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Character Introduction: Haley Hampton

 

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Happy Character Introduction Monday! The idea behind this post is just to spotlight the character a bit, give a little description of her personality, and for fun, a few books I’d recommend to her if I could. ^.^ Enjoy!

 

 

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Haley Hampton; a young woman passionate to end human trafficking

 

 

Haley is a passionate and driven young woman who feels called to aid in the fight against human trafficking through her work as a cop.
She’s not one to give up at all – especially when it’s one of her family members who is in danger. She pursues the crime at all cost, determined to help, even if that means risking herself. She’s very admirable in this trait, in her passion.
Sometimes she acts with her heart before thinking through all of the concequences, but she’s understandable, and I think many in her position would do the same! I love how courageous and real Haley is. Find out more about her in book one, “Not Abandoned”!

 

 

 

 

Books I’d recommend to Haley:

 

“Visible Threat” by Janice Cantor – I think she’d especially like this one, as its main character is a cop and similarily fights a human trafficking ring.
“Priceless” by Tom Davis – Another book that deals with human trafficking, set in Russia – this would fuel her in her mission even more.
The Nikki Boyd series by Lisa Harris – Haley would definitely find interest in this heart-pounding series.
“Priceless” by Joel and Luke Smallbone – Just one more book about human trafficking that would urge Haley on.

 

 

“Just remember,” Haley turned to face her, “Don_t feel the need to hide your pain. It_s okay to take your time on this journey to recovery. Remember what we talked about before

 

Haley Hampton’s character can be found in both books, “Not Abandoned” and “Out of the Dark” by MacKenzie Morganthal. And don’t miss the Author Interview with MacKenzie Morganthal from last Monday!

 

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Author Interview! MacKenzie Morganthal

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Welcome to the second Monthly Author Interview! I’m just tickled pink to be able to interview such lovely authors. :)  This month I have the delight of interviewing author MacKenzie Morganthal! Her name may be familiar to you readers because this isn’t her first time on my blog. Just type in her name in the ‘search box’ on the sidebar, and several posts will pop up – they’re all fun reads, with her book’s blog tours, some character spotlights, and more interviews.

But let’s get started on today’s interview, shall we? :)

 

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Welcome once again, Miss Morganthal, to my “Peculiar” Blog! I’m so happy to have you here on this return visit! For the benefit of new readers here, would you please introduce yourself and the genre of books you write?

 

I’m so happy to be back here at your lovely blog! :) I’m MacKenzie Morganthal and I write contemporary Christian fiction novels. I’ve been writing since I was about nine years old and have loved it ever since! My two published books are part of my Mission for Freedom series, and deal with the topic of human trafficking. My passion is to raise awareness and education about this topic of human trafficking, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to do that through my writing. When I’m not writing, I love music, the creative arts, and working as a teacher aide with the goal of being a teacher someday.  

 

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Hmm, I would have to say that Avery was a bit harder to write than Haley’s character. Haley has always been my favorite character from this series, so she was always pretty easy to write. But Avery had a bit more dynamics to her character, as she was a victim of human trafficking. In “Out of the Dark” we see Avery going through a lot of ups and downs, and I grew pretty attached to Avery in this book, even though the emotional trauma she was wrestling with was heartbreaking. Not to give away any secrets, but I think book three will be my favorite part of Avery’s story. ;)

 

Do you have a special process for how you choose your character’s names?  No, I’ll usually just pick a name I like and go with that, haha! I like to try and find contemporary, yet unique names, so I’ll keep notes on my phone whenever I meet someone who has a unique name that would be great for a novel character, and then when I need to choose a new character name I’ll just scroll through my list and find one I like best. So nothing really special ;)

 

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Well, I guess I would have to say that when I write I like to format the size of my pages in my document before I start writing…weird, I know! I don’t have to do all the formatting right away, but if I’m starting a new novel it has to be on 5.5 x 8.5 paper and I like to fix my margins also before starting to write. If I’m writing an article or short story, I don’t mess with the formatting first, but I guess it’s just a quirk I have for novels!  

 

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I would have to say…energize, but it can also be exhausting, especially when I put deadlines on myself. I participated in NaNoWriMo this past November, and writing was the only thing I had time for and I still struggled to finish on time. (But I did finish!) So that was very exhausting. But for the most part it’s energizing for me, especially when working on a novel I’m really excited about, and I don’t have deadlines on myself, and I can just enjoy writing when God gives me the inspiration.  

 

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It is very important to me! I have not written a book that does not have some kind of faith element in it. Without God, I would not have the gift of writing, so I can’t imagine leaving Him out of it. If I couldn’t include faith in my books, then I would have no purpose for writing. To me, books are more than just a few hours of entertainment. They have the ability to impact people, and if I’m going to be impacting people, then I want to be impacting them for Jesus and not myself.

