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The RoboTales books aren’t my regular fare, but they’re special to me because I wrote them with my son, Luke. They are chapter books for readers ages 7-13. There will be six books in the series, and I’m trying to squeeze them in here and there when I can get a chance. These are fairytale retellings about boys and a robot dog.
Book one, Tinker, is a Cinderella story, and book two, Mardok and the Seven Exiles, parallels Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It’s been a lot of fun to work with my son, but also to work with the young artists we have recruited to illustrate the interiors of the books. All the interior illustrations are done by kids. My husband is going to start recording audio books for them soon, which I’m also really excited about. More on that later.
For now, here is a little information about Mardok and the Seven Exiles:
Strange things are happening at the Space Force Military Academy. General Gruss believes the Ice Beast is responsible and asks cadet Riv Mardok to hunt down the menace. Mardok, always eager to “protect the helpless,” accepts the quest, but when he finds himself trapped, alone in the forest, his bravery isn’t enough to save him. Mardok has no choice but to call for help. The question is: will anyone answer?
Zondervan/Blink is running a deal on the Safe Lands ebook collection. You can get the entire trilogy for $1.99 on Kindle, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, GooglePlay, or CBD. If you haven’t read the series, haven’t finished it, or love it and want to tell a friend, now is your chance. Feel free to spread the word. The sale ends Monday, 9/5.
Pardon this interruption of THIRST chapters for a special announcement.
Calling all Spencer fans!
You’ve all been waiting SO PATIENTLY for Broken Trust, the third full-length novel in the Mission League series. I had planned for Broken Trust to release last year. Then life happened. Major. I’ve noticed that life doesn’t really care about my plans. It does what it wants.
Spencer waited patiently at first. Then he started to get mad. “Tell my story, Jill!” he said. “You promised!”
“But, Spencer. Life happened,” I told him.
“So? You left me with a torn ACL. Therapy is only supposed to take 9-10 months. This is getting ridiculous.”
That was fair.
So I worked on Broken Trust little by little. And finally. FINALLY I managed to finish the book. Broken Trust is now with the editor. (Yay!) She will send it back as soon as she can. Then I will publish it!
Spencer says you will not be disappointed. He promises action and adventure. In Alaska.
And this cover to get you all excited.
To skip ahead and read the teaser prologue click here here.
In conjunction with the #WeWriteBooks series I am writing over on the Go Teen Writers blog, I will be writing the book THIRST on my website. I tried this once before with the Onyx Eyes story, and while I’d love to continue with that tale, it’s a little too complex for my schedule right now. So I’ve chosen to write THIRST instead. This is a stand-alone prequel to The Safe Lands series (Captives, Outcasts, and Rebels). THIRST follows a teenage Papa Eli as he and his friends struggle to survive the Great Pandemic.
I will announce new chapters of THIRST on my blog, but I won’t be posting them here. If you want to read along, subscribe to the THIRST: weekly story blog by clicking here. For now, here is a little more about the book and a very short, teaser prologue. Chapter one will be posted next week.
In matters of life or death, what do you thirst for?
A waterborne disease has sprung up in every corner of the globe, decimating the human race. Eli McShane, a young survivor, journeys toward Colorado and the rumored location of a clean water source. When he arrives, he finds the community in an unending state of celebration. Until someone dies. When the people realize the disease is still among them, panic ensues. Rules are established to keep people safe. Eli wants to leave, but the landowners won’t let him. Only one thing is certain. This “safe land” is not so safe after all.
Six days into our wilderness survival adventure in the La Plata Mountains of Colorado, Comet Pulon passed by the earth. We had no way of knowing that it had come much closer than expected, that it had forever changed our planet, and that it had left a killer among us. Oblivious, the twelve of us camped in a clearing, cheered as the bright yellow fireball soared overhead, roasted marshmallows, and toasted with canteens of water we had purified ourselves.
And as we celebrated in awe of nature’s majesty, the rest of the world began to die.
Darkness Reigns, the first installment in my new epic fantasy series, has released into the world. If you see it in your neck of the woods, be sure and say hello and download a free copy.
I promise it doesn’t bite.
To celebrate the release of Darkness Reigns, I’m having a Facebook release party tonight, December 1 at 6:00 pm Pacific time on my Facebook author page. There will be snacks. There will be book giveaways. There will be zany fun. I hope to see you all there!
