Beautiful Books: From Stranger Worlds

Beautiful Books: From Stranger Worlds

Last year, I did this tag with Won’t Feel a Thingand it was pretty cool, so I figured, why not do it again?

For those of you who don’t know, Beautiful Books is a tag hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In.  It’s a NaNoWriMo-themed variation on their normal monthly tag, Beautiful People. Instead of asking questions of your character, Beautiful Books gives you a list of questions to answer about your NaNoWriMo story, or just any WIP. Make sure to click the graphic to read some other participating blogs.

Without any further intro (because I have a tendency to ramble in these…), here’s stuff about my novel, From Stranger Worlds!



Whoo, this question has a long answer. There wasn’t any one thing that gave me the idea for FSW, it was more like a collection of events, so I’ll just go with the first one (that way you won’t be reading this through next week).

I and my siblings were watching one of the old superman movies, where the Kryptonian general, Zod, came in and wreaked havoc, then went to the President of the United States, walked right in, and gave his terms (which, incidentally, were “I’m in charge, na-nanny-boo-boo!”). That was then when I thought, “What if aliens came and quietly approached an Earth world leader to negotiate land for them to settle?” Then I got to thinking what kind of terms there would be if the leader agreed.

The story has changed a lot since then, but that was where the first idea came from.


I just happen to have an official (if a little rough) teaser for you.

Sylvester Lee met an alien when he was twelve years old.

The problem was, no one believed him, and the only other witness had a strange lapse of memory.

It’s been nine years since that day, and Sylvester is now an investigative reporter with one goal in mind: the aliens are living among us, and he intends to prove it.

This presents quite a problem for Leslie Hughes, his cheerful, but dreadfully nervous intern. Because what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Leslie is the alien that he met in the alley that night. Half alien, half human, all secrets, she’s monitering Sylvester to prevent him from revealing the aliens’ presence.

And she’ll do just about anything to keep her people safe.

Things are going along smoothly until they encounter Chareh, a young alien living among the humans, the girl who holds the secret that will make both worlds violently collide.

From Stranger Worlds will take you on a thrilling tour through the world of 50’s America—but it may not be the world you know.


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An ambitious reporter who is nineteen, cheerful, and also half alien.




Another, even more ambitious reporter, who is twenty-two, and is convinced that the aliens are here—and he intends to prove it.










A small, relatively weak fifteen-year-old alien who has been studied by humans for two years. She carries a deadly secret, but no one else knows she’s the one who has it.






Well, with my last novel (Until the Stars Fall), I basically brainstormed and wrote out, on paper in a binder, what was going to happen, “and then this person would do this, and this would happen, ect.,” and for the one before that (Won’t Feel a Thing), I did basically the same thing, more erratically, on a smaller scale, and on the computer. But I really don’t know how to prepare for From Stranger Worlds. The story has a very different feel than my previous novels. I’m kind of winging it.


I dunno, I’m looking forward to a lot… This is a hard choice. I can only say one thing I’m looking forward to?

Well, I have to say I’m looking forward to the setting the most. I grew up on 50’s stories, from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar and The Adventures of Superman, to Singin’ in the Rain, to The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, and The Patty Duke Show.

The 50’s has to be the golden age of stories (and they’re clean!), and I’ve had a partiality to the decade for a while.

Also, I really like designing other cultures and cities, and combining the 50’s with the alien people that I’ve constructed is just really fun. 😀


I’m just going to go with random things. xD Because I can.



Welcome to the underwater city Tehsischi! It’s a place little known by humans, but in the story, it’s hidden off the coast of Northern California, far beneath the Ocean. The huge sub-sea structure houses nearly the entire Kehrib (alien) population on Earth, and is a thriving metropolis that’s been there for generations, seen by very few humans.



It’s a bit like a cat, and a bit like a weasel. The Kehrib brought them here to Earth, and somehow a few got out into New Hastings, the coastal human city. So while they’re cute, and the household pet of many Kehrib families, they’ve also become a great pest.



A segment (albeit a small one) of Kehrib are very superstitious, and to ward against demons and other nasty things that humans carry around, they wear charms made of bronze, clipped to bracelets and belts.

And, yes. She has multicolored hair. Their hair shows their emotions, and she’s got quite a wealth of them at this moment (you can click the picture for more information).


In a way, Lesley and Sylvester are in direct opposition. Sylvester wants to prove what he saw all those years ago, and Lesley wants her people to be safe. To do that, she has to keep the secret from being revealed.

Now, Chareh… Well, she’s got a secret that will blast both those goals out of the water and present a much more pressing problem.

