Writing Christian Fiction: What Makes a Good Story?

Writing Christian Fiction: What Makes a Good Story?

Writing Christian fiction is a fine line between telling a good story and sharing a message of faith. So, what makes for a good story? Read on to discover what I have learned about weaving my faith into the stories I create.

One Crazy Month

One Crazy Month

So...I wrote a book. That's not really news anymore, but it actually released thirty days ago! I'm still in awe at the fact that there is a novel out there with MY name on it. 

Book Trailer for Children of the Forgotten!

Hey guys! Sorry for the silence lately. I've started a new job as a teacher and my writing time has been seriously sabotaged!! I do hope you'll forgive me, as I'm trying as hard as I can to keep up with all that comes with putting a book out there while trying to keep my head above water with work and family.

To make it up to you, I have a small gift. We may still have 12 days before the release of CotF, but I have something to tide us over until the big day. 

Here it is!

Well...whadya think? I'm very happy with it and I hope it tides you over until release day on November 15th!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Join my Launch Team!

Things are getting real. Advanced reader copies of Children of the Forgotten will be here within 1-2 weeks!

That means I need to get ready for a book launch, which I've never done before. So, I figured--instead of googling it real quick and diving in--I'd ask you for help!

I've been on launch teams before and they are a blast! You don't have to be an author or a blogger to be a part of this exclusive team either. I'll let you know the requirements to be on the team in a few, but first... 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In a post-apocalyptic world, most people by age thirty have succumbed to The Sickness, a mysterious deadly illness. But the Sickness is not the only enemy for Collin Mann’s city. Hordes of deranged killers live in the hills around it. With few trained protectors, the future of the little city looks bleak.

Collin, fifteen years old, buries those the Sickness consumes. Slight and awkward, he shuns warrior training, avoiding the example of his big brother and guardian.

When killers attack at the watering hole, he’s called to step forward and defend. Instead, he freezes.

He’s ashamed. His people need him to fight. Can he do it? Or would a clumsy person like himself make any difference in the battle for existence?

A little quote from the book.

A little quote from the book.

TEAM MEMBER BENEFITS:

  • An advanced reader copy of Children of the Forgotten (electronic version) as soon as it's ready!
  • Insider book secrets! (After you've read it)
  • Exclusive access to the CotF Launch Team Facebook Group!
  • The opportunity to interact and brainstorm with other book lovers!
  • Book swag!
  • A personal, and special, thank you from me!
And another one...

And another one...

TEAM MEMBER REQUIREMENTS:

  • In order to join the team, all team members must commit to read Children of the Forgotten and write an honest book review (no matter how many stars) on Amazon, Goodreads, and your blog (if you have one).  
  • Team members must be willing to work together to share the word on CotF's launch any way they can, whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I'll ask you to post something 2-3 times a week in the lead-up to release day.
  • Interact with each other and come up with creative ideas for the launch, whether it be quote images, a blog tour, or a Facebook party, etc.
  • Though being a blogger isn't a requirement, if a team member has a blog I'll ask them to consider posting an interview with me or a guest blog.

I do hope you'll consider being a part of the team and I'm excited to get this thing rolling! I only have room for 20 members, though, and we need to get to work soon, so the deadline to sign up is Saturday, August 12th! Don't miss out!

You can sign up using the form below!

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Thanks so much for considering being a part of the team and I hope to get the chance to make this journey with you!

Blessings!

Charles

 

CHILDREN OF THE FORGOTTEN: COVER REVEAL

CHILDREN OF THE FORGOTTEN: COVER REVEAL

It has been a long, hard road getting to this point. I was beginning to think the cover for Children of the Forgotten was doomed to spend eternity in some dark drawer, never to find itself wrapped around 300+ pages of story. But we're finally here. Well ... for the cover reveal, anyway. I'm hoping to have a release date for the novel soon!

June Christian Book Box

There are some really great books, written by some of the kindest authors you will ever meet, in the Christian Book Box this month. I haven't done this before, but I though it was time I gave a little info about the books in each giveaway so you'll have a better idea of what you're winning. So, here are the six books in this month's box and a little about them.

They said she was a monster. Now she has become one.

Imprisoned, Elwyn endures torture so horrific she drives herself insane to elude true madness. She finally escapes, but at the deadly cost of the only remaining friend she has. Now, unless her broken mind is playing another cruel trick, she discovers she is turning into the monster she despises most of all. Amidst fighters and fairies, demons and dragons, traitors wear the face of friend as she searches for the lost fragments of her mind.

Elwyn is the only one mad enough to face the Monster of the Kings, but she is more likely to destroy herself before even finding him.

You can learn more about the author, Just B. Jordan HERE.

Her solo is a death sentence. 

Deep within the world of Leira flows a melody that was sung at the beginning of time by Emhran, the Master Singer. Now it is broken, buried, forgotten. But in each generation, a Songkeeper arises to uphold the memory of the Song against those who want it silenced forever.

When Birdie first hears the Song coming from her own mouth, her world shatters. She is no longer simply an orphan but the last of a hunted people. Forced to flee for her life, she must decide whom to trust--a traveling peddler, a streetwise thief, or a mysterious creature who claims to know her past.

With enemies at her heels and war threatening to tear her homeland apart, Birdie soon discovers an overwhelming truth: the fate of Leira may hinge on one orphan's Song.

You can learn more about the author, Gillian Bronte Adams, HERE.

With a curse, she will build an army. With the dagger, she will undo the last sacrifice. But first the sorceress must find the secret keeper.

