Posted in Books, reading

And the reading starts NOW!

Remember the recent post about the Summer Reading Contest being hosted by author MacKenzie Morganthal? Well that starts today! She’s got some more to say about it, so read on: 

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(re-using this image, though I won’t probably have a following post up as it says, since this was taken from Kenzie’s FB post. :))

 

Today is the day! 🎉 I am so excited that today starts my Summer Reading Contest! I hope you all are just as excited to start reading. As I said before, the goal will be 10 books over the next 10 weeks, and if you reach that goal you will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing! (Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, August 25th)

Remember that reading “Not Abandoned” will also give you 2 entries, even if you don’t finish all 10 books! And since today is our kickoff day, I have our first challenge to help you get some extra entries as well!

CHALLENGE 1:
Post a picture reading “Not Abandoned” in a creative setting, just like my picture below. Maybe your favorite reading nook, or favorite spot out in the sun. Post your picture to either Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #summerreadingfun, and make sure to tag me in your posts.

If you complete this challenge you will receive one entry towards the Grand Prize! Ready to read as many books as you can this summer?! Today is your day to get started!

If you want to purchase a copy of “Not Abandoned”, visit morganthalbooks.weebly.com to place your order. (Also available on Amazon)

 

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Facebook: Click THIS for link.

Twitter: @authorkenzie

Website: http://morganthalbooks.weebly.com/news/summer-reading-contest

Posted in Books, Guest Post, reading

A Summer Reading Contest!

Good morning, blog readers! Today I am sharing my blog with my dear, dear friend and amazing author, MacKenzie Morganthal! Below you will find, in her own words, a Summer Reading Contest that she is hosting! It promises to be a lot of fun. Be sure to follow her on social media (I’ll post links below) to be kept up-to-date, especially regarding this fun contest! So, without further adu, here is Miss Morganthal!

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT: I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting a Summer Reading Contest this summer! 🎉

 

Details:
The contest will begin on Monday, June 12th and end on Monday, August 21st, a duration of 10 weeks.
This contest is open to all ages. Everyone who participates must complete a goal of 10 books by the end date in order to be eligible to enter to win the grand prize.
More info on the grand prize will be coming later, but it will include a signed copy of “Not Abandoned” and a signed copy of Isabella Morganthal‘s latest book “Yes, You Can”!

 

Come up short and don’t finish reading 10 books before August 21st? There will be a couple other ways for you to get some entries towards the grand prize! If during the contest duration you read “Not Abandoned”, that will give you an automatic 2 entries! Reading “I Dare You” by Isabella Morganthal will also give you an extra 2 entries!

 

Over the course of the contest duration we will also be having 3 big challenges to give you a chance for some extra entries, and these will be announced at a later date.
Once Monday comes I will have a template available for those of you who would like one to keep track of what books you are reading, and then all you’ll have to do is turn that in to me at the end of the contest.

 

Have any other questions? Email me at: notabandonedbook@gmail.com

 

Super excited about this fun contest and hope you all are just as excited as I am to start reading lots of books! 📚

 

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook: Click THIS for link.

Twitter: @authorkenzie

Instagram: kenziehm97

Website: http://www.kenziebooks.weebly.com

 

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(I, Raechel, love this picture! Isn’t it pretty? I believe photo credit belongs to a friend of MacKenzie’s)

 

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So there you have it! Get ready to start reading, everyone! And if you have any questions, you’re welcome to post them here too, and I will get them to Miss Morganthal. :)

Have fun!!

Posted in Books, Tessa Afshar

A couple of New Releases

Hello!

Today, June 6th, is the release date for two special books; one I’ve read, and one I’m about to read. I thought I’d share with you all, too!

 

 

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Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar, June 6th.

 

Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.

But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.

With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances―along with her father’s precious dye―help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.

 

This is an amazing book! My review is here, and I’ll actually be posting a guest post review of it from my Mum soon, too!

 

 

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High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin, June 6th

 

In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle’s café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She’s a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.

 

Ah, isn’t this book just gorgeous? I’m so excited to read it! If I didn’t already have a couple review books ahead of this one, I’d be diving head first into it. “High as the Heavens” sounds so good.

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And then on June 1st, this book released:

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“The Genesis Tree” by Heather L. L. FitzGerald  Book Three in the tightly knit Tethered World Chronicles. June 1st

 

She took down the Nephilim queen—but can she and her brother save the kingdom?

Sadie Larcen may have defeated the traitorous Queen Estancia, but she’s quite happy to be home with her family. Unfortunately, their fiendish neighbor, Mr. Marshall, is still up to no good. He’s called a press conference with plans to introduce the world to a living, breathing Bigfoot.

