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Thursday, March 29, 2012

R. J. Larson and Free Books!

PhotobucketIf she becomes the Infinite’s prophet, Ela of Parne knows she will die young—but she cannot live without Him.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Dawn Comes Early, by Margaret Brownley, is:

misskallie2000@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's visit with R. J. Larson, author of Prophet (Bethany House Publishers, April 2012).

PhotobucketR. J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--Hm. Well, I learned to read at age five on an island in the Pacific in a school with no electricity or doors.

--My father’s unofficial job title was “Keeper of the Dragon.” (Does this make me the daughter of a dragonkeeper? I hope so!)

--I’m legally blind without my contact lenses.

--I love to make yeast bread from scratch.

--I’m routinely (sadly) rejected for jury duty because I was—in two separate incidents— robbed and later threatened by law enforcement. (Yes, the officer who threatened me was removed from service. I think of him and pray for him.) That’s five, right? I’m rotten with numbers! Sorry. That might be six…

Those were some doozies, R.J.! Thanks for those.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Prophet.

PhotobucketProphet was inspired by stories of Old Testament prophets, such as Jeremiah and Ezekiel—with a fantasy-realm twist.

The main character of Prophet is a young woman, Ela, who is so in love with the Lord, the Infinite, that she will endure anything for the joy and privilege of hearing His voice. To serve Him, she leaves most of her family and travels to distant lands to proclaim the Infinite’s warnings and His eternal love for all mortals.

However, her resolutions to serve Him and risk death as the Infinite’s prophet are severely tested when she falls in love with a mortal, a young ambassador, Kien Lantec. As Ela and Kien are matching wits and falling in love, they battle myriad enemies along the way—tyrant-kings, assassins, the immortal Adversary, monstrous beasts, and their own weaknesses.

What is it about Ela that will make your readers care about her?

Ela knows she isn’t perfect, but she loves her Creator and struggles through repeated failures to follow Him, and to warn and help others.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketFor Ela, an Alyssa Bernal type with curls:

PhotobucketFor Kien, the nearest image would be Henry Cavill. Kien has a tremendous sense of humor, dark hair, and light eyes that are difficult to depict—dear reader, your imagination will portray Kien more accurately!

Please share with us one quote that either inspires you or simply amuses you as you go about your efforts as a writer.

I have no favorite saying. However, this one made me laugh, and it’s on my Pinterest page: Synonym: A word used in place of the one you can’t spell.


What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

Wow. I’ve just emerged from deadlines and haven’t had much time to read. However, the published series I most recently finished is Lisa T. Bergren’s River of Time Series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The plotline is relentless—full of twists that kept me turning pages.

As for upcoming books, I’m eager to read Donita K. Paul’s Realmwalker.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m taking a rest and waiting for edits on Judge and King. Beyond that...I’d love to return to my 1890’s Victorian!

Where else can readers find you online?

Do you want the list, or just a few? I’ve just uploaded my new website with a map, sketches, and (soon) a character list. rjlarsonbooks.com
Facebook, of course. And Twitter.
I’m also on Pinterest—offering visual hints for books 2 and 3!

The book is available for online purchase through the following buttons:

209710: Prophet, Books of the Infinite Series #1

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

How have your book habits changed since the advent of e-readers?! (Kindle, Nook, Sony, etc?)

Thanks, R.J., for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, R.J. has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to R.J.'s question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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lgm52 said...

My husband bought me a Kindle for our anniversary in Jan. of this year. I enjoy the portability (slipping it into my purse) when going somewhere and that I can have lots of reading material on hand with it. On the other hand, I still, and always will, like holding a print book in my hands and reading it!

Abigail Richmond said...

I just read regular books.

~Ley said...

I love print books and always will, but ebooks certainly have convenience going for them. I don't own an ereader, but I often read ebooks on my laptop. It's so nice to buy a book and be able to read it right then. But then, there's nothing quite like finally getting that package in the mail, opening it, and just reveling in the feel of the pages and the smell of the ink. Yeah, I love them both. :)


Lisa E. said...

I was initially hostile for many to the very idea of reading from anything electronic. My heart broke just thinking about my beloved paper books disappearing into some digital world. I loved everything about "real" books, from the smells to the beautiful covers. Then... I got a Kindle for Christmas two years ago. And I love it! I can change the font and the spacing, I can have store hundreds of books, and a thick book is much less intimidating for me to read now. I still love paper books, but I actually prefer reading from my Kindle now.

~Lisa E.


RJLarsonbooks said...

Like lgm and Lisa, I didn't believe I'd care for e-readers until I received one for my birthday--and realized it was also useful for editing. And as Ashley pointed out, I could read the book RIGHT THEN! I was hooked!!!

However, the reason I asked this question about e-readers is that I've noticed I'm reaching for "real" books again. Holding a paper-and-ink book is comforting and nostalgic, particularly when I'm cozied up inside with a cup of hot tea.

Plus...(confession) "real" books never require me to go digging for my battery recharger! :D

Thanks for answering, everyone!

squiresj said...

I have been threatened by FBI thanks to Social Security. No fun - I feel for you.
I would love to win and read your book.
Thanks Trish for letting me know about this author.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Amy said...

Not at all! I was given a Kindle for Christmas and (secretly) returned it to the store. I just don't feel as fulfilled in a story unless it is a tangible paper version. I am the kind of person that gets sentimental and happy when I walk into a library and even a bookstore! No book replacements for me, thanks.

RJLarsonbooks said...

Totally understand, Amy! There's something so...promising and delightful about wandering through a library and book store--not knowing what you'll find!

Ah, the anticipation of poring through a stack of books!

SquiresJ, blessings!!!!!

Trish Perry said...

I've been too swamped to comment on my own site lately! I have to say I do like to be able to carry my iPad to and from work, with a number of different things to read loaded on it. But I'm still a real-book lover at heart. I look at my bookshelves and still shudder with anticipation. I would miss my books if they were gone.

Pamela J said...

Sounds like Ela is living the life we are all called to: knowing we aren't perfect, but work through our failures to continue following Him AND warn and help others (who perhaps are struggling too or need to know about Him).
One helpful thing on my kindle is the ability to put the cursor in front of a word I don't know the meaning and the dictionary pops up with what it means. That is what I miss while reading a real paper book. I like to underline sentences in my book while I read that really strike me where I am in my life that day. I can underline where ever I want in my kindle AND make notes to myself. But they aren't as easily found as a real book where I can just flip back through the pages till I see the marking. What has changed most is the volume of books I pack for a really long trip. The kindle takes almost no space at all so my packed stack is considerably shorter. Helps a LOT when travelling on a motorcycle!
purensimplenatural at gmail dot com

RJLarsonbooks said...

"Helps a LOT when travelling on a motorcycle!"

LOL! Yes, Pamela, e-readers would be ideal for packing on a motercycle trip--so handy!

I've never tested the dictionary on my Kindle. However, I'm likely to delete the book trying to look up a word. *Smiles.*

misskallie2000 said...

I love my Kindle because it is so convient and can just stick in my purse but will always read print books. I have been reading for over 60 yrs and hope to be reading for yrs to come. Enjoyed the interview ladies..Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

RJLarsonbooks said...

Misskallie, thank you!
You're a more courageous ereader than I am--I'm convinced I'll smash my Kindle in my purse. :D

Blessings and great to read your comment!!!



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