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24 February 2012

Meet the Authors of our Unpublished Clash!

*this clash hosted by Sr. Editor, April W Gardner

Voting has just closed, but wasn't it great?! Amid the mountain of submissions we received, those two excerpts blew me away, and I couldn't wait to share them with you. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.

If you missed your chance to read them, you can do so HERE! And it's still open range for entering our drawing. One book, donated by WhiteFire Publishing, is being given away during this clash. The drawing winner will get to choose one author Roseanna M White's novels (shown below). Don't miss this opportunity! You can enter multiple times by commenting on any Unpublished Clash post, by "following" our blog, or by "liking" us on Facebook (see sidebar for both).

Now that you've fallen in love with the excerpts, I invite you to fall in love with the authors.

Excerpt A is from the novel, Chasing the Lion, and belongs to Nancy Kimball.
Nancy wrote off and on for fun until 2010 when an online friend told her about this little thing called NaNoWriMo. The rest is history. She loves experiencing history and writing it, along with bass fishing or tinkering under a hood. A little known fact is she was a crew-member on the 1877 tall-ship Elissa one summer. At the top of her bucket list is visiting the Colosseum in Rome to be photographed holding her book. She would eat Mexican food everyday and never do laundry if she could.

About Chasing the Lion:
From the blood-soaked sand of the Roman arena, a divine destiny will rise.
For as long as Jonathan Tarquinius can remember, everyone has wanted something from him. His brothers want him dead. His master’s wife wants his innocence. The gladiator dealers want him to fight, and die, for their greed. The humble slave girl who tends the wounds on his body and the hidden ones on his soul yearns for him to return to his faith in God.
God wants something from Jonathan, too. Something more than anyone could ever imagine.
What Jonathan wants is simple—freedom.
The young warrior’s journey will push him to the very limits of human endurance and teach him the only true freedom is found in Christ. The greatest battle Jonathan ever fights will not come in the arena, but deep within himself, when he is forced to choose between vengeance and forgiveness, knowing the fate of all he holds dear hangs in the balance.

Excerpt B is from the novel, Soul Yearning, and belongs to William Ramirez.
Will grew up with a love for God's Word and fantastical worlds. The first passion led him to pastor Calvary Chapel Lighthouse for the last 16 years. The second passion led him to create the world of Adme, the setting for his current work, Soul Yearning. He lives in Central Florida with his bride of sixteen years and their four children. Despite hundreds of dirty diapers, he's never been a fan of complaining, so he encourages Christians to be thankful on his blog Rejoice Evermore.

About Soul Yearning:
In the land of Adme, powerful beings who pose as gods compete with each other for followers. But in every age the Most High God marks a group of mortals to bring about their destruction. When a young priest receives his mark, the pantheon unites to move against him...Albione is a young priest whose sole desire is to bring honor to his family's name. Upon receiving a strange mark, his temple turns against him, and the fallout catapults him into the role of the prophesied godslayer.

Come back next week to meet these super friendly authors! In the meantime, answer this question/s to be entered to win one of the novels shown here. Don't forget to leave your email address!

What is your favorite Valentine's candy? Did you receive it this year? If so, is there any left...? :-)
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Jennifer said... Friday, 24 February, 2012

I got Gigi's cupcakes and no there is non left! :)

Gail Pallotta said... Friday, 24 February, 2012

I enjoyed getting to know more about both authors. It's hard to say what my favorite Valentine's candy is. Anything sweet is great, but it probably would involve chocolate. No, I got flowers this year.

Anonymous said... Saturday, 25 February, 2012

Yes, I did get Valentine candy from two people. And, no, none is left. I am a chocoholic you see. My favorite is Turtles (choc & pecans)
Maxie Anderson ( mac262@me.com )

April Gardner said... Saturday, 25 February, 2012

Welcome to our two authors!
Gigi's cupcakes? I've heard of their wonders but have yet to try them. Gail, what kind of flowers did you get? Are they still alive? It's odd how sometimes they last for weeks and other times, just days.
Maxie, you and me both, sweetie! The only reason I still have three Dove chocolates left is because I left for a week and forgot to take them with me! It was a nice treat to come home to. :-)

Nancy Kimball said... Saturday, 25 February, 2012

Thank you everyone, it was a thrill to be here. Funny enough, Will and I actually have critiqued and read each others novels. Soul Yearning is FANTASTIC and I know God has great things in store for it. When I saw he was the competition I fell out laughing at God's sense of humor.
No Valentine's Day candy here, but my favorite is Cadbury's Fruit and Nut bar... after it's been in the fridge a few days. YUM!!!

Michelle Massaro said... Sunday, 26 February, 2012

Hi Nancy and William. Wow, how cool that we picked a couple critique partners! lol I don't think that's ever happened before. Well, apparently you guys are good sounding boards because you both made it here. I've enjoyed this clash and am wishing you both the best of luck. =) Can't wait to get to know you better next week.

April Gardner said... Monday, 27 February, 2012

No way, Nancy! That's GREAT! LOL I'm tickled that you're both here and especially that you're crit partners. Too funny. Love it.

William Ramirez said... Tuesday, 28 February, 2012

Hey everyone :) Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of this clash. Being in it with Nancy made it even sweeter because it's a win-win for me. Having read Chasing the Lion, it doesn't suprise me at all that Nancy hooked you guys. The amazing part is that it grabs you from start to finish, so make sure you pick this up when Nancy gets signed someday :)

I don't usually get candy on Valentine's Day, but I do get to go out on a date with my bride. Having 4 kids, that can be just as rare as getting candy hehe.

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