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Indie Christian Book Blog Tour! Sale & Giveaway!

Indie Christian Books Blog Tour with Sale!

 

It’s that time of year. The time for buying presents, making wish lists, and planning New Year’s Resolutions. If any of those activities involve books for you (which, come one, I hope they do!), Indie Christian Books has a perfect event for you.

 

Like most other bookdragons, great books easily make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites (in other words: rather impossible), but  I painstakingly  picked five books I read in 2017 that I am thankful for. But know that I will have a bigger list of favourite reads coming towards the end of 2017/beginning of 2018, as usual! Because I can’t keep it to just five favourites. :D For now, though, here are five that I am thankful for:

 

  • “Everything’s Coming Up, Josey!” by Susan May Warren: I’m thankful for this book because it was the first book that introduced me to SMW’s writing and got me hooked. And it was adorable, funny, annnd set in MN/Russia. :)
  • “Destiny Defended” by J.A. Marx: Thankful for this one because it was the last book in the series, and I was so excited to see how it ended! I love J.A. Marx’s books! They’re deep, enjoyable, and God-centered.
  • “Bread of Angels” by Tessa Afshar: I’m always thankful for a new Tessa Afshar book! Her Biblical Fiction is some of the VERY best there is, and I’m always deeply touched by her novels. This was no exception!
  • “Out of the Dark” by MacKenzie Morganthal: I’m thankful for this book because it was the long-awaited sequel to “Not Abandoned”, and the author happens to be my kindred spirit. :) This is an amazing, beautiful book!
  • “Lady Jayne Disappears” by Joanna Davidson Politano: Thankful for this book because it was a spectacular debut novel, one that keeps you enraptured, and it was so… bookish! Absolutely delightful.

 

 

And because I may be a rule breaker when it comes to books, one of my favourite NON-Fiction reads was:

“Daring to Hope” by Katie Davis Majors, and I’m thankful for it because it is so encouraging and inspiring. Very touching. 

So, there’s my list! I had to leave out a couple, but as I mentioned, I will be creating a more extensive list come December/January!

 

And I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors has banded together to offer a huge selection of discounted books between Nov 24th and 30th. There’s literally something for everyone.

 

On November 24th, the Indie Christian Books website (http://www.indiechristianbooks.com) will go live. Every single book listed will be on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks,package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you. When you purchase a paperback book through indiechristianbooks.com you’ll be eligible to enter an exclusive giveaway including free books and an Amazon gift card!

And speaking of giveaways, there’s another fun giveaway connected to this blog tour, so please be sure to enter that!!

ENTER HERE!

There are quite a few bloggers participating in this blog tour, so be sure to visit them (links in the giveaway widget) too! This event promises to be lots of fun. :)

(Here’s a link to the list of supporters for ICB – it should be live on the 24th: http://www.indiechristianbooks.com/supporters/)

 

 

You can meet our authors by visiting the Author Database on the website. Want to get to know the authors better AND have the chance to win some fun prizes? We’d love to have you join our week long Facebook party which will feature 39 authors over 7 days.

 

What awesome reads of 2016 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?

 

A note on the Ebooks Only page. Many of the books are listed as “Sold Out.” This is because we aren’t selling those directly through our site. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

 

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Posted in Books, cover reveal, Random babblings, reading, Up North

September 2017

Hello :)

Such an un-clever post title, I know. I’m not really feeling super creative at the moment though, so it’ll have to do. ;)

This post is going to be kinda full, and while you don’t have to read it all (I really don’t care if you don’t want to. Do what you want. XD), I DO recommend at least scrolling to the bottom where I am posting some exciting news!! Please do at least read that. :)

 

I hope everyone had a nice September! I love Fall so much. We had a week or two of really hot weather, but for the most part September was lovely weather, and October is proving to be thusly too. :)

We did some canning during the month, I continued to attend physical therapy for my ankle and it is doing very well. Almost back to normal. :) I still have to wear a brace, but I am successfully walking without crutches now!! Praise God. And I can go up and down stairs fairly well too, which is so nice. I’m just very thankful for how it’s progressing, and each week I get a bit better. :)

At the end of September, so just last weekend, my Mum, sister, and I went up north to visit my grandparents whom we hadn’t seen in quite a while. Poor Dad had to stay home to take care of all our animals, but we weren’t gone too long. And he gets to go up north more than we do. ;)

We had a very nice visit, and it was such a good time. The scenery was gorgeous – so many fall colors! And the weather was splendid. Chilly but nice. I did a ton of walking – and I do mean a ton – but it was good for me and my ankle seemed to handle it very well. I’d only use the crutches in the evening if I had to at all. It was just so nice to spend time up there with my grandparents, and enjoy the trip. Because of my ankle, I couldn’t do ALL the things I would normally do when we go up there (traverse rocky paths, rivers, etc.), but still enjoyed the views, and experiences, and the whole trip. God is good.

