Introducing A Hero’s Throne

A Hero’s Throne by Ross Lawhead

hero's throne lawheadGenre: Fantasy

Description

“Knights of Ennor—the time has come to awake. Rise up to fulfill your secret oath and sacred duty.”

The Ancient Earth Trilogy No.2

Deep beneath the streets of England lies another realm . . . one few in our modern world know exists. Daniel and Freya, however, know it all too well. Eight years ago, these friends first journeyed through portals into the hidden land of Niðergeard—discovering a city filled with stones, secrets, and sleeping knights that serve to protect the world they call home.

But Niðergeard has fallen to dark forces, overrun by its enemies. Gates are being opened between the worlds that should have been kept closed. The battle lines for the war at the end of time have been drawn, and opposing forces are starting to gather.

Having served for centuries as the first and last outpost at the borders to other worlds, Niðergeard must be reclaimed and the mystery of its fall discovered. Daniel and Freya, along with an ancient knight and a Scottish police officer, must return to the legendary city, rally the surviving citizens, and awaken the sleeping knights—knights who are being killed, one by one, as they sleep.

But time is running out faster than they know.

What others are saying

“There is plenty of action, and lots of chapter cliffhangers that kept me reading. I loved the very fantastical, yet allegoricalness of this book, because the allegory doesn’t pop right out at you the first page of the book, it grows and takes form as you read.”—Faye, Amazon reviewer

“Ross Lawhead has done a great job of taking lots of old British mythology and weaving all of them into his novel. There is much to learn about Nidergeard and the sleeping knights who are there to protect it when the need arises.This is a page turning thriller as the war of light against darkness rages. In these pages there is much to learn of mythology and, I think, Mr. Lawhead has taught us well.”—Vic G., Barnes & Noble reviewer

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Introducing Truth Runner

Truth Runner by Jerel Law

1400322871_bGenre
middle grade fantasy (ages 9-12)
Son of Angels series

Description
It has been a trying six months for Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah Stone. They have been grieving over the loss of their nephilim mother, who was murdered by Abaddon’s forces. As part angels, the siblings have been in school with other children of nephilim to hone their special powers

In Truth Runner, Jonah has left Angel School and attempts to forget Elohim’s calling by moving back to his hometown and starting high school as a “normal” kid. But Jonah can still see fallen angels—and the evil they’re doing. When Jonah realizes the Fallen are attacking his friends without their knowledge, he is faced with a choice: continue to ignore it and forge his own path, or remember who he really is and fight for his friends.

As Jonah’s story begins to resemble his Biblical character’s namesake, will he turn back to Elohim’s path for his life?

What others are saying
“Quarter-angel Jonah Stone re-enacts the tale of his biblical namesake in the latest of an evangelical fiction series aiming for Percy Jackson–style adventure. Grief-stricken by his mother’s murder, Jonah ditches the cloistered Angel School with his fellow “quarterlings” for the easy popularity his special powers bring him at an ordinary public high school–so long as he ignores the way the whole place is ruled by demons. But Jonah cannot run far enough to escape Elohim’s plans for him: not boring proclamations of repentance and mercy like the ancient prophet, but a more gratifying battle with monsters on a luxury yacht for the soul of the U.S. president…(A)nyone can appreciate the hard questions about divine justice Jonah hurls in his very real anger and despair; few will be satisfied by the anodyne platitudes he receives in response. Strictly for the target audience, but they deserve better.” -Kirkus Reviews

“This whole series is fantastic for kids and captivating for adults. Beautifully paced and packed with action and believable characters, each new book deepens and enthralls. Jerel Law is an important new voice in fiction, combining skilled craftsmanship with a redemptive message.” -Todd (via Amazon)

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Introducing Shadow Chaser

Shadow Chaser by Jerel Law

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Genre
Middle grade supernatural fantasy

Description
Jonah Stone, Son of Angels series (Book 3)

Join part angel Jonah Stone as he faces his biggest challenge yet!

