Saturday, March 17, 2018

From the Selves: Books I'm currently reading/loving

Hello all! *waves* How are y'all doing this fine Saturday? We've been enjoying the wonderful weather here; the kind that's just perfect for reading outside! ^_^ (Well, unless it's windy. Then it turned into more of a fight to get the pages to lay straight.)

I haven't done a post about books that I'm reading for a while (*gasps*) so let's change that. ;) These are just a few of my favorites that I've enjoyed during the first few months of this year.

The Homelanders Series: 

Y'all. I'm not one for YA mystery/thrillers. (Is that even the genre these would be considered?) I'm also not a huge fan of first person and contemporary. But guess what, I loved these. Which means Andrew Klavin is an amazing author! I read these a few years ago and decided it was time for a re-read this year/. I loved every nail-biting, heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat moment of these books. Definitely worth a read. ;)

Passion and Purity:

This is a book I've been told for a while that I need to read. And when dad bought and gave me a copy I was like, "Okay, not I don't have any excuse." ;) So I started buddy-reading it with a friend, and . .  . y'all. It was fabulous. It was exactly what I needed to hear, right when I needed to hear it. I'm glad I didn't read it any earlier, because it wouldn't have meant that same thing  to me. It's truly a precious book. <3 I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a godly view on relationships.

Meet My Boyfriend:

Despite the somewhat cheesy title that originally made me steer away from this book, after seeing some friends review it I decided to give it a try. And I'm glad I did! It was a bit deeper and more serious then I expected, and it had a cute "summer-y" feel that I loved!


I've never read the Jane Austen original, so I'm not sure how this compared. But I loved this book for what it was. A story about a family facing hard times in the early 30s . . .and it was fabulous! While some parts left me confused, most of the time I was right there with the characters, loving every moment spent with them.

Raptor 6:

I haven't finished this one yet, but so far I'm loving it! There's one element of the story that's a bit hard for me to read, but the rest is fabulous! I'm loving the whole feel of it. You can definitely tell the author has done her research, and you feel like you're in the Middle East. Not like you're in the U.S and being told you're in the Middle East. ;)
I'm excited to see how it ends, and boy howdy is the mystery part driving me crazy!

So, there you have it five book (or series! ;)) That I've been enjoying this year! Have you read any of them? Any that you plan to read soon?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I Don't Dance + A Question of Loyalty -- what's going on?!

This is a completely random, unplanned post to clear up something I'm sure some of y'all are wondering. In all this talk of I Don't Dance  . . .  what has happened to A Question of Loyalty? 

Welllll . . . it's still alive. xD

In January of this year, I sent it off to several Alpha readers, who have just completed going through it. During the time it was in their hands, I needed something to work on, which is where I Don't Dance came in. It wasn't supposed to be book length, but it seems God had other plans. And so, as of now, I have two completed manuscripts that should be published sometime this next year.

Buttt . . . in what order?

A Question of Loyalty was tentatively scheduled to be released around September of this year, and that hasn't changed. It needs a lot of work and re-writing, then Beta-readers, edits, etc, but that's still the plan. Hopefully nothing too major happens during the summer that would mess up that date. ;)

As for I Don't Dance, the scheduled publication day is June 21st. Because it's a sweet, summer romance, and it needs to be released on the first day of summer. (Yes, that's seriously the only reason I choose that date.) And it's a sweet story without a lot of sadness or heartbreak, and I thought y'all might enjoy something like that before A Question of Loyalty.  No, that wasn't a reason that I wrote it, but hey, it works. xD I've had a lot of people ask me if I could write just a sweet, happy story. So I did and I'm actually really happy without how it came out, which I was not expecting! Not that I don' like happy books, they just so often seem unrealistic to me.

So yes. A stand alone contemporary story will be released before the 3rd book in the Question of War series, but it won't change the release date of said Questions of War book.

Hopefully that answered any questions y'all might have had about the two books. I'm so looking forward to embarking on the publication journey of both of them with y'all this year!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Writing Update

So, I sat down to write a blog post and looked at the schedule and was like . . . wait, didn't I just do one of these?! Well, turns out, no. It was exactly a month ago that I did a writing update, though I kinda feel like I've added a bit about writing in all of my more recent-ish posts. 
(Also, y'all, what do you think of the new blog look? Isn't is amazing and summery and beautiful?! Sav did an AMAZING job!) 

Writing. Ah, yes. My dear friend that seemed to have left me behind since last November during NaNo. To be honest, I've kinda been on a writing slump. A Question of Loyalty needs a lot of work, and just looking a it makes me wonder how I'm gonna improve it. I've been dreading editing . . . hopefully I can get somewhat excited about it by the time for April NaNo comes?

