SPARROW by Mandy Fender

Today, my friend and fellow author, Mandy Fender released Sparrow her second book in the Defier series…and you do not want to miss out. Just take a little peek. Allow the cover to captivate you, and then the blurb to pull you to the edge of your seat.


The fight has only just begun…

Lennox Winters is guilty. She stood in defiance against the Regime when no one else would. Now, she must train to become a Sparrow and fight for what she believes.

When the war breaks out in her hometown, she is forced to decide whether she will obey orders or rebel against the authority she respects. Either way, she must protect those she loves most, no matter the dangers.

As she navigates new territory with her loyal best friend, she’ll risk her life, and even her soul, for victory.

In war, sacrifice is inevitable.

Is her faith enough to get her through the fire?

Eeep! See what I mean?!? You can purchase Sparrow HERE! And you can join the fight at her FACEBOOK PARTY tonight.

MandyMandy Fender is a wife, mother, women’s pastor, and writer. She is a blogger for Broken, Beautiful, and Bold, and has a monthy inspirational article in the Westside Sol. Her work has received the Readers’ Favorite Five Star Seal and the Redemptive Fiction Award of Excellence by Radiax Press, and her short story, Samara of Shalocke, is published with Epifiction.

She wants to love like Christ and follow Him in all that she does. Through her writing she hopes to inspire, uplift, and encourage.



What do you do when the whole world suddenly stops? I’m conscious of my own pulse as I think about the what ifs — the mostly horrific what ifs. L.R Burkard’s novel, PULSE, explores a world without technology. She writes Christian apocalyptic fiction with a strong thread of suspense for young adults. While I’ve not yet read PULSE, it has certainly been added to my to-be-read list. (Psst…there’s an update regarding Legends of the Woodlands: Book Three at the end of the post.)


When an electromagnetic pulse hits the earth and everything stops working, nothing will ever be the same.

No TV, no internet, no cell phones, not even a stinking working car. Who would have thought this could happen in the USA?

And, who will survive now that it has?

Here’s what other readers are saying:

“I read this book in early August and I cannot stop thinking about and talking about it! The story is written from the p.o.v. of three different teenagers, which I appreciated because they are in three very different types of locations when the EMP hits and none of them (or their families) is safe or adequately prepared, including the ones that thought they were. The action in this book is ABSOLUTELY thought provoking. What would you do to keep your loved ones alive if this happened, or that, or the other thing you might not have ever thought about before now? Because if you don’t plan ahead, some of those options won’t be available to you. I think about this story almost every morning when I drive to work. Since reading this I have realized the importance of being prepared- with food & water, clothing, shelter, medicine, and the ability to defend your very life and those of your loved ones. This book has made me want to take self defense classes again. I highly recommend this book- it is not only fascinating but thought provoking- because the things that happen in this book could very well happen in real life.”

D.E.Taylor, Amazon Customer

“This book is written from the standpoint of three teenage girls as the world they know falls apart. It was actually quite thought provoking and also frightening. I would recommend this to anyone. I am looking forward to Book 2 in this new series. It is totally different from what this author has written in the past. Previously, I read and enjoyed the adult Christian Regency series.”

Heather, Amazon Customer



Linore Rose Burkard is best known for her Inspirational Regency Romance Series which whisks readers back in time to early 19th century England. Heart-warming adventure is par for the course in her books. Fans of romance in the tradition of Austen and Heyer (such as Pride & Prejudice, Cotillion, and even My Fair Lady), enjoy meeting Linore’s feisty heroines and dashing heroes.

Linore also writes YA/Suspense as L.R.Burkard. PULSE is the first in an expected three-book trilogy, the second of which, RESILIENCE, is due out by March-April 2016.

She grew up in NYC, graduating from Queens College with a magna cum laude degree in English Literature. She now lives in Ohio with her husband, five children, a Shorkie and three (two too many!) cats. She still home-schools her youngest daughter, preferably with a cup of coffee in one hand and an iPad in the other.

