Cake Flavored Book Tag

Keturah didn’t even tag me, but this looked fun, so I’m doing it.


51wflsnmosl-_sx349_bo1204203200_1. Chocolate Cake (a dark book you absolutely love)
For me, if a book’s dark, it’s likely dark because it’s dealing with something real, so I’d have to say The Shepherd’s Granddaughter. It’s about a shepherd girl growing up in occupied Palestine and the horrible stuff that happens to her was based off stuff that happens to real people there. Since the situation hasn’t gotten any better, the book’s attempt to end on a positive note is overshadowed by the dark situation in the real world.

2. Vanilla Cake (a light read)
Space Drifters by Paul Regnier. It’s a sci-fi light read with humor.

3. Red Velvet (a book that gave you mixed emotions)
Killer Instinct. It’s about a serial killer. Murder mysteries like this kind of give me the creeps.

4. Cheesecake (a book you would recommend to anyone)
Maybe Legion by Brandon Sanderson? It’s one of the few I think non-fantasy/sci-fi readers would like. It’s super funny, and it’s a quick read.

5. Coffee Cake (a book you started but didn’t finish)
Placebo by Steven James. It just seemed boring to me.

6. Carrot Cake (a book with great writing)
Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson. Yes, it’s a short story you can read for free, but I really enjoyed it.

7. Tiramisu (a book that left you wanting more)
Pacifist’s War by Leila Rose Foreman. I feel like there’s a lot more to the universe than that one planet, and I want to see what the colonists have done there in a century or so. Have they made peace with the violent locals? Will the aliens on the planet want to go into space?

51e2b7v-pdyl-_sx307_bo1204203200_8. Cupcakes (a series with 4+ books)
Mistborn by Sanderson again. Sanderson has some long series.

9. Fruit Cake (a book that wasn’t what you anticipated)
Dark Life by Kat Falls. I’d recently read a pretty bad post global warming book, so I didn’t expect much when I picked up this book, but it was really good.

10. Lamington (favorite Australian book)
Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. It’s the only Australian series I can think of, and I did really like the Ranger’s Apprentice books.



And here I am, not knowing who to tag. If you like this, just do it without being tagged.

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Thirteen Ways Star Wars Rebels Outdid the Sequels

While I did enjoy watching the two sequel Star Wars movies, I’ve felt they’re lacking compared to the originals, and in some ways, even lacking in comparison to Star Wars Rebels. While Rebels has some of its own problems, I decided to list thirteen ways it outdid the films.


  1. Helmet slice. I’m half-suspicious that the deal with Captain Phasma was just a Rebels Easter egg. In TLJ, the helmet breaking had no significance and made little sense. However, when Ahsoka sliced Vader’s helmet, it was a moment of awesome because it was when she realized Darth Vader was Anakin, giving emotional impact similar to when Luke realized Darth Vader was his father.
  2. Ramming always works. Sato was a more likable character than Holdo. Granted, hers did more damage, so it kind of outdid the visual display, but Sato gets credit for doing it first, and being a better leader who didn’t cause his crew to mutiny needlessly.
  3. Jedi training. Rey never even got real training, and she’s suddenly a competent Jedi? Luke could barely use the Force when he had Rey’s level of training, let alone dual an evil guy with more training and experience. In Rebels, both Sabine and Ezra needed episodes of training before they did anything right. Ezra was so bad when he started that he got attacked by a Lothcat. Even Kanan, who had more training than Rey was beaten by the Inquisitor the first few times he dueled him, and Kanan had backup.
  4. Purple hair. Sabine rocks the colorful hair. Holdo’s looks more like cotton candy.
  5. Villains that are actually frightening. The Inquisitor, Maul, or Thrawn could mop the floor with Kylo Ren.
  6. Leaders who do their job right and keep the right secrets. In the first season of Rebels, Hera is the only one who knows the group is a rebel cell. Sabine confronts her about keeping secrets and Hera gives a good explanation for why she has kept stuff secret from Sabine. Later in the season, this is shown to be a wise move because, when Kanan is tortured, he has no information. Holdo, on the other hand, kept secrets that led to her crew mutinying because she appeared to be an inept leader.
  7. Characters from other storylines are treated with respect. Captain Rex, Darth Maul, Gregor, and Ahsoka are all treated well by the series. This series knows that people are watching to see characters from other shows, so they treat them decently, unlike the Sequels who leave fans of the other Star Wars films disappointed.
  8. Anti-climactic deaths. Even though some believe Maul’s death was a bit anticlimactic, it was a lot better than Snoke’s, and it wasn’t bad considering how experienced Obi-Wan was. Kanan and even Sato sacrificed themselves for his their, which was much better than how Akbar, Luke, and Han went out. Even Gregor, who had very little screen time, got a good death scene.
  9. The value of sacrifice. Instead trying to save Kanan during a weird time-travel episode, Ezra realizes that he can’t save Kanan when he had chosen to sacrifice himself. He has to let go, unlike Rose, who crashed into Finn rather than let him sacrifice himself to save what was left of the Resistance.
  10. Masters who stop hiding. Kanan realized quite quickly that, even if he’d run in the past, he had to train Ezra and become a Jedi himself. He couldn’t turn his back on it like Luke did, even when he’s blinded at the end of Season 2.


