It is truly a pleasure to introduce you to C.S. Lakin.  I had the opportunity to review her book Someone to Blame a few months ago.  It dealt with a very difficulty theme but was well written and rich with truths that touched my heart. So I jumped at the opportunity to review another one of her books.  But before I get that let’s learn a little more about the author

When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?

I want to meet all of them! I think especially Joseph, since I relate to him so much. I suffered a family betrayal and have written a modern day novel based on his story.

What would be the first question you would like to ask him?

How did he know God was with him all through his trials, and how did it feel to see God’s hand in his life, using him to save the nation of Israel, his family.

When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?

A ballerina. But that wasn’t going to happen!

Are you a Star Trek Fan? (And for those of you out there who are, when you read the book you’ll understand why I asked!?!)

I am a fanatic! My husband and I watch some Star Trek show every week, although lately it’s been nightly, going through Deep Space Nine and now TNG. But, I have no idea why you asked that in regard to The Map across Time. That book is more like Back to the Future to me! Maybe you can give me a hint!

We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?

Always tell the author you think their book is the best they’ve ever read! No, just kidding. I appreciate a thoughtful, honest review and personal reflections of how the story moved them and what they learned from it. It’s so neat, being an author, to hear those things and helps encourage me to keep writing.

Thanks SO MUCH!  And I’ll email you privately on the Star Trek question. 🙂

My Review – I found this story absolutely enchanting!  The author did an amazing job of painting the picture of Sherbourne in its fullest.  The characters quickly endeared themselves to me. I found myself crying at Adin’s pain and wanted to hold him in my arms and tell him everything would be alright. Aletha has such a strength of character that made you love her as well. The supporting characters of Reya, Jered, and O’lam added laughter and wisdom to the story.

It is a story of good versus evil, but it is definitely a fresh tale with some very cool twists. Another nice thing with this story is it is very entertaining for adults, but I think children will enjoy the story as well. The antagonist is very apparent and evil but I don’t think he would cause nightmares for younger children.  My twelve year old was going to read it until he realized it was not on the Accelerated Reading List and he could get points for reading. I think this summer he’ll read it.

If you enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia you will enjoy this story.  This story is for anyone who wants to escape to another world and be lost in its beauty and wonder and learn how they recapture their freedom.

Contest – You have the opportunity to win a copy of this wonderful book.  Leave a comment with your name, the state you live in and your favorite fairy tale.  Open to those in the United States and chances of winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be chosen using on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 9:00 PM PDT.

I did receive this book from the publisher, but my views are strictly my own.

Be Blessed!

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27 Replies to “A Map Across Time – C.S. Lakin Interview, Review and GIVE AWAY!”

  1. We are huge sci-fi fans in this home and have watched the Star Trek Voyager series so many times we can quote it 🙂 I think my entire household would love to read this book! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. Personally, my favorite fairy tale (as in Disney) would be Beauty & the Beast.

    Anne, rural NC

  2. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella, I think. 🙂 They’re all pretty good though! I live in Nebraska.

    Carman sent me. 🙂


  3. I am here in snowy NY and miserable after the 2 feet of snow we got last night… :O(

    One of my all time favorites is Beauty and the Beast…. looking deeper and seeing what’s beneath. :O)

  4. Howdy! I’m from Macungie (Allentown, PA). My favorite fairytale is “Beauty and the Beast,” but my fave fairytale made into a (Disney) movie is THE LITTLE MERMAID. 🙂

    Oh, and Carman sent me!

  5. Wow this sounds great! I’d love to win! I live in Florida and my favorite fairy tale…hmm…I think it’s Beauty and the Beast. I LOVE that story! 🙂


    – Kait

  6. I thought it was interesting that when I looked up the novel, it seems more fantasy than sci-fi … =) I enjoy both genres, and this one sounds great! =) I don’t know if I should say this with a bunch of Trekkies around, but though I like Star Trek (Capt. Picard, Ezri Dax, Dr. Bashir, and Miles O’Brien being some of my favorite characters), I’m more attached to Star Wars book characters … my brother is a major Trekker though. =)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    (Sent by Carman)

    Oh, and I live in Hawaii and while I don’t have a favorite fairy-tale, I enjoyed a Christian YA novel, “The Healer’s Apprentice” by Melanie Dickerson, which was based on “Sleeping Beauty” =D

  7. Wow, this sounds good, but I perked up when you got to the ST comment, and CS’s back. Now I have to read it. I live in WI and love Grimm’s “King Thrushbeard.”

  8. Live long and prosper! I’d love a chance to win this book. I’m in Northern Michigan and my favorite fairy tale, bar none, is Beauty and the Beast. My favorite B&B movie started George C. Scott as the beast. 🙂


  9. Ben from Oregon.

    Favorite Fairy Tale is Jack and the Beanstalk


    bigo.of.buckland at gmail dot com

  10. I’d love to win!

    Woh! Ben, I’m from OR too! Sure rained a ton today. >_<

    My favorite Fairy Tale…is…Oh I hate these questions!(wonders what it might be) I'm going to say..Little Red Riding Hood?

  11. Hi, THANKS for the opportunity to learn about and win a copy of C.S. Lakin’s new book. Wow it does look very interesting. Could you please put my name in for the drawing.

    Nora 😀
    The Book Club Network

  12. Thanks for sending me here Carman!

    My name is Shawna and I’m from Texas! (Waaay down by the southern most tip of Texas, too!)

    I want to say thank you for offering up your book. I admire authors who do that because it shows you have some compassion for your readers and you want to “include them in your life.”

    My favorite fairy tale is “Beauty and the Beast”.
    Why? I have learned, in more ways than one, to always look on the inside a person and not judge the outside. Who cares if you aren’t drop dead gorgeous or have a few nasties poking out of your face? That’s not what life’s all about and as Beauty learns this, the Beast becomes a reality. Her reality. Goes to show — Let’s not judge a book by it’s cover. (no pun intended here.)

    Thanks for the chance to enter!

    Shawna — mzshawnaj at gmail dot com

  13. My name is Kristi and I live in Hawaii. 🙂 This book sounds like it would be a great way to get my mind off of school and relax a bit, LOL. I can’t just choose one fairy tale! Um, how about “Cinderella”? Thank you for the opportunity to win!


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