Sunday, December 29, 2013

2014 Resolved. Or, My Year is Booked


This past autumn, I experienced an Epiphany. In 2014, I would clear my authorly schedule of all obligations and write. Just me, my computer and time to plot and scheme my way through two new manuscripts, followed by a serious and prayerful consideration of future projects. (With my trusty crockpot simmering in the kitchen to placate my starving family.) Yes, it was a beautiful resolution for 2014.

2014 Inspiration. "What is it, Precious?"

Can't you just hear Divine laughter?









Blog art by Katharin Gramckow
Within one week, I'd signed a
publishing contract with multiple deadlines, allowed myself to be volunteered for a major promotional undertaking, and realized that I must prepare two additional manuscripts--spin-offs of the Books of the Infinite series.

I'm dizzied just considering my schedule (did I mention the full-time day job?), but I'm also elated and eager to test the brave new hybrid-author world.

Stay tuned, and if you're following me on Facebook, be prepared for LOTS of posts involving...caffeine!

Blessings, dear everyone, and have an amazing New Year's!

Friday, November 29, 2013

32 Author Scavenger Hunt #17




Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Tales of Goldstone Wood

Welcome to the 17th stop on the 32 Author Scavenger hunt. I hope you enjoy this interview with author Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Anne Elisabeth is the delightful author of the award-winning Tales of Goldstone Wood series. Be sure to check out her giveaway at the next stop, Dragonwitch!
Hunters, don't forget to write down the clue and continue to the next stop on the hunt. If you've missed a stop, or if you are ready to enter the full phrase (clue), head on over HERE. Otherwise, enjoy the interview!

First off, Anne Elisabeth, tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I am the author of the Tales of Goldstone Wood, a rescuer of kittens and lost dogs, a devoted fan of my handsome husband, Rohan, a wannabe-connoisseur of the opera, and a wearer of fuzzy socks.

Who/what is your inspiration for your writing?
Great books are my inspiration! I was an English Lit. student at University, and I don’t think I would be the writer I am today if I hadn’t spend years studying the great masters, learning their tricks, discovering their passions, absorbing their themes.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the book. Most of the time, somewhere between six and eight months. But I wrote Veiled Rose in two months! Which was madness, but I had a deadline.

Do you outline or do you write by the seat of your pants?
My stories are far too complex to succeed with seat-of-the-pants writing. I actually tried that with Dragonwitch, and utterly failed. I need a good solid outline of what is going to happen. I don’t always know how it will happen—that’s where the spontaneous creativity comes in. But I need to know what will happen to all the characters, how they serve the plot, how their goals and desires work together or at odds.

Do you have a favorite of the novels you have written?
My favorite is always the one I’ve just finished. So currently that means my recently finished manuscript for Book 7, which is under the working title of Golden Daughter.

How did you create the world of the Tales of Goldstone Wood?
I started out penning random ideas in a notebook . . . little fairy tale notions that came to me while reading great works by older authors. Dragonwitch was one such fairytale, starting out as a few little notes, later expanding into a more complex fairy tale, and then resulting in the novel I now present to you. As I set to writing each of the fairy tales, I would see them referencing and depending on each other. Thus a world was born. When I started writing novels, it was much the same: I’d write one novel, but it would be subtly tied to four or five other seemingly independent works, not to mention already-written fairy tales.

Do you have a theme in mind when you write each book?
I never do. I just have a story. But I spend a lot of time in prayer as I write each book, and I let God provide the theme as I go. I write as an act of worship, and in worship, each theme develops. But I can take no credit for any of them.

What made you decide to pursue publishing?
After completing the third draft of my first novel, Heartless, it seemed a shame to simply sit on the story! My mother is a professional novelist, and I am friends with a number of her novelist contacts. They all encouraged me and offered advice along the way.

