Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Virtual Facebook Book Launch Party

Hey guys!
Tomorrow is the first of September and it begins the official countdown to Sept 27, 2016!
That is the date for the virtual book launch party for my book.
Conquest of Canaan: Og
This is the first book in my trilogy.
It's a historical fiction based on true biblical events surrounding renowned army general, Joshua, and the barbaric Conquest of Canaan.
The daunting crusade of battle parallels the intensity of growing up. A charismatic Rebby, a gentle-hearted Travin, and a self-destructive Kaya unearth the complexity of tactical brilliance, faith, and survival.

There will be four guest authors at this book launch party, and they will get to discuss books of their own.
We will have discussions, Q&A, and giveaways.
Books, books, and more books!

In lieu of the official launch, I've had the wonderful Elise Orzco with Mos Pics and Vids make my official book trailer. It debuts tomorrow and you won't wanna miss it. Here is a teaser below.
Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for fun men's and videos.

Thanks everyone. I'm having a blast and am loving all the support for my book.
Go, OG!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Author Highlight: Michele Barrow-Belisle

Introducing: Michele Barrow-Belisle
BIO
A dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. A fan of all things romantic, her young adult novels are populated with scintillating witches, vampires and fey.  Her bestselling debut book series Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy) was optioned for a major motion picture this year. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her never-ending obsession with reading, writing and most importantly… chocolate.  


2. Books

Faerie Song Trilogy

Fire & Ice (book 1)
Adventure wasn’t something Lorelei Alundra was interested in. Gifted with two other-worldly talents for singing and healing, she’s always shied away from her gifts and the spotlight, preferring quiet anonymity, over attention and fame. But when she meets the enigmatic Adrius, with his dark and dangerous mystique and eyes that could see into her soul, her uneventful life becomes irrevocably altered.

Adrius turns up in every one of her classes and knows more about her than any newcomer should. Including the condition of her mother who is suffering from a mysterious illness. Accepting his offer to help leads her into a terrifying and thrilling world, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries.... are nothing like Tinkerbell. The two magical beings are fire and ice opposites. One Lorelei can’t help falling for, and the other she's compelled to be with.
Now she’s trapped, expected to prevent a war between witches and faeries, or forfeit her mother’s life. Nothing is what it seems. Not her family. Not the Fey. Not even Adrius, whose feelings for her balance precariously between desire and danger. Despite her better judgment, she can’t say away from him. 

As secrets unravel and unsettling truths are revealed, Lorelei must fight to save much more than her mother’s life. One mistake could put the fate of his world, and her soul in jeopardy. 

But hey, no pressure… right.

The next book, Freeze, is launching right before the virtual book launch party I am hosting on Facebook.
(Link here)
Check out Michele's books! 


Author Highlight: Hannah Rials

Introducing Hannah Rials
A guest author at my virtual book launch party Sept 27, 2016
On Facebook
(Link here)

Synopsis: 
Life is supposed to be perfect after Cheyenne Lane’s Ascension ceremony, but it turns out awakening her vampire half only complicates things more. Burdened with a patronizing family and constant surveillance by the Vampire Council, Cheyenne welcomes a summer vacation to the magical city of New Orleans. But Cheyenne quickly realizes that she can’t escape her problems, no matter where she goes.
After seventeen years of fearing exposing her secret to humans, Cheyenne’s world is rocked when she starts to fall for a witch named Eli. When he shows Cheyenne how complex the world really is, she must accept that everything she thought she knew about being a Deuxsang is a lie.
As if all this isn’t problem enough, Cheyenne finds herself the pawn of a conspiracy hatched by those who should be protecting her. Her whole life Cheyenne is told what to believe and who to trust. Now, she’s forced to choose for herself who and what is right. No matter which choice she makes, it will cost her everything.

Blurb about the book: 
Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.

Bio: 
Hannah Rials is a Maryville native and current college student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Hannah began writing her first novel at age twelve. Eight years later, the result is her debut YA novel Ascension. When not spending time with her family and playing with her beloved Corgis, Buddy and Noel, Hannah leads a creative writing group, crafts, and cultivates her writing skills. 

Novelist and blogger
UT Chattanooga 


Book Trailer for Og


Book Trailer for Og
(Conquest of Canaan book 1)
By Brittany Shannon

Monday, August 29, 2016

Book Teaser!

Ready for a fun teaser from my book Og?
This is a snippet from the first book in my Conquest of Canaan series.
If you saw my meme on Instagram (@AuthorBrittanyShannon)
or Facebook (Author Brittany Shannon)
you probably know that this is the same scene where a "boy becomes a man."
Read below one of my favorite moments in this book, and one that was....ahem...inspired a bit by Fight Club. :)

Og was a thrill to write, from start to finish. My editors LOVED this scene. One said, "I am not an expert at fight scenes, but I think you did an excellent job. I was on the edge of my seat."

