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Book Tour: One Week Away!

Posted in General, News, Tour Dates on July 1, 2007 by christopherhopper

Jennifer and I are just one week away from flying out to Atlanta, GA for the International Christian Retail Show where we’ll meet up with Wayne, Sharon and Bryan for the groundbreaking Fantasy Fiction Tour. We’re so excited to be hitting the road with these wonderful authors and to meet new people.

Each day of the tour I’ll be posting a Road Journal right here on my blog. Jennifer and I will be adding pics and letting you know how things are going. We’ll also be contributing for the daily video re-cap which will be posted with the general update on the Tour website, so please make sure to bookmark it. The other authors will also be posting their own news on their blogs:

Wayne Thomas Batson–The Door Within Trilogy and Isle of Swords
http://enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com

 Bryan Davis–The Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire
http://dragonsinourmidst.blogspot.com

 Sharon Hinck–The Becky Miller Books and The Sword of Lyric Series
http://sharonswriting.blogspot.com

 Christopher Hopper–The Rise of the Dibor and The White Lion Chronicles
https://christopherhopper.wordpress.com

 We’ll also be running a special costume contest during the tour, so if you’re planning on coming out to see us, check out the details on the FFT site at: http://www.fantasyfictiontour.com

A big “Thank You” to all those that attended the 2007 Free Methodist Church Bible Quiz Finals at Roberts Wesleyan College this past week. We had an absolute blast with you Friday night! We’ll be posting pics of the concert shortly.

Blessings!

CH

Publisher’s Weekly Article & Sat. Re-Cap

Posted in General, Marketing, News, Pics on June 22, 2007 by christopherhopper

Publisher’s Weekly just released an article on the Fantasy Fiction Tour. We’re already seeing the affects of the publicity through heightened sales figures on Amazon.com. Thanks to everyone who has ordered the book! Please leave your thoughts as “reviews” on Amazon.com and “comments” on your blogs. That really helps the word get out about the new book.

Kathy Danielson & The Lyric with Christopher Hopper

Saturday night, June 16th, we had a wonderful night at The Lyric for the nationwide release of The Lion Vrie. The turnout was incredible and I’m extremely appreciative to all those that ventured out. Christian Fahey provided wonderful live music, and Kathy Danielson, owner of The Lyric, had a marvelous selection of finger foods and coffee. I read a sneak-peak of one of the chapters and then signed books. Again, thanks for all the support!

Anna Fahey & The Lion Vrie booksChristopher Hopper signing booksChristian Fahey playing guitarThe Lyric

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

CH

Fantasy Fiction Tour Trailer

Posted in Book Trailers™, Community, Film, General, Marketing, News on June 20, 2007 by christopherhopper

The new Fantasy Fiction Tour Trailer is here! Thanks for spreading the word about our upcoming tour and supporting me and these other wonderful, Christ-centered authors!

LIVE Recording, Book Parties, & More!

Posted in Community, General, Ministry, Music, Tour Dates on May 17, 2007 by christopherhopper

Greetings all,

Wanted to let everyone know about some exciting events scheduled for June.

LIVE Recording June 8th & 9th

First off, I’m pleased to announce two musical evenings with special guest guitarist Paul Rohling from Michigan. We’ll be performing acoustic, duet-guitar, all-new music on Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th at The Lyric Coffee House in Clayton, NY. Even more exciting, this will be recorded live and put out as a duet album slated for a fall release. Please come out either or both nights. We’re hoping to get a packed house.

The Lion Vrie Book Release Events

Book II in The White Lion Chronicles is less than one month from arrival. And we’re having two very special events to celebrate!

The first will be Friday June 15th at The Tab in Buffalo, NY starting at 7pm. I’ll be leading worship and speaking for my dear friends and partners in ministry, Brad and Robin Ringer. I’ll also be presenting the new book and doing a reading. For more information, please contact Pure For God at: 716-312-8363

Next, on Saturday June 16th we’ll be having a party back at The Lyric in Clayton, NY. Complete with food, coffee, music, and a reading, this is a night you won’t want to miss.

