Friday, November 17, 2017

Author Interview // Faith Potts

I've been wanting to do an author interview with Faith ever since she published her first book in June of this year. I finally got around to coming up with the questions and asking her and she said yes. I hope you enjoy the interview!

Faith Potts is a teenage writer, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the southeastern US. When she's not writing stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading books, or creating pottery, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and – of course – blowing dandelions. Faith blogs over at Stories by Firefly and Chosen Vessels.






1. When did you first become interested in writing?
I first became interested in writing in the late summer/fall of 2014. So yeah, over three years! :D

2. How did you become interested in writing?
Through a short-story contest, centered around my favorite book series. Mrs. Susan Marlow from the Circle C Adventure blog was hosting her second short-story contest and I, a new fan of the books, decided to give it a shot. I wrote two stories for the contest – which led to several other finished and unfinished fanfiction stories. By the winter/spring of 2015, I was coming up with my own characters and plots to write.

3. Is there any specific authors/books that have inspired you?
Well, Mrs. Marlow, obviously! ;) Others would include Sarah Sundin for her amazing WWII fiction and Joanne Bischof for her beautiful writing style.

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you? (character development, story line, etc.)
For me, I think it depends on the story. In historical settings, for example, I want to be sure I get everything right so that it's true to the time period. I'm not sure that would be considered a part of writing, but it does play a factor. Other than that, I think my character development could use some work.

5. What’s the easiest part?
Coming up with the story idea. Hashing out the characters relations (families, siblings, etc.). Planning the (usually) happy ending. If I'm really 'into the story', then the writing part is pretty easy too. :)

6. Do you have a favorite time period that you like your stories to be set in?
Ooo, that's tough! This time last year I would have easily said WWII/the 1940s. But I've written two books in contemporary settings since then, so...maybe it's a tie between those too. ;)

7. Are you currently working on a book? If so, when do you hope it will be done?
I'm going to give a kind of 'yes and no' answer here because, when I think of working on a book, the actual writing is what comes to mind. In that regard, no, I'm not currently working on anything. But if we're talking about anything pertaining to the bettering of a book, then yes! I'm currently editing my WWII historical fiction novel. I'm hoping to release it next summer/fall if all goes according to plan. :)

8. What was your favorite scene to write in Dandelion Dust?
I like this question. *wink* But I'm honestly not capable of picking one scene. The part where Drew and Charity pray in the hospital room (end of chapter 6) is right there at the top though. It almost sounds silly given how many times I've read it, but it gives me feels. <3 The haircut scene is another favorite. I really enjoyed bringing out the characters' joking and snarky sides during that. ;)


You should definitely check out Faith's books, Dandelion Dust. It is very good and definitely a book I'd recommend!
You can go here to purchase it.

About the Book:
Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . for one day, the flower will be gone.


Thanks so much for doing this, Faith! :)


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Comes Early Blog Tour


Are you excited for Christmas? I sure am!! One of my favorite things to do at Christmas time is to read Christmas stories! Rebekah A. Morris just came out with 8 new Christmas books! I'm really excited to read all of them. Today I'll be spotlighting two of her new books.


The Christmas She Wanted
Christmas had lost its charm and wonder. Mrs. Rush hated the feeling but was powerless to fix things. Traveling to visit relatives for the holidays, the Rush children pass the time with their eyes glued to the screens of their devices. That is, until the flashing lights of a State Highway Patrol car bring their trip to a sudden and unplanned-for stop.










Christmas Smiles
This was Lana’s second Christmas without her parents, who had died in an accident, and she was sure it would bring nothing but tears, because she and her aunt couldn’t seem to get along. When a frightening experience occurs, Lana, her cousin, and her aunt and uncle find unexpected cause for smiles.













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.







Blog Tour Schedule:
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
Once Upon an Ordinary – Review
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
Ordinary Girl Extraordinary Father – Review
Bookish Orchestrations – Closing Post



Friday, November 10, 2017

The Vintage Jane Austin Blog Tour and Author Interview



Hi everyone! Today I am participating in the Vintage Jane Austin Blog Event. There are several books that are Jane Austin re-tellings. The books are written by various authors and today I am doing an author interview with Sarah Holman, the author of Emmeline.


1. When did you first become interested in writing?
When I was eleven, I was fascinated with the Middle Ages, and I was frustrated by the lack of books I wanted to read. Couple that with an active imagination and a mom who encouraged me to write down a story idea, I got hooked on writing early. I wrote my own version of Robin Hood (which many years later was re-written as Brothers and Betrayal).