What she wants is to not have to bear the secret any more. She wants to not be under constant pressure. And she wants to be strong.


Well, now, that would be a spoiler, wouldn’t it?

… Actually, I don’t know. I’m less prepared for this NaNo than I have been in a long time.


Themes. Heh. Yeah…

So, I usually don’t figure out the theme until about halfway through the first draft. Sooo… I don’t know. I think it’ll have something to do with identity.

(Note: Last Beautiful books, I made a guess at the theme, and it did come out pretty strongly, so I guess from now on, I should just trust my guesses. 😛 What I guess is usually what a main character is working through.)


Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World

Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World

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Aren’t intros to blog posts the worst? (Well, actually, German sausages are the wurst…) I could say, “Today I’m participating in the blog tour for Bryan Davis’s new book, Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World,” but I’m assuming you can read both the title and the banner, since, well, you’re reading this right now…

So instead, I’ll just skip the intro (ignore the above intro) and say, “Bryan Davis wrote a Middle Grade Superhero story, and it’s pretty great.”

Many of us have experience with Bryan Davis, from his Dragons in Our Midst series on through his many other books, including my personal favorite, Echoes From the Edge. Bryan Davis introduced me to fantasy. Without Raising Dragons, I wouldn’t be blogging like this at all. So the least I can do is introduce you to his new book (also, I read it, and, yeah. It’s pretty cool.)

Psst! There’s a number somewhere in this blog post that you’ll need for the grand prize giveaway. Don’t miss it! More specific instructions are here. Please note: You cannot possibly have the correct number until all of the tour posts are up, and your giveaway entries will not be valid unless you have the correct number.

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Eddie Hertz is smart, real smart. He has to be. What other twelve-year- old patrols the streets of Nirvana alone, hoping to foil the schemes of the evil Mephisto? Since Eddie is small for his age, he trusts in his Batman-style gadgets belt and acrobatic skills as well as lots of experience, like knowing how to swing across dark alleys without being seen.

Eddie has a dream, to become like Damocles, Nirvana’s great superhero. To make that dream come true, Eddie invented a device that is supposed to give him superpowers, but using it on himself is dangerous, maybe even fatal. He doesn’t have the nerve to try it.
When Mephisto unleashes an earthquake machine on the city, Eddie gets a surprising teammate — his quirky eight-year- old sister, Samantha, who comes up with an unexpected way to help Eddie in the frantic battle to prevent the biggest earthquake of all.

Since Damocles has lost his ability to help in physical form, Eddie and Samantha are the only hope for Nirvana and the world.

Personally, I love middle grade. I read more MG than I did when I was actually in the target age group. This book specifically is different from Bryan Davis’s other series because there’s no romance, there’s a lower violence level, the book is shorter, and the two main characters are younger than the ones in his other series.

And I have the pleasure of interviewing a character from the book, maybe my favorite character in the whole book. 

So without further ado, the interview!

Today I’m pleased to welcome Damocles, Nirvana’s great superhero, to Story of Fire! Welcome to the blog, Damocles. We’ll jump right into the questions, since I’m sure a superhero like you is very busy.

Where did you grow up, and what was it like there?

I was born and raised in the city of Nirvana. Like many superheroes, my life was filled with tragedy. I lost my mother in a war between competing clown gangs. The battles were horrific, filled with maniacal laughter. When I was fourteen, my father died when he crashed his car into a Dairy Queen. The cause of death was either blunt-force trauma or extreme lactose intolerance. The coroner wasn’t sure.

In any case, I learned how to fight the hard way, on the streets. I was part of a gang of loiterers for a while, but when my best friend got killed by a silent mime attack, I saw the darkness and futility of it all. Just standing around waiting to be killed by other gangs made no sense.

I wanted out. I wanted a better life. So I hit the books hard. But it wasn’t easy. Living with a step uncle three times removed, who didn’t care if I lived or died, I had to be my own father and mother. And I had to fight … a lot. I wanted to leave the streets, but the streets wouldn’t leave me. The gangs wouldn’t stop bothering me, especially the clowns. Those painted faces haunted me, even in my dreams. Yet, the experiences, as bad as they were, made me stronger.

Tragedy certainly does seem to follow your kind around. I’m glad the experiences have made you stronger. On that topic, what made you decide to be a Superhero?

I wanted to help my neighborhood. I had to do something about the gangs. I enrolled in the police academy and became a street cop, a good one. Since I knew the streets and the lingo, even the sign language used by the mimes, I established a great rapport with most of the kids.

