Blog Tour: Trust and Obey by Faith Blum || Spotlight, Review, and GIVEAWAY!!

Hello, friend! Today, I have the honor of being a part of Faith Blum’s blog tour! I’ve read a few of Faith Blum’s books in the past, but I haven’t really gotten to know her or worked with her a lot, but I’m super excited to be doing a blog tour for her newest book, Trust and Obey! One thing about Faith’s books that I find really cool is how her book titles are also the titles of hymns that they tie into!

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About the Book-

A wicked priestess, a morally corrupt king, and two children stuck in the middle…

Hadassah and Gidal love their parents and will do anything for them. When Priestess Basmat tell Ehud and Jerusha to pay their debt, they cannot and she takes Hadassah and Gidal as her slaves for two years.

The priestess works them hard, but there are two other servants to divide the load with, so they cope as well as they can. Then King Saul comes in disguise requesting the priestess’s other services—as a medium.

Will Hadassah and Gidal trust Adonai to take care of them? What will happen after Priestess Basmat comes face-to-face with the prophet Samuel?

Amazon || GoodReads

About the Author-

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Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings.

When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.

My Review-

Trust and Obey is Biblical historical fiction based around 1 Samuel 28: the medium of En-Dor, which was really interesting to read, because it’s super rare. There were some other Biblical characters also included, such as David, Saul, and Jonathan. As far as I could tell, it was historically accurate, which was fun to read!

The (fictional) characters were so sweet! I really enjoyed reading the relationship between Ehud and Jerusha, and their children, Hadassah and Gidal, were equally as sweet!

The alternating points of view really added to the story as well—the different scenes became more defined and it made the Bible itself seem that much more real.

As for the story itself, it was a lot of fun! It was exciting and sweet and overall, felt authentic. I really like how it flowed and especially how it ended.

Overall, it was a really sweet story! The writing style was very smooth, the story was good, and it was a fun way to learn more about the Bible!

My Rating-

4/5

Things Liked-

  • The characters! They were all so sweet
  • Biblical historical fiction of an interesting time period/event
  • Sweet and well told story
  • Historically authentic

Things Disliked-

  • It felt a little simplistic at times

Giveaway-

Faith is giving away a paperback copy of her book, as well as a magnet!

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Blog Tour-

June 26
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Frances Hoelsema – Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano’s Words – Book Spotlight

June 27
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Book Spotlight
RockandMinerals4Him – Book Review
Shannon’s Blog – Book Spotlight

June 28
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Special Post
Wildflower Acres – Book Spotlight

June 29
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Book Review
Purposeful Learning – Book Review
The King and His Kingdom – Book Review

June 30
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winner

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Blog Tour: The Quest for the Leviathan by Amanda Tero || Spotlight, Review, and GIVEAWAY!!!

Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, “Quest for Leviathan.” Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.

About the Book

Leviathan took the life of his father.

Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.

Purchase an e-copy on Amazon or order a paperback.
Add to your Goodreads shelf.

My Review

Quest for Leviathan is about a young man, Anath, and his journey towards conquering the Leviathan.

Since it was a short story, there wasn’t much space for character development or nearly anything of that sort, but Anath was portrayed well, as was the main storyline (though the beginning and the end felt more developed than the actual story itself). Of course, it felt a little rushed, as all short stories are, but overall it was well done!

The Gospel is very clearly portrayed and Amanda did it very well! In addition, this was historical fiction based on a time of the Bible that is not very well documented, and it was really interesting to read a piece based on the Leviathan, which I hadn’t done before.

My Ranking

3/5

Things liked-

  • discussed a rarely discussed topic
  • good development for a short story
  • gospel portrayed well

Things disliked-

  • felt a bit rushed
  • the action felt a bit cheated: the beginning and end was more developed

Giveaway

Amanda is giving away TWO print copies of “Quest for Leviathan” to one winner — one for you, and one for your friend!

 

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About the Author

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com || Website || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Blog || Goodreads || Amazon

