COVER REVEAL: PROGRAM MIRA by R.J. Setser!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

 Hi everyone! Today I have a cover reveal for R.J. Setser's next novel, Program Mira! It sounds like a fantastic novel with a unique twist, so if you love dystopians, keep reading! 


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Snow White collides with Divergent in this dystopian fairytale.

 

The Coterie was once a godsend; a group of high-esteemed intellectuals who looked out for the people of Dyvercity. Until Estrella. Aided by a government-banned AI, Estrella’s power is unchecked and the divisions of Dyvercity suffer in the grasp of her power-hungry hands.

 

Wynter is an orphan destined to live the rest of her life with her fellow orphaned “brothers” in Division 1812: The Apple Pickers. She and her band of brothers are different from the common folk, though. They all failed the Prosperity Test, which stamped their fate in the poor divisions, but Wynter and the boys feel like their intelligence is above those around them. If they learned something about their birth parents, could they earn entrance to the mysterious city behind the wall?

 

A terrifying discovery leads to Wynter and her brothers fleeing their lifelong home in the orchards for the web of lies in Dyvercity… where Program MIRA is waiting for them.

ARRIVING OCTOBER 10, 2022

PREORDER ON AMAZON | GOODREADS | PAPERBACK PREORDER


And now, for the gorgeous cover...



COVER REVEAL: ACELDAMA by Angela R. Watts!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

 Hey everyone! Today I've got a cover reveal for Angela R. Watts' next installment of the Remnant Trilogy, Aceldama! Here's some info on the book first: 

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The ancient war comes to an end… or does it?

King Finnigan must defeat the ancient warlock to save his kingdom... but every triumph requires sacrifice. As the kingdom faces monsters, traitors, and dark wizards, the remnant must work together to stop the darkness from engulfing the realm.

But not everyone will survive to see the journey's end. The heroes must choose their fates, and face the consequences.

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ARRIVING JULY 26, 2022. 

And now... *drumroll*




LET THEM HEAR by Makenzie Gray - eARC + Street Team signups!

Sunday, May 8, 2022

 Hey everyone! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that applications for eARC copies and the street team for Let Them Hear, Book 2 of the Midnight Hour Series, are officially open! Make sure you check it out, and if you haven't seen the blurb yet, here it is:



Since the End began, Unmarked are hunted and imprisoned like animals while the Marked live in excess. Eighteen-year-old Takvi has been on the run since it all began. When she learns that her brother is in the One Order’s custody - alive - she leaves everything to search for him. But to succeed in her rescue mission, she’ll need aid.

Gathering a ragtag group of Unmarked is dangerous, but it’s Takvi’s only chance at saving her brother. As they travel across apocalypse-torn North America, they learn the Order is growing darker and more powerful than they ever imagined. The group wants to save as many tortured Unmarked as possible - but Takvi refuses to face the wickedness she’s running from. One person can’t stop the End and Takvi won’t die for a lost cause. But everything has a cost these days. Will the rescue come at a cost too high to pay?

A gripping novel about sacrifice and redemption, The Hunger Games meets Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic ride.

LET THEM HEAR is Book 2 of the Midnight Hour series.


The release date is July 19, which is coming with such swiftness and speed that I'm reeling a bit, but we'll make it to the finish line for sure! If you want to be a HUGE help and sign up for eARCs, click HERE -- and if you want to be on the street team, click HERE! Thank you in advance!


BACK TO ME: Why?

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Hey everyone! Today I have a bit of a different post -- it partially digs into my "why" behind Back To Me, and it has very much turned into a portion of my testimony as a follower of Christ. And I'm going to share this now because I don't know how many times I've saved and then deleted this thing xD

Back To Me has actually been on the backburner – and frontburner, and that weird burner in the middle of some stoves that’s super duper long – for over a year now. It holds themes of forgiveness. Healing. That it’s okay to not be okay, but you’ve gotta keep moving anyway. That we have to surrender to God, and that includes a crazy amount of trust in Him, but He’ll take you farther than you ever imagined if you just trust. And it centers around one thought that I had rattling around in my head for years.


“I just want to go back to who I was before.”