What books have influenced you in your writing?
Oh, so many! C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories, of course. George MacDonald’s fairy tales, the short ones such as The Light Princess or Photogen and Nycteris more than the longer novels, though I did draw from some themes in Phantastes when I wrote Starflower. A number of the Victorian and Romantic-era poets have been major influences, particularly Robert Browning, who is my favorite. And, of course, you can hardly dabble in the Faerie world without drawing from Shakespeare!

What is the hardest part for you in writing a book?
Always the beginning. I have the hardest time figuring out where and how things ought to start! Usually once I get the first 40,000 words properly in place, the rest of the novel will fall together beautifully. But if those first 40,000 words aren’t quite right, the novel won’t work, and major revisions will have to be made. With Dragonwitch, I had so much trouble finding the right beginning, I finally picked up in the middle and wrote to the end, then went back and added the opening chapters! But I don’t prefer working that way.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Good writers are good readers. So READ A LOT. Don’t just read books that are easy for you. Pick up the classics and study what it was that set them apart from other, forgotten books of their day. Figure out which genre is your favorite, the genre you want to write in, and read a ton in that genre.

Coffee or Tea?
Absolutely tea. Especially the black Ceylon tea to which my husband introduced me. The perfect brew for a writing session!





R. J. Larson here: Thanks, Anne Elisabeth! Hunters, check out Anne Elisabeth's amazing books and visit her Facebook Page--I'm a fan! Before you go though, write down this part of the clue:   Without you,  and you might want to enter an extra giveaway I'm hosting below. Now, head on over to Anne Elisabeth Stengl's website for stop # 18 HERE

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

The 32 Author Online Hunt is coming!


Win an iPad Mini, plus 32 Speculative Fiction books and more--just in time for the holidays!
Stay tuned for details, and join the fun. 11.30.13-12.06.13
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Clarifying Characters

This morning, while shuffling through files, I came across this charming yet out-of-focus test image taken at a photo-shoot earlier this summer. Here, Brianna Anderson poses as one of my protagonists, Araine of ToronSea, as she appeared in an earlier manuscript.

What made me pause and give this previously neglected image a second look?
Potential. Glimmers of promise for the Araine-images yet to follow—a mood that reflects my current writing stage. I’m in the rough draft arena again and loving it.

As Araine’s story progresses and all my ideas tumble into the computer in a semi-organized fashion, I’m still seeing many of my newer characters in this fascinating slightly out-of-focus fashion. 

What will these characters become as the plot intensifies, sharpening and clarifying their personalities?

Will my current gathering of fictional personalities, particularly the minor ones, help or hinder Araine and her friends as they embark on new adventures?

I’m eager to find out! Which means…I must clarify my new characters by writing until they come into focus, starting NOW. 

Blessings, everyone, and have a phenomenal day!

R. J.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Writing in Joy--and A Giveaway!!!


When I opened my email and found Natalie Bangheri's delightful artwork depicting Ela and Scythe from PROPHET, I was struck by the joy she'd added--Scythe's just-fed tranquility and that secretive quirk of humor in Ela's quiet little smile and bright eyes. 

Humor--to say nothing of outright joy--was the furthest emotion from my mind when I wrote the initial scenes of PROPHET. After all, my brave young heroine, Ela, had just accepted a death sentence. How could she possibly enjoy life while facing assassins, battles, tyrant kings, and hideous venomous monsters at every turn?

However, mortals in every realm intuitively stave off stress by seeking joy in some form. A hug from a cherished sibling before facing an army, spiritual encouragement from prayers, coltish devotion from an overgrown monster-horse, and even jesting with fellow prisoners when you've been unfairly sentenced and tossed behind bars. With every chapter, the more I wrote of Ela's perils and fears, the more joy surfaced in the manuscript and in my characters' thoughts and emotions. 

Mid-manuscript, I paused, stared at my computer screen, and thought, "Even Shakespeare's tragedies featured clowns. Why shouldn't I add some joy and let readers have fun along the way?" 

