Friday, June 22, 2018

Keira Blog Tour || Character Interview


Alright, I've got a special guest on my blog today: Jade. Who is Jade? Well, she's a little girl from Kate Willis's new book Keira. This book is releasing next week, and honestly, she's my favorite. I've already done one post about this book, over here.

So, here is the inverview with Jade: (She's two, by the way)


So Jade, could you tell us about your kitten? 
Ummm… My kitty is fuwwy and gway. He jus likes to wave his tail at me.

Where is your favorite place to go? 
To see Gwammy. She lets me have strawbewwies, and I jus eats them all. *eyes widen for emphasis*

Could you tell us about your Aunt Destiny? 
*giggles* She’s funny. She gave me my kitty.

What's your favorite thing to do with Kiera? 
We jus plays dolliesh. *shrugs* And the tea party.

And lastly, what kind of cake do you like best? 
*claps hands together and jumps up and down* Chlokit!!! With sprinkles. I jus eats all the sprinkles. Nom, nom, nom. *runs off to ask for sprinkles*

You can find the book here on Goodreads



Kate's Bio: 

Kate Willis has been homeschooled her whole life in a loving family that values the Gospel of Jesus Christ, creativity, and thoughtful conversations. She is inspired by red shoes, a good story, little children, and chai tea. It is her desire to serve God in the home having a family of her own in the future. She is the author of The Treasure Hunt, The Twin Arrows, Kiera, and two short stories Enjoy the Poodle Skirt and Red Boots.

Her blog



She's got a super awesome giveaway going on, so you should definitly check it out! There are some awesome preizes included and it's super easy to enter! (You can happy dance as an enter. No lie. This giveaway is awesome.)
Giveaway link

Check out the rest of the giveaway on Kates blog here.




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Five Years


I've been blogging for five years. Five years that have brought me from a thirteen-year-old who was caught up in imaginary worlds, to an eighteen-year-old who's looking to dive into college courses and possible jobs. 

When I started the blog, I didn't expect it to change this much. I've pretty much tried all the different kinds of posts I could do, and it's been fun. There have been points where I've felt like quitting and times where I've felt like it wasn't worth it, but every time I go to leave, I always feel God telling me to come back. The amazing friendships I have made here and the awesome comments that y'all leave have made this blog one of my favorite places. 

As I look back on the years, it amazes me to see how I've changed, and how the blog has changed with me. But the one thing that always stands out is how amazing y'all have been. 

So thank you, whether you've been here for five years, or five days, or five minutes, thank you for making this blog what it is. Your reading, and support means the world to me.

As I look forward to the next year and anticipate the changes coming for this blog I praise God that I have friends like y'all to share the journey with. 

Thank's for making blogging worth it. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Maybe



I love the word 
Maybe 
Why? 
Oh, there are so many 
Delicious possibility’s
Maybe 
Holds yes’s and no’s 
It holds hope for the future
It has the key to the past
It is a window into your heart
Maybe is a path 
Leading to so many things 
Maybe 
Is not a destination 
Maybe is always 
Always 
A hallway 
Leading us towards a definite 
Sometimes we don’t know 
Where it’s going 
But maybe 
Just maybe 
That’s what trust is about.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My Life in Genral



Well, it's been awhile since I've just done a genral life update.

First off, I haven't been making a lot of progress with my writing. My big project of the month is to re-edit my novel Flight from Kelar, and I haven't made it very far. But, I am working on re-writing the begining and it's turning out even better than I expected! So yeah, hopefully I'll be getting down to some really hard work on that soon! 

One of my goals for the year is to write more letters, so I've been sending out a lot lately. Writing letters is one of my favorite things to do, so this has been an awesome thing to work on. Statonary, fun pens, awesome stamps, and amazing conversations, the whole process is just about the best! 


I design some of the kindle covers for my sister, so I've been working on some for her. Of corse, while I did that, my inspiration got sparked and I eneded up working on like three different graphics designs. I get a little carried away. ;D 

I had a bit of a bad streak with books lately, about three bad ones. So now I'm despratly trying to read myself out of it, so I started like four books at once. ;D The one I'm focusing on is turning out really well. Got any book recomendations? I'd love to hear them! 