In between trying to get excited about NaNo and waiting for the weather to warm up, (*coughs* Jess is not a cold weather person) I got a random idea for a short story. For Valentine's day. Anddd . . .it ended up a lot longer then I thought.

Sooo . . .in nineteen days I've completed a 27k word novella. I believe this is the fastest I've ever completed a writing project. My little short story project has turned into a novella that is very close to my heart. And the expected publication day is June 21st. Yes, I know publishing a book on a Thursday is a bit strange, but I have a reason. It's a novella that takes place during the summer, and June 21st is the first day of summer.  It needs some editing, but it's one of those stories that you write and love and look forward to editing. Hopefully it stays that way?

Blogging is going well. ^_^ I've manged to stay on a consistent posting schedule this year which makes me happy. It feels good to be back to actually blogging on a regular basis. (And yes, I'm totally counting blogging as writing. I mean, the post is pretty much made up of words, soooo . . . )

Hopefully by next month during the writing update I'll have a bunch of editing done to report. (Wait, does editing count as writing? It must . . . right??)  In the meantime, I hope y'all are having a wonderful start to your March! Be sure to join me next week, because I'm going to do a post I haven't done in ages. Namely, Currently reading books/recommendations!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

What God's been teaching me- February/Story Introduction

Well, look at this, I'm becoming the queen of combining two posts in one. xD

Did I say January had been crazy? Because February was so much more so. Like, um, really? It's March?! I feel like this month was non-stop one thing after another, in a good way. This month was very blessed in so many different ways. It was also challenging, but through it all, God's been good.
This last month, something that really spoke a lot to me was how many times God tells us to fear not. Like, y'all, it's literally a command from the God of the universe. The God who loves us enough to send His son to die for us.
He commands us to fear not. To be still. To watch Him work in the situations were in the midst of. And that's not easy. Life in general, the future, things that may or may not happen--it can be scary to think about. But God is love. Perfect love casts out fear. If we are dwelling in God, in His word, we have no reason to fear. Because we can rest in the knowledge that the God of the universe is in control of everything that happens.

"The opposite of love is fear. Fear is realizing that you aren't in control. Love is being okay with that. And without trust, there is not love." (Quote from Jordan)

We can trust God because He has proven His faithfulness. We love Him because He first loved us. And we don't need to be in control because we know God is. Why would we need to fear?

Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9 


So. Onto the random part of this post that no one was expecting. But after the post I did last week, I decided I need to introduce you properly to the story. So without any further ado, here's the synopsis for I Don't Dance. 


Sometimes it takes a a sunset to show you what really matters in life. But it's the sunrise that bring the promise of a new beginning. 

Ty and Jen have been friends for nearly as long as anyone can remember. But when Ty goes off to college and leaves her behind, he has to face the reality that he cares for her as more then just a friend. 
With only one summer left before he graduates from the ROTC program and is gone for good, he must make a decision. Military life is never easy; is it fair to force it on the one he loves? 
In the midst of wrestling with the question and coming to the realization that summer is quickly drawing to a close, Ty is hit with unexpected news that forces him to examine his own heart. 
Is it possible that God has a future for him with Jen? Or will the summer close with only memories of days gone by? 

Their relationship would be old fashioned. But that was okay. Because old fashioned and whimsical fit perfectly with a southern summer. 


It's about 1/3 done, and I'm hoping to finish it in the next week or two. Now that y'all have read the first chapter (in the last post) and now the synopsis, what do you think? I went ahead and added it to Goodreads, and my hope is to have it published as a novella sometime in June. We'll see. xD

How was your month? Anything God's been teaching you? Any new writing projects started?  

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Short story . . . or not.

(I totally didn't have to go and look at the schedule to see what I was supposed to post today. *clears throat* Not at all.)
*waves* Hello all. Yes, I missed last week. No, it wasn't on purpose. I had a post I was gonna write but I didn't get a chance to write and schedule it on Friday night like I normally do, and dad decided on Saturday it was time for a family day out. Which meant I wasn't able to get anything written. So yes. That's the explanation for last week. ;)

Anyway. today was supposed to be a short story. And if everything had gone according to plan, I would have had it ready. But see, the story disobeyed me and rebelled. It decided it had a lot more that needed to happen. It decided to turn into a novella. So yeah. The short Valentines day story has decided to turn into a longer contemporary romance type story. From a guy's POV. All new things for me.
As of right now I'm honestly not sure how it's gonna turn out or end. Hopefully next week I'll be closer to finding an answer. xD
For now, here's the first chapter of it. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

