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Something Fabulous This Way Comes On 10-2-17

Posted by on Aug 29th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 2 comments

I’m gearing up to launch something new in my world that I hope many of you will enjoy. It’s specifically for writers, so it won’t appeal to everyone. But if you readers have a writer in your life, they might find some value in my new endeavor. It’s just a little over a month away, and I can’t wait to share it! *jumps up and down and giggles*

 

 

 

Oregon Christian Writers 2017

Posted by on Aug 22nd, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 10 comments

Oregon Christian Writers 2017

Last week I got to attend, teach, mentor, and learn at the 2017 Oregon Christian Writers summer coaching conference. It was my last big writing conference of the year, and it was a wonderful time. The summer OCW conference takes place each year at the Red Lion Hotel on the River–Jantzen Beach, which isn’t far from where I live! My son was helping out with the tech team, which he loves, so we got to go together.

The event started out on Tuesday morning with an early bird workshop taught by screenwriting consultant, author, and lecturer Michael Hauge. I volunteered to help sell his books, which turned out to be a great chance to chat with him a little more. He is the Story Master, and he teaches in a wonderful way, showering his class with information and examples. I LOVED it! Took pages and pages of notes. I also bought one of his books and very much look forward to reading it.

 

“Brad & Jill – Stay in your essence!”

 

Frank Peretti was our conference keynoter, and he was filled with wisdom and encouragement, as always. I’ve heard Frank speak many times over the years. He’s wonderful to listen to–that voice! And his books are amazing as well. Since I already own all his books, I brought This Present Darkness and Tilly from home to get them autographed!

 

 

Tessa Afshar was another keynote speaker, and she also taught the continuing class I took. She is a lovely woman, and I can’t wait to read her books. She tells wonderful stories. She got us thinking about the lies we believe and how we can incorporate our own life themes into our writing. Great stuff.

 

 

I taught a workshop on how to use timelines when creating your stories. There are so many ways to do this. It’s a subject I really enjoy, and I hope the class learned some useful tips.

 

 

And then . . . people! Friends and lots of fun. Here are many more pictures from this year’s conference. If you live in the Pacific Northwest or always wanted to get over this way, put next year’s OCW conference on your calendar. The keynote speaker will be Robin Jones Gunn!

 

Me with Go Teen Writers girls Ivy Rose and Taylor Bennett!

 

Jeff Gerke, Susie May Warren and James L. Rubart hosting the award ceremony.

 

Kristen and me at Michael Hauge’s book table.

 

Selfie with Steve Barclift from Kregel Publications.

 

Our fabulous conference director Lindy Jacobs.

 

Signing books!

 

With YA fantasy author Heather FitzGerald!

 

With author Charles Harrel.

 

Sitting at my editor’s table. I forgot to get a picture with Dave! ūüôĀ

 

With author friends Traci Hilton and Kyle Pratt.

Some Fabulous Blood Of Kings Fan Art

Posted by on Aug 10th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 2 comments

It’s been far too long since I posted any fan art. It is such a great compliment when I hear that one of my books inspired a reader to create art of their own. I get giddy just thinking about it. These two drawings came from¬†Rebekah. Both were inspired by the Blood of Kings novels. First we have the cursed allown tree in Allowntown. And the second drawing is of the vineyard in Carmine. Aren’t they amazing? You probably can’t see it as well as I can on the originals, but there is so much detail on every leaf and grape.

Lovely work, Rebekah. Thanks so much for the gift of these drawings, and for allowing me to share them with my readers. <3

 

The cursed allown tree in Allowntown.

 

The vinyard in Carmine.

 

 

 

I Went To Realm Makers 2017

Posted by on Aug 1st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 24 comments

I am the luckiest author alive.

Why, you ask?

Because I was asked to teach the teen track at this years Realm Makers conference.

It was amazing.

I had three, two-hour sessions with my class, plus a separate two hours in which we all got to play various video games and eat pizza. Here are a few pictures:

My amazing class.