And now, for the moment you've been waiting for (For probably thirty seconds)
The excerpt from Conquest of Canaan: Og by Brittany Shannon.

Enjoy!

All of the punches I took as a kid surface in my memory. I have experienced failure before. This is not as severe.
I spit blood out to the side and try to react quickly. Go for the body. To disrupt Luko’s rhythm, I throw fast punches, moving up and down, causing him to work double time on defense. When I have a clear shot of his face, I put full power into the hit. My knuckles crack on impact.
This time, he staggers from the contact.
The viewers holler instigating remarks. But Luko comes at me with more determination, swinging a right cross. I intercept his hit with a left jab straight to his head, making sure to hold my left shoulder high to protect my face. More soldiers clap in approval. Then Luko is wrapped around my waist, hoisting me upward, slamming me into the dirt. We scuffle like this a moment, my smaller size benefiting me as I weasel away.
On my feet, I circle him, each of us acting as if we won’t engage. Swiftly, Luko charges at me by stepping his left foot to the outside of my right foot. He throws two wide right crosses, followed by a right hook to my body. The power behind the last punch cripples me to my knees. A searing pain perforates my ribs. Contrary to the golden rule not to show pain, I grimace.
The crowd cheers as Luko steps back, allowing me to find my breath. I wipe the back of my hand across my mouth, staining my skin red. Blood but not teeth, that is good.
Gradually, I find my footing. Rebby whoops positively from the sidelines. He’s smiling like an imp at me. I challenge him to do better. Turning back to my rival, I face a sudden comprehension. Luko is panting. He’s tired. I’m not nearly as out of breath as he is. I still have much strength in me.
Rolling my shoulders, I start to ring around him once more. He fakes a jab. I evade it. His massive arm swings out toward my face again and I duck beneath it, rolling to the ground and coming up behind him. I am the squirrel and he the tree. I punch his left side repeatedly until he doubles over. By now his breath is coming in harshly. I speed around in front of him. Without hesitating, I throw an uppercut that catches him under the chin, followed by a right cross.
Luko slumps to his knees, leaning a hand against the ground for support. Someone from the crowd shouts, “Finish him!” I back away a few steps, scanning the audience that stands illuminated in the torchlight. My adrenaline is pumping the blood through my joints, giving me a surge of energy. I can do this. I can keep this up. I can fly.


Copyright Brittany Shannon Lemmon
Conquest of Canaan: Og

Conquest of Canaan: Og Facebook Book Launch Party

alright, the launch date is set for the print version of
Conquest of Canaan: Og
By Brittany Shannon.

I am so ecstatic. Words don't even describe.
Please visit my Facebook page Author Brittany Shannon
to join the Facebook party!! I welcome anyone and everyone. Readers and nonreaders. Lovers AND haters ;) Seriously, come hate on books, even mine. I love debate. It will make the discussion more entertaining. Haha!

I would love to see you there. Enjoy guest authors and signed book giveaways.
Support and encourage your author friends. Like and share this post.

Meet the Bookstagrammer

Hi. I'm Brittany.
There are a LOT of Brittanys out there...and I must admit. I live up to the stereotype of girls named "Brittany". Although I'm a little less Spears, a little more Murphy, with an essence of Britagne, France. 
Wondering who I am and why I wrote my book, OG, the first in my Conquest of Canaan series?
Here is a short video you can watch. Disclaimer: my production budget was .03$ so don't be alarmed by the grainy quality and my stunt double, AKA my daughter who is as camera shy as I am. ;)
Let me know if you have read/are reading Og, and let's discuss it!
Thanks for meeting me, the author.
Brittany Shannon
Watch the full length video on my Author Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/authorbrittanyshannon/

(YouTube link coming soon )

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thoughts and Reviews for the Book Og by Brittany Shannon

