Posted in Author Spotlight, Book Reviews

Live Without You Book review

Hello everyone!

I’m super excited to be reviewing Live Without You as part of Sarah Grace’s celebrations for her debut book release!

About the book

Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t.

For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

My review

4.5 stars

Eeek! This book made my heart ache so much! This has been one of my favourite romances ever!!!! It had so many amazing lessons. What stuck with me was how God can strengthen your faith through hard times and how important it is to surround yourself with Christian friends who support you and encourage you through that season, which is was Ezra did for Piper.

I highly recommend this book to any teen upwards who loves a bit of romance or anyone that is going through a hard time and needs some encouragement.

Book Links:

Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Live-Without-Sarah-Grace-Grzy-ebook/dp/B07MBHCJLP/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42417561-live-without-you

Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.

A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.

I hope you enjoyed this review and I hope that you will check out this book soon! And make sure that you follow the book party Here and keep an eye on the schedule

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Posted in Author Interview, Writing, Writing Wednesday

Live Without You Author Interview

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to be interviewing Sarah Grace Grzy on her debut novella Live Without You, which I will review tomorrow!

1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I started writing during the summer of 2017. But to be honest, I didn’t actually start writing with the hope of becoming an author. I just started writing . . . for me. And then that turned into publishing, which has been a wild, crazy awesome journey.


2. What is Live Without You about?

Put simply, Live Without You at its core is about real people dealing with real issues. But here’s the official synopsis:

Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t.

For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

3. What inspired Live Without You?

There was no specific event or thought that I can think of that inspired the story. One day out of the blue the idea for the first scene flashed into my head, and the story just sort of flowed from there

4. Who is the book for?

Humans, mostly, but surprisingly I’ve also gotten feedback from a few penguins that enjoyed it as well. 😉 In all seriousness though, my target audience is fans of clean Christian fiction, age 16 and up, although there is nothing inappropriate that would make it unsuitable for younger readers.

5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?

My greatest hope is that readers will come away with a greater knowledge of their heavenly Father’s unfailing, unending, unfathomable love for them.

6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

I have not. Live Without You is my debut novel.

7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

All kinds! I truly do love a smorgasbord of all different genres. Contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and suspense would be at the top. I’m not really a fan of speculative fiction, but there are a few I love, and I’ll give almost anything a try. 🙂

8. What is your favourite romance novel?

Oh, good question. I just discovered the Walker Family series by Melissa Tagg, and it has quickly become a favorite! I can’t decide whether I like All This Time or Like Never Before better! Life After by Katie Ganshert would be another favorite, although I don’t think that’s technically in the romance genre.

9. Where can we connect with you?

I am on many of the social medias: Instagram at @sarahgracegrzy, Twitter at @esteticodesigns, and Goodreads at http://goodreads.com/sarahgraceg. My author profile is separate from my personal Goodreads account, and you can find that at http://goodreads.com/sarahgracegrzy , also have a web and graphic design business which you can find at a http://www.esteticodesigns.com/

10. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

Find your people! Whether they be family, friends, other writers\authors, or some combination thereof, create for yourself a “support team” who know you and know your goals. People who will encourage you to push through, but also remind you not to push yourself too hard. People who will pray for you. People who can give you writerly advice and critiques. Having people there to support me throughout writing and publishing has been crucial, and I truly don’t think I could have done it without them. Don’t feel like you have to go it alone

Thank you so much for interviewing me! It was a pleasure! 🙂

Thank you so much Sarah for letting me interview you! Be sure to read Sarah’s novella because it is amazing, and it is packed with so much truth. If you want to know more about Sarah, just read her bio below:

Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other. 

A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.

Posted in Book Reviews, Writing

Sarah’s Search for Treasure Book review

Welcome to the circulating blog tour and giveaway for The Searchers series of middle grade historical fiction by Bertha Schwartz, hosted by JustRead tours!

You can find the tour schedule Here

About the book

It’s 1849, and when Sarah’s papa and brother strike out for gold, she is stuck at home to help take care of the family and farm. This task quickly turns dangerous as the Gold Rush rises in frenzy around them. Neighbors abandon their livestock and the family must fend off half-started miners ready to steal everything they have. Sarah decides to turn her circumstances into a business—feeding the miners in exchange for gold and labor.

