Spectacular Speculative Giveaway!


I’m thrilled to be hosting the Spectacular Speculative Giveaway, celebrating the release of Enclave Publishing’s six Fall releases!

Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on books by Ronie Kendig, John Otte, Nadine Brandes, and R. J. Anderson, plus a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Entering is easy – once you have checked out the fabulous books, scroll down to the bottom of the post and enter via the Rafflecopter form below. There’s plenty of ways in the form to generate more entries so don’t be shy!

Be sure to share this giveaway with your friends and celebrate these wonderful novels and the authors who have brought them to us.


THE HIVE by John Otte

The Hive


A pregnant cyborg and a teenage boy fight against intergalactic governments to protect the unborn in this novel from a Christy Award-nominated author.

Why is Zain pregnant? She belongs to the Hive, a collective of cyborgs who choose to live apart from the rest of human society. At times, the Hive rent out some of their females to produce tailor-made children for paying couples. But Zain is an engineer, not a breeder. When she finds herself separated from the Hive, she decides to find the person who she thinks ordered the baby. Surely they’ll help her find her way home.

Matthew “Scorn” Nelson has spent the better part of his teenage years cracking computer systems, causing mischief and havoc wherever he can. But the night of his greatest triumph turned into a painful memory, one he wants to erase. But that night was also his first step on a road to faith. When Zain arrives on his doorstep, Scorn is horrified. What’s he supposed to do with a pregnant teenage cyborg?

Unfortunately, he’ll have to answer that question on the run. Zain’s people want to reclaim her and terminate her pregnancy. And both the Ministrix and the Praesidium, two intergalactic governments in a constant state of cold war, want Zain’s baby for their own reasons. Will their enemies run them down? Or will Zain find a new Hive for both her and her child?



John W. Otte leads a double life. By day, he’s a Lutheran minister, husband, and father of two. He graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a theatre major, and then from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. By night, he writes unusual stories of geeky grace. He lives in South St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and two boys.

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KNIFE by RJ Anderson



Forget everything you think you know about faeries. . . . Creatures full of magic and whimsy? Not in the Oakenwyld. Not anymore. 
Long ago the faeries of the great Oak mysteriously lost their magic. Robbed of their powers, they have become selfish and dull-witted. Now their numbers are dwindling and their very survival is at stake. 
Only one young faery–Knife–is determined to find out where her people’s magic has gone and try to get it back. Unlike her sisters, Knife is fierce and independent. She’s not afraid of anything–not the vicious crows, the strict Faery Queen, or the fascinating humans living nearby. But when Knife disobeys the Faery Queen and befriends a human named Paul, her quest becomes more dangerous than she ever imagined… 
Knife is a gripping tale of lost magic, high adventure, and surprising friendship in which the fate of an entire realm rests on the shoulders of one brave faery rebel. Book One of the No Ordinary Fairy Tale series.




REBEL by RJ Anderson


Timothy Sinclair doesn’t believe in faeries – after all the hardships he’s suffered since his missionary parents sent him away to boarding school, he’s not even sure he still believes in God. But when a tiny winged girl named Linden bursts into his life and begs him to help save her people, the skeptical Timothy finds himself drawn into a struggle against a potent evil that threatens humans and faeries alike. 

With a deadly pair of hunters on their trail, Timothy and Linden flee across country, drawn by the legend of a white stone that could be the faeries’ salvation. But the dangers that await them test their courage and resolve to the limit, threatening to tear their unlikely partnership apart. And when it comes down to one last desperate battle, they and all the people they love will be doomed unless Linden and Timothy can find the faith to overcome… 

Book two of the No Ordinary Fairy Tale series.


RJ Anderson



Nebula Award–shortlisted, bestselling author R.J. Anderson writes novels about faeries, weird science, and the numinous in the modern world. She lives in Ontario, Canada. To learn more about her writing, visit www.rj–anderson.com.

