DECEIVED Blog Tour: Character Spotlight – Holder Lygor

Today is the character spotlight for Holder Lygor, one of the main characters in DECEIVED. He’s also become the favorite of most readers thus far. You can take this quiz to see which DECEIVED character you are.


Age: 20

Appearance: A little taller than average; light brown hair and hazel eyes; leaner, but strong, build

Positive Personality Traits: Caring, gentle, compassionate

Negative Personality Traits: Sometimes doesn’t see what’s going on in front of him; can be oblivious at times

Character Song: Destiny by Skillet


Holder did not turn out the way I originally anticipated. He was supposed to have a personality more akin Rogan’s: sarcastic, snappy, grumpy. Instead, he surprised me during the first chapter by being an utter sweetheart. Holder’s dedication and compassionate personality is evidenced in the way he cares for his ward. As a bodyguard, it is his duty to physically protect her from harm. He goes beyond this and offers her an older-brother figure to look up to and a listening ear she can speak to. Where others tell his ward she cannot cry due to being a princess, and believe it necessary for her to be free of grief just after her parents perish, Holder gifts her the ability to be a child who can mourn her lost family.

I don’t remember why I made Holder a royal bodyguard. I do remember I needed him to be close in proximity to the antagonists. Whyever the case, I daresay he is a wonderful protector. I am interested in seeing how this develops as Holder’s tale continues.

Out of all four characters, Holder presented the least amount of emotional challenge to write. He doesn’t have emotional trauma like Rogan and Ivelle and he doesn’t have a horribly massive moral dilemma like Therese.

Though Holder is kind and gentle and quiet, he possesses an almost wry sense of humor that usually emerges when he’s ribbing Rogan. Holder can also get along with most people, provided they have no nefarious intent toward him.  

Holder is a character after my own heart. He is a bookworm, a voracious reader. He will read almost anything he can get his hands on, though that primarily is history. When no doing his duties, he can be found tucked away reading in a corner.

Holder is also a walking disaster. He’s not clumsy, but he does often create unorthodox ideas and solutions. These usually gain him a wound or several, and he is known for his heartfelt attempts that often end in disaster.

One trademark aspect about Holder is not something about himself, but the steed he rides. Its reputation is that of monster and beast, and for good reason. This red roan gelding has caused many a rider to break a bone and may or may not have bitten Rogan at least three times. Somehow, whether through Holder’s ability with horses, his grit, or his determination, he has managed to train the gelding enough that he can ride it without being thrown. The same cannot be said for others, however, and anyone else who attempts to master this horse will soon learn the error of such an assumption.

Holder is quite open to Truth and faith. His parents have paved the way and, though he does not interact much with him, his godfather assists in a more minute way as well. With a strong sense of right and wrong, Holder is eager to learn the truth. He is well on his way to shedding the false beliefs propagated in Orm.

My favorite quote of Holder’s:

Were they right?

(You’ll see why when you read the book. 😉 )


If you have preordered DECEIVED or order it during the duration of this blog tour (April 25 – May 7), and want some swag (character card and autographed bookplate), go here.

Giveaway Information:

Want a chance to win an autographed copy of DECEIVED and a character card? Be sure to go here. Or, if you don’t have social media, leave a comment at every blog post to be entered. Giveaway ends May 10th. (PDF will be sent to international entrants).


Monday, April 25

Madisyn Carlin | Intro + Book Spotlight

Joy Woodbury | Book Review

Tuesday, April 26

Madisyn Carlin | Release Day! + Fun Facts

Vanessa Hall | Author Interview

Autumn | Book Spotlight

Wednesday, April 27

Esther | Book Review

Saraina | Character Interview: Therese

Joy Woodbury | Guest Post

Thursday, April 28

Madisyn Carlin | Group Interview

Kristina Hall | Book Review

Friday, April 29

Vanessa Hall | Book Spotlight

Olivia | Book Review

Saturday, April 30

Madisyn Carlin | Character Spotlight: Holder

Olive Creed | Book Spotlight

Monday, May 2

Vanessa Hall | Book Review

Grace Johnson | Guest Post + Book Spotlight

Tuesday, May 3

Madisyn Carlin | Meet the Characters

Stephanie | Book Review

Wednesday, May 4

Grace Johnson | Author Interview

Saraina | Character Interview: Rogan

Thursday, May 5

Madisyn Carlin | Character Q+A

Issabelle Perry | Character Spotlight: Therese

Friday, May 6

Grace Johnson | Book Review

Autumn – Author Interview

Jenavieve Rose | Book Review

Saturday, May 7

Madisyn Carlin | Blog Tour Wrap-Up

Olive Creed | Author Interview

Katja Labonte | Book Review

Saraina | Author Interview

DECEIVED Cover Reveal

Today is the cover reveal for my debut novel, DECEIVED. I am super excited about this book, as it is not only my debut, but holds a close place in my heart. Also, when/if you preorder, hang on to that preorder receipt, because I’m having character art drawn, and I’ll be opening up a form come the book’s blog tour so you can enter your preorder receipt and receive a character card and autographed label sticker.


