July 29, 2011

Settling In

I'm settling in at my new job and am finding that I love it. It is easier than my other job, less stressful and a slower work pace. Very nice, indeed. I am missing my friends from my previous job, especially Beverly, one of my best friends, but the people at my new job are really nice and have made me feel welcome.

What is nice is that I come home not completely drained. I am getting the itch back. The itch to create. So I've been reading a couple of books on writing. What, you say? You aren't writing? You are reading about writing? Well, maybe I am procrastinating a bit, but it's been so long since I've really written that I feel the need to refresh myself on the craft. I'm still a newbie, you know.

But my mind is whirling with an idea, and I'm excited about letting it stew. This sounds so familiar, doesn't it? I keep talking about it, but not doing it. Anyone else ever get stuck in this pattern?

JUST DO IT!

July 19, 2011

Hot Hot Days of Romance

I'm posting about romantic tension at The Writer's Alley today. Stop by and share your favorite books or movies that are loaded with romantic tension.

July 11, 2011

The Crown of Eden & The Devil's Mouth-Book Giveaway!

I'm so excited to announce that my father has finally published his books in ebook format. These two medieval fantasy novels, formerly published by Thomas Nelson and now out of print, are newly available as e-books on Amazon.com. For some reason the cover image for The Devil's Mouth does not display properly on Amazon. That is being fixed, but you can see it in its true form below. (My dad, previously the Art Director at Word, now Thomas Nelson, designed and painted the covers.)


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The Crown of Eden 

A beautiful young princess is betrothed by her father to an unknown prince in another land. When she meets the prince, she finds him spoiled, decadent, and filled with an inner darkness that makes him unfit to rule. At the same time, a young and powerful blacksmith’s son finds himself reluctantly embroiled in a great quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy he does not understand. He falls in love with a beautiful maiden who hides a tragic secret she cannot reveal. He finds that to wed her will undo the ancient prophecy and forever doom the empire of the Seven Kingdoms. The paths of the princess and the blacksmith cross, and both must choose whether to pursue their own hopes for happiness or bring a great evil upon the land. 

Price: $5.99
Buy at Amazon



The Devil's Mouth

This sequel to The Crown of Eden takes the reader back to the mythical world of the Seven Kingdoms with a compelling medieval story of freedom, justice, and forbidden love.
When political conspirators murder his father, Prince Lanson of Lochlaund flees for his life. He becomes the chivalrous protector of a beautiful tavern maid who is hiding from the moral condemnation of the powerful Lochlaund Kirk, a religious establishment ruled by a lecherous bishop which has a stranglehold on the kingdom. Ultimately Lanson must decide whether to give the woman over to the kirk's legalistic justice or defy the kirk and save her life by wedding her—a choice which could lead to a holy war that would destroy either the kingdom or the kirk.

Price: $5.99
Buy at Amazon


What readers and reviewers have said about the originally published print edition of The Crown of Eden:

“Put Tom Williams up there with C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. His first book is a ‘great’ of the fantasy world.” —The Houston Chronicle
“Magnificent language, stunning imagery, and compelling symbolism . . . worthy of the most critical reader.” —Ellen Gunderson Traylor, author of Song of Abraham
“We are privileged to enjoy Tom’s skill with a story.” —Max Lucado
“Tom Williams has written a Tolkien-like fantasy in The Crown of Eden.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Williams’s tale of the ongoing struggle between light and darkness carries a strong moral and religious message that makes this high fantasy adventure a good choice for libraries in search of Christian-oriented fantasy.” —Library Journal
“Williams delivers a romantic tale examining such topics as fate, free will, and the power of good and evil. Both fantasy and romance readers will enjoy this first adventure in the Seven Kingdoms Chronicles series.” —CBA Marketplace
 “A masterfully told fantasy comparable both in style and wisdom to the works of George Macdonald, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien. The book is filled with spiritual truths and deals with a number of challenging issues on an allegorical level. It is a book to be read slowly, and to be savored.” —Christian Library Journal
“If you like fantasy, it will completely gratify your expectations. Brilliantly written!” —Emily Alger on Suite101.com
“My wife and I were overwhelmed by this book. I don’t know when I have enjoyed anything so much. Warning: once you start it you will find it hard to stop. I let several things go and read it over a couple of days. It’s a fine piece of work.” —Dr. Thomas A. Langford, Late Dean of the Graduate School, Texas Technological University
“An intriguing fantasy of love and adventure that takes place in a world of hidden identities, secret motivations, and the unfolding of a divine prophecy.” —Joseph Bentz, author of A Son Comes Home

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Because I am so excited about these books, I am giving away a copy of The Crown of Eden to a lucky commenter. I will send the winner a "gift" from Amazon in ebook form. Please leave your spam-free email address to be entered for the random drawing, which will be held Sunday, June 17. Contest is open in the US and void where prohibited.Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is drawn from a non--biased third party, Random.org.


July 06, 2011

Review: Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie

Overview:  When her doting father dies, Lady Kendra Townsend is given a choice: marry the horrid man of her cold, money-grubbing uncle's choosing or leave England to risk a new life in America with unknown relatives. Armed with the faith that God has a plan for her, Kendra boards a cargo ship and meets American sea captain Dorian Colburn. But the captain has been wounded by a woman before and guards his independent life. A swashbuckling man doesn't need an English heiress to make him slow down, feel again, or be challenged with questions about his faith-or so he thinks. It is not until Dorian must save Kendra from the dark forces surrounding her that he decides she may be worth the risk.


My Review:

Swashbuckling adventure. Breath-taking romance. Dreamy Hero. Fiesty Heroine. Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie has it all. This fast paced adventure kept me turning the page and caused me to lose some sleep, but it was worth it.

Jamie Carie takes a strong-willed, beautiful woman and puts her on a ship with a heart-wounded captain, setting the stage for some flying sparks and interesting dialogue. These two are immediately drawn to one another and yet, struggling with their past and their future, they put up barriers. The way Carie builds their relationship is believable and I was thoroughly routing for both of them.

There are plenty of villains to keep the conflict going, and Carie kept raising the stakes with every scene. Such adventure and such drama! And all the while, the romance builds. I loved this book and will definitely be purchasing more of Carie's books.

 *With thanks to B&H Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.*


*Available for preorder. Book releases September 1, 2011.*

July 04, 2011

Hope Springs Anew

I've just come out of a blessed week and am starting on a new adventure. Tomorrow I begin a new job. Yes! I applied for and was offered a position as an Administrative Secretary in the Curriculum & Instruction Department in the school district I already work for. It is a large increase in salary for me and is such a blessing... I can't even begin to put into words what this means for my family. It was a God thing.

Adding to my joy of new employment, we were given a van. A nice van. A big conversion van. Some of you may have seen my tweets about our car curse and have heard me talk about our four cars (I've got 2 driving teens in the house.) breaking down and going into the shop. Some of the repairs were very costly. And one car, well, it is no more. A sweet, generous family at church just bought a new van and graciously gave us their older one. I will now have a car that I can get to my new job in. We were wondering how we were going to juggle transportation. Doesn't God have great timing?

So today I am resting on my last day of summer, since this new job is year round and I begin tomorrow. No more summers off for me, but that is okay. I am praying that it is less stressful and that I will be able to wrap my brain around writing again.

You see, these blessings have given my hope. There is a spring to my step, and flutter in my heart. I have hope that things are looking up for me and my family. I've seen God at work this week and I am blessed. Hope springs anew.

May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 115:15

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