Blitz and Giveaway for The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge

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We’re celebrating the release of the third book in the Hamelin Stoop series, The Ring of Truth! Today, the author talks about the inspiration for the series. Next, on Wednesday, January 13th, he’ll be talking about the storybook world of Hamelin Stoop HERE. Come back HERE on Friday, January 15th, to read an excerpt from book three. Plus, there’s a giveaway to enter below. Enjoy!

The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge

(Hamelin Stoop #1)

By Robert B. Sloan

Young Adult Fantasy, Christian

Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 332 Pages

November 15, 2016 by 12 Gates Publishing

Afraid of being caught by trackers from another world, a young mother abandons her baby boy in a tomato box inside the screened porch of a children’s home. The staff at the orphanage name him Hamelin Stoop, but he grows up longing to learn his real name, find his parents, and thus discover his true identity.

Life is not easy for Hamelin. He belongs to everyone, though in some ways to no one fully. And the people he is closest to leave him one by one. A letter from an older friend advises Hamelin to “keep waiting and keep hoping.” Bitter experiences force Hamelin to wait, but he has to learn how to hope.

When the children’s home forgets his eighth birthday, he sneaks away at night. He soon discovers that he isn’t just running away — he is being summoned by the Ancient One. Guided by the Great Eagle through a mysterious cave, Hamelin must pass a dangerous test of courage before he can find his parents.

Hamelin’s failures, fears, and hopes become part of a larger story, a story of a great struggle between worlds and kingdoms where the old myths of magic, evil contracts, and enslaved children turn out to be real.

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The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna

(Hamelin Stoop #2)

By Robert B. Sloan

Young Adult Fantasy, Christian

Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 304 Pages

February 7, 2017 by 12 Gates Publishing

Hamelin finally makes it across the footbridge only to learn that his quest to find his parents and learn his true identity will not be quickly done or easy to fulfill. The Great Eagle leads him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life and into the Land of Gloaming, where Hamelin is thrown into the midst of a war already being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. He must help two new friends find a kidnapped princess and recover a stolen jewel, tasks for which they have special gifts that must not be misused: a scarf of sight, shoes of speed, and a sword of death. But these quests are only part of the larger story, a story including Chimera’s plan to use Hamelin—a child of two realms—to seize the kingdoms on both sides of the Atrium of the Worlds.

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The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge

(Hamelin Stoop #3)

By Robert B. Sloan

Young Adult Fantasy, Christian

Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 580 Pages

December 29, 2020 by 12 Gates Publishing

Will Hamelin be summoned again?

Hamelin suspects that his friend Layla is the lost princess from the Land of Gloaming. As he describes his daring adventures to trusted friends at the children’s home, an intricate tapestry of stories emerges. Layla admits that she has had dreams – or are they memories? – of another world with faded light. The orphan boy is not alone in his struggle to learn the truth, search for family, and question the Ancient One’s purposes.

Meanwhile, dangerous forces continue to pursue the boy of both worlds, but the evil Chimera gives his agents an additional task: find the fourth princess, the missing daughter of Carr, and stop her. She must never return home.

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Guest Post: The Bible, the Pied Piper, and Hamelin Stoop 

Do you remember the legend of The Pied Piper? When I was young, I was attracted to many stories of myth and magic, but it was this story that I longed to see finished. It is the story of the lost children of Hameln town. The children were seduced into following the alluring music of a cunning piper (their parents failed to live up to the contract made with the Pied Piper, and he stole the children to exact their unpaid debt and avenge his wounded dignity), who led them into a magic mountain, never to be seen again. Only a few witnesses were left to go back so that the parents would know what they had done, that it was their fault the children were taken.

My childhood mind was troubled. What happened to the children who were taken away? Could they ever be rescued and come home? What about their parents and the pain they felt? Would it ever be relieved? Even today the town of Hameln has an old stained glass window commemorating the loss of the children, as well as historical documents and inscriptions that place the great loss on June 26, 1284, the day of Saints John and Paul. Will Hameln always endure the shame of its treachery? The answers are – nothing will ever be the same until the children are restored to their town and families. But how?

