LAUNCH DAY!

Friday, October 15, 2021

 Hey everyone! IT'S LAUNCH DAY!     

You can now buy Kindle & paperback copies of Faith, Hope, and Love Collection: Vol 1 from Amazon, you can leave reviews (if you'd be so kind!!), and not to mention, you can always shelf it on Goodreads if you're planning on reading it later! You can check out the links for all of that below, along with the blurb!  If you've preordered/plan to order a copy soon, thank you so very much! This repackage has been a bit of a struggle for sure, because I get a lot more motivation out of working on new things rather than what's already been done, but I felt it necessary and I absolutely am not sorry for finishing it! That cover, if I do say so myself, is wonderful. 




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What could God do with absolute brokenness? With shredded pasts, hopeless futures, and hearts beyond human help? In the midst of war-torn minds, broken self-worth, the harrowing reality of human trafficking, and doubts, three couples find healing, hope, and love. Not to mention the interesting ways that life intertwines the stories of family and strangers alike. In the Faith, Hope, and Love Vol. 1 Collection, follow the lives of Lucy and Spencer, Levi and Eleanor, and Morgan and Martin as they explore themes of healing, selflessness, sacrifice, and what we are called to do above all else.

A contemporary Christian volume containing the complete first three books of the Faith, Hope, and Love collection: Welcome Home, My Compass Home, and Guide Me Home.

AMAZON | GOODREADS


COVER REVEAL: NEFARIOUS CREATURES by Camille Caliman!

 Hey everyone! Today I'm absolutely stoked to help reveal the cover for Camille Caliman's upcoming HARDBACK EDITION of Nefarious Creatures! I've been excited for this release for awhile now, so I was excited to say the least when I got to see the cover. Before I share that, though, here's some more info on the book itself: 

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Cassiopeia is quite literally an evil wish. The sole purpose of her fiery existence is to make a boy named Adair Hawthorne fall in love with her before killing him. At first, she doesn't mind playing femme fetale, but her determination turns to something else as she gets to know the top student that she's relentlessly hunting. Unfortunately for her, Headmother doesn't allow disobedience and things don't come without a price. 

Releasing soon -- November 2, 2021!

To stay tuned on updates regarding the release date and where you can snag your own copy, make sure to follow Camille Caliman at the following...

Now...for the cover!

There it is! (I'm drooling over the typography, guys.) 

Are you excited for the release?! Have you read her other books yet? Sound off in the comments below!


BLOG TOUR: FHL Vol 1!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

 Hey everyone!  It's officially release week for my Faith, Hope, and Love Collection: Vol 1!  There will be some great posts and reviews coming this week by fellow bloggers, so make sure to keep an eye for them!  A HUGE thank you to everyone involved with this release; you guys are fantastic! This release has definitely been a bit different from the usual, mostly because I had a gut feeling early this year that I'd be really busy by this time (and yep, that was a God-thing), so I appreciate everyone's willingness to try a little bit of a flexible release tour. Not to mention reviewers who signed up to devour a literal 600-page chonk and did so with impressive speed. Thanks, guys! 

In case you haven't seen the blurb yet, here it is!  



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What could God do with absolute brokenness? With shredded pasts, hopeless futures, and hearts beyond human help? In the midst of war-torn minds, broken self-worth, the harrowing reality of human trafficking, and doubts, three couples find healing, hope, and love. Not to mention the interesting ways that life intertwines the stories of family and strangers alike. In the Faith, Hope, and Love Vol. 1 Collection, follow the lives of Lucy and Spencer, Levi and Eleanor, and Morgan and Martin as they explore themes of healing, selflessness, sacrifice, and what we are called to do above all else.

A second edition contemporary Christian volume containing the complete first three books of the Faith, Hope, and Love collection: Welcome Home, My Compass Home, and Guide Me Home.
Paperbacks will be arriving to Amazon this week, so if you'd prefer a physical copy, make sure to keep your eyes peeled! 

Have any questions for me? Let me know in the comments below!


And a special thanks to two dear author friends of mine who wrote testimonials for the book! 





If you're curious about a Volume Two...stay tuned.


COVER REVEAL: JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME by Taylor Bennett!

Friday, October 8, 2021

 Hey everyone! Today I have a cover reveal for Taylor Bennett's upcoming 90-day devotional for girls, titled Journey of a Lifetime!  

Before we check out the beaut of a cover, here's the blurb: 


Many Christian teen girls struggle with identity and discerning God’s purpose for their life. This guided devotional journal will help them grow in their relationship with the Lord and set out on an adventure of faith, love, and bravery. Written in a whimsical and friendly tone, this unique devotional encourages readers to draw out their own personalized roadmap for the path God has put them on―both literally, by completing bucket list–⁠⁠inspired activities, and figuratively through daily prayers. Girls who are fond of inspirational quotes, enjoy coffee dates with friends, and have a touch of wanderlust will be especially enticed to pick up this devotional. Includes quizzes, recipes, and journaling prompts.

Preorder now: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

And now...for the cover! 


Are you excited? Anyone enjoy reading devotionals?