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EMBERS by Ronie Kendig


Haegan and Kaelyria Celahar are royal heirs of the Nine Kingdoms, but Haegan is physically crippled. What chance does he have against Poired Dyrth, the greatest enemy the kingdom has ever faced, who wields fire with a power none can match? 

Their only hope is forbidden: Kaelyria must transfer her fire-harnessing abilities to Haegan. When she does it comes with a terrible price: Haegan’s disability is healed, but only by being transferred to Kaelyria. This act unleashes their father-king’s wrath.  

Haegan must flee the kingdom alone with two impossible tasks: Find a cure for Kaelyria and stop the coming war with the omnipotent Poired Dyrth. 

Book One of the Abiassa’s Fire Series


Ronie Kendig



Ronie Kendig is an award–winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married a veteran, and together their lives are never dull with four children and two dogs––a Maltese Menace and a retired military working dog. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

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A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes

A Time to Die



How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?

Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system. 

But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall—her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.






A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes

A Time to Speak


What happens when you live longer than you wanted to? 

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow. 

The Council uses Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes. 

Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out? 





Christy Award and Carol Award finalist, Nadine Brandes writes stories about authentic faith, bold living, and worlds soaked in imagination. She lives in Idaho with her husband and works as a freelance editor. When she’s not writing, editing, or taste–testing a new chai, she is out pursuing adventures.

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125 Responses to Spectacular Speculative Giveaway!

  1. Great books! Looking forward to reading them!

  2. I grew up watching Star Trek with my dad. As I got older, I came to appreciate how speculative fiction could address a wide range of topics in a less-threatening way. It could really make people think, and consider things that they would not have otherwise. I enjoy stories that give me something to chew on and think about for a while. And that’s why I love speculative fiction.

    • Teish, I totally agree. I am writing a speculative novel. It is fun to write Christian truths in ways that many people enjoy and will hopefully take something with them that will help them to understand Jesus better.

  3. I love speculative fiction because it opens up so many possibilities! Rather than confining to one genre, the author is able to simply go wherever their imagination takes them and us readers get to enjoy a unique and thrilling ride almost every time!

  4. I like the supernatural or futuristic elements to the stories.

  5. What a spectacular giveaway!

    What appeals to me most about the genre is how it better than any other is able to reach people with meaningful messages of grace, as well as the gospel. It’s a tool with what I believe is amazing strength.

    Plus, let’s face it. It’s just so much fun! We all long to escape into a world more exciting than ours. And along the way, I’ve found that it helps me cope with the struggles in my life better than if I was to face them alone.

  6. I love the sense of wonder and the fantastical, the adventure and the battle of good and evil. I’ve mentioned in a blog post that: When I read fantasy, I am reminded of the awe inspiring God we serve. A God who created the world, named the stars, parted the Red Sea, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and raised people from the dead. The God who set aside His glorious immortality and took on mortal flesh to live among us and redeem us. How crazy amazing is that?

    And sometimes I walk away being thankful that we live in a “mundane” world with the laws of nature that God put into place and such. :-)

  7. I like reading about a whole new world. Just another way to escape every day life and to see this world maybe a little bit differently.

  8. Great Giveaway! I love SpecFic because it covers to many types of story: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Supernatural or Suspense. I love finding a good book or series that can captivate you as the reader and bring you into the author’s imagination.

  9. I love speculative fiction because of the imagination that goes into building a new world and new cultures. It’s so much fun to get lost in a world with different rules and histories than our own.

  10. What an excellent giveaway. More entries, people! These novels and their hard-working storytellers deserve to go viral. Godspeed to you all.

    In answer to the question: Fantastical fiction appeals to me because the best Story is also the most true, and the one in which we happen to be living — the story told by the ultimate author about a Hero come to save His enemies and then the world.

  11. Thank you for this! I’ve already read “A Time to Die” and am yearning to read book 2!

  12. I LOVE that speculative fiction is unconventional storytelling with a great message, it provides fantasy characters and settings that speak to its readers sometimes BETTER than other genres! It also gives a great story without preaching for those with faith and without it can be caught up and convicted in a special way :) Thanks for the epic giveaway!!

