Special Coffee Corner Edition with Fantasy Author Angie Brasher:
Touch of Relaxation
a curve ball in the bottom of the ninth this time, folks. As you know, I
usually spot a review on Inspirational Moments the last week of the month but
instead, I decided to host a wonderful author. So grab a cup, get comfortable,
and give a warm welcome to Angie Brashear. Here we go!
to the Corner, Angie. Springtime’s in the air. It’s such a busy time of year!
Your new book, Never Let Go is due to
be released soon. How’s this affecting your schedule? Or need I ask?
excited to visit the Corner again. Thanks for inviting me back, Renee. My
schedule surrounding the release is…well, hectic. But also fun.
Let Go has actually been retitled. The new title, Of the Persecuted, reflects
the theme of my debut novel. In the midst of working full-time outside of my
home and raising three great kiddos, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time
working with a new cover designer, editor, and formatter to finalize many
necessary details to prepare for the release. Though I don’t have a moment to
spare throughout each day, I’m grateful for my many blessings. Springtime only
makes such activities much more enjoyable.
can understand what you mean about not having a spare moment. I feel the same
way. Sometime I pass myself walking out the door! When the Lord called you as a
writer, did you think you’d be where you are today? Ever wonder if you heard
my ability as a writer and my relevance as a Christian, I ignored the Lord’s call to write. And I definitely wondered if I’d
heard Him right. At the time—twelve years into a career in public education, in
which I work with students with disabilities, and ten years into parenthood—I
simply could not imagine taking on another task. Especially one which
challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. But here I am, writing. Hoping to
reach at least one lost, lonely teenager…
an awesome goal! You have a beautiful, godly heart. I know this sounds a little
odd, but… If God hadn’t made you put the pen to the page, what else do you
think you’d be? Now, I’m not talking about “ordinary” run-of-the-mill careers
here. The sky’s the limit. I once dreamed of becoming a ballerina. God nixed that
one. Or maybe my own foolishness did… Either way, did you ever dream of being
I did. An Olympian. I love to run, but life often gets in the way so my running
career dwindled after college. But I do still imagine myself standing on a
podium with Olympic Gold dangling from my neck. Hey, you never know…
I can see you now
with the National Anthem playing in the background. Can’t you? Okay, back to
the topic at hand. What
do you write and why do you write it?
I write fantasy with a strong
thread of romance. My goal is to reach young adult females much like the lost,
lonely girl I once was. As a nonbeliever for the majority of my life, I enjoyed
reading speculative fiction but it was the The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis which ultimately opened my
eyes to Christ. My prayer is that my stories will do the same for others. I
also hope believers will enjoy the Christian undertones of my work.
I can’t wait to read
your first book, Angie. I believe God’s going to use your gift to reach both
Christians and non-Christians alike. For those searching for answers or
struggling to find their way, the Lord promises to never to forsake us. So even
when we think we’ve been abandoned in our endeavors, He’s with us. What can you
share with our readers to encourage them?
A strange word, right? Especially if you’re not into science, which I’m not.
But, in my opinion, all Christians should take the time to Google an image of
Laminin. It’s a protein cell that holds the body together, a “glue” of
sorts. And…it’s shaped like a cross. Eeek! The protein is reflective of God’s
design. Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in Him all
things hold together.” So you see, Christ sustains us in so many ways. He
never abandons us. How can we not be encouraged by such truth? I’m grateful to
my friend and fellow author Ginny Hamlin for sharing the link to Louie Giglio’sexceptional
description of God's greatness.
God is so awesome. He’s in all things and cannot be denied. Thank You, Father.
Speaking of thanks, is there someone in your life you’d
like to thank or hug? To give a heartfelt pat on the back for a job well done?
the moment of my salvation, the Lord revealed to me all the occasions in which
He’d protected me as a nonbeliever. Part of His protection included putting
Christians in my path. One such Christian was my college coach, Lanny Pettit.
I’m honestly not sure where I’d be without his influence. Coach Pettit was—and
still remains—my coach, my mentor, and my friend. There simply aren’t enough
words of appreciation or hugs to truly demonstrate my affection for him. But
Christ looks very good on Coach Pettit!
writer and author, especially with other full-time duties in life, can place
quite a strain on a life whether it be Christian or not. So often, strength
wanes in the face of the extra burden. How does your faith provide strength for
While in college, my
cross country teammates and I lived by Philippians 4:13. We usually began and
ended each day with intense and exhausting distance training. Because we aimed
to glorify God with our efforts and attitudes, we focused on allowing Him to
work through us. It is through Philippians 4:13 that my faith continues to
provide me strength, for I’m motivated by the desire to glorify Him in all of
my actions. I pray my endeavors as a writer do nothing less. In Him, we can do
all things to His glory.
I agree and join you
in those prayers, Angie. I admire you. You are quite the woman. Thank you for coming to the Corner today. I
can’t wait to read Of the Persecuted.
Let us know when it’s released. May we have a snippet until then?
Of course! And you’re very
welcome. Thank you for having me back. I enjoyed it.
Laila Pennedy’s heart pounded.
The noose pinched her neck. She struggled for breath.
Muffled voices drifted from the crowd up to the gallows. To her left, a long
line of captives trembled. And right—past her brother—more than fifty Faithfuls
hung limp, swaying above the platform. She stood on a large wooden barrel in
the middle of the line. Too many would die today.
Beyond the mass of enemies, archers congregated amidst
scattered stone cottages and log homes in the quaint village. Farther in the
distance, the morning sun shone on the peaks of the Willow Mountains, her
refuge since Faithfuls lost the War of Submission. Oh, what she wouldn’t give
to be in the coolness of the upper forest, in exile with other Faithfuls. Safe
from the enemy.
If only…. Instead, rivulets of sweat trickled down her legs
inside fitted suede pants and into knee-high leather boots. Her shirt clung to
her skin, the once beautiful cloth ragged and frayed. Her long, matted blonde
hair stuck to her face and neck. So much for the gorgeous locks her mother once
“Laila,” her older brother said, his raspy voice tugging at
her heart as he too awaited death.
She forced herself to look into Niles’s tear-filled, deep
green eyes and shuddered at the noose around his neck. If only she could reach
out to him one last time, but her arms were bound behind her back. Soreness
strained her shoulders. Her raw wrists stung under the taut rope, which had
ripped open her skin.
“I’m sorry, Sissy,” Niles mouthed.
Sorry? She shook her head. No, this was her fault.
Of the Persecuted
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Laila Pennedy awaits
death by hanging. For the Rendow Clan rules the Woodlands Region, aiming to
slaughter the Faithful. And she deserves to die. But Lars Landre, the man destined
to lead the Faithful out of persecution, has other plans hidden behind his rare
and mysterious blue eyes. Rescue.
Following the daring
escape, Laila seeks the path of a warrior and vows revenge against the Rendow Clan.
She embarks on a dangerous journey with Lars, one in which they endeavor to
reach the promised safety of a magical village, to train for battle, and to
ultimately assure freedom for those with faith in the Maker.
Clashes of weapons and
souls. Brutal loss of lives. Unrequited love. How in all the Woodlands will
About the Author:
When Angie Brashear
isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after
her kids fall asleep. She’s a fan of speculative fiction and an avid runner,
both of which perplex her nonfiction-reading, football-loving husband. Saved in
her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of
her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in
Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children. Follow her athttp://facebook.com/AngieBrashearAuthorandhttp://angiebrashear.com.