COVER REVEAL: BEYOND HER CALLING by Kellyn Roth!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

 Hey everyone! Today I'm pumped to share the cover reveal for Beyond Her Calling, book 4 in the Chronicles of Alice And Ivy series. If you're a fan of Christian historical romances, the Victorian era, or Scotland (*cough* or all three, if you're like me), then you'll definitely want to check out this book as well as the others in the series! Check out some info below. 


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Ivy Knight feels that her life may never start. Though her loving family assures her that her place in the world is close to home, she still feels a push to move out of her comfort zone. Hoping against hope, she travels to her old friends at McCale House, seeking a purpose.

Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. He fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he can’t be a good doctor, let alone a good man. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.

When an old friend decides to travel to Keefmore and visit a relative, Ivy follows. She soon finds herself drawn to Jordy, but as their attraction grows, they both face doubts. A relationship between the two of them feels improbable—and might just require a step of impossible faith.

RELEASING JANUARY 22, 2022.

GOODREADS  | AMAZON PREORDER


And now, for that cover...
(It's absolutely so pretty) 



Isn't it perfect?! Make sure to shelf it on Goodreads, and keep your eyes peeled for preorders. Do you plan on reading Beyond Her Calling? Have you read the recent release, At Her Fingertips




REVIEW: PROMISES UNBROKEN by Kristina Hall!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

 


Hey everyone! Today I have a review for Promises Unbroken by Kristina Hall, a historical fiction novel set in mobster-riddled New York. I was excited to get the review request, and it was definitely an interesting read! First, here's some info about the book and its author. 


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How much will she risk to save her sister?

Mae Ashton has every reason to stay in Georgia and marry the man she loves, save one—the disappearance of her sister. Although all evidence points to Hazel's death, Mae's discovery of a single picture changes everything. If Hazel is alive, Mae will find her. And she's left everything to do so.

Davis Everleigh isn't about to let Mae, his fiancée, go just because of a note that hardly explains her departure to New York City. Instead, he follows her to the city and gains employment with the man Mae believes is somehow connected to Hazel.

As Davis and Mae become further entrenched in their effort to locate Hazel, they find themselves facing a corrupt businessman and his ruthless henchman, Alberto Moretti. In a world of lies, will the truth prevail—both about Hazel and in their own lives?

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


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.


MY REVIEW
I really enjoyed one of Hall's other novels, a Westerner To The Uttermost, so I was glad to read this one. The story starts off with a bang with some high tension - I mean, the main character's the target of what's essentially a powerful mob - and readers have to hang tight waiting to find out exactly WHY. Hall definitely weaves some good pacing into her novel; we have to learn more about the main character's circumstances as the opportunity arises, which kept me interested. I did find that a few chapters in, the timeline felt a little muddled and some of the story felt somewhat repetitive/like we were being given the same information a few too many times, but it didn't keep me from continuing, and I ended up reading the second half of it in one sitting. So it definitely maintains interest! The characters, especially Davis and a particular pastor, are easy to empathize with and their individual choices make a lot of sense for their personalities (which do impact the story, very much).  The characters are especially what stood out to me in this book, which I loved.


Have you read any books by Kristina Hall? Does Promises Unbroken sound interesting to you? 

COVER REVEAL: FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE VOLUME ONE!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Today’s the daaay! While I’ve been hard at work retyping, reformatting, and...all the ick stuff that happens after you’ve written a book, something much more exciting has been in the works! First off, I want to give a huge THANK YOU to every single person who signed up to share the cover reveal. You guys keep me going when I get frustrated and want to give up the work. (Yeah, that's the formatting talking.)

And that includes everyone who takes the time to check their posts out, like them, (follow these folks, guys, they deserve it!) or even shares the posts themselves. It means more than I can ever express, and it still astounds me that folks are so willing to help out.

SO. Without further ado.

This is the official cover for the Faith, Hope, and Love Collection repackage! Volume One! What do you think? Check out my blog post for more info, but for now, here’s the blurb:

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.  


ARRIVING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021. 





So...what do you guys think?


REVIEW: MYSTERIES OF THE MESSIAH by Rabbi Jason Sobel!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021



So...I've found myself interested in Jewish culture and beliefs thanks to watching the show The Chosen (which I believe Rabbi Sobel also consults on), so when I got the opportunity to read and review Mysteries of the Messiah, I was pretty excited.  Check out my review below, but first, here's a quick rundown about the book and its author, Rabbi Jason Sobel. 

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Are you settling for half the story? Highlighting connections that have been hidden from non-Jewish eyes, Rabbi Jason Sobel will connect the dots between the Old and New Testament, helping you see the Bible with clarity as God intended.

Most people—even people of faith—do not understand how the Bible fits together. Too many Christians accept half an inheritance, content to embrace merely the New Testament, while Jewish people may often experience the same by embracing only the Old Testament. But God has an intricate plan and purpose for both the Old and the New.