As a Sasquatch expert, Sadie’s mother Amy is coerced into lending her expertise to the spectacle. When Sadie and her brother Brady spy nefarious, uninvited guests at the gathering, they know there’s trouble brewing in the Tethered World. The two are driven into separate, dangerous exploits as they are thrust back into the schemes of the forces of darkness. Schemes that include using their autistic brother Brock as leverage to seize control of the Flaming Sword and the Tree of Life. The Gargoyles and Trolls have an ambition that extends beyond dominating these powerful elements. They’ve set their sights on the Topside realm—with or without the help of Mr. Marshall.

Deception is rampant, the enemy is subtle, and love dares to tug at Sadie’s heart amid the turmoil below. Once again, she and Brady will cling to God’s faithfulness as they fight for the people and creatures they care for, and against the enemies they fear.

Will the cost be more than they can endure?

 

I read this book about a month or so ago, and now that’s released I shall be posting my review of it very soon! It was a great book, a great conclusion to the series! <3 The Tethered World books are spectacular and full of adventure.

 

 

And while I am quite sure there are other Book releases that I missed, I shall end here as I can’t think of the other’s off the top of my head at the moment. But that doesn’t mean I don’t share in their excitement too! I would celebrate ALL the books if I could!!

Posted in Book reviews, Books, Reviews, update, Writing

MAY I do my Recap

Okay, so the title of this post is a little cheesy. (I would very much like some cheese pizza, please). But I get tired of doing the same “(Month) Recap/Wrapup” and since I just got done writing in my snarky story, I can’t help it.

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So yeah, May. ‘Twas full of busy-ness, doings, happenings, and whatnots. When it comes to life-recaps, my mind suddenly goes pretty blank. All I know is that we were busy. I finished my journal (started a new one). Had some kittens. Found a couple of cats a new indoor home. Read what felt like a lot. These are the books I read:

 

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson Shadow of Suspicion by Christy Barritt Admirable by Sarah Holman Befriended by Sarah Holman The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson (Review here), Shadow of Suspicion by Christy Barritt, Admirable by Sarah Holman (review here), Befriended by Sarah Holman (review here), The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman (review here), and Wings of the Wind by Conniln Cossette (review to come).

I received/bought several books this month as well, and some of those are:

 

 

Okay, before I dive into the first picture of books, you see the second one? I won that prize pack! I was so surprised when I got the email, because I’ve never expected to win one of those big prize packs that I so often enter – I mean, there’s always SO many entries. What are the chances?(Totally random, I get it.). But yeah, so that was utterly thrilling!

As for the books on the left. See what they’re sitting on? A record player! Yay! Been wanting one, and my sister and I found this one at a garage sale for extremely cheap and it all works! <3

Anywho, enough random rambling (what am I saying?! This whole post is basically that). In the book picture, the left hand stack are books I purchased. The bottom four were from a CBD sale! And then the next top four I bought through my darling friend in another state, and the top was one I got from the book group I’m apart of for selling/swapping. That book in the middle of the stacks – yeah, that was a surprise from said darling friend!! She got that book for me just because! So sweet! <3

The righthand stack: Bottom three were swapped books from the group, the next four are review books, and the top two (including the audio book) were give-away wins. So, lots and lots of fun. I love books. *Huggles them*. The book by Joanie Bruce I actually won from a short story contest. Dat was fun.

 

And now, a “Pretty Bookish Picture”:

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As for writing, I haven’t been doing a TON of that, but I’m now back to working at it some. Little by little.

 

Music. Listening to some records, and the soundtrack to Tarzan (because it’s pretty much perfection), and of course, The Monkees. They’re amazing, but everyone who knows me knows I think that. ;)

 

Sooooape. I guees that’s it. (“And that’s all!” – quote from a person from a video from the 60’s…*cough*)

June will be full of more book reading/reviews, God-willing. I’ve got a lot of books to review. But I love reading, so it shouldn’t be a problem. We’ve got some of the garden in, so that’s good.

What’s up with yous peoples? Read anything good lately? Have any books you hope to read this month? Do you having any records you enjoy?

 

 

Posted in Books

April Recap

Happy May!

(And Happy Birthday to my dearest Ken! <3)

I hope everyone had a good April. Ours was busy, but good. One highlight was getting to go up north to see my grandparents for a couple of days. And also enjoying the lake they live by, and stop at one of my favourite places up there.  It was so nice to see my grandparents, because it’d been several months since my Mum, sister, and I had seen them.

April brought a lot of rain, as usual, and warmer weather. But we did get a light dusting of snow about a week ago and then a bit of a snow fall yesterday (it melted as soon as it reached the ground though)…that’s Minnesota!