 

As for my month of reading….

 

 

Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful  Freedom's Ring  When Dimple Met Rishi  The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck  A Record of My Vinyl: A Collector's Catalog  The Promise of a Letter (Amish Letter #2)  The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise  (The Caselli Family #1)

I LOVED “Daring to Hope” by Katie Davis Majors (you can click on the covers of each book to go to my reviews of them, if applicable), enjoyed “Freedom’s Ring” by Heidi Chiavaroli, started and skimmed “When Dimple Met Rishi” but stopped reading it because Dimple was very disrespective/rebellious, God’s name was taken in vain a lot, and there were other swear words, and so I just didn’t think it was worth my time. I really enjoyed “The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck”, the “My Vinyl Record” notebook is splendid, “The Promise of a Letter” by Kathleen Fuller was an enjoyable read, and “The Pretender” I am still very much torn about. Review to come on the 9th.

 

I acquired numerous books as well, just like usual.  I won some fun books, and wish I had pictures, but I’m still not quite back to picture-taking ability. I’ll share the couple pictures I did take over the month though…

 

This was to feature the journal I received from Blogging for Books, and I just love how it looks. ^.^

And then this next picture…well, I’m aware there might be some snickers out there, but go ahead. Laugh if you’d like. I giggled like crazy upon receiving it, and I am not much of a giggler/fangirl. But this….

 

This is worth being excited about. The Best of Michael Nesmith Songbook. With some of our Monkees trading cards in the background. :)  So, why is this so exciting, you may ask? Well because 1. It’s Michael Nesmith. 2. It’s a songbook of some of his greatest songs. 3. Here’s the big one…it’s SIGNED TO ME!!!! By Mr. Nesmith himself. Wowza, huh? Definitely one of my best purchases ever. Ever.

Am I a little embarrassed by my “fangirling” over this? Maybe so, maybe so. But I’m okay with that. Because everyone’s gotta be allowed a little bit of fangirling. So what if it’s over a group/singer from the 1960’s? That’s okay.  I didn’t do a lot of squealing or fangirling in my teens. Guess it’s just catching up to me now. ;)

But really, the songs this book has…they’re some of my favourites. And having it signed to me feels pretty priceless.

 

Here’s a picture of some of my current review books:

 

 

 

I’ve already read and reviewed “The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck” by Bethany Turner (so cute), and am almost done with “Lady Jayne Disappears” by Joanna Davidson Politano. I took that book up with me on our recent trip north, and got a lovely picture of it:

 

 

 

 

And before I go, I have some very, very exciting news!!!! If you’ve followed this blog long, you might recall the name MacKenzie Morganthal – she’s the author of the amazing book “Not Abandoned”.

 

 

Okay, so the exciting news is….The SEQUEL IS RELEASING SOON!!!!! I am SO thrilled. It’s been in the works for about 2 years, I believe, and it’s just so exciting. I’ve read this upcoming book twice now was I’ve pre-read and edited, but can hardly wait to read it a third time! It’s so good. Would you like to know what it’s called? What the cover looks like? When the release date is? I can share all that info right now!! Whoohoo!!

MacKenzie recently did a facebook-live to announce the news, and watching that was loads of fun. You can check that out on her page HERE, but for now, here is the sequel to “Not Abandoned”…….

 

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!!!!!”Out of the Dark” by MacKenzie Morganthal!!!!!

She has cleverly come up with the Series title, “Mission for Freedom”, which is so fitting and I love. So yes, “Out of the Dark”, book two in the Mission For Freedom” series, by MacKenzie Morganthal. This will be a three-book series, and waiting for the third book is already hard, and “Out of the Dark” hasn’t even released yet!! Oh, that reminds me…you’re probably curious about WHEN “Out of the Dark” releases! Drum roll…..

