Freedom Isn’t Free

Courage and sacrifice come in many forms, many types. Today, we honor those who exhibited the ultimate type of courage and sacrifice and love. From the Battle of Lexington and Concord, to the Battle of Gettysburg, the Alamo, WWI’s Battle of the Somme and WWII’s D Day and Battle of the Bulge, to the Korean, Vietnam, Iraqi, and Afghanistan wars, freedom is paid with the color crimson.

Freedom is paid for, won, and kept by blood.

This is the ultimate sacrifice. This is the ultimate type of courage.

Today we honor those who emulated John 15:13 and laid down their lives for those who would never know them, those who would forget about them, those who would disparage their sacrifice, those who would live in enviable freedom paid for by blood. By honor. Courage. Sacrifice. Love.

To those who fought and died so the United States of America can remain free, there are no words strong enough or powerful enough that can describe the gratitude you deserve. Thank you for your sacrifice.

May we always remember freedom isn’t free.

Happy Memorial Day.


Jump Into Spring Giveaway

CROWN is part of the Jump Into Spring giveaway, which features eight CF books—all of which you could win.

The Jump Into Spring Giveaway runs 5/8 through 5/13. The 1st place winner will receive all eight books (authors’ choice of format) and the 2nd place winner will receive three books (authors’ choice of format) of their choosing. A variety of genres, from fantasy to historical romance to suspense and more, are featured.

Never fear if you don’t have social media–there are author newsletters and blogs you can follow to gain points. Most importantly, for an additional set of points, you have to answer this question: What is your favorite thing about springtime?

He is Risen

On Good Friday, we were reminded of Christ’s sacrifice, which came in the form of the worst type of death known to mankind at that time.

Somber, mourning, and still. That’s how I always feel on Good Fridays. But that doesn’t stay. Instead, it is replaced with gratitude, awe, and wonder.

For the grave was not the end. If it had, we would still be without hope. Christ’s resurrection has defeated death and offered a way for lost souls to reconcile with God.

He’s not still in the tomb, my friends. That stone hole is empty, and that emptiness is a clarion reminder of hope.

For He is Risen!

Have a blessed Easter and may we never forget to marvel at the grace, mercy and justice of our Lord and Savior.

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”

Matthew 28: 1-6

By His Wounds

I can only imagine the despair, dread, and heartbreak Jesus’ followers experienced during their Lord’s time on the cross and the following day.

I can only imagine Mary’s pain as she watched her Son die the most tortuous form of death known to mankind during that time.

I can only imagine the weight in the centurion’s chest as he uttered, “Truly, this man was the Son of God.” That confession of faith would likely, forever, change his life.

I can’t imagine what went through that robber’s mind when Jesus told him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

What I don’t have to imagine is the purpose behind Christ’s death. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds we have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

Skeptics would have you believe He was just a good man. A moral teacher. But a good man and moral teacher cannot be the propitiation for sin, the Sacrifice, and the Lamb.

A good man and moral teacher couldn’t be the Son of God, for the Son of God is more than just good and moral. He is perfect, holy and just and blameless. And only a Sacrifice that was perfect could take on the sins of the world.

Christ was reviled and mocked. Humiliated, beaten, and sentenced to the form of death that told onlookers He had acted against Rome.

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a lout voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” That is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:36). Then He yielded his spirit.

Atonement required a perfect sacrifice, something humanity could not offer. Sinful beings from the time of conception, there was no way we could save ourselves.

I can’t imagine what it was like on that day, when darkness fell and the Son of God–beaten and bloody–gave Himself for us.

By His wounds, I’ve been healed. A sinful wretch who’d have no hope of saving herself if He hadn’t given Himself.

No, I can’t imagine that day. But I don’t have to. Because the infallible Word of God, tells me what happened. A hopeless world was given hope.

Humanity can’t save itself. But, because of Him, those who place their faith in Christ are saved.

Writing Q&A

A few days ago, I posted I would answer any writing questions you had, and today is that day. Thank you to all who posed questions. I had fun answering them, and I hope they help.


Do you have a method for coming up with names for countries/places in fantasy?

– Kristina

If the name doesn’t come to me, I wait until I know the topography, geography, or what the land is known for. Then I search through specific words in different languages and usually combine a few. For example, Marteris in The Redwyn Chronicles is so named because mare means “water” in numerous different languages. I took the first three letters and slapped on a suffix.

How do you deal with magic in a Christian fantasy?


When it comes to magic, you’re going to find readers fall into two categories: those who hate it and those who are fine with it. There is a common misconception that every fantasy book must have magic, and that’s simply not true. There is a specific genre called Kingdom Fantasy, which is nonmagical fantasy.

In my opinion, there are two acceptable ways to portray magic. One, to have it be a literal gift from God, and two, to address it the way Donita K. Paul does, where it points back to Him. I can’t really explain her method, as it’s pure ingeniousness, so I’m just going to tell you to go read her Dragonkeeper books.

What are your tips on creating fascinating storyworlds?


Have fun! Be zany. What seems odd to us could be normal for your characters. Think about the small things. Do they know what cows are? Do they have pet lions? Do they live in the desert and have never seen the ocean? Do they primarily reside underground? Do different lands have different physical features and characteristics? Even a few minor things can create a host of unique differences. In The Redwyn Chronicles, they’re all human, but Veerhamers only have blond/e and red hair and aren’t known for their fighting skills. Marterises are both black and white and enjoy fish. Frilorans live in the mountains, and Halthdurnites are called wolfmen because they raise and hunt with wolves. Small things, really, but they make each group unique.

What’s your advice on how to create a fantasy story that’s low on magic but still inspires wonder?


One of the most common fantasy-related fallacies is you need magic.

You don’t.

And this is coming from a nonmagical fantasy author.

You can use worldbuilding to inspire wonder. Breathtaking scenery, a solid plot, and a good faith element are all you need to strike the hearts of your readers. There is wonder in our world, and it’s not hard to miss. Capitalize on that. When I look outside, I’m amazed by the thick wall of snowflakes, which bring them them a sense of peace and wonder when the wind’s not howling. Trekking through the mountains, dwarfed by lodgepole pines swaying in the breeze evokes an emotion I cannot name. Rising early in the morning and walking down to look at the mountain lake on a cold day enables you to see the fog either rolling in or drifting away over far hills and trees.