I can’t tell you the specifics of what happened, at least not for the world wide web to read. I tried writing a post that redacted the identifying issues, but it was way too vague and so confusing even I got lost. But I can say that there’s a stark line in my life that burned one chapter shut and opened another chapter I didn’t want to read, and that choice was not my own. There was - is - no going back.




Clergy abuse and misconduct is something absolutely reprehensible, something that I can’t even begin to wrap my head around and yet there are so many silent victims. So many people who carry their secrets with them like millstones around their necks. The fact that a spiritual leader can abuse their influence and  inflict such damage is something that angers me deeply. It’s a problem that has permeated church leadership in ways you wouldn’t believe. And for all the people who have spoken out on it, how many more stayed silent? I know we, as the Church, don’t like to talk about it because it gives us Christians a bad name. We don’t like to admit that pastors can wreak such havoc. We don’t like to face the demons created by such a fallen nature.

And this is where Back To Me fits in the world. Because we DO live in a fallen world. Horrible things happen. To me, to you. “This never should have happened!” permeates the darkest corners of our church buildings, because the church isn’t immune from the evil one and in fact, his influence is alive and well there too. Turning a blind eye only hurts us, and it only adds more shame to the victims than they already carry. And they shouldn’t carry it because it was never their burden to bear. And they should know that there is goodness left, that they can recover, and that they will.

Back To Me is where I learned to give my own shame and burdens to God and asked Him how I could help someone else with my new…knowledge. 

It’s where I sat down with my counselor, who is also a pastor and a person I initially feared on default, and explained that I wanted to write a book to help other people like me. Because "If this had to happen, I might as well do something good with it, right?"

It’s what I kept writing when that same person, months later during Bible study, looked straight at me and said, “Oftentimes God uses the things that burden us the most in testimony for another person. Using your testimony is one very powerful thing anyone can do.” He didn’t know that I’d decided to trash BTM that week because it was too much. But God knew, and He used that person to get His point across.

And it scares me to share. It’s not a popular topic. It’s not comfortable. But I know without a shadow of a doubt (which is something for me; my middle name is actually “Doubting Thomas”) that God has placed this story, this experience, with me for a reason, and it’s one that I must share. Because
God always uses those hurts to create something new. The only other option, for me, was to stay in that past, that hurt, and wallow forever. And man, am I ever thankful that I didn't. I have seen God move in so many ways, I have gotten so much better at understanding God's character and His will, and yes -- I have seen how He can use a hurt to create something beautiful. How the evil one's plans are thwarted in the presence of God.

And if I can write a book that convinces others to seek that healing, because no matter how much it hurts or how hard it is to recover, that pain will always be miniscule in comparison to a lifetime of hurt. So Back To Me is a call to action as much as it is a story of healing: will you accept God's plan for your life, or will you let the hurts and sins and pride and pain consume you?

God gives me the bravery to write this. He gives me the strength to keep going, or to slow down when I must. (And I don't like doing that.) He gives me the courage to keep moving out of that anxiety when I feel myself slipping back into that fear. I am like Simon Peter; jumping out onto the water and then looking at the waves and sinking. And God is right there with His hand out, even if I'm a little twerp who tries to drag myself out of the water myself first (which doesn't work). He's there for you too. And has recovery been simple? N O P E. I'm still very much on that healing journey. I'm told to give myself grace, because that path stretches on for years. And if you're in need of some of that healing right now, I'd strongly recommend checking out Celebrate Recovery's website -- it's for far more than just chemical addictions.


COVER REVEAL: LET THEM HEAR by Makenzie Gray

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Hey everyone! Today I'm antsy to share the cover reveal for Let Them Hear, the second book in the Midnight Hour series which is published under my pen name, Makenzie Gray. I've been waiting literal months to share this cover -- even long before Those With Ears was published, guys -- so today's a big, big day.

Without further ado, I'll share the blurb: 
Since the End began, Unmarked are hunted and imprisoned like animals while the Marked live in excess. Eighteen-year-old Takvi has been on the run since it all began. When she learns that her brother is in the One Order’s custody - alive - she leaves everything to search for him. But to succeed in her rescue mission, she’ll need aid.