  11. Depth to war. In Rebels, we get to see that there are some people who fight the empire but have few morals. as Saw Gerrera. Even a droid from The Clone Wars, who, when asked what he was fighting for, answered with “freedom.” While the Empire is pure evil, we at least get a few shades of gray on the good side, something lacking from the Sequels.
  12. People switch sides a bit more realistically. In Rebels, Kallus switches sides, and Minister Tua tries and is promptly killed by the Empire. Both of these characters have more depth than Finn, who seems to grow a moral compass without cause.
  13. The heroes get to pass on a legacy. While the villainous Kylo is the only offspring of any of the heroes from the Original Trilogy, Kanan was able to get a kid, passing on his legacy, not just through his student, but through his blood.

How It Should Have Ended actually came up with a lot of awesome stuff that should’ve been in the movie.

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Author Interview Heather Halverstadt


Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Christian science fiction writer. I’m also a book blogger- I do speculative fiction reviews from a Christian perspective on my public FB site, H. Halverstadt Books.

What are you currently excited about? (A new book, a movie, a TV show, something else?)
I love speculative books with recognizably Christian themes and clean stories. It’s what I write, and what I love to read. Three recent works that I really enjoyed are Bridgett Powers’ Keeper of Shadows, David Johnson’s Star Wolf and Stuart Stockton’s Starfire. I love how the spiritual themes are woven into the story. I’m also excited about some of your novels, since I had the privilege of beta reading for you. I can’t wait to see Klate on the cover of a book!

What project are you working on now?
I’m writing a space opera/mystery set 1500 years in the future, about a young man who is trying to prove his dead father innocent of treason. Along the way he finds a lot more than he bargained for. It has a murder mystery, starships, robots, AI, and a host of other fun stuff.

Now, tell us about your favorite project or close second, if you already told us about your favorite.
I’m really excited about H. Halverstadt Books’ new website! It’s under construction right now and we hope that it will be ready sometime this spring or summer.

How did you get into writing?
I don’t ever remember a time when I was not writing. My friend Ben Wolf said it best: “If you can stop writing, you probably should.” I had some very discouraging experiences as a young writer that resulted in me not writing fiction for a long time. I thought I was a bad writer because I fell into plot holes and couldn’t discovery write my way out, and I was convinced that no one would ever buy science fiction that did not contain profanity, heat, etc. I didn’t realize that my approach to plot holes was normal for a plotter like myself (all the people advising me were discovery writers). After viewing a biopic of Agatha Christie about a year and a half ago, I realized the answer to my plot hole problem- and decided that I was going to write a Christian science fiction novel even if no one ever read it. Then I discovered the Realm Makers Consortium (a tribe of believing speculative fiction authors), and finishing and publishing a book started to look like a reachable goal. My two partially finished science fiction novels were long since deleted, so I started a new one.

