Friday, May 31, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
graciously answered a bunch of questions about herself and her work, which I'm sure you'll all enjoy. And, even more fun, she's offering a copy of her debt novel as a giveaway prize! So read on, and be certain to enter your name below.
Personality . . . I’m basically a quiet person. I love to travel, but I also love to stay home and hide out and write. J
As for the idea, I’d been devouring The Lord of the Rings movies for years (and had been writing a fanfic for about three years. I’d always wanted to write fantasy, and when an idea came, I just started. The finished product doesn’t resemble the original core idea at all. *laughs*
It is part of a bigger project. My goal is for Keepers to be a seven book series by the end, but due to some differences between myself and my publishers, I’m looking for a new press (thinking about self-publishing…maybe) I have the sequel to Keepers finished (The Phantom Assassin) as w ell as about half of the third (The Lady of Hawkings Watch) and I’m SO excited about what’s next.
Keepers of Elenath
Thank you, Amanda! What a fun an intriguing little slice of adventure!
You readers can learn more about Amanda via her blog: The Ink-Made Maiden. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
And now, the giveaway! Be certain to enter your information and share about Amanda's work. And, if you are the lucky winner, reviews are always welcome by novelists!
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Monday, May 20, 2013
Intrigued, I requested it for a birthday present . . . and when it came, I stayed up all night reading it! I absolutely loved how this talented author could take a beloved fairy tale, set it in modern day New York, remove all traces of magic and yet . . . and yet it remained magical, somehow!
Regina Doman was an instant hit for me.
A few years later, after that first novel was renamed Shadow of the Bear, I discovered two sequels, Black as Night and Waking Rose, which I also enjoyed. Since then, Ms. Doman has written several more books in her Fairy Tale series. She has gracious agreed to visit the Goldstone Wood blog and tell us about her stories, her writing, and her newest release, Rapunzel Let Down. I hope you will enjoy meeting this talented author.
First, the official write-up:
Regina Doman is a Catholic wife, mother, author and editor. Currently she runs her own company, Chesterton Press, which publishes and distributes quality Catholic fiction. When she worked as the editor of Sophia Institute Press' fiction line, Rachel's Contrition became a #1 Best Seller in Amazon's Women's Fiction category, and winner of the 2011 Catholic Arts and Letters Award for best adult fiction. As an author, she has written the Fairy Tale Novels, a series of books for teens and adults that places fairy tales in modern settings with Christian themes interwoven. The fifth book in that series, Alex O'Donnell and the 40 Cyber Thieves, won the 2011 Catholic Arts and Letters Award for best young adult fiction. Her only picture book Angel in the Waters has sold over 120,000 copies. Regina and her husband Andrew live in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with their children. To the question, “How do you manage to get it all done?” Regina responds, “What makes you think I get it all done?”
If you were forced to pick a single favorite author, who would it be?
Regina: C.S. Lewis. That Hideous Strength is my favorite novel. That’s the short answer, since you forced me. J
So what is next on your publishing horizons? Can we look forward to more fairy tale retellings from Chesterton Press?
Regina: In a couple of years! This is the last fairy tale I have completely finished: I wrote it in 2004, around the same time I was finishing writing Waking Rose and The Midnight Dancers. It will probably take me a while to write another one. There are others, but they are much less finished. In the meantime, I’d love it if readers checked out the other series we are developing and publishing such as John Paul 2 High, Catholic Philosopher Chick and the upcoming Ruah Chronicles. Find out about all these at ChestertonPress.com and at our Facebook page.
Personally, I’d really like to start writing a completely new series that I’ve been working for a while, but for that, I need time. Fortunately, my teenagers love my books, including Rapunzel Let Down, just as much as the rest of you do, so that makes it easier.
Can you share a short snippet from Rapunzel Let Down?
Regina: Sure. As I said, this is a book for older readers, and there’s a lot of it that’s just not appropriate for all ages. But I think this is a section that is more appropriate, and may touch many readers. It may perhaps help you understand why I chose to tell this story.