I lived with that painful non-ending until one day the story of the Bible and the legend of The Pied Piper connected in my imagination. The story of the Bible is also unfinished in the Old Testament, and though the beginning of the hoped for ending is picked up again in the New Testament and carried forward substantially through the story of Jesus, it remains still unfinished on the stage of history. I think the stories connected in my mind because both are unfinished, with exiles who have yet to be brought home.

Once I filled out a larger narrative for the world and backstory of The Pied Piper, the Hamelin Stoop series was born.

About the Author

Robert is married to his college sweetheart, Sue. With seven married children and over twenty grandchildren, they enjoy large family gatherings with good food and lively conversation around the table. Favorite family activities include role-playing games, writing and reading stories, and, of course, storytelling. Robert is also a University president and scholar.

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Tour and Giveaway for Acres of Promise by Lisa Renee

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Acres of Promise

(Single Again #2)

By Lisa Renée

Christian Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 208 Pages

January 1, 2020 by The Collaborative Press

Join the journey with Chantelle Anderson as she actions all in her power, to prevent her teenage son falling into a life of crime and drugs. 

Along the way, in her vulnerable state, she struggles to find a suitable life partner. With the trials she’s experiencing with her son, who’d want to take on the whole package? Unless, God intervenes and shows He hasn’t forgotten Chantelle’s desperate situation.

Acres of Promise is a beautiful story of how God restores what was lost and stolen, replacing it with more than we can ask or imagine.

Read the first six chapters free HERE.

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EXCERPT 

The pastor clasped his hands. “Are you passing through town or new to the area?”

“New.” 

The handsome worship leader walked past, leaving a spicy lingering scent.

The greying pastor grinned when Chantelle turned back and finished her sentence.

“I moved in this weekend.”

He chuckled. “That’s Andrew McCarthy, by the way.” 

“Pardon?” She wrinkled her brow in confusion. 

“The guy in the red-chequered shirt—our lead singer, guitarist, set up and pack up guy, maintenance man, elder, the list goes on—his name is Andrew.”

“Oh. Good to know.” Her cheeks heated.

Pastor Bradley smoothed over his beard. “Would you like me to introduce you?”

Her eyes bulged. “No. I don’t think I need any maintenance service or whatever he does.” She swallowed. “How about I meet your wife? I want to find out more about the craft group she mentioned in the announcements.” Her words tumbled in a fluster.

“Certainly.” He winked at the same time as his mustache twitched. Pastor Bradley gestured with a wave to follow him.

Country churches often have interesting folk. If the pastor was any reflection of the people, then she was in for a colorful afternoon. His lame dad-jokes at the beginning of his sermon made her laugh. He seemed like a down-to-earth-type minister. Relatable. Oh, she should ask to meet the youth leader—if they had one. Hopefully, not the drop-dead gorgeous worship leader who seemed in her age bracket. He did everything else, surely not youth work as well.

As Chantelle followed the pastor, she scanned the crowd for teenagers. Two tall girls hovered near their mother. Perhaps they were fifteen and seventeen. Three boys crammed near the snacks, piling up their plastic plates—maybe Noah’s age or younger. 

With another glance of the room, she summed up that was all the youth present today—plenty of little children too. That was a good sign of a healthy church. She assumed the small town might have only elderly folk in their churches. This one seemed quite contemporary. 

A flaming red-haired pastor’s wife met them halfway. “Hello! I saw you there at the back of the church. Welcome to Boyup. I’m Whitney.” She clasped Chantelle’s hands and wrist.

Chantelle beamed a smile back. This lady had spunk. Delicate freckles decorated her cheeks that appeared round with her blazing bob.

“My name is Chantelle. I’ve moved into Lee-Steer Drive.”

Her eyes lit up. “Fantastic. A beautiful part of town. Some of our members live out that way. If you need anything, you only have to sing out.”

“Lalala.” Chantelle croaked and laughed at herself. “Like that?”

Witney swung her head in a dramatic nod and slapped Chantelle’s shoulder. “You’re gonna fit in just fine, darling. Just fine.”

♦About the Author

Lisa Renée is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Omega Writers, Australia.

Lisa adores babies enough to have seven of her own. Recently, Lisa has taken up breeding Ragdoll cats instead of breeding humans.

The tribe lives in Australia, where Lisa and her husband enjoy their writing projects and publishing ventures.

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