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Thursday, December 31, 2009

THE END OF ONE ROAD BEGINS A NEW ONE

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
UNLEASH THE MAGIC

THE END OF ONE ROAD BEGINS A NEW ONE

Thank you for sharing the Holidays with me! It was fun looking at holiday related writers, book reviews, and songs. What a great year 2009 has been, and you were a big part of that!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Stay tuned in 2010 for more book reviews, previews of works by KM Wilsher, up and coming brilliant writers, and as always, glorification of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Monday, December 28, 2009

TWILIGHT

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
UNLEASH THE MAGIC
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES





To end the HOLIDAY SERIES, FALL ON YOUR KNEES, I would like to share with you one of the most brilliant devotions I have seen this year. It is over at DRY GROUND a fresh blog written by writer Lori Lundquist. When you get there, look on the right side of the page and click on How Reading a Vampire Book Brought Me Closer to Jesus

TWILIGHT is a phenomenon and for the longest time I couldn't figure out why, but this devotion brings it home - spurs me to FALL ON MY KNEES.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO DRY GROUND and read this brilliant devotion.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Isn't there anyone who can tell me what Christmas is all about? Charlie Brown

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
UNLEASH THE MAGIC
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES



Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

CHRISTMAS STORIES

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
UNLEASH THE MAGIC
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES

What is your favorite story regarding Christmas?

Of course the most popular Christmas book is probably
A Christmas Carol

But remember this one:
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree. What an adorable tale about a Christmas tree that is too tall. Adelaide cuts the top off. She throws it away and it starts a chain of bears, owls and eventually mice finding Christmas trees from that one tree top.



Did you know Tolkien wrote a Christmas story?
Letters from Father Christmas by Tolkien
Have you read it?



And we can’t forget The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – Narnia, the land where it is always winter and never Christmas. But Christmas does come!












Of course the birth of the our Savior Jesus - that is the real story. That story will be up next!

Monday, December 21, 2009

MOVIE MONDAY

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
UNLEASH THE MAGIC
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES

We were talking about Christmas specials last week.

Remember this guy?

The Abominable Snowman, a monster that hates Christmas and feeds on reindeer, tries to chase them. The friends lose sight of the monster, and on their way they meet a prospector named Yukon Cornelius who is obsessed with finding silver and gold. The trio manages to flee to the Island of Misfit Toys, ruled by a flying lion named King Moonracer. Because they are misfits but not toys, King Moonracer allows them to spend one night on his island. The friends do, but Rudolph knows that his nose is a danger to his friends, so he leaves the island.
Later in the story they tame the abominable snowman and teach him to walk.
Remember when the group of misfit toys and Rudolph sang this song with him?


Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door

You never will get where you’re going
If you never get up on your feet
Come on, there’s a good tail wind blowing
A fast walking man is hard to beat

Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door



I still sing this song sometimes when I think I can't go on anymore.
How about you? Got any silly ways to encourage yourself?

Friday, December 18, 2009

JOY TO THE WORLD

Here is another of my top Christmas songs!
One of my favorite things about this song is the harmony. (The video is hard to watch because of the white, bobbing ball above the head of the girl in the back LOL)
I thought these girls did well. What about you? A little over zealous maybe, but they made me smile.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

BY DARKNESS HID by JILL WILLIAMSON

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
UNLEASH THE MAGIC
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES

A BOOK REVIEW
BY DARKNESS HID by JILL WILLIAMSON
My Synopsis
Achan Cham is a stray. In the feudal caste system of Er’Rets a stray is the bottom rung of society. Without family, he is forced to work in the kitchens and serve an abusive master.

An offer from a charismatic knight to train for the King’s Guard lifts Achan’s spirits. And yet, as Achan grows more capable with the blade and confident in himself, he hears voices in his head. Despite his new found courage gained from his sword training, he fears he has gone mad.

Meanwhile, Vrell Sparrow, a girl dressed as a male stray hiding from an arranged marriage that will unite her to the most horrific of lords, works in the household of a friend of the family. And a powerful man, who covets her strong blood voicing powers which enable to hear other’s thoughts, sends men to fetch her. Though Vrell is admired by a few of her captors, it looks as if she is on her way to the dungeon.

Both Achan and Vrell meet as they get caught up in the whirlpool battle for the highest seat in the land. As century old lies crumble and cruel secrets melt, shocking secrets are revealed about their families, their identities, and the world as they know it. In the end Vrell and Achan are required to run for their lives into the land which is by darkness hid.

My Review
I have to admit, as a writer this book sent me into a long depression – or writer’s block -- whatever title you want to slap onto it. As I read the last page of BY DARKNESS HID and closed the book, I said aloud, “That’s it. It’s been written. The perfect fantasy tale has been written and it is called BY DARKNESS HID.”

Oh yeah, and I went on to wallow about it. Why write? The perfect fantasy tale had been written.

Okay, rest assured that three weeks later I have emerged from my self-pity and am writing again, and after you’ve assuredly rested go and buy this book.

These characters are alive, loveable and as real as any I have seen. Without endless narrative, you feel like you are in middle of the medieval fantasy world. All that is medieval and fantasy is painted and portrayed in entertaining brilliance.

The action is fast paced without being choppy; the conflict is flashy without being violent. It is my favorite book to date. Aye, my fellow fantasy fan, I said it: This is my favorite book to date!

What more to say? We can look back in admiration at Tolkien and Lewis as they forged the road. We can honor Jordan, Whedon, Lucas, as they constructed their footsteps. But I say, Jill Williamson will be the hero of our time.

You decide. Pick up the book.

Monday, December 14, 2009

MOVIE MONDAY

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
UNLEASH THE MAGIC
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES

When you were a kid, weren't you on the edge of your chair the day after Thanksgiving waiting for the Christmas Specials? I loved them.

Rembember the The Little Drummer Boy?














A very sweet tale around the story that is Christmas, the birth of our savior.
What is your favorite?
Come back next Movie Monday and hear about a Christmas Special that still encourages me today!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

MARCHER LORD SELECT - LITERARY AMERICAN IDOL

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, AND SPECULITIVE FICTION FANS
20009 Marcher Lord Select has only 2 more rounds. Have you looked into this yet? Just the interaction with other CHRISTIAN FICTION writers/readers/fans is enough to take a peek!