 

The story we brainstormed as a class.

 

Our attempt at plotting out our story.

 

Riding the Jet Buzz 360 with Jonathan.

 

Rose standing in for Steve Laube.

 

Where was Maple?

And that was just my amazing, fabtabulous class. Realm Makers also had lots of other workshops for people to attend. I spent most my time under David Farland and Ted Dekker’s tutelage. And since I couldn’t go listen to Mary Weber teach, I sent my husband to take notes for me!

 

Something new this conference, my husband came along. He has always been a writer. About eighteen years ago he wrote his first screenplay. He wrote his first novel back when I started writing. I remember him saying to me that it looked like I was having fun, so he wanted to try it too. He has written dozens of plays and skits. And two or three years back he wrote a stand-alone time travel novel. And right after that he wrote two and a half books in a separate trilogy. He is currently bored out of his mind with his trilogy and has put it aside. But being at the conference inspired him. He came home and picked up that time travel novel, which I had edited for him way back when, and he’s slowly started working through his edits. He’s also working on a few screenplays. Time will tell if the writing bug has infected my husband indefinitely, but it sure was fun to have him with me at the conference, seeing the world in which I live. He writes under the pen name Casey Oswald, so if you see Casey around, that’s him.

Something else cool about Realm Makers, I got to cosplay with my husband. How did we look?

Peter Quill (aka Starlord) and Gamora.

 

And of course, with every writers’ conference, I get to see old friends and make lots of new friends too.

 

Dinner with Steve Laube and several Enclave authors (and my husband).

 

Failstate was there! (From John Otte’s superhero YA novels of the same name.)

 

Tim Akers gave me this cool fidget spinner he made.

 

I met Lisa, a former Go Teen Writer.

 

John and me.

 

Me and the talented Jim Rubart.

 

Me and Rose from my teen class.

 

Me with Keturah, a Go Teen Writer.

 

My class!

 

Me with Tanara, who will someday be published with an amazing fantasy novel.

 

Me and Khylie from my class.

 

Me with the talented Jamie Foley. I wanted to go buy one of her books, but they were sold out! So I got a Kindle one later.

 

Me and Mary from my class.

 

Mary Weber up close, me in the middle, and Steve Rzasa in the distance at the book signing.

 

My author friend Diana Blackstone as (Hem, hem) Dolores Umbridge.

 

These two Go Teen Writer girls are AMAZING! Meet Cassia and Victoria.

 

Starlord and Gamora were recruited by Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Steve Rzasa), who had already located a middle-aged Peter Parker (John Otte).

 

Gamora and Emma Swan (played by Tracey).

 

Just B. Jordan attacking Morgan Bussie. (Writing conferences are filled with peril.)

 

Me and my #1 Jost. He and his name are so cool I think I need to put him in a book.

 

Morgan, Mary, and me, trying not to laugh. I’m clearly losing . . .

 

Were you at Realm Makers? If so, what was your favorite part?

King’s War Cover Reveal!

Posted by on Jul 12th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 4 comments

I’m so excited to show you all the cover for King’s War (book three in The Kinsman Chronicles). The large cover is for the paperback version, which will include the three ebook parts: The Reluctant King, A Deliverer Comes, and Warriors of the Veil. Aren’t they beautiful? Green is one of my favorite colors.

The ebook version of The Reluctant King will come out September 2017. But the full paperback is slated to come out in the spring or summer of 2018. A long wait, I know. I just got back notes from my fabulous editor and am hard at work rewriting the story. I’m really excited to finish this series, and hope that I won’t keep you all waiting too long.

 

 

    

 

And here are all three paperback covers together. Don’t they look mah-velous?

 

 

The SoCal Christian Writer’s Conference Has Something For Everyone

Posted by on Jul 1st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

I had the privilege of attending the first ever SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference on the Biola University campus in La Mirada, California last weekend. I was invited to teach a major track on writing speculative fiction and to meet one-on-one to mentor authors. What a great time! I was so impressed with the authors who attended this conference. (Especially those who took my morning track!) They were a hardworking, talented bunch and I look forward to seeing how their careers unfold.