Just as there’s wonder and beauty in everyday life, so can there be in your nonmagical fantasy story. Take the everyday. Take a meadowlark’s melody, the rustle of leaves in the wind, or the gentle plunking of rain, and incorporate that. Your readers will comprehend it even better because they’ve likely experienced that themselves.

Where do you draw inspiration for your worlds?


I draw inspiration from everywhere. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve interrupted my sister, whether she’s snarking at me or being a goof, with an idea. Half of the ideas in my idea document are from her, and she inspired a certain character in Shattered Reflection. You can gather inspiration from the outdoors, from scrolling Pinterest, from exercising and listening to music, to studying historical events.

How truly important is it to make the world unique and never-been-done-before?


You need at least one unique element, but that can come from your plot. Unless you have the inspiration, or the plot calls for it, don’t spend hours worrying over creating a “never-been-done” world.

How can I take inspiration from other cultures to make a congruent world that doesn’t feel like it was mismatched and totally random?


This is one of the funnest aspects of worldbuilding. You can take Romanesque culture and plop it in the desert. Take African culture and put them in the mountains or on the beach. Of course, if fish is big in an African culture and they live in the desert, then you’d have to eliminate that to make it congruent, but there is a ton of maneuverability with this.

What sources do you prefer to use and would recommend (i.e sites/books/etc?)


The Inside Scoop by Janet Kolobel Grant and Wendy Lawton is fantastic, and the Emotion Thesauri are great too. I have a list of free resources here and joining a group like Writer’s Vision helps too. Plus, you can always ask other authors for advice. Other than that, I haven’t really “delved into the sources”. What I know is garnered from years of reading and studying how other authors write, worldbuild, craft characters, etc. But there are a lot of writing resources out there.

What are your best tips for worldbuilding? How do you normally approach creating a fantasy world?



How do you narrow the focus down/simplify things to make worldbuilding manageable?


Some of my above answers work into this. I’d say know the faith and if they have Bibles or not, use small elements to create unique places and people, and think about our world and what makes different areas unique. Focus on geography, leadership/government (royalty, republic, clans, tribes, whatever), and what weather and terrain come with that geography. Probably the tip I place most emphasis on is to not feel like you have to know every aspect. You’ll know more for some worlds than others, and that’s fine.

As for creating a fantasy world, there are two different steps you can take. One is to print out and fill in a form you can find online; there are many different ones. Some go so far as to ask what jokes are unique to that land/world. The other is the method I take. I make a list of imports, exports, faith, leadership, government, what the people look like, and clothing styles.

Different things work for different writers, so don’t place yourself in a box. Explore and see what jives best with your writing personality.


How do you make a fantasy story that isn’t preachy but still has Christian themes?


Actually, the “preachier” a book is, the more I laud it, but I understand the question. Interspersing prayers, like when they’re grateful for or scared of something, makes it natural, as does if they have daily devotions or go to church or have questions about their faith. Have your character(s) approach it like you would. That’s be best method I’ve found. What happens in real life are often the best methods for addressing faith in fiction. Don’t shy from having those faith talks, where your character(s) speak with a trusted mentor or pastor, but you don’t need to have it be half of every chapter. Do remember that “preachy” has a different level and meaning to everyone. The most important thing is to not shy from including your faith and to strive to honor God with every chapter you write.

How does one incorporate Christianity into a fictional world without it becoming stuffy/formulaic?

– Grayce

“Stuffy/Formulaic” can mean two different things:

One, those rote prayers you hear in certain churches and the “feelings” only garbage infecting the modern church and worship.

Two, the despicable, abominable lie that “too much Christianity” is off-putting.

Stay away from the first one. That’s unbiblical in so many ways.

But the second? Okay, I understand. You don’t want a sermon taking up half the book. But to call a redemption theme, a lot of prayers, or heavy reliance upon a character’s faith stuffy or too much? That is a bald-faced lie the enemy uses to dissuade Christian writers from pouring all of their heart and faith into a book.

Yes, have it be natural. Base if off your own faith walk. But, as a Christian writer, our mission should be to present the Gospel and proclaim our faith in our books. Nothing more. Nothing less. To quote from an Aaron Shust song, “Everything I say and do, let it be all for You.” Some books will have more faith content than others, and that’s okay. Your book isn’t less Christian if it doesn’t have a salvific theme.

But never, ever buy into that atrocious, deplorable, wretched lie that you need to water down your faith or not include too much because it will “offend” others. Christians who complain about “too much faith” in books will answer for their disdain for the Word. Let your faith pour out. Let it be natural. And never let the world or other readers dictate what is too much.

After all, you’re not writing for them. You’re writing for Him and Him alone.

How can you write a book with Christian themes that doesn’t only appeal to Christians?


I’m unsure if this question addresses “clean” fiction only or Christian fiction that unbelievers will want to read.

If you’re writing Christian fiction you want unbelievers to want to read as well, all I can tell you is God alone determines who reads your books, whether that’s believers or unbelievers. A lot of “clean” readers are willing to read Christian books, even if they themselves are not part of the flock. It’s kind of a crossover.


What are your favorite ways to add depth to a character?


You can add depth to characters by studying those around you. On the surface and during first interactions/impressions, people can appear single-facted. But everyone has a motivator, everyone has a dream, everyone has been shaped by past pain and disappointments. Knowing at least two of those, in regards to your character, will help add depth. I also, personally, find a character song for them. Doing this can really help you figure out your character’s struggles, yearnings, and fears. Bottom of a Heartbreak by Needtobreathe is Denton Yindell’s, and I must say it is totally him. Whenever you are having a hard time writing that character, you can return to that character song, and it will provide inspiration.

Do you usually use Pinterest to find a character (picture wise)? Or do you think of a name first, THEN picture someone in your head or find a picture that fits what you’re thinking of?


Both, honestly. It all depends on the character and if they’ve already come with a name. Don’t allow an either/or method to trip you up. Both can work equally well.

Sometimes I know a character’s place in my book, but not their name or appearance, and I’ll go looking to see on Pinterest if I can find what they look like, then seek a name to fit the look. Other times they come with a name, or I find a name, and then go looking for their appearance. And yet other times I have a name and find what the character looks like, but it doesn’t fit the name. So I change the name. That’s what happened to Marcus in The Shattered Lands. I had a picture of how I envisioned him looking like, but it didn’t match the current name, which was Grayson. So I changed his name.