But then a new scourge infected the neighborhoods, an especially addictive drug called Ghost. It made a person invisible. Those who take it commit crimes, knowing they can’t be seen, and it often leads them to do something dangerous, They often get killed in the process, especially when they take the drug too many times. In short, they stay invisible forever.

When I found the main dealer, I tried to arrest him, but he turned out to be a superpowered robot. He broke my nose and three of my ribs. That’s when I knew I needed to become more than a normal cop. I studied martial arts, gymnastics, and acrobatics, and I also invented the gadgets I use, the most important being Mastix. Of course, you already know about Mastix. Everyone knows about Mastix.

Obviously, everyone knows about Mastix. Why did you choose the name Damocles?

Damocles was a character in a story who learned that positions of power come at a great price—fear that always looms because of critical decisions you have to make and the constant risk that someone wants to kill you. As a superhero, I wanted a constant reminder of the great responsibility I have on my shoulders, to not let my head swell, to realize that danger always lurks. We superheroes can never rest.

Ah, yes. “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” as they say.

Is there a personal reason for fighting Mephisto, or does he just happen to be the one attacking the place you protect?

After I battled and defeated the drug-dealing robot, I learned that Mephisto invented it, and he was using the drug money to build a super-secret headquarters for building more dastardly devices. So my reasons for fighting Mephisto were to stop his insane crime empire and to keep my city safe. It is personal in that he hurt the people in my home neighborhood with the Ghost drug. Some of my best friends are still invisible. I don’t know if we’ll ever find them.

That’s hard. I hope this all works out for you. Continuing on that subjuct, do you think you have a legal and moral right to do what you do?

Since there is no law against doing good and stopping evil, then, yes, I do have a legal right to do what I do. Some argue that I am taking the law into my own hands. Yet, everyone who tries to stop evil does the same. I am no different from the father who locks his doors at night and arms his security system. I just do the same on a more dramatic scale.

Regarding a moral right, I think it would be highly immoral to allow evil to have its way in Nirvana. If I have the ability to stop crime, protect the citizens, and save lives, then I have the moral responsibility to do so. Especially when it comes to stopping Mephisto. And clowns and mimes. Especially invisible ones.

I’d say the only thing creepier than a clown is an invisible one. And last, but certainly not least, what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

I love many flavors of ice cream, but my favorite is Neapolitan with walnuts with little bits of okra mixed in, as long as they’re not too chewy. The combination is an explosion of flavor that reminds me of Nirvana. We are a bunch of sweet, creamy, people of many races with some fruits and nuts mixed in. And the okra? Well, I just like okra. What can I say?

That sounds like… An interesting combination, to say the least. Well, thanks for dropping by to be interviewed! The people of Nirvana, and farther beyond than you could imagine, are grateful for you and what you do.

And now for the fun stuff (not that the other stuff wasn’t fun, but this definitely is)! This mini-giveaway appears in all the blogs on the tour, and includes your choice of ANY Bryan Davis book, in addition to a Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World bookmark and T-shirt.

And now for the point where you say, “Wow!” Here’s THE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY, which is… Well, pretty massive. The grand prize is a complete Bryan Davis Series of Your Choice OR a $50 Amazon Gift Card, PLUS a Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World T-Shirt and Bookmark, PLUS any Bryan Davis Book of Your Choice. (Sorry, no international entries.)

You can say “wow!” now.


Bryan Davis is the author of several bestselling series, including Dragons in Our Midst and the
Reapers Trilogy, speculative fiction for youth and adults. Bryan and his wife, Susie, work
together as an author/editor team to create his imaginative tales.

You can find Bryan on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and The Author’s Chair Blog.

To purchase Wanted or other Bryan Davis books, visit Bryan’s Website, The Author’s Chair, or Amazon.

Make sure to visit the other participating blogs!


Wednesday, September 20th

Tour Kickoff @ The Author’s ChairBook Spotlight @ Backing Books

Book review and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ Zerina Blossom’s Books

Book Spotlight and Review @ The Spooky Bookshelf

Book Spotlight and Author Interview @ Scattered Scribblings

Book Review and Character Interview @ Light and Shadows

Thursday, September 21st

Book Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ Red Lettering

Spotlight and Author Interview @ The Reader Addict

Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ target verified

Book Review and Character Interview @ Hidden Doorways

Book Review @ Ashley Bogner

Book Review @ The Page Dreamer

Friday, September 22nd

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Story of Fire

Book Review @ Inkwell

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Liv K. Fisher

Book Review @ writinganyone

Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Superheroes @ Dreams and Dragons

Author Interview and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ March to a Different Drum

Book Spotlight @ Author Jaye L. Knight

Saturday, September 23rd

Author Interview @ Jessi L. Roberts, author

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Book Lovers Life

Book Review and Character Interview @ Verbosity Reviews

Book Spotlight, Author Interview and YOU WRITE: Superheroes @ Creature of Graphite

Character Interview @ Wanderer’s Pen

Book Spotlight and Author Interview @ Adventure Awaits


How excited are you for this book? Have you had any experience with Bryan Davis books before? And if you were a superhero, what would your powers be? Tell me in the comments!

