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Q&A Blog Tag

q-a-tag

Hellloooo.

I was tagged by Ashley for the Q&A tag – thank you Ashley!

 

Here’s how it work: you answer ten questions, create ten questions of your own, then “tag” ten other people to participate!

 

1.If you could meet any author, who would you want to meet? Oooh that’s hard. Never mind, scratch that – super easy. I’d meet author MacKenzie Morganthal. Yep. No doubt about it!

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2. What is your dream job? Oh golly…I’m awful at this question. I guess the simple answer would be: I don’t have a dream job.Not really. I want to be a couple things, but I don’t know if I’d classify them as “dream job”. I just want to want what God wants. :)

3. If you could travel to either Narnia, Middle Earth, or “a galaxy far, far away”, which would you choose to visit? Why? Narnia. Because it’d be pretty neat, and also because I’m not “into” LotR of Star Wars. :)

4. What is your favorite genre to read? Magic-less fantasy/fairytale, and yes…Clean Christian Romance.

5. Who is your favorite fictional character, and why?   Whoah. What a question. Is this answerable?!

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   I have so many favourite fictional characters. :D Molly Gibson (Wives and Daughters), Elinor (Sense and Sensibility), Walter (“A Distant Melody”), Jace (“Resistance”), and of course my own characters. Really, I don’t think I can answer this question justly. I love so many characters.

6. Do you have a favorite Bible verse? Again, I have so many. Psalm 27 is special to me though, among many other passages. :)

7. What is/was your favorite school subject?  

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Favourite subject in school? Funny question. ;) I guess history was probably my favourite.

8. If you’re a writer, what is your favorite part of the writing process (rough draft, editing, etc)? Rough draft. I love the first writing process. Editing…not so much.

9. What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? I’d like to say “Wives and Daughters” by Elizabeth Gaskell but I haven’t read the entire book yet…I’ll go with “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell though – I love the book and movie!

10. Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker? Tea drinker for sure. I love tea and have at least one cup a day. :)

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Questions for the people I tag:

 

  1. What is your favourite Season?
  2.  What is your favourite hot drink?
  3.  Do you have a favourite author? (Or top 3)
  4.  If you’re a writer, what is your favourite part of the process?
  5.  Would you rather read the book  or watch the movie?
  6.  You can have any pet in the world – what would you choose?
  7.  Are you an outside person or an inside person?
  8.  Do you have a favourite music band/group/singer?
  9.  Favourite online media site (Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)?
  10.  What are you currently reading?

 

And I tag:

Faith at Stories by Firefly!

Soleil at Reviews by Soleil

Marrok at MarrokMacintyre

 

and anyone who wants to participate. :)

Thanks again, Ashley for tagging me!

 

 

** All gifs taken from Pinterest. And yes, maybe I did use one too many, but I needed an excuse to use some gifs of The Monkees. XD

 

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Blog Launch & Interview

Good morning. :)

Today I am participating in the Blog Launch of a friend’s – I’ve also got an interview for you. So let us waste no time…

 

Marrok Macintyre

 

  • Introduce yourself and your blog please:  Hello, I’m Marrok MacIntyre and this is my blog marrokmacintyre.blogspot.com

 

 

  • What made you decide you wanted to start a blog?  I decided to start a blog to get in touch with my future readers, so that they can get to know a little bit about me, through my posts. And I thought a blog was a good way to do that.

 

 

  • What is the main focus of your blog (what will you be posting about primarily)? Well let’s see. Besides comic/movie/book reviews I’ll post tips or something to do with our Christian walk. I want to help others become a better artist or writer or maybe even a better Christian. Because my main goal is to glorify Christ with everything I do, whether that be in my art, my writing, or my walk.

 

 

  • Where do you see your blog in 5 years? Let’s see, in five years… If God be willing, with my current book series (that I’m currently writing) finished and on to the release of my second fantasy adventure novel.

 

 

  • How long have you been drawing? Well I think I’ve been drawing since I was little. So it’s been like all my life. 

 

 

  • How would you classify your art? (Like the style) Well I’m very versatile when it comes to drawing. I’ve drawn very western, eastern (think anime and manga), I’ve even done the Disney style. But I guess my style is more of a hybrid of a western and eastern style.