Naming a character can be quite the complicated process.

What are your tips for writing a character whose arc spans a whole series?


Make them grow slowly and have something they need to overcome in each book until their character arc is complete in the final book.

Do your characters determine the plot, or do you build them based off of the plot?


Every author is different, but the outcome is usually the same. So whatever’s coming to you in that regard, go with it.

I begin with building them based off the plot, but they usually go their own way by a quarter of the book. It’s inevitable unless you’re one of the few authors who can wrangle your characters into compliance to what you already have in mind.

What’s your process for figuring out a character’s backstory?


I base it off the plot. An idea comes, then I determine which characters need to be incorporated, then what placed them there in the first place.

Do you have any tips for writing complex villains (especially on how to balance their humanity with their badness?)


I would advise you to understand your villain’s motivation. Is it greed? Anger? Revenge? And do they have a family? A prized pet? A hobby they enjoy? Even those who desire world-domination have one of those three things. Don’t water down their evil, but give them a driving force.


When other people are editing your work, how do you know when is too much? Like how to know that you aren’t using your original tone and voice as an author?


This is a good question, and definitely one you should keep in mind whenever you hire an editor.

A good editor’s job is not to eliminate or alter your voice; it is to help you improve by pointing out flaws (e.g. if you need to use more conjunctions in lieu of a bunch of short sentences). I would say too much/trying to alter your voice is when they’re attempting to have you completely “recreate” your story. Not missing scenes or whatnot, but a complete re-mastering of how you string together words and impart emotion.

Now, on the flip side, editors are paid to tell you if something’s not working. For instance, there is a common “acceptance” of this style of writing: “I sat up. Groaned.” That is an extremely amateurish and poor style for a variety of reasons, so if the editor is telling you to stop that, then heed their wisdom. They’re only trying to help you avoid a catastrophic writing pitfall in this instance.

In short, everyone has their own voice. If you think an editor is telling you how to completely change your voice, pray, read their suggestions with fresh eyes, and get input from someone who knows your writing well—like a family member or close beta.


What are your best tips for editing? What do you do to not get overwhelmed by the editing process? Any and all tips are greatly appreciated!


Take it slow and steady on editing. You’ll need to do multiple phases and rounds, but don’t let that irritate you too much (because editing is aggravating). Leave yourself plenty of time if you can, at least two, three months, so you don’t rush. Here’s a list of different types of edits, so you can see what you need to do in each.

How long do you recommend a draft sitting before diving into edits?


The optimal time is three to four months so you “forget” the story and are able to see it with fresh eyes. Sometimes even longer is better.

What are the main questions you focus on when doing developmental edits on books?


As defined by Mountain Peak Edits & Design, Developmental Editing,

Focuses at the broad range, or “big picture” of your writing project.

Look for:

  • General plot and character inconsistencies
  • Lagging areas – also known as a stalemate and if your writing is going 15 mph in a 45 mph zone. Basically, if your writing is too slow for the plot.
  • Chapters and paragraphs to see if they’re the right length and location based on the general flow of your story.
  • Flow – I look for potholes and speed bumps in your writing.
  • General syntax and grammar – if you have a pet word or consistently misuse or misunderstand homophones.

So you need to ask yourself 1) are there any inconsistencies, 2) does anything feel slow and if so, does it require alteration or elimination 3) does this chapter need to be combined with another or separated into two, 4) are any sentences choppy, and 5) is there a word or phrase you have adopted as your favorite word or phrase?

How do you know when to cut out a scene?


Cutting a scene is like removing your own limb. It hurts.

You’ll know when to cut if the scene just doesn’t fit, is nice to read but doesn’t go anywhere, or if your alpha and beta readers tell you it needs to go.


What are some good free fantasy fonts?


I will always recommend Cinzel. It is a font for all genres. Classy, but adaptable no matter the cover. There are two primary versions of Cinzel: Cinzel and Cinzel Decorative. The issue with Cinzel Decorative is it can easily become too much, as it contains extra tags and flourishes. The first letters in the author name on this book cover are in Cinzel Decorative, and the author name on this book cover is in regular Cinzel. You can mix and match for an elegant, yet classy combination, or strictly stick to Cinzel.

Where do you look for images (of people, landscapes, etc.) to use for covers? Any copyright stuff we should know about?


The two stock sites I use are Adobe and Shutterstock. These are not free and you will have to pay, but if you’re seriously into cover design, one or the other is worth it. My primary go-to is Adobe, where I have a subscription. Better to pay $320 a year (this is why covers cost at least $50) than $70 an image. That can turn terribly pricey when I sometimes use pieces from three different models for a “final” outcome.

Yes. Violating copywrite policies is called copyright infringement, and can land you in serious trouble. Be extremely careful if you take images from Pexels or Pixabay. In fact, aside from vectors, I wouldn’t recommend it if you can help it. Always research copyright laws when you are looking at a site that’s not Adobe, Shutterstock, or one of the other image-purchase sites.

Do you have some sort of app you use to design covers? I would love to get into that as a hobby, but I’m not sure what sort of app or service to use…


I personally use Picmonkey. It’s not “high-end” like Adobe Photoshop, but it’s a solid near high-end that doesn’t cost as much and is so much easier to use.

Now, the type of covers you’re interested in designing determines whether you should go with Canva or a design program like Picmonkey.

In Canva, you can create what I call “cutsey” covers, like the Imagine Anthology. They’re nice covers, but definitely a certain niche that fits only a certain type of book. When it fits, they’re adorable. So if your book falls into that niche, go with Canva.

If you’re looking for a design program where you can blend, shadow, recolor/dye, brighten, darken, tint, and more, then you’ll want to go with Picmonkey. Kimberly Burkhardt’s cover for Apple of His Eye (also designed by yours truly), is an example of dying, positioning, shadowing, and brightening. I dyed the model’s hair, put a slight yellow tint to her so she looked like she was in the sun, shadowed the grass behind her to create realism, and positioned her to the side before making it look like she was actually in the grass and not pasted on over it.

So it all depends on what look you’re going for. Both Picmonkey and Canva have their place.

Did you have to take classes to learn how to design a cover?