Beautiful Books: Won’t Feel a Thing

Beautiful Books: Won’t Feel a Thing



Yes, NaNoWriMo is coming. We all know it, and, frankly, most of us aren’t sure whether to be excitedly waiting November 1st, or dreading it.

But, yes, as I pretty much always do, I am participating this year, with my most recent novel, Won’t Feel a Thing.

So! To get y’all acquainted with my novel (and because it looked cool) I’m participating (as you can see by the header) in Beautiful Books, a link-up which is a spin-off of Beautiful People, hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In. I don’t have answers for all of the questions, but I’ve answered what I can. xP

I encourage you to check out the other bloggers who are participating: just click the image above ^ and it’ll take you to a blog post with all of them listed.

Without further ado, the post!



Interesting story here. I was actually inspired to write this story in a way that’s odd for me… I dreamed it.

Now, of course, it wasn’t exactly the same as the book (it included zombies?), but it’s where it all started.

The dream fascinated me, and when I mentioned it to my sister Athelas (three cheers for her, eh?), she said, “write it.”

After a lot of thinking, and then a ton of colorful markers and brainstorming… Harper Scott had her own story. Boom.


Erm… Probably… I dunno, actually… A couple of months or so. I didn’t keep track of the day I had the dream.


Oooorrrr you could read this handy-dandy blurb/teaser that I have!


Harper’s job as the doctors’ cyborg assistant is fairly simple.

Deliver and retrieve packages (probably illegal), oversee shipments (definitely illegal), and on the latest mission, escort Dr. Mitchel to his contact (no doubt here).

The simpleness, however, seems to have fled. All systems were supposed to be functioning correctly, but when Harper’s mission goes dangerously wrong… something breaks.

She’s not sure what it is, but these flashes of strange memories can’t be programmed.

As segments of a past life she didn’t know she had unfold in her mind, she becomes wary of the doctors… And they aren’t the only threat. Someone, some group, is out there—and they want her dead.

And the very worst part is this unusual phenomena called “emotions.”


Neat, huh? I’m not sure I’m happy with it… It’s the best teaser ever. *nods*


Pictures from Pinterest


I’m only going to do the two main-est main characters, ’cause I don’t have pictures for anyone else. xP


Harper is probably a nineteen year old girl. She may, however, be a machine.

In fact, she’s not sure what she is, because Dr. Mitchel gets weird and nervous every time she brings it up, and the splitting headaches, flashes of memory, and gut-twisting emotions are only raising more questions. 

She could be a girl, could be a rebel, or could be a machine designed for illegal activities— but one thing’s for sure: she’s hunted.

Axton Vischer is a twenty year old high-city boy proud to think of himself as a rebel. A rebel rising steadily in the ranks of the resistance.

But in a chance meeting, Axton discovers something his enemies (and perhaps his so-called comrades) don’t want him to know.

Harper Scott is alive, after all this time.

He doesn’t know how, and he doesn’t want to imagine why, but he’s determined to track down his former team leader, with or without help.

And if she’s a prisoner, he’ll risk his life to have her safe, as she once did for him.

But if she’s turned traitor… He’ll kill her himself.


Okey-dokey. Y’all get to see my “Plantster” method. (And look—NaNo got a Planster badge: thumb)

Okay. So when I get an idea, generally, I’ll let it sit. Usually for a couple of months (Ahem… until a NaNo… Because who writes any other month?).

If I let it sit in my brain for long enough (usually after scribbling down the bare bones), I’ll generally come up with something that makes me want to write it, which is the most important thing here, really.

Then when I decide to write it (do you have any idea how many teeeeny ideas I have that never go anywhere?), I’ll open up a document (recently a notebook, actually…) and write down everything that I know.

By this time I usually have a couple scene ideas, usually a beginning, and barely any plot. So after I write down backstory (why is that so much easier than plot?), I’ll write down, in note-style, the beginning (“She’ll do ‘this’, and when ‘this’ happens,  he’ll do ‘this’.)

