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A Week of Werewolves, Fairies and Fancy Dresses by Nicki Chapelway October 31, 2016

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Chelsea Welling is a completely normal fifteen year old girl… well normal except for the pesky fact that she thinks she is going crazy. Either that or she really is being transported to a magical world known locally as Amar. However when Chelsea is transported to Amar with her friend Easton, she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that these little trips are more than figments of her imagination. Then the unthinkable happens. Chelsea, Easton, Chelsea’s brother Clint, and their mutual friend Bobby are all stranded in Amar. They cannot return to Earth until they finish a dangerous quest that their fathers set out on over twenty years ago.

Chelsea is in for one trying week as she flees from werewolves, faces down faeries, and fits into fancy dresses- all while she struggles alongside her friends to fulfill the all-but-impossible tasks of finding out what the quest their fathers set out on was, and succeeding where their fathers failed.

About the Author

Nicki ChapelwayNicki Chapelway is the pseudonym used by a completely ordinary- as in you could pass her in the street and not be the wiser- teenage girl. She is only fifteen years old- I know, a real child prodigy- and this is the first of- hopefully- many stories written by her. She enjoys reading, writing (she wrote this book for her own entertainment- not yours; you just get to benefit from her hobby), swimming when she can, and obsessing about other peoples’ stories almost as much as her own. She also enjoys watching TV, her favorite movies and TV shows include: Doctor Who, Avengers, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Nicki currently resides in Ohio with her family of eight and two dogs, Rylie and Zoey. She is now working on the next books in this series- when she’s not distracted by other stories (both hers and others’). You can contact her at http://pausefortales.blogspot.com

 

Guest Post from Nicki Chapelway

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to write. I wished this even before I enjoyed reading (I actually spent the first half of my childhood hating to read and avoiding books like the plague).

I believe that the desire to write was inspired by my older sister (an author herself). When I as younger she would tell me stories that took place in the books that she was writing. In my eyes these books were the coolest things in the whole wide world, and my sister was one of the smartest, cleverest, most ingenuous people I have ever known (besides my parents of course) to have come up with them. I wanted to be just like her. The only problem?

I couldn’t write.

While my sister was writing great works (at least to my young mind) like Julien and Juliet I was trying to write lame stories such as The Princess in the Sewer. I thought it would be a great idea to write about a princess living in a sewer (you know ignoring the whole disgusting-ness of it all). However, that was as far as I ever got. As soon as I tried to come up with the prince and the villain, or at the very least an explanation what the princess was doing living in a sewer I realized that I was in way over my head.

After that I didn’t give up on writing per se but I certainly stopped trying so hard. I contented myself to simply play with myself, devising worlds and making up bad guys for myself to fight. I acted this all out, using my imagination to transform my Living Room into an enchanted forest. I devised whole worlds with interesting characters, strong heroines (played by mwa), and evil villians. Little did I know that I was world building and creating stories, something that I had previously thought impossible for me to do.

Fast forward some years and now I’m eleven years old. It’s two months till my sister’s birthday and a crazy idea comes to me. I can write her a story for her birthday based off of a game we played together called The Blue Butterfly. I figured that since it was already a reasonably well-developed story I would be able to just write the story without getting caught on the thing that always got me every time I tried to write a book, my inability (or so I thought) to come up with a story and a plot all my own. But it didn’t exactly work like that, I surprised myself by taking my own path while writing the story, changing some things and developing a different plot. I was shocked that the ideas for writing a story actually came to me. Then I realized something, I had been doing this all along when I had been playing my games, and if I truly wanted to be an author I could just write what I had been playing all these years.

At this realization, flood gates opened. Suddenly whole worlds- worlds that I never thought possible for me to see- were opened to me. All at once I got ideas for half a dozen books, and it seemed that everything I looked at gave me at least two other ideas. To a person who had spent her whole life up to this point in time simply languishing to come up with one doable idea this was all quite overwhelming.

I no longer had problems coming up with ideas, no my problem was now quite the opposite. I wasbombarded by ideas. I spent three years simply flitting from idea to idea never able to settle on one long enough to actually write it before I was distracted by something new and shinier.

Finally the summer of my fourteenth year I sat myself down and told myself that I was going to have to come up with a book idea and stick with it until I finished it, and so My Time in Amar book one A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses was born. Which I am so excited to have on a blog tour at Celebrate Lit. I really want to thank everyone on the Celebrate Lit team who made this possible, most especially Sandra, as well as everyone who is a part of this tour.

And to all my future readers, I hope you enjoy the book!

Blog Stops

October 25: A Baker’s Perspective

October 26: Simple Harvest Reads

October 27: Blogging With Carol

October 28: Book Babble

October 29: Through the Open Window

October 30: Blossoms and Blessings

October 31: Genesis 5020

November 1: Ashley’s Bookshelf

November 2: A Readers Brain

November 3: Bukwurmzzz

November 4: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

November 5: It’s Storytime With Van Daniker

November 6: The Power of Words (Spotlight)

November 7: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Giveaway

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In honor of her tour, Nicki is giving away a signed copy of A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses as well as a signed copy of Nicki’s soon-to-be-released second book! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway!https://promosimple.com/ps/a5f0

 

My thoughts:

I was really interested to read this since it was written by someone so young and I like a little fantasy once in a while.