No, you don’t. While many advise it, you don’t need to. In fact, these days, the more you can stay away from colleges, the better off you are.

What are the “rules” for choosing fonts that work together?


The rule of thumb is no more than two fonts on the cover. Now, on the back cover you should use a legible font for the blurb. I prefer Lora, but chances are I won’t use Lora on the front. If you do use two fonts, do not make both of them gorgeous and calligraphic. That reduces legibility and makes it difficult for people to read. One Serif font and one calligraphic if you do decide to combine. Sans serif typically doesn’t go well with fiction, although certain fonts in that font family can work. So stick with Serif.

What do you wish you had known when first starting to design a cover?


I wish I had known that a good cover takes time. Slapping font on a background usually doesn’t create a quality cover others will want to buy.

What’s your process for designing a cover from scratch?


It begins with inspiration. If I’m making a premade, I usually concoct an idea when I’m scrolling through images and see a model and background I think would look good together. If you’re creating a cover for yourself, the first few things to ask are what/who do you want on the front, what colors convey the mood of your story, and what font and font placement would look best. I usually work on the model first (swap ‘n chops, clothing coloring, hair dye, etc.) before bringing in the background, but that’s a personal preference and every designer will be different.

What’s one big mistake you newbie cover designers make, and how can they fix it?


Just one mistake? I would say poor font selection. If you want to negatively mark yourself as an indie author, use scrawling font for your name. On the book title, that works sometimes. But not your name. Use clear, professional fonts like Cinzel and don’t have it be microscopic and tucked in a corner. Please don’t do that.

What are some of the biggest mistakes you notice in cover designs?


Aside from the above answer, size comparison and scale are the major issues I notice. Babies are not as big as the adults in real life, nor are they just happily floating above the grass. This drives me up the wall and then some, and my family is subjected to my rants whenever I see that error. It doesn’t look good. Ensure you take time and pour care and refinement into your cover.

Make sure the heads, if you do chop ‘n swaps, are the correct size, and not too big or small. If something is “closer” to the reader, then it will be bigger. (So a wagon in the background is smaller than the woman in the foreground.) Make sure heads don’t look like they’re on backward. Make sure hands aren’t too big/small. Also make sure you make the garments as modest and era-appropriate as possible.


What publishing companies have you used for your books? Do you recommend any for those seeking publication for the first time (aka, me)?


I actually self-publish. Now, my story in Seize the Love is published by Abbigail Harris’ company, but as far as I know, it’s not accepting submissions except through her Seize the World anthologies.

If you’re looking for traditional publishers, you can try Enclave and Ambassador International. To my knowledge, they’re the only two real ones who accept Christian unagented submissions, unless you write historical romance and want to look at Wild Hearts (but you’d need a huge platform for that).

I’m not going into much detail on this quite yet, but there is a Christian fantasy anthology publisher in the works. If all goes according to plan this year, there will be another group to which you can submit your novellas for theme-specific collections.

Collections and anthologies are a good way to start out. My first published work is A Past to Bear, which is featured in Whitstead Harvestide. I didn’t have to pay for the cover, but I had to go through the edits they wanted and learn how to promote. It was fun.


Sooooo I have a subplot in between a fantasy setting- from friends to lovers, and none of the actual plot can progress until they get into a relationship. How do I write a natural, realistic progression, that’s clean, not cliche, and concise enough so that it still remains the subplot?


Ah, one of my favorite tropes! I would recommend to have any subplots supporting the plot, and likewise, to have the plot affect the subplot. Do occurrences draw them together? How do those occurrences affect both subplot and overarching plot? Cliche can be good in some ways, so I wouldn’t direct too much worry that way. You can always go back in and clean it up/switch it, if you feel the need.

In Shattered Reflection, Breac and Layree (spoiler to those who’ve not yet read it), end up together. Their romance is a subplot, and they go from wary allies to friends to more. The feelings need to grow as the story progresses and they need to exhibit those changing feelings through their actions and words. Breac makes Layree a sword, something he wouldn’t do for anyone but his family (and he is an awkward bean at best, so that kind of said what he couldn’t figure out how to speak). Let their actions be in tune with the plot, and let the overall plot help guide the subplot.

I hope that helped. I know what to say in my head, but my fingers get in the way.

What advice would you give an author who is just starting a blog?

– Grayce

Publish book reviews, participate in cover reveals, and comment on others’ blogs. Not because it gains you something, but because it’s the nice and right thing to do. It will take time to build your platform, but don’t get discouraged. It took me seven years to reach one hundred subscribers on this blog. Actively seek connections (which I didn’t do) and be willing to help celebrate others’ victories and accomplishments.

How do you keep motivation while writing on a deadline?


I have a contract with Amazon, and breaking that contract would destroy my writing for the next year, so that is the driving motivator.

For normal people who don’t work themselves into corners, preorders, awaiting readers, and the eagerness to get your baby out to the world are usually the primary motivators.

What is your favorite thing about writing fairytale retellings?


My favorite things are infusing in faith and exceeding the typical plots and boundaries of retellings. I have absolutely nothing against traditional retellings, in fact, I enjoy reading them. But there’s something thrilling about putting logic where there’s originally magic, expanding the plot, and making it more. No one thought a Snow Queen retelling could be written without magic, but it’s quite possible, and I immensely enjoyed delving into the medical aspect. Putting more to the Cinderella retelling, IRON, was fantastically fun as well.

What are your best tips for writing retellings?


My first tip is to add something unique. Yes, yes, we all know Cinderella gets locked up. A unique element could be changing where she gets locked up (or he, in Carter’s case). Don’t be afraid to go beyond the usual. Make your world incorporate the retelling, not your retelling incorporate the world. Things are still happening when the fairytale is going on.

What are your tips for narrowing down on a certain aesthetic for a website?


When considering an aesthetic, you need to examine your platform and genres you write. If you pen suspense, you’ll not be wanting flowery and romantic. You’ll want bold, solid colors, like navy or forest green paired with white or gray. If you’re into romance, you’ll want muted pastels, perhaps with a floral or delicate design. Neither of those aesthetics work for my platform, so I have fantasy mountains, since I write fantasy. It’s all in your platform and what you write. Your aesthetic needs to match your primary genre.

Was any of that information helpful? If you have more questions, please feel free to drop them in the comment section!

What aesthetic fits you? What’s your favorite genre to read and/or write?

