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Book Release: The Gladiator and the Guard by Annie Douglas Lima

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I’m excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Gladiator and the Guard, is now available for purchase! This is the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles, sequel to The Collar and the Cavvarach.
First Things First: a Little Information about Book 1:  

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

The Collar and the Cavvarach

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?
The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).
Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Click here to order The Collar and the Cavvarach from Amazon 

for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th! 

And now, The Gladiator and the Guard, with another awesome cover by the talentedJack Lin!

The Gladiator and the Guard

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard in Kindle format from Amazon  for $2.99 a discounted price ofjust 99 cents through May 30th!

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Annie Douglass LimaAnnie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.
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Book Release February 6th of The Sixpence (Ozark Mountain Healers Series) by Tattie Maggard

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The SixpenceShe has a boyfriend, he has a secret.

When Addie’s family history suddenly becomes of interest to an outcast at school, they set out to find the legendary healing gift. Some say it is witchcraft, others a gift from God. Will Addie find a blessing, or a curse? And can it prepare her for the choice she must ultimately make?

Based on legends from the Ozark Mountains, The Sixpence is Christian fiction for mature teens and adults.

Editorial Review (Permission to post snippets or in its entirety with credit to Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite.) Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite

Tattie Maggard writes an intriguing tale in The Sixpence. Addie is sixteen years old, a teenager longing for love and a hopeful future. On the way home from a study date, she has a car accident, barely making it out alive. As a result, Addie is without a car. If she wants another, her parents agree she will have to buy it herself. Feeling smothered and stifled by her parents, Addie hastily searches for employment. But she didn’t expect to be tutoring Terrel Gunter, a Senior, a mysterious loner, a troubled soul. Terrel promises her $500 if she will help him with a special history assignment. Much to Addie’s surprise, Terrel uses her to interview her Aunt Eunice. Terrel has questions regarding Addie’s relatives – “old timers who could stop blood” by quoting a special Bible verse. The last person to have this gift was Addie’s great-grandmother, Lotus. The lingering rumor running through the community was that Lotus was a witch. Eunice gives Addie and Terrel the family Bible. Daily they search the highlighted scriptures for the healing verse. But at night Addie begins to read between the lines, learning more than she set out to discover. Their quest almost costs them their lives. The gift of blood stopping is “as much a curse as it is a blessing.” Eunice warns Addie to “be ready, to battle for your soul.”

To satisfy her curiosity, Tattie Maggard writes a fictional story based on stories she heard about her great-grandmother. As you read, you sense her imaginative personal touch, depicting genuine emotions within her characters. The Sixpence can easily be compared with Frank Perriti’s The Oath. Both reveal a special gifting among a select few and portray the characters’ battle to pledge allegiance to the voice of God or the taunts of Satan. The settings are similar in that they mutually take place in small, backwoods rural areas with an atmosphere of longstanding folklore. The Sixpence is written more for the young adult reader, and has a lighter story line.

This work of fiction appeals to a broad range of readers. Young adults can relate to Addie and Terrel’s coming of age search for purpose – Why am I here? And the lifelong conflict of selfishness – Can I take short cuts in life, to accomplish MY goals and aspirations? The more mature reader understands Aunt Eunice’s longing to pass on wisdom to the next generation. The novel also exposes the grief and trauma of death, unforeseen accidents and debilitating sickness. The prevalent and lasting message of The Sixpence is that God uses sinners to advance His kingdom. In the words of Addie: “God wanted me to have the gift even though I was messed up.”

Author Q&A

You’ve said that when the creeks “get up,” you have to stay home, explain that, please.

We have localized flash flooding here when it rains a lot and our low water bridges become impassible, pretty quickly!

Any “bucket list” places you would like to visit? I’ve never seen the ocean but honestly, I have no desire to travel. I do have plans of visiting The Ark Encounter in Kentucky when it gets built though.

What would you like the world to remember about you? I try to live intentionally, spending my time and energy towards things that have meaning to me. No one on their death bed ever says, “I wish I’d of had more time to watch TV.”

Tell us a little bit about your family. I’ve been married longer than I haven’t been, and I have a six year old daughter that I am homeschooling.

What, or who, inspired you to research this topic and write this story? I was out mushroom hunting one fall day with my husband on land that is extremely rich in our family’s history. It occurred to me that other people may not know what it is like to hunt down a mushroom in the woods and that they may find it interesting. It made me think of all the other things I knew about the area we live in that isn’t really common knowledge everywhere. Thoughts of my great-great grandmother came to mind and the story was formed right there in the woods. I didn’t find a lot of mushrooms that day because my thoughts were somewhere else but I did come home with a story and had a first draft done in four days.

What is the book about? The Sixpence is a coming of age story about a teenage girl who uncovers the mystery surrounding the legend of her great-grandmother, Lotus, and her gift of bloodstopping. It’s about young love and loss and how our desires evolve and deepen as we learn and grow.

