Reminder: The Sign Up For My Goodreads Book Giveaway Ends May 16

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Hi, just a reminder to those who are Goodreads members. My book giveaway will end May 16th at midnight. If you haven’t signed up yet, please follow the link below for a chance to win my middle grade fantasy/adventure, The Secret of the Golden Heart, for ages 9-12.

Goodreads will randomly select the winners.

You may sign up here:  https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/182960.

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Website: debbie-erickson.com

Thank you for your support. It is greatly appreciated.

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Plotting Book Two

Been busy plotting and writing my next book...

Busy plotting and working on my next book…

Update: I will be offering my first book, The Secret of the Golden Heart, at a signing at Century Center in South Bend at the end of April. Further details will be forthcoming.

Book #1 in my Golden Heart Series is out on Amazon. If you get a chance to read it, please leave a kind review. It’s more of a challenge to market to children when self-publishing, but hopefully parents and grandparents will shop for their little ones and spread the word and leave a review.

This first book is an introduction to the Golden Heart Series and lays a foundation for my twelve-year-old main character’s next adventure on his 2nd quest in this coming of age fantasy story. But you’ll find no wizards or witches, or any other such characters because I didn’t feel it was right to take this book in that direction for young minds to absorb. There are too many books are on the shelves with such story lines that I feel serve no good purpose. Rather, I wanted my book to be adventurous with a bit of mystery with timely truths that will help children grow and develop into a better person.

My 2nd book in this series promises to be a bit more intense with some surprising twists after Kristian discovers that Gracie has disappeared. Frantic, he wastes no time trying to find her, but in the process he discovers a map and realizes there’s another golden heart to find, and he must find it before a cosmic phenomenon occurs and threatens their existence.

He must find Gracie and heart before a solar disaster, but will he have time to do both? The answer lies in the “town that drowned” where he discovers something that has lain dormant for thousands of years.

Stay tuned.

We Have A Winner!

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As you can see, my good friend, Sirus here (one of the characters in my book), is quite happy to announce the winner of a signed copy of my book. Congratulations to Kirk Kraft from the state of Washington! The book is on its way.

I’d like to thank everyone who entered to win a copy of my book, and for those of you who stopped by my book launch page and signed my guest book. It’s not too late to stop by if you haven’t already. The book launch page will stay up until April. I hope to give away more prizes in the near future!

News:    I officially began the 2nd book in my Golden Heart series. My main character has a big problem when he discovers there’s another heart that he must find before the Syzygy begins. But someone close to him has disappeared, and he was counting on this person for help. Will he lose hope before it’s too late? Will he discover this person in time?

More news:    I’m also working on another project for Young Adult/Adult readers. When the idea presented itself to me, the first chapter practically wrote itself. I’m excited about it, and I think you will be, too. As I get farther along, I’ll keep you updated on its progress!

It’s the Christmas season, and I’d like to say that whatever we do in life, and whatever road life takes us down, may we always be big enough to be humble enough to know that any talent we have is because of the God who gives it. “But for the grace of God, go I.” Things don’t always turn out the way we plan, but it’s during such times as these when we can reflect and realize that these times build character in our lives if we can keep HOPE and not give up.

May you have a wonderful Christmas with lots of blessings! I’m thankful for family and friends. You are what makes this sometimes mundane world go round, and who bring a bit of joy into our lives. It’s a blessing to know that there are no strangers here! It’s a place I invite you to come for lasting friendships.

Book Launch Party! Keep This Date Handy: December 1st–2015

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Celebrating!

I’m so happy to finally make this announcement just in time for Christmas!

I’d like to invite you to my Book Launch Party that will be held in a few short days. I will be releasing of my new middle grade fantasy novel The Secret of the Golden Heart, the first book in my Golden Heart Series. I know it’s a busy this time of year for everyone, but there’s no better time to buy a last-minute gift for a child.

Are you ready for a great children’s story that will transport your children, grandchildren, and children everywhere to a place that’s out of this world? Where adventure and mystery surrounds a boy after discovering he’s been chosen to fulfill his mother’s destiny? Where he discovers he must find the key that unlocks the only object that can save him, his family, and the others? This story is a fun adventure that will transport young readers to a faraway galaxy! 🙂

Here’s a brief excerpt:

The Secret of the Golden Heart

The Secret of the Golden Heart / http://www.debbie-erickson.com

Alon, the ancient oak—the forest’s primeval icon—loomed. Its dark, edgy streaks wound around its bare, twisted trunk, forming black-eyed knots that stared through the shadows with contempt. Its branches sprawled over the forest canopy like mummy fingers, but it was the huge black hole in its trunk that still stirred embers around his nerves, even after all these years.”

I will be giving away a few signed copies of my book. All you have to do is stop by the Book Launch Party on Tuesday, December 1, at your convenience, and sign up for the Contest. (you’ll find details in the Contest box). And while you’re there, please sign my guest book so I know you stopped by! I will be posting a link Tuesday a.m. that will transport you right to the Party site!

I pray that God will touch little hearts and minds in big ways and sprout the seeds of faith that will grow into mighty oaks. God is our refuge. God is our strength. He will not disappoint.

Thank you so much for your support and your encouragement as I begin this exciting chapter of my life. I hope to see you there!

 

 

Mysteries of the Cosmos . . .

Horsehead Nebula Taken from the Hubble Space Craft

Horsehead Nebula
Taken from the Hubble spacecraft http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/

 

The cosmos always fascinated me: clear nights filled with stars, shooting stars, and distant planets. I could spend hours allowing my imagination to run free. If it were possible to fly through the universe without a spacecraft, I’d be the first one in line.

While doing research on my book, I found nebulae quite fascinating with its gas and dust clouds, which form Nebulae, and why they appear hazy. There are no planets present.

The Hubble Space Craft has taken us into the cosmos, and it is through this medium that’s made it easier to imagine such wonders that lie in the greater unknown. How did the universe evolve? How long has it really been here? To some, the answers are simple because of the beliefs they hold dear. To others, not so simple. Needless to say, it has done quite well as a back drop for many fantasy films.

It has taken NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft 9.5 years to position itself to get close enough to Pluto to collect data. The spacecraft left Earth in January 2006.

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The Helix Spitzer from the Hubble spacecraft – An owl’s eye?

How long do you think the cosmos has existed? How do you think it evolved? When do you believe time began?

I would love to know  your perspective is on the subject.