Earthshine Characters influenced creator Kadee Carder’s Life and a Giveaway

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I’ve invited Kadee Carder back to share a bit about how her characters Saylor and Tucker evolved in her new fantasy Earthshine and their influence on her life.

Windchimes swung in the background. A gentle wind hummed. Fingers picked the tinny strings of an acoustic guitar, one at a time cascading into a tender melody.

“Belief in the breeze

The smoky morning haze

The sun on her face

and the touch of lovers’ hands

The pain that comes today

Is here, then goes away

And we are homeward bound

And I

I want this more than life…”

Whitley’s version of the song, “More Than Life,” brought Saylor and Tucker into my mind, sitting on a porch swing, watching the sun set.

The two characters have stayed with me over the years, as I have traversed their roads, through wet marshes, muddy mountain trails, and the wilds of the Australian outback. What would they be doing right now, I’d ask myself. The hard part about meeting characters and following their stories is that they stay with you, real as friends. Their lives influenced mine. Their stories shaped mine. So, in that smoky morning haze, in the golden, setting sun, what would they be doing, I’d revisit the question in my memory.

Would Saylor ever be satisfied with her ending?

What would she want more than life?

Through the years spent writing the Insurrection trilogy and agonizing hours spent trying to market books, I found myself down. I couldn’t find any tangible success. Blow by blow, each step I’d attempt to progress as an author met with resistance after resistance. The rejection and failure ate away at my spirit. It seemed like nobody cared. And from the ashes of broken dreams, from the depths of dark nights, of agony, of restlessness, of inability to wait with inaction, the story of EARTHSHINE came to be. Could a girl who’s “done the hard thing” once more rise to the occasion? You see, there is not just one “hard thing” to face in life. There will be one, then another, and another. Each time more difficult, each time more unhinged and chaotic, each time drawing the protagonist further into the hero position. What would Saylor do when asked to face her greatest fears, knowing they are real?

I wasn’t ready to write EARTHSHINE when the words began spilling out. It began with another title – Deadlight.

Halfway through, exploring the theme and tone brought on by the title “dead-light” generated, the word no longer fit. Is death the finale? While it served as an intriguing vocabulary word, no, it didn’t fit with Saylor and Tucker’s story. Theirs is a story of perseverance, of love, of hope. Of reflection. Of audacity. Of moxie. Of grit. One morning as I began to wrap up the final chapters on my manuscript, my “Word of the Day” email popped into my inbox. The term, “earthshine,” lit up my screen. In fact, it lit up my eyes from its first appearance, because earthshine means…well…I suppose you’ll have to read the book to find out.

I hope you will.

I hope you enjoy the story that had to be written.

I hope you may also get back up, once your heart has broken.

I hope you will be the one who shows up, builds up, and believes.

May you be the light, shining into the abyss. May you be someone’s Earthshine.

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Earthshine Blurb:

 

Fear may be a liar, but hope can be a monster.

Saylor single-handedly saved the world from a devastating solar flare…and it nearly killed her. Now her father’s Alliance Military Guard must track down pirated tech, missing ships, and a rogue billionaire, and they’ve requested a reluctant Saylor’s help.

Tucker spent a year training the rookie Guardsmen. They call themselves Dragons. He calls them defiant. Dispatched across the ocean on a mission to retrieve AMG’s bootlegged tech, he rallies Saylor to overcome her fears and return to the field by his side.

Working together wielding unprecedented tech and determined to defy their destinies, the two wrangle missing ghosts, brunt force betrayal, and the swagger of power. What lies beneath the earth just might save it.

 

EARTHSHINE is the final book following the McConnell clan and Alliance Military Guard, a standalone for the seeker of YA Sci Fi Action Adventures.

 

Purchase EARTHSHINE on Amazon in paperback or ebook:

 Thanks, Kadee for your interesting revelation. I always like to learn how characters affect the author’s lives.

Who is Kadee?

Fierce yet sparkly, I rally seekers to thrive in their stories. The goal is magic, the medium is ink, and the fuel is coffee. And sometimes pizza. I teach English on the university level when I’m not dancing around the living room with my family, lifting heavy at the gym, traveling the planet, or binging superhero shows.

More of Kadee’s books and how to connect with her

INSURRECTION, INCOMPLETE, INDELIBLE, HERE BE DRAGONS, EARTHSHINE and non-fiction inspirational KINGDOM COME roll out perilous motives, twisty plots, and daring protagonists. Grab some real estate and your copy of my latest adventure and follow along on KadeeCarder.com.

 

Visit http://www.kadeecarder.com for inspiration, encouragement, freebie codes, and more!

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A Giveaway:

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I’m giving away a free, empowering e-book to those who subscribe to my email list at kadeecarder.com/subscribe. Titled IGNITE, the 60-page book offers a serving of inspiration, a dash of hope, and a cup of grace to help you get kickin’ on those challenging tasks you’ve got to do!