In Mysteries of the Messiah, Rabbi Jason Sobel reveals the many connections in Scripture hidden in plain sight. Known for his emphatic declaration “but there’s more!” he guides us in seeing the passion and purpose of the Messiah. Mysteries of the Messiah:

  • Uncovers connections between the Old and New Testaments
  • Connects the dots for readers with details about Jesus, the Torah, and biblical characters
  • Written with the unique perspective of a rabbi with an evangelical theological degree

No matter how many times you have read the Bible, Mysteries of the Messiah will bring fresh perspective and insight. God’s Word, written by many people over thousands of years, is not a random selection of people and stories. Rabbi Jason Sobel connects the dots and helps us see with clarity what God intended.


AMAZON | GOODREADS 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Raised in a Jewish home in New Jersey, Rabbi Jason Sobel dedicated much of his life in pursuit of a spiritual connection with God. After years of seeking and studying, he encountered God and found his true destiny as a Jewish follower of Yeshua (Jesus). Suddenly, all the traditions Rabbi Jason grew up with took on new depth and meaning as God connected the ancient wisdom of the Torah with the teachings of the Messiah.

Rabbi Jason received his rabbinic ordination from the UMJC (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations) in 2005. He has a B.A. in Jewish Studies (Moody) and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies (Southeastern Seminary). He is a sought-after speaker and has made multiple appearances on national television, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Daystar Network, and the Dr. Oz Show. Rabbi Jason is the author of Breakthrough: Living a Life That Overflows, Aligning with God's Appointed Times, and he is also the coauthor of New York Times bestseller The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi with Kathie Lee Gifford. You can learn more at www.rabbisobel.com


MY REVIEW 


If you want to take your understanding of the Bible, especially the connections between the Old Testament and New Testament (referred to after this point as OT and NT respectively), and exactly how much information gets lost in English translations from the original Hebrew text, this is definitely a good place to start. Rabbi Sobel does an excellent job of explaining the divide between Jewish beliefs and Christian beliefs, and what both Jewish and Christian culture and beliefs tend to miss by cherry-picking certain aspects of the Bible over others. It's truly eye opening and it will give you a much deeper appreciation for the importance of reading and understanding the Bible in its entirety, of dedicating time to study it, and of seeing Christ's influence throughout all of time.  Some of the parallels are absolutely breathtaking (like Mount Moriah, the mountain range where both Isaac and Christ were offered as sacrifice); others take a little bit of time to steep.  As a Christian, I found this book compelling and educational.  If you've ever wondered why it's important to study the OT because the NT "wiped away the need for the OT," this book will give you about 224 pages explaining why.  While some of the numerical values he brings up is a bit difficult to get through to begin with (Hebrew letters also have numerical value, which adds a whole new layer to the workings of the Bible), the rest of the book was easy enough to follow.  I'd say that if you enjoy nonfiction books, this is one you'll want to add to your TBR.  



Also, you can enter the giveaway for a copy of Mysteries of the Messiah here! 
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Have you watched The Chosen? Do you intend on reading Mysteries of the Messiah? What are some of your favorite nonfiction novels on Christianity? 

REVIEW: AT HER FINGERTIPS by Kellyn Roth!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021



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She’s willing to do anything to follow her plan.


Debutante Alice Knight is ready for her first social season in London. She’s determined to impress society and her mother with an affluent match, at last escaping her past and embracing a future of her own making.


Peter Strauss, an American reporter visiting England, isn’t exactly what Alice had in mind. However, his friendship proves invaluable as Alice faces the challenges of her debut. Almost immediately, she attracts the attention of a well-born gentleman—perfect save for the simple fact that he’s not a Christian.


The life she longs for is finally at her fingertips, but between her own heart and the convictions of her faith, she isn’t sure she ought to grasp it.

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Book 3 of the Chronicles of Alive and Ivy series. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who has independently published multiple novels, the most notable being The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series. You should definitely call her Kell.


Kell lives on family-owned property outside an unmemorable but historical town with her parents, two little brothers, arbitrary cat, precious border collies, a dozen cows, and lots of chickens. She also possesses a classic, vintage aesthetic which does not at all speak to her country girl side, but such is life.


When not writing, Kell likes to blog, teach writing to her various students, have day jobs which allow her to keep her car properly insured, and spend lavish amounts of money on Dairy Queen french fries. She also likes to talk about Keira Knightley and her own books way too much.

WEBSITE | BLOG | NEWSLETTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | MEWE | GOODREADS
MY REVIEW



First of all, to get it out of the way - this one gets a solid 5/5 from me. That's all. 