Many months have passed since part-angel siblings Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah Stone began their angelic training. As part angels, or quarterlings, the siblings joined other children of nephilim to begin honing their special powers.

In this third installment in the Son of Angels series, Jonah’s story comes to resemble a modern-day Job as he’s faced with trials that affect his health, strength, relationships, and most-prized possessions. As he and the other quarterlings prepare for mid-term exams, their powers are tested once again in the most fierce battle against Abaddon’s forces yet. Will Jonah’s faith in Elohim continue to persevere as he fights Abaddon in his hardest battle yet?

What others are saying
“Definitely put this series on the list of books you want your children to read if they are lovers of fantasy and the fight of good vs. evil. As a parent, you will probably enjoy it, too. I did.” -Glenajo at Goodreads

“I recommend this book for middle grade readers and older who like action filled fantasy stories with underlying Biblical truths. Shadow Chaser makes a great gift for tween boys in particular.” -Sara Ella blog

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Introducing King

King by R. J. Larson

King RJ Larson fantasyGenre: Epic fantasy

Description

Fantasy Meets the Old Testament in a Novel That Will Reach Readers of All Ages

Books of the Infinite No.3

Against his wishes and desires, Akabe of Siphra has been chosen by his people to be King. But what does a warrior know of ruling during peacetime? Guided by the Infinite, Akabe seeks to rebuild the Temple in the city of Munra to give the sacred books of Parne a home. But dangerous factions are forming in the background. To gain the land he needs, Akabe must forsake the yearnings of his heart and instead align himself through marriage to the Thaenfall family.

Meanwhile, Kien Lantec and Ela Roeh are drawn still closer together…while becoming pawns in a quest to gain power over the region. As questions of love and faith become tangled with lies and murderous plots, each must seek the Infinite to guide them through an ever more tangled web of intrigue and danger.

What others are saying

“Larson makes the fantasy genre thrilling even for readers who wouldn’t normally venture into mystical realms. Though the battles waged resemble tales from the Old Testament, there is no preaching here, merely a compelling story of good versus evil in which good is sure to triumph.”—Carolyn Richard, Booklist

“Wonderfully written in a way that kept me turning the pages to see what the will of the Infinite was, and what the purpose was for all the character’s lives. This final book in the trilogy not only allowed me to see how faith creates life, but it built up my faith so that I could let go and just rest in the peace of God no matter what I perceive as a trial. There is nothing so important that I want or think I need, that I can’t be loosed from. Through faith, like the characters in the book, peace comes from trust.”—Jeri, Amazon reviewer

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Introducing Never to Live

Never to Live by Just B. Jordan

Never to Live^Just B JordanGenre
fantasy

Description
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.

Now 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.

What others are saying
“This book is a very fresh read in the fantasy genre; definitely not a rehash of stories, characters, and even races that have been done a dozen times before…(P)repare to be pulled into a vast universe that spans continents, times, and even dimensions…(G)ive this one a shot. You won’t be disappointed!” -Micah (Goodreads)

“…I curled up with this book and after a few hours I had a hard time putting it down! Over the next week I found myself each day looking forward to the end of work and necessary chores and anxiously waiting for the time when I could pick up the book again and see what was going to happen next! The incredibly tormented Elwyn and her search for something to free her from her state of existence was heartbreaking. I found myself silently cheering her on and holding my breathe at the same time. She was surrounded by equally interesting characters and the revelations about many of them that unfolds throughout the story are and brilliant. The cast of unusual characters ranging from elves, to mermaids, to dragons, and many others, makes the book incredibly interesting.” -R. Woods (Amazon)

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Introducting Future Savior Book 5: Revelation

Future Savior Book 5: Revelation by Jennifer Hartz

Future Savior Book Five, Revelation

Genre
Young adult fantasy

Description
With the forces of good and evil amassing in the Marle Desert, the time for the final battle has come, but Christina’s place is not on the battlefield. It all boils down to this: She must face Leticia and destroy the evil at its source.

