Monday, September 4, 2017

CONQUEROR // Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway

HELLO, MY DRAGONS. Today, I'm ecstatic to share with y'all an interivew and not one, but two giveaways, in honor of the release of Mandy Fender's final novel in the Defier trilogy!


The final battle is on the horizon...

Still heartbroken over the loss of her best friend, Sky, Lennox must face her own demons as she continues to fight against Ahab and the Regime. She now serves as a combat medic, desperately searching for survivors in war-torn America. But as the Regime grows stronger and begins to genetically enhance both humans and animals, she questions whether she and her fellow Sparrows are doing enough. After an encounter with a Prowler changes everything, she must choose between vengeance and faith in God because the next mission she goes on could be her last.

Secrets will be revealed.
Pasts will be forgiven. Defiers will be strengthened.

When all hope seems lost, who will be left standing?


Hi, Mandy! Welcome to my blog! I'm thrilled to have you here! 😀 Did you have any favorite authors -- or books! -- who helped encourage you along your writing journey? 

Hi, Liv! Thank you so much for allowing me to drop by! I am excited to be here!!!

I have a lot of literary heroes who I admire so much. C.S. Lewis is one of my favorites from childhood and has influenced my life even into adulthood. The Screwtape Letters and, of course, The Chronicles of Narnia are some of my favorites. As far as modern writers go, I am inspired by some ladies who are breaking through genres, stereotypes, "glass market ceilings" and are unashamed of their faith in Christ. These women show me that it is possible to write amazing fiction works without compromising. Authors like Francine Rivers, Nadine Brandes, Mary Weber, Angie Brashear, and Krista McGee.

If you could have tea with one of your side characters, who would it be?

Oh, goodness… You know, I would probably like to have tea with Sky's grandfather, Pop, because he reminds me so much of my own grandfather who passed away when I was little. (I think I kind of shaped that role around him subconsciously.) I would like to sit and listen to his stories and profound wisdom. I think we sometimes miss the extraordinary people around us because of their age, or they're different from us, and if we would just sit down and listen they have so much to offer our world. I like learning and Pop could definitely teach me a few things! Plus, his warm, welcoming spirit is always nice to be around. 🙂

What was the first spark of inspiration for the Defier trilogy? Or did the idea come through a more gradual process? 

The first spark came from something quite heartbreaking, actually. As I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I ran across a terrible video of real Christian persecution. I wish that I could un-see it, but once you see something like that you can never forget it, so I prayed hard and asked God to make me as brave as my brothers and sisters in Christ that I saw in the video. They stood for their faith even though it cost them everything and that's when I knew I wanted to write a story to honor them and their courage. I needed my faith to grow in Christ and writing Lennox's story helped me do that. This world is a very dark place, but I know there is a greater light and His name is Jesus Christ! So, I took my love of dystopian novels and wrote a Christian version that I pray entertains and uplifts!

Thank you so much for your time! 💕 One last thing: what is the message you want your readers to ultimately take away from your series?

TAKE A STAND. As Christians, we were never meant to fit in or join the crowd. We were made to be a light in the darkness, to point others to hope. In a time where everyone is afraid, we are the fearless. Defy the odds. Fight for faith. Be brave.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Liv! I so enjoyed the opportunity!! HAPPY READING! 💜

Thank you for hanging out with me, Mandy!!


Mandy Fender is an award-winning author, speaker, and blogger who hopes to glorify God and uplift others. She guest blogs for Broken, Beautiful, & Bold and has a monthly inspirational article in a local newspaper. Her writing has been featured in Devozine magazine for teens and Epifiction.

It is her aim to live and love like Christ and her writing is just another avenue to do that. She's a new homeschool mom and serves in full time ministry with her husband in the great state of Texas.

Readers can connect with Mandy via her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus.


Mandy is giving away the complete Defier series in ebooks! One winner will be selected. This giveaway is open internationally.


Something I find really, really cool about Conqueror -- besides it being a Christian dystopian by Mandy Fender 😉 -- is that I'm quoted in it! On pages six and seven, you can find something that might be a little familiar to my Twitter followers:

Because (a) I find this KINDA SUPER AWESOME, and (b) I happen to have an extra signed copy of Mandy's novel Sparrow, I've decided to run my very first giveaway!