Okay, a tidbit about Legends of the Woodlands: Book Three… (The title is still a secret. {big grin})

My third book is most definitely a work in progress. Familial obligations have slowed my writing process a bit, but I’m back on a somewhat regular writing schedule. If you’re interested in delving further into the Woodlands Region with me, I’ve a few ideas. First, share with me what you’d most love to happen to Laila–Lars and Zander too–in the third and final installment of the series. Second, please consider writing a review on Amazon if you’ve not already done so. With OF THE PERSECUTED, I’m so very close to 100! {squeal} Third, and most importantly, please pray the conclusion to the story glorifies my Maker. For through Him, all things are possible.


The Fiercest Fight by Brent King

Happy Thanksgiving! Some of you may be searching for a new book to read over the holidays. Well, I’ve a great recommendation for you–The Fiercest Fight by Brent King.

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The cover–AMAZING! Don’t you agree?!? I must admit I’ve not yet read the story, but it is on my oh-so-adventurous-and-long to-be-read list. Here’s a bit about the story:

In the sleepy town of Astor Crossing, something evil stirs… Have you ever battled a beast? If so, you are not alone. Meet Tristan, a troubled teen who longs for a normal life, the very life that eludes him. When horror beyond his wildest nightmares confronts him, does Tristan have what it takes to survive? It will take all his resources—his wits, his mentors, and his will—to find the wisdom and resolve to win the fiercest fight of his life.

How could this story not be included on my to-be-read list?!? Order The Fiercest Fight. Knowing the author, I’m certain you won’t be disappointed.

And here’s a bit about Brent…

Brent King is a freelance writer of Christian fantasy and historical fiction from Lake Oswego, Oregon. Brent is a musician, a waterman, and has two sons, 20 and 23, who live in British Columbia, Canada. Brent’s first book, The Grip of Grace: God’s Hand in The Lord of the Rings, was published in January, 2014. Follow him at, and



Cover Reveal: A TIME TO SPEAK by Nadine Brandes

Hey, folks! Happy summer! As you venture about (take a walk, a run, a hike, a swim… read a book!), I hope the sun kisses your face and warms your heart. And if you’re looking for a great book, I simply must recommend A TIME TO DIE by Nadine Brandes. The award-winning A TIME TO DIE released September 2014 and is definitely a do-not-miss book. Because Nadine is my critique partner {big squeal} I’ve had the opportunity to read the sequel, A TIME TO SPEAK, long before it’s fall release. Wow… just, oh wow! So, here’s how you can join the adventure:

1. Read A TIME TO DIE . (Enter HERE to win a signed copy!)

2. If you’re standing, sit. Take a deep breath. Prepare to lose yourself in A TIME TO SPEAK’s cover…


{big sigh} See what I mean?!? I recently visited with Nadine about the amazing cover, as well as her OUT OF TIME series. Our cyberspace paths crossed for just a few minutes, so I blasted her with a few “opposite” questions. You know, like “What do you prefer, cold or hot? Sweet or salty?”

Which best exemplifies your series…

Emotion or Logic?

Emotion — A Time to Die is a very emotional journey for Parvin and, from the feedback I’ve received from other readers, it’s usually an emotional journey for them, too. Logic certainly has its place, but it’s not the front runner in this book.

Hope or Despair

Can it be a mixture of both? {wink} Hope amidst despair? That is my goal for the series, to show that hope can be found even during the darkest most despairing moments of our lives. It was a struggle to portray this adequately and I re-wrote and re-wrote all the way up to the last minute trying to make sure I captured the hope. Phew! God’s hand was certainly in that journey!

Brave or Cowardly?

Brave. Parvin considers herself a coward and, in many situations, she acts like one. But there’s a bravery deep inside her that flares in the hardest situations. And bravery is strongest when it comes from a coward stepping up.

Now, if you haven’t read A TIME TO DIE, stop–spoilers ahead!


How do you live after you planned to die?

Parvin Blackwater should have died in her brother’s place. She didn’t. Now she’s the only one who can protect her village, but no one wants to listen. When the Council starts forcing “new and improved” Clocks on the public, those who refuse are declared Radicals and exiled.

