SEASONS CHANGED WITH THE DIVIDED NATION | BLOG TOUR, DAY 5

THANK YOU ALL so much for your support, comments, reviews, and shares. If you’ve read The Divided Nation, I would sooo love an Amazon review and it counts as a giveaway entry till the 19th!

I’ve been mega busy with life things (fun fact: I’ve started my senior year of highschool. Launching a book at the same time is quite the ride) but my readers and friends have made this such an amazing launch. ♥

THE DIVIDED NATION

The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books, #1)

WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.

The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations  thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.

PAPERBACK!

Goodreads Amazon

GIVEAWAY

US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

SCHEDULE

 

August 12th

Author Interview @ Taking Up My Cross

Book Spotlight @ Unicorn Quester 

TODAY’S STOP | August 13th (RELEASE DAY)

Author Interview @ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness

I had a BLAST being interviewed by my dysto loving pal, Eva!

Author and Character Interview @ HauntingGhostTown

Shine is a delightful interview and I think y’all will like the answers to these questions… 😉

Character Interview @ Imperial Scribis 

Merie is a fantastic friend and I ADORED watching Gideon respond to her questions. Chaos ahead!

Character and Author Interview @ FaithLaneAuthor

Another FANTASTIC interview, though I’m not sure if the character isn’t still traumatized… *spoilers*

August 14th

Book Spotlight @ The Writer’s Song

My dear friend (and I met her at Realm Makers and we had a BLAST) shared about TDN on her blog! Give her a follow!

Guest Post @ Jaye L. Knight

I had the honor of guest posting for Jaye L. Knight. I met her at Realm Makers and she is officially a huge inspiration, y’all.

August 15th

Book Review @ Kaitlyn Krispense, Author

A great review from Kaitlyn (who has a book coming out, so give her a follow)! It’s funny, I actually tackle one note she gave about faith in this post. 😀

August 16th

Book Review @ We’ve Got Pockets 

I haven’t read the review so I’ll update this after I have. 😀

Book Spotlight @ Bella Putt: Writer. Reader. Follower of Christ.

Bella was going to review but switched to spotlight, due to LifeTM, so be sure to give her some love because she’s so sweet.

August 17th

Author Interview @ Gabriella Slade

Book Spotlight @ Stories by Firefly

Book Review @ Scribes and Archers 

August 18th

Author Interview and Guest Post @ Tangled Up In Writing

Guest Post @ Read Write Breathe

August 19th

Book Review @ Reveries 

Book Review @ Just Writing

Author Interview @ Allison’s Well

Book Review @ Books, Life, and Christ

 

SEASONS CHANGED WITH THE DIVIDED NATION

(Huge props to anyone who recognized the When The Seasons Changed by 5FDP reference in the title. Love you.)

The Divided Nation was the first book I had full creative license with, and that’s partially because it is dystopian/scifi, not contemporary romance. And you know what? It was amazing fun to write. But it was also more than that. It was me growing up.

What do I mean? I mean that I’ve spent years writing things I knew very, very well, things I knew my friends would read and life, things I used to help me cope and get through life. The Divided Nation was my giant step out of my usual genre. It was a giant step to being more creative (GUYS, I’m gonna write a young woman like Bebe off of Frasier… I can’t say more but I am so excited for the gals to come in this series…).

I learned a lot about God while writing this book. But I also learned about God when I wasn’t writing. I learned that seasons change and that’s OK. Authors are lonely creatures, but support systems are key, and sometimes, those change. That’s OK. It’s OK to keep growing, keep going, keep learning. We do not have to stay in the same season as our loved ones. We do not have to write to please the market. We do what God leads us to do…

It was a scary step for me, entering this new genre, watching friends grow quiet as I tackled darker topics in a gritty way. And you know what? I learned to love that, too. Love the challenge of doing my best with something new. Love meeting new people who supported me and I could support them, too. Life is a cycle and nothing ever stops. If it gets comfortable, what’s the fun in that?

The challenge that knocks you down and scares you mindless is often the one that sets you free. If I hadn’t listened to God and taken this step, I’d still be where I was. I wouldn’t understand God as well as I do now. And this month, my mom was tested four times in a row, negative with Lyme. This has everything to do with this novel because my mother being sick was one of the biggest trials in my life. But God healed her. And that set a whole new hope in this series for me!

