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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)

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February Wrap-Up

Happy March!

I hope your February was a good month. It was a bit of a short one, eh? ;) Still mostly good, though, aside from more bouts of the stomach bug and then colds. ‘Tis the season for sicknesses.

Highlight of the month was going to an Aquarium for my sister’s birthday – we had great fun, and enjoyed the trip.

These are some of the books I acquired last month:

 

 

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The top two, “Promise Me This” and “Beaded Hope” I got from Tyndale Rewards , “Stones of my Accusers” came from a thriftstore, “With Love, Wherever You Are” was a review book which I will be reviewing shortly, and the three Monkees books came from Thriftbooks. :)  Very much looking forward to reading them!

 

What I read in February:

“Everything’s Coming Up, Josey” by Susan May Warren

“Shadow of the Storm” by Connilyn Cossette

“Emmeline” by Sarah Holman

“Chill Out, Josey” by Susan May Warren

“With Love, Wherever You Are” my Dandi Daley Mackall

 

So, a pretty good reading month!

 

Another highlight of February happened just the other day – one of our outside cats already had kittens. 5 of them. They’re adorable. :)

 

How was your February? Anything you’re particularly looking forward to in March?

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2016 Book Recap Tag

Hello! Faith tagged me for the 2016 Bookish Recap Tag (click on the image below to go to her post!), and so I am here to fulfill this tag! Fun, fun, fun!

 

 

 

Rules. 
— Include the above button in your post.
— Answer the 11 questions.
— Use as many book covers as you like. (The correct answer to this question would be ALOT. B-))
— Tag 5-10 people and notify them that they have been tagged.
>> Questions. 
 
// How many books did you read in 2016? (Exact if you know, or approximate if not.) 
63 I think.
// Did you set a reading challenge for yourself and, if so, did you meet it?  
I did set a goal – I had originally set it for 75, but then in about October or November, I could see that wasn’t looking good, so I re-set it for 60. Which I did meet. :D
// What was your most read genre this year? Least read? 
Oooh, golly…I have to think about this one…The most was either historical or contempory fiction. Least read was…nonfiction – that can be a genre, right?! ;)
// What’s five of your favorite books from 2016? 
I did a post on this on the 31st (here), but I shall reitterate:
Family Lies Deadly Ties by J.A. Marx Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert
The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall Light of the Last by Chuck Black
“Family Lies, Deadly Ties” by J.A. Marx, “Land of Silence” by Tessa Afshar, “Forest Child” by Heather Day Gilbert, “The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall, and “Light of the Last” by Chuck Black. All amazing!!
// What’s five of your least favorite books from 2016? 
Okay, um…let’s see…
A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund The Prophetess by Jill Eileen Smith Risen by Angela Elwell Hunt
The Fiercest Fight by Brent King A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes
“A Daring Sacrifice” by Jody Hedlund (didn’t finish because of inappropriate content), “The Prophetess” by Jill Eileen Smith (skimmed the end half), “Risen” by Angela Hunt (didn’t finish because again, inappropriate content), “The Fiercest Fight” by Brent King (wasn’t my kind of book. Creepy.) “A Time to Die” by Nadine Brandes (Okay, let me say something before I’m labasted by this choice…it was goodish, but I had some issues with it personally). And yeah, these least favourites were least favourites for me personally. May not be for others.
// What new favorite author did you discover? (Not necessarily that the author is ‘new’, but that they became new to you this year.)   Dawn Crandall! I loved “The Cautious Maiden” so much, and was really impressed with her writing!
// What’s five of your favorite book covers from the year? 
How about I show you?
The Flaming Sword by Heather L.L. FitzGeraldCourageous by Dina L. SleimanLand of Silence by Tessa Afshar
Austen in Austin, Volume 1 by Susanne  DietzeKeep Holding On by Melissa TaggForest Child by Heather Day Gilbert
(You just realised I chose 6 instead of 5. Yeah. I broke a rule – sorry! Couldn’t decide which to leave out, so I didn’t. XD)
// How many books did you purchase for yourself in 2016? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.) Oh my goodness, I don’t even know…maybe somewhere between 50-70?? Maybe more, or less. I really don’t know. XD Thriftstores are my friends, so I find quite a few there….and I got some as gifts/review copies…so yeah, I don’t know.
// What’s the longest book you read in 2016? “Watch Over Me” by Christa Parrish at 515 pages.
Watch Over Me by Christa Parrish
// What’s the shortest book you read in 2016? “Last Wish” by Valerie Howard at 15 pages.
Last Wish by Valerie   Howard
// What’s your reading goal for 2017? 70 books is my goal. But to be honest, I’m really hoping to read 100. But…we’ll see!
And so there is the tag! And I’m afraid I’m going to break another rule and not tag anyone specific. Because let’s face it…I don’t know a lot of people to tag. So, if you’re reading this and you want to be tagged: You’re It!
I do make an awesome hermit.:
(via Pinterest)
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The Big Ol’ Wrap Up