Having been across the Wall once, Parvin is the only one who can save them. But instead of going through the Wall, she’s packed into a boxcar, loaded on a cargo ship, and forced out to sea.  How will she lead when facing the unknown? 

Worse yet, why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out? 

Nadine Brandes Head ShotNadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. Her dystopian trilogy, the Out of Time Series, challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by ‘bumbershoot’.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai, editing fantasy novels, or being a Harry Potter super-nerd, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out chasing adventures.

Follow her in all these places: WEBSITE   NEWSLETTER    FACEBOOK   TWITTER   GOODREADS.


Dare: An Indie Release, A Blog Tour and a PARTY!


Welcome, Tricia! Today you’re wrapping up a successful blog tour with a Facebook party and a  giveaway. Whoohoo! So, let’s jump right in and add a few more party-goers to the list. Who does your intended audience include? Believers and nonbelievers? In what ways do you believe your story reaches each?

My intended audience is believers, since I think most unbelievers when they pick up this book might find it too Christian. But if an unbeliever did read it and was touched by it, I would be thrilled. In this book, a believer gets a look at how things work together for good and how amazing salvation is. An unbeliever will see the hope of redemption even for those who seem to be hopeless.

Certainly, we all seek the hope of redemption—and I speak from both sides. How long did it take you to write Dare?

Three months. Sort of. I wrote the first draft in three months, but I spent another nine months editing it. Since I wrote it so quickly, I had to go back and add tons of scenes. At least 50% of the book is either new or changed since that first draft. Probably more than that.

Tell me a bit about your main characters. Who did you have the most fun creating? Why?

Leith Torren is a Blade, an assassin-spy working for King Respen. Renna Faythe is a Christian whose life is in danger if her secrets are ever reported to the king. While Leith is my favorite character, Renna’s little sister Brandi was the most fun to write. She explodes into a scene and kind of takes over. Half the time, even I wasn’t sure what she’d say next.

Characters like Brandi are the most fun to write. I’ve found the hardest to write are my favorite characters (ahem, Zander Costigan). What do you consider the most impactful: the beginning or end of your book? Why?

Can I cheat and say both? When I got the idea for the book, I right away knew the first couple scenes and most of the ending, and I had to fill in the middle from there. I think neither the beginning nor the ending has quite as much impact without the other, and they form a sort of parallel with similar scenes, but very different choices on the parts of the characters.

What did you learn from the editing and publishing process of this book?

Indie publishing is a lot of work! I knew that going into it, and thanks to all the research I did before hand, I was mostly prepared for it. I had a few hiccups on the launch date (my timing on the ebook and the print book did not coincide at all). Hopefully the second time around goes a little bit more smoothly! I also learned writers are a great bunch of people. A number of authors, including you, volunteered for this blog tour before you’d even read the book. That’s pretty amazing to me!

Agreed. Many of my author friends are so much fun, I forget we are also a business. And Indie Publishing can be tough, but once you set the ground work…well, it’s lots of fun. As to releasing the ebook and paperback at the same time, I believe it takes its own sort of magic. I just decided not to worry about it the second time around, especially when comparing ebook sales to paperback sales. Now, are you planning a sequel?

The first draft for the sequel Deny has already been written, and now that Dare has launched, I can buckle down to editing that book. Deny picks up right where Dare ends, and the main characters’ faith is tested even more than it is in Dare. Of the three books in the series, Deny was the hardest to write and so far has been the hardest to edit. Some tough things happen in that book.

That’s exactly how I felt about Of the Coldblooded! But, you’re wise to have written drafts prior to releasing the first book. I wish I had been as wise. [grin] Let’s close with writing advice…what is the best piece of writing advice you’ve received? The worst?

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received is that characters develop through relationships. Since characters are one of my struggle points, this really helped me see a way to develop my characters more deeply. One of the worst was I was told I was “too good” for Kindle publishing. In other words, I shouldn’t pursue indie publishing because my writing “deserved” better. Instead, I pursued indie publishing anyways, found an awesome editor, and have been really happy with the results. Indie publishing isn’t an inferior way of publishing. It’s just a different route.