The moon was shining bright overhead, slicing a streak of white light through the window pane. 
 Tyler lay awake, tossing and turning in his bunk. Shifting his position to his back, he winced as the bed creaked. From up above, he heard a frustrated groan. “Ty, man, can you worry about the girl some other time?”
Some other time? Ty refrained from uttering the words he wanted to reply with, and gave a rough, “sure, sorry.” 
The only problem was . .  . no, he couldn't worry about her another time. Doing his best to make sure the wood didn’t creak, he slipped out of bed and grabbed his phone off the side table, tucking it in his pocket. Then, he slipped his feet in his boots. The March air threatened to be chilly, and he grabbed his jacket before he opened the door and stepped out into the hall. 
The house was silent, and he was thankful the the fact that his buddy's parents slept on the other side of the house. For that he was grateful; he could slip outside without bothering anyone else. 
It was only a handful of footsteps to the backdoor, and he placed a hand on the knob, opening it with no resistance. Apparently, the town was small enough that people didn't bother to lock the doors. The thought made him smile and long for home. It was spring break, for goodness sake,. Why did he ever agree to come home with his roommate and meet his family when he could be spending the time home with his own family . .  . and Jenny. 
Jenny. As he shoved his arms into the jacket sleeves, he let out a deep breath. It frosted in the air around him, and disappeared into the moonlight. She was the reason he couldn't go home yet. He had to figure out what to do first. 
Taking his phone from his pocket, he unlocked it and turned it off sleep mode. While he waited for the apps to load, he made his way down the steps and then took a seat on the bottom one. 
It was times like this that he loved being awake while others slept. To see everything silent. In the twenty-first century, it wasn’t often anything took the time to slow down. But then, everyone needed sleep. And at night, the world slipped into an enchanted state of silence that never failed to leave him in awe. 
Life looked different through the eyes of the night. 
His phone vibrated in his hand, and his eyes cut to the screen. Instagram. One new message. He clicked the notification, reminding himself for the tenth time that he really should turn them off. He spent too much time on here. 
As he had expected, the message was from Jenny. She was telling him in detail about how her last class had gone at the university. A grin tilted his lips as he scanned the message. 
I don’t mind the hands on classes, and I love the science. Sometimes, though, I wonder if there’s even any reason for me to take more English, but it’s required for graduation. I ended up spending the day diagramming sentences. And to think, I thought I had bid them goodbye when I finished high school. 
Anyway, I’m sure you don’t want to be bored to death hearing me complain about English. 
How’s life for you? Any idea when you’ll be back? Everyone here misses you!
His smile grew even bigger at the last line. Everyone. Did that include her? His hand hovered over the keyboard, but instead of typing, he clicked her name and was redirected to her profile. He’d seen the pictures more times then he cared to know. Most of them had to do with books, school, or her family. Four younger siblings sure kept her on her toes. He remembered the night he’d offered to help her babysit. She’d been so adorable taking care of everyone. 
A sigh started from somewhere deep inside, and escaped his lips. A good friend. He knew that’s all she’d ever seen him as. And for year it had been how he saw her, too. 
But not now. Time away had made him realize how much he missed her. More than just a friend. Problem was, he was sure she didn’t feel the same way. 
His eyes scanned the pictures, and a new one caught his eye. She was standing next to her dad, and on her other side was a guy he didn’t recognize. His brow furrowed as he read the caption. "Having fun with my two best guys!"
There was someone she hadn’t told him about? As soon as the thought hit him, he shoved it aside. It’s not like she was entitled to tell him anything at all. Though . . . It was strange that she hadn’t said anything about him. With as much as they talked, there wasn’t much he didn’t know about her. 
He sighed as he closed the app and switched over to the phone. It was there. The ten digit number he needed to call before he put another step toward the direction of home. 
Her dad.
But what if there was already someone else, and he was too late? What if he said no? Ty knew Mr. Davis had some strict standards for any potential suitors.  And the fact that he wore a uniform may complicate things. 
What father wanted to give their daughter to a man who may be spending months and years on the other side of the world? Jenny deserved so much more. 
The door behind him opened with a protest, and Ty swung around. Behind him, a bleary Mike, rubbing sleep from his eyes stepped out onto the deck. “Man, you woke me up and I can’t get back to sleep.”
Ty winced. “I’m sorry, man.” 
“Eh, don’t worry. I’ll make you pay for it.” Mike flopped down next to him, and motioned to the phone. “That her dad’s number?” 
Looking down, Ty realized he still had the screen open. He nodded, “yeah.”
“All right, you may be right in saying I know nothing about romance. But you know what, you need to make that call. I’ve seen how you’ve been struggling with this, and it’s not gonna end till you’re honest. Take the risk, Ty. The worst he can say is no. But,” Mike leaned close as if sharing something for his ears only. “I’d wait till a decent hour. If a man called me at two in the morning to ask if he could start a relationship with my daughter, I’d probably feel like shooting him.”
Ty shook his head and shoved Mike away. “You’re annoying, you know that?” 
Mike shrugged and grinned. “Hey, what can I say? Observing other’s love life is a hobby of mine. I can’t help but meddle in your affairs.”
Before Ty could stop him, Mike had grabbed the phone. The open Instagram window instantly lit up her page and the picture he had been contemplating. Mike like out a low whistle. “Better make your move, man. This guys isn’t as ugly as you are.”
A snort was Ty’s only reply and he wrestled the phone away. When it was safely back in his hands,  he locked it and slid it into his pocket. “You know, back in training I tried for the ugliest guy award, but they informed me you’d already won that.”
For a moment Mike didn’t reply, and when he did he shook his head. “One day you’re gonna regret that so bad. Just sayin’.” He stood and ran a hand over his face. "Well, now that you’ve decided what you’re gonna do, think you can get some sleep and stay quiet so I can get some, too?”
Ty shrugged. “You go in. I’m gonna stay out a little while longer.”
Mike nodded. “Just stop worrying. It’s getting on my nerves. And I swear, if you don’t call her dad tomorrow, I’m gonna look her up on Instagram or Facebook or some such thing and tell her how you really feel.”
The spark of mischief in Mike’s eyes left no question in Ty’s mind that he’d do just that. “You send her a message and I’ll--I’ll” He couldn't think of anything bad enough, and Mike snickered. “Looks like I got the last word this time.” The self assured smirk that made Ty wanna pound him lit up his face. “I’ll be waiting to hear how that phone call went.”
With that he walked inside, closing the door softly behind him. 
Alone again, Ty returned to his quiet vigil of the town. Well, he was calling her dad tomorrow. It wouldn't be that hard . . . would it? 
Mr. Davis was very easy to talk to most of the time. But he had a feeling it wouldn't’ be quite the same with the phone call. 
He wasn’t calling to talk about work or fishing. He was calling to ask permission to talk to his daughter about forever. 
Yeah, this was every bit as terrifying as everyone had made it out to be. 

