Monthly Archives: June 2014
Everything I’ve done up to now has started with faith.
The faith of my parents when I was only a little girl, handing them a scribbled story.
The faith I’ve been taught God has in me as a soul of worth, as a creature who belongs to Him, and the endless love that accompanies that faith.
The faith of family and friends who have prayed for me and encouraged me both in life and in the growing of my creativity.
The faith of an agent and a publisher who were willing to take a chance on both me and my book.
And, of course, the faith of you, the readers.
Sure, a lot of people are willing to pay a few dollars for a book that catches their fancy. But fewer of them are willing to invest precious hours of their time to dive into its story, bond with its characters, and open themselves to be changed by its message. That takes an enormous amount of faith – one I hope I never disappoint.
So thanks to you, my readers and future readers and even you “maybe” readers and “just-passing-by” readers! And also to everyone who has ever offered encouragement and truth and wisdom.
Now my own faith comes back into play – faith that God will take The Word Changers and do whatever He wills with it, be it great or small.
“To have faith is to have wings.” – J.M. Barrie
LAST DAY TO ENTER GIVEAWAY!
Today I’d like to introduce you to some of the characters from The Word Changers. All of these people, save one, are unique in that they portray Characters within characters.
Confused? Yeah, probably!
Let me explain.
Within The Word Changers is another book – a strange, dark fairy tale that Posy, our heroine, finds in her poky hometown library. It’s The Book: the one she falls into and spends the rest of the story within, the one she ends up traveling through and ultimately changing the words to … And within that fairy tale lies the rest of the cast of characters.
So without further ado, here is the lineup of each Character, including a bit about him or her, and even a few pictures to portray what some of them look like (in my head, at least!).
Posy: Uncertain of her worth, unsure of her path, she stumbles into something that seems like a dream, but ends up being more like a nightmare. A runaway princess, a forgotten Author … Posy has many things to find. But none as important as finding herself.
Prince Kyran: Haughty and condescending, the prince of the Kingdom is bored with his role in it, and fed up with his parents’ cruelty and manipulation. When he agrees to accompany Posy on her quest beyond the Borders of the Plot, he little realizes the life-changing journey that awaits him.
Falak: Chief advisor to the king. Head of the council of owls. Oh, and he happens to be an owl himself. He is sharp, intelligent, and not quite all he seems …
King Melanthius: Ruler of the Kingdom, Keeper of the Plot. But Melanthius has gone a step too far – he not only keeps the Plot, he now fully controls it along with all its characters. He has usurped the job that only the Author of the story has a right to.
Queen Valanor: Cold, clever and beautiful. Her husband the king may rule the Kingdom, but she rules him. …At least, she thinks she does.
Princess Evanthe: She saw the truth of the wrong that was happening in the Kingdom and did the one thing she thought would remedy it … she ran away. She went into hiding far beyond the Borders of the Plot, where her brother Kyran and his companion Posy go to seek her.
The Mist: A voice … a feeling … a whisper. The Mist is kept under tight control by King Melanthius, and its voice can’t be heard by many these days, at least for any purpose but petty information. Yet it has a power all its own, and a role much bigger than anyone dreams of.
Alvar: A “common” character, with no large part in the Plot. All the same, he has a strong belief in every character’s importance, and he opposes the king openly – something that’s never been done. He even has plans for forming an army of his own to fight for freedom.
Faxon: Protector of the Glade. He is the leader of the exiled council of centaurs who were in power before the council of owls. He now lives in the Wild Land beyond the Plot as leader of a rogue centaur army. He helps Posy and Kyran in their search for the dark place they believe Princess Evanthe to be hiding.
Seraphine, Limnoreia, and Adamaris: A trio of exquisite mermaid sisters who have been wronged by the King Melanthius and banished from the Plot. They live in an underwater palace full of secrets and darkness. They have a choice – seek revenge for their own sakes, or join Kyran and Posy to fight in the name of justice.
The Wild Folk: These are the folk native to the Wild Land. They are truly natural creatures who have always lived beyond the Borders of the Plot, and whom have never been a part of the book at all. They are so bonded with the Wild Land forest that they even look like a part of it. They are peaceful and quiet by nature, yet when the King threatens their land with invasion, many of them decide action must be taken.
The Author: He wrote the story, yes, but his characters haven’t heard from him in centuries. They have even begun to believe he never existed at all, and is only a myth kept alive in tales. But some still believe he lurks somewhere beyond the Borders of the Plot, waiting to lay claim to his story once again.