What do you think? Do dark scenes demand a touch of joy now and then--the merest hint of hope to encourage our heroes, heroines, and readers on their journey?


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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Worst Part about Picking Titles

As an author, I was fortunate—I believe—to keep the manuscript titles I presented to Bethany House Publishers for my current Books of the Infinite series. All three titles, Prophet, Judge, and King, passed muster and have appeared on the final printed copies. Hurrah! Alas, my current work hasn't been as easy to name. In fact, it’s been tough. I’m still trying to decide if my current title-pick is right. I’m suffering from Title Trauma, and that's as chilling as my fave Exit Glacier pictured above. Why? Like most authors, I’m fretful about naming my books. Much like naming a baby, naming a manuscript is (potentially) a lifetime commitment that summarizes your labor in a few short words. And choosing the perfect title, like choosing the perfect baby name, can be stressful. Titles are the book’s intro—a hook to lure publishers toward your work and, ultimately, a tool to pique reader interest. Authors who create a short, catchy title that’s unique and appropriate to the book’s content can usually rest assured that their work will carry and keep its unique name throughout the publication process. Some titles, however, are changed during the publishing process because they’re considered unmarketable. Too long, too similar to another title, or just plain wrong, as proclaimed at BookRiot. Which leads us to an author’s worst-case title scenario, once potentially faced by F. Scott Fitzgerald. What if the publisher had accepted The Great Gatsby under its original title—Trimalchio in West Egg!? Yep. One wrong word-choice, and I could join the Awful Original Titles list. Revised from a previously post at: A Book Lover's Library

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Just for FUN



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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Through Others' Eyes




As a writer, I often step back mentally to study my characters and to see them afresh, particularly when I'm writing scenes that bring out different and unexpected facets of their personalities. In my humble authorly opinion, these reevaluations deepens each character and brings the whole story to life.

Readers build upon this process by bringing their own imaginations to the stories (thank you!) and their unique views of the series' characters often reveal aspects I haven't recognized. Therefore, I'm always delighted and curious when readers send their own depictions of various characters from my stories. Here are a few fun and amazing works contributed by Rebeka Borshevsky, and Aaron Thorup.
Rebeka Borshevsky: Characters from PROPHET.


From PROPHET: Ela and Kien

Aaron Thorup: Scythe guarding Tzana

Thanks, Rebeka and Aaron!
Readers, do you enjoy "picturing" favorite fictional characters?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Imagining the Books of the Infinite world (Revised from Scavenger Hunt)



When I realized I’d been dragged into writing inspirational fantasy fiction, my first, most complicated task was to imagine an entire fantasy world to frame the Books of the Infinite series. I didn't want to slow down the action with tons of detail, but I did need to create a complete and complex world for my beloved characters. Where did I begin? With a continent. After studying maps of ancient countries, including Israel, Egypt, Rome, and Greece, I sketched out my imaginary continent—shown here in parchment and ink by Katharin Fiscaletti, who created all the drawings in this post.


 With the boundaries in place, I pondered the next step. What sorts of creatures inhabited this new, imaginary world? Legendary beasts, of course. Leviathans. Lindorms. Griffins. And a few creatures unique to this new continent, such as the ferocious, carnivorous Scaln, portrayed here in all its crimson glory. *Shivers.* Let me just say that Katharin frightened me with this particular sketch!




With my landscapes and beasts all sketched, I imagined my characters. People who might have lived during my imaginary world’s Biblical era. What did they eat? What did they drink? What sort of clothes did they wear? Were there variations in language and clothes between each country? I drew upon my knowledge of ancient lands, and my personal library of history books and decided upon the “look” for my characters, as well as their manners and customs. This world, I decided must be primarily Biblical in flavor, with hints of Earth’s own ancient cultures—leading to more research for details I loved and added to my story. To clothe my characters, I sought colorful examples from our own world. Who knew that the exotic saris of modern India were inspired by garments from ancient Greece?