Sarah’s ingenuity and leadership are tested as she faces thieves, mysteries, and violent miners. Trouble closes in on all sides, and Sarah must make tough decisions on her own. 

Soon Sarah learns that true treasure is not always gold, and that the greatest adventures can happen without even leaving home.

Sarah’s Search for Treasure is the third book in The Searchers series and contains thought-provoking discussion questions for young readers.

My review

This was so interesting seeing the Gold Rush from a child’s point of view, and it was a great reminder of how young people can influence older people.

So far, this series has been really good, and I wish I had something like this when I was a tween. But hey, I’m reading it now😊

I can’t wait for the next book to come out!

Where to buy the book

You can buy the book Here

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.

Note: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review

Posted in Book Reviews, Writing

Kelly’s Search for Family Review

Welcome to the circulating blog tour and giveaway for The Searchers series of middle grade historical fiction by Bertha Schwartz, hosted by JustRead tours!

You can find the tour schedule Here

About the book:

It’s 1880 and Kelly lives alone with her Papa, a lighthouse-keeper in Massachusetts. She longs to know more about her Mama, and Papa has finally promised to tell her the truth on her fourteenth birthday. Before Kelly can learn much though, dangerous men the notorious Blackburn Brothers arrive unannounced and take Papa away. Kelly is left alone and responsible for the lighthouse. 
Granny, a former slave and family friend, learns of Kelly’s plight and decides to help find the answers to her questions. Mysterious letters, snow storms, and violence threaten Kelly’s safe haven as new friends help unearth old secrets in Kelly’s lighthouse home. How can she bring her papa back? Who is her true family?

My review

Oh. My. Gosh! I loved how intense it was, and how everything weaves into each other so well! Even though this is aimed for tweens and teens 11-14, I still enjoyed it as an older teen. It was really encouraging to see how kindness and faith can have a big impact on people and how by fighting for what’s right, you end up helping more people than you anticipate.

Where to get this book:

You can find a link Here

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.

Note: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review

 

Posted in Book Reviews, Writing

The Searchers Tour-Daisy’s Search for Freedom Spotlight

Hello everyone!

I’m just quickly posting to highlight that there is a blog tour going on for The Searchers series!

Welcome to the circulating blog tour and giveaway for The Searchers series of middle grade historical fiction by Bertha Schwartz, hosted by JustRead tours!

You can find the link to the tour Here

In the meantime, you can find the link to my review of Daisy’s Search for Freedom Here

You can also but the book Here

Posted in Dreams, Monthly R and R

Winter 2019 Goals

Hello everyone

I thought that I’ll share my winter goals that I made earlier this month with you before January ends😊

1. Have one verse to memorize a week and one Psalm to study a month

2. Sing a translation of one worship song that I know in another language during my quiet time

3. Start exercising 10-20 minutes in the weekend

4. Write prayers in my prayer/devotional journal

5. Do well in my mocks and highlight areas to work on afterwards.

6. Start outlining/brainstorming for two novelette/novella ideas

7. Start writing a devotional a week

8. Write a chord progression and melody for a piece

9. Write some ideas for songs

10. Write in my language journal once a week

11. Plan to meet up with people in February and/or March.

Posted in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Birthday, Writing, Writing Wednesday

The Daily Life Of Hailey Grace-Author Q&A

Hello everyone!

Today, I’m very excited to interview Beloved as part of the celebrations for her debut book, The Daily Life Of Hailey Grace

 1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I started writing with the hopes of becoming an Author about three years ago. I believe it was somewhere around the year 2016.

 2. What is Daily life of Hailey Grace about?

The Daily Life of Hailey Grace is about a teenage girl who discovers faith through her own journey and relationship, that she ultimately finds in God and in the power of believing that with Him all things are possible to those who believe.

 3. What inspired Daily life of Hailey Grace?

The inspiration behind the novel comes through my own experiences, hopes, and a yearning for Jesus I saw in the eyes of our youth.

 
4. Who is the book for?

The book is for anyone who knows there’s more to lifethan what they are experiencing in their every day. Also,for tweens and teenage girls who may be struggling with identity, faith, and self-confidence.

 5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?

I want readers to gain an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ, faith, hope, and love. I want them to come to know, trust, and love Him whole heartily. I want them to know that they have everything their heart could possibly desire in the heart of Jesus Christ.