I absolutely love this series, and At Her Fingertips definitely does not disappoint. The thought that's put into the historical context of the book is so rich that I learn something almost every time I pick up one of these books. The characters are vibrant and hop right off the pages.  The Christian elements are important and leave the readers with something to chew on.  I have to say that Peter is an absolute dear, as is Alice. And Gibson...well, I'd like to have a little chat with him. The story itself is compelling and thought-provoking; I ended up reading it in about two sittings even though I planned to read it a bit more slowly than that. It's attention-grabbing and maintains your interest pretty much from start to finish, and you'll find yourself rooting for the good guys, curious about the motives of the morally-gray, and wanting to yell at the bad guys -- just the blend I enjoy. (Plus, the book mentions horses and does so with accuracy, so that's always a bonus in my eyes.) 
If you enjoy historical fiction or women's fiction (or both), you'll love this book.  And if you haven't checked out the rest of the series, you'll want to do that too. This book is fine as a standalone, but you'll just want to read the rest of them too. Trust me. 


GIVEAWAY



Don't forget to enter the giveaway - you've got a chance to win a prize bundle, which is the perfect opportunity to dive into the Chronicles of Alice & Ivy (highly recommended, by the way). Check it out and enter below! 

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And just to whet your palate, here's a great little quote from the book. Do you plan on snagging a copy?  It's perfect summer reading. And don't forget to check out the rest of the series while you're at it! If you enjoy historical books, you'll love the series. Guaranteed. 



In case you want to catch up on some of the fun posts that have been going on throughout the tour, including interviews and character spotlights, check out the links below! You should be able to click the blog titles. 
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
Wednesday:
Intro post - Kellyn Roth @ Reveries & Lilacs
Review - Hannah E.M. @ Precious Book Stacks

Thursday:
Introducing Alice - Kellyn Roth @ Reveries & Lilacs
Interview with Gibson Ashfield - SawyerMarie @ SundropGirls
Review  - @ Kristina Hall, Author

Friday: 
Introducing...Love Interests!? - Kellyn Roth @ Reveries & Lilacs
Interview with Ivy Knight - Grace A. Johnson @ Gabbing with Grace
Review - Jenavieve Rose @ Living Outside the Lines

Saturday: 
Launch Day! - Kellyn Roth @ Reveries & Lilacs
Review - Loretta Marchize @ Just Writing
Interview @ Vanessa Hall 

Sunday: 
Themes - Kellyn Roth @ Reveries & Lilacs
Interview with Alice Knight - Katja L. @ Little Blossoms for Jesus

Monday: 
Siblings - Kellyn Roth @ Reveries & Lilacs
Guest Post - Andrea Cox @ Writing To Inspire
Review - Tara Savanna @ Tower in the Plains
Interview with Nettie Jameson - Ryana Lynn @ Life of Heritage Corner

Tuesday: 
Mothers - Kellyn Roth @ Reveries & Lilacs
Character Spotlight with Peter Strauss - Abigail Kay Harris @ Read Review Rejoice

Wednesday: 
Wrapup Post - Kellyn Roth @ Reveries & Lilacs
Review - Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing (You are here) 

Saturday, July 24th: 
Giveaway Wrapup - Kellyn Roth @ Reveries & Lilacs

COVER REVEAL: PARADISE LOST by Angela R. Watts!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

 Hey everyone! Today I have a cover reveal for Angela R. Watts' NEXT upcoming Infidel book, which takes you back to the very beginning. Get ready for Paradise Lost, book #0 of The Infidel Books. This cover is absolutely astounding. I had the honor of beta-reading this beast (it packs a punch) and it's definitely one you'll want to add to your TBR. 


So let's get going, right?! 


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The end of an era begins—but three young men refuse to fall victim to the Second Civil War.

Gideon Hochberg has lost everything—except two thieving friends and his dog. When the nation’s strongest ganglord shows interest in their street skills and mercenary-like abilities, they take the chance they’ve fought for and join Johnston’s ranks.

But the USA is under martial law after war breaks out over constitutional rights, and the three men must decide why they’re fighting, and who they can trust. As they face death and struggle to learn the ropes of the new world they have to conquer, one thing remains steadfast: each other.

If you love post-apocalyptic thrillers and want a fast-paced and gritty adventure, grab Paradise Lost and dive into a falling nation.


Intense, right? Well, if you're into the Infidel Books series, there's good news. You only have to wait TEN DAYS for this release -- it's coming July 27th! 



Now, for the cover....
And it's just as mind blowing as the rest of the series. 

You ready? 




How about that cover? 

Make sure to follow Angela R. Watts on Instagram for more updates! 

REVIEW: THE MERCENARY'S DECEPTION by Angela R. Watts

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

 


Hey everyone! To say that I'm stoked to offer a review of The Mercenary's Deception by Angela R. Watts is an understatement.  I read this one so fast I'm pretty sure my poor eyes still haven't recovered. (Oops. Sorry not sorry.) So I have a review of it today, and there's also a giveaway you'll want to stick around for. But first, here's some info about the book as well as Watts.


