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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes Kristen Joy Wilks & The Volk Advent!

Good Morning!

Christmas is over for most of us but we're not quite finished with our All Christmas thru Christmas feature here on the blog. The last post will be on Saturday Spotlight Dec. 31st. Please welcome Kristen Joy Wilks back as she shares with us her Christmas novella, The Volk Advent!

An orphaned Siberian teen loses her job and home on Christmas Eve. Left on the streets to freeze, Faina flees to an abandoned castle for shelter. At the castle, she discovers the animal-torn body of a local recluse. No wonder Eurasian wolves are not recommended for the first-time pet owner. Can a girl with no past, preserve her future from accusations of murderer and a pack of escaped wolves?

Excerpt: The howling wolves… I’m afraid I was not as accustomed to that.

Oh sure, we had wolves. Deep in the misty forest, along remote stretches of the dark Lena river, behind the stone pinnacles that slashed the thick forested ridges. Siberia was deep within wolf territory. Most of the time the creatures stayed where they belonged. But these wolves were different. They lived in a vast, crumbling castle that crouched like a shadow on the edge of town.

What? A castle in Siberia seems unlikely? Of course it is. Who in their right mind would build a castle in the far north? But that is the question isn’t it? Right mind, was Kirill Volkov in his right mind? It’s hard to say. The man did own wolves, after all. 

The castle sat, long and gray and dark, at the edge of town. Three stories of rain-streaked stone topped by a black slate roof. Row after row of leaded glass windows glared out into the Siberian gloom. Only one or two of them ever showed a glimmer of light. It had remained exactly the same for the past eighty years. 

Kristen Joy Wilks lives in the beautiful Cascade Mountains with her camp director husband, three fierce sons, and a large and slobbery Newfoundland dog. She has blow-dried a chicken, engaged in epic Nerf battles instead of washing dishes, and stared into incredibly twinkly eyes while considering earnest advice such as: “I don’t think you should try so hard not to swear at Daddy, Momma.” 

Her stories and articles have appeared in Nature Friend, Clubhouse, Keys for Kids, The Christian Journal, Thriving Family, Splickety, Spark, and Havok Magazines. Her story Day of the Cyclones is included in Nancy B. Kennedy’s book Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Mothers. Pelican Book Group published her debut novella Copenhagen Cozenage, as well as The Volk Advent, Athens Ambuscade, and Spider Gap. 

When Kristen is not refraining from profanity or helping transport chickens into tree forts, she loves to write about the humor and Grace that can be found hidden amidst the detritus of life. Much like the shiny quarter one member of their household swallowed and then found in the pot five days later. If God is good enough to grant us these gems, she figures that someone should be putting them to the page. Be sure to try one of her books for free by signing up for Kristen's newsletter on her website

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Check out Kristen's previous visits to our blog HERE.

The Volk Advent sounds like a wonderful Christmas story, Kristen. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Until next time friends, take care and God Bless.



D. V. Stone said...

Thank you for sharing. Have a Happy and Blessed New Year. D.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Sounds like a truly original novel. Best wishes!

LoRee Peery said...

This is a great story. I like it because it's different.

Kristen said...

Thank you so much for having me on the Blog, Pam! And thanks to D.V. Stone, Jacqueline, and LoRee for your kind well wishes. It was a really fun story to write!

Barbara Britton said...

Happy New Year to you Kristen Joy. And to you as well, Pam.

Gail Pallotta said...

Thanks for sharing about your story. A girl with wolves in a castle in Siberia makes me curious about the setting and the plot.