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Second Day | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Fighting the Promise by F. Allan RothSecond Day: Fight the Promise by F. Allen Roth

When the Chinese conquered America, the government gave up without a fight—but the people didn’t.

Church leaders had cautioned the people that the collapse of their nation was the fulfillment of an ancient prophetic promise from the Book of Mormon. Fighting against the occupation, they warned, would be the same as fighting against God’s righteous judgment on a nation ripened in iniquity. They warned that those who fought God’s judgment would be destroyed, while those who humbly submitted would survive.

But when war came to their home, Bishop Stuart Holliwell and his family found themselves torn in an epic struggle between freedom and faith, and between love of their country and love of their God.

About the Author

Second Day author RothF. Allan Roth writes fantasy novels and LDS fiction. He and his wife, Jerelyn, served in the New York Rochester Mission from June 2017 until July 2018. They currently live in Idaho. At last count, they have seven children, twenty-five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren (with one more “great” on the way).

He likes to fly fish on the South Fork of the Snake River. He ties his own flies and builds his own bamboo fly rods and wooden boats. He’s also an amateur mycologist, and enjoys hunting wild mushrooms and berries.

Grab your Second Day Giveaway

The second day giveaway is available at a third of its list price. Fighting the Promise is $0.99 on December 15 on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HY5KSQH/

First Day | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Heads up, my lovely readers! In honor of the Christmas season, for the next 12 days, I bring news of 12 free ebooks! These titles are only free for one day each, so grab them quick!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Ideal High by Valerie Ipson

first day: Ideal High by Valerie Ipson

a tragic fire
a grieving student body
a class vice president forced to read the names of the dead at a memorial

What a way to start a senior year…

Taryn’s decided there’s no way she’s taking her late boyfriend’s place as president of the student body. As soon as the memorial for him and six of their friends is over, she’s resigning as VP. Really.

Until someone scribbles a disturbing list on a bathroom wall: WHO DESERVED TO DIE IN THE FIRE? The bullied Tim Jenks’ name tops the list, but more are quickly added. Taryn knows what it means. To get to the truth she has to come out from under her paisley comforter where she spent all summer, and go from grieving girlfriend to leading the fight against lies and bullies.

But, seriously, what stage of grief says Taryn has to be the one to fix what’s wrong at Ideal High? Maybe she’s the one who’s broken.

Grab your First Day Giveaway

Ideal High is available for free on Amazon TODAY ONLY, December 14th:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U1Q0QO8

 

‘Tis the Season

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I wrote this whole long post about my 2016 NaNoWriMo experience, but I let it sit for a day and then decided that I didn’t like it. So, I offer you this silly tidbit instead, along with my apologies for my twisted sense of humor.

My brother’s family is doing homemade Christmas gifts this year. I think that’s a lovely endeavor, but it does require advanced planning, and you can probably guess what sort of gifts I might give if I had to make them myself.

(My artisanal cat sweater would be very tasteful, mind you. Not that I would recommend tasting it.)

Whatever your traditions this holiday season, may you feel the love of God in your life and reflect that love upon others. A little kindness goes a long way.

Too Many Irons in the Fire

An olive tree, just because.

An olive tree, just because.

For a plethora of reasons, I’m taking a mental health week. I’m not crazy, but I have too many deadlines and commitments to cram into my (currently) limited time, and this is the endeavor that drew the short straw.

The Adventures of Average Everygirl will return next Monday. (Maybe, haha. Something will be back next Monday, at least.)

For your viewing pleasure instead, here is a picture of an olive tree. Because it’s peaceful and I like it.

Happy Leap Day, everyone!

 

Literary Influences: Lloyd Alexander

“Melancholy men, they say, are the most incisive humorists; by the same token, writers of fantasy must be, within their own frame of work, hardheaded realists. What appears gossamer is, underneath, solid as prestressed concrete. What seems so free in fantasy is often inventiveness of detail rather than complicated substructure. Elaboration — not improvisation.” ~Lloyd Alexander, “The Flat-Heeled Muse”

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Sometimes, you just have to curl up with a blanket and a nice stack of books.

When it comes to fantasy, everyone has a starter series, right? That first set of books that gives you a glimpse of worlds beyond, that whets your appetite and cultivates your imagination: the starter series sets the bar for every series that follows. Is it better? Is it worse? Does it have similar themes? Similar characters? Similar plots? Similar settings? Does it evoke that same sense of wonder, or a greater sense of wonder, or does it leave the acrid taste of disappointment in your mouth?

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Literary Influences: L.M. Montgomery

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The Essential L.M. Montgomery Personal Libary (plus Jane of Lantern Hill, as a bonus)

Cynicism taints almost every facet of my life.  This may seem like an odd confession to make at the start of a literary influences post—especially one that focuses on the eternally optimistic works of L.M. Montgomery—but I feel like it has to be said. I acquired my cynicism by degrees from a pretty young age. By the sixth grade, I was a smart-mouthed, sarcastic, socially isolated 11-year-old. My only reliable friends were books (and with little wonder, given my temperament).

That was the year I met Anne of Green Gables.

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Literary Influences: Thomas Hardy

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Heaven forbid that any of Thomas Hardy’s characters should ever get a paper cut; they’d probably saw off the injured limb in response.

I feel kind of odd listing him as one of my literary influences. He’s more my template of “what not to do,” which is terrible, because he’s generally considered to be a good writer, and many of his works are counted among the classics. I’ll set the stage for my dislike, shall I?

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