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Every writer will struggle with discouragement at one point or another. They doubt that their writing is good, that they will ever be able to attract an agent, that they’ll be able to finish this novel, chapter, or sentence. In short: writing ain’t easy.

But every time I feel like giving up (yes, I was talking about me in that first paragraph), I just have to go to the library. Not just because the library is a treasure-trove of excitement and mystery and knowledge, but because it also happens to be a place harboring trash.

Yep, you read that right. I just said something negative about the library.

When I go to the teen section and pull out a few books, I see a lot of stuff about either romance or violence. I see writers telling teens that they need to be rebellious, that secular love is the answer to your problems, that cuss words are cool. And to be perfectly honest, that makes me mad.

Thus, when I leave the library, I am itching to get to my keyboard and write something that hopefully isn’t trashy. Something that shows that there is light in this world. Something that shows you don’t have to go with the flow to survive. Something that shows that even in the darkest situations there is hope.

Something that inspires.

Somewhere out there, men and women with redeemed, integrated imaginations are sitting down to spin a tale that awakens, a tale that leaves readers with a painful longing that points them home, a tale whose fictional beauty begets beauty in the present world and heralds the world to come.

Andrew Peterson (emphasis mine)

Story Day!! (Or not)

Hola! *waves* Joelle went to a women’s conference over the weekend, which means Joelle’s brain is dead. Which means the only content of this post is to tell y’all that the giveaway has ended and a winner has been selected and notified. More on that on Monday! Now, Joelle needs some sleep, so Joelle is going to poof.

*Joelle poofs*

Review: Aquaman

I’ve always had a soft spot for superhero stories. Something about having unnatural powers and using them for the greater good has always intrigued me – especially when you link those powers with a bunch of other superheroes so you have this great big awesome team of individuals whose unique powers compliment one another like the pieces of a puzzle.

*happy sigh*

(Disclaimer: I have yet to see Marvel. I know, I know. I’m working on it.)

So it should’t be surprising that I was hooked into the idea of Aquaman the minute my dad mentioned it. An underwater superhero? How much cooler can that get?! Plus, the pictures were amazing. Seriously. Like… how. Take a gander if you don’t believe me:

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Author Interview: Micah Collier

In case y’all haven’t noticed, I’m starting to spotlight other young writers every month through interviews, book spotlights, cover reveals, and more. If you have noticed, good job! Your suspicions are now confirmed. ;P

Today’s interview is with Micah Collier, a guy I met through The Young Writer’s Workshop. Micah loves Jesus with everything in him and I’m so excited to share his advice with you. Let’s dive in!

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Story Day!!

Whelp, no one was able to counter Annabelle’s awesome cliffhanger last week, which means I get to take up the reins! ;P Will we rejoin Norah at home, fighting to forget secrets we don’t even know about? Or will we visit Slade in his imprisonment, with friends (or enemies) around every turn? Or mayhaps we’ll continue with Dylan’s predicament – or did it really end that way?

Keep reading and you’ll find out. >:)

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Birthday Surprise: ATOTB Sneak Peek!

Today is a very special day, my peeps: September 14th, the birthday of two of my main characters, Irad and Gilead. Fifteen years ago, in a galaxy land far, far away, the future of the Zoarish Empire was forever changed with the birth of twin half-breeds to a Shilonite queen alone among foes. As such, it is my pleasure to present you with the prologue for A Tale of Two Brothers, which happens to have occurred on September 14th. Interested? Read on. 🙂

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