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Hello, hello, hello! ‘Tis time again for a WIPpet. Before I begin, allow me to tip my hat to KL Schwengel, the fearless leader of the WIPpeteers.

My excerpt today is 32-ish lines long. Don’t worry, though. They’re short. My math is fairly straight forward so I’ll leave it to you to figure it out.

We last left Arvid staring at the back of a large crowd, wondering what she’d forgotten to do…

“Nothing. You’re just running a lot later than usual. What took you so long to get here, anyway?”

Arvid related the morning’s events.

“Mother didn’t scold you? Did you get the doctor?”

“I hoped I’d run into him on the way here.”

Kiano nodded. “He’s probably somewhere in the crowd anyway. After Grizzle closed the mill for the day, almost everyone hightailed it here.”

“What is it I’m supposed to do? Did Master give special instructions?” The unnerving idea that she missed something in all the commotion of the night before crossed her mind. If she couldn’t keep her head in a crowd of friendly people, how in the world would she keep it in a battle?

 “I didn’t hear Master or anyone else mention anything about training today. I think most people just want to see Arvid of the Prophecy do her thing.”

“What thing?”

“I dunno. Kick someone’s butt, maybe?”

“Like whose?”

“Anyone’s. After all, you’re the second-best female fighter in the tribe. There’s a rumor that Jedrek might challenge you just to see how good you really are.”

Arvid shuddered. She knew better than to think her abrupt graduation from trainee to warrior gave her the same level of skill as a giant with ten years of battle experience. “I hope not.”

“Enh. I’ve seen enemies almost beat him in battle. I don’t think he’s as amazing as people like to think. He’s just big.”

“Regardless, I don’t want to fight with anyone unless I have to.”

“Arvid, the tribe chose you to go get a wizard so we can pick a fight with the Raven Nation. As far as you’re concerned, ‘having to’ has been redefined.”

 

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Quick self-plug: I started a Monday blog hop a little while ago. It’s lots of fun. Please check it out. Click Mmm…  above or just click on the Older Posts button below to see an example.

Quicker self-plug: I revamped my About This Blog and About ReGi pages. If anyone has time to check them out, I’d appreciate feedback.

What do you mean I have to step up and be noticed?

What do you mean I have to step up and be noticed?

 

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Mmm… Misunderstandings and Wreakage

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Ah! You’re back. 🙂 How lovely to see you. Before I tell you about today’s selections, let me encourage you to check out yesterday’s post. My friend, Alana Terry, is holding an epic Facebook party involving hundreds of dollars of free stuff, including a $100 gift card to Amazon or Target.

 

Now! On to the other fun stuff. 🙂

I decided to go slightly edgey this week. This first clip is from Nazareth. I could give you some background on him, but I think this clip will be more fun without it.

 

Hopefully you weren’t offended by that. I figure if someone can use humor to gently point out the ridiculousness of stereotyping, all the more power to them. 🙂

And now for some cutting-edge dance technology. If you haven’t seen this yet, you’re in for a treat. A couple heads-up for any parents out there: 1. I haven’t been able to catch all the lyrics in the song. I didn’t catch any blaring no-no’s, though. 2. The child yelling “mommy” is on the video. There is no need to jump up and search for your child. (Fooled me and both my eldest daughters.)

 

If you need (want) a few more laughs or could use a little more wow in your life, check out Mirth and Music posts by other bloggers by clicking on the smiley, blue fellow at the top of the sidebar. If you want to play along, post your own mirthful, musical selections then link-up via the same blue, smiley fellow so the rest of us know where to find you. 🙂

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT ALANA TERRY’S AMAZING FACEBOOK PARTY.

Alana Terry

Alana TerryHello Everyone,

In case you haven’t heard, my wonderful friend, Alana Terry, recently released the audio version of her award-winning Christian suspense, The Beloved Daughter. The Beloved Daughter is a story of persecution and triumph set in the oppressive North Korean regime. The audiobook version of Alana’s bestselling debut novel is narrated by Kathy Garver, a four-time Audie award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Motion Picture Council. (You might also recognize Kathy as Cissy from the TV show Family Affair.)