What advice would you give to beginning writers?
Your first draft will probably look awful. Apparently, that happens to even the most experienced authors. Keep writing, you’ll be fine. Join a writer’s group on Facebook that writes your genre. Read craft books and watch Brandon Sanderson’s YouTube class on writing. Ask other writers who write in your genre to critique your writing. Listen politely and say thank you. Don’t explain. You won’t be there to explain to your readers.

What about experienced writers?
I don’t think of myself as an experienced writer, so I’m not likely to give them advice. I do know quite a few of them, but I’m more likely to ask them for advice.

What are some of your favorite books, authors, movies, and/or TV shows?
My favorite secular authors of all time are Lois McMaster Bujold, Anne McCaffrey and Matthew Stover. I would love for my writing style to be someday compared to theirs. My favorite Christian fiction authors are C.S. Lewis, Kerry Nietz, Kathy Tyers, and David G. Johnson. I’m a fan of most of the Star Trek shows- but not the current one. I thought The Last Jedi was great, and had much better character depth than The Force Awakens. My husband and I are fans of British television, so we watch things like Poirot, Marple, Foyle’s War, Midsummer Murders, Sherlock, and a host of British documentaries. We also love all kinds of history shows. I love to cook, so I love instructional cooking TV like The Barefoot Contessa.

Any closing words?
Christian speculative fiction needs your support. Many writers who would love to write Christian speculative fiction don’t, because they don’t sell as well as secular books. There are some great books out there, and you can find them at places like H, Halverstadt Books, The Speculative Faith Library, and Reality Calling. If you request these books from your local library, you can make a difference. If Christian authors can make a living writing Christian fiction, Christian fans will have more of the books they love available.

Where can we find you?
You can find reviews of lots of books (with content labels) on my FB site, H. Halverstadt Books, and you can message me there. If you’re on Twitter, you can find me at @H_Halverstadt . If you’re interested in what I am writing, I’ll post updates on H. Halverstadt Books when I get closer to publication.


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2017 Wrap Up

black_claw_cover_by_rebel_rider-db3mkb2Last year, I finished the second draft of The Black Claw, and it’s now ready for beta readers. It’s a sequel to Hand of Steel, so I can’t say much about it without giving away the ending to HoS. I will say there’s an evil cybernetic pirate Elba though. If you want to read it, (or HoS if you haven’t read that yet) just shoot me your email address

I’ve got The Red Tattoo and Hand of Steel as close to polished as I can, so if no publishers get back to me soon, I’ll likely try to self-publish them this year, or at least self-publish Hand of Steel.

I during NaNo, I wrote a rough draft for a fourth story, Son of Oppression. It’s a short novel about a Torf boy who joins a terrorist group. The secondary character is a Chix sniper who happens to be a pacifist. I need to rewrite it, expand it, and then do edits on that one.

Books I liked:

Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland
It says outline, but I think that it has a lot of good info for any writer, no matter which way one goes about writing. I highly recommend it.

The Destiny Trilogy by A. C. Williams, which I reviewed. It’s good if you can take a heavy R rating.

Some new stuff by Brandon Sanderson

For Us Humans, another one I reviewed

Starfire by Stuart Von Stockton was an interesting one. It’s so rare to see a nonhuman species featured that isn’t in the middle-grade animal fantasy genre.

Republic Commando by Karen Travis, which is partially decanonized now, but still interesting. I need to read the sequel this year.


The Last Jedi and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 were the only two I saw in theaters. I didn’t like The Last Jedi as much as Rogue One. Guardians was funny but isn’t really a film you want to think about a lot.

I’ve still been watching Voltron and Rebels, as well as Deep Space 9. I’m now in the final season of DS9 and things are heating up.
I also watched Extinct, which is free to watch online, and was much cleaner than most of the adult TV shows I’ve seen recently, though it’s rather slow moving.


And I’ll also share a few sketches I did for my spaceverse. Some of these scenes take place in The Red Tattoo, The Black Claw, and Son of Oppression.


