Chronicles!!! I’ve sadly gotten a little behind in this series, but I’m looking forward to catching up at some point in the future. 😀 On to the post!

Author Interview

C.B.: Starting off with a tough question! Which of your characters in the Ilyon Chronicles has
been your favorite to write?

Jaye: Jace! I love Jace. Jace is my precious. Jace will always be my precious. 😀 But that’s
probably pretty obvious to most of my readers. So I’ll make this more interesting and go beyond
the obvious. I also love writing Daniel. He always takes over his scenes. And then there’s Kaden
too. Really, it depends on the day and the scene. Most of the characters have been favorites to
write at one time or another.

Which of the books in the series was easiest for you to write, which was the hardest, and
why?

Looking back now that I’m on the very last book (which is being a royal pain in the
neck), I think Resistance was the easiest. When you first start a series, you have so much
excitement and it’s all so new and awesome. And you’re so pumped about it and anxious to get
to the next books. That really helps propel you forward. Six books in and six years later, you
can’t help getting a little bit tired and looking toward the finish line.

What is one piece of writing advice you would like to give to young aspiring authors?

Just write. Don’t get hung up on trying to get it right in the first draft, just get that story
on paper. You can always fix things later, but a blank page won’t get you anywhere. The best
way to learn is through practice, and the more you can write, the better. So go for it and don’t
worry what that first draft looks like.

Where do you get most of your story, plot, and/or character ideas?

Lots of places. It can be books, movies, music . . . pretty much anything. Ideas for Ilyon
Chronicles came from DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul, Robin Hood, Gladiator, The Hunger
Games, The Mentalist, Thor, and a commercial for a TV show called Unforgettable, among
many other things. I can pick up bits and pieces of ideas from just about anywhere.

You’re stuck on a deserted island! What person, what food, and what one other object
would you want with you? Why?

Is this person fictional or non-fictional? 😉 For non-fictional, I’d have to go with someone
who was good at surviving like Les Stroud or Bear Grylls, because, I mean, that would be
obvious. I do want to actually survive. But as for fictional person, well . . . Aragorn. Yeah, I’d
feel pretty good about my chances of survival with him. 🙂 For food . . . I guess something
imperishable, and it would have to be gluten free since I’m allergic to wheat (so imaginative,
lol). And object . . . something to write on, whether some sort of electronic device with unlimited
battery or a ginormous notebook. ‘Cause a writer’s gotta write. 😀

This was such a fun interview to do! I had no idea about all the different shows and books that inspired the Ilyon Chronicles! 

About the Book

Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to
restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete
people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their
support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep
Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than
ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the
location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding
relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life
threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a
traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new
arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir but, with other
forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

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About the Author

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict
with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure,
Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest
darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the
age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy. (Also, I got a Jaye’s Ranger’s Apprentice bronze oak leaf necklace for Christmas, and I absolutely love it! You guys should check out her Etsy store. 😀 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway

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Schedule

Thursday, August 10

Friday, August 11

Saturday, August 12

Sunday, August 13

Monday, August 14

Tuesday, August 15

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