October 27th, 2017

Soon!! Yay!!

Which brings me to another thing…would any of you like to be apart of the blog tour she is putting together? I know she would really appreciate that, and I would do! Just like with “Not Abandoned”‘s release, my blog here will be hosting MacKenzie Morganthal for this new release too – it promises to be lots of fun. If you would like to be apart of the tour, and receive more information on that, please either comment here and I will pass along your contact info (privately) to her, or you can contact her yourself on her facebook, her website, or even her twitter.

 

You can also find out more about her upcoming book on her facebook. :)

 

I hope everyone has a great October!! And thanks for reading through this long post. ;)

 

Posted in Books, Random babblings, reading

August Wrap Up

Happy {almost} September! It feels like such a treat to be saying that – Fall, at last! :) Though I can’t complain, as August has been a very nice month, weather wise, with plenty of Fall-like temps.

Today’s wrap up post isn’t going to be the usual, because, well, I can’t get a picture of my bookish treasures that I aquired this month. I had the misfortune of slipping on one of our deck stairs almost 3 three weeks ago, and severely injured my ankle. We thought maybe it was just twisted, but as we compared my ankle with the one that didn’t get hurt, we could tell that it didn’t look quite right – seconds after I fell, the ankle was swollen like a balloon and there was a big knob on the side, so we went to the ER.  They took X-rays, and said it wasn’t broken, but I had torn 3 ligaments pretty badly. My ankle and leg looked pretty nasty, all black and blue. They wrapped it up and gave me crutches and a splint to put on after three days of doing NOTHING. But even after that, it was still so swollen and hurt that I couldn’t get the splint on. A week later when it was pretty much the same I went to the doctors and they x-rayed it again, making sure there wasn’t a hairline fracture, and there wasn’t. The doctor showed me some excercises to start doing, and so I started to do those. It is slowly getting stronger now – it’s been a loooong recovery process, and God has had to teach me a lot through it, because it’s hard to just sit still and not be able to do much of anything.

I’ve had 2 physical therapy appointments now, and each week it gets a little stronger. I’m still on crutches, and can’t walk on the ankle, but this week I will start using the splint to work on putting partial pressure on it while walking with crutches still. Looking forward to getting back to normal! But I am so thankful that this is temporary – I won’t be like this forever. It could be so much worse.

But yes, that is why I cannot get a picture. Because I can barely get upstairs to my books, let alone gather them together and take a picture. ^.^ I did get some lovely books in August; mostly review books, but also some nonreview books, like a few Susan May Warrens, a FBI mystery book, a Biblical Fiction book, etc. Looking forward to reading all the goodies. And I have been reading a lot, as you can imagine. ;) The books I’ve read are these:

 

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren  The Road to Paradise by Karen   Barnett  Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh  On Grounds of Honor by Rebekah Colburn  The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin  The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling  Canteen Dreams by Cara Putman  Sandhill Dreams by Cara Putman

And if I’ve reviewed them, you can just click on the image and that’ll bring you to the review. “The Promise of Dawn” was a review book, and that review shall be posted very shortly!

So in my reading, the time periods I “lived” in, were:

Present Day, 1920’s, Civil War years, 1956, 1909, and the 1940’s! A nice time-span. ^.^

 

 

Also in August, our little town has its yearly rendezvous/reenactment event, and this year we actually got to ‘work’ there! We love the place and go every year, and it holds lots of memories, but we’ve never gotten to really be apart of it, but this year we ran one of their new “ventures”, that being an “Eatery”. Though it was the weekend just after my fall and so I had to just sit in a wheelchair during it, I had lots of fun and was in charge of the money and token selling. ^.^ We’ll get to run the same shed/booth this Winter and next year too, which we’re looking forward to.

 

How was your August? Are you looking forward to Fall?

 

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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)

 

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, tree, plant, grass, outdoor and nature

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, Human Trafficking, Random babblings, reading

My Book Order Arrived!

That'll keep me busy for at least a week...

