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“The Secret Slipper” by Amanda Tero – Blog Tour/Review

Today I’m taking part in Amanda Tero’s blog tour for her new novella, “The Secret Slipper”! I am sharing my review, too, so if you’re interested take a peak at that. :) And definitely stay tuned for the giveaway below!


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About the Book

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?


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Get “Befriending the Beast”:


8a82e-amanda2bbio2bpicAbout the Author

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!


“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)


My Review:

This was a well written story, based on Cinderella – yet with a different twist, just as Miss Tero’s “Befriending the Beast” had.
I found this to be a enjoyable read, and liked it quite a lot. The faith-message sprinkled through out was very good, and the Bible verses gave great structure and depth.
I am normally a fan of sweet romances, yet even without a romantic interest, this story captured my interest and was a very sweet tale, showing the love of family.
Fairy-tale retellings have a soft spot for me, and “The Secret Slipper” was indeed a good retelling! I appreciate it being clean and ‘simple’ in all the good ways, yet with faith involved. I would definitely allow my younger sister to read a book like this, without concern.
(I’ve also read and reviewed the first novella, “Befriending the Beast” HERE.)

Connect with author Amanda:












U.S. Giveaway: Enter to win the set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”


International Giveaway: Enter to win the eBook set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”


Also Touring with “The Secret Slipper”:

May 25, 2017

Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway

Leila @ Leila Tualla’s Bookshelf | Spotlight

Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway

Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls | Review, Interview


May 26

Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books | Interview

Kendra @ Knitted By God’s Plan (Spotlight) and O’Scarlett Reviews (Review) | Spotlight, Review

Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway


May 27

Anika @ This Journey Called Life | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway

Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway


May 29

Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary | Review, Interview

Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review

Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview

Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview


May 30

Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway

Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath  | Review

Judith @ JudithWNicholson  | Interview


May 31

Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory  | Spotlight, Review

Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae  | Spotlight, Review

Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway


June 1

Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews  | Review

Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog  | Spotlight, Review

Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight


June 2

Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight

Janell @ Views from the Window Friend  | Review

Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ  | Spotlight, Review, Interview


June 3

Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews  | Spotlight

Faith @ Chosen Vessels  | Review

Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway


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Book Review & Giveaway “A Dream Not Imagined” by Shantelle Mary Hannu

A Dream Not  Imagined blog tour

“A Dream Not Imagined” by Shantelle Mary Hannu

A Cinderella retelling

A Dream Not  Imagined

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

A MAID, a PRINCE, and a DUKE. A GARDENER, a STEPMOTHER, and a secret…

Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after.

But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream…of the same prince.

In the end, are dreams even all they’re made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed?

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

My Thoughts:

Oh my, another darling Cinderella retelling!! This one was so so sweet, and I absolutely loved the message in it of God writing our love – and life – story! It was fantastic, truly. The whole story was put together so nicely, and so beautifully, creating an absolutely lovely little novella.

For it being a novella, it was so nicely done, and well-constructed, and not missing a single beat – a full story in a matter of five chapters. I am impressed. :)

The characters are – may I say again – darling. Ellie is everything a Cinderella character should be, and represents it so well, so gentle and so sweet. But really what I was most blown away by was the godly message! That was just so lovely! I know I keep using these words, but they truly describe this sweet story, so I will continue to repeat myself. ;)

I would highly recommend this story to all – I would love to have my future daughters read this! It is innocent, guiding, and remarkable.

Thank you so much, Shantelle, for sending me the complimentary ecopy of your debut book! Congratulations on a spectacular release, and I am so glad to be apart of your blog tour. :)

About the Author:

A Dream Not Imagined Shantelle Hannu

Shantelle Mary Hannu was born in the mountainous west, spending her golden childhood years there. Since then, she has relocated time and again with her parents and seven siblings, making cherished memories in both the South and Central United States.
A Christian homeschool graduate, Shantelle has a passion for writing and all things books. From a young age she’s been penning tales with a hope of sharing with the world adventurous and soul-stirring stories that bring glory to God.
A Dream Not Imagined, a fairytale novella, is her first published book. She’s currently preparing a full-length fantasy novel for publication as well, and working on its sequel.
Shantelle blogs at A Writer’s Heart: about her stories, favorite books and movies (with reviews), healthy wheat-free recipes, and hosts fellow authors, among other things. One of her joys is connecting with fellow writers and readers! You can also find her on:

Facebook: Shantelle Mary Hannu, Author (

Twitter: @shantellemary (

Goodreads: Shantelle Mary Hannu (

Google+: Shantelle H. (

Pinterest: Shantelle H. (


Purchase the book HERE!