I have to admit at first I had trouble getting into the book. This is one I would definitely say read for a bit before you give up. As we got more into the land of Amar the more I liked the book and the characters.

Chelsea has a fun, sassy tone that made the book easy to read. I can see where tween and even teens would enjoy this book.

We could tie their quest into finishing things our own father’s started or continuing with our faith on not giving up.

For those who like Narnia type books I think they would really enjoy this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me through The Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

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Obedience=Faith October 28, 2016

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By Ben White

I know my Friday posts have not really existed for quite awhile and I can’t even promise you now that I can be consistent. Friday sneaks up on me and I don’t want to write something just to say I did. I want my post to have meaning and depth for you.

So, I will share with you what I feel God has been trying to get me to see over the last couple of months.

I have learned: Be obedient even in the spiritually dry times. 

That’s where I have been for about two months now. I am struggling to get up early in the morning to be with Jesus. I have even skipped a couple of mornings because I chose sleep. I feel this way because I don’t feel like anything is moving in me. I feel like I am going through the motions of what I’m “supposed” to do and I hate it.

Now, there have been a few times when I felt God stirring in me but for the most part I’m going through the motions.

But what God is showing me through my continued obedience is that my faith is stronger then my flesh. I keep waking up and getting in the word  and trying to pray because I have faith that God will move in me. That something is going on that I’m not seeing. A greater purpose is growing in me.

I  have no idea what that is. But I believe it is something.

Why do I share this?

I have to believe I’m not the only one who feels spiritually dry. Maybe you feel like you are going through the motions of your faith. I’m here to tell you to keep being obedient. If Jesus has called you to do something keep doing it even if it doesn’t feel like He is meeting you.

He is. He is meeting you there. And He will keep meeting you there.

A shift is coming. I sense it. A shift is coming for me and it is coming for you too.

This is a time to show your faith. Remain faithful, don’t give up. Keep pressing in and eventually His spirit will overwhelm you.

I’m believing it for me and I’m believing it for you.

Stay obedient.

 

 

Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith October 27, 2016

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In November 1860, Jonah Ashton boarded the Providence with a plan to escort his family to their new settlement in South America and then return to medical school in Pennsylvania before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. What he didn’t count on was getting lost at sea and falling in love. When they finally reach land, Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart?

About the Author

Keely Brooke KeithKeely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press) andAboard Providence (CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in unconventional ways. When she isn’t writing stories, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

Guest Post from Keely Brooke Keith

The Uncharted series has a past…

The Uncharted storyline begins in the 21st Century in a hidden land that was settled in the 1860s by Americans. Throughout the Uncharted books, the characters refer to their founders’ history. Soon after the release of The Land Uncharted, readers expressed their desire for more. Why did the founders leave America in 1860? How did they plan the group migration? Where did they believe they were going? How did they establish what is now a fascinating culture?

I too was drawn by the founders’ story. When I set out to write it, I enjoyed fleshing out the mystery of how the founders arrived in the Land and what it was like for them, not only for the characters who wanted that adventure, but also those who didn’t. I became swept away on a journey of faith, sacrifice, and God’s unfailing provision.

The result is Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media, 2016).

Join the founders as they embark on their voyage to an uncharted land.

Blog stops

October 20: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

October 21: 1994

October 21: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

October 22: A Greater Yes

October 22: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberation

October 23: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

October 24: cherylbbookblog

October 24: Through the Open Window

October 25: History, Mystery & Faith

October 26: I Hope You Dance

October 26: Mary Hake

October 27: Genesis 5020

October 27: Blossoms and Blessings

October 28: A Readers Brain

October 29: Singing Librarian Books

October 29: Bigreadersite

October 30: Christian Chick’s Thoughts

October 31: Bibliophile Reviews

November 1: Pause for Tales

November 1: Karen’s Krayons

November 2: Proverbial Reads

November 2: Seasons of Opportunities

Giveaway

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In honor of her tour, Keely is giving away The Uncharted Series ebooks! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway!https://promosimple.com/ps/a60d

 

My thoughts:

You never know how a book will be when you have never read the author’s work before. I have to say, I would definitely read Keely’s work again.

She has written a story full of well-developed characters and a very interesting plot.

From the beginning I was captivated for the story. Jonah is facing trouble. If he leaves he could get into even more trouble yet he doesn’t want his family to leave without saying goodbye, so he takes a chance. Now what will happen?

Marian is a sweet young woman who is looking forward to the journey she is about to go. She is very concerned about her mother and her pregnancy which shows her kindness. She is drawn to Jonah immediately.

I also loved the idea of these people leaving to settle in a new colony. How scared and brave they were.

If you love historical romance I have no doubt you will be pleased with this book.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Tangled Web by Irene Hannon October 24, 2016

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Finn has packed away his combat instincts–but he may need them again when danger begins to stalk his quiet hideaway . . .