And before I know it, I’ve “outlined” the beginning of my novel. I usually run out of the planned portion the first week of NaNo, though. xP

And, of course, Pinterest. Really. I’ve spent more time on Pinterest in the past month than I have in the past three months before that.

And then I wind up pantsing most of the novel, and occasionally re-brainstorming like I did before I started it.

So. Yes. I have no plot. But I have a beginning!


The same thing that made me want to write it in the first place.

The most interesting past about the dream that I had was the fact that, in the dream, while filling Harper’s position of emotionless cyborg, I thought differently. It fascinated me, which is why the dream stuck with me for so long and mutated into a novel concept.

I’m really excited to write that. Yeah, it’s a weird thing to look forward to, but… It works!


bullet  Back alleys

Ah, the city. Glowing bright on the outside, with a whole network underground.

bullet  Cyborgs

bullet  Space

Actually, space travel is not a huge part of the story, since it takes place largely on one planet, but it is a part of the setting. There is a great deal of interplanetary trade that goes on through the city Krey.


Really? Really? You think I would tell you that even if I knew? 😛


I… Still haven’t been able to figure out how to intentionally work themes into a story? Loyalty might end up being one, though.


So! Readers! What do you think? Is this book worth being written? (I hope so…)

Speaking of writing, NaNoWriMo is in TWO HOURS! Are you ready? (Me: Nooooo!)

The Rise Tour!

The Rise Tour!


How would you live if you knew the day you’d die? 

In a world where everyone has a Clock showing their day of death, Parvin Blackwater tries to find purpose in her last year alive.

But will she defy the authorities to find it?


Good sunset, readers!
       I can’t believe we’ve come to the launch of the last book in the Out of Time series. This series has been so important to me, it’s hard to believe it’s coming to an end. Has it really only been a year since I found these books in the first place?
Anyways, today I’ve got a couple fun things for you.

  1. Fan art! I’ve been working on this for a while, a piece by yours truly, inspired by my favorite series in the cosmos.
  2. “Why I Love the Out of Time series—a personal testimony.
  3. And last but not least, an author interview! I got some bizarre questions to Nadine Brandes, and she answered them epicly (which is completely a word).


Technically it’s a video. But. I’m calling it fan art. I made this promo. *snods* Very awesome.

It’s not very long (though it took foh-ev-ah to make), but I hope you enjoy it. Here you go, Radicals!



Like I said earlier, it’s hard to believe this is the last book in the series.

In a nutshell, the Out of Time series is the story about a girl in a dystopian world, who, in a struggle to find meaning and purpose in last year alive, gets caught up in a scheme which could change her world: for the better or the worse, time will tell.

I remember when I first heard of Nadine, she was editing A Time to Speak for Camp NaNoWriMo, I believe. My cabin mates invited her, and she came into our cabin, and I kept hearing about how wonderful her book was, but I didn’t actually look it up.

Actually, I never would have read A Time to Die in the first place if I hadn’t won it in a giveaway—it wasn’t until A Time to Speak was published that I broke my habit of not ever, ever buying books.

After I won the book, I looked up what it was. (Silly me.) All I knew about it was that Nadine wrote it and it was dystopian. I saw the synopsis, and thought, “Okay, this sounds pretty cool. I hope it’s good.”

And, oh, was it ever.

I don’t actually remember the first time I read A Time to Die. I’ve read it so many times that things blur. xP What I do remember is the aftermath.

A Time to Die is such a deep book. Honestly, I’d never read anything like it. Something was either well-written and not exactly Christian, or it was preachy and not very well done (sad, I know, but generally it’s true). AT2D was neither of these.

Honestly, when I read A Time to Die I was at a very stale place in my faith. I was a Christian, yes, and I was going to heaven when I died, but I didn’t really care. It wasn’t a big deal (again, silly me).
After I read A Time to Die, something changed. It wasn’t just the book, of course. We had just started going to a different church, which always shakes up my faith a little, but it was mostly A Time to Die.

I read the Bible in three months after I read A Time to Die.
I’m not saying this to boast. In fact, I’m ashamed to say I’d never read the whole Bible before then. But I wanted to know what was in there, so I read it. And you know what? It was pretty great. xP
A Time to Die shook up my faith and made me see what, exactly, I was doing, and I grew dramatically closer to GOD because of it.

A few months later, here comes the next book in the series, A Time to Speak. It was published. I was expectant.
By that time, I was a rabid fan of Nadine Brandes, not only because of what I’ve previously mentioned, but also because, have you read this thing? It’s amazing.