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One winner will be chosen May 31st

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The Blog Tour


Thursday, May 28th

Shantelle Hannu at A Writer’s Heart ( – It’s published!!!

Cookielover at The Story Forest ( – Author Interview

Laura Pol at Crafty Booksheeps ( – Character Introduction

Amanda Beguerie at Scattered Journal Pages ( – Book Review

Kendra Ardnek at Knitted by God’s Plan ( – Author Interview

Natasha at Through My Lens ( – Character Interview with Cinderella

Kaycee Browning at The Pink Cave ( – Author Interview


Friday, May 29th

Deborah O’Carroll at The Road of a Writer ( – Author ‘Cinderella-themed’ Interview

Claire Banschbach at The Overactive Imagination ( – Book Review

Ghost Ryter at Anything, Everything ( –  Author Interview

Skye Hoffert at Ink Castles ( – Character Interview with The Stepsisters

Natacha at Mi Baile Perfecto ( – Author Interview


Saturday, May 30th

Hannah Williams at The Writer’s Window ( – Author Interview

Raechel at God’s Peculiar Treasure ( – Book Review

C.B. Cook at The World of the Writer ( – Character Interview with The Stepmother

Lena K. at Read, Write, Laugh, DANCE ( – Character Spotlight (The Fairy Godmother)

Sierra at Flights from the Aerie ( – Author Interview

Sunday, May 31st


Shantelle Mary Hannu at A Writer’s Heart ( – Tour Wrap Up and Excerpt


Posted in Books, Pinterest, Pinterest favourites

Pinterest Favourites Friday Week 14

Good tidings to ye!

Shall we begin right off with the pins?


Perfect!!! It's pretty AND it will keep my pretty-much-destroyed fountain feather pen safe from our cat :D

Isn’t this beautiful? I think it is quite fetching, and I would really like it, because it would keep my feather dip pen safe from our cat who likes to destroy it…



I thought this was adorable! I might have to do this in my own home one day. :)


I have no idea how this would be done, but it is cool. HTTYD. :)


Hiccup Horendous Haddock the Third

And why not another pic of something HTTYD related? Hiccup of course. :)


Hiccup, Stoick, and Valka. The Haddock Family *sniff* and *tears*

This makes me sad. If you’ve seen the movie, (How to Train Your Dragon 2) you know why.


You are worth it.

And to end on a serious note…How true and amazing is this? Beautiful.


I’ve been reading plenty. I finished “The Choosing” by Rachelle Dekker which I will be reviewing on the 27th.

The Choosing - Rachelle Dekker,


And now I am reading “Five Glass Slippers” by the various authors.

Five Glass Slippers: A Collection of Cinderella Stories


And as a bonus to finish off this post, here is some info on a free book you can get soon:

Do you like free books? "A Mighty Fortress" will be free May 18-22, 2015. Free May 18th-22nd 2015

I reviewed “A Might Fortress” by Faith Blum HERE.


And with that, I wish you a good Weekend!

Posted in Books, Pinterest, Pinterest favourites, Random babblings, Videos

Pinterest Favourites Friday Week Thirteen

Happy May First! This post is scheduled so it hasn’t happened yet, but we’re hoping that ‘today’ – May First – will bring my newest baby nephew! =) All in God’s timing of course.

