Saturday, January 30, 2016

Review of Merchant of Alyss

From the back cover:

Beneath the hills of a primeval city, a vanquished enemy is gathering power. As this new threat arises, can Hyam summon his true heritage and overcome the forces of evil?

When Hyam reluctantly returned to the Long Hall, he never imagined how his life would change. Latent powers were honed, chance encounters brought new wisdom, and even love found a way into his heart. With his wife, Joelle, he now makes a home in Falmouth Port.

Hyam is slowly recovering from his battles when a mysterious shipment of Milantian scrolls arrives. Soon he is haunted by dreams of mythic beasts and coming conflicts. When Joelle falls under a sorcerer's spell, he must venture through the desolate lands to save her--and his community.

One particular scroll seems to hold the promise of new powers, but it also carries a hidden warning about an unfathomable threat. As Hyam sets out on another journey, he is keenly aware that he must rely on all his abilities--and his forbidden past--to succeed. His quest could bring deliverance . . . or devastation.

My thoughts:

If you are a fan of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Donika K. Paul, then you will love the next installment in Thomas Locke's Legends of the Realm Series! Thomas Locke writes with a style all his own, but the lyrical prose is reminiscent of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. This is an epic questing novel.

It did take me about a hundred or so pages to really be engrossed in the story. I found I didn't relate much with Hyam until then. So I like that the point of view was split between Hyam and Shona, a secondary character who I actually really loved.

Hyam is being spoken to, called, summoned. This call sends him on a tumultuous journey on which he encounters dragons, savage beasts, mythical guardians, witches, and other races. However, when his wife's life is threatened, then the quest becomes desperately personal.

Shona is a young women whose family wants to keep her confined to a boring scribe's life, yet there is a gift and a power contained within her that cannot be denied. She finds herself on this quest, and returns a woman ready to rule. I thought her character was very well developed.

When this phase of his trek ends, you realize along with Hyam that the journey is just beginning. I MUST know what happens next. I look forward to the next book!

I was given a copy of Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.

Update: My next post will be on February 10th.

God bless you guys! See you next time! :)

V. Joy Palmer

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Hi everyone! Thank you for participating in my contest!

We have a winner!

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Lynn Reynolds! Lynn, please e-mail me at

Everyone, thank you again for entering. I had fun with this contest, once I figured out how to run it, that is. ;) Thank God for Rafflecopter! Stay tuned for more contests. :)

God bless you guys!

V. Joy Palmer

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cover Reveal and Giveaway!!!

I have really big, wonderful, awesome news!

My book has moved from a working title to an official title!

Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations.

And that's not all. My editor, the awesome Roseanna White, designed my book cover. A beautiful, gorgeous, amazingly perfect cover. It's every thing I ever dreamed. My book baby has a face!

I love this cover. So, so, so much. So in honor of my brand new book cover, I'm holding my first contest! Share this cover and/or blog post on Facebook, Twitter, or Google, then come back here and enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $20.00 Amazon gift card. Each share counts as one entry, and you can enter up to three times. The contest will run through next Wednesday, January 27th. I'll announce the winner on January 28th!

You can enter my handy rafflecopter  here.

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Happy sigh. :)

God bless you guys!!!

V. Joy Palmer

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My War on Change

Recently, I've had to make some changes. Honestly, I don't think you can go through life without making adjustments after a LIFE CHANGING event like having a baby. It's right there in the title. I've had to make changes with my routine, my food, my clothing, and I've changed my mind about all of those things about seven hundred and thirty-four times.

I've had to keep caffeine at an all time low thanks to a medical condition I was diagnosed with during the pregnancy. That's been so much fun because as Lorelai Gilmore says, "Oh, I can't stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting into sentence doing."

Yeah, I feel ya.

I've had to readjust when I can eat, sleep, read, write, shower, and pretty much everything that doesn't revolve around changing diapers, feeding, and bouncing my baby girl to sleep.

I am know longer committed to my personal war on leggings. In fact, I've done a one hundred and eighty degree turn, and now I march around on enemy lines proudly wearing my jeggings (jeans thickness with the comfort of leggings if you're not familiar with the vernacular) and tunic-style, baggy sweaters. Thanks to post C-section pain, I did not want jeans anywhere near my incision and still tender stomach. Life's good on the other side.

Stuff's different now. Things have changed. I've spent so much time thinking, "I need to adjust to my new normal." However, stuff is never going to stay the same. My life will be different a year, six months, two weeks from now just like it changed when my husband took his new job, when I left my day job, and when we found out we were having a baby. Things are always changing.

But my God never changes.

"For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed." Malachi 3:6

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8

My God is always the same. He is my constant. He is my normal. So when everything else in life is thrown to the wind, I have God. And I've realized for possibly the zillionth time that's all I need.

My war on change is officially over.

For now.

God bless you guys! :)

V. Joy Palmer

Friday, January 1, 2016

More Then I Imagined (Happy New Year!)

Happy New Year guys!

So I was looking over my New Year's posts from last year. I remember writing this big, long, insane list of resolutions, which you can read here. About the only thing I accomplished from that list was cleaning out my e-mail inbox AND my closet. I did good. ;)

I didn't go to ACFW with a new manuscript. Instead I signed a contract with WhiteFire Publishing. The reason I cleaned out my closet was because I had a baby, and most of my clothes no longer fit me. I had a bunch of complications and a serious medical condition. I left my day job, and my husband and I learned to rely on God even more. I've got my first joyous, sleep deprived taste of motherhood thanks to my beautiful daughter. And although my husband might claim I did, I definitely did not buy a new book every week. I've had a host of blessings, rejections, fears, joys, struggles, and changes this year.

Basically, the last year has been like that ride that shoots you into the air really fast, and then drops you before your heart has a chance to catch up with you. More has happened then I could have possibly dreamed.

"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us." Ephesians 3:20

God did more for me then I'd expected or even hoped for this year. Despite all the trials and hardships this year, He gave me things I'd prayed desperately for, given up on, and hadn't even asked. I have no predictions for 2016. I know that despite the bad days, God is going to keep on blessing us, because that's just what He does.

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

However, I want to bless God back this year. I want to be a worthy daughter to the King of Kings. I want to make my Father proud. I want to chase God with my whole heart faster and harder then I ever have before now.

"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

That's what I want for 2016.

God bless you guys so much this coming year. May it be more then we ever could have dreamed! :) See you on January 10th!

V. Joy Palmer