The Most Important Way to Support an Author

Promise’s Prayer has been published for two years! This calls for a celebration, so as a gift to you, I’ve reduced to the ebook price to less than a dollar for the week.
But I have something to share on the theme of Promise’s Prayer that’s far more important. If you can only help me on my writing journey in one way, don’t buy my books, review them, or even share them with others. Do this instead.

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Introducing . . . Restful Readers!

This month I’ve been participating in #WIPJoy, a social media event where I post daily about my Work In Progress, responding to a specific prompt. I’ve been posting about Victory’s Voice, Book 2 in Truth from Taerna.

Yesterday’s prompt was quite difficult for me.

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It isn’t that I don’t have supportive family. It isn’t that I don’t have awesome online writing friends and blog followers. I do. I could shout out to all of you. You truly add something to my life as an author. Some of you in particular have been extremely encouraging and supportive for various writing projects I’ve done.

It’s just that upon careful pondering, there really wasn’t anyone in particular who stood out as a reason I keep writing Victory’s Voice specifically.

Victory’s Voice is a unique book. It wasn’t supposed to be at all. After winning NaNo 2014 with Promise’s Prayer, I wasn’t going to do NaNoWriMo in 2015, yet as October passed, I found I couldn’t skip NaNo. So, last minute, I plunged into writing 50,000 words in November with nothing but a vague theme. After starting and scrapping at least four or five different plots and sets of characters, I finally set the theme in the same world as Promise’s Prayer and gave the plot to Ellisia, the little sister of the main character of Book 1.

Yet the entire month was a struggle just to get words on the page. Plot problems abounded. I pushed through tremendous challenges and got the 50,000 words out. And ever since, it’s been a mess of editing, re-classifying (it’s no longer fantasy, and none of my books will be fantasy, but that’s a post for another time), re-editing, and now re-plotting and rewriting. Plot elements don’t want to fall into place. The ending is elusive. It’s been three and a half years of hauling this wagon uphill by hand.

So . . . what does keep me going?

  1. Wanting to publish future books in the series. Specifically, Sustainer’s Smile (Book 4), though Memory’s Mind (5) is also high on the list. I can’t wait to get Sustainer’s Smile out into the world, but first comes Victory’s Voice.
  2. The importance of the message. The power of spoken words isn’t widely addressed in this culture, and it deserves to be known.
  3. Most importantly, God. I believe this is a book He’s called me to write, and I will not let the enemy win.

That said, it’s still an uphill road.

A road that would be easier with a team to cheer. A team who loves my books. A team who periodically reminds me why I do this crazy thing called writing.

And that’s what inspired me to finally take the plunge and create Restful Readers.

(Never mind that I intended to do so two years ago but was afraid no one would be interested. I’m still a bit afraid of that, to be honest, but I’m doing it anyway.)

SO . . .

Introducing . . .

Restful Readers!

My brand new author street team! I’m excited about this and can’t wait to connect there. There are several options for joining; you can join one or all! We’re headquartered in a closed Facebook group, we’ll chat in a private Google Hangouts group, and there’s an email list – plus I’ll add a Goodreads group if there’s enough reader interest.

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Click Here to Join!

Restful Readers Is For You If:

You’ve enjoyed a book of mine and are willing to spread the word!

(Bonus if you’re looking forward to more books from me!)

What Restful Readers Get:

  • First Access to:
    • Short stories, tie-in Taerna stories, devotionals, and more!
    • ARCs (Advance Reader Copies – reading my books pre-publication)
    • Beta reading
    • Big news: titles, covers, ideas, and secret projects
    • Sneak peeks! Excerpts and perhaps even whole chapters
    • Sales, discounts, and free books
  • Bonus content: behind-the-scenes information, day-to-day glimpses of my writing process, freebies, and more
  • Exclusive contests
  • The opportunity to influence book content: vote on a poll, suggest a character name, and more!
  • Your name in print: shout-out in the acknowledgements section of my books
  • Your blog/social media supported and promoted on my channels
  • Fun, relaxing bookish chat!

What To Expect:

Periodically I’ll post “missions” for you to complete. I’ll let you know exactly what to do and what to expect, and I’ll make it as easy as possible for you to complete. I am motivated as an author by reader feedback. Supportive readers can push me through a few thousand more words!

I need both ongoing support and event support; that is, support leading up to and during a book release as well as ongoing support.