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In books, characters can stumble into other worlds in many different ways. Sometimes it’s as simple as walking through a door or crossing a bridge. Other times it’s as unexpected as the door of a musty old wardrobe, falling down a rabbit hole, or flying out your window toward the second star on the right, straight on ‘til morning …
But those are fictional portals leading to fictional worlds.
Growing up I discovered a real-life portal.
Any book. Every book. Each one takes you to a different place. Each one has something different to show you, something new to reveal. It’s a never-ending adventure, a book. A rousing and irresistible adventure.
Is it any wonder that I grew up daydreaming how it would feel to fall straight into a book? Does it come as a surprise that my own debut novel features just such a theme?
Posy, my main character, is a 15-year-old girl who is much like I used to be at that age. Lacking in confidence, the child of a broken home, older than her years in some ways, and younger than them in other ways. In short, she is made up of the perfect ingredients to find a sanctuary in books. An escape from the world around her.
But books, as we know, can take us places. Books can draw us in, and then both excite and wound us in the worst and best of ways. And the fairy tale Posy wanders into takes her to a world in turmoil. The very characters themselves are threatening to rebel against their Plot. They have forgotten who their Author wrote them to be … they have forgotten their Author altogether, in fact.
That’s a recipe for trouble. And Posy’s journey is a long and difficult one.
As I wrote the book, I had to ask myself some questions:
What would happen if you actually stepped into a book and met its characters?
Would those characters be aware that they were characters following a Plot that controlled their every word and move?
Would they be capable of making their own decisions or – as in The Word Changers – actually rebelling against their Author?
As much as I’ve always dreamed of literally getting lost in a book, what would it truly be like, and how would I react? In other words, what would be the dark side of such a fantasy …?
That’s what I asked myself. And that’s how The Word Changers began, in part.
A lot of answers came from those questions as I began to write this tale. Some of them were surprising. Some were exciting. Some were mysterious. To find out what those answers were, and how Posy’s story unfolds, read The Word Changers for yourself!
But let me ask you now, how would you answer those questions? If you were dropped into a book, stumbled through its pages and straight into its story, how would you feel? What would you do? … Would your actions send waves across the Plot, changing the story’s very words?
Don’t forget to click below and enter the giveaway going on this week. I’m giving away a signed paperback of The Word Changers, and a crocheted owl made by – you guessed it – me!
At the behest of my publisher, I will be looking for more reviewers of my book, The Word Changers, up until the time of its release in just a few days (June 23).
1.) Your review will need to be posted on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble (if you are a part of any other book review sites or if you have a blog, feel free to post it there as well!)
2.) The time frame to post your review should be within a few weeks – July would be great, but August works, too!
What You Should Know
You are not required to write a positive review! But it may help for you to know a few things about The Word Changers before you agree to review it. It will just make it more enjoyable for everyone involved 😉
1.) It is a Christian/allegorical fantasy.
2.) It does contain a bit of magic, although all magic is performed by the antagonistic characters.
3.) There is romance, including a couple of kisses – no more.
If you are not opposed to these things, and if you’ve got time in your reading schedule this summer, you may be just who I’m looking for 🙂
The book will be in electronic form. When you download it (at a link I will provide after you contact me), it will give you an option based on what type of e-format you prefer.
Email me at email@example.com if you are interested! In your email, please let me know why you are interested in reading/reviewing The Word Changers, and the approximate time frame you think you’d be able to review it by. I look forward to hearing from you!!
Well, today is an exciting day!
My short story, The Cost, was published in the Timeless Tales Magazine edition which released today! It is based on the Greek mythological story of Pandora’s Box (I just love mythology, don’t you?!). If you’re not familiar with the story, you might want to visit here first to read the original version before reading my story 🙂
Also, there is an audio version of my story, which is so exciting! I’ll be receiving the audio copy sometime today or tomorrow, and I’m so anxious to hear what it sounds like!
I’m also a guest over at New Authors Fellowship today. If you’d like to read my article, titled The Thing That Writing Untaught Me, head over there! I talk about how writing is meant to be messy … and what accepting that fact taught me (or untaught me!) about life. Be sure to check out all the other great posts on NAF while you’re there – it’s such a great site!
Also … just nine more days until The Word Changers releases! The eBook is out already, but for those of you who prefer paperback (as I do!), June 23 is the date for you to look for it if you’d like to hold a copy in your hands! I’ll be posting some fun things here on my blog during release week, including a fun giveaway. And in case you’re unaware of it, there’s another giveaway going on right now over at Goodreads – you could win one of five copies I’m giving away after the book releases 🙂
Hope you have a fabulous weekend, dear readers!