Monday, November 20, 2017

My NaNo WIP











Hey everyone! So this month has been pretty crazy. I've been working on a lot of writing. I've also been trying to get better at this lovely thing called time management. Yeah, I'm really trying not to let my day be taken over by any one thing, but I'm not super good at it. Most of today was taken up by a review book when I should have been writing. *Cough* 

Anyway, I thought I'd share some snidbits from my work in progress. It is tentatively called Autumns Dance.



I stared at my ballet shoes. I jerked foreword and ripped the laces off, not bothering to untie them. I threw both of them venomously across the room and they hit the wall.
“I’ll never dance again.” I ground out through my clenched jaw. 
And I never did.

*****

I leaned my head against the white trunk and gazed down at the colorful forest floor. It was covered in a rainbow of leaves ranging from yellow to red with green grass poking through the empty places. Sunlight filtered through the trees and danced on the leafs like waves on the ocean. 
I let my breath out slowly, sounding loud in the still forest.
What I wouldn’t do to be free to dance like those sunbeams. 

*****

I my fingertips on the cool glass. The moonlight bathed my face and I grinned up at the crescent in the sky. The silhouetted trees waved in the breeze, breaking the light into a thousand glittering shards and scattering it over our yard. Everything was more magical at night. Our roses looked to be made of silver and ground of glass. I leaned my forehead against the cool window pane, wishing I could enter that magical night world. Maybe there things would be different. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Review || Early Chirstmas



Hey everyone! Rebekah Morris is releasing eight Christmas story's, and I got to be a part of the blog tour!
Here's a look at all the books:



36434926About Christmas Eve at the Backdoor:

The Great Depression is in full swing, and Mrs. Kabrick hopes to make Christmas a special time for her children even though they don't have much. With the back door constantly opening and shutting, time flies bringing cold air, visitors, and a very special Christmas Eve.

My Review:

Admits a whole slew of Christmas books that are filled with magic and unexplained happenings, I can always count on Rebekah Morris to be down to earth. That doesn't mean her books are slow, goodness, this one never slowed down! 
I love the simplistic, yet sweet way everything that happened was portrayed. Back doors may seem like a simple thing, but in this book they mean so much more then just entry ways. I can't say to much without giving stuff away (After all, this is a really short book). But I loved it! It would be a great read-aloud book for kids. And there is a kitten in it, which makes it like five times more adorable. 
I still think At Christmas Lodge is my favorite of this authors Christmas books, but this one is super sweet. 

Find it on Goodreads || Amazon



36434895About A Christmas Disaster:

As the students of Coolidge High School prepare for their annual Christmas play, excitement mounts. Performed at the local theater, the play, with the students in complete charge of, the performances has become a tradition in town. Everything is going well until the morning of the final performance when calamity hits. Should the students cancel the final performance or try to turn the disaster into something good?

My Review:
Having been a part of a few small time plays and skits, I was excited to read this story. To me, this one felt a bit more disjointed then this authors other story's. But I enjoyed how the bustle of the theater was portrayed. The excitement and nervousness was captured really well. Overall, not one of this authors best story's, but still and enjoyable read.

Find it on Goodreads || Amazon 



About the Author:

Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, and her bestselling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn't’ writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.

Check out her blog




Check out the other stops on the tour:


November 13
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Kaylee's Kind of Writes – Book Spotlight
Resting Life – Review and Excerpt
Perry Elisabeth – Excerpt
Rachel Rossano's Words – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 14
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Odelia's Blog – Author Interview and Book spotlight
Bryce’s Creative Writing Corner – Author Interview, Review, and Excerpt
Counting Your Blessings One by One – Review and Excerpt
Perpetual Indie Perspective – Book Spotlight

November 15
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Whimsical Writings for His Glory – Author, Review, and Excerpt
Maidens for Modesty – Author Interview and Review
The Destiny of One – Book Spotlight
Rebekah Ashleigh – Book Spotlight
Stephany's BLOG Snippets – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 16
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Laurel's Leaves – Author Interview
Stories by Firefly – Review
Claire Banschbach – Author Interview
Kelsey's Notebook – Review and Excerpt
Jaye L. Knight – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 17
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Ruffles and Grace – Book Spotlight
With a Joyful Noise – Book Spotlight
Bookish Orchestrations – Closing Post

What did y'all think?