And also, I would like to wish my Kindred Spirit, Kenzie a VERY Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a fantastic day my dear sister in Christ!! <3 Here’s a pin just for you:


I wish I could be there celebrating with you. =)


And now back to our normal programming… ;) Here are some other pins I enjoyed this week:

Just thought this was hysterical. And you can’t go wrong with minions :D



Isn’t this beautiful? I cannot wait to watch the new Cinderella movie!


This is what Michael tells Mia in SIDE BY SIDE. Find out more at

One of the lovely quotes from the book I just read, “Side by Side” by Jana Kelley. My review was posted previously. =)



I really like this. =)


"Everyone you meet has a part to play in your story" -Beau Taplin

Thought this was kinda neat.


The 50 Most Shared Facebook Posts Of 2014

And why not end with another funny minion pin? =)


What I’m reading:


The cover is GORGEOUS!! And I’m sure the story within will be so as well! Only 7 chapters in and it is positively delightful!

I finished reading this also a couple of days ago:


It was a good one-time read. I enjoyed it.

And I thought I’d leave you with one final thing: a cute video! Have a lovely day, comment if you want to (I always love to hear from you!), and just be blessed =)

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(And if it didn’t work to embed it here, check it out at the link HERE)


Posted in Book reviews, Books

Book Review: “Waltz into the Waves” by Sarah Holman



“Waltz into the Waves”   a Cinderella retelling

by Sarah Holman

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Publication date: January 17th, 2015


Amelia has always lived in a manor by the sea with her father, and looks forward every summer to a visit from Alex. However, her perfect life is dashed one summer when tragedy strikes. Will her life ever be happy again?

A 7,000 word short story of faith, love, and happily ever after.


My Thoughts:

What an absolutely lovely retelling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella! Truly, this short story is just darling. I loved it the minute I begun it. “Waltz in the Waves” is short and sweet. I told myself I would pace myself when reading it – a chapter or two a day or so (there are 5 chapters total), but once I started, I couldn’t stop.

I loved this sweet story, in its simplicity and endearingness. I love Amelia Ella, and Alex. The ending was just superb.  The only thing I would remark upon would be that I think it would have been even better were there to be a deeper Christian theme underlying it.

I am quite impressed with Miss Holman’s well-crafted story, and am glad she published it so we have the pleasure to read it. I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself, especially if you love sweet fairy-tale retellings. :)


Thank you so very much, Sarah, for sending me a complimentary ecopy for review!

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Book Review: “Dash and Cinder” by Bridget Ladd

“Dash and Cinder”  a unique Cinderella retelling

by Bridget Ladd 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

This short-story is a retelling of Cinderella with a sci-fi, Indian, steampunk, twist . . . where Cinderella may not be entirely human, with a setting in an alternate version of India, and where a young man will do everything he can to find the love that was once stolen from him . . .

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy Cinderella retellings. They are almost always so fun. This one was no exception – it was different, unique, and enjoyable. I had never read any steam-punk type books previously, so this was a first. I didn’t dislike it – in fact, I liked this short tale. Somehow, Miss Ladd made a loveable, hero of Dashnu in just a short amount of time. I call that talent. :) And of course you feel deeply for Anora/Cinder’s plight and like her as the main character. I liked each of the characters in this book – besides Madame and her two daughters…they were rather disagreeable. ;)

Though I do not think it was intentional, I saw  the Greater Love Story played out through this book. I think much of the classic Cinderella story reflects that – we love these tales, because we yearn to be pursued and fought for. In the fairy tale, it is by a Prince, but in real life it is by our Lord – Prince of all princes. He does pursue and fights for us at all costs. He is our greater love story.

And so I thought that neat, intentional in “Dash and Cinder” or not.

The beginning of the book took me a tiny bit to get into and fully understand (however, I think that was just me adjusting to the new genre), but another reading of it shall cure that I think. And I shall read it again. :)

The only thing that I did not overly care for was a part in the end, where, like in the movie Frozen, the female character is the ‘stronger’ one instead of the male character. I see nothing wrong with letting the man save the women. In fact, I think that is partly why we love the tale of Cinderella, because she was saved in a way, and cherished enough to be so.

Other than that, though, I enjoyed this light read!