READ EXERPT HERE.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! (Beginning noon, Mountain Daylight time and not before.) This hunt has 32 stops and runs 5/17-5/19/13. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you'll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes---all 31 of our new releases in paperback. In addition, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.
Ready? Here we go . . .
Introducing: John W. Otte
Didn't see that one coming, did ya?
But, seriously, how much fun is that? Mr. Otte is garnering notice for his clever, humorous, suspenseful writing, and his debut novel has even been nominated for the prestigious Christy Award (YA Fiction category). So you know you want to check out his work. Or, if YA is not your genre, think of the young people in your life who would love this story of an unlikely hero in an outrageous circumstance. (Personally, I'm a YA fanatic, so this story is right up my avenue!)
Here's a little more about John Otte:
John W. Otte leads a double life. By day, he’s a Lutheran minister. He graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a theatre major and then from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. By night, he writes weird stories. He lives in South St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and two sons.
Today, John Otte is going to talk to us about superpowers. It's a great piece, and I hope you'll enjoy it. So allow me to present to you:
FIVE SUPERPOWERS STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BIBLE
John Otte's new release, Failstate: Legends, continues the coming-of-age trials of young hero Failstate (aka Robin Laughlin) as he faces the trials common to teenagers--girls, sibling rivalry, friendship issues, zombie apocalypse--all the while coming to grips with his new role as a licensed superhero and a superpower that is acting a little . . . strange . . . .
Will Failstate survive to become a true legend among heroes?
You should pick up the book and find out. (And pick up the first one if you haven't read it yet!)
Failstate: Legends is available at bookstores or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christian Book Distributors.
AND NOW, YOUR NEXT STEPS:
Godspeed, scavenger hunters!
BONUS PRIZE!Or, before you move on, take a moment to add your name to this extra raffle.
I am offering an exciting giveaway: signed copies of the first FOUR novels in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, and Starflower! If you'd like a chance to win this four-in-one grand prize, simply follow the instructions below. (This bonus giveaway is a US giveaway only.)
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
GRAND PRIZE: An iPad Mini loaded with all of our new e-releases! (Estimated Value: Over $700; if you live outside the United States, you will receive the equivalent value in your country’s currency to the USD prize, to be used on Apple, Amazon, Book Depository, or Christian Book Distributors.)
TWO RUNNERS-UP: A paperback copy of each of our new releases, autographed to you! (Estimated Value: Over $300; if you live outside the United States, you will receive a copy of our books, but they will likely not be signed–sorry! International shipping is expensive, and we’ll be shipping via Book Depository.)
IN ADDITION: Many authors will feature additional contests along the scavenger hunt route!
Here are the 31 authors participating in May (I'm there, down at the very bottom!):
- Lisa T. Bergren, Grave Consequences
- Robin Lee Hatcher, A Bride for All Seasons
- Ronie Kendig, Talon
- Ruth Axtell, Moonlight Masquerade
- Stephanie Grace Whitson, The Message on the Quilt
- Tracy Higley, So Shines the Night
- Marta Perry, Lydia’s Hope
- Jill Williamson, Captives
- Margaret Daley, Scorned Justice
- MaryLu Tyndall, Forsaken Dreams
- R.J. Larson, King
- Susan Sleeman, No Way Out
- Deborah Raney, The Face of the Earth
- Winnie Griggs, The Bride Next Door
- Sandra Robbins, Mountain Homecoming
- Julie Lessman, Love at Any Cost
- Leslie Gould, Adoring Addie
- Vickie McDonough, Whispers on the Prairie
- Carol Cox, Trouble in Store
- Rachel Hauck, Once Upon a Prince
- Terri Blackstock, Truth Stained Lies
- Louise M. Gouge, A Lady of Quality
- Missy Tippens, Georgia Sweethearts
- Richard Mabry, Stress Test
- Lynette Eason, When a Secret Kills
- Patricia Hickman, Tiny Dancer
- Lorna Seilstad, When Love Calls
- Colleen Coble, Rosemary Cottage
- Maureen Lang, All in Good Time
- John Otte, Failstate: Legends
- Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Dragonwitch
So seriously, friends and imps, mark it in red on your calendar and be sure to join this fun romp!