GUEST BLOG-Annie Douglas Lima

Every once in a while I like to feature authors on my page.  Today I want to step aside and present to you author Annie Douglass Lima and her books.  Please make her feel welcome!

 

The Annals of Alasia by Annie Douglass Lima

 

The books in this unique trilogy can be read in any order, and each one can stand on its own.  Instead of taking place one after the other, their time frames overlap.  They each describe the same major political event: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life.  In the Enemy’s Service tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded.  Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion.  In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the time frames and settings overlap.

Prince of Alasia

 

Twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin, heir to the throne of Alasia, barely escapes with his life when invaders from neighboring Malorn attack. Accompanied by Erik, his young bodyguard and friend, Jaymin flees to a nearby town to live in hiding. There, coming face to face with the hardships suffered by the poor, he determines to improve his people’s lives someday when he takes the throne, assuming he can reclaim his kingdom.

In his struggle to retain his identity and yet blend in with children in the local school, Jaymin’s life depends on his ability to protect his secret from both enemy troops and unsuspecting townsfolk. Meanwhile, Erik must resort to his skills in unarmed combat to defend Jaymin against everyone from a gang of schoolyard bullies to the Malornians who regularly patrol the streets looking for trouble – and for the missing prince.

As the search intensifies and his enemy’s suspicions grow, Jaymin seeks desperately for a way to save his kingdom and himself. Then he stumbles upon a startling discovery that will challenge his assumptions and forever change his view of Malorn and the events that altered his life.

(FREE educational resources are available for this title.  Click here to access a series of PowerPoint presentations that introduce the key vocabulary words from each chapter.)

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In the Enemy’s Service

 

Enslaved when invaders take over Alasia, ten-year-old Anya discovers ways to spy on the enemy and slip information to the resistance. But then Anya uncovers a disturbing reference to her own family and is confronted by a stranger who seems to know her secrets. Holding her life in his hands, he claims to have proof that her father was involved in the betrayal that led to the Invasion itself.

 

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Prince of Malorn

 

One major obstacle stands between seventeen-year-old Prince Korram and the throne that is his birthright: Regent Rampus.  Temporary ruler of Malorn, Rampus has no intention of giving up his position when the crown prince comes of age – or of allowing the prince to live long enough to reach that age.  

 

Desperate to build an army of his own to stand against the regent, Korram treks into the Impassable Mountains to try to recruit the one segment of Malornian society not under Rampus’s control.  But can he lead a band of untrained hunters and gatherers to victory against the full might of the Malornian military?  Or will they all be crushed by the grasping hand of the regent before the prince can claim his rightful throne?

 

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Praise for The Annals of Alasia from Amazon Reviewers:

 

“(Prince of Malorn) on its own is definitely an exciting read, but I also liked the character development and story connections between this book and those that were previously released. It makes me want to read Prince of Alasia and In the Enemy’s Service again! For me, the characters have come alive, and though they are fictional, I can’t help wishing that it was actually possible to meet them. I would definitely recommend that other readers buy this book and enter into the worlds of Malorn and Alasia.”
-AngelMig

 

“All three of the Annals of Alasia books are fantastic! (They have) action, suspense, adventure, tragedy, and humor.  Each story in this series is a stand-alone novel, but it is very fun to read all three and see different perspectives of the same story. The accuracy between the novels is amazing, and it’s also incredible that one can read the same story three times and never have a dull moment- even when you think you know how things will be wrapped up!  Lima is a master of her craft, and I will be looking for anything and everything this author puts out there in the future. I highly suggest you do the same!”
-V. Howard

 

“I’d call this literary fiction in the fantasy genre in a camp with Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain series–particularly, Taran Wanderer (which was my favorite of the series). It’s deep, complex, and yet very easy to read… I loved the different points of view used in the story, and the way that it overlapped with Prince of Alasia (first book in series Annals of Alasia). Lima always chose the most intriguing angle to “view” each scene.”

-Mrs. G.

 

“This book has everything I love: lovely, concise prose, unique word pictures, and highly developed characters as well as epic adventure and absolutely superb world-building….  I did not learn this is the third book in the series until I was halfway done. The other two are interrelated, but they can be read independently with no problem. I loved the lands of Malorn and Alasia so much that I purchased books one and two and signed up for email notification for when book four comes out. Prince of Malorn earns my highest recommendation!”

