19 September 2014

Friday Fifteen: Keely Brooke Keith

Friday Fifteen: Fifteen books which have influenced your life or your writing. Today, a warm welcome to Nashville-based author Keely Brooke Keith, who is also revealing the cover to her debut novel, Land Uncharted (which I'll be reviewing in October).

Welcome, Keely!

Fifteen Authors Who Have Impacted Me (in no particular order):

  1. Ernest Hemingway - for his athletic prose. The Sun Also Rises is my all time favorite book.
  2. Angela Ewell Hunt - I’ve only read one of her novels, which I adored, but her influence on my writing has been through her series Writing Lessons from the Front.
  3. Oswald Chambers - I don’t know how many times I’ve read My Utmost for His Highest and still every time some line sticks out like I’ve never read it before.
  4. Eleanor Catton - Let’s face it: Catton’s command of the English language is second to none.
  5. Robert Frost - I could get lost in his poetry for hours.
  6. John MacArthur - for his Bible commentary. He makes me look up words while I’m looking up words.
  7. Jack London - for The Call of the Wild, the first book I voluntarily read twice.
  8. J. Oswald Sanders - especially for Incomparable Christ.
  9. Stephanie Meyer - Twilight is so last decade—I get that—but Meyer came up with something original and that is what I strive for with every sentence I write.
  10. C.S. Lewis - most people say The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but The Magician’s Nephew was my favorite.
  11. John Keats - especially his odes.
  12. William Shakespeare - because at thirteen I opened a copy of Othello (of all things!) and learned there was more to the English language than I ever dreamed.
  13. Beth Moore - for her smart, but conversational studies. She teaches and becomes the reader’s friend without being physically present. That’s voice.
  14. Donald Maass - for the questions at the end of each chapter in Writing 21st Century Fiction.
  15. King David - Yes, the Psalms are attributed to several different authors, but I’m most fond of David’s Psalms. He was so real—a big sinner and a big repenter. I can relate.

About Keely Brooke Keith

Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores. You can find her on TwitterFacebookGoodreadsInstagram or PinterestYou can now add The Land Uncharted to your shelf on GoodreadsShelfariLibraryThing, or FictFact.

About The Land Uncharted

Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. Day and night, she rushes by horseback to treat the ill and injured, establishing a heroic reputation as the village’s new doctor.
Naval Aviator Connor Bradshaw is flying over the South Atlantic Ocean on a mission to secure any remaining sources of fresh water in a 2025 world torn apart by war. A malfunction activates his aircraft’s ejection system, parachuting his unconscious body to the shore of a hidden land.

Lydia risks her safety to help the injured outsider despite the shock of his mysterious arrival and the disastrous implications his presence could have for her peaceful society, which has gone undetected for seven generations.

Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, but his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland. And while Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated, it also pushes an unwanted admirer to stage a dangerous attempt to win her affection.

As Connor tries to keep the Land off the radar, he learns the biggest threat to Lydia lurks in her village. But when Lydia’s greatest passion and darkest fear collide, will she look to the past or the future to find the strength to survive?

Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

Pre-order today!

Advance Praise for The Land Uncharted:

"I was caught up in the characters and the story line from the first pages and hated to see it end.” -Ann Ellison, Goodreads reviewer

"Not only is Keely's writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it all blends together.” -Christina Yother, author of Reverie

"The premise is unique, the characters - realistic, the storyline - consistent and entertaining, and the language - fluent. It has just the right touch of conflict, suspense, longing and hope.”- Annalise Joy, Goodreads reviewer

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