Monday, September 17, 2012

Walnut Springs Press Month: Guest Post by Angie Lofthouse + Giveaway Info

Giveaway Info

As part of the Walnut Springs Press Month, Walnut Springs Press will be giving away 4 fantastic novels by Walnut Springs authors, including Angie's novel, Defenders of the Covenant.

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment on this post or any of the event posts. (See the event page for the full event schedule.) The more posts you comment on, the more entries you have into the contest!

Now keep reading to find out why Angie Lofthouse write LDS science fiction.

About Angie Lofthouse

Angie Lofthouse is the first science fiction author published by Walnut Springs Press. Her debut novel, Defenders of the Covenant was published in March 2012. She is also the author of a dozen sci-fi and fantasy short stories in such publications as NFG, AlienSkin, Amazing Journeys, The Sword Review, Dragons, Knights and Angels, Irreantum, and Unparalleled Journeys. She is an editor for Mindflights Magazine.

Angie lives in a little canyon in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains with her family of writers, artists, singers, composers, illustrators and musicians.

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 Why I Write LDS Sci-Fi
by Angie Lofthouse

Things I love: science fiction, aliens, spaceships, fighter jets, epic battles, Native Americans, music, Mormons, the gospel …

Things you will find in my book: science fiction, aliens, spaceships, fighter jets, epic battles, Native Americans, music, Mormons, the gospel …

When I first began writing in earnest—with an eye toward publication—I had a definite goal in mind: write stories that were compelling, exciting, and entertaining, but also clean and uplifting. I love science fiction and fantasy. I also love Mormons and the gospel. When I sat down to write Defenders of the Covenant, I didn't see any reason not to combine them. I wanted to write a fun, action-packed adventure about people who shared my worldview. I wanted characters who acted like normal Mormons, only in science fictional kinds of situations. 

There is a lot of sci-fi out there that ignores and even denigrates religion. I wanted to put something out there that acknowledged and celebrated religion, but was still authentic science fiction—the classic kind of science fiction with aliens, ray guns and evil overlords and lots of action.

Simply put, I write the kinds of books that I want to read! My religion is such a part of me. How could I write books without it?

Write what you love, I say! Then readers will love it too.

Walnut Springs Press Book
by Angie Lofthouse

Title: Defenders of the Covenant
Author: Angie Lofthouse
Release Date: March 2012
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press (Facebook | Twitter)
Genre: LDS Science Fiction
Can Earth be saved?

Hannah and her friends have been warned about the danger lurking outside of their secret refuge from the alien invaders who devastated Earth years before. The teenagers’ leaders have raised them in the Latter-day Saint faith, teaching them to trust God, but when McKenzie and her rebellious boyfriend Jeremy decide to run away, Hannah and Derek follow, determined to bring their friends home.

Once outside, the four teens soon realize they cannot return to the refuge without endangering everyone there. Captured, enslaved, and separated, Hannah, Derek, and McKenzie each learn the unique role they must play in liberating the earth. The friends must battle with android soldiers and attack vessels, and face their own inner struggles to overcome the invaders. After all, not even an alien invasion can stop the work of God.

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