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Book Review: The Button Girl

9781947446007_p0_v2_s550x406When Repentance refused to button because she doesn’t want to give birth to sons who will be slaves for the overlords, she’s taken to a land of ice and sold, along with the man she was supposed to button, the man she betrayed.

Note on ratings:

*           Horrible.
**         Below average
***       Average. Not good or bad.
****    Above average
***** Above and beyond



Content: *** (Content based off my personal level of squeamishness.)
There’s some kissing, but nothing farther than that. There is some light violence, and the most graphic thing is frozen bodies.

Originality and world building: ****
The story’s plot line of forced marriage is pretty common, but the worldbuilding is good, with castles of ice and yacks for mounts.

Characters and their Arcs: ***
I liked Sober, but I didn’t really care for Repentance. I like it when a character’s actions are what push the plot forward, but she made so many mistakes that it was hard to care much for her.

Writing style and Pacing: ***
The pacing seems good, and it picks up toward the end, but the book didn’t grab me hard. it was a bit easy for me to put down.

Other things I liked:
Bramble the yak. The Christian message was also nice.

Other things I didn’t like:
I prefer stories with more action, and romance isn’t quite my thing.

Is it worth reading?
Yes, if it’s your sort of book. People who enjoy clean romance and aren’t big on action would probably love it. My dad also enjoyed it.

My Rating:


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Book Review: The Destiny Trilogy


Xander has no memory of who she was before being rescued from a wrecked spaceship, she doesn’t even know if the name on her jacket is hers. All she knows is things aren’t the way they should be. People are supposed to have morals, but few do, and none know anything about God or the Bible.

Note on ratings:

*           Horrible.
**         Below average
***       Average. Not good or bad.
****    Above average
***** Above and beyond

Content: ** (Content based off my personal level of squeamishness.)
The violence is about PG-13. The swearing is very strong with the f word used, and sex is everywhere in this dystopian future. Xander is the only character who even understands the concept of waiting until marriage, and many characters are gay or lesbian. If this book had not been by a Christian, I never would’ve read the whole series. It’s probably one of the most “adult” books I’ve read.
SPOILER WARNING: In the second book, the main character is raped and it’s described. (I skipped that part best I could.)

Originality and world building: *****
The storyline was quite original, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t say more.
Even though seeing a world with no Christian morals was pretty disturbing, the worldbuilding was really good, and it reminded me of my own space opera. I really enjoyed the world, even with its gritty problems.

Characters and their Arcs: ****
The characters were likable and unique. They all felt like individuals.

Writing style and Pacing: ****
The books were very hard to put down. I liked the breakneck pacing, and I read the first two books together, something I rarely do.

Other things I liked:
I mostly liked the worldbuilding. I will admit, even if it’s nasty, sometimes it’s nice to read a book that feels like the real world, but with a Christian perspective that didn’t pretend all those horrible things were supposed to be normal.

Other things I didn’t like:
For the first two books, it felt like the author was trying a bit hard to be edgy. I can’t put my finger on what made me feel this way, though it may have been that the voice felt YA, so that much gritty content felt out of place.
I didn’t like the main character’s name changing. I also felt like realistically, Xander should’ve got some self-defense training early on, not been helpless for so long.
The third book ended with unanswered questions, so I hope the author isn’t done exploring the universe.

Is it worth reading?
Yes, but only for very mature readers who can handle an R rated storyline. This book doesn’t pull punches.

My Rating:


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Black Friday ebook Deal

Because I like to support authors, I’m putting out this message. Later this week, there are going to be some good ebook deals.

Indie Christian Books will have some Black Friday deals for you.

From Nov 24th through Nov 30th, a huge selection of independently published Christian books are on sale. You can find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if your budget is depleted from Christmas shopping, we have some freebies for you! Need even more of a reason to support indie authors and fill your shelf with good stories? When you purchase a paperback book through you’ll be eligible to enter an exclusive giveaway including free books and an Amazon gift card!