Embrace the Wonder of Christmas

Every year, my church ends our Christmas Eve service with Silent Night. During the previous song, candles gathered pre-service are lit. I am always filled with anticipation as I watch the gentle flicker from those candles grow. After the song’s final strains fade, the ceiling lights are turned off. The sanctuary is aglow from over four hundred candles. And then, after the piano and guitar play the introduction, a low, deferential combination of voices begin singing.

I get chills every time. The other selected songs are beautiful, but something about the way Silent Night is approached always fills me with a renewed sense of awe and wonder. That almost overwhelming combination stays with me as the congregants shuffle from the sanctuary after the service closes. In the foyer, those gathering for the next service laugh and converse around tables filled with cookies. Between the main doors stands a massive Christmas tree. A garland frames the stunning stained-glass picture of Christ above the sanctuary doors. Despite the sound of multiple conversations and children running around as they burn off the energy from consuming too many treats, the awe and reverence remains.

Music has always spoken to me. I connect with it, immerse myself in it. Half the time during group exercise classes, I get so lost in the music I respond to the instructor’s cues only by memory and instinct.

Words are powerful. Words set to music? Even more so.

Admittedly, Silent Night is not my favorite Christmas carol. Nevertheless, when the congregants in that sanctuary are singing it, it is a song which possesses almost unparalleled impact.

Whether or not this carol is your favorite Christmas tune, there is unarguably something about the song that makes one stop and think. There is a solemn undertone of reverence throughout the song, and as the verses progress, awe, wonder, and joy emerge, erupting in a beautiful symphony of praise and wonder.

In my opinion, an oft-overlooked part of the Christmas story is the praise and wonder exhibited by multiple characters. Elizabeth said to Mary, “[A]nd blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1: 42b-43). During this action, John the Baptist “leaped for joy” (Luke 1:44) when he heard Mary’s greeting.

In Luke 2:8-20, three groups experience wonder. The angels: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest’” (Luke 1:13-14a). The shepherds, who “went with haste” and “returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them” (Luke 1:15-20). And those who heard the shepherds, “wonder[ing] at what the shepherds told them” (Luke 1:18).

Simeon, in Luke 1:29-32 and 34-35, experiences wonder. “[F]or my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples”. The wise men, who visited Christ around a year after His birth, followed a star for months before arriving. When they saw Jesus, they “fell down and worshiped him” (Matthew 2:11) before gifting gold, frankincense, and myrrh, gifts fit only for a king.

There is nothing wrong with lights, ugly Christmas sweaters, decorations and presents, or the festivities and the season’s cheery ambience. But those things are not what give us true joy and wonder. Christ came down, fully God and fully man, to be the sacrificial lamb. Without His humble birth and painful sacrifice, we would have no hope of salvation, of God’s grace and mercy to utterly depraved sinners. Remembering and being grateful for Christ’s perfect love and sacrifice is the only way to truly embrace the wonder of Christmas.

May you and yours have a Merry Christmas.

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14

Broken Mirrors Group Interview

Today is the beginnings of the Broken Mirrors Launch Tour, where six Snow Queen Retellings are celebrated and five are released. I have four of the authors here (Wyn couldn’t make it due to other commitments in her book’s world) for a group interview. We’ll have the author interview first, then I’ll tell you more about the books and where you can find them.


KA – Kendra Ardnek

HE – Heather Elliot

SP– Sarah Pennington

EG – Erudessa Gentian

Me – The interviewer

Me: Welcome to Madi’s Musings, ladies. Let’s begin with this question: Usually an author has a favorite character. Which Broken Mirrors character is yours?

KA: Will, Ginny’s older brother who grew up on the streets and is a litttttle bit jaded. He is a bit of a change from William in Mansfield Park, as he also plays Yates’ role, but I had fun with him, and I love his arc.

HE: I feel a little bad that it’s not my main character but…. Eugenia, hands down. I rarely see mothers with children in fantasy stories. I thought it would be fun to have a relatable mother portrayed realistically. She’s also an older sister, as am I, so I found writing adult sibling interactions highly amusing.

SP: Don’t make me choose! I love all my Through a Shattered Glass characters, though not all for the same reasons. But if I have to pick someone . . . probably Kai. Or Chess. Or Alys. It depends on the day.

EG: My current favorite human character is probably Sterling. I’ve always loved him from the series, and in this story he gets to step up and help rescue the trapped players.

Me: Writing is a process which involves many potholes and unexpected hiccups. What have you learned from one of these writing potholes/hiccups?

KA: Keep throwing spaghetti against the wall until it sticks. 

HE: I thought I was a planner but learned I’m a bit of a discovery writer as well. I do need to have an outline and broad idea of themes, goals, locations, and arc, but as soon as I start writing, the characters turn into people who make decisions and they change the nuances of the story. I’ll get anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 words into the story, have to stop, rethink everything, and start over at the beginning. This happened three times on OIAR – once to solidify the characters and their arcs; once to solidify all the history, worldbuilding, mythology and lore; and by the third rewrite of those
original 30,000 words, I felt like I finally has all the pieces in place to finish the entire draft.

SP: Always leave yourself a runway. This technically isn’t a lesson I learned from writing Through a Shattered Glass, but it is how I avoided a lot of potholes while writing this particular book. I made a point of never ending a writing session at the end of a chapter or scene; I always gave myself at least a few sentences (and usually at least a paragraph) of the next bit. That made it much easier to get back into the flow of writing the next time I opened the document and meant I wasted much less time trying to figure out how to start things.

EG: I’ve learned it’s okay to be a slow writer. Sometimes I can whip out a ton of words in a couple days, but more often than not, a full book takes me a while to complete the first draft. When you see other successful authors publishing book after book every few months, it can be discouraging. Until I remember that’s not my story. If I rushed myself like that, my content would be terrible, if I got anything down at all. Everyone has different strengths, and while I can learn to do it quicker, I don’t have to mirror anyone else.

Me: What advice would you offer a new writer?

KA: Read, read, read.

Write, Write, Write.

Edit, edit, edit.

But know that you’ll never achieve perfection. 

HE: There is a lot of conflicting advice out there. Find what works for you. The most important thing is to write, write, write. Keep learning, keep asking, keep trying, but when it comes down to it, actually writing will give you the experience to write better.

