Monday, June 19, 2017

I'm back//missions trips are amazing + Cover reveal

*waves* Hello lovely peoples! I hope this blog post finds you well! It's finding me a bit tired, but content and extremely thankful for the many amazing ways God has worked these past ten days. Yesterday was spent in the air and various international airports, and by God's grace I made it safely back home around 6pm last night. Thank you all so much for your prayers! We were blessed with great weather, no delayed flights, and a really awesome time in Mexico.

The trip was just . . . wow, guys. I have so much to say, and I'm not even sure how to say it. The past week has both been incredibly challenging in my walk with the Lord, yet at the same time such a blessing. Looking back in reflection, I can truly say it was the most amazing and precious week of my life. I leaned so much. We saw God work in so, so many different ways, so many different times. And for the first time, I realized just how blessed I am. And you know what? the past ten days were nothing short of inspiring.

Like I said above, I'm honestly not sure how to put all my thoughts and feelings into words right now. I did journal while I was gone, so I'm going to go back and re-read the entries  and take a few days to reflect on the time I spent there. And pray that God will give me the right words to share it all with you. So be looking for a post something like that on Friday. :)

For now . . . remember that hint I gave you about a cover? Well . . . it's a cover reveal. For A Question of Courage. Yes, I know, it's still around four months away for the *tentative* October publishing date. And normally that's a bit early to do a cover reveal. But . . . I've had this cover idea since last year around this time. And I've had the completed cover for around two months now. And I HAVE to share it with you guys! Hopefully you're as excited to see it as I am to show it to you. ;) The reveal will happen on July 1st, which is a Saturday. I'll send an email your way with the cover and instructions no later than the 24th.
So yes. *shoos you away toward the sign up* I can't wait to share this with you guys!



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blogging Break

Hey all! Just jumping in here to let y'all know I'm going to be on a missions trip from the 9th(tomorrow) through the 18th. So the next two weeks there won't be any posts here on the blog. Also, I'll have no internet access, so . . . I'm pretty much taking a break from anything internet related. 

I'd also appreciate your prayers while I'm gone. For safety, of course. ;)  And also that during this time I would grow closer to Christ, and be able to serve the other believers around me. 

I have some exciting posts planned for when I get back, so stay tuned! I'll give you a hint. They have to do with books. And one of them has to do with a cover. I'll let you wonder!

Blessings, dear readers, and I hope you're enjoying the summer weather! 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Day Never To Be Forgotten


Seventy-three years ago today, the largest armada of ships ever assembled set sail across the English channel, heading for the beaches of Nazi-controlled France.

No one could tell for sure what the impending battle would bring. But one thing was sure. It would be fighting unlike the men had ever seen before. And nothing in all their training could have properly prepared them for what they were about to face.

The weather wasn't all that favorable, either. But there wasn't any other option. It was either today, or delay it once again, this time for an indefinite amount of time.

They had to go. And it had to be done now.


The Leader of the Allied Forces in Europe, Dwight Eisenhower, simply said, "let's go."

By that evening, over 209,000 of the allied troops had fallen into an eternal sleep. Never to leave the battlefield they fought on.

Before the invasion, Eisenhower had written a failure message. One that would be sent back to the brass if the operations failed. It read;

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops,” it began.

“My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air, and the navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone."

By God's grace, that message never had to be delivered. The Allies were able to gain control of the beach, and began to work their way inland. It was a turning point in the war in Europe that would begin pushing the Germans back toward Germany.

But it came at a high cost. And may we never forget what this 209,000 men gave on this day that we could be free.

Never was so much owed by so many to so few.

~Winston Churchill 


Friday, June 2, 2017

Operation: Guadalcanal

Hello all! Welcome to our last post in this blog series! I hope you've had a good week. Mine's been a bit busy, but nothing compared to last week. ;)
I leave for the missions trip next Friday! *takes a deep breath* Hooowwwww did the time fly by so fast?!
This past weekend, my critique partner finished reading though A Question of Courage! Her comments were the sweetest, and I seriously don't know how I'd still be writing without her sweet encouragement and help. (Love ya, Faith! <3)
 I was also able to get it sent out to six, wonderful Alpha readers, and I'm eagerly awaiting their feedback. Two of these amazing girls have already finished, and their comments were super helpful, in addition to the fact that they made my week. ;)
I'm hoping for beta-readers in August . . . so I'm just gonna throw that out there now. ;) I'm not planning on having sign-ups, but if you'd like to read it, let me know!

