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Finding Faith by April A. Luna - Book Tour + Giveaway

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GENRE: Fantasy



An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds.
To some, it’s nothing more than a dream.
To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.
For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.


I am old, I am ancient, my purpose is clear
To give those who are needy a treasure so dear.
They who come to my roots, touch my bark, stroke my leaves
Find the soul of their lives if they but believe.
When I call and you listen, your prize will be great
If your heart remains open and you don’t hesitate.
Do you yearn? Be you lonely? Is your time yet at hand?
Reach for me and I’ll give to you. I’m yours to command.
For your trust, for your faith, keep my secrets untold
And I’ll gift you forever, to have and to hold.



Faith Kometo cleans out the church coffers of a quaint village, flees on foot from pitchfork-wielding townsfolk, and ends up entangled in the veil between parallel worlds by a primordial spirit with Hayden Cox, an elite scout with the Order of Hunters, hot on her trail.
It’s taken Hayden two years and three timelines to trap his gargouille prey—a member of the Kometo clan. Now that he has his target in hand, he’ll stop at nothing to unearth the truth behind the order, genocide, and love’s pull.

“Behind you,” Hayden’s voice echoed.

A whirling blue-green light spun around Faith, twirling her body. Bursts of light blinded her, making her eyes water.
‘I am old, infinite,’ said a feminine voice. ‘I am ancient.’

“Yeah. Like time itself.” Faith rubbed her eyes. “You said that already.” She glanced around but only flashing balls of light swirled. “Where are you?” A tree. How the hell was she inside the trunk of a tree?
‘My purpose is clear.’

“To you, perchance.” Faith surveyed the vicinity. Nothing but a light show filled her vision. “Ya care to share because what you want isn’t transparent to me?” She fought against the empty space. “How about you, hunter? Is it clear to you?” She eyed Hayden, scrutinizing his every move.
“Show yourself.” Hayden pressed a finger to his lips. “Why’d you bring us here?” He motioned with his index finger for Faith to remain quiet and observe. “What do you want?”
‘To give those who are needy, such as yourselves, a treasure so dear.’
“Exactly, what are we talkin’ about?” Faith followed a string of glowing threads. “Gold. Silver. Chromite Ore?”
‘They who come to my roots, with an opened heart, touch my bark, stroke my leaves. Find the one true soul mate of their lives.’
“Um . . . About that.” Faith shook her head. Who the hell does this being think she is? “Yeah. I won’t be touching or stroking anything, especially your bark or leaves, and just so you know, I’m not in the market for a mate.”


Guest Post 

My take on critique and writer groups.

