Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap, Book 2.5: Ruptured Reality by Jes Drew

Happy Saturday, Arrowheads! I’ve got a special surprise for y’all today. My author friend, Jes Drew, is celebrating the release of a new book soon, and today she’s revealing the cover! Without further ado, let’s take a look at the synopsis for Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap Book 2.5: Ruptured Reality (and other stories), and then I’ll reveal the breathtaking cover!

Synopsis:
Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap, Book 2.5: Ruptured Reality

Warning: This Synopsis Contains Spoilers! Read at Your Own Risk if You Haven’t Read Books 1 and 2!

I’d tell you I love you… But then you’d make me change the baby’s diaper.

Kristian Clark can go undercover for months on end, combat multiple enemies at once, and even teleport through dimensions. He should be ready for everything. But having a newborn child… is a little outside his skill set.

And the universe isn’t ready for little Shannon either. The tentative layers of the universe begins to peel apart and his adopted son gets pulled through a portal in the hospital.

Along with an angry wife and reunited best friend, Kristian travels the dimensions to find his son and somehow find a way to save reality without giving up his little girl.

Also includes seven other stories and illustrations.

All profit goes to charity.


 

Now, drumroll please!

 

In 5…

 

4…

 

3…

 

2…

 

1…

 

TA DA!!!

 

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Isn’t the cover gorgeous?! Gah, I’m so happy for you, Jes! Her cover was created by the talented Victoria Cooper over at Victoria Cooper Art. I’ve browsed through some of her other covers, and they are amazing!

After reading the first two Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap books over the past month, I’m excited to see what else Kristian has up his sleeve! Reviews for the first two books will be coming to Authoring Arrowheads soon.

Want to know the coolest part about this release? All profits for Ruptured Reality are going to charity! For further information on the charity, Alternaterm, click here!


Interested in checking out this series? Books 1 and 2 can be found on Amazon at the links below:

If you’re looking for Goodreads reviews of the books, you can find those here:


That’s all for today, Arrowheads! Be sure to check back on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week for regularly scheduled posts.

Later Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

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Book Reviews

Book Review: I Can Only Imagine (A Memoir) by Bart Millard

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! Boy, do I have a treat for you today! Okay, maybe the book itself is more of a treat than this review, but anyway. I can’t stop gushing about the I Can Only Imagine movie, and I can now testify that Bart Millard’s memoir is just as amazing!

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When the film I Can Only Imagine came out a few months ago, my boyfriend and I immediately made plans to go see it. We both teared up multiple times while watching it, and since then I have seen the movie a total of three times. As a writer, the movie was incredibly inspiring for its message of trusting God to move mountains, and to focus on honoring Him over our worldly success from chasing our dreams. About a month ago, I saw an ad for an eBook sale for Mr. Millard’s memoir version of his story and could not pass up the opportunity to purchase it. Over the past weekend, I was finally able to read it, and it was impossible to put down.

Non-fiction is not my usual go-to genre. In fact, it usually takes me months to finish other Christian non-fiction books. However, the open conversational tone Mr. Millard kept throughout the memoir kept my interest and made the experiences all the more relatable. The experiences themselves are raw and real and will take you on an emotional roller coaster along with Mr. Millard. Aside from the physical and emotional abuse featured in the film, he also mentions his struggles when initially dating his now wife, Shannon, his oldest son’s struggle with diabetes, among numerous other ups and downs God has helped him face.

The way Mr. Millard explains how God moved mountains for MercyMe was my favorite aspect, especially when he recalled that the band received criticism from labels early on, telling the band that their songs wouldn’t work in the CCM industry. As a Christian author who has received criticism for certain aspects of my writing, this serves as a beacon of hope. Mr. Millard emphasizes that God can use who He sees fit however He sees fit in their own unique way, and for that, his memoir will have a lasting impact on me.

Mr. Millard’s memoir is well worth reading, as it points to God in the midst of abuse, fear, loneliness, pride, abandonment, anger, grief… basically every emotion and wherever you’re at in life. I highly recommend it and thank him for telling his story. Overall rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.


Thanks for stopping by, Arrowheads!

