Summer Travel – Where’d You go?

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Author Davis Bunn and I, look for an exclusive interview with him about a brand new project!

Hey Questers I hope you’ve been having a wonderful summer of fun and relaxation. My family spent a month in Illinois with our family and friends.

We also went to Atlanta for ICRS 2014 which is the premier conference for publishers, retailers, authors, artists, and anyone in the Christian Retail industry.

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While there we also caught glimpses of two movies in production. A car chase scene as well as a scene with six guys zip lining from the tops of two skyscrapers while firing guns! WHOA! At ICRS I got the chance to interview author Davis Bunn about a brand new project as well as share about the mission of Compassion International.

When we returned we spent the 4th of July in my hometown and watched the spectacular fireworks display they do each year. We also got to watch a great parade with everything from clowns, politicians, and firetrucks, to horses, tractors, lawn mowers, and a dog pulling a cart.

We visited Chicago for a few days and swam in Lake Michigan as well as ate at our favorite restaurant Rainforest Cafe. All in all it was a fun summer. So now I’d like to hear about what you did this summer, please share in the comments below!

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Summer Reading with Brock Eastman

 

 

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The Quest for Truth is an action packed series about four kids who find themselves on a quest to rediscover a truth long lost. They must rescue their parents and avoid being captured by the Ubel and Corsairs. It’s the best of sci-fi and action adventure taking your kids on a journey they won’t forget. Books 1 thru 3 are available now, as well as a short story about a character you’ll quickly love named Obbin, book 4 and 5 coming in 2015. Enjoy the Quest!


 

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Sages of Darkness

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Sages of Darkness will open your eyes to the battle between good and evil raging around you this very moment. Werewolves, swamp monsters, goblins, and vampires are some of the many dark demons Taylor must banish in his fight to protect the innocent around him. Book 1 is available now. Book 2 and 3 coming 2015.


 

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Wasted Wood. Does your town have any creepy legends, haunted houses? Hudson and his friends are dared to enter the Wasted Wood and get passed the legendary Tree Troll that lives within. What will they find?


 

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The Imagination Station series (Adventures in Odyssey) takes kids into the beloved world of Adventures in Odyssey and on exciting trips in the Imagination Station to explore Christian history. 18 books are planned so far. Start your journey now.


 

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Exciting feedback from the editors about Tangle

image001Two great messages in regards to Tangle from my editors. Lots of work to do, but the light at the end of the tunnel is BRIGHT! So read below and hopefully they excite you as much as me!

“I’m glowing after reading TANGLE, such a great story!!! Good spiritual motion in the characters’ lives.”

“Tangle is an ambitious book—perhaps the most ambitious book in the series thus far. The fourth installment in the Quest for Truth series travels to more places, features more characters, journeys on more spacecraft, employs more futuristic technological gadgets, and brings the various groups competing in the race to discover Ursprung in more clashes and face-offs than any other previous novel in the series. This book is exciting and fast-paced, and I think has the potential to be the best novel in the series.”

 

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Do you enjoy what I write?

LogoPlease do me a favor then, go to the Indie Bound Store Locator and find at least two local stores near you. Then call them, stop in, or email them and ask them to carry one or all of my books! If you do this let me know and I’ll mail you a handy dandy bookmark! You can easily send them to this link for all my books.

To claim your bookmark just email me your address information so I can send it out to you. If you’d rather I can send you a signed bookplate instead. You can email me here thequestfortruthbooks (at) gmail (d0t) com.

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Reading List and Reading Challenge

It’s summer and you might be trying to figure out what to read. I know some of you anticipated reading Tangle this summer and I apologize that it didn’t get out on time. This author missed his deadline, but you will be getting it soon, because it’s turned in now. CELEBRATION MUSIC AND FIREWORKS (where legal of course.) But you may want to brush up on Taken, Risk, and Unleash so you’re ready for Tangle when it comes out.

Now since you won’t be reading Tangle I thought it’d be best if I provided some other great options to fill your summer reading time. I’ve created a list below of some great books, be sure to check out the interviews or Q&As I did with some of the authors as well.  If you’re looking for something I wrote but you haven’t read yet, check the Author Store for signed copied and title information.

Know of a great book not on my list? Share it below in the comments so I can check it out.

 

My Summer Reading List:


Dreamtreaders (Dreamtreaders)

Product DetailsBook #1 in a trilogy from fantasy author Wayne Thomas Batson explores the concept of dreams and their effects on us.