And now…Dare!

Dare Book CoverCourage could cost him everything.

Third Blade Leith Torren never questions his orders or his loyalty to King Respen until an arrow wound and a prairie blizzard drive him to the doorstep of the girls whose family he once destroyed.

Their forbidden faith and ties to the Resistance could devastate their family a second time.

Survival depends on obedience, but freedom beckons. How far does he dare go to resist the king and his Blades?

No matter what Leith chooses, one thing is certain.

Someone will die.


Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, and her blog.

And don’t forget to join the {Dare Book Launch Facebook Party}! Tonight! 8:00pm to 11:00pm EDT. It’s come-and-go, so don’t miss it! Oh, and the giveaway winner will be announced.

*Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win a Grand Prize giveaway to celebrate the release of Dare! Prize includes an autographed paperback of Dare, a necklace like the one Renna has in the book with a sterling silver cross pendant, a medieval dagger (not sharp) like the one Leith carries, and Dare-themed bookmarks! (Due to the difficulties in shipping weapons across international borders, this giveaway is open to US residents only). The winner of the giveaway will be announced at the end of the Facebook party on June 10.




Wow! It’s been a while since I last provided an Of the Persecuted or an Of the Coldblooded update. And do I have some exciting updates for you today! Here goes…

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1. Of the Coldblooded is AVAILABLE ON AMAZON! While I knew the release date was close, I did not expect it to be today (or late last night). Imagine my surprise when I received word from my formatter (Polgarus Studio) he was ready to upload the Kindle version once I gave the go ahead. So, I decided to go for it. Just follow the link and enjoy. In the meantime, I’ll promote between my non-fantastical day job and my three kiddos’ sporting events. Oh, and the miles I’m attempting to log each day, as well as eating and sleeping. LOL! (By the way, for old-schoolers like myself…the print version will follow within a couple of weeks.) Whoohoo!

Also, if you visit my FB page (Angie Brashear), you’ll see that I’m seeking to make an exchange–a free ebook copy of Of the Coldblooded for an honest review. There are only twenty-five slots and I’m close to full, but if you’re interested, comment on the post (on FB or here).

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2. Of the Persecuted is currently a part of blog launch giveaway at Writers on Reading. Even if you already have a copy of Of the Persecuted, I recommend visiting the blog for updates from some of my favorite authors. In fact, Morgan L. Busse was recently featured. And…I’m on her to-be-read list, which makes me super excited, and a bit nervous too.

3. Beginning tomorrow, Of the Persecuted will be FREE ON AMAZON! Now, please allow me to shamelessly beg for a moment…if you’ve not already posted a review for Of the Persecuted, I’d be honored if you’d do so during the free promotion which lasts Thursday through Saturday. More reviews lend toward credibility.

Well, that’s it for now. Follow me on FB (Angie Brashear) for more updates. Until then, enjoy the summer sunshine and a good book…preferably one of mine. {big grin}



Greetings! I’ve an incredibly special treat for you – Morgan L. Busse’s Heir of Hope released today! As you may know, Heir of Hope is the third book in her Follower of the Word series. I’m a fan of all three (Daughter of Light, Son of Truth and now Heir of Hope), and I’m certain you will be too. In celebration of today’s release, I’m offering a giveaway. The first three people to answer the following question correctly will win an Heir of Hope ebook.

Who is my favorite Follower of the Word character? Answer in the comments. (Since I work a non-fantastical day job, I may not be able to respond until later tonight. This is, after all, a scheduled post. LOL)

a. Rowen          b. Lore          c. Caleb

Now, here’s a sneak peek…


What Would You Sacrifice to Save Mankind?

The great city of Thyra has fallen and shadows spread across the land. Rowen Mar, the last Truthsayer, is taken before the Shadonae. But the Shadonae are not who she thought they were, and now they want to claim her as their own.

