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Book Giveaway! 6 Winners!

Book Giveaway! 6 Winners!

Hey, guys and girls! Today marks the first day of your chance to enter my Goodreads’ book giveaway! Six winners will be chosen in the end (September 30th). Read a little about The Jestivan, the first book in the Erafeen series.

When birthed into the world as the son of the great Mendac LeAnce, miraculous feats are expected from you. Mendac was the Fifth of Five, making him the final hero in the Of Five—a five-part series of fairy tales that stretches over 1,500 years.

Bryson, unfortunately, was given the impossible task of following in his dead father’s footsteps. And after sixteen years of mediocrity, the only time people notice him is to ridicule his existence. The world has given up on Mendac’s son.

But there are two people on Bryson’s side: a stone-faced, lifelong best friend who’s never expressed an emotion in her life, and a secret-riddled man who has taken care of Bryson since his father’s death. They’re his rocks. He has learned to appreciate and lean on their friendship, regardless of their more mysterious sides… even if those mysteries put Bryson’s life in jeopardy.

Things are looking up for the young LeAnce as the new school year at Phesaw begins. He receives a letter informing him of his induction into the recreation of the Jestivan, an elite group of students that had only existed once in the school’s history—a group his father was once a member of thirty years prior. Its formation presents the opportunity of new friends for Bryson. But when ten highly talented students come together, there is bound to be conflict.

Warring personalities and competitive attitudes are minor hurdles, however; considering the fact that warring kingdoms are more pressing. A 1,500-year war boils over as a traitor turns his back on his realm, threats of a dangerous king rising from the ashes begin to surface, one of the Jestivan goes missing, and someone close to Bryson is hiding something with more regard for the thing being protected than Bryson’s life.

The Jestivan must develop camaraderie, and do it fast. Otherwise, they’re going to have to force it. And that can end in devastation.

An epic saga begins …

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Jestivan by David F. Farris

The Jestivan

by David F. Farris

Giveaway ends September 30, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Book Giveaway! Sept 23rd – Sept 30th

Book Giveaway! Sept 23rd – Sept 30th

Great news, everyone! Starting on the 23rd, I will be holding a giveaway on Goodreads that will last 7 days. Six lucky winners will get my book, The Jestivan, shipped to them for free!

Make sure you’re ready to enter.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Jestivan by David F. Farris

The Jestivan

by David F. Farris

Giveaway ends September 30, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Book Review – Red Queen

Book Review – Red Queen

Alright, let me start by saying I took a leap of faith with this book. YA fantasies with a female lead protagonist are not something I usually jump out of my seat to get a hold of. I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe it’s the suffocating love triangles or the same—but somewhat rehashed—personality of the lead female. (At least, that’s what it feels like to me.)

Anything good come from this book?

Yes. I was very impressed with how Aveyard handled the love triangle. It wasn’t shoved down my throat. It developed in a believable and natural manner… Actually, it took longer to form than I thought it would. And even when it did become evident, it still was only flirted with occasionally.

Maven was interesting. I hope there is more of a story to him.

Aveyard had a wonderful ability to put the reader in a location. I could vividly imagine myself within her world. My favorite part was when Mare sailed down the river in the royal ship/boat. I learned a lot about the world, and there were a few very intriguing towns and cities she passed.

Now time for the dislikes. I’ll be honest. When I picked up the book, it was the back cover that got me. It was short and snappy, but so enticing:

In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky…” blah blah blah “…The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.

The blurb lied. It flat-out lied. This book is void of anything mentioned on the back cover. I think it maybe teased of it near the end? And I’m telling you this, so you know. I’m being a good friend. Maybe Aveyard is saving the explanation for the blurb in later installments of the series, but I’ll be the first to admit I’m not going to read them to find out.

Moving on to the main character, Mare. She is exactly what you expect her to be… a young, firecracker of a girl who discovers, by complete chance, that she has “powers”. And when I say “complete chance”, I mean the most random, ass-pull scenarios must occur for her to discover this. Disclaimer: I can handle a plot-driven story, but when I see a story can only progress with the help of random acts of convenience, I want to scream bloody murder.

Anyways, I’m not going to rant on everything that bothered me. Overall, the book was worthy of 3 out of 5 stars. Nothing stood out, but it wasn’t terrible. If you LOVE young adult fantasy, however, you might have a different opinion.

Click on the book if you want to purchase it.

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Meet the Characters

Meet the Characters

It’s 6 AM on a Monday, but I’m feeling GREAT. Why? MY TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS WON! #FireTheCannons

Anyways, this is about my book; not football. There is a brand new section of the site that is dedicated to the characters of Erafeen (Click HERE). You can find digital artwork, sketches, and a list of most of the cast (which is huge in a story such as this).

Here’s a taste of what you’ll see:

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Three New Pages Created

Three New Pages Created

Progress has been made with the creation of three new pages (in addition to The Jestivan tab), two of which can teach you a few things about the inner workings of Erafeen, such as the magic system and the world (setting).

The newest tab you’ll see at the top of this page is Reviews. This is where you’ll find any editorial reviews that The Jestivan has accumulated since its release. So if you want to a second opinion, click on that tab.

Then you’ll see the Kuki Sphaira tab. It gives you pictures and an in-depth geographical breakdown of how the world of Erafeen is composed—which is called Kuki Sphaira… duh. These are fun sections of the site, for they pertain to the story and they teach a lot of specifics that won’t be found explicitly in the novels.

The final tab I’ve added, Weaving, definitely contains the most complex information. It breaks down Erafeen’s magic system. With its very in-depth analysis, the Weaving tab can come off as kind of textbook-ish. But that’s the great part of this… This isn’t a novel, so I don’t have to ease the information into my fans’ skulls with a beautiful narrative prose. Instead, I can jam it in there with an instructional discourse of epic Ben Stein proportions. HOW DOES THAT SOUND?….

Anyone? … Anyone?

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Facebook Page Launched

Facebook Page Launched

Hey, friends.

I’m going to start updating this website and my Facebook page on a bi-daily basis. I’ve been juggling a lot of things lately, but my life has calmed down. While I’m writing Book #2—we’ll call it Erafeen 2—I will also be focusing on promoting Book 1, The Jestivan, and expanding my promotional and social reach as an author.

So here are a couple steps I’ve taken:

  1. Book trailer on Youtube.
  2. Goodreads giveaways.
  3. Created this website (www.erafeen.com)
  4. Created an official Facebook page.

I’ll continue polishing this site by adding information about my series, Erafeen, and the world its about, Kuki Sphaira. This will be the go-to destination for character artwork and profiles, fun-facts about the story, and other useful, random information that I may not put in the books.

Erafeen is an absolutely HUMONGOUS story. The amount of complex characters, depth of lore, and number of kingdoms make it impossible to cram it all into a series of novels, so this will be an alternate outlet.

I can’t wait to finish this journey with all of you. This world and story has been in my head for over five years, and I want you all to become engulfed, also.