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK

BELOW IS THE PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CONTEST'S INCEPTION

October 18, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marcher Lord Press Announces Marcher Lord Select

(Colorado Springs, CO)–Marcher Lord Press, the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction, today announces the debut of a revolution in fiction acquisitions.

“Marcher Lord Select is American Idol meets book acquisitions,” says publisher Jeff Gerke. “We’re presenting upwards of 40 completed manuscripts and letting ‘the people’ decide which one should be published.”

The contest will proceed in phases, Gerke explains, in each subsequent round of which the voters will receive larger glimpses of the competing manuscripts.

The first phase will consist of no more than the book’s title, genre, length, a 20-word premise, and a 100-word back cover copy teaser blurb. Voters will cut the entries from 40 to 20 based on these items alone.

“We want to show authors that getting published involves more than simply writing a great novel,” Gerke says. “There are marketing skills to be developed–and you’ve got to hook the reader with a good premise.”

Following rounds will provide voters with a 1-page synopsis, the first 500 words of the book, the first 30 pages of the book, and, in the final round, the first 60 pages of the book.

The manuscript receiving the most votes in the final round will be published by Marcher Lord Press in its Spring 2010 release list.

No portion of any contestant’s mss. will be posted online, as MLP works to preserve the non-publication status of all contestants and entries.

Participating entrants have been contacted personally by Marcher Lord Press and are included in Marcher Lord Select by invitation only.

“We’re also running a secondary contest,” Gerke says. “The ‘premise contest’ is for those authors who have completed a Christian speculative fiction manuscript that fits within MLP guidelines and who have submitted their proposals to me through the Marcher Lord Press acquisitions portal before October 29, 2009.”

The premise contest will allow voters to select the books that sound the best based on a 20-word premise, a 100-word back cover copy teaser blurb, and (possibly) the first 500 words of the book.

The premise contest entrants receiving the top three vote totals will receive priority acquisitions reading by MLP publisher Jeff Gerke.

“It’s a way for virtually everyone to play, even those folks who didn’t receive an invitation to compete in the primary Marcher Lord Select contest.”

Marcher Lord Select officially begins on November 1, 2009, and runs until completion in January or February 2010. All voting and discussions and Marcher Lord Select activities will take place at The Anomaly forums in the Marcher Lord Select subforum. Free registration is required.

“In order for this to work as we’re envisioning,” Gerke says, “we need lots and lots of voters. So even if you’re not a fan of Christian science fiction or fantasy, I’m sure you love letting your voice be heard about what constitutes good Christian fiction. So come on out and join the fun!”

Marcher Lord Press is a Colorado Springs-based independent publisher producing Christian speculative fiction exclusively. MLP was launched in fall of 2008 and is privately owned. Contact: Jeff Gerke; www.marcherlordpress.com.

Friday, December 11, 2009

O HOLY NIGHT

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
UNLEASH THE MAGIC
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES

MY NUMBER ONE FAVORITE SONG ABOUT OUR SAVIORS BIRTH.

EACH TIME I HEAR "FALL ON YOUR KNEES" TEARS BURN MY EYES!!!!



WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER ONE FAVORITE SONG ABOUT OUR SAVIORS BIRTH?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

FIRST EDITION


THE HOLIDAY SERIES
UNLEASH THE MAGIC
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES

Keeping with the theme: FALL ON YOUR KNEES, here is an article of mine from the our church newsletter called FIRST EDITION.

It is partly my testimony, so I thought it went well in the December chapter of THE HOLIDAY SERIES. It is quite long, but here it is in entirety.

by KM WILSHER
It is not the easiest thing for me, being transparent, especially to brothers and sisters. Despite what I know, that Christians are not perfect people but forgiven children, I have a past. I would love to leave my past where it is, behind me; but there are others out there struggling with the same horrors I struggled with, and I feel a call to reach out to them. So I must be transparent every chance I get.

15 years ago, homeless, on my knees, and at the bottom of a rope I admitted to an addiction to crystal meth. My journey did not end there. I am among what they call cross addicted, so years later, I then came to admit I was an alcoholic. And today I can claim sobriety only one day at a time.

Nature vs. Nurture? I am not a theologian, a psychologist, or scientist, but I know that in the past I have had a strong tendency to search for relief and escape in substance.

In times of trouble I have ran to alcohol, drugs, and nicotine, but these are just the darkest of substances to which I have run. I have also turned to food, television, and work to fill a need.

In this great nation of ours there are many ways to escape the stress and trouble of life. And the sheer number of ways to avoid the pain, along with the ease and accessibility of them is overwhelming.

Many people had traumatic childhoods, but not all of these turned out to be drug addicts or drunks. Many human tragedies happen daily, just the unfair day to day events are enough to cripple us, why did I turn to drugs and alcohol? I have no idea. Was it because I was born with a predisposition? I don’t know. I do know that I thank the Lord for his deliverance before those substances drove me to an early grave or worse. I think hurting someone else in a drunken stupor would have been worse than death.

12 step programs were a catalyst for me. I did grow up in the Church, but after many years of the inability to follow some rules man had given me to follow in order to meet God on judgment day, I’d thrown religion out the window. The 12 steps led me back to Jesus Christ. Those steps were a bridge back to the loving arms of the lover of my soul who had waited and longed for me to see Him through my broken world. Those steps were also an enlightening process that God used to show me a way back home – to Him.

And now I have a passion to share this story, to hold up road signs to others, road signs pointing to a bridge that leads to Jesus. Many suffer from addiction. Addiction in many forms, relationships, working too much, gambling, etc. I even know women that cannot put romance novels down, reading until all hours of the morning, missing sleep and important dates all to read another book.

This is why groups like, Celebrate for Recovery, and FCC’s own His Path to Recovery are so important to me. The need out there is disturbing, the need not only to reach out to those who drink too much, but also the need to reach out to those in other dark cells of escapism.

There is hope. Jesus is the answer, but sometimes it takes someone who’s been there to deliver the message. Sometimes it takes someone who shares your same character defects to realize you are not alone in yours.

We all have been labeled in this life: Most likely to succeed, Class Clown, Most likely to screw it all up. The good news is we as Christians have the best label: Saved. I know that most secular 12 step groups are ever trying to squeeze God out, but God is the motivation behind those steps, and Jesus reached me through them.

