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GENRE: YA FANTASY/NORSE FOLKLORE
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With a grandmother who is unnatural, an anxious mother, and a missing father, Arud’s family tree is rooted in secrets.
Leif Erikson abandoned the settlement in Labrador, Canada, when the ferine attacked and murdered his small crew. A band of families stayed behind to rebuild. Now, the Wolf Moon approaches, a single night when the ferine’s binds to the Dreadlands are broken, freeing them to hunt. But when one appears beneath Arud’s window, his mother rushes him off, urging him to take care of his sister whose sickness grows worse. His world is shaken and family deceptions unravel, when Arud learns his sister may be the key in a century old prophecy. The stakes are raised, and getting safely to the city in the sea becomes more than a quest. It becomes survival.
Top 5 Favourite Quotes Explained.
Thank you so much for opening up your blog to me today. I am excited to share some of my top five favorite quotes and offer my explanation. To do so, I really had to think about what quotes I use or follow on a regular basis.
I try and live by the following: “If you help enough people get what they want, you will succeed,” from Zig Zigglar. I mean this is the core of my existence. If I reach the top and I’ve climbed as high as I can, what will it serve if I’m there alone? I believe we are all here with a purpose, and for me, that means helping people achieve success, being an example, and being a light in darkness.
I teach children to live by the following: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” the Golden Rule. My first novel, Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, is an anti-bullying fantasy adventure book. I speak to elementary school students about the power of their words in life and literature, focusing on accountability. If we all treat other people how we want to be treated, much of the world’s problems would disappear, especially when it comes to bullying.
In DREADLANDS: Wolf Moon, Arud says: “Thank you for giving your life so that I might sustain my own.” This is the heart of the novel, spoken in the first chapter as a shadow of events to come. Truly, life is sustained by the sacrifice of others, beit soldiers in battle, animals for food, and even to the very decomposition of humanity to feed the soil and start the circle of life once again. Blood sacrifice was initiated in the Old Testament and exemplified by the crucifixion, and this concept serves as the lifeblood of my novel.
Stephen King: “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” How true it is. As a fiction writer, basically, I lie for a living. I make up stuff, write it down, and people pay money to read it. None of it is true. My characters don’t exist. My settings are mostly made up. But there is so much truth within those lies. Within my stories come my greatest fears, my triumphs, my judgements on life and humanity, my political and religious views, and even my friends and families quirks and personalities. Within my settings are my memories, experiences, feelings, and moments from vacations, high school, and motherhood. What is true within an author’s lie is what makes their characters living and breathing, memorable and unforgotten, deep friends and heinous foes; the hope is that my books resonate with enough truth inside the lie that the reader can look within and see themself.
Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This is a lot like my first quote, my mantra. When I’m on my deathbed, I don’t imagine I’ll remember all the books I’ve published, awards I’ve won, movies that they’ve made about my stories, or the millions I’ve made selling books. This is my ultimate dream and what I work toward every day, that all of those will come to pass. But when I’m dying, I hope to be surrounded by my family, mourned by friends, and remembered by the many lives I’ve touched. I pray that I leave a legacy of excellence, not just a book on a shelf. I pray that my life is remembered, not what I did for a living.
Thanks for this great question. I really enjoyed looking into some of my favorite quotes, and even finding a few new ones. Inspire, empower, and educate through books. It’s what I do! #jmebooks.
Jaimie Engle was once sucked into a storybook, where she decided she would become an author. She has modeled bikinis, managed a hip-hop band, and run a body shop. Her passion is talking to kids about writing and social issues because words have power. When not writing, she’s probably editing or playing trivia. She lives in Florida with her awesome husband, hilarious children, and the world’s best dog. Become a fan at jaimiengle.com. Twitter @jaimiengle | Instagram @jaimiengle | Facebook @jaimiengleauthor
Read below for an excerpt from the book:
Arud Bergson crept out of his house before dawn, his sleep cut short by nightmares of the ferine hunting him in broad daylight. Darkness clung to the remnant of night sky while cool air washed over his pale skin. As he slipped through his front yard and into the surrounding woods, he thought of the deer he would catch for his mother to make bruukish. The traditional stew induced a deep sleep in most, though Arud found sleep impossible, no matter how much he ate.
Not when creatures rose from the shadows.
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