For years people have been asking me to write more books in the Blood of Kings storyworld. Well, I have done it. The series is called The Kinsman Chronicles (click here to read more). This isn’t more Achan and Vrell, but their ancestors. I think you’ll be intrigued to see where (and who) Achan and Vrell came from.
King’s Folly is the first book in The Kinsman Chronicles. And the release of King’s Folly is rapidly growing close.
I’m so excited!
Meanwhile, I’m also trying to finish book two (King’s Blood) and outline book three (King’s War). It’s very hard to do all of these things well when you’re doing them simultaneously.
That’s where you come in.
I am putting together a team to help me launch Project: King’s Folly, which consists of one print book and three serialized ebook parts. (Aren’t they pretty?)
LAUNCH TEAM PERKS
If you join the King’s Folly Launch Team, here is what you will get for your time:
-The chance to read the book before everyone else. (It’s a BIG book, too. Over 180,000 words. The print book is currently estimated at 576 pages, though it’s over 800 in my Word document.)
–Advanced reader copies (in a digital format) of each part of King’s Folly before it is released to the world. (As shown above, the parts are titled: Darkness Reigns, The Heir War, and The End of All Things. Click here to read more about the serialized release.)
–A free paperback copy of King’s Folly when it releases in April 2016.
–Exclusive access to a private Facebook group where we can brainstorm promotion ideas for the release of the print book in April.
–The chance to see the behind-the-scenes of a book launch and interact with other launch team members.
–A special cyber hug and “Thank you!” on this blog with a link to your website (if you have one) and a sentence that shares what goes on there.
–Some fabulous freebies I’ll be doing in addition to the free books plus the chance to enter and earn a few extra prizes for those who create the most buzz (things like fantasy book packs, 20-page chapter edits for you writers out there, a sweet Jill-made banner/flag from the book, and who knows what other cool things we’ll dream up together).
LAUNCH TEAM REQUIREMENTS
–Spread the word (in whatever way works best for you) about the three ebook serial releases and the print release of King’s Folly.
–Buy a FREE copy of the ebook Darkness Reigns on Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, or CBD.
–write four honest book reviews (even if they are 1-star reviews!) and post them everywhere you can. Amazon.com is a must, but it also helps to post those reviews on Goodreads (if you have one), Barnes&Noble.com, CBD.com, iTunes, your blog (if you have one and a book review fits), Kobo, and/or on any other online retailer that carries the books.
-Strategic posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads about the books. (I’ll help you come up with things to say and when to say them.)
–Interact with the rest of the launch team to come up with new promotion ideas. (Be creative. I’m open to trying new things).
–Pray for me, the book, and the launch team.
I’m ready to give my ALL for the launch of this series, so I need to gather a team to support me. Please don’t apply if you don’t have the time or energy to dedicate in helping get the word out about King’s Folly. This isn’t just about getting a free copy of the book. If that’s your goal, feel free to contact the publisher and ask for a review copy.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Because of my personal time investment with this project (and my budget), I need to keep this group to a manageable size. Therefore, I’m going to limit the group, which means, unfortunately, I won’t be accepting everyone who applies.
Please take into account my release dates and plan accordingly. If you can’t commit to helping during these dates, don’t apply this time around. There will be other chances in the future for you to join a different launch team.
The four release dates are:
-Darkness Reigns (part one of King’s Folly) – December 1, 2015
-The Heir War (part two of King’s Folly) – February 1, 2016
-The End of All Things (part three of King’s Folly) – April 1, 2016
-King’s Folly full print book – April 1, 2016
You don’t have to have a blog or a huge Twitter following to be on my team. I am looking for people who are eager to spread the word about this new series, who love epic fantasy, who aren’t bothered by stories written from a Christian worldview, who understand the audience I’m trying to reach, who will write honest and helpful reviews and post them on Amazon and other places, and will participate as a member of the team.
I am looking for people who are obsessed with books and talk about them all the time, who can tell me about the last time they sold a book to a friend, just by talking it up.
I am this way for Brandon Sanderson. I have sold hundreds of his books, and he doesn’t even know it! I turned a copy of Mistborn face out at the local Goodwill the other day, just so it might catch someone’s eye. I feel as though his books NEED to be read by as many people as possible. I have given myself the mission of helping make this happen.
