Interviews, Reviews, and Responses

Interviews, Reviews, and Nadine’s Responses

Interviews

AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

“When I was thirteen…” ~A Novel Saved My Life

At which time the reader takes the book and opens it right smack in the middle, commencing to read aloud to all others present. Absolute Spoilerville!” ~i read indie

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Yella’s Prayers
“*Psst.* I’ll let you in on a little secret. The three main characters, Bless, T’meal, and Lamall–they’re all me.” ~Hope Through the Pages

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The “She” Stands Alone
“After writing a line of ‘heavier’ works, I wanted to let loose (well, not totally loosey-goosey, but, you know, loose) and write something lighthearted and fun.” ~Clean Indie Reads

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Love Unfeigned
“Love Unfeigned is a novella for any and everyone who believes (or would like to believe or believe again) that imperfect people should, can, and do experience perfect love.” ~ReadFree.ly
“Not everyone has the same beliefs, but I imagine that most people believe in something, making belief itself a universal theme.” ~Kelly Smith Reviews
“For the first time in my publishing life, I designed a book cover before I had a story or plot to go along with it.” ~Kookie Krysp Reads

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The Movement of Crowns
“It doesn’t have the facts to be historical or alternative history, and it doesn’t have the element of magic to fit well into the fantasy genre, so I started calling this fiction series epic—heroic, majestic.” ~Clean Indie Reads
“I want readers to know that their destiny is a perfect fit for them, and they can walk deeper into it step by step, never throwing their hope away.” ~Tell Tale Book Reviews (MontanaMade)
“When you have genius for something, you have it, and there must be some way you can and should put that genius to work, no matter what race, body type, era, or whatever else you’ve been born into.” ~Kelly Smith Reviews
“As far as literature goes, fiction is my first love, both to read and to write, always with some element of romance in it.” ~Clean Romance Reviews

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“The ‘other side’ of a story, of history, is never the ‘other‘ side to the people who are there, living life on that side. The human story entwines everyone in God’s ultimate plot.” ~Tell Tale Book Reviews
“The human heart is complex, oftentimes with care and concern, contempt and resentment, and a plethora of like and differing emotions and convictions all coexisting in a jumble.” ~Kelly Smith Reviews

The Movement of Crowns Series
“I’m into classical and majestic music and film scores, classic jazz, and Christmas music with either a classic-jazzy or patented bright and warm, ultra-Christmassy feel. (Not so much Christmas songs that are remade into pop music.)” ~The Silver Petticoat Review
Sometimes taking the scenic route and enjoying the ride in literature is a great way to paint a compelling, lasting picture for reading audiences and thinkers, something I find and appreciate in much of the classic literature I read—something I don’t want our society to lose.” ~No Wasted Ink
“The world where Diachona and Munda exist is like both history and folklore.” ~History from a Woman’s Perspective

BOOK REVIEWS

World of the Innocent

“Beautifully written. It spoke to my soul… It’s a novel for anyone who loves.” ~Christian Bookaholic
“Keels has written a lovely, blossoming romantic story… Packed with emotions, this was a heartfelt read.” ~Brice’s Mice Christian Book Reviews

“I went in with an open mind and I was not disappointed.” ~The Kansan Reader

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Four Silver Stars
“Faith, doubt, friendship, and romance all combine together in this coming-of-age novel… I marveled at how the story kept my attention.” ~Savurbks
“I really enjoyed this book!… I highly recommend it!” ~Lights in a Dark World
“A comprehensive read surrounding those confusing teenage years…perfectly captured by Nadine C. Keels.” ~Christian Bookaholic
“The author’s strength lies in her ability to touch hearts and create characters and dialogue that come alive.” ~Rachel John Reviews

