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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Win a Copy of "The Resurrection"

My debut novel The Resurrection officially releases tomorrow, February 1st. Novel Journey has played a huge part in bringing this book to life.

That process started way back in October 2004. I had submitted a short story to a writing contest sponsored by World Magazine. It was my first short story I'd ever written and received an Honorable Mention. More importantly, I was contacted shortly thereafter by a group of writers who were starting an online critique group. That group was named Penwrights and many of the contributors here were part of that original writing group: Gina Holmes, Ane Mulligan, Jessica Dotta, Noel DeVries, Kelly Klepfer and Yvonne Anderson. In a lot of ways, The Resurrection would not have been possible without them.

Back then, like now, I was the resident malcontent, asking annoying questions about Christian fiction, thinking too much, and shutting up too little. I had a lot to learn about the craft of writing and the industry, and little intentions to write a novel. But in January 2005 I floated a "big idea"to the Penwrights. About a year later, after many critiques, deletions, and rewrites, I finished the book which is now The Resurrection.

Anyway, I am so very grateful to all those at Novel Journey who have helped me to get here. And I wanted to celebrate my release date by giving away two signed copies of The Resurrection (a synopsis can be found the the Amazon link). The only requirement for participation is that the winners promise to post a brief review of the book (at least 200 words) on both their blog and Amazon. If you'd like a chance to be one of those winners, just leave a comment on this post with your email addy or contact link. I'll select a winner using contest ends at midnight tonight. Thanks again and good luck!


Megan Sayer said...

Pick me! Pick me!! I love to blog about books, and this one looks particularly interesting. Congrats on the release, that's really exciting for you.

Gina Holmes said...

I hope your book takes off, Mike, I said a long time ago to Brandilyn Collins that you were the next Ted Dekker. It wasn't a great description, but the best I had. You're a brilliant mind. I'm really looking forward to the non fiction you'll write too.

Your book looks so nice on my shelf next to the other Penwrights. One by one, we're all getting there. For the rest, it's just a matter of time. God is good!

So proud of you, Malcontent,er, I mean Mike!

Normandie Fischer said...

Congratulations, Mike. I'll look forward to reading it. If Gina compares this to Ted Dekker's work, I know it's one I need to investigate.

Jason and Emily said...

Yea, Mike! I love hearing about writers' journeys to publication. This book looks awesome (and what a great, haunting cover!)
God bless on tomorrow's release! Congratulations!

Jason and Emily said...

Yea, Mike! I love hearing about writers' journeys to publication. This book looks awesome (and what a great, haunting cover!)
God bless on tomorrow's release! Congratulations!

Dean Mailes said...

Many dream, few do. This is a terrific accomplishment. Congratulations.

Michael Ehret said...

As I told Jevon, I'm looking forward to reading this ... been reading your blog for years.

Michelle Griep said...

I don't have a blog and I don't need a free book, but I did want to pop over here and give you a palm-stinging high-five in honor of your debut novel. Nice work, little cowboy!

norma said...

Even if I don't win a copy, your book is on my reading list :)

Lyndieb said...

Congratulations and thanks for the encouraging post.

Linda said...

I've read a great review by T. George via FB, and would love to win your book! I blog on all the books I read, so that part would be no problem.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Kim said...

Would love to win your book. I don't have a blog, but would post a review on Amazon and I lead a book club so would be happy to share that with them. Congratulations and thanks for the chance to win. Will it be coming out on the kindle soon?

Ane Mulligan said...

Mike, I'm praying for great success for he book. I love this story! Like Gina said, one by one the Penwrights are getting published. We're all so proud of you. You've come a long way, buddy. I see only good things for your writing career. Mother Ane has spoken. ;)

Mike Duran said...

Kim, my publisher said the book will be available as an eBook near the end of March. And, yes, the book club thing will get you entered! Thanks!

Kat Heckenbach said...

Hah--I'd enter for this book just because of the whole "malcontent" comment :). But I've read a couple of your short stories and know I want to read you novel, too.

Enter me!


Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Mike, I'm a fellow Realms author. Please contact me about two things:


Sarah.Isabella said...

Looks really good! Can't wait to read it!

Myrna Loy Ashby said...

Mike, congratulations on your tenacity in getting this published! Look forward to reading The Resurrection.
Myrna Loy Ashby

Dr. Linda B. Greer said...

Congratulations on your first novel. I hope you get great reviews and keep on writing for His name's sake.

kristen said...

Congrats on your first novel!!
I'd love to read it and post it on my blog:)
Thanks for the chance to win.
Kristengjohnson (at) gmail (.) com

Rebecca said...

Cant wait to read it :)

Carol N Wong said...

Good Luck with your book and please,please enter me in your contest. I just read the synopsis on and it sounds very intriging.
I don't have a blog but I always write a review and put it on GoodReads, and Shelfari.



Katherine Scott Jones said...

It's always encouraging to hear another writer's story...the adventure is in the journey, of course, but now that you've achieved the end (for now) - enjoy! And congratulations. I look forward to reviewing your book on my blog - whether I win your prize copy or not.

Cindy W. said...

Congratulations on your book! The cover art is absolutely AWESOME! I'm just starting to review books on my blog and would love to review yours too!

Cindy W.


GuyStewart said...

Mike: Keep up the good work -- of making people like me THINK before they write! I'd be HAPPY to read and review it on my blog (though only about 100 people read it a week...)


Rick Copple said...

Sounds cool, Mike. Sign me up! And congrats.

rlcopple at gmail dot com.

Mike Duran said...

This contest is over. Thanks to all who participated. Using, my winners are Dean Mailes and Cindy W. Congratulations. I'll be sending you both an email to get mailing info. Thanks again to all who participated!