Crack the Stone named Finalist in the Realm Awards
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by Emily Golus
1d ago
Exciting news, friends! Crack the Stone was named a finalist in the Novella category for the 2024 Realm Awards. The ever-growing Realm Awards were “created to recognize the most excellent speculative fiction written by Christian authors.” I’m not sure how many novellas were originally entered into the category, but of a field of thirty-something semifinalists, my goblinny little book made it into the top five. Hooray! Realm Makers 2024 Last week I had the privilege to travel to the Realm Makers writing conference in St. Louis, Missouri, where I was able to attend the award ceremony banquet a ..read more
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Get all 9 Classic Retold eBooks for 99 cents each!
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by Emily Golus
1M ago
Looking to fill your summer reading list? For the first time ever, the A Classic Retold ebooks are going on sale! Between June 2 and June 8, you can get the Kindle editions of any or all of the nine books in the A Classic Retold series for just 99 cents each. The sale runs from June 2 to June 8 Each book in the series is a clean, hope-filled respinning of a well-loved classic novel, play, or epic poem. Whether you’re looking for Moby Dick with dragons, a steampunk Oliver Twist, or a spooky sequel to Jane Eyre, this series has something for everyone. The books in the series are: Break the Bea ..read more
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The Realm Beneath anthology
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by Emily Golus
1M ago
Friends, I'm excited to announce that this fall, my new short story, "The Song of Arion," will appear in a brand-new anthology, THE REALM BENEATH. Featuring seven stories by seven authors (including A Classic Retold alumni Allison Tebo and Hannah Kaye), The Realm Beneath anthology will explore the fantastical creatures that live beneath the ocean surface, from merfolk to selkies to things even stranger. The Realm Beneath will be available on Kindle and in paperback this fall. If you'd like to participate in the book's official cover reveal later this summer, you can sign up here. Thank you, f ..read more
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New merfolk short story coming fall 2024
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by Emily Golus
2M ago
Friends of Vindor, something new is coming. This fall, you can revisit Vindor once again—this time from an entirely new perspective. A new short story, “The Song of Arion,” will explore the history of one of Vindor’s smallest nations: the dolphin-like Arion merfolk. It will be my first Vindor “origin story,” going back in time to chronicle the forces that drove the nomadic Arion people to Vindor’s shores, and showing how they almost didn’t survive the encounter. You’ll be able to read this short story in the fall (I’ll share more details about when and where in the next few months). Until the ..read more
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Get a signed Vindor book delivered to your door
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by Emily Golus
3M ago
Exciting news, friends of Vindor! If you’ve ever wanted to get a signed copy of Escape to Vindor, Mists of Paracosmia, or Crack the Stone but weren’t able to attend one of my South Carolina book events, then this is for you. I am partnering with Fiction Addiction, a fantastic independent bookstore in my hometown of Greenville, to distribute autographed Vindor books. Here’s the thing—you don’t have to be local to buy them. You can order signed (and even personalized) books from the Fiction Addiction website, and they will mail them right to you—anywhere in the U.S. and even internationally! O ..read more
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Announcing World of Vindor Spelunking Tours!
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by Emily Golus
4M ago
Do you wish you could explore an underground world like the one featured in Crack the Stone? Would you like the chance to stumble into an amethyst cache, a bat colony, or an icy subterranean river? Have you always wanted to get stranded in total darkness with a broken limb?? Well, follow me and you can! Relive all your favorite moments from Valshara’s adventures with WORLD OF VINDOR SPELUNKING TOURS! Now, I may not have any training in cave safety, but I HAVE done Google research and watched some documentaries. A guided adventure with me will be sure to get you into ALL SORTS of trouble. Pac ..read more
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5 Les Mis Easter Eggs in Crack the Stone
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by Emily Golus
4M ago
You don’t have to have read Les Misérables to enjoy Crack the Stone. But if you have—or even if you’ve just seen the musical—you might pick up on some of the Les Mis Easter Eggs hidden inside the pages. Below are just a few:   1.     Valshara’s prisoner number is One-Eight-Six-Two. If you write the numbers out you get 1862 – which is the year Les Misérables was first published. 2.     Valshara’s nickname for Makozi is “Kozi” which sounds similar to “Cosette” – the Hugo character he stands in for. In addition, his fairy captors call him “Little ..read more
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Crack the Stone wins the Kudos Award
Emily Golus Books Blog
by Emily Golus
4M ago
Exciting announcement, friends: Crack the Stone won a Kudos Award at the Carolina Christian Writers Conference. The Kudos awards are for published books, and include three categories: Articles, Fiction, and Non-fiction. My little goblin book took First Place for Fiction (which includes all genres—not a bad feat for a book with a green leading lady!) In other news, Crack the Stone made the “long list” of finalists for the Realm Awards, along with three (3!) other books in the A Classic Retold series: Break the Beast, Steal the Morrow, and Chase the Legend. “Short list” finalists will be announ ..read more
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Read Lorehaven Magazine’s review of Crack the Stone
Emily Golus Books Blog
by Emily Golus
5M ago
Lorehaven Magazine recently wrote a review for Crack the Stone. Hooray! You can read what they said about it on the Lorehaven website. Previously, the review team has also graciously reviewed Escape to Vindor and Mists of Paracosmia, in addition to hundreds of other fantasy and speculative works. Read the Crack the Stone review  Lorehaven Magazine’s mission is to “explore fantastical stories for God’s glory.” If you love learning about new clean fantasy and sci-fi books, or if you want to explore speculative media from a Christian perspective, you should subscribe to Lorehaven’s free di ..read more
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Check out my interview with Adare Elyse!
Emily Golus Books Blog
by Emily Golus
6M ago
I was delighted to do an interview with fellow fantasy writer Adare Elyse. Hop over to her blog at adare-elyse.com to learn a bit about what inspired Escape to Vindor and the personal reasons that spur me on to write. I met Adare at Realm Makers last summer—I flagged her down because she was wearing an AURYN necklace from the 1980s fantasy book/movie The Neverending Story. When you love more obscure fantasy you HAVE to stop and talk with other fans! Read the Interview here More Centaur fiction! Adare has just released a fantasy novel of her own, about centaurs of all things! (Another rare fan ..read more
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