I hope you’ll join me in welcoming debut author, Janayn Voigt

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

Another week, another chance to win a free book!

Happy Tuesday, folks. Yesterday I was still recoving from a get-away weekend with hubby and friends where we walked our legs off at the Sternwheel Festival in Marieta, Ohio. We got to ride on the paddlewheel boat the “Valley Gem” in the big race! And of course, the boat I was on won! Was there any doubt? It was a perfect day on the Ohio River and a great time was had by one and all. A big thanks to Joni who actually won these tickets in a drawing but gave them to hubby and myself so she could hurry home to see her new grandson, Nolan.

For onto the business of the day: Everybody loves a chance to win something, no? Be sure to drop by the blog of fellow writer, Janalyn Voitgt, and post a comment following my interview. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered in the drawing for a free copy of A Marriage for Meghan. But please hurry, the drawing is on Thursday. Have a great week, and enjoy these last days of summer. Listen for the birds…they’re starting their fall migration from Canada to the South. I heard them overhead yesterday. here’s the link to enter the contest: http://novelbooks.org/2011/09/12/author-interview-mary-ellis/