Monday, November 13, 2017

My Senior Photos


Hello everyone! Do you remember how back in September I had my senior photos taken? Well, I completely forgot to post them! Sorry about that! Lindsey from Grace Blossoms Photography and BFCG did the photo shoot. We met up and spent almost three hours together taking photos! 
I feel a little weird doing a whole post full of photos of myself, but I wanted to show ya'll! The photo above is one of my favorites.


The photo below is probably my favorite of the shoot, and is now my profile picture. =)  


We got a stack of my favorite books, my camera and charm bracelet for this one! <3



This one is my on my high school graduation announcement. 


Every piece of jewelry I choose meant something. The charm bracelet has my 'grad cap', a other things that are important to me. The necklace is from one of my favorite vacations my family went on.

Then I switched to a fancy dress. These photos were more for fun then anything. 


The necklace was given to me by my sister, and is my most precious piece of jewelry. The ring is from my parents.





Well, I hope y'all enjoyed that! Make sure to hop over to Lindsey's blog and check it out!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bound Review



Hello! Today I'm here with the blog tour for Victoria Lynn's newest release, Bound!


About the book: 

33178731Two souls don’t find each other by simple accident. ~Jorge Luis Borges~

Levi thought he was making this journey alone. But when he meets an eight-year-old girl at the train station, that plan is turned on its head.

Casey is running away and finds out that Levi is too. They decide to journey together and their lives are suddenly bound together in a journey they will not soon forget.


Both children come from abusive situations and are running from the dangers of their previous life. Levi is confident he can handle this on his own, but when Casey is injured on the journey, he must seek help from the first person that comes into his path, or rather people. Mr. and Mrs. Bellworth are simple farm folk with a heart for kids and a passion for serving God. When their unconditional love and gentle care surrounds Levi and Casey, the troubles of their previous lives melt away and they start to flourish. But when Casey is dragged back into the abusive world she came from, the emotional trauma, pain and distrust resurfaces. Will they be forever bound by their past? Or will God answer their prayers?

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads


My review:

After reading London in the Dark, I was very excited to read more by Victoria Lynn. I fell in love with the characters so quickly.
Levi I loved just about the first time he came on 'screen.' His love and care for Casey was so enduring. I had to remind myself that he was fourteen a lot, because he acted fairly young, but that didn't take away much from the story.
Casey was such a realistically done girl. She's had a pretty hard life and it show with some issues, and is slightly mature for her age. But she's still a kid with childlike responses to things. That was really refreshing to me after reading so many books where kids act like adults. 
The plot was great, and well paced. I loved how the message was woven in pretty naturally. 
And there was a character with my name!! *Smiles* I've never read a book with my name in it, so it was pretty awesome!!
I would not recommend this to anyone under 12 because it deals with child abuse and alcohol addiction. It was handled very well though, and I don't think many people would have trouble with it.  
Overall, good book. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.


               About the Author: 

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she's not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

Find her here:
Blog || Website || Facebook || Goodreads || Pinterest










And there's a giveaway! I am sorry, I couldn't get the widget working, but you can view it here or go directly to the giveaway on Victoria's blog here.







Thursday, November 9, 2017

Vintage Jane Austen


What would it be like to see Elizabeth Bennet in 1930’s clothes? What if Emma Woodhouse was the daughter of a car dealership owner? What if Marianne Dashwood was seeking to become a movie star in the golden age of film? The Vintage Jane Austen series explores the world of Jane Austen, set in 1930’s America. Five authors took on Jane Austen’s five most popular novels and retold them set in the depression era, remaining faithful to the original plots. As an extra bonus to the series, there is a collection of short stories that were inspired by Jane Austen. Which of these books do you most want to read?


Hey guys! I'm here with a couple reviews for the blog tour of the Vintage Jane Austen Series! I hope you enjoy!