So if you know someone still suffering from addiction, remember that there are Christians praying for them today. Praying for them to see the road signs, the steps, or maybe an ex-addict to help them find their way back to Jesus, their way back home.

Have you written your testimony?

Monday, December 7, 2009

MOVIE MONDAY

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
UNLEASH THE MAGIC
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES


For Movie Monday in the month of December, a chapter entitled: FALL ON YOUR KNEES. I am looking at great bible story movies. And of course, during the month we celebrate Jesus' birth, THE NATIVITY STORY came to mind first.

THE NATIVITY STORY
However, there are other great movies that give us a veiw into the life of Jesus:
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
JESUS





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AND didn't want to forget the following movies, that really gave me a contemporary look at these TRUE bible stories.

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT

ESTHER

Can you think of more? Did you see the movies I've listed? Did you enjoy them?

Friday, December 4, 2009

I KNOW THE END OF THE STORY



THE HOLIDAY SERIES
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES

"Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go." John 21:18

My family has always been very involved in missions local and abroad, planting Churches, serving Jesus. As a child, on my way to the Indian Reservation with my family to spread the Word and give food and clothes, I would picture myself as an adult on the mission field in some role. However, to my shame, my teens and early twenties did not glorify Jesus. And in my mid-twenties, I went on a journey to study every religion I could find of to locate the Truth: Science of the mind, New ageism, Indian mysticism, Buddism, Hinduism and others, and thank the Lord Jesus Christ the search for the Truth led me home. The Truth was in my life all along – Jesus was always who He claimed to be: The Son of God – and I could finally see!

In my late twenties I began to serve Jesus with all my heart, and looking at the mission field again. At Metro Church in Denver, Colorado I became a fan of some missionaries to Russia and Portugal. But, I was sincerely touched by a woman who came to visit Lakewood Church of Christ who ran a Christian elementary school in India. It was small and poor, but attendance was coveted by the community due to the love of Christ Jesus.

I thought I had found my calling. In fact, I had to do a persuasive speech in my communications class at a secular college and I spoke about the Indian Christian School and my desire to go and teach/witness there. It was a secular school, but at the end of my presentation the students gave me money! I collected $30 to put toward what I would need to get to India. The professor said he’d never seen anything like it. The Spirit was moving beautifully and my life was good. Alas, that $30 still sits --as do I – stateside.

Funny how things work. . .I’ve heard it said, “We make plans and God laughs.” I don’t know about that, but I do know in my life I’ve made plans and He says, “Wait.” Not just mission plans, but ministry plans, family plans, writing, education and career plans too. And, He says, “Wait.” “Wait” is not the easiest thing to do.

I’ve said to my Lord for many years, “I’ll go anywhere you want me to go.” But I think I always meant “anywhere but here.” And, as I’ve stayed “here”, I have remained extremely faithful and in love with the Son of God. I will not leave Him ever again.

Like Peter said in John 6:68
“Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Yes, eternal life and ironically, the Truth for which I left Him to search for in my twenties.

I wondered if I was the only one who felt this way. Was I the only one God asked to stay put -- to “Wait.”

Sarah came to mind. God asked her to wait for His promises to be revealed and fulfilled. Wait well into her elder years. I have a very strong bond with Abraham’s wife. I know we are very different. She was very beautiful; she was a wife, and the mother of many nations. I am pretty frumpy, single, and the mother of none, and yet I feel we are united.

That bond developed while I was reading the book: SARAH: Book One of the Canaan Trilogy by Marek Halter. It’s a good book. I read it a couple of years ago. And page after page I found myself saying, “Hang on Sarah. Don’t fret. Don’t give up hope. I know the end of the story.” I found myself wanting to step into her story and tell her what I know. A few months later as I was in despair, losing hope and laughing at the prospect that God had plans for me to prosper; I heard a distant voice saying, “Hang on, child. Don’t fret. Don’t give up hope. I know the end of the story.” Love, Sarah.

From my viewpoint it seems like all those around me have “go orders”. I have great respect for you all and admiration beyond belief. I feel so lucky God has placed you in my life. But, my question is; Has God asked you to wait?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

FALL ON YOUR KNEES, THE HOLIDAY SERIES, DECEMBER CHAPTER


THE HOLIDAY SERIES
DECEMBER CHAPTER
FALL ON YOUR KNEES

Why the title FALL ON YOUR KNEES? This month is the deepest darkest part of the year, literally. The days are shorter and the inky night is longer than ever. Is this why we celebrate the birth of our Savior? I would like to think so. His birth, a bright light shined into the dark sin engulfing mankind. The star, a shimmering reminder that in the dark days of your life, Jesus shines through.
I love the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and this month I will fall on my knees in adoration of Him and his grand love for us.

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my
love. John 15:9

No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have
believed that I came from God. John 16:27

Jesus loves you this intensely!

Come back in December for many "gifts", book reviews, and praise for Jesus!

Are you ready for Christmas? It’s December 1, Christmas is around the corner.

When do you send out your Christmas cards?

Friday, November 27, 2009

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Off to the Rockies to watch the Huskies' last playoff game! They haven't lost at all this season. This game decides what teams play for the state trophy. How fun is that!? Have a great weekend all! See you the middle of next week.

I am grateful today for my nephew, my family, air travel, football, and COLORADO!
How about you? On Black Friday what are you grateful for?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

HAPPY THANKSGIVING


HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Monday, November 23, 2009

AUTHOR BIOS

The Holiday Series
November a month of gratefulness

Author Bio Study
As I was submitting my short stories around the net, it surprised me that many places asked for an Author Bio. I mean I was just submitting short stories. Author Bio’s were for Dekker and Peretti, right? So, on the fly, I had to come up with an Author Bio. Whew?!

So this study is to get you thinking. Do you have one? What kind of things make a flashy author bio? Or should it be flashy at all?

While we study, get to know some of my favorite writers:
One major thing I am grateful for is the many talented writers in the Lord has brought into my life. I am lucky to have found the some of The King’s most faithful daughters and can now claim them as friends. So in this series I not only want to study Author Bio’s, but also showcase them.

And now, my fellow CHRISTIAN WRITERS OF THE WEST member, sister in Christ, and fantasy writer, Michelle Gregory.