Little does Christina realize that Leticia has her own diabolical plan. With the help of Christina’s former friend, Jonus, Leticia knows exactly what it will take to break the spirit of the Savior of Meric.

Christina is faced with an impossible decision. Can she sacrifice the lives of thousands just to save the person she loves?

What others are saying
“Revelation is an amazing end. . . As I closed the final page, I left Meric with the same sadness that I once left Prydain, Middle Earth and Narnia as a child. I left Meric knowing I had just finished the greatest adventure of my life, and it would be long before I would find its like again.” -J. Morgan, review at Desert Breeze Publishing

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Introducing Unleashed

Unleashed by Jennifer Hartz

UnleashedGenre: Superhero fantasy

Description

Heroes of the Horde Book One

Six mismatched students at Deacon Proprietary are about to discover the demonic legend of their school’s origin is actually true. Not only have they obtained amazing powers, but they’ve also unleashed the demonic Horde. Now it’s up to these six high school freshmen to stop the Horde before its evil spreads throughout the school and beyond.

What others are saying

“She deftly captures the spirit of being a teenager and all the drama involved. Coupled with mystical powers and six teens coping not only with being teenagers but suddenly thrust into being superheroes, Heroes of the Horde captured my imagination and swept me along for an amazing ride.…This is the X-men for a new generation.”—J. Morgan, Amazon reviewer

“I really liked the main characters and I thought they seemed very authentic.…I also enjoyed the diversity among the students, both in their individual personalities and in their very different family situations.…I felt that this diversity in backgrounds and personalities really added depth to the story as the students learn to deal with the enormous changes in their lives brought about by the new powers.”—LAS Reviewer, Amazon reviewer

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Introducing The Darker Road

The Darker Road by L. B. Graham

darker-road-cover
Genre
Young adult fantasy

Description
Wandering Series (Book 1)

The empire of Eirmon Omiir, king of Barr a-Dohn, couldn’t be stronger. Eirmon rules all Aralyn with an iron hand. Meridium, the metal alloy that is both the source and currency of power throughout the world was discovered in Barra-Dohn, and it remains dominant because of it.

The family of Eirmon Omiir couldn’t be more fractured. Eirmon cares for little beyond the power of his throne and his own personal pleasure, and the sins of the father have had generational consequences. Eirmon’s son, Kaden, has reaped their bitter harvest. His family is in shambles, a deep divide separating him from both his wife and his son.

A series of mysterious visitors begins to converge on Barra-Dohn, and both Eirmon and Kaden face choices that will determine not only the fate of the Omiir family, but the future of the empire they rule.

What others are saying
“Readers will likely be reminded of biblical stories and Greek tragedies, but rather than presenting absolute moral stances, Graham effectively fleshes out the motivations, obligations, and characters of those involved. This is a highly entertaining as well as thoughtful contribution to Christian fantasy.” -Publishers Weekly

“There is a completeness to L. B. Graham’s literary imagination that I don’t see very often. He’s a world-maker. Barra-Dohn, with its strange technologies and ruthless tyrants and wandering priests, feels like a whole world—a world you can immerse yourself in and not come out of for a long time.” -Jonathan Rogers, author of The Wilderking Trilogy and The Charlatan’s Boy

“Intricate world, intriguing characters, and incredible pacing equal fascinating reading. L. B. Graham has created fantasy in The Darker Road that draws the reader in and won’t let go. Fun reading, but be ready for those heart-thumping pages. There is danger between these pages and the heroes needed to fight a scourge of corruption.” -Donita K. Paul, author of The Dragon Keeper Chronicles and Chronicles of Chiril

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Introducing Dark Halo

Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore

Dark HaloGenre: YA fantasy, spiritual warfare

Description

One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.

Angel Eyes Book Three

Brielle can’t help but see the Celestial. Even without the halo, the invisible realm is everywhere she looks. It’s impossibly beautiful—and terrifying, especially now. Because a battle rages above Stratus, Oregon.