"This will be a sweeping saga. Your prose is beautiful. But I am concerned about your main character. She needs to be a hero."
-(Unnamed Editor)
Do you know an addict or have you experienced addiction before? (Me: ✔️&✔️)
I have incorporated some addictive personalities in my book and I do volunteer work with an Addiction Recovery Program. This is one thing I am passionate about and wish I could change the world's view on with a snap on my fingers.
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It is easy to tell how a human feels about addiction or the individual suffering in their life, by simply reading their response.
I have had two people read my book and respond with comments about their "annoyance" with some of the main character's actions and their "confusion" with what the character is going through. 
If you haven't heard already, my main character in Og, Kaya, suffers from alcoholic tendencies. Why?--you'll have to read to find out. In short, she is haunted. Pain is second nature to her and she chooses to numb it more often than not.
When those two readers responded to me with indifference for this character of mine, I couldn't help but take it personal.
Kaya, like many of us--including me--will make grand errors in this thing called life. Especially with her tendencies towards alcohism. Yes, that can be "annoying" to people who don't know the pains and torments associated with addiction. It is even annoying to the addict at times! But I've been there...I've personally experienced it, and many of the things I write about. For someone to tell me I need to change my character and make her more of a hero chafed my spirit the same as if they'd told me I need to change myself and be a better hero. 
With what I've gone through, I think I already deserve a cape and shield!! Can I get an AMEN?
Keeping in mind my book is also fiction, I still want to point out that just because it takes place in roughly 1406BC doesn't mean people didn't face great adversity. Namely alcoholism.
The bible is FULL of accounts of men and women being drunken with wine.
A wine bibber is someone who indulges in too much wine (see bible).
There wasn't much knowledge about the repercussions of drinking heavily and from the beginning of time man has had to jump through the hoops the wile devil has set out for us in our mortal existence.
The biblical era was also full of "every manner of wickedness"(see bible).
The cities of Canaan were consumed with "all manner of abominations"(see bible).
I know we often put the bible and religion and God and Christianity into a muffin tin and expect lovely frosted cupcakes to materialize, but the truth is evil and hardship has existed since the creation of man. And it is documented in the most read book in the universe.
The Buble.
The abominations spoken of include but are not limited to: addiction, substance abuse, infidelity, whoredoms, incest, idolatry, child sacrifice, rape, murder, adultery, theft, lying, sexual transgression out of wedlock, and cannibalism.

I like to read all kinds of novels. I particularly like ones that discuss these so-called "Darker" elements. I find it comforting, ironically, because I can relate to these characters and their stories. I cannot relate to Anna of Arendale or Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. (Although wonderful gals) It is perfectly fine to not like a book but appreciate the writing.
Take Wuthering Heights for example.
It is a classic.
Lots of people hate it.
If is considered tragic.
I happen to LOVE IT.
I would like to address the comments Trudi, a reviewer online, said concerning Og:
I am happy with the ending, but it was a long, arduous journey to get there."
Yes, yes isn't it always? Trudi? Or have you locked out and been blessed with the simplest and most prosperous life of all?
In my Addiction Recovery meetings I attend and help travel to give presentations on, a common reaction from the family members of addicts is just this: confusion, anger, bitterness, indifference, denial, or sometimes codependency.
The truth is, in my book Og, I DID want to attract readers who feel the way I feel and enjoy the things I enjoy. I DO want those readers to relate to my characters on a deep level on understanding. On that same note, I DID make them 100% realistic.
(No Bella Swan teeter-tottering)
They don't act out of character, therefore if they're an alcoholic, they likely do things that make you furious. Good. You FELT.
If they're the kid that was bullied growing up, they likely showcase a significant amount of insecurity in adulthood. You feel sorry for them. Exactly.
Humans are complex and multifaceted and utterly AMAZING. God sent each soul to Earth with a unique set of gifts and weaknesses. (See bible)
I write about ALL of these, based on personal experience.
I have also don't a significant amount of research about the biblical era to make sure it is historically accurate.
If you want a sunny-skies-perfect-soft-kisses-aromatic-fresh-bread-smelling happily ever after read, Og might not be for you. Regardless, I do hope you read it and appreciate the quality of writing, the way my reviewers have!!

Addiction is not some "annoyance" we should overlook. And if we are confused by someone's actions out of pain, wouldn't it be better to LOVE that person and serve them and ask about their grievances that we may bear one another's burdens?
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It is often confusing when we can't relate to one person'a pain. Abandonment, rape, heartbreak. It isn't my goal to write about stereotypical "heroes" and "heroines" but about people with real weaknesses and real triumphs. It can be ugly, and uncomfortable. It isn't always a fluffy fairytale. Kaya is not a Disney-Princess-Michael-Bay-type hero...but she is a warrior in her own way. She is fighting demons each day of her life, and throughout this trilogy you will experience her failures and successes. It is my JOB to make you feel. It is no accident if you feel good or bad, happy or disgusted. If you want to throw the book across the room, do it! It makes me smile to know I've evoked the proper emotion. And when you finish the book and tell me how happy you are with the ending, I'll smile larger. Of course you are. I didn't intend for Og to be a tragedy. I just like writing about tragic events:)

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, just like villains.
I am so thrilled these readers find my book so emotional, and a "sweeping saga", but I want EVERYONE who reads it to understand this: The dark side of life is real. Adversary exists. Temptations will break even the strongest soul in the face of enormous pain. But without it, we will never know joy. There is opposition in all things. With God at the helm, you will sail victoriously through them all.
The end.
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#books #words #addiction #og

Friday, August 26, 2016

Whitewash Your Fireplace: Easy DIY

I apologize for not having pics up immediately, but you can see them on my Pinterest. My phone is weird and won't let me upload so as soon as I get on my laptop, I'll add them I promise!
Find my on Pinterest by clicking the link on the left.