-Michelle

 

“(Prince of Alasia) is a great book with a fantastic story line, and it will keep your attention. You can’t stop with this one, however, for the amazing way that the author intertwines the sequel (In the Enemy’s Service) with the story presented in this book is truly amazing!”

-Family Oriented

 

“The whole Annals of Alasia series is awesome. I think they would make an absolutely amazing movie. The details and the painstaking depth that Annie Douglass Lima puts into her works are admirable.”

-V. Howard

 

“(In the Enemy’s Service) is involved, suspenseful, and definitely kept my attention. If you enjoy a good fantasy novel, complete with swords and treachery, this one has enough action, humor, and drama to supply many hours of reading entertainment. I have not read the 1st book in this fantasy series, but did not feel that it hindered my ability to follow the story at all. It can certainly stand on its own.”

-Biker Babs

About the Author

 

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published six books (three YA action adventure/fantasy and three anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

 

Contact Info:

 

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

 

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia

 

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads

 

LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn

 

Google Plus: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGooglePlus

 

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Interview with acclaimed author Tessa Afshar

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Recently I have had the honor to do a written interview with one of my favorite authors Tessa Afshar, Author of PEARL IN THE SAND. Once I received the answers to my questions I will say I was inspired. The purpose of this interview is of course to get to know the author but also to inspire new authors or aspiring authors to not give up. Why do I say this? As you will see from the interview this is Tessa’s first novel (a very beautifuly written novel that you must read), she persisted and did not give up… the point? God has a plan for each and every one of us, don’t give up, pray a lot and press on.

So… now to the interview…. enjoy:

Hi Evangheline. It’s a pleasure being with you on your creative blog. I’ve been looking forward to our time together.

Me:
This is your first novel. What is the inspiration behind the novel? What was your goal as you wrote this captivating story?

Tessa:
Thanks for that compliment, Evangheline. My main inspiration for writing Pearl in the Sand was Rahab herself. Here was a woman with a past, a harlot from Canaan who actually married one of the leaders of Judah—a man from one of the most distinguished families of Israel. As if this marriage was not in itself utterly astounding, the birth of her son placed Rahab in the lineage of Jesus. Think about that: some of the DNA of this former harlot swam in Jesus’ blood stream. Of all the women in the world, God chose this woman for such an honor. That tells a lot about God’s heart from my perspective.

This is the story of a woman whose world was a mess, whose life was a mess, whose heart was a mess, but in encountering God, she found to her shock that her life was salvageable. More than that—it was valuable. She found that she was lovable.

Pearl in the Sand portrays a God who has never given up on Rahab. I think women today need to know God as the wooer and pursuer of their hearts. They need to know the depth of their true worth as seen through His compassionate eyes. More than anything I hope the reader of this story will come away with a deeper glimpse into her own soul, and a more profound understanding of God the Father.

Me:
According to your website http://www.tessaafshar.com you came to Christ in your mid twenties. Tell us how you came to Christ? How did Christ make Himself known to you?

Tessa:
I grew up in the Middle East until I was almost fourteen. My parents were nominal Muslims. Although I had lived in the Christian West my whole adult life, I had never heard the gospel. I was going through a particularly difficult season in my life. One night, I had a vivid dream. In my dream I was on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. From a distance I saw a man walking toward me and I knew instantly that this was Jesus. As He drew closer, I felt very disappointed. You see, He was not handsome by any stretch of the imagination! The only Jesus I had seen up to this point was portrayed by a couple of very good-looking actors in TV movies. I thought, This is Jesus?

As He came closer I realized, Of course this is Jesus, for in His eyes I saw such depth of love and power that I almost fell to my knees. He asked me to follow Him and I did. In the dream not only did I know Him as Jesus, but I also knew beyond the slightest shadow of doubt that He was the Son of God, very God of very God, and unlike anyone else in the whole universe.

Shortly after that dream, friends began to ask me to go to church and Bible study. It was as though God Himself first opened a door in my inmost being and then He arranged for me to find out the facts! I simply fell in love with Jesus. There’s no one like Him.

Me:
How long have you been writing? Is this a passion that has just recently been born in your heart or has this been a life-long dream?

Tessa:
Actually, I have wanted to write since grade school. I just took a LONG time getting serious about it. Underlying that delay was probably a fear of failure—something that I ultimately had to face.

Me:
What is the most important advice you would give to other aspiring authors?

Tessa:
Don’t give up! Learn your craft, and practice daily.