Gathering a ragtag group of Unmarked is dangerous, but it’s Takvi’s only chance at saving her brother. As they travel across apocalypse-torn North America, they learn the Order is growing darker and more powerful than they ever imagined. The group wants to save as many tortured Unmarked as possible - but Takvi refuses to face the wickedness she’s running from. One person can’t stop the End and Takvi won’t die for a lost cause. But everything has a cost these days. Will the rescue come at a cost too high to pay?

A gripping novel about sacrifice and redemption, The Hunger Games meets Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic ride. 


And then the cover.


What do you think? I'm a little over-excited because these covers turned out exactly how I wanted them and I'm still surprised about that, in all honesty. 
 


Have you read Those With Ears yet? Are you looking forward to Let Them Hear

JUSTREAD REVIEW: Second Chance at Happiness by Greta Picklesimer!

Monday, April 18, 2022

 


Hey everyone! Today I have a review of Second Chance at Happiness by Greta Picklesimer, a historical novel set soon after the Civil War. Check out the info below before reading my review!

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After Catherine Reed’s husband dies in a tragic logging accident, Catherine and her four-year-old daughter, Clair, move home with Catherine’s mother and brother in order to accept a new position as the teacher for the town’s one-room schoolhouse. But Catherine carries a dark secret that she hasn’t even shared with her mother. Will she ever find forgiveness?

Samuel Harris has suffered his own loss, losing his wife and unborn child over a year prior. Although he is the town’s preacher, he struggles to trust God, blaming God for allowing him to be absent when his wife died. The guilt has burdened him ever since. But when his old flame Catherine Reed comes back to town, he wonders if they can find healing together.

Catherine believes that anyone who wants to learn should be allowed to learn, but she is quick to find a town divided on that issue. As she and Samuel set out to change people’s minds in a post-Civil War era, they find themselves drawn to each other over and over again. As they join together for the same cause, could they also find a second chance at happiness?

 Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Christianbook

THE AUTHOR

Greta Picklesimer is Michigan born and raised by Kentucky-transplanted parents. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of five—a happy day in her memory. Besides writing, Greta spends time working on her art journal, painting with watercolors and oil pastels. She is owned by one rescue cat by the name of Pearlie Blue who was named after her father's favorite Bluegrass song. By day Greta works as an office assistant. By night, she writes.

MY REVIEW

I was excited to read this novel, considering the time frame, jobs, and geographical location of the characters. Picklesimer presents some very interesting dilemmas -- stuck in the aftermath of the Civil War, when sometimes neighbors chose (or were conscripted for) different sides to fight on, I hoped it would be compelling. I appreciated the historical accuracy the author presents, and ended up reading this book in one evening because of that accuracy. The characters initially seemed like they would have fantastic character arcs, but it felt like that arc didn't follow through for both Catherine and Samuel, and a lot of the romantic scenes felt ill-timed or awkward. So while this is an interesting book that kept me reading for the sheer amount of conflict the characters face, and the author's prose developed nicely throughout the story, the plot and resolutions ultimately could have been stronger. 


SIGNUPS: COVER REVEAL for LET THEM HEAR!

Monday, April 4, 2022


 

Hey folks! Just dropping in to let you know that signups are officially open for the cover reveal of Let Them Hear -- April 21st is the big day (well, for the cover reveal), and help would be very much appreciated!

Check out THIS FORM to sign up.


Blurb: 

Since the End began, Unmarked are hunted and imprisoned like animals while the Marked live in excess. Eighteen-year-old Takvi has been on the run since it all began. When she learns that her brother is in the One Order’s custody - alive - she leaves everything to search for him. But to succeed in her rescue mission, she’ll need aid.

Gathering a ragtag group of Unmarked is dangerous, but it’s Takvi’s only chance at saving her brother. As they travel across apocalypse-torn North America, they learn the Order is growing darker and more powerful than they ever imagined. The group wants to save as many tortured Unmarked as possible - but Takvi refuses to face the wickedness she’s running from. One person can’t stop the End and Takvi won’t die for a lost cause. But everything has a cost these days. Will the rescue come at a cost too high to pay?

A gripping novel about sacrifice and redemption, The Hunger Games meets Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic ride.