Blog Tour: Worlds Beneath by K. A. Emmons || Guest Post and GIVEAWAY!!!

Today, it’s time for a post I’m super excited about!! I’m super honored to be a part of Kate Emmon’s SECOND blog tour, for her SECOND book WORLDS BENEATH! If you haven’t read my first post for her first book, The Blood Race, check it out here! Today, Kate is doing a guest post on staying productive and getting things done here on the blog, and then there is a GIVEAWAY for copies of Worlds Beneath!

Worlds Beneath

On Productivity and Staying Productive, by K. A. Emmons


Staying productive in today’s “busy world” can often seem like a daunting task. There’s hundreds of things that demand our time and attention –

So how do we stay productive and get things done?

There’s a lot of great answers to this question, and a lot of different approaches you can take. There are numerous articles online about productivity and organization, and hacks for how to more efficiently tackle your busy schedule and life.

I highly suggest reading around and trying different methods – see what works for you! Everyone is different. But today, i’m going to share with you what works for me, short and sweet:

Discipline.

Now hold on, before you groan and close out of the window, let’s break down this beautiful word.

The most accurate definition in this case, would be the verb definition: “to train oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way.”

So, to further break that down:

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Control
Habit

Train yourself to focus – and shut out distractions. To get up every morning with a plan – write things down and execute them as best you can, at least one thing each day. Train yourself just as you would train physically in a gym, or maybe for a performance of some kind.

Control yourself. No matter how disciplined you are, distractions will come up now and again. That will happen. But that doesn’t mean you have to give in, in fact, it’s a GOOD THING. You’ve just been given the opportunity to control yourself; your mind and your desires, and in doing so, you have cultivated your character.

And finally, make a habit of it. There is no shortcut or hack, this is an everyday way of life. Something you must do again, and again, and again in order to master. We are students, learning through life. This is our practice and this is what ultimately keeps us on track.

So, broken down, discipline is actually a pretty amazing word – something to cultivate and aspire to.

It will help you on the good days, and support you on the bad ones. It will be there for you like nothing else can, and it will empower you by showing you that you are in control of your own life and projects.

You can do anything. You can write the book, record the songs, start the blog, rehearse the play, and you can do these things successfully by taking charge of your own time and VALUE, turning off your phone, and giving yourself the respect you deserve.

And by respect I mean respect for your time, your talents, and your energy. Don’t let a crowded schedule, social media, poor time management, etc, rob you of that. Take charge of it!

Practice discipline in life… and in your craft. And I think you’ll find that both will flourish.


About the Author-

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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’ debut novel The Blood Race is the first book in her YA science fiction/fantasy thriller series. Get connected with Kate on your favorite social platform, and be sure to check out http://kaemmons.com/!

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

About the Book-

Giveaway-

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Blog Tour-

1st- Lovely Whatsoevers by Jameson C. Smith (Interview) || 2nd- Hot Town Cool Girl by Nabila (Guest Post) || 3rd- Stories and Soulspeak by Hannah Whatley (Book Review) || 4th- Plottinger Twist by Hannah (Book Review) || 5th- Unicorn Quester by Laura A. Grace (Author Interview) || 6th- Letters to Myself by Hannah (Guest Post) || 7th- Inkwell by Lisa (Book Review) || 8th- Self Known by Rosie (Guest Post) || 9th- Paper Pizza by Kenzie (Book Review) || 10th- Purely by Faith Reviews by Chloe (Book Review for The Blood Race) || 11th- Ivie Brooks by Ivie (Author Interview and Book Review) || 12th- Elly Lily (Author Interview) || 13th- Rebecca Morgan (Author Interview) || 14th- The Book Sprite by Liv K. Fisher (Guest Post) || 15th- Totally Graced by Grace Anne (Book Review and Author Interview) || Day 16- The Red Hooded Writer by Lila Kims (Book Review of The Blood Race) || 17th- Tessa Emily Hall (Guest Post) || 18th- Writings from a God Girl by Medomfo || 19th- Livy Lynn || 20th- RockandMinerals4Him by Hanne (Guest Post and Book Review) || 21st- Audrey Caylin (Guest Post) || 22nd- Literatura by Gracelyn (Book Review for The Blood Race) || 23rd- Poetree by Serena (Book Review) || 24th- The Writer’s Song by Faith (Book Review for The Blood Race and Author Interview) || 25th- Purely Unorthodox by Angel (Book Review for The Blood Race) || 25th- Musings of a Creative Spirit by Stephanie (Guest Post) || 26th- The Artful Author by Jessica (Book Review for The Blood Race) || 27th- Authoring Arrowheads by Allyson Kennedy (Book Review for The Blood Race) || 28th- The Calico Books by Theresa (Book Review for The Blood Race) || 29th- Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors by Abigail (Book Review for The Blood Race) || 30th- Disjointed Babblings by Sarah Addison Fox || 30th- Inspiring Writes by Savannah Grace (Book Review for The Blood Race) || 31st- Oh So Priceless by Kiki (Book Review for The Blood Race and Author Interview)

This blog tour was put together by Livy Lynn.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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!

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

Cover Reveal: Sleeping Handsome by Rebekah Eddy!

HI FOLKS! Today, we have a very exciting blogpost: we’re revealing the cover for Rebekah Eddy‘s new book, Sleeping Handsome!

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Are you ready?

Here it is!

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Sleeping Handsome is going to be released on Valentine’s Day this year, February 14, 2018!

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.
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.

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.

 

 

Blogmas Day 3: Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber Cover Reveal

Hi everybody! Today, I have an exciting post for y’all: it’s the cover reveal for Mary Weber’s new book, Reclaiming Shilo Snow!