You can meet our authors by visiting the Author Database on the website. Want to get to know the authors better AND have the chance to win some fun prizes? We’d love to have you join our week long Facebook party which will feature 39 authors over 7 days.


A note on the Ebooks Only page. Many of the books are listed as “Sold Out.” This is because we aren’t selling those directly through our site. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.


Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

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In Which I Fangirl about Sanderson

Before I get started, I’ve updated the fan art page with two new pieces.

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been reading a lot of Brandon Sanderson. I first read his YA novel Steelheart and quickly consumed the rest of his YA books, then moved on to his adult books. (I read very few adult books.) He has done well to gain my trust, so I’ve gotten to the point that I’ll often read thing Sanderson wrote even if I wouldn’t expect something like that to be good, all because I know Sanderson can make pretty much any storyline good. Even stranger, I actually enjoy Sanderson’s romantic subplots.

Here is a list of the books by Sanderson that I’ve read, minus a few short stories I didn’t feel like mentioning:
Reckoners trilogy: This trilogy was a great twist on the superhero storyline. Instead of superheroes, there are supervillains and normal people trying to stop them. I really liked how the main character, David, made up sayings that no one got, and he was a gun nut. It’s so rare to see guns in superhero stories, so seeing someone who actually tried to shoot supervillains was a nice twist. Overall, it’s a great trilogy and well worth the read. (The novella is also good.) I reviewed Firefight.

The Rithmatist: This one was pretty cool, and very original. I guess it might be chalkpunk? It involves chalk-based duals and such, and what makes it really neat is, like Steelheart, the main character is someone without powers who lives in a world where other people have powers.

51e2b7v-pdyl-_sx307_bo1204203200_Mistborn (1st Era): This storyline managed to put a twist on many fantasy tropes and, while it is extremely fast paced, has excellent worldbuilding.  I loved the idea of a setting where the evil overlord already took control. The characters are great. I quite enjoyed the magic system, and I normally dislike magic. For those who are afraid to read this series due to not liking magic, this magic feels much more like superpowers than actual magic, though there are some gods.

Mistborn (2nd Era): The wild west in the city, but with cool metal magic. There’s even a train robbery. The characters are again, great, the sidekick is a hoot, and the god of the world is also very interesting too, which I never thought I’d say. I found it refreshing to read about a god that wasn’t an allegory, but yet still had some concepts that can be applicable to the real world. I want the fourth book NOW.

Warbreaker: This one is my least favorite of Sanderson’s longer books. The romance was interesting, and I always appreciate his female characters, but it was slower and not quite to my liking.

Untitled-3The Stormlight Archives: I’ve reviewed both books. I’m currently reading the third book, Oathbringer. (You can read the first thirty or so chapters here.) It promises to be another winner.  Though the series takes a little while to get into, the story gets good. It’s also got very deep worldbuilding, so it’s a good option for Lord of the Rings fans. (I like it better than Lord of the Rings since the pacing is faster.)

Elantris: I found myself really enjoying the romance in here, which is a bit of a shocker. I loved the characters, and the plot was original, again. I listened to the graphic audio version of this, which meant that each character got a different voice, though I tended to lose track of the names. It also had music and sound effects. Another thing I’ve found is I really enjoy Sanderson’s female characters. He does really good at making each one an individual. (His male characters are great too, but many times, I have trouble relating to female characters in stories.)

The Emperor’s Soul: This story was short, but pretty good. I enjoyed it, and Sanderson always has neat magic systems.

Legion: I’m not into detective stuff, but these two stories were great and humorous too. I loved all the hallucinations. They’re so funny. Highly recommended. (Note that for those who don’t care for fantasy/magic or superheroes, these would be good to read.)

firstborn_final_200pxFirstborn: This is a short story you can find here for free. It’s sci-fi, and I really like how the plot works and the character’s flaw is used. It’s well worth the read, especially when it’s free.

Sixth of the Dusk: Magic birds are interesting. It wasn’t one of the best, but still pretty good.

White Sand: This one wasn’t as easy for me. I felt like the art style was a bit busy. I think it was a story that should have been written, not depicted as a graphic novel.

