Sunday, January 21, 2007

CSFF Blog Tour - Wayne Thomas Batson

Wayne Thomas Batson
Life is busy, but I wouldn't miss this blog tour for the world. I will make a post everyday of my reviews of the three books of The Door Within Trilogy. I will also post personal blog updates since the blog tours are the only time I really get time to get out here.

Quick Important Personal Updates(Others after blog tour post)
Faith of the Unforgotten
(Paperback) and Into the Darkness(Paperback) are now available for pre-order at A Faith of the Unforgotten review will be in February 2007 issue of VOYA. Also the Christian MMORPG based on the series, Foundations of Hope Online, is still coming along very well. Screenshots and information will be below the Blog Tour notes. I will also be doing an inteview for Jeff Gerke's new Christian Speculative Fiction website, Where The Map Ends. Make sure to check out his website for that in the next couple months.

Wayne Thomas Batson Blog Tour
FotUSince reading book one of The Door Within Trilogy I have been a fan of Wayne Thomas Batson. It has also been a pleasure to get to know Wayne through e-mails. He was also willing to give a personal endorsement which will be used on the backcover of the paperback of Faith of the Unforgotten.

The Door Within

My Review of Book One: The Door Within
Aidan Thomas had the pressures of high school beat. Aidan knew he would never be that popular kid, but somehow he had managed to become the best friend of that perfect, all-american boy, and Aidan was happy to live in the shadow of his friend in order to be accepted by the popular kids. But all that changes, when his Grampin gets ill and he must move away from his best friend, and worse yet, he could no longer live in the popular shadow of his friend. Living at his Grampin's during the summer without friends was terribly boring, that is, until the scrolls appear. The scrolls lead Aidan to have faith in the truth and reality of the realm that lies beyond The Door Within. With the scrolls help, Aidan enters into another world of knights and kings, where he is forced to find that he is more capable than he would have ever expected.

The Door Within is one of those books you just do not want to end. Although the reader forms a bond with a few of the characters, the real bond for the reader is to the realm beyond The Door Within. Wayne Thomas Batson does a wonderful job of transporting the reader into the realm's land and cultures, enticing the reader to want to stay in the lands longer. The Door Within will be added to the top of my list for teen readers. It can be enjoyed by any teen, but Christian teens will see more into the King than others will.

One extra addition beyond a normal review is that this is one of the best manufactured hardcovers I have seen. Hats off to the publisher, Tommy Nelson, for doing a superb job in the production of this book. Everything from the dustjacket to the papers used for binding the hardcover and within the book are excellent.

Teen Friendly: A (Written for children/teen readers)
Christian Message: A (Although allegorical, it is strong and wonderfully done)
Crude or Profane Language: A (none)
Drug or Alcohol: A (none)
Sexual Content: A (none)
Writing: A

Make sure to check out Mr. Batson's interview with Kevin Lucia:

Also go check out these other CSFF Blog Tour participants:

Jim Black
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Frank Creed
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
Chris Deanne
Janey DeMeo
April Erwin
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Leathel Grody
Karen Hancock
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Sharon Hinck
Joleen Howell
K. D. Kragen
Tina Kulesa
Lost Genre Guild
Kevin Lucia and The Bookshelf Reviews 2.0 - The Compendium
Rachel Marks
Shannon McNear
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Caleb Newell
Eve Nielsen
John Otte
Robin Parrish
Cheryl Russel
Hannah Sandvig
Mirtika Schultz
James Somers
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Daniel I. Weaver
Tessa Edwards
A few teaser Game Screenshots of one of the rideable dragons. Mounted combat is being implemented so players will be able to fight while riding the dragons from the ground or the sky. Not many MMORPGs have this feature yet. Foundations of Hope Online will be the first Christian Fantasy MMORPG, so it will be very interesting how it is taken by the gamer communities. More game information can always be found at the series/game website: Foundations of Hope


Blogger Becky said...

Great review, Leathel. I'm still hoping you'll tell us the story of how Wayne included you in the acknowledgements. ;-)


2:25 PM  
Blogger Leathel Grody said...

Ha, I totally forgot to mention that :-) Have to love a book(Book Three) you are mentioned in. It was a surprise to me, so maybe Wayne will stop by and post a note how I made it in there. I was wondering if anybody had seen that as well.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Katya said...

Ooh, lucky you, getting a credit!

I see that he also gave a review on your new book? That's great! I hope that it will generate a bit of buzz for you! :)

6:22 PM  
Blogger WayneThomasBatson said...

It's simple, Leathel. You were one of the first folks to help generate some buzz for my Door Within books online. I'd be a creep not to include you there. Now, I wonder if my editor will allow me to include the whole blog tour in my acknowledgments for Isle of Swords. Hmmm...

Btw: COOL dragon art! How do you do that? You model them yourself? Mannnn……

10:20 PM  
Blogger nissa annakindt said...

Hi, just meandering around the blog tour, nice web site, will have to return and check out the rest of it. God bless.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Leathel Grody said...

Hi Wayne!

Those are in-game screenshots of The Foundatins of Hope Online game being developed based on my series. I try and get screenshots that have that artsy-posed look.

10:53 PM  

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