Book Review: God’s Will by Meghan M. Goreki

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God’s Will thoroughly shocked me. I LOVED IT! I was not expecting to love it as much as I did (and do). This is a book I originally bought in Kindle, but soon after finishing it I bought the paperback. It’s one I can’t wait to share with my siblings. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.

Plot/Storyline: 4/5
The beginning was a little slow, but not enough to make me stop reading. The story itself felt very realistic to the time period.

Characters: 5/5
WOW. All of the characters were so deep and well-developed. I felt like I knew each of them personally.

Writing: 5/5
It was absolutely beautiful, especially for a debut novel.

Want-to-read-ability: 5/5
After I got beyond the first three chapters, I was completely sucked in and couldn’t put it down.

 

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Have you read God’s Will? What did you think of it?

 

Next week I have a very special announcement!!! Stay tuned for something super cool (or, at least, I think it is cool). :)

Scary Stuff!!!! :)

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I’m telling you guys–this being an author stuff is scary.

*deep breath*

I have officially made my first public appearance as an author.

And the worst thing was, it was a LOCAL event, so people knew who I was.

*cringe*

To my delight, I only met a few people with whom I was aquatinted.

*sigh*

 

Anyway, onto things of more substance…

The event was a kind of bizarre/fair sort of thing. I’m not really sure what it was…to be honest, I’m kinda shocked our little redneck community even did something like this. ;-) However, despite the blistering heat and general redneckedness of the event, I was surprised at the reaction to my book. I sold 15 copies in just a few hours! Is that not completely awesome or what?!?!

At the booth (okay, tent)  :)

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Something else super awesome (and quite frightening) is that my book was featured in a local news publication. I got the entire center spread of the paper!

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In the next few weeks, I’m going to send out a few more press releases in hopes of getting more attention in my local area. Hopefully, the lure of the book being about my area will be enough to find new readers!

The Old River Road Cover Reveal

I am SO excited to finally be sharing the cover for MY book with you. I can’t believe I’m to this point. Honestly, there were times when I wondered if this day would ever come. A lot of times, actually.

Perry did an absolutely fantastic job with the cover. I’m so happy with it. If you ever need design work done, go to her. She’s amazing and so awesome to work with.

 

Ready to see the cover?

 

 

 

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Isn’t it amazing?!?!?!?! I love it so much. And the back is just as beautiful as the front.

I am getting SO excited about releasing this thing! Is anyone else excited? Or is it just me? (It might be just me.) :)

 

Book Review: Resistance by Jaye L. Knight

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I had seen a lot of posts about Resistance on many of the blogs I read. After about a year of seeing post after post about how awesome Resistance was, I decided to give it a try for myself.

I am so glad I did.

This book has been put on my list of favorites. That is a high honor for any fantasy book in my mind (I don’t typically care for fantasy).

At first, I read this book on my iPhone with the kindle app (and went cross-eyed). Then I ordered the paperback. When it finally arrived, I may or may not have been clutching the book to my chest and jumping up and down, squealing like a piglet for several minutes. The sheer beauty and massiveness of a 500 page book struck me silly. I am very happy that no one pulled out the video camera for that moment.

Okay…enough gabbing…here’s the review!

Plot/Storyline: 4/5

It was slow to start, and I feel that some parts in the beginning could have been condensed. Once the story started rolling though, it didn’t stop. (And I mean buckle-up-tight-didn’t-stop.)

 

Characters: 5/5

The characters were AMAZING. Jaye was able to develop them all in so many ways…I felt like I knew each one of them.

A few minor things that bugged me; there were a lot of male characters with one-syllable names that began with T.  It got confusing at times. Also, most of the characters had blue eyes. More variance in that department would have been nice.

 

Writing: 5/5

Outstanding! I love the deep point of view. If you don’t know what I mean, read the story and you’ll be able to tell a difference.

 

Dialogue: 4/5

Could have been better, but was far from deplorable.

 

Want-to-read-ability: 5/5

After the first hundred pages, I could not set this book down. Seriously. My family had to whack me on the head if they wanted to get my attention.

 

This book is not one that can be taken lightly…it packs a punch.  (A good punch!) Don’t try to read this book and the next in the series consecutively. I, for one, would be crying for days if I did that. :)

March Update/Review

 

Since December, I’ve been trying to finish the first draft of The Old River Road. Unfortunately, I ran into some historical inconsistencies that needed attention before I could continue/finish the story. After bugging extended family members, friends who knew the McDonald family, and taking several trips to the library and Spokane’s history museum, I am *almost* back on track.

