Three Years Ago Today, We Raised Our Glasses to the Ale Boy

A viscorclaw — one of the creepiest critters you'll encounter in The Ale Boy's Feast. Illustration by animator Ken Priebe.

"This is my favorite fantasy series," says the latest Amazon reviewer of The Ale Boy's Feast, the fourth and final book in my series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread.  "I recommend it to everyone 13 through 120. Although the series is marketed toward adults, I am a teenager who really enjoyed them and will be rereading them over and over again." … [Read more...]

Why I Want to Be George R. R. Martin’s Neighbor

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This article on "Christian fantasy" by novelist Lars Walker confesses something that may surprise his readers: I don’t read much fantasy, and I read almost no Christian fantasy. I’ve been burned too many times. You buy a book, hoping to experience over again the joys great fantasy can provide (for me, the Mines of Moria, the Ride of the Rohirrim, and the resurrection of Aslan provided the greatest moments of joy I’ve ever experienced in literature), and what do you get? Wannabees. Wannabee Tolki … [Read more...]

Look!: “Ivan’s Childhood”; “La Pivellina”; Steven Greydanus’s Top 10 List Collection; Joel Avery on “Melancholia” & the Apocalypse; More…

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Look!These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another.Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on.-Last night, thanks to the new Criterion blu-ray release, I finally got around to watching Ivan's Childhood, the first feature film by master filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.I've seen Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev, Zerkalo (The Mirror), Solaris, and The Sacrifice enough times to count them among my favorite films, but have never managed to sit … [Read more...]

Will These Books “Grab You By the Throat”?

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I'm almost always surprised when I come across new reviews of my four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread.It's never going to be a best-selling series. It isn't about a girl and the boys who are competing for her. It isn't about zombies or vampires or werewolves (although it does have beastmen, who are kind of like all three). It spends as much time on quiet moments as loud moments, and reveals that I'm as interested in environments as characters, as intrigued by the interior lives of … [Read more...]

Winners of Auralia’s Fifth Anniversary Contest (Correction)

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[UPDATE: I've just been informed that, due to a strange corruption of the file in which the submissions were compiled, some of the names and toasts were mixed up. Thus, the vote-tally turned up a bad result, with the wrong name attached to one of the winning toasts. My apologies to the person who was erroneously congratulated, and to the true winner - Adam Beckmeyer - whose toast is the Second Place Winner. Fortunately for Adam, prizes have not been mailed yet, so he will receive his rewards for … [Read more...]

Raise a Toast Before the Deadline! (Deadline Extended to 9 p.m.)

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I forgot to post a reminder over the weekend.So I'll give you a little more time. You now you have until 9 p.m. (Seattle time) tonight to enter the Auralia's Colors 5th Anniversary contest and turn in your toast to Auralia.If you missed the initial announcement, check out the prize packages that are up for grabs in this toast-a-thon. … [Read more...]

Happy Fifth Birthday, Auralia! (Enter to Win One of Two Prize Packages)

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Today, Auralia turns five years old!That is to say, Random House's WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group published my first novel, Auralia's Colors, on September 4, 2007.I'm still in a state of grateful disbelief and giddy enthusiasm. So, in the spirit of Bilbo Baggins, I'm giving stuff away to some of the party guests... Here's how you can join the party. (It's easy.) You might be one of two to win a prize package. (Details below.) 1. Raise a glass, and write an original, imaginative … [Read more...]

Have You Ever Attended a Birthday Party… for a Book?

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On September 4, 2007 — five years ago Tuesday — Auralia's Colors, the first book in my four-volume fantasy series called The Auralia Thread, was born.It was quite a reason for rejoicing at Overstreet headquarters, as I'd dreamed of sharing my stories with the world since I was a small child, and I'd been "in labor" on this particular story for over a decade.It was a life-changing experience in many ways. As people have discovered the books, read them, and responded, I've been blessed with … [Read more...]

Auralia’s Colors… Revealed!

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I'm always grateful to hear people's thoughts about Auralia's Colors or its sequels.Some responses are familiar and kind: "I haven't read your book, but I'm going to." Thanks! No pressure.Some make my day: "I read Auralia's Colors!" All the way to the end? Wow. I'm relieved!I'm especially grateful when it turns out that they've read Auralia's Colors and its sequels.When they've read them all in order? That's a rare and wonderful thing.Some responses challenge me to remain s … [Read more...]

How to get a signed volume from The Auralia Thread for free…

Buy a book from The Auralia Thread from your local bookstore, and I'll send you another book from the series free of charge!Here's how this deal works... … [Read more...]


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