 2. Is there a specific authors/books that have inspired you?
As I read a lot growing up, authors were naturally inspiring for me. Grace Livingston Hill was an early inspiration. She wrote over one-hundred books, and they were among some of my early favorites. Her books were mainly about girls overcoming significant challenges and drawing closer to God. There was usually a romance, but it was sweet often not even the main point of the story.
Christy by Catherine Marshall made a huge impact on me in my early teens. It is a gritty book at times, but a beautiful story of a young girl whose faith is challenged when she comes up against things that don’t have an easy answer.
In recent years, books by Elizabeth George (a Christian non-fiction writer) and Sarah Sundin (World War II novelist) have impacted me a lot.

 3. What was the first book that you published, and how long did it take you to write it?
The Destiny of One was my first published book. I started in in 2007 and published it in 2011. However, it only took me about four months to write it.

4. Do you have a favorite time period that you like your stories to be set in?
The Middle Ages are still my favorite time. Knights, princesses, and the like still capture my imagination like nothing else, which is probably why the Tales of Taelis series among my favorite projects.

5. What was your favorite book to write?
That is a really tough question. I guess, if forced to pick, I had the most fun writing Brothers and Betrayal. I had so much fun with the characters, creating fun settings, and revisiting some of my oldest ideas.



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 
Series Spotlight - Kelsey’s Notebook

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
Interview and 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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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fun Books, Fun Movies, and Fun Times -- My October Highlights

October is officially over.

This is a picture of low lying fog in our valley

~My book club is still going well. This past month we discussed Millie's Unsettled Season. All the girls really liked the book so I was super excited.

~My mom, grandma, and I went to a quilting class.

~I went to the movie theatre with my mom and brothers and we saw Let There Be Light. You can read my review here.

~Chesapeake Shores season 2 ended and it was another great season.

~I celebrated my 2nd year of blogging!

~Football ended for my brothers. Well, actually there is one more all-star game in a couple days. They played well and I enjoyed going to their games.

~The last couple years my brother and I have played our violins in a Christmas concert that our town has. The beginning of October is when the practices started and it's been going well so far.

~Our church had a family festival on the 31st. Some of my family went to that. It was fun, but cold.


I read some really fun books this month. I read:
Too Long a Stranger by Janette Oke
The Proving by Beverly Lewis
Red Like Crimson by Janice Thompson
This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof
SummerHill Secrets volume 2 by Beverly Lewis
Andi Lassos Trouble by Susan K. Marlow


Did you have a nice October?
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is in a couple more weeks and Christmas is only about 51 days away?!


Monday, October 30, 2017

Let There Be Light // Movie Review

About the Movie:
For all his far-reaching fame, Sol Harkens, the world's most famous atheist, is a lonely soul and a lousy part-time dad. After a near death experience challenges his simplest assumptions about this world, Sol finds his purpose and re-imagines his life, in a film that will make you laugh and cry and want to stand up and cheer.

You can see a trailer of this movie here.


Let There Be Light is a movie that just came out this last weekend (the 27th) in theaters. It is directed by Kevin Sorbo and written by his wife, Sam Sorbo. They both star in the movie. Their kids are in it as well. Let There Be Light is a great movie. I wasn’t really too sure what to expect with this movie, but I enjoyed it and it is a movie that I’d watch again. 
It is only in select theaters, but if it’s in a theatre near you, then I’d definitely recommend going to see it. 


I give this movie 8 out of 10 R's 




Saturday, October 28, 2017

Book Recommendations // More Fall Books

A couple weeks ago I did a book recommendation post of some of my favorite fall books. Today I decided to share a couple more fun fall reads!



Red Like Crimson by Janice Thompson
Sin has caused a rift in their relationship. When Adrianne, a Bible college student, realizes she’s expecting a baby, she faces a monumental decision. Filled with guilt and shame, she makes the impulsive and regrettable choice to run—to leave college, to leave the relationship, and to return home to her parents in Pennsylvania. The fog of shame has altered her thinking. Staying in the relationship will prevent the man she loves from fulfilling his God-appointed call to become a missionary. But, as the days, months and years tick by, Adrianne regrets her decision. After coming to grips with God’s grace, she attempts to find Chris—her daughter’s father, so that she can share the truth of what she’s done. Unfortunately, he is impossible to locate, now that he’s ministering in the jungles of Nicaragua. With all hopes of locating him gone, a reconciliation feels hopeless. Chris-rejected, confused, and heartbroken at the loss of the woman he loves-has finished school and finds himself in Nicaragua, loving life as a missionary. But the void left by Adrianne's unexplained departure remains. When Chris returns to the States for a friend's wedding, is his unexpected meeting with Adrianne a coincidence or a "God incidence?" Can they put aside the past and embrace a future together as a family?

