To celebrate Quirky Faith's 2nd birthday I'm giving away Jill Williamson's recently completed trilogy as a gift to one of the subscribers of the Quirk-Email. If you aren't subscribed currently now is a great time to jump in because I'll do the drawing tomorrow. Now to find some cake. Birthday's require cake right?
Huge congratulations to Jill Williamson on the upcoming release (June 19) of King's War. This is the third book in The Kingsman Chronicles and a massive accomplishment. Jill has created a believable world comparable to any found in other epic fantasy novels. Her characters struggle through trauma and loss with realistic emotions and the healings are hard won. I found King's War to be a satisfying finish to the trilogy with no easy answers and thoughtful plots. After all the adventure, I was grateful some of my favorite characters survived!
My favorite thing about everything Jill writes is the fact her heart and hope shine through her writing. This trilogy wanders through darkness and sin and corruption. It feature a vast range of human emotion and the striking pains we give each other from selfish actions. But the book - like Jill's life - is marked by a dedication to the truth of courage, hope, devotion and a powerful benevolent Creator. Well done my friend.
If you love fantasy and haven't read any of Jill Williamon's work may I suggest you get started? The Blood of Kings, The Safelands, or The Kinsman Chronicles are all complex and imaginative trilogies sure to please. You can buy the books on Amazon or at her website HERE. The website also has details about the book's release party. The party is well deserved.
Please note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review as a part of Jill Williamson's launch team.
When I was a senior in high school I owned a pair of bright green shorts. Seahawk amped up green. I thought they were cheerful and life giving. I didn't know it at the time but my then boyfriend (now husband) hated the green shorts. I've learned a lot about this man over the years but at the time I wasn't fully aware. He hated these shorts with a passion but didn't have the words to tell me. So he hid them between my mattress and boxspring and there they lived until I moved out of the house several years later. Sneaky.
Every week or so my kids and I go to the library and haul home a new batch of picture books. This week we found a gem. Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel. Funny. I love the little hero of the story. Jameson loves green pants. When he wears green pants he feels invincible. He won't wear any other color. And then his cousin gets engaged to a gorgeous woman who asks Jameson to be their ring bearer in the upcoming wedding. When an honor! Anything for this beautiful creature! Only problem is Jameson will have to wear a tuxedo with......black pants. This hilarious book so reminds me of my own soul. My mama said when Jameson wore his green pants under the tuxedo and breaks them out for the dance after the wedding it was just like me. Compliant and defiant all at the same time.
We spent the weekend going to our daughter's jazz band concert which doubled as the end of year swing dance. My husband said it was the best band concert so far because we didn't have to stay seated the whole time. I so loved watching the kids play and dance. The rest of the weekend we made the tours of the graduation parties. Apparently the best way to congratulate people for completing their education is by eating platefuls of delicious BBQ, guacamole and repeated pieces of Costco cake.
I have lots of advice for people headed into the world. Avoid debt. Invest in people. Find a faith community. Stay in contact with your oldest friends. Call your grandma. But something I firmly believe but haven't ever shared.
Find your green pants. You know. The thing that makes you grin and dance.
I ordered myself a new pair of green pants. Hope my hubby likes them.
This was me thirty minutes ago. I was sitting in the parking lot of the post office crying and sending pitiful texts to my patient spouse. My day started with a painful doctor appointment for a loved one, included a dentist appointment for me (which is enough to make any day rough right?!) amd then my Quirky Faith post office box was stuffed full of warning notices about a package. It’s been awhile since I’d made it to the post office. Said package was RETURNED and the post office doesn’t retain records to know who it was from.
So basically I lost out on a book and a publisher or author now knows the truth which is I can’t manage all my stuff. Not that anyone who actually knows me doesn’t already know this fact.
This is me now. I took a walk. Took deep breaths. Called my mama. Looked at God’s great big world. Reminded myself I’m greatly loved. Grace is bigger than my misses and near misses.
How i I preach to myself and you can too??? You are loved. Try again.
I just adore authors. I love to sit beside them and listen as they brainstorm plots or discuss characters. I love to watch as their process unfolds and cheer on book launch days. Recently I had the opportunity to interview two lovely ladies. Here are their answers, book reviews and links to their new offerings. You'll see why I love authors and these two are on my new favorites list.
Which of your character’s do you personally identify with the most?
Tricia: I can usually identify with some aspect of most of my main characters. Though not King Respen or Harrison Vane. I would be a little scared if I identified with them. Leith handles emotions much the way I do. Renna has a lot of my fear of well, everything. Rosanna and Brandi both have my love of adventure. Alex...sad to say, I identify with his struggle with pride. Hopefully I’m less insufferable than he is, but pride does have a tendency to go after all of us in one way or another.
Sarah: Probably Maggie as she’s a mum like myself. She’s been through a lot, but she’s not bitter; rather her experiences have softened her towards others in need. I can identify with or understand ALL my characters reasoning and motivation though. That’s one of the things I love doing, getting into characters heads and figuring them out.
How has your life story impacted your writing?
