Monday, April 14, 2014

My Wonderful Hope

 

I'm faced with something I thought was over years ago, something sad and awful and too difficult to blog about. Every glimpse of encouragement is swallowed up. I heard this song yesterday, for the first time, and wept. This is my wonderful hope, the only thing that keeps me going. Had to share it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Resistance Cover Reveal + Giveaway

This is a fun thing for me to blog about today. I’ve mentioned numerous times how excited I am as the publication for Molly’s book draws nearer and nearer. Watching her write this book and edit it over the last couple of years, and being privileged to be her sounding board on occasion, I’ve become very invested in it. I love her characters and am fascinated by the world she has created, but even more, I am immersed in the story she is telling.

I have said it many times before, but if this is your first time visiting, this is the first of a six book series—she is currently writing book four—and it takes great patience to wait until the right time to begin to share the story. Finally, after all this time, it begins! Today is the anticipated unveiling of the cover of the first book, Resistance, and I wanted to be a part of the Cover Reveal participants. (Visit this link if you want to see what other bloggers think of the cover or the upcoming release.) There is also a giveaway, Smile so read on to the end of this post if you are interested to find out more about the world of Ilyon - the setting for Jaye L. Knight's new NA (New Adult) Christian fantasy series, which contains no magic.

Resistance – Back Cover Text

 “Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair and her twin brother live every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Here is the cover!

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Kindle release date: May 20, 2014

 

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About the Author

JAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God's love shines as a light to offer hope.

Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.

Book Excerpt

Here is a short book excerpt –
(information about the giveaway will follow)

          Just when he lowered his guard enough to relax, a grating voice sent tension knotting across his shoulders.
        “Look what the excitement dragged into town.”
        Jace ground his teeth together and turned. He should never have stopped watching his back. Wrong move on his part.
        Flanked by two of his smug-faced friends, a red-haired young man smirked at him, his eyes harboring all sorts of ill will. Jace barely bit back a sharp retort, but the other man’s smirk only grew at his silence. He peered around Jace.
        “Rebekah, what are you doing with this . . .” He glanced back to Jace and turned up his wide nose. “. . . half-blood?”
        Jace balled his fists. Warmth seeped down his arms and into his muscles, pulsing with the preparation for a fight, but he fought to still it.
        Rebekah came to his side, her face set in a frown that looked entirely out of place. “Stop it, Morden.”
        He gave her a condescending little grin. “Why don’t you run along? We’ve got business here.” The grin stretched wider. “I’ll gladly come find you later.”
        Rebekah put her hands on her hips, glaring at him, and opened her mouth to speak, but Jace beat her to it.
        “A gentleman would treat a lady with more consideration.”
        Morden snorted. “And what would you know about that?”
        A blaze erupted inside that Jace struggled to contain. He breathed in hard, cursing the impulses he had to battle so often. He couldn’t let it take control of him. Not again.
        “Come on, Jace, we still have to find something for Kalli.” Rebekah’s soft voice quieted his growing agitation, and she tugged lightly on his stiff arm.
        His blood still burned hot in his veins, calling him to action, and was almost too strong to resist. He thought of Rayad who told him time and again to go to Elôm when he struggled like this. He forced himself to turn away from Morden and whispered silently, “Elôm, I need help.”
        But Morden, who must have caught the movement of his lips just before he turned completely, let out an incredulous laugh. “Are you praying?”
        Jace froze. His heart thundered.
        “Who could you be praying to? Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
        An evil pang of doubt knifed through Jace’s heart, colder and more painful than the steel of any dagger, and robbed the breath from his lungs. His eyes settled on Rebekah’s face, but it was her pitying expression that caused the weak grip on his emotions to fail. Heat flared in his muscles. He spun around and smashed his fist into the side of Morden’s jaw, sending the man reeling. Regret followed, but it was too late. Morden’s friends caught him by the arms and steadied him as he shook his head to clear his vision.
        Jace dragged deep breaths into his tightened lungs and waited for Morden’s next move. Just walk away. The silent plea went out in desperation. If only it would just end here. But satisfaction lit Morden’s eyes, and his lip curled in a malicious sneer.

(Excerpt from Resistance ©2014 Jaye L. Knight. Used by permission.)

Giveaway!

In celebration of the epic cover reveal for Resistance, Jaye L. Knight is giving away two handcrafted bookmarks with sword charms—one each to two different winners! The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and you can enter via the Rafflecopter form below:

 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Is Finally Here

Maybe soon it will feel like spring. So sorry I have been quiet for so long. We really enjoyed having Jacob home for those ten days or so. But there were other things, some very stressful, all converging at once and in the time since he left, life has seemed to whirl up into the “perfect storm.” Finally, things are calming down, but I have been left exhausted in the wake.

38_beloved_202wSince it was due, I sat this morning and finished the library book I mentioned recently. [They were married, but he was presumed dead. He had been angry with a domineering father and simply left one day and never came back. Suddenly, years later he returns, needing a wife, intending to run for political office. Of course, though, it’s not quite that simple.] It was a good story, as were the two preceding it. At the end of each chapter of this third book, the author would finish with a past scene from years ago leading up to where the two main characters were at present, what brought them both to this point. It was an interesting way of telling the story. I didn’t follow very easily at first until I realized what the author was doing. I finally gave up trying to place the time and date, realizing it was not necessary to know, enough to realize that it was going in chronological order. I think I liked, Betrayal, the second book in the series, best. This author writes real characters who are not annoying, a criteria high on my list. I can’t say she is a favorite author though. The stories are interesting to me, compelling me to keep reading, but I can’t seem to feel either the characters or their emotions. For some reason they did not engage me.

Jacob, Molly, and I did go to see Divergent during spring break. I went very intrigued, very interested…and enjoyed myself from beginning to end. I absolutely loved it. Aside from loving and being very invested in Molly’s story, which she is classifying as clean New Adult, I am not a reader of YA fiction. I think the Hunger Games trilogy was my first real foray into that genre. But, while I am enjoying the Hunger Games movies, Divergent just seemed far and away more interesting to me. Believable and fascinating. I really liked this movie and look forward to reading the books.

Molly is going for another, long stomach-related procedure tomorrow. I just keep praying for answers, for the search to be over. It is so hard to watch her quality of life be so dismal sometimes. Living with frequent nausea must be so horrible. Sad smile Yet, she rallies and is so strong, and works so hard on this current book project, so close to publication in May. I helped her as much as I possibly could last week as she worked tirelessly to get her manuscript finalized and sent off to her editor. A pretty exciting time after writing and then working on this book for the last two years. So thankful there are blessings in the midst of gray days. Thank you, Lord Jesus! Smile