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Are you ready for it?

Here it is!

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Ahhh!!!

Reclaiming Shilo Snow will be released on March 6, 2018!

Synopsis:

She was far more capable than Earth’s leaders had accounted for—and they had no idea what she’d do next.

Known as a brilliant mind that could hack humanity’s darkest secrets, seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow is the most wanted teenager alive. She found her way to the icy, technologically brilliant planet of Delon to find Shilo, the brother everyone but Sofi believes is dead.

But as she and Ambassador Miguel partner to find her brother and warn those on Earth of Delon’s dark designs on humanity, Sofi’s memories threaten to overtake her, distorting everything she holds true. She knows the Delonese kept her in a dark, deceptive place . . . and destroyed a portion of her life. Now, the more they discover of Sofi’s past, the more Sofi feels herself unraveling—as each new revelation has her questioning the very existence of reality.

In this harrowing sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Sofi and Miguel must trust each other and discover the secrets locked inside Sofi’s mind as the line between what’s real and what they imagine begins to slip away . . . threatening to take humanity with it.

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About the Author:Author

Mary Weber is the author of the Scholastic Pick, Christy, Carol, and INSPY Award winning young adult novel, Storm Siren, and the Storm Siren Trilogy. As a conference and avid school speaker, Weber’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a too-loud world. In her spare time she sings 80s songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband, who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking tacos, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

Isn’t the cover so pretty? Have you read any of Mary Weber’s books? (I haven’t, but I’m looking forward to reading them!)

Cover Reveal: Five Poisoned Apples

Honestly, why don’t I just make this a book blog…I blog so much about books XD But anyhow, I’m bringing y’all today the final cover reveal of Rooglewood Press’ collection of fairy tale classics, Five Poisoned Apples, a retelling of Snow White (duh).

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So basically, Rooglewood Press holds yearly creative writing contests for fairytale retellings, starting with Cinderella, going through Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty, and now is on Snow White*.

*Titles lead to purchase links on Amazon

So basically, what the contest is, is for writers to write (oh, gee, really?) a retelling of Snow White in any genre/setting/etc you like, and Rooglewood Press will select five winners to be published in Five Poisoned Apples (along with a $125 cash prize and other cool stuff).

ENTRY DETAILS AND STUFF

So…here’s the cover, in all of its glory!

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The stories are due by December 31st, 2017, and the winners will be announced on April 2, 2018.

Have fun writing! (and I’m avail as your beta readers/promoter person when you win XD)

Blog Tour: The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero!! || Spotlight, Review, and GIVEAWAY!!

uh…so I HAD THIS BLOGPOST WRITTEN FOR *WEEKS* AND SOMEHOW IT GOT DELETED. MY WORD.

Anyhow, I’m here today with a super exciting post! This post is part of the blog tour for Amanda‘s newly released book, The Secret Slipper!

In this post, y’all are gonna get a book spotlight, my review of the ARC, and a giveaway at the end! Amanda put together an extremely comprehensive blog tour, so this post may get a bit lengthy…hold tight! There’s a giveaway at the end. 🙂

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Book Spotlight:

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?

About the Author-

AuthorAmanda 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)

Connect with Amanda

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

Purchase Links-

Purchase Link

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071R5859Y

Get “Befriending the Beast” (the previous book in the series)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L2IDEUQ

My Review:

I don’t really consider myself a fantasy lover. As in, if having to choose between fantasy and historical, I’d pick historical, nearly every time. However, I was excited to read Amanda’s The Secret Slipper because they’re fairytale retellings that don’t seem like retellings.

The Secret Slipper IS a Cinderella retelling, but it’s not one of those where, halfway through the first page, you go “oh…not this again.” Instead, it’s one of those where, two chapters from the end, you suddenly go, “Oh! This is a Cinderella-based story!” So for that, I was grateful, because fairy tale retellings often become very similar.

I also really liked how, while the Cinderella theme was woven throughout the story, not many of the actual Cinderella story aspects are woven in. For instance, there is no prince, no ball, no glass slipper, no evil stepmother, and the list goes on.

The Gospel was also clearly presented, both straightforwardly and allegorically. I also really liked that, because SO MUCH Christian fiction has about two mentions of God in all of 300 pages, and don’t live up to the “Christian fiction” name.

As for the story itself, I would have liked a bit more development of the characters throughout the novella. I understand that it was a novella, so I’m cutting it a bit of slack here, but there were SO MANY good characters in the story, and I would have LOVED some more character development.

Aside from that, the story was so beautifully clean. There was no romance, much less anything other than that. And that was just SO refreshing.

My Rating-

9/10

Giveaway:

And now for the part everyone is looking for…the giveaway!

Giveaway

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

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

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The Giveaway Is Now Closed.

Blog Tour:

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

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway

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

Cover Reveal: The Princess and I!!

So, as you may or not have read in the title, today, I’m revealing the cover for Rebekah’s new novel, The Princess and I!! This is my first cover reveal, and I’m SO EXCITED!

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Ready?

Ready?

Well….here it is!

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*cue oohing and aahing*

Isn’t it PWETTY??!

The Princess and I will be released March 3rd, 2017!

Synopsis:

Megan is content with her life, despite her parents’ death and her brother Malcolm’s job that keeps him busy at the King’s castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine’s lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.

However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God’s amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

About the Author:

author-rebekah-eddyRebekah 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 eighteen-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.


To find out more, check out Rebekah’s blogs here:

4rmeddy.blogspot.com (her personal blog)
simplystories4.blogspot.com (snippets and stuff)

Are you excited about The Princess and I? Isn’t the cover SO PRETTY??!