So I whitewashed my fireplace today. On a total whim. Took me about an hour or two total with running around and dealing with two crazy kids.

I already had white paint so this was virtually free.

I did what bloggers say to do. Mixed equal parts paint and water. I painted over the brick, but I chose to actually not do 100% full coverage. There a teeny weeny bits of brick showing through after I blotted with a wet towel. Both me and my husband LOVE IT!!! 

Anyway, I redid the decor on the mantel as well just using stuff I have around the house. I rearranged some other shelves and voila.

This was seriously easy peasy. I am a big fan of DIY and especially when the project is quick and cheap.
Love my fireplace makeover!
(Pics coming soon here: visit Pinterest to see the before and after)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Easy Dinner Recipe that's Healthy and Organic

I swear, most of my dinner recipes consist of me piling every good thing in my fridge together!
Today I'm making stuffed spaghetti squash (again) but different than my first time.

While cooking the spaghetti squash (cut vertical and face down on a water-lined cookie sheet) at 350 for 45 min, I went out into my garden to pick yellow grape tomatoes and kale. I started some rice and began sautΓ©ing my chicken sausage with artichoke hearts in garlic. Then I added kidney beans, the tomatoes and kale with half cup olive oil and one small can of tomato sauce.

As it simmered I added some spices. Dash of black pepper and a TBS of Italian Seasoning.

I took out the spaghetti squash and shredded it. Then I stuffed with the rice and the veggie and sausage mixture. I will add a bit of spaghetti squash to it, but I also save a ton for other meals. (Thai noodles!! Mmmm)

And voila! It's so gourmet and yet I barely did a thing!
It's healthy and guilt-free.

Organic goodness.
What an easy dinner recipe!
Share if you try it or share a favorite dinner recipe of your own that is healthy and organic.

Or tell me about your McDonalds. Either way:)
(I totally eat there, too)

By Brittany Shannon

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How and Why I Started Writing

I started writing my first book when I was 18.

How?

Why?

I wasn't a big reader. I faked my way through the books and exams in high school English. I didn't read a book start to finish until The Davinci Code. I loved it. It took me a whole year.
Literally.

I think I've read a lot of books now, but I feel vastly underread when compared to other readers. Nonetheless, after reading the Harry Potter books, I was inspired to fulfill my childhood dream which was:
TO BECOME AN AUTHOR!

I used to write silly stories for all my family members when I was a kid. I just loved it. Using my imagination, creating worlds, developing characters.

Why I started writing:
It was a form of therapy.
I was actually going through the rockiest years of my life and I was in a lot of pain. To me, writing was remedial.
I could express myself and tell my secrets through my writing. I could base characters on me or my struggles and then write their successes. I vicariously lived through that success to keep me going in my dark moments. I could also exaggerate the characters' failures to purge some of my pain.

Being creative was just a bonus.


How I started writing:
Well I would sit at my laptop sometimes 12 hours straight. Through day and night.
I had to get in the zone which I believe takes about an hour. After that, words and scenes and ideas just poured out onto page.

Of course I had to do massive rewrites and edits, but writing came super easy to me. I rarely faced writers block or a lack of an idea. I never wanted to just fill a page with a bland scene to take up a chapter. I never wanted to waste a word. I tried my hardest to emulate the authors I loved and the writing styles I favor, yet create something original.

In my book, Og, I think I discuss some topics that are more rare, like rape and alcoholism. I grace over them so I don't lose my young adult audience, but my main character is quite the glutton. Why did I write about this? And how? 

Truthfully, I used to be a heavy drinker. It is the reason I volunteer for the Addiction Recovery Program. I dumped plenty of personal experiences into this character and her drinking problems. It is ugly and makes most readers uncomfortable. I've even had two reviewers flat out DISLIKE the main girl and say it ruined the book...but I think that's because the behavior of the girl is wretched at times and the readers felt that. As an author, this makes me beam with pride!!!

I did my job.

I made you FEEL.

You didn't like what you felt, and you translated that as you didn't like the book, but that's okay with me. I don't like lots of books. Sometimes I don't like characters but I LOVE the book. That's life. What makes me proud is the fact that I can evoke that emotion in another human. 