Torn from her homeland and thrust into a betrothal against her wishes, Ayianna learns her family has a deadly secret that now has her on the run. She joins forces with Kael, an embittered half-elf, and Saeed, an elderly High Guardian, to seek answers to her father’s death, the destruction of Dagmar, and the plains people’s bizarre behavior.

Ayianna discovers there is more at stake here than just her mother’s disappearance and her familial duty to her betrothed. The sorceress has cursed the plains people, and it is a race against time to release them before the sorceress resurrects an ancient evil.

You can learn more about the author, J.L. Mbewe, HERE.

Willoughby has an itch he can’t reach. An itch he can’t scratch. Not just a little itch, a TERRIBLY ITCHY ITCH. Nothing he does will make it go away. What can a dragon do when he has an itch he can’t reach? He calls for help, of course! See how some unlikely friends get together to relieve Willoughby of his terribly itchy itch.

Willoughby is a young, somewhat clumsy, gentle dragon who is learning to live and interact with friends from the the Land of Dern. In this picture book series for ages 4-8, Willoughby learns about friendship, getting along with creatures different from himself, and discovers he can do things he never thought he could.

Learn more about the author, Pam Halter, HERE.

Psionic healing. Psionic combat. Inside the mind, there's a landscape like glass.

Thomas McCrady, a telepathic negotiator from Haidar Station in Earth orbit, is faced with his biggest challenge yet when he is sent to broker peace with only a rookie partner to help him. Worse, she's the doctor he blames for the death of his last partner.

Calla Geisman's telepathy is not the same as a standard Haidarian's. Some people think she's a waste of space. Some people want her dead. But she's assigned to go with Thomas to Ologo anyway, and must gain his respect before she can play her part in the war's end.

Learn more about the author, Cindy Koepp, HERE

Two hundred years ago, the Aolanian home world exploded and a remnant of survivors escaped. As their convoy combed the galaxy looking for a new world to colonize, they discovered Earth and were given permission to establish a temporary base while they continued their search for a new home world. When an Aolanian exploration vessel goes missing after transmitting a garbled distress call, the uneasy alliance between the humans and the Aolanians is put to the test as two anti-Aolanian groups jockey to use this opportunity to press their own agendas by foiling the rescue mission. Because his daughter was onboard the Kesha when it vanished, Calonti Sora reluctantly signs on as an astrogator with the Gyrfalcon, one of the ships in the search party. There he meets up with an old human friend, Kirsten Abbott. Together, they work to overcome prejudice and political plots as they race toward an enemy no one could expect.

Again, you can learn more about Cindy Koepp HERE.

Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter if you haven't already. I have a short story coming soon that is exclusive to subscribers and I just may FINALLY reveal the cover for my novel, Children of the Forgotten, soon!

The May #ChristianBookBox is Live!

Greetings! Many of you know that Mandy Fender and I do a giveaway that we call the Christian Book Box. Each month, we've given away a box of awesome Christian books to the winner and the contest has been growing and growing since we started it in October!

And now, instead of teaming up to give away one box each month, we're both giving one away. So head on over to Mandy's page and sign up for hers, too!

In addition to some great books, we also include goodies like bookmarks, notepads, journals, stickers, and a personal note from either me or Mandy, or sometimes both of us! We know a lot of people are avid readers, so I hope you'll share this blog so more people can find out about it. There aren't a lot of contests where you can win such great content for doing something as little as signing up for a newsletter. So please, share away. And sign up! You just might win!

And I know many of you are also waiting for a cover reveal and a release date. I'll be sharing the cover in my newsletter soon, so if you haven't signed up for it, do so now!

We are literally down to just a few pages left to edit, so I'm certain we'll have a release date very soon. Thanks so much for being patient with me. Hopefully I'll have all this figured out by the time we get ready to release book two!

Oh...I've been a little let down that I haven't seen much about this movie and it's coming out soon! Maybe she doesn't need a lot of hype, though. I mean...it's Wonder Woman!

Enjoy!

I hope this blog finds you well and that you're feeling God's love and comfort each day. If you're not, and you're struggling, let us know how we can pray for you in the comments. And if you don't want to share publicly, contact me and I'll lend an ear.

Blessings!

Charles

Thor Is Back!

I know I haven't blogged in a while, and I apologize. Writing and edits have had a lot to do with my absence, so I hope you'll forgive me. Things are getting really close to being finished and I hope to announce the cover and release date for Children of the Forgotten  (aka CotF) soon!

Until then, bear with me and my periods of silence. CotF has gone through such a transformation throughout these edits and I am SO happy with what it has become. I cannot wait to get it out to you!

While we wait on it, I think it'll be fun to check out some of the movies that will be coming out soon. I shared the Justice League trailer a while back and I'm stoked about that one.

 

But ... when it comes to super heroes, there are a couple that I get really pumped to see. And two of those characters happen to be in Thor Ragnarok. Thor, of course ... and ... the Hulk. 

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I've always been intrigued by Thor's world, his family's history, and that shady brother of his. As for the Hulk, well, he never gets enough face time. Maybe that's because he's CGI and it costs millions of dollars to bring him to life ... but ... that's not my problem! 

We need more Hulk! No matter the cost!

Anyway ... 21 million people have already watched it. And you probably have too. But I'm still going to share it because it looks awesome! Enjoy!

Oh! I'm doing a Christian Book Box again this month, but it's solely being done on Twitter for April. So click on my Twitter link at the bottom of the site and check out the books in this month's box. Oh, and enter to win too! 

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