For interest, and because my collection of medieval research books rival any public library’s shelves, the Bethany House team and I agreed to add a bit of medieval flare, which is evident on the cover of King in Akabe’s long tunic sleeves, and his formidable two handed sword, known here on Earth as a claymore. The final result…a unique Biblical-fantasy world that Bethany House Publishers and I hope you enjoy as you read King!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

THE CHRISTIAN FICTION SCAVENGER HUNT STOP #15! 


Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 32 stops and runs 5/17-5/19/13. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you'll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes---all 31 of our new releases in paperback. In addition, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.

If you've JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at LisaBergren.com. But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn't hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws. Ready? Here we go...


Tracy L. Higley!



I'm thrilled to host Tracy L. Higley for this scavenger hunt--huzzah!!!  Tracy's latest book, So Shines the Night, is in the same genre I'd be penning if I weren't writing Biblical fantasy fiction. Tracy is a phenomenal writer and an altogether terrific person, so count me in as one of Tracy's fans!

For those of you who haven't heard of Tracy yet, here's her official bio:
Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine novels, including Garden of Madness and Isle of Shadows. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. See her travel journals and more at TracyHigley.com.


Tracy is known for digging into her research--sometimes literally! For So Shines the Night, Tracy traveled to Ephesus, and she's sharing a video clip of her latest adventure; I'm eager to see what Tracy found, and I'm delighted to share it with you today.



Tracy's Adventures in Ephesus 
In the Footsteps of Paul


When I jumped into the challenge of writing So Shines the Night, a first-century suspense novel that would feature Paul and Timothy, Priscilla and Aquila, and the demonic darkness facing the New Testament church, I already had the whole city of Ephesus imagined in my mind.

That's because I had already walked the city streets, breathed in the Ephesus air, and lingered at the site of the massive Temple of Artemis. And then while writing the novel, I was able to go back and visit a second time!

Ephesus was once a thriving port city, with a harbor that brought exotic silks, jewels and spices from the east and passed them along to the Roman Empire in the west, hungry for luxuries. As the years went by, deposits of silt clogged the harbor, and the entire city was abandoned and lost, left for archaeologists to discover and explore centuries later.

And what a time I had exploring! My husband and I were part of a tour group from our cruise ship, but it quickly became clear that I needed to do my own research and break away from the group. I kept moving backward, branching off, and lingering behind. Our tour guide was not pleased! At one point, she called out above the heads of our group - "We're going this way! You need to keep up!" Embarrassed, I moved to the edge of the group and explained that I was writing a book, and we were planning to abandon them completely and find our own way back to the ship. Clearly, she thought we were crazy!

But I needed time to absorb it all, to take notes and to take videos. The city was the site of one of the most memorable incidents in the book of Acts - the near-riot of the silversmiths who wanted to see Paul dead for hampering their business of pagan souvenir-selling.

For a first-hand look at the theater where it happened, watch this one-minute video:



You can read the story in Acts 19, but I invite you to explore Tracy's Travels on my website, to see the streets, temples, and grand amphitheater where it all took place.

And I hope you'll explore more of So Shines the Night as well - read an excerpt or the back cover. It's a novel that will transport you to this magnificent ancient city, where one woman fights the darkness that threatens to destroy everyone she loves.



Tracy L. Higley's new release, So Shines the Night, is a Biblical novel detailing the events in ACTS, chapter 19, and I'm adding it to my TBR list! It is available at bookstores or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and elsewhere.




AND NOW, YOUR NEXT STEPS: 

Write down this clue: Beliefs. 
Have it written down? Great! Now head on over to Tracy L. Higley's page, Stop #16 for the next clue! Thanks for stopping by!


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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The 2013 Summer Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt is coming!

Ready for some online fun and free books, and a pre-loaded iPad mini?



May 17th-May 19th!