So there you go, a bunch of random things going on with me. How are ya'll doing? Do you ever get carried away and start tons of projects at once? Drop me a note in the comments below!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Together Forever || Book Review

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Title: Together Forever 
Author: Judy Hedlund 
My rating: 2 stars

Synopsis:

Will the mistakes of their past cost them a chance at love?

Determined to find her lost younger sister, Marianne Neumann takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York. She not only hopes to offer children a better life, but prays she'll be able to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train so they can finally be reunited.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing-out trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with children, firm but tender and friendly. Underneath his charm and handsome looks, though, seems to linger a grief that won't go away--and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden.

As the two team up, placing orphans in the small railroad towns of Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.
 

My Review:



I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect.
Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all.
Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to only base my review on things I had read, not thing I assumed. 
First off, I couldn't have cared less for the characters. The main girl believes in God, but believes He doesn't want her anymore because she's sinned. But she'll fake Christianity because the main guy believes it and she wants to impress him. Also we were given convenient little snatches of her background that were supposed to make us feel sorry for her. It did not work on me. 
The main guy... was a piece of work. He flirts with the main girl when he doesn't even know her, and doesn't seem to care whether she is a Christian or not. He saves her from some boys though, so he's won her heart. 
That's where I stopped. I was done with characters I didn't like and standards lower than my own. I did skim read the rest of the book and stumbled on a very, very passionate kissing scene. I was skimming it and I had way to much detail. I didn't really like what I saw with the rest of the story, but since I did not read it, I won't go into that. 
Overall, this was a very disappointing read. I will not be reading anything more by this author.

*I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

I Forgot What to Say


Somewhere along the way 
I forgot what to say 
I stand there 
Open mouthed 
And empty 
How do you respond 
To something that wounds you? 
What do you say?
I cannot walk away 
I cannot leave
But somehow I can't stay 
So I stand 
Tense 
And empty 
Knowing that in a moment
I'll have to start forgiving you 
Else we wouldn't be friends 
I push away the hurt 
So I stand 
Eyes closed
Praying for patience 
How many times have you done this 
for me? 
I can't even imagine 
I cannot walk away 
I cannot leave
So I stand 
Heart open 
And hurting 
But we're freinds 
and I won't walk away 
So here's my heart 
It's going to hurt sometimes 
We're going to need patience 
but please 
please 
don't leave me 
There's a lot of joy here to 
And I can't wait to share it with you 

Friday, June 1, 2018

May Highlights


I don't know about y'all, but my May just flew by! It was an awesome, eventful month that makes me smile every time I think about it.



I finally made myself a budget. I've been working on finding on that works for me for awhile, and this month I finally sat down and made one. I actually stuck to it, which was hard, but really satisfying!

I got to read outside while watching firefly's and listening to a whippoorwill. It was awesome.

I was mentioned in the dedication of a book for the first time ever.  Still in shock over here. That was probably the coolest thing to discover when I opened the book!



My sister and I had a silly string war. It was short but fun. =)

My survey on here was a success. Thank you to everyone who took it!

Jessica Grayson was at our house (She's my favorite author and an all around awesome person), and she just randomly asked me if I wanted to take selfies. So that's what we did for a long time, trying filters and laughed until my sides hurt. She's awesome. <3

I finished editing my story Andrea's Star that I wrote in November. I really love how this turned out. I've just got one small plot hole that I remembered that I need to smooth out, and then its done!

I got a yellow jacket sting that swelled and itched for three days. It wasn't fun, but it did look impressive. ;)





I chased the sunset with my dog.

I got computer glasses to cut down on the blue light from the screen. It's cut down on the eye ache caused by late night work and it doesn't look to bad in the process. ;)

I signed up for Beathny House's review program and I got my first book from them!

I got two new kittens Gray and Rani. They are adorable.

My jury duty was canceled.

My brother was giving me a driving lesson and we stopped at the top of a hill to watch the full moon as it rose pink.

S'mores. 'nuff said. 