The Terrestrial Veil is ripping, and demons walk the streets past unseeing mortals. Dark, sticky fear drips from every face, and nightmares haunt Brielle’s sleep.

Worst of all, Jake is gone. The only boy she’s ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien. When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap.

Now she’s stranded in a sulfurous desert with the Prince of Darkness himself, and he’s offering her another halo—a mirrored ring that will destroy her Celestial vision. All she has to do is wear it and she’ll see no more of the invisible world. No more fear. No more nightmares. No more demons. It’s a gift. And best of all: it comes with the promise of a future with Jake, something the Throne Room seems to be taking from her.

Will Brielle trade the beauty of the Celestial and the truth of the world around her just to feel ordinary again?

What others are saying

“Not only does Shannon Dittemore’s prose read like poetry, her story bursts with creativity and is rich with meaning. Reading this book has forever changed the way I think of fear.”— Stephanie Morrill, Barnes & Noble reviewer

“This was an exciting and phenomenal final installment in a truly fascinating YA fantasy trilogy. The writing continued to flow effortlessly and at a fast pace. Brielle continues to be an awesome lead character—she’s still broken and flawed—and she knows this—but she refuses to give up, even when she feels like she can’t bear it anymore. She always does what needs to be done—what must be done—and she gives everything she has for what she believes is right.”—Stephanie Ward, Amazon reviewer

“…like Peretti’s This Present Darnkess meets X-Men.”—The Story Sanctuary

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Introducing Broken Wings

Broken Wings by Shannon Dittemore

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Genre
Young adult supernatural fantasy, Angel Eyes Trilogy (book 2)

Description
Giant angels with metal wings and visible song. A blind demon restored from the pit of darkness. And a girl who has never felt more broken.

Brielle sees the world as it really is: a place where the Celestial exists side by side with human reality. But in the aftermath of a supernatural showdown, her life begins to crumble.

Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her—something important. Her overprotective father has started drinking again. He’s dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle’s skin crawl, and he’s downright hostile toward Jake. Haunting nightmares keep Brielle from sleeping, and flashes of Celestial vision keep her off kilter.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who sees through the Terrestrial Veil.

Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down upon the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.

But can she fly with broken wings?

What others are saying
“The author has spectacularly designed a supernatural setting filled with charismatic characters whose gifts are worth noting. Dittemore draws us into the most worshipful moments and equally crafts a thread of fear and despair” -RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 star review)

“This book is a worthy sequel to its wonderful predecessor, Angel Eyes. The prose sings. The characters speak to the heart. And it’s a tale of brokenness and ultimate redemption. What more could we want?” -The Christian Fantasy Review

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Introducing Exodus Rising

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Genre
adult fantasy fiction
Tales of Starlight (Book 3)

Description
Adrian Masters continues his relentless march toward the bitterly cold Northlands of Starlight. Ravaged by a deadly disease and accompanied by two children, Adrian carries Marcelle in a vegetative state, hoping Alaph, king of the Northlands, will supply
a way to reunite her near-death body with her wandering spirit.

Time is of the essence. Invading soldiers from Major Four are marching toward the Southlands village to do battle against the dragon slave masters, but two great dangers await—the inescapable disease and the unpredictable Benefile, ageless and mysterious white dragons who will kill any infected humans.

All the while, Drexel, the murderer of Marcelle’s mother, has taken on an impervious disguise as a male Starlighter and is using hypnotic powers to gain control of Mesolantrum with his sights set on the entire kingdom. Adrian and Marcelle must battle to free the slav es on one world and protect their own world from Drexel’s malevolent plan or else the freed slaves will return to Major Four only to find another slave master. Performing both tasks seems impossible.

Hope remains in the guise of the little Starlighter Regina. Guided by Cassabrie, Starlight’s great liberator, Regina hopes to accompany Adrian step by step to thwart the plans of slave masters on both worlds.

