Thursday, December 21, 2017

Catching up!

Dear friends,

You may have wondered what has happened to me and my blog. It's been three years since I've posted anything, but I wanted to bring you up to date on what's happening in my life.

First and foremost, you are probably aware by now that I've published a new title—The Lake Lights—the first in my new Creation Seekers series. (If you're unfamiliar with this title, feel free to check out the link.) Seven years of work went into this book. Its publication was delayed because of the WinePress debacle, whereby my former publisher closed its doors, taking all the authors' royalties and many of our rights with it. Instead, I have formed my own publishing company, Creation Way Books, which is an imprint of KOT Books, LLC.

But enough history. I'm about a third of the way through Book 2 in the new series—and it promises to be a blockbuster. Most of the action takes place in Scotland, thanks to Dr. MacKenzie. This second book begins about five years after the end of the first.

This summer, I decided to retire from my primary job as a sign-language interpreter after forty-odd years. Practically speaking, however, I'm not really retired. I'm devoting more of my time to caring for my elderly mother and father, who are 88 and 89, respectively. This week has been a good example of that: I had to hospitalize my mother on Saturday for a bad case of shingles. She was practically comatose, and I didn't think she was going to make it—but she's recovered nicely. Today, I took my father for a chest x-ray. They both have dementia, although Mom is much worse off memory-wise than Dad is.

I'm also assisting my wife with the myriad details surrounding her private counseling practice. Between writing, publishing, caretaking and office-assisting, I'm kept very busy.

In case you're wondering, my two children are grown and married. My wife and I now have two grandchildren and another on the way. We feel very blessed that our kids are living in the local area and are married to godly spouses.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very merry, blessed Christmas and a hope-filled New Year.

God bless you!

In Christ's service,

William Burt

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dear friends,

During this Christmas season, I would like to share a story my son sent to me. For the past several years, he has been managing some coffee houses owned by Bethel church, which he and his wife attend. With that background in mind, here is what he wrote:

As some of you know, someone stole an iPad out of the cafe at Bethel this last Sunday.  We got a call from a pawn shop owner saying someone had attempted to sell it.  Through some great police work by the Richland PD they found out the young man who did it, and started to try and find him.
I used the "find my iPad" app on the computer to leave a message on the iPad that would pop up saying that if he returned the iPad we wouldn't press any charges.

I got an email this afternoon from a man apologizing for stealing the iPad and saying that he wanted to meet up to give it back.  We met a few hours ago and I could tell immediately that he was broken and ashamed as to what he had done.  I invited him back to my truck to talk (it was cold!), and I asked him what had led him to make this decision.  He told me about how he had been injured on the job and was an air force vet, and that he had a 4-month old daughter that his ex-girlfriend didn't want him to see anymore.

I told him that all was forgiven, and that I would like to help him.  I told him I would buy him a cart full of groceries if he would listen to me for a while. We went over to Fred Meyers and I started talking to him about how God loves everyone, and uses lots of situations to get our attention.  I told him that his life was spiraling out of control because he kept trying to fix it himself, instead of relying on God.  We filled up the cart with groceries as he talked about his drinking problem and how he wants to get his life turned around.  

In the truck on the way back to his apartment I told him that when God gets our attention we have two choices: to accept his help, or reject him.  I told him to think about what he was going to do now that he knew God was after his heart.  Before I helped him take his food inside he said that he wanted to let Jesus in his heart and change his life.  We prayed together and he accepted Christ into his heart!  After that we hugged and he bawled and then invited me into his apartment where he was staying.  There were 5 other guys in there and I was able to talk with them as well and share the gospel and God's love.

God works in mysterious ways!  I gave the young man my number and we'll be connecting regularly to get him to church and to Abide.  He'll be coming to church with me this Sunday.  Just thought I'd pass this along!

I hope you found my son's message inspirational, especially at this time of the year when we celebrate God's grace extended to us undeserving humans in the form of His Son's birth.

God bless you, and have a wonderful Christmas!

In His service,

Bill Burt

Friday, August 1, 2014

2014 Readers' Favorite Medalist!

Dear reader,

I am very excited to announce that "The King of the Trees" (Book 1 in the "King of the Trees" series) has won the Silver Medal in this year's Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest!