I write about the dark side of life, the struggles and pain and betrayal and cowardice and fear because over the series of books it helps make the triumph more profound. You really see how dark the main girl can be and how light she ends up. I WANT readers to find her aggravating. Hello? She's an alcoholic. She's also a rape victim and an orphan. Very troubled. She cannot stray from her character. Even if that means disappointing the fluffy Disney loving type readers.

Why do I write about darkness?

Again, it is therapeutic for me.
I can create a story with all of my fears and failures. Whether or not I have conquered them, my characters CAN. And sometimes I can learn from them. I gain strength and encouragement. Other times, I help my characters gain strength from me and a situation I HAVE overcome.

How and why do YOU write?

By Brittany Shannon

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge: Week 32 and 33

For weeks 32 and 33 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, my prompts were:
City you've visited 
And 
Something you look forward to.

I think these prompts are PERF STATUS!
Since I just went on a week long road trip.
I'm so grateful I am able to do things like that.
It was stressful at times, but I need to learn to 
look past the challenge and focus on te great memories that were made.

I visited Oregon for the first time and we traveled down the Oregon coast into California. There were so many cute places we visited, I can't pick just one. But that is def what I am grateful for! 

As for what I'm looking forward to: my book in PRINT!! It is being sent to press this week and I'm going to set up a launch for the print release. I'm actually stoked, regardless of how "successful" this book does. I write because I love to write. I'm no JK Rowling, but I think I'm still a good author. I can tell good stories and develop good characters.
I am so grateful for the talents God has blessed me with and for this opportunity to pursue a dream, and to check it off my bucket list.

Those complete the last two weeks of my 52 Weeks of Gratitude!
Everyone have a cheerful day
:)
By Brittany Shannon

Sunday, August 14, 2016

LDS Diversity: By Brittany Shannon

Sunday Thoughts:

These days, being an LDS woman is a lot of things. It is sometimes giving, beautiful, honest, and virtuous. It is also becoming increasingly annoying, judgmental, and lackadaisical. This Sunday, after some deliberation (and poor judgment on my part) I decided to challenge myself to be a new standard of 'LDS woman'. I want to prove to the world it IS possible to be a loving, open, beautiful, fashionable, kind, and virtuous person, regardless of religion or race. I have beliefs, which are unique to my religion, but instead of giving them up to fit into a banquet of world standards, or making people feel worse for having different beliefs than me, I want to challenge myself to be an example to everyone-of what an LDS woman is, stands for, and how we are special in a way that varies from someone else's "special". I will be open about parts of me, my past, my present, and my future, chronicling my ambition to create a platform to proudly express who I am. I LOVE diversity. I hope you will all LOVE ME...and follow along with this challenge. Hashtag: #LDSDiversity 

By Brittany Shannon

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Introductions

#FridayIntroductions! Yay it's #friyay and I am ready for the #weekend. I am leaving on a seven day #roadtrip tomorrow and can't wait to share with you all my #WONDERFUL #ADVENTURES! Follow along as I traverse the #westcoast and tell me your favorite hidden #beach, #restaurant, or #hike!
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Anyway, I usually post #fivefunfacts about me, but today I just want to post 1. Because it is the biggest ONE and my favoritist mostest importantist one:
1️⃣I am a believer in Christ.
First and foremost, as a Christian, it is my belief to love and welcome many different believers and Faiths. Second, I must stand as a witness, at all times, in all things, and in all places. #YwValues.
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I want to be a light of Christ, and let it "shine before men" that they may see my "good works". I want my "talents to reflect Christ". I've worked so hard to become the woman I am today, that includes outrunning the reputation of who I've been in the past. 
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I know there are many women out there, in this world, with millions of social media followers, who "claim" their Christian beliefs but do not always follow them. It pains me that in the world we live in today, with such heartache and confusion, that women would not take a stand for what they believe in and give others a positive example to look up to. These influential women have not stood out from the world, they have become part of it. 
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It is my hope and prayer to remain a solid, feet-on-the ground woman of Christ, no matter where my successes take me. I want to employ my religion, because religion to me is a verb, not a noun. If you aren't sure what I believe in, I will show you. Through my words and deeds. And in the event that I fail, well, I ask for the most Christlike gift of all: #forgiveness.

By Brittany Shannon
#tgif #brittanyshannon #christian #religion #religious #Christ #God #Spirit #woman #faith #belief #values #morals #christianwoman #goals #selfie #shameless

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Favorite Bible Stories

Another favorite bible stories post!
Today it is dedicated to my book, Og.
This is Book 1 in my Conquest of Canaan series.
These books are based on true events, revolving around the war that consumed the spine of Canaan roughly around 1406BC.
If you aren't familiar with this bible story, I'll summarize it for you.
It happens to be one of my favorite stories in the bible, which is why I turned an entire trilogy into it!