Me:
Have you had moments when you were writing Pearl in the Sand where you thought your book was just not good enough compared to other authors? If so, how did you overcome those moments?

Tessa:
That’s a good question. I don’t generally compare myself to other people, but there were many moments I thought Pearl wasn’t good enough, period. I often doubted my ability and wanted to give up many times. Because writing is such a solitary endeavor, I was at the mercy of my own thoughts and the enemy’s lies. Two things helped me: prayer and the decision to send the first three chapters of the book to a professional editor. It was a great investment. His encouragement helped me to continue writing.

Me:
What is the best critique you have received on Pearl in the Sand and why was that the best?

Tessa:
My agent offered Pearl to a secular publisher first. While they loved the romance, they had a hard time believing Rahab’s conversion. Any conversion story is best reviewed through the eyes of a non Christian! I did more work on that part of the story before the book went to publication.

Me:
What was the worst and most discouraging critique you received on Pearl in the Sand? What did you learn from it, and has it helped you improve?

Tessa:
I find unfair or inaccurate critiques to be the most difficult emotionally. I’ve been fortunate in the overall response to this book, which is a huge blessing. There was one guy, who actually liked the book in general, but was really upset that I had used the word “GOD” in the novel and claimed that in the Jewish tradition this was the same as taking the name of the Lord in vain. This was an inaccurate claim. The tradition not to spell out the names of G-d in full probably came into Jewish scholarship sometime in the medieval period. If it was present before that, we certainly have no proof. So I decided to follow biblical models of addressing the Lord. What I learned from this experience was that you just have to let some things go. God is our vindicator; starting a defensive argument may show a lack of trust in His ability to protect us.

Me:
Are you currently working on more books? If so, can you tell us something about it and when we can expect to see it on the market?

Tessa:
Thank you for asking that question! The novel I am currently working on, A Harvest of Rubies, is based on a fictional character named Sarah who is the Senior Scribe to the queen of Persia. She is a genius who doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut, which continuously gets her into trouble. She solves plots, marries a man who hates her, and finds out that there’s more to life than being good at your job. Oh yeah, and by the way, she is Nehemiah’s second cousin. A Harvest of Rubies will be released by Moody in May 2012. A second book based on the rest of Sarah’s story will follow her journey as she and her husband find themselves in Nehemiah’s train when he returns to Jerusalem to rebuild its walls.

Me:
What Christian authors have inspired you the most and why?

Tessa:
Charlotte Bronte, C. S. Lewis, Walter Wangerin, Francine Rivers. Actually the list is too numerous to mention (I’m a book worm). Each writer was able to keep me awake when I needed sleep! And I have read some of their books more than once, because they touched my soul in a unique way and brought me closer to God.

Me:
When you write a book, do you plan and outline a lot, or do you just plow into the story and then come back and rewrite it?

Tessa:
I’m a seat-of-the-pants sort of writer. I do a lot of research first; with historicals, you have no choice if you want to sound authentic. Once I feel comfortable with the world I am writing in, I try to plot, but find that unless I am writing a scene, I can’t grasp hold of the details that will naturally lead to the next scene. My novels tend to be character driven, even when I am working on a plot-heavy story as I am with my present project. For me the plot is always influenced by the character. The same circumstance in someone else’s life wouldn’t have the same outcome.

Me:
Which person(s) in the Bible most inspire you and why?

Tessa:
Jesus, for obvious reasons. And I love David. He is a poet and a warrior; that’s an intriguing combination.

Me:
In conclusion, what is the one thing you would like people to know about you and understand?

Tessa:
The one thing? I can’t even pick a favorite color or ice cream flavor! But I don’t suppose that’s the one thing I want you to know about me. I guess if I had to choose, I would say that I would like to be remembered as someone who believes in the inherent worth of each person.

Evangheline, it’s always a pleasure to spend time with you. If you and your guests would like to hear more from me, please stop by on my website: http://www.tessaafshar.com/ or visit me on my Facebook author page where there is always some new discussion going on: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tessa-Afshar/337761827820?ref=ts

~~~~~~This interview was done over a year ago, since then Harvest of Rubies has been published and it does not disappoint, in fact it will leave you breathless. Here is the link to her latest book:
HARVEST OF RUBIES by Tessa Afshar
http://www.amazon.com/Harvest-of-Rubies-ebook/dp/B007VO7PTW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363561978&sr=1-1&keywords=Harvest+of+Rubies