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Resistance Audiobook!

It’s been five years since publication, and the first book of Jaye L. Knight’s fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles, is now available on audiobook! I have LOVED every Ilyon book I’ve ever read, and I can’t wait for the final book coming out hopefully soon. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me rave about this series before. And now we can enjoy this epic adventure through the voice of narrator Lance Rasmussen. Find out more and listen to the sample below. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway! You can see the other tour posts here.

About the Book



“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Available now on Audible and iTunes!

Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? Find out more at the official Ilyon Chronicles website!

Book Sale!

Now is the perfect time to get into the series! Starting Friday, November 29th, all books from Ilyon Chronicles will be discounted. You can even get the prequel novella for free! So be sure to check them out on Amazon.

About the Author

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning
author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been
penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Etsy.




About the Narrator

Lance Rasmussen is an audiobook narrator and actor based in Denver, CO. A
graduate with a BFA in Acting from Utah State University, and an MFA in
Acting from Louisiana State University, he now narrates and produces
audiobooks from his home studio while working at various regional
theaters across the country. More information can be found at www.lanceras.com. Follow him on Instagram at @LCRasmus.








Giveaway

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win one
of 3 copies of the Resistance audiobook! Winners will receive a free download
code to use on Audible. Open internationally!

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Paperbacks, unexpected cats, and news!

✨Guess what’s here! ✨ Gather ‘Round the Fables has a paperback version! 🦊

The interior has undergone an overhaul and it’s so beautiful.

To celebrate, I’m holding a special preorder sale! For just $5 (plus a small shipping fee if you’re not local), you can hold your own autographed copy! It’ll be $6.50 on Amazon, so click here to reserve your preorder copies now! https://forms.gle/2sPHsJ17aVmfXvry8

(Or if you’re doing your Christmas shopping early, it’s small enough to make a fun #stockingstuffer!)

You all have shown so much love to the ebook version! If you’ve left a review, thanks so much! I can’t believe this little book has been so well-loved and brought so many smiles.

While heading to the mailbox to pick up the book, a friendly cat decided to walk with us. I think Cat liked the fox.

Follow me on Instagram for more pictures and videos, including live video of the walk down the driveway with the cat and opening the package.

More books are on their way, so let me know if you’d like one!

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Cover and Title Reveal for Sarah Grace Grzy’s Latest Novel!

Sarah Grace Grzy is releasing a sequel to Live Without You . . . and today I’m revealing the title AND the cover!

I read Live Without You this year and was so impressed by the professionalism of the story. It’s hard to believe I’m friends with the author of such a top-notch book. It reads like a traditionally-published best-seller . . . further proof that indie books can be real quality!

Without further delay, I present the sequel’s TITLE!

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Book Reading Opportunity!

Is your life too busy? Are you overwhelmed and burdened? Do you ever wonder if life in Christ really has to be this way? Six years ago, God gave me a non-fiction book on biblical rest – and today, YOU can read it!

If this sounds like a book God could encourage or challenge you with, I’m opening up applications for advance readers for this book. You’ll receive a digital pre-publication copy of the book in a week or two, and you’ll have until the end of the year to read it and give me your feedback and comments on the content. It’s about 47,000 words long.

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: click here: https://forms.gle/JpY9fZFfi13TARAr9

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If you can’t be a beta reader but still want to help (or even if you can beta read it but want to give extra help!), I’d LOVE any quick thoughts on the title and blurb. Click here: https://forms.gle/jQFhccjNKEqmjexm9

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I can’t wait to witness how God uses this book to bring readers deeper into the glorious resting life within Him! 💙

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NaNoWriMo 2019: The Beginning of the End

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo for the sixth time this year – where participants write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Just for fun, I’m joining this linkup to introduce my novel.

I’m writing Romance’s Rest, book six in Truth from Taerna. It’s a Christian kingdom adventure fiction romance novel that I estimate will end up around 60,000 to 70,000 words.

 1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?

I can’t quite remember that first spark. I believe it was in or near November 2014 when I was stuck on my NaNo project and was suddenly inspired to mix the plot and message into the setting and characters of Promise’s Prayer. And the moment Carita’s sister was promised a book, all Kaelan’s siblings wanted stories too. Romance’s Rest is the last of these stories.

I knew I wanted a book on covenant, love, and rest, and these themes seemed to fit quite well with Kethin.

2. Share a blurb!

Kethin has a soul overflowing with compassion and loyalty. With a love of animals and a smile to melt any heart, the whole town knows he can choose any wife he likes. But only one has captured his big heart – however, winning her will take infinite patience as he encounters numerous discouraging obstacles. Soon a much bigger question faces him: does Kethin truly know the meaning of love? Or of covenant relationship with Adon Olam? As his fight for his relationship with Adon Olam intertwines with his fight for his woman, he comes face to face with the reality of life – and a decision that costs him everything.

3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?

Country of Taerna. It begins near Kethin’s hometown of Frydael but quickly moves to Rivera and its Academy, located at the foot of a mountain.

I enjoy incorporating my favorite elements of nature in rich ways in this setting, particularly the long autumns.

4. Tell us about your protagonist(s).

Kethin, at 27, is 6’1″ and has straight medium-brown hair and brown eyes with a smile to melt any heart. He’s an excellent people person; he always knows just what to say. Animals are his passion and have a huge place in his big heart. He’s an ENFP. His oldest brother and older sister are each married and have children; the older brother nearest his age along with his younger sister still live at home. He sometimes struggles with finding his place in the world and with feeling that other people don’t know or understand the real Kethin.