COVER REVEAL: WHERE GIANTS FALL ANTHOLOGY!

 Hey everyone! 
FINALLY. 
I'm so excited to be sharing the cover reveal for the anthology Angela R. Watts and I have been working on, Where Giants Fall. Submissions just closed last week, and we've been busy going through the awesome stories that were sent in! It's been such a great time. Likewise, we've been sitting on this cover since summer, so I'm excited to finally blab about it! 

So blab I will...

(In a second.)  First, here's our current synopsis: 
 
The theme of this fantasy anthology is light in the darkness. This anthology offers bold, heartfelt stories that will leave the reader deep in thought and breathless from fast-paced action! If you enjoy stories about underdog heroes, or scary foes, this anthology will keep you reading past your bedtime! Releasing early 2022!

While you mark your calendars, we'll be busy sending out acceptances and rejections soon, so keep your eyes peeled if you also sent in a story! 

NOW - for the cover!



Here it is, the gorgeous, gorgeous thing!


Can't you just see it sitting on your shelf?! Stay tuned for early 2022! ;) 

JUSTREAD TOURS REVIEW: LETTERS FROM THE DRAGON'S SON by Tammy Lash!

Friday, October 1, 2021

 



Hey everyone! Today I have a review of Letters from the Dragon's Son by Tammy Lash!  This is the sequel to White Wolf and the Ash Princess, the review for which I also have a review HERE. Here's some more info on the book before we get started on the review itself!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tammy lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula near the shores of Lake Superior with her husband and three teen/adult children. Currently, they are working together on their "new" home just outside the Hiawatha National Forest she writes about in her stories. Tammy enjoys hiking, kayaking, beach wandering, "hunting" for birch bark, and spotting migizis. She is the author of White Wolf and the Ash Princess, Letters from the Dragon's Son, and the short story Eagle Eyes from the Descendants of White Wolf series.

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2021 Selah Awards Finalist!

Letters from the Dragon's Son is a delicious, fictional blend that is sure to please any reader. Historical, romance, adventure, faith-based, with a fairy-tale feel!




A father…
A son…
and the dragon they became.

One head: Malevolent, attired in barbs and spines, took pleasure in decimating the forested village.

Avery, formerly White Boar, wanders the forests seeking forgiveness from the people he sold into slavery, but is repentance payment enough?

Righteous, with two horns on each side, tried to calm the evil one’s violent ambition.

More servant than son, Jonathan Gudwyne, had been powerless to stop his father from taking the Men of the Forest into captivity. As a man, White Wolf reverses the damage he and his father caused by returning the Natives home. Jonathan gains honor and worship, but what does he do with the remains of his past? Justice has yet to be served to the dragon. Should Jonathan be the one who administers the sentence to his wandering father? To himself?

The two heads formed Brinsop, whose iron talons wrought chaos….

Can a man change? Can a broken family be made whole again? If one head is destroyed can the other survive?

AMAZON | GOODREADS



REVIEW
While this one started out a bit slower than Book One did, I still found myself fairly quickly sucked into the story.  Lash again artfully weaves indigenous beliefs and lifestyles into the complex relationships between the "white man" and the tribes affected by their immigration, especially those around Izzy and Jonathan. The attention to detail involving her inclusion of PTSD is, again, commendable and very easy to relate to.  It's a great story full of heart, impactful ideas (often just delivered in a simple sentence or two...favorite style), and the characters are heartbreakingly relatable. I absolutely love these characters, and while I'm kind of disappointed that this is the end of the series, I very much enjoyed reading this book. If you enjoyed the first book, you'll definitely want to pick up this one as well.

REVIEW: MERCY UNDESERVED by Kristina Hall!

Monday, September 27, 2021



 Hey everyone! I had the opportunity to read and review Mercy Undeserved by Kristina Hall, and I just got done reading it, so I figured now would be the best time to share! I've also read and reviewed the first book in her Moretti Trilogy, Promises Unbroken, so make sure to check out that post HERE!  Before we get into the review, here's some info on Mercy Undeserved!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kristina Hall is a sinner saved by grace who seeks to glorify God with her words. She is a homeschool graduate and holds a degree in accounting. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, arm wrestling, lifting weights, and playing the violin. Visit her website at kristinahallauthor.wordpress.com.

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How much more will she lose?

 

Lillian Rossi had it all—a devoted husband, a new baby, and all the riches she'd dreamed of. But one January day changed everything. Now, the consequences of her late husband's sins extend to her and her son, and Matteo, though only a baby, is the rightful heir to the Rossi empire, making him a target.


Alberto Moretti promised to protect Lillian and her son, but he well knows the cruelty and desperation of the Rossi family. He served them all too long—until God set him free.


As Lillian and Alberto are thrown together in a race to save her and Matteo's lives, their own sins and Stefano Rossi's plans threaten to destroy them. Will they fall prey to the danger so close behind, or will they find mercy they've done nothing to deserve?