People are fascinated by dreams, and the Bible has a great deal to say about them. From Jacob’s dream of the heavenly stairway in Genesis 28 to angels visiting Joseph during dreams in Matthew 1 to the Apostle John’s “waking dream” from which he obtained the book of Revelation—dreams have been powerful ingredients of God’s plan as revealed through Scripture.

Fourteen-year-old Archer Keaton discovers he has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord, who wreaks chaos in the Dream World. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.

 

Rigby Thames, the new kid from England, builds a suspicious rock star-like following at Dresden High School a little too quickly. Even Archer’s best friend and confidant, Kara Windchil, seems taken in by the cool guy with the wild blond hair, which definitely rubs Archer the wrong way. Archer must face two foes in two worlds, but he cannot succeed alone. Archer sets off to find other dreamtreaders in a desperate attempt to defeat the enemy terrorizing his friends and family.


One Realm Beyond (Realm Walkers)

 

 

Product DetailsCantor D’Ahma waited his whole life for this day. Born with a gift to jump between worlds, the young realm walker is finally ready to leave his elderly mentor and accept his role as protector and defender of the realms. But mere hours after he steps through his first portal, Cantor discovers that his job will be more dangerous and difficult than he ever imagined. The realms are plagued with crime and cruelty, and even members of the once-noble Realm Walkers Guild can no longer be trusted. To make matters worse, his first assignment—finding a dragon to assist him on his quest—has led him to Bridger, who is clearly inept and won’t leave him alone. With the help of his new friends Bixby and Dukmee, Cantor must uncover the secrets of the corrupt guild before they become too powerful to be stopped. But his skills aren’t progressing as fast as he would like, and as he finds himself deeper and deeper in the guild’s layers of deceit, Cantor struggles to determine where his true allegiance lies.

 

 


Crater TrueBlood (Helium-3)

Product DetailsA kidnapped lunar heiress. A deranged-science syndicate. An imminent asteroid impact. Crater Trueblood has more to rescue than just his ex-girlfriend . . . namely the entire human race.

Maria Medaris is the 21-year-old matriarch of the most powerful family on the moon. She is gorgeous, she is powerful, and she is high maintenance. But when Maria is kidnapped by purple-faced, gene-splicing scientists in league with her father, her only hope is the very man she once spurned: Crater Trueblood.

Much more than Maria is at stake: the planet Earth, majestically rising over the lunar horizon, is in the crosshairs of an asteroid engineered by Maria’s abductors. If Crater can’t stop it, then Earth faces a dinosaur-style collision. And humanity faces an extinction-level event.

Along with Crescent, his fiercely loyal, bioengineered she-warrior, Crater and the Lunar Rescue Company must come to Maria’s rescue—before she joins forces with the brainiac lunatics who have taken her hostage . . . and who want to make her queen.

Can Maria finally look beyond her own selfish love of power? Can Crescent overcome her jealous attachment to Crater? Can Crater rescue his former fiancée and divert the apocalyptic asteroid in a single day?

The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance . . . and the clock is ticking.


Revolutionary (Anomaly)

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Back in the hands of the State after months aboveground, Thalli, Berk, Alex, and Kristie find themselves caught in a horrible game of power . . . with consequences reaching farther than they ever imagined.

After months in New Hope and Athens, Thalli had almost forgotten what living in the State was like. Programmed to be without emotions or curiosity, she was always an anomaly there. Too emotional. Too curious. Citizens of the State should behave exactly the way the Scientists designed them to behave: working in their assigned fields, maintaining productivity.

Thalli’s entire genetically engineered generation has been eradicated by a scientocracy that believes human life is expendable. Now, a pawn in a mad game of manipulation, held hostage and tortured in the name of the State, Thalli can barely summon the strength to hope that the future of humanity could be any better.

She clings to her new faith in the Designer. But when Thalli discovers that even the surviving aboveground villages are in danger of State domination, her fragile faith begins to crumble.

As Thalli, Berk, and Alex make plans to overthrow the evil Dr. Loudin, a chilling secret explains why they have been left alive at all . . . a personal secret that will haunt Thalli forever. And as she struggles with this new truth, she also struggles with decisions of the heart.

Can the State’s expansion be stopped? Or will humanity—above and below the surface—be irreparably damaged?  Thalli is faced with a purpose both overwhelming and undeniable: to assume the role of a Revolutionary.


 

Truth Runner (Son of Angels, Jonah Stone)

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Faced with unparalleled grief, will Jonah return to Elohim?

Parents are looking for fiction that makes Christianity exciting for their kids. This series is the first Christian answer to Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles, the Secret Series, and other middle grade series packed with action and adventure. But the message is solidly based in Scripture, conveying that God is always in control.