 

**Grab Book Three of the Insurrection trilogy, INDELIBLE, for only $.99 this week!**

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Be the Hero of your Story

I welcome back Candee Carder to share some insights regarding plotlines. She has a how-to-book on the subject. And she’s having a giveaway opportunity for those who sign up for her newsletter. See the details at the bottom of this post.

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Finding and enjoying the story in life is a never-ending practice. The point of the story isn’t the resolution. What do we learn from conflict? The conflict is the story. As Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote in his poem Ulysses:

How dull it is to pause, to make an end,

To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!

The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep

Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,

‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

 

‘Tis not too late. You have not wasted time. You fill time and invest time.

The ancient Greeks distinguished our understanding of time. They implemented two definitions and understandings of time, categorized by two names: Chronos and Kairos.

Chronos, a chronological sequence and order of events, more often than not dictates the common man’s life. Chronos sets our schedules and clocks. The typical day for the common man revolves around chronos and adjusting it into a schedule, and is often what people refer to when they think about “time.”

Kairos defines the moments when something special happens. Kairos occurs as the hero fulfills destiny. Man exists in chronos while God exists in kairos. Kairos envelops the layers of the golden, setting sun, and the crystalline song of the stars. During kairos the wind whispers its secrets to the birds flying home. Kairos surrounds the hero, the artist, the creator, in the creation and building of story.

Heroes possess the desperate need for kairoi and not just chronos.

We get stuck with our watches, ticking clocks, one minute to the next as we wait in line and tap our feet or honk at the slow, tan car in the lane before us. We race one heartbeat to the next, tick, tick, tick.

The hero creates kairos. Kairos holds the secrets where myth and legend form, those quality moments when memories build, when texture and emotion intermingle, where space exploration and bliss thrive. Unchain from chronos. Act courageously, persevere consistently, and love passionately. Build your hero plotline, one step, one moment, at a time.

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You have three unique tools. Are you using them?

Opt in for an adventure to discover purpose, tenacity, and to build your empire. Are you stuck? Questioning your purpose? Are you tired, broken, and hurting in the stale crumbs of the daily grind?

Even the most ordinary of humans can do impossible things. The elements of storytelling are tools to help us understand our purpose and to build a life greater. Within KINGDOM COME we discover the three protocols every hero satisfies in order to fulfill the mission. You’re the hero in your own story. Transforming into the hero may be the most difficult thing you’ve ever done, but it will be the best thing you’ve ever done.

Discover the ultimate objective in understanding and experiencing the combined unity of these three tools in your hero story. Get ready to travel the vast horizon of the hero plot line and forge new paths toward your legacy.

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Grab your ebook ($1.99) or paperback ($6.99 ~ with a workbook at the end!) from Amazon today and begin building that legacy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1721148353/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530550224&sr=8-1&keywords=kadee+carder+kingdom+come

Fierce yet sparkly, I rally seekers to thrive in their stories. The goal is magic, the medium is ink, and the fuel is coffee. And sometimes pizza. I teach English on the university level when I’m not dancing around the living room with my family, lifting heavy at the gym, traveling the planet, or binging superhero shows.

INSURRECTION, INCOMPLETE, INDELIBLE, HERE BE DRAGONS, and non-fiction inspirational KINGDOM COME roll out perilous motives, twisty plots, and daring protagonists. Grab some real estate and your copy of my latest adventure, and follow along on KadeeCarder.com.

 

Visit http://www.kadeecarder.com for inspiration, radio interviews, gift certificates, freebie codes, and more!

Let’s connect on social media!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kadeecarderink/

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I’m giving away a free, empowering e-book to those who subscribe to my email list at kadeecarder.com/subscribe. Titled IGNITE, the 60-page book offers a serving of inspiration, a dash of hope, and a cup of grace to help you get kickin’ on those challenging tasks you’ve got to do!

 

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Author Kadee Cader Shares About Here Be Dragons and Giveaways

My final interview for 2017 is with Clean Reads author Kadee Carder. I hope you find our conversation as interesting and fun as I did. Read to the bottom for her varied giveaways. Kadee, welcome to Jubilee Writer. I must say even your title Here Be Dragons sounds fun. Tell us about this new release.

 

HereBeDragons_1400HERE BE DRAGONS: A YA Sci Fi Action/Adventure!

Alliance Military Guard sent the order. Sergeant Tucker Thompson acquiesced. Hopping a plane to his long-lost Australian birthplace, he’s been charged with his toughest mission yet. Thompson must rally his company of soldiers to prevent a new generation of weaponry from breaching the world’s borders.

 

Pound the war drums. Rattle the cages. HERE BE DRAGONS.

 

How did you do research to create this fantasy world?

I spent countless hours doing research! From military drills, to hand-to-hand combat techniques, to the weather in Australia in the summer, it’s all part of making the book realistic! For information, I often used YouTube because you can find a video for almost anything. For places, I included YouTube, watching others’ vacation videos and adventures, and then I also used Google Earth, Street View. I walked streets and explore. I opened up our Virtual Reality kit and use the Google Earth app to explore the earth and walk where my characters roam. Then I also consider living itself is research. How does the skin intercept flowers, or coffee, or gravel on the road? What are the essences of life? Those small moments of coffee on the back porch on a rainy day are perfect stock for my arsenal of imagery.