What others are saying
“I loved this book! It was definitely an amazing ending to an amazing series! …I loved how everything worked together. This book builds on what happened in the previous books, making it much more exciting, romantic, and dangerous.” -Emma, via Goodreads

“I have read the first two books in Bryan Davis’ trilogy and this was a great ending to it. You feel connected with the characters and just when you think it is going to end “Happily ever after” you get thrust into a whole new threat. This book is an amazing ending to the series and if someone asked I would recommend this book.” -Adrian, via Amazon

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Introducing A Cast of Stones

A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

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Genre
adult / young adult epic medieval adventure fantasy
The Staff and the Sword (Book 1)

Description
The Fate of the Kingdom Awaits the Cast of Stones

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone’s search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.

What others are saying
“Carr’s debut, the first in a series, is assured and up-tempo, with much to enjoy in characterization and description–not least the homely, life-as-lived details.” Publishers Weekly

“This fast-paced fantasy debut set in a medieval world is a winner. Both main and secondary characters are fully drawn and endearing, and Errol’s transformation from drunkard to hero is well plotted. Carr is a promising CF author to watch. Fans of epic Christian fantasies will enjoy discovering a new voice.” Library Journal

“[Good fantasy books] have to be excellent. Good storytelling and exceptional characters with circumstances that are easy enough to follow and wrap your brain around but keep you entertained and guessing… Cast of Stones has found itself firmly in that list of books. I absolutely, one hundred percent loved this book.” Radiant Lit

“Patrick Carr makes his debut with an epic fantasy that will engage readers as they venture into the world Carr creates, one on the brink of destruction where adventure awaits a reluctant hero…[The] novel is filled with strong characters and a tightly-woven plot.” Christian Library Journal

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Introducing The Hero’s Lot

The Hero’s Lot by Patrick W. Carr

hero's lot patrick carrGenre: Adult and young adult epic medieval fantasy

Description

With the King Near Death, Will the Kingdom Fall?

Book two of The Staff and the Sword series

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.

In a bid to keep the three of them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol’s home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom. But Errol is also accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon, and kill him. To enforce their sentence, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.

What others are saying

“Carr’s sequel is filled with strong characters, a tightly-woven plot, and lots of suspense. Unlike many trilogies where the middle book leaves more questions than answers, The Hero’s Lot answers those questions and yet asks more. It is an edge-of-your-seat epic adventure, with further development in the main characters as the series progresses. As in the earlier book, there is violence but it is not graphic, and there is a romantic development.”— CR Gehringer, Barnes & Noble reviewer

“There is a lot going on in The Hero’s Lot, with the chapters moving back and forth among Errol and his traveling companions and Martin and his adventures.…Carr’s writing is such that I felt as out of breath as his characters as I followed them through fights and escapes; I particularly enjoyed the latter one third of the book when things were most dire and seemingly hopeless, even if I wanted to throttle Errol at times for getting lost inside himself. Excellent writing there.…This is epic fantasy, people; those who love a good tale with lots of detail and ever-expanding mystery will definitely find lots of enjoy and love, as I have.”—Tamela Mccann, Amazon reviewer

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Introducing Son of Truth

Son of Truth by Morgan L. Busse

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Genre
Epic fantasy

Description
Can a killer find forgiveness?

Son of Truth is the second in the Follower of the Word series. Book one is Daughter of Light.

The war in the north is over, but the war for all the Lands has just begun. As the Shadonae solidify their hold on the city of Thyra, Rowen Mar, the last Eldaran and savior of the White City, awakens to find herself hunted by those she has saved.

Meanwhile, the assassin Caleb Tala finds himself in the presence of the Word. The time of reckoning has come, and he must pay the price for all the lives he has taken. But in his moment of judgment, Caleb is given a second chance to change his life.

These two hold the power to save the Lands from the Shadonae. One must escape slavery, and one must choose to forsake everything before the world is consumed in darkness.