It has been a trying six months for Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah Stone. They have been grieving over the loss of their nephilim mother, who was murdered by Abaddon’s forces. As part angels, the siblings have been in school with other children of nephilim to hone their special powers

In Truth Runner, Jonah has left Angel School and attempts to forget Elohim’s calling by moving back to his hometown and starting high school as a “normal” kid. But Jonah can still see fallen angels—and the evil they’re doing. When Jonah realizes the Fallen are attacking his friends without their knowledge, he is faced with a choice: continue to ignore it and forge his own path, or remember who he really is and fight for his friends.

As Jonah’s story begins to resemble his Biblical character’s namesake, will he turn back to Elohim’s path for his life?


 

Remnants: Season of Wonder (Remnants)

Product DetailsOur coming was foretold by the elders— Those who would change the future, just as the planet teetered on the edge of darkness.

Born on the prophesied day with birthmarks in the form of a crescent moon, they knew us immediately. Swaddled and screaming, we were spirited away by those who hid us, trained us, and kept us safe until our time came.

They poured their lives into us. Some died to save us.

And now we, the Remnants, protected by Knights of the Last Order, have gathered.

Called until we breathe our last … to save the world.


 

Outcasts (The Safe Lands)

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In Outcasts, the second book in Jill Williamson’s Safe Lands series, Levi finds himself not only the leader of Glenrock’s remaining people but also the head of a new rebel force called the Messengers, intent on unmasking the Safe Lands’ lies. At the same time, Mason uncovers secrets that may be more dangerous than he ever imagined. Meanwhile, Omar decides to take matters into his own hands.

 

 

 

 


 

MindWar (Mindwar)

Product DetailsWhen Rick lost the ability to run, he came one step closer to becoming a hero.

New High Score! New Record Time!

Rick nodded with grim satisfaction. He laid the game controller aside on the sofa and reached for his crutches.

Rick Dial was the best quarterback Putnam Hills High School had ever seen. Unflappable. Unstoppable. Number 12. But when a car accident left him crippled, Rick’s life as he knew it ended. He disavowed his triumphant past. He ignored his girlfriend. He disappeared into his bedroom—and into the glowing video screen.

But Rick’s uncanny gaming skills have attracted attention. Dangerous attention. Government agents have uncovered a potentially devastating cyber-threat: a Russian genius has created a digital reality called the Realm, from which he can enter, control, and disrupt American computer systems . . . from transportation to defense. The agents want Rick, quick-thinking quarterback and gaming master, to enter the Realm and stop the madman—before he sends America into chaos.

Entering the Realm will give Rick what he thought he’d never have again: a body as strong and fast as it was before the accident. But this is no game, there are no extra lives, and what happens to Rick in the Realm happens to Rick’s body in reality.

Even after Rick agrees to help, he can’t shake the sense that he’s being kept in the dark. Why would a government agency act so aggressively? Can anyone inside the Realm be trusted? How many others have entered before him . . . and failed to return?

In the tradition of Ender’s Game and The MatrixMindWar is a complex thriller about a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers a hidden gift—a gift that could make him a hero . . . or cost him everything.

 

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Family Fiction Edge

If you didn’t know I’m a columnist over at Family Fiction Edge. I have the pleasure of interviewing and writing articles on authors in the speculative, sci-fi, and fantasy markets, as well as the YA market. If you have an upcoming book you want reviewed or an author you want to see interviewed, comment here. I’ll do my best to make it happen. You can checkout my latest interviews with James Rubart, Wayne Thomas Batson, Ronie Kendig, Jerel Law, Steve Laube, and Anne Elisabeth Stengl at the links below:

January Issue flipbook or pdf download is HERE 

March Issue flipbook or pdf download is HERE

April Issue flipbook or pdf download is HERE

May Issue flipbook or pdf download is HERE

June Issue flipbook or pdf download is HERE

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Help me choose! Wasted Wood Audiobook

I need your help. Please listen to the samples below and then comment which is your favorite. Both narrators bring their own unique voice and talent. I don’t think I can go wrong, but I want your thoughts. One of these will likely end up producing the full Wasted Wood audio book.

Sample 1: Listen to Geoff

Sample 2: Listen to Brandon

 

 

 

 

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Just Write!

Unleash TeaserI meet lots of well-intending kids and adults who want to write. They have a great idea for a story they’ve been working on. I ask them, “How many words (or pages) do you have written?” The answer to often is, “None.” So next I challenge them to start writing, “Just get your idea on paper.” It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just babble your thoughts into a rough first draft.