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WHEN THE WAR IS LOST, THE INFIDELS MUST RISK EVERYTHING.

The fate of the United States rests on West Johnston’s shoulders. West and Brian, the ex-general of the Union, work together to take control of the Second Civil War that ripped the nation apart. But their betrayal is short lived when the Union gains control and West must kill his mafia lord father.

During a rescue operation, Rene’ Fisher and Gideon Hochberg are kidnapped by a previous member of Springtown. If Rene’ and Gideon can hold on, they can give vital information about the war that could end it all. But if their teammates don’t reach them in time, the war could be over.

If you love post-apocalyptic thrillers and want a fast-paced and gritty adventure, grab The Mercenary’s Deception and follow West and his team as they face their hardest trials yet. AMAZON | GOODREADS | SIGNED COPIES



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angela R. Watts is bestselling author of The Infidel Books and Golgotha. She lives at Step by Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, where she raises horses, dogs, cats, and snails. She’s been writing stories since she was little, and when she’s not writing, she’s probably drawing or working with her amazing editorial clients.

https://angelarwatts.com/

FACEBOOK | AMAZON | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

MY REVIEW 
This book deserves to break the normal star-rating system, folks. I'm calling it. Watts blends incredibly hard topics with themes of redemption and grace.  Sci-fi is made believable, and worse, realistic. The characters' struggles are so clearly articulated that they practically leap off of the pages. Horrific circumstances pertaining to trafficking are also dealt with realistically but tactfully, which I also appreciated very much. I found myself invested in the story right away, and quite literally couldn't put it down. It hits the ground running and honestly, it keeps running long after you've finished the final pages. It gets you thinking, which is what I love in a book. 

This story will keep you awake at night...and if it does, it's a good thing.  

GIVEAWAY
One winner will be selected to win a signed copy of The Mercenary's Deception and bookish swag (stickers, a button, and a postcard)! Click HERE to enter.

Are you planning on picking up a copy of The Mercenary's Deception? Have you read the other books in the series yet? Sound off in the comments below! 


EDITING RATES: Kindle Vella!

Monday, July 12, 2021


 

Hey everyone! This is just a quick announcement letting you know that I am now offering copy/line edits for the new Kindle Vella service. (No developmental edits at this time, sorry.)  As with the rest of my services, you can start booking me for winter (and 2022!) so if you have any stories planned, feel free to check out my services page HERE.

Now, how will edits work for Vella stories?  You can send me your story on a chapter-by-chapter basis. The flat rate for editing in this format will be $5.00 per chapter, regardless of length. 

If you have an entire finished serialized manuscript that you've written for Vella, however, you can send it as you would a normal novel, and I will charge you my regular rates for that. 

Is anyone else excited for Vella? I know I am - I've got a few ideas of my own that I'm excited to work with! 

Everything I Became: a study in hurt and healing

Sunday, July 11, 2021

 So, not many of you probably know this, but I have a new poetry collection ready to get sent out into the world.  If you want to read it, you need to keep reading, because it's a pretty unique situation. 

Limited edition(ish). 

Free. 

Upon request only. 

Do you have questions? 
I can't say I blame you. 

everything i became is a poetry collection (in the same vein as Everything I Never Said and Everything And Nothing) and it has been written through the early part of 2021.  Why am I not publishing this one like the others? 

Well, it's a complicated answer, and I'm still not 100% sure whether or not I'll publish it for Kindle or not, seeing as most people buy Kindle copies of my poetry books.  

My other books of poetry were inspired by separate life events that I grappled with, and I have received plenty of feedback letting me know that those works were "too sad." I'm not bashing folks for their personal opinions here - they ARE sad - but it's also surreal to deal with as an author when someone is upset that you wrote about real-life events in order to vent and cope, and I know that I simply cannot do that this time around.  The biggest problem? The first two collections were written at a surface level compared to this new one. 

I can't explain how many times I waffled back and forth on whether or not to publish this collection. Probably only one or two friends can attest to that xD

 It's a culmination of months of counseling, in an attempt to get my brain to wrap around everything that happened. That a lot of things I turned a blind eye on were, in fact, abusive. Not to mention the fact that someone I should've been able to trust by default was the culprit. And in doing so, I took off the kid gloves with my descriptions. Stopped dancing around reality to face it.

Do I explain exactly what happened? No, but I explained the marks it left. And at that, only some of them. I'm still working on the whole "realization" process. 

And it's terrifying to let it loose into the world. This mangled little piece of me. But sometimes you have to let go because the tighter you hold on, the deeper it cuts you.

I came to the realization this weekend -- why should I be afraid? Because of this brokenness, I've been invited into a closer relationship with God. Into learning blind trust. Into knowing that no matter what happens, no matter how many times I fall, He thinks I'm priceless. 

So this is all part of my testimony. If God can take something as broken as me and heal me through the unlikeliest of circumstances, using a stranger I was very much afraid of simply because of my past experiences, He can do wonderful things. He has. And He will continue to. Why should I be afraid to share this? 