Today, as I watch people review and flail about The Divided Nation, I thank Jesus for this opportunity. I could’ve chickened out. I could’ve listened to the voices inside my head. I could’ve been afraid to share something like this because people would hate it. But God had a better plan and I listened. I accepted the change of seasons, I didn’t ignore it or run from it. Was I scared? Yes. But I still followed God into the new season. God is not finished with our stories.

God bless,
Angela

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THEMES OF THE DIVIDED NATION | BLOG TOUR, DAY 4

PAPERBACK IS AVAILABLE! You may now get a copy of this bad boy in your hands so you can hug it, chunk it across your room, etc. The blog tour is about halfway through and going fabulously. Thank you so much for joining us!

THE DIVIDED NATION

The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books, #1)

WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.

The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations  thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.

PAPERBACK!

Goodreads Amazon

 

GIVEAWAY

US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

SCHEDULE

 

August 12th

Author Interview @ Taking Up My Cross

Book Spotlight @ Unicorn Quester 

TODAY’S STOP | August 13th (RELEASE DAY)

Author Interview @ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness

I had a BLAST being interviewed by my dysto loving pal, Eva!

Author and Character Interview @ HauntingGhostTown

Shine is a delightful interview and I think y’all will like the answers to these questions… 😉

Character Interview @ Imperial Scribis 

Merie is a fantastic friend and I ADORED watching Gideon respond to her questions. Chaos ahead!

Character and Author Interview @ FaithLaneAuthor

Another FANTASTIC interview, though I’m not sure if the character isn’t still traumatized… *spoilers*

August 14th

Book Spotlight @ The Writer’s Song

My dear friend (and I met her at Realm Makers and we had a BLAST) shared about TDN on her blog! Give her a follow!

Guest Post @ Jaye L. Knight

I had the honor of guest posting for Jaye L. Knight. I met her at Realm Makers and she is officially a huge inspiration, y’all.

August 15th

Book Review @ Kaitlyn Krispense, Author

A great review from Kaitlyn (who has a book coming out, so give her a follow)! It’s funny, I actually tackle one note she gave about faith in this post. 😀

August 16th

Book Review @ We’ve Got Pockets 

Book Review @ Bella Putt: Writer. Reader. Follower of Christ.

August 17th

Author Interview @ Gabriella Slade

Book Spotlight @ Stories by Firefly

Book Review @ Scribes and Archers 

August 18th

Author Interview and Guest Post @ Tangled Up In Writing

Guest Post @ Read Write Breathe

August 19th

Book Review @ Reveries 

Book Review @ Just Writing

Author Interview @ Allison’s Well

Book Review @ Books, Life, and Christ

THEMES IN THE DIVIDED NATION

Freedom. What if our America as we know it changed for worse? What if our rights were stripped, abortion was acceptable, sex trafficking was pushed under the rug, and the country was split in two? OH, wait. Kinda already happening, huh? That’s why I chose to set this novel in 2027 instead of 2098. This country as we know it is already dividing but we try to push this away, tell ourselves we have time, or even tell ourselves it is all hopeless. “God’s in control,” we say, “we don’t need to fight!” So, I wanted to show a book where freedom is valued because it is lost, and men die for freedom because they don’t want to live on their knees.

Forgiveness. What if your brother, a hero of the nation, left you for dead? What if to save a young woman’s life, you had to give her to a man who would torture her? What if to protect innocent lives, you had to kill? You might not realize it, but each of these questions have something in common. Could you forgive your brother? Could you forgive yourself? The Divided Nation has characters who struggle hard with forgiveness. Some even fight forgiving God. I wrote this novel to show that while forgiveness doesn’t come easy (or maybe doesn’t even get solved in book one), life is hard to trudge through with that burden on your back.

Loyalty. The loyalty that comrades have has always fascinated me. To be that tightly bound to someone who isn’t your own flesh and blood? What kind of trust does that take? The Infidel Books are full of loyalty and deception, love and hate. Many of the characters in this novel are loyal to a fault… so in a broken world where loyalty gets you tortured, why? And the characters answered for me. Without having someone to watch your back, there’s not much point of keeping it off the ropes.

Courage. Courage is a pretty strong theme throughout this novel, but for different reasons. Some characters are courageous, simply because they must be, and logically, see no reason not to be. Some characters are cowardly or too weak to be “courageous enough”. Some characters are courageous for Christ, knowing they can get killed for their faith but loving God anyway. In today’s world, Christians are being slaughtered overseas, but American Christians ignore this. I wanted people to stop and think about the reality that it can happen here. And, truth be told, until you have faced the barrel of a gun, none of us know if we would denounce our Savior or not.