What others are saying
“This series might be read by an unbeliever and seen as pure fantasy. But to the Christian, the theme of God’s love is very clear.”— B. Gill, Amazon reviewer

“Son of Truth is a great follow up to the Daughter of Light. We’re taken on an even wilder journey as Rowen discovers the truth about Thyra and what she must do in order to save the Lands, and when Caleb awakens after meeting the Word, we see just how much he has changed – and for the better.”—E. Barnes, Amazon reviewer

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Introducing Rage’s Echo

Rage’s Echo by J. S. Bailey

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Genre
Adult paranormal suspense

Description
He longs for heaven…and for revenge.

Jessica Roman-Dell, a paranormal investigator from small-town Ohio, wants to find a ghost to prove to the world that life continues after death. But little does Jessica realize the danger she will face when the anguished spirit of a murder victim named Jerry Madison follows her home from a graveyard one night and refuses to leave. He says he is lonely. He says he wishes to go to heaven to finally be with God; watching the world pass by without him is more unbearable than death itself. But Jerry is there for another reason, too. A reason that Jessica can’t even begin to guess at, but that will hit closer to home than she ever could have imagined.

For Jerry is not as innocent as Jessica believes him to be. Like his murderers, he, too, has killed–and he will stop at nothing to send those responsible for his death to the grave.

What others are saying
“With a unique premise and solid writing, Rage’s Echo has made me a J.S. Bailey fan.”-Fiction Addict

“I recommend this book for those who like creepy, thrilling stories with unexpected twists, great characters, one weird family reunion, humor, page turners that grab your full attention and ultimately forgiveness… This story is not for the faint of heart, but readers will see the afterlife in a whole new way!” -Blogger35, B&N review

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Excerpt at Amazon
Interview
Review
Trailer

Obtain a copy
Tate Publishing
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Request a copy at a bookstore near you or ask your local library to order a copy. (ISBN# 1627466223)

Other formats
Kindle
Nook

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Introducing The 2014 Nominations – Storm

In order to help readers decide which of the 2014 CSA nominations they would like to read, we will post an introduction of each book, providing specifics and informative links. Taking the list (alphabetized according to the author’s last name) in order, we’ll give you details and links to informative posts about each book.

Storm by Evan Angler

StormGenre
Middle grade dystopian fantasy, book three of the Swipe series.

Description
Now the unlikely leader of the Markless revolution, Logan Langly is fighting for much more than he’d ever imagined. With the threat of a chemically manufactured plague that could kill millions and a drought that is nearing critical mass, someone has to step in. But when an old friend appears with a special mission for him, it is no longer clear who Logan can trust.

And with the weather becoming more and more unstable, a storm is coming that will put everything Logan and the Markless have worked for at risk…

What Others Are Saying
“This is a great book. It moves at a very fast pace, and shows a number of things, but most of all friendship… If you read this book, make sure to tell someone else about it, because, like me, you’ll find you will love this book.—Tyler L., age 12.”
-School Library Journal, Book Reviews by Young Adults

Storm by Evan Angler delivered everything I was anticipating– and more! Throughout the entire novel there was non-stop action and intrigue.” -Christian Book Review Blog

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Excerpt
Interview
Reviews
Trailer

Obtain a copy
Thomas Nelson
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Request a copy at a bookstore near you or ask your local library to order a copy. (ISBN# 1400321972)

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Kindle
Audible Edition, Unabridged

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Let The Reading Commence

Voting beginsNow that the 2014 CSA nominations are closed, we have several weeks to read books on the list.

Remember, to be eligible to vote for the finalists you MUST have read AT LEAST two of the nominations.

Voting begins March 17.

