Friday, June 26, 2015

Plethora of Players Summer Book Tour ~ Shawn Lamb

What a first week this has been on our Summer Tour where you, our readers will meet a Plethora of Players in the novels of Shawn Lamb, Mary C. Findley, Pam Funke, and myself, Caryl McAdoo!

Today is the final day of our visit to Allon. From what we can gather there is a good reason for Shawn Lamb selecting the title “The Great Battle”. Tensions are running high. We hope to get some answers from Lieutenant Avatar, aide to Captain Kell.

Thank you for taking the time to join us, Lieutenant.

You’re welcome.

I must say, I find Guardians' eyes quite impressive. First the brilliant gold of Kell's, then the rich mahogany of Dagar's, and now yours. Such vibrant silver, almost as bright as your sword.

Well, thank you. I don’t think much about the color. None of us really do, it’s simply a feature of our creation.

I’ll get right to the point. In the prior interviews, Kell and Dagar both referred to you, although in decidedly different tones. Kell spoke in favor while Dagar ... well, Lieutenant, not so much.

I’m not surprised by Dagar. It’s his troubling attitude that concerns Kell … and me.

Seems to go beyond attitude, don't you think? I mean Dagar mentioned something about “spying”?

Spying is his word. Kell sent me to discover if there is any connection between Dagar and the rogue. That is exactly what I intend to do, with or without Dagar’s cooperation. However, he’s not the only one being uncooperative.

How so?

Let’s just say other Trio Leaders are not happy with me following the captain’s orders. They need to understand, nothing will stop me from learning the truth. Kell sent me on a mission, and I will complete it.

So Dagar’s attitude is spreading to other Guardians?

Appears so. Why and where it will lead is the question? What used to be unthinkable just a few centuries ago may be come reality. That doesn’t bode well for the mortals.

Kell said you find them amusing.

Ay. But there is nothing amusing about our current situation. Jor’el willing, we can stop it before the worst happens.

You mean war among the Guardians? Can Allon withstand such a conflict?

I don’t know. Nor do any of us want to find out.

(A female voice is heard) Sorry, but I’m going to have to break-up this little show.

Excuse, me, but who are you?

My name is Wren. And, no, I’m not a warrior. I’m a Guardian huntress, and here to make sure the Lieutenant stays on course.

You got lost, Lieutenant?

No! Merely sidetracked to be here. (Avatar looked none-to-pleased at Wren.) You need to work on your timing.

(Wren flashed a lopsided smile.) Only if you give lessons.

One more question, Lieutenant. Is there anything those of us from outside Allon can do to help?

Pray, and trust the Almighty for the outcome.

Thank you, Lieutenant. Wren, pleased to make your acquaintance.

Well, it appears our trip to Allon uncovered more than we expected.  All we can do is see if what Shawn Lamb chronicles in “The Great Battle” will have a favorable outcome.

The Great Battle – Book 1 – Guardians of Allon is currently available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

Shawn Lamb is an award-winning author of the YA epic series Allon and children’s trilogy “The King’s Children”. To learn more about Shawn and her books visit her!

DON'T FORGET to leave your comment for Shawn or her Players! Every person on the tour who leaves a comment will be in a drawing for individual giveaways as well as the GRAND PRIZE for those who make it to every one! Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays! 

You may also visit our Facebook Event at Christian Indie Books to leave comments and ask your own questions of any of the Plethora of Players planned for you to meet on this tour! 

Next week, July 6 thru 10, meet us to meet the Players of Mary C. Findley's fiction!

Week Three. July 13 thru 17, Tour with us to meet the players of One and Done, Caryl McAdoo's July release!

And Week 4, July 20 thru 24. meet the Players of Pamela Funke!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I Love The Craft of Writing

I've been thinking about this book for a long time. I've contributed to online writing magazines and published regular columns in some, besides guesting on many writers' blogs. 

I found myself always looking for something to send someone that would explain a concept they weren't understanding or applying to their work--always with the heart of trying to repay because I received such wonderful help when I was new in this wonderful community.

I finally started gathering all the articles into a single folder in my Word documents and realized I had enough material for a book! Voila! And so I began putting all my blogs and posts, articles, and editing papers into Story & Style, The Craft of Writing Creative Fiction

It’s written in a conversational tone and I've been told that makes the tools of this craft easier to understand. I've included lots of examples, too. Some of the chapter names are Hooks, Point of View, Characterization, and Dialogue, and there’s an emphases throughout of using an active voice rather than passive. 

At sixty-five, if I've learned anything, it is that one never quits learning! It is my desire with Story & Style to inspire writers to improve their craft. It is my nineteenth title, my third non-fiction. I've been blessed to have four historical Christian Texas Romance, two Biblical fictions, four contemporary romances, three mid-grade chapter books, a WWII military novel, a thriller (written specifically for a secular audience) and an audio mystery. I've edited professionally since 2001, and honed my craft at twenty-two years of read-and-critique sessions!

If you know ANYone who writes--whether they've just said they want to and haven't started yet or have many titles published--I would venture to promise God will use this book to improve their knowledge of the tools available to them and take their writing to a new level. Please get them a copy! You can comment below and maybe win the giveaway and gift them with that copy!

Praying my story gives God glory! Blessings to you in the name of His Son!

Leave a comment for the opportunity to be blessed with a free copy!