April was a pretty busy month for me book-wise – getting and reading. :D I discovered a group online that sells and swaps Christian fiction – I joined to sell my books (and have done so with a few!), but did end up getting some too – because, good books are hard to resist! It was nice because I was able to make a couple swaps too. So, here’s my book month in review:

Received:

 

On the left are the books that came from the book selling/swapping group. The Susan May Warren books and the Russian Verbs book (along with a book called “The Legend of the Firefish” which I forgot to add in the picture…) I purchased (very affordably!!) from a gal, and then the top three were swaps. :)

On the left are books I’ve acquired elsewhere. The bottom three came from a very sweet friend up north who also gave me a book on The Monkees that’s not pictured! <3

“The Noble Servant” is a review book, “The Illusionist’s Apprentice” and “When Tides Turn” I won in giveaways (hurrah!), and the top three came from thrift stores, and the very top one, “All for a Sister” I got from Tyndale Rewards.

Read:  7 books this month (not counting finishing “Missing” or books of the Bible)!

Finished “Missing” by Lisa Harris

Read “Pursued” by Lisa Harris (reviewed here on the blog)

“Treasured Grace” by Tracie Peterson (reviewed here on the blog)

“Written in Love” by Kathleen Fuller (reviewed here on the blog)

“Saguaro Sunset” (novella) by Debra E. Marvin (review to come)

“Priceless” by Joel and Luke Smallbone (With Nancy Rue)

“Befriending the Beast” by Amanda Tero (review to come)

“The Secret Slipper” by Amanda Tero (review to come)

 

So that was pretty exciting for me, to read as many as I did – even though three were novella’s. :)

Did you read or acquire any good books this past month? Where do you usually sell or pass along your older books to?

I hope you have a great May!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Books

March Bookish Wrap-Up

Hello, and Happy end of March, beginning of April. :) So basically, Happy Spring, peoples.

I’m actually on time in getting this post together! What a deal, ay? Soooo, for my bookish recap.

 

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Not the greatest picture, I now realize…but we don’t have a camera – only my mum’s slide phone (not an iphone…), so I use what I can. :)

On the left are my review books, with the exception of the one standing – “The Lost Girl of Astor Street” I won in a giveaway. :)

On the right are the other books I acquired throughout the month of March, several of them from the “free cart” at our library, and the others at thriftstores for about 99 cents each usually. Sometimes cheaper.  I’m blessed to find numerous books without having to pay a lot (usually only about $5 or less total a month) – since I don’t have a job or the capabilities (physically) of getting one, my money is limited. But God still provides small joys like this!

In case the photo doesn’t show, this is the list of titles:

“Bread of Angels” by Tessa Afshar (will be posting my review of this soon! 5 star book!)// “Treasured Grace” by Tracie Peterson// “Written in Love” by Kathleen Fuller// “Pursued” by Lisa Harris// “The Lost Girl of Astor Street” by Stephanie Morrill// “Flirtation Walk” by Siri Mitchell// “Sister Eve, Private Eye” by Lynn Hinton// “While We’re Far Apart” by Lynn Austin//  “Petticoat Rance” by Mary Connealy// “Sophie’s Heart” by Lorie Wick// “Whispers” by Robin Jones Gunn// “A Stillness of Chimes” by Meg Moseley// “The Lightkeepers Bride” by Colleen Coble// “Teach Me to Pray” by Andrew Murray//

 

 

These are the books I read in March:

  • “Get Cozy, Josey” by Susan May Warren
  • I pre-read/edited the upcoming sequel to “Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie Morganthal
  • “Bread of Angels” by Tessa Afshar (So excited to have been on her launch team!)
  • “The Genesis Tree” by Heather FitzGerald (Again, excited to be apart of her team!)
  • “Vendetta” by Lisa Harris – This was a reread to refresh my memory for the next books in this series.

 

So, that was my month book-wise. :)

Have you read any of these books? Or are any of these on your TBR list? I hope you had a good March. And that April will be lovely for all of you. :)

 

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Blog Party: “Promise’s Prayer” by Erika Mathews

Promise’s Prayer by Erika Mathews is now available in paperback and eBook! Promise’s Prayer is the first book of the family-friendly Christian novel series Truth from Taerna. It sounds like a very good book – I know I’d like to read it at some point. :) Today I also have a character spotlight and snippet to share, so be sure to scroll down and check that out. Also, check out the other blog party stops below, connect with Erika at her website, and don’t forget to join the giveaway!