Sooo...thoughts? I'd love to hear 'em!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The White Rose 75th anniversary - Blog Tour

Hello all! You may remember two years ago when I participated in the blog tour for Resist by Emily Ann Putzke. Well, today I'm joining Miss Putzke again in a blog tour commemorating the event the book is about - The White Rose Resistance group.

:-Author Interview-: 

1.) What got you interested in writing WWII fiction?

I’ve loved writing and history for as long as I can remember, but WWII became my favorite time period to write about after I went aboard an original WWII ship and submarine ten years ago. I remember sitting in the back of my car on the way home with a notebook and pen in hand, scribbling down a story of a young man who enlisted in the Navy. After that I was hooked!

2.) Trying to write a true story in a way that reads like fiction can be difficult. How were you able to pull it off so well in Resist? Any tips you can share?

It can be very difficult at times! The characters in Resist were real people and I had to figure out how to write them as true to life as I possibly could. One of the most helpful resources I found was the book The Diaries and Letters of Hans and Sophie Scholl. Reading their words helped to bring their story to life and keep my interpretation of them as true to reality as possible. I knew what kind of words and phrases they used and had a better grasp on their personalities. Every time I sat down to write, I would read a part of this book to put myself in their shoes. I highly recommend finding the actual words of the person you're writing about if possible!

3.) When writing, it seems that you always end up attached to the characters. Which member of The White Rose do you feel the most connected to?

That’s a tough question! I feel really connected to Hans because I wrote the story through his eyes from his boyhood up until his death. I was really immersed in his life during the entire research and writing process. But I also feel connected to Sophie because I can relate to some of her personalities traits.

4.) Was it hard to start the book knowing how it would end?

Yes, it definitely was. There were times in the research and writing process when I was in tears. It was so hard because I was very attached to each character and I felt like I was losing dear friends.

5.) What is one lesson you want people in our day and age to take away after reading Resist?

I hope readers leave the book feeling more courageous to stand up for what they believe is right. The White Rose resistance was up against seemingly impossible odds, but they never lost their faith or courage to take a bold stand. I’ve been humbled, inspired, and motivated by their example and I hope my readers will have the same experience. 

:-Book Review-: 

(Just to note, this review was written just after I read the book a year and a half ago. Obviously I'm due for a re-read soon!) 

