Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Samara’s Peril, has been released! Samara’s Peril is the third book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
About the Book
When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen.
Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.
And now, for my interview with Jaye.
Welcome, Jaye! I’m so happy to have you here on my blog!
Thank you so much for having me! :)
- What is something that writing has taught you?
Patience. :P It definitely takes a lot of patience. And dedication. It would be really easy to give up if I didn’t love it so much.
- Has writing brought you closer to the Lord? If so, how?
Yes, I believe it has. Life is so crazy, and sometimes you just can’t imagine what is going in. When I write, I can see how everything works together for the best. It’s a constant reminder that, just like the stories I write, there is an Author who sees how it all works together.
- How do you get through the ‘low points’ in writing?
I have had a tendency toward bad writer’s block. I have found that the best way to get past it is to just write, no matter how terrible it might be. You can always fix it later. Then there’s the times when you just feel like you’re not a good writer at all. No matter how many books I write and publish, I always have times, usually right before I publish, that I wonder if the book is really any good. I think every writer feels that at times. At that point, you have to remember that if you love it, that’s the most important. We writers write because we have to. We’d go a little crazy if we couldn’t.
- What was the hardest thing about writing Samara’s Peril?
Well, this book has a Savior figure in it, and that is never easy to write. For one, I never feel qualified to try to portray Christ in fiction. It involves a lot of second-guessing and wondering if you’re doing it well enough. Then, you start to wonder how others will react. That was definitely the hardest part of this book.
- What is your advice to aspiring authors?
Read, research, and study. Read lots of books. This really helps you develop your style. Also do a lot of research about writing and publishing in general. The more you know about the process, the better. And, of course, study the craft. Learn the “rules.” It doesn’t mean you have to always follow them (I don’t), but you need to know them anyway. Then it’s just a lot of practice and learning from experience.
My review of Samara’s Peril:
Ooooohhhhhhh, Samara’s Peril. The much awaited sequel to The King’s Scrolls. This book was absolutely incredible. So many things about it were just… *squeals giddily*
Absolutely fantastic. I thought nothing could be better than Resistance, but obviously I was wrong.
The character development was so well played out. I wanted to jump into the story and wring a few character’s necks (and others needed some hugs).
Stayed true to Jaye L. Knight style. I loved it.
Better than the last two books. If such a thing is even possible.
I actually had to practice some self control when reading this book, as I sadly had to work it into my “young adult” duties. Even so, I read it in just a couple of days. It was absolutely impossible to put down.
This book was so good that I actually locked my keys in the car. How you ask? I was in the chapter 14-15 area (those who have read it know what an intense spot that is). I arrived about fifteen minutes early for my class, so I whipped out the Kindle and frantically read. When it came time to go inside, my brain was still far away in Ilyon, so I tucked the Kindle in my purse, locked the car with the on-the-driver’s-door button, and sprinted indoors.
Four hours later, I dig in my purse for the keys so we can get home. They have vanished. I dumped out the contents of my purse. There were keys for the other 3 cars my family owns, but no keys for the car I drove here.
* sigh *
My mind flitted back to the ONE TIME I locked the keys in the car (last year). But no, surely I’m not that clumsy. (Well…yes I am, but I had come up with a pretty good system and it hadn’t happened since that first time.) Then again, I’m not really in my right mind (half of my brain is still in Ilyon). Hanging my head, I make my way into the parking lot. My brother managed to open the car with the fancy little keypad unlocker. I climb into the driver’s seat, trying very hard not to panic. How in the world should I tell my mom that I’ve lost the car keys and she needs to come pick us up? (Note we’re an hour away from home.)
Lo and behold, there, dangling from the ignition, are the keys.
End of story.
About the Author
Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Samara’s Peril, a John 3:16 necklace by FaithWearDesigns, and a green wire dragon bookmark by Wirelings! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)
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