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    Laura E.R. Beals is a Christian Fantasy writer. She wants to show the world the wonder of God's imagination, shatter lies and reveal the amazing love of Christ.

  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

Reading List

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Cover of The Bones of Makaidos (Oracles of Fire)

Here is a list of my favorite books.  Check them out!  (Will be updated as I read/remember more books.)

My favorite authors are: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Bryan Davis, Gail Carson Levine, Louisa May Alcott and  Robert Louis Stevenson.

*-Christian
!- Favorite

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Fantasy

Oracles of Fire*! (series) by Bryan Davis

  1. Eye of the Oracle
  2. Enoch’s Ghost
  3. Last of the Nephilim
  4. The bones of Makaidos

Dragons in Our Midst*! (series) by Bryan Davis

  1. Raising Dragons
  2. The Candlestone
  3. Circles of Seven
  4. Tears of a Dragon

Children of the Bard*! (series) by Bryan Davis

  1. Song of the Ovulum
  2. ?
  3. ?
  4. ?

The chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica (series) by James A. Owen

  1. Here there be Dragons (!)
  2. Search for the Red Dragon (!)
  3. The Indigo King
  4. The Shadow Dragons

The Lord of the Rings(trilogy) by J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. The Two Towers
  3. The Return of the King

The Hobbit ! by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Chronicles of Narnia* (series) by C.S. Lewis

  1. The Magician’s Nephew
  2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  3. The Horse and His Boy
  4. Prince Caspian
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  6. The Silver Chair
  7. The Last Battle

The Kingdom Series* by Chuck Black

  1. Kingdom’s Dawn
  2. Kingdom’s Hope
  3. Kingdom’s Edge
  4. Kingdom’s Call
  5. Kingdom’s Quest
  6. Kingdom’s Reign

The Archives of Anthropos* (series) by John White

  1. The Tower of Geburah
  2. The Iron Sceptre
  3. The Sword Bearer
  4. Gaal the Conqueror
  5. Quest for the King
  6. The Dark Lord’s Demise

Dragons of Starlight* (series) by Bryan Davis

  1. Starlighter
  2. Warrior
  3. Diviner
  4. Liberator (not out yet)

Inkheart by Cornelie Funke

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Blood of Kings*! (trilogy) by Jill Williamson

  1. By Darkness Hid
  2. To Darkness Fled
  3. From Darkness Won

Fable Weaver by Carlie Gernhart

Adult Fantasy

A Throne of Bones *! by Vox Day

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Fiction

Runt the Brave* by Daniel Schwabauer

Runt the Hunted* (sequel to Runt the Brave) by Daniel Schwabauer

Little Women ! by Louisa May Alcott

Little Men ! by Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins ! by Louisa May Alcott

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

King Raven Trilogy(!) by Stephen Lawhead

  1. Hood
  2. Scarlet
  3. Tuck 

 I know why the angels Dance* by Bryan Davis (Read with a box of kleenex.)

Ishmael *! by E.D.E.N Southworth

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Historical Fiction

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

In the Shadow of the Sun King*! by Golden Keyes Parson

The Bronze Bow* by Elizabeth George Speare

The First Four Years by Laura Ingals Wilder 

Vienna Prelude* by Bodie and Brock Thoene

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

 

Science Fiction

A Wrinkle in Time  By Madeleine L’Engle

Echoes from the Edge*! (series) by Bryan Davis

  1. Beyond the Reflections Edge
  2. Eternity’s Edge
  3. Nightmare’s Edge

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 Christian Self-Help

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations*! by Alex and Brett Harris

 Just Friends: Guarding you heart for a wonderful someday*! by Mike Ray and Cary Schmidt

What Jane Austen Taught Me about Love and Romance *! by Debra White Smith

So Long Insecurity*! by Beth Moore

 

On Writing

The One Year Adventure Novel (Writing Curriculum) *!!! by Daniel Schwabauer

Comma Sense by Richard Lederer and John Shore

 

Other (I’m not sure what genre to put these in, but they’re great books worth reading.) 

Vanya: (A True Story)*! by Myrna Grant (Note: This book could be rated PG13.  It’s the true story of a Russian Christian who joined the Red Army in 1970.  The persecution he endured is rather gruesome.) 

God’s Smuggler*! by Brother Andrew

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4 Comments

  1. lilacandivy

     /  December 15, 2009

    Laura,
    I’m currently reading the Candlestone (and am pretty close to the end…) Did you notice the very weird metaphor he uses on pg. 275, when Billy’s looking at the candlestone? It made me laugh! Here, I’ll post it below –

    A thin swirl of barely visible light streamed into a dense grouping of the stone’s minute facets. It looked like a tiny vacuum cleaner sucking in a trail of dancing pixies from all around the room. On the other side of the gem, a steady, dim beam poured out, like someone inside the stone had strangled the pixies, flattened their corpses with a mallet, and squeezed their bodies into a shaft of dead light
    (copyright Bryan Davis)

    What’s up with that!! :) It’s like he was in a silly mood and wrote the first thing that came into his mind.

    Reply
    • storygirl308

       /  December 15, 2009

      Funny! I have yet to read Dragons in Our Mists. Though I can’t wait to get to them. :)

      Reply
      • From the sound of your Christmas gifts you like them. ;) (did you get the whole series?) Let me know when you finish the Candlestone!

      • storygirl308

         /  December 30, 2009

        I really like them. :D (Yes, I got all of “Dragons in Our Mists”.) I’m reading it right now and will be sure to let you know when I’m finished. :)

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