CLICK HERE FOR HER BLOG: BEAUTIFUL CHAOS.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE HER BOOK: ELDALA



Michelle Gregory grew up in Tucson, Arizona. From an early age she loved reading and writing. She received a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 1987. In early 2005, she thought she’d like to write. By October 2005, she could hardly stand the thought of not writing, so she signed up for National Novel Writing Month, and joined hundreds of other people around the world in the attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Almost two years later, she had a novel.

Michelle and her husband of twenty-two years reside in Mesa, Arizona, and enjoy raising their three children, and indulging in frequent getaways. In addition to pursuing her dream of being a writer, Michelle home schools her children.

What would you say makes a good author bio?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

FAITH LIKE POTATOES - MOVIE MONDAY

This week I am thankful for stories that boost my Faith. I love stories about fiery faith, one's that stir up passion in my love for Jesus. This is not a fantasy or SciFi movie, but you have to see FAITH LIKE POTATOES. Just look at the trailer:

The best "come to Jesus" moment on film. Most believable and most touching.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Author Bios KAT HECKENBACH

The Holiday Series
November a month of gratefulness

Author Bio Study
As I was submitting my short stories around the net, it surprised me that many places asked for an Author Bio. I mean I was just submitting short stories. Author Bio’s were for Dekker and Peretti, right? So, on the fly, I had to come up with an Author Bio. Whew?!

So this study is to get you thinking. Do you have one? What kind of things make a flashy author bio? Or should it be flashy at all?

While we study, get to know some of my favorite writers:
One major thing I am grateful for is the many talented writers in the Lord has brought into my life. I am lucky to have found the some of The King’s most faithful daughters and can now claim them as friends. So in this series I not only want to study Author Bio’s, but also showcase them.


And now, Kat Heckenbach: CLICK HERE FOR HER BLOG
Kat Heckenbach is a freelance writer, homeschool mom, and magna cum laude graduate of the University of Tampa (Biology). Her short fiction ranges from light-hearted fantasy to dark and disturbing. You can enter her world and learn about her novels and other writing at www.findingangel.com and www.kat-findingangel.blogspot.com.

CLICK HERE FOR KAT HECKENBACH'S WEBSITE
I grew up in the small town of Riverview, Florida, where I spent most of my time either drawing or sitting in my "reading tree" with my nose buried in a fantasy novel...except for the hours pretending my back yard was an enchanted forest that could only be reached through the secret passage in my closet...

I never could give up on the idea that maybe I really was magic, mistakenly placed in a world not my own...but as the years passed, and no elves or fairies carted me away...I realized I was just going to have to create the life of my fantasies.

Now I share that life with my husband and two kids. Ok, maybe "share" isn't the right word--more like live that life in my writing and try my best to be normal the rest of the time.


I graduated from the University of Tampa--Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in Biology (yep, I'm a science geek, too).

I spent several years teaching, but never in a traditional classroom--everything from Art to Algebra II (yep, I'm a math geek, too)--and now I homeschool my two kids.

My writing spans the gamut from inspirational personal essays to dark and disturbing fantasy and horror. (You didn't honestly expect me to say "romance" did you?)

____**THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF KAT'S PUBLISHED STORIES!

"The Gift"--short story in Digital Dragon
"The Artist"--short story in Mindflights
"Sparrows"--short story in Einstein's Pocket Watch
"Willing Blood"--Editor's Choice Award in The Absent Willow Review
"Eyes on the Hilltop"--short story in CFOM
"FINDING ANGEL" -- CHAPTER ONE of MY FIRST NOVEL

**CLICK HERE TO FIND THE LINKS TO KAT'S PUBLISHED STORIES (LOOK ON THE RIGHT SIDE UNDER "FIND MY WRITINGS!)

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What does your Author Bio sound like? Funny? Serious?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper’s Curse of the Spider King, Book 1 of the Berinfell Prophecies

NOVEMBER CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BLOG TOUR

Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper’s Curse of the Spider King, Book 1 of the Berinfell Prophecies

Yesterday I said Curse of the Spider King, Book 1 of the Berinfell Prophecies displayed one of the best back cover blurbs I’d ever read. Well, today I give you one of the best book trailers I’ve ever seen: Curse of the Spider King, Book 1 of the Berinfell Prophecies

CLICK HERE to purchase Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper’s Curse of the Spider King, Book 1 of the Berinfell Prophecies

Author and series links:
Wayne Thomas Batson’s blog
Christopher Hopper’s Web site
The Berinfell Prophecies Web site

I haven't read this book yet. Please read what others on the tour had to say:
*Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Amy Browning
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Shane Deal
Jeff Draper
Emmalyn Edwards
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Tina Kulesa
Melissa Lockcuff
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Nissa
John W. Otte
Cara Powers
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Robert Treskillard
Fred Warren
Jason Waguespac
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson
KM Wilsher

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Curse of the Spider King: The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book One

NOVEMBER CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BLOG TOUR

Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper’s Curse of the Spider King, Book 1 of the Berinfell Prophecies

Do remember during KM Wilsher's BLOG DAYS OF SUMMER series we did a survey of "back cover blurbs? I don't think I've ever read a better back cover blurb than this one.

The Seven succeeding Elven Lords of Allyra were dead, lost in the Siege of Berinfell as babes. At least that's what everyone thought until tremors from a distant world known as Earth, revealed strange signs that Elven blood lived among its peoples. With a glimmer of hope in their hearts, sentinels are sent to see if the signs are true. But theirs is not a lone errand. The ruling warlord of Allyra, the Spider King, has sent his own scouts to hunt down the Seven and finish the job they failed to complete many ages ago.

Now 13-year-olds on the brink of the Age of Reckoning when their Elven gifts will be manifest, discover the unthinkable truth that their adoptive families are not their only kin. With mysterious Sentinels revealing breathtaking secrets of the past, and dark strangers haunting their every move, will the young Elf Lords find the way back to the home of their birth? Worlds and races collide as the forces of good and evil battle. Will anyone escape the Curse of the Spider King?