After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action–ready or not.

Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon draws readers into a web of psychological suspense where danger lurks in dark corners . . . and keeps them captive until the very last page.

My thoughts:

This is the final installment in this series. I have enjoyed it very much and looked forward to reading this book.

Know that you can read this book without reading the others and I think you will be fine. But it was nice already meeting Finn in the other books and finally getting to hear his story.

Irene created two characters with a broken past and who needed healing, not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. She did a great job weaving in the spiritual aspect into this book without being preachy.

I also really enjoyed the setting for this book, kind of isolated which gives the book a mysterious feel.

With all of the being said, this was not my favorite book. For me it lacked the tension I have come to expect. I found it very easy to put down and I never felt over invested in the story. There seemed to be a lot going one but didn’t tie together soon enough for me, even though I knew it would eventually it just seemed to take too long to get there.

This is my opinion only. If this book sounds interesting to you I encourage you to read for yourself and see what you think.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall October 20, 2016

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About Fraying at the Edge

Family, community, faith, and love.
These “quilt blocks” sewn together made Ariana’s beautiful life.
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will anything familiar remain?The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she’s immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana’s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can steady the tilting ground between Ariana’s two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life—no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and a deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t belong in either family.New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected futures?
 
Fraying at the Edge is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.My thoughts and giveaway:

I loved this book. What a wonderful story full of heartache and confusion. This is the second book and you could read this one without reading the first but honestly, reading the first gives this book so much more depth.

My heart just broke throughout this book. I can’t even imagine all you know being ripped from you. I loved when Ariana went off on her step-sister! That was priceless and unexpected.

Skylar needs a wake up call and I kept hoping she would get one and embrace this family that wants to love her.

All of it was so confusing for the hearts of those involved in this story. But it is masterfully written and I so enjoyed picking up with these characters again and seeing what happened to them.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.  
 

Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success by Linda Seger Th.D. October 19, 2016

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

For decades, many of us have concentrated on personal success at the price of our spirituality. Now, Dr. Linda Seger, a successful Hollywood insider who has dealt with the competition and worldly spirit of the film and television industry, reveals how you can attain your goals and desires without compromising your relationship with God. Dr. Seger tackles these important issues: how do you identify your calling? Handle risk? Cope with praise or blame? Identify and confront evil in our work? Deal with competition? Take the Leap of Faith? Meet and overcome the Seven Deadly Sins?

The book is based on her own experiences while trying to build her career as she became a world-renowned script consultant. She also interviewed over 30 people from all six continents and from the arts, the sciences, and business and reveals and identifies success and spirituality issues that have rarely been discussed before. The book won the “Enduring Light/ Inspirational” Illumination Book Award for Exemplary Christian writing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Linda Seger has a background in both drama and theology. She has focused her career as an international script consultant, seminar leader in the area of screenwriting, and author of 9 books on screenwriting. In the last eight years, she has also been writing books on spirituality. Dr. Seger has built her business based on the spiritual principles in her books. She is dedicated to helping her clients express their spirituality through their writing and to deepening the themes and values found in films. She has long been interested in the relationship of spirituality and creativity. As a result of her broad religious background, she is able to nurture the spiritual values of others through her books and her public speaking.

My thoughts:

This book really touches on many aspects of finding your calling and how do you know if that is what Jesus is calling you to? It really will get you thinking and pondering many areas in your life.

What are you doing? Do you feel you are doing what God has called you to do? And if not, why? This book will encourage you to examine these questions and so much more.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book, it really was much more “spiritual” than I was anticipating. I thought it might be a bit dry but it really wasn’t.

My only question or concern might be things seemed very “spiritual” but not really talking about Jesus a whole lot. I guess that could have been to make this book more open to other religions but I guess my thought it if I’m a Christian that is the only belief I want to write about and I want to bring God more glory by sharing Jesus with others.

But I really did enjoy the book and it gave me so much to think about.

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A copy of this book was given to me thought The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher October 17, 2016

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The Amish life is all she’s ever known–but will it satisfy her soul?

Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she’s earned her GED, saved her money–but she can’t quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly.

Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own. He’s come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to “everything Plain.” Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished–especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.

Ruthie’s next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back–and Patrick Kelly is in his way.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred–and the promise of hopes fulfilled.

My thoughts:

This book open with a scene that will draw you in. And I was. I was very excited to read more and see what would happen with these characters.

Suzanne does a great job of bringing this environment to life and introducing many characters. If you have read this series I supposed you won’t be introduced to them, you will already know them. But I hadn’t read any of the books before. And there might be my problem.

I didn’t really know the characters and there were so many that I felt what was promised on the back didn’t show itself soon enough. I began to wonder if Patrick was really a main character or not, or if he was just a secondary character. Even by page seventy I was wondering these things. His role in the book didn’t seem too important.

So much more focused seemed to be on the other characters and I felt a bit let down because I didn’t feel the back cover promised me what I had hoped.

This isn’t a bad book at all, as I said I was drawn in immediately, but I did find it very easy to put down and walk away. I think, for me, there was just too much going on that some things got lost along the way.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.