And . . . okay, I'm gonna get on to the actual post now. xD I hope y'all enjoy!


Guadalcanal: The Battle of Guadalcanal 


While the title may sound  bit repetitive, it's... really not. ;) During the Guadalcanal operation, the major battle between the two opposing forces is known as the "Battle of Guadalcanal". Or "The Battle of the Solomon Islands." Or oftentimes known as "The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal", simply because of the fact that the majority of the battle happened on the open seas, between the American Navy, and the Japanese Navy. In reality, it wasn't really just one battle, but a series of battles that would determine who would keep control of the island.
October and November were hard months for the men on Guadalcanal. Dwindling food supplies, combined with the tropical climate, had many of the men down. Diseases like dysentery and malaria ran rampant, and the forces on both sides had taken heavy losses. 
Yet, there was an almost tangible feeling in the air. The feeling that something big was coming. And it was coming soon. 
In October, inland on the island, several battles had taken place between the American and Japanese forces. The Japanese had been on the island longer, and were worse off than the Americans. In addition to the tropical heat, the American Navy had effectively kept any of their supply ships from dropping them food. The men were, quite literally, starving. 

Most of the men are stricken with Dysentery...starvation is taking many lives, and weakening our already extended lines. We are doomed. ~ Major-General Kensaka Oda

In November, the Naval Battle took place. "The Japanese organizes four naval task forces for their operations. Two bombardment forces were to shell Henderson Fields; a third was to transport the 38th Division and it's equipment to Guadalcanal; a fourth would be in General support. 
The American naval forces were organized into two task forces. And these forces, though limited, had the task of reinforcing and resupplying Guadalcanal, as well as stopping the Japanese from taking it over." - The Road to Victory, Chapter 4, written by Robert O'Neil 

So basically, the American Navy was outnumbered, and he Japanese were on the way. Not a good way to start a battle, right?

Right. On November 13th,the Javanese forces entered the sound between Savo Island and Guadalcanal, and prepared to bomb Henderson Field. "In what would be called the First Battle for Guadalcanal, American Admiral Callaghan led his outmatched forces against the Japanese  battleships. The main action began at night, near Savo Island. The vanguards of these opposing forces intermingled, and the American column penetrated he Japanese formation. The outnumbered Americans returned fire from all directions and the the engagement degenerated into individual ship-to-ship actions. When the battle was over, both American Admirals were dead. But the Japanese had been turned back. Not one Japanese shell had struck the island, although out of the 13 U.S. ships, 12 had been sunk." The Road to Victory , Chapter 4,

The Americans had won one of the most strategic battles for the island. Another chip had been hammered away at the granite wall that was the Japanese forces. And their wall was wearing thin. 

Aftermath: 

There were several other battles that continued to be fought over the island until February of 1943. It was then that the Japanese realized they were fighting a losing battle, and they withdrew from the island. Though there were still many battles to go before the end of the war, the American victory at Guadalcanal was not only a boost to the American moral, but also a hard fought campaign that provided an example of what jungle and naval warfare in the Pacific would be like. 
It was also a battle that threw to the wind the idea of Japan's invincibility. From this battle, the commanders of the Army, Marines, and Navy were able to put into practice the theories of amphibious warfare they had been taught. From here, they were able to adapt them to where they would best work on the other islands which were soon to become battlegrounds. 
The war was far from over, but at last, the tide had changed. 

