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Saved By the Bell

By Brent King On May 15, 2016 No Comments


“I pray and pray and pray. I consistently claim God’s promises year after year, and yet I see nothing. God has a pretty poor track record of fulfilling any of His promises to me.”

The thought took me off-guard. Yet it did ring true, and a squadron of unanswered prayers strafed me.

“But, but…” I desperately tried to defend God, citing all the times God had come through for me, but they all seemed like meaningless coincidence.

Why was God so silent—so distant? He seemed to answer others. What was I doing wrong? What magic words were missing in my requests?

My next thought shocked me. “Perhaps it’s because He doesn’t exist.”

And I couldn’t believe my response. “Well, He may as well not exist for me.”

I attempted to terminate the crazy spiral with common

The Tethered World: An Interview With Heather L.L. FitzGerald

By Brent King On February 15, 2016 12 Comments

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the tethered worldThe time has come for The Tethered World to shout out its existence! Needless to say, Heather is excited (and swamped). I caught up with her in the middle of her pre blog tour overload and procured the answers to a few fascinating questions about her and her debut novel:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

This is sort of a blurry answer in my brain. I had a long list of things I wanted to do as a child. Writing a book was on that list, I remember distinctly. Though English and creative writing were a favorite subject, I didn’t go to college because there wasn’t anything that

Daniel and the Sun Sword Blog Tour Day 4: An Interview with Nathan Lumbatis

By Brent King On December 17, 2015 No Comments


One of the things I love about writing is interacting with other authors that are as excited about creating fantasy tales as I am. Nathan Lumbatis is one of those authors, and today I am privileged to interview him and promote his book, Daniel and the Sun Sword. So, let’s get started:

Nathan, where did you grow up, and how did your hometown (or other places you have lived) inspire your writing?

I grew up in Newville, AL, which is surrounded by the well-known towns of Podunk, Boondocks, and The Sticks.

Growing up in the country absolutely inspired my writing. When you’re walking through old, spooky forests and you find an abandoned shack overtaken by nature, it’s hard to not let your mind start making up stories. Who lived there? What happened in their lives?

Introducing The Fiercest Fight

By Brent King On November 22, 2015 No Comments

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The Fiercest Fight Will Help You Think About Reality In A New Way

It was CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien that set me on the path to write Christian fantasy. What captured my imagination was that these stories contain moral truth “in solution” rather than the way that we are usually accustomed to receiving it. I believe that there are some aspects of truth that can only be seen in this way.

Fantasy explores the unseen realities of truth symbolically. Though it is not reality, it can provide a way to think about reality. As children, imagination is how we engage in understanding our world and ourselves. Part of our journey of self-discovery involves experiencing different modes of being. We are all still children.

Why A Werewolf Story?

For many years I have

In the sleepy town of Astor Crossing, something evil stirs…

By Brent King On October 14, 2015 No Comments

CathedralShafts of moonlight filtered through the trees, casting eerie shadows on the tower of Astor Crossing’s 7th street cathedral. An owl screeched, and somewhere in the night a dog howled. Tristan shivered and peered up toward the peek of the tower. Its serrated edge clawed a dark silhouette across the moonlit sky.

He stared at the striking image for several minutes before lowering his eyes. A light glowed through a lancet window near the back of the church. Its stained glass shimmered with unsteady light. Tristan stepped toward it.

“Tristan.” A voice launched his heart into his throat as a shadow shot toward him. “What are you doing here?”

A girl flung herself at him, entwining him with arms and legs.

“Erin!” Tristan gathered together his adrenaline-shot extremities as his girlfriend squeezed him.

She whispered in his

A Wish Made of Glass Review

By Brent King On August 6, 2015 No Comments

AWishMadeofGlassFinalThough cloaked in a fey world, the vivid images in Ashlee’s story have wonderful overtones of a mysterious God and a heaven about which we know very little. Another reviewer, Deborah O’Carroll, expressed this when she said, “You feel in the end a little as if there are hinted truths threaded through beneath the surface of the tale that you can not quite grasp. At least, that is how I felt. There is something deeper, elusive, and you feel that maybe one day you will understand it, even if you do not right now.”

For me, her book had a “Till We Have Faces” feel to it, with variations on the rich symbolism that CS Lewis brings us in that favorite tale.

Her prose is very evocative. In some places it is downright thrilling, even…stunning.

Daniel and the Sun Sword Trailer

By Brent King On June 27, 2015 No Comments

As a child/adolescent therapist, Nathan knows how to speak to the hearts of kids. So many kids don’t understand how important they are in their sphere of influence. Consequently, Nathan invests a lot of energy into teaching them how to redeem their stories. This has been his vocation for years, but now it is taking a new turn. He has taken the biblical principles he uses in therapy and forged them into a novel.

That novel, Daniel and the Sun Sword is drawing very near to being published, and today it is my esteemed privilege to reveal its trailer.

Daniel-and-the-Sun-Sword-Cover--215x300Many of us have been waiting a long time to see Nathan’s book. Daniel and the Sun Sword will be released next month.

The book will be available in July, but on and B& you’ll notice that the official “release date” is listed

Cover Reveal: A Wish Made of Glass

By Brent King On May 18, 2015 1 Comment

I have seen a lot of Cinderella retellings over the years and, though many of them are great stories, only a few have covers that have captivated me. I don’t know what it is that intrigues me, but it’s something in the combination of graphic, title, and font.

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel HauckCinderella's Shoes by Shonna SlayonWhat is Hidden by Lauren SkidmoreThe Captive Maiden by Melanie DickersonCinder by Marissa Meyer

Shoot Your Novel Review

By Brent King On November 4, 2014 No Comments

Shoot-your-novelWriting is not all that different from directing. That’s what C. S. Lakin declared in her book, Shoot Your Novel. Then she took me on a journey through the most valuable cinematic techniques that a director uses and showed me how to apply them to my novel.

From panning to montages to zooming in, she explained how it worked in a movie and related that to how powerfully it could work for me too. I found the examples that she uses more helpful than in most how-to-write books. Most of them illustrated the technique lucidly, so that I really got what she was trying to explain. That is important if I’m going to make it work for me when I sit down to write.

Sometimes I just need to look at writing from a different

A Time to Die Blog Hop

By Brent King On October 27, 2014 No Comments

“Teach us, O Lord, to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom…”

If I had one year left to live, what would I do?

A Time to DieThe premise of Nadine Brandes’ new book is a real thought provoker. Throughout the last decade I have thought about it a lot. What does death mean to me? How does it affect my life? I have come to realize that life can’t mean anything unless death does. Peter Kreeft expands this:

“…if death is not meaningful, then life, in the final analysis, is not meaning-full. For death is the final analysis. If there is nothing at the end of the road, then the road leads nowhere, points to nothing, means nothing” (Love is Stronger Than Death).

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