 

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(This piece was meant to look like a fantasy story bookish kind of piece)

 

  • What kind of movies are your favourites? My favorite kind of movie is the high action kind. Or maybe the superhero kind. I guess both. The high action superhero movies.

 

 

 

  • Do you have a favourite among comics? Well, I can’t say I have a favorite. But one of my all time favorites is Planet Hulk. It has a great story with a very sad ending.
MarrokMacintyre.blogspot.com is launching its first post today, Thursday the 27th, and will be hosting a giveaway as well, so be sure to check that out. :)
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The Sound of Silver Birthday Tour

Hello and welcome to The Sound of Silver birthday blog tour! I’m posting today about Rachelle Rea Cobb’s second installment in the Steadfast Love series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th century! 
Rachelle is also the author of The Sound of Diamonds, the first book in the series, and a newlywed. This summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the series! I’m joining in this blog tour to tell you a little more about Silver and spread the news about the lovely giveaway Rachelle is hosting—make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter form to win the lovely necklace pictured and your choice of any of the Steadfast Love titles! I know I’m going to enter. ;)

 

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Enter using the Rafflecopter form below to win a beautiful necklace created by Baubles, Beads, and Stuff and your choice of any one of Rachelle’s three books (the series begins in Book One, of course, but in case you have one or two of her books already, Rachelle will gladly send you the next one to read!).

International friends, the paperback & necklace giveaway is open to continental U.S. addresses only (sorry!). But do still enter, because one international winner will also be chosen to receive an e-book.

!!!! a Rafflecopter giveaway  !!!!

ABOUT The Steadfast Love SERIES:

 The Sound of Diamonds (Steadfast Love Book 1)  The Sound of Silver (Steadfast Love)  The Sound of Emeralds

In 16th-century Europe, the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, half-Dutch, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rachelle Rea

Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago–her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Amazon Author Page // Goodreads // Instagram: @RachelleReaCobb

ABOUT The Sound of Silver:

The Sound of Silver (Steadfast Love)

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One fights for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

Find The Sound of Silver on…

Amazon Paperback // Kindle // Barnes & Noble // Books a Million // Goodreads

>> And if you want to learn more ABOUT BOOK ONE, The Sound of Diamonds…

The Sound of Diamonds (Steadfast Love Book 1)

Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.

With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle’s castle. She doesn’t dare to trust him…and yet doesn’t dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.

Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her, but what is he to do when those goals clash?

The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope…or be overcome.

Find The Sound of Diamonds on…

Amazon // Kindle // Barnes & Noble // Books a Million // Goodreads 

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Red Pandas

I think we should just take a moment and talk about Red Pandas and how adorable they are.

 

(gif) red panda

 

The Cutest Animal in the world...according to Houston zoo ;):

*Resting in this animal. | Cute animals world I surrender! #PawNation #GIFs

Keep calm and love red pandas. ♥  panda, tree, branch, snow

 

Okay, so I could totally look at red pandas foooorrreeeever. They are just so cute! And I felt like you all needed a little dash of cuteness in your day. All the above pics/gifs were taken from Pinterest. However, this one was taken by me:

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Awwwww. So cute! This was taken a year ago at the zoo. Though we did go to the zoo recently and “awwww” at it all over again. ^.^

Okay, enjoy your day, and buy me a red panda! ;)

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“The Cautious Maiden” GIVEAWAY

Hello readers! I return! :D

I am now sharing the lovely giveaway for “The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall that I just reviewed HERE.

If you didn’t gather from my previous post, I love “The Cautious Maiden”. It’s so good! So be sure to enter in this lovely giveaway!!

 

Giveaway #1:

 

Giveaway #2:

 

 

How to ENTER:

This is a Rafflecoptor giveaway, and if you’ve been on this blog for giveaways in times past, you’ll know WordPress isn’t too fond of showing the Rafflecoptor widget, but here is the link where you can go to enter!!!

GIVEAWAY LINK HERE!!

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“The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall

I’m very excited about this book! I signed up to be an advanced reader on a whim, and oh am I glad I did!! I just really enjoyed it. :) It was so sweet, and such a good romance. But enough of this pre-review-rambling… Here is the book’s information, and my official review. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

 

“The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall   released October 6th, 2016

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents’ New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks; but when Violet’s own reputation is compromised, the inn becomes the least of her worries. In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. As she prepares for a society wedding, Violet learns that her brother had staked her hand in marriage in a heated poker game with the unsavory Rowen Steele, and Ezra had lost. Now Rowen is determined to cash in on his IOU. With danger stalking her and a new fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust; and who to leave behind.