Snapshot: This idea was interesting, but I do not like downer endings.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians: I’ve only read the first book in this series. It was pretty good, but I’m not the target audience, so I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as a ten year old boy would.

Have you read much Sanderson? If so, what are your favorite stories of his?


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Blog Tour Interview with Bryan Davis


Today, I’m participating in a blog tour for Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World so I’ll be interviewing Bryan Davis. Bryan Davis has been instrumental in my writing journey and is always willing to help beginning writers.

There are also two giveaways at the bottom. To participate in the more complicated one for the grand prize, you must find the bolded/underlined number in this post and add it to the numbers you find in the other blog tour posts.

What project(s) are you working on now?

I am working on a young-adult science-fiction, space adventure. The working title is Search for the Astral Dragon. It follows the adventures of Megan Willis, a 12-year-old girl who works as a mechanic for a space cruiser that is searching for the captain’s kidnapped son. I have about 90,000 words written, and I expect it to be significantly larger than that, probably between 120,000 and 150,000 words. I also expect that it will be a series, but I don’t know how many books it will include.

Please tell us about your favorite project or close second, if you already told us about your favorite.

My projects have been important to me for different reasons, so they’re hard to compare. An intriguing project was “Let the Ghosts Speak,” a novel for adults I recently finished that takes place in Paris in 1860. It is part psychological thriller, part ghost story, and part spiritual introspection.

A dream I had more than a dozen years ago inspired this novel. It gnawed at me for all that time until I finally wrote it earlier this year. I had a lot of fun conducting research, reading at least seven books on the history of the time as well as consulting countless Internet resources. I am now in the process of seeking a publisher for this novel.


How did you get into writing?

I began writing as a way to get my children interested in the craft. We created a story together and added to it bit by bit until it became a full-length novel. I enjoyed the process so much, I decided to get more training by reading books on writing and going to writers’ conferences.

During that eight-year learning journey I accumulated more than 200 rejections. I finally found a publisher at a writers conference in 2003, and my first books were released in 2004.

What is your writing process?

I am what is often called a seat-of-the-pants writer. I have a basic premise in mind and maybe a main character, but I have no idea how the story will progress. I just sit down and start writing about a character’s ordinary world, then I ruin that world with some sort of crisis event.

That event creates an object of desire, a goal that the character wants to achieve. Most of the rest of the story follows how the character pursues that goal, though I don’t know what will happen until I actually sit and type it out.

Since you’ve been published traditionally and independently, what are your opinions of these two methods, and do you have one you prefer?

There are definite pros and cons for each. With traditional publishing my books have been far more likely to get onto shelves at bookstores, which has allowed for a lot more sales than for my independently published books. With independent publishing I have complete control over every aspect of the publishing process, including titling, editing, cover design, and formatting. I enjoy that.

At this time, I prefer traditional publishing. Although I make more money per book sold with independent publishing, I have sold far more books through traditional publishing, which results in a higher overall income. Yet, money is not the main issue. Of course I want to make a living, but my number one goal has always been to get my books into readers’ hands no matter what the revenue stream might be. Traditional publishing has been better at achieving that goal.

What advice would you give to beginning writers?

Learn the craft. There are too many aspects to mention in an interview, so my advice is to read books on writing such as Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain, attend writers’ conferences, and join a critique group. Aspiring writers can get a lot of tips at my writing blog –

Experience tells me that new writers often rush their stories by beginning with intense action instead of developing the characters and setting up the story world. Others tend to dump information about the back story without progressing the main story. It is better to allow the story to progress while intermittently dropping tidbits about the back story and at the same time provide character development before starting any intense action.


What about experienced writers?

I speak to myself with this advice. Watch out for ruts and repeated devices. I find myself using some of the same kinds of characters, actions, and dilemmas without realizing it until I review some of my older stories.

I don’t mind, however, repeating themes. I always include sacrificial heroism, forgiveness, and other timeless themes. They never get old. Yet, if they are employed in the same manner again and again, the devices can become too familiar, thereby harming the effect the themes might have.