This is the level of dedication I’m looking for in Launch Team members. *wink*
What do you think? It’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to get to know all of you better. And I bet you all will make some new friends in the process.
The application form will close on Friday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time. If you are accepted into the King’s Folly Launch Team, you’ll receive an email from me by October 31. Please be honest in all your answers because I will use them to form a well-rounded team. I need some Twitter gurus, some that are great at blogging, some who excel on Facebook, some who participate in online forums, some who are gamers, some who read only books published in the general market, and some who read nothing but books published in the Christian specialty market.
I need all kinds.
Will you join me?
If you know someone who would LOVE to be on the Launch Team, please share this post with them. We need to seek out the few, the creative, the clever. Help me find them!
It’s finally here! The book that my son and I have been working on these past four years is now available. I’m very excited.
RoboTales is a chapter book series for readers ages 7-13 that I wrote with my son Luke. These are fairytale retellings that take place in a fictional solar system. The stories are tied together by a lost robot dog who is broken and is trying to find out who he is and what he was built to accomplish.
The first book follows a twelve-year old mechanic named Tinker. He is scavenging for machine parts outside the city and finds a broken robot dog with the letters R.O.B.O. on his belly. This is no ordinary robot. Its hull is thick alloy. Robo can fly. Even better, he can fly in outer space. But Robo is busted, so he can’t really fly at all. Tinker takes him home to see if he can be repaired.
If you know a young reader who might enjoy a science fiction story about a boy and his robot dog, check out Tinker. The links below show you all the places Tinker is sold. Feel free to share this post with a friend and help spread the word.
Happy Tuesday, everyone. I have an amazing deal for you. To celebrate the upcoming summer vacation, I’ve partnered with six author friends to release an ebook compilation of seven full-length novels for only .99. What a great way to get all your summer reading in one place!
The set is called Turning Point. It’s not really in a “box” since the set is digital, but all seven full-length, inspirational, young-adult novels come in this single download for only .99! The genres in the compilation range from contemporary to fantasy with both male and female protagonists. The one element all the stories have in common is that they focus on a turning point in the main characters’ lives.
The set is on pre-order right now on Amazon.com, but will be available on all ebook platforms on June 1, 2015. This set will only be available for a limited time.
Includes By Darkness Hid and books by Staci Stallings, Laura L. Smith, John W. Otte, Nicole O’Dell, Kathrese McKee, and Laura Anderson Kurk. Here are the covers of the books included. Have you read any of these? Of those you haven’t read, which look most interesting? (See box at the bottom of this post of a description of each novel.)
Check out this book cover for my friend Diana Blackstone’s new historical YA novel, When Sparrows Fall, which will release in the summer of 2015.
A little about the book:
After her mother’s Mennonite church-arranged marriage to her recently deceased father’s bitter brother, thirteen-year-old Susanna Stutzman faces a crisis of faith. Everything seems to be going wrong in her life. As if her new father’s nasty temper isn’t enough, Cousin Mary, now her stepsister, hates her, as does her new teacher. When Susanna’s discovery of a strange nighttime visitor at her mysterious neighbor’s home leads to the unveiling of secrets, Susanna is forced to make a choice between her conscience and her community.
A little about the author:
Diana has been a voracious reader since age nine when she discovered The Chronicles of Narnia after a librarian handed her the first book in the series. She credits hay fever for her interest in writing stories. Unable to play outside without misery from the age of ten, she spent half of every summer vacation inside reading and writing stories until the pollen count dwindled.
Diana serves as a high school English teacher and academic support coordinator. She originally chose to teach older students because she thought they would be able to manage their own bodily fluids better than little kids would. She’s discovered she was mostly right about that, and as a bonus, she finds teenagers a blast to spend her days with.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Alan and youngest son Isaac. Her adult son Mitchell lives only a four-hour drive away, but Diana wishes it was four minutes instead. She has two cats. Her Maine Coon named Mister Mistoffelees weighs twenty pounds. He is as sweet as he is huge. The other is a feisty Siamese-mix named Sabrina.
How you can connect with Diana:
Her website: dianablackstone.com
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Also, the 99¢ ebook sale on Chokepoint, Ambushed, and Storyworld First ends tonight (Monday, December 1), so grab these while you can.
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Until next time. Save more. Read more.