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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Release: Champion of Darkness by Tyrean Martinson

Indie Life is a monthly feature (2nd Wednesday) sponsored by the Indelibles where indie authors post about life as an indie author. Hop through the links below to see all kinds of post on indie life.

Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.

The theme of Indie Life fits well with my post today sharing Tyrean's new book. Celebrating each other's accomplishments and spreading the word about other indie author's works is part of Indie Life. It can be tough to find a balance sometimes - no one wants their blog to be promotional stuff all the time, and blogging is already on the wane, making it doubly difficult. I try to make sure that I provide valuable content to my blog readers (like yesterday's post on FREE books) in addition to hosting my fellow indie authors when I can. I long ago decided that I blogged for fun and because I enjoyed it - as long as I keep those as guiding words, I do okay.

TODAY I have author-friend Tyrean Martinson on the blog talking about her new book! Plus she has a cute tie-in to St. Valentine's Day that even the love-n-romance-averse set will appreciate: after all, it has swords and miracles, and who doesn't love those? (Also see a chance to win a signed copy below!)

Champion in the Darkness by Tyrean Martinson

Clara is younger than most trainees, but she is ready to hold a Sword Master's blade. While visions and ancient prophecies stand in her way, they also offer a destiny unlike any other. Clara is aided by a haunted mentor, Stelia, whose knowledge of their enemy Kalidess is both a bane and a blessing. As evil threatens their land, Clara and Stelia must find the strength to overcome the darkness.
Champion in the Darkness is YA Christian Fantasy, and is the first book in the Champion Trilogy. It's available at: AmazonSmashwordsGoodreads

Love, Valentine’s Day and Champion in the Darkness by Tyrean Martinson
I nearly fell over in amazement when I received an e-mail from Susan Kaye Quinn saying that I could do a guest post on her blog. Susan Kaye Quinn, the amazing self-published author of the Mindjack Trilogy, would really let me guest post on her blog? Wow! My kids, also Mindjack fans, were amazed too. I felt like I had received permission to be on a famous talk show with a rock star. (In this case a rocket scientist and awesome, rising star author).
[Ed note: how cute is she? Also: her kids are Mindjack fans! #WIN]
Then she asked me if I wanted to write a Valentine’s Day based post, since the 13th is just the day before Valentine’s Day.
Um, me? Write a Valentine’s Day post? That means romance, right? Yikes. Although I am married to the hottest engineer on the planet, I don’t write romance well. So, in Champion in the Darkness, the romance is a barely there kind of romance. It’s actually a coincidence that the release for Champion in the Darkness and Valentine’s Day are in the same week
Finally, after biting my nails at the prospect of writing something about romance and my book, I realized that Valentine’s Day started with St. Valentine, who was known for his healing miracles, his sacrificial love and faith. Hmm. Finally, an idea.
Clara is not a healer like St. Valentine, but she has faith and fights for what and who she loves. She’s been training her whole life to become a Sword Master. She’s focused. She’s proud of her skills. And then her world falls apart. She knows, from prophecies and visions that her quest might be doomed, but she doesn’t give up. Miracles happen. Sacrificial love may be required before she can win the day. So maybe, just maybe, she’s a Valentine’s Day girl after all.

Tyrean Martinson lives and writes in the Northwest, encouraged by her loving husband and daughters, and reminded to exercise by her dogs and cat. Champion in the Darkness is the first book in the Champion Trilogy, and she has previously published short stories and poetry. Tyrean Martinson can be found online at 

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  1. My champion today is an easy one. Yesterday I attended the memorial service of a friend, who passed from cancer way too early. He had 600 people attend his service and that was the people who could come. And there was the live video feed. He was just an ordinary guy but one who cared about people and lived his faith.

  2. I enjoyed this! It's a good reminder to what St. Valentine was all about, and you fit it well in your character. Good job.

  3. I love the tie in here with the book. Clara is willing to put so much on the line to do what is best for her people. It made me think of John 15:13

    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his."

    Clara might not be romantic, but she's got a whole lot of love!

  4. I shared and tweeted this.

    Hugs and chocolate,

    Good luck!

  5. Laura - real life champions are the ones who fill their lives with so much love that we can't help but love and appreciate them back. I'm glad you knew a champion like that, and I'm sorry that he's gone.

    T. Drecker - Thanks! I appreciate that!

    Nickie - Thanks, and thanks for the verse!

    Shelly - Thank you! Hugs and Chocolate to you too!

    Susan - Thanks for hosting me!

  6. Writing romance is hard, or at least I find it to be as well. I like books where it isn't the main theme, which makes me even more excited for yours.

  7. Huge congrats to Tyrean! Sounds like a fun book!

  8. Think you did well, Tyrean!
    Romance just-barely-there. I can relate!

  9. Great post! We should all be so lucky and be featured on Susan's blog!!

  10. Jack - glad I'm not the only one who thinks that!

    Emily - Thanks!!!

    Alex - Thank you! And I'm glad I'm not the only one.

    Claudia - Thanks. I agree!

  11. Congrats, Tyrean! Even just a little romance fits with Valentine's Day.

  12. Susan,
    Really like the Indie Life tagline.
    Thanking Tyrean for the brush up on the origins of Valentine's day. Wishing Tyrean loads of success with the novel.

  13. Congrats to Tyrean!! And I like how you found a way to connect Valentine's Day to your character. It definitely fits. :)

  14. Diane - Thanks! I hope so!

    J.L. - Thank you!!!

    Cherie - Thanks! I appreciate that!

  15. Nice post. I too have not really written romance, I don't know how I'd get on! Look forward to reading your book.

  16. Celebrating each other's accomplishments and spreading the word about other indie author's works is a great theme. Thanks for showing us how you do that!

  17. Great post! Congrats Tyrean :D

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  19. Nick - It can be pretty tough not to have romance go overdrama or over-silly in my case. Thanks!

    Heidi - Thanks for stopping by!

    Ella - Thank you!

  20. Great post! I have trouble thinking of romance posts even though I do write romance. *LOL* A few champions in my life would be the teachers at my son's school. I don't think teachers get enough credit all. They are amazing, and I'm so lucky that my son has these excellent teachers for his years of preschool.

  21. Sounds like an interesting story! I think a story about a girl who keeps trying even after her world falls apart is inspiring; it's something that a lot of us can relate to, because certain obstacles can definitely seem like they're impossible to overcome sometimes.

  22. Christine - Thank you! I'm glad your son has excellent teachers!

    Workaholic - glad it sounds interesting!

  23. way to link clara to v day! she has a pure heart, a true valentine!

    and my boys just started the mindjack series, gotta keep em reading! glad there's three!