Obviously the book will be for sale at each, so don’t miss your chance to be among the first to own it. (You can even get it signed if you want!).

In Rochester June June 29th

On Friday, June 29th, CHB will be performing at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY at 8:00pm in the Cultural Arts Center. For more information, please contact Pastor Eric Young: (716) 532-544, or e-mail: nequiz@adelphia.net

Thanks for reading!

CH

The Amazing World of Blogging

Posted in Community, General, Recommendations on May 10, 2007 by christopherhopper

Howdy small spinning sphere of my influence…

…or at least a perceived influence, how much I actually have is left to be determined.

First off, sorry for the long delay in writing. Following our trip to Europe, I’ve been swamped with playing catch-up, add to that each member of my little clan getting side-swiped with sickness, and you have things that get put on the proverbial “back burner,” blogging being one of them.

In any case, I’m back to my goal of weekly updates. In this issue, it strikes me at how amazing “blogging” has become; the bizzar fact that people would begin to share intimate details about their lives on a global forum, and for the most part not even think about it (BLOG = web log). I guess that opinion comes from being a youth pastor where “MySpace” and “FaceBook” are words of the day; students won’t talk about how they feel in the open…but they’ll MySpace about it (we even have new verbs now). Oddly enough, in one of our local high schools, the police sit in the library, read students blogs, and make arrests, using the information on their site as evidence. It actual stands up in court.

Smart policeman, dumb teen.

My goal today is not to highlight the negative aspects, but those in which blogging is building amazing communities online, infrastructure which is helping to unite people with common vision and pursuit; getting the word out about worthy products and causes; the power of one becoming the power of a throng; even support groups for people that habitually use semicolons too much. (;)

If you shoot on over to the Tsaba House Authors Blog, of which I’m a member, the current two posts, one from Teresa Slack, the next from Molly Nobel Bull, each have to do with “blog tours,” an ingenious concept. The Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour is something I’ve recently joined and seen noted success from in terms fan-based readership. And browsing through any number of the authors listed here on my blog will have you lost for hours in reading. (My biggest problem with browsing people’s blogs?: the amount of time it sucks up from my day…and I don’t even realize it’s gone!).

I recently was “tagged” in a “blog game” by Becky Miller, to list 8 interesting facts about myself, and then tag 8 other friend. The first rule of the game, however, is to post the rules of the game. Here they are:

 

  • Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
  • 1.) I never went to college. I had a free ride to a few school, including the Naval Academy (my sudden 20/20 change to 20/200 was pre-laser surgery and prevented me from going), but felt God calling me down a different road.

    2.) I only “really read” four books in high school: Lord of The Flies, Hamlet, Catcher In The Rye, and To Kill A Mockingbird. I hated reading. Why I’m a published author today, only God knows. But needless to say, I finally caught “the reading bug.” (It just takes longer for other people…I’m a late bloomer, OK?).

    3.) My first over seas experience was at age 7. My daddy took me to Portugal for a studio recording project and church ministry tour.

    4.) I had been to over 25 countries by the age of 25.

    5.) I’ve only ever had three formal piano lessons. Reading music was almost as bad as reading books. Why I’m a singer/songwriter with 8 albums out, God only knows. (Perhaps it is that he chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise?).

    6.) My favorite dog was named MacGuyver. He had only three legs and lived 14 wonderful years. (Hey Steve and Jacqui: he was the best dog…)

    7.) I was chased by a wild African ostrich around a tree for ten minutes in the bush of South Africa.

    8.) I used to be terrified of horses. Then I made myself take lessons from a friend for two years, just to get over it. Little did I know that five years later, I would marry a woman who had been riding since she was four. I love you, Jenny!

