Friday, March 3, 2017

A Question of Honor Blog Tour!

Today I am just thrilled to be part of Jesseca Wheaton's newest book release blog tour!! =) Aaannddd, it releases today!!!!! All the more reason to be excited. *happy dance*

Without further ado, let's introduce the book...

About the book:

A man. A child. A war. 
When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met. 
David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.
A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.
Will he choose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor

Find on Amazon and Goodreads

About the author:

Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

Check out all the posts for the tour in the schedule below.

Blog Tour Schedule:

Wednesday: March 1st

Angela Watt -- Review/Author Interview @ The Peculiar Messenger

Faith Potts -- Author Interview @ Stories by Firefly

Thursday: March 2nd

Kellyn Roth -- Review @ Reveries Reviews

Faith Potts -- Review @ Stories by Firefly

Kaitlyn K. -- Book spotlight/Author interview @ Twin Thoughts

Friday: March 3rd

Deborah C. -- Book Spotlight @ Reading in June

Soleil B. -- Book Spotlight @ Reviews by Soleil

Victoria Lynn -- Book Spotlight/Review @ Ruffles and Grace

Brianna Henderson -- Review/Author Interview @ Ramblings of a Pilgrim on the Way

Anika -- Review/Author Interview/Book Spotlight @ Anika's Avenue

Rebekah Ashleigh -- Review @ Rebekah Ashleigh

Saturday: March 4th

Livi Jane -- Review @ Living for the Other Side

Victoria Lynn -- Author Interview @ Ruffles and Grace

Emily Putzke -- Author Interview @ Taking Dictation

Julia Ryan -- Review @ The Barefoot Gal

Rebekah Eddy -- Book Spotlight/Author interview @ Rebekah's Remarks

Ooooohhhh! And let's not forget about the giveaway!! ;) Enter to win below.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book Review ~ Diamond, Paul Willis

Diamond (The Greywood Files, #1)

About the book:

When Detective Greywood gets a midnight case from a forgetful friend, he thinks it’s just another robbery. But when he learns his client stored the world’s eighth largest diamond in a highly secure bank vault, he knows there must be much more to the case. Only the owner himself could retrieve the diamond.

A short story containing odd friends, two eventful dinner parties, and a coffee fueled detective.  


My review:

Title: Diamond
Author: Paul Willis
Series: The Greywood Files
Stars: 5 out of 5

A quick read with a lot of fast action. If you have a moment when you feel like a thrill, this would be the book for you. The plot is to the point and the characters are very sophisticated.

As is the case with all short stories, there isn't time for the characters to be well introduced, which was quite a shame. I would of loved to have understood the main character's perspective better.

The mystery was obviously well thought out on the author's part, which helped add to the reader's enjoyment. Not too deep and losing the reader's attention, but not shallow and making you wish relief from your boredom. Just right and leaves you waiting for more.

Excellently done.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*

Friday, January 6, 2017

2016 Bookish Recap Tag

Hey everyone!! Merry Christmas and happy New Year! (late) Can you believe it's January 6th already? And that it's 2017?!?! Where is time going?!?!?! Okay, sorry, I'm being too dramatic. :/

I was tagged by Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory to do the "Bookish Recap Post" and even though we are already well through the New Year, I'm still going to do it. :)

-- Include the above button in your post. 
-- Answer the 11 questions. 
-- Use as many book covers as you like. (The correct answer to this question would be ALOT. B-)) 
-- Tag 5-10 people and notify them that they have been tagged. 


// How many books did you read in 2016? (Exact if you know, or approximate if not.) 
I read a grand total of 48 books. I know that doesn't seem like that many, but for a slow reader like me...that's a ton. :)

// Did you set a reading challenge for yourself and, if so, did you meet it?  
I did and I actually met it...barely. I challenged myself to read 45 books.

// What was your most read genre this year? Least read? 
I'm pretty sure it was fantasy that I read the most of and self-help books that I read the least.

// What's five of your favorite books from 2016? 
This is going to prove to be a little bit of a challenge...
1.) The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
2.) The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman (the whole series;))
3.)  Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
4.) Heidel by Anita Valle
5.) The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton

Heidel by Anita ValleThe Destiny of One by Sarah HolmanDear Mr. Knightley by Katherine ReayThe False Prince by Jennifer A. NielsenThe Silent Blade

// What's five of your least favorite books from 2016? 
I had a hard time coming up with even four because I normally don't read books that I know I won't like.

