Courage and Corruption Blog Tour

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About the Book

Catherine is going with her mother and younger siblings to the mountains to hide from the coming war. While she fears what might happen she is looking forward to some time away from her twin brother, with whom she often fights. One foolish act changes all their plans, and one story caused not only confusion, but more fighting.

Christopher does not believe his father’s story that they are descended from royalty. He is sure the story his father tells cannot be true. However, he is forced to go to the mountain castle of Coraway along with his mother and siblings. Will his father ever see him as a man? Will he and his twin ever be able to stop fighting?

Little do Catherine and Christopher realize that they hold the key to Taelis’ future in their hands. While they discover the truth before it is too late?

 

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About the Author

111-author-closerSarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of many published books and short stories. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

You can find her at her website: www.thedestinyofone.com

 

 

My Review:

4 of 5 stars

 

Courage and Corruption was a sweet, romance-free story of two siblings and their struggle to get along. It wasn’t your typical cutesy sibling rivalry story, as the twins were 15. Their constant bickering was becoming a huge problem and lack of maturity was keeping them from doing things that other children their age did. I think any reader who has siblings can relate to the desire to argue. This story shows what can happen when bickering is allowed to get out of hand.

 

There was one plot twist I wasn’t at all expecting, which is always fun! I’m looking forward to reading forthcoming books in this series!

 

Follow the Tour

November 15

Faith Blum

Lakeside Publications

Claire Banschbach

 

November 16

Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Father

 

November 17

Learning Resource Directory

Into the Bookcase

 

November 19

Gods Peculiar Treasure

A Pinch of Faith

 

Song of the Sword by Hope Schmidt Blog Tour

My dear friend Hope is releasing her second novella! I don’t usually like fantasy, but I’ve read several of Hope’s yet-to-be-published books (as well as the ones that have been published!) and they are all amazing!!!

 

Song of the Sword Blog Tour

Welcome to the launch of Song of the Sword, the second novella in the Legends of Light series! Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flows chronologically though the series, each novella is a stand-alone retelling of a favorite fairy tale. Each story in this nine novella series focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while also retelling popular fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.

 

Song of the Sword August 5-7

A glittering sword.

An ancient oath.

A blackened rose.

And a melody which ties it all together.

Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are caught in a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.

Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song.

To rescue Roinette and evade the trap almost certainly set for him by those who want his power, Evrard knows he’ll have to be careful. Even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. In the end, will his and Roinette’s efforts matter if the Prince brings an ancient oath to fulfillment, shaking the very foundation of Aslaria?

Available on Kindle, iTunes, and Smashwords

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My Review:

I know I’ve said this many times: I’m not a huge fantasy lover. Hope’s stories, however, are an exception. Maybe it is her suck-you-in writing style, maybe it’s the depth of the characters, maybe it’s the creativity of the setting–I don’t know exactly. This twist on Rapunzel…wow. It was so good. So much less cheesy than the real story. ;-) One little (LITTLE) thing that bugged me was it sometimes got confusing with all the realm-hopping. However, that may very well be because I read too fast and skip over things accidentally.

Hope is a fantastic author. I cannot wait to see what happens in stories to come. It can only get more amazing from here!

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My interview with Hope:

When you were ten years old, did you ever think that you would be an author?

When I was ten? Oh dear, I can hardly remember… I already was writing some things, so if you would have told me I would be self-publishing fantasy when I was twenty-one, I probably would have believed you about being a writer though I’d have been incredulous about the self-publishing part. But it was until I was in my teens that consciously began thinking of myself as a author.

 

What is something that writing has taught you?

Endurance and steady persistence. Writing isn’t always easy. I’ll go through stages in about every story, moving from loving the book, to thinking it’s awful, to recognizing it’s not all that bad. But I’ve learned, no matter my current emotional feelings about the story, to keep writing, to keep going, to not give up. And in the end, I do get somewhere. Even if it takes a while.

 

Has writing brought you closer to the Lord?  If so, how?

Yes, it has. I weave allegorical themes into my stories, and I tend to learn from them as I write. The theme of joy in Song of the Sword is a case in point. I knew the idea of our joy being founded in Christ, and that joy and happiness are not necessarily the same thing. But as I wrote the story and worked through Evrard’s struggle with the source of true joy, I came to a deeper understanding of how our joy is based in Christ alone, no matter what happens around us. Even if we might be in heaviness due to personal sorrow, we can still hold to the joy give us through Christ’s death and resurrection. A joy which transcends earthly suffering.

 

How do you get through the ‘low points’ in writing?

When I get depressed with my writing, I’ll pray about it. I figure that I want to honor God and inspire people with my work, and that if He wants the story to get done, it will get done. Then I work through it. I write no matter if I’m feeling good or bad about the story, because I know that, sooner or later, my spirits will lift again. The slump might last a few hours, like after getting beta reader feedback (not, of course, that I resent or don’t want the feedback. I need it. I just don’t tend to realize the amount of work I still need to do sometimes) or a few weeks after discovering a gaping flaw in my story.