AMAZON | GOODREADS

REVIEW

I'm usually a bit leery about the second book in any series, because there's a certain level of expectation there, especially for readers. But if anything, Hall's craft improved in this book! She weaves some good moral questions and themes into the storyline rather realistically (such as death row, doing what's right in the sight of God, so on). The characters are pretty relatable as well, and it was great to see the story that began in Book 1 come full-circle as well later on in the story. While there was one particularly large plot point that seemed to be unrealistically approached/rushed within the story (the idea offered and then resolved within one chapter and a page or so), which did bother me because it disrupted the flow and the characters didn't seem to react like I'd expected they would, the overall story seemed to smooth out those wrinkles, and the pacing picked up nicely from there on out. This is one that I didn't *intend* to finish quite so soon, but I ended up sitting down around chapter 10 and didn't look up again until I hit the end. If you're a fan of Hall's work, you'll want to pick this one up!


Have you read any of Kristina Hall's books? Anyone interested to see what happens next in the Moretti Trilogy? 

ANTHOLOGY COVER REVEAL SIGNUPS: WHERE GIANTS FALL!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

 


Hey everyone! Today I'm [ridiculously so] excited to share with you that the cover reveal signups are now open for Where Giants Fall, the anthology that Angela R. Watts and I are working on!  If you'd like to help us reveal the anthology cover, we'd appreciate it so much.  The reveal is October 8th! If you can help at all, feel free to check out this form and fill it out HERE.

Interested in submitting something to the Where Giants Fall anthology? Great! Submissions close September 30th at 11:59PM, so make sure to get it sent in soon! Check out the guidelines HERE.

NEW TO VELLA: THOSE WITH EARS, part of the Midnight Hour Series

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Arriving to Vella TODAY is Those With Ears, a serialized dystopian portion of the Midnight Hour series under my pen name, Makenzie Gray.  The first three episodes will be free for your perusal; episodes two and three will be available on Tuesday the 19th and next Friday the 22nd, respectively.  I'll be sharing new episodes twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, with the final two episodes both available the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (consider it your one-hour season finale when stuff really hits the fan).  
Click HERE to follow the story!

What's the blurb, you might ask? Well, the Vella blurb is as follows: 

What will Takvi do when the End begins? 

In the blink of an eye, Takvi's aunt and uncle disappear into thin air, along with thousands more. The government covers it up, and she wonders about the truth. What is hidden beneath the lies? Can she make sense of the new world she's thrust into? The illegal book her aunt and uncle left the family has answers, but she must be brave enough to follow its Word. And when the newly-formed One Order tightens its grip, will any of it matter anyway?



If you enjoy stories featuring complex sibling bonds, disasters, and hope despite it all, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for updates. Plus, here are two quotes from an upcoming chapter: 





Those With Ears is the prequel/first novel to Let Them Hear, an end-times inspired novel that will, God willing, be arriving in mid 2022. If you're interested in reading Those With Ears in physical format, good news there too: I will be releasing it in paperback and Kindle formats hopefully around January of 2022.  Interested in signing up for the cover release? I'll be having it the first week of December, so stay tuned for updates. If you don't already, make sure you're following me on Instagram and Facebook (my Makenzie Gray accounts, not my Tangled Up In Writing accounts)!

JUSTREAD TOURS REVIEW: WHITE WOLF AND THE ASH PRINCESS by Tammy Lash!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Hey everyone!  Today I'm excited to share with you my review of White Wolf and the Ash Princess by Tammy Lash! I had the opportunity to review this book through JustRead Tours, and it has to be one of my favorites of 2021. Check out the info below! 


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Grace Award Finalist!

The princess was the guardian of the light of the black wolf and the grey. White boar greatly desired her light, though the boars had possession of their own. When the princess refused to give up the light, both were given to the fire to do with them as it wished.

Memory loss prohibits Izzy from remembering her life before age seven when she suffered a terrible trauma that left her with physical scars. Crippling panic keeps Izzy from wandering beyond the stables but Tubs, the Gudwyne’s young stable boy, encourages Izzy to go beyond the property’s rock wall into a world that promises possible answers but also great danger.

Gifted with claws of copper and teeth of iron, the black wolf and the grey call him “White Wolf”; for he is the greatest of them with the power of flame and ash.

While running to escape his past, Jonathan Gudwyne rescued Izzy and took her in, but who did she belong to before he became her guardian?

With the touch of the wolf’s great paw, the girl rose out of the ashes a woman—a mighty warrior armed with a copper axe.

A mysterious cellar filled with secrets sets Izzy on a path to the New World where the Wendigo wanders and Water Panther swims. In the wilds of seventeenth-century America, Izzy and Jonathan discover the legends of the New World aren’t the fairytales of their library home in England.


GOODREADS | AMAZON 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tammy lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula near the shores of Lake Superior with her husband and three teen/adult children. Currently, they are working together on their "new" home just outside the Hiawatha National Forest she writes about in her stories. Tammy enjoys hiking, kayaking, beach wandering, "hunting" for birch bark, and spotting migizis. She is the author of White Wolf and the Ash Princess, Letters from the Dragon's Son, and the short story Eagle Eyes from the Descendants of White Wolf series.