Blog Tour

June 8 – With a Joyful Noise (Release Day Post)
Resting Life (Spotlight, Review)
The World of the Writer (Review)
Authoring Arrowheads (Review)
Purely by Faith Review (Review, Interview)
June 9 – Victoria’s Book Nook (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
Bekah’s Books (Spotlight, Review, Interview)
June 11 – Clothed with Scarlet (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
Reveries Reviews (Review)
June 12 – Chosen Vessels (Spotlight, Review)
My Purple Pen (Review)
Read Another Page (Review)
June 13 – Once Upon an Ordinary (Review)
Maidens for Modesty (Review)
Yahweh Sisters (Review)
June 14 – Honey Rock Hills (Review)
Life of Heritage Corner (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Kaylee’s Kind of Writes (Review, Interview)
June 15 – The Red-Hooded Writer (Review)
Blossoms and Blessings (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Lit Aflame (Review, Interview)
June 16 – The Left-Handed Typist (Review)
Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review, Interview, Giveaway)
June 18 – Great Books for God’s Girls (Review, Interview)
Peculiar Miss Darcy (Character Interview)
June 19 – Done in Love (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Creating Romance (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 20 – Keturah’s Korner (Review, Interview)
Rock and Minerals 4 Him (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 21 – A Baker’s Perspective (Review, Giveaway, Character Spotlight)
Christian Author: A.M. Heath (Review, Interview)
June 22 – Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections (Review)
Views from the Window Friend (Review)
Hunting for Truth (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 23 – Reading on the Edge (Spotlight)
Summer Snowflakes (Review, Giveaway)
June 25 – With a Joyful Noise (Giveaway Winner Announced)

Thank you to the author, Amanda Tero, for providing me with a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.

The Hardworking Creative Website Launch!! | Blog Tour

Hello folks! Today I’m here with a super exciting announcement: my friend, Hailey Hudson, is launching a BRAND NEW WEBSITE! I’m super, super excited about this, because it’s going to be an amazing launchpad for young creatives, like me! It also lies really close to my heart, especially as I’m running my Creative Spotlight series: Spotting the Light.

Are you ready for it? Presenting….The Hardworking Creative!

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The Hardworking Creative is going to be a place for young creatives to find the inspiration and tools they need in order to make their dreams their reality. It will feature biweekly blog posts, alternating between an interview with a young hardworking creative and informative blog posts.

Through the interviews, it will become a place where successful young creatives can a) have a platform to share their work and b) tell other young creatives how they can make their dreams become their reality as well. The non-interview blog posts will talk about advertising, marketing, money, and all the boring but super important stuff that young creatives need to learn about.

The website was inspired by a lack of creatives to work with, and the website is going to be a place to connect hardworking creatives and collaborate with them.

If you’ve seen my goals for 2018, you would have seen that one of my goals for this year is to really find my place online as a creative entrepreneur (while simultaneously taking on college for a science degree . . . yeah, that’s a thing apparently). The Hardworking Creative looks like it’s going to be a place to help start that, and I CAN’T WAIT.

So what are you waiting for? The first post is coming out on March 3rd, so be sure to follow the website and join the newsletter!

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Blog Tour: Sleeping Handsome by Rebekah Eddy! || Book Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

Hello folks!! Today, I’m part of Rebekah Eddy’s blog tour for her book, Sleeping Handsome! It’s RELEASE DAY!!!

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About the Book-

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.

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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.

Amazon || Lulu

About the Author-

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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.

Blog || GoodReads ||Pinterest || Instagram

Giveaway!

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

There’s going to be a review on Sleeping Handsome coming soon! Go pick up a copy, and check out this super intriguing story!

Radiant Hearts Website Launch!

Hello internet! Today, I’m helping a blogging friend, Leona Ruth, launch her new website and magazine, Radiant Hearts!

Radiant Hearts Launch

About the Magazine-

Radiant Hearts Magazine is a quarterly publication, to be published in February, May, August, and November. The goal for this magazine is to “Encourage Girls to Shine Radiantly for Christ.” RHM is an online only magazine for the time being, and everyone will be able to view this it for free! Articles are to be aimed at ages 12-25, but they will be helpful to all ages. Included in the magazine will be (Lord willing) the following things (and more!):
  • articles written by Christian young ladies and women
  • book/movie reviews and recommendations
  • recipes for delicious food
  • “Story Behind the Hymn”
  • pictures of girls serving the Lord, and
  • encouraging notes from girls just like yourself!

The website is at https://radiantheartsmagazine.wordpress.com/ and they are looking for writers and photographers! If you are looking towards growing your skills, as well as growing your blog/website, it would be a great opportunity for you! If you write, fill out this form, and if you are a photographer, fill out this form.

About the Founder-

Profile PicLeona Ruth is a teenage young lady. Leona asked Jesus to be her Savior at a young age, and is striving to serve Him with all that she does. She loves reading, and has a blog where she posts book reviews: Great Books for God’s Girls. Some of her other hobbies are graphic designing, photography, baking, playing violin, piano, and organ, and writing.