31 Christian Fiction authors are contributing New summer reads for every member of your family!

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

KING Vocabulary List


Now that King is on its way to the printing presses--well ahead of deadline--it's time to add to the Books of the Infinite vocabulary list. Here it is, the list for King, Books of the Infinite series, volume 3!

Have fun, everyone. :)

In order of name’s appearance:

Akabe Garric \Ah-cabe Gair-rick\ Former Siphran rebel. The Infinite’s chosen king of Siphra.
Barth of Siymont \Barth See-mont\ Royal page and son of Lord Ruis of Siymont.
Ela Roeh \El-ah Roe-eh\ Prophet of the vanquished city-state of Parne.
Ruis of Siymont \Roo-es See-mont\ A lord of Siphra. Father of Barth.
Belaal \Bell-A-el\ Kingdom south of Siphra.
Tamri Het \Tam-ree Het\ Former Siphran revolutionary, and one of Ela’s chaperones.
Cyan Thaenfall \Sigh-an Thane-fall\ Siphran lord and suspected Atean. Caitria’s father.
Kien Lantec \Kee-en Lan-tek\ Military judge-advocate for the Tracelands.
Aeyrievale \air-ee-veil, or, eer-ee-veil\ Former rebel Siphran province in the Snake Mountains.
Ishvah Nesac \Ish-vaw Ness-ak\ The Infinite’s chief priest of the vanquished city-state of Parne.
Dan Roeh \Dan Roe-eh\ Ela’s father.
Rade Lantec \Raid Lan-tek\ Kien’s father. The Tracelands preeminent statesman.
General Rol \Rawl\ The Traceland’s General of the Army.
Kalme Roeh \Call-may Roe-eh\ Ela’s mother.
Ara Lantec \Are-ah Lan-tek\ Rade Lantec’s wife. Kien’s mother.
Beka Thel \Bek-ah Thell\ Jon Thel’s wife. Kien’s sister.
Jon Thel \Jon Thell\ A Tracelands military commander. Beka’s husband.
ToronSea \Tor-on-Sea, or, Tor-on-Sea\ Southern coastal town in the Tracelands.
Riddig Tyne\Rid-ig Tine\ Akabe’s field surgeon.
Ruestock \Roo-stock\ Exiled former Siphran ambassador to the Tracelands.
Caitria Thaenfall \Kay-tree-ah Thane-fall\ Daughter of Cyan Thaenfall.
Bel-Tygeon \Bell-Ty-jee-on\ King of Belaal.
Rtial Vioc \Reh-tee-al Vee-oak\ A commander of Belaal.
Dasarai \Da-Sar-ay\ Princess of Belaal. Sovereign of Sulaanc’s Women’s Palace.
Siyrsun \Seer-sun\ Belaal’s General of the Army.
Tzana Roeh \Tsaw-nah Roe-eh\ Ela’s sister.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Books of the Infinite Cover Art Inspirations

Authors are often asked about cover designs.
Did you choose the model or landscape? 
Did you select the model's clothes? 
Did you design the background?
Did you pay for the cover? 

An author's answer often depends upon the publisher. Many publishers have a design team, and the final design--after much debate and some input from marketing--is presented to the author as a (hopefully) pleasant surprise. 

I was thrilled to sign on with Bethany House, which is noted for its beautiful cover designs, and I've been delighted with their visions for the Books of the Infinite series. For each cover, I was asked to hunt up images for the design team to use as references for their work.

While pondering visuals for King, I was suffering from my usual desperate longing for the ocean. Truly, that was my only wish: Water! Give me an ocean!
Bless the Bethany House design team, they responded in grand style and threw in a longsword as a bonus. Huzzah!!!!

Now, if only I could wade into that water for a moment and breathe some salt air.... *Sigh.*

Months earlier, as the design team debated over the look for Prophet, I was asked, "What about Ela's clothes?"