SP: Not every strategy or technique that someone suggests to you will work for you. But some of it will. And sometimes what advice does and don’t work for you will change over time. That’s ok. Just do what you need to do to keep getting words on the page without getting burned out. The more you write, the better you’ll get.

EG: Something to remember for all authors: There will always be someone who doesn’t like what you give. Learn what you can from that experience (maybe they’re pointing out a weakness), and then learn to move on. Don’t let negative reactions freeze you up. You can never please everyone. Not even chocolate does that.

Me: Would you like to reside in your Broken Mirrors world? Why or why not?

KA: I think it would be fun, especially if it was while Elinrose was the Gardener. There’s no wifi, but Enchanted Forests are a fun place to be, you know.

HE: Oh yes. I’ve been cherry-picking favorite things from over 5,000 years of real-world history so everything about the Flamesend world is something I would love to explore.

SP: I would definitely like to visit Wonderland. Live there? I’m not sure. After the end of Through a Shattered Glass, it could be very pleasant, but I don’t think I’d want to live there during the events of the book.

EG: Well, not in the glitchy virtual reality, but the world it’s set in, yes! It’s 2,000 years in the future, with some cool tech I’d love to take advantage of.

Me: If you had to permanently choose between writing your stories by hand or by typewriter, which option would you select?

KA: I already do a lot of handwriting, and a typewriter would just mean more typing, so … the former.

HE: I already do much of my drafts and edits by hand, so I’d choose typewriter. I have my late grandfather’s 1953 Remington Portable and I love using it.

SP: By hand! I used to write all my first drafts by hand, and I frequently think that I should go back to doing that. (But then I don’t, because I have deadlines, and typing means I’m more likely to meet those deadlines.)

EG: By hand. I can cross out and scribble any amount of notes that way. I make a lot of mistakes in my first drafts…

Me: Thank you for joining me, ladies. Readers, scroll on to learn more about the Broken Mirrors books.


Rose Petals & Snowflakes by Kendra E. Ardnek

Releases: 12/19/22

Book Description: 

The Austen Fairy Tale #4 
Ginny doesn’t belong in Snowfield Palace, but she has nowhere else to go. An old promise between her mother and Lady Bethim keeps her off the streets when she’s left alone in the world, and she’s eternally grateful for the home – and the friendship of Kaimund, Lady Bethim’s son. She makes herself useful however possible and life is quiet.  
Until the far-too-charming Prince Hans and his sister Maia visit and send her world spinning. A shattered mirror is nothing to laugh about, and a new, dark magic could destroy everything.  

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Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks. 
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The White Queen’s Spell by Wyn Estelle Owens

Release date: January 2023

Book Description:  

Last Summer, Ailsa stumbled her way into a tangled web of curses and power that resulted in her not only rescuing her Kingdom’s princesses, but also freeing the Fae King of Summer from his century-long imprisonment. This Summer has been much more peaceful, as she awaits and anticipates not only Princess Mairead’s wedding to her best friend Fionn, but her own to Summer’s King.  

But when Ailsa lets her guard down and stumbles her way into not one, but two terrible curses, the wheel of fate begins to turn again.  

Fiachra, King of Summer, has spent the year since his release strengthening his realm and wooing the lady who freed him from his curse–only to have his betrothed snatched away by Winter’s Queen. And not only is Ailsa trapped in another court, but the doubled curse upon her has left her only a shadow of herself. But it is Summer, and duties tie him to his Court—but Ailsa is not friendless. 

Fionn and Mairead are determined to repay Ailsa for all her help, and set out on a dangerous journey across Faerie and through the Courts of the Seasons, to the very depths of Winter itself, where a terrible power awaits. 

There is more than one way to become heartless, after all.   

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Wyn Estelle Owens is the penname of a young woman who’s still figuring out what this whole ‘adult’ thing is all about. She lives in a big, old house in Maryland by a Hundred Acre Wood (dubbed Neldoreth) with her parents, three occasionally obnoxious brothers, her dog Jackie, and her personal plot bunny, Joker. 
She is fond of reading, writing, drawing, speaking in dead or imaginary languages, playing videogames, quoting classic or obscure literature, being randomly dramatic, and generally making things out of yarn. Her dream is to write stories that inspire people to chase after the wonderful world of storytelling. 
Her favorite all-time author is J.R.R. Tolkien, who first inspired her to pursuing novel writing when she read the Hobbit at the age of seven.   

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Shattered Reflection by Madisyn Carlin

Releases: 12/21/22

Book Description: 

The Shattered Lands | Book One 

Can hope be found for four shattered souls? 
Princess Nordica Icerri’s crown will be purchased with blood—her blood. Now the sole heir to the throne, she is determined to be the queen the Snowlands deserve, but that comes with a price: a numbed heart and soul. Only when she meets kidnapped physician Loren Alocer does Nordica allow herself to hope she can become queen without completely losing herself. But not everyone wants what’s best for the Snowlands, and Nordica’s upcoming rule is compromised at every turn. Can the criminal physician—and his faith—thaw Nordica’s heart, or is she destined to be the heartless queen she is being forced to become? 
War shattered not only Breac Finson’s heart, but his faith as well. Tired of fighting, Breac only wants to be left alone, but his efforts are for naught when a friend calls in a favor. He soon finds himself in an unexpected alliance with Layree Alocer, a woman determined to find her wrongfully-kidnapped brother at all costs. Can a broken soldier help right a wrong—and find his faith again in the process? 
Sides must be chosen and loyalties will be tested as a new war approaches. Can broken lives be mended in time to help save the Snowlands, or is evil already too deeply embedded? 

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Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action. 

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Of Ice and Roses  by Heather M. Elliot

Release Date: 12/22/22

Book Description: 

The shadow of war hangs over Forstur. In a kingdom where magic is seldom encountered, a conflict with their magic-wielding eastern neighbors would be a disastrous. Gemma finds unexpected love in Forstur’s crown prince, Ebenezer, but as her fairytale starts, the rest of her world comes crashing down. 

Long held secrets come to light and Gemma learns she has been at the center of the brewing war for almost half her life. A lost friend she barely remembers is the key to gaining vital intelligence that could help her new husband defend their kingdom. There’s a problem – the last sighting of her friend was in the magically-formed glacial regions of their foe, the kingdom of Morforst. 

