About the Book
Book: Still Small Voice
Author: Allen Brokken
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Release Date: July 24, 2020
The Still Small Voice Leads the Way
Because of their faith, twelve-year-old Lauren and her younger brothers, Aiden and Ethan, prevailed in the battle for the Tower of Light. But their victory did not stop the Dark One. Darkness continues to spread across Zoura’s frontier.
Now, in a vision, Mother tells them to light a second tower in Blooming Glen. Before they can set out on their journey with the Knight Protector, their Uncle arrives with a different set of instructions. He doesn’t trust the Knight Protector or the Mighty Mercenaries and believes the children should go to grandma’s house instead.
Unyielding in his belief, Uncle unknowingly leads the children off their path. And a misguided acolyte follows them. Lurking in the shadows, he strikes at every opportunity as the dark forces prepare to descend.
Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan are Zoura’s last defense. Can they convince their Uncle of the truth—that he must listen to the still small voice—and make it to Blooming Glen before the Dark One’s forces overtake them?
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About the Author
Allen Brokken is a teacher at heart, a husband and father most of all. He’s a joyful writer by the abundant grace of God. Follow his endeavors @towersoflight, @twodadsandajoke, and http://www.brokken.net. Your children can grow their own faith and love of God by following the adventures of Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan (plus their pets!) at instagram.com/towersoflight.
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Still Small Voice is the much anticipated 2nd book in the Towers of Light series. We will be launching the book with a Celebrate Lit tour on July 24th. Come on the tour to learn about some of the places author Allen Brokken visited to research the unique frontier setting for the series. Five of the tour stops are interviews where he shares what he learned at different historical locations as well as his inspiration for the second book which focuses in listing for the Holy Spirit’s still small voice.
As defenders of the light, three children embark on a journey to stop the dark forces invading their land.
Louder than ever before, the message of listening to the holy spirit’s still small voice resonates with an urgency that demands action.
“Still Small Voice by Allen Brokken is an adventure of a lifetime! Filled with mystery, action, family bonds, and a healthy dose of animal friends this second book in the Tower of Light Series is a fantastic continuation of the journey of siblings Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan. Their quest to spread the Light as Darkness creeps across the land is a faith-filled adventure worth joining. ~Katie Clark, author of the Enslaved Series”
Author Interview with Allen Brokken
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I’ve actually gone a number of places looking for inspiration for the world I’m building. I was highly inspired by Little House on the Prarie and the American Frontier. I did research on 1700-1800 America to build out my general idea, with trips to historic Williamsburg, Silver Dollar City, The Little House on the Prarie Museum and Midwest Old Threshers. I’ve got a pretty large album of inspritaton from these places. I think it’s paid off as I get a lot of compliments about the non-traditional setting for a fantasy story.
How do you select the names of your characters?
The characters are named after my kids. This is actually a continuation of a story I wrote for them when they were much younger and the rest of the family are other family members. One thing I wanted to do though was to make the grown ups kind of like the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoons. I was going for non-distinct authority figures. I try to have them interact as little as possible, but still move the plot along.
What was your hardest scene to write?
*Spoiler alert.* The ending was tough because I was originally driving a thread of loss where Aiden was focused on the loss of all the people in their lives and then Daddy Duck appeared to fly off and leave them. I like the thread through the story. But after multiple revisions I had to pull the whole thing and rework to get to the belly of the fish scene that’s in there now.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I went out of my way to avoid actual literature classes. I found ways to adjust my schedule or take alternate classes because I was going into science. I really wish I hadn’t.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
Character for me. Plotting for me involves thinking of how to then get them from point A to B. But I begin by thinking about the character’s motivations and desires to then put things in their path.
Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
That’s tough. I have a toss up right now between Wayne Thomas Batson because I love his allegorical style. But I think Robert Liparulo does a great job of dropping scripture naturally in the story in a way that just feels authentic.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I play a lot of games. Lately it’s a mix of XBOX and Star Wars Miniatures.
If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
The first person to come to mind would be Harrison Ford. Always been a big Han Solo and Indiana Jones fan. I think I’d cook a steak dinner.
Thank you, Allen, for your time and allowing us to get to know you better!
Texas Book-aholic, July 23
For the Love of Literature, July 24
Artistic Nobody, July 25 (Author Interview)
Inklings and notions, July 26
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, July 27
Vicky Sluiter, July 28 (Author Interview)
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 29
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 30
A Baker’s Perspective, July 31 (Author Interview)
Blogging With Carol, July 31
deb’s Book Review, August 1
A Reader’s Brain, August 2
Through the Fire Blogs, August 3 (Author Interview)
For Him and My Family, August 4
My Devotional Thoughts, August 5 (Author Interview)
To celebrate his tour, Allen is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.