Monday, September 21, 2009

CSFF Blog Tour: The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul

This week, the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour will be hosting Mrs. Donita K. Paul and her book The Vanishing Sculptor. Please be sure to stop by the next three days to learn more about this fantastic book and her author!

From the back of the book:

Tipper, a young emerlindian woman, has been responsible for the upkeep of her family's estate since her sculptor father disappeared several years ago. To make ends meet, she's been forced to sell off the artwork he left behind. When at last her father returns, accompanied by two strangers from a distant land, Tipper discovers that her actions have unbalanced the foundation of her world and endangered her father's life. She must act quickly to undo the threat. But how can she save her father and the world on her own? The task is too huge for one person, so she gathers the help of some unlikely companions---including the giant parrot, Beccaroon, and the aristocratic tumanhofer, Bealomondore---and sets out on a quest, eventually witnessing the loving care and miraculous resources of Wulder.

Join new characters and old friend in a fantasy that inhabits the same world as the DragonKeeper Chronicles, but in a different country and an earlier time, where the people know nothing of Wulder or Paladin.

Here is a sneak peak into Chapter 1: A View from a Tree

Beccaroon cocked his head, ruffled his neck feathers, and spread his wings, not to fly, but to test the air. He stretched, allowing his crimson wings to spread. The branch beneath him sank and rose again, responding to his weight. Moist, hot air penetrated his finery, and he held his wings away from his brilliant blue sides.

“Too hot for company,” he muttered. Having declared his opinion, he rocked back and forth from one four-toed scaly foot to the other on the limb of a sacktrass tree. The leaves shimmered as the motion rippled along the branch. “Where is that girl?”

His yellow head swiveled almost completely around. He peered with one eye down the overgrown path, and then scoped out every inch within his range of vision, twisting his neck slowly.

A brief morning shower had penetrated the canopy above and rinsed the waxy-coated leaves. A few remaining drops glistened where thin shafts of tropical sun touched the dark green foliage. On the broot vine, flowers the size of plates lifted their fiery red petals, begging the thumb-sized bees to come drink before the weight of nectar broke off the blooms.

Beccaroon flew to a perch on a gnarly branch. He sipped from the broot blossom and ran his black tongue over the edges of his beak. A sudden breeze shook loose a sprinkle of leftover raindrops. Beccaroon shook his tail feathers and blinked. When the disturbance settled, he cocked his head and listened.

“Ah!” he said. “She’s coming.” He preened his soft green breast and waited, giving a show of patience he didn’t feel. His head jerked as he detected someone walking with the girl.

“Bah!” The word exploded from his throat. He flew into a roost far above the forest floor where he couldn’t be seen from the ground.

He watched the approach of the girl placed under his guardianship. Tipper strolled along the path below. She wore a flowing, golden gown over her tall, lean body. She’d put her long blonde hair in a fancy braid that started at the crown of her head. A golden chain hung from each of her pointed ears. And she’d decorated her pointed facial features with subdued colors, blue for her eyelids, rose for her lips, and a shimmering yellow on her cheeks. Beccaroon sighed. His girl was lovely.

Download the rest of this chapter (PDF)

For more great info on our author, feel free to surf on over to her website and blog. Or, even better, come back tomorrow when she is a guest right here at My Own Little Corner of the World!

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The source of my book comes from Amazon. I personally purchased this book specifically for this tour.

Please be sure to take a few minutes and visit these fellow bloggers on the tour. Comments are much appreciated!!"> Brandon Barr"> Jim Black"> Justin Boyer"> Rachel Briard"> Karri Compton"> Amy Cruson"> CSFF Blog Tour"> Stacey Dale"> D. G. D. Davidson"> Jeff Draper"> April Erwin"> Karina Fabian"> Linda Gilmore"> Todd Michael Greene"> Katie Hart"> Ryan Heart"> Becky Jesse"> Cris Jesse"> Jason Joyner"> Julie"> Carol Keen"> Krystine Kercher"> Dawn King"> Rebecca LuElla Miller"> Mirtika"> Eve Nielsen (posting later in the week)"> Nissa"> John W. Otte"> Lyn Perry"> Crista Richey"> Cheryl Russell"> Chawna Schroeder"> James Somers"> Speculative Faith"> Rachel Starr Thomson"> Robert Treskillard"> Steve Trower"> Fred Warren"> Dona Watson"> Phyllis Wheeler"> Elizabeth Williams"> KM Wilsher

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  1. Hey Julie! I have an award for you!

  2. Great post, great blog! Can't wait for the interview :)
    KM Wilsher