Giveaway! Daniel's book More than Conquerors

by Grace 26. March 2018 23:45

Hey Everyone! The giveaway of my brother's book "More than Conquerors" is finally here! I've invited Daniel himself to come share a little bit about himself and his book:

 

Hello everyone, my name is Daniel Helland.

Since I was a young boy I have been writing stories. Under my bed I have a bucket full of pads and binders that I wrote my ‘books’ in over the years. I guess it was around the age of thirteen that I got serious about writing, and wrote a medieval fantasy novel. It was meant to have a sequel but I never completed one. At age fifteen I wrote a Western. And then in September of 2015, I started a two year journey to write and publish More Than Conquerors: A Tale of the Huguenots - my first attempt at historical fiction. 

My book has often been likened to Henty’s novels.  However, some have said that it is similar Ballantyne’s writings because of its plot and character development. Because it is set in the Reformation, religion is a powerful factor in the story – religion and faith that is. In truth, it was rather a showdown between the two. Old and young have enjoyed this book. A small book club of young people is digging into More Than Conquerors, while many people more advanced in years are also reading. There is something for everybody, I hope.

More Than Conquerors is a high adventure tale interwoven seamlessly with the history of the Reformation that follows the experiences of three men in 16th Century France, a country torn by civil war. Theodore, a young man who wants to fight for a worthy cause, Charles, an older man who wants to kick one more dent into the world, and Johanne, Theodore’s uncle, a man of reason who is about to have his philosophies challenged to their core. The reader will walk through the streets of Calvin’s Geneva, see a coastal city besieged by a massive royal army, tour the halls and corridors of the Louvre palace in Paris, and sail to the jungles of Brazil. There are armies on the field of battle, Inquisitors in dark tunnels, tribes of cannibals in the forest, and humble preachers ministering to their congregations in caves secretly.

It was an incredible time period, and I wanted to capture some of the excitement of the period in a story. My hope is that my readers will enjoy More Than Conquerors, and learn something from the courageous Huguenots themselves, as I did.

 

“They have the power and the money,” Theodore said. He looked at a Bible on his professor’s desk. “But we have the faith.” -More than Conquerors

 

Now, for the giveaway!!! ;)

I am giving away 2 free paperback copies of More than Conquerors. The deadline for accumulating entries ends on April 5th and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

 

Here are the rules for entering:

1. ONE comment equals one free entry. 

2. Every question you ask Daniel about him, his book, the Huguenots, and the Reformation is 1 entry each for your first five questions in addition to your entry for commenting.

3. If you post about the giveaway on your blog and comment with or email me a link to your post, you get 5 entries.

4. Last of all, but most importantly, DO NOT COMMENT ANONYMOUSLY!!!!! When I post the winner, I don't want to say "the winner is... anonymous #17!" NO!!! Use a pseudonym, alias, your initials, comment with your name set as "LOL" - I don't care. But do NOT comment as 'anonymous' or I will not include you in the giveaway!

Daniel's YouTube Channel

Daniel's Facebook Page

Daniel's Website ~ Daniel in the Writer's Den

More than Conquerors ~ Amazon

 

Now let's hear from you!

Have any questions for Daniel? Ask away! By the way, I am very sorry for not posting the first part of the Family Focus series last week. I will try to get that up for you all this next Wednesday.

 

 

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J.S. Klingemann
J.S. Klingemann
3/27/2018 8:38:57 AM #

LOL... I'll be the first to comment!!!!

Out of curiosity (and these are obviously questions for Daniel): How does the story end?? Do the main characters visit Scotland (or Ireland)?

Sounds like a very interesting story, by the way - certainly not like a typical Reformation book!

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/27/2018 7:29:05 PM #

You are right, it is not your typical Reformation book. In fact, because a lot of my earlier writing was medieval fantasy, I tried to incorporate a little bit of that genre's feeling into More Than Conquerors. I'm a big fan of Lewis and Tolkien!
I'm afraid I cannot say how the book ends, that would be too much of a spoiler!
They do not visit Scotland or Ireland. Those are countries for another story. They do end up visiting Brazil however.
Thanks for the questions!
Also, I'm giving famous quotes for free. Here's yours.
The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
—Edmund Burke

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J.S. Klingemann
J.S. Klingemann
4/1/2018 1:57:07 PM #

LOL, I guess it would be. Sorry. Thanks for the quote - I think I've heard it before, and it is certainly filled with truth. Here is another question: approximately how many words long is this book?