Caleb Tala, former assassin and prince, is now a Guardian of mankind. Exiled from his country, Caleb wanders the desert in search of his mother’s past and clues to who he is.

These are the last days of the Eldaran race. Rowen and Caleb must find their way along the dark path set before them by their ancestors: to heal what was wounded and love where hatred grows. But the road is narrow and the darkness beckons. If either of them fails, all will be lost…

And the human race will be no more.

Great cover! Great blurb! GREAT story!



…if you’ve missed Daughter of Light and Son of Truth, you’ve got to at least see their covers…




Morgan L. Busse writes fantasy for the adult market. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, including Daughter of Light, Christy and Carol Award finalist. Morgan lives on the west coast with her husband and four children. You can find out more about Morgan at

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It Doesn’t Have To Be An Allegory by Gillian Bronte Adams

If there was one misconception about writing that I took a while to overcome, it would be the idea that any fantasy written by a Christian had to contain an allegory of some sort.

Like every other child, I grew up reading C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. To me, their work was the pinnacle of fantasy, and if I wanted to be a writer worthy of the Inklings, I had to do things just like them. And somehow, my brain translated that into meaning I had to write an allegory.

(Never mind that Tolkien frequently claimed his work was not meant to be taken as an allegory.)

I’m not exactly sure where or how this notion became lodged in my head. But lodged it was. And it took a good amount of shoving, pulling, and hammering to break free of it.

The struggle between writing so called “Christian fiction” and being a “Christian writer of fiction” is something that I believe a lot of writers struggle with. Especially new writers like myself. We wonder if wanting to honor God with the abilities He has given us means that we must always include a Gospel message or a conversion scene. We wonder if every fantasy must be an allegory replaying the fall and redemption of mankind if we are to sanction writing about magical powers and battles between good and evil.

We wonder where to draw the line.

If I knew the answer I would gladly tell it. But I think a lot of times it comes down to the individual stories we feel the need to share and the audience we desire to share them with. Not all writers are trying to reach the same readers and not all allegories are the same.

But not all readers realize this.

Not all readers understand that some books are meant to contain only Christian themes or allegorical elements, while others are written as outright allegories. On the one hand, you will have Christian readers call you out for not including allegorical themes on every page, while on the other, you will have Christian readers call you out for a book that they consider preachy and heavy-handed.

At the end of the day, I think it is important to realize that you cannot please everyone, and your goal instead should be to determine who you are writing each book for.

And you should know that the appeal of an outright allegory is often limited to fellow believers. I’m not saying it’s impossible to attract other readers—after all, the Chronicles of Narnia has drawn readers from all over the world, from all walks, and from all faiths—but unless you’re C.S. Lewis, it is unlikely your allegory will please or even intrigue non-believing readers, whereas a book with more understated themes might.

So what is the power of an allegory if not to reach unbelievers with the Gospel?

I would claim that the true power of an allegory lies in its ability to stir the hearts of those who are already acquainted with its themes. To renew the passion that once burned bright and perhaps now only flickers within. To remind them of sacrifice, of beauty, and of love unending.

It is preaching to the choir perhaps, but it is preaching that is no less potent for its audience.

Growing up, some of my favorite books were allegories. Nowadays, I still love pulling a good one from the shelf. Ever heard of the Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy or Tales of the Forgotten God? Both are excellent. More recently, I read and adored Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s Heartless and Ashlee Willis’s The Word Changers.

Writers of allegories should stand unashamed in their work and not feel the need to hide the fact. There is nothing wrong with writing an allegory.

I wrote one and loved it.

But it is also important to remember that it is not the only story one can tell.

GILLIAN BRONTE ADAMS is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author from the great state of Texas. During the day, she manages the equestrian program at a youth camp. But at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs, pulls out her trusty laptop, and transforms into a novelist. She is the author of Orphan’s Song, book one of the Songkeeper Chronicles, and Out of Darkness Rising. Visit Gillian online at her blog, Twitter, or Facebook page.

Take a peek at Gillian’s latest release…

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Darkness reigns unchallenged.