I don't have to be afraid of the label BROKEN, so long as I welcome the label REDEEMED. Because I am.  

This is a book about coping, healing, and recovering. It is largely unedited, raw truth masquerading behind a thin mask called "fiction." Assuming that the healing process is easy was one of the biggest things I had to overcome in counseling, and something I still wrestle with. 


As such, I set out on the mission that I will offer this book as a comfort to those who are healing too: that it's okay to struggle and rant and rave, but it's not okay to accept that as your life's lot and give up. That you won't be the same as before, that it takes a struggle, and you can't go back to who you were before, but you can be better with time, and you can find who God intended you to become. That your circumstances can't wreck God's plans. He is sovereign.  I think that's a message sorely missing in a lot of books, and if anything good can come out of my experiences, I sincerely hope that offering a message involving the reality of a fallen world and hope despite it will be one of them. This book is divided into three sections -- hurt, acceptance, and healing. Each section is prefaced by a Bible verse that I found comfort in during my particular process. 

Why is the title uncapitalized? Well, it's a stylistic choice I've hated since my college days. But I became a little bit obsessed with the uncapitalized style during this period of time, because it signifies (to me) that something's missing; it's not quite right. It's technically whole, but maybe just a little broken. If I could sum up this book, that's what I'd say. 

This is no easy step for me to take - it contains a large secret that I've kept for a very long time, which is another reason why I'm monitoring who receives a copy, at least initially.  

Baby steps. 

My voice may waver from time to time, but I still have it, and heaven help me if I ever stop using it. 

Click HERE to request a free PDF copy and to read the blurb.  This form will only be open through August 1st, at least that's what I'm thinking about right now. (It might change. It might not.)  I will send copies out as I get requests.

COVER REVEAL: Wanna Help?

Thursday, July 8, 2021

 


Hey folks! This is just a quick post to let you know that cover reveal signups are NOW OPEN for my repackage of the Faith, Hope, and Love trilogy.  The cover reveal will be happening in two weeks - July 23rd - and I'd absolutely love and appreciate any help spreading the news!  If you're able to help with the reveal, please sign up HERE.  There will be a variety of options available to you, from captions to premade pics and hashtags to choose from, so it might be as simple as copy/pasting OR as fun as making your own graphics and so on - whatever you'd like to do. I'm trying to make it easy for folks since it's the summer and everyone's busy, and frankly I am too!  And if you know anyone who would like to share the word, please feel free to share with them! I actually really like this cover (I think) so I'm excited for everyone to see it. You don't know how many times I've come very very close to just sharing it and saying DONE -- but I'm trying to be patient! 

If you sign up for the cover reveal, you'll get all the info you need in a Google Drive file the week of July 18 -- most likely July 20th. (I have an eye doctor appointment on the 19th. NOBODY wants an email from me after that. Goodness knows what it'd say. Last time I had my eyes dilated, I was found pawing at the air trying to reach a pair of glasses to try on, and a very understanding receptionist had to retrieve the glasses and also haul me over to a chair so I wouldn't, you know, trip into a sunglasses display. Which also happened.) (Please send help.) 


SO -- are you in? Anyone excited to see the new cover?  Please check out the signup HERE!

Faith, Hope, and Love Vol. 1: Reviews Wanted!

Thursday, July 1, 2021

 


Hey everyone! Along with the repackage of the Faith, Hope, and Love collection (ICYMI, I'm revising them and putting them together into one volume rather than three books), I'm looking for some folks who have already read any or all of the books (Welcome Home, My Compass Home, and Guide Me Home) to provide a review that I'm able to use in the front matter of the book.  You know, like the fun endorsements that traditionally-published authors usually share? Well, if you're interested in helping me out, and also getting an automatic name-drop in every single copy that's read from now til forever, please check out this link HERE and fill it out! 

If you haven't read any of these books yet, don't fret. I'll probably offer some eARC copies later on this year, so keep your eyes peeled!  

ANTHOLOGY ANNOUNCEMENT: WHERE GIANTS FALL

Hey everyone!  Today I'm super excited to share the news that a new fantasy anthology is coming, and the submissions just happen to open TODAY! If you're subscribed to my newsletter, you already know about it - the perks of being a subscriber! - but this is the first day that we're going public with this whole thing, so feel free to share far and wide! (But first, you'll probably want some details to go along with this info, right? Right. Well...keep reading.) 



Where Giants Fall is a fantasy anthology co-hosted by Angela R. Watts (@angelarwattsauthor) and I (@tangledupinwriting).  It will be releasing in early 2022, so that also means that submissions...are opening today, July 1st! It's an absolute honor to be involved in this anthology - it's something I've kind of always wanted to try, so there may or may not have been a little bit of screeching involved when Angela asked if I wanted to help. *cough there was definitely screaming cough*  I'll let you check out the website HERE for all of the submission info, but here's a quick "at a glance" overview if you need a bit to whet your palate before you click that link.