It’s that time of year….where we wrap up this previous year and prepare for the new. On my blog, that mainly means: Books. ^.^
And because I am doing this post, I won’t be doing the Monthly-Wrap up of books like I often do. I did aquire some good books in December, but I didn’t actually read many at all. In fact, all I read was a short story (“Last Wish: a Short story” by Valerie Howard) –  I started “Wives and Daughters” by Elizabeth Gaskell at the beginning of the month, and am just finishing it now, so I’ll count it for 2016 but I’m afraid I may finish it on the first. XD. It’s a 600 page book, heavy English. But very good! :)
Anyway…
I read quite a few books during 2016; not quite as many as I was hoping for, but still a good amount, rounding out at a total of 63 books, and a total of 15,048 pages, according to Goodreads.
I won’t list them all, because that’d take time I don’t really have, and some people (most?!) probably won’t care. XD If you *want* to see what all books I’ve read, you can check out my Goodreads page here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016
In this post what I *will* be doing, is listing some of my favourites. I read quite a few good ones, so narowing it down is always hard. I’ll try to just list 5.  So, shall we?
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Family Lies, Deadly Ties by J.A. Marx. This was a 5 star book for sure. I loved it.
Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar – Mrs.Afshar does it again, writing a brilliant, heart-touching, encouraging read!
Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert – This is an easy one for “Best of 2016” for sure. Absolutely magnificent!
The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall – My first Dawn Crandall book and it was amazing. So sweet!
Light of the Last by Chuck Black. – A fantastic ending to a great series!
But I can’t forget these other amazing books that I thoroughly enjoyed:
Like Never Before, Keep Holding On, and One Enchanted Christmas, all by Melissa Tagg – all of these were SO good! So cute.
Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin  – one simply cannot go wrong with a Sarah Sundin book! Her WWII fiction is fantastic.
…and so many more books. ^.^
NonFiction: I only read a few, but two of my favourites were these:
“I, Isaac, take thee, Rebekah” by Ravi Zacharias and “I Dare You” by Isabella D. Morganthal.
Honourable Fiction Mentions:
“If He Lives” by Sarah Holman
“Counted with the Stars” by Connilyn Cosette
“Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin
“Miriam” by Mesu Andrews
“The Flaming Sword” by Heather FitzGerald
Augh, do you know how hard it is to narrow down great books?! I realize a lot of you do. ^.^
So, what do I plan to read in 2017? Um…well…I’d like to get through my TBR bookshelves! XD That’s a lofty goal. But realisitcally, I really would like to check off a couple on my shelf that have long been waiting to be read. I also want to reread the first book and novella in the Ilyon Chronicles, and continue on with that series, and also reread The Time of Grace Series by Alicia Ruggieri, finally getting to read the third one! I have many other “To Read”s though. We’ll see what get’s done! What is on your 2017 Read List? Did you have a favourite book of 2016?
Here’s to a year of pleasurable reading!
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Blog Tour: “Courage and Corruption” by Sarah Holman

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Good morning :)

Today I’m pleased to share about Sarah Holman’s newest release in her Tales of Taelis series, “Courage and Corruption”! I’ve read the first two in this series, and greatly enjoyed them – so I’m sure I will enjoy this one as well when I get the chance to read it! For now, enjoy reading about the book, and take a peak at the excerpt!

 

About the Book:

ccfrontcoverCatherine 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?

Find it on Goodreads

 

Excerpt:

His mother looked up at the glistening castle and shook her head. “It still looks the same.”

“It makes me feel sad,” Jacob said, his eyes focusing on the highest point of the castle.

Christopher laughed. “Why would it do that? It is lovely, and mother had a happy time here in her younger years.”

Catherine looked back up at the castle, trying to see what Jacob saw.