Whoa. I don't have words to describe what this book did to me. 
Up until the last 1/3 of the book or so, I was planning on giving it a 4 star rating, simply because there was some language. Not a lot (and I had been warned before hand), but I also just couldn't seem to connect with the characters. I also knew how this book would end from the research I have done about this time in history, so I might have been unintentionally trying my best not to connect with them. 
And than I hit the ending. And realized I had connected with the characters in a way I hadn't realized. Not many books evoke emotion in me, far less will make me actually cry. This was an exception. 
In a lot of books when they ending is not what I would have wanted, I tend to tell myself "Oh, they're just fictional characters. It didn't really happen like this." The problem with this book was that it did!
This story really happened. These people really lived, and they were actually really treated this way. They believed in this cause, and they believed in it so strongly that they were willing to even give their lives if it came to that. 
Reading this made me stop and think. What if we stood up for what we believe in, just as the characters in this book did? I mean, really. For instance, I believe abortion is wrong, but what do I do to stand up for those beliefs? Nothing. I don't to anything. 
This book made me stop and take a look at my own life. Do I just ignore what is happening around me? Do I try to just blend in and not be seen? Do I cringe at the fact of being looked at as different? Am I willing to take a stand for what I believe in? 

I'll end with with a quote from the book. 

"I ask you, you as a christian wrestling for the preservation of your greatest treasure, whether you hesitate, whether you incline toward intrigue, calculation or procrastination in the hope that someone else will raise his arm in your defense? Has God not given you the strength, the will to fight? We must attack evil where it is strongest. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sleeping Handsome Blog Tour!

Hey all! Today I'm here as a part of Rebekah Eddy's blog tour for her latest book! It's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty- but with a unique twist! I have Rebekah here for an author interview and I'm reviewing the book--so let's get on with it, shall we?

Book summery:

Minnie's goal was to have a fun, worry free vacation with her best friend Amy. A few weeks spent in their favorite far away place before they both went back to their respective colleges. A visit to the many famous sights across the British Isles has been on both their bucket lists for a very long time, after all.
However, when a mysterious taxi driver mentions a legend that somehow concerns her ancestral heritage, she decides to dig deeper. After being accused of stealing the famous statue and tourist attraction known as Sleeping Handsome, Minnie and Amy are plunged into a world they would never have imagined existed.
Prince Gregory, after being awakened from being frozen in stone for hundreds of years, finds himself searching for his true love in order to reverse the stone spell on his kingdom and awaken the rest of his people. With his faithful horse Brutis by his side, he sets out to destroy his greatest enemy, release his kingdom from the stone spell, and win the heart of his princess.

Author Bio:

Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.
She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.
This nineteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.

My Review: 4 Stars

Well. That was quite the wile ride! I'm not a huge fan of fairy tales, but this retelling sounded so interesting I knew I'd have to give it a try. 
I'm so glad I did! Not only were the characters all amazing and unique, the setting as Europe. Does it get any better then that?
I related to Minnie a lot. Like, I'd be reading and think something, and a moment later, she was thinking the same thing. It was both awesome and a bit strange--I don't think that's ever happened with a fictional character before. ;) 
The only thing that I didn't like and, I feel, kinda made some of the book confusing, was that the families of the two main characters were only mentioned.  Like, I wanted more backstory! xD Also, it seems like they would have tried to stay in contact with them a bit better. But then again, this is part fantasy and it's a novella, so it didn't affect the story in a huge way. 
So yes, all in all a book I'd recommenced to guys and girls alike. The little bit of romance in the book is sweet and clean, and not enough a part of the story that guys would hate it. ;) 

Author Interview: 

1.) What was the inspiration for Sleeping Handsome? 

The story of "Sleeping Beauty" has always been my favorite fairytale. I had wanted to try a fairytale retelling ever since I started writing (originally, "The Princess and I" was going to be a fairytale retelling) but never really got around to it. During Thanksgiving break, sudden plot ideas and scene inspirations popped into my mind for a "Sleeping Beauty" retelling and I typed them out in a very unorganized fashion. First came the title, weirdly. Next, the first chapter. Then, the idea that most of the story actually be in present-day instead of the whole story being fairytale style. Everything else just fell into place. 

2.) Which character do you most relate to? 

A strange mixture of Minnie and Amy. I get a little annoyed at Amy sometimes, but at the same time, my personality is much closer to hers, so I realize I probably would act more like Amy in a given circumstance. 

3.) If you could choose one sentence in the book to sum up who you are as a person, what would it be? 

This is a quote from Minnie, describing her best friend, Amy. It sounds a little egotistical to put myself under this personality, but it was the closest one to myself:

“Unburdened by responsibility, cheerful no matter what the circumstances, and forever trusting and loving to everyone around her.”
(Excerpt From: Eddy, Rebekah. “Sleeping Handsome.”, 2018-01-30. iBooks. 
This material may be protected by copyright.)

4.) The book is somewhat in between fantasy and contemporary. Which genre is your favorite to write? 

Contemporary is easier for me to write, but I like the challenge that comes with writing fantasy. 

5.) What's one resource that has been helpful in your writing? 