 

What does your family think of your writing?

I think they like it ;) Haha! Truly, they have been my biggest fans and I couldn’t do this without them. Their feedback is very important to me, and it’s always really encouraging when they say things like “I couldn’t put it down!” I’m so thankful for their support and love.

 

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Ooh, that’s a tough one. I think I would say to remember to be yourself. Don’t try to make your writing please everybody else. If you’re writing for God, then that’s all that matters. He’ll place it in the hands of those who need it. And just have fun! Writing should never be a chore. God gave me this gift to enjoy and have fun with. Don’t worry about being the next bestseller, just focus on enjoying every moment of the journey.

 

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Wow…a lot! Besides my two published books, I have 9 other unpublished books. And probably hundreds of half-finished books! When I was younger especially, I would hop from one book idea to the next, which resulted in many incomplete ideas. Now I try to make myself wait to finish a book before moving on to the next…but it can be hard! And sometimes moving on to a new story is actually great for getting fresh inspiration for an old story that has run dry. Right now I’m very close to being finished with my third and final book in my Mission for Freedom series, and I’m also collaborating on a book with…you, our host Raechel! ;)  

 

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What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?   

My sister is my number one writing inspiration! She has worked so hard on expanding her writing platform and really puts her whole heart into it. Her example pushes me to better my writing and follow her lead. She’s amazing, and I hope to be at least half the writer she is someday. And of course my best friend, also you, Rae! =D Rae is an amazing writer, but you readers already know that if you follow her blog! I mentioned before that we are currently collaborating on a novel together…I kinda squeal excitedly anytime I talk about it. But writing alongside her has been so wonderful and she definitely helps me to be a better writer. I couldn’t write this new book without her! And I’m going to stop myself from talking about this new book now, because I could go on forever about it. Seriously. Y’all are going to love it.  

 

Awww, thanks for that! I think you’re an *amazing* author too, and you help me become a better writer too <3 And yes – loooove our story! <3

And lastly, would you recommend a book that my readers might like if they’ve read your Mission for Freedom series?

Well, I absolutely love Lisa Harris, and her series Southern Crimes or Nikki Boyd Files are police mystery novels similar to my Mission for Freedom series. “Vendetta” book one in the Nikki Boyd Files was my favorite! I love police suspense/mystery novels, so I read a lot of them as inspiration for my Mission for Freedom series. Irene Hannon also has great mystery/suspense novels, and I really enjoyed “Deceived” in her Private Justice series. Another great book similar to mine is “Visible Threat” by Janice Cantore. I loved this one, and it also dealt with the topic of human trafficking like my series does.  

 

 

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Thank you so much, Miss Morganthal!!

 

 

 

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MacKenzie Morganthal is the author of the Mission for Freedom series. Book one, “Not Abandoned”, was her debut novel. She lives in Pennsylvania where she is a monthly e-magazine columnist, Creative Artist, and musician. She loves Jesus most, sweet tea, singing along to the radio, and spending too much time at Starbucks.

 

 

 

 

 

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That was excellent – I personally loved reading each of her well-written answers – she inspires me, and it’s such a blessing to know her, and have her here on the blog too! I hope you readers enjoyed it as well. :)

Next Monday I might just be featuring one of her characters…so check back!! :)

 

Her heart was finally resting in the fact that God had been in control, and everything she couldn_t do, He had held in His hands.

 

 

 

Do you have any questions for MacKenzie Morganthal? I know she’d be pleased to answer them, if so. :) Just comment below!

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“Out of the Dark” by MacKenzie Morganthal Wrap-up, character spotlight, and giveaway winner announced!

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It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of this fun blog tour celebrating the release of MacKenzie Morganthal’s second book, “Out of the Dark”! It’s been a lovely time, and we’re grateful to each blogger who participated!

And now I welcome back the author to take the mic, blogaphorically speaking!

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The time is here to wrap-up the “Out of the Dark” blog tour. It went by too fast, didn’t it?! I hope you all have it enjoyed it as much as I have. “Out of the Dark” is such a special story to me and I hope you are now so excited to read it, and also to get involved in the fight against human trafficking.

What was your favorite stop on the tour? Leave me a comment and let me know! I want to thank each and every one of you that have joined us for any part of the tour. Now I’m sure you’re all waiting to find out who the giveaway winner could be. ;) You don’t have to wait any longer! The winner of the giveaway for a PDF copy of “Out of the Dark” is….

 

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FAITH POTTS!!!

Congratulations, Faith!! I will be sending you an email with your prize and hope you will enjoy my story.

For everyone else, you can still order a copy through my website at: http://www.morganthalbooks.weebly.com.