This giveaway runs from September fourth (today) through 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on September eighth. Lord willing, the winner will be announced and contacted Sunday afternoon.

Since I am a poor little muffin, I'm afraid that, due to shipping costs, this giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, my dear Canadian, European, and Australian friends!)

US Dragons may enter in the Rafflecopter form below. 🙂 May the odds be ever in your favor! 💗

a Rafflecopter giveaway 



Are you excited for Conqueror? Have you read any books in the Defier series, yet?


Blog tour images provided
by Laura A. Grace.


  1. Oh my goodness that cover!!! I love it.
    And she's from Texas!! That's awesome. Texas represent!
    Are these self-published? Oh my word, that cover is still getting to me. I'm going to be looking into this series. I've never heard of it before. Thanks, Liv. <3


    1. You're so welcome, Ivie! :D

      This series is self-published. And IKR, that gorgeous cover!! *heart-eyes forever* It has to be my favorite of all of Mandy's books!

      Thank you so much for commenting, Ivie! <3

  2. GAHHH. That cover is so gorgeous. O_O I'm a little stunned, to be honest.

    I've heard about these books before, but I haven't read them. So I guess there's nothing I can look forward to in the series except actually reading it. ;)

    Favorite Christian speculative book?? GOSH. That's so hard! The first book that came to mind was Paper Crowns by Mirriam I'll go with that. :)

    Great post, Liv! This is so sweet of you to run a giveaway, and the fact that you're quoted in Conqueror is kiiiiiind of insanely awesome. ;)

    1. Yessss, IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL. <3

      PAPER CROWNS. Girl, YES! That book is so cuddly and amazing! <3

      Aw! *blushes* You're too sweet!

      Thank you for commenting, Mary!!

  3. This looks so neat! Giveaways for Christian spec-fic are always the best :)

    1. Yes! I'm so excited for this series! :D

      Thank you for commenting, Faith! :)

  4. This book looks super neat. I absolutely love the cover! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!


      Oh, girl, you're too sweet! I'm happy to host it! :D

      Thanks for commenting, Maddy!

  5. Oh my word, these look INCREDIBLE *promptly adds them all to my overflowing tbr*. I'd buy them just for their covers alone! <3 <3 <3 And my favorite Christian Speculative fiction book is the Out Of Time series by Nadine Brandes, hands down.

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

    1. Yes, these covers are just so lovely, aren't they?! *stares at them forever and ever*

      Out of Time = yesssss. I still need to finish A Time to Speak and read A Time to Rise, but I loved A Time to Die! :)

      Thanks for commenting, Savannah! <3

  6. I LOVE this interview and absolutely love the message she wants readers to take away from this series! So incredibly inspiring!

    Thanks so much for being part of the tour, Liv, and congrats on hosting your first giveaway! :D Sparrow is such an amazing read!

    1. Yes! Mandy's message is AMAZING, and she has such a caring heart! <3

      Thank you, Laura!! I'm super excited for Mandy and her Defier trilogy! :D

  7. This sounds pretty epic! I'm definitely entering the giveaway and following Mandy!

    1. Yaay! *throws confetti* Thank you so much, dear Lisa! :)

  8. That sounds like a great book! I never read books in this genre, so I really want to give it a try ... mostly because I need to read more varied genres. :)

    1. Yes! I'm not much of a dystopian reader either, so I'm excited to read these! :D

      Thanks for commenting, Kellyn!

  9. I've been wanting to read these! I always forget Mandy is from Texas ;)


      Thanks for commenting, Abigayle!


HELLO, FRIEND! Whether you're new to the Dragoner's realm or a Dragon-friend faithfully returning, I'M SO EXCITED TO HAVE YOU HERE. *hugs and gives you cookies*

I always make a point to respond to comments, although my replies might be a little late in the coming (thanks to that pesky li'l thing called Life™). *winks*

But again, I'm thrilled to have you here -- and commenting! All I ask is that you keep your comments clean, respectful of others, and free of spam. Comments that do not follow these guidelines will be deleted.

Feel free to drop a link to your blog; I'll be sure to stop by! <3