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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Angie Brashear ~ Author of Of the Persecuted!

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Angie!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m really glad to be here. Let’s see…I’m originally from Rockland, Maine and currently reside in Cameron, Texas with my husband and three children. By day, I’m a Director of Special Education for nine small school districts. By night (once my kiddos fall asleep), I’m a writer. At least for the past two years. During all the hours in between, I attend a lot of time at sporting events because my husband is a football coach and all of my kids love sports.
What is your debut novel, Of the Persecuted, about?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KGYSJ76/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00KGYSJ76&linkCode=as2&tag=chrisbooksrev-20&linkId=TCDLRTFEQO5QESUNOf the Persecuted is a fantasy with a strong thread of romance geared toward young adult females. The story surrounds an insecure girl who believes she is no more than a burden to the people she loves. But in the midst of physical and spiritual war, and through the loss of loved ones, as well as the turmoil of unrequited love, she discovers her true worth lies in her faith.

Ultimately, my goal is to reach young adult females much like the lost, lonely girl I once was. As a nonbeliever for the majority of my life, I enjoyed reading speculative fiction and it was the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis which ultimately opened my eyes to Christ. My prayer is that my stories will do the same for others. I also hope believers will enjoy the Christian undertones of my work.

What is your favorite genre to read and why?

I love speculative fiction, especially fantasy. And especially if there’s a romance to accompany the magic of a new world.
Is there a place you'd like to visit, but haven’t yet?

My husband and I would LOVE to attend the Grand Slam tennis tournaments—the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open—all in one season. Okay, so that’s more than one place, but the travel plans have made it to our Bucket List. Hey, he won a Texas High School Football State Championship and I wrote a book, so we’re getting closer to sitting courtside with our awesome sun hats. LOL!
Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 

My cross country teammates and I lived by Philippians 4:13 in college. We usually began and ended each day with intense and exhausting distance training. Because we aimed to glorify God with our efforts and attitudes, we focused on allowing Him to work through us. I pray my endeavors as a writer do nothing less. In Him, we can do all things to His glory. The verse remains my favorite to date, without a doubt.

Some this-or-that questions:

Oooh! I love this-or-that questions.

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Thunderstorms.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Neither…okay, chocolate. LOL!
Tea or Coffee? Tea.
Call or Text? Text.
Cats or Dogs? Dogs.
Early-bird or Night-owl? Both.
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert.
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook.
Mystery or Romance? Romance.
Sneakers or Sandals? Sneakers.

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?

In the midst of activities surrounding the release of Of the Persecuted, I’m also working on the sequel, Legends of the Woodlands: Book Two, which is currently untitled. While Book One focuses on persecution, Book Two will focus on forgiveness. I’m only about one-third of the way finished, so I have a lot of work ahead of me.
Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?

Thanks for having me. I’ve enjoyed my visit. Readers can follow me at http://facebook.com/AngieBrashearAuthor, https://twitter.com/AngieBrashear, and http://angiebrashear.com.

Author Bio:

When Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after her kids fall asleep. She’s a fan of speculative fiction and an avid runner, both of which perplex her nonfiction-reading, football-loving husband. Saved in her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children.

Back Cover Blurb:
Laila Pennedy awaits death by hanging. For the Rendow Clan rules the Woodlands Region, aiming to slaughter the Faithful. And she deserves to die. But Lars Landre, the man destined to lead the Faithful out of persecution, has other plans hidden behind his rare and mysterious blue eyes. Rescue.
Following the daring escape, Laila seeks the path of a warrior and vows revenge against the Rendow Clan. She embarks on a dangerous journey with Lars, one in which they endeavor to reach the promised safety of a magical village, to train for battle, and to ultimately assure freedom for those with faith in the Maker.
Clashes of weapons and souls. Brutal loss of lives. Unrequited love. How in all the Woodlands will Laila survive?

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Of the Persecuted by Angie Brashear! Giveaway is open internationally, but only a US winner can receive a print copy. Ends 6/19

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  1. I have always admired people who love to run. It is something I only did when I had to. I love that you are trying to reach young adult females. I wish I had known about books like yours when I was young. Thank you. I keep trying to find books like yours for our church library. fishingjan(at)aol(dot)com

  2. From the sound of things, I wish this book had been around when I was growing up! :O)

  3. Thanks for the chance to win, Melanie and Angie ... At the age of 31, I don't always feel so young anymore, but I LOVE books for "young adult females." :-)

  4. This sounds fascinating! Always looking for good books that point to God's nature.

  5. Thanks for a great review. I went to Picket Fence blogs --- and found your listing but I can't figure out to actually vote. I'd love to offer you support there if you can give a little insight.

    1. Clicking the link in the form (or the one on the sidebar) automatically votes for the blog. :) Thanks for the support! :)

  6. Joseph, you are very welcome! I'm grateful to Melanie for her willingness to host a giveaway.

  7. Jan, my love for running also perplexes my husband, though he is sweet enough to believe I'm the best runner in the world. LOL!

  8. Thanks LuAnn. Through much prayer, I did strive to write a story young girls are searching for.

  9. LOL, Jennifer! And at the age of 39 (Eeek!), I now love to write young adult novels for females. Often times they are great crossover books.

  10. Hi Cassie! I hope you enjoy Laila's story, for she definitely aims to glorify the Lord.

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read your book!

  12. Thank you for hosting today, Melanie! I enjoyed my visit and can't wait to learn who wins the giveaway.

  13. It's great to reach younger women. It would be a great read for my daughter.

  14. Thanks Sonja! I hope your daughter enjoys my debut effort.

  15. Hi Angie. I have two granddaughters who would qualify for your fantasy book. One will soon be 18 and the other was 16 last month. I would love to win your book. Thanks to Melanie for having you here today.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com

  16. This book sounds exciting and I seem to share a lot in common with the author. How fun! I hope to read this book!

  17. This book sounds really good! I love the fact that God used C.S. Lewis's book to bring you to Him! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Since we have so much in common, I can't wait to hear your thoughts.

  19. You are very welcome, Abbi! I hope you enjoy Laila's story.

  20. My husband is a marathon runner. There is a company called Team 4:13 and they make running shirts with Philippians 4:13 written out on the back. It says Team 4:13 on the front.
    Thank you for the giveaway!


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