THEME: Light in the darkness.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2021.
GENRE: Fantasy
WORD COUNT: 2000-8000 words. 

Are the creative juices flowing yet? Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions whatsoever, and make sure to check out the full details on the website. For now...happy writing! And make sure to follow Angela R. Watts on Instagram (or her newsletter HERE) if you haven't already, so you never miss an update! 

NEW BEGINNINGS: Reviving the Faith, Hope, and Love Collection?!

Thursday, June 24, 2021



Hey everyone!  So...remember my first trilogy, the Faith, Hope, and Love collection?  Well, I'm getting rid of it.


 

And polishing the books, having a proofreader check it out (a spectacular gal, Kara Linaburg, whose services you should check out HERE), putting the three books into ONE volume, with a shiny new cover, making them available as HARDCOVERS, and re-releasing them October 16th! 

So...that was a lot of information blurted out all at once! As of July 4th, the anniversary of the day I published the first edition of Welcome Home, the books will be deactivated from Amazon.  Is it an easy decision to make? Nope, not at all.  There's a bit of nostalgia in taking down my first book babies. There are some reviews I'm sad to lose (although I'll be saving them).  But will it be for the better? Yeah, I think so. The covers are a complete cringe, and the head-hopping in Welcome Home is absolutely horrific.  (If you never noticed that before...I'm sorry. You totally will now.) And overall, I think it's a good move to update them.  

The stories themselves will NOT be changing - the plot's the same for all of them - but they'll be polished and a bit nicer to read.  (Hopefully.)

Plus, I think I really, really like the new cover! 

So what does this mean for readers?  Well, I'll be opening up cover reveals very soon, so if your curiosity is piqued, make sure to keep an eye peeled.  Later on, I'll also have the opportunity for folks to participate in a very laid-back tour celebrating the release over the week of October 10, and that will also include the opportunity to be a reviewer, so stay tuned. 

Sound good?  Sound exciting?  I hope so!  What do you think about the announcement?  


Oh, and P.S.? There might be a Volume 2 in the works... 

Like I said. Stay tuned. 


COVER REVEAL: THE MERCENARY'S DECEPTION by Angela R. Watts!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

 Hey everyone!  Today I'm SUPER DUPER pumped to share the cover reveal for The Infidel Books #3, The Mercenary's Deception!  Boy, the cover's amazing.  And in case you missed the recent cover reveals for the first two books (which you can buy now), click HERE to check them out! 

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WHEN THE WAR IS LOST, THE INFIDELS MUST RISK EVERYTHING.

The fate of the United States rests on West Johnston’s shoulders, but the fate of the war rests on Brian Jones, the Union traitor. West and Brian must work together to end the Second Civil war that ripped the nation apart by taking over the White House. But it’s only a matter of time till West’s warlord father finds out West is working for the good guys, and then it’s game over.

The small towns and militia of the US, or what is left of patriotic America, must rise and fight back. But Springtown is left in disorder when the mayor’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped again while on a rescue mission. This time, the town’s predator is a previous member, and bad blood is often thicker than water.



The Mercenary's Deception arrives July 15, 2021 - just shy of a month away! (Do I have that date highlighted in my planner? ...*whispers* yes, yes, I do.) 


And now, what you've been waiting for: 

Do you plan on preordering a copy of The Mercenary's Deception? What do you think about THAT cover?! Whew. Sound off in the comments! 



REVIEW: Along A Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart

Monday, June 14, 2021

Hey everyone!  Today I'm pumped to share this book review courtesy of JustRead Tours and Revell Books!  This is a Christian historical fiction novel featuring an endearing packhorse librarian, her family, and some pretty interesting twists and turns.  


 

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Kentucky packhorse librarian Tansy Calhoun doesn't mind the rough trails and long hours as she serves her Appalachian mountain community during the Great Depression. Yet she longs to find love like the heroines in her books. When a charming writer comes to town, she thinks she might have found it--or is the perfect man actually closer than she thinks?

AMAZON | GOODREADS



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. An award winning author, she's published many books for both adults and young adults. Her books cover several genres from historical to small town family stories to cozy mysteries (mysteries published with author name A.H. Gabhart). Her ideas are sparked by events in Kentucky history and by experiences in her own family. Her first Shaker novel, The Outsider, was a finalist for the ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year. Love Comes Home won the Selah Book of the Year award, and These Healing Hills was the Faith, Hope & Love Readers' Choice Women's Fiction Book of the Year.

Ann lives on a Kentucky farm not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann enjoys hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dogs, Frankie and Marley. See more about her books at www.annhgabhart.com or join the conversation on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart.