Strangely enough, Pinterest came in handy for "Sleeping Handsome". I was able to piece together several unique plot ideas into the original fairytale in order to come out with a (hopefully) one-of-a-kind retelling. :) Also, I know you said one resource, but I have to add this one: my family. A lot of the little details came into being through ideas from various younger siblings. The fact that Brutis is a flying AND speaking horse came from my sister, and the fireman's uniform idea came from a brother. (You won't know what either of those things are until you read me book *evil author chuckle*) 

6.) How many questions can I ask? B-) 

Well, it's a LITTLE late to ask that, isn't it? XD 

7.) In what ways would you like to see God working through your writing? 

Of course my motto is ~ Let everything you do be done for the glory of God ~ so I hope my books do that. :) 

8.) And in what ways as your writing brought you closer to God? 

I wouldn't be a writer without Him. Just the fact that I can create whole worlds and people out my brain overwhelms me with a sense of awe toward the Creator who made my imagination. With my writing has come a whole new world of other Christian teen authors, and with that has come amazing online fellowship. So many times my group of friends on here have surrounded me with prayer support and encouragement at the exact time I needed it the most. They have helped strengthen my walk with God more than any research I've done for any of my books. <3 

Anddd... that's it for this post! Doesn't the book sound fascinating? Are you gonna pick up a copy? (If you like fairy tails, you should!) 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentines day: Advice from Blimey Cow and George Strait

So, I'm sure everyone has heard the term that Valentine's day is "singles awareness day". Personally, I find the term a bit offensive. I mean, why do I need to be aware that I'm single? Why can't I live life in my own little happy world pretending that I have a guy who adores me? WHY MUST I FACE REALITY?! 


Okay, not really. And to all my fellow christian young people out there who don't have a date for Valentine's day . . .  *whispers* It's okay. We get more chocolate anyway. We don't have to share. I mean, hey, that's reason enough to celebrate. Also, I have the perfect evening lined up for you. So grab a blanket, some chocolate, and a teddy bear, and let's get some  relationship advice from the experts. 
What? You weren't thinking about relationships at all today? Hmm, yeah, I believe you. Don't worry, I won't tell anyone your secret.
(Also, to anyone who's curious, Blimey Cow is a christian youtube channel Oftentimes their videos deal with the messy/real things of life, but in a humorous and funny way. All of them are clean. ;)) 


Do you wanna know how to get that guy to like you? Are you trying to figure out how to get him to see you as more then a friend? Look no further! (But in all honesty, this one has some great advice on how to be who God made you to be... not the girl everyone likes.)

Just be yourself. Because let's be honest, you're actually pretty cool. 
Want to be 'just friends' with that great person? Be sure and check this out. Jordan walks you through the process with his usual ease. Though, remind me why we want to be just friends on Valentine's day? 
Pretend it's possible. That totally works. But according to this... it's not. 

The third wheel. We've all been there. If nothing else, Jordan will make you feel as if you're no longer alone. Someone else understands your plight. We must stand together, us outcasts. *nods solemnly* 
Stay strong, because there's no end in sight. 

Want to get the attention of that special guy or girl? Be sure and use some of these pick up lines! They're guaranteed to assure the other person you mean what you say! And of course, it helps to show right off the bat that you are a believer. Or . . . maybe you just study your Bible really well. 

Are you Adam? Because to me you're the only man in the world. 
Are you a homeschooler dating another homeschooler? Or maybe you like a homeschooler and want to know how to speak their language. Either way, in the video below lies all the advice you'll need. A guide to dating -excuse me-courting a homeschooler. 

The next time you're with your crush, causally throw out a reference to the Princess Bride! 

And now, at the end of it all, maybe we need to take a break and realize the truth- It's okay to be single! God's got us here for a reason... and I'm pretty sure that reason isn't so we can lament the lack of special someone. 
Your worth isn't determined by your relationship status.  Keep that in mind y'all. 


So you say, okay, but where does George Strait fit in? Well, he's written some beautiful country love songs. That are actually clean. xD And what is Valentine's day without a love song? But here I want to break off from the silly/humerus part of the post, and take on a bit more serious of a tone. 


Y'all, this is love at its finest. It's messy. It hurts. It requires sacrifice. (You can't tell me that being awake for eighteen hours to be with your wife as she's in labor isn't sacrifice.)
Love requires being there for someone. Even when it isn't easy. 
But this song talks about more then that. It's about how it's possible to see God by looking at the world around us. A tiny flower. A  sunset crested by mountains. A tiny, newborn baby. Each and every one is a reminder of the God who loves us. And who sacrificed His only Son to show us what love really means. 