The CSA team still needs to do some verification to be sure that all the books which have been nominated meet the CSA eligibility qualifications, but the list we have at this point is as follows (alphabetized by the author’s first name):

Dragonwitch,  Anne Elisabeth Stengl,  Bethany
The Circle Girls,  Anya Novikov,  Watershed Books
Exodus Rising,  Bryan Davis,  Zondervan
Constant Tower,  Carole McDonnell,  Wildside Press
Storm,  Evan Angler,  Thomas Nelson
Secrets Kept,  J. L. Mbewe,  AltWit Press
Rage’s Echo,  J.S. Bailey,  Tate Publishing
Memory’s Door,  James L. Rubart,  Thomas Nelson
Heroes of the Horde 1: Unleashed,  Jennifer Hartz,  Desert Breeze Publishing
Future Savior Book 1: Revelation,  Jennifer Hartz,  Desert Breeze Publishing
Shadow Chaser,  Jerel Law,  Thomas Nelson
Truth Runner,  Jerel Law,  Thomas Nelson
Captives,  Jill Williamson,   Blink
Failstate: Legend,  John Otte,  Marcher Lord Press
Never to Live,  Just B. Jones,   Marcher Lord Press
Amish Vampires in Space,  Kerry Nietz,   Marcher Lord Press
Anomaly,  Krista McGee,  Thomas Nelson
Luminary,  Krista McGee,   Thomas Nelson
The Darker Road,  L.B. Graham,  AMG Publishers / Living Ink Books
Nightriders,  Marc Schooley,   Marcher Lord Press
Son of Truth,  Morgan Busse,   Marcher Lord Press
A Cast of Stones, Patrick Carr,   Bethany House
The Hero’s Lot, Patrick W. Carr,  Bethany House
King,  R. J. Larson,  Bethany House
Merlin’s Blade, Robert Treskillard,  Blink
Merlin’s Shadow,  Robert Treskillard,  Blink
A Hero’s Throne,  Ross Lawhead,  Thomas Nelson
The Remedy, Serena Chase,  Candent Gate
The Ryn, Serena Chase,  Candent Gate
Broken Wings, Shannon Dittemore,  Thomas Nelson
Dark Halo,  Shannon Dittemore,  Thomas Nelson
The Shadow Lamp,  Stephen Lawhead,  Thomas Nelson
Sandstorm, Steve Rzasa,  Marcher Lord
The Sinners’ Garden, William Sirls,  Thomas Nelson

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2014 Nominations Update 3

The end in sight

The end in sight

Tomorrow is the last day to nominate a book for this year’s CSA. The books that have already been nominated are listed below, alphabetized by the author’s first name:

Dragonwitch,  Anne Elisabeth Stengl,  Bethany
The Circle Girls,  Anya Novikov,  Watershed Books
Exodus Rising,  Bryan Davis,  Zondervan
Constant Tower,  Carole McDonnell,  Wildside Press
Storm,  Evan Angler,  Thomas Nelson
Secrets Kept,  J. L. Mbewe,  AltWit Press
Rage’s Echo,  J.S. Bailey,  Tate Publishing
Memory’s Door,  James L. Rubart,  Thomas Nelson
Heroes of the Horde 1: Unleashed,  Jennifer Hartz,  Desert Breeze Publishing
Future Savior Book 1: Revelation,  Jennifer Hartz,  Desert Breeze Publishing
Shadow Chaser,  Jerel Law,  Thomas Nelson
Truth Runner,  Jerel Law,  Thomas Nelson
Captives,  Jill Williamson,   Blink
Failstate: Legend,  John Otte,  Marcher Lord Press
Never to Live,  Just B. Jones,   Marcher Lord Press
Amish Vampires in Space,  Kerry Nietz,   Marcher Lord Press
Anomaly,  Krista McGee,  Thomas Nelson
Luminary,  Krista McGee,   Thomas Nelson
The Darker Road,  L.B. Graham,  AMG Publishers / Living Ink Books
Nightriders,  Marc Schooley,   Marcher Lord Press
Son of Truth,  Morgan Busse,   Marcher Lord Press
A Cast of Stones ,  Patrick Carr,   Bethany House
The Hero’s Lot,  Patrick W. Carr,  Zondervan
King,  R. J. Larson,  Bethany House
Merlin’s Blade ,  Robert Treskillard,  Blink
Merlin’s Shadow,  Robert Treskillard,  Zondervan
A Hero’s Throne,  Ross Lawhead,  Thomas Nelson
The Remedy,  Serena Chase,  Candent Gate
The Ryn,  Serena Chase,  Candent Gate
Broken Wings ,  Shannon Dittemore,  Thomas Nelson
Dark Halo,  Shannon Dittemore,  Thomas Nelson
The Shadow Lamp,  Stephen Lawhead,  Thomas Nelson
Sandstorm,  Steve Rzasa,  Marcher Lord
The Sinners’ Garden,  William Sirls,  Thomas Nelson

