Bellanok is Available in Paperback!

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I’m so excited to announce that Bellanok is officially available in physical book form. Yes! One for your bookshelf! One for your local library! One for your fellow fantasy lovers for Christmas!

This has been a long-time coming. And I am ever so thankful for all the love and support from family, friends, and fans. But most of all for God giving me this gift, this passion. This is truly a dream come true!

Before you hop over and purchase several copies for you and everyone you know, check out this fun book trailer from Amaeris Designs Productions.

Need an escape this weekend? Ready for a fantasy adventure? You can see a full description of Bellanok, as well as blog tour information, in My Books. But you know you just want to hop over and buy now! (Available for Kindle AND in paperback.)

 

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And if you want to join in launch time fun and get to know a few other ladies of spec, as well as other spec readers, check out the Ladies of Spec Readers Group!

BIG News + a Party!

Friday was a good day. Now, Fridays is general are typically good days. End of the work week for most. Pay day for some. And, hey, you hear Friday and you can’t help but smile. It’s like saying BACON or COFFEE!

But why was Friday good for me?

Well . . .

I got a brand new sweatshirt that I absolutely love!

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And it arrived 30 minutes before this happened . . .

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That’s right. I signed a 3-book contract with Elk Lake Publishing. I pitched to Deb Haggerty at the Realm Makers conference this summer, sent her Aletheia in August, and now here we are! She’s taking on the whole Aletheia trilogy. Yay!

On top of that, I found a new social media client and a potential editing client.

People, God is GOOD. All the time.

He SEES our needs, and He PROVIDES. Maybe not in our timing or in the way we had thought He would, but He is still provides.

I’ve been on cloud 9 ever since signing the contract. And completely terrified. Just so you know.

 

What did I do after signing and posting on social media?

I sat at my computer, listening to YouTube videos with my gal pal, J.L. Mbewe, trading videos and jokes. We were jamming while I celebrated with a little bit of mint chip ice cream (coconut milk). Meanwhile, doing some Realm Makers planning, some surprise planning, and then rockin’ this blog post. Right now, Mandisa is beltin’ it out in Toby Mac’s “Lose My Soul.”

But I kicked it off with my title video of the year.

 

 

Now for a PARTY!

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Awhile back, my friends (Amy, Desiree, and Jennette)and I started a little group we called “Ladies of Spec,” to share our publishing journeys together. And now we’re celebrating 2 of our favorite things: FALL and BOOKS!

Join us next Thursday at 8:30 EST for a couple of hours of fun, conversation, and prizes!

Ladies of Spec Fall into a Speculative Adventure Facebook Party

 

So, what are YOU up to this weekend?

Novel News: September 2016

Good morning! Thank goodness it’s Friday, am I right? Tomorrow begins my favorite quarter of the year. I LOVE fall, and Thanksgiving, and Christmas . . . My excitement level goes up tenfold this time of year. So expect to see a jump in the number of exclamation points I use! Hey, y’all already knew I am a little weird.

September saw several new book releases, goals met, and revelations had. So let’s dive right in!

NEW RELEASES

51fhqlyy5flTHE STORY OF WITH by Allen Arnold

When I went to ACFW in August, I took this amazing class that helped to jumpstart some important revelations which are leading to some serious changes in my life and in the way I do life with God. That workshop was based on Allen’s new book, The Story of WITH (which is a combination of nonfiction and fiction, an interesting approach). Here’s part of the blurb:

– From the Foreword –

“You are not alone. Whether you’re a free spirit, an office exec, a writer, musician, college student, or tired parent—your soul, like mine, knows life is meant to go beyond rat races and rare applause. This book speaks to that belief. And if you’re not careful, you may find tears warming your eyes as you read because finally someone is naming your weariness, your striving, your questions of why you just can’t quite make it, or the emptiness that hit because maybe you did. It is into those places The Story of With reaches—fusing allegory with application—to offer fresh perspective, restored hope, and a rebirth of creativity.”
—MARY WEBER, the Christy & Carol Award-Winning, Scholastic Pick Author of the Storm Siren Trilogy

 

high-res-beanstalk-cover-2JESUS AND THE BEANSTALK by Lori Roeleveld

We live in unsettling, challenging times. Everywhere we look, we see giant problems: giant obstacles to sharing faith, giant barriers to peaceful lives, giant strongholds of fear. But what if you knew eight small secrets to unlocking a strength big enough to overcome whatever obstacle life may bring?
Using allegory and a bit of humor, Jesus and the Beanstalk explores a passage in 2 Peter 1 to uncover eight truths that will help you unleash a larger-than-life faith:
· Faith
· Goodness
· Knowledge
· Self-control
· Perseverance
· Godliness
· Affection for others
· Love 
In this creative, refreshing perspective on spiritual growth, you will discover an unyielding strength when you tap the power of a God who is stronger than any beanstalk and bigger than your biggest giants.