Love never ends. And it doesn't matter what happens . . . Love bears all things. Hopes all things. Endures all things. Love never fails. It's not a feeling. It's making a decision each and every day to love. To put that person first. To care for their needs ahead of you own. It's a hard choice. Love isn't easy. But it is possible. God is love. And he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God. 
You cannot love without God. You can't. It's just not possible. Make sure you're grounded in Christ, before you even lift your eyes to watch for that special someone. 
Because if not, you'll never be able to love them the way Christ commands. 


So yes. There you have it. Relationship advice - both humorous and serious. ;) I hope y'all enjoyed and had some fun! And I also hope you had chocolate. Because honestly, that's what Valentine's day should be about - National Chocolate Day, anyone? 

I leave you with this song, just because. It's one of my favorite George Strait songs, and the music is just so pretty! 

Happy Valentine's Day! =) 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentines Day Book Sale!

What's better then cozying up a goo book for Valentines day? A bunch of Indie authors have gotten together for a fantastic valentines day book sale! The sale starts tomorrow and goes through Thursday the 15th. Be sure to check them out below and grab some of the deals!

Free eBooks
Poison Kiss by Kendra Ardnek
Forget Not by Rebekah Morris
The Dressmaker's Secret by Kellyn Roth
The Lady of the Vineyard by Kellyn Roth 
Coffee Cake Days by Amanda Tero

$0.99 eBooks
Water Princess, Fire Princess by Kendra Arnek  
Finding Joy by Rebekah Morris
Gift from the Storm by Rebekah Morris
The Fragrance of Geraniums by Alicia Ruggieri
Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero
Journey to Love by Amanda Tero
A Question of Honor by Jesseca Wheaton
Beyond the Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton

$1.99 eBooks
Lady Dragon, Tela Du by Kendra Ardnek
All Our Empty Places by Alicia Ruggieri  
A Love to Come Home To by Alicia Ruggieri
The House of Mercy by Alicia Ruggieri
The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero

$2.99 eBooks
Finding Mera by Elizabeth Marie

$3.99 eBooks
A Time of Grace 3-in-1 by Alicia Ruggieri 

25% off paperback

Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts

Any favorite books for Valentines day? Are you going to be checking out any of these deals?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

BookBurn Candles!

Hello all! So, I had a post that was supposed to go up today . . . and then forgot that I hadn't scheduled it. So here it is a bit late in the day. ;) 
Today I'm joining Ivy in her newest endeavor--which is is quite an amazing undertaking!

Hey everyone! I’m Ivy Rose, the author of The Old River Road and Left to Die, and I’m excited to be announcing my newest bookish endeavor!
Doesn’t everyone love a flickering candle that smells like their favorite book? I know I do! I'm excited to finally be opening my Etsy shop, BookBurn Candles.
With scents inspired by literary classics, authors, writers, and readers alike will love these adorable candles. Bookish candles make fantastic gifts for all book enthusiasts.
BookBurn Candles are made with natural soy wax, cotton wicks, and essential oils, making them as allergy-friendly as possible. They are available to purchase on Etsy.
Who in your life needs a bookish candle? (Is it you? That’s okay, too. ;-) )

Follow BookBurn Candles on Instagram for the first look at new scents and special deals!

Ivy Rose, the creator of BookBurn Candles, is a young novelist with a passion to create beautiful fiction. Armed with a desire to make scenarios readers can easily relate to, she writes in many genres about ordinary individuals faced with extraordinary choices. As a chronic illness warrior, Ivy eagerly encourages others to find joy no matter what the circumstances. In her free time, she loves dancing, playing music, or enjoying various outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest.

I've yet to try these candles, but I can't wait to do so! They look quite amazing and I mean, come on, BOOK INSPIRED SCENTS?! Yes, please! Be sure and check them out!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Writing Update/Cover Reveal

Yes, that's right. I'm combining two things in one post. Which actually ended up working out pretty well. Because a cover reveal ties right into my current writing projects. xD

Right now I'm working on A Question of Loyalty, book #3 in my Questions of War series.  (Which is actually the book the cover reveal is for, butttt . . . that'll come later. ;)) It's currently being Alpha read by some amazing ladies, and I've got a bunch of notes and edits and changes that I can't wait to start working on. Though, I have a feeling it's gonna end up a lot longer then it is. Hopefully I can keep it under 95K, though? Here's to hoping! *nods*

Also, I've started working on a few different projects, as well as a short story for this month. I'm currently drafting a contemporary novella, and I'm not sure exactly where that's gonna go yet. I haven't written contemporary before, so it's a new experience! I'm not sure how I like it. It almost seems too easy to write, as there really isn't much research that I need to do.  It's kinda fun at the same time, though. So I'm just gonna go with it and see where it ends up. ;)

As for the short story for this month . . . what do y'all want? I'm thinking something like a modern military short story. With a bit of romance, since it's valentines day. Or I could do a WWII story, that would probably end up bittersweet. Like, I can't write just happy war stories for some reason. (I don't know why. I probably need help.) Those are the only two ideas I have. Sooo if y'all have any suggestions . . . let me know in the comments!