Revenge. Revenge isn’t a theme anyone can root for, but it’s a theme in the series because humans are vengeful little beasts. God says vengeance is His, yet, is there a difference between justice and revenge for us humans? Lots of characters in The Divided Nation think so, but some don’t care and prefer revenge. Revenge will play a key role throughout this series so introducing it in book one was quite fascinating.

Faith. The Infidel Books is full of nonbelievers who have faced hell and came back silent instead of screaming. The Infidel Books also contain Christians, men and women who have seen terrible things but still trusted God, people who have died for their faith. I wanted to tackle the topic of faith in different ways, because no one is saved the same way. I didn’t want to preach or write it all too subtle to notice. Why? Well… Some people need a preacher to explain Jesus to them. Some people need a close friend to just give them a wake up call. Some people are tough sells and will refute all faith, no matter what miracle they see. But every person needs God to save them, no one else, nothing else. These people are all in The Divided Nation! I had characters “preach” in this series and I had characters silently love their brother without trying to get them to understand God. And these themes will continue throughout the story. Faith isn’t preachy, even if people can preach about it, because faith is truly about love. And love must be found by a soul individually for themselves.

I hope you enjoyed this little post. I’m probably forgetting more themes… but I guess you’ll have to read the book to see.

God bless,

Angela

 

FUN ‘N GAMES BEHIND THE DIVIDED NATION | BLOG TOUR, DAY 3

The Divided Nation is currently ranking high at #245 on Amazon. We’re super close to bestseller so the sale will continue today (in case you missed my newsletter, Alex Thompson, my Aussie character, hacked my account and put the book on sale. He changed the password. I can’t get in to fix the pricing yet)! Share the word, y’all. And maybe help me guess the password? But anyway, BIG THANKS to everyone who snagged a copy, it means the absolute WORLD to me. If you’ve read The Divided Nation, now is the perfect time to review it on Amazon!

THE DIVIDED NATION

The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books, #1)

WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.

The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations  thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.

Goodreads Amazon

 

GIVEAWAY

US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

SCHEDULE

 

August 12th

Author Interview @ Taking Up My Cross

Book Spotlight @ Unicorn Quester 

TODAY’S STOP | August 13th (RELEASE DAY)

Author Interview @ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness

I had a BLAST being interviewed by my dysto loving pal, Eva!

Author and Character Interview @ HauntingGhostTown

Shine is a delightful interview and I think y’all will like the answers to these questions… 😉

Character Interview @ Imperial Scribis 

Merie is a fantastic friend and I ADORED watching Gideon respond to her questions. Chaos ahead!

Character and Author Interview @ FaithLaneAuthor

Another FANTASTIC interview, though I’m not sure if the character isn’t still traumatized… *spoilers*

August 14th

Book Spotlight @ The Writer’s Song

My dear friend (and I met her at Realm Makers and we had a BLAST) shared about TDN on her blog! Give her a follow!

Guest Post @ Jaye L. Knight

I had the honor of guest posting for Jaye L. Knight. I met her at Realm Makers and she is officially a huge inspiration, y’all.

August 15th

Book Review @ Kaitlyn Krispense, Author

August 16th

Book Review @ We’ve Got Pockets 

Book Review @ Bella Putt: Writer. Reader. Follower of Christ.

August 17th

Author Interview @ Gabriella Slade

Book Spotlight @ Stories by Firefly

Book Review @ Scribes and Archers 

August 18th

Author Interview and Guest Post @ Tangled Up In Writing

Guest Post @ Read Write Breathe

August 19th

Book Review @ Reveries 

Book Review @ Just Writing

Author Interview @ Allison’s Well

Book Review @ Books, Life, and Christ

 

FUN ‘N GAMES OF WRITING THE DIVIDED NATION

News flash: I did not spend every moment of writing The Divided Nation fighting it or crying in pain. Surprised? So, in the spirit of excitement, let’s have some FUN. I’ve written some heavier posts in short doses already but The Divided Nation wasn’t all blood, sweat, and tears. It was also fun, laughter, and rejoicing. So while this post will be a bit random, I hope you enjoy it.

From the start, music has been a huge inspiration for this series. While both playlists are SORELY lacking from updates (I could have hundreds of songs on them, I just fail at doing so), I have Youtube and Spotify playlists for these books. It was SO much fun to turn on the music, sit in my bed, surrounded by blue Christmas lights, and write about the characters last winter. Music made things way more enjoyable (and creepy).

