Monday, January 31, 2011


The Tiphereth Trilogy

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Official Release Date: March 25th, 2011

An epic battle to decide to whom the kingdom, the power, and the glory belong…

Enemy forces are advancing on Basileia. The Kingdom is also at peril from within. The cities are warring against each other, and the families are not following in the ways of the High King. All hope will be lost…unless young Prince Aramoth can lead his people not only to victory, but to repentance.

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That’s only $6.00 per book!
260 pages

Book 1: Basileia The Kingdom
Book 2: Dunamis A Higher Power
Book 3: Tiperet Glory to God in the Highest

Sale ends March
18th, 2011. Buy now and save!
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$2.98 shipping and handling. All three books are bound as one.  Therefore books in this Trilogy cannot be purchased separately.


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The Proofs have Arrived!

The proofs for the Tiphereth Trilogy have arrived!
So now I have to carefully read and look at everything to make sure it is all exactly the way I want it.  If not, I mark changes in red, print a new hard copy of that page, and send a new digital copy to the printer.  When I am finished I send it all back, and my books are printed!

(The book will be perfect bound, not spiral bound, but the proofs are always sent spiral bound.)

I will be posting an announcement of our pre-release sale shortly! 
I have some reading to do...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Vigilance in Writing

"It seems, however, no very easy task to write for children. Those only who have been interested in the education of a family, who have patiently followed children through the first processes of reasoning, who have daily watched over their thoughts and feelings--those only who know with what ease and rapidity the early association of ideas are formed, on which the future taste, character and happiness depend, can feel the dangers and difficulties of such an undertaking." (Maria Edgeworth, in the preface to The Parent's Assistant, 1800)

"It has been somewhere said by Johnson, that merely to invent a story is no small effort of the human understanding. How much more difficult is it to construct stories suited to the early years of youth, and, at the same time, conformable to the complicate relations of modern society--fictions, that shall display examples of virtue, without initiating the young reader into the ways of vice--narratives, written in a style level to his capacity, without tedious detail, or vulgar idiom! The author, sensible of these difficulties, solicits indulgence for such errors as have escaped her vigilance.

"In a former work the author has endeavored to add something to the increasing stock of innocent amusement and early instruction, which the laudable exertions of some excellent modern writers provide for the rising generation; and, in the present, an attempt is made to provide for young people, of a more advanced age, a few tales, that shall neither dissipate the attention, nor inflame the imagination." (Richard Edgeworth {Maria Edgeworth's father}, in the preface to Moral Tales, 1801)

"Her regular contributions to the magazine enhanced her reputation, and broadened the sphere of her usefulness.

Profoundly impressed by the conviction that she held her talent in trust, she worked steadily, looking neither to the right nor left, but keeping her eyes fixed upon that day when she would be called to render an account to Him, who would demand His own with interest. Instead of becoming flushed with success, she grew daily more cautious, more timid, lest inadvertence or haste should betray her into errors.

...Ruthlessly she assaulted the darling follies, the pet, velvet-masked vices that society had adopted,...demanding that men and women should pause and reflect in their mad career. Because she was earnest and not bitter,...because her rebukes were free from scorn, and written rather in tears than gall, people turned their heads and stopped to listen.

...Edna was consious of the influence she exerted, and ceaselessly she prayed that she might wield it aright. ...Day by day she weighed more carefully all that fell from her pen, dreading lest some error might creep into her writings and lead others astray." (Augusta Jane Evans Wilson, St. Elmo, 1910)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Publishing Update

The Tiphereth Trilogy has arrived at the printer!  In two weeks I will receive the proofs!  (Proofs are a sample of the cover and the book for me to review and make sure they are exactly right before the printer does all the books.)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Traveling across the country

The Tiphereth Trilogy has not yet arrived at the printer, but is taking a stop at a post office in Iowa, the home state of my previous book, The Teacher.  The excitement builds...I check the track and confirm website at least twice a day.  And then I post sentimental things like this on my blog.

Here are some pictures I took the other day.  I thought the trees looked really pretty.

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
 to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom to the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion--
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."
Isaiah 61:1-3

This chapter is so beautiful, I love to read it.  It is the kind of Scripture passage I would like to paint a picture of, or write a story following the imagery.  I don't know quite how to explain it, but this chapter makes me want to go and demonstrate the beauty of it in some way.

I will keep posting on the printing process of The Tiphereth Trilogy!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Off to the Printer

The Tiphereth Trilogy has been made completely press-ready and sent to the printer!

Printing 260 pages takes a while!
Stack the pages perfectly, fill out the order form, gather everything that needs to be sent, and carefully slide it into an envelope addressed to the printer.  Then, carefully seal and take to the post office...when they are open.  We live about two minutes from a post office, but the first time we went to mail it, they were closed.  So we had to go again the next day.  I was a little worried that postage would be atrociously expensive because of the weight, but it actually was less than what I had thought it would be.
Once it is mailed, I track the package to see when it arrives.  The printer usually sends proofs back two weeks after they recieve my hard copy (the paper one in the package) and so I like to see when the hard copy gets there so I can know when to expect the proofs.

And the excitement builds!

The best part, of course, is recieving the box of completed books, but as that gets closer and closer, I get more and more excited.

I will probably start selling pre-realease sales coupons after I have sent the proofs back to the printer.  Stay tuned!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Final Cover Picture

I looked over the comments and the votes.  The number of votes for each picture was very close.  However as I looked at the comments and the pictures I realized that there were aspects of both pictures that I liked and didn't like, and so I decided a new picture was in order.  What do you think?
I think this one turned out much better than either of the others.  Please comment and let me know what you think!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Tiphereth Trilogy Cover

These two pictures both had an equal number of votes!  I have put the pictures together as covers.  Which of these two covers would make you decide to buy the book right away? :)


Sorry the pictures turned out blurry.  The picture was taken of my computer screen.  These show the basic idea, though.  To see the pictures better you can scroll down a little and there are clear photos of these two pictures.

Please comment and let me know which ones you like!  You can either vote on the poll to the left of the first picture, or leave a comment!  So if you read this post, please vote!