Title: DECEIVED (The Deception Trilogy, Book One)

Genre: Christian Allegorical Fantasy

Releases: April 26, 2022

Resistance (by Jaye L. Knight) x Dare (by Tricia Mingerink)

DECEIVED‘s ebook is available for preorder here. Paperback preorders will be available in April.

Cover Design by Lynnette Bonner of Indie Cover Design


In a land built upon lies and deception, uncovering the truth can be deadly.

Therese Westa is sick of death, but taking lives is what provides for her younger sisters. When a client approaches her with an unusual request, Therese takes the job offer, which includes the condition of “no questions asked”. As Therese uncovers the reason for the request, she is faced with a choice: kill an innocent man or save her sisters.

Therese’s hesitation to carry out the assassination thrusts her into the aftermath of a dangerous chain of events. Caught between security and truth, Therese must choose where her loyalties lie, for the answer will determine who survives.

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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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Isn’t the cover just gorgeous? The black and darker colors capture the sinister evilness in the book, but the lighter, brighter colors imply the subtle, but strong, theme of hope also woven through the pages.

Keep an eye on this blog, because blog tour sign-ups are coming up! You’ll meet the characters, see what inspired the story (on that note, be sure to check out DECEIVED’s Pinterest board), and more.

Thank you for celebrating my book cover release with me!

The Single Line Story Challenge

The Single Line Story Challenge was created by Maggie @Maggie’s Doodles.

I have been tagged by Sherrice at Penlightenment (thanks!). Now, do keep in mind I am a fantasy writer. Aside from a few paragraphs, I have never embarked upon another genre. So if these still have a fantasy flavor, despite being about as opposite of fantasy as you can get, just know I tried my best to capture the genre, but didn’t succeed. I’ll be marking which genre’s I’ll do in the list below so I can keep everything straight. Also, I wasn’t sure if single line meant one line only or one sentence, so I went with one sentence. If I am nominated again, I’ll do shorter answers.


  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. . Write 5 single line stories that fall under any of these genres (you can pick which ones you do!):
    • fantasy – Of course.
    • Romance: Yes.
    • thriller: 
    • mystery
    • western: – Yes.
    • Contemporary:
    • Historical: – Yes.
    • drama
    • dystopian
    • adventure
    • sci-fi – Yes.
    • paranormal
    • young adult
  3. You can choose 5 genres that’re easiest for you, or you can challenge yourself to try something new!
  4. Nominate 5 blogger/writers who you’d love to see participate and leave an open nomination for all writers!
  5. You can do this challenge more than once.


“True, quests are unpredictable, what with the oodles of ne’er-do-wells you’ll encounter, the risk of being captured, imprisoned, and interrogated, the ungrateful souls who will show no gratitude, and the chance you’ll end up dead by some painful method, but I do indeed believe a quest would be good for you, m’boy, since it will offer you a chance at redeeming yourself after failing to stop the assassin sent for our beloved queen.”


“It’s not because he thinks you’re weak or incompetent, it’s because he cares about you and he wants to protect you because he loves you; and all this is his fault because the big idiot just couldn’t tell you himself.”


This hotel, with it’s ramshackle structure, pathetically simple and boring decorations, splintered and uneven boardwalk, portly and uncouth proprietor, and atrociously simple fare was no fine establishment, and anyone who proclaimed such was not only blind, but addled.


The clouds of smoke from the numerous muskets, the wails of the wounded, sounds of bodies falling around him encased his heart in fear’s icy clench, but Jack refused to back down–what went on around him was a nightmarish scene other patriots faced, from Lexington, to Bunker Hill, and on, but they all agreed fighting for their descendants was worth the cost; putting their lives on the line was worth the cost–freedom and liberty were always worth the cost.


Rale flipped through the Bible, the rational part of his mind struggling to comprehend why the prisoners, now dead and silenced and softening the dry earth with their blood, had clung to a faith over four thousand years old–a faith outlawed by the Reordered World Coalition and a faith which brought death upon them.

Joy @ Discipleship with Joy

And you! If you don’t have a blog, but want to answer the tag, go ahead a post a comment.