I enjoy TV and movies. Sadly, about the time I started writing The Infidel Books, I lacked a lot of TV shows and resorted to movies. The movies gave great inspiration (American Assassin, The Patriot, Hacksaw Ridge, Logan) but I missed my shows, like Jericho, Hawaii 5-0, and others. Obviously, the right way to deal with the loss was to write something close. Which I did, in fact, do, by promptly creating a character named Kona (take a wild guess who he was based off of… ha) and writing some drabbles with him. While my big teddy bear Hawaiian man has YET to enter the series, I cannot wait till he does.

I like accents. A lot. And lots of them. Not surprising, since I have one, but I didn’t want to go overboard with anything in the series. Most readers don’t like being bogged down by heavy accents while reading. So, since Alex Thompson, one of my characters, is Australian, I wanted to get it right. I chatted with my Australian friend (thanks, Jane!) and Googled tons of Aussie slang. But here’s the funny thing. Once I researched Aussie slang and all, it was really easy to substitute things, myself. Gas station mentally became servo. I got lazy when typing so instead of “definitely” or the dreaded “def” I switched for the Aussie middle ground “defo”… Yeah. Writing dark, gritty dystopian can get wild, y’all.

I get ahead of myself. Lots of people notice the cast of The Divided Nation isn’t small and it took lots of work to keep things reined back. I’ve got so much in store for this series… But my notes aren’t always helpful. “HE IS A NAVY SEAL OFFICER AND DESERVES LOVE” and “HE WILL BE A REALLY GOOD COOK AND MAKE PEOPLE CRY” is probably in my character notes, somewhere. The fact is, it isn’t too hard for me to keep them all straight, since they’ve bothered me for years.

I had a dream about two of the characters and it made me laugh, still makes me laugh, to this day. I can’t tell y’all what the dream was, but I’m curious if anyone else has had dreams about their stories. And if you’re like me, where the darkest book you’ve written gives you funny dreams.

Research can be violent and fun. I’m a karate-ka, a green belt in Wado Ryu, and was before I began writing this series. Basically, I get lots of compliments on how I write action and fight scenes, and my biggest tip is go do some of it yourself. Join a self defense class or dojo. I’m a firm believer everyone should have some basic self defense knowledge and if you’re a writer, it comes in handy, too. Believe me. It’s always amusing watching my sensei drop someone and mentally going “I’ve gotta write that in somewhere”.

I’ll stop here for the day (there will be more of this fun talk on my live Facebook video, which I can’t schedule yet…) but yes, this book was bundles of fun to write, along with the pain and tears. I hope you enjoyed this fun insight.

God bless,

Angela

 

FACING FEARS IN THE DIVIDED NATION| BLOG TOUR, DAY 2 (RELEASE DAY!)

RELEASE DAY IS UPON US. You can now buy the ebook version of The Divided Nation on Amazon. Here’s the big shiny link because I like looking at it. And it is on SALE! It will NOT be on sale for 99 cents for long so grab it fast and share the link! 🙂

So the HTML description is a bit wobbly but Amazon takes a while for updates to change. AND for those wondering, YES, paperback and hardback are coming! Had some technical difficulties so it will be slightly delayed.

THE DIVIDED NATION

The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books, #1)

WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.

The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations  thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.

Goodreads | Amazon

 

GIVEAWAY

US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

SCHEDULE

 

August 12th

Author Interview @ Taking Up My Cross

Book Spotlight @ Unicorn Quester 

TODAY’S STOP | August 13th (RELEASE DAY)

Author Interview @ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness

I had a BLAST being interviewed by my dysto loving pal, Eva!

Author and Character Interview @ HauntingGhostTown

Shine is a delightful interview and I think y’all will like the answers to these questions… 😉

Character Interview @ Imperial Scribis 

Merie is a fantastic friend and I ADORED watching Gideon respond to her questions. Chaos ahead!

Character and Author Interview @ FaithLaneAuthor

Another FANTASTIC interview, though I’m not sure if the character isn’t still traumatized… *spoilers*

August 14th

Book Spotlight @ The Writer’s Song

Guest Post @ Jaye L. Knight

August 15th

Book Review @ Kaitlyn Krispense, Author

August 16th

Book Review @ We’ve Got Pockets 

Book Review @ Bella Putt: Writer. Reader. Follower of Christ.