-Allyson 😀

Author Interviews, Blog Tours

Dagger’s Sleep and Dissociate Blog Tour: Author Interview with Sarah Addison-Fox

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! Today I’m super excited to have Sarah Addison-Fox visit with us for an author interview as apart of her joint blog tour with Tricia Mingerink. Sarah Addison-Fox is the author of the dazzling Allegiance series, including Disowned, Dissemble, and the newly released Dissociate! It’s been a pleasure getting to know her through Twitter and Goodreads over the last few months, and I personally look up to her as an indie Christian author. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce y’all to Sarah! 😀

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Author Interview with Sarah Addison-Fox

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Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her Christian YA fantasy series’,  she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.

Q1: When did you first feel that God called you to be a Christian author?

Great question! I’ve always toyed with writing, but it wasn’t until a few years ago, when I finally turned my life completely over to Jesus and prayed for Him to use me in whatever way He deemed best, that the spark ignited again.

Ultimately, it was a combination of a few things over a couple of years that culminated in me writing the first draft of Disowned.

I was diagnosed with MS and as a way of escaping the mess my head was in, I binge read every single Christian series I could get my hands on. I read Biblical fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Dystopian and discovered my preference was Fantasy.

I loved a book called Tahn, only to find out the author and her son had died in a tragic accident. It shook me and I started thinking what if I never get the chance to write the book I’d always wanted to?

I saw a Christian comedian called Michael Jnr, who was real, hilarious and spoke about how every person has a what (for me that was writing) but they mostly fail to understand their why.

He explained that our lives are a series of events that are leading to the plan God has for us, and that once you can see everything that has happened in your life, good or bad, is for a purpose, you begin to understand that God will use your what to reach out to people for Him.

Something clicked for me when I heard that. I couldn’t finish a novel before that because I didn’t know why I was writing. All the years spent reading, all the pain, all the heartache in my life, I could use that to connect with people in a way that served God’s interests and not mine.

For twenty years (yes, I am oooooold) I pushed that dream aside, but God had other ideas. Instead of letting me mope around, dwelling on my health and my family’s future, God gave me a plan and a purpose.

Sorry, things got waaay intense just then.

Q2: If the Allegiance series could become a film series, who would you want to portray Celeste and Mick?

Oh wow! Imagine that eh? Probably totally unknown actors because I’ve never actually seen anyone that precisely matches the idea of how I view Mick and Celeste. If you find a muscled actor with sandy blonde hair, dimples and green eyes, let me know….because I’d like to see him!

I’m one of those people who cringe when they see a favourite book made into a movie and they get the character all wrong so it would be hard to find someone to fit the bill.

Q3: What’s your go-to snack when you hit writer’s block and need a pick-me-up?

Chocolate! Oh who are we kidding? I use chocolate for a general pick me up! Writer’s block would mean bringing out the big guns…chocolate and cake.

Q4: What is your writing process like? Are there certain must-have items you need to be able to write?

I need to be left alone with my laptop in order to write. I want cans of cold coke, m&m’s, and epic music pumping me up!

My process is simple, get rid of family, drink coke, connect wireless headphones and start plugging away. 1000 word minimum, unless the house is on fire….

Q5: What advice would you give to someone who is writing their first novel?

Don’t rush to publish what you’ve written. You get one shot to make a good impression as a debut author, don’t waste it and risk damaging your reputation.

Take your time polishing your draft, study your craft, read widely, hire an editor who works in your genre, get advice from authors you admire, read everything on Indie publishing, and above all, make sure you are prepared to deal with everything being a published author brings with it.

When I was writing Disowned, I knew without a doubt I was following God’s leading because everytime I had a need, He met it. Everytime people thought I was nuts, I’d hear a scripture that spoke to me, or someone would offer to assist me in an area I wasn’t skilled in.

Having said that, I am perfectly placed to be publishing at this time of my life. There is no way that even ten years ago I could be doing this. Publishing is far more expensive than the average writer knows.

If you can’t afford to hire an editor, a proofreader and everything else it takes to produce a professional document, perhaps consider it may not be in God’s timing for you right now.

For more from Author Sarah Addison-Fox, you can follow her at:

Website | Goodreads | Facebook| Amazon | Twitter | YouTube

Be sure to sign up for Sarah’s Stars newsletter for bonus content as well!