 

Editing is rather slow with this book. I’ve really shirked in my duties to this poor little story over the past few months. As of Sunday, that changed. Now, my goal is to edit two chapters each day. That’s about an hour of work. I can do anything for an hour, right? Right. Tell me I can.

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BTW, this is what NaNo does to me. I cannot remember the last time I confused two, to, and too. I’ve done it TWICE in this book.

 

Coming up in April is Camp NaNo. I was going to do another full 50,000 word project, but when I realized how far behind schedule I am with The Old River Road, that got pushed to the back burner. However, my goal is to do 25,000 words (though I’d be happy with 20,000). The project I will be working on is what I have been calling my Secret Story.

 

BUT!

 

It’s not a secret anymore because I’m going to tell you about it RIGHT NOW!!!! :-)

 

Here is the blurb (and a draft of the cover):

 

1Chelsea is the daughter of Ralph Sanders, a respected crab fisherman and the much loved captain of the vessel Cora Lee. Named after her deceased mother, Chelsea feels a connection with the boat, and with the ocean, that no one but her dad can understand. When a sudden, unexpected proposal from her maternal grandparents sends Chelsea far inland, she fights with her desire to return home…to her dad, cousins, and everything she knows. But after taking a closer look, Chelsea realizes that though her grandparents are wealthy and not wanting of any worldly goods, they have not yet let go of death of their daughter, though she died sixteen years previous. Pulling away from self-pity, Chelsea reaches out to her grandparents and help them heal despite their obvious annoyance. Will Chelsea be able to help her grandparents move on in their lives? Or will their exasperating, constant mentions of Cora drive Chelsea away?

 

Already, Ocean Hues has 26,000 words, so it shouldn’t be too hard to resume. (Starting books is always the worst part for me.)

 

Also, I purchased a new word processing program called Storyist. Apparently, one must be a techy geek to figure this program out. It’s been rather maddening, but as I’ve slowly been understanding and working through the program, I think it is going to work very well for me. One thing I love about it is the ability to keep all my random papers and notes in one document/project. Maybe, eventually *crosses fingers*  it will actually make it so that I don’t have random pieces of paper spread all over the house with random notes written on them! ;-) (Doubtful, but one can hope, right?)

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Something else new is this beautiful new computer monitor. It is amazing. I can now sit at my desk and work with Adobe, read onscreen, and do schoolwork on this blown-up version of my laptop. All I have to do is connect the two computers and there we go…laptop expanded. It’s awesomeness.

 

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One of my sweet, lovely siblings came into my room and STOLE my desk chair. :-(  Well…they were given permission from mom to steal it, so I guess that makes it better. Still, I’m out a comfy desk chair, and now I’ve got to find a new one that won’t fall apart when I spin around in it. After all, isn’t that the only thing desk chairs are good for?

 

I’ve read so many lovely books this month. Just to name a few, From the Dark to the Dawn by Alicia Willis, Dare and Deny by Tricia Mingerink (and oh my goodness get ready for a RAVING review on EACH of these books), The Little House Charlotte Years, Adventures and Adversities by Sarah Holman…I could go on and on. One of the best times I found to read was the 3-hours-3-times-a-week driver’s Ed class for my BABY brother.

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Soooo….that update was probably much more involved than you would have wished but hey…

Is anyone else participating in Camp NaNo? What have you been working on? Tell me tell me…I love getting comments! It’s like candy, finding a comment in the comment box. Come on…you’ll give me some virtual candy, right?!? *gets down on knees and begs*

Book Review: Counted Worthy by Leah E. Good

Counted Worthy is a book I had been wanting to read for a LONG time. I was so excited to finally read it…and to add another book to my list of favorites.

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Plot/Storyline: 5/5

Well executed and well structured. Not to mention realistic and extremely enjoyable.

 

Characters: 5/5

I loved the characters. Heather confused me a little at first, but as the book went on I felt like I got to know her much better and she wasn’t so mysterious.

 

Writing: 5/5

Not only was the writing spectacular, the pacing of the story was one of the best I have seen. Had the book been any longer, it would have felt dragged out. Had it been shorter, it would have felt too fast.

 

Dialogue: 5/5

Perfect!

 

Want-to-read-ability: 5/5

Talk about impossible to put down. Each chapter left me on the edge of my seat and I had to keep reading! (I may or may not have postponed math one day in order to finish it.) The sequel to this book CANNOT come soon enough!!

 

Have you read Counted Worthy? What did you think of it?

Book Review: Becoming Nikki by Ashley Elliot

9781492877349_p0_v1_s192x300I had been wanting to read Becoming Nikki for a long time…ever since I saw the author’s interview on Homeschooled Authors. The plot intrigued me, as did the fact that the book was about sibling relationships.