 

My Review 5 Stars:

This book. I loved it. It’s one I’d like to just hug to myself. ^.^ This was my first Dawn Crandall book, but it won’t be my last. I was so impressed with her writing, and the characters are superb! I fell in love with them immediately. And I really want to read the previous books in the series to get some more background story of them! :)
Main character Violet was so sweet. I really liked her. And Vance…oh yes did I like him. I fell for him just like Violet did. :)
I was apprehensive after reading the back of the book that something BAD was going to happen, and it had all been so good in the beginning…but I knew IT was coming. It had to be right? Most books I read, the authors like to tear the reader apart, and I can honestly say that’s not my favourite thing….it doesn’t really “keep me reading” as some have said. BUT! The “bad” thing(s) that happened in this book, though bad, were not harmful to my health and did not kill me mercilessly. And I cannot tell you how much I appreciated that. Yes, there was the necessary drama, but it was realistic, and so well written. I want to thank you, Mrs. Crandall, for not drawing it out for the entire half end of the book. The build-up was perfect, and the execution of it so perfect. And the conclusion? Yep, perfect.
I want to read this book again And again. To me, it was that good.
I would strongly recommend, however, that it be read by no younger than at least 17 for some pretty heavy romance. It wasn’t “nasty” in the least, but there were a lot of physical-attraction going between the characters (nothing immoral though!). And a lot of kisses…and while my personal belief is to keep kisses for the wedding day, I know that is not a all-around shared view, and so I’m certainly not going to hate on this book because of it. :D
For those of you who aren’t into romance books, maybe this isn’t for you.
But the romance was still super sweet and I loved this book. The faith-strand was quite beautiful too. I think maybe it could’ve been stronger at times, but it still impacted me. And caused me to look up the hymn “Jesus Paid It All” and love it – and I admit that I don’t know a lot of hymns.
So yes, I loved this book. It made my heart happy. :)
Thank you for providing the review copy, Mrs.Crandall and Whitaker House Publishing!
About Dawn:
Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles, which consists of four books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, The Captive Imposter and The Cautious Maiden which released October 4th, 2016.
Apart from writing, Dawn is also a mom of two little ones and serves with her husband in a premarital mentorship program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do.
Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and an associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter. She is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.
Connect with Dawn:  website,  facebook,  twitter,  pinterest email a passion for pages blog

 

 

 

Posted in Books, update

Hello October!

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I love October. Don’t you? It’s definitely one of my favourite months. It’s so Fall-y. And beautiful. And cozy.  Hot cocoa, tea, and hoodies – my favourites! And it’s also my birthday month, which is always a plus. ;)

September is a good month too, though busy in the beginning half because of harvest. But it starts the Autumn time and I love that. I hope you all had a good September. Ours was…busy. It went by really fast. Hoping October is a little slower. ;)

So, it’s about time for my September Book Recap.  This is what I got last month:

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Angels Watching Over Me by Michael Phillips – Thrift store

Lady in Waiting – Thrift store

Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii – Thrift Store

Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse – Thrift Store

Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton – Little Free Library

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Little Free Library

Dear America: Light in the Storm – Little Free Library

Dear America: When will this cruel war be over? – Little Free Library

Heart to Heart with Mallory – Garage sale

Before Midnight: a Cinderella Retelling – Little Free Library

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai – Library Book Sale

Walking from East to West by Ravi Zacharias – Amazon

 

And Sepetember was a pretty good reading month for me, so that was nice! I had several days of really bad back pain, which is a bummer but it resulted in lots of laying down so lots of reading! :) These are the books I read, 8 in total:

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth #1

Asking for Trouble, Through Thick and Thin, Don’t Kiss Him Goodbye, and Flirting with Disaster all by Sandra Byrd

Call the Midwife #2 and Call the Midwife #3

Dead Reckoning by Ronie Kendig

 

I’m currently reading “God’s Daughter” by Heather Day Gilbert in preparation for the release of its sequel,  “Forest Child”!

For October, I don’t think I really have any goals…just to enjoy it. And turn a year older, but that’s not really a goal – that happens naturally. ;)

We’re going to the zoo, which promises to be loads of fun!

What does October hold for you, friends?