Te story begins when Joshua is called as the general of the Israelite army. At this time, Canaan was promised to the Israelites as a holy land. God commanded Joshua and his army to call all the Canaanites to repentance. Many of these kings refused. It was then that the war began. Joshua followed God's commands by destroying hundreds of cities. They traversed across all the eastern side of the Jordan River, literally burning every man, woman, child, and every breathing thing. 

This part of the bible isn't often talked about, as it seems gruesome and barbaric. But even more barbaric were the ways of the Canaanites. 
In my story, I briefly cover the evil ways of these kingdoms that God commanded to be destroyed. The Canaanites worshiped false idols, practiced whoredoms, sorcery, child sacrifices, incest, and all manner of wickedness. It is no wonder why God asked them to repent, and when they refused they were then killed. 

There are many of these stories in the bible, where God asks te people to be better and when they don't they are put to death. 

I love the triumph of Israel in this story. Joshua is such a faithful and fearless leader. In my book, Og, I create a fictional story based around these characters and the events that took place in the bible.
Hope you all like it!
By Brittany Shannon

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge: Week 31

Well, week 31...what do you have for me?
Bahah...hate to be a nag, but I hope it's good.

If you've followed my posts, you know I struggle with intense anxiety and mild depression. I will not excuse the behaviors as simply "genetic", although some of it may be. I refuse to let that hinder my search for growth and recovery. Nothing will be a crutch, and quite honestly I'm more annoyed by my anxiety than anyone else-trust me.

So this leads me to the prompt for week 31 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge.
Core value!!!

I'm going to pick HONESTY.
Because, well, honesty. Period.

I pride myself on being an honest human. I am the worlds worst liar, but I also suffer insane guilt if I even slightly twist a truth. I've thrown surprise birthday parties before and lied about what we were doing that day, and it kept me up at night. I also felt bad lying to people when they asked if I was pregnant with my second baby...obviously, my stomach was showing! And I was running to the bathroom every hour. But I wasn't ready to announce it yet, and the lies made me feel bad. 
Worlds Honest Human Award goes to....Brittany!

At the same time, I think sometimes my honesty is a bugger, for I am honest to a fault. I have no filter, therefore what I say is often inappropriate or offensive. I'll throw in "hilarious" too, because I think my honesty is pretty funny. But it can also be painful, especially to those who don't want to hear the truth.

This week I am grateful for my core value of honesty. 
I would so much rather be known for telling the truth than for being a "yes man." I've met many a "yes man" in my day...and seriously, I wonder how they sleep at night. How they transition from one human to the next, depending on their audience. They will say whatever the recipient wants to hear, and they know exactly how to blend into a conversation to benefit their circumstances. I'm not sure this is a good skill. It makes a person dishonest. They are lacking that CORE value. I find this kind of person a challenge to deal with. I never know if I can trust a thing they say or do, especially when they say/do one thing for me and an entirely different one five minutes later for someone else.

Anyway, I don't mean to sound negative. Let's get back on track.
I am grateful this week for being honest. It's my favorite core value. I hope it always stays with me. 
And that concludes week 31 for the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge.
By Brittany Shannon

Monday, August 8, 2016

Conquest of Canaan: Og Blurb TEASER

Ready for my FIRST Conquest of Canaan: Og
**TEASER**
??

Of course you are....

Kaya Lucan

A Day in the Life



I hate people.
I lump myself into that group for those who immediately jump to the conclusion that I'm an egotistical misanthrope.
I am just a misanthrope.
So these people I hate. They're dying. All around me.
And that's how my day's going.


(Excerpt Chapter 1 Conquest of Canaan: Og by Brittany Shannon)

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By Brittany Shannon

Sunday, August 7, 2016

GIVEAWAY!! 

I'm doing a giveaway for my book, Og. This is the first book in my series Conquest of Canaan.
It is a historical fiction based on true events. The book is new adul based on one of my favorite bible stories, and available as an ebook!! 
If you would like to read the book and post a review, you can win.

10 Jamba Juice gift cards to the first 10 reviews on
Don't be hatin'...it's not the greatest reward everrrr but Jamba Juice happens to be
A favorite of mine! ;)

So what do you say?
Do you like bible stories? Maybe not...but do you like action, adventure, and drama stories? This book has it all...war, drips of romance, and spiritual conflict ion. Check out Og in Amazon, Kobo, Nook and iTunes. Leave a review of the book on Amazon. Thanks so much! 
Kobo link:
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/og-1
Amazon Kindle:
http://amzn.to/2aXrmnT

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Special Thanks

A lot of people have helped me over the last few months.


I had excellent help from the Bookwise staff in editing and polishing this manuscript.