What are some of your favorite books, authors, movies, and/or TV shows?

My three favorite novels are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Joan of Arc by Mark Twain, and Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis. My favorite author is C. S. Lewis.

Movies are varied – Ben Hur, To Kill a Mockingbird, Saving Mr. Banks, Tangled, and many more. I like movies with ethical, heroic protagonists, especially men who are willing to sacrifice in order to do what’s right.

I don’t have any favorite TV shows. I do watch a couple to ignite story ideas of my own, but I find them all too flawed for various reasons.

Any closing words?

Thank you for the interview. It will be exciting to see how readers respond to this new story, especially since I am reaching out to a different age group with a genre I haven’t tried before. Even though the target age is young, I think teens and adults will enjoy it as well. I certainly enjoyed writing it.


About the book:

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Eddie Hertz is smart, real smart. He has to be. What other twelve-year-old patrols the streets of Nirvana alone, hoping to foil the schemes of the evil Mephisto? Since Eddie is small for his age, he trusts in his Batman-style gadgets belt and acrobatic skills as well as lots of experience, like knowing how to swing across dark alleys without being seen.

Eddie has a dream, to become like Damocles, Nirvana’s great superhero. To make that dream come true, Eddie invented a device that is supposed to give him superpowers, but using it on himself is dangerous, maybe even fatal. He doesn’t have the nerve to try it.

When Mephisto unleashes an earthquake machine on the city, Eddie gets a surprising teammate — his quirky eight-year-old sister, Samantha, who comes up with an unexpected way to help Eddie in the frantic battle to prevent the biggest earthquake of all.

Since Damocles has lost his ability to help in physical form, Eddie and Samantha are the only hope for Nirvana and the world.

Available on AmazonBryan Davis’s website, and Christianbook

Bryan Davis Author PhotoAbout the Author:

Bryan Davis is the author of several bestselling series, including Dragons in Our Midst and the Reapers Trilogy, speculative fiction for youth and adults. Bryan and his wife, Susie, work together as an author/editor team to create his imaginative tales.

Links to his pages:

Book Purchase site
Author writing blog
Twitter – @bryandavisauth



And here’s the giveaway:

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Wednesday, September 20th
Tour Kickoff @ The Author’s Chair
Book Spotlight @ Backing Books
Book review and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ Zerina Blossom’s Books
Book Spotlight and Review @ The Spooky Bookshelf
Book Spotlight and Author Interview @ Scattered Scribblings
Book Review and Character Interview @ Light and Shadows

Thursday, September 21st
Book Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ Red Lettering
Spotlight and Author Interview @ The Reader Addict
Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ target verified
Book Review and Character Interview @ Hidden Doorways
Book Review @ Ashley Bogner
Book Review @ The Page Dreamer

Friday, September 22nd

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Story of Fire
Book Review @ Inkwell
Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Liv K. Fisher
Book Review @ writinganyone
Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Superheroes @ Dreams and Dragons
Author Interview and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ March to a Different Drum
Book Spotlight @ Author Jaye L. Knight

Saturday, September 23rd

Author Interview @ Jessi L. Roberts, author (You are here)
Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Book Lovers Life
Book Review and Character Interview @ Verbosity Reviews
Book Spotlight, Author Interview and YOU WRITE: Superheroes @ Creature of Graphite
Character Interview @ Wanderer’s Pen
Book Spotlight and Author Interview @ Adventure Awaits


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Pick Your Apocalypse

Here are my lists of potential apocalypses and the media that portrays them.