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Love Unfeigned
Five Gold Stars
“The wordplay and language are expressive and rich. It is a beautiful love story that slowly evolves and matures into an intense romance.” ~Readers’ Favorite
“I think this story qualifies as a visual masterpiece… Keels’s work would fit right in with the classic masters of the genre.” ~Rabid Readers Reviews
“This is a Hallmark movie waiting to happen… Five stars to this well-written paen to young love.” ~Don Sloan
“A beautiful story that will bring you to tears. It really leaves you with a feeling of hope…” ~NerdGirl Official Review
“Keels’s novella about true love is a treat for the heart… I loved this book. It brought tears to my eyes. 5/5–wonderfully heartfelt!” ~Kelly Smith Reviews
“Totally unforgettable. Loved it.” ~Rachel John Reviews
“Poetic and musical, with crescendos of intensity… I highly recommend this sensitive and engaging story of young love.” ~Perspectives By Nancee
“What a wonderful story! …it sucked me in so well that I didn’t want to put it down.” ~Reynolds Reviews
Four Silver Stars
“The reader becomes entranced by Lorraine and Isaiah’s tale. Fantastic…a must read!” ~InD’tale Magazine
“It wasn’t just a ‘simple little novella.’ It was just as good, if not better, than most 300+ page novels I have read… I very highly recommend this book!” ~Carrie K’s Book Reviews
“If you enjoy reading a good love story, one built around a love that cannot be denied, you must read Love Unfeigned. Nadine Keels is a writer to be followed.” ~Sherrey Meyer, Found Between the Covers
“A quick read full of romance that had me falling in love with the characters and story and left me wanting more.” ~Lost in the Pages of a Book
“This is one of those stories that leaves you with a warm and homey sort of feeling, and I can’t recommend it enough to fans of clean romance.” ~Kookie Krysp Reads
“It’s been a while since I’d last read a novella, and even more, one as good as Love Unfeigned.” ~The Reader and the Chef
“This was a short, sweet, clean romance that was not sappy in any way. I would recommend it to those who enjoy romance novels.” ~Shelf Full of Books
“This book was extraordinarily well written… Two thumbs up!” ~Urban Books Authors & Writers of America
“A truly lovely read which kept me interested and intrigued until the very end.” ~Self Publisher’s Showcase

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The Movement of Crowns
Five Gold Stars
“The author has done an excellent job by blending a love angle with…war and power. The themes just flow into each other…” ~Readers’ Favorite
“Great characters, stunning plot, and a thought-provoking message make this a story worth reading. 5/5–great!” ~Kelly Smith Reviews
“This was an amazing and intriguing story of a young woman’s coming of age journey of faith, hope, determination, and more.” ~Wonderous Reviews
“I very much enjoyed the blending together of war, romance and politics… 5 stars out of 5.” ~Shelf Full of Books
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“This book had a way of pulling you in… maybe it was a little bit of magic… The royal family of Diachona is amazing!” ~Tell Tale Book Reviews
The Movement of Crowns is charming with a bite of political intrigue. Readers are left at the end of the novel with the sense that they’ve read something unique and special.” ~Rabid Readers Reviews
“A great trip to a faraway land!… I look forward to reading more of Diachona, the neighboring kingdoms, and where they shall lead us.” ~Jeni’s Bookshelf Review
“Glimpses of mystery, confidence, strength and faith weaved together to create an intriguing story.” ~Savurbks
“I couldn’t put it down, quite honestly… Nadine C. Keels managed to make this an absolutely magical story.” ~Reveries Reviews
“Spendidly done!” ~Live. Love. Read.

The Movement of Rings
Five Gold Stars
“As I said about its predecessor, Rings is a joy to read. The story is always inspiring, especially to young women… 5/5–wonderful!”  ~Kelly Smith Reviews
“With fully developed characters, a bit of sass and spirit, faith woven within, and turmoil mixed throughout, The Movement of Rings is an outstanding sequel.” ~Savurbks
Four Silver Stars
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“I loved the details that Nadine C. Keels put into the politics, traditions, and daily life of the monarchy and citizens of Munda…. Fascinating, this book is an excellent read!” ~Tell Tale Book Reviews
“Another great trip to a faraway land! Are you ready? Even better than the last!” ~Jeni’s Bookshelf
“I liked going back to the wonderful world Nadine Keels created in her first book, being able to see the other side…while being entertained and inspired.” ~Wonderous Reviews
“The twists and turns in the plot of this story leave the reader guessing right up to the end.” ~Shelf Full of Books

The Movement of Kings
Five Gold Stars
The Movement of Kings did not disappoint. This was a wonderful coming of age story of love, intrigue, history, leadership, mystery, and much more.” ~Wonderous Reviews
The narrative of Kings is very emotional, with the hero dealing with life, death, love, and politics.  All in all, this series was so wonderful and I’m sorry to see it end. 5/5–great ending!” ~Kelly Smith Reviews
“Nadine Keels packs so much story into a novella, I can only marvel how she does it… With full characters, an impressive storyline and well chosen words, The Movement of Kings was my favorite yet (and I really liked book 2)!” ~Savurbks
“Save this one to read on a day when you have plenty of time for reading. Because you won’t be able to put it down.” ~Reveries Reviews
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“I am very impressed with the thought and detail that Nadine C. Keels has put into every aspect, from the political structure to gowns and hairstyles, from geography to state traditions… Lots of politics, some danger, definitely romance, make this short book a good and satisfying read.” ~Tell Tale Book Reviews
“I found myself sorry to see the series end when I turned the last page, which I consider to be one of the marks of a good book.” ~Shelf Full of Books