Thank you again for joining us on the tour! I look forward to reading about your favorite parts. <3

 

And now for the last special character spotlight…

 

 

Character Spotlight:

Elaine Reynolds

 

Fifteen year old Elaine is a brand new character that shows up in “Out of the Dark”. She is still grieving the loss of her mother, and she’s looking for love and affirmation from her older boyfriend. But he proves to be more dangerous than she ever could have imagined, and by the time she realizes he’s more of a nightmare than a dream, it’s too late. She was tricked and now he has her trapped. We see many emotional glimpses inside her heart. The shame and guilt she feels…the brokenness of her heart. She puts on a tough exterior to the world around her, especially to Haley when they first meet. But inside she’s full of pain and grief and regret. She’s ready to just give up all together. But Haley and DesiRae aren’t willing to let that happen. Can they save her before it’s too late? I hope you’ll read “Out of the Dark” and follow along with Elaine’s journey to find out what happens!

 

 

 

 

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It’s not over yet…

    It’s been three years since Haley Hampton rescued her sister, Avery, from a human trafficking ring. They are still struggling through the aftermath as both women desperately long for healing to come. But the emotional wounds are not easily forgotten. And the past is quickly catching up to them. A string of death threats leaves Haley on the hunt for a potential killer. As tensions run high, a single mistake could jeopardize Avery’s life.

    Then Haley encounters Elaine, a young teen trapped by human trafficking. Could she be their missing link in the case? Is there anyone they can trust? Haley must rely on God now more than ever if they intend to make it out alive. Will they find a way out of the darkness closing in? Because evil is lurking closer…and determined to win this time.

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MacKenzie Morganthal is the author of the Mission for Freedom series. Book one, “Not Abandoned”, was her debut novel. She lives in Pennsylvania where she is a monthly e-magazine columnist, Creative Artist, and musician. She loves Jesus most, sweet tea, singing along to the radio, and spending too much time at Starbucks.

 

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And in case you missed some of the tour, just click on the graphics below to be led to those stops! Thank you for following along!!

 

 

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My Book Order Arrived!

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

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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!)

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We’ve got a Give-Away, Folks!

Come one, come all!! And enjoy this blurb and giveaway by the lovely Miss MacKenzie Morganthal!!! She is so graciously offering a Kindle copy of her debut novel, “Not Abandoned”!

 

Do you like reading Kindle eBooks? Then here’s a giveaway for you! I’m giving away one digital copy of my debut novel “Not Abandoned”. Full of action and danger, this story is one of three young girls who are abducted into the evil known as human trafficking. It’s up to a young cop in training to save them, but what if she’s too late? Don’t miss this story of seemingly impossible rescue and God’s loving redemption! The contest will be open starting on Monday, October 19th and will go until the following Monday, October 26th. Enter now for your chance to win the Kindle edition of “Not Abandoned”!

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Human trafficking… These two words will change four different lives forever. Especially for Haley, a police officer in training, who is thrust right into the heart of an organized human trafficking ring when a family friend is mysteriously abducted. Once the problem hits even closer to home, Haley will stop at nothing to see justice prevail. With no way out once trapped inside the trafficking ring, is there any hope for rescue? When trouble arises and Caryn’s life is compromised, will she be able to survive or will help come too late? Strength is tested and trust is broken in this mystery of seemingly impossible rescue and God’s loving redemption. After hearing those words, human trafficking, these girls will never look at their lives the same way again… and neither will you.

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MacKenzie Morganthal is an eighteen year old, Christian, Homeschool graduate. She loves writing, music, and most importantly Jesus. She resides in Pennsylvania where she keeps busy as a freelance author, worship leader, and creative arts director. She also loves going to concerts, and all things chocolate. While some people say she can be a little crazy, she always takes that as a compliment. She has been writing stories for eight years, and “Not Abandoned” is her first self-published novel.

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Blog Tour Wrap Up for “Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie Morganthal

Author MacKenzie Morganthal has written our wrap-up post for her lovely blog tour this past week, with a special sneak peek of her story – read on!

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Welcome to the closing post for the “Not Abandoned” blog tour! I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this week, and it has been a blessing for me to see my book highlighted on all these other blogs. It has been a joy for me to give you all a peek into this story that is so close to my heart.

Out of all my “Not Abandoned” characters, Haley Hampton is the one I can relate to the most. (To read her character interview, click here!) She’s strong-willed and determined, and (more often times than not) she jumps into things without always thinking them through. As I was thinking about how to end this tour, I thought it would be fun to include a sneak peek into one of Haley’s scenes in this book:

 

Okay, I am going to sleep,” Anna said, closing her laptop and standing up. “You should too. You’re letting this affect you way too much. It’s not that big of a deal.”