So here I am, pre-ordering a copy of a Time to Speak and getting involved with the launch. Me. As in, Faith Song, who never buys books, especially if she’s never read them. Who isn’t really a big fan of anything.

And you know what? I’ve never regretted it.

I got A Time to Speak in PDF form… I don’t even remember why. xP

And while I can’t remember reading A Time to Die for the first time, that is not the case with A Time to Speak. I remember full well staying up late, curled up with my tablet. I remember nearing the end and desperately hoping it wasn’t the end. I remember gripping the tablet with shaking hands and breathing hard while tears fell as I got to the end.

Call me sappy, but that’s how it happened. Have I ever mentioned I don’t actually cry over very many books?

In A Time to Die, Parvin relearns her faith, rethinks her life. Reconsiders what it is to be a Christian, who GOD is, who she is. In A Time to Speak, Parvin learns how to speak up for her faith. How to be strong even when she was weak, because it was GOD’s strength working through her. She learns how to be a leader.

That’s what I got out of the Out of Time series. I understand you might not see the same thing–in fact, I know several people who don’t like it nearly as much as I do. It was the perfect set of books for me, but you aren’t me.

But even if you don’t get as much out of it as I did, you’ll probably still like it, because it’s a good story with deep characters and high stakes.

What will A Time to Rise be about? I don’t know yet.

But I bet it’ll be radical.



So, a while ago, I had the immense pleasure of interviewing the author, Nadine Brandes. And this wasn’t the typical interview, either. I tried to find the most bizarre questions (within reason) to ask her, including a few questions that are the type USUALLY asked of characters. There are a few playful questions in here, along with a couple serious ones. And this is what happened.

Welcome to my blog, Nadine! It’s FABULOUS to have you here.

Since this post is already getting a little long, I’ll just dive right into the questions.

Nadine : *rubs hands together* Let’s do this thing.

I have a couple of weird questions in here… Seems fair to warn you of that.

Nadine : Me likey weird questions!

Good. ^-^ If you were stuck on a jungle island, what would be the number one thing you would want to have with you?

Nadine: Part of me wants to name a book, but let’s think Survivor for a moment. I’d want a machete! Because that would let me chop firewood, kill little beasties to eat, and other stabby stuff. Maybe even use reflection to start a fire? Hm…maybe I should have gone with matches.

That’s an epic answer. xP

If you somehow fell into another universe and found that you were a character in a popular book series, what genre would you want your story to be?

Nadine: Fantasy all the way. This might surprise some people because my series is dystopian, but I am a finicky COWARD, people. I’d be doomed in a dystopian world. Besides, fantasy (particularly a fantasy England) just sounds so magical and wondrous…*happy sigh*

Now I’m imagining what sorts of magical powers you would have…

Nadine: All the good ones, of course. 😉 Healing. Flying. Growing stuff. Invisibility. (I’m not high-maintenance at ALL)

Sounds perfect. On a different subject, what is the grossest thing you have ever eaten/drank?

Nadine: Ugh. Okay, here goes: The grossest thing I’ve ever eaten is Black Pudding. And I think it was just a mental thing because it really didn’t taste all that bad. But I just couldn’t get over what it WAS. (For the curious, go look it up. Don’t ask me to…*gag*…tell you.)

Okay, so I’ve never had black pudding, but I do know what it is… Blech.

Nadine: The grossest thing I’ve ever drank was when I was in college. I was in the habit of buying little to-go smoothies for a snack when hanging out on campus. One day, I grabbed my half-finished smoothie by my computer, but it ended up being WEEKS old. It was the wrong smoothie. I almost died. Probably literally.


Nadine: That probably reveals way too much about what sort of messy college student I was.

Very likely.

What’s your first memory? If you don’t know, just say an early memory and we’ll pretend. XP

Nadine: Ooh, I love this one because I have a good answer! My earliest memory is being taken to the movie theater on my 5th or 6th birthday to watch the original Beauty and the Beast Disney cartoon. That’s probably why I love adventure and books so much…and why I’m terrified of wolves. O.o

Ooh. That’s a good first memory. ^-^

Who is your role model, or who do you consider a hero?

Nadine: Okay, maybe this will sound cliche, but one of my role models is J. K. Rowling. Not because she’s famous, but because she wrote from her heart and that rebooted the world of children’s literature. It got an entire generation reading again. Then she used her fame to found charities that are saving and changing lives. But even beyond that, she kept writing …because she’s passionate about storytelling. She wrote crime novels that people may or may not love, but she kept writing them because she is a storyteller. And stories need to be freed. I just think she has a beautiful soul and handles fame in a way that inspires me to write more and dig deeper into the craft.