Best book of the month is a tie between Kate's Dilemma by Sarah Holman and Kiera by Kate Willis. They were both incredible. I cannot wait until Kiera comes out and y'all can read it to! 
And my least favorite was Flipped. While the book had a great point, it had a lot of bad content.
Faithfullness Brin Lael 

Writers are like Plants The Left-Handed Typist 


Redefine and be Redefined A Purpose and a Promise 

Passion Planner Review Autumn's Reading's and Writings 

Don't Leave Change to Chance & Holes in the Literature World  Adventure Awaits

What is one fun thing you did this month?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Kiera Cover Reveal


I was blessed to be a part of the beta readers team for Kiera by Kate Willis and I am stoked about the release! It's coming out in late June, but I'm here to share the cover!


Isn't it gorgeous? Ever since I read it I've wanted it on my bookshelf, and now I want it even more!! The characters are the best part! <3 

Synopsis: 

Kiera is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday. The official end of school, a party with her best friend, and chocolate cake. A sudden military draft, no possible exemptions, had never crossed her mind. 

Kiera is terrified! Getting drafted would mean leaving her family, her little friend Jade—life as she knows it. 

A surprising offer from Brennan Stewart just might be the answer to her prayers, but an even worse trial leaves her with one question…

If God truly loves her, why did this tragedy happen?



About Kate:

Kate WillisKate Willis has been homeschooled her whole life in a loving family that values the Gospel of Jesus Christ, creativity, and thoughtful conversations. She is inspired by red shoes, a good story, little children, and chai tea. It is her desire to serve God in the home having a family of her own in the future. She is the author of The Treasure Hunt, The Twin Arrows, and two short stories Enjoy the Poodle Skirt and Red Boots. 


Any of y'all excited for this? I'm getting even more excited just talking about it!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Love Always Hopes || A One Sentence Dialog




Hello everyone. It's been over a year since I've posted a one sentence dialog. I was hit with inspiration last night, and finally wrote another one. 

If you haven't read the past installments in this unorthodox series, find them here: Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. Part Five.

Here you go!

Where to next?
The post office.
You have no letter.
I know.
Are you waiting for something?
In a way.
What way?
I am hoping rather than expecting a letter.
How long has it been this time?
A year.
And you still think she’ll write again?
I hope so.
You’re a fool.
I know.
What gives you any reason to hope?
God does.
He will not write a letter for her.
Now, but He can move her to do so.
Do you believe He will?
I do not know.
And yet you hope.
Yes.
What if it comes to nothing?
And?
And she never writes to you again.
It would hurt.
Wouldn’t you also prove your hope was ridiculous?
I am never ashamed to hope.
Oh?
To hope in God is never in vain.
Even if what you hope for does not come about?
He still shows His hand at work in my life.
So you believe it is worth all the disappointment?
I do.
I’ll take you to the post office now.
Thank you.
One more question.
Yes?
How many times have you hoped for this letter?
More times than I can count.
Than I was right.
What?
You’re a fool.
Prehaps.


What did you think?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

More on Andrea's Star


This is the beginning to my book Andrea's Star. I'm still working on this story, so I have a kind of love/hate relationship with it.


Andrea lay on her back, staring up at the stars. I should have been looking at the stars to, but the little girl next to me had captured my attention far more than the glistening points above.

Her bright blue eyes took in everything above as though it was pouring strait into her soul. The stars reflected in her eyes, making her look younger than her ten years.  

“You're not looking at the stars,” Andrea giggled, flopping over onto her side to face me. 

A grin lit my face, “That's because you're much more interesting than they are.” 

“But Katlin, we're out here to see stars,” her small mouth turned down in a pout. 

I bit back the laugh that threatened to take ahold of me “Okay Andrea, I'll watch the stars.” I turned my attention very deliberately upwards. 

I heard her shift next to me, and her small body pressed up against mine. 

A smile snuck onto my face as she rested her head on my arm. I looked back up at the sky. Covered in a brilliant array of white specks, it looked like some kind of magic had been spread over the heavens. Across the sky, in a faint strain, I could see the Milky Way. The huge galaxy where I called home was spread out in front of me, so much larger than I ever could imagine. 

Out here in the country, the cares of home seemed to slip away into the sky. 


Friday, May 18, 2018

Freedom in the Dark


Late at night 
Trouble sleeping 
Working on things
That should have been done
A long time ago
Enjoying the quiet
Soaking up the dark 
Enjoying the freedom 
Doesn’t matter how much you did
Or how much you’re doing 
It just matters that it's getting done
The voices of self-destruction 
Have gone to sleep for now
So maybe here in the quiet 
Is the one place 
We are really free

Thank you God, for freedom in the dark.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Currently...