35062852Second Impressions: Jane Austen's stories have inspired writers for generations...in this collection they inspire fiction across the genres!

From the English Regency to the American 1950s, in Houston or a space freighter, fairytale land or a retirement center...Austen's timeless characters come to life again.

My review:

I have looked forward to reading this book since they announced it, and since I am in the collection, it made it even cooler to read. I'm just going to give a short note on every story: Chocolate Surprise by E. Kaiser Writes. This was a cute Emma retelling, set in the 1950's. That is my favorite time period, so I really enjoyed reading this. It was cute, and I enjoyed how the characters were set up. Gently Pursued, Finally Persuaded by Gail Bryant. This was a very unique retelling of Persuasion set in a modern retirement home. To me it was a bit sad, because the characters missed so much of each others lives. But this was really sweet none the less. The Secret of Pemperly Estate by Therese Peyton. This is a sort of add on to the end of Pride and Prejudice told from the perspective of Georgiana Darcy. I generally enjoy mystery's, but I did not really enjoy this one. I was a bit confused at points, and it was all wrapped up really quickly. This author did do a good job of representing the characters from the book. They really felt true to Jane Austen's style. Again, this was rather interesting, but I just didn't enjoy it very much. Emma's Irritation by me! This is my story that takes place nearly seven years before the book Emma begins when she is only sixteen. It explores Emma's part in John and Isabella getting together, and more of Emma and Mr. Knightly's relationship. Mother's Day by Jennifer Baxter. I am really not sure what to think of this one. I couldn't really figure out what this was supposed to be based off of, though I am guessing Sense and Sensibility. I really didn't care ether way about the story. The Mansfeild by E. Kasier Writes. Mansfield Park in Sci-Fi setting. This was my favorite story of the collection. I would give it five stars if I was just rating this one alone. This was so original. I honestly didn't think anyone could pull off Jane Austen in Sci-fi, but she did. The characters were clear, and very easy to recognize, yet they still had an original twist to them. I would love to read a full version of this story. Elaina By Hannah Jones. A medieval retelling of Emma. Emma is my favorite Jane Austen, so I really wanted to like this... but I didn't. It really just felt like a super shortened version of Emma without much of an original twist to it. There were some conversations that felt almost identical to ones in Emma. Peace on the Orchard E. Kasier Writes. A medieval retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I ended up not liking this one very much, because I just wasn't super interested. This author did do a good job of making the setting very interesting, and adding some originality to it. I felt like the ending was rushed, and I had to radically change my view on people, instead of an easier change. But I did like the authors style, and it was an enjoyable story.
Maid in Huston by Jennifer Baxter. A modern retelling of Mansfield Park. It took me a bit to figure out what story this was, but after I did, I enjoyed it. It was an interesting take on the story with some very realistic backstory's for characters. I only had two small things I disliked. 1. The main guy is not very nice. He chaises after girls, and really doesn't appreciate the main girl very much. 2. *SPOILER* at the end the main girl basically says "You're a rotten guy, you've never really liked me, or appreciated me, but I think we can work this relationship out." *Headdesk* *END SPOILER*
Overall, I enjoyed this collection, and I was glad to be a part of it.
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Suit and Suitability by Kelsey Bryant (Sense and Sensibility): Canton, Ohio, 1935. Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s world crumbles when their father is sent to prison. Forced to relocate to a small town, what is left of their family faces a new reality where survival overshadows dreams. Sensible Ellen, struggling to hold the family together, is parted from the man she’s just learning to love, while headstrong Marion fears she will never be the actress she aspires to be. When a dashing hero enters the scene, things only grow more complicated. But could a third man hold the key to the restoration and happiness of the Dashiell family?

My Review:


I don't really like Sense and Sensibility, so I wasn't egsactly bouncing up and down ready for this book. But I love Kelsey Bryant, so I knew this would be good.

I loved it. The characters were lovely and so well rounded. The plot kept building, and I was always excited to see what would happen next.
I would recommend this to anyone who would like to see a fresh look at Sense and Sensibility that still has a very classic feel.
The ending was beautiful.
There really wasn't anything I didn't like.