1.) Four days in April by Maria Grace
2.) Ireland Rose by Patricia Strefling
3.) Distorted Glass by Sarah Holman
4.) Letters from a Scatter-Brained Sister by Amanda Tero

// What new favorite author did you discover? (Not necessarily that the author is 'new', but that they became new to you this year.) 
Jennifer A. Nielsen! Her writing style keeps you on pens and needles. =D

// What's five of your favorite book covers from the year? 
Books I read or covers I found? I'm going to do both. ;)

The Old River Road (Long Lake Legacy, #1)IntermissionBeyond the HorizonMaggie's KitchenA Love to Come Home To (A Time of Grace #3)

// How many books did you purchase for yourself in 2016? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.) 
Uh...hehe...ummm...duuhhh...That is an un-answerable question. I know I went to a library book sale and bought 20 books at one time and I've been doing a ton of shopping, my bookshelf is reaching it's limit. I'm going to guess close to 89 books. Yeah, sounds good. ;)

// What's the longest book you read in 2016? 
Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, a total of 524 pages. 

// What's the shortest book you read in 2016? 
Letters from a Scatter-Brained Sister by Amanda Tero, a total of 25 pages.

// What's your reading goal for 2017? 
I challenged myself to 48 this year, almost one per week. We'll see how this goes. ;)

Now, I'm going to skip over the part about tagging people just because it's already the new year and I doubt anyone would want to do this post so late. But if I'm wrong and there is someone out there that wants to do this tag, please go right ahead! Comment below with a link so I can read your post.

Have a great New Year everyone!! =)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Beyond the Horizon ~ Blog Tour

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for the release of Beyond the Horizon!! I had the privilege of beta-reading it recently and it's not a book you'll want to miss. =)

About the Book:

Eliana longs to see the world beyond the mountains that tower above Salzburg, Austria, but knows that dream will never see such adventure- and neither will she.
Surrounded by a world of cruelty, she lives for the weekly visits of Aron, a boy she met on one of her rambles through the countryside.

But as the years pass and she begins to grow older, a new and unwelcome world is opened up to her.

On a fateful night at a party she vowed she’d never attend, she comes face to face with a shocking truth.
As the world around her teeters on the brink of war, Eliana struggles to figure out just where her loyalty lies; a decision that will drastically change the course of her life. Will she ever be free to see what lies beyond the horizon?

About the Author:

Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

Feel free to visit Jesseca at her blog or on Goodreads. Also, check out her Pinterest page to see some of her inspiration for her writing!

Be sure to check out the links below to see more of the blog tour! :)

Blog Tour Schedule

Friday, December 16th

--Rebekah Ashleigh @ Rebekah Ashleigh -- Review
--Soleil @ Thoughts from a Daughter of God – Review and Book Spotlight
--Rebekah Eddy @ Rebekah’s Remarks – Book Spotlight, Author Interview 
--Kaitlyn K. @ Twin Thoughts – Review 
--Liv K. Fisher @ Whispers on the Wind – Book Spotlight
--Faith Potts @ Stories by Firefly – Review and Book Spotlight
--Kellyn Roth @ Reveries Reviews – Review

Saturday, December 17th

--Anika @ Anika’s Avenue -- Review, Book Spotlight
--Rebekah Morris @ Rebekah’s Reading Room – Review
--Deborah C. @ Reading in June – Book Spotlight
--Natasha H. @ Looking through my Lens – Book Spotlight

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Book Review ~ Twinepathy, C. B. Cook

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About the book:

Albany York has a secret.

Albany and her twin sister, Brooklyn, have spent years successfully hiding their telepathic connection. But when a girl falls unconscious at their doorstep, the girls learn that they might not be the only people in the world with extraordinary powers and that a memory thief is on the loose. As the twins try to help the girl find her memories, they discover that the superhero world might be bigger—and more dangerous—than they ever imagined.