By the time we were done exchanging emails and discussing images for Ela's "other-world Biblical" attire, I felt as if I'd been on a lavish shopping spree without spending a dime, and I loved the results. See my baby? Isn't she pretty?   

The cover for Judge on the other hand, was less about Kien's attire and more about his weapons and the background. Kien's beloved sword, of course, was a must, as was his dark traveling cloak. The arm guards were a bonus, chosen by the design team--and I was instantly smitten with the look. (Yes, I still want those arm guards!)

As for the mountains in the background...well...those started in Colorado. 

I was hiking around with my husband, DearJerry, in Colorado's foothills at the base of the Rocky Mountains. While we were enjoying the scenery, this caught my attention->  

I wanted to build a log cabin and live here. With a trustworthy and plentiful water supply, of course.

Unfortunately--or fortunately--we already have a house with a mortgage, so the log cabin idea had to remain in dreamland.

However, I sent the foothills image to my editors. "Perhaps something like this would work for the Judge background."

This was their reply:

Dear Reader, I've a feeling we're not in Colorado anymore!

But that's okay. I'm willing to follow Kien into the Snake Mountains. 
Just give me an Azurnite sword. 

And those arm guards!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!


This year, nothing witty.
Something homemade—imperfectly pretty.
A gift from my hands, and Katharin’s Art.
We offer you…this simple heart.
Have a blessed Valentine’s day!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop and a Giveaway!



Welcome back, everyone!
It's late January, time for the Christmas decorations to come down, and time for a new blog post!

This month, the amazing Robin Lee Hatcher volunteered me for a blog hop. My mission is to answer ten questions about my latest WIP (work-in-progress) which is The Next Big Thing, and then I will tag three new fantasy authors with links to their blogs!

To add to the fun, I will give three different readers their choice of one book: Prophet, Judge, or (when it's published) King. The winners will be chosen by RaffleCopter on January 30th, and announced on the 31st.

Ready? Here goes:



Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book? 
King. This was the working title and it’s now set in stone. Or, rather, in the book’s just-released cover image. 
Where did the idea come from for the book?
King portrays difficult situations faced by several Old Testament kings and prophets. King isn’t so much a retelling of the scriptures as a variation of OT spiritual themes, and adventures.
What genre does your book fall under?
Fantasy fiction, teens and up!
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I have a terrible time trying to match actors with my characters—each one is unique. However, Ioan Gruffudd might portray Akabe, the Siphran King:












And Anne Hathaway as Caitria:
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
King Akabe of Siphra’s lifelong dream—to rebuild the Infinite’s temple in Siphra—is threatened by powerful enemies who have vowed to kill Akabe and his mysterious new queen.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
King is scheduled for publication by Bethany House on July 1, 2013. I’ve heard other authors compare publication timeframes to pregnancies, and it’s so true. But like a baby, books are worth the wait.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Usually, I can write a first draft in six months on my two days off per week, if I resist Facebook and Pinterest, and seriously focus on the task. Chocolate helps!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Though I haven’t yet read this one, Kingdom’s Dawn, by Chuck Black, seems to reflect King’s sense of other-world adventure.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
As strange as it sounds, the entire Books of the Infinite series, including King was inspired by a dream fragment. In 2010, I woke up one morning, still seeing a brief, stark dream of a young woman in a dim chamber. She was struggling to make a life-changing choice, and there was a glowing branch in that same dream, so I knew that if I wrote the story behind the dream it must be a fantasy. It was odd. Usually my dreams are bright and colorful. However, this dark fragment became Prophet, which was published two years later.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
King’s plotline, like Prophet and Judge, is written to appeal to men and women, young and old. Parents are reading these books with their teens!


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Now, readers, it's time for some fun!
Hope over to the following pages to visit these three fantasy authors, who will be posting their Next Big Thing answers within the next seven days:
Patrick W. Carr
Carla Laureano
and 
Pauline Creeden

And enter to win a copy of Prophet, or Judge, or (soon) King, in the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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