Gretchen E K Engel

The Final Paladin: The Key to Apollyon

The Final Paladin is a fun fantasy novel that focuses on the legends of Charlemagne and the origins of chivalry. It’s a portal fantasy partly set in the gritty Five Points area of New York City during the Industrial Revolution. And partly in the Fae Realms. Vermillion, who’s known as Peg protects her simple-minded brother, […]

Fresh Voice RJ Metcalf

Fresh Voice RJ Metcalf

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Since NAF is about unpublished authors, it makes sense to feature writers who are just getting started in their careers. I met RJ(Becky) at Realm Makers this year playing Toon D&D (and crossed off bucket list item from fourth grade – playing D&D). We happened […]

Relax and Watch More Star Trek

A couple of months ago our leadership training at church asked us to write letters to our younger selves. I may post that one day, but this is an updated version of a post I did as part of a collection The Scriblerians did a couple of years ago. Gretchen, you’ve finished middle school. Whew! […]

My Biggest Fear

My Biggest Fear

Two weeks ago we made plans for Fall Break. My husband had a business trip in Parker, Arizona so we decided to go to Las Vegas. It’s not my favorite location for a family vacation, but there are some things about the city we all really enjoy and some activities we wanted to do. My […]

My Journey to Success

No, this is not a post about a successful person explaining how they achieved success whether it be a multi-million dollar career or a post of great power. I’m talking about the journey to success, which is highly personal. The getting there. Expectations One of the many things I’ve learned professionally that applies directly to writing is […]

Cover Reveal: The Final Paladin

I am excited about the cover reveal for T.J. Akers’ The Final Paladin. It’s set both in the very real Five Points area of Victorian New York City and in a fantasy world. Back Cover Copy: Life for Peg Bowman is rough in the infamous slums of Five Points, New York, but her brother’s murder changes […]

Meditation Topics

Meditation Topics

I did an in depth study of Philippians 4:8  “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (NKJV, bold emphasis mine). I happened to do my study in the New King James version. Typically, my […]