    Haley whipped her head up to stare at her friend. “Not a big deal? Anna, it’s huge. Who knows the heinous acts that this young girl is being forced into tonight? And here I am, a carefree college kid, able to sleep in her nice warm bed and eat a midnight snack.” She tossed her cereal on the counter and walked over to the door. Slipping on a pair of shoes, she called back over her shoulder, her blue eyes piercing through Anna, “I won’t just stand by and do nothing as long as I have the ability to do something.”  

 

This is one of my favorite scenes because Haley’s last sentence is so powerful. I was once challenged to find my passion and the thing that breaks my heart the most, and then let it inconvenience me and make me uncomfortable enough to do something about it. And that challenge is the inspiration behind this scene. It is my prayer that through this book, other people will have the courage to stand up against the injustices in this world and speak the same words that Haley did.

In closing, I’d like to say another huge thank you to everyone who has been a part of this blog tour and to those who have been reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. ☺

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Miss any of the blog tour? Here are all the links again!

 

 

June 14th:

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (tour introduction) 

June 15th:

Claire B. The Overactive Imagination

    Heather FitzGerald (character interview)

June 16th:

Alicia R. A Brighter Destiny

Shantelle H. The World of the Writer

June 17th:

Amada C. ASC Book Reviews

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (book review)

June 18th:

Valerie Howard Books

June 19th:

Faith Blum (author interview)

Heather Day Gilbert (book excerpt)

June 20th:

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (tour wrap-up) – you’re here!

 

And don’t forget to check out MacKenzie’s website and links so you can keep up-to date with her and her books – there will be more! :)

 

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Two words….human trafficking.

Four different lives…are altered forever.

Haley, a police officer in training, is thrust right into the heart of an organized human trafficking ring when a family friend is mysteriously abducted. Once the problem hits even closer to home, Haley will stop at nothing to see justice prevail.

With no way out once trapped inside the trafficking ring, is there any hope for rescue? When trouble arises and Caryn’s life is compromised, will she be able to survive or will help come too late?

Strength is tested and trust is broken in this mystery of seemingly impossible rescue and God’s loving redemption. After hearing those words, human trafficking, these girls will never look at their lives the same way again… and neither will you.

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Book Review: “Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie Morganthal

Hello readers! Today, as part of the blog tour, I have a very special review – this book was recently published by “my very good friend Richard W. Cornvelt MacKenzie Morganthal”!! (Okay, so I admit I just used a quote from the kid show “Choo-Choo Bob” but since it is often on in my house, I can use it). But truly, I am so honoured to be able to review this gem! So, without further ado, read on for the review!

 

 

 

“Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie Morganthal

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My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Human trafficking… These two words will change four different lives forever. Especially for Haley, a police officer in training, who is thrust right into the heart of an organized human trafficking ring when a family friend is mysteriously abducted. Once the problem hits even closer to home, Haley will stop at nothing to see justice prevail. With no way out once trapped inside the trafficking ring, is there any hope for rescue? When trouble arises and Caryn’s life is compromised, will she be able to survive or will help come too late? Strength is tested and trust is broken in this mystery of seemingly impossible rescue and God’s loving redemption. After hearing those words, human trafficking, these girls will never look at their lives the same way again… and neither will you.

My Thoughts:

I love this book. Truly I do. And I am not just saying that because I know and love the author like a sister. “Not Abandoned” is an amazing piece of art, showing the realism of Human Trafficking in a deep but gentle way. And there’s also a bit of a mystery to it! There were things I wasn’t even expecting. And even in my second read through of it, knowing the end, I was still reading as fast as I could, on the edge of my seat because it is that good.

You can tell that this book was entirely God-guided and I find that so remarkably powerful. His hand was through every page.
The story following these girls as victims of the sex-slavery pulled you right along – you hurt with them, you cried with them. And in the end, you hoped with them.
All of the characters were constructed very nicely. I think my favourite of the characters was Haley, the cop-in-training. I also really liked another character, but that person surprised us in doing something wrong. I won’t say who or give names, but that one was a favourite. I hope to see said character in the sequel!

Honestly, this book is hard to review because of the deep subject, but let me assure you it was handled with such grace while still exposing the terrible crime that is Human Trafficking. Millions of girls are in slavery, and I feel that this book helps give them a voice. This is a real thing, not to be handled lightly, and that is shown perfectly in “Not Abandoned”.

So I highly, highly recommend this book to older readers – I believe she has ages 14 and up – I might go a little higher than that, only because my little sister is so sensitive that I wouldn’t want her reading anything before she’s ready – but for others, 14 might be just fine :)   Anyway, I do suggest picking up this little gem!  It is definitely on my ‘favourites’ list!  (No bias, truly!)

And let me also just say, the cover is astounding! So perfect for the story and extremely eye-catching!

 

Congrats, Kenzie, and thank you for allowing me to read and review this fantastic book!

 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review which I have given.