Tuesday, December 10, 2019

GUESS WHAT DAY IT ISSSS....*Chris Sullivan voice* 
If you've been waiting for Hope Ann's newest book, Dust to Flame, it's time to hop onto Amazon and snag your ebook because it just released today! As a follower of her newsletter/social media, I've heard a bit about Rafe, so I'm super excited to read this book.  I can't express how pumped I was when I saw my little "preorder delivered" email in my inbox at midnight (and then I had to make myself go to sleep, because apparently I had to function and adult today.  Ugh.)
Anyway, here are some pretty awesome collages for the main characters -- if these don't pique your interest, scroll down for the synopsis! 

It's a goal of Hope Ann's that 100 copies are sold in the first week of publication (Tuesday through Sunday).  If you'd be so kind as to help her reach that goal, whether by buying it or sharing about it with someone, please feel free to do so!  Her books never disappoint, so maybe this could be the perfect Kindle fantasy read for holiday travels! 


When you defeat everything life hurls at you, it’s a perfectly legitimate move to rub your conquest in the faces of those who sneered at your suffering.
Rafe, a former street-lad who clawed his way to the glittering life of a story-actor, has been waiting. But from the moment he sprung from his carriage into the gritty dust of Cainth, life has not gone Rafe’s way.
Unexpectedly dragged into a web of greed, treachery, and stolen rift powers, Rafe intends to do what he has always done. Survive.
At least that was the plan before he accidentally protected a child.
Before he accidentally gained the powers of an immortal.
And before he caught himself accidentally slipping toward the deadliest mistake possible.
The mistake of letting one’s self care for another.
Welcome to the world of…


Hope Ann entertains a mob of younger siblings, manages shifts at Culver’s, and writes a wide range of fantasy. Fueled by passion, relationships, and constant learning, she works to provide an escape from the grind of normal life through fiction and the sarcastic, no-nonsense inspirational posts on her blog. The self-published author of the Legends of Light series, a personal writing coach, and the Story Embers newsletter manager, she has more information on her website:

You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

Do you plan on reading Dust to Flame?

BLOG TOUR: Zondervan's NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls + GIVEAWAY!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Hey everyone!  Today I'm excited to be reviewing the new NIV  Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for girls. 

Created especially for girls ages 8 to 12, this beautiful Bible provides ample space for young artists to express themselves through coloring and journaling. Girls can get creative with the detailed, ready-to-color line art surrounding the hundreds of inspiring verses in the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls. This Bible is a perfect gift for a special young girl in your life and will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.

 Features include: 
*Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art 
*Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking 
*Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art 
*Complete text of the accurate, readable and clear New International Version (NIV) 
*Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format 
*Lays flat in your hand or on your desk 
*Ribbon marker 
*Beautifully designed Leathersoft-over-board cover featuring screen-printing and other cover embellishments 
*8-point type size 
Using the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) text makes the Bible accessible and easy-to-read for kids. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority. Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world.


Okay, full disclosure here.  I have a Beautiful Word NKJV Bible that I was given a few years ago and it's a favorite of mine, between the note-taking space, stunning illustrations, and the formatting, so I'm a bit biased in favor of the brand itself!  I was excited to see that Zondervan was rolling out a version of their coloring Bibles for young girls, which seems like a great target age for budding artists who would like to add a little color to their Bible pages.  This would be an excellent starter Bible for girls - again, the age range is 8-12.  It has lots of space for note-taking and it also has gorgeous illustrations to color in.  The pages are nice and sturdy; not likely to tear or bleed through.  I was impressed by how nice the Bible's cover feels -- I'm really weird about textures that I deem 'icky' and faux-leather material tends to be on that list, but this cover is so nice.  It's soft to touch and has neat metallic print.  I even found myself stroking it while I was skimming through!  The cover and binding also appear to be rather sturdy - meaning it will hold up through the childhood years!  

I can see a lot of girls really getting into this Bible.  The NIV translation is a good stepping stone for young girls, and this Bible can get them interested in note-taking or journaling and Bible art as well, which are two things that are pretty huge right now.  It'd be a wonderful Christmas gift for your daughter, granddaughter, niece, or cousin!  

Some of the illustrations are only in the margins, while others take full pages (or two-page spreads) -- these are of popular verses like portions of 1 Corinthians 13 and others.  Here's an example of a full-page illustration: 

To test out this Bible's pages for strength while coloring, I decided to test one of the illustrations  - and since it's approaching Christmastime, I was glad to find such a sweet illustration from Isaiah 9.  To note, I did use my Prismacolor brand colored pencils, which are a bit softer/more buttery than the typical colored pencil, but I had no problems whatsoever with the page scratching, denting, or otherwise being damaged, and I didn't even see color showing through on the other side.  A pretty great testament to the strength and quality of these pages!  Even the dark colors stayed on their own side of the page.   I didn't try pen on it, but I'd say that it would hold up pretty well under journaling pens.  

(Isn't the word art gorgeous here?)

If you'd like to try coloring some of the designs from this Bible, feel free to download coloring pages HERE!  I'm probably going to do just that for my niece next time she comes over.  (And they even have bookmarks!)  


Want a copy of this Bible and a Beautiful Word Bible for adults?  There's a giveaway package that goes along with this blog tour!  Make sure to enter it before December 16th for your chance to win a  copy of this beautiful Bible, as well as a copy of the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible and 8-Pencil Gift Set geared toward adult journaling and reading!  A great gift idea for mom and daughter, grandma and granddaughter, or aunt and niece.  Check out the giveaway below to enter.

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Feel free to check out tour host Audra Jennings' blog post HERE for more illustration examples and enter the giveaway if you haven't already!

Do you have a Beautiful Word Bible or other kind of journaling Bible?  And do you plan on using some of those gorgeous coloring pages?

 I received a copy of the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls  from Zondervan (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) for this review.  This post is sponsored by Zondervan.  

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Hey everyone!

As I put away my copies of Guide Me Home, I realized that I have an entire drawer full of my books waiting for new homes.  I counted twenty two books...YIKES.  (And yes, that drawer is hard to open because it's so heavy...)

SO I decided to offer sets of my books (each book in the series thus far) for sale at discounted rates.  If you're interested, I included all the info on the form below, which you can use if you'd like to place an order.  Each set will be shipped Media Mail, so orders will only be open for ONE WEEK -- due the 12th of this month.

I have very limited quantities of each set available:

2 sets of the Faith, Hope, and Love collection

2 sets of the Mount Sterling series

2 sets of my poetry and short story books

Click HERE to see the form!