Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Guest Post with Janalyn Voigt


Photo Content from Janalyn Voigt

Janalyn Voigt is a writer and professional speaker with a photography habit and a passion for travel. Her unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger, carries readers into a land only imagined in dreams. She is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary.

        


DawnSinger  (Tales of Faeraven #1) 
By Janalyn Voigt 
Fantasy, Christian Fantasy 
June 29, 2012 by Harbourlight Books
Paperback & ebook, 342 Pages 

Praise for DAWNSINGER

Janalyn Voigt is a fresh voice in the realm of fantasy. Her writing is crisp, her verbs muscular, and it's all wrapped up in a lyrical style. Blending action and romance, DawnSinger is a journey through fear, failure, and faith, and I look forward to its sequel. ―Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Valley of Bones and One Step Away

In DawnSinger, Janalyn Voigt has penned a novel full of surprises. With adventure, mystery, and an unlikely romance, this beautiful, epic fantasy debut will leave you scrambling for the next book in the trilogy. ―Jill Williamson, Christy Award-winning author of By Darkness Hid

DawnSinger is a delightful fantasy spun with bardic prose and threaded with danger and intrigue. ―Linda Windsor, author of Healer, Thief and Rebel, Brides of Alba Historical Trilogy

Janalyn Voigt builds an exciting world, tranquil on the surface but filled with danger, ancient enemies, and a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. DawnSinger leads you into a land only imagined in dreams. I can't wait to read the second book in the Tales of Faeraven trilogy. ―Lisa Grace, best-selling author of the Angel in the Shadows series.



Funny how childhood memories embed themselves in your mind, but only parts of them. I can still feel the rough paper as I turned another page in a novel from my parent’s bookcase. A precocious reader, I’d advanced long ago into adult books. I don’t remember this one’s title, but the story followed the journeys of Sir Francis Drake, an early explorer. Specific phrases are lost to me, but the vivid imagery remains. I can still hear the ship’s creaking, bask in sunlight breaking through the clouds, and taste sea salt on my lips.

I’d read many books by the time I was twelve, but this was my first brush with a writing style that could transport me into a world of vivid color. I was hooked. Many daydreams, involving tall ships and pirates, followed. When my sixth-grade teacher instructed his students to write short stories, it wasn’t hard to come up with a topic. Using a Bic pen with blue ink and lined paper, my preferred writing tools, I drafted an adventurous tale.

I wish I still had that manuscript, but it is lost to time. I can still feel my hands tremble while several sheets of lined paper shook before me. At my teacher’s request, I read my story to the class. A moment of silence passed, and then one of the boys spoke. “I know how we can get an ‘A’—have Janalyn write our stories.” It was high praise from a classmate, not to mention a relief after my nervousness. It felt amazing, knowing that I had carried my listeners into a world that existed only in my imagination.

My teacher gave me an ‘A’ on the assignment and also a talk after school. Most of what he said eludes me, but the most important sentence--the one that changed my life—stands out. “You should think about becoming a writer.”

The words resonated, and everything shifted. Being a writer vindicated the daydreaming that often got me in trouble. It explained my preoccupation with books, the late nights spent scribbling, and my quirky habit of reading dictionaries and encyclopedias. It even justified lying awake spinning tales way past my bedtime.

I’d found my calling.


The High Queen is dying...

At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.

But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes.

On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing and the salvation he offers into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.
You can purchase DawnSinger (Tales of Faeraven #1) at the following Retailers:

        

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you JANALYN VOIGT for making this giveaway possible.
One winner will receive a fantasy-themed basket, hand-painted Pegasus mug, hand-crafted beaded votive candle bowl, dark chocolate bar, and a Tales of Faeraven bookmark (US only)

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1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on your intriguing novel. I love the artwork!

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