5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?

Circumstances.

6. What excites you the most about this novel?

I’m most excited to write a story revealing covenant – an often-overlooked not crucial element of the kingdom of God.

7. Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?

Romance’s Rest is Book 6 (and the final novel) of Truth from Taerna.

8. Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?

I’m supposed to be plotting, but I need so much more than I have…

9. Name a few things that make this story unique.

A. This is a romance that doesn’t follow the tropes and conventions of most romance novels. The focus of the story is still two people meeting and working towards marriage, but in another sense, it’s not at all the focus. It drives the story, but there’s so much more to it. There won’t be a physical focus to this story at all.

B. It’s a romance where the couple is in their late twenties and haven’t had relationships before.

C. There’s an Icelandic sheepdog puppy. 🙂

10. Share a fun “extra” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).

https://pin.it/46yhrgtmi5wvfi Here’s my series storyboard. Scroll down to Romance’s Rest for visuals from this book.

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Five Fall Favorites: Top Five for 2019

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It’s a gorgeous fall day here by the lake, and here in the Boats room we have a variety of rowboats for your use as we go through these books. So hop on board, grab an oar . . . and let’s push off from the shore. Ripples echo against the sides of the boats, tiny whirlpools swirl away in the deep blue as oars rise and fall, orange leaves hover on the surface, and sunbeams glitter in a thousand reflections off the water.

Welcome to the last day of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog had a different theme for the day and each blog shared five favorite books each day in a specific genre.

Things are winding down at the Literary Lodge – giveaway winners will be announced as well as other exciting happenings. But today we have a special treat for you: free and cheap books! So be sure to read to the end to find them.

Today I’ll be sharing my top five books of 2019! These are actually my top books of only the first eight months of 2019, because I’ve read nearly twenty more books since I drafted this list, and some of them rivaled these. 🙂

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Once we reach the center of the lake, oars still and all eyes turn to the boat in the center to see what the first book of the day will be.

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Night is Coming

I read this picture book to my daughter multiple times this year, and every time I’m amazed at the peaceful, restful beauty of the text. The story describes a young girl’s perspective of watching night come to her grandpa’s farm as they sit quietly together on the front porch. I can’t read the text aloud in anything other than a hushed, relaxing tone, and every time, the cadence of the words lulls us into rest and calm. Night is coming . . . the world is going to sleep . . . calm is the heart. Adding to this are the gorgeous illustrations of the farm – detailed and consistent in showing different perspectives, close and far away, of the land. Despite the fact it’s a picture book, this has become one of my favorite new books this year.

The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott

To quickly change the tone, here’s a series that’s the opposite of relaxing, calm, and quiet! This new series by Perry Kirkpatrick is adventurous, fast-paced, humorous, and so much fun! The characters are quirky; the plot is clever; the interactions are hilarious; everything about these little mysteries is enjoyable! Emily didn’t mean to become a spy, but when she gets accidentally caught up in an encounter in the coffee shop she works in, she finds the life – and the spy himself – a lot of fun. These are super clean, light, and family-friendly. I read the first book in one sitting, then quickly devoured the next two. I’m looking forward to reading the last two books in the series as well.

Fervent

War. This is a book of war. A strategy guide. Personal, practical, profound. But war. If you want a book on the doctrine of prayer, look elsewhere. If you want a Bible study on prayer, this isn’t the book. If you want a manual on how to pray, you probably won’t find it here. This is a book to actually make you pray. It’s a guide to the enemy’s schemes, because we are not ignorant of his devices—or at least shouldn’t be. The enemy DOES desire to have you, and this book is filled with pointed wisdom on knowing and targeting his methods in ten areas. These ten areas are SO applicable to daily life. Almost every chapter, I was nodding along, seeing each tactic in my own life, and moved to make these areas prayer targets even before finishing each chapter.  If you pray or want to start praying and are willing to DO IT, read this book as a guide to begin targeting specific areas of your life with prayer. Use it to get beyond the grocery list of prayer needs and into the heart of God.  Because that’s the reason for standing against the enemy. Because our God delights in us and desires intimacy with us each moment of each day—and this relationship is possible as we seek His face in prayer.

Stepping Heavenward

While I read this several times as a teenager, I have been wanting to reread it now that I’m in the season of wifehood and motherhood. It was just as inspiring, challenging, encouraging, and relatable this time around, and I was indeed able to better understand some of Katy’s struggles as a wife and mother. May God work that likeness of Himself in me! This book is a journey. Katy doesn’t always make the right choices or have the right view of God or herself, and therefore everything she says in this book must be weighed against Scripture. Yet God changes her many flawed ideas of Him until she is indeed resting in His work in and through her. May I rest in His work in me so!

War Room

This book is excellent motivation for prayer and meditation – and the real power of prayer. It’s a story written for adults, filled with powerful truth. When we realize that God works in answer to the prayers of His people – and that’s how He invites us to partake of His presence and power – how can we be silent? 

Today we announce the giveaway winners . . . so click the button below to hop over to Literary Lodge central to find out who won!

Also at Literary Lodge central are links to pages with free books and books on sale for 99 cents!

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The oars slap the water gently as the boats are propelled back to the shore . . . amid splashing, the riders debark and disperse.

Thank you all for joining me today as we launched the boats into the beautiful waters of Top Five Lake! It’s been an enjoyable autumn week, and I can’t wait to see you all at a future book launch!

Have you read any of these books? What did you enjoy about them? Which books sound interesting to read? What are your top books of 2019? What were your favorite parts of this party?