Oh and I love the cover – it is just brilliantly beautiful!

Thank you so much, Bridget, for sending me the complimentary copy of “Dash and Cinder” – I greatly enjoyed it!

Posted in Books, God's Lessons, Writing

My Stories


One of you dear readers suggested/requested that I do a post sharing about my stories. Thank you for your input, Emma! I do really appreciate that. :)

So. My stories. :D I now have four that I am working on – at one time. I know, it is wise to only stick to one, but my mind doesn’t seem to want to work like that. :)

Lets see. The main one is one I have been working on for two years.I actually have a growing feeling it’s been almost three years now…And I am aware that most people finish their writings in at least a year, sometimes shorter, but that has not been God’s plan for this story.

I am having a terrible time trying to think of how to explain them…I joked to a dear friend, “Uh…they’re mostly fantasy. But not fantasy, because they’re not magical or anything. They’re like fairy-tales, on really not like fairy tales.”

They have an air of being ‘fantasy’ but not completely. I do not include magic, spells, witches, or really anything super dark. My purpose in all of my stories is to bring the reader back to God – not that the reader has never met Christ or anything, but that it is important that God is the base and subject of every book, no matter where the reader is at. My characters go through stages of healing, sometimes finding Him for the first time. No matter how my stories differ from each other, I always want them to reflect my Lord. Because He is the One writing these story – and I’m not just saying that. I have recently had the experience of what it would be like if He wasn’t writing through me – there would be NO story. I stared at the page of one of my works in progress, and I couldn’t fathom how to put a sentence together to form a story. He took away the ability for a few moments in order to teach me and remind me that it is all Him. He has given me the gift or writing and it is all for Him.
So that being said, I would have no writing ability or stories if it were not for Him. I’m so thankful for it, because writing is very important to me. It is how I ‘vent’, and sort through what I’m feeling. And by living through my characters, I find healing too. God has a funny way of teaching me something through what my characters are going through. And I like that. :)

Okay, so when it comes to actually telling someone what my stories are like…I am very much like this:


"Well... it's about this guy - but actually, it's about this whole community of people who... well, it's important because several generations back... when such and such thing happened - that's explained a few chapters in... and then he comes to realize... It's about a guy."


(Someone who pinned this on Pinterest typed an accurate description: “Well… it’s about this guy – but actually, it’s about this whole community of people who… well, it’s important because several generations back… when such and such thing happened – that’s explained a few chapters in… and then he comes to realize… It’s about a guy.” – that is almost EXACTLY what I do when someone asks about my books!!)

Hehe. I will try to give you an idea though. Three of my stories are a similar genre – like I mentioned above, being kinda like fantasy but also a lot like medieval-y. Two are retellings (but not really. I can’t think of the right word! Because it’s not completely a retelling) of fairy tales. You know of the whole Rooglewood Press doing the Five Glass Slippers, and the Five Enchanted Roses? Yeah, sorta like that. I am doing my own Beauty and the Beast one, and my own Cinderella, but obviously I won’t be submitting the Cinderella one, as that is already past, and I actually won’t be submitting my B&B one, for various reasons. It is also too long already for it. :)
I don’t want to give too much away about my stories until they are complete. Because I do hope to publish them, God-willing!
The last one, the fourth, is a more modern one set in ‘today’. I haven’t worked on that one a great deal though. It is only a couple chapters long. :)

I think my favourite part about writing (one of my many favourite parts) is creating the characters. I  love characters. I love relating to them.



Yep, they’re very real to me.  :)

One thing that trips me up with writing is focusing on other people’s tips for writing. There are a million and one sites out there to tell you how to start a story, what ways are wrong, etc. But they’re just opinions. My advice? Write what and how God wants you to write. He gave you the gift for a reason and He knows how to write well! Another thing: do not focus on the word count! I learned this by experience. I was too focused on my word count and it really hindered my story. Write to enjoy and glorify. Not to satisfy the world and publishers.

