Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Book and a Chat with C.S. Lakin

After over 700 shows one of the great pleasures I have is returning authors, in today’s case of C.S. Lakin one I have known and followed through the every growing success of not only her wonderful fairy tale fantasy series “The Gates of Heaven” but everything else she has shared with readers along the way.

C. S. Lakin is the author of twelve novels, including the seven-book fantasy series The Gates of Heaven. She also writes contemporary psychological mysteries, including her Zondervan contest winner, “Someone to Blame”. She works as a professional copy-editor and writing coach and loves to teach the craft of writing.

In all her books she seeks to journey to the heart of human motivation, to uncover unmet needs, and show the path to healing and grace.
C. S. Lakin latest book being released next week is  “The Sands of Ethryn” the book 6 in the must read “The Gates of Heaven” series, able to be read as a standalone book as are all the others in the series it all leads to what, as we learned during the show to the 7th and final book which is currently being worked on.

About “The Sands of Ethryn”:  (taken from Amazon)

The ancient and acclaimed land of Ethryn is dying from pervasive drought, and while the king searches to find water, a mighty tower is uncovered in the desert. King Kael hopes the scroll found near the altar will tell of water sources, but when he touches the gemstone set in the altar, he falls into a coma that transports him back five thousand years where he is a slave building the tower.

Sha’kath, the wizard who oversaw the building of the tower all those centuries ago, had cast a spell that brings sand bubbling up from the ground so the workers can make bricks and complete the tower’s construction.

In the past, the king, whose is a young villager named Lael, is pursued relentlessly by God, given visions and declarations that he has been chosen to be a deliverer and a prophet , but Lael keeps fleeing. Then, when the tower is completed, heaven appoints him as deliverer, and he and his companions escape and head to their villages. God directs Lael to the sacred site and makes him the Keeper, then reveals his great power as he brings down judgment upon the world, confusing languages and scattering all in rebellion and defiance. Lael is shown the beginnings of Ethryn—a fertile and prosperous land that will become a great kingdom—and then he returns home to his family, where he fully embraces his destiny and delivers those who will listen. God then destroys his village with fire, but Lael leads his contingent to the sacred site and a new beginning.

At the end of his life, Lael—who has watched Ethryn grow and prosper and who has been a gifted healer—returns to the tower to place his poem in the chest and put the gemstone on the altar. Before he takes his last breath, he turns and sees a girl—who is Ra’daf of the future—and when he dies, King Kael in the future wakes from his long sleep. Upon awakening he finds Ra’daf nearly dead by his bed—for the vizier had tried to stop her from waking the king with the amaranth in the vase. Lael heals her, and the vizier flees, unable to locate his secret chamber, but intent on discovering the locations of all seven sites and destroying them all. Kael, upon reviving, now knows where the site is buried under sand and takes his people there, where he again is set up as Keeper, and now, with heaven’s blessing, water erupts from the ground and ends the drought.

The author is also now working on a new YA fantasy series “Shadow World” of which “Time Sniffers" is the first novel available.

Books by C.S. Lakin

·    A Rip in the Redwood Curtain (Literary Fiction)
·    Innocent Little Crimes (Suspense/Mystery/Women's Fiction)
·    A Thin Film of Lies (Suspense/Mystery/Thriller)
·    The Wolf Of Tebron (Fantasy) published 2010, AMG/Living Ink Publishers
·    The Map Across Time (Fantasy) published 2011, AMG/Living Ink Publishers
·    Someone to Blame (Contemporary Fiction) published 2010, Zondervan
·    The Land of Darkness (Fantasy) release date fall 2011, AMG/Living Ink Publishers
·    Time Sniffers (YA Sci-fi)
·    Conundrum (Contemporary Fiction/Mystery)
·    The Unravelling of Wentwater (Fantasy) release date spring 2012, AMG/Living Ink Publishers
·    Intended For Harm (Contemporary Fiction)
·    The Crystal Scepter (Fantasy) release date February 2013, AMG/Living Ink Publishers
·    The Sands of Ethryn (Fantasy) release date fall 2013, AMG/Living Ink Publishers

Whether C.S.Lakin  is exploring the depths of the human psyche and pushing her characters to the edge of desperation, or embellishing an imaginary world replete with talking pigs and ancient magical curses, she is doing what she loves best – using her creativity and skills to inspire and affect her readers.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with C.S. Lakin

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