Now Gemma must leave everyone she loves and journey beyond the enemy’s borders to rescue her friend from the spellcasters who control the region. The journey promises to be fraught with danger – highwaymen, river monsters, spellcasters, and the elements. With each new danger, she must decide what she is willing to sacrifice for the fate of two kingdoms. 

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Heather lives in Upstate New York, with an impressive number of books, almost as many story ideas, and, sadly, no pets. 

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Through a Shattered Glass by Sarah Pennington

Release Date: 12/23/22

Book Description: 
Drop the mirror and you break the world in two. 

Alys hasn’t set foot in Wonderland in years. Not since the White Queen’s mirror shattered; not since her best friend, Kai Hatter, was killed; not since Alys fled back to her own world with a shard of enchanted mirror in her eye. She’s done her best to set aside the past and move on — until a red-painted rose appears in her room, and the portal opens once more. 

Simultaneously desperate for hope and terrified of what she might find — or cause — Alys ventures back through the mirror. But the Wonderland she finds is not the same one she left behind, and though Kai is less dead than she thought, he still might be past saving. To make matters worse, the mirror shard is still in Alys’s eye, and Wonderland is all too susceptible to its corrupting power. 

Only Alys can save the land and friend she loves — but if she’s not careful, she might be their doom instead. 

A dark portal fantasy remix of The Snow Queen and Lewis Carroll’s Alice duology. 

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Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres.  When she isn’t writing, she enjoys knitting, photography, and trying to conquer her massive to-be-read list. 

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Anyone who preordered Through a Shattered Glass or who purchases the paperback on release day can submit a proof of purchase to receive a set of character art stickers featuring art by the lovely Chloe Grace (@chloegraceartist on Instagram). One set of stickers per person; proof of purchase must be submited by end of day on December 26.  

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Christmas Games by Erudessa Gentian

Release Date: 12/24/22

Book Description: 

A Kynaston Royal Saga Short Story 

Beware the harmless Christmas Gift. 

When a group of friends decide to play a new immersive role playing game, exciting fun turns into a glitchy mess. 

Larkspur’s real-world superpowers interfere with a simple, in-game mission. Discovering they’re unable to exit gameplay, the team scrambles for answers. When their leader and most experienced player, Conan, is kidnapped by the game’s main Boss, it’s up to Lark, Joshua, and Shamira to save him … and themselves. 

Join the beloved Kynaston Royal Saga cast in this short Snow Queen retelling. 

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Erudessa Gentian is a firm believer that clean entertainment can be powerful. Inspired by her love of cultures and learning, she produces dynamic art to spark imagination and touch souls. 

Erudessa writes in multiple genres, but specializes in fantasy and science fiction. She posts about lifestyle, travel and so much more on her blog. 

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Who else is excited for these chilly releases? Have you ARC read any of them? If so, what did you think? What’s your favorite snow/winter-themed story, and do you have any snow where you live?

And here’s a quote from Shattered Reflection to entice you into reading it. 😉

Nature’s Testament

I rarely do three posts a week. Even rarer is two posts a day.

Yet, today is an exception.

Last night a weather statement was sent out, alerting my county that heavy fog was on the move. We were warned to stay off the roads and away from the higher elevations. But, the weather station said, the fog would be gone by 4 a.m..

While remnants still lingered when I arose this morning, the fog had left behind a breathtaking and spellbinding sight.

The trees are coated with frozen fog, edging their branches in pure white that glitters when the sunlight–devoid of any warmth–falls upon it. So I pulled on my sweatshirt, grabbed the camera, tugged on the snow boots, and ambled outside, precariously stumbling across the ice rink that is our driveway so I could reach the back yard’s gate.

As I snapped the below pictures, Psalm 19:1 kept running through my mind. Nature is proof that evolution could not have happened. No big bang could have frozen that fog onto the trees. No eruption of disaster and mayhem could have formed each individual ice crystal with all of its jaw-dropping intricacies.

No, nature offers no proof of evolution or the big bang. Nor does it offer any proof of theistic evolution. Instead, it showcases the wondrous creativity of our Creator.

Likewise, nature is proof of how valuable each individual life is. If God put such thought and design into snowflakes and the aftermath of fog, how much more does He put into the babe in the womb? Human life is complex–from our cardiac and respiratory systems, to how our brains function, to the movements of our muscles and ligaments–we are a testament of our Creator.

The prolife message is blatantly clear in Scripture.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” – Jeremiah 1:5a

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” – Psalm 139:13-16

The God who forms storms and sunshine, who sprinkled the stars across the sky, and who individually forms each one of us, is the Creator. The Designer. He is the I Am. He is the LORD.

And He created the world and everyone and everything in it. Life is precious and valuable to him.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Psalm 19:1

The Chosen: Watch It or Watch Out?

When the news first came out about a supposedly Christian movie series, I was somewhat intrigued. Would it really be Biblical? Would it hold fast, steady, and true to Scripture? How would it be received?

Well, the intrigue came and went, and I thought nothing more of it until I listened to this podcast (Begin at 18:10). Then questions arose. But, again, they diminished over time. Then they again reared their heads when my church decided to host, Christmas with the Chosen last year. After digging into and researching this popular show, my family decided it was not only unBiblical, but was absolutely something we would never attend.

And it was not something my church should ever have hosted.

Regrettably, The Chosen has fooled many.

Why do I say that? Am I just being a picky-poo and grasping at imaginary straws to present and support my claim? Am I just wanting to be that one naysayer? Am I just full of hot air and wanting to stir up trouble?

Hours of research have gone into this article, and I will endeavor to be brief. But, in answer to the questions above, it is obvious there are issues with The Chosen. But few recognize it. I’m in a group right now where this topic–The Chosen–is all the rage. Folks are raving about going to see it in theaters. Side groups are popping up for those who love this show. It dominates a good portion of the conversation.

And I’m sick to my stomach whenever I see it.

Fellow Christians, the Devil is crafty. He knows how to worm through our defenses and whisper those “almost-truths” in our ears. Those “almost-truths”, though? They’re not truth. They’re of the Devil.

So, what’s wrong with The Chosen?

In this post, I’m going to focus more on those behind this acclaimed show. For if those creating it have faulty beliefs, then those beliefs will bleed into their creations. Please note I am focusing on the beliefs, statements, and stances of those mentioned below. I am not attacking these individuals themselves, but rather what they believe.

