Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Jessica Sly & The Magic of Redemption

Posted May 13, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Jessica Sly, mystery/suspense, romance / 15 Comments


Jessica Sly guest post

Please join me in welcoming author Jessica Sly back to the blog today to share about her new novel, The Magic of Redemption!


The Magic of Redemption by Jessica SlyTHE MAGIC OF REDEMPTION by Jessica Sly
SERIES:
Isles of Illusion #3
GENRE: Historical Fiction/Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2024
PAGES: 354

 

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by Jessica Sly, author of The Magic of Redemption

Writing a book is an interesting and unique process. Authors build out characters, figure out their motivations and what drives them, and set them on a journey of change and discovery. But what I’ve found as I’ve written my Isles of Illusion trilogy is that certain characters have ended up on journeys very similar to ones that I’ve been on.

As an author, I always pray that my books would entertain and delight the people who read it, but I also hope that readers will be able to take something hearty away from it. I didn’t have that same expectation of myself as the writer, but that’s what has happened. These three books have made me look introspectively at my own life and my own journey.

For instance (no major spoilers), what the hero Baze experiences in the second book with his injury was very similar to something I went through as a teen, and I realized that in order to help Baze walk through it and have a satisfying conclusion, I needed to take a good, hard look at how I had dealt with it and what conclusion I had come to.

So, in the third and final book, The Magic of Redemption, the heroine Adelynn wrestles with some lies and falsehoods whispered by the voices in her head, and they’re very similar to thoughts that I was struggling against the past couple of years. It’s been a hard time for me, and so I worried that I wouldn’t be able to weave in the hope and redemption that that kind of sadness needs. However, at one point in the story, when Adelynn is despairing, her friend offers her some hope:

“It’s too late.” My sobs heightened. “I’ve strayed too far.”

“You have strayed far, yes, but do you know what?” Her lips tipped in the tiniest smile. “God can keep up with you, and He has been walking right by your side with His hand outstretched. Now all you need to do is take it—and hold on tight. He’s got you.”

Those words certainly weren’t from me—because they were words I needed to hear. And every time I read them, they make me cry.

We might find ourselves in a rut and going through hard situations and start believing untrue things—that the things we’ve done have knocked us out of God’s favor, that we’ve gone too far down a path to turn back, that God has pulled away.

All false. His blood covers all of our sins, and we have inherent worth because He gives us worth.

The Magic of Redemption delves into the hopeless pockets that we can find ourselves in, but it shows us that God can lift us out of it. I hope that this book—and this series—enthralls you with the beauty of England and Ireland, delights you with the relationships, keeps you on your toes with the suspense and mystery. But most importantly, that it draws you closer to God.

There used to be a sign above my childhood church’s door that said: “When God seems far away, ask who has moved.”

God’s right here. He hasn’t gone anywhere. And he’s waiting for us to take his hand.


Jessica Sly

Jessica Sly is a professional copy editor by day and an author by night, drawing story inspiration from her world travels and lifelong love of all things nerdy. She seeks to brings readers along for adventure as she paints rich historical backdrops with a speculative twist. Trading the glacial winters of Minnesota for the humid summers of Tennessee, Jessica currently lives in the Nashville area with her sassy cat, Leia. She’d love to connect with you at jessicasly.com or on Facebook and Instagram at @jessicaslyauthor.


Isles of Illusion series giveaway

Jessica Sly is offering a print copy of The Magic of Redemption and audiobooks of the 1st two books in the series to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Magic of Redemption by Jessica Sly?

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15 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Jessica Sly & The Magic of Redemption

  1. Nancy

    I would like to read The Magic of Redemption by Jessica Sly because it sounds like an interesting tale.

  2. Great line – “God can keep up with you.” I’m tucking that one away. So many people are hurting and losing hope and they need to be reminded of that.

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