Blog Tour-

Monday, January 1st
Tuesday, January 2nd
Chloe P. @ Purely by Faith

Wednesday, January 3rd
Kaitlyn S. @ Maidens for Modesty

Blog Tour: The Blood Race by Kate Emmons!!! || Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Hey guys! Remember last week when I said it was a good week for books? Well, today, I’m bringing you all, THE BLOOD RACE BY KATE EMMONS! *confetti*

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I first heard about The Blood Race after following the author’s sister, Abbiee on her endeavors on the internet (blogging, writing, musics, ALL THE AESTHETICS serIOUSLY GO CHECK HER OUT). I got to read an ARC of it, and iT IS SO GOOD!

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He’s spent his life running from who he is. She’s been trying to escape her past for 100 years…

Born with unexplainable abilities he struggles to control, college student Ion tries desperately to integrate into his new school and finally put his dark past behind him. But after making a serious enemy, which leads to an accidental rendezvous with the mysterious old man next door— and his hauntingly beautiful but troubled young protégée Hawk, Ion realizes his life will never be normal again.

Late one evening, Hawk drags him by the hand into a closet-turned-rabbit-hole to an extra dimension, and Ion finds himself stumbling involuntarily into a secret society of training for “anomalies,” teenagers with a special set of abilities. Just like him.

As they train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as their own demons, both Ion and Hawk begin to realize that they are far more alike than they realized. Unsettlingly so.

When the Dimension is shaken by an unthinkable betrayal, will an ancient prophecy bring Hawk and Ion together—or will a deadly threat hidden in plain sight cost them both their powers… and their lives?

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There’s also a TRAILER for this book! IT’S AMAZING GO CHECK IT OUT

About the AuthorAuthor

When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons lives in the often-snowy hills of rugged Vermont with her husband and dog named Rocket.

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter || Blog || YouTube

Review

OH. MY. WORD. I haven’t really considered myself a sci-fi or dystopian reader until recently, but I’m so glad I discovered that I liked both before reading The Blood Race!

Imagine The Raven Boys meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver while being both secular and Christian at the same time. Like, all the good parts of those books together.

While that ^ sounds like it gives you a general idea of what The Blood Race is about, (lol not really), it’s SO DIFFERENT. The Blood Race is different from all the other books, and the characters. OH THE CHARACTERS.

They are both so well defined yet complex yet broken. They each had a past story, and they had a story to tell. They each had a power, and that was what drew them together. They were so beautiful and I loved them all so much.

Not only the characters, but the world itself was so wonderfully built. The world-building was so detailed and vivid, and while it was tricky to understand what all it entailed (as is the case with many alternate universe books that have world building), it was all so beautifully described and the end result was stunning.

The plot had so many loops and swirls that it was impossible to tell what was coming next. There were so many tropes that didn’t show up, unlike so many of other YA fiction books (there. is. no. romance. #WHAT) There were so many hidden meaning behind each of the small things in the book that clearly meant so much.

(small disclaimer: there is use of s**t and an instance of when the f word was about to be said, as a part of character development)

You may like this book if:

  • You like fantasy/sci-fi/thriller/suspense, or any of the above
  • You like well developed YA fiction
  • You like stories with meaning and motifs behind everything
  • You like great worldbuilding stories and/or beautiful lovable characters

My Rating-

9/10

Giveaway!!

This is actually THE FIRST GIVEAWAY EVER ON MY BLOG!!

With that, I also don’t really know how to set up giveaways…but rafflecopter seems like a good choice. 🙂 (I also can’t figure out how to embed the giveaway into the post, like the Blogger folks, so you’ll have to click the link. yes, I know, it’s a pain)

The giveaway runs from today (August 7th, 2017) until next Sunday (August 13th, 2017) at midnight. (tweeting everyday gives you more chances!!)

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That’s it! Go check out some other stops on the blog tour here:

Loud and Clear || Totally Graced || Abbiee || Plottinger Twist || Silver Mess || A Heart Redeemed | Quills in the Inkwell

Blog Tour: Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire!! || Review

Hey guys! It’s a busy week in the book world! I’m going to be part of TWO blog tours for brand new books this week that I’m super excited about! Today, I’m part of the Andora’s Folly blog tour by the lovely Abigayle Claire!

About the Book

A Pandora’s Box retelling

Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her life takes a drastically unromantic turn. Nothing makes sense—her arranged marriage, the gifts her parents bestow on her wedding day, or her new husband’s temperament.

As Andora begins to unravel the mysteries around her, she ignites a chain of events that have the power to sabotage her entire village forever. Only her new-found wisdom as a desperate peasant’s wife can save her from her folly.

Amazon || GoodReads || Pinterest

(There is also a giveaway for Andora’s Folly Abi is currently running on her blog: find it here!)

