April 29, 2011

Makilien Website Update: Free Stuff Page

I've now added the "Free Stuff" page to my Makilien Trilogy website. I will be adding new stuff to it in the next few weeks. Right now I have a desktop wallpaper of the map of Dolennar available for download.

I've also changed the link on the map in "Enter Dolennar." Now when you click on the map, you will be able to see a much larger version of it and not have difficulty reading the names of the villages and cities.

April 27, 2011

Sacrifice in Christian Fantasy: Cliché?


Today I thought I’d write a little about something that has been on my mind lately. Ever since C.S. Lewis’ wonderful illustration of sacrifice in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Christ-like sacrifices can be found all over in Christian fantasy. From a writing standpoint, it would seem this subject has become cliché. I’ve read so numerous times. However, I must respectfully disagree. Jesus’ death is the very center of what we believe, and the center of the message to tell through Christian fiction. To look at an illustration of His death as cliché, and to avoid it for being overdone, just doesn’t sit well with me. Maybe some of it depends on how well it is written and portrayed, but even if it doesn’t hold up to great telling’s like those of C.S. Lewis, I don’t think it should be looked down on. Christ’s sacrifice is our foundation. Shouldn’t we be reminded over and over again what He did for us?


Photo Copyright Billy Alexander

April 25, 2011

Official Makilien Website Launch

Today is the day! The launch of the website for my Makilien Trilogy. It is also the launch of the trilogy teaser book trailer and my Makilien Facebook page. You can find all the links and information about the trilogy by visiting the new website. :)




April 19, 2011

About My Homeschool Experience

Last week I was contacted by Lea Ann Garfias to do a profile on my homeschool experience for her website. I was very excited about the opportunity and am happy now to share the profile.




At the end of the profile I also have a special offer for The Pirate Daughter’s Promise ebook that runs until May 17,2011.

April 18, 2011

Upcoming Makilien Website Launch

I've been working long and hard on a new website for my Makilien Trilogy, and I am excited to announce the official launch date, April 25, 2011, a week from today. The website has come together wonderfully and is one of the most fun projects I've worked on for a book. I wanted create a website full of information and fun stuff for readers. Though I have not added everything yet, the website will include:


  • Trilogy book trailers
  • Trilogy information
  • Author information
  • Information on the fantasy world and characters in Makilien
  • Character paintings
  • Free stuff including desktop wallpapers, excerpts, bookmarks, and more
  • Buy links for the books and Makilien merchandise when it is available


Next Monday will also be the launch of my Makilien Facebook page and the official release of the trilogy's teaser trailer. I am so looking forward to sharing this information on a brand new adventure.

April 16, 2011

April Update

It’s been a while since my last post so I thought I’d write one about what’s been going on this month. April has been very busy and a very productive writing month. All winter I had trouble writing, but I’ve finally gotten back into it again. I’m working steadily on Trust. Just yesterday I wrote almost a chapter and a half. I’m very pleased with how it is going and hope things continue to go this well. If so, I could potentially finish the book in the next few months, which would be awesome. I’m so excited to focus on some of my other projects. I’ve also slowly been working through my first edit of Courage.


Besides writing, I’ve been doing all kinds of things this week to prepare for the release of Truth. It’s been so cool watching things come together. I can hardly wait to share everything. I have so many fun extra things planned for these books. Much more than with Pirates & Faith.


All that said, on Monday I am going have an announcement pertaining to my Makilien Trilogy. (Hint: You’ll soon get some more in depth details about the books.) So make sure to check back here Monday afternoon! :)

April 05, 2011

Pirates & Faith Book Poll

p&fI've added a poll to my blog. For those who have read my Pirates & Faith  series, I would love to know which of the four books was your favorite.


For me as the author, picking a favorite is a very difficult choice. Of course, I love them all, and had a unique experience writing each of them. But if I really had to pick, it would be between Every Tear and A Captain's Heart. I love the emotion and family relationships in Every Tear. In A Captain's Heart, I love the new, fresh characters that add something different to the series. And the relationship between Kyle Bryden and his mother was way too much fun to write. ;)

April 04, 2011

More Helpful Writing Websites

As always, I come across some very interesting websites as I'm doing research and marketing. Recently, I've come across a couple more I wanted to share.


Redwood's Medical Edge, a great blog that is devoted to offering medical information specifically for writers of fiction.  http://www.jordynredwood.com/


Here is a very helpful website for writers. You can paste in selections of your writing and it will tell you the most frequently used words. Great to find words you may be using too often. http://www.wordcounter.com/


And this is a good website for marketing. I try to do a lot of marketing on Twitter, and like to find people who have the same interests to follow. That's not the easiest thing to actually do on Twitter, but this website makes it easy. You can search specifically for the type of people you'd like to follow, such as authors or homeschoolers. http://www.twellow.com/