If I had One Year Left To Live (Giveaway)

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What would you do if you knew you had one year left to live? It’s a difficult question. It’s one being asked by author Nadine Brandes on a blog hop promoting her brilliant new dystopian book A Time To Die (more on that shortly).

The first thought that occurs to me is that I would quit my job immediately (not that I don’t like my job) and focus on writing full-time, in an attempt to get my novel finished, and hopefully published, before I leave this world. Of course then I would have to face the fact that I’d not be able to provide for my family. I would lose my house and my kids would be hungry.

Seriously though, I would place my writing above all other ‘personal pursuits’. There would be no time for computer games. I’d push through and work on editing my book regardless of how tired I felt. It just wouldn’t matter. Authoring books is something I feel that I was created to do, and while I have been working on it for many years it remains my great unfulfilled destiny (though I am getting much closer). To be honest I have already been feeling this pressure. Not that I expect to die in a year, but as middle-age creeps slowly closer I find myself looking back, and thinking of the writing career I could have had.

No doubt I would speak more openly about my faith and try to share about the hope I have that continues beyond death. I would try to make my last days count for God – considering each of them both a gift from him as well as a responsibility to him.

Ultimately though, I think the place a question like this leads you is not so much to what you would do – but how you would do it. If I had one year left to live I would stop wasting so much time worrying and stressing about things that don’t matter, and even those that do.

I would spend less time yelling at my kids, and more time building memories with them. I would strive harder to ensure that I had passed on my values to them, and to make sure they knew how much I love them, and how proud of I am of them. In fact I would make sure many people knew how much I loved them. I would spend as much time as I possibly could with my beautiful wife. I would try to find a way to say goodbye to her, though how one says goodbye to such a close loved-one is beyond my comprehension.

Of course there is little point thinking about a question like this unless it changes how you live today. To challenge yourself on your priorities and character.

So now I ask you. If you knew you had one year left to live, what would YOU do?

About the Book

A Time To Die Cover

How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?

Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system.

But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall —— her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.

Give-away

The author Nadine Brandes is giving away a signed paperback of A Time To Die. This is a must-read book.
ENTER HERE.

Connect with the author on her website: nadinebrandes.com. Or on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads. Watch my interview with the author.

Follow the rest of this blog hop

9.03.14 – Nadine Brandes

9.08.14 – Ashlee Willis

9.11.14 – Caitlin Schesser

9.15.14 – Jennette Mbewe

9.17.14 – Heather Fitzgerald

9.19.14 – Kristen Stieffel

9.22.14 – Rebekah Gyger

9.25.14 – Lydia Thomas

9.26.14 – Ashley Olson

9.27.14 – Angel Roman

9.28.14 – Rosalie Valentine

9.29.14 – Aubrei Crooke-Adams

9.30.14 - Sarah Grimm

10.01.14 – Jon Del Arroz

10.02.14 – Amy Brandes

10.04.14 – Kathrese McKee

10.07.14 – Karen DeBlieck

10.09.14 – Bethany Jennings

10.10.14 – Angie Brashear

10.13.14 – Adam Collings

10.15.14 – Bree Courtney

10.20.14 – Gretchen Engel

10.24.14 – JC Morrows

10.30.14 – Lisa Gedfries

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Video Interview with Dystopian Author Nadine Brandes

In today’s episode of Stories I am joined by author Nadine Brandes. We talk about the inspiration behind her new Christian dystopian novel A Time To Die. Nadine shared about how writing the book has impacted the way she lives her life.


A Time To Die Cover

How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?
Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system.

But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall —— her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.

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Book Review – Transgression by Randy Ingermanson

Transgression (City of God #1)Transgression by Randy Ingermanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A physicist creates a wormhole into first century Israel and embarks on a quest to kill the apostle Paul in an attempt to prevent the rise of Christianity. A messianic Jew Rivkah) tries to stop him, accompanied by the physicist’s partner (Ari). This is a thrilling premise, and one I was eager to pick up.

I love time travel stories, and there are not a lot of them in “Christian Fiction” so Transgression grabbed my attention straight away. I was not let down. This was an exciting story with a lot of depth.

The book explores the history of Christianity and Judaism. It explores the sometimes tenuous relationship between Jews and Christians. The protagonist Rivkah embodies this relationship as a Jewish Christian. This relationship is mirrored by the relationship between Rivkah and Ari, who is a secular Jew.