August 17th

Author Interview @ Gabriella Slade

Book Spotlight @ Stories by Firefly

Book Review @ Scribes and Archers 

August 18th

Author Interview and Guest Post @ Tangled Up In Writing

Guest Post @ Read Write Breathe

August 19th

Book Review @ Reveries 

Book Review @ Just Writing

Author Interview @ Allison’s Well

Book Review @ Books, Life, and Christ

 

FACING FEARS

Fear is something every single one of us face. Fear is something everyone fights or worships. Fear is the thing we all feel so strongly, yet constantly pretend doesn’t exist. Fear is real. For some of us, our greatest fear might be the loss of a loved one. Maybe we fear flunking chemistry or speaking to someone in authority. It seems we have a lot to fear, right? Sure. But I don’t like living in fear. I love facing fears. I love taking on challenges. I love glorifying God as I make the finish line.

Which is ironic, if you read my previous post, because I did not want to face the fear of writing The Infidel Books. But I did. I did not want to face my personal fears of loss, grief, rejection, and fear of the future. But I did. I did not want to write some of the scenes in The Divided Nation, but I did, with God’s help. Noticing a pattern? The very things I dreaded were the things God used for His glory. The scenes that I didn’t want to do were the ones that impacted my beta and ARC readers.

God tells us to fear Him and when I started writing The Infidel Books, I really tackled the meaning of that. Fear Him? As in, quake at the idea of Him striking us down for sinning? That couldn’t be it. I came to the conclusion that we worship what we fear. We put it first. We think of it often. Right? But what if we feared God, and not just fear Him enough to try to do well and repent, but fear Him like we do failure? Could you imagine? Working so hard like that, but instead of fighting for love from people we have no control over, we let our fear of rejection turn into love. Love for Jesus, who will always love us. See, without love, you really can’t have fear. Think about it for a second. If we loved God, how big can our fears compare?

What if we feared God like we fear other things? What if we put God as our number one? What if we rested in His love? What if instead of stepping away from the shadows of evil, we walked right through?

The characters in The Divided Nation wrestle with fear often. Some don’t. Some have come to terms with the world they face and the things they do. Some fight it and try to control all they can to help the ending turn out better. Some are afraid of themselves and some are afraid of others. Some fears I wrote but didn’t relate to. Some fears I wrote but tried to keep away with a 100 foot pole because “I really don’t want to think about this fear, God.” And guess what? I faced my fears. I cried over them and I put the book down as I wrote and I turned on praise music to get through it all. Because it wasn’t easy. Wasn’t funny. Fears aren’t easy to face. And it isn’t easy watching characters face their fears, too. 

My goal with The Divided Nation was to show more than just nonbelievers surviving and Christians clinging to blind faith. I wanted to show Christians fighting for more than a silly bedtime stories. I wanted to show nonbelievers being human. I wanted the characters to face fears and show how differently facing fears is with and without God.

I didn’t write this novel to preach. I didn’t write this novel strictly for Christian readers or secular readers. I didn’t sugar coat, didn’t try to belittle fears in order for us to feel more confident that we can conquer all, didn’t shy away from showing the realism of the fallen world that’s whole job is to terrify us and make us give in.

If you have read The Divided Nation, you know the characters won’t give in. If you haven’t read it, it is on sale now, so act fast and take the plunge if you’re hungry. I pray their determination, faith, and the fact many of them have unfinished stories, will inspire others. I know these characters inspired me. 

God bless,

Angela

THE MAKING OF THE DIVIDED NATION | BLOG TOUR, DAY 1

The blog tour launch begins today for The Divided Nation and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m bouncing off the walls right now (or am I?) and cannot wait to begin so howdy, hello, I love you, let’s start!

This blog tour has a BIG giveaway so don’t miss that. Today I’ll be chatting about the making of The Divided Nation: a lil’ origin story for the people like me who enjoy those tidbits.

THE DIVIDED NATION

The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books, #1)

WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.

The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations  thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.

Goodreads | Amazon (link to come!)

GIVEAWAY

US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

SCHEDULE

 

TODAY’S STOP | August 12th

Author Interview @ Taking Up My Cross

I had the delight of being interviewed by my friend Joshua today. I highly recommend y’all give him a follow and I hope you enjoy the interview. He had some great questions!

Book Spotlight @ Unicorn Quester 

Laura has been a dear friend since we met online: she likes dysto and manga. I mean, how cooler could she get? Hop over to her blog and stab the follow button with your unicorn horn, friend!

