Building Anticipation

Building Anticipation

Anticipation | Guy L. PaceSometime in the next couple of weeks, you’ll see the final cover for Carolina Dawn. With this little post today I hope to build your anticipation for the cover, and the book.

Recently, Scott Deyett, my cover guy, sent a mockup of the cover for Carolina Dawn. It is awesome! The final, high-resolution images should be even more so. I sent Scott the page count for the book, and the ISBN and price bar code for the print version. So, now he has what he needs to correctly make the cover fit around the printed copy. The e-book cover image is just the front of the print cover, so that’s easy.

When the final cover is in, I will run a cover reveal. It will knock your sock off.

It is slowly coming together.

First Readers

The first readers, my wife and J. C. Wing of Wing Family Editing, think Carolina Dawn is pretty good. No brag. Just fact.

I will be putting our some advanced reader copies (ARCs) in the near future for some people who will read it and post up advanced reviews. I’ll post those in the blog as they come in.

The current planning date for Carolina Dawn‘s release is February 14, 2018.

Sometime around the first of February, both the e-book and print edition will on pre-sale or pre-order, so you can lock in your copy.

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Tabitha Caplinger

Eden Sword | Tabitha CaplingerTabitha Caplinger

Tabitha Caplinger is a friend I’ve never met in person. We used to be fellow authors in the Booktrope Vox Dei stable. Blue Ink Press picked up Tabitha’s books after the demise of Booktrope and since then she knocked it out of the park with Armor Bearer. I read the first two volumes of The Chronicle of the ThreeBloodline and Armor Bearerand have been waiting not-so-patiently for the third book.

If you haven’t read the first two books yet, I highly recommend you get them and read them. She is a strong writer who communicates a solid Christian theme in her books. To be honest, I decided to read Bloodline, at first, because I wanted to see what writing from a female perspective looked like. I got sucked in and devoured Armor Bearer, as well. Here’s the blurbs for the books:

Bloodline

Zoe thought the loss of her parents would be the most difficult thing she’d ever have to endure. When she began seeing things she couldn’t explain in her new home of Torchcreek, Virginia, she was sure the grief was driving her mad. Instead Zoe discovers she is part of an ancient bloodline, one destined to defeat the powers of darkness from condemning the world. But Zoe, the daughter of the three, isn’t just another descendant, but the key to humanity’s salvation.

In this first installment of the paranormal fantasy trilogy The Chronicle of the Three, Zoe Andrews learns that not all shadows are harmless interceptions of light. Some are a more sinister darkness that wants to torment the soul.

Armor Bearer

Darkness creeps around every corner as demons gather in the small town of Torch Creek, Virginia. The Destroyer has arrived, and the Reaping is coming closer by the day. Zoe knows it’s her duty as the Daughter of the Three to hold back the shadows, but she doesn’t know how, and time is running out. Zoe and her friends turn to the ancient text of the chronicle for help. Are they strong enough to withstand an enemy who exploits their deepest fears and doubts? Will they find the answers they’re looking for before all of Hell is unleashed?

Zoe’s journey as the prophecy’s promised Daughter continues in this second installment of the fantasy trilogy, The Chronicle of the Three.

Eden Sword cover | Tabitha CaplingerEden Sword

The final showdown is fast approaching, and a grief-stricken Zoe is forced to count the cost of her destiny. As the losses mount, her strength wanes.

Even if the Chosen find the Eden Sword in time, will Zoe be strong enough to wield it? Will she be able to stand against the darkness as the promised Daughter of the ancient prophecy? Or will she be consumed by the fear of her nightmares becoming real?

Fear or faith? Even the Chosen must choose. In this final installment of The Chronicle of the Three, light and darkness collide as Zoe discovers there is more than one battlefield in this war.

The third book, The Chronicle of the Three: Eden Sword, is coming soon and now you see what the cover looks like and know the title. Be ready to get it when it comes out.

For more information about the trilogy and Tabitha Caplinger, check out her web site: tabithacaplinger.com

You can also follow her on Twitter at @Tab_Caplinger, on Facebook at facebook.com/tabcaplinger, or Instagram at @tab_caplinger.

