Marvelous (The Books of Marvella #1) – Travis Thrasher
May07

Marvelous (The Books of Marvella #1) – Travis Thrasher

Things are about to change in Brandon’s life. If not for the better, than for the weirder. He has two younger brothers; a mom who works all the time to support the family; and an alcoholic, abusive, unemployed father. Life could be better. Oh, and he recently let a friend borrow his car and that friend totaled it, leaving him carless, needing two summer jobs to pay for the totaled car, and under the wrath of his father. Life could...

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The Advocate – Randy Singer

When I was in high school, history was the only class I ever did poorly in. I struggled to remember names, facts, and dates that floated independently in my mind, taken out of any overarching chronology rather than put into a historical context. But put those names and dates into a story—give characters faces, relationships, loves, lives—and I am utterly engrossed. Randy Singer has done a stunning job with his latest masterpiece, The...

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Interview with Anne Elisabeth Stengl | Tales of Goldstone Wood
May04

Interview with Anne Elisabeth Stengl | Tales of Goldstone Wood

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe Bio Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University The Books As readers of the site...

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Goddess Tithe (A Goldstone Wood Novella #1) – Anne Elisabeth Stengl
May03

Goddess Tithe (A Goldstone Wood Novella #1) – Anne Elisabeth Stengl

All stowaways must be sacrificed to Risafeth, dragon goddess of the sea. Leo didn’t know that when he stowed away on Captain Sunan’s trading vessel. Really, all he was thinking about was the wrath of the Duke of Shippening that he was escaping. Sunan should have tossed him overboard, but the captain was aware of why Leo was running and willing to face the wrath of Risafeth to keep him safe. Weighing in at 130 pages, Goddess Tithe is...

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Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood #6) – Anne Elisabeth Stengl
May02

Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood #6) – Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Up until this point in the Tales of Goldstone Wood, I would perfectly comfortable saying that you could read any novel as a standalone story, then retreat to the previous books. But Shadow Hand is different. It’s not that you must know of previous events in order to appreciate the storyline, it’s simply that the story is so complex and references so much that’s gone on before that you cannot fully appreciate the novel without some...

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Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood #5) – Anne Elisabeth Stengl
May01

Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood #5) – Anne Elisabeth Stengl

I have a confession. I dislike fantasy novels. Especially Christian fantasy novels. Well, let me clarify. Because of the popularity of the Lord of the Rings (and Hobbit) movie franchises as well as the enduring power of The Chronicles of Narnia, the majority of Christian fantasy novels reads like a LotR meets TCoN fanfic. Allegory is overdone, imagery is overwrought, characters are stereotyped, plot devices are tropes…basically, even...

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