The Sixpence has an element of truth to it from the ’’old days,’’ tell us about that. Many people from my area and other areas I’ve researched have described healers who could stop blood with a verse from the Bible. Some believe it, others don’t. The book I wrote wasn’t intended to promote this idea as truth. It also wasn’t designed to prove that idea false. The Sixpence is a “what if” story. It’s definitely fiction as it goes beyond even all the amazing stories I’ve read about bloodstopping and those handed down to me from relatives. I really just wanted to show God’s wonderful grace in the form of fiction while preserving my family’s heritage for my daughter.

Who do you feel will benefit the most from this book? This book was written mainly with older teen girls in mind. I’d like to see it being read by girls who go to church but may not know what salvation is truly about.

What are you working on next? The Sixpence is the first book in a planned series of four. I have no idea when it will be

completed because I’m not that great with deadlines but books two and four already have first drafts. I also have another story I wrote in a writer’s group directed by Jill Williamson. It was the first story I’d ever written that actually made sense enough for someone to read and understand. It’s a beautiful story but it’s not that beautiful on paper yet, but I’d like to finish it as well. There are also a few modern day fairytales dancing around in my head so we’ll just have to see what happens!

Tattie MaggardFull Bio

Tattie Maggard is a lifelong resident of rural Douglas County, Missouri. She’s a stay at home wife and mother who reads, writes, and shops for Kindle bargains in her free time. She runs a popular blog, Christian Book Finds, and home schools her young daughter. She also enjoys sewing and playing old tunes on the pennywhistle. Southern Missouri has always been her home but just recently she has learned to fully appreciate its cultural differences. She plans to continue her series, Ozark Mountain Healers, in the beautiful hills surrounding her home.

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Torn Asunder by Alana Terry

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Torn Asunder is the upcoming release from award-winning Christian suspense novelist Alana Terry. You can pre-order Torn Asunder on amazon now for only 99 cents and have it delivered right to you when it’s released in December. As an added bonus, Alana, along with recording artist Cherie Norquay, is offering free downloads of one of the songs featured in Torn Asunder.

Synopsis: After graduating from the Secret Seminary, Hannah and Simon are ready to return to their homeland. Their training has equipped them to carry the gospel to a country ravaged by darkness and despair. If necessary, they’re even prepared to face the North Korean labor camps, but the hardest part of their mission isn’t the hunger, cold, and incessant danger. The hardest part is cutting off contact with one another.

In this world of spies, secret police, and informants, staying together might not just compromise their ministry. It could cost them both their lives.

A Christian romantic suspense from the author of The Beloved Daughter, which won awards from Women of Faith, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, The Book Club Network, and more.

Pre-order Torn Asunder for only 99 cents or enter the giveaway below! You can also sign up to get a free mp3 song download from Cherie Norquay, whose work is put out by Grammy-award-winning producer, Phil Naish, and whose lyrics helped inspire certain scenes in Torn Asunder. Click below or get her free song downloads here. (Several of her song lyrics also appear in the novel itself.)

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Book Release: Prince of Malorn by Annie Douglass Lima

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Prince of Malorn, the third book in the Annals of Alasia trilogy, is now available!

Prince of Malorn

About the Book:

One major obstacle stands between seventeen-year-old Prince Korram and the throne that is his birthright: Regent Rampus.  Temporary ruler of Malorn, Rampus has no intention of giving up his position when the crown prince comes of age – or of allowing the prince to live long enough to reach that age. 


Desperate to build an army of his own to stand against the regent, Korram treks into the Impassable Mountains to try to recruit the one segment of Malornian society not under Rampus’s control.  But can he lead a band of untrained hunters and gatherers to victory against the full might of the Malornian military?  Or will they all be crushed by the grasping hand of the regent before the prince can claim his rightful throne?


Q: What makes this trilogy unique?

A: The books don’t take place one after the other; instead, their time frames overlap.  They each describe the same major political event: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life.  In the Enemy’s Service tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded.  Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion.  In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the time frames and settings overlap.

Q: Do you recommend that readers start with your first two books before reading Prince of Malorn?

A: Not necessarily.  The books can be read in any order, and each one can stand on its own.  But each of the three fills in gaps in the others’ stories, and their different perspectives on the same events and characters will make for a richer reading experience overall.

Q: Will there be more books in the Annals of Alasia?

A: Definitely! I’m nearly done with the fourth book, tentatively titled King of Malorn. It takes place five years later and brings together the main characters from all three books in the original trilogy. There may eventually be other books in the series too; I have lots of ideas!


The Annals of Alasia

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Annie Lima

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published six books (three YA action adventure/fantasy and three anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.  Click here to view her other books on Amazon.

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