May 25, 2017
Book Giveaway on Goodreads!
Interested in a free copy of my book? Be sure you enter the Goodreads Book giveaway, while there’s still time. You could be randomly selected to receive a free copy! The giveaway ends on June 8th.
January 1, 2017
Author NLJ inteview by blog host Emily Williams
What made you want to become a writer?
I didn’t even know I was a writer until people kept telling me so. When I was in 4th grade, we each had to write a short story based on Egyptian culture. There was no page limit, but most people’s stories were a couple of pages long. Mine was 14 pages long, and I couldn’t even finish it because I kept thinking up new things for the character to do. The teacher read what I had so far and gave me an A anyway.
Writing a long story doesn’t mean that it’s any good. But whenever I would share story ideas with people, they always looked at me as if I stole the story idea from somebody else. I assumed that the ideas were pretty basic until my teachers told me otherwise. By the time it sunk in that I was creative, I realized that I enjoyed writing.
Who were your favourite influential authors when you were a child?
There was a fantasy writer I was obsessed with as a pre-teen, her name was Sherryl Jordan. She wrote this fascinating book called The Juniper Game. It was about a game in which entire worlds were envisioned and then came to life.
There was also a series called Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. And then, for kicks and giggles, I simply could not resist the Bruce Coville series, My Teacher is an Alien.
My mother also read a lot of Isaac Asimov and Gene Roddenberry to my siblings and I.
For the full interview, click here:
September 28, 2016
Chronicles of Drenyon: The Golden Sword has just become a Readers’ Favorite!
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Melissa Tanaka for Readers’ Favorite
Chronicles of Drenyon: The Golden Sword by NLJ is the first book in the Drenyon Series and details the journey of a young woman named Anya as she evolves from a relatively well-off and beautiful village girl into a true heroine. Like any good character, Anya tests the limitations that are set by society, seeking something more than just marriage to a wealthy man. With an ailing mother, impending poverty, and the pressure to choose a suitor, Anya finds comfort in the form of an enchanted tree, who tells her grand tales of another lifetime that end up being more useful than she could have ever imagined.
I am a huge fan of fantasy and this book did not disappoint! Chronicles of Drenyon: The Golden Sword is a wonderful read for preteen girls and boys alike, with plenty of action, adventure, and other worldly events to keep them enthralled from the very beginning. NLJ’s detailed depictions of both the setting and characters allow readers to quickly fall into the story, and you can’t help but want to hear more of the legendary tales that act as a history of Drenyon as the story continues to unfold. You’re taken on a whirlwind adventure as Anya sets out to save her village and ultimately the kingdom of Drenyon, facing bloodthirsty villagers, rabid prisoners, and depraved elves with nothing more than the tree’s stories as a guide. Together, she and the tree seek out the players from the stories as they attempt to piece together the reality and the prophecies in order to reach the golden sword that promises to save them all.