Okay, I've talked enough about writing. Now onto the cover reveal. (By the way, I'm curious... how many of y'all scrolled down here to see the cover first before reading all that^?)

It took my cover designer four or five different tries on a cover before she came up with one I loved. She's amazing and so patient, though. So she stuck with me till the end. ;) She also sent it to me saved as the name of the concentration camp in the book. Because yeah. I forgot what camp my main character ended up at. Anyway. Onto the cover . . .

Isn't it amazing?! And the clock is gonna play a part in the story, so I LOVE how it's made more noticeable by being the 'o' in 'Loyalty'!  I have some lovely ladies joining me in the reveal, so be sure and check out their posts!


Anddd . . .I think that's all for today! Have a wonderful weekend! 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

What God's been teaching me: January in Reflection

So. I've actually gotten a schedule made up for the next two months. I'm pretty pleased with myself . . . it isn't often that I plan so far ahead. xD 

February 3rd: What God's been teaching me: January 
February 10th: Writing Update
February 17th: Currently Reading books
February 24th: Short Story/chapter
March 3rd: What God's been teaching me: February
March 10th: Writing Update 
March 17th: Currently Reading books 
March 24th: Short Story/chapter
March 31st: What God's been teaching me: March 

Also, yes, I realize that right now, the blog is kinda a mess. I'm working on getting a new design and I'm actually going to be working with the amazing Sav from Scattered Scribblings on it, so bear with how it looks right now. xD It's temporary, I assure you! 
Also, I meant to post last week, but I thought we had one more weekend in January . . . time moves to fast for my brain. Thankfully, March saved me by having 5 Saturdays, so I can get caught up. 

*clears throat* *tries to ignore the fact that I'm no good with intros*

January was a crazy busy, full, insane month. Honestly, I can't believe we're already in February. A lot happened in January. Some good, some not so good. I managed to get a lot of reading done (yay!) and work started back up again after a nice long Christmas/New Year's break. 

I know that for me, January can often be a mixed month. On the one hand, I'm excited for a new year, and always have a nice little amount of plans and goals that I can't wait to accomplish in the New Year. But ten again, as January winds down, I start to lose the excitement I had for the new year. Yes, I still want to accomplish things . . .but suddenly it doesn't seem as exciting. Life sets in. 

There has been two things God's been teaching me this month. The first is that . . . February is every bit as exciting as January. It has 28 days that have never been lived. It's a new months, with every bit of promise that January had. 
So why are we so often less excited for February then January? I'm not sure. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that there's a new year to live that has no mistakes in it yet. And after January, we realize that we've managed to mess up a lot. And already, the year isn't as beautiful and clean as it was before.

But that's where grace comes in. No matter what we happened in January, or what we were (or weren't) able to accomplish, God gives us a new chance every day. Every month. Something new. And you know what? Every day ahead is already bathed in His grace. Do you know how amazing that is? We don't have to strive to be perfect, or complete all those goals we had, because even when we fail, God is there. And in His grace and love and mercy, He picks us back up and puts us on the right track, no matter how many times we fall. 
Anyone excited now for a new day tomorrow? ;) 

The second thing God's been teaching me . . .wait and be still. But when the time comes, take the first step in faith. That's what God's really laid on my heart as a lesson this month. And I have a feeling it's gonna a reoccurring lesson this year. There's a lot of unknowns in life right now. I have dreams and goals and plans, but I'm not sure how many of them will actually be a part of God's plan for this year.  This month, I ended up in a situation where I had to make the decision to make the first step. And even though I'm normally okay with being the leader . . .in this area, I really, really didn't want to be the person to make the first move. 

And it was then that I realized . . .sometimes waiting is easier then when you know you need to take that first step. Maybe it's in something small and seemingly insignificant, but means a lot to you. Maybe it's a decision that will change the course of your life. 
And, for me at least, it was terrifying. Suddenly, waiting, which I had hated so much before, suddenly looked easy and inviting. 

There are times to wait. There are times to step out and do the next right thing, no matter how small or large it may be. And you know what? 
God is with you in the waiting. And when you stand up and He shines light on that next step, He's there walking beside you. 
And somehow, knowing that you're not alone makes everything so much easier. 

Psalm 37:4-5 Delight thyself in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart, Commit thy way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. 

Isaiah 64:4 From the begining of the world, men have not heard, nor percived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides Thee, what Thou hast prepared for him that waiteth upon Thee. 

Isaiah 65:24 It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God: I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness . . .

How was your month? ;)