Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Something that I really loved reading

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The LDS author hop has rolled around again. I'd love to share with you a book called Fight For You, but I'm pretty sure I already did that, like, last week. So, I wanted to call to your attention to a couple other LDS authors I've enjoyed reading.

The first author I'd like to introduce to you is Kristin Bryant. I met Kristin via the writer's world here on the internet, but it wasn't until I went to her blog that I was like, "Man! We should be BFFs or something!" I just felt this immediate sameness and kinship with her. I think I scared her a little when I told her I was going to stalk her 'til the end of time.


The book I'm featuring is The Others.  The story is based on the scripture in John 10:16 where Christ says, "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold." It is about a society on another world that has teachings of The Light. They travel to Earth in an effort to find a connection between The Light of their world and Jesus Christ, to find evidence that Christ existed and made the Atonement. I just love the whole idea of this book, a subject that is very intriguing to me. Also, there's a romance, so you know I love it. I recommend this book to older teens and anyone who finds the idea of other worlds as intriguing as I do. You can enter to win a paperback copy (eBook if you prefer) of either of the books I'm featuring. Just click on the form below. 

From the cover:
Ryen is on a mission to Earth to find the answers to his distant world’s most critical questions. From the beginning, prophets have foretold of  a mythic figure- a Savior- who would live a perfect life and ultimately die to save their souls. There was just one catch. He would be born on a different planet, far away. He would perform miracles Ryen’s people would never see. But the Savior’s sacrifice, even from an incomprehensible distance, would redeem them all. But without tangible proof, the rift between the believers and nonbelievers is tearing this once peaceful planet apart.

While searching the Yucatan Peninsula, Ryen meets Savannah, a beautiful woman hiding a painful past. On their dangerous adventures  together through the untamed jungles of Mexico, he can’t help falling in love with her. As his  time runs out, Ryen must decide if he is willing to give up everything he has ever known and  loved to stay on Earth with Savannah.

But his decision could have very unexpected and tragic consequences. The Masters, a  powerful  clan of corrupt leaders, are plotting to take back Earth, the sacred planet, from the  humans.  Ryen and Savannah are thrust into the middle of The Masters plot to not only take  over Earth,  but their own crumbling world as well.

Ryen didn’t ask to be a hero. But to prevent the destruction of his and Earth's civilizations, he  must sacrifice everything, even the woman he loves, to save two worlds on the edge of  annihilation. 

 
The other author I'd like to introduce to you is Keary Taylor. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and What I Didn't Say. The book I want to feature today is What I Didn't Say.

While Keary Taylor is LDS, What I Didn't Say is not an LDS novel. The characters are not LDS. The characters do have their own standards, understand right from wrong, and are not the annoying, entitled cretins you see so much in popular YA novels. Jake has great parents who are a support system to him, which is also not something you see a lot in YA. What I Didn't Say is a clean read. While having both sweet and romantic elements, it also deals with deeper issues. I think this is one of the reasons it stood out so much for me when I read it. Characters who have realistic problems to overcome hit home with me so much more than characters who don't.

What I Didn't Say is the only one of Taylor's novels I have read, and thus, the only one I can personally recommend, but if you're up to trying something new, Branded from her Fall of Angels series is currently FREE on Amazon Kindle.

From the cover:
Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He's been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it's too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he'll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn't limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she'll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she'll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn't say before, even if he can't actually say it.
 
I'm so glad you stopped by the LDS Authors hop. What a great way to learn about the amazing things LDS authors are doing! As an author, I have to say thank you for your support of clean and uplifting literature.

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One last thing I want to draw your attention to is the Whitney Awards. Each spring the LDS Storymakers puts on the Whitney Awards ceremony to honor the best of LDS writing. If you've read and loved a book by an LDS author, published in 2013, please take a moment to nominate it for this award. It's easy and won't take much of your time. Just go here and answer a few questions about the book.

1 comment:

Kristi Quist said...

Wow! "The Others" sounds amazing! It has definitely been added to my GoodReads list! "What I Didn't Say" also looks like a good read. You picked some great choices of books!