Visit these blogs during this week to find interviews, book reviews, and much more!

November 5
        Review of Emmeline - Once Upon the Ordinary
Review of Bellevere House - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Series Spotlight - A Real Writer’s Life
Interview with Kelsey Bryant - Resting Life

November 6
Interview with Sarah Holman - J. Grace Pennington
Review of Emmeline - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Mini-Reviews and interview with Sarah Scheele - Deborah O’Carroll
Interview with Rebekah Jones - Livy Lynn Blog
Review Suit and Suitability - Resting Life

November 7
Interview with Kelsey Bryant - J. Grace Pennington
Review of Perception - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Review and Interview of Perception - Purely by Faith Reviews
Review of Second Impressions - The Page Dreamer
Series Spotlight - Finding the True Fairytale
November 8
Review Suit and Suitability - Once Upon the Ordinary
Review of Suit and Suitability - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Review of Perception - A Brighter Destiny
November 9
Series Spotlight - God’s Peculiar Treasure
        Review of Second Impressions and Suit and Suitability - Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Father
Interview with Rebekah Jones - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Series Spotlight – Christian Bookshelf Reviews
November 10
Review of Suit and Suitability - With a Joyful Noise
Series Spotlight - Liv K. Fisher
Review of Second Impressions- Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Review of Perception - She Hearts Fiction
Interview with Sarah Holman – Rebekah Ashleigh
November 11
Series Spotlight - Reveries Reviews
Review of Suit and Suitability - Faith Blum
Interview with Sarah Holman - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Interview with Hannah Scheele - Peculiar on Purpose
Review of Bellevere House - Seasons of Humility


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Monday, November 6, 2017

October Highlights


October was great! I didn't get much done, but I sure did have fun!


I was home alone one morning for about thirty minutes, so I had a amazing dance party. My cat was bouncing off the walls, so I assumed he felt the excitement. When I saw my family coming up the driveway I rolled out my workout equipment and my cat curled up on the couch like he had been asleep for hours. He's my little partner in crime. ;)

My dog caught a mouse. He was extremely proud of himself. ;)





I think I broke the sky! (Or my screen protector, one of the two.)
Every Sunday me and my siblings play ultimate freebie with a bunch of young adults about an hour from our house. I am a rotten player, but hanging out with these people is worth it. I had two days this month were I pretty much missed every pass, and throw and one day where I actually did amazingly well. That was awesome.

My mom took me to the zoo! It was pretty awesome. We did more talking then looking at the animals. 




I finally successfully downsized shirt!! I've been trying for awhile but this month I finally downsized one and you can barley tell I've touched it!

I got really excited for fall, so I decorated my desk for it. My mom bought me mini pumpkins and leaf sprigs, and I painted some rocks with fall designs. Fall comes pretty late here in Texas, so I'll probably get to keep my decoration's up till Christmas decorations take their place.

He fell asleep in the box of paper while I was wrapping up a present.


Playing around with a broken screen protector

We had a girls day!! We went shopping, and just hung out. It was pretty awesome having everyone off of their work and projects! 

I dropped my phone on a rocky road and stepped on it. Thankfully only my screen protector was broken, and I have now been happily grabbing pictures with it since. ;)

After months of editing with the help of Pandora, hammocks, sweet tea, and awesome friends, I finished my first edit of Flight From Kelar!! I've still got to get edits/feedback from some friends before its really as good as I want it to be, but at least the first major overhaul is done!



Favorite book: Dylan's Story and Suit and Suitability. *Happy sigh* 

18 Lists Letters to Jayna

Just Think About it Burning Youth

October Wrap Up Audrey Caylin 

Don't Walk Away Twilight to Dawn

Be Overwhelmed by God A Purpose and a Promise 

It's kind of a Sequel Adventures Beyond the Horizon

10 Ways and How I Write a Blog Post The left handed typist 

8 Places to Visit this Fall and Stop Dreaming. Start Doing Autumns Readings and writings


It was a pretty good month! What about y'all?