MY REVIEW
Lash's novel White Wolf and the Ash Princess really blew my expectations out of the water.  It has to be one of my favorite books of the whole year and I know it will hold a special place in my heart. She blends very hard topics and circumstances of healing, forgiveness, mental health, and how we deal with invisible scars after horrific events, in such a spectacular way. Not pushy, not overstated, not understated -- dealt with beautifully and realistically.  Plus, the novel felt very well-researched and I truly enjoyed learning more about the Native American tribes, customs, and phrases.  The characters and scenery just jump out of the pages and I seriously felt so attached to the characters by the time I finished reading the book. There were a few nifty plot twists in the mix, too, and such a beautiful message of healing and growth.  In the author's note, she mentions that she hopes readers will assess their own wounds, the scars that need to be cleansed in order to heal properly -- and I can say that this book did that for me. It's one I'll be mulling over for awhile. 

Have you read any of Lash's books? Do you plan on adding White Wolf and the Ash Princess to your TBR?

REVELL READS: HOSTILE INTENT by Lynette Eason!

Hey everyone!  You've probably guessed already that if I have the opportunity to read and review a new Lynette Eason book, chances are that I'll jump on it with both feet. So...here we are again! This one is the grand finale for the DANGER NEVER SLEEPS series, Hostile Intent.  Let's get to it! 

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Ava Jackson entered the military shortly after high school, but her mother's illness has forced her to request an early discharge. She already lost her father while deployed, and there's no way she's going to let her mother die alone. But after a visit to the nursing facility where her mother lives, Ava is attacked walking back to her car. Fortunately, FBI Special Agent Caden Denning arrives in time to help fight off her attacker.

Caden reveals to Ava that she may hold the key to the murders of three families, and he needs her help before anyone else is harmed. The hits show a pattern, and clearly the killer has an agenda. But if Caden and Ava can't discover what it is, Ava may be next on the hit list.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason concludes her latest suspense-filled series with a bang as secrets are revealed and the guilty are brought to justice.

AMAZON | GOODREADS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the Publisher's Weekly, CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.


MY REVIEW
This one was pretty good! I have to say that I feel like a lot more could have been done with the plot that was initially set up, but it was fairly easy to see what was going to happen next in the book -- it was really clever, but not necessarily the explosive/blindsiding plot twist that I'm used to seeing from Eason's books. That being said, the storyline was still excellent, and the characters were very easy to get attached to and relate with. Ava and Caden have a wonderful chemistry that I haven't seen in awhile in romances, so that was refreshing -- and definitely fun to read! Overall, if you enjoyed the series, you'll definitely want to pick this book up. If you're new to the series, you'll be able to read this one as a standalone, but the story does have references to prior cases covered in the first three books.  (And on that note, I loved how Eason tied up all the loose ends regarding the characters' relationships and budding family lives in this book!) 


AUTHOR INTERVIEW: JOAN EMBOLA, AUTHOR OF THE ONE WHO KNOWS ME!

Friday, September 10, 2021

 Hey everyone!

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Joan Embola, author of the brand-new book The One Who Knows Me! It just released yesterday, and I couldn't be more excited about it. Before I get into the interview, here's some info about the book. 



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IS GOD SOVEREIGN OVER TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY?

Bullies and family disasters have left eighteen-year-old Teeyana Sparks filled with anxiety and doubt. She feels pressured to believe in God, but as she embarks on her college journey in the hope of one day working at Google as a graphic designer, the only thing she believes in is controlling her own life. Things change when she meets Jayden Williams—the guy with a charming smile and kind heart.

Struggling with grief and recovering from a season of depression, nineteen-year-old Jayden is determined to help Teeyana believe in God’s goodness again. But when yet another tragedy strikes close to home, Teeyana’s response exposes Jayden’s unhealed wounds and tips him into a mental health relapse.

With the looming possibility of not getting her dream life, Teeyana is caught between holding on to her illusion of control and surrendering to a God she’s rejected. And as Jayden strives to break out of his despondency, he has to face that letting God in may involve him letting go of his friendship with Teeyana. Teeyana and Jayden must wrestle with uncomfortable truths, and the pride in their hearts, in order to face their biggest giant—God’s sovereignty over both triumph and tragedy.

The One Who Knows Me, book one in the Sovereign Love series, is a heart-warming standalone novel about hope and learning to take comfort in the sovereign goodness of a loving God who knows all things.

AMAZON | GOODREADS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Joan Embola is a UK-based Cameroonian-Nigerian Christian author who is passionate about spreading God's love one word at a time. She is a Bible teacher, a blogger, a YouTuber, a podcaster, a dancer, and a poetess. Her book Outpourings Of A Beloved Heart; a 30 day poetry devotional about God's love, is available for purchase. Her debut contemporary Christian Fiction novel will be releasing on September 10th 2021. 
WEBSITE | PODCAST | BLOG | INSTAGRAM | NEWSLETTER

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

  1. What are some of your favorite themes in The One Who Knows Me?

    As I pondered on this question I realised that when I first started writing this book, the themes I thought I'd cover were slightly different to those that ended up featuring in the book. That just goes to show that we can make our plans (even while planning writing projects) but ultimately God reveals His own plans and how He wants to use that to bless others. Here are some of my favourite themes from the book.