For the villagers on the accursed Island, life has only one meaning – death. Bound to the Island by the curse, the villagers suffer beneath the iron claw of the Serpent, daily breathing the poison of his breath and dying to appease his insatiable appetite.

When Marya’s parents are slain by the serpent for their belief in a legendary king, she becomes an outcast. Struggling to survive and avoid the vengeance of the Tribunal, Marya is torn between legend and the harsh reality of the Island. Yet when a forgotten promise springs to life, she cannot help wondering if the old stories might in fact be true. And if they are, will the promise prove stronger than the curse?

On Goodreads and an amazing TRAILER!

Special Note: Many thanks to Gillian for her patience. I was supposed to post this several weeks ago as part of a blog tour, but got behind on all my “labors of love” while sick. But now I’m almost caught up – whoohoo! And tomorrow I have another new release to share with you, so slide to the edge of your seat while you wait in anticipation.   ~Angie


An Author, A Son and a Robot Dog…

Greetings! I hope you are well (and warm, wherever you may live). I realize it’s been a while since I last provided a novel update, but know this… I’m nearly finished with Of the Coldblooded edits. Whoohoo! As soon as I finish the last round of edits, I plan to send my manuscript to my formatter and prepare to release my second novel (hopefully no later than May!).

Now, as many of you know, I opted to tread the Indie Author path, which is why I’m very excited to bring you a few words from my fellow author and friend, Jill Williamson. Science fiction, fairytales, a robot dog and a self-publishing adventure with her son…


The premise for RoboTales came about with the help of my entire family. Science fiction fairytales for boys seemed like a fun idea. Each book in the RoboTales series follows Robo the robot dog as he travels to a different planet. He meets a boy, and they help one another. Book by book, the clues add up toward solving the overall mystery of Robo’s past. This children’s chapter book series is for readers ages 7-13.

As I wrote, Luke became my writing partner, naming characters, creatures, and helping to plot every detail of the stories. Luke even built Robo out of LEGOs. He is very creative.


Luke and I wanted to sell this series to a traditional publisher. But everyone we targeted rejected the idea. In an age where most brick and mortar bookstores are suffering, publishers aren’t as willing to take a risk on a new children’s chapter book series. These types of books cost more due to the artwork, yet they sell for so little.

My son and I weren’t ready to give up yet. We decided to self-publish the books. But, just like those traditional publishers, we knew this project would be costly. That’s why we chose Kickstarter as a way to sell books in advance. In backing our campaign, you are really pre-ordering these books. That way we can use the money to pay the illustrator now, and we’ll send you the books once they release in October 2015.

Kickstarter is an all or nothing program. If we reach our goal by the allotted time period, those who signed up to support us will be asked to pay the amount they pledged. If we fail to gather enough supporters by the end date, no one is charged and we get no money to pay our illustrator.

Click here to visit our Kickstarter page and read more about this project, including our budget and a full list of backer rewards. Please help us spread the word about RoboTales. We can’t wait to get these books into the hands of young readers everywhere!


Out of Darkness Rising: Giveaway

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Darkness reigns unchallenged.

For the villagers on the accursed Island, life has only one meaning – death.  Bound to the Island by the curse, the villagers suffer beneath the iron claw of the serpent, daily breathing the poison of his breath and dying to appease his insatiable appetite.

When Marya’s parents are slain by the serpent for their belief in a legendary king, she becomes an Outcast.  Struggling to survive and avoid the vengeance of the Tribunal, Marya is torn between legend and the harsh reality of the Island.  Yet when a forgotten promise springs to life, she cannot help wondering if the old stories might in fact be true.  And if they are, will the promise prove stronger than the curse?

Coming March 15, 2015

 Gillian Bronte Adams

Author Bio: Gillian Bronte Adams is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author from the great state of Texas and the dreamer behind the Songkeeper Chronicles. During the day, she manages the equestrian program at a youth camp. But at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs, pulls out her trusty laptop, and transforms into a novelist.

To find out more about Gillian Bronte Adams’s books, visit

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Oh, and here’s a Book Trailer! You don’t want to miss it!