What inspired you to write your book?

My preacher recently introduced the idea that people who do not know God are simply prisoners of war. What better way to free prisoners than by love? What better way to fight darkness than with light? Do we work on earth to accomplish material things or do we share encouragement, love, inspiration, and good works in the name of someone much greater than ourselves? Do we humbly help and teach? We humans aren’t just here on this planet to make money or fill time. We are here for life, and a life full. God put each of us here, doing good work he created long ago for us to do. We don’t do any of it for our glory or success, but to free the prisoners of war. As Tucker states in the crux: Life isn’t just a thing. Life is the thing.

 

I love the concept. I have found inspiration from sermons as well. But you’ve really taken a wonderful concept and given your readers a deep truth to explore in an interesting setting.

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Now, let’s explore a little about you. I always like to ask authors what is a favorite verse that resonates with them?

Three verses continue fueling me even when I consider giving up and giving in:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

In the strength of the Lord, I can do all things. Philippians 4:13

For we are God’s handiwork, created to do good works, which he prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Combining all three, one can come back to the ultimate purpose for giving best efforts and working with joy and gratitude. Even the difficult tasks can be taken in stride because God’s prepared them specifically for us to do, for our greater purpose.

Challenges become opportunities. Rain becomes refreshing. Walls become training moments. And we can continue along this twisty road because God journeys along at our sides and within our spirits. We’ve only got to keep on walking.

 

Very inspiring, Kadee. Now, as a fantasy writer I think you will appreciate my next question. If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice for your younger self about writing what would that be?

Give it ten years. Realize that your best ability will be to consider challenges as opportunities for improvement. Grow to love the heavy lifting of weight, and continue working to improve—and give it a solid ten years of work before you give up. Persistence. Consistency. Moxie.

The concept of giving the writing life time resonates with me. I’m sure my readers can relate as well.

 

Kadee, describe yourself and your goals as a writer. And tell us a bit about your books in print.

Fierce yet sparkly, I help seekers find brave new worlds. The goal is magic, the medium is ink, and the fuel is coffee. And sometimes pizza. I teach English on the university level when I’m not dancing around the living room with my family, lifting heavy at the gym, traveling the planet, or binging superhero shows.

 

The INSURRECTION trilogy, HERE BE DRAGONS, and non-fiction inspirational IGNITE roll out perilous motives, twisty plots, and daring protagonists. Grab some real estate and your copy of my latest adventure, and follow along at KadeeCarder.com.

Tell us more about Here Be Dragons and the unusual give-away you have for the release of Here Be Dragons.

 

FUN FACT NUMBER ONE:

Here Be Dragons is a standalone novel, but it does follow my Insurrection trilogy. We see a few characters we met on those luxurious Caribbean beaches. Tucker was the romantic interest from the trilogy. After writing the trilogy, I felt like readers needed to know Tucker more, and he had to complete this assignment. Might as well follow along! No need to have read the trilogy; this book records its own wild adventure!

FUN FACT NUMBER TWO:

PRE-ORDER GIFT WITH PURCHASE! 10 FREE WORKOUTS!

With over ten years of experience specializing in metabolic conditioning, and as the official trainer of the Alliance Military Guard, Fit By Faith© owner Krista Johnson has created ten workouts to get you in gear and ready to crush life. Utilizing a variety of whole-body strengthening techniques, your FREE WORKOUTS will be just what you needed to start your new year off the right way. Each of the ten workouts can be completed at home or in a gym, and takes approximately thirty minutes or less.

Submit your pre-order receipt to KadeeCarder.com/HereBeDragons and receive your own Alliance Military Guard Training Guide containing TWO WEEKS worth of exercises, guaranteed to get you in battle-ready shape to train as a Guardsman.

This gift with purchase will ONLY be available on pre-orders! Offer expires January 1st, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central time.

 

Purchase Here Be Dragons on kindle unlimited for only $4.99:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0787PKJJF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513231085&sr=8-1&keywords=kadee+carder+here+be+dragons

 

Here Be Dragons releases January 2, 2018

 

Contact Kadee Carder and discover more giveaways

Visit http://www.kadeecarder.com for inspiration, radio interviews, gift certificates, freebie codes, and more!

Let’s connect on social media!

Website: kadeecarder.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kadeecarderink/

Instagram: kadeecarderink

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAkYQcShpWHBua-7VVi9Swg

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kadeecarder/

Twitter: @kadeecarderink

And please feel free to subscribe for encouraging blogs! Kadeecarder.com

I’m giving away a free, empowering e-book to those who subscribe to my email list at kadeecarder.com. Titled IGNITE, the 60-page book offers a serving of inspiration, a dash of hope, and a cup of grace to help you get kickin’ on those challenging tasks you’ve got to do!

Kadee, all these giveaways exemplify your desire to help others grow in grace and be there best self.

Readers, here’s your chance to get some fun gifts for yourself to kick start 2018 in a positive way.