Sacrifice

Sacrifice

Sacrifice | Guy L. PaceThis is the day we celebrate and commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a unique event in that the birth also heralded the sacrifice. The story of the Savior’s birth fills the airwaves with songs and music at Christmastime.

But, why does it also herald the sacrifice?

The wise men of the east, described in the second chapter of Matthew (New King James Version), “opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” These men knew of the prophecy regarding the Messiah.

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 NKJV

But why did they bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh?

Gold

Gold, of course, is a gift for royalty–especially in the time depicted in the New Testament. They gave a gift appropriate to a new king. Joseph and Mary were not rich, so the gift of gold for their child would be a very large blessing. Chances are, it made their escape from Herod and into Egypt–and their later return to Nazareth–feasible.

Frankincense

A resin from hardy Boswellia plants native to Yemen and Somalia, frankincense became the consecrated incense used in the Jewish temples. Described in Malachi 1:11, frankincense is a pure offering to God and a symbol of holiness and righteousness.

Myrrh

Like frankincense, myrrh is another resin extracted from tough thorny plants from India, Arabia, and tropical Africa, and used for perfumes, medicines, and incense. Hebrews used myrrh to consecrate temples, and as an anointing oil. In the case of Jesus, after his crucifixion, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea wrapped the body in “strips of linen” soaked with aloe and myrrh.

Knowing the prophecy, the wise men knew the infant Jesus would one day be that final, perfect sacrifice for all of us. These  gifts reflected that knowledge.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

Understanding God’s love–so great a love–is difficult for many of us. Where does it come from? Why? So many of us have trouble wrapping our brain cells around the concept. This is a paradox, because we have many examples of sacrificial behavior modeled for us throughout our history.

Anyone who serves in the military or as first responders (fire, police, aid) model the behavior of sacrifice all too often. Read the citations for Medal of Honor recipients or walk through Arlington National Cemetery (see image above). You’ll get an idea of the kind of love and devotion held in the hearts of people willing to serve and sacrifice for their fellows.

Now, look to God. Try to imagine the vast love it would take to sacrifice His son, a part of Himself, for us. In all this vast universe that He created, on this tiny planet circling a star in a solar system on the outer fringes of one of millions of galaxies–so totally insignificant in the scale of things–and He has this powerful love for us.

Mind boggling.

Keep the faith.

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It’s Christmas

It’s Christmas

Christmas | Guy L. PaceThis is our second Christmas in our new (to us) house. We got lights up, a new tree, and some other decorations. And of course, we shopped. It’s a good year in many respects. Sad in others.

After Thanksgiving, and just into December, we had one daughter visiting with her kids when the doorbell rang. It was a family of carolers who were caroling in support of a ministry for Philippine relief. They sang three or four songs and we gave them a donation.

But that started the season for us in a good, heartfelt way. Christmas has always been special for me. The family was always together during the holidays, it seemed. This made my first Christmas away from home, stationed on the USS Newport News (CA-148), difficult. I called home from a phone booth near the pier on Christmas Eve. Norfolk, Virginia, was cold, wet, and dark. Not the white Christmas I grew up with. It was lonely and most of my shipmates were gone for the holidays. I was too new, no leave built up, and got to stand watches in the quiet dark days.

Even though I wasn’t deployed at the time, it felt like it. It was a different time in the U.S. in the 1970s and few expressed compassion for service members away from home on the holidays.

Today, we deploy more than 300,000 service members outside the U.S. Almost a million serve on active duty in our own country. Many of those can’t join their families during this Christmas season. We often deploy our service members to inhospitable, downright scary places.

During this season, please try to remember those serving and deployed. A prayer, a card, a call can mean a lot to someone far from home, especially for the first time.

Merry Christmas.

Keep writing.

 

Countdown Sale #2

Nasty Leftovers | Guy L. PaceNasty Leftovers e-book version goes on Countdown Sale on Amazon Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, until Monday, Dec, 11, 2017.

This means that the book starts at $0.99 for 36 hours, then goes to $1.99 for 36 hours, then goes back up to the regular retail price. This is leading up to Christmas and the release of Carolina Dawn (release date still TBA).

Keep in mind that all my books are on Kindle Unlimited. This means that if you are an Amazon Prime customer, you can read them for free.

Tell you friends and family.

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