    God's sovereignty: This was a theme I came to discover more as I wrote the book. I didn't understand it at first but with every draft I completed, God led me to understand that this book was meant to encourage others to see His goodness in both triumph and tragedy. It wasn't an easy theme to portray. I had to make sure the principles were Biblical and so writing about God's sovereign love encouraged me to read my Bible more, which in turn helped me draw closer to God. Till today, the concept of God's sovereignty comforts me,. It keeps me going through life's challenges and I hope that all who read this book will be encouraged too.

    Family and friendships: I knew I wanted to write a story which portrayed strong family bonds and friendships. The family aspect of this book was inspired by my own close knit family. We have been through so many challenging times over the past few years but God has been so good to us. I wanted to portray something similar in this book and show a family sticking together and overcoming trials together as they trust God. Teeyana and Amara's friendship was inspired by my friendship with my best friend--Adele. We have been friends since 2008 and we haven't seen each other in person for ten years, yet we continue to encourage each other through life's ups and downs. It was so fun to write Teeyana and Amara's friendship and I hope it inspires others to be intentional about keeping friends who will draw them closer to God.

    Mentorship and community: I'm a firm believer in the fact that we can't run our Christian journey alone. We need community and we need to constantly learn how to be disciples of Christ. Since both main characters in this novel are in college, I wanted to portray the idea of the importance of having mentors and having people who you can be accountable to. Choosing the right relationships will require a lot of discernment, but it is worth it and it is very encouraging.

    Faith and mental health: This theme is one I never thought I'd end up writing about. In fact it wasn't until the fourth draft that I realised this was actually a strong theme in the book. Writing about hope in depression and anxiety was so therapeutic for me because the idea for this book came after I'd been through a very challenging time in my life. God constantly used this story to remind me that He is with me through trials and that no matter how heartbroken I feel, God's love is still able to heal my ailing heart. It is my prayer that this same message of hope meets and encourages everyone who reads this book.

    Love: My mission as an author is to share God's love one word at a time, so I knew that this book had to talk about God's love for us and also our love for others. I enjoyed writing about the character's faith journeys to experiencing God's love for them, and also falling in love with each other in the process. I love romance and I think that's something that will always feature in every book I write.

  2. Which character was your favorite to write, and which one was the most challenging? I had a lot of fun writing Jayden and Amara. Amara's character was already set in my mind from the first draft. I knew the kind of personality she was going to have and the impact she was going to have on Teeyana's journey. Jayden came as a surprise to me because he was initially only supposed to be the love interest, and it wasn't until after the fourth draft that I discovered there was more to his story than I thought. I love Jayden because I feel we have so much in common and I relate a lot to some of his struggles in this book. That being said, it was also challenging to write Jayden's story because he went through a lot of dark moments which were very emotional for me to write about. I had to lean on God throughout the whole process and constantly look at the light at the end of the tunnel and focus on the hope in the darkness.

  3. If readers could gain one thing from reading your book, what do you hope it will be? That God's love for us is so much bigger than any trial we face, and even when things are bad, God is still working for our good.

  4. Can you explain (unless it’s spoiler-y!) which scene was your favorite to write? My favourite scenes would have to be all the scenes in chapters 27 and 28. It would be a spoiler to say exactly what happened in these chapters but I can say these scenes were my favourite to write because of the raw emotion expressed by the main characters. Till this day, I get goose bumps every time I read those chapters.

5. You reference a particular Bible verse throughout The One Who Knows Me -- a favorite verse of one of the characters’. What significance did this verse have to you while writing this book?
            This verse is Job 23:10 and it is my favourite Bible verse. I mentioned earlier that the inspiration for this story came after I'd been through a dark time in my life. This Bible verse brought me a lot of comfort and it still helps me to keep hoping and trusting God through challenging times. In other to write a story about hope in suffering, I had to relate to it myself. This verse taught me so many truths about God's love for me which gave me the confidence to write this book.

For He knows: God is omniscient, He knows all things, and He knows my story.
The way that I take: He knows my path, He knows where I'm going because He planned it from the beginning of time.
When He has tested me: Trials will come. They are part of the process and I can't escape them in this life. But these trials are a test and God remains the Good Teacher who has my best interests at heart.
I will come forth as gold: God is constantly working on me. The trials He allows are purifying me and helping me to be more like Christ every day. God is with me through it all. He will never leave me, and when I get my eternal reward, it will all be worth it.




Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Joan! This was such a fantastic interview, wasn't it?! I loved hearing about the thought and consideration she put into this book, and I really truly recommend reading it. The One Who Knows Me is easily in my top 10 list of books I've read this year (and I've been reading a lot so...). 


What did you think about the interview? Do you want to read The One Who Knows Me, or have you already preordered it? Sound off in the comments! 

FHL Vol 1: TOUR SPOTS OPEN!