(Via Pinterest)

 

Ahaha, I wish I got a book order that big! Wouldn’t want to pay for it though…ouch! XD

However, on a serious note: my 2 books I recently ordered online finally came yesterday!!! So happy! They are:

“Destiny Defended” and “Family Lies, Deadly Ties” both by  the wonderful J.A.Marx!!! I am so happy to complete my collection of The Destiny Series, and own a print copy of FLDT because it’s amazing. <3 And of course I had to take a couple pictures of my J.A. Marx book collection….

 

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Aren’t they so pretty?! So happy! And here’s a pic of them on my shelf, because…obviously it’s needed:

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It’s not the best picture, I know, but I blame it on our not-so-good camera. Anyway. I’ve placed them on my  ‘favourites’ shelf. :)

 

So, there we go. Just wanted to share my excitement!! Have you ordered any books recently? (Next on my list is “Samara’s Peril” by Jaye L. Knight!)

Posted in lists, Questions/answers, Random babblings, reading

A Tag of Various Questions

Good day!

I made up the name for this tag, as I am unsure if it has one…I was nominated for it by the lovely Shantelle on Google+ and decided to do the tag here on my blog instead. :) So, here it is:

 

Name: Raechel

Age: 20

Role model: My Mum – so thankful for her godly example!

Hobbies: Reading, writing, being on the computer (yep, it’s a hobbie. ;)), knife/tomahawk throwing, and letter-writing.

Crush: If I have one, why would I tell?! ;) I guess I could say Mr. Thornton (North and South), or Noah (“Family Lies, Deadly Ties”), or Jace (!! “Ilyon Chronicles”), or Walter (“A Distant Melody”), or any number of my other fictional crushes. ;) Haha.

Best friend: This is information I am not at liberty to disclose. Ahahaha. XD

Favorite band: TobyMac. Mmmhhmmm. And Tenth Avenue North is great too. And some other ones. But mainly, TobyMac.

Favorite Song: Right now? Hmmm…I don’t know. ?? How’s that for an answer.

Favorite Movie: “Wives and Daughters”, “North and South”, “Persuasion”, the How to Train Your Dragon movies (of course!), and I know I’m forgetting some….

Favorite animal: Cats! Yep, definitely cats. I love them. :) I also love elephants, and mules, and guinea-pigs, and other cute creatures. Oh and Dragons. ;)

Favorite subject: I am out of school, but favourite always was history I suppose. =)

Pens or pencils? Probably pens, as I  use them more, but I do love a sharp pencil!

Summer or winter: This is so easy – Winter. I love it, and I never get sick of it. :)

Tea or coffee: Definitely tea. I don’t drink coffee.

Good day or bad day: It’s only just begun…I’m gonna say good day though since that’s what I want. :)
Birthday: That’s for me to know, and you to never find out. Muahaha. XD Okay, not really. But I’m still not tellin’. It’s sometime in the Fall. ;)

Tag the follower you’ve known the longest: Oh golly…I don’t know. I think I’m gonna just go ahead and say Kenzie because I’ve known her for many, many moons (ah, years…).

Tag five of your best internet friends: I’m going to break the rules and not do this, only because I don’t want to unintentionally forget to list someone and then hurt their feelings due to my forgetfulness. So friends, you know who you are and I deeply appreciate each one of you!! Truly, I do. My internet friends are amazing and I am very thankful for ye all. :)

Something that makes you happy: Receiving letters in the mail – and any kind of mail, really. I loooove getting mail. That’s gonna be a mandatory for my future beau – he has to write me letters. ;) Haha, don’t know how he’ll like that one, but we’ll see. XD Other things that make me happy are pretty rolls of washi-tape, my cats, getting online messages from me friendsys, and knives/swords/tomahawks. Those make me happy too.

Something you’re looking forward to: Receiving the books I recently purchased by one of my favourite authors (J.A. Marx), and getting caught up on my old review-books so I can properly enjoy my Sabbatical. I’m sure there’s other things more exciting to look forward to, I’m just drawing a blank. XD

Tell a story in one sentence: “Once upon a time, there was a maiden writing a blog post about a tag, and she was asked to tell a story in one sentence, which perhaps seemed a bit daunting to her at the moment because her mind was not wanting to produce something of that creative order, so instead the maiden settled on this rambling sentence and left it at: The End.”

Nominate any number of people: I tag you, and I tag you, and I tag you! Okay for real…Faith P. at Stories by FireFly!, Daelynn at Just Dilly, and Soleil at Reviews by Soleil.

 

Have a good day!