I can’t imagine how many wonderful stories never make it from mind to paper, just because the writer wants it to be perfect first, they need to research, perfect their writing skill, brainstorm the story some more, etc, etc. Perfect (or nearly, because let’s face it we’re not perfect) comes later, it certainly doesn’t start with the first draft of the book. That’s why they often call it a “Rough” draft. Look up the word rough quick. And don’t fret, many rounds of editing lay ahead of you and your editor, so don’t worry about perfection now. You’re going to have plenty of time to work your typing fingers to the bone.

If it’s your very first book, don’t even worry about the grammar or format. Just write! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! You may end up completely ditching the entire first set of chapters, change the concept entirely, or abandon the project all together and that is okay. The key is, you will have taken a crucial step closer to becoming published than 99% of those who have a “Really great idea for a book.”

My story is similar to what I’m talking about. I didn’t go to college with the plan to become an author. I went and got a degree in marketing which has served me well. The writing thing just sort of happened (Well not really because I truly believe God has a clear plan for each of us.) And I’ll tell you a big secret, while my first written down idea did turn into The Quest for Truth, it’s no where near what it originally was. The Quest for Truth started out as a story about four missionary kids on a houseboat in Africa, set in our current time. The kids parents were indeed kidnapped, but there’s no Übel, no Phoenix, and no space travel. But writing those first chapters, the outline, the idea down, got me started. It was a huge first step and it made the “idea” real for the first time ever. It began to take form, come to life if you will.

So I want to encourage you first and foremost, “Just write!” Write word after word after word after word until you’ve gotten your idea down. Then go back an revise, things will start to come alive for you as well. You’ll see where the story is going, where it could go. You’ll learn what characters you love and find some who won’t ever make it into the book (Sorry about that.) So what are you waiting for?  Take the idea you’ve been thinking about and get it on paper. You know the one I’m talking about. After all it’s in your mind. I look forward to reading your name on the New York Time’s Bestseller list soon, and if you don’t mind (wink wink) drop an acknowledgement in there about the post that inspired you to just get your story down.

You’ll find once you’ve taken this crucial step, a one hundred thousand word manuscript seems like an ant hill. Okay that might be an exaggeration.

 

 

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Summer Reading Challenge and Free Book

First let me ask you, do you know of any local library, school, or church summer reading challenges in your community? If you do would you mind suggesting they add The Quest for Truth to the reading challenge? A simple phone call or email to your librarian or teacher is all it takes and while you’re talking to them ask if they carry books from The Quest for Truth. They can order them through regular distribution channels, or they can order signed copies directly from me.

If books from The Quest for Truth are added to the local reading challenge*, send me an email with the information for the challenge (Website, eblast) or a picture of the flyer the books are included on. Then I’ll do two things, I’ll include you in the acknowledgements for an upcoming book and I’ll send you a copy of either Waster Wood or Coming Storm.

You can help get The Quest for Truth into the hands of others, and if you’ve enjoyed the series then your friends and neighbors will too! At least I hope so!

 

*Reading challenge has to be hosted by a public entity like a church, library, community center, school, or the like. Feel free to ask me if you’re not sure if it counts.

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From Adventures in Odyssey to Compassion International

th I have officially taken a new role with Compassion International and am very excited about this new journey. I am sad to be leaving Focus on the Family and my beloved Adventures in Odyssey, but after a lot of prayer and conversations with my family and trusted friends, Ashley and I know this to be the right choice for our family’s future. Yes, I love Adventures in Odyssey and my role as Odyssey Adventure Club producer has been a blessing, a dream job for sure. Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey have given me so much, and I have met and worked with many amazing people. But the truth is, my family and our future as a family is always the focus of the decisions Ashley and I make, and this new role allows our family to have a lifestyle we’ve been wanting. I will be a Regional employee so I work from home, we can live anywhere in the US we want to (No COS friends we aren’t leaving), or work from anywhere in the US for extended periods of time. There will be travel that we can do as a family, and we look forward to this new chapter in our life.Odyssey_Adventure_Club_LOGO_CMYK We often have to look back to see the amazing things God did or is doing in our lives or how He has been preparing us for something all along, this job is that sort of story. And in ways beyond my expectation he’s been confirming the decision was the right one. I’ve needed this, because I have been having a hard time of letting go (No I’m not breaking into a Disney song). Who wouldn’t have a hard time, being the OAC producer is an amazing job, an amazing opportunity. But I always try taking control, putting everything within my hands to craft what I want. I learned this last fall when it came to giving, and giving willingly and freely, that everything is better when you trust God and remain obedient to Him. So yes I am leaving an awesome job, but I feel strongly that God is taking our family to something greater. His plans are always better than ours.

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