This book has such a fun fall cover! I read this book for the first time a couple weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. You can read my review of it here.




The River by Beverly Lewis
Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.
Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?

The River isn't my most favorite book by Beverly Lewis, but I did still enjoy it.





The Sunroom by Beverly Lewis 
When I was twelve, I made a naïve, yet desperate pact with God to keep my ailing mother alive. It was the first time I'd ventured something so brazen--making a contract with the Almighty...
So begins the story of Becky Owens, a talented and passionate young pianist on the verge of adolescence when she learns the devastating news of her mother's critical illness. As the daughter of a country preacher in Lancaster County, Becky knows well the significance of sacrifice, and in her bargain with God, she vows to exchange her most cherished possession for her mother's life. Hospital rules only add to Becky's sorrow--twelve-year-olds aren't allowed to visit, so Becky and her mother must share tearful smiles through Lancaster General's sunroom window. But a realization of the power of music and a lesson in unconditional love compel Becky to rethink her "deal" with God, and the sunroom becomes a place where miracles happen...

This a short, sweet book. It's a bit sad though. I'm not positive that this book takes place in the fall, but it kind of feels like a fall book to me. You can read my review of it here.




The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. Those plans started to crumble when her father moved the family to Stoney Ridge, then completely collapsed when John decided to marry someone else. Katrina is devastated. How could she have felt so loved, yet been so deceived?
As she struggles to face a future without him, a widow asks for her help to start a new business and Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose. What she doesn't need is attention from Andy Miller, a farm hand who arrives at the widow's farm just when help is most needed--and who always seems to say the right thing, and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy
for real, or too good to be true? Deceived once before, Katrina is determined to keep her feelings in check. 
When a cascade of events is set in motion by some surprising information, the little Amish church is turned upside down. Soon, everyone has a stake in the outcome, and the community struggles to find the best response to an imposter in their midst. Can they forgive even the most deceitful deeds?

The Imposter is the first book in the series The Bishop's Family. It took me a little while to get into the story, but after some time I did start enjoying the book. I did like book two better, but this one was good.




Dana's Valley by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan 
Erin Walsh thinks her family is as close to perfect as a family can be. But when one grim diagnosis is all it takes to shake them to the core, she wonders if things can ever go back to the way they were. Erin’s attempts to go about life as usual feel empty, and as each member of her family seems to struggle alone, she is about ready to give up on God. However, Erin has yet to learn that God will never give up on her.

This is a sad book, but it was also good. Dana's Valley covers a few years, so this book doesn't all take place in the fall, but to me it feels like a fall/winter book.




Monday, October 23, 2017

Red Like Crimson // Book Review

From the Back Cover:
Sin has caused a rift in their relationship. When Adrianne, a Bible college student, realizes she’s expecting a baby, she faces a monumental decision. Filled with guilt and shame, she makes the impulsive and regrettable choice to run—to leave college, to leave the relationship, and to return home to her parents in Pennsylvania. The fog of shame has altered her thinking. Staying in the relationship will prevent the man she loves from fulfilling his God-appointed call to become a missionary. But, as the days, months and years tick by, Adrianne regrets her decision. After coming to grips with God’s grace, she attempts to find Chris—her daughter’s father, so that she can share the truth of what she’s done. Unfortunately, he is impossible to locate, now that he’s ministering in the jungles of Nicaragua. With all hopes of locating him gone, a reconciliation feels hopeless. Chris-rejected, confused, and heartbroken at the loss of the woman he loves-has finished school and finds himself in Nicaragua, loving life as a missionary. But the void left by Adrianne's unexplained departure remains. When Chris returns to the States for a friend's wedding, is his unexpected meeting with Adrianne a coincidence or a "God incidence?" Can they put aside the past and embrace a future together as a family?


Red Like Crimson
is a really good book. This is only the second book I've read by this author, but I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of her books soon.
Even though this book has some harder issues like wedlock, it's a super clean book. There's no descriptive talk about it or any going back to "re-live" the scene which was really nice.
The only thing that I didn't really like, and it didn't draw away from the story or anything, but a couple times it was hard tell which character was talking. I think it might've been the formatting of the book. It only happened like two times, so it wasn't a big deal, just a bit confusing. ;)


I give this book 9 out of 10 R's