MY REVIEW

I absolutely loved this book.  The historical aspects, the dialogue, the true-to-the-Appalachians features really brought this book to life, and the characters just seem to hop right out of the pages.  The story is memorable for sure, and there are plenty of different situations going on throughout the book that will definitely keep readers invested in the storyline.  It certainly kept my attention!  I ended up reading the majority of it in one sitting.  The themes in the book are intricately woven and realistic for each character, and it's generally just a great book.  Its Christian themes are present throughout the book and integral for a few characters' development, but those themes are given to the reader thoughtfully, without it seeming too "preachy" or out of place. Very masterfully written!  I definitely loved this book, and if you enjoy historical fiction, you'll most likely enjoy it as well. 

A LITANY OF BOOKISH UPDATES!

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Hey everyone!  Today I have several bookish updates to announce!  

1) Most exciting: I have six books set to go on sale from June 18th through June 22nd. They will be FREE on Kindle for those five days to celebrate the official arrival of summer.  The books that will be listed? Everything I Never Said, Everything and Nothing, the entire Mount Sterling Collection (Beautiful Chaos, Something New, Keeping Cassie) and The Lady of Lanaria! Look up any of these on Amazon and you should be able to download them for free starting Friday the 18th. 



2) Okay, so maybe this is the most exciting.  I OFFICIALLY have hardback copies of The Lady of Lanaria available!  I just got my proof copy on Friday and I was blown away by how gorgeous it is. Even with the weird little "proof" band that I have an odd disdain for. It's just so perfect. I can't even. And now, the hardback copies are available on Amazon HERE!  However, if you'd like to own a signed copy, I will be putting in a bulk order for hardbacks (if I get orders for them, anyway).  Fill out the form HERE to request a copy -- deadline is June 24th! 





3) Well...I have to say that I'm pretty excited about this, too, but I'm not giving up any details quite yet. I'm not weirdly excited about the sale itself, but definitely for the reasoning behind it.  Stay tuned.  BUT for now, I'm offering clearance prices on my remaining signed copies of Welcome Home and Guide Me Home (I have one copy of the first book and two of the latter - so very limited stock).  If you'd like to own one, fill out the form HERE and check out the prices, etc. 
Oh, and do you have any guesses about why I'm giving clearance prices for my current stock and not offering these guys for sale on Kindle this week?  I promise those two details are related. If you have any guesses, let me know in the comments.  




Anyway -- what do you guys think? Any exciting plans for summer? Anyone planning on getting some freebies this weekend? Sound off! 

REVIEW: A QUEEN IS KNIGHTED by R.J. Setser!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021




Hey everyone!  I'm excited to share my review of A Queen Is Knighted, a brand-new release by R.J. Setser!  Before getting into the review, though, here are a few things about the book and its authors!  And make sure you stick around for the giveaway!




 

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Three Kingdoms. Two wars. And one queen who is desperate to save them all.

The kingdoms of Tunock, Taus, and Wilmington have been at peace for more than five hundred years. On their secluded peninsula, life is perfect for royalty and commoners alike. Fear of the pirates in the waters keep them from exploring further than the beaches, and tales of strange visions and missing persons keep them from going to the mountains Beyond. They are happy with their way of living and content in knowing that as long as they don’t cross the borders; they are safe. But everything changes when the castle of Tunock burns to the ground and the royal family disappears with no one to blame.

Princess Lauraine of Tunock never dreamed that she would spend her seventeenth birthday escaping a burning castle, but that’s precisely how she spent it. Left to the mercy of a knight whom she’s never met before, Princess Lauraine goes into hiding while trying to solve the political mystery of who attacked her home—and why. She befriends an old knight—whom her father declared insane—and though she trusts her father’s declaration as much as she trusts him, something about the old man seems sincere. Could her father have been wrong about him? And when strange things happen throughout the kingdoms—things that should only belong in the fairy tale books—Lauraine finds herself at an impasse: should she rise to the position of Queen and restore order to her kingdom; or risk losing her kingdom entirely in search of the truth?

As the events happening in the Three Kingdoms continue to unwind, Princess Lauraine makes a choice. A choice that promises little reward and far more humiliation if she’s wrong. With a small band of friends who she deems trustworthy, Lauraine gives her everything to become the person who will save her kingdom—even if it means losing herself. 

GOODREADS | PURCHASE EBOOK | AMAZON  




ABOUT THE AUTHORS


R.J. Setser is a pseudonym for wife and husband duo, Rayleigh and Joshua Setser. High-school sweethearts who found their happily-ever-after in 2019, Rayleigh and Joshua have been writing together since 2015 and finished their debut novel, A Queen is Knighted in 2020. They live in a small town in Texas with their 2 dogs, Watson and Rosie, and 1 cat, Yuna. They spend most of their time juggling Joshua’s military life and Rayleigh’s civilian life. In their free time, they can be found with both of their families at the lake, reading or writing, and quite possibly playing sword-fighting video games “for research”. Find them on Instagram @r_j_setser or online at rjsetser.com.