Critique groups are like ideas, they’re a dime a dozen—or so the old cliched saying goes. In other words, if one group doesn’t feel like a right fit, as in a Cinderella shoe fit, then it’s time to move on to a new one. Test the waters. Don’t be afraid.
Ask your writer self, “What do you hope or expect to gain from this group?”
Be honest with yourself. Some people seek out a community of like-minded individuals to socialize. Whereas, others require something a bit more stringent, such as a well-structured schedule of chapter swapping with extensive feedback on world building and character development. So, knowing what your personal needs are, as well as expectations of the group, and what’s expected of you, goes a long way in ensuring satisfaction.
Once the type of critique group is decided upon, one should shop around—it’s that Cinderella shoe fit situation again. Many writer groups are fantastic for some people; however, a single group isn’t right for all the people all of the time, so it pays to window shop.
At thirteen, my daughter took an interest in writing. We scoured the town in search of a teen-friendly group. And in the spirit of fairy tales, we had a Goldilocks’s experience. One was too hard to get a word in edgewise; one was far too soft and relaxed when it came to adult content read out loud—if you know what I mean; the third, small and intimate, consisting of only four people, provided a perfect fit. However, as with many groups, life gets in the way and people go their separate ways.
“I have an idea.” My daughter bounced in the back door one afternoon, a smile danced upon her lips. “We can start a group. One open to all ages and every genre.” Her rosy cheeks glowed with a touch of sun. “And we can set the rules.”
With the idea voiced, she set out to find a sponsor. Forty-eight hours later, we had our first meeting with the San Antonio Public Library, and a few weeks after that, the Tobin Writers’ Group graced the library calendar.
Now, almost eight years later, the group still running strong, has turned out countless writers: poets, fiction and creative non-fiction short story authors, essay writers, bloggers, novelists, and a host of others. A critique group or writers’ group is what one makes out of it, and finding the right fit is paramount.
So, as my daughter and I often tell people, “It’s okay to shop around. Kick a few tires. Look in the window to view the bones of the place.”
One of the most valuable aspects of a critique group, or writers’ group, in my viewpoint, is the ability to see one’s work (or someone else’s) through a different lens. As a writer, I often find I can lose touch with perspective when fully emerged in a body of work, so a critique from a second, third, or even fourth set of eyes provides a fresh view of my project I often can’t see until pointed out.
Now, critiques on one’s baby (project) can be hard to hear. However, feedback is an essential part of the process. Even today, I recall my first round of comments. I sniffed back the rising emotions threating to breach the threshold of my already fragile writer’s eye and soul. And what I can tell you is that it hurt, but I learned a valuable lesson. Critiques are subjective opinions made by one’s peers to improve a body of work. However, they aren’t a personal attack. It took me a few rounds of edits to learn this simplistic rule, as well as how to turn off my emotional response in order to view the comments from an educational stance of, “What can I do better. What nuggets do I keep, and what do I toss out?”
Over the course of a writing journey, my daughter has been by my side. She is my muse, my inspiration, and one of the most talented writers I know. Much of what I’ve learned over the years, I must give credit to her—she is an old soul with wisdom far beyond her years. In all honesty, she taught me the value of a critique group, as well as how a writer’s group enables growth. So, in closing, I’ll leave you with a few of her words of wisdom that have helped me move forward.
“Go forth and explore the world. Expand your horizon by stepping outside of your comfort zone. For by pushing yourself, you learn who you are at the core. And who are you? You’re a bright star burning with stories to tell. So, breathe life into each spark, and then sit back and enjoy the show.”


April A. Luna (also writes as Michelle L. De La Garza) is an American freelance writer and poet who lives with her husband and children in Texas.  
She has an extensive background as an operational training manager writing corporate curriculum and facilitating training sessions
April holds degrees in BSBF, HRMS, and an MFA in Creative Writing (fiction, poetry, & scriptwriting). You may reach her on Facebook by clicking on the desired pen name: April A. Luna or Michelle L. De La Garza

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  1. My family and I all appreciate you bringing to our attention the book description of another great book to read. Thanks so much!

    1. Hello James. We, the authors of The Soul Mate Tree, want to express our thanks to you and your family for following the series' book tour. It is always nice to hear from readers. :)

  2. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

    1. Thank you for reading and for following the series. :)

  3. Did you have any alternative titles for the book?

    1. Funny you should ask this question. I think I drove my editors crazy with trying to find the right title and story for this collection. Oddly enough, I wrote one body of work, which ended up taking on a life of its own and before I knew it, that novella turned into a full-length novel. So, I ended up writing a new novella specifically for the series, which is now known as Finding Faith.

  4. Who is your favorite literary charachter?

  5. Oh, I have many. Some that come to mind immediately . . . Charlie from Stephen King's Firestarter, James Patterson's Detective Cross (the series), Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches, especially characters Lasher and Ashla from the third novel in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches titled Taltos.

  6. Thanks for taking part in the blog tour. It was so great working with April on the Soul Mate Tree series, and Finding Faith was such a wonderful addition to the series.

  7. Thank you for hosting April and the series. I loved working on the project with so many talented authors :-) Great take on critiquing and writing groups, April!

  8. Thank you for the excerpt and the guest post. The series is very interesting will start them this summer =D

  9. You have a special nook in your home in which you love to write?

  10. Good blurbs, looks so interesting! Love these book covers.


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