A Pair of Aces

It's Labor Day here in the U.S. I hope you're all having a great holiday!

The summer sales of my books are now history. Thanks to those of you who helped give each of them a social media boost. I appreciate it very much.

So now it's my turn to help a couple of writing buddies, Mark Noce and Lynda R. Young. You'll read about each of their books below. But first, think about their two titles.

Mark's: Between Two Fires
Lynda's: Cling to God

Now put those titles together:
Between Two Fires, Cling to God
Between Two Fires? Cling to God
Cling to God Between Two Fires

I love the things that happen while playing with words.

I'm still editing, so read about these two books below and enjoy!

My friend Mark Noce has a new book out called BETWEEN TWO FIRES. I'm reading it now - about 100 pages to go. I love it! The story is great and the writing wonderful. I wish Mark all the best with his debut novel!

Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales’ last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King.

But this fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen herself becomes the target of assassinations and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan her world threatens to tear itself apart. Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

“A spirited ride through a turbulent slice of Welsh history!” – 
Paula Brackston, NYT Bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter

“A fast-paced read that has a wonderfully visual style and some memorable characters. Mark Noce combines Welsh history with a touch of folkloric magic in this promising debut novel. Lady Branwen is a strong and engaging narrator and the turbulent setting of early medieval Wales makes a fine backdrop for an action-packed story.” – Juliet Marillier, Bestselling author of Daughter of the Forest and Wolfskin

Mark Noce writes historical fiction with a passion, and eagerly reads everything from fantasy to literature. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s an avid traveler and backpacker, particularly in Europe and North America. He earned his BA and MA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he also met his beautiful wife. By day, he works as a Technical Writer, having spent much of his career at places like Google and Facebook. In addition to writing novels, he also writes short fiction online. When not reading or writing, he’s probably listening to U2, sailing his dad’s boat, or gardening with his family.

His debut novel, Between Two Fires, is being published by Thomas Dunne Books (an imprint of St. Martin's Press and Macmillan). It is the first in a series of historical fiction novels set in medieval Wales.

Next up is Lynda R. Young. CLING TO GOD is a daily devotional. Think about how perfect this is for a gift. Birthday, Christmas, graduation. It's multi-functional. Better yet, it will never go out of date. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

Release Date: October 18th, 2016
Published by Freedom Fox Press

Cling to God in the chaos of life…

Cling to God is a book of devotionals for every day of the year. The aim is to encourage Christians in their faith, to help them think about their beliefs and learn more about God. The devotions are short and inspirational so that people with busy lifestyles will still be able to spend time with the Lord each day. It will appeal to a wide Christian audience, to those new in their faith as well as those matured beyond milk and honey.

Lynda R. Young, a Christian first, writes devotionals, articles, and speculative short stories. In her spare time she is also an editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband.

You can find her here:  BlogTwitterFacebookGoodreads

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I will be back here on Monday, October 3. See you then!


Summer is over...
Congratulations to Mark and looking forward to Lynda's book!
Bish Denham said…
Both of these books sound so good! Congratulations to Lynda and Mark!
Happy Labor Day to you, Carol.
Mark Noce said…
Thanks for the shout out, Carol! :) :) :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Alex - I hate to see summer go, but I'm looking forward to fall.

Bish - I can vouch for Mark's!

Mark - My pleasure :)
cleemckenzie said…
Labor Day! And here we are laboring. :-)

Congratulations to Mark and Lynda. Very excited for both of them.
Nick Wilford said…
I've seen both of these books around a fair bit. Congrats to both! Hope the editing goes well, Carol.
Congratulations to both featured authors. And writers everywhere who enrich my world.
Happy editing.
L. Diane Wolfe said…
Thank you for featuring Lynda's book. It's really uplifting and a blessing to all who read it.
Carol Kilgore said…
Lee - Right. What's wrong with this picture? LOL :)

Nick - Thanks. It's moving along.

EC - I can't wait to introduce these characters and their story. But the time is still a ways off.

