Hello, everyone! I have a fun post for you all today. A few weeks ago I saw a call for bloggers interested in being part of a blog tour for the release of Erin Rhew’s book, THE FULFILLMENT. This is the final book in a trilogy and, unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to read any of the books yet, but it sounds like a really fascinating series. I enjoyed getting to know Erin through this post, so without further ado, here is her post!
Thanks for hosting me, Crystal! I’m excited to be here and share THE FULFILLMENT with your readers!
I checked out your site a bit to get some ideas for what to write about. I noticed you mentioned your dreams a lot and named your blog after the topic, so I figured I’d also talk about a similar theme. Since I’m a pretty random person (hello ADD), I may be all over the place. Haha!
Whenever I hear the word “dreams,” I always think of one of my favorite poems by Langston Hughes. Ironically, it’s on the dedication page for THE FULFILLMENT.
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
~ Langston Hughes
I also think of my Dream Team. Without these ladies, THE FULFILLMENT series would not have happened.
(Left to right: Danielle Craver, Dawn Ward, Ginny Hunsberger, Kim Sharp. I’m kneeling)
Danielle acted as my “at home editor” to help me keep the world and people consistent. Dawn Ward is my creative consultant. She helped me work out all the creative details over cups of queso at Moe’s Southwest Grill. Ginny Hunsberger is my proofreader. This woman reads like nobody’s business, and she’s always there to catch my many mistakes. Kim Sharp is my time keeper. She’d text me every day and expect a chapter. It totally helped me stay on track because…ADD.
In terms of lifelong dreams, what writer doesn’t dream of seeing his/her books in print? As a little girl, I envisioned becoming an author and holding my very first book. The moment that happened in real blew my mind. Life dream = accomplished.
But my biggest dream-come-true happened on November 7, 2014. I married my soulmate, Deek Rhew!
And I may have enjoyed it so much that I married him again on May 30, 2015! We’re from opposite coasts, so rather than try to fly one bunch of family members across the country, we came to them! Now, we have two anniversaries, which is totally awesome!
Deek is simply amazing. Sometimes, I think he popped straight out of my imagination because he’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a spouse. He’s kind, funny, thoughtful, intelligent, attentive, involved, and handsome (I could make this list go on forever, but I’ll spare you my gushing). Suffice to say, he is the peanut butter to my chocolate (we love Reeses Big Cups). I love and adore him and am so thankful for him!
If your dream is to be a writer, I encourage you to pursue it. Believe in yourself and reach for that dream with all your might. There will be setback, a lot of them, but keep marching forward. With tenacity, you can have what you’ve always wanted in life. Deek and I believe it so strongly that we had the word “tenacious” tattooed on our arms.
Thanks again for hosting me, Crystal! I hope you and your readers enjoy THE FULFILLMENT!
Thank you Erin for a great post! If you’re interested in more information about THE FULFILLMENT, here’s the synopsis:
Layla’s world tumbles out of control when she discovers the truth of her parentage and realizes the Prophecy—the one she upended her entire life to defend—is incomplete. When her new friends share the entire Prophecy, the revelations contained within it alter her destiny and challenge everything she and Wil believe in. Now, she must confront the Outlander queen to save the Ethereal kingdom while grappling with this new reality.
Tortured and imprisoned, Nash accepts his fate and offers the First Ones the one thing he has left to give: his life. In a desperate attempt to save the people he loves most, he surrenders himself to the Outlander queen and a destiny darker than he could have ever dreamed possible.
Wil, tormented by the consequences of his choices, realizes he may never be able to uphold his end of the Prophecy. His mistake casts a deep, foreboding shadow over his kingdom and those he loves, while its ripples threaten to shatter both the Prophecy and everything he and his family have sworn to protect.
In this epic conclusion, lives are lost, kingdoms clash, friendships are tested, and love and fate collide.
Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”
A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.