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J.S. Klingemann
J.S. Klingemann
4/1/2018 1:57:57 PM #

Also, how many pages long is it??

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
4/1/2018 10:45:59 PM #

The book is roughly 114 thousand words and a little over 400 pages long. I actually was considering making it two books but an award winning ghost writer and my proof reader told me not to so it is one good sized book.
Thanks!

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LOL
LOL
3/27/2018 9:41:26 AM #

You mentioned it... so you know, I HAD to change my name to "LOL" for just this comment ;)  I'd love to enter!  Daniel's book sounds very good.

Daniel, what sparked your interest in the Huguenots and this time period?  What type of research went into this book?  Were you able to travel any to see the places mentioned?

Thanks, Grace and Daniel!  Excited about this giveaway! Smile

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LOL
LOL
3/27/2018 9:42:05 AM #

Oh, and by the way, this is Grace F.  Guess I probably should clarify that xD

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Grace H.
Grace H.
3/27/2018 10:09:54 AM #

Hahaha Grace! I knew someone was going to do that...

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/27/2018 7:41:48 PM #

Hello LOL, good questions! I admit to you that I graduated with an LOL before going on to get my PHD (post hole digger).
I was first intrigued by the Huguenots when I read of Marguerite of Navarre and her daughter Jeanne of Navarre in a 'Reformation Heroes' book. By the way, Jeanne of Navarre's son went on to become 'Good King Henry.' These two ladies were both Huguenots and nobility. I then read on and heard of Gaspard de Coligny, a fine soldier and man of God. He was disgusted with wartime conditions, and basically invented the first 'ambulance,' a group of medics to carry wounded men off the field.
Some research was online, but I'd say most was by good old fashioned books off of Amazon.
As to your last question, that is one thing I regret - I never traveled to any of the places in the book.
Thanks for your questions!
Here's your quote:
“We must follow Jesus Christ, our Captain, who has marched before us." - Gaspard de Coligny

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Grace F.
Grace F.
3/30/2018 4:24:39 PM #

Thank you so much, Daniel!

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Grace H.
Grace H.
3/27/2018 10:08:25 AM #

Hey, for everyone who may have already looked at this page, I'm now giving away 2 PAPERBACK copies. ;)

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Grace H.
Grace H.
3/27/2018 10:15:34 AM #

I'll edit the post to say that too.

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Mallory Hearn
Mallory Hearn
3/27/2018 10:25:01 AM #

What made you interested specifically on the French Huguenots? Thanks!!

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/27/2018 7:52:02 PM #

The Huguenots really captured my attention because of what they were fighting for. The Huguenot wars were not a petty dispute between noble houses vying for power. Rather, the Huguenots were struggling for the right to read and understand the Bible on their own, and for this they faced major forces that saw this as a threat to their power. The King, Spain, the Holy Roman Emperor, the Pope, some noble families, all were opposed to religious liberty at that time.
Good question!
Here's your quote - it's a little lengthy:
“And they made good laws and kept the peace and saved good trees from being cut down and liberated young dwarfs and young satyrs from being sent to school and generally stopped busybodies and interferers and encouraged ordinary people who wanted to live and let live.” (The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe).

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Mali Hearn
Mali Hearn
3/31/2018 6:11:38 PM #

Thanks!!!

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Laura
Laura
3/27/2018 11:12:46 AM #

Cool! My sister likes G.A. Henty books! What's a French Huguenot?

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/27/2018 8:07:04 PM #

According to their enemies, they were “Lackeys of the Genevan Reformer Calvin.” In reality, they were Protestants in France during the Reformation, many of whom were Calvinist. During the time period in my book, one tenth of the nobility declared themselves to be Huguenot.
The Huguenots believed in religious liberty, and for this they were persecuted to the point of war. In those days, the church and the state were not separated; to think on one's own in one was to endanger the other. For the benefit of kings and emperors, it was better that all subscribed to a superstitious and ignorant form of religion, rather than a vibrant and real faith.
Now here is your quote:
“Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?” - John Calvin

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Olivia Bell
Olivia Bell
3/27/2018 2:21:02 PM #

Yay! I'm so excited for the giveaway, the book sounds SO interesting, something right up my ally!
Here are my questions for Daniel:
1. How many pages is your book?
2. How did the publishing process go? Did you use CreateSpace? (I'm looking into using that, that's why I'm curious)
3. What made you decide to publish this book first, since you have also written other books?
4. What is the main message you want to convey to your readers in your book?
5. What started your interest in the time of history that your book is set in?