  13. I love reading science fiction, all the what-if scenarios. I’ve read both of the Out of time books. They=Awesomeness!

  14. I love speculative fiction because of the imagination and all the scenery and characters surrounding the whole story. I get intrigued and lost in this type of fiction!

  15. These all look great, but I’m especially excited to see what Ronie Kendig does in the speculative genre!

  16. Fiction period whether or not it’s fantasy, historical or even speculative is enjoyable.
    I LOVE reading and continually seek out new books to add to my ever growing collection. Mostly I try to get Christian based fiction because it is uplifting and stirs the inside warrior of light within me in to action.

    I look forward to reading all these authors with Enclave!!!

    Thanks for this chance to win some more books from your publishing company!!!

  17. They all look fantastic! I can see my to-read pile growing higher.

  18. I like how speculative fiction can tell us about somewhere our world could go, something like what we could become, almost warn us against it.

  19. I love the variety of ways that speculative fiction has to get truth into the hands of those who wouldn’t necessarily pick up a Bible or attend a church service.

  20. So many great titles! I’d love to read them all.

  21. Great contest. I’ve read each of these authors before. What a wonderful prize, to win all these books and a gift card too.

  22. Kelly Bridgewater

    I love that speculative fiction allows me to leave reality for a while and explore other places. Takes me away. There are some great books on here to read. Thank you!

  23. Can’t wait to get started on reading these books.

  24. Didn’t realize there was a specific question. What appeals to me about speculative fiction? I think it allows writers to tell the truth about the world, both seen and unseen, in a way that realism doesn’t.

  25. I love the imagination that goes with the story, and it allows me to leave reality for a bit. :)

  26. I love the fact that it keeps me on my toes and guessing. There’s no bounds!

  27. Great line-up! I love how these authors are pushing the boundaries and finding fresh, creative ways to bring a message of hope. Wow, does our world need it! Thanks for hosting this giveaway :-)

  28. I’m so impressed with the quality of fiction coming from Enclave!

  29. That the stories are so different! :)

  30. Awesome giveaway!

  31. I enjoy speculative fiction because it is always new and interesting!

  32. I have just started reading speculative fiction and it has been very interesting! I like that it uses imagination so much! Thank you for this giveaway!

  33. I most like speculative fiction when it’s just believable enough that you find yourself thinking “it could happen” and maybe you even look around you a bit more carefully to see if, in fact, it does :)

  34. I love that spec fic allows us to explore so many different worlds.

  35. These look GREAT!

    • What I love about books like these is that there are no limits to what can be imagined and put into a story. There is no right or wrong or real.

  36. Speculative fiction is just plain fun!

  37. Speculative Fiction is so free to go in any direction.

  38. Looking forward to reading all these books at some point in the near future.

  39. Several authors that I have not yet read, but so looking forward to immersing myself in each of the books!

  40. I love speculative fiction because ANYTHING is possible!

  41. I love speculative fiction because it opens up my imagination and takes me to a world that I can never encounter in real life.

  42. I just started reading speculative fiction and I am loving it.

  43. I like spec fic for novel concepts weaved into a story that makes you think about some big picture ideas. I’ve read and enjoyed stuff from Anderson and Otte, and these all look good.

  44. I had the privilege of meeting most of these authors at Realm Makers this past year. Looking forward to diving into their books

  45. Awesome, awesome, awesome! I want them ALLLLL!!

  46. Wow! So many great books and authors here. They all look so good. I enjoy the futuristic ideas, as well as enjoy seeing where the author’s imagination takes the story.

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!!

  47. Spec fiction is vivid and imaginative, a showcase for the unique imaginations God gave each of us. The genre offers writers a chance to use their creativity to show readers worlds they’ve never imagined.

    Thanks for the chance to win these fabulous books! I just bought A Time to Die and look forward to reading it soon.