CLICK HERE to purchase Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper’s Curse of the Spider King, Book 1 of the Berinfell Prophecies

Author and series links:
Wayne Thomas Batson’s blog
Christopher Hopper’s Web site
The Berinfell Prophecies Web site

I haven't read this book yet. Please what others on the tour had to say:
*Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Amy Browning
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Shane Deal
Jeff Draper
Emmalyn Edwards
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Tina Kulesa
Melissa Lockcuff
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Nissa
John W. Otte
Cara Powers
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Robert Treskillard
Fred Warren
Jason Waguespac
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson
KM Wilsher

Friday, November 13, 2009

Author Bios

The Holiday Series
November a month of gratefulness

Author Bio Study
As I was submitting my short stories around the net, it surprised me that many places asked for an Author Bio. I mean I was just submitting short stories. Author Bio’s were for Dekker and Peretti, right? So, on the fly, I had to come up with an Author Bio. Whew?!

So this study is to get you thinking. Do you have one? What kind of things make a flashy author bio? Or should it be flashy at all.

While we study, get to know some of my favorite writers:
One major thing I am grateful for is the many talented writers in the Lord has brought into my life. I am lucky to have found the some of The King’s most faithful daughters and can now claim them as friends. So in this series I not only want to study Author Bio’s, but also showcase them.


First up, Lori Lundquist. Lori used to live in Arizona. I am hoping she will again someday. This girl has a great love for Christ and it shows in her life as well as in her writing. Lori has been a great inspiration to me both spiritually and artfully. I am so excited about the things she is sharing over at DRY GROUND. You have to check out her Vampire devotional series!

And now: Lori Lundquist
Lori Lundquist writes diverse, redemptive novels in several genres including historical romance and fantasy. She’s also the author of Dry Ground (lorilundquist.blogspot.com), a blog site featuring original articles highlighting spiritual lessons garnered from popular literature and movies such as How Reading a Vampire Book Brought Me Closer to Jesus. She is a wife, a hiker, a reader, a photographer and an amateur nomad/explorer. For now, she lives in Knoxville, TN (for the second time), but don’t worry, that will change. Maybe one day she’ll live close to you.

Check out her Vampire devotional series!
HOW READING A VAMPIRE BOOK BROUGHT ME CLOSER TO JESUS.


My fellow writers, do you have an Author Bio?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day

The Holiday Series
November a month of gratefulness


Today I am grateful to all our Veterans!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

MOVIE MONDAY

10th Kingdom and Dune
THE HOLIDAY SERIES
November, a month of gratefulness


Today I am grateful for my opinion - and yours! Why?

See, I like funny fantasy. For instance, THE PRINCESS BRIDE. I have watched it a handful of times and would love to meet Inigo Montoya. Who doesn't love to hear him say: My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.


I don't watch PRINCESS BRIDE very often, but I do revisit A KNIGHT'S TALE over and over and OVER again. Chaucer? I think we are long lost soul mates. (UG, I always fall for the bad “unavailable” guys. Not the main hero ready to fall in love. Okay. That is a whole different post for a whole different day LOL)

Here are some of his best moments:


Or the KING'S GUARD. You have to see this one. KING'S GUARD is a sort of marriage of A KNIGHT'S TALE and THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

However, after many years of finding 10TH KINGDOM and DUNE highly ranked on lists like: “Top Fantasy Movies of all time”. I finally rented them. Neither one played in my DVD player longer than 10 minutes. Hokey at best. . .

Should I be ashamed? As a Fantasy/Sci Fi/Allegory/Paranormal/Speculative FREEK, why could I barely get through the first scenes of these movies?
Is it only that they are old movies? Would I like the books? Have you seen them?
Advice please, fellow fantasy lovers.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

SUBMISSIONS

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
November, a month of gratefulness


So I finally submitted to THE CROSS AND THE COSMOS. That is what I am grateful for today. The guts and time to submit!

Have you heard about this online magazine? Fantasy. Science Fiction. You should visit just to see the art! All glorifying Jesus Christ.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE CROSS AND THE COSMOS:

THE CROSS AND THE COSMOS is a brand new source for Christian Speculative Fiction. I can't figure out just how, but it is connected to Jeff Gerke/Marcher Lord. I mean I think someone else runs it, but he is involved. (If you know, let me know!)

Anyway, check it out.

Where have you submitted your Christian Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy lately?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

THE INTERVIEW

THE HOLIDAY SERIES by KM Wilsher
NOVEMBER a month of gratefulness
THE INTERVIEW


We have four weeks to count our blessings. Share what we are thankful for.

I did not plan it this way, but my friend, author Michelle Gregory, is interviewing me on her website today. No really, me!
Look here. CLICK HERE TO READ MICHELLE'S INTERVIEW OF ME!
So. . .
The first thing I will mention that I am thankful for is, all the friends and stars I have met through CHRISTIAN WRITERS OF THE WEST. That is where I met Michelle Gregory.
Michelle and I both share a great love for Christ and for writing FANTASY. I am grateful God brought her into my life.

Tell me what you think of the interview. I will be "grateful"!
What are you grateful for today?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

THE HOLIDAY SERIES by KM Wilsher


Unleash the magic
THE HOLIDAY SERIES by KM Wilsher


Chapter One: October, bloodcurdling screams and the bizarre.
Chapter Two: November, a month of gratefulness
Chapter Three: December, fall on your knees
Chapter Four: January, the final chapter, after the holidays

Can you believe the holidays are upon us? Stay tuned to KM Wilsher for holiday nuggets and a celebration of the holidays of 2009.
Book reviews – Fantasy, speculative, Science Ficiton
Holiday Celebrations
Music
Movie Reviews
Author spotlights

And more!

Stay tuned for Chapter Two.
Author Bios
Movie Reviews
Book Reviews
and more . . .

The magic unleashed November 4, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

THE LAST DAY FOR BLOODCURDLING SCREAMS AND THE BIZARRE

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
OCTOBER a month of BLOODCURDLING SCREAMS and THE BIZARRE

Thank you for joining me for the OCTOBER chapter of THE HOLIDAY SERIES by KM Wilsher.
Join me in NOVEMBER a month of gratefulness.

Have fun tonight, All Hallow’s Eve, and be safe.
Are you dressing up?
Do tell! What you are dressing up as --- how about your kids!
I am dressing as a Goth Elf for the party tonight. . .with the elf ears and cape and everything. My niece is Snow White.