The Movement of Crowns Series
Five Gold Stars
“All in all, this series was so wonderful.” ~Kelly Smith Reviews
Four Silver Stars
“Keels does a stellar job weaving the lives and challenges of her characters together. [This series] rewards the reader handsomely with its inspirational messages. ” ~InD’tale Magazine
“I have sincerely enjoyed and looked forward to reading each of these stories… I am very impressed with the thought and detail that Nadine C. Keels has put into every aspect, from the political structure to gowns and hairstyles, from geography to state traditions in each of the books in this series.” ~Tell Tale Book Reviews
“This was an amazing series of novellas. It had just the right balance of politics and (clean) romance, which can be really hard to achieve in any book. Perfect for everyone, really!” ~Wonderous Reviews
“This is a wonderfully written book. The author has a strong authority and sense of language which makes her prose style unique in a modern Shakespeare sort of way. I will certainly be looking out for other books by Keels!” ~To Be a Person

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The “She” Stands Alone
Five Gold Stars
“Laugh out loud as you read this book, and possibly end up with that sweet ‘awww’ smile on your face!” ~Wonderous Reviews
“If you like your love short, sweet, and clean, definitely pick up The “She” Stands Alone! 5/5–enjoyable!” ~Kelly Smith Reviews
Four Silver Stars
“A…short hit of romance with a touch of humor. It is clear that [Keels] has the art of writing down to a tee…” ~Readers’ Favorite
“The depth of Keels’s writing is masterful.” ~Rabid Readers Reviews
“I would highly recommend this warm, affirming story to readers of any age.” ~NerdGirl Official Review
“I loved the concept of this novelette and was excited to have the opportunity to read it and was not disappointed.” ~Lost in the Pages of a Book
“Humor, good advice and life-lessons all ravel together for a deeper but surely entertaining piece.” ~Savurbks

NADINE’S RESPONSES (to Book Reviews and Other Matters)

My purpose for writing is to help people by bringing hope, changing minds, expanding imagination, providing entertainment, and saving lives, all of which other authors’ books have done for me. Accordingly, I’ve sought book reviews in hopes of reaching more readers to further my purpose to help people, and I’m grateful for each reviewer who takes the time to read my work and to record their reflections on it. That’s invaluable!

Novellas and Novelettes

I understand the feeling of wishing a book could go on longer, after it’s over, and I see the point of readers who may wish there was more added to my short fiction. But I have a little habit: when a story stops, I stop. Once a story has said all that it’s supposed to say–the characters have made their journey and the message has been delivered–I don’t add any more characters, extra events, or what have you. I find novellas and novelettes to be just as complete as novels are, much as–oh, say–a short person is just as complete a person as a tall one is. Complete things full of real substance come in all different shapes and sizes, books included, and the substance that’s there can be measured for what it’s intended to be. Here are my thoughts on short fiction.

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Language in My Epic Fiction

As I said in one of my author interviews, “I undertook the task of imagining how people living in an ‘epic’ time and setting might think, speak, and feel, and they began to just seem like people, to me… It was something of a challenge to reconcile the ‘epic’ way that educated people from another time might express themselves with the relaxed language they were bound to use sometimes…” Indeed, I’m still working on language mastery, part of the process of being a writer.

The language that characters use in my epic fiction might appear inconsistent at points, but I strive to be intentional in the way my characters speak in all of my fiction writing. For instance, I debated back and forth with myself about whether or not Staid Alexander in The Movement of Crowns would use the word “hey” (or the Diachonians’ equivalent of the word “hey,” since they don’t speak English.) Would “hey” not sound nonmodern and epic enough? I pictured Staid staring at a young woman he likes; I pictured his eyes lighting and softening, and I, serving as his English translator, chose to let “hey” be “hey.” I figured that even for people who ride horses and sit on thrones and fight with swords, everything isn’t always, “And, lo! Hark unto me as I bequeath unto thee, forthwith!” Besides, Commander Alexander is a soldier who leads hosts of men in drills and dangerous battles, which is quite a gritty occupation to have. As a part of his everyday life, he’s bound to use language other than what may sound strictly epic, formal, or romantic. So a “hey” coming out while he speaks to a woman he likes seems natural to me, adding humanness to both his character and a friendship of his.

Moreover, much of what may look or sound modern or not is in the eye and ear of a reader. A character responding with a “Maybe” in answer to a question may sound modern in some instances, since we still use the word nowadays, often casually. But “maybe” first came into use as an adverb back in the 15th Century. It’s older than “perhaps,” a word that may initially sound less modern. Again, it depends on how one reads (sees and hears) it.

Anyway, those are just examples. If there are times when I do go all out for the And-lo-Hark-unto-me-as-I-bequeath-unto-thee-forthwiths and whatnot, know that that’s intentional as well. 🙂

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Sentence Length

Yes, I’m guilty of including long sentences in my books. 😀 See my post on Run-On Sentences vs. Sentence Length.

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The Races/Ethnicities of My Characters

See my posts on Character Colors and Diversity in Christian Fiction.

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