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The Old River Road Release Day!!!!

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It’s here! My very first book is now available for the entire world to read and love and hate. *hides*


The Old River Road_KINDLE



When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.

This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

Get it on Amazon

(NOTE: because of some issues with the cover, the paperback version will not be shipped out for a few days yet.)


Nope, this is not nerve wracking at all.

*bites nails and screams*


Also, today is my 18th birthday!

“Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! Happy…”

*coughs and clears throat*


Well then, now that I got all of that out of my system, I’m going to let the blog tour take over. I’m telling you–there are some fantastic posts coming up on some absolutely fantastic blogs, and you definitely don’t want to miss them.


Friday, July 8th (release day!)

Emily  — Review, Spotlight

Jesseca Wheaton — Review, Interview

Saturday, July 9th

Olivia K. Fisher  — Interview, Spotlight

Faith Blum  — Review, Interview, Spotlight

Hannah E.  — Review, Interview

Monday, July 11th

Faith Potts  – Review

Rebecca Morgan  — Review, Interview

Tuesday, July 12th

Abigayle Ellison  — Review, Spotlight

Kenzi Knapp  – Review, Interview

Hosanna Emily  — Review, Interview

Wednesday, July 13th

Blessing Counter  — Interview

Victoria Minks  — Review, Spotlight

Thursday, July 14th

Deborah C.  — Review, Spotlight

Anna S. Brie  — Review

Leona G. — Review, Interview

Friday, July 15th

Hope Ann — Review, Interview

Amanda Tero — Review, Interview

Anika Joy – Review, Interview


I’m also doing TWO giveaways: One for folks in the continental US and Canada, and one for international people. How cool is that?

International ONLY Prize

The Old River Road Prize Pack

International Prize

Enjoy the tour, leave lots of comments here there and everywhere, and don’t melt in the heat. I’m off to music camp! :)


46 comments so far.

46 responses to “The Old River Road Release Day!!!!”

  1. Leona says:

    YAY!! I’m so happy for you!!! Happy Birthday!
    How do you add on Goodreads?? Do you have to be a librarian?? Just wondering!

  2. Leona says:

    I’m sorry that I keep asking you questions, but… I have another! If I already follow your blog, can I enter the giveaway as “Subscribe to my blog”?

  3. Ah, now I know what that sound was. ;) Did you have to scream so early? (Okay, I was already up. ;) )
    This is so exciting! Just remember to breath and ENJOY the next few day. :D

    • Ivy says:

      Hehe… :) I scared the birds around here.

      Thanks for that reminder. I have one more college essay to finish, then I am DONE with school and writing for a whole week. I shall have fun at camp. :)

  4. And Happy birthday! I decided that shouldn’t be lumped together with the comment about your book. That way we can celebrate both. :) I hope you have an extra lovely day!

    • Ivy says:

      Awww, thank you so much!!! Yes, my birthday kinda got caught in the slush of life this year, but that’s okay. There will be more. :)

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have an awesome day (it’s off to a great start)! Again, I am SO excited for you and glad to be a part of your blog tour. You’re officially an author!! How does it feel? :)

    • Ivy says:

      THANK YOU ABI!!!! I’m so excited!!!

      It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, to be honest. I keep looking at that beautiful book on my shelf and have to keep reminding myself that I WROTE IT!!!! :)

  6. Emily says:

    Congrats, and happy birthday! You are so nice to do a giveaway for international folks as well. :) And I love that quote on the bookmark picture, lol!

    • Ivy says:

      Thank you and thank you! Yes, I didn’t want the international folks to be left out! Isn’t the bookmark awesome? I think I’m going to order one for myself. :)

  7. Jesseca Dawn says:

    Yay!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! How does it feel to be an adult? ;)
    My sister asked me that and I told her I felt like going and acting like a eight-year-old. ;P
    And congrats on TORR!!!! How does it feel to be an officially published author?
    Anyway, I’m SOOO excited for you!!! I hoe you have an absalutly AMAZING day!!! Eeep, so much to celebrate!! :D

    • Ivy says:

      Thank you!!!! To be an adult…hmmm…well, because of packing for camp, my room is an absolute mud pit (reminds me of when I was 5). So right about now, I’m feeling like a 5 year old. :)

      It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I’m kinda wondering when it will. :) BUT, I LOVE being able to hold my very own beautiful book in my hands. That is pretty awesome.

      Thank you for your excitement! The day looks promising thus far, and all these lovely comments keep flooding in, so it should be spectacular! :)

  8. Kate Willis says:

    This is so exciting!!! I’m so happy for you. What a great day to release it–on your birthday!!!

    • Ivy says:

      Thank you, Kate! Relapsing my first book on my 18th birthday was a very good deadline. I’ll never forget when I released my first book. :)


  10. Kate Willis says:

    Happy birthday!!! ;)

  11. Faith Potts says:

    Congratulations, Ivy!! :D And…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  12. Hope Ann says:

    Congratulationshappybirthdayyoujustpublishedabookhowdoesitfeel?!?!?!?! So excited for you!!!

  13. Rebekah Eddy says:

    Hey there! This is my first time to your blog, but I’m looking forward to seeing more posts…and books by you! :) May God bless you as you continue to write for His glory!


    • Rebekah Eddy says:

      Oh, and Happy Birthday!! ^_^

    • Ivy says:

      Hi Rebekah!!! Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m pretty sure I’ve seen you in real life before…Christian Heritage conference in Seattle? Emily McConnell told me that you guys attend, and I *think* I’ve at least seen you, if not talked to you. :)

      Thank you for your encouragement! I’ll look forward to having you around the blog. :)

  14. Amanda Tero says:

    Congratulations and happy birthday!!! Such an exciting day!!! :D :D I can’t wait for others to read this sweet story. :) I’m so very happy I could be a reviewer (and blogger!) for you! :) Thank you!

    • Ivy says:

      Thank you so much, Amanda! It has been a very exciting day. I so appreciate your love for my book!!! It means so much!!! Thank YOU!!!!!

  15. Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D You are a fellow authoress now!!! =) Congrats, Ivy! I hope God uses your novel for great things!

    • Ivy says:

      THANK YOU!!!!! Yes, author…yikes. I sound so official. :)

      I’m praying that God uses my novel for great things! He can! :)

  16. YAY!!! Congratulations and happy birthday!!!!

  17. Hannah E says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY IVY!!!! So excited for you and this first book release. Our birthday’s our super close too because mine was yesterday. :) Fun! And thank you for letting me be apart of your book release…it was wonderful!

    • Ivy says:

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’m super excited, too. Really? Our birthdays are that close? How awesome!!!

      Thank YOU for being a part of the book release!!!

  18. Argh! I accidentally entered the US contest instead of the international one :/ Not sure if I should enter the other or just ignore as I prob will not win anyways, haha

    Congrats on the book release!! :D So exciting!

  19. HURRAY FOR TORR!!!! Congratulations, Ivy Rose! So excited for you! ^_^

    And AH! Really?? It was your birthday! Well, then,

    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to Ivy Ro-ose
    Happy birthday to you! :D

  20. Natasha H. says:

    Uh, I just realized I wasn’t supposed to enter both giveaways. (yea, I’m really observant! *rolls eyes*)
    So I just thought I’d let you know so maybe you could fix that! Sorry! :P

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