See you in a few days.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Your favorite horrific, creepy bad guy

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
OCTOBER a month of BLOODCURDLING SCREAMS and THE BIZARRE


Who is your favorite creepy guy of the big screen?
Mine:
Doctor Crane from Batman Begins











Who is your favorite horrific guy in print?
Mine:
Severus Snape from Harry Potter

















Tell me about your horrific characters. Do you have any creepy guys in your Tale inProgress?


Mine:
From my sword and sorcery story, COBRA CUTLASS: Sorceress Evixen Mosk – A Beyta demon from the depths of an Euvel cave.
















From my sci-fi tale, REMNANTS: Gnuid – Captain of the Guard for two kingdoms, loyal to neither.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A GHOST STORY by KM Wilsher


THE HOLIDAY SERIES
OCTOBER a month of BLOODCURDLING SCREAMS and THE BIZARRE


A GHOST STORY by KM Wilsher

One summer night I watched a spine-chilling, horror film with a friend, and then drove home.

On the drive home, I laughed. Okay, I squealed like a baby. Zombie hitchhikers turned out to be trees, and glowing goblins reached out. Oh no, just road signs.

Then as I arrived in the driveway, my headlights twinkled through dark windows. I ground my teeth together and moaned, NO KEY! My roomate should have been home, but the absence of her car said she wasn’t.

The house my friend and I rented that summer sat in the middle of an eerie neighborhood. No neighbors. I mean, the 1930’s-style homes showed signs of inhabitants -- lawn chairs, live plants, garden hoses -- but no humans. Not once that summer did we see humans.

The spooky movie night was no different. From the driver’s seat of my muscle car, it's engine vibrating with a low rumble, I looked around -- Nothing stirred, except the light flickering in the one streetlight in a four block radius.

I was young and brave, a warrior princess chewing on my fingernails. I formulated a plan to “break and enter” my own home, then got out of the car and crept through the cool, ink-colored air searching the four sides of the house for an open window. The soundtrack of the scary movie earlier tickled the back of my mind causing my heart to beat faster and faster.

Then I couldn’t take it any longer. With a sudden snap, the warrior in me turned into white liver pansy. Panic mode turned on and I flexed my muscles to run. But before I hit full speed, something caught my eye. I noticed that the glass of the dining room window stood open just a little.

After composing my shaking innards, I took a deep breath and strolled through the flower bed. I had a hard time, but eventually the screen came off. Then with raw fingers, I lifted the pane. Proud of myself, I brushed my hands off and looked around. Shadows moved.

I took a quick step near the house, threw my hands on the ledge, and pulled my body into the window sill. While climbing through, balancing became tricky. I fell head over heels into the dining room table, and hit the floor with a thud. The impact caused the dishes on the side of the old metal sink to fall into the basin. Not knowing what had happened, images of séances and pentangles from the creepy movie filled my mind and I screamed.

My heart spasmed into a hypersonic rhythm, and I tried to throw my body back out the window. Again the shriek of the spooky movie orchestra filled my mind, and I froze, stupified, as a sudden brightness blinded me. The kitchen light flickered then blazed down into my eyes.

I blinked hard and pressed my fingers to my eyes. Once I focused, I discovered my roommate standing at the dining room door with a baseball bat in hand. Her eyes were as wide as Frisbees, her jaw hung open and her chest heaved.

Needless to say, within seconds we burst into sobbing laughter at our frightnight, impromptu, haunted house. I warned her not to loan her car to her boyfriend. At least not on the same nights as horror flicks. She warned me to give up breaking and entering, even if it was a place I paid rent.

I will say, that is one of the scariest things that ever happened to me!

How about you? Got any ghost stories?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

MOVIE MONDAY the HOLIDAY SERIES


October the month for bloodcurdling screams and the bizarre
Movie Monday on the Holiday Series
HALLOWEEN WEEK


What movie chilled you to the bones? Turned your world upside down? Had you hanging on for dear life? Did you approach it on purpose?

The house of my youth had a ginormous lower level.

(gi•nor•mous Pronunciation: \jī-ˈnȯr-məs\
Function: adjective Etymology: gigantic + enormous
Date: circa 1948 : extremely large : HUMONGOUS)

It was easy to sneak down the stairs while everyone lay sleeping. One night, on the small television sitting near the sliding glass door, my cousins tuned into THE EXORCIST. We were 10-12 years old. I imagine we didn’t watch the whole thing, but it scared me senseless. I had nightmares for years. It is hands down the scariest thing I have ever seen.

What about you? Share with us the most terrifying movie you have ever seen?

Friday, October 23, 2009

OCTOBER 24 another holiday

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
OCTOBER
BLOOD CURDLING SCREAMS AND THE BIZARRE

Okay, this is under the BIZARRE catagory hee hee

OCTOBER 24, 2009
YESTERDAY WAS MY BLOGAVERSERY

One year ago October 24, 2009 -- KM Wilsher's first post!
And look, in celebration,
Merry and Pippin sing me a song about the GREEN DRAGON!



I was there in the crowd. Did you see me next to Gandalf?

Do you have a Tavern in your "Tale In Progress".
What did you name it?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

KM Wilsher reviews HAUNT OF JACKALS by Eric Wilson

Haunt of Jackals by Eric Wilson
Book 2 of Jerusalem’s undead Trilogy
3 DAY REVIEW FOR CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BLOG TOUR

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THE AUTHOR
CLICK HERE FOR MY SYNOPSIS OF HAUNT OF JACKALS

CLICK HERE to find HAUNT OF JACKALS for sale.
CLICK HERE for Eric Wilson’s Web site
CLICK HERE for The Undead Trilogy Web site

Read below for my final post -- KM Wilsher reviews HAUNT OF JACKALS



My favorite things about HAUNT OF JACKALS?
I love the character, Cal Nichols. A fallen Nastarim. Imperfect. He lets his heart cloud his judgment, and he loses his position among the immortal due to the heat of passion. He is a father, guardian of the world, protector of the remaining Nastirim, and mentor to the upcoming Nastarim. Very relatable don’t you think? Cal is my favorite character.

Gina, Cal’s daughter, is the true main character. She spent many years without knowledge of her father. Her lonely childhood is riddled with abuse. As a rebel teenager she marries young and loses much. Just as Gina finds purpose for her life in the some orphans she cares for, she is yanked into this war between vampires and the followers of the Nazerene. Collectors vs. Nastarim. And her adopted son becomes the target for the worst of the Collectors, the Alkedama – the ones born of the blood of Judas Iscariot.