Alien Invasion
This would be the one I’d prefer if I got to pick. They tend to take out landmarks in the movies, but rarely bother small towns in Montana. Even a more realistic invasion wouldn’t be likely to reach my family for quite some time due to our lack of population.
Falling Skies did a good job showing a bit more depth than the movies. It showed a post-apocalyptic situation, not one where the aliens went home after a week. It also showed that the invaders had conquered other planets. Earth wasn’t special, though humans were scrappy enough to impress the aliens fighting the invaders. (Showing that other aliens stand against the invaders was also a bonus.) 
War of the World: Goliath was a much more traditional alien invasion, but added a steampunk twist. Granted, this one did little worldbuilding, but it was fun.
Under Alien Stars gets credit for a somewhat realistic alien invasion. These guys didn’t actually want Earth, they just wanted to keep the other species off the planet.
Animorphs put some serious thought into the different alien species and gave a good reason for aliens to invade. It was much more empire building than the old, “We’re smart enough to travel hundreds of light years, but the reason we’re doing this is because we aren’t smart enough to grow food for ourselves.”

Zombie Apocalypse
They’re slow-moving, stupid, and this method of apocalypse is so popular that many guys have a plan for what they’ll do if zombies show up. My family would be well-prepared to deal with this, as would most rural areas. There’s just too many guns.
World War Z (the book) tried to be realistic about this and does decently. Trouble is, I’ve never seen a zombie apocalypse where it made sense. Zombies may be able to take the cities, but once they got out of the city, ranchers and hunters would quickly end the apocalypse.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth and Hollowland also have zombie apocalypses, but the same issue still exists.
Enclave deals with creatures a bit like zombies, but they’re smart and reproduce on their own, making it more believable that they’d be able to fight humans.

Not the most common apocalypse. The only times I’ve seen it done is A Time to Die, where it has caused serious issues, and in Life as We Knew It, one hit the moon. The Destiny trilogy also mentioned it, though I’m not sure if it was the only reason Earth was in such bad shape.

My family’s a long ways from the coast, so this wouldn’t be too bad for us. It tends to be a more costal issue, and I can’t think of anything where an earthquake on its own caused the apocalypse. The Dead and the Gone deals with a tsunami (actually changing tides) after the moon gets closer to Earth. The Living tells about a kid trying to survive on a cruise ship during and after a tsunami, but I haven’t read the sequel.

darklife_cover-grid-4x21Global Warming
Not something most Montanans worry about. The Drowned Cities deals with the child soldiers and different ragtag armies who fight over flooded Washington DC, which has turned into a brutal place, while Dark Life is much lighter and softer. It tells the story of an undersea pioneer who has trouble with ocean pirates on a submarine. I don’t think a bit of rising oceans would cause as much trouble as most people think since there’d still be a lot of land, at least in the US.

World War III
I’d rather not have to deal with this one. Rural areas would be safer, but still in danger due to complete social collapse. Cinder is set after WWIV, Hunger Games is long after the war ended, and City of Ember is about people who moved underground to escape the war.

Global Cooling
We’re in Montana. Please don’t let this happen.
I’ve only seen it in Trapped, and that was more giant blizzard than global cooling.

Electro Magnetic Pulse or Solar Flares
This would be a sudden apocalypse that would kill very few people outright, but would lead to a lot of people starving as infrastructure breaks down.
The Pulse was a somewhat realistic version of this, though the writing was more survivalist than written for YA. Ashes was interesting, but also involved a form of zombies, and I never finished it due to the violence level.

Economic Collapse 
This collapse is especially scary because, like the EMP or solar flare, it doesn’t kill anyone outright, but leaves them starving, which would lead to people killing each other on a massive scale.
Patriots, and probably others I can’t think of. It seems to be pretty rare in YA.

This could be pretty bad if it hit Planet of the Apes scale.
This one is quite common in stories. A few interesting ones are The Eleventh Plague, Partials, which deals with superhumans as well as plague, Inhuman, the new Planet of the Apes trilogy. One advantage of this apocalypse is that it kills more outright, leading to less people living long enough to kill each other.

Yellowstone Volcanic Eruption
I really don’t want this because my family is downwind. Ashfall portrays it somewhat realistically, and is the only version I’ve seen.

Tyrannical Government Rising to Power
Just turn on the news. It’s not fiction.
Nameless is more a case of all morality going out the window, while For the Win shows large corporations who treat their labor force badly, and Unwind is about a world where, instead of abortion, people have their children cut apart for organ donation when they turn thirteen.

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