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Progress Update
2019 had a promising start with the publication of Shards of Faith in early spring. But it ended up being a challenging year for me personally, which made it difficult to get substantial writing done on the next book. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t working, however. I used my creative dry spell as a time to get other things accomplished, like a much needed re-edit of Journey to Aviad, and my series timeline, which is now quite extensive and current to the chapter I’m writing now. Though it’s not something readers will ever see, it was important for me to make sure I hadn’t accidentally made any mistakes, and that I don’t make any going forward.

By the end of 2019 I was really starting to feel the pressure, and I managed to get my writing back on track. Now in 2020, I’m making up for lost time and really kicking things into high gear. Between Jan-Feb I managed to get out 30,000 words, which is a pretty significant chunk. So far I’m on track in March to best my numbers from February. Numbers aside, the point is that I’m making good progress toward keeping my promise of publishing the next book this year. If I can stay on track, I’ll have this book finished before summer, which will be a huge relief to me, and great news for all you readers who have been waiting patiently.

In the meantime you can get more progress updates and stay connected to my book world by subscribing to my author newsletter which comes out twice per month. Check out the latest newsletter and get a free copy of my short story collection when you help me out by sharing this week’s Ancient Voices sale on your social media. (Details are in the newsletter.)

 

 

Mystery, Magic, and Faith

Are you signed up yet to get my bi-monthly newsletter? It features insights into my writing, author updates, giveaways, lots of FREE book promotions and more. When you subscribe, you also get the second book in the Wind Rider Chronicles free. Below I’ve shared a section from my first January newsletter–check it out! Click to see the entire newsletter and browse this month’s free and discounted books.

In Journey to Aviad, Elowyn carries a little satchel with her initial on it that Morganne had made for her—it’s full of herbs meant to ward off evil. This was a common thing to do in the Middle Ages, as certain plants were thought to fend off everything from demons and witches, to just plain bad luck. Medieval people lived in a world full of danger and mystery, which was very often explained with superstitions.

The pervasive thought was that there were two kinds of magic. Black magic was demonic, and therefore harmful. Magic of this sort was feared and avoided, and was used to explain accidents, unknown illnesses, and other tragedies. White magic was supposedly based on the power of nature (God’s Creation). Using charms, talismans, and spells, performing sunrise rituals while sowing crops, or reciting incantations while weaving fabric, are just a few examples of white magic. The study of astrology and alchemy fell into this category as well.

The Church disapproved of them all, but pre-Christian paganism was still very much embedded in Medieval culture and had intertwined itself with Christianity. Folk-beliefs, like the belief in fairies for example, was everyday common sense in places like the British Isles—and had been for hundreds of years. Local priests could not convince people otherwise and eventually gave up trying, despite sharp pressure from the Catholic Church.

It’s easy to see how the medieval period lends itself so well to fantasy literature, which often relies on various forms of magic to add intrigue and to move the story. I have included some of these elements in my series for the sake of flavor and authenticity, like Elowyn’s little bag of herbs and the superstitions held by the people of Minhaven. But since I am writing Christian fiction, I have been very careful about the way I handle magic so that there is a true distinction between what is demonic, what is divine, and what is merely misguided belief. Hopefully my readers noticed that when Elowyn gave away her little bag of herbs, she did not seek to replace it with another. It was a small milestone on her journey to spiritual maturity, as she replaced her belief in the empty “magic” it contained, with a much stronger faith in Aviad and His ability to protect her.

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Elowyn was convinced that by removing the coin so soon after the man’s brutal death, she had somehow interfered with his ascension into the afterlife, causing his spirit to appear before her in the night. How else could she explain it? He had sought her out from beyond the dead, and pointed directly at the pouch that held the coin. It was quite obviously an object not meant for her to keep, and it had to be returned at the proper time of day.

Elowyn knew very little about the workings of magic, but it was common knowledge that the rites of good magic were most effective at sunrise. That was usually when cures were tried, when newly planted crops were blessed, and when pilgrims to the shrines petitioned their most desperate prayers. Nearly any ritual of importance, even the harvesting of garden herbs, was best performed at sunrise. If she did not make it before then, she would have to wait another day, and perhaps risk another terrifying vision in the night.

~ from Chapter 2, Journey to Aviad

Fill up your e-reader with FREE books!

One of the benefits I offer my newsletter subscribers is sharing links to free book promotions where readers can discover new authors and find fun stuff to read. As much as possible, I only join and include promos with books that are relatively clean (no suggestive covers allowed, etc.) While I can’t vouch for every single book in each promo, I’ve tried my best.

There are a lot of good ones running right now, so I thought I’d share them this week with my blog followers as well. Just click on the images below to check out each promotion. Get these books free while you can!

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What’s New Wednesday

There are a lot of free book promotions going on this month. I usually only share these with my newsletter list, but today I thought I’d post them on my blog for What’s New Wednesday. Click on the images to check them out and fill your e-readers with some free books.



 

Have you Noticed the New Look?

You may have already seen the changes on my website, or at your favorite book retailers (which are still gradually rolling out). The Wind Rider Chronicles has brand new custom covers! Artist Alfredo Pachicano and Cover Designer Kathryn Jenkins of Magical Designs have done a great job giving my series a unique, cohesive, and more professional look.

Today I’ll introduce the new cover for Journey to Aviad, which is being featured on Instafreebie’s blog today. You can download it free, no strings attached, through Instafreebie and most other ebook retailers.


Elowyn lifts a strange silvery object from a woodland stream. Is it a medallion? A coin? Looking about curiously, she also finds a helm, a bow, broken arrows…and blood drenched soil. Something terrible has happened in this usually peaceful wood. Her world—the whole world—is about to change forever…

 

Black Friday Sale! Indie Christian Books

Looking for great gifts for family and friends this Black Friday?

Get discounts on both print and e-books from this huge Christian book sale that starts TODAY and ends November 30th. Choose from a wide range of genres and authors. Package deals offer even deeper discounts.

The Wind Rider Chronicles is included in this sale for prices too low for me to offer through Amazon or other retailers. Buy a print copy of both Journey to Aviad and Ancient Voices, and Into the Shadow Wood comes free! My e-books are on sale too. Check it out–there is no charge for shipping!

Journey to AviadPrint $9.99
Ancient VoicesPrint $9.99     /     e-Book $1.99
Into the Shadow Woode-book $0.99

Package Deal – Print $20.00 (all 3 books)