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Blog Tour: The Faith and Fate of David Ghent by Maren Dille


welcome to the blog tour for maren dille's new fantasy novel!  look out for a review on S&L.  i'm super excited to dive in.  in the meantime, check it out for yourself and learn more about seeing your own novel in print from the mind of maren herself, who is an absolutely delightful person.  

and then enter to win a copy! 




A Biased Reader by Maren Dille

Is there anything like the feel of a novel (new or used, does it matter if it’s mine?), it’s title raised or textured, it’s pages flexible and filled with so many words you can’t wait to read them all?

I tried explaining this phenomenon to my boss one time when he asked me why I preferred to buy all my books rather than rent from the library. I was thinking fondly of one book in particular, The Hiding Place, that I had to own. I had borrowed it from a friend to read for book club, fell so in love with the story and her neat, leather-bound version of it, that I immediately bought the same copy for my own library. I was so picky about what print version I wanted that I went to the bookstore and examined all the different editions available. I hated all of them. One had too small of a font, one had rough pages, one had weird coloring. I opted to order a special edition online.

The paperback copy of The Faith and Fate of David Ghent was one of the most exciting packages I’ve ever received. Aside from it being my first published novel, the book was special. It couldn’t be sent through email, or downloaded to a cloud drive, or lost by an EMP. It was mine to be bent, ripped, dog-eared, highlighted, and yellowed with age. If I passed my kindle on to my children, what about it would make them remember me? But give them my water-stained, ripped, scribbled on and scotch-taped edition of Harry Potter 5, and there’s no mistaking it’s mine, and that I loved it. Some of my books even contain prints of greasy potato chip fingers.

Does the format of a book change the story? Absolutely not. Does it change how I perceive or read the story? For me it does. Call me a book snob, I’ll happily confess to the name. We all try not to judge a book by its cover, but no matter how unbiased we try to be, we’re human beings! We are biased! Hopefully it’s subconscious most of the time, but still, we’re more apt to pick up something with an appealing cover. Sometimes that’s a shame, because there are real gems that come in unattractive packaging.

My kindle isn’t unattractive, but it’s certainly different from the full color, papery texture that print books come in. The jump to an e-book was hard for me. I acknowledge its advantages, its convenience, and its tree-saving abilities. It’s been a wonderful tool for me as an author, especially with cost. But for this reader, paper will never go out of style.







In the Lucen city dwell the descendants of Righteous and Fallen angels. Kept hidden from the rest of Earth and governed directly by Heaven, each descendant is given a chance to prove themself loyal to Heaven, and obtain salvation. For most, the task is encouraging and fair, but for David, it’s devastating. 

David Ghent has waited twenty-one years to fulfill a prophecy foretelling the destruction of Lucifer’s power on Earth and Heaven, saving himself and the entire world from Hell’s power. His training is complete, the city prepared. As the battle commences, the city’s most beloved daughter, Layla, suddenly appears at the Hellgate. David is then faced with an impossible choice: fulfill the prophecy, or save her life. The consequences David faces after choosing Layla force him to question his entire life, and his loyalty to Heaven. As the aftermath of failure unfolds, David discovers that the real battle against Lucifer has just begun.



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About the Author


           Maren grew up in Rochester, NY, which is why much of her work is set in the East. She moved to Provo, UT to attend Brigham Young University in 2004. Meanwhile, she received a license in cosmetology in 2006, and graduated with a B.S. in Home and Family Living-Clothing and Textiles in 2009. After graduation, Maren worked as a cosmetologist/barber, while her husband finished his own degree in Special Education. After he graduated, they settled in Spanish Fork, UT, where they plan on staying for a long time.

Now Maren is a stay-at-home mom, part-time piano teacher, cosmetologist, and writer. Amidst the buisiness of being a housewife, she loves reading, writing and playing music, vacationing, going on dates with her hubby and friends, throwing dinner parties, and sewing. She enjoys collecting books, and hopes someday to have a library big enough to fit all of them. Currently, her two pretty-enough-to-be-displayed-bookshelves are overflowing, and she's got books stashed all around her house. Open a random drawer, you'll probably find one.
Maren's previous work includes a short comedy, "A Tale of Two Cemeteries," and a middle-grade reader, The Treehouse. The Faith and Fate of David Ghent is her first published novel. Find out more about Maren at www.marendille.com, or on FacebookGoodreads, and Amazon.


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