Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Dawn Shipman & Battle for the Crown

Posted December 2, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Dawn Shipman, fantasy, giveaway, YA / 7 Comments

Battle for the Crown JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Battle for the Crown by Dawn Shipman, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Dawn on the blog today to talk about her new book!

Battle for the Crown

SERIES: Lost Stones of Argonia #3
GENRE: YA Fantasy (Clean)
RELEASE DATE: October 16, 2023
PAGES: 307

“Adventurous quests, prophetic stones, and forbidden romance! Who could possibly ask for more?”
—Lindsay A. Franklin, Carol Award–winning author of The Weaver Trilogy

She’s only seventeen—too young to die.

But the wizard, the ambitious king, and their marauding Borags must be stopped. Fulfilling the prophecy is the only way to defeat them, and after scouring Argonia for the missing gemstones, Lyric and her companions are just steps away from the final, crucial battle.

If they fail, the world they love will sink into a dark night of destruction.

If they fail, they will almost certainly die.

But Lyric is a king’s daughter, and long ago she chose this path. Terrified or not, she will see it to its end, because sometimes, sacrifice is the only way forward.

Dark magic, tragic loss, and tender romance abound in this gripping conclusion to the Lost Stones of Argonia trilogy.

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Dawn Shipman guest post

some of my favorite books

by Dawn Shipman, author of Battle for the Crown

People often ask me what my favorite book is. THAT is an over-the-top difficult question! There are a few I can narrow it down to but the reality is I’ve had amazing books appear throughout my life—during different times in my life—that were just what I needed at the time. They were eye-opening, life-changing, and unforgettable, and I wish I could personally thank each author.

I’ll begin with one that sometimes surprises people. I was already an avid reader by the time I reached age 11, but then I discovered Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. The bleakness of the harsh Yukon territory during gold rush times opened my eyes to a world I had never imagined. The dog Buck’s treatment in that cruel world, his adjustment to it, his survival and eventual dominance, as well as his relationship with the one human he would love, affected me in a way I’ve never forgotten. I still shiver, remembering.

During that same time period, I discovered Little Women and the rest of Louisa May Alcott’s books. Arguably, these can’t be more different than The Call of the Wild. But, again, they touched my heart, opening my eyes to a world and people I would never know personally, but wished I could. They were kind, good people, who loved each other, laughed, loved, fought, and suffered together. Jo and her sisters showed me how I could live, if I chose to. And I so wanted to!

Later, I found C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, Elisabeth Elliott’s Through Gates of Splendor and Shadow of the Almighty, Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series, and Francine Rivers’ books, most notably The Mark of the Lion series and Redeeming Love, books that, in very different ways, lifted my heart to God and opened my eyes to what it takes to serve Him.

And finally, no list of my favorite books would be complete without The Lord of the Rings. From LotR, I learned the value of nobility, courage, friendship, sacrifice, and the power of everyone doing their part, no matter how great or small, in standing against the darkness.

Along with the Bible—the most life-changing book of them all—these books helped me become the person I am today. From them I learned that few worthwhile things in life come easy, and that sometimes sacrifice and suffering are the only ways forward. I learned that even the most dedicated among us sometimes fall, and when we do, we must simply get up, dust ourselves off, and get going again. The most important “lesson” of all? Love. The love of God and the love of our fellow journeyers in this path called life.

Those books changed my life and as I grew I began to realize that I wanted to do for others what these authors had done for me. I wanted to change lives. I chose fantasy because I wanted a clear world of good versus evil, right versus wrong. In the world we live in, it is sometimes confusing—sometimes the worst of us smiles broadly and wears a three-piece suit or a beautiful gown.

I also chose fantasy because I believe in the truth of G. K. Chesterton’s quote: “Fairy tales do not tell children dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

I want my readers—young and old—to know the dragons in their lives can be defeated, whatever they look like. That is my takeaway for all that I write, and I hope I have succeeded with The Lost Stones of Argonia.

Dawn Shipman

Dawn Shipman knew she wanted to be a writer since Mrs. Juell’s 10th grade Creative Writing class. Since then, she’s written stories, poetry, plays, puzzles, quizzes, and a mass of magazine articles, including interviews, how-tos, and personal experience stories. She believes freelance writing is the ideal occupation for those who are nosy by nature and like asking personal questions.

She is the author of a YA Fantasy series–The Lost Stones of Argonia–-with Elk Lake Publishing in Massachusetts.

Dawn makes her home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she lives with her long-haired, IT-guy husband, a gregarious German Shepherd, two disdainful cats, and four horses–two large ones and two very small (but mighty!) ones. She loves reading, writing, riding, and traveling.

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Battle for the Crown JustRead Tours giveaway

(2) winners will win Kindle copies of all three books in the series–Kingdom Lost, Quest of the Queen, and Battle for the Crown, plus a $10 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 28, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 5, 2023. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. No country restrictions. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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