Unknown Hero: 



Mitchell Paige was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. On October 26th, 1942, after all the other Marines in his platoon were either killed or wounded, Paige operated four machine guns for hours, single-handedly stopping an entire Japanese regiment. Had the position fallen and the Japanese regained Henderson Field, it is possible the outcome of World War II could have been significantly changed. 
In the years to come, Paige was repeatedly asked why he would be willing to put his life on the line for his country. He said that the answers took him back to a Pennsylvania three-room country school, where the children were so steeped in the traditions of America, that they literally felt themselves part of a glorious heritage - where they teacher opened the school day with a Bible verse and the Pledge of Allegiance, and where they memorized all the great documents that established the bedrock of America, such as the Gettysburg address.
His response went this way: "My undying love of country, and my strong loyalty to the Marines fighting by my side gave me no choice but to fight on unwavering  throughout my battles, utilizing my God-given ability to make use of what I had been taught and learned."
Paige also said, "I will never forget sitting in a foxhole, bloody, burned, and injured in the morning after the all-night, fierce, hand-to-hand battle against the overwhelming Japanese force on Guadalcanal. I was alone except for hundreds of dead bodies, of the enemy surrounding me. I emptied my pack, looking for something to stop the bleeding from a bayonet wound, and out fell my Bible. Picking it up in my dirty, bloody hands, I could scarcely believe it when it providentially opened up at Proverbs 3, and there were my mother's words. 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.'"
Mitchell Paige was a true servant and patriot of America . . . and America is proud to have had hundreds and thousands of valiant soldiers cut from the same cloth. ~ Taken from "The American Patriot's Bible". Also cross-referenced on different sites to make sure the information was true. 

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to

PLATOON SERGEANT MITCHELL PAIGE
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area on October 26, 1942. When the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, Platoon Sergeant Paige, commanding a machine-gun section with fearless determination, continued to direct the fire of his gunners until all his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he manned his gun, and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire against the advancing hordes until reinforcements finally arrived. Then, forming a new line, he dauntlessly and aggressively led a bayonet charge, driving the enemy back and preventing a break through in our lines. His great personal valor and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

/S/ FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (Citation taken from Wikipedia

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And . . . we've come to the end of the Operation: Guadalcanal series! Tell me, did you enjoy it? Any ideas for future posts you might enjoy? Thanks for reading, and I hope your weekend is restful! :) 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Secret Slipper-Book Spotlight and Review


Hello all! Today I'm here to share with you a bit about Amanda's new release, The Secret Slipper! I had the privilege of Beta-reading it, and it was absolutely splendid! So, first I'm gonna let you read about the book, and then you can read my review. ;) 
And there's a giveaway, too, so be sure and enter that! 


About the Book


Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn't even know is searching for her?

Purchase Link: The Secret Slipper

Get “Befriending the Beast”

Doesn't it sound splendid?! Well, it is. So go and get yourself a copy. ;) Now for the review . . . 


My Review: 

I had the privilege of beta-reading The Secret Slipper and I enjoyed the story immensely! The father-daughter take on an old fairy talk classic was delightful, and I cannot wait to share it with my sister, who is impatiently awaiting the paperback. 
The characters were all done very well; there really wasn't any that were in the book for no reason. They all had a purpose. Which was nice to read for a change. ;) The struggles of the characters were also very well done and very relateable
And, as always, Ms. Tero was able to weave the thread of the gospel message into the story flawlessly, in a way that didn't at all feel preachy. It made it stand out so much more because of that. 
So yes, a wonderful retelling that I would definitely recommend



About the Author


About the Author
Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

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U.S. Giveaway: Enter to win the set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

International Giveaway: Enter to win the eBook set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

Also Touring with “The Secret Slipper”
May 25, 2017
Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway
Leila @ Leila Tualla's Bookshelf | Spotlight
Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway
Leona @ Great Books for God's Girls | Review, Interview

May 26
Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books | Interview
Kendra @ Knitted By God's Plan (Spotlight) and O'Scarlett Reviews (Review) | Spotlight, Review
Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway

May 27
Anika @ This Journey Called Life | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway
Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight

May 29
Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary | Review, Interview
Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review
Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview
Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview

May 30
Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway
Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath  | Review
Judith @ JudithWNicholson  | Interview

May 31
Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory  | Spotlight, Review
Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae  | Spotlight, Review
Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway

June 1
Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews  | Review
Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog  | Spotlight, Review
Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight

June 2
Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight
Janell @ Views from the Window Friend  | Review
Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ  | Spotlight, Review, Interview

June 3
Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews  | Spotlight
Faith @ Chosen Vessels  | Review
Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway