Sunday, January 11, 2009

Birthday Bash Day Seven - Fantasy

Congratulations to Jenn of A Country Girl's Ramblings. She won a shirt of her choice (up to $18) at From*me Tees. I would have been happy for whoever won, but I'll admit to being excited when Jenn's name was anonymously drawn from a bowl. Jenn graciously donated a prize for Day one of the Bash.




As I learned yesterday, blog readership tends to go down during the weekend...even when a fabulous prize is being given away. I also know from experience, that Sunday is not a popular day for blog reading either. In order to be fair to my next guest, I'm going to extend today's contest to 12 p.m. on Monday, January 12th. Don't worry, I'll still give you a full 24 hours to win the "One to grow" prize from Isn't She Adorable.

Several months ago, I happened across a blog that was reviewing a fantasy novel geared to readers between the ages of 8 and 14. Intrigued that the author was a Christian, and this novel was his debut into the literary world, I kept reading. When I learned that the author of Ryann Watters and the King's Sword was Eric Reinhold I wondered if it was the same Eric Reinhold who I once worked with at a financial planning firm in Orlando, Florida. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered that Eric Reinhold, novelist, and Eric Reinhold, certified financial planner, are indeed the same person.

It's a pleasure to introduce you to someone with whom I actually had face to face conversations. It's also a joy to let others know about an engaging and well-written book that incorporates Biblical principles into the plot. That's rare these days...especially in the genres of fantasy and science fiction.

Another cool fact about this book is that a screen play has been written and is currently being shopped around Hollywood.

Here is a little more information about Eric and his book Ryann Watters and the King's Sword.


About the Author:

Eric Reinhold is the father of three—Kaylyn, Kara, and Kyler. While telling his kids bedtime tales, Eric developed the story of Ryann Watters. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Eric holds his B.S. in Economics from that institution and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore. He is a Certified Financial Planner, having received such from the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. When not weaving his fantastical tales of supernatural adventure, Eric serves as President of Academy Wealth Management, a fee-based, financial planning firm utilizing Biblical principles. He and his wife, Kim, make their home in Orlando, Florida where Kim home schools their three children. They are members of First Baptist Church Sweetwater in Longwood, Florida, where Eric teaches the Cross Trainers Bible Fellowship Group every Sunday morning.

About Ryann Watters and the King's Sword
Ryann Watters and the King's Sword is the first segment of a trilogy based on the book of Ephesians chapter 6 (putting on the armor of God). When asked what he considers to be the strength of the Ryann Watters series, Eric replied,

"The biggest strength of my story is that there is believability. At least early on, everyone can picture themselves as Ryann. He lives in the real town of Mount Dora, Florida, and is visited in the middle of the night by Gabriel and tasked with finding the King's sword. Gabriel gives him three gifts to help him along the way. I loved super hero comics growing up (still do), so Ryann is given a staff (smooth and metal with 7 buttons) and as he matures throughout the story, the buttons light up and have different powers. Not only that, but he is given a ring that changes colors when he's near different things. He has two good friends, Liddy and Terell, and together they have to piece together clues to find Aeliana and search for the sword. Across town, the class bully is visited by a Dark Angel and told to stop Ryann. Book 2 in the Annals of Aeliana is almost finished. I've gotten carried away and it's over 400 pages now, but "Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith" introduces a very cool cast of new characters, including; a Pegasus, White Dragon and Unicorn, a Black Unicorn, Elves, Dwarves… oh, and a new evil race – The Hugons (half human – half dragon). It's due for release in May 2009 and you can find out more on my blog."

If you know anyone who enjoys reading fantasy please leave a comment and you will be eligiable to win a copy of Ryann Watters and the King's Sword.

If you don't win, there is no need to fret. The book is now available on line and in stores and can also be purchased at RyannWatters.com. Be sure to order it soon so that you and your science fiction fan can finish reading it before the sequel, Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith, is released this May.




26 comments:

He And Me + 3 said...

My friend Heather loves fantasy books. This sounds like something she would totally enjoy!

Liz said...

How neat! It's a small world isn't it? I am sure that I could find someone to gift it to.

Elle said...

cute blog
I havn't seen this one before
I have seen you at all that naz
my kids are big readers.
will have to check out the book.

Chatty Kelly said...

I'd love to be entered!

Miss Brenda~ said...

You're quite a gal my friend...we're all so blessed to know you. I hope you had a great B'day! Love & Hugz from your hometown! Hi to the kids from me too!!!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a book my 12 year old might enjoy reading. Thanks for pointing us in the right direction.
-Lisa

Becky Welch said...

How great is that! we love any kinds of books at our house!

graceunbound said...

Is it sad that I want this to read myself? :) I'm still hoping to instill a love of fantasy in my boys, I fear the oldest is too practical, but I've still got a chance with the younger one...

Mocha with Linda said...

My girl would love this!

Eric Reinhold said...

Angela, thanks so much for taking the time to mention my book. I'd be happy to take any questions here or on my blog. I am turning in my final edits on book 2 tomorrow and it will be in stores in May and on my site in pre-release in April.
The best e-mail I have received from a parent was, "may the Lord bless you for writing this book, it's made my daughter want to read her Bible more." And that's the whole point, isn't it? :)
Eric Reinhold
ryannwatters.blogspot.com
eric@ryannwatters.com

Cindy said...

There are several people in my life who love reading fantasy - infact some of them even live in fantasyland! Tehehe.

Would love to win this book.

Julie said...

Hey friend, I kept wanting to get over here to your birthday bash, but...... Today is finally the day.

This books looks really interesting. I have a 14 year old son who loves fantasy books. I'll have to check this out.

Hope your birthday was special! You are a treasure, a gift to each of us who have been blessed to know you. I am thankful this day for your life. I celebrate you!

Hugs,
Julie

TCKK said...

My 17 year old daughter is a big fan of fantasy. I would love to win this book for her.

Mel said...

What an amazing idea to do a fantasy novel based on the Armour of God!!!!! My 17 year old loves fantasy books.

Bethany said...

I love this kind of books, and I am sure I would enjoy reading it to my students at the Christian school where I teach!

Mary Moss said...

How exciting to cross paths. The world is indeed very small:-)

Cassidy said...

Oh this would be perfect for my Madi Grace. I hope to win!
Blessings, Cass

Pia said...

i wonder if i can join in. i'm not from the US but really love to join. =D

Melissa said...

Love the idea of giveaways! My nephew would probably love this book andit would be great timing as he is struggling in with his home life. I look forward to reading more about you and your family.

Lynn said...

Book...giveaway!!!

Count me in!!!

Nina said...

My neighbors, Marleigh and Lance would love the book they are 8 and 10 and really enjoy reading

Edie said...

Would love to win this for my grandaughter. Need to keep her in good reading. :)

Colored With Memories said...

looks like a good book!

Wibeche og Rune said...

I have an Award for you on our blog:)

Eric Reinhold said...

I am honored to be the only male on the blog comments Angela! Thanks for finding me and keeping in touch. While I have a passion to help others with their money, it is fun to elevate my "hobby" to the next level. I get so many encouraging e-mails from kids and parents and have posted them on the website. Thanks for helping me get the word out. I have no concerns to make anything off my efforts, but only to encourage kids in their walk with the Christ and convey the message that you can have fun through fantasy as a Christian with a strong moral message! Eric

Improvedliving said...

My friend Heather loves fantasy books.


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