Fran did my cover design and interior design. She listened to what I said, followed it detail for detail, and did SUPERB. I'm just tickled with my book cover/back cover.

Dayna has been so so so incredible wonderful. She's been there, answering my text messages within MINUTES, literally, at any time of the day. She always had a good answer, a positive reinforcement, and a bulls eye work ethic. I love her so much, I referred my grandfather to her, who is now relaunching his OWN book, The Chairman! (A war novel--check it out!)

Karen has praised my work and said I've "converted" her to the "stylized" writing that is trending right now for New Adult readers :) She sat side by side with me during the final read through and gave me good insights. She's got friendliness for dayzzzz.

And lastly, just to be a bit of a scalawag (because I like that word--and I am one more often than I should be)
I'd like to thank the people who thought I couldn't...who thought I never would...who laughed, or rolled their eyes, or thought writers are just lame, boring people, who sit at home and don't really make a living doing anything significant. You couldn't have motivated me more!

"Everything happens for a reason."
Tasia, Og

MANY MORE THANKS TO COME
but for now, please check out Conquest of Canaan: Book 1 Og.
The historical fiction based on true events.
New Adult Adventure Drama.
By Brittany Shannon


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Favorite Bible Story

Do you have a favorite bible story?

I am no bible expert, but I have a few favorite bible stories. For the next few weeks, in lieu of my BOOK LAUNCH about the bible story encompassing Joshua, and his conquest of Canaan
(Hence the title of my series Conquest of Canaan)
I'm going to discuss some of my favorite bible stories.

One of my all time favorite stories in the bible is about Jacob and Rachel.
(Beginning in Genesis 29)
I think it is probably the only "love" story that takes place in the bible, too.

I have always found it interesting that love stories aren't more abundant in scripture, but then again I don't think we were sent to earth for "Happily-ever-after." This is why the bible story of Jacob and Rachel is so endearing.

Jacob wanted to marry Rachel. Rachel's father made Jacob work for him for seven years, offering to let Rachel marry him after the seven years were completed.
Genesis 29:20
"So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her."

I literally get teary-eyed.

But after seven years, Rachel's father changed his mind and said Jacob needed to work SEVEN MORE YEARS.
Can you imagine?!?

What a love!

Jacob worked a total of fourteen years to earn Rachel's hand in marriage.

I think that is quite the love story. I don't know if many man-if any-would be willing to go through that much for a woman. How sweet would it be?
Maybe more men should be reading the bible, eh?
HA!

Take a cue from Jacob.

Anyways, read the bible for the full details! But that is my favorite bible story for today.

Comment below and share one of yours!
By Brittany Shannon

Og: book one of Conquest of Canaan

Og is now available, my friends!
So far, it is live on Amazon and Kobo.
Will be available on Nookpress and iTunes shortly.

This is a dream come true for me.
I have been working on Og for 10 years now and I'm so excited this book is complete.

Check out the links here, and be a friend and SHARE them:)
Thanks guys!!!!


Facebook POST:
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And Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/og-1
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By Brittanh Shannon

Friday, August 5, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge: Week 30

Here we are again, with a new prompt for this week! It is week 30 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge!

The prompt is: Age

I'm so young at heart it is weird to think I will be 29 in a few months! But, yes, I'm going to hang on to my 28 for just a little bit longer.:)

To me, age is like weight. It's just numbers. 

I could care less what I weigh. I don't even own a scale. I care how I look and feel, which is the same about my age. I've never cared about growing old. Unlike many people, I've always wanted to be "one year older"....as far back as I can remember!!

And the great thing is, I find each year that much better than before. I'm happier now than I was at 18. I'm more confident, more successful. And I give zero $h!t$ about wrinkles and gray hairs. I have two--gray hairs--and I named them, that's how proud I am. I LOVE my age. I think there is beauty in maturity. I find the "fountain of youth" to be a smidge offensive, considering that isn't at all what God sent us to earth to focus on. But hey, to each their own, right? I know what I'm here to do, I know who I am, and I know what I can accomplish. I'm going to stand at the pearly gates, hopefully super old and extremely wrinkly, and speak of my good works and service. I am pretty sure I won't be chastised for refusing Botox ;) he he he. No hate, I just don't like the stuff.

Anyway, age is a grand thing. Accept it. Use it. 

Love it!
By Brittany Shannon

Author Brittany Shannon: Update

Hi again:)

I wanted to share an update: my first book, Og, is going to be released. In just a little while!!
This is the first novel in my series, Conquest of Canaan.
By Brittany Shannon.

This is such a fun, unique read that I think reaches a wide audience. I've gotten feedback from men, women, girls, boys. My only recommendation would be witholding it from anyone under 16 years of age. No, this book isn't Game of Thrones graphic, but it borders on gritty and talks about some icky stuff. 