These are the three primary issues with The Chosen.

Issue Number One: Catering to the Cults

Son of Jerry B. Jenkins, Dallas Jenkins first directed The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, which has many theological issues in and of itself. Even more disturbing is Jenkins’ quote of, “[The Chosen] is really focused solely on the stories of Jesus. Which means that a lot of people from a lot of different tribes all love it..LDS, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, whatever. And they don’t disagree about the show, which makes a lot of people nervous because they’re like, wait a minute, we are supposed to disagree…supposed to be angry at each other.” (Becker, McCollough) [emphasis added].

I’m going to be blunt. If you don’t see what’s wrong with this quote, then you need to invest yourself, deeply, into the Word.

So what’s wrong?

The LDS (Latter Day Saints, also called Mormons), most Catholics, and Greek Orthodox all hold faulty beliefs about Christ. Specifically, the LDS believe Jesus is Satan’s spirit brother. The LDS is a cult, to simply put it, because they “deny essential Christian doctrine” (GotQuestions) that Jesus is fully God. To also claim Christ–our Lord and Savior–is Satan’s “spirit brother” is a most wretched form of blasphemy. The LDS also believes that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and subsequent resurrection is not enough. In fact, everything the LDS believe is disturbingly inaccurate.

Friends, if the LDS aren’t getting upset about this movie, then the movie isn’t accurately presenting the undeniable, Biblical fact that is stated in so many Bible verses:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. – John 10:9

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20

If The Chosen accurately presented the Biblical truth that Jesus is the only way and came down to earth as fully God and fully man, then the LDS and other cults who believe differently would not be lauding this show.

If you were of the world, the would would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, therefore the world hates you.

John 15:19

If The Chosen really put forth Biblical truth, it would be hated by those outside Christianity–not tickle their ears.

Issue Number Two: An Abhorrent Misrepresentation of Christ

Okay, I understand that creative/artistic liberty must be taken whenever a movie is made. This happens when actors are cast to play these characters, when era-appropriate clothing is used (the colors might not be what they wore), and on and on. There is nothing wrong with this as long as it is kept as historically and Biblically accurate as possible.

Let me remind you that every word in the Bible is true. This means if what The Chosen actors say contradicts that, they’re the ones who are wrong. Not the Bible.

In one of the trailers the actor says, ““If we are going to have a question and answer time every time there is something you are not used to, we will have a very annoying time for all of us.”

And, “I want my people to participate in the healing of the world.”

And, “Some things even I cannot do.” (about making someone a better dancer).

So, what’s wrong?

What is wrong is when the actor portraying Christ says words explicitly contrary to the Bible.

With the first quote, this is explicitly contrary to Scripture, where we’re told to “but test everything” (1 Thessalonians 5:21a), “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6), and “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” (John 7:24).

Basically, we’re instructed to test everything according to the Word. Not rebuke others for questioning.

The second quote is troublesome as well. This implies we are here to help Jesus “heal the world”, as though He is deficient in some way. How can He be deficient, though, when He is the Son of God? When He is the Creator?

The third quote is dangerous and should have warning sirens going off in your conscience. Even if it was said tongue-in-cheek, it is still directly contrary to Who and What Christ is. Piggybacking off my statement above, Christ is deficient in no way. He can do anything. He is the Maker. The truth should not be sacrificed on the altar of “humor” and sarcasm.

There are other disturbing claims as well. Watch this short video to learn what some of them are.

Issue Number Three: We Love the Same Jesus?

Directly quoted from Jenkins, I found this statement here:When I’ve talked about my brothers and sisters in Christ, and when I talked about those LDS folks that I know who loved the same Jesus I do, I’m referring to some of the friends that I have who identify as LDS who I’ve gotten to know very deeply over the last few years, in particular. And I’ve had hundreds of hours of conversations with (them), and I stand by the statement that those friends of mine that I’m referring to absolutely love the same Jesus that I do,” he said. [emphasis added]

So, what’s wrong?

Friends, let me once again remind you: There is ONE WAY to Heaven, and that’s through Christ. The LDS do not worship the same Jesus. They don’t worship the same God. They are a cult who denies the inherent deity of Jesus. They do NOT believe in the same Jesus we do, and shame on Mr. Jenkins for such an erroneous claim! This is directly contrary to Scripture.


Why do I warn you away from The Chosen? Here are my reasons in a short, simple summary:

While The Chosen may not be directed by Mormons, the LDS do have significant input regarding it. Unbiblical truths and claims have been espoused through this show, and through claims from the director, it is evidenced the director believes a cult–a cult that denies the deity of Christ and that He is the only way–follows the same Jesus as true Bible-believing Christians.

If the primary influencer of the show holds erroneous beliefs and espouses incorrect theology, those beliefs and theology will seep into the show and taint it.

And that is what’s happened to The Chosen.

Please, please avoid this show. Just because it’s loved by your pastor, your friends, and your family members doesn’t mean it is okay. We must hold everything according to Scripture, and when The Chosen is put through the test, it fails. Terribly.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

Sources Cited:

Becker, R. (2021, November 27). The Chosen and the Shift. Famine In The Land. Retrieved November 20, 2022, from (2011, August 26). Are Jesus and Satan Brothers. Retrieved November 20, 2022, from

Help Me Name a Character

Calling all readers. I need assistance choosing a name for a character.

She will be featured in a Redwyn Chronicles novella as the main female character in a Little Mermaid retelling. The MMC’s name is Denton. I have narrowed this down to five possible names, all of which are water-related.

You can find her here and here.

What Should Her Name Be?

  1. Morwenna

If you’re looking for an ocean-inspired name that’s uncommon, Morwenna might be it. It means “waves of the sea” and is Welsh in origin. It’s starting to see a comeback in Wales, where it originates, and is slowly making its way stateside. (edited) 

2. Nerissa

Of Greek origin, Nerissa is a girl’s name and means “from the sea.” It’s not as common as its similarly-sounding sisters Melissa or Marisa, but it still has the same meaning.

3. Meri

(Estonian and Finnish origins) means ‘sea’.

4. Eydís

Exact meaning and origin unknown

5. Sereia

Mermaid. Origin unknown.

What are your thoughts? What should I name her? Are you excited for IRON?