Author Interview and Blog Tour: Jaye L. Knight

My Ilyon Chronicles adventure began when I purchased Resistance during a Kindle $0.99 sale. It was mostly for my brother because he had previously enjoyed the author’s Makilien Trilogy, written under a different pen name. He loved it and even agreed to review The King’s Scrolls if I got a review copy. His enthusiasm got me curious. Now I’m hooked on the Ilyon Chonicles and Jace is one of my favorite characters.

So, without further ado, here’s my interview with Jaye.

If Jace had to choose an alias, what would it be and why?

When I first read this question, I had no idea what Jace would choose for an alias since I never really thought about it. However, I then saw a character on TV that had the name Wolf. Right away, I was like, yeah, I could see Jace using that alias. After all, he has a pet wolf and loves animals, so it just seems to suit him.

If Jace lived in 2015, what would his profession be?

A horse trainer. Definitely. He loves horses and would be the type of person to work for himself on a ranch.

What is Jace’s favorite verse in the King’s Scrolls and why?

I guess that would depend on what point in Jace’s life he’s at. Early on, he doesn’t really have one. Later on? Well, I could see Ps. 34:4 being one of his favorites: I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for my review of Half Blood. In the meantime, here’s some more fun info about the books!

About the Book
The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.

For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.

Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?

See where Jace’s story all began . . .

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About the Author
JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Etsy, and on her new fiction forum where you can interact with other readers of the series.

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Half-Blood, a blue feather bookmark hand crafted by Jaye, a bronze sword pendant, and a $5 Amazon gift card! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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Tour Schedule
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Wednesday, July 22

Guess a Quote [6.30.15]

Epic of Gilgamesh [GAQ]Hello all! Thought it was time to blow the dust off and start posting again. A lot has happened over the past few weeks and unfortunately that meant the once-a-week post didn’t happen. But, I’m back now with the secret you’ve all been waiting for. That’s right, the answer to the last guess a quote.

Our last quote came from The Epic of Gilgamesh and starshining4ever guessed it correctly.

Our new quote is…

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Sounds like an ambitious morning to me!

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: The Case of the Tabloid Tattler

Tabloid TattlerKitten has a startling secret and an important request. She knows how to write and would like a real name to replace ‘Kitten.’ Keith, the detective who took her in, takes an understandable several minutes to accept this dumbfounding fact about his adopted cat. After he recovers, he dubs her Mia. Soon, Mia has made herself a member of Keith’s detective team, assigning herself the roll of undercover spy. Someone is leaking private information to tabloids. It’s either the housekeeper, cook, maid, or maintenance man. Mia has her suspicious, but she doesn’t have long to prove them.

This is an adorable book for young readers who enjoy series like The Boxcar Children and The Pony Pals.

A Quick Update

Hey everyone. Sorry I’ve been AWOL! Life is going great, but it’s very busy and my brain has been refusing to function for writing blog posts. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you all, and I miss you. Despite the lack of posts, I’ve been working on an idea for something I think will be a lot of fun for the community here on this blog. Not giving anything away yet but it has to do with all of you interacting with each other and all of you getting some new books. No, it’s not a book club or anything like that. Feeling suspenseful? Stay tuned!

Guess a Quote (5.17.15)

Beowulf [Guess a Quote]Hey everyone! Two weeks into my new job and I’m considering blogging only once a week for a while. My idea is to alternate and do a book review one week and a guess a quote the next. Thoughts? Hate the idea? Love it? Neutral?

Anyway. Our last quote came from Beowulf. Mark, writefury, and Hanna R. all guessed correctly! Good job everyone! :)

Here’s a quote from a book often spoken of alongside Beowulf.

As for man, his days are numbered, whatever he might do, it is but wind.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: The Maze Runner

Maze Runner, TheThomas wakes up in a moving metal box, with no personal memories. When the box comes to a stop, he finds himself surrounded by a group of teenage boys. The story for each of them is the same. They all arrived in the same way and found themselves stripped of personal memories of their pasts. They live in a mysterious glade surrounded by a cryptic, unsolvable maze. A few of the boys have lived there for two years. Life has fallen into routine. But Thomas’ arrival signals changes to the glade, and not all of the boys are happy. The gladers’ way of life is being challenged, their lives threatened, and the need for a solution growing more desperate every day.

I found this book intriguing, but a little dry at times. However, most of the last few books I’ve read lately have bored me a little, so my ability to focus may be impacted by how busy my schedule has been. Anyway. This book was non-stop action. I really liked Thomas as a main character. He had a lot of moral strength and made a great hero. Speaking of moral strengths, the biggest detriment of this book was a large usage of fake cusses. I appreciated the author’s sensitivity in not using actual bad words, but I could have done without the fake ones too. Other than that, I really didn’t have any complaints.

Guess a Quote [4.28.15]

Old Yeller [Guess A Quote]Hey everyone! Back for another Guess a Quote. You may have noticed that posts have been slightly more erratic than usual around here. I’m trying to stay as regular as possible but I’m in the process of starting a new job, so some days I just have to let the blog slide. Please be patient with this. Also, if any of you have a suggestion for a Guess a Quote or would like to guest post a book review, I’d love to hear from you! :D

Amber, Lina, CJ, R.G. Nairam, Morgan Huneke, writefury, Jennifer Sauer, conniepsaunders, starshining4ever, Addyson, and Amanda all guessed the last quote correctly. It came from Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. My primary memory of that story is the TV version of the movie, complete with commercials, that my grandparents taped for us on VHS.

This week’s quote is about as old of a classic as you can get.

Hand to hand is how it will be, a life and death fight against the fiend, and he whom death bears off shall submit to the judgement of the Lord.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: Comes the Dragon

Comes the DragonJudgement is coming to the people of God, yet they choose to ignore the warnings.

Comes the Dragon is sequel to Abaddon’s Eve, which I reviewed last August. The players remain the same. Flora, Rechab, Alack, and other key players struggle to determine the paths they should walk in an increasingly confusing and dangerous world. By assuming Flora’s name, Rechab has new-found security and freedom, but she finds the burden of decision making almost too heavy to bear. Flora, cast out from the community where she has spent years worshiping God, fears her pagan birth will separate her from the Lord she loves. Alack continues as Kol Abaddon’s companion and apprentice, but his compassionate nature often puts him at odds with his mentor.

For me, Kol Abaddon, the voice of destruction to The People, was the most interesting character in this book. He didn’t receive much “screen time,” but my interest in his character was validated in the epilogue. This nameless prophet is tortured by a pain private between him and God. While Kol Abaddon is God’s mouthpiece, he doesn’t seem to have a particular warm relationship with the Great God he speaks for. And there’s a reason for that. (Read the book to find out what it is. ;) )