 

41-ahi1r0pl-_sx331_bo1204203200_ELIJAH: A SUSPENSE by Frank Redman

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this suspense book by a long-time friend. Frank’s personal story is just amazing, but then you throw in that he’s a writer on top of that? He was mentored by Dean Koontz! Check out the blurb:

Elijah Raven, 22, possesses an extraordinary gift–or to him–a curse. He’s simply trying to overcome his past and get by in life. Well, and dream of a girl who’s out of his league. He’s not a thrill-seeking daredevil. Instead, he works as an IT tech at Buy City. His passion is for computers, a relatively safe endeavor. Not adventure.

He’s already had enough adventure to last a lifetime.

But, animals won’t grant his desire for peace. They communicate with him. He doesn’t know how it works, but somehow animals sense that he can understand them. That sounds like it would be cool, except the problem is the animals don’t tell him to throw the ball or give a treat. They tell him about the evil things they see. Abuse. Rape. Murder. He wants to mind his own business and reject diving headfirst into unknown dangers against his will. Instead, he’s compelled to get involved. He cannot deny the call to action.

And the call screams when he stumbles upon the high crime abduction of children forced into prostitution by untouchable Corporate Executives, who believe anything that makes money is permissible in the world of High Finance.

 

612gyosofllTHE LOUDEST ACTIONS by Cindy Koepp

Cindy and I were critique partners for a couple of years, and I’ve come to expect great stories from her. She has a unique and big imagination. Although I haven’t read this particular story, it should still be something to check out!

First contact missions are hard enough, but they get even tougher when the negotiator has an ego the size of a gas giant.
Burke Zacharias, a first contact researcher, is chosen to spearhead humanity’s first official contact with Montans, an insect race that has already had a run-in with less friendly humans. Although his words and overtures toward the Montans are cordial enough, the Montans are put off by how he treats the crew of the scout ship that brought him to the world.
With other, less friendly forces trying to establish a foothold on the world, the negotiation must succeed in spite of Burke, or the Montans could be facing extinction.

 

513hurubc-lBAIT by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

They eat us to live. We eat them to live forever.

When Tomás Torres agrees to consult on an unsuccessful breeding program for a rare species, he finds his new patients are fish with oddly humanoid face and torso — merfolk.

The legend that eating a mermaid will grant immortality seems to be based loosely in fact, and early trials suggest their meat is a powerful curative with incredible potential. The corporation with a successful fish farm will command nutrition and pharmaceutical markets. But many of the fish are not reproducing.

Before they can even begin to evaluate the breeding program, Tomás and fellow consultant Dr. Alyssa Cooper learn staff at the facility are dying, devoured after falling into tanks they had no reason to approach. Tomás and Alyssa set out to discover the secrets of the carnivorous mermaids — but Nature will not wait for research.

 

51yrdh16zlSPACE DRIFTERS: THE IRON GAUNTLET by Paul Regnier

Reality check.

No good-luck charm can help Captain Glint Starcrost out of this no-holds-barred reality show. The Iron Gauntlet pits competitors against four of the most fearsome, fang-filled, alien fighters in the universe.

He’s one of the few human challengers ever chosen to contend, but he’s not alone.

A fan, a mysterious benefactor, offers Glint and his ragtag team support. The catch? If Glint loses or withdrawals from the competition, it will mean a permanent game over for his crew and the woman he loves.

Will he have the mettle to medal? Or is the game too much of a gamble?

 

And for you romance fans . . .

51jnqotfxlA HARMONY FOR STEVE by Hallee Bridgeman

HARMONY and STEVE draw closer and spiritual war wages when heaven meets hell.

Christian contemporary singing sensation, daughter of Christian radio and media family counselor icons, HARMONY HARPER, has spent her entire life serving God. From teen sensation to celebrated adult Christian contemporary music artist, she regularly plays sold-out concerts everywhere she goes. Nearing thirty, and nearing burnout, Harmony heads to her mountain cabin hideaway to commune with Christ and compose some new music.