And personally, I don’t think you have to write every day like so many things say. I don’t write every day. I got way too caught up on that and just like focusing on the word-count, it takes away from the story. I now only write when God prompts me to and gives me inspiration. And I bounce between my stories. :) I do usually write something every day – but it’s not in a story always. It’s just like a letter, my journal, or working through emotions, etc. I still only do it to enjoy it and help. Not because I have to.

Okay, but back to my books….not my ‘rants’ or advice. XD

My main characters are almost always female because I, obviously, know them better and relate. Writing is like painting, to me – you are creating something that no one has ever created before. Just with words. Pretty cool. :)  But I do enjoy writing the secondary male characters – they’re different, and hopefully not too much of an ‘idealist’ version that often happens when we females write male characters. :D

My longest-lasting story (the one that is going on three years) is set in its own Kingdom with ruling Dukes/Duchess’. My main character is a Lady. She’s very humble, though, and has an incredible love for the Creator.

My Beauty and the Beast story is sorta set in its own kingdom – I mean, it is, but I don’t focus much on where it is – and I haven’t thought about the rulers or anything. The main character is just a common villager, owner of a sort of medicine shoppe, and she is kinda stubborn and does not care for the Lord.

My Cinderella one is likewise in its own kingdom, but again I haven’t sorted out the details. I really haven’t sorted out much details at all for this story. The main character is authentically a daughter with a stepmother and sisters ;) But she is not completely like Cinderella…I don’t know a whole lot about her just yet, but I look forward to working on her more. =)

My modern-day story is set somewhere in NY I think, and the main character has had an immensely rough life. Like, really, really, really rough one. It’s quite terrible, actually. She doesn’t believe in God, because of everything that has gone wrong in her life. She doesn’t believe in His grace. But I’m sure that’ll change over time. :)


And there you have a brief summery of my writing! =) I am sorry it is not much, but I hope it is somewhat ‘satisfactory’!

Oh and here’s just a funny pin on writing (can you tell I like “Sherlock”?):



A Writers Comic - Writers Write Creative Blog


Thank you for reading! :)


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Dresses! Everywhere!

Okay, so there has been a lot of hype about the “Five Glass Slippers” book collection going on lately (you heard about it? It was pretty fun to follow…), and it got me to thinking about ball-gowns, and what I would wear to a ball. :) So, I decided to choose some of my favourites from Pinterest and share them here. :) Note: They are not in exact order XD

What would you wear?


Oh my word, oh my word, oh my word - I REALLY want this dress!!

^ I LOVE this one. This is one of my very top favourites!

^ I like this one a lot, but I’d want like capped sleeves or something – or a matching shrug. Something to provide more ‘coverage’ :)


Charles James Evening Dress, 1953-54.  Lovely!.

^ I think this one is lovely, though a bit simpler. :)


This is sooo gorgeous!!

^ And isn’t this one just lovely? I love the colour, and it’s just so..stunning!


Brand new Beading Hand Made Flowers Ball Gown Strap Floor-length Little Girl Pageant Dress- $167.49    --wow :D

^ And I admit I like this one. :D


Wow. It looks like the night sky...

^ I ADORE this one. If I were going to a ball, I’d definitely choose this as one of the qualifiers :D


I don't think I'd wear this as my wedding dress, but it is very Princess-y :)

^ And this one is a perfect princess-y dress! I love it. :)



^ This one is pretty :)


White and Violet medieval dress - I love this!

^This is lovely.


A contemporary gown with Medieval styling, consisting of a long-line laced corset bodice with off-the-shoulder neck-line, silk chiffon hanging sleeves and a toning silk skirt.

^ This one is very lovely colours and style.


Belle of the Ball Gown, #ModCloth - This is SO gorgeous and I want it very much.

^ Though I don’t know if I’d wear this to a ball, I absolutely adore it!




This is beautiful!

^ And I’d wear a sheer cloak like this one, to the ball. :)


dragonflyshoes - I'm not a huge shoe fan, but I'd wear these :)

^ And how about these for shoes? :)


So, which of these dresses is your favourite? And if you were going to a ball, what dress (of any kind) would you choose? I’d love to hear/see! =)