Sunday, September 5, 2021



 Hey everyone!  I just wanted to share a quick announcement that I've still got open applications for the social media/blog tour for Faith, Hope, and Love Collection: Vol 1! If you'd like to participate, please fill out the form HERE!  There's also the option to become an ARC reader if interested. I'm keeping it super laid back just because I'm pretty busy and it's a re-release, so participating can be as easy as copying the basic info and snagging a premade pic or making one of your own!  These will mostly be book spotlights, but there are also opportunities to review the book as well. I appreciate it SO much! Applications will be closing in mid-September. 

Questions? Please feel free to let me know anytime. 


REVIEW: THE SECRET KEEPERS OF OLD DEPOT GROCERY by Amanda Cox!

Friday, September 3, 2021

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing a review of The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox!  This book is releasing September 7th (Tuesday!) and it's so wonderful. I'm so excited to have had the opportunity to read and review this precious story, and I've been recommending it to basically anyone who will listen because it's just that good.  Make sure to check out the review below! 

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Present Day. After tragedy plunges her into grief and unresolved anger, Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home determined to finally follow her long-denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmother. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that the store is closing. Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a pact to save the store, but Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons--but she'll certainly never reveal the real one.

1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she's pregnant with her deceased fiancé's baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve the family reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.

This dual-timeline story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.


AMAZON | GOODREADS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Amanda Cox is a blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, but her first love is communicating through story. She holds a bachelor's degree in Bible and theology and a master's degree in professional counseling. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. 
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MY REVIEW

 The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery is Cox's sophomore novel and it definitely does not disappoint. There are a few interesting twists and turns that slowly build for a grand finale, and it keeps you on edge waiting for the secrets to come out. There are also several layers of issues that the characters work through; three generations of secrets that unravel after the newly-widowed main character arrives back home.  There are a lot of great themes and thought-provoking lines that really stop you in your tracks. It's a book that you'll read all at once and then have to go back and read again, just because. It's true to Cox's style, presenting stories from the past and present in a dual timeline sort of situation, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite things about Cox's books. Definitely a must-read if you're a fan of contemporary Christian fiction that doesn't shy away from difficult truth, from opening old wounds to heal them, and characters that are deeply compelling and relatable. 


Have you read any of Amanda Cox's novels yet? Do you plan on reading The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

FHL Vol 1 PREORDERS NOW OPEN!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

 Pssst! 
Hey guys! 
The Kindle preorder is now open for Faith, Hope, and Love Collection: Volume One!  
And if you preorder and you have a U.S. mailing address, you'll get a cute little goodie package in the mail.

Click HERE for preorder goodies, and click HERE to preorder! 

If you'd rather preorder a signed paperback just in time for Christmas (unless USPS is the actual GRINCH), click HERE to reserve your copy! 

Have questions? Lemme know! 




HURTS & HEALING: Faith, Hope, and Love Vol 1 + SIGNUPS!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Hey everyone! Today I'm writing a little bit about Faith, Hope, and Love Vol. 1, which releases in a month and a couple of weeks (I'm trying to ignore the fact that October is coming SO. QUICKLY. Yikes.) 

Before I get into the content/purpose of this post, I'm pleased to announce that positions for the eARC team are NOW OPEN!  I'm working on proofreading edits this week, and hope to send out eARC copies soon.  If you'd like to be on the team, I'd love to have you! Click HERE to sign up. And if you've already read the books (nothing much has changed) and would like to review them, click HERE! I'd so appreciate it. 

Finally, if you'd like to participate in a super laid-back social media tour for release week, click HERE to check out some of the options and sign up! You can always email me with any questions (or comment below). 



Now, moving into the meat of this blog post: the mental health discussions in the collection.
When I wrote the book series originally, the mental health aspects/topics evolved as I learned more through college as a psychology minor (nearly a double-major).  For example, the early symptoms of PTSD suffered by some of the former-soldiers in the series shaped up much more in the last two books, which is another thing that I tweaked in Welcome Home.  While reading through the book, I realized something I had unintentionally done originally: Lucy's character actually complements Spencer's with C-PTSD, a variation caused by chronic stress over an extended period of time, common in abusive situations or relationships.  However, their attitudes are the big contrast: Lucy is bound and determined to turn her back on that part of her life, which causes a massive disruption when she backslides. On the contrary, Spencer has never gotten out of that rut yet, and in some ways, Lucy shows him how to get started.  It's a really interesting harmony that I didn't pick up the first time I wrote the book/series, but it was something that I really enjoyed drawing out a bit more in the new edition.  It's a topic that I'm still a passionate advocate for, and it's always my hope and prayer that it strikes a chord with readers who need that theme of healing and recovery. 

What are some of your favorite books that advocate for healing? 



COMING 2022: NEW EDITORIAL SERVICES!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021


 


Hey everyone! I'm changing things up a bit for my editorial services, and thought I'd share a blog post announcing said updates.  There's quite a bit of ground to cover, so let's get going!   


1) Editing Bundles
I've been getting a lot of requests to complete multiple editing forms at once, so I'm creating bundle options.  With these bundles, you'll get a discount and a head-start on the next draft of your novel, so that's always a plus!  My ultimate intent here is to streamline the process of editing (and hopefully your timetable as well!) while also offering crucial suggestions for your next steps. 