Hard rocker STEVE SLAYER faces an ultimatum: keep rocking life the hard way and watch his organs fail due to addictions, or, sober up – for real this time – and live. Hiding out in the mountains of Oregon, he spends weeks detoxing. Finally strong enough to venture into town, he comes face to face with Harmony. Over the next several weeks, the two become unlikely friends as Steve learns to love and trust God, and mutual attraction surprises them both.

Once news of their budding romance reaches the world, no one is happy. Not her people – not his people. Then letters written in blood start arriving. An attack on a concert threatens more than just their lives. Harmony and Steve realize the threats might just be real.

Can Harmony and Steve discover who wants to destroy them, or will the enemy bring their house down in a dissonance that strikes at their very souls?

 

WRITING UPDATE

Well, if you’ve been following my Facebook page, you know I already finished Bellanok compilation and sent it off to my editor and formatter, the fabulous Kristen Stieffel. She’ll be getting the first part back to me soon because I wanted to do something special with it. The rest I should get back mid-October so I can get everything ready to release Bellanok on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25! That’s right, people, less than a month away! Who’s as excited as I am? (Did you see the mock up of the new cover?)

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In other writing news, I printed out the entire manuscript for Soul Seer the other day. I’m now getting into the process of making revision notes. My hope is to have it done by the end of October–if not sooner.

 

OTHER NEWS

I still have a couple of slots available in my editing calendar for the rest of the year (and plenty after the new year). If you’re ready for someone to help make your story SHINE, visit my Editing Services page, and then let’s start a conversation!

Don’t forget about my GIVEAWAY! It ends on Sunday night. I’m giving away 2 books and an Amazon gift card to 3 winners!So hop over to the giveaway post, sign up for my newsletter, and hold on tight.

 

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AUTHORS: If you had a book release in the last 60 days, feel free to leave the title, a 25-word blurb, and a buy link in the comments!

READERS: What new books did you read this month?

Bellanok: The Paladin’s Hope is Available on Amazon!

That’s right, my friends. The headline says it all. Finally, finally, finally . . . the serial is complete.

Bellanok: The Paladin’s Hope is the last of four novellas in a serial project. If you haven’t checked out the first 3, head over to My Books to find out about this fun fantasy adventure series.

For those of you have been reading along and excitedly waiting on the final installment . . . well, let me tell you a little more about it.

The Cover

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Blurb

As if becoming a paladin in a crazy battle between good and evil wasn’t bad enough, now Brian must press onward without his mentor. The demon horde is closing in. Good is outnumbered. And evil has the ultimate weapon.

Fauna still can’t communicate with the Creator, and she refuses to believe the fairies need salvation like mere humans. Her pride and her fierce need to protect the inhabitants of Bellanok are the only things keeping her going.

In a race against time, Brian and Fauna will have to unite those left on the island and take the battle to the demon. They’ll need all their strength and all their faith to come out on top. Failure is not an option, but what will success truly cost?

 

Are you ready for the exciting ending to this fantasy adventure? Head over to Amazon now! 

 

Reviews

You may have heard this before, but reviews are an author’s bread and butter. Seriously. Whenever readers shop, especially online, reviews count. Some people don’t even realize that they are looking at the reviews. But, often, if you see a book with two 5-star reviews, and another with 25 reviews with an average of 4 stars, which do you think gets chosen more often? The one with more reviews, not the one with the higher ratings.

That being said . . . Reviews do not have to be very long. Just a couple of lines that tell other readers what you enjoyed (or did not enjoy) about the story. It doesn’t have to be an in depth analysis.

And, hey, I’m not just toting this whole review thing for myself and my books, but for all authors. If you enjoy a book–take 5 minutes to let the world know!

Up Next?

Later this fall, Bellanok will be compiled into one big novel, with added scenes and everything! Look for updates on that coming in the next few weeks or so. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out! (Plus, have you seen the Confessions posts? I have some rather unique ones coming up in the next couple of months!)

 

If you’ve read the first 3 parts of Bellanok, what did you like about it? If you have not, are you ready to dig in? 

Bellanok 4 Title & Cover Reveal!

Yes, my friends. The story is coming to an end–slowly but surely.

If you’ve been following Bellanok’s story, you know there’s going to be some kind of action-packed ending! Or is there? I guess you’ll have to find out by reading the final part of this fantasy novella serial when it comes out on

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016!

That’s right, people! Only 11 days to go–start spreading the news. But before you do, you might want to see the new cover.

So I present to you . . .

 

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After the heartache of The Dragon’s Oath, Brian and Fauna try to recover their shaken faith amid the gathering storm of demons.