To celebrate the release of the audio-book, Alana graciously agreed to do an interview for my blog. *twinkly eyes* Since she is my real life best friend, I’m going to use the opportunity to pester her about the most controversial character in her book. Bwahahaha! 😀 Alana is also holding a rafflecopter drawing, throwing a Facebook party with lots of giveaways, and going on a grand, international blog tour. I’ll give you more details right after the interview.

Welcome to my blog, Alana! First, please tell us why you wrote The Beloved Daughter.

To get rich and famous and earn tons of money off book sales.

Wait… what? That’s not what you told me when-

Just kidding. Really, I just wanted to help people understand what’s going on in places like North Korea today.

You told me once that there is one character The Beloved Daughter, Moses, that all your beta-readers despised. Who is Moses?

Moses is a North Korean officer who leads a double life. He works in a prison as a higher up official, but he is also a secret Christian believer who uses his position of authority to help believers escape harsh sentences.

Wow! He sounds like a great guy to me. Why do you think your betas hated him?

I think a small portion of it is because of his position. Unfortunately he’s not able to save everybody. The bigger part of it is that, because of his position, Moses has to present himself as cunning and shrewd and merciless. In Moses’ case, these affectations do rub off onto his actual personality so he’s much harsher than you would imagine a typical Christian “hero”.

So even though he’s a big jerk, you kept him. Why is that?

I suppose I could have recreated him to be more gentile and what we think of as refined, but I didn’t feel like that would be true to the experience of real-life undercover believers in North Korea. In a nice, little, cutesy world the good guys would have the luxury to be totally good. In Moses’s case, he just has to make the best of his position with the cunning and finesse he has.

But you’re writing fiction. Why not give the betas what they want anyway?

He’s my character. I can do what I want with him.

Whoa, Girl! It’s just a question…

I’m just joking again.

In The Beloved Daughter, I tried to be as true to life as I could. I spent several months reading accounts of defectors and Christians. One of the stories that really stood out to me was of a police officer who used his position to warn Christians of impending arrests. But he wasn’t able to reveal his true self to any of them. He said one of the hardest parts of his life was knowing that his fellow believers thought of him as the enemy. His story just kind of stuck with me and formed the background for Moses’ character.

Oh, how awful! It’s not very nice to think about real people being in those situations. It definitely doesn’t fit into the usual “persecuted Christians are like spiritual super-heroes” stereotype. Does he have the chance to get free from the role he has taken on as an undercover Christian?

Unfortunately Moses has intertwined himself in Pyongyang’s inner workings to the point where he has come into possession of nationally incriminating evidence against his people. At least as he sees it, he has very little chance of ever being truly free in this life. If he tried to escape, they would hunt him down. If he revealed his true identity as a Christian worker, he would be potentially putting hundreds of others at risk.

So what happens to him?

The Beloved Daughter ends with Moses’s future very much up in the air.

What, you’re not going to reveal his story’s end?

Not right now.

Just one itty-bitty little spoiler? *puppy-eyes*

You’ll have to wait for a future book.

Oh, nuts.

Beloved Daughter

Alrighty. I promised you details on the free stuff, didn’t I? Here are the details straight from the, er… Well, here are the details.

Listen to a sample of Kathy reading from The Beloved Daughter.

Awesome Prizes!

You don’t want to miss out on the month-long Beloved Daughter audiobook launch party. JOIN NOW on Alana Terry’s facebook page to get started. Dozens of winners … Hundreds of $$$-worth in prizes!

ENTER THE DRAWING: In addition to the Facebook party, you can enter the grand prize drawing below for a chance to win a $100 gift card to either Target or Amazon (you choose!), or one of the awesome prizes from the prize gallery (think Christian T-shirts, jewelry, books, CDs, lotions, and more)!

Want more details about the book?
SEE THE AUDIOBOOK HERE

SEE THE PAPERBACK HERE

SEE THE EBOOK HERE

And last, but not least, enter the rafflecopter giveaway to win a $100 gift card from Amazon or Target!

You even get to choose which gift card. 🙂

ALANA’S RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!

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