There was a lot going on in Haunt of Jackals. This may be the story’s Achilles heel. Sometimes I got lost. The Nastarim and the Collectors are a large group of many different powers and levels. I am not sure I ever understood them completely.

And, sometimes I felt like I was on a sightseeing tour. Little pieces of information kept popping up like those plaques in front of state monuments, giving me tiny bits of information. You know the ones with just enough of a story to make you want to know the whole story. Dracula, biblical history, Jewish folklore, salvation, archeology and theology they all darted in and darted out. I wanted to know more, but more would have been a tangent and not a fact to move the story forward.

I did like HAUNT OF JAKALS. After reading the first in JERUSALEM’S UNDEAD TRILOGY: FIELD OF BLOOD, I wasn’t sure I would, but I did. The story started to grab me, and I was invested.

If you like Horror, Haunt of Jackals is pretty creepy at times. These vamps are no Twilight, pretty boy, Brad Pitt, Interview-with -a-Vampire types.

If you like history and archeology, you’ll find some of both here.

I think there are some great discussions. Jesus Christ is alive throughout this book.

One time Cal describes church to Gina as – “a group getting together on Thursday night or going to the coast together for the weekend.” Giving the picture of a family – how the Church should be.
Gina has to answer questions about her own beliefs in a very contemporary, relevant way.

Hurray Eric Wilson - what a subtle, gentle, but very apparent inclusion of the Truth, the Way and the Life. This is one opinion, check out the tour below.

Over all, I’d say this book has a hook. I had tears at the end, and wished the next book was already on the shelf. The bumps are over now, and the story draws me in like a magnet gathers flecks of metal.

Don’t forget to check out what others on the tour are saying about HAUNT OF JACKALS.
MAKE SURE TO TOUR THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
Brandon Barr
Wayne Thomas Batson
Jennifer Bogart
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Amy Browning
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Julie
Carol Keen
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Nissa
John W. Otte
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson
KM Wilsher

Monday, October 19, 2009

HAUNT OF JACKALS by Eric Wilson JERUSALEM'S UNDEAD TRILOGY

Haunt of Jackals by Eric Wilson
Book 2 of Jerusalem’s undead Trilogy

3 DAY REVIEW FOR THE

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BLOG TOUR


CLICK HERE FOR A LITTLE INFORMATION ON THE AUTHOR. MY POST FROM YESTERDAY.


CLICK HERE for Eric Wilson’s Web site
CLICK HERE for The Undead Trilogy Web site

HAUNT OF JACKALS - My synopsis:

Born of the blood left behind by Judas Iscariot upon his death -- The Collectors. In most every way the Collectors resemble what we now call vampires. Immortal, living but dead. Passionate for the carnal, lust bursting from their undead flesh. Drinking the blood of the poor human victims, and tormenting as demons do.

Now, when Jesus rose from the grave he walked the earth, and at the same time, many others were raised. 36 of those humans raised from their dark slumber still walk the earth today. They are called the Nastarim. Human guardians of the world.

Thus the conflict between the blood suckers and the immortal protectors ensues. The goal of the Collectors is to speed up the coming of Armageddon by tormenting the children of God and helping humans give into the slavery of their flesh.

At the heart of the war between good and evil lies a battle between Natira, a Lead Collector, and Cal Nichols, a fallen Nastarim. Cal lost his position as one of the Nastarim the day he allowed himself to love a human woman. Natira killed Cal’s son, forcing Cal to now spend his energy hiding and protecting his daughter(and his adopted grandson) from the hungry vamp-demon. All the while Cal Nichols must continue his real purpose - protect the Nastarim and rid the earth of all collectors, especially Natira.

This book is bursting at the seams with stuff. History, geography, archeology, vampire legend, Jewish folklore, biblical history, Jesus, the Bible, faith, the New Testament, and little echoes from the Screwtape letters by CS Lewis. All this is interwoven into a tapestry of speculative fiction.

How can I touch on all that is going on in HAUNT OF JACKALS? It is impossible. The best I can do is give you a snapshot of what I think the plot looks like, and paint a picture of my favorite story lines. Come back tomorrow for more.


Don’t forget to check out what others on the tour are saying about HAUNT OF JACKALS.

MAKE SURE TO TOUR THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

Brandon Barr
Wayne Thomas Batson
Jennifer Bogart
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Amy Browning
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Julie
Carol Keen
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Nissa
John W. Otte
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson
KM Wilsher

Sunday, October 18, 2009

HAUNT OF JACKALS by Eric Wilson


Haunt of Jackals by Eric Wilson
Book 2 of Jerusalem’s undead Trilogy
3 DAY REVIEW FOR

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BLOG TOUR

CLICK HERE to find HAUNT OF JACKALS for sale.

CLICK HERE for Eric Wilson’s Web site
CLICK HERE for The Undead Trilogy Web site


A little information about the author:

Eric Wilson has written nine novels.

I’ll just bet some of these will be surprises:

1.Haunt of Jackals
2. Field of Blood
3. Fireproof
4. Facing the Giants
5. Flywheel
6. A Shred of Truth
7. The Best of Evil
8. Expiration Date
9. Dark to Mortal Eyes

Have you seen the movie FIREPROOF? Probably. Have you seen FACING THE GIANTS? You really should. It is even better! Have you seen FLYWHEEL? It is not a Hollywood production, but rent it. You will be glad you did. I really liked it.

Eric Wilson seems to be on the cutting edge of Christian Fiction – screenplays and novels. His fiction is leading the way for many. I am happy to have read the first two books in his JERUSALEM’S UNDEAD TRILOGY. And as part of the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BLOG TOUR, I will be reviewing HAUNT OF JACKALS here the next few days.

Eric Wilson, a family man, was born stateside but spent many years traveling abroad with his parents, missionaries. I hear they even attempted to give out bibles behind the iron curtain. Most of what I read about Mr. Wilson says that he wanted to write from a young age. We are all glad he was given the chance. HAUNT OF JACKALS is just another package of proof.

Tune in tomorrow for my synopsis of HAUNT OF JACKALS.