Check back here on Friday for a book review of Sarah’s newest release, Dissociate, the third installment in the Allegiance series! I’m also looking forward to reading an arc copy of soon-to-be-released Dagger’s Sleep by Christian author Tricia Mingerink!

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Sarah and Tricia are also hosting a Facebook Festival tomorrow and Friday (24th and 25th) with special guest, author Serena Chase! To attend the festival, click here! 😀

Are you a Christian author looking for blog tour stops? I’d be honored if you chose Authoring Arrowheads as one of your stops! If interested, reach me over at my Contact page!

-Allyson 😀

 

Book Reviews

Book Review: Fugitives by Jes Drew

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! Today I’m reviewing another fast-paced, thrilling novel by Christian author, Jes Drew! The novel just happens to be the sequel to her survival novel, Castaways, so let’s dive into Fugitives!

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Fugitives begins right where Castaways ends, just days after the kids have been rescued from the raft. Emily is having difficulty coping with the fact that her parents don’t believe her about the dangers that lurked on the island… that is, until the dangerous beings themselves kidnap the kids’ parents! Now it’s up to Emily, Christopher, and the rest of the pack to save the day.

Still coping with her PTSD, Emily continues to have flashbacks of the traumatic events that took place on the island. Initially, Christopher takes charge in leading the crew on their mission, bringing along his tech genius friend, Joseph. With his help, as well as the assistance of new friends along the way, the crew tackles Europe on a wild adventure!

For fear of spoilers, I won’t mention specific events that take place, but rather review the highlights:

  • The Wit/Dialogue: Again, Miss Drew masters hysterical dialogue with this outstanding cast of characters. There were many times when I had to pause from reading because I was laughing so hard!
  • Characterization: As I expected, we get to learn much more about the mysterious Christopher Williams in Fugitives, and you’ll find yourself fangirling over him even more! More is also revealed about Oto and Ata’s pasts, and Grandmother redeems herself from the first installment. Overall, there was loads of character development, and by the end you’ll feel as if you truly know each one of the characters.
  • The Adventure: The action really begins to pick up in this installment as the crew is constantly relocating and disguising themselves to stay out of danger. The twists in the adventure were well thought out and kept me on the edge of my seat. Plus, we soon learn that some of the characters are secretly more adventurous than we originally thought!
  • The Romance: Get ready for some ships to leave the harbor and cruise on into the sunset! The tension waiting for certain couples to get together will drive you insane, but the final outcome is well worth it! ❤

Overall, I believe Fugitives deserves ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars! It’s a great expansion from its predecessor. Check it out this newly released novel now on Amazon!

**Thank you to the author for providing me with a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review. The praise for Fugitives is a result from my own thoughts about the novel.**

Adventures with Allyson!, Reading

New to the Kindleverse

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! I’d like to admit something… at one point in my bookworm life, I swore that I’d never have an ereader because printed books are fantabulous and what have you. Now that I’m running out of room in my room to put books, I thought about getting a Kindle, to which my dear Josh bought me for my birthday last month. So, now I’m the thrilled owner of a Kindle Fire tablet, and I absolutely love it!

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First things first, I’m super glad he chose the Fire over the base model Kindle or Paperwhite, because I can see the covers in color on this’n. Sure, that may sound a little superficial, but so much time is put in to creating alluring covers that I think they should display in color on all Kindle formats, but that’s just me. And then there’s the fact that I can watch Monk on Amazon Prime on the Kindle whenever I please, and this is a big step-up in my couch-potatoness.

But, what I really adore about the Kindle is the ebook pricing. Well, some of it. I’m kind of a bargain hunter, and as y’all know, print books can be expensive! Plus, what I’m mostly seeking to read now is indie Christian fiction authors to support the genre, who usually offer their books at fair prices regardless. This way, I can carry as many books around with me as I want! If I eventually get bored with one, I can have a backup book ready to go! That’s more of a struggle with printed books. I’m not entirely won over to a strict Kindle Only reading experience yet, but the cute little thing sure has grown on me!

Do you prefer print books or ebooks? I love printed books, but the Kindle is much more efficient in the grand scheme of things in my opinion.

-Allyson 😀