This conference offered so much for its attendees. They had ten major morning tracks and dozens of workshops on topics: beginning and intermediate fiction or nonfiction, memoir writing, screenwriting, indie publishing, marketing and publicity, career development, and they had a teen track too, taught by my roommate Shannon Dittemore. And that was just the major morning tracks! Being on staff, I didn’t have much time to attend workshops myself, but I did block off a screenwriting workshop in advance, taught by Bob Saens. It was the only workshop I attended, and he was fascinating! I not only wrote down every word he said, I bought the class recording to listen to later. (Click here to contact the conference about purchasing recordings.)

Keynote addresses were in the evening, so I was able to attend those. I confess that both Karen Ball and Allen Arnold made me cry. (In a good way.) I was inspired, challenged, and encouraged–all of which, frankly, I needed!

All this to say, I highly recommend this conference. It had many offerings for every kind of writer. If you live in California (or if you don’t and have been hankering for a trip to Disneyland or the beach), put this one on your radar for next year. It’s top notch. Visit¬†https://socalcwc.com for more information. Or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 

Have you ever been to a writers’ conference?

Which one is a favorite?

Are you going to one this year?

I still have Realm Makers (Ted Dekker!), OCW Summer (Frank Peretti!), and OCW Fall (Jeff Gerke!) on my calendar for this year.

How about you?

 

 

Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt Winners

Posted by on Feb 21st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 3 comments

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt this past weekend. It was a lot of fun! Here are the winners for the main prizes, the bonus quiz, and the prize on Stop #1. Look for winners of individual author contests on each site, which you can find here.

 

First Prize (Kindle Fire, or $50 Amazon Gift Card, and signed copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood): Kim Haddox

Second Prize ($25 Amazon Gift Card and signed paperback copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood): Soleil

Third Prize (Signed paperback copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood):  Sarah Ortiz

Bonus Quiz Prize (Kindle Fire, or $50 Amazon Gift Card, and signed copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood): Nadine McCarthy

Stop #1 ($25 Amazon gift card): Erick Wright

 

Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt FINAL STOP #19 and Contest Entry Form

Posted by on Feb 17th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 38 comments

 

All finished?

If you’re done with all 19 stops, enter the prophecy that leads Wilek, Trevn, and the kinsman fleet to Er’Rets in the Rafflecopter form below. You can either enter your email or log in with Facebook on the form. A box will appear for you to type in the sentence you created by putting all the clue words together in order. I will contact the winners on February 21, so please add jill@jillwilliamson.com to your email list. Winners names will also appear in the Rafflecopter form, so you can check back to see who won.

 

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Take the Lost At Sea Bonus Quiz

If you have read all the posts and think you know your stuff, you can take the Bonus Quiz to enter to win the second Kindle. Click here to take the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt Quiz.

 

Thanks for taking part in the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt! I hope you enjoyed meeting so many talented authors. Be sure to look for their books online, at your local library, or a bookstore near you.

 

What were the prizes again?

First Prize: Kindle Fire or ($50 Amazon Gift Card) and signed copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Second Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card and signed paperback copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Third Prize: Signed paperback copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Bonus Quiz Prize: Kindle Fire or ($50 Amazon Gift Card) and signed copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Bonus giveaways: Look for more giveaways on various participating author sites (see each site during the hunt for details).

 

 

Troubles?

Looking for the first stop? You can find Stop #1 by clicking here.

Missed the final stop?¬†You’re here! Enter on the Rafflecopter form above.

Did you miss a stop in-between? Click here to find links to all posts.

Having trouble with the Rafflecopter entry form? Email your name and the final sentence to jill@jillwilliamson.com and you will be entered manually.

Can’t find the Bonus Quiz?¬†Click here to take the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt Quiz.

Questions? Email jill@jillwilliamson.com.

