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If you do, drop by www.FaithfulReader.com for plenty of chances to win free books. Read the excerpts, read the reviews, look at the great cover art….and be sure to click on my newest release, Living in Harmony. FaithfulReader is giving away 75 copies of my Living in Harmony. That’s right–seventy-five copies! Sounds like just about anybody who wants one can get one. But go to their website and follow the directions carefully under the blurb for Living in Harmony. Leaving a comment here will not count for their contest. Don’t forget I’m giving away 10 free copies of Living in Harmony on August 15th to 10 lucky newsletter subscribers.

But be sure to sign up for the FaithfulReader.com newsletter too. They’re giving away free books all the time! Now, go pour yourself something cold to drink and curl up with a good book. I need to get back to work.

Happy reading!

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Happy Monday readers,

I just got back from riding my bike with my husband. That’s right…riding my bike, at my age! We are determined to get more exercise so we don’t have to go buy all new clothes. I do believe we should have started earlier in the day. Quite hot and humid here in Ohio. Anyhow, drop by this blog and post a comment after the review of Living in Harmony. Will be giving away a free copy of Living in Harmony at the end of the week. Good luck and here’s the link:

Have a good week and stay cool.

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Happy Friday, readers! Feels good to be at the end of a short week. Don’t you love a holiday smack in the center? Today marks the first of many giveaways of my new book, Living in Harmony. Please drop by Peggy Blann Phifer’s blog and leave a comment. You’ll be entered in a drawing to win one of two free copies. Drawing in one week. And stay cool, readers. here’s the link:

http://www.whispersinpurple.com/2012/07/living-in-harmony-by-mary-ellis.html?showComment=1341585683322#c6469501043160992181

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Today I am featuring a new Christian fantasy by debut author, Janalyn Voigt. Here’s a little about her book DawnSinger:

The High Queen is dying… At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens. But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes. On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing—and the salvation he offers—into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

I asked Janalyn a few questions to introduce her to my readers: Your book reveals a variety of issues to do with–freedom. One is the sacrifice of freedom. Can you think of an example from your own life of a time when you had to put something you loved aside for the greater good, so others could experience a greater freedom?

In our world today we tend to focus on rights rather than responsibilities. And yet, living a life of honor sometimes requires sacrificing what we want for the greater good. It’s almost a foreign concept in our world today but on a gut level, we still understand nobility. Shae’s struggle to accept her calling mirrors the decision each believer makes. Freedom is never truly free, especially when we win it for others. On a personal level, I had to surrender my ideas about my writing and even my desire to live a normal life in order to write DawnSinger. In many ways, Shae’s journey is my own.

DawnSinger adeptly addresses the issue of prejudice. What example from your own life caused you to have these enlightened insights? My father was a half-breed Native American who was orphaned and on his own at fourteen. Besides the dislike of prejudice he gave me through the stories he told about his life (and sometimes what he didn’t say), I’ve always had an innate sense of fairness. I seem to have inherited my father’s mantle.

Prejudice stands in the way of unity. What other issues keep us from living in unity, and how can addressing these issues expand      the Kingdom of God? Prejudice comes in many forms, and it’s not always about skin color. We can become so focused on our will and our way within the Body of Christ that we limit what God can accomplish through us. Christ is the only door through which we can be saved. That is the unifying statement for all denominations. If we focus on that together, we can overcome a dark world with the light of unity.

What word of encouragement can you give our readers as they seek to live out their own purpose? How might they discover an      even deeper sense of freedom as they operate in their strengths and giftedness? Live the right dream. It’s hard enough to do what you were called to in this life, let alone something you weren’t. This is a soap-box passion of mine. So many of us never examine our lives. A person can be successful at the wrong thing because it doesn’t matter so there’s no fear of the risks. But that’s not really living. When we step out of the comfort zone and risk what matters to us most, then our dreams can come true.  What that looks like for each of us is different, and that’s the beauty of it.

Janalyn Voigt’s epic fantasy trilogy, Tales of Faeraven, starting with DawnSinger, is published by Harbourlight Books. Janalyn also writes in the western romance genre. She is represented by Barbara Scott of Wordserve Literary. Her nonfiction publication credits include Focus on the Family, Scripture Press (now David C. Cook) and Pentecostal Evangel. She serves as a literary judge for several national contests and is an active book reviewer. Her memberships include ACFW and NCWA. Janalyn lives in a quiet corner of the Pacific Northwest, where she discovers worlds of adventure in the great outdoors. DawnSinger is available from www.Harbourlightbooks.com and www.amazon.com

 

CREATING WORLDS OF BEAUTY AND DANGER  Website: http://janalynvoigt.com

Creative Worlds: http://janalynvoigt.com/blog

Sounds great, no? I hope you’ll drop by her website and post a comment. And be sure to order a copy of DawnSinger which releases on Tuesday. Stay cool readers…. Mary

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