About the Book

Kaelan is restless for adventure and relentless in his efforts to bring the land of Taerna back to the blessings of Adon Olam and the prosperity of the days of his ancestors. Fueled by a solemn promise and his mother’s secret, he finds himself in the forefront of a desperate scheme that is crucial to Taerna’s future. Can he keep his promise? Can he save the people of Taerna from the corruption and rampant lawlessness that threaten them with extinction?

Shy and quiet Carita knows she possesses what Taerna’s people so desperately need. But how can she help them when her own soul is simultaneously tormented by witnessing unmet needs and handicapped by her own paralyzing fears?

When Kaelan and Carita come face to face with the true nature of Adon Olam’s call, will they each choose to embrace Adon Olam’s plan for Taerna—and for their own lives?

 

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About the Author

Erika Mathews is an author and editor who lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and daughter. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s not working with books, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, piano and violin, organizing, and using the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika at restinglife.com, on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

 

Character Spotlight:

 

Carita

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Description: age 20, 5’5”, sparkling golden brown eyes, medium-brown long hair, slender, looks young, Her expression usually looks sober, almost frightened, as if she were lost, but when she smiles it’s beautiful. She usually wears long, well-fitted dresses in earthy colors—greens, browns, grays, rust-red, muted blue. Most are plain in a medieval peasant style, either one-piece, overdress, or skirt with jacket. She wears a hooded blue cloak when it’s cold.

Carita lives in Frydael, a small village a few days’ journey from the capital. She lived in a middle-class house until her parents died in an accident when she was fourteen, then she and her little sister Ellisia moved to a tiny house outside the village where she raises sheep and tends a garden. Carita has a habit of not looking directly at anyone who is speaking to her. She often has a faraway look in her eyes, and often looks at the ground as though she is sad or lost in deep thought. She speaks slowly, often hesitatingly. She loves caring for people, serving, meeting needs, and walking outdoors. She has a special sense of compassion. Quiet and thoughtful, she hates to see others hurting and is very fearful. She’s very shy, quiet, home-loving, and devoted to Adon Olam. Passionate for Him, she longs to share her knowing of Him with her neighbors but is terrified of speaking to them and being rejected as a “nobody.”

Author’s Note:

Even though I knew developed Carita’s character in depth before beginning Promise’s Prayer and even though she was a character I was most looking forward to writing, I was surprised to discover that her scenes were some of my favorite to write. Although I felt like I didn’t know her very well during the early chapters, as soon as chapter seven came along (her first point of view chapter), I loved her. Spiritually, she’s everything I wish to be—fervent in prayer, devoted to Adon Olam, listening to Him continually, treasuring His word, and with a heart of compassionate service. She always know the right words to say to people, even though she’d much rather speak one-on-one in a friendly setting. I relate to her struggles and fears, and walking her through her challenges encouraged me and strengthened my walk with God. Carita’s name means “love, charity, beloved” and it fits her completely.

Snippet:

She finished the dishes with energy and then helped the children pick up the toys they had scattered around the room, laughing and telling scraps of nonsense as a story while she did so. “Once upon a time,” she giggled confidentially to Liliora. She drew the little girl closer with a secretive, important manner. “There was a little girl who was a princess.”

“Really?” Liliora’s face lit up. “Was it me?”

“I couldn’t tell you,” said Carita, shaking her head dramatically. “She had an aunt who was the Best Aunt Ever. And that’s what they called her: the Best Aunt Ever. Every once in a while, the Best Aunt Ever would visit, and the girl and her brothers and sisters would have the best time they had ever had. She knew just what stories to tell, and what food to fix—and she always brought something new and exciting for the children. She was a wonderful lady.”

“But,” Carita went on, “she had one particular peculiarity. She liked to keep things spic and span.”

“What’s spic and span?” asked Liliora, her big blue eyes opening wider for a moment.

“Oh, it means clean, and tidy, and neat,” Carita told her importantly. “And so,” she said, “the children always tried to not make quite as many messes as usual when they knew she was coming.”

 

 

Giveaway

Celebrate the exciting release by entering to win Promise’s Prayer! One winner will receive a paperback and a second winner will receive an ebook.

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Blog Party Special Stops!

Check out each of these stops today for special highlights, snippets, features on Promise’s Prayer characters, interviews, and more! Also, keep an eye on social media for Promise’s Prayer posts by special guests!

Ellrick Character Spotlight at Reality Reflected (Brie Donning)

Author Interview at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings (Alea Harper)

Carita Character Spotlight at God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (Raechel)

Author Interview at Seek Him First (Katherine Sophia)

Kaelan Character Interview and Spotlight at Random Reflections (Gabriella)

Release Party Central at Resting Life (Erika Mathews)