    What can I say…God knows what He’s doing, even with a book-reading-impaired, music-scoring-challenged, horse-fearing-nut-case guy like me. And if He can change all that in me, imagine what He can do with you!

    Thanks for spending some time with me today,

    CH

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    Pics From EuroTour 2007

    Posted in General, Ministry, On The Road, Pics on April 18, 2007 by christopherhopper

    Christopher Hopper in Metz 1

    Greetings everyone!

    We’re all home safe and sound, and still in a bit of “dream land” from the amazing trip. I’m getting caught up on work and e-mails, but in the mean time I wanted to post some pics from 2 of our last concerts in France.

    Christopher and Jennifer Hopper in Metz

    On Friday a small group of the team traveled to the ancient city of Metz and played in a church, formerly a Synagogue built in the 2nd century (that’s like 168AD folks). We made Joe, our drummer, an impromptu drum set out of a huge kitchen kettle, a tambourine, and chair and three ring binder. The best part is that he played as hard on that as he did on the multi-million dollar stages…a true testament of his attitude.

    Jennifer Hopper in Metz Da’ Boys in Metz

    Ephraim, our bassist, had to stand on the window sill even thought he was the tallest in the group. And Jenny stole the evening with two of her jazz ballads.

    Nathan Clement in Longuyon

    Saturday, we closed out the three-day Easter festival, Pâques Impact, in Longuyon. It was about 90 degrees and we were pretty exhausted. But being out last event of the tour, we gave it everything we had.

    Ephraim and JH in Longuyon

    One of the more memorable moments was spontaneously inviting rap artist Gospel MC to the stage for an off-the-cuff jam session.

    CH & Gospel MCFabio Fernandez Longuyon

    We also did a drum piece where three drummers (Fabio Fernandez, Joe Gilchrist, and myself) all played the same drum set. When we were done, Jenny asked me, “Now what are you going to do?” I laughed. It brought down the house, to say the least.

    The Girls in Longuyon

    The amount of ministry that took place over the 10 day tour is far from relateable. I could no more tell all the stories to you than name the stars in the sky. People were saved, touched, baptized, healed, delivered, and filled with the Spirit of God. It was a time we will never forget.

    I’ll be posting more pics later, but thought you might enjoy these for now.
    Jenny and Luik in Metz

    Thanks for spending some time with me today!

    CH

    JH in Metz

    In Brussels

    Posted in General, Ministry, On The Road, Overseas, Tour Dates on April 7, 2007 by christopherhopper

    Greetings everyone!

    Sitting here in our host home in downtown Brussels at a table with our team. I just asked them to start shouting out their favorite parts of , our first day on the EuroTour 2007:

    “Taking naps.”

    “Sleeping.”

    “Leaving me at Customs.” ~Joe Peterson

    “Worship was great!”

    “I wasn’t nervous on the stage at all. God took care of all my nerves.” ~Abby Damon

    “I had a six year old praying over each chair in the church before the meeting last night; it was amazing to watch her work at such aa young age.” ~Kathleen Darling

    “Everything seemed so hectic before we started, but it all came together in the end and was so God. On the way back from the place we had dinner, we got lost, and the Holy Spirit helped us get back to the place we were staying.” ~Hannah Damon

    “I had my first prophetic word for someone last night, about them being a peace maker. It was amazing to be used by the Lord like that.” ~Gabbi Burt

    “Seeing that 16 year old boy get touched by the presence of God at the airport. His mom said it was the first time she ever saw him cry in 16 years.” ~Jason Rodgers

    We had a 16 year old boy give his heart to Jesus on the sidewalk outside the airport, prayed for a little girl in a wheelchair on the street, and then 7 more responded to the Gospel message at last night’s meeting. The music team ministered well for being so tired, and the drama team was awesome.

    We head out by train to Charleroi this afternoon, just 45 minutes south of Brussels. We’ll have a meeting there and then return in Brussels tonight.

    Thanks for your prayers!

    CH