A Very Merry First Birthday!

A year ago, I was a nervous wreck.

After six years of hard labor, I had clicked “publish.” My baby, Child of the Kaites, was ready to be shared with the world.

I didn’t dare hope for what an amazing adventure this year has been. Since Child of the Kaites, I’ve published five short stories, met dozens of readers and authors, and was featured in Lorehaven Magazine. I’m more than half-way finished with releasing Steward Stories, and I’ve started rewriting The Steward’s Apprentice.

In countless ways, this year has been a tremendous time of blessing and growth.

Which can only mean one thing: it’s time to celebrate!


From July 26th-August 2nd, Child of the Kaites is on sale for the lowest prices yet.

The ebook, usually $4.99, is now only $0.99!

The paperback, usually $14.99, is only $12.00!

Desert fantasy retelling of the story of Moses, with magic swords, homicidal storms, and griffins.

The kaites are spiritual beings who can dwell in rocks, plants, and water.

They saved baby Rai from the watery death faced by her people. They raised her in the blessed region. They told her she would be the Leader of a Revolt.

She was going to free her people from slavery.

At least, that’s what Rai used to believe. Then she grew up.

Living as an exile under an assumed identity, Rai can’t lead a conversation, let alone a slave revolt. Her role in life is to be an historian. She will lead her people by reminding them of who they are, nothing more.

Yet the Izyphorn empire’s evils continue. Her people are still enslaved. Babies are dying every day.

Someone needs to do something.

Reunions with childhood friends and encounters with an enigmatic stranger force Rai to reexamine what her purpose is. Is she called to be a humble historian or a mighty warrior…

Or are those the same thing?

A story of doubt, faith, fear, and courage.


I created a special anniversary watercolor for Child of the Kaites. This watercolor is now on the products you see above–and more!

Well, now there’s a coupon code that you can use! Get 10% off with the code COTK19.


As someone who tends toward discouragement and self-doubt, I love taking the time to celebrate and remember good things. I will probably make a big deal about book birthdays every year, because I need these reminders of what I have accomplished, with God’s grace.

In 1 Samuel 7, after a great victory for Israel, Samuel raises a stone that he names “Ebenezer,” “Stone of Help.” He says about the stone, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” All throughout the Old Testament, we see people doing similar things.

We humans are quick to forget–at least, I know I am. Building in regular rhythms of reflection and celebration can help slowly turn our inner selves to combat the lies that we are worthless or failures.

So as I celebrate Child of the Kaites’s first birthday and rejoice that “thus far the Lord has helped me,” I’d love to hear from you, too.

What is something you celebrate? How do you fight against lies of failure?

Let’s celebrate together :)

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