Tricia: Honestly, I’m struggling to come up with an answer for this. I had a happy childhood, I have a close family, good friends. I started drawing stories at two years old before I even had much of a life to start impacting my writing. If anything, my stories have had more impact on my life than my life has had on my stories. As a writer, you have to ask yourself the tough questions and figure out what you believe and what answers you have. It forces you to think deeply and search Scriptures in a way you wouldn’t otherwise.
Sarah: My own experiences with loss, doubt, love and pain are heavily woven into what I write. Without the pain in my own life, physical and emotional, I couldn’t possibly be in a position to reach out to those hurting in similar ways. I guess that’s part of why I find I can relate to my characters, even the nasty ones. I been in bad places before, dealt with some pretty heavy things and seen things that changed me. Because of everything I’ve been through, I can relate to a wide range of people and I can share the benefit of my experience within what I write.
What do you wish your reader’s knew about why you write?
Tricia: I wish readers knew just how much prayer Christian writers put into their books. Every single thing in my books is in there because, after much prayer and Scripture-searching, I believe it gives glory to God. As readers, you might not feel it was necessary and it might not be to your personal preference, but I hope the readers never question the heart I have behind it.
Sarah: Well said Tricia. I’ve noticed since publishing, that while secular writers might get slammed for poor writing, Christian authors will have their faith questioned. It’s very disheartening when we are all striving to bring glory to the same God.
I wish readers understood that not every Christian Author writes for the same audience. For me, I want to reach the hurting and the lost. Yes, sometimes they are within the Christian community, but for me it’s more important to fulfill the mission God has been preparing me for. I write in the Christian Fantasy category because I am not ashamed of the gospel but by the same token I want to reach more than just those already ‘saved’. This means my writing has to be relatable while still providing healthy and positive examples backed by my understanding of scripture.
How has grace been evident in your life? Does grace impact your writing? How?
Tricia: Thanks to God’s grace, I’ve been a Christian my entire life, and my faith has continued to deepen the older I get. I pray as I write that God pours His grace into the words to touch others’ hearts.
Sarah: Wow. Okay, so I’m putting myself on the line here. I’ll be honest. I haven’t always lived a Christian life. I’ve been in the dark, at times crushed by fear and anxiety. I was terrified and alone, looking to worldly things for comfort. I didn’t understand the enormity of God’s love for me until later in life. I lived for so long thinking I was a Christian but had never even read the Bible, let alone studied it. I made so many mistakes, I lived apart from Jesus, without hope, without understanding of what Grace is. I didn’t understand that there is no limit to how far God will go to bring us home to Him. I didn’t understand there is nothing we can do that will change the way He feels about us. This is why I write for the lost. I’ve lived both lives. And I know what incredible freedom and joy waits for those who seek the truth.
Imagine Pocahontas in the world of Sleeping Beauty. This retelling is a fantastically fun view of women warriors, honor upheld and new love. Tricia had me believing her characters were people she knew. I'd put this book in the hands of any young adult who loves adventure with a hint of romance. Well done!
Sarah Addison-Fox writes pain and endurance as if she's seen it herself. Dissociate is the third book in The Allegiance Series which explores the intrigue of spies, slaves and redemption. If you enjoy suspense and are looking for a good weekend read this is for you.
In 2010 I visited Rwanda to work alongside friends from The Ndengera Foundation. Those ten days wrote stories on my heart which frequently spill into my daily life. Just the other day I was helping my preschooler get ready for school and we were picking out shoes. Should she wear her bright red boots or the black ones? White patented leather or purple sandals? A memory flashed.
Our mission team was out visiting families and seeing the new field which would soon be planted with apple trees. As we tromped down the path a group of local kids came and joined our parade. One little guy could not keep up because he kept having to stop to reassemble the remnants of his shoe. Ack. We have mountains of shoes at home but none here to hand this little boy. We did have duct tape. So one of the men on our team duct taped the kid's shoe back into one piece and handed it back. He was rewarded with a jubilant smile and the little boy ran down the path to catch up with his friends.
My child has shoes to spare and this kid was happy with duct tape.
In the past seven years it's been a great joy to partner with The Ndengera Foundation as they build hope in their community. Apple trees and Tilapia Farms. Goats and mechanic supplies.A gorgeous new medical clinic and an education center. The photos and stories which come home are so encouraging.In June a team is headed to Gisenyi, Rwanda to celebrate a wedding. I so want to be on that plane but its just not in the cards this year. BUT!!!! One of my friends has agreed to gift me one of their suitcase allotments on the plane to bless some of the kids in the area and I've chosen to donate this space to send shoes! They leave in less than a month so this fundraiser is a speedy race. I've got room to send 50 pairs of shoes. Will you join me?
$15 buys one pair of shoes - I'd like to raise $800 which is 50 pairs of shoes plus one duffle bag to tote the pile overseas. How fun to be able to send shoes to kids I love.
If you are interested in joining in - check out my fundraiser page HERE.
I love Jesus. I think my two daughters can change the world. I think you can too.
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