I'm very excited to be part of the blog tour for Dare by Tricia Mingerink today!! :) Haven't gotten to reading the book yet, but I'm so looking forward to it!! Fantasy!! Yay!! :D
About the Book
Courage could cost him everything.
Third Blade Leith Torren never questions his orders or his loyalty to King Respen until an arrow wound and a prairie blizzard drive him to the doorstep of the girls whose family he once destroyed.
Their forbidden faith and ties to the Resistance could devastate their family a second time.
Survival depends on obedience, but freedom beckons. How far does he dare go to resist the king and his Blades?
No matter what Leith chooses, one thing is certain.
Someone will die.
About the Author
Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn't writing, she can be found pursing backwoods adventures across the country.
Interview with Author Tricia Mingerink
Me: Hi Tricia!! So lovely to have you on my blog! :) My first question is . . . What is one reason you love to read/write fantasy (seeing as your debut novel, Dare, is a fantasy)?
Tricia: I’ve loved fantasy ever since I was little and read The Chronicles of Narnia the first time. I love fantasy’s ability to go anywhere and do anything. I’m not bound by reality.
Me: Perfectly said!! Favorite book? (Or favorite few books *grins*)?
Tricia: Do I have to choose? I love way too many! I guess The Chronicles of Narnia is my all time favorite series. I’m always fascinated with C.S. Lewis’ ability to show Christian truths while not being preachy while also creating stories so vivid they are still fascinating readers years later.
Me: Love Narnia!! Was there ever a big moment or turning point in your journey as a writer? If so, do elaborate! :)
Tricia: One of the biggest “moments” for me was my 7th through 9th grade English classes. I had a great teacher who taught the class how to write not just papers but also stories, and he was one of the first ones outside of my family who encouraged my writing.
Me: Is there a Christian speaker (like on youtube or whatnot) who especially inspires and encourages you?
Tricia: A few months before I started writing Dare my brother bought me tickets to a Chris Tomlin concert for my birthday present. I didn’t really know who Chris Tomlin was until going to the concert, but I really enjoyed the concert and loved his music. Partway through the concert, Louis Giglio gave a speech that really hit me. Between the speech and the music, it was a pretty memorable night. Right now, I’m listening to Chris Tomlin’s Burning Lights CD in my car, which has all the songs he sang at the concert I heard. The song “Whom Shall I Fear” really fits with the themes in Dare.
Me: That sounds awesome!! I love listening to Louis Giglio, and also enjoy Chris Tomlin's music! What’s one thing you’d like your readers to come away from your books with?
Tricia: The characters in my books are very weak and very afraid, yet they still find courage. I’d like readers to know that you don’t have to be a butt-kicking heroine like Katniss Everdeen or a sword-swinging warrior like Percy Jackson to have courage. You can be weak. You can be afraid. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also find courage and strength if you look in the right place.
Me: So true! Ah!! Now I really can't wait to read Dare!! Thanks for being here!! I’m so looking forward to reading your book when I get the chance! :D
Enter to win a Grand Prize giveaway to celebrate the release of Dare! Prize includes an autographed paperback of Dare, a necklace like the one Renna has in the book with a sterling silver cross pendant, a medieval dagger (not sharp) like the one Leith carries, and Dare-themed bookmarks! (Due to the difficulties in shipping weapons across international borders, this giveaway is open to US residents only). The winner of the giveaway will be announce at the end of the Facebook party on June 10.
a Rafflecopter giveaway Here is a link to the Facebook Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/868240409913703/
- Tricia Mingerink - Announce Release and Blog Tour
- Jaye L. Knight - Author Interview
- Kim Moss - Author Interview
- Shantelle Hannu on A Writer’s Heart - Author Interview
- Jaye L. Knight - Character Spotlight (Leith Torren)
- Kim Moss - Character Spotlight (Renna Faythe)
- Alicia Ruggieri on A Brighter Destiny - Author Interview
- Faith Blum on Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections - Character Spotlight (Shadrach Alistair)
- Nadine Brandes - Character Spotlight (Brandi Faythe)
- Tricia Mingerink - Q&A with characters
- Kathrese McKee - Author Interview
- Gillian Bronte Adams - Character Spotlight (Blizzard)
- Tricia Mingerink - Q&A with characters
- Jansina on Thilly Little Nothings - Character Spotlight (Harrison Vane)
- Claire Banschbach on Thoughts and Rants - Author Interview