Just Getting Started Bundle: 
Includes content (aka developmental) edit as well as a line edit once the content editing feedback has been implemented.  This includes a feedback sheet for the content edits. $6.00/1000 words.

Cleanup Bundle: 
Includes a line edit as well as a copy edit.  $5.00/1000 words.  

Polishing Bundle: 
Includes copy editing as well as a proofread once the copy edits have been implemented.  $5.00/1000 words. 

Everything Bundle: 
Includes a content edit, followed by a line edit once the content editing feedback has been implemented, and then a round of copy edits after that.  This includes a feedback sheet for the content edits. $8.00/1000 words.  


2) Editing Prices
Effective January 1, 2022, I will also be changing my prices depending on what type of editing service you'd like. The new fee schedule will be as follows:
Content: $5.00/1000 words
Line: $3.00/1000 words
Copy: $4.00/1000 words 

However, ANY project scheduled during 2021 (even if it's for 2022) will be honored with the old rates. (And if you know me, you know that I tend to do discounts a lot if you're a returning client, so there's also that.) Which leads me to my next announcement...

3) Series Discounts
I'm also humbled and so very thankful for the amount of folks who have sent their first book baby to me and then returned for subsequent books in their series!  As such, I thought that a discount is in order.  If you have one book in your series edited by me, you can return for subsequent novels and receive a 20% discount off of your total editing costs.  This does NOT have to only be the first book in your series; for example, if you come to me with book 2, you'll get a discount for book 3, so on.

ALSO, don't forget that I've already opened up options for Kindle Vella edits! Check out my blog post HERE for more information. 


REVIEW: SAVING ZORA by Katie Marie!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

 Hey everyone! Today I've got a review of Saving Zora, a Christian fantasy by author Katie Zora! It's the first book in the Zora Duology. It's also Katie Marie's debut novel, which is fantastic! Before I get into my review, here's some info on the book and author: 


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Spy. Fighter. Zorian. Can one girl and her comrades bring about the salvation of two kingdoms? 

Tanner, the youngest spy on the magical island of Zora, receives orders from the Zorian king to gather information on Viggo, the King of the Outlands—England. However, her team’s espionage plans are violently disrupted by Gordon—a man sworn to kill all Zorians. His determination to avenge his daughter’s death knows no bounds as he rallies Outlanders to his cause and searches the seas for Zora.Along with Marcel, a stablehand who hints to be more than he claims, and Lagon, leader of the Arander warriors who has a vengeance of his own, Tanner leads a stand against the evil encompassing the land. With armies descending upon the throne of England and a dangerous man sailing toward Zora, time has seemingly run out for Tanner and her friends. Follow Tanner, Marcel, and their comrades as they journey across lands, charge into battles, uncover shocking news, and find new love in their quest to save England and Zora from the hands of evil in this epic, YA Christian fantasy novel. 

Saving Zora is the first book in The Zora Duology. Each book are standalones but are recommended to be read in order.

AMAZON | GOODREADS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katie Marie is a young author located in Arkansas. She has always enjoyed reading and making up stories, and when she was ten she decided she wanted to be a published author. Katie never stopped pursuing her dream, and now, years later, her debut novel, Saving Zora, is out for the world to see.

INSTAGRAM | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK



MY REVIEW

This book was fantastic! The characters are easy to keep track of (sometimes I struggle with that in fantasy) and there's a subplot or two that is interesting to follow from the beginning, which end up being pretty hugely important later on in the book. That's one thing I LIVE for when I'm reading - a small thread that doesn't seem to be important at the time until you get further along. The author did a pretty good job explaining her fantasy elements as well, making them believable and easy to understand for the reader.  While there were a few spots that felt like they sagged a bit, the story overall kept my attention (over a busy weekend to boot) and was very heartfelt.  She also weaves some great faith-based themes into the book without feeling too forced or random, which I appreciated deeply.  Overall, if you're a fan of Christian fantasy with some pretty intense characters, an interesting plot, and actual flying horses, make sure to check this one out!

Have you read Saving Zora yet? What was your favorite part? And if you haven't yet, do you plan on it? 

COVER REVEAL: OATHBOUND by Victoria McCombs!

 Hey everyone! Today I've got a cover reveal for Oathbound by Victoria McCombs, which sounds absolutely amazing. I can't wait for February. It's being published by Enclave Publishing, so make sure to give them a follow as well as McCombs so you're up to date on publishing news.  But -- onward!


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Beware the waters. The dangerous deep brings ruin to all.

 

Emme has spent her life avoiding anything to do with pirates. But the fates are cruel, and now a hidden sickness leads her to partner with pirates for the one thing that can save her—a cure on an island none are certain exists.


The pirate captain’s secrets are darker than the deep and threaten to kill them all. His obligations are tinged with betrayal, for his oathbind must be fulfilled. To ignore it is to invite peril of unimaginable destruction. 

As the adventure unfolds, the sea takes more than she expects and the sea give more than he wants.


(Doesn't it sound awesome? I'm so excited.) NOW -- the cover reveal!