Don’t forget to check out what others on the tour are saying about HAUNT OF JACKALS:

Brandon Barr
Wayne Thomas Batson
Jennifer Bogart
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Amy Browning
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Julie
Carol Keen
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Nissa
John W. Otte
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson
KM Wilsher


Come back tomorrow for more of HAUNT OF JACKALS!

Friday, October 16, 2009

THE PHOENIX RATTLER - DOES YOUR STORY HAVE BITE?

THE HOLIDAY SERIES
OCTOBER the month for
BLOODCURDLING SCREAMS AND THE BIZARRE

THE PHOENIX RATTLER - DOES YOUR STORY HAVE BITE?

The Fantasy catagory has some awesome editors and authors. This is a reminder to all Fantasy/Sci Fi/Allegory/Speculative writers (The Rattler has other catagories too, so tell your friends) You have just over 2 weeks until the deadline!



All right, here is a call out to all you awesome writers who love to compete; and who also love getting your name in front of published writers, agents, editors, and publishers.

CHRISTIAN WRITERS OF THE WEST(CWOW) the Arizona chapter of AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS (ACFW)is throwing a contest you cannot miss! The deadline is October 31st 2009 and the results will be posted in February 2010, (just in time to work on the parts of your story you received comments on and enter other contests in the spring.) The contest entitled, THE PHOENIX RATTLER - DOES YOUR STORY HAVE BITE?, includes great catagories, great published authors, and great final round judges.

CLICK HERE FOR: THE PHOENIX RATTLER - DOES YOUR STORY HAVE BITE? and click on the snake.

CLICK HERE TO READ LYNN RUSH'S BLOG (Find out what a contest can do for your writing.)

NOTE: All verifiable entries submitted by October 24, 2009 12:00 a.m. MST will receive a $1 rebate returned from their $20 entry fee from me, KM Wilsher. READ THE RULES:

To receive your $1 off, you must first go to CWOW, click on the snake, and follow the directions to enter. All steps on that site must be complete. Then, second, you must then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you've entered. I'll verify and mail you your $1 rebate!!!

Let the games begin!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MONSTER by Frank Peretti / THE HOLIDAY SERIES


THE HOLIDAY SERIES
OCTOBER the month for BLOODCURDLING SCREAMS AND THE BIZARRE
BOOK REVIEW
MONSTER by Frank Peretti

Suspense. Science Fiction. Speculative. Spirituality. Perretti’s MONSTER has it all.

My synopsis:
Reed, a police officer, leads his wife, Beck, into the Idaho wilderness. She is not the outdoorsy type, and he desires to teach her the important things in life. Strength. Survival. Living without a curling iron or pedicure.

At first, the hike up is uneventful. Beck is fit and seems to keep up with her husband pretty well. However, once they reach a cabin in the middle of a gorgeous canyon, their whole world turns upside down. Someone or 'something' has ripped the cabin to shreds. Strange creatures lurk the forest about them. Horrid noises and smells fill the night air. A body hangs from a tree, or at least part of it. Then Beck is abducted by a huge, hairy creature and disappears.

Separated, the couple has no idea whether the other is dead or alive. They must hold on to their Faith and their love for each other to endure. True survival. Reed’s love for his wife will not let him give up until he finds Beck, even if he dies during the search.


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A synopsis cannot give you all the clues to the treasures that lay in this book. Again, Perretti gives me characters that I absolutely adore. Much of MONSTER reads like a CSI-like novel, but he incorporates some unique creatures, adding an almost horror-film-like thriller quality. MONSTER includes the argument of Darwinism and Creationism, and subtle pointers to Jesus Christ. (And at times not so subtle – but, beautifully done.)

Monster is a fun ride. The first couple chapters had me hooked in a way I hadn’t been in a long time. It did slow up, especially at the end, but I enjoyed the twists and surprises. I think this is my favorite Frank Perretti so far.


If you get the chance, pick up MONSTER by Frank Perretti – for sure.

CLICK HERE to purchase on Amazon.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

THE HOLIDAY SERIES : COLUMBUS DAY by KM Wilsher


THE HOLIDAY SERIES
COLUMBUS DAY
KM WILSHER
October 12, 2009

Oh, to travel in time. To be an explorer when the unknown frontier still existed. Columbus. Erickson. And my favorites Louis and Clark.

If I could jump into any fantasy world and explore to my hearts content, it would have to be MIDDLE EARTH.

How about you?

A galaxy far away?
The Final Frontier?
Platform 9 3/4?
Atlantis?
Narnia?
Waterworld?
Wonderland?
Oz?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Guest Blogger for Shawna Williams

Guess what? I am a guest blogger over at My Father's Oldsmobile by Shawna Williams. The story behind my writing passion!
CLICK HERE to READ!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Word Wednesday by KM Wilsher


This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.

— Psalm 34:6 (NIV)




While standing in the middle of the dark forest, sometimes I forget to remember that he has saved me. Saved me so many times in so many ways. And I forget that all those
“Worst things that could happen” never happen.

And if they ever do? He will save me. Psalm 34:6

Our church did a gift survey. You know, an assesment that helps identify your specific spiritual gifts. I was surprised that one of mine was Faith. I mean look at the above paragraph.

Have you ever done a Spiritual Gift Assesment?
What Gifts of the Spirit are strong in you?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

THE HOLIDAY SERIES by KM Wilsher


Unleash the magic
THE HOLIDAY SERIES by KM Wilsher


Can you believe the holidays are upon us? Stay tuned to KM Wilsher for holiday nuggets and a celebration of the holidays of 2009.
Book reviews – Fantasy, speculative, Science Ficiton
Holiday Celebrations
Music Reviews
Movie Reviews
Author spotlights

And more!

The magic unleashed October 12, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Phantasmagorical Freek Friday by KM Wilsher

Phantasmagorical Freek Friday is all about musicians, groups, and songs glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ. PFF was designed to showcase metal/goth/alternative/hard rock artists who give Jesus Christ glory.

ILIA
All female Christian Rock

Mantra
reaching the world for Jesus one stage at a time

CLICK HERE to go to Ilia's myspace and listen to this head bangin, screamin Christian Rock band. I love their lyrics. They are out right Christ centered.

The vocalist has not convinced me, but she can scream with the best of them -rock on, sister! The band is tight. I could listen an ILIA instrumental all day long!

If you have time let me know what you think if this up and coming crew!

What are you listening to this week?