Diane - My pleasure. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Lynda R Young said…
I had a good giggle over "Cling to God Between Two Fires" So awesome.
Thank you so much, Carol, for sharing the news about my book. Enjoy that editing!
And congrats again to Mark.
Christine Rains said…
Congratulations to Mark and Lynda! I've read Mark's book already and it is brilliant. :)
VR Barkowski said…
“I’m still editing,” has pretty much become my motto, Carol. :)

Congratulations to Mark and Lynda. Wishing them boundless success with their books!

VR Barkowski
Summer is nearly over, but that's probably for the best, so we can both retire to the editing cave much like yourself.

Cheers to Mark and Lynda on some awesome sounding books!
Carol Kilgore said…
Lynda - Happy to share! "Editing is fun." Repeat. :)

Christine - I'm loving that world!

VR - I can so identify. If you hear me utter the word 'trilogy' regarding a new project anytime in the future, please remind me.

Beer - I get it. I love fall, but I always hate to see summer end.
Mason Canyon said…
Congrats to Mark and Lynda. Hard to believe summer is coming to a close. See you next month. :)

Thoughts in Progress
and MC Book Tours
Crystal Collier said…
Yay! Mark's book IS awesome, and Lynda is beyond epic. Exciting times!
Misha Gericke said…
Congrats to both of you!

Both books sound like something I want to read. :-)
Michael Di Gesu said…
Hi, Carol,

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Congrats to both Mark and Lynda! Two AMAZING AUTHORS.... ALL the best!
Congrats to both authors. I love historical fiction--and Wales as as setting.
Lexa Cain said…
Congrats to Mark and Lynda for their released or soon-to-be-released books! Congrats to you for a summer of selling your books! I bet you have more readers and more fans now. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Mason - I agree about summer's end.

Crystal - I'm still wanting to hang out in Branwen's world :)

Misha - I can vouch for Mark's!

Michael - I did! Hope you did, too :)

H.R. - Mark's book is very good!

Lexa - I hope so!
Congrats Lynda and Mark. All the best with both your books.
Olivia Rose said…
Congratulations on your book releases, Lynda and Mark!
Carol Kilgore said…
Sheena-kay and Olivia - Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Anonymous said…
I'm reading and enjoying Mark's book and I'll get Lynda's.
Hi Carol! Congrats to Mark and Lynda! It does have a nice ring to it when you mix and match the two titles together. I think you're onto something, Carol!

Murees DupĂ© said…
Congrats to both Mark and Lynda. Wishing you well with your editing, Carol.
Carol Kilgore said…
Medeia - I have about 50 pages more in Mark's book. Loving it!

Julie - Or I'm just weird, LOL :)

Murees - Thank, Murees. All good wishes accepted :)
Both books sound fabulous!
Hope you're well, Carol! *waving*
DMS said…
I have been seeing Mark and Lynda's books all over the blogosphere. So happy for both of them. Can't believe summer is over. Time sure does fly!
Carol Kilgore said…
Michelle - Hi! All is well here. Mark's book is awesome, and I'm looking forward to Lynda's.

Jess - I'm happy for them, too. I know...September already, and it's almost half gone now. Yikes!
Sheesh. I already knew I'm an old broad, but evi-doggone-dently, I'm a forgetful one, too. Or something... I could have swore I already left a comment here...

Anyhow, both of these books sound terrific. And I am soooo excited for you to have gotten to the editing stage of your trilogy. :)

Seeya next month!
LD Masterson said…
A very interesting pairing of books for this post. Both sound wonderful in their own way. Good luck with your editing, Carol.
Kelly Steel said…
Congratulations to Mark. Awesome for Lynda!
Carol Kilgore said…
Susan - LOL! I've done that, too. Hate when it happens :)

LD - I'm sure Lynda's is as great as Mark's. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the good luck wishes. So far, so good, but I'm at the beginning. Sigh.

Kelly - Good wishes always accepted here!
Loni Townsend said…
Congrats to Mark and Lynda! Sorry I'm rolling in late, but I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend, Carol. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Loni - September's been crazy here, too. Labor Day was great! Hope yours was, too.
Morgan said…
Can't wait to see you in October! <3
Carol Kilgore said…
Morgan - I'll be here!
Jennifer Shirk said…
Congrats to Mark and Lynda.
Good luck with your edits!!
Carol Kilgore said…
Jennifer - Thanks. I'm on the final round! Of course there are three books, so ..... :)