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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spotlight Saturday: Guest Post and Giveaway with Maren Dille, author of The Faith and Fate of David Ghent


Hi, everyone!


Welcome to another edition of Spotlight Saturday at Darlene's Book Nook, where we feature authors and their books!

We will be joined today by Maren Dille.


About Maren:

Maren grew up in Rochester, NY, which is why much of her work is set in the East. She moved to Provo, UT to attend Brigham Young University in 2004. Meanwhile, she received a license in cosmetology in 2006, and graduated with a B.S. in Home and Family Living-Clothing and Textiles in 2009. After graduation, Maren worked as a cosmetologist/barber, while her husband finished his own degree in Special Education. After he graduated, they settled in Spanish Fork, UT, where they plan on staying for a long time.

Now Maren is a stay-at-home mom, part-time piano teacher, cosmetologist, and writer. Amidst the business of being a housewife, she loves reading, writing and playing music, vacationing, going on dates with her hubby and friends, throwing dinner parties, and sewing. She really enjoys collecting books, and hopes someday to have a library big enough to fit all of them. Currently, her two pretty-enough-to-be-displayed-bookshelves are overflowing, and she's got books stashed all around her house.

Maren's published work includes a short comedy titled "A Tale of Two Cemeteries," a middle-grade reader titled The Treehouse. The Faith and Fate of David Ghent is her first novel.

 
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Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Maren!

Maren has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her!

10 Fun Facts About Maren Dille
by Maren Dille


1. I still get scared at night in the dark and smash myself up next to Jordan (my husband) to protect me. Especially after bad dreams. Then I realize I have to use the bathroom, but spend a while talking myself into getting out of bed. There are no bad guys hiding outside my door. Right—I’m not so sure.

2. Even though I think he is way too feminine, a nancy boy, and not even all that handsome, I have a pretty big crush on Niles Crane. He’s actually the reason why Frasier is my favorite television show. Jordan doesn't feel very threatened by that one.

3. Since I was little, I was obsessed with dating and getting married someday. My friend and I spent hours imagining and planning our first kisses, proposals, and weddings, and then honeymoons. My first "hug" with a guy was in third grade. Joel Matthews came over to play after school and we walked into the woods in my back yard. On the count of three we hugged. I got so freaked out that I screamed as loud as I could, right in Joel's ear. Then I ran away. Later that week he punched me in the stomach at recess.

4. I racewalked (speedwalked) in high school during indoor track season. I was really good at it and ended that career with a p.r. at 7 minutes and 15 seconds for the 1500m. And yes, there is an art and form to it. As out of shape as I am, I can still whoop all of Jordan's brothers.

5. I can't whistle. If you ask me to try, you’ll end up with spit all over you.

6. Every time I brush my teeth I cough up a loogie.

7. If I had the budget for a make-believe clothing wardrobe, I would still play dress-up. I love it. And if I could still fit into my wedding dress, I would try it on and sit around my house in it, feeling very pretty.

8. I have dropped my laptop numerous times, always fearing it's going to break. Down the stairs, in a parking lot, off the couch . . . Still works!

9. When I was eleven I wrote an entire musical set to Journey’s Greatest Hits. It was a British who-dunnit murder mystery complete with a royal family, forbidden romance between a noblewoman’s daughter and the local chimney sweep, and a lot of humor. Despite the several rehearsals I made my six-year-old sister do, we never performed it.

10. My early work is so atrocious that I threw the first manuscript I ever completed out. I’m embarrassed just by reading it myself.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Maren!

 


Two lucky winners will win a copy of Maren's debut YA Fantasy novel, The Faith and Fate of David Ghent.

Grand Prize (Canada/US): Paperback copy

Runner-up Prize (Worldwide): Digital copy













In the Lucen city dwell the descendants of Righteous and Fallen angels. Kept hidden from the rest of Earth and governed directly by Heaven, each descendant is given a chance to prove themself loyal to Heaven, and obtain salvation. For most, the task is encouraging and fair, but for David, it’s devastating.

David Ghent has waited twenty-one years to fulfill a prophecy foretelling the destruction of Lucifer’s power on Earth and Heaven, saving himself and the entire world from Hell’s power. His training is complete, the city prepared.

As the battle commences, the city’s most beloved daughter, Layla, suddenly appears at the Hellgate. David is then faced with an impossible choice: fulfill the prophecy, or save her life.

The consequences David faces after choosing Layla force him to question his entire life, and his loyalty to Heaven. As the aftermath of failure unfolds, David discovers that the real battle against Lucifer has just begun.

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