If you’re looking for an intelligent and slightly edgy time-travel story then you can’t pass up Transgression.

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The Reluctant Mage by Karen Millar – book Review

The Reluctant Mage (The Fisherman's Children, #2)The Reluctant Mage by Karen Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The previous book in this series spent a great deal of time build up toward the possibility of exploring beyond the bounds of the land of Lur, but ended just as it was starting to happen, so I entered this book with a lot of expectation.

While Rafel’s journey was cut short by tragedy, I got to experience that exploration as Deenie sets off on her quest. In a lot of ways book 1 was just set-up for book 2. In the Reluctant Mage, the plot really starts moving.

Karen Millar’s great strength seems to be the development of characters and people groups. This continues to show through in this book. She creates a brand new race of people, and again gives them their own turns of phrase. The people of Vharne feel very distinct from the people of Lur.

This book gave Deenie the development she needed, and watching her growth was a lot of fun. I felt that Rafel’s character was lacking in this book, as he was incapacitated due to important plot reasons. It all worked, it’s just that he was so important in the last book that I wanted more of him.

I enjoyed the dynamic that built between Arlin and both Rafel and Deenie. It’s always fulfilling to see former foes forced to develop a begrudging respect for one another.

The book brings the series to a satisfying conclusion. I now look forward to going back and reading some of the earlier books set in this world.

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Interview with Science Fiction Author P.A. Baines (Video)

In today’s episode of Stories I speak with author P.A. Baines about his Christian science fiction novels Alpha Redemption and Alpha Revelation.

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A Time To Die by Nadine Brandes – Book Review

Today is the official launch day of Nadine Brandes’ Christian dystopian novel A Time To Die. In celebration I present my review of the book below.

A Time to Die (Out of Time Series, #1)A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How would you live your life if you had a clock that told you exactly when you would die? This is the question posed by the book A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes. Parvin Blackwater has just entered her final year on Earth. At only 17 years of age she is preparing for the end. She handles it better than most of us would as she’d been preparing for it all her life.

Nadine Brandes has created a fascinating world that is ruled by the clock. Everybody has one. Those who destroy their clocks are considered radicals and cast to the other side of the great wall to die, but what actually lies on the other side of that wall?

When Parvin is unjustly thrown to the other side, she finds herself on a pilgrimage – a quest to find meaning in her last days on earth.
You might think that knowing exactly when the protagonist is going to die would rob the book of suspense. On the contrary, we feel Parvin’s growing desperation as the seconds tick away. That said, the author introduces an interesting twist that adds uncertainly into the equation. This aspect is handled very well and adds a sense of mystery to the tale.

Parvin is joined by various companions as her story progresses. Each brings something unique to her experience. Along the way Parvin wrestles with her Christian faith. Her journey is as much spiritual as it is physical.

I was impressed with the various different cultures that the author created. They are detailed and believable. I was fascinated and chilled by the albino culture.

A lot of mysteries are introduced during the course of the book. Some of them are resolved but many remain for the two planned sequels. The end of the book brings resolution but at the same time opens a gut-wrenching wound that will leave you hanging out for book two.

This book evoked powerful emotions in me. You know an author has done their job when you find yourself angry at fictional characters, and protective of others.

If you want a unique dystopian that goes beyond the clichés and creates a fascinating world populated by flesh and blood characters then you need to read A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes. This is not just a book that entertains. This is a book that forces you to think about your life and perhaps even make some changes.

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Video Book Review – Emergence by Liberty Speidel

In today’s episode of Stories I talk about Emergence: A Superhuman Detective Story by Liberty Speidel.

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Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey – Video Book Review

In today’s episode of Stories I talk about the epic space opera Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. This is the first book in the expanse series.

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Shadows Beneath – The Writing Excuses Anthology. Video

In today’s episode of Stories, I talk about Shadows Beneath – The Writing Excuses Anthology.

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3 Days Left on Enclave Kickstarter for Christian Sci-fi & Fantasy Books

You’ve probably heard that Enclave Publishing (formerly Marcher Lord Press) is holding a Kickstarter campaign to promote their upcoming books for their “Fall 2014″ (Northern Hemisphere) release. There are some great looking stories there and you can get all 5 titles for just twenty bucks. It’s a great way to show your support for the Christian science fiction and fantasy industry, and get some awesome stories in the process.

Here are some good reasons to support the campaign, and a few more good reasons.

Enclave Publishing Kickstarter

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