We have also recently significantly revamped and enhanced the KOT Books website to make the images more appealing, the navigation easier and to present our products in a more organized fashion. Check it out when you have a chance! (Just click on the text.)

Readers' Favorite book reviewers have also awarded 5 stars to 

each of the seven series titles!

And in case you haven't seen it yet, here is the powerful book 

trailer for "The King of the Trees," created by Christian 

Prince of Supernova Studios!








On another note, our first grandchild—Elias James Burt—was born on August 26!

Happy Reading, and God bless you!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Here's a fun review of Book I from the Readers' Favorite website:

The King of the Trees

This is a great site for finding good books.
You might want to check out my recent interview podcast on the "Alive in Christ" internet radio station.

Alive in Christ!

This podcast also features some great Bible teaching!

Blessings to all!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Hi, everyone—

This month, I'd like to feature the flagship title of author Emma Right: Keeper of Reign. It's a YA/MG adventure fantasy for readers age 10 and up. Below is a Q & A that will better acquaint you with Emma and her work. I urge you to download the Kindle version of her book, which is $.99 until August 16.

Some thoughts:
I thought I'd share about what the hardest part of writing Keeper of Reign was. As a homeschool mother of five, with kids with me the entire day, and a husband who travels a lot, the greatest challenge was trying to get at least a ten minute block of time without being interrupted by some comment, or 'Help! Mommy! The cat's scaring the dog!" or "Where is…" or a loud crash coming from somewhere, or a fight between the cat and the bunny…the list continues.

In all this, I had to remind myself that much as I enjoy writing, my kids always come before my book. But some days I struggled to remember that. I share this because I know there are many moms out there who might have this struggle and because the work of a mom seem endless (and sometimes mundane,) but our real gems are the children. We need to remind ourselves, and each other this. They are truly God's gift to us.

Why did I write Keeper of Reign:
I wanted to write an allegorical fantasy about the fall of man and the redemption story set in a fantasy setting that's filled with danger and adventure. Something young readers can enjoy but still have a Christian message.

What I hope Keeper of Reign accomplishes:
I hope my readers can see that with the power of the gospel, we can overcome our problems and difficulties. I want to empower young readers with this message, that if they seek the truth (the Ancient Books, in Keeper of Reign) they will find wisdom and answers to life's problems. It doesn't mean the answers are going to come easy, but persistence will pay off, and the BIble has the answers.

Who is my favorite character in your book and why?
Probably Jules Blaze, the sixteen-year-old protagonist. He tries so hard to make a difference but he has to face so many obstacles and as a youngster he doesn't see the value of family and a safe home until these things were all lost. It was a lesson he had to learn, to gain wisdom and re-learn what was most important to him--his family and his Kingdom. He faced many conflicted decisions, but through perseverance and some smart moves he realized the importance of the Ancient Books and that he had it within him to overcome Whisperer, the main villain in Book 1.

How readers can connect with me? And please, do connect with me.

Please visit my webpage or my Facebook page, and fanpage and follow me on twitter.

If you sign up for my newsletter I will send you book and contest updates.

Author Bio:
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.

Book Summary:
Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?
For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.
Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.

ISBN: e-book B00CVK128Q
ISBN Paperback: 978-1939337696

Genre: YA/MG adventure fantasy for readers 10 and up

Publisher: Telemachus Press

Publication Date: May 18 2013

# of Pages: 340

Link to trailers

Amazon link

Connect with Emma Right:

Emma's website

Emma's Blog

Emma's Facebook

FB Fan page


Emma's Pinterest

Emma's Twitter

Emma's Amazon Author Page

Monday, October 29, 2012

I will be autographing my books at the Canby, Oregon Warner Grange (10100 S. New Era Rd, Canby, Oregon) for the Red Mitten Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 1. This holiday event actually runs from 10:00 a.m. on November 29th until 5:00 p.m. on December 2nd. All my titles will be on display and may be purchased during the entire bazaar.

Shop for unique handmade gifts, children’s items, gourmet candies, jams, preserves, hand-picked and blended teas, hand-thrown pottery, fresh locally made wreaths, holiday goodies, handmade wooden bowls, jewelry, ornaments, beautiful soy candles, African wares and art, home d├ęcor and more. Enjoy a hot beverage as you shop. Lunch is served daily 11-3.

I hope to see you there!

The Red Mitten Christmas Bazaar