Thursday, August 10, 2017

Why You Should Read The Blood Race

This month, I had the privilege of reading Kate's debut novel, The Blood Race. It was a whirlwind, in the very best way. Genre-wise, Kate's book is a blend of sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary. I'll be the first to say that I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi. However, The Blood Race is so well done in every way -- with a thrilling plot, complex characters, and deep themes -- that I absolutely fell in love. Read the blurb below, and if it doesn't convince you, by the end of this post you will know that you, too, absolutely have to read The Blood Race!

He’s spent his life running from who he is. She’s been trying to escape her past for 100 years… 

Born with unexplainable abilities he struggles to control, college student Ion tries desperately to integrate into his new school and finally put his dark past behind him. But after making a serious enemy, which leads to an accidental rendezvous with the mysterious old man next door— and his hauntingly beautiful but troubled young protégée Hawk, Ion realizes his life will never be normal again.

Late one evening, Hawk drags him by the hand into a closet-turned-rabbit-hole to an extra dimension, and Ion finds himself stumbling involuntarily into a secret society of training for “anomalies,” teenagers with a special set of abilities. Just like him.

As they train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as their own demons, both Ion and Hawk begin to realize that they are far more alike than they realized. Unsettlingly so.

When the Dimension is shaken by an unthinkable betrayal, will an ancient prophecy bring Hawk and Ion together—or will a deadly threat hidden in plain sight cost them both their powers… and their lives?

Pinterest: faejackson4This plot is the perfect twist of action and introspection. One minute, an epic fight, the next a raw & poignant look into the inner depths of a character. For me, this is a perfect formula for a novel. If it's all action, I end up skimming to find the big plot points and get on with it; if it's all introspective and feely, I get bored and decided to read something else. (Raise your hand if you also have the attention span of a goldfish!) The way Kate writes is riveting and intriguing all at once. 

Kate switches perspective between the two main characters, Ion and Hawk. So just when you think you're figuring out one of their storylines, the point of view switches, and you're left wondering. The Blood Race definitely caused me to neglect some much-needed studying, but it was so worth it.

the journey is the reward
Whether or not you're male or female, young or old, The Blood Race's story will hit you hard. It's a story of two characters finding who they are meant to be, getting confused and broken in the process, and having to find a source of hope and comfort because of it. That's the basic human struggle, isn't it? This life is messy, and the characters in The Blood Race have messy lives. There's no glossing over or sugar-coating. I know if you are completely honest with yourself, you will find yourself nodding along with Kate's writing. "Preach it, Kate!" you will say. As these characters lives unwind and rebuild themselves, I'm willing to bet that you'll find a little bit of yourself in the middle of it all.

The allegorical power of this novel will knock your socks off. I was totally nerding-out towards the close of The Blood Race, because as the story came together, the real-world connections blew my mind. A good novel always makes you feel and think deeply, and that's what The Blood Race did for me. As Sensei offered the gentle wisdom of a good leader to Hawk, I was reminded of the gentle wisdom of the Father. When Hawk and Ion had to make difficult decisions, I was reminded that the leaders in my life let me make my own decisions so I can see the big picture. As Hawk accepts who she is as a Slider and what her calling means, I contemplated who I am and what my calling means. The real-life connections are endless. This is not a lazy-day read. By the end, your mind will be reeling. The Blood Race has the capacity to give you confidence in who you are and inspire you to be better all at once.

Have I convinced you get? If I have please please please hop on over to Amazon to purchase The Blood Race, available in paperback (!!!) and kindle!


When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons lives in the often-snowy hills of rugged Vermont with her husband and dog named Rocket.


Check out Kate's website here!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Author Interview / Livy Jarmusch

My friend Livy Jarmusch  is releasing her new book, The Coronation, in just three days! Together we have teamed up for an author interview. As an up-and-coming novelist, I've always been curious about how others experience the writing process. Check out my questions and her responses below!

In Kindergarten, I was quite confident of the fact that I wanted to be a writer. But, I also wanted to be an illustrator, actress, singer, songwriter, dog-trainer, teacher, and dolphin trainer. (Haha, you know how we are in Kindergarten!) I had many different dreams, but writing has always been a dream that remained on top of the pile of all the rest.

Oh yikes. My first story was about a dog named Bozo.Not very impressive. And not what I write about these days either, haha.

I do! I have one older brother. We're four-years apart, and I'm ashamed to say that we fought quite a bit as young kids! But now that he's all grown up and is married and has a family of his own, I'm able to see him from an entirely different perspective. My brother was a great example of pursuing a relationship with his future wife in a pure, Godly manner. Because he and his wife have done things God's way, and chose to remain pure, it's so encouraging to see how richly the Lord has blessed them and their family within their marriage. Although I didn't think much about it while I was writing The Coronation, I can definitely see aspects of my brother and his personality, in Addison's character.