 

 

 

 

Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt Stop #1

Posted by on Feb 16th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 213 comments

Welcome to the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt!

You’ve found Stop #1!

To celebrate the release of King’s Blood, I am taking my characters through a land of lands in search of a place they can call home. I hope you’ll have fun as you follow their journey.

Start on this post and read through each blog post on the hunt. There are 19 stops. Please follow them in order so that you can collect all the red clue words and enter your answer on the Rafflecopter form at Stop #19 for a chance to win the Kindle. If you want to enter to win the second Kindle, you’ll have to take a quiz at the end, so take your time and read each post carefully. The main prizes at Stop #19 are open to international entries. Also, many of the participating authors are running their own giveaways on their blogs, so keep an eye out for more ways to enter to win. Individual author contests, however, might have different entry rules, so please read the parameters on each site.

There is no reason to hurry through the hunt. Take your time. You have until Sunday night, February 19, at midnight, Pacific time to finish. Enjoy each stop and learn all about the different storyworlds and the books that go with them. Hopefully you’ll add a lot of new titles to your TBR booklist.

If you need help or get lost along the way, click here for assistance.

 

 


Hello, everyone!

I’m Jill Williamson, a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including The Blood of Kings trilogy, Replication, The Mission League series, ¬†The Safe Lands trilogy, and The Kinsman Chronicles. I¬†live in the Pacific Northwest with my¬†husband and two children and a whole lot of rain.

This scavenger hunt is to celebrate the release of King’s Blood, book two in my¬†Kinsman Chronicles trilogy. Here’s a little bit about the series:

The Kinsman Chronicles is an epic fantasy saga that follows the Hadar family in a story of survival, sacrifice, and courage as one world crumbles and another rises up in its place. This series is an ancient prequel to the Blood of Kings trilogy and takes place about¬†five hundred years¬†before Achan was born. This is an Old Testament-like world, so it’s darker and so are many of the characters who live in this time. Because of that, I recommend the book for readers aged 16 and up. These are not young adult novels, nor are they quick reads. This is a multi-point of view epic fantasy story. Think Lord of the Rings, The Belgariad, Wheel of Time, The Farseer trilogy, the Stormlight Archive, and other series in which the books are super long with complex plots and tons of characters.

Many have asked me how this series relates to my Blood of King’s trilogy. The picture below shows the years in which each series takes place.

 

 

Here’s a little bit about book two, King’s Blood:

In the second volume of Jill Williamson’s Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home.

As the king’s illness worsens, S√Ęr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life.

One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?

 

And here is what some are saying about the series:

“Williamson (The Blood of Kings trilogy) crafts a complex and vividly portrayed epic fantasy [in King’s Folly] reminiscent of George R.R. Martin‚Äôs A Song of Ice and Fire¬†series but less edgy and with a Christian worldview. Loosely following the events in the Old Testament, the author depicts a society in which paganism and superstition are deeply ingrained prior to the coming of the Savior.” —Library Journal

“[King’s Folly, book one] is an intense drama of biblical proportions…Wilek, Mielle, and Trevn in particular are intriguing, and the ending leaves readers wondering what adventures await this group of young people searching for truth.”–RT Book Reviews

“Williamson‚Äôs mesmerizing writing and intriguing characters make this second series entry (after King‚Äôs Folly) a must-read for epic fantasy fans.” —Library Journal¬†review of King’s Blood

About the storyworld

SPOILERS!

Book one left my characters in boats, adrift at sea and searching for a place to call home. So, most of King’s Blood¬†book takes place aboard ships, and the flagship of House Hadar is the Seffynaw.

The flagship Seffynaw is a three-masted great ship built of 500 evergold trees. She has high castles in the bow and stern and a low waist of open deck in the middle. The hull has four levels separated by three decks. The castles of the Seffynaw have additional decks, with the foredeck in the bow and the quarterdeck and stern deck in the aft. She is driven by whipstaff.
Her hull is painted bright blue and covered in carved, multi-colored figures of Thalassa, seabirds, fish, serpents, and wave women. The posts along the inner rails of the stern deck, quarterdeck, and forecastle are each carved in a figure of one of the R√īb Five and intricately painted. Her masts fly elongated ceremonial streamers, except on the main mast, which holds the flag of Armania.