This is a hard question to answer, because I have many other role models who have been spiritual leaders and turned my life and writing completely around. But I’ve admired J. K. Rowling since I was a young teen when the first Harry Potter book came out, and I’ve got to credit her for infusing the passion of fantasy in my heart.

And I think we’re all grateful for anyone who lead to you starting to write. 😛

Here’s a question normally asked in character interviews, but I’m being weird today, so it fits right in. Who would you die for? And alternately, is there anyone, and in what situation, that you would kill for?

Nadine: Wow. You don’t pull any punches. 😉 Assuming I would have time to actually make a logical decision, I will always die for my husband, or my family, or any of my nieces or nephews or dear friends. Maybe that’s too broad, but it’s true. I adore the people God has put in my life and would do anything to keep them changing this world even a day longer.

I certainly do not. xP Have to have a couple deep questions in here, eh?

Nadine: The second question is, obviously, much harder. I don’t know that I could kill for anyone, even in self-defense. Because I don’t have the right to take a life, no matter whose it is or what they’re doing. But if the situation was that someone was threatening other people–strangers even–or a mass shooting of sorts, I would probably kill in that situation if it would result in saving other lives and if it was a last resort. Phew! This question… O.o

That’s actually very similar to my answer to that question, actually.

So, I recently found your blog post on how you met your husband (which is sooo sweet, by the way), but I could not find anything about your wedding. So I was wondering, though it might take a little while, if you would tell us, if in brief, about your wedding day.

Nadine: *girlish squeal* Are you saying I need to write a blog post about our wedding? 😛 *must….resist….*

Okay, our wedding day WAS MAGICAL. There had been a fresh snowfall the day before, but our wedding day was clear and almost warm. The wedding would be in a little stone church in the 300-person town where I grew up.

I woke up and met my soon-to-be-hubby early to pray over the day. Then I didn’t see him again until he was waiting at the altar. Next I prayed with my parents and then me and my girls went to get hair and makeup done. When finished, we had to keep sneaking around the church so hubby wouldn’t see me. *giggle* Photos were taken, and then I got all dressed up. I could wear that wedding dress every day, let me tell you. It’s SO COMFY. Only now it doesn’t fit anymore. But we don’t talk about that. *ahem*

My close friends and family came in to my little bride room and we all prayed (and cried…happily.) It was so special. Then my daddy escorted me to the closed double doors. The attendees and MY MAN were on the other side. I was so nervous and my dad was tearing up (which IS THE SWEETEST THING EVER.)

The doors opened and my uncle was playing on his guitar for the ceremony music. The first people I saw were two friends who had flown all the way across the country to surprise me for my wedding. That was the first time I saw them. I totally lost it.

Then I turned the corner and saw hubby and we were both so nervous and excited and giddy that it’s pretty much fuzzy after that moment. LOL. His best friend did the intro, and then my dad (a pastor) did the ceremony.

Afterward, we left in a horse and sleigh that hubby had spent weeks learning how to drive! We went over hills and through the woods, just like the song. LOL. Straight from the little steepled church to my parent’s house where we squealed and got ready for the reception.

And I’ll stop there, because this is turning into a novel. 😛

Aaaaawwww. ^-^ You should totally do a blog post on this. XD

I’m sitting here grinning like a romantic fool. 😛

One last question, which I just wanted to know the answer to. Which of Wilbur Sherrod’s suits would you most like to have, and why?

Nadine: *considers the blog post* Okay, the Wilbur Sherrod suit that I would want the most is Inkling. It’s mentioned briefly in book one and Parvin goes into a simulation with it. It stimulates the creative and brainstorming part of one’s brain. And can you imagine the story ideas I would end up with?!


That’s the same one I would want! 😀 For the same reason, even.

Well… Thanks for coming to be interviewed. ^-^ It was awesome.

Nadine: Thank you so much for having me! This was so fun! 😀

It was. ^-^ Anything else you want to say to my blog readers?

Nadine: Firstly, thanks for letting me come be a dork with you. 🙂 And secondly, I pray that each of you strives to be a bringer of shalom. We CAN usher this world closer to the way God intended things to be. Your voice, your actions, and your creativity have power. ❤

What else am I here for? xD *hugs* Thanks for being an awesome person, Nadine.


Update: I just got A Time to Rise in the mail. I. Can’t. Breathe. *can’t stop grinning*

Not only do I get to read the epicness, NADINE ALSO PUT ME IN THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS! O.O Really. o.o Look:img_20161003_154105


So, ready to go read Out of Time? (Hint: The correct answer is YES!)