MY REVIEW

This book is great for fantasy fans, especially if you enjoy a side of political intrigue. While it did take me a little bit to really get into the beginning of the book (after the first couple of chapters, which were pretty intense), the storyline definitely re-captured my attention later on and held it throughout the story. There were some pretty interesting twists and turns that the story took, especially in regards to a person who is pretty much regarded as a basket case -- which the rest of the cast are compelled to trust as a last resort.  That particular situation keeps readers guessing throughout the story, and the plot only thickens as some of the events unfolding in front of them turn out to mirror fairytales and visions that the Princess' friends have -- it's definitely a ride from start to finish.  Not to mention the cliffhanger at the end.  I can't say anything else, because...spoiler alert.  There are some pretty interesting themes about being open to learning new things and re-evaluating one's previous ideas when life pushes you to the brink.  Overall, it's a pretty good story and it seems like it's only the beginning!   


AND -- make sure you enter the giveaway!  It will end June 15th; one winner will receive an autographed copy of A Queen Is Knighted.  Click HERE to enter!

COVER REVEAL: THE DIVIDED NATION & THE GRIM ALLIANCE by Angela R. Watts!

Monday, June 7, 2021

 Hey everyone!  Today I have a post celebrating the dual cover reveal for The Divided Nation and The Grim Alliance by Angela R. Watts!  These are getting fresh covers in honor of the upcoming release of the third installment's impending release (coming in JULY!!)

And these covers are spectacular.  I mean...jaw-dropping.  But in case you haven't heard about her books yet, here's some info!  

THE DIVIDED NATION (#1)

WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.


The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But to kill his father, West must play the role of the perfect son.



But while West gains his father’s trust, he also covers for fellow gangsters in their pursuit of supplying a rebel township. When George wants the group to kidnap the mayor’s daughter, it’s up West to help kidnap her--and get her home safely. If he fails, his father will learn his treachery, and a girl will die.



AMAZON | GOODREADS



THE GRIM ALLIANCE (#2)

WHEN THE NATION RIOTS, THE INFIDELS MUST BLEED.


The Second Civil War storms through the crippled US and winter brings nothing but disaster. West Johnston has earned his mafia father’s trust while searching for hidden answers: why are the UN leaders being assassinated, and why can’t the killers be found? If West can’t stop the Union from attacking D.C. in their last attempt to win the war, how can he stop his father?



Springtown remains one of the few townships left standing amid the tyrannical rule. Another group of gangsters prepare the town for winter. Rene’ Fisher is torn between fearing for her boyfriend Simon’s life and the upheaval taking place in Springtown. Can her father keep the town at peace? Will God have mercy on the allegiance the town must form with an unlikely candidate in order to survive, or will Rene’s home burn like the rest of the world?


NOW....for the dual cover reveal!  




Aren't those stunning?! 

Have you read the series yet?  And how pumped are you for Book 3, The Mercenary's Deception?




REVIEW: TO THE UTTERMOST by Kristina Hall!

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Hey everyone!  I was given the wonderful opportunity to read To The Uttermost by Kristina Hall, a Christian Western novel -- and while I promised to have this review done at the end of June, I'm posting it (obviously pretty early) now because I ended up reading it a lot quicker than I intended, and was excited to share about it! Without further ado --  



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How far will he take his quest for vengeance?

Owen Lockart will track down and kill the man who murdered his three brothers and left him to die in the Colorado wilderness. And no one will get in his way.

Sally Reiner doesn't know a stranger. She thinks nothing of befriending Owen, her family's new ranch hand. Little does she know he's won her trust to gain information about her no-good murderer of a brother.

Will deceit and vengeance destroy Sally and Owen, or will they trust in the only One Who is able to deliver them?


GOODREADS | AMAZON | BOOK 1 OF THE SERIES | BARNES & NOBLE


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.

MY REVIEW

This book definitely maintained my interest through the entire thing!  While I found it initially a little difficult to keep track of all the characters, I was able to pick everything up within a few chapters.  To The Uttermost starts out with some action pretty quickly and does a great job of enveloping the reader into the problems at hand, the post-Civil War landscape, and the high stakes each character faces.  The story also includes really wonderful faith aspects and grapples with some of the biggest arguments that Christians face involving forgiveness, cleansing of sins, and the lines that separate sin and protection.  I was impressed with how deftly Hall managed each discussion, and I really appreciated how well the topics were presented.  There's one scene in particular where one character finally "gets" some of the things he's been told, and that one was so powerful and well-described that I just got the biggest grin on my face (and that doesn't usually happen while reading) -- so I really enjoyed reading this one overall. Additionally, the dialogue was perfect for the time period and worked very well to draw the readers in.  It's a well-researched story, enjoyable to read, and obviously a lot of thought was put into its themes.   I'll give it a solid 4.5 out of 5!