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To The Hot Christian Camp Directors Who Inspired My Book

One of the most-often-questions asked a writer is “what’s your inspiration behind the book”? Most of the time we give a blank look. “Uh. I looked in the fridge. Put in a little bit of this. Little of that. Some leftovers here. And look! An omelette-book!”

At least. That’s how I feel 🙂

But When Planets Fall is one of the few projects I can actually trace an “origin” story to. I thought it’d be fun to share it. So let’s strap in our time machine and take an adventure back to Abby’s high school years.

Going into my freshmen year of high school, I attended summer camp at Hume Lake, a Christian camp in California near my home. There were water blobs, competition, one-piece bathing suits, and, oh yes, boys. The theme of this camp was Abby’s-not-in-junior-high anymore. Kidding (sort of).

DCF 1.0
That’s me on the right in red.

Xenoviv. That was the theme. A mashup of Greek and Hebrew words to create the idea that this world is not our home.

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Promise I’m thinking of Jesus, not boys. *snicker*

The camp directors, besides being super-hot according to teen me, created a mini movie series about characters in an alien land, space suits, the works. I loved it. And not just ‘cause of the thick facial hair onscreen. That idea of Xenoviv stuck with me.

Abby, Chelsey, Kaitlyn, Lora
I’m on the far left

Fast forward seven years.

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Book Blitz: Extracted by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley and #Giveaway!

Extracted is a YA Steampunk and the first in The Lost Imperials series. It will be released on September 8th! You can find it on Amazon and B&N. You can win an entire box of YA mysteries through a Rafflecopter giveaway! Winners will be picked on August 25th.
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Two opposing factions of time travelers vie for control of the future in this thrilling steampunk series opener dubbed “Interesting” and “Unexpected” by Kirkus Reviews.

Lex and Ember—two time travelers with no memories of their lives before being recruited into the time war—are torn between the factions. When Lex accepts a mission that lands him deep within the heart of the Telsa Institute, he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they were, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them once again.

Want a taste? Here’s an excerpt!
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