Grace, would it count if I linked to this giveaway in my weekly post email, like you know how I occasionally link to others posts below my weekly post in my email, would that work? It goes to over 50 people so I hope it would give you more entries! Let me know if that would work for the extra entries for me, hehe. Laughing

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Grace H.
Grace H.
3/27/2018 2:40:09 PM #

Yep, that should be fine! I'll count that in as 5 extra entries, haha! Laughing Thanks for doing that and letting me know!

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/27/2018 8:20:01 PM #

Lots of good questions here!
1. 445 pages
The book is actually broken up into two 'books'. I almost published them separately, but an award-winning ghost writer told me that was nonsense and I wasn't going to argue.
2. I published through Luminare Press, which used Createspace printers for the paperback and Ingram printers for the hardcover.
3. Every time I wrote a book, since I was a kid, I wrote it intending to publish it. It was only after writing More Than Conquerors that I followed through and did it.
4. I want people to appreciate the sacrifices made in the Reformation for the right to read the Bible on our own.
5. The interest began when I was around thirteen and my mom had me write a play about a Reformer for Reformation Day. Me and my siblings acted it out. Writing a speech or play became a tradition almost every year. IN FACT, I published More Than Conquerors on October 31rst: Reformation Day. It was special because that day happened to be the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/27/2018 8:22:00 PM #

And your quote for the day: "Put your trust in the Lord! And keep your powder dry!” Oliver Cromwell to his troops

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Grace H.
Grace H.
3/27/2018 8:39:32 PM #

What's a ghost writer? You've probably told me this before...

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Olivia Bell
Olivia Bell
3/28/2018 1:54:32 PM #

Thank you so much for answering my questions, Daniel! Your book sounds amazing! Laughing

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Lydia Lewis
Lydia Lewis
3/27/2018 7:54:19 PM #

Hey there! I've been a silent fan of this blog for a while now (just wanted to mention I loved the poem, 'Straight from my Heart'). This book seems like a great story! So, questions:

Can you pronounce every French name in the book?
Are you working with the Rebelution's "The Young Writer"?
Does Charles die heroically?
Which way do you pronounce 'Huguenots', "Hew-gen-knows" or "Hew-gen-nots" ?
Do you have any other books-in-the-making?
Are you planning to answer all of these questions either on this blog or on your own?

Okay; I'm done. Thanks for this giveaway!

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Grace H.
Grace H.
3/27/2018 8:05:07 PM #

Hey Lydia! Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed "Straight from my Heart'!
Daniel is responding to questions right here in the comments. Smile
Thanks for commenting!

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/27/2018 8:34:31 PM #

Oh my, you ask the tough questions!
1. I can pronounce every French name in the book - to the best of my knowledge Smile
2. I haven't heard of "The Young Writer." I will definitely look that one up!
3. I'm afraid I cannot answer questions that pertain to the story... I will say however since we are on the subject that from all my readers, I get the impression that Charles is their favorite character.
4. Huguenots is pronounced Hew-Gen-Knows. Hew-Gen-Nots is a common English pronunciation.
5. I am currently researching and outlining my next book. What it is about is still classified...
Thanks a lot for the questions!
Here's your free quote:
“Here is the chance we have longed for. Come! Let us follow up the first charges and remember how Louis of Bourbon goes to the combat ‘for Christ and country!’” - Louis Conde

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Alyssa
Alyssa
3/27/2018 11:28:27 PM #

This book sounds really interesting!! Me and my siblings love books like this.
Here's a few questions...
1) Who was your favorite character to create?
2) Are all of the events in your book historically accurate?

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/27/2018 11:50:50 PM #

1. My favorite character to create... Probably Charles. One interesting thing about him is that he is always chewing toothpicks. You can tell his mood just by the way he is chewing on it.
2. All of the historical events in the book are historically accurate, and the fictional events are based on history and could have happened. There are several historical characters who are part and parcel to the story: Gaspard de Coligny, Louis de Bourbon, the King, the 'Queen Mother,' and a few others.
Good questions!
Your quote:
"The noblest of all were the Huguenots..." Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes

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Grace H.
Grace H.
3/27/2018 11:51:53 PM #

Thanks for commenting, Alyssa!