But wow.

This book totally took me by surprise.  

 

Plot/Storyline: 5/5

I was completely riveted by this book from the first page. The entire plot was so well executed and realistic.

 

Characters: 4/5

I loved the characters…well, except for the ones I didn’t like. But I’m pretty sure those ones were supposed to be disliked.

My only gripe is that I wish Nikki and Alec’s dad had been a more significant part of the story.

 

Writing: 5/5

It was amazing. Absolutely unheard of for a debut novel.

 

Dialogue: 4/5

Sometimes, it was hard to understand what the characters were trying to say. Elliot used real-life lingo/slang, which made it sometimes hard to comprehend. But, it is how most people talk these days, I had just never seen it written on paper.

 

Want-to-read-ability: 5/5

Absolutely couldn’t put it down, it was so good. I had a day off and read the book in about six hours. I wish it had been longer.

 

Book Review: Resist by Emily Ann Putzke

Being part of the advanced reader’s team for Resist was an absolute privilege. Thank you, Emily, for letting me read your amazing book!

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Emily took the lives of Hans and Sophie Scholl and brought them to life in a beautiful, realistic manner that pulls the reader into their terrifying world of Nazi Germany. This is not at all a light read; be prepared to cry. :)

 

Plot/Storyline: 4/5

Since Resist is about real people’s lives, there wasn’t much of a “normal” plot for the book. However, it wasn’t needed, as the lives of the Scholl’s and their friends was exciting enough without a typical fiction plot.

 

Characters: 4/5

I felt like the characters were a bit vague and could have been built upon. It was far from horrible, though. :)

 

Writing: 5/5

Emily’s writing is always amazing, and this book was no exception.

 

Dialogue: 5/5

Beautifully done.

 

Want-to-read-ability: 4/5

Around the middle, the book got a little slow. This book couldn’t be described as a thrilling adventure, but is was very good. I learned a lot about WWII.

 

Warnings: Some frightening scenes of warfare and ghettos that might not be appropriate for younger readers. Also, mild language was present.

 

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Emily is an extremely talented writer and I can’t wait to see how her writing continues to grow with each book!

 

authorpictureAbout the Author:

Emily Ann Putzke is a young novelist, historical reenactor, and history lover. You can learn more about Emily and her books on her blog, Goodreads, TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rose of Prophecy is Released!

It is my absolute honor to present to you an amazing novella by an even amazinger author (who just happens to be a close friend of mine).  :-)  I’m telling you…you don’t want to miss out on this novella. It’s AMAZING. (Let me just use that word a few more times to get the point across.) Amazing amazing amazing! And it’s absolutely free on e-readers! What do you have to loose?!? (NOTHING, and it’s TOTALLY worth reading!!! It’s AMAZING!!!!!)

Okay, I’ll hush up now and let the book speak for itself.

 

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She is afraid. Not because she is alone. Not because thick roiling clouds obscure the moon. Not because the wind rushes through the forest like a wild dragon. She is afraid because she is late. And to be late means death.

Her life had been happy once. 

Despite the destruction wreaked by Tauscher, traitor to the King. Despite the distant war led by the Prince and fought with the help of her three brothers. Despite her own poorly-chosen nickname of Beauty, she’d enjoyed life.

Of course, that was also before her father left home on a hopeful errand but returned weary and ill, bearing a velvety scarlet rose which he claimed would never wither. But even life in the ancient hall, tucked away in the center of Mosswood, surrounded by roses of every description, overshadowed with mystery and home to a scarred figure who is more beast than man, wasn’t too bad after a time. 

But now…now, in a flash of light, Beauty finally glimpses the truth. And the cost. The price which must be paid, or the sacrifice which must be made.

It is a curse which even love alone may not be able to break.

 

Writing in the Light Publishing proudly presents the first of nine novellas in

The Legends of Light series!

Rose of Prophecy,

a fantasy seeped retelling of Beauty and the Beast

containing an ancient promise, an invisible spy, and the legendary Stieg der,

is more than a mere retelling of a favorite fairy tale.

Each novella focuses on one of the

nine Fruits of the Spirit

while also following the conflict between the Prince and Tauscher

and expertly retelling and twisting some popular, as well as several lesser known, fairy tales.

Get Rose of Prophecy HERE!

 

IMG_0420Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who loves reading and writing fantasy, retelling fairy tales, and futuristic fiction. She has been writing for over five years and is currently working on several fantasy books as well as a futuristic trilogy.

Some of her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Serena Chase, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain.

You can visit Hope’s blog at WritingInTheLight.org. You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.