  48. I love Ronie’s Books!!!!! They keep you on the edge of your seat and at the same time remind you that even though there is evil in this world, GOD HAS YOUR BACK!

  49. I love the different worlds that you can visit.

  50. I just love the outer limits of credibility that spec fiction tackles…what a great giveaway!!!

  51. Awesome giveaway!! John Otte and Ronie Kendig are already favorites, but I’d love to read R.J. and Nadine as well. :)

    • And I should add … what I love about speculative is new worlds, new parameters for discovering story and emotion and God’s grace … how Truth is universal no matter what the setting.

  52. For me speculative fiction is all about escape. It allows me to set aside the mundane and loose myself in a setting, far removed from my everyday life.

    Another thing about Speculative fiction is, because it is so far removed from the ordinary, it can explore taboo or counter cultural concepts without drawing a lot of controversy. Above all I love books that make me think. And that is what Spec-fic does for me.

  53. Speculative fiction appeals to me the most because of the depth of imagination and creativity involved in developing the story. Because of the way we can create scenarios for characters that would be inconceivable in another genre. Not to mention the extensive world building…

  54. I grew up reading Fantasy and Sci-fi, and I would constantly find new series to read from the public library. But I also got burned many times!!! After a time I stopped trying new fantasy or sci-fi series, because there was either too much language, or too much “adult” content. I am thrilled to now have so many great Christian authors in the speculative fiction genre, because not only are they clean, but they are great stories! Most important, I love the message behind the stories. These books and authors inspire and challenge me in my relationship with the Lord. I can step into these different worlds, and enjoy the adventure, but also reflect upon my own journey.

  55. I love how speculative fiction doesn’t fit into any “box” like some genres tend to do. They’re unique and usually exciting! I also like how they can challenge me to think differently. This is such an awesome giveaway, Rel!! Thanks for the chance. :)

  56. I’m not a huge spec fiction reader but my husband is and these look amazing!

  57. speculative fiction is a lot of fun as there are no limits, as there is in historical fiction. And it looks like each of these authors took off any limits and have given us what looks like terrific stories. I am looking forward to reading each and every one of them.

  58. I love speculative fiction because it is always new. New worlds, new problems, new storylines! So, I suppose that I greatly enjoy exploring the new/unknown.

  59. The authors have to find a way to keep the stories retalable despite the “otherworldly” elements. That’s what makes it fun/interesting.

  60. Not only does it open a whole new world but it also a great escape even just for a bit.

  61. Thanks, Rel, for hosting such a fabulous giveaway. I have always gravitated towards fantasy; I love the world building. I am so glad that Enclave is dedicated to publishing quality Christian speculative fiction.

  62. What a great giveaway!

    I love that speculative fiction allows us to explore concepts in new ways, awakes our sense of wonder, and reminds us that real life is more amazing, with greater and more epic cosmic battles, than any fiction can have! I love exploring new worlds, and seeing the creative and fun twists writers put on reality, and as an author myself I enjoy being a smaller creator in God’s image and making my own worlds. :)

  63. Great giveaway: I’ve tweeted it out! Of course I’d love to get all the books, but I already had “Hive” on preorder because I’ve been anticipating it ever since I first heard it was coming down the pipe. Of the others, “Embers” looks the most interesting, especially because of the sibling idea, which is so rare in speculative fiction. Looking forward to what comes next from Enclave.

  64. Great giveaway! Love it. What I love about speculative fiction is that it requires you to think and sometimes outside the box. It’s quite interesting!

  65. Haven’t read all these books yet (hope to). But I have read The Hive, and yes the book is as good as the cover looks if not better.

  66. There are plenty of reasons I love spec-fic. Too many to list. But my top reason, hands down, is the new worlds I get to explore, whether they’re fantasy worlds where magic weaves its power and battles rage or futuristic sci-fi worlds teeming with aliens and robots. That sense of adventure, of leaping headlong into a unique world from the comfort of my couch is something I’ve always loved about spec-fic.