One trick which helps me, is to figure out what is really wrong. If I look at my story and think it’s awful, the changes needed seem overwhelming. So I sit down and figure out what exactly needs to be done. Maybe the characters lack emotion and I need setting details. Both are fairly big things, but once I know that, I can figure out a course of action. A battle plan. Such as going though one chapter a day and focusing on adding emotion. Then I’ll go back over it and look over where I can add setting details. At the rate of a chapter a day, I can get it done in five weeks… suddenly the whole project doesn’t seem as overwhelming since I know what I need to do and how I will go about doing it.

 

What is one of your favorite writing-related memories?

That’s hard, there are so many compiled small moments which make up the pleasures of writing. Most recently, my favorite memory is sitting on the tire swing, muttering about a subplot I had to figure out with a minor character. And then suddenly the pieces all snapped together in one great ‘ahhhh’ moment as I realized what I could do and how the solution was already built into the story. I’d just not recognized it before. Those moments are that make writing worthwhile.

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About the Author

Hope-AnnHope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.

She has been writing for over five years, and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories, but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.

Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.

Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.

You can visit Hope’s blog at authorhopeann.com, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

 

Giveaway(s)!!!

 

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USA Giveaway
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International Giveaway
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Blog Tour Schedule

August 2

Jennifer Kibble – Review and interview

Faith Blum – Spotlight on Andrinian

August 3

Keturah – Review and interview

Heidi Burke – Interview and sneak peek

August 4

Rebecca Morgan – Interview and spotlight on Punzel

Claire Banschbach – Sneak peek

August 5

Jaye L. Knight – Spotlight and sneak peek on Evrard

August 6

Ivy Rose – Review and interview

Kendra E. Ardnek – Review and interview

August 7

Bethany Smith – Review and spotlight on Roinette

August 8

Anna S. Brie – Review and interview

Olivia – Sneak peek

Amanda Tero – Review

 

TORR Blog Tour, Conclusion

For my first ever book, my first ever blog tour, I am so amazed and blessed at the response! There were 20 bloggers participating in the tour. That’s double the amount I was aiming for. How fantastic is that?!?

Here is the schedule again, to ensure that you didn’t miss any of these amazing posts:

 

Emily  — Review, Spotlight

Jesseca Wheaton — Review, Interview

Olivia K. Fisher  — Interview, Spotlight

Faith Blum  — Review, Interview, Spotlight

Hannah E.  — Review, Interview

Faith Potts  – Review

Rebecca Morgan  — Review, Interview

Abigayle Ellison  — Review, Spotlight

Kenzi Knapp  – Review, Interview

Hosanna Emily  — Review, Interview

Blessing Counter  — Interview

Victoria Minks  — Review, Spotlight

Deborah C.  — Review, Spotlight

Anna S. Brie  — Review, Interview

Leona G. — Review, Interview

Hope Ann — Review, Interview

Amanda Tero — Review, Interview

Anika Joy – Review, Interview

Kellyn Roth — Review

~Giveaway Winners~

The winner of the USA prize is Olivia K. Fisher!

The winner of the international prize is Bonnie Smithies!

Congrats to both of you girls! I’ll be sending you an email shortly. :)

I hope you all enjoyed the blog tour as much as I did! Thanks again to all of you who helped me get the word out. I appreciate you so much!

The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton Blog Tour

I’m super excited to be helping Jesseca Wheaton with the release of her newest book, The Silent Blade.

Blog Tour - the Silent Blade

 

The beautiful cover:

The Silent Blade Kindle Front

Dromiskin, Ireland. 925 A.D.

Eira has no greater desire than to see her life returned to what it once was—before her older brother Kevin’s sudden disappearance four years earlier. But the simple life she hoped for seems unattainable; on the contrary, her life is about to get all the more complicated.
When she suddenly finds herself and Willem, her twin brother, taken captive by someone who claims to be Kevin’s enemy, things go from bad to worse. It soon becomes clear that she and Willem are to become bait in a trap set for Kevin, and Eira knows she must try to warn him. But how, when she herself is a captive?
As mysteries of the past are unveiled, and loyalties are revealed, Eira realizes how precious her friends truly are. And when mortal danger threatens those nearest to her, will she be able to trust God with the lives of her friends and family?

 

 

My Review:

The Silent Blade surprised me. It was my first experience with this author, and I must say I’m already looking forward to more. While this book was not perfect, there were so many great things about it.

 

Plot/Storyline: 4/5

It was a little unrealistic at times, yet I was drawn along. No problems holding my interest.

 

Characters: 4/5

While likable, there was room for some character development. I loved all the guy characters, by the way. They are awesome. :)

 

Writing: 4/5

Sometimes it was a little choppy and confusing, but for the most part it was wonderful!

 

Want-to-read-ability: 4/5

The first page drew me in immediately. That was one of my favorite things…there was no “breaking into the story” chapters!

 

 

 

About the Author

Author-picJesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

 

 

 

 

 

The Giveaway

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