I'm a Christian, so everything I do is motivated by love. It's motivated by my relationship with Jesus, and my desire to see His Kingdom come and His will be done on this earth! It doesn't take much looking around to see that this world is so completely broken. People are suffering all over the planet, and whether their pain stems from poverty and starvation, addiction and abuse, or even just battling depression and discouragement, there is so much that needs to be done! I believe that everyone who follows Jesus has a unique call and purpose on their lives, and can impact the world in a powerful way. So my prayer is that the Lord will use these works of fiction to not just entertain and delight, but to inspire, encourage, and minister to whomever He desires to touch through it. Stories are powerful because they have the potential to bypass the mind and go strait to the heart. And while some might argue that my writing style is too wordy or "preachy", I believe it's a unique way the Lord can use me to speak to others, through these tales.

To fall more and more in love with Jesus each day, and to truly see things from His perspective! As much as I love writing and pursuing my dreams, there is an even greater call, and that's my main focus: to know the One who made me! Each of us are invited into this beautiful relationship with the King of Kings and it's completely up to us how deep we want to go (or not go) into the river of His love. Jesus is the vine, and I am the branch, so my goal is to abide in Him and His love, and then whatever fruit is expressed through my life, will just be a natural expression and extension of that core relationship with Him.

The writer who has has the most influence on me, is Lisa Bevere. Now, I know she isn't a fictional writer, but she has a very distinct style, and it changes in each of her books. The first book I read from her, "Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry" had a very whimsical, flowery tone to it, and I felt like I was reading a lullaby. After that, I found my writing taking an obvious spin in that direction, and I think our writing styles are very similar because of that. I also love how her tone dramatically changes from book to book, depending on which topic she's discussing, so I look forward to doing that in the future as well! The Coronation has a very distinct author voice, and it sounds like a narrator is reading you a translucent fairy-tale, and even though that is exactly what I wanted for this book, I'm pretty confident that my future projects are going to be quite different.

Uh, YES! Pretty much every other day! Haha. Seriously though. Writing is HARD. It just is. Although there are many aspects of the process that are gleefully exciting and incredibly energizing, at the end of the day, writing is a craft that you have to practice, practice, practice. And the truth is, I'm not as good as I want to be. Of course I want to improve my craft. Of course I want to be as flawlessly legendary as Jane Austin. But is that going to happen overnight? Absolutely not. Is that going to happen sometime in the course of my life? Eh, it's debatable. I suppose I'll just have to wait and see!
But yes, discouragement can creep into the mind of a writer far too easily, nearly on a daily basis. For me, the most important thing is gaining (and keeping) God's perspective. Whenever I feel like throwing my book out the window, crying angry tears, and burying my writers dreams in the dirt of doubt, I climb up into God's lap and ask, "What in the world am I doing? Is this what I'm supposed to be doing? Why do I stink at this? Am I completely squandering and ruining my life? HELP!" And He is always faithful to whisper to my heart, remind me of my heavenly reality, and let me know what HE thinks about me. Once I regain His perspective, all is well again, and I can carry on with joy and peace, and excitement for the future! Writing isn't easy. But then again, nothing about this life is.
So whether you're a writer, or a painter, or a blogger, or a babysitter, whenever discouragement pounds on the door of your heart, run into your Heavenly Fathers lap and say, "Dad! Get the door, it's for You!" Sweet sister, there is no need for you to entertain negative voices and lying doubts. Just carry on in confidence, no matter what the enemy says. Remember the words of Jeremiah 29:11 and keep on keeping on.

Livy is the founder of Crown and Beauty Magazine and the author of six books, which you can check out here! The Coronation is available on Amazon for kindle and paperback preorder. It will be officially available on July 6th!
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The Coronation:
Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities. Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. 

Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig. 

Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard?

The Coronation is Book #1 in The Tales of Tarsurella Trilogy.

The Coronation is available on Amazon for kindle and paperback preorder. It will be officially available on July 6th!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

a list of things that are true

if you're reading this, all of the following are true:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

LIFE IS GOOD / junior year mems

Judging by my last post, you probably get the idea that I'm not keen on the idea of school, and I hate when it seems to take over my life. But, let me clarify, junior year was really awesome. I made some really fantastic memories with my friends that I wouldn't trade for anything! Today I'm sharing some of those memories in pictures with sparse commentary. There are a lot of them! So pour yourself a cup o' Joe and scroll away!

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