If you know anything about Christian Speculative Fiction, you will have heard the name Grace Bridges and Splashdown Books. As a matter of fact, I may have mentioned them a time or ten. Through the last year I have come not only familiar, but quite fond of both. Why? Because Grace is extraordinary. The pictures will fool you. She looks so common…just like the rest of us. But I have come to know better. That sweet little face and the mind behind it are a force…a force for God, indie publishing and simple determination. I am honored to call her friend and sister.
Usually, I do an Anvil Review/Interview/Giveaway. This month will be a bit different. Today I have decided that I will not interview Grace. That is too simple and there are a hundred of them scattered all over the net. Instead, I have decided to ask a few people that know and work with Grace to tell us a little about why they find her extraordinary.
Tomorrow I will do my review of Grace’s debut novel, Faith Awakened. As always, there will be a drawing. But there will be only one winner. I love Splashdown Books so much that I have decided I will give away a copy of each debut novel of each Splashdown author. One lucky reader will win copies of Faith Awakened by Grace Bridges, The Muse by Fred Warren, The Duke’s Handmaid by Caprice Hokstad, Alpha Redemption by Paul Baines, and Tales of the Dim Knight by Adam and Andrea Graham.
That is five fabulous books by six fabulous writers. If you are here each month, you know the drill. If not, let me give you the rundown on how this giveaway works. Leave a comment today, leave a comment tomorrow…that is two entries. Link today’s blog on Facebook, link tomorrow’s blog on Facebook…that is two more entries. Buy Grace’s newest book Legendary Space Pilgrim’s HERE and that is five more entries.That is a potential of up to 9 entries.
As always, Peyton will draw a name from the fantastic hat and one lucky duck gets the Grand Prize. The drawing will be held next Tuesday. I will announce the winner on Facebook and here. The winner will have 24 hours to contact me via Facebook or email with their mailing address. If the winner does not contact me, an alternate winner will be drawn.
**You must email me your digital receipt for the purchase of Legendary Space Pilgrim’s to qualify for the five extra entries.
** If you have won a drawing in the last month, you may still enter. It is all about lifting our girl Grace.
Now, let’s find out why we could all use a little more Grace.
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Okay, I’m coming out of the dark ages, evidently. I never heard the term “Christian Speculative Fiction.” Yay for learning something new each day!
Ha! That is one entry for you, Susan.
Christian Speculative Fiction is anything speculative, but written with a Christian world view. 😀
Well, I wasn’t exactly certain what speculative meant in this context. I do love fantasy, and SF does come under that category in some lists. I’m picky about SF, though. I love a good story no matter what category it is in.
They both fall in the category. ;D
Speculative is basically speculating what might happen in an altered reality. It’s all about what if.
What if demons were real? What if magic existed? Anything different from the standard, accepted “reality” we live in. Even altered histories can be speculative, ie, what if Queen Elizabeth had actually married someone, or 1984. Some like to fudge the line of history and claim that it’s possible it could have been because there’s no evidence to the contrary, but still, it’s speculating what might be/might have been. Paranormal, sci-fi, urban fantasy, fantasy, horror(in most cases) and I think even a lot of thrillers are in this group, especially if they’re pushing technology just a bit to the cutting edge. It’s an extremely wide spectrum.
Christian Speculative Fiction is a niche genre that most large publishers don’t really acknowledge as even existing, but there is rising movement wanting to be noted. So you could say that Grace (and others) are trying to pioneer the niche… oh, and NAF too! lol This is ground level stuff but we’re here to stay!
Thanks, Ren. 😛
Thanks, Ren. It sounds like something I’d like to read. I’m pretty eclectic in my reading habits. Generally I go for a well-written book no matter what genre.
Oh, Crazyhair Vaulter, while I’m annoyed with you for not providing one of your typical engaging interviews, I am thrilled to read so many wonderful things about The Bridge from so many people. A sort of virtual “this is your life” but with nice things. hehe!
