Well, guys...today marks a pretty big milestone for Where the Clouds Catch Fire. We're on Amazon Kindle! You can click HERE to buy it. Or, better yet, you can wait until January 4 (this Friday) and get it for completely, 100% free. I'll be free through Monday the 7th.
It recently came to my attention that not everyone who reads my blog realizes that I have, in fact, written a book. The book is actually why I started the blog. I put a piece of myself in a Word document and wanted to share it with as many people as possible.
When people ask me what my book is about, I tell them that it's about a girl who has to help a monk fight off a Viking invasion. But it's about so much more than that. It's about an orphan who finds a home. It's about a lonely man who finds a family. It's about a child who comes to know God in a way she never thought possible. It's about faith, family, and the amazing strength that comes when the two are combined.
Perhaps you have an active imagination, like mine. If you do, please close your eyes (wait--keep them open long enough to finish the paragraph). Imagine the visual equivalents of Myrcella Baratheon from Season 2 of Game of Thrones and Captain Picard from Star Trek. Never mind their personalities; we just want their physical appearances. Now take Myrcella and make her a quiet, motherless, impoverished 13-year-old. Her hands are dry and bleeding from keeping house in the harsh Irish weather. Actually, she's lived in twenty-four houses in her short life, and she's been the primary caretaker in twenty-two of them. Now take her away from the few family members she has left, give her a chance to earn a home she'll never be taken away from, and watch her exemplify the idea that the quietest people hide the greatest strength.
Now take Picard. Forget the military decorum he's known for. Imagine him awake in the middle of the night, shaking, sweating, praying that he'll never have another of those horrid nightmares again. Before dawn breaks, he prays three Psalms from memory; at first light, he's out in the fields. The farm work doesn't take much of his time; he wishes he had more than himself to provide for. But he might spend his afternoon sword fighting a tree, or reading a book in one of the four languages he's fluent in. He smells like rain and old books and sits having conversations with himself, or the cats he's never liked, or his beloved horses Humility and Honor in the stables. He wishes he wasn't alone in such a large building as St. Anne's Monastery, but he can't help it. Not since the massacre, the source of his nightmares.
Now put these two together and you have Alynn McNeil and Lukas McCamden, the leading characters of Where the Clouds Catch Fire.
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How would you describe your favorite fictional character? And (with the exception of Where the Clouds Catch Fire, of course), what's your favorite Kindle book? Let me know in the comments below! God bless you, dear readers, and don't forget to Like us on Facebook!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.