Isn't it perfect?!
Are you planning on adding Oathbound to your TBR? 


FHL VOL 1 UPDATE

Sunday, August 8, 2021

 Hey everyone! 
I thought it might be time for an update regarding the Faith, Hope, and Love Vol. 1 Collection. It's officially off to the proofreader, so I've been busy at work getting graphics and whatnot ready for the launch. It's still a little ways out yet, but I'm hoping to be prepared ahead of time for some smooth sailing (both for myself AND the tour/ARC teams!) If you're interested in joining either the ARC team, the tour team, or both, keep your eyes peeled! Signups should be open sometime soon. In the next couple of weeks, I hope. In the meantime, if you've already read one book from the series (or two or all of them), would you be interested in providing an endorsement/front matter review? Click HERE to do so! I'd appreciate it! 

For now, how about a quote to whet your palate? This is a brand-new one, new to the whole collection. 




What do you think? Are you planning on signing up for the ARCs or the social media team? Any questions about the collection? Let me know! 

NEVERLAND BOOK TOURS COVER REVEAL: PROMISE ME ALOHA by Taylor Bennett!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

 Hey everyone! I'm so excited to share the cover reveal for Taylor Bennett's next book, Promise Me Aloha! It's another installment in the Tradewinds series, which is one that I absolutely love. Before I get to the cover reveal, though, let's check out the blurb!

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How can two people come together when everything else is falling apart?
Olive Galloway always knew that Brander Delacroix wasn't going to date until he found the girl he wanted to marry, and she's still marveling over the fact that he decided to date her. But he did, which means it isn't much of a surprise when he drops down on one knee in the sand the year after Olive graduates from college. What does come as a surprise is the sudden realization that she'll no longer be Olive Galloway living at home with Grams and Macie. She'll be Olive Delacroix, building a new life in Hawaii with one of her very best friends.
With that understanding, however, comes a tidal wave of pressure. Between bothersome dealings with soon-to-be in-laws, a mountain of over-the-top wedding preparations, and a trio of explosive family secrets, Olive begins to wonder if she'll be able to make it down the aisle with all of her hair intact. She's thankful for Jazz, her best friend, who is ready and willing to support her through it all, but she can't help wondering why Jazz hasn't found a happily ever after of her own.
As the wedding day draws near and one final devastating secret comes to light, Olive's perfect world comes dangerously close to spinning off its axis. It will take plenty of faith and prayer (and no small amount of shave ice) to set things right before the wedding bells begin to ring and she promises Brander her aloha...forever.

ARRIVING OCTOBER 5th. 
Visit Taylor Bennett on Instagram (HERE) to preorder!

And now, without further ado...

The cover!

Isn't that perfect for the series?
Have you read any of the Tradewinds books yet? Are you looking forward to reading Promise Me Aloha

COVER REVEAL: SEEK by Angela R. Watts!

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Hey everyone! Today I have a cover reveal for Angela R. Watts' upcoming Christian thriller, Seek - this is the first book in her Whispers of Heaven series, and it sounds fantastic! Wait til you see the cover -- but first, here's some more information on the book. 

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Hunted by local gang lord Viktor Marino, Angel Cutler doesn’t understand why the man is after her. Angel must flee town with the help of two total strangers--but a demon from her past catches up with her. Faced with car chases, gun fights, and homesickness, Angel must choose between risking it all to protect her family or surrendering her freedom to a mafia lord.


Elijah Davis has made Marino bleed once and he’ll do it again. His attempt at rescuing Angel takes a turn for the worst when Elijah’s little brother is tossed into the midst of the danger. But Elijah can’t save everyone alone and help comes from unlikely places… if he can accept it.

A fast-paced Christian fiction thriller about healing from abusive relationships and seeking hope, no matter the cost.

COMING AUGUST 31, 2021. 

And now...the cover. 





Who's excited to read Seek? What about that cover?! 



COVER REVEAL: THE ONE WHO KNOWS ME by Joan Embola!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

 Hey everyone! Today I'm super duper excited to share the cover reveal for The One Who Knows Me by Joan Embola! Here's some info on the book and author before we get to the reveal...


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GOODREADS | AMAZON PREORDER | BARNES & NOBLE PAPERBACK PREORDER | SIGNED PAPERBACK PREORDER (UK ONLY)

Follow Joan Embola: WEBSITE | NEWSLETTER | YOUTUBE | BLOG | PODCAST | INSTAGRAM

I've worked with Joan on editing The One Who Knows Me and I'm so excited to see it heading out into the world so soon, starting with this cover reveal. She touches on a lot of tough topics, a lot of circumstances that can be so devastating, and she does so with such grace and tact -- it's such an impactful book, I just can't explain it nearly well enough. I know it touched me, and it's such an honor to participate in her cover reveal! Definitely keep your eyes peeled for the release soon. 

And now....the cover!

Are you planning on saving The One Who Knows Me for your TBR? Who enjoys a little bit of graphic design? 


PLUS, there is a release day giveaway going on, which you can enter when you preorder! Check out the information and enter HERE!