This series is based on true events, covering one of my favorite bible stories. It is a historical fiction, targeting New Adults and YA fiction readers. 
Short synopsis tease below:

Og is an imaginative historical narrative about a girl named Kaya Lucan, and her childhood friend Travin Samuli Shelomo. These two characters couldn't be more opposite. They grow up in a pompously neutral territory, Avoca, along the Spine of Canaan--a notoriously violent area during 1406BC. Kaya Lucan is a cynical glutton--her favorite indulgence being wine. Travin, on the other hand, has been trying to outrun a soiled family name and establish honor for himself. Bullied constantly in his youth, he finally achieves success when he is drafted into the Israelite army, alongside his best friend Rebby Daan. Avoca is destroyed by diseased rebels, and to her horror, Kaya realizes many of the men she has known her whole life have formed secret combinations, training the participants in the ways of the Israelites. Her options, and friendships, are limited. Life's experiences have taught her not to trust men, or form attachments. With the threat of extermination lingering, and fear of the disease and Canaanite enemies, Kaya recklessly joins the army of Israelite soldiers and marches to their stronghold at Shittim. She resumes her occupation of caring for animals, perhaps a redeeming quality for the witty misanthrope, but she secludes herself in a bubble of numb intoxication and the handsome soldier, Westin. Neither of which dilute her battering nightmares.

Battlefronts prove to be only one of the many life-altering adventures these friends will face, along with a new, God-fearing religion employed by the seemingly barbaric Israelite people.

Love, survival, and faith weave together a story of war and strife. Sometimes it isn't what, but WHO, you would save when you have only a second to decide. Soul-searching and self-destructing habits reform Kaya Lucan and Travin Shelomo. The Israelites combat massive Canaanite armies--literally. King Og was compared to a Cedar Tree with an iron bed nine cubits in length. War fronts and captivity are a far cry from the once peaceful life these friends lived in Avoca. Their loyalty to one another, even amidst such confrontation, is an endearing attribute of this action-filled saga. Conquering city after city, the army led by the famous military general, Joshua, plans to march to Jericho.
More blood. More death. 
"Kill every living thing. Every man, woman, and child."


Can you imagine...what it must have been like to live back then?
Stay tuned for the release of Og, by Brittany Shannon.

Author Brittany Shannon: Update

Hi again:)

I wanted to share an update: my first book, Og, is going to be released. In just a little while!!
This is the first novel in my series, Conquest of Canaan.
By Brittany Shannon.

This is such a fun, unique read that I think reaches a wide audience. I've gotten feedback from men, women, girls, boys. My only recommendation would be witholding it from anyone under 16 years of age. No, this book isn't Game of Thrones graphic, but it borders on gritty and talks about some icky stuff. 

This series is based on true events, covering one of my favorite bible stories. It is a historical fiction, targeting New Adults and YA fiction readers. 
Short synopsis tease below:

Og is an imaginative historical narrative about a girl named Kaya Lucan, and her childhood friend Travin Samuli Shelomo. These two characters couldn't be more opposite. They grow up in a pompously neutral territory, Avoca, along the Spine of Canaan--a notoriously violent area during 1406BC. Kaya Lucan is a cynical glutton--her favorite indulgence being wine. Travin, on the other hand, has been trying to outrun a soiled family name and establish honor for himself. Bullied constantly in his youth, he finally achieves success when he is drafted into the Israelite army, alongside his best friend Rebby Daan. Avoca is destroyed by diseased rebels, and to her horror, Kaya realizes many of the men she has known her whole life have formed secret combinations, training the participants in the ways of the Israelites. With the threat of extermination lingering, and fear of the disease and Canaanite enemies, Kaya recklessly joins the army of Israelite soldiers and marches to their stronghold at Shittim. Battlefronts prove to be only one of the many life-altering adventures these friends will face, along with a new, God-fearing religion employed by the seemingly barbaric Israelite people.

Love, survival, and faith weave together a story of war and strife. Sometimes it isn't what, but WHO, you would save when you have only a second to decide. Soul-searching and self-destructing habits reform Kaya Lucan and Travin Shelomo. The Israelites combat massive Canaanite armies--literally. King Og was compared to a Cedar Tree with an iron bed nine cubits in length. War fronts and captivity are a far cry from the once peaceful life these friends lived in Avoca. Their loyalty to one another, even amidst such confrontation, is an endearing attribute of this action-filled saga. Conquering city after city, the army led by the famous military general, Joshua, plans to march to Jericho.
More blood. More death. 
"Kill every living thing. Every man, woman, and child."


Can you imagine...what it must have been like to live back then?
Stay tuned for the release of Og, by Brittany Shannon.