 6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

I have quite a few books in the works. I have two books that will follow The Daily Life of Hailey Grace which will complete the series. So, please be on the lookout for those as well as some other treats later in the year. I post all upcoming events, and books on my website at www.belovedauthor.com

 
7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading Christian Romance, Christian Fantasy, and Christian Family novels.

 

 8. How do you celebrate your birthday?

Hmm…that’s a good question. Well this year I’m starting my own little tradition. I will be spending special time with Jesus in prayer, bible reading, and journaling. Then, I will be heading out to the movies before ending my birthday in His arms chatting with Him about my thoughts on how my day went, and my dreams, and listen to whatever it is He desires to share with me.

 9. Where can we connect with you?

You can connect with me on Facebook/belovedchrist or my Instagram belovedforever2018. I also enjoy reaching out to readers or anyone who simply wants to chat at my website. www.belovedauthor.com

 

 10. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

My advice to aspiring authors is to PRAY. Allow God to order your steps and direct your paths. Make your relationship with Jesus be your everything and everything else will fall into its place

For Hailey Grace, birthdays suck! She hopes with all her heart that her big day passes without gifts, or even a birthday wish. But with loving parents and two witty best friends who keep her on her toes, there’s no telling what adventure Hailey Grace will be forced to explore this time. Unexpectedly, her best friend Alex challenges her to do something she’s never done before. With that comes a whole new set of rules, and another life Hailey isn’t sure she’s quite ready for. Now questioning all that she has ever believed, she takes Alex up on the dare by asking for something that no one but God can give her. Her request also comes with a twenty-four-hour deadline. As the minutes slowly but surely tick by, Hailey’s life shifts into overdrive and she wonders if she has asked for too much too soon.

Beloved is a ministry leader and Christian Romance Author born and raised in Miami, FL. She spends much of her time studying the scriptures and has a gift for sharing the Gospel. Through her debut novel, Beloved hopes to inspire youth to seek God whole-heartily, knowing there is nothing impossible with Him on their side!

Posted in Creativity Challenge, Writing

January 2019 Creativity Challenge: Suffering

Hello everyone!

Many apologies for writing this so late( I had some creativity trouble creating this post!)

This month’s theme was supposed to be on Suffering.

Here are a few prompts to help you create or start a mini project:

Books:

Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors

Songs:

Oceans by Hillsong United

No Longer a Slave by Mellisa Helser

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom( or any biography about Corrie for that matter)

I hope that you’ll be able to produce something that’s inspired by these prompts 💖💖💖

Posted in Dreams, Monthly R and R, New Year

16 Goals for my 16 Years

Hello everyone!

Today is my 16th birthday, so I thought that I’d celebrate with some goals 💖

In 2018, inspired by Meg D Gonzalez, I decided to create a number of goals according to how old I was going to be in that year.

Last year, I created 15 goals was I was turning 15. I wrote them in the front of my journal, so that I could keep accountable of what I was doing.

This year, I am sharing with you my 16 main goals before I share with you tomorrow my mini goals for Winter 2019:

1. Memorise and speak more Scriptures

2. Listen and sing to at least one worship song during Bible study

3. Explore Christian ladies/Youth conferences/events

4. Keep a prayer and devotional journal

5. Exercise 5-10 minutes a day/ 20 minutes 3 time’s a week

6. Get a job as a babysitter and tutor

7. Get at least 6 ‘9’s for my GCSEs

8. Study more

9. Write a story/ poem/devotional a month

10. Publish edevotionals and novelettes/ novellas on Kindle

11. Compose a song/ piece a month

12. Write a book of pieces/ songs

13. Learn one song in other languages a month

14. Read stories in other languages

15. Keep a language journal

16. Meet up with more people, especially Christians my age

And there you have it!

What are your goals for 2019?

Posted in Creativity Challenge, Dreams, Writing, Writing Wednesday

Introducing Creativity Challenges

Hello everyone!

This year, I want to host monthly creativity challenges for anyone who wants to do something creative each month.

It can be any form of writing, (short story, articles, novellas, books etc) music composition( songs, rondos etc) and art( photos, paintings, digital designs etc)

I’ll announce a theme and attach prompts as well to give you a creativity boost.

These projects don’t have to be finished or big- they can just be little creative exercises 😊

I’ll be posting January’s challenge tomorrow, so stay tuned!