A Time to Rise COVER REVEAL!

A Time to Rise COVER REVEAL!

Aaaaah, people!


If you’ve been following my blog for very long, you’ll know that Nadine Brandes’ Out of Time series is my favorite book series ever, in all the cosmos.

Well, today I have the enormous pleasure of participating in the cover reveal for the third and last (I won’t think about that) book in the trilogy.

And. I saw it. And. WOW. It’s such a lovely cover! I’ll show it in a moment, but stick around afterward for a giveaway, post-able promo pictures, and pre-ordering information.

Without further ado, I present the lovely, RADICAL cover of A Time to Rise!
Look at it. Look at it! Zoom in. Study it. JUST. O.O This cover!

What more can you sacrifice than your life?

Parvin Blackwater is dead.

At least…that’s what the Council—and the world—thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.

Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?

I can’t even think, and I’m sitting here grinning like an idiot. xD Just, PEOPLE.

A Time to Rise doesn’t release until October 14th! But for those of us who are waiting anxiously for the release date, there is a countdown which you can put on your website!


Also, a giveaway! Would you like to have these adorable magnetic Out of Time bookmarks?

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Sorry, WordPress is being bothersome and doesn’t want to let me put it straight into the post, but here’s the link: Giveaway, yes!


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nadine-brandes-head-shotNadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by ‘bumbershoot’.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures. You can find Nadine on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads.


Ready, Radicals? Fan squeal on three! One, two, THREE!

(Also, my Works In Progress page is live with my Camp NaNoWriMo novella, if you are interested in checking that out.)

A Time to Die Read-through October 3rd

A Time to Die Read-through October 3rd

Shalom, readers! Today I’m excited to announce the first Goodreads A Time to Die read-through! (Click the picture to go to the link.)

Basically, what you do is:

  1. Get a Goodreads account. To participate in the read-through officially, this is required, but if you read through it, and don’t have or want a Goodreads account, you can just post your comments on this blog post. But Goodreads is free, and slightly awesome, so there shouldn’t be any problem there. 😛
  2. Start reading A Time to Die on October 3rd. If you don’t have the book, request it from your library. If your library doesn’t have it, buy it. Seriously, you won’t regret it. I posted a review for this book a while back, and since then I have re-read it. It was even more amazing on the second read. It’s available to buy on several sites, all of which are linked in the main book page.
  3. Comment! We’ll read a few chapters per week, and then meet back on Saturdays to chat about them. We’ll even post questions each week to keep people thinking! It doesn’t matter what time on Saturday you comment, but if you’re participating, make sure to add to the discussion. It’d be wonderful.
  4. Have fun! This is a wonderful book, so it should be an adventure to read it, whether this is your first time or not.

So… Are you participating? Are you excited? I know I am. xD (And, seriously, you won’t regret it.)

(By the way, mellons, sorry if this sounded a bit like an advertisement… I really am excited about this book. xP)

Book Review: A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes

Book Review: A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes


    How would you live if you knew the day you’d die? Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system.

But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her clock is running out.

I can’t even begin to describe how I enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, it made my heart ache for the characters, and it is one of only three books that have ever made me cry.

It explores deep questions about meaning, about life and death, and about GOD, but it does not seem preachy. It’s honest, deep questions that the characters explore.

Parvin Blackwater is a very deep character, which is something that a lot of authors don’t manage to do with their protagonist–especially the kind of protagonist which is a normal, every day person in their world. Nadine Brandes did this masterfully, and I found it very easy to connect with Parvin, who is a very likable, and yet not unrealistically perfect, seventeen year old. She struggles with many things that I, myself, have struggled with (yes, I have certainly known because of my Clock that I was going to die in a year).

The characters are realistic, the plot is thrilling, and while there are some slow spots, everything works together to build toward the high, climactic ending, which left me breathless for the second book (which, by the way, hasn’t come out yet…).

Nadine Brandes is a good writer. There was never a point when I saw a sentence and marveled at the wonderful craftsmanship–that would be nice and all, but it would distract me from the story, and so I’m glad there was never a point like that.
There was one or two places where I got a little lost, but only because I am not used to reading in present tense, and I had skipped a word, so it was entirely my fault, not the fault of the writing.
The descriptions were good most of the time, but there was one point where I could not visualize the scene. It was not a big deal, but I thought I should mention it.

All in all, I think I give A Time to Die a five star review. It was an amazing book, and I benefited greatly from this wonderful read.

Five Stars

Don’t forget to keep on the lookout for book number two, A Time to Speak!  (Click the image to go to book page.)