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Lydia Howe
Lydia Howe
3/28/2018 8:48:38 AM #

YAY! Way to go with getting your book published! That's a big step. Smile I hope that you have a huge amount of success with it and find many blessings along your writing journey.

Questions:

1. When did you first know that this would be "the" book? (Meaning that it would be the one that you wanted to follow through with until publication.
2. What made you decide to go with self-publishing?
3. What is your word count for the book?

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/28/2018 6:58:32 PM #

Thank you!
1. I knew that I was going to publish More Than Conquerors because I knew my writing had finally matured to the point that I thought it was publishable. I could read it and see it as a real book. More importantly, others read it and encouraged me to follow through and publish it. Also, the book is over 400 pages long. It was too much effort to write, revise, edit and proofread to not do anything with it.
2. I actually went with Luminare Press based out of Eugene. They are not a traditional publisher, but not self-publishing either. They did the cover art, got the ISBNs, set up the accounts with the different printers (Createspace and Ingramspark) and did the interior work. Their work was fabulous.
3. Word count: 114,586

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/28/2018 7:00:33 PM #

Thanks for your questions!
Here's your quote: "Beware the city of Paris, my boys!" - More Than Conquerors

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R.T.
R.T.
3/28/2018 9:30:55 PM #

Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

1. Were the French exploring Brazil, conquering it, or had they already conquered it?
2. Is there any mention of Anabaptists?
3. How long did the reformation stop the persecution of Huguenots?
4. When the Huguenots emigrated from France, where did they go?

Here's a link to the blog post of your giveaway: literaturerevel.wordpress.com/.../

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Grace H.
Grace H.
3/28/2018 9:38:37 PM #

Thanks for commenting! I'll be sure to add in 5 extra entries for your post. ;)

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
3/28/2018 10:08:43 PM #

My pleasure - thanks for posting this giveaway on your blog! Great questions here.
1. Brazil was actually dominated by the Portuguese. The Pope had split South America down the middle, and Brazil fell to Portugal. That said, not all felt that the Pope's arbitrary lines were that important, and the French (historically) made several attempts at settlement. Their main forts in Brazil were 'extinguished' by the Portuguese, at the same time their forts in Florida were dealt with by the Spanish.
Interesting enough, John Calvin the Reformer and Gaspard de Coligny the Huguenot commander worked together to start a Huguenot settlement in Brazil called France Antarctique, but it didn't last long. John de Lery's autobiography sheds some light on what happened there. I crafted my fictional 'Colony of Chastain' on the lines of this historical settlement.
2. No mention of the Anabaptists. Most of the non-Catholics in France at the time were Huguenots. Anabaptism was more prevalent in other countries.
3. Actually the persecution of the Huguenots was most intense during the Reformation. There were eight civil wars spanning roughly a fifty year period.
4. Many Huguenots emigrated to England, but also to America. A huge amount emigrated to Charleston, South Carolina. I know a couple people who after hearing about my book, have come and told me that they were directly related to Huguenot emigrants. George Washington and Paul Revere had verifiable Huguenot ancestry.
Thanks for the questions!
Your quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi

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Grace F.
Grace F.
3/29/2018 10:41:19 AM #

By the way, I mentioned the giveaway in my post here: sourcreamchipsgirl.blogspot.com/.../...eaways.html Smile

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Grace H.
Grace H.
3/29/2018 10:44:05 AM #

Great! Actually just saw that. I will make sure to add 5 extra entries for you! Thanks!

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Grace F.
Grace F.
4/2/2018 10:57:40 AM #

Tagged you for the Liebster Award, Grace! Smile

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Grace H.
Grace H.
4/2/2018 12:39:45 PM #

Thanks! Super excited to do it!!!

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Laura
Laura
4/5/2018 10:57:09 AM #

I know I already commented one question, but here are four more:

Was it hard to publish?
When did you publish it?
Do you think you'll ever publish your medieval fantasy novel?
Who was the first person besides you to read it?

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Daniel Helland Jr.
Daniel Helland Jr.
4/5/2018 6:24:47 PM #

Publishing (through Luminare Press) was not that hard. It was perhaps the funnest and most rewarding part of the process. It was great to see what they came up with for cover images and to look at their interior design.
I published it on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (October 31rst 2017).
Yes, probably. That is I will probably write a medieval fantasy story someday - but medieval fantasy is a different ballgame that a lot of people are already playing. I will bide my time and do that genre only when the time is right. That may be decades from now.
The first person to read it was my sister, Abigail Helland.
Good questions!

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