I so wish I’d known her during the US Tour. My house would have been open. Full of cats, but open.
And I’m guessing that’s Petal (sound like “pittel” when Grace says it) in her photo, ’cause isn’t James a tan tabby?
Ha! I wanted to surprise Grace. 😀 I will be back to my normal Crazyhair ways soon.
Oh yes, that is an entry. If you win and already have a copy, you can donate to a library.
I’ve talked to Miss Grace some on FB, where I first met her, and you’re right, she’s pretty cool. 🙂 Her system for Slashdown books is pretty much the best way I’ve seen yet. If I end up starting a small press like I want to, I am definitely going to incorporate many of her ideas. 🙂
She has big ideas and an even bigger backer. 😀
Grace has not found this yet–Shh, tee-hee, I love surprises.
Note: this comment is not to win a book!
She found it! 😛
I also had not “met” Grace Bridges until the Marcher Lord Select contest. I didn’t really get to know her, just noticed her always constructive comments (and very amusing avatar!) I then saw she also published books, and since then it seems like the news about Splashdown has continued to pour in from right and left. She does an awesome job contributing to the Lost Genre Guild, and I see in what people write how supportive she is of both the community and the individual. Just this week I subscribed to Splashdown’s RSS feed (to join my ever growing supply of online reading), and I have a huge interest in both Alpha Redemption and The Muse, especially after Fred Warren’s hilarious “fake” review of The Charlatan’s Boy. I look forward to your thoughts, Diane.
I have read both of those books, Michelle. Great reading! I will enter you in the drawing. 😀
Eep! What a sneaky lot you all are, and Diane the Chief Sneak of all! You guys are making me cry. This IS a tough road and just yesterday I felt the talons of discouragement yet again…and now to wake up to this…wow. Youse are more than friends…you’re family.
Robynn, for the record, that is Sissy my three-legged Blue Cream that I had in Germany. See I’m clutching her stump there in the one hand…oh she was marvellous. I had to find her a new home when I left the country.
Petal is the brown tabby I have now, and James is white and grey.
And I WILL be back again, to visit and revisit. Just don’t know when. Looking like 2012 at this point.
Diane, I was looking forward to your kind of interview, but this…this is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. You’re a treasure. Thank you, my dear.
You are welcome, Grace. I will have my interview with the wonderful Grace Bridges and the anvil will drop. 😛
Wow sis, big giveaway. This is exciting.
It is! Grace and Splashdown are worth my time and money. Hopefully all of my lovely readers will spread the word and share the love. 😀
Must have been a glitch with “me computer” because yes now it is here but not before I scowled and scowled and it didn’t come up until 3rd time…but I had seen it before when Diane posted it. 🙂 YES, WE ALL NEED MORE GRACE 🙂
That is an entry, my sweet. 😀
All great writers…I want more Grace 🙂
Oh no! I meant to send you something, Diane! I’ll prepare something soon and leave it as a comment!
Why? Why could you not manage through Finals for mind bending theology, Christmas, a full time job, two adorable children and a hottie wife? Geesh! 50 anvils over the head for having a life, Keven. 😛
Oh, I didn’t mention all that super-secret cape-crusading you’ve been up to. 😛
Hey Diane and Grace!
Love the spec fic action! Thanks for the contest, and thanks for Splashdown Books, Grace!
That is two, Avily. 😀
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Grace is one of a kind, and a real pleasure to chat with over the intricacies of this field we’re all in. 😀
That she is, David. 😀
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My dearest youngest daughter,
I have yet to meet or speak to Grace but, with the talk on this blog, I most certainly don’t want to miss a chance at reading her book. I do remember her being on MLP a few times though. I guess we can all use a little more Grace. Nice name Miss Bridges.
Okay, this is my third time. I have gone from “What is speculative Christian fiction” to “Bring it on!”
Ha! Ha! I like your style, Susan. 😀