Title: Twinepathy
Author: C. B. Cook
Series: IDIA
Stars: 5 out of 5

This was so not what I was expecting! The plot, the characters, the adventure! It was SO awesome. Outstandingly well written. This was the first time that I have read C.B. Cook’s writing and I was extremely surprised. It was very obvious that there was a lot of thought and outlining put into the writing of Twinepathy.

Each character was very different from all the other ones and they all had a part in the story. It was so much fun to see all the secrets unfold. I thought Albany was going to be a lot like me, but it ended up being Brooklyn who reminded me of myself. The twins are so alike, but then they are totally different. That just added to the adventure. I especially loved all the unique names. Every single one of them fit that character and that just helped bring the story to life, even though the story is so far-fetched.

If you love action, suspense, and adventure—the superhero kind—then you would probably enjoy Twinepathy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Review ~ The Dressmaker's Secret, Kellyn Roth

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About the book:

London, England, 1870

It comes to the attention of curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway that her father is seemingly nonexistent. After realizing that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice becomes determined to find him and pull her family together. But Miss Chattoway’s answers to her daughter’s questions are vague at best and Alice begins to wonder if she will ever discover her mother’s secret.


Title: The Dressmaker's Secret
Author: Kellyn Roth
Series: The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy
Stars: 4 out of 5

Okay, this book was so interesting. Not interesting as in weird, but interesting as in it keeps your attention. I loved it! The storyline and the way it was written reminded me of Louisa May Alcott's books. Very vintage!

The only reason I took off one star was because of the amateur writing and the rush ending. The story itself was very well thought out, but I feel like the author probably could have written it better if she had put a little bit more into the actual writing itself. It's not drastically horrible though, just my personal opinion.

*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Beauty Around Me

Somehow, I kind of forgot about my blog and managed to, umm...not post in the month of September. Sorry about that guys. :( It feels as if I blinked and October is here. Where has this year gone to?? *pity party*

But anyway... Fall is here--even though Kansas doesn't know it yet. Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. Just saying. :)

I adore all the beautiful changes in colors, the evenings getting dark earlier and playing flashlight tag with family and friends, the cooler weather, pulling out winter clothes and wearing silly striped socks, curling up with a good book, and having a reason to just sit around with the family telling stories.

So as you can tell, I'm in my happy place now. Here in Kansas we haven't quite gotten the beautiful colors or fallen leaves yet, but it's showing signs of it.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in to make sure you all knew I was still here--and that my favorite season is fall. I will try to be more faithful in the future to post more often. I'm having trouble coming up with things to post about, so if you have any ideas, please let me know. What would you like to read about? Ask me a very involved question and I might come up with a whole post to answer it.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Time goes by...

Has it really been a month since I posted last? Time has gotten away from me so it seems. *looks away with complete innocence*

I'll give you a brief run down on what I've been doing this past month.

~I've been editing another wonderful book by Jesseca. It's so beautifully written and I can hardly wait till it releases to the public.

~I've been working a lot at my new job and I'm still enjoying it! You can check out the website here.

~I've been trying to finish reading The Dressmaker's Secret so I can review it. I am really enjoying it so far.

~I've been on the piano a ton lately and you can check out one of the songs I learned in the last couple months here.

~ Some of my sisters and I went on a week trip to Colorado to visit relatives and do a lot of hiking. Here are a few pictures of the beautiful scenery.

There was a beautiful waterfall along the side of one of the trails we hiked.

A view from one of the hikes.
We hiked along that very narrow trail. It was a beautiful view though!

And a picture of flowers just because!!
There was wildflowers everywhere and it was extremely beautiful!

How has your past month been? Did you do anything exciting? Does your family take vacations together? And if so, where do you normally go?

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Silent Blade Blog Tour!!

Me? Posting twice in one day? I know, right? Well, you're just coming to have to live with it, because...I have another great book to post about. And this one is PUBLISHED!!!!! It just came out today!!! =D

 I am so excited to be a part of The Silent Blade's blog tour!!! And I'll say it again, it released today!!!! It's been a long time in the coming, but it's here! This book is great and everyone needs to check it out. :) (Can you see my excitement yet?)

About the book:
Dromiskin, Ireland. 925 A.D.