“I do not know,” Jacob said shaking his head. “There is joy here, but also great sadness.”

“I think the lad can sense the stories that lay embedded in the stone walls,” a booming voice said.

All of them turned. A man with greying temples, with the build of someone used to hard labor, and wearing the simple clothes of a shepherd, stood behind them. Catherine thought he appeared kind, his smile wide and welcoming. She could not help but smile back.

“The story in the walls?” Jacob repeated, his gaze now locked with the stranger’s.

“Aye,” the man said with a broad, friendly smile. “Coraway Castle holds many stories for those who wish to know them. Many of them are happy stories, but a few are sad.” He pointed to Jacob. “I think this lad is sensing the one dark time in its past, but that is a story for another day.”

Christopher’s mother smiled and shook her head. “You have not changed much at all, Cousin Edwin. You were always a storyteller at heart.”

“Bethany, you look even better than the last time I saw you. It would seem God has blessed you with an abundance of children.” The man looked at each child.

“Indeed He has,” their mother said, letting go of her son’s arm. She moved forward and embraced her cousin before introducing her children. “You have met the twins when they were still in their toddling years, Christopher and Catherine. That is Jacob, and he is much like you I think. There is Lily, my youngest child.”

The smile on the man’s face widened, if that were possible. “Welcome, dear children. As you may have guessed, I am the Earl of Coraway, but while you are here, you may call me Uncle Edwin if you wish. But come, you must be tired from your journey. We only have a little farther to the gate, and then you will be able to rest.”

All of them eagerly followed the Earl and their mother as they struck up a conversation discussing people they both knew.

Catherine fell into step beside Christopher. When she glanced over at him, she saw him press his hand against the ring that lay under his shirt.

“If Uncle Edwin is a storyteller, perhaps he knows the story of the prince. Maybe he can help you decide what to do about the ring,” Catherine whispered.

About the Author:

111 Author - closer.JPGSarah 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


Follow the Tour:

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Faith Blum

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November 16

Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Father

November 17

Learning Resource Directory

Into the Bookcase

November 19

Gods Peculiar Treasure

A Pinch of Faith

 

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October-Ness

Hello!

Yes, this October “wrap-up” post is late. Really late. But the beginning of November has been a whirlwind. :)

Soooo, we’ll revisit October now!

I love October. I believe I’ve mentioned that though. ;)

I don’t know why that, when I go to write this post, I can’t think of any major highlights to report from the previous month….The zoo was one highlight…that was lots of fun. And my birthday of course…I’m an official adult now. :D I don’t really feel much different though. ;)  How about I do what I do best, and talk books? I feel so much more comfortable talking about that. XD

 

 

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This picture shows the books I acquired during the month of October. I didn’t actually think I’d have much to show as the month started out, but it’s a lovely stack!

 

I got “Arabian Nights” and a Norwegian-English handbook at our library book sale, my Mum and sister found me “She Walks in Beauty” at a thrift store, I found “Neela” and “Cecile” at a thrift store as well ~ I was really happy about finding “Neela” because it’s India, and I used to own this book and loved it. I received “Keep Holding On” by Melissa Tagg from my lovely family for my birthday, and I bought “The Hope of Shridula”, “On Distant Shores”, and “A Bride for Keeps” from CBD when they were having a super good sale that I couldn’t miss out on. “Missing” came from Ashley with whom I did a book swap (can’t wait to read it!), and “Shadow of the Storm” was a gift from Soleil! Thank you ladies very very much! And last but not least is “Far Afield” and that’s a review book from Blogging for Books. :)

As for what I read… “God’s Daughter” by Heather Day Gilbert, “One Enchanted Christmas” by Melissa Tagg, “Three Little Words” by Melissa Tagg, “Keep Holding On” by Melissa Tagg, “The Merchant and the Thief” by Ravi Zacharias (a kid’s book technically :D), and “The Sound of Diamonds” by Rachelle Rea Cobb.

Primarily Melissa Tagg books, it looks like, huh?! XD

In October, I consumed a great amount of tea, plenty of hot cocoa, and added another blanket to my bed for the coooold nights. I love it! :D I’m sure all of these things will continue throughout the rest of the Winter. ^.^

Sooooo….that’s about it. I acquired a new “obsession” in October, but I’m not going to go into that. ;)

 

Did you read some good books during October? Have any books you want to read before 2017? :)