You can support my books any way you prefer, but here’s a few ideas to get you started. You’re free to do any of them at any time, and I’ll also periodically pick specific ones to highlight and simplify for you if you prefer to just follow along with me.

  • TALK TO ME. Ask me when the next book is coming out, say what you’re looking forward to, ask for writing updates, or just talk about my books in general. This motivates me to keep writing!
  • Leave reviews. Amazon. Goodreads. Your blog. Anywhere and everywhere. Extremely important for an indie author.
  • Sign up for my newsletter at restinglife.com
  • Word-of-mouth. This is the best way to help me get my books out there!
  • Like, comment on, and share my social media posts to help them reach more people.
  • Request that your library carry my book.
  • Beta read, or sign up for a blog tour or cover reveal.
  • Gift my books for Christmas, birthdays, or other occasions (buy directly from me).
  • Share your reviews. Tell other people why you liked my book.
  • Share others’ reviews or posts about my book.
  • Random shout-outs. Fangirl or fanboy over my books over the internet. Instagram my books.
  • Host me for an interview or guest post on your blog.
  • If you really love my books, get extra creative: post fan art, write fan fiction, make a YouTube review, have a Taerna-themed party, pester your bookstore to carry my books, read my book for a book club—the ideas are endless . . . basically make noise about the book!

Click Here to Join!

I’m excited to connect with my fans!

Your turn! Have you had a project as stubborn as Victory’s Voice? Do you have good support? What makes you want to read Victory’s Voice? Will you be joining Restful Readers?

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Ilyon & Acktar Blog Tour

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Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Bitter Winter, and companion novella Lacy have been released! Bitter Winter is the fifth book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles.

Tricia Mingerink’s newest novel Decree is also releasing! Decree is the fifth book in the Christian fantasy/kingdom adventure series The Blades of Acktar.

Read about these books below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

I’ve read all three of these books, and they are seriously amazing. Today I’m reviewing all three, and to avoid creating a monster post, I’ll be posting the reviews separately.

For information on the books and to enter the massive giveaway, keep reading. If you’re here just for my reviews, click the following links:

The Ilyon Chronicles

Bitter Winter

About Bitter Winter

Already struggling with a harsh winter and the threat of food shortage, a catastrophic event leaves those in the Landale camps reeling. Just when things couldn’t get much worse, camp members fall ill with the same devastating sickness that’s sweeping across the country.

Determined to gain the cure, Jace sets off to Valcré. However, there are only two sources—the queen, or a powerful gang of smugglers who have made the dangerous city their home. When Jace gains audience with the gang leader, he finds the price of the cure is steeper than any of them imagined, forcing him to make an impossible choice—betray his conscience or let those he loves die.

Available now on Amazon!

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Lacy

About Lacy

The last thing Aaron ever envisioned was falling for a prostitute. Everything about it spells trouble. However, he can’t help noticing the way her smile lights up when she sees him and how much brokenness she hides behind it. Neither can he ignore how desperately she needs rescue and protection.

When Lacy shares a life or death secret with him, Aaron is willing to risk everything to help her and to show her Elôm’s love. Yet, such a choice could destroy his reputation and maybe even cost him his freedom.

An Ilyon Chronicles Novella

Available now on Amazon!

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

About the Author

JayeLKnight Author PhotoJaye 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, and Etsy.

The Blades of Acktar

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About Decree

The Adventure Continues.

Discover more of The Blades of Acktar in this collection of novellas and short stories.

The Blades as They Should’ve Been

A test and the Gathering of Nobles will decide Leith and Martyn’s futures. Can they fight to become more than the Blades they were? Will Keevan accept the man who attempted to kill him as family?

The First Mission

When Martyn visits Surgis, his past seems determined to haunt him. Can he figure out how to forgive, especially when confronted with an enemy in need of his help?

To the Far Great Mountains

A death sends Leith and Martyn far beyond the borders of Acktar. Will they be able to arrest their quarry before they are caught themselves?

From the story of how Leith and Martyn met to Ranson’s search for a life outside of the Blades, these stories will answer plaguing questions and expand the world of Acktar.

Available now on Amazon!

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Haven’t discovered the The Blades of Acktar yet? Find out more at on the official Blades of Acktar page.

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Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with Tricia on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Giveaway!

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Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a full signed set of the Ilyon Chronicles and The Blades of Acktar! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.) Click on this link to enter.

Be sure to stop by each of the character chats (links in the blog tour schedule) for additional giveaways throughout the tour!

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Bitter Winter Book Review

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Bitter Winter is the fifth book in the Jaye L. Knight’s Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ve heard my excessive praise for this amazing series.

Well. You haven’t heard the end of it yet. I’ve now read Bitter Winter, and it just might be my new favorite of the series. And if you know anything about my views on the previous four books, you know this one is excellent.

Before we get into the review, here’s the official tour page.

Here’s my spotlight of this book and the two others in this tour. You can also find a giveaway for the whole Ilyon series at that link.

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This is an amazing, beautiful, deep book. It’s just what a story of believers ought to be. Sarah Holman beautifully summed it up in her review: “I think the reason that these books mean so much to me is they are so true to life while being a good escape.” It’s full of tragedy, clinging together, trying to solve issues in one’s own strength, and the all-encompassing, all-sufficient power of God. There are no words to describe the depth and beauty of this book.

I love that character development is a strong element of this series. I love how I still feel like Jace and Kyrin are the same Jace and Kyrin from Resistance, only so much more mature. There weren’t a whole lot of new characters in this book, which I actually appreciate. The cast of characters is so large already, and time spent with our favorites is a joy.

Alex was a refreshing character to get to know. I loved having him in the story – he was not at all stereotypical. I’m quite interested in what he may do next. His goals and motives were very understandable – I appreciated the depth of his motives. He was very well crafted.

The description in narrative sections is a weaker part of the story for me. For me, when the story is shown through the character’s eyes, it immerses me in the story, draws me along, and makes me feel like I’m experiencing, not reading. However, the action, dialogue, romantic, and emotional scenes excelled at this!

Bitter Winter is absolutely cohesive. I loved the flow of the scenes and plot: very natural, easy to read, logical, and appropriate. The description of the emotions connects with me well. Reactions felt very appropriate. High emotion scenes felt real. The author does an excellent job portraying real emotions without being unnecessarily dramatic.

Dialogue feels great to me. I love how I can especially feel Trask and Daniel’s unique voices throughout their POV scenes.

Overall, Bitter Winter is a great length with a great plot and a great message. It’s exactly what a story should be – especially the spiritual flow of Jace’s storyline – so perfect. The ending is so sweetly done and beautiful. It’s everything I hoped it would be. I love how the whole book ties together with the themes when the story begins and in the ending scenes.

Despite one particular sad incident in this book, I love this story. Despite what the author puts the characters through, it’s a beautiful tale. I wish the story could have gone differently for one particular character in this book, but I love this story and all Jace and the others learn through it. I love how the author set up Jace’s choices – set him up so gently and yet desperately that it’s easy to see why it’s impossible. Overall, it’s a tale of love – love that must be sacrificed, love that must to be placed entirely in Elom’s hands.

I especially love what the author is doing with this series. This book in particular has an important message to believers woven throughout its pages. It’s something deep and near to everyone’s hearts – the suffering, the helplessness, the difficulty of surrender, and the need to let God be Lord. This is beautifully shown through Bitter Winter, and it’s what causes this book to rate as one of my favorites in this series so far. I love stories that get down to that personal deep level, and seeing that in Jace – after he’s come so far – was beautiful.

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Lacy Review

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Jaye L. Knight’s book Lacy has been released! It’s a companion novella to the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles.

Before we get into the review, here’s the official tour page.

Here’s my spotlight of this book and the two others in this tour. You can also find a giveaway for the whole Ilyon series at that link.

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Despite being certainly an adult story, Lacy was so sweet and I loved it. Even though I’m not necessarily a huge romance fan or a huge fantasy fan in general, I absolutely adored this story. There were so many sweet and touching moments, and so many times to sympathize with the characters.
First, I loved the redemption romance aspect – it was first of all a story of Lacy’s relationship with Elom, and second a story of her relationship with Aaron – which is exactly how it should be. I loved how the redemption wasn’t rushed or forced – it felt natural. She didn’t immediately drop her old lifestyle or her doubts and fears – she had to work through them, just as we do in real life. The redemption aspect wasn’t shoehorned in – instead, it was portrayed as a gradual work of Elom in her life.
Second, I loved all the extra time with Aaron and especially Timothy! Since The King’s Scrolls, Timothy hasn’t had a whole lot of dedicated “screen time,” and I’d nearly forgotten just how much I loved him! He is such an excellent character and has such a way with words . . .  he’s amazing. I also love the continued brotherly relationship between Aaron and Timothy – it’s so unique, so loyal, so devoted, so unquestioning and trusting.
Third, I loved the development of Aaron as a character. That depth to who he is hasn’t been shown to a large extent in the novels (much of his role has been as a protector to and supporter of Timothy), but in this story we get the depth of his growth. Might his natural tendency as protector get him in trouble when he takes it too far? Can he be the protector in every circumstance? What about his natural tendency to rush out and make everything better without listening to Elom, praying, and following Him? And of course, his emotional struggles make it much more complex. He makes mistakes, but he learns and grows.
Fourth, Lacy also has excellent character development – who she is and her motives, goals, and burdens are clear and written in a way I can sympathize with and understand. When she changes, it doesn’t change her personality or what her motives are – it’s the new life of the Son of God living in her and expressing Himself in a unique Lacy-way. I loved the little plot twist – how it was such a key theme and driving force through the story. I loved their determination; Lacy‘s struggle in her decisions was realistic as well.
Aaron’s climax and conflicts were realistically portrayed, and so was his selfless determination. I loved the purity of the romance plot line as well as the couple’s self-control in the relationship – a rare and precious thing in stories as well as in real life. I love how “clean” it was with the romance and its related adult elements in the story – what was going on was crystal clear and yet not overly or inappropriately described. I love that this story handles hard and sensitive topics in a way I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.

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Decree Review

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Tricia Mingerink’s newest novel Decree is releasing today! Decree is the fifth book in the Christian fantasy/kingdom adventure series The Blades of Acktar.

I first heard of The Blades of Acktar online long before I read them. I even attended a Facebook party in their honor where characters from the books showed up to chat, and though I enjoyed the party, I had no idea who the characters were or what their stories were.

When I finally got my hands on the first book, I was captivated by the rich, deep story and the truths in it. I quickly read the second book, then hunted for the Facebook party to read the backstory and character chats with my new understanding. When Book 4 was releasing, I splurged on Book 3 simply to read and review it before Book 4 came out – and when Book 5 was announced, I jumped at the chance.

Before we get into the review, here’s the official tour page.

Here’s my spotlight of this book and the two others in this tour. You can also find a giveaway for the whole Acktar series at that link.

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Decree: ten stories of varying lengths of our beloved Acktar characters. I appreciated the cohesion, even though they were at different times in Acktar’s history and followed different characters.

Meeting Martyn: Martyn was one of the characters I connected with earlier in the series, so reading his backstory and how he met Leith was adorable and heartstring-tugging. The author did an excellent job crafting his story to elicit sympathy, and the tentative meeting between him and Leith was everything it should be.

A Blizzard for Brandi: This was short and centered on Brandi’s musings – not as memorable as the other stories in this collection, but interesting as a support story.

The Blades as They Should’ve Been: This story was perfect. In a sense, it brought Leith’s story of involvement with the Blades full circle. Furthermore, the Keevan storyline is something the series needed. Previous books may not have presented Keevan as a convincing “good king” type, and seeing his struggles with accepting Leith was excellent. I loved how the baby factored into this, and I love how he had to choose to act on what’s right regardless of his feelings.

The First Mission: I loved this! It brought Martyn’s story full circle as well. His struggles, his choices, his realizations, his awkwardness with children . . . so perfect. Of course, Kayleigh was the perfect sidekick.

Honeymoon Holdup: Short and cute, this story was excellent. It was fun to read how Leith and Renna worked together so well!

The Wedding: This was a fun story, even though I don’t connect with Shad and Jolene as much as with other characters.

To the Far Great Mountains: Leith and Martyn are adventuring across Acktar together! What could go wrong . . . what couldn’t go wrong? I enjoyed this tale of their adventures together and this glimpse into what life as a Blade Marshal looked like. I loved the balance and the tension between their love for adventure and heroism and their desire for home and family – it perfectly set the scene for this story. Of course, Leith’s creativity strikes again!

The Healer and the Clerk: I loved this tale! So simple and so awkward . . . so much character growth and mistakes and failing and love and learning. I’m so glad Ranson starred in a story – he’s a great character, and his plot was excellent to read.

The Perfect Plan: This short story was set long before the other stories of Acktar, but it was interesting to read about Renna’s parents.

The Treaty: I loved this little tale of one of Leith and Martyn’s missions! Leith is so creative and resourceful, and watching him go after a law-breaker in a lawful manner is so refreshing and fun. I could read little tales like this one all day long.

All in all, I enjoyed this collection greatly! I look forward to future books in the series – this collection seems to bridge the way quite nicely.