Eira has no greater desire than to see her life returned to what it once was—before her older brother Kevin's sudden disappearance four years earlier. But the simple life she hoped for seems unattainable; on the contrary, her life is about to get all the more complicated.
When she suddenly finds herself and Willem, her twin brother, taken captive by someone who claims to be Kevin’s enemy, things go from bad to worse. It soon becomes clear that she and Willem are to become bait in a trap set for Kevin, and Eira knows she must try to warn him. But how, when she herself is a captive?
As mysteries of the past are unveiled, and loyalties are revealed, Eira realizes how precious her friends truly are. And when mortal danger threatens those nearest to her, will she be able to trust God with the lives of her friends and family?
Buy on Amazon

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About the Author:

Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

Follow Jesseca at her blog and on Goodreads!

My review:

Another superb story by Jesseca Wheaton that will grab your heart and seize your mind. I was thoroughly fascinated by the characters in this medieval tale of honor, love and jealousy. Old acquaintances out to get revenge, a swordsman trying to move on with life and a simple family following their Savior. A truly thrilling adventure for the whole family!


Follow this link to the giveaway!! :)

Blog Tour Schedule:

Wednesday, July 20th

Mikayla The Bubblegum Ballerina --Review

Blessings Counter at Counting your Blessings One by One --Author Interview

Ivy Rose at  Lakeside Publications --Review, Spotlight

Mallory Beth at Renewed by Grace --Review

Thursday, July 21st

Lydia Dyslin at Through the Wardrobe --Review

Rebekah Eddy at Rebekah’s Remarks --Review, Interview

Abigayle Allison at The Left-Handed Typist --Review, Spotlight

Friday, July 22nd (Publication Day!!)

Blessings Counter at Counting your Blessings One by One --Review

Rebekah Ashleigh at Rebekah Ashleigh --Spotlight

Amanda Tero at  With a Joyful Noise --Review, Interview, Spotlight

Deborah O’Carroll at The Road of a Writer –Review, Spotlight

Kaitlyn K. at Prairie Gal Cookin’ --Review, Spotlight

Bethany R. at A Great God and Good Cocoa --Review, Spotlight

Deborah C. at Reading in June --Spotlight, Review

Emily at A Purpose and a Promise --Spotlight, Review

Saturday, July 23rd

Kellyn Roth at Reveries--Review, Interview

Jason McIntire at Elisha Press--Interview

Natasha H. at Looking Through my Lens --Review

Faith P. at Stories by Firefly --Review, Interview

Monday, July 25th

Jesseca Wheaton at Whimsical Writings --Blog Tour wrap-up post

The Rose and the Balloon Cover Reveal

I am so excited to a part of Kirsten's book cover reveal!!! I've been following Kirsten online for a while now and closely watching for the release of her first book. It's now just around the corner!! The expected release date is August 1st!!

But for today, I bring you the cover reveal!!!

The Rose and the Balloon

~~About the book~~

In a kingdom where fauna and flora are held in higher esteem than breakfast, Dmitri is a prince who yearns for change and plans it in a single daring act that will alter his life forever. However, when his demented mother accidentally causes the destruction of a prized garden of roses, Dmitri is horrified when she proposes his hand in marriage to make up for it. Not only will a wife hamper his glorious plans, he doesn't even want one.

Janelle has spent her whole life on her father's rose farm, tending the roses and staying simple. But she really yearns for something greater than the flower beds. But now there's a wrench thrown in the works – the crazy Queen Maeva wants her to marry the prince, and all for ruining her father's beloved roses.

This is Beauty and the Beast with a twist like you've never seen it before.

~~About the author~~

Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who is trying to find the balance between being one of six kids, a church pianist, a college student, a movie buff, a disaster in the kitchen, and a writing INFP. If you know what the secret is to balancing all of that, she’d be grateful to hear from you. Otherwise, don’t contact her unless you want to send her homemade gingerbread. Or a new piano book. Or an autographed Charles Dickens novel. In the meantime, she’ll be somewhere under a maple tree – trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once. 

Feel free to check out all the links below to follow Kirsten or to find out more information on The Rose and the Balloon.

Isn't it so beautiful? Doesn't that make you want to read it? I don't know about you, but just seeing the cover and reading the synopsis was enough for me to wish the release was sooner. I'm definitely buying it!!