More and more of the inhabitants of Bellanok are being turned, and they have no way of knowing if the demon army outnumbers them yet or not. Brian and Fauna turn to the dragons for help. But it still might not be enough.

Brian and Fauna must both embrace their place in the upcoming battle or they are sure to lose it all. More than just the future of Bellanok is at stake.

 

What do you think? I love the unicorn in the mirror for the final cover. 

If you haven’t checked out the first 3 novellas in the serial, head over to MY BOOKS to get your copies so you’ll be all caught up!

Also, be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss the latest updates–like when the book finally releases!

A Book Date with Amy!

Author Head Shot Amy copyThis is Amy. Amy likes to write. Amy wrote a book. You should buy the book.

Okay, okay, I suppose I can give you a little more. First of all, I will not be providing a complete review today. I meant to read Amy’s book this week, but as many of you know, I have been practically bedridden since last week. Reading only made me feel worse.

But I am SO excited to read this supernatural fantasy romance. Why?

  • Kick-butt female
  • Demons getting their butts kicked
  • Drool-worthy romantic interest
  • Secrets, twists
  • Amy rocks
  • NYT Best-selling Author Tosca Lee sums it up well: “An action-packed tale of classic good versus evil from the depths of human despair and heights of God’s grace. Filled with romance, betrayal, love, loss and ultimate triumph.”

So, I’m a few chapters into the book, and I love it so far! It really did frustrate me when the migraine would take over and my husband made me go to bed. *sigh*

Back Cover Blurb:

 

9781943788040-Perfect.inddLiz Brantley has a gift she wants to return. Able to see and fight demonic forces, she has spent her life alone, battling the minions of hell bent on her destruction, running from the God who gave her this curse. Drawn to her abilities, the demon Markus unleashes havoc on her hometown and pulls Liz further into the throes of battle.

She’s desperate for a normal life. When she meets a mysterious man who seems unaware of the mystical realm that haunts her, the life she’s always wanted moves within reach. But her slice of normal slips from her grasp when an old flame, Ryland Vaughn, reappears with secrets of his own. Secrets that will alter her destiny.

Torn between two worlds, Liz is caught in an ancient war between good and evil. And she isn’t sure which side to choose. Bio: Amy Brock McNew doesn’t just

 

Are you ready to run out and purchase it? Well, it doesn’t come out until May 24, BUT you can PRE-ORDER.

 

Want to know a little more about Amy?

0807152142Well here is Amy and I at the costume awards banquet at Realm Makers last year.

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Oh, and here is Amy’s bio:

Amy Brock McNew doesn’t just write speculative fiction, she lives and breathes it. Exploring the strange, the supernatural, and the wonderfully weird, Amy pours her guts onto the pages she writes, honestly and brutally revealing herself in the process. Nothing is off-limits. Her favorite question is “what if?” and she believes fiction can be truer than our sheltered and controlled realities. Visit AmyBrockMcNew.com to learn more about this intriguing author.

Social Media Links:

Here’s a little more about Amy (I had to pry it out of her!):

~I have a drawer full of those plastic silverware/napkin packets in my kitchen. (Why?)

~I love the beach and like to wade in the water, but I don’t really like swimming in the ocean because I have an irrational fear of sharks. Because I snuck and watched Jaws when I was way too little. (I’m not a fan of the ocean period!)

~Sometimes, I wish I’d been born like 200 years ago. I think I’d make a good Annie Oakley type!

~I had a huge crush on Jonathan Frakes (Will Ryker) in high school!

~I can’t whistle to save my life! (Could you whistle to save MY life?)

You’re ready to get ahold of this book now, aren’t you? Here are the purchase links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Sm5pNZ

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1So45GY

iBooks: http://apple.co/1So4l8S

Kobo: http://bit.ly/213uz67

 

Do you have any questions for Amy?

 

Amy has 2 unique interviews scheduled for tomorrow at H.A. Titus and Lands Uncharted.

Oh, and don’t forget about the Facebook Launch Party–good company, good fun, good prizes!

Bellanok: The Dragon’s Oath Release!

I know, I know–y’all have been patient, but you have been waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting. Well, my friends, wait no more!

Bellanok: The Dragon’s Oath is finally here!

But, first, I’ll be your ready to see the new cover. Well, you voted, and I’m happy to say you went with my favorite as well. Here is the cover for the 3rd novella in the Bellanok series:

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What do you think? Beautiful, right?

Looking for a little info about this part of the story? Here’s the blurb:

The adventure continues!

Brian is in over his head as he bumbles around Bellanok, trying to learn what it means to be a paladin. Whether he’s sword training with Roman or calling down holy fire with Fauna, he just can’t seem to get anything right.

At the same time, Fauna is struggling with her inability to communicate with the Creator and what this could mean for the future of Bellanok.

Will they be prepared for what is to come? Or will Bellanok fall prey to the demons at its coast?

Now, I hope y’all will take the time to hop over and purchase Bellanok: The Dragon’s Oath as soon as you can. And, please, feel free to leave a review when you’re done to let other people know how much you enjoyed it. (Cause I know you will!)

BUY BELLANOK: THE DRAGON’S OATH HERE!

Haven’t read the first two yet? No worries. Guess what? THEY ARE BOTH FREE THIS WEEKEND! Starting tomorrow (Saturday, May 7) through Sunday night. Get ready for a journey to an island far, far away–and yet so very near.

Bellanok: The Reluctant Savior

Bellanok: An Urgent Quest

 

And if y’all wouldn’t mind sharing this post across social media, I’d appreciate it! 

Don’t miss the exciting conclusion to the story! Subscribe to my blog/newsletter and be the first to know!

Help Me Pick Bellanok 3’s Cover!

Oh, man. I’m so excited.

After a rough start to 2016, I’m finally getting back on track. That’s good for me–and you! Why you? Well, because I know y’all have been waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting.

Now, it’s finally time to release Bellanok: The Dragon’s Oath!

First, I need your help. My good friend and cover designer, J.L. Mbewe, did a fantastic job on some sample cover designs. They’re so great, I can’t choose!

Listed below, I have the 3 possible covers.

In the blog comments, I want you to tell me if you like A, B, or C.

If you comment by Sunday night (May 1), you’ll be entered into a giveaway. The winner will get a free e-copy of all 3 novellas!

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Bellanok is Free!

In honor of Cyber Monday, Bellanok: The Reluctant Savior is FREE today and tomorrow (Nov. 30-Dec. 1). If you haven’t got your copy yet, now’s the time!

Currently, it is still only available on Amazon, but don’t let that hold you back. Remember, you can always get the Kindle app for your phone, your tablet, your computer . . .

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Now, I know many of you were expecting the release of Bellanok: An Urgent Quest sometime today or over the last weekend. However, due to many things going wrong at the same time, I was unable to get the novella done in time. So . . . be on the lookout in December for the new release date. I’ll let y’all know as soon as I do!

In the meantime, get your copy of Bellanok: The Reluctant Savior if you haven’t already. And let’s enjoy some reading this week!

What else are you reading?

Bellanok is Finally Here!

Ralene Bellnock 1 The Reluctant SaviorToday is the day, my friends!

The day all my dreams (since I was a little girl) come true. There is a book out there with MY name on it. Bellanok: The Reluctant Savior is on Amazon!

Thank You

And there are some many people out there to thank. First, and most important, praise be to the my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, without whom none of this would even be possible.

Next to my family who has always been so supportive. I can’t count the number of times my husband herded the kids so I could squeeze in some writing time. Or the number of times my mom had to listen to me whine/cry/complain over the phone. No matter what, though, they never let me think I couldn’t do it.

God has blessed me with the most amazing community of writer friends. I’ve had some encouraging and discerning critique partners over the years. Most recently, I’ve had 3 women who have gone above and beyond for me and with me, and they deserve some recognition. Please give your virtual applause to Morgan L. Busse (my current critique partner), J.L. Mbewe (cover designer for Bellanok), and Rebecca P. Minor (Director for Realm Makers and a great friend). Thank you, ladies, for all you have done.

More on Bellanok: The Reluctant Savior

A friend of mine asked me to describe my book in one sentence, using the hashtag #ReadThisBookBecause, and here was my response:

#ReadThisBookBecause it’s not everyday a unicorn becomes a nightmare.

That’s just a teeny insight into the world of Bellanok. If that’s not enough to convince you to read it, visit the Amazon page to find out more! I also made a home for the book on my website.

Look for Part 2, Bellanok: The Quest for the Sword, coming around Thanksgiving.

Facebook Party

Don’t forget! If you’d like to learn more about me or Bellanok, I’ll be a special guest at J.L. Mbewe’s Facebook party TOMORROW NIGHT! There’s going to be all kinds of prizes, discussions, and other fun stuff.

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More Books!

After you purchase my book (you know you want to!), don’t forget to check out these two books, also out today:

A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes

AND

Embers by Ronie Kendig

Happy reading this weekend!