August 13th (RELEASE DAY)

Guest Post @ Crazy Little Thing Called Life

Author Interview @ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness

Author and Character Interview @ HauntingGhostTown

Character Interview @ Imperial Scribis 

Character and Author Interview @ FaithLaneAuthor

August 14th

Book Spotlight @ The Writer’s Song

Guest Post @ Jaye L. Knight

August 15th

Book Review @ Kaitlyn Krispense, Author

August 16th

Book Review @ We’ve Got Pockets 

Book Review @ Bella Putt: Writer. Reader. Follower of Christ.

August 17th

Author Interview @ Gabriella Slade

Book Spotlight @ Stories by Firefly

Book Review @ Scribes and Archers 

August 18th

Author Interview and Guest Post @ Tangled Up In Writing

Guest Post @ Read Write Breathe

August 19th

Book Review @ Reveries 

Book Review @ Just Writing

Author Interview @ Allison’s Well

Book Review @ Books, Life, and Christ

THE MAKING OF THE DIVIDED NATION

My motto is if a story doesn’t scare me in some way, I don’t need to write it. Previously, Seek tackled some of my personal fears with abuse and fear of trusting. The Thief, The Damsel, and the Dragon tackled the unknown fear of writing a book just to see how much I could challenge myself to. Homeward tackled the hard topic of suicide.

And Emmanuel tackled the beginning of The Infidel Books. That little Christmas short story prequel that came to me in one day and I wrote in one sitting whilst on cloud 9. I published that baby in December just to publish it. And I couldn’t believe liked it.

Of course, that’s not the beginning of The Infidel Books, so let’s rewind, shall we?

A few years ago, I started roleplaying with someone online. The started as a con job and as the months went on, we just kept writing, writing, writing. We loved the story, the characters, the setting that kept changing. I didn’t care about being super good or super coherent. I was writing a genre I adored but hadn’t written much of, nevertheless publish. Of course, all good things must come to and end, and the roleplay partner quit, telling me to do whatever I’d like with the story and such.

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I was rather heartbroken. It felt like I’d wasted all that time and hadn’t done anything to actually benefit my writing career. I had poured my heart into these characters with nothing to truly show for it. What kind of pathetic writer was I? And anyway, the story was dystopian, end times, with complex situations, dark characters, and gritty topics. Who was I, a teenager, to tackle the series?

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I pushed it all aside. Or, I really tried to. I tried to focus on my current projects. But the characters kept bothering me. I kept thinking of new plot ideas. God kept pushing it back to me. Winter of 2018 is when I actually sat down and wrote a completely finished piece of The Infidel Books. Emmanuel is so dear to my heart because it set me free. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of the dystopian genre… and it battled my fear of not being good enough. I don’t have to wait till I’m older, wiser, or more skilled to write the story God places in my heart now.

So in February 2019, I wrote The Divided Nation. I had dozens of documents, y’all, of previous bits and pieces I’d written but never shared with my roleplay partner, not to mention the tens of thousand words we’d pieced together. I had notes and notebooks full of info and brainstorming and character sheets. I gathered it all, started over, and pressed on.

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By the end of draft one, I was ecstatic. The story let me write it! And God helped me every step of the way. Of course, draft one was rough, mostly intangible, and I printed it to chuckle at in the years to come. It was on to draft two and I had a stronger, better plot focus in mind. I also had spent some carefree time with my characters so it was time to put their feet to the fire even more.

And that’s how The Divided Nation started. Messy. Unorthodox. Leaving a bitter taste on my mouth at first. But God turned it into something beautiful. He took the mess I had, I’d made, after spending what seemed like careless years of random roleplaying, and helped me start over. Helped me make something beautiful. Something my own. Something readers love and hate. Something that has already brought my readers inspiration, laughter, tears, nightmares (literally, someone dreamed about it. Mwuaha!)…

I encourage you to take a step back and remember God can turn anything in our lives into something beautiful, powerful, good. The bad, the pain, the chaos… it is in His hands. So fight on, fighter.

LOOK AT THE GRAPHIC LAURA MADE WITH HER FAVORITE QUOTE *cries*

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I don’t know about you, but just remembering winter 2018 has me wanting to cry and run around a room. It’s been (seemingly) a long time since this story sparked in my mind and wouldn’t shake free, and look how far it has come already. God has big things in store for this series. He has big things in store for you.

Be sure to stick around for the rest of the tour and enter the giveaway!

God bless,

Angela