  67. Best of luck on all the releases! I’m helping with Nadine’s launch team and I can’t wait to get a hold of the rest of the books.

    (Also, I totally botched my tweet for the giveaway. Ended up sending the URL for a different tweet. Sorry about that. :\)

  68. I’ve honestly not read much on the way of spectulative fiction, though I do have a couple books in my TBR pile, awaiting spare time. I’m most interested in Ronie’s book, because I’m a huge fan of hers. Though I’m very intrigued by Nadine’s, as well. I think in her case, I’m draw to the question the first book asks: if you knew you only had 1 year to live, what would you do?

  69. I review speculative fiction on my review blog. It appeals to me as it explores more of the author’s imagination, I love the “What if…” that makes it speculative. I have been challenged by all the “What if’s…” and what spec fic authors have created and developed. For me, it has been a great way to increase my thinking and understanding the Christian/biblical worldview of some of these controversial topics and themes.

  70. I love the idea that there are stories that can interweave my faith with fascinating stories that I could use n a classroom.

  71. Speculative fiction falls into other categories that I adore i.e. fantasy, epic fantasy, etc. Questions and ideas that take you out of the mundane.

    Thank you for this opportunity.

  72. Deborah Cullins Smith

    I fell in love with writing speculative fiction — as well as reading it! — several years ago, and I just cannot write anything else now. It’s enormously free-ing to engage the imagination so completely and let God do whatever He wants to do through me. There are just so many fabulous books out there in this beloved genre now, it’s hard to know which one to purchase next. Isn’t that a GREAT problem to have???

  73. I am intrigued because I have only just recently learned about speculative Christian fiction. As an avid reader, I am always interested in new (to me) genres. I want to know more. These books sound fascinating. I will be looking for more. Thank you for this opportunity.

  74. I live in reality. Why would I want to limit myself to that? When I read, I want to live in all the ways imaginable – not just to me, but to every author I read. There are no limits to the imagination. Think of all the journeys I can take, and all the creatures I can meet, be attacked by, fight with, against, and so on. Why would anyone ever want to read anything else?

  75. Raised our kids on spec fic we did. Love to see Christians getting involved in the genre. Looking forward to winning (and beating Stephen…see above) so I’ll get to read some.

  76. I love writing and reading speculative fiction because of the way truth shines through in the most creative settings and through the most remarkable action.

  77. Love to read books that are speculative, science fiction, apocalyptic, or dystopian in nature. Count me in!

  78. This is an awesome giveaway. I’m a big fan of Enclave Publishing, and everything they do.
    Good on ’em.

  79. Love speculative fiction, especially the clever variety :)

  80. Very cool!

  81. What appeals the most to me about spec fiction? I love the endless possibilities! I love imagining things that *might be* and wondering where that will lead.

  82. I love that it appeals to the outer world. . . love this kind of fiction.


  83. I personally like mystery/suspense books to read and don’t know what speculative fiction is all about but I am willing to learn.

  84. I am a relatively new reader of speculative fiction, but find I am enjoying the fantasy of the stories and characters. It is a different avenue from the typical fiction stories,that offer predictable story lines and outcomes.

  85. I like speculative fiction because of all the possibilities.

  86. Hey Rel! My favorite aspect of spec fiction is it’s limitless possibilities. I am amazed at the creativity in this genre. Thanks for the spectacular giveaway. :)

  87. I like the adventure, the fantastical settings, and (when it’s included) the romance in speculative fiction. 😀

  88. I’m particular about Speculative fiction. I enjoy many, but they have to be grounded in faith with a spiritual thread weaved throughout. I’m looking forward to Ronie Kendigs book most of all.

  89. It stretches the imagination! And so many cool ideas too :) My kids love reading it as well so we get to share books, which I’m enjoying now they are growing up :)

  90. I love spec fic because I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t. I have always loved the idea of worlds different from our own. As much as I love following rules, I deeply enjoying reading about worlds that break or change them.