I decided this evening that it had been to long since I did one of the 'currently' posts, so here we go! I tried to narrow down the list so it wasn't a monster to read, because apparently last time I decided that length was not a problem. ;P 

 


Reading... Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer and Half-Blood by Jaye L Knight.

Watching... birds coming to our feeder. (Also I'm super excited because with my new zoom lens I can now do bird photography again!

Listening... to an Evermore cover by Josh Groben. I have not watched the new Beauty and the Beast, but my sister found this song and I love it!

Writing... book reviews and emails. They are never-ending. ;)

Trying... to finish a lot of work today so I can take off part of tomorrow guilt free.

Crafting... cards to send to friends. I'm not saying I'm any good at it, but I enjoy trying to come up with cute designs.

Doing... lot's of schedule re-working as different things come up and I don't meet self made deadlines. I'm trying to find a schedule that works well for me.


Luke and I on a walk. =)

Loving... my awesome family. (I mean, my mom made me a stuffed elephant, just because I talked about my imaginary pet elephant named Alfred. She even made him a bowtie like I described. I could go on with my serious examples of how my family is awesome, but we only have so much time here.)

Hating... procrastination.

Discovering... how much I had missed summer heat. I took a walk the other day to enjoy the 97° weather. (Pictured above)

Enjoying... how easy Survey Monkey is to use. (If you haven't filled out my blog survey, you can do that here. It would mean a lot to me.)

Feeling... tired. I got up early today. =P

Thinking... about my next editing project.

Hoping... that I can finish said editing project done in just a few days.

Considering... how I'm going to fit some reading into the schedule today.

Starting... to work on a couple reviews in earnest

Finishing... up some short projects so I can go make stuffed bell peppers.


What are you up to this week?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Blog Survey (Calling All Blog Readers)


Hello everyone! I have been thinking about revamping my blog lately, and I could really use your help. I've created a short survey and it would mean the world to me if you could fill it out. Even if you only read my blog once in a blue moon or you've just started following your responce would be very appreciated! Free virtual cupcakes if you do it! ;)

The survey is only seven questions and should only take about 3-5 minutes to fill out.

I've put the embedded survey below, but just in case that's not working for you, I've also left the link.

I spent way more time singing along to Broadway's Beauty and the Beast than I did actually creating this surveys. (Mostly Home. Such a good song. <3)

SURVEY LINK



Create your own user feedback survey

Thank you so much for your time! 

Monday, May 7, 2018

April Highlights


April was SO awesome!! I had a hard time narrowing down the highlights of the month!


I got to write in a restaurant for the first time. I had so much fun. My mom was meeting with a friend, so I set up my laptop at a table and had two hours of uninterrupted writing time. It was awesome.

I was babysitting and one of the kids said he was turning eight, I said that was one of my favorite ages. He asked why, and than we had to go through bullet points of my life from age eight through present time. It was fun. ;D Also during babysitting I played piano with a little 1 1/2 year old. Fun experience. He gave me a hug at the end of our 'duet.' <3 

 
My new lightbox.

I went to a friend of the family's wedding which was at a renaissance fair. Honestly, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be, but it was still fun to go. My sister Grace and I did a maze together, which was really fun.  

I had my first ever silly string war. That was incredibly fun. 

Wrote 30k for CampNaNo! 

Two of my sisters and I sat down to play a ten minute game of Taboo and ended up playing for two and a half hours. ;D

My sister Sarah and I at the writers retreat.

I went to a writers retreat with nine other awesome writers. It was amazingly refreshing and got me even more excited about writing. On the way home, I got sick, so I was down for the next few days, but thankfully it wasn't to bad!

I got a new camera lens! I was pretty happy because I got a good deal on a used one. I'm now officially a two lens photographer. 

I got called for jury duty. That's this month, so we'll see how that goes. I've only been in the system for about eight months, so they got to me fast! 



Bye For Now Apples of Gold
...As Yourself Letters To Jayna
Built to Last Whimsical Writings 
Make Me Brave Chasing Moonlight 
Get To Know Me Sunshine and Scribblings 
Christian Checkbox Scenes The Left-Handed Typist 


How was your April? Any highlights you want to share?