About the Author

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Abigayle has been a writer ever since her mother taught her how to hold a pencil. However, she devoted more time to reading words with her green eyes than writing them with her left hand. Inspired by a crazy dream at the age of seventeen, she set off on a journey to self-publish her first novel, Martin Hospitality. Since then, Abigayle has devoted herself to sharing what she has learned through the mediums of freelance editing, and her blog theleft-handedytpist.blogspot.com … when period drama films are not calling more loudly. None of her successes would be possible without the support of her Savior, large family, and online community.

Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || GoodReads || Pinterest || YouTube || Google Plus

My Review

The only exposure I’ve had with Pandora’s Box is in first or second grade, when I did the unit on Ancient Greeks and did Greek Mythology. (was that just me?) Not only haven’t I read the story in literally ten years, I remember HATING the story.

As a result, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to get from Andora’s Folly, which is a Pandora’s Box retelling. Basically, it is a Greek mythology retelling set in a fantasy world, which I thought was super unique!

The “retelling” feel wasn’t very obvious: it was the kind where you finished the book and went “ohhhhh it WAS A RETELLING!!!”which is always the kind of retelling I like! 🙂

This was a novella, which meant that it was on the short side: 100 pages or so, but the characters were all very well developed and the storyline was complete, which can’t be said for many other novellas.

The storyline overall kept twisting, and had me on my toes the whole time. The romance stuff (what fairytale isn’t complete without a sweet romance?) was super sweet, but also completely clean at the same time.

Overall, it’s a short, sweet, but well written book! Definitely go check it out if:
A) you like fantasy tales
B) you like Greek Mythology
C) you like novellas that are well developed

Blog Tour

SAT, JULY 29: Madison Guy // Spotlight || Maddy // Interview
SUN, JULY 30: Emily Mundell // Review || Faith Potts // Review
MON, JULY 31: Hanne T // Review || Victoria Lynn // Spotlight + Interview + Review
TUES, AUG 1: Ashley // Spotlight + Review || Faith Thompson // Spotlight + Review
WED, AUG 2: Mikayla // Review || Soleil // Spotlight || Ivy Rose // Spotlight + Review
THURS, AUG 3: Ashley Bogner // Review || Savannah Grace // Spotlight + Interview
FRI, AUG 4: Lisa // Interview || Abigail McKenna // Review
SAT, AUG 5: Grace Anne // Review || Zane Jones // Interview

(I have done my best to link the blogs who are also part of the blog tour, in the hope that y’all are going to go check them out! There is some awesome stuff on their blogs!)

A huge thank you to Abigayle Claire for providing me with a free ebook copy of this book for my review! I was not required to leave a positive review.

 

 

Blog Tour: The Sorceress and the Squid by Emily Mundell! || Spotlight

Hey y’all! I’m back today with…yet another blog tour*! Today, I’m featuring The Sorceress and the Squid by Emily Mundell! I’m going to be spotlighting her book, which includes what her book’s about and a little bit about the authoress herself!

*because y’all obviously don’t read the title of what I post -_-

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In the magical land of Perth, divisions between the Old Kingdom and the New have waged for centuries. The humans have long harbored a mistrust of the spell-casting Fae and vice versa. In the midst of this conflict, Estrella the Sorceress lays waste to the Training Academy for Human Warriors, making an enemy in the soldier, Jalen. During their standoff, Jalen is turned into a squid and Estrella, unable to restore him to his original form, takes pity on him and travels west across the Sea to bring him to the Wizard in hope he can be saved. But is there more to the unrest in Perth than meets the eye?

Amazon || CreateSpace || Goodreads

About the Author:

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Emily Mundell is a 19 year old author, artist, horsewoman and lover of the wonders of the wide world. She hails from the Great White North of Canada and has spent her life growing up in the heart of rural Alberta in a close-knit farming community – though she has often entertained fantasies of inhabiting the Shire.

Writing is her true passion – though horses and art take a close second. With fantasy as her primary genre, Emily has been writing stories since the tender age of eight when she finished her first “book.” She is currently working to complete her Creative Writing Certificate through the University of Calgary. An avid bookworm, true country-mouse, and unconventional tree-climber, Emily can usually be found on a horse, working on one of her half-dozen projects, chasing a loose cow, or being swept off her feet by the man she calls her own personal “hobbit.”

Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || GoodReads

Blog Tour Schedule:

June 19th – Hanne T, Spotlight (that’s me!)
June 20th – Jem Jones, Review/Character Interview
June 21st – Liv Fisher, Spotlight
June 22nd – Anna, Interview
June 23rd – Lisa, Interview
June 24th – Karyssa Norton, Interview