  91. What appeals to me most are the possibilities, mostly extrapolated from current life. I adore SF.

  92. I love speculative fiction, fantasy etc… always the journey of the characters and how they grow into their best selves in these fantastical, imagined realms. Characters resonate without becoming mired in our own real world circumstances – there’s a freedom in that. Would love to read Ronie’s “Embers”..been looking forward to it!

  93. So many great books!!

  94. So excited about this giveaway. Books are an escape, but speculative fiction takes us even further than life as we know it. Love them! But only if there’s a spiritual aspect to the books and if they’re clean.

  95. I love the interesting places the books are set in and the imagination of the author’s are superb.

  96. What I like about speculative fiction is the intimate exploration of each individual writer’s take on what could happen to the human race, to our world. I like imagination, and this is one genre where a lot of people put their “what ifs” to good use. :)

  97. Wow! That’s a lot of books. xP

    I LOVE the Out of Time Series, but I haven’t read any of the others.

  98. Love seeing what other folks come up with in their imaginations…you never know what may become reality some day down the line!

  99. The adventure, the faith, the imagination! Everything! 😀 I absolutely adore Christian fantasy and dystopian! I’m finding myself getting more into sci-fi as well. It just intrigues me. So much possibility! ^_^

  100. I love fantasy it is so intriguing and amazing!

  101. I think fantasy is cool… It brings you into something make belief. :) Out of normal life.
    I’ve never read dystopia, but I hope to soon-ish. :)

  102. What I like most about Speculative fiction is the different perspective it gives.

  103. I like the way you can focus on important issue in speculative fiction. Not everything had to be realistic.

  104. They usually have strong characters that are emotionally at their wit’s end. :)

  105. I’m always looking for new, good genre’s to try and Nadine Brande’s books are at the top of my list! :)

  106. I have watched the Sci-Fi shows on television all my life and enjoy reading books with similar themes. I like to read everything.

  107. I really haven’t read much of it before. I’m drawn to this because I’ve LOVED everything I’ve read from Ronie Kendig and would enjoy trying out her newest venture.

  108. I don’t have read any or not much if I have of the speculative genre and I would really like to!

  109. A fantastic giveaway! I love the opportunities and vast imagination speculative fiction gives for one’s imagination and as a medium for imparting truths that might be difficult to express or be received in general fiction. Also it is heaps of fun! 😀

  110. I love the world-building and unique characters that authors can utilize which won’t work in other genres like contemporary or historical!

  111. My daughter and husband would love these books. I’m always looking for great reads for him and my teenager.

  112. My husband got me into watching Star Trek when we were first married and now all my kids love speculative movies and books. Would love to read this collection!

  113. What appeals to me about speculative fiction? Hmmm…what doesn’t appeal to me? This is a relatively new genre for me, although I was raised by Star Trek and Star Wars. I love the otherworldliness about it–experiencing things that are so extraordinary and just, well, cool. It’s so hard to read any other kind of fiction right now! I love it! :)

  114. What appeals to me most about speculative fiction? It’s the what-if factor. Being able to ask “What if the world were this way?” Being able to explore a world that is not confined to the rules of our Earth. I love an original “what-if?” idea, and I love writing speculative fiction and fantasy.

  115. What I love about speculative fiction is the ability to escape the real world and go somewhere new for a period of time. I rarely read books about anything that can possibly happen in real life.

  116. I like the unexpected aspect.

  117. When speculative fiction transports you to a different place or time it can teach you lessons that you might have ignored in a real-life setting. Plus it’s just plain COOL!

  118. I’ve never read speculative fiction, but am willing to give any book a try with Ronie’s name on it.

  119. I like that it usually turns out how you didn’t expect it to

  120. Just found out about this from the lovely Katie Grace.
    What draws me to speculative fiction? Probably the fact that it offers a way to step back from ordinary life . . . and it also inspires me in a way that other fiction never could.

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