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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Author Novel Spotlight: Deborah Williams

Today, I am spotlighting author, Deborah Williams. Her debut novel, December's Child will be released on November 22nd. To help support this new author and promote her novel, I decided to offer her an Author/Novel Spotlight. Deborah's novel is on my to be read list over the next few weeks.


So let me introduce you to this new, Christian author, Deborah Williams. First let's find out a little about her:


D.A. Williams is a farmer’s wife and mother above all else. She currently lives in the Texas Panhandle with her husband and two sons, who share their home with two dogs and two cats. It’s a veritable Noah’s Ark. She loves rare steak, homemade sweet tea, and the arts in all forms, with a particular affinity for writing gritty Christian fiction.

Now let's have a look at December's Child which has been released in e-book and printed editions:


    Every secret has a key.

As a child worker of the December Mining Corporation, 18-year-old Jett’s plan has always been to earn a life outside the mines by selling her body—a plan she’s nearly fulfilled until she reluctantly takes on a new trainee from the outside world.

The daughter of a government historian, and bartered into the slave trade by her own mother, Fiona is an outsider with a strange wealth of knowledge, and a secret worth dying—and killing—for. While Fiona’s secret may unknowingly bring death and destruction to the December Mines, Jett finds herself letting go of her jaded persona to embrace a friendship that will change her life forever.

When she unintentionally becomes the new keeper of Fiona’s secret, Jett is thrust into a fight for survival and a quest for the freedom she’s longed for. Keeping the secret could cost her her life. Searching for answers all but ensures her death.

I asked Deborah why she wrote this novel and she replied:


I wrote “December’s Child” because it was a novel I wanted to read. I had no initial intention on it being a work of Christian fiction, and in fact I didn't realize it was going to have any Christian themes at all until about a quarter of the way through, so it was a surprise to me as a writer. While I was writing it, I was concurrently working to deepen my faith and my relationship with God, so it bled over, and I feel that the most poignant Christian theme in the novel is that God is present in the darkest of times, regardless of whether you know Him or not, and that through Him and because of Him, all things are possible.

To further whet your appetite, have a look at the book trailer:




I think after viewing the trailer, it might be beneficial to read an excerpt, just to get a hint of what to expect:


“Jett closed her eyes. The voices in her head screamed. Her thoughts dug into her brain, gnashing like wild beasts on the soft living flesh of downed prey. She began to slide back down, down into the fire, where her body would be consumed even as she begged and fought against it. She pled to survive but only slipped down further. Down, down, down, back down to hell, even though she cried for mercy from it. And then the voices that screamed in her head, the raging beasts that ate her soul alive and fought her pleas, grew quiet and still. In their place, another voice weaved into her consciousness.

It wasn’t hers, nor was it Fiona’s. It was measured and smooth, like a slow cool breeze across her hot mind. The deep calm voice in her mind said only one thing. A single word. “Rise.”

Speaking of Jett, here is an artist's rendition of her, and of Phoenix, the fox, specially created for the novel:






Phoenix is the first "being" outside of the mines that Jett encounters. He is something of an "animal guide" that teaches her to be self sufficient and survive in the wild, and becomes like a pet to her throughout the story.

If this content has piqued your interest in Deborah and her novel, you can check her out at the following social media platforms:


Facebook: Facebook.com/dawilliamsdecchild

Website: d-a-williams.com

A final note from Deborah about her book:


I’m just so appreciative to be able to share this story with my readers and I hope that they enjoy it! Also, I love talking Easter eggs, so I encourage my readers to drop me a line when they find them! (They are scattered throughout the plot so you will have to find them! Happy hunting!)

December's Child is published by The Crossover Alliance


A unique publishing company specializing in Christian fiction that contains edgy, real-world content. TCA wasn't satisfied with the 'rules' that many Christian publishing companies have tried to pin Christian authors in - however well-intended these rules were - and so they set out to create a publishing company that both breaks many of these rules and also adheres to biblical principles. Their fiction is fearless, sometimes scary, sometimes raw and edgy. But there in the middle of it all readers will find a light to help them find their way through it, and will more than likely find redemption within the darkness, and most importantly find fiction that is true to the story, not the rules.

December's Child can be bought through The Crossover Alliance here or at Amazon


Or, you can enter a giveaway until the 21st November, below, to win a digital copy:


http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2808b08c8

Readers and reviews are an author's best asset, so I encourage any reader of Christian speculative fiction, to consider reading December's Child and help promote Deborah’s novel by adding a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest (or any other social media).


I am really looking forward to reading December's Child, and Deborah’s future novels.


If you want to read more of this novel you can preview it below by clicking on the Preview button.


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