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Nominations Update Number Two

2014 CSA NominationsThe list of 2014 nominations, in order of the author’s first name, compiled from those offered here and at Spec Faith, is as follows:

Dragonwitch

      , by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Bethany

The Circle Girls

      , by Anya Novikov, Watershed Books

Constant Tower

      , by Carole McDonnell, Wildside Press

Storm

      , by Evan Angler, Thomas Nelson

Rage’s Echo

      , by J.S. Bailey, Tate Publishing

Captives

      , by Jill Williamson, Blink

Failstate: Legend

      , by John Otte, Marcher Lord Press

Never to Live

      , by Just B. Jones, Marcher Lord Press

Amish Vampires in Space

      , by Kerry Nietz, Marcher Lord Press

Anomaly

      , by Krista McGee, Thomas Nelson

Luminary

      , by Krista McGee, Thomas Nelson

The Darker Road

      , by L.B. Graham, AMG Publishers / Living Ink Books

Nightriders

      , by Marc Schooley, Marcher Lord Press

Son of Truth

      , by Morgan Busse, Marcher Lord Press

A Cast of Stones

      , by Patrick Carr, Bethany House

The Hero’s Lot

      , by Patrick W. Carr, Zondervan

Merlin’s Blade

      , by Robert Treskillard, Blink

Merlin’s Shadow

      , by Robert Treskillard, Zondervan

A Hero’s Throne

      , by Ross Lawhead, Thomas Nelson

The Ryn

      , by Serena Chase, Candent Gate

The Remedy

      , by Serena Chase, Candent Gate

Broken Wings

      , by Shannon Dittemore, Thomas Nelson

Dark Halo

      , by Shannon Dittemore, Thomas Nelson

The Shadow Lamp

      , by Stephen Lawhead, Thomas Nelson

Sandstorm

      , by Steve Rzasa, Marcher Lord

Truth Runner

      , by Jerel Law, Thomas Nelson

Shadow Chaser

      , by Jerel Law, Thomas Nelson

King

    , by R. J. Larson, Bethany House

If you do not see the book you nominated, the book may have had some missing information such as the name of the publisher, or it may not meet all the qualifications of the contest.

In the case of missing information, you may renominate the book by including title, author, and publisher.

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What Books Have Been Nominated So Far

Book Collage-Christian fantasy 2013Because we’re accepting nominations in two places (here and at Spec Faith), I thought it might be a good idea to have an update on what books have been nominated up to this point. So here we are, after two days.

Dragonwitch, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Bethany
Captives, by Jill Williamson, Blink
Failstate: Legend, by John Otte, Marcher Lord Press
Never to Live, by Just B. Jones, Marcher Lord Press
Amish Vampires in Space, by Kerry Nietz, Marcher Lord Press
Anomaly, by Krista McGee, Thomas Nelson
Luminary, by Krista McGee, Thomas Nelson
The Darker Road, by L.B. Graham, AMG Publishers / Living Ink Books
Nightriders, by Marc Schooley, Marcher Lord Press
The Hero’s Lot, by Patrick Carr, Bethany House
Merlin’s Shadow, by Robert Treskillard, Blink
A Hero’s Throne, by Ross Lawhead, Thomas Nelson
Dark Halo, by Shannon Dittemore, Thomas Nelson
The Shadow Lamp, by Stephen Lawhead, Thomas Nelson
Storm, by Evan Angler, Thomas Nelson

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