With so many passengers, she sits low on the water like a fat tub stuffed with treasure. Commoners crowd the quarterdeck, most of them sitting in circles on blankets as if enjoying a picnic. All were refugees, fully reliant on the Seffynaw and her crew to keep them afloat. They each lived on the small piece of deck they occupied. No more, no less.¬†S√Ęr Trevn, the youngest Hadar prince, knows that such a crowded ship is a pending disaster, though it cannot be helped at present. The Seffynaw has enough water to last three months, food to last even longer. They can catch fresh rainwater, should it rain, and fish for more food, but should the rain not come and the fish not bite, will they find land in time?

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Where To Next?

You can order King’s Blood¬†on:¬†Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, the Book Depository or at your local bookstore!
CLUE! Write down this clue: In
The next stop on our map is: Stop #2, Ilyon, on Jaye L. Knight’s blog.

 


Before you go . . .

I’m giving away a $25 Amazon.com gift card. International winners will win a Visa cash card equivalent. Enter on the Rafflecopter form below.
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What’s the best book you’ve read lately? Share in the comments.

 

 

The Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt Starts Tomorrow!

Posted by on Feb 16th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

Are you ready for an adventure?

 

 

What?

Tomorrow, the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt goes live. You will start on my blog and follow the map through eighteen different storyworlds as you help the characters from my new release King’s Blood find a new home. There will be lots of talk about books and lots of chances to win books and other prizes. It is going to be EPIC.

 

When?

The scavenger hunt runs from tomorrow, Friday, February 17 at 12:00 noon, Pacific time through Sunday, February 19 at 12:00 midnight.

 

Where?

The hunt starts right here on my blog.

 

What are the prizes?

First Prize: Kindle Fire or ($50 Amazon Gift Card) and signed copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Second Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card and signed paperback copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Third Prize: Signed paperback copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Bonus Quiz Prize: Kindle Fire or ($50 Amazon Gift Card) and signed copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Bonus giveaways: Look for more giveaways on various participating author sites (see each site during the hunt for details).

 

Who can enter?

Anyone can enter the main scavenger hunt contests. Any international winners will receive books from the Book Depository and the equivalent of US dollars in a Visa credit gift card. Contests on participating author websites each have their own entry instructions, so read each contest rules carefully before entering.

 

How does it work?

1. Start here, on my blog, on or after February 17 at 12:00 noon, Pacific time.
2. Follow the link at the end of my post to Stop #2. Each subsequent post will have a link that leads you to the next stop until you arrive back here at the end. You will collect clues along the way, enter any other giveaways you might find, and (if you want to participate) be sure to read each post so you can answer the questions for the Bonus Quiz Prize.
3. At the end of the hunt, you will find a place to enter the clues you will have gathered and have a chance to take the Bonus Quiz, if you want to. All answers must be entered before midnight on February 19, 2017.
4. Winners will be announced by Tuesday, February 21.

 

What other authors are participating?

Here is a list of the other authors in the hunt.

Stop #1 Jill Williamson
Stop #2 Jaye L. Knight
Stop #3 Ronie Kendig
Stop #4 Shannon Dittemore
Stop #5 Kim Vandel
Stop #6 Kerry Nietz
Stop #7 Steve Rzasa
Stop #8 K. M. Weiland
Stop #9 Kyle Pratt
Stop #10 John W. Otte
Stop #11 C. J. Darlington
Stop #12 Melanie Dickerson
Stop #13 Chawna Schroeder
Stop #14 Tricia Mingerink
Stop #15 Gillian Bronte Adams
Stop #16 R. J. Larson
Stop #17 Morgan Busse
Stop #18 Serena Chase
Stop #19 Jill Williamson

 

So, are you ready? I hope to see you all there!