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The Wedding cover reveal

Hello everyone!

I’m super excited to share some exciting news: my friend Livy Lynn Jarmusch is releasing the third book in her trilogy, The Tales of Tarsurella , The Wedding!

If you haven’t read The Coronation or The Rebellion yet, definitely check them out, and also my reviews on those two last year.

So without further ado…

Isn’t it gorgeous? I love how Livy portrays faith, truth and hope in such a cute way. And the Royal Family of Tarsurella are purely awesome. I can’t wait to see what they get up to as the eldest son King Addison marries the amazing Vanessa Bennett.

Here’s a little snippet of what’s going to be in store:

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Surprise Party for Kellyn Roth!

Hello everyone!

This is a special surprise for Kellyn Roth, which is a token of thanks from some of your blogger friends, organised by the awesome Angela R Watts. Kellyn, I thank God for the amazing work you’ve done in the writing community, and I’m so thankful that you’re in my life. You’re a blessing, and an amazing gal, so you deserve every bit of thanks and more 💖

Enjoy the post, Kellyn!!!

Dear Kelly,

    Sometimes I will start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. But you finish those sentences. You, my beautiful friend, are the Dwight to my Michael. (Only you’re prettier. And we’re women.) No matter the weather, you’re there for it all, and I thank you. Thank you for our talks about Jesus. Thanks for the rants and rambles about fiction and life and everything in between. Thank you for the laughs. Thank you for your support.

    I could give a pretty long list of why you’re awesome but I’ll list 3 reasons. 1.) You’re God’s kiddo. 2.) You’re my friend. 3.) You’re a redhead. Just kidding, that’s not reason 3. Reason 3 is because you promised me Harrington. Haha.

    I love you, girl. God’s with you through it all and I’m honored to be a part of your life.

    Love,

    Angie Watts

Kellyn,

    You’re the first indie teen I read a book by, you made me realize I could write. I remember reading the last page of The Dressmaker’s Secret and swiping to your bio . . . I was shocked when I saw that a girl my age had written it, yeah, I still haven’t finished writing a book but I will. Thanks for the encouragement and support as well as the late night sprints!

    I’ve been scarce since I left The Young Writer’s Workshop and we haven’t talked much but your blog posts are as good as ever if not better. Yeah, I’m totally writing this too late . . . I still hope you like the letter, night!

    Abikay

   

    Dear Kellyn,

    Surprise! It has been a while since you have heard from me. This time I am the one writing you a letter (Shiv says hi to Jordy!).  I have always admired your writing and your determination. Your characters are always so real!

Blessings,

Rebecca

    Hey Kell,

    I remember first meeting you on the Young Writers Workshop. You’ve definitely come a way since then. I know it’s hard being an indie author in your genre, but keep fighting, okay? You rock, and I know I’ll be seeing you around on the web.

    Cheers,

    Germaine

Dear Kell,

“Yes, I know Kellyn Roth.” This is the first sentence I remember hearing about you years ago, by one author to another. When you later joined The Chatter Box, I was blessed to begin that getting-to-know-you process for myself. I’d love to share three ways knowing you has blessed me. 

You’re dedicated. In every area of life I’ve seen—writing, editing, publishing, your walk with God, business, and more—you don’t just get ideas, you act on them, and when you have a goal, you pursue it. What an inspiring example. 

You’re positive. Wow. Your joyful attitude is such a blessing. In every circumstance, you give thanks – and in so doing, you accomplish God’s will for your life (1 Thess. 5:18). 

You’re humble. You’re honest about your weak points (no need to hide you’re human!) without being self-deprecating. You’re willing to learn and not afraid to ask questions! And so you’re able to receive God’s grace. 

There’s much more, but these are just a few areas where I see Christ especially strongly in you. Keep seeking first God’s kingdom, and I promise (God promises!) all other things shall be added for you. And today I’m so blessed to be able to say for myself, “I know Kellyn Roth.”

Blessings to you!

Erika Mathews 

Hiya Kell!
If I were to play a game of describing every fellow artist I know, the first word that’d come to mind for you would be “inspiring.” Because it’s true. Ever since we came across each other on the YWP NaNoWriMo forums, and then later online (which was, truly, a miracle in itself!), you’ve been such an amazing inspiration to me. And no doubt many of the other young writers you know feel the same way. True thought is in every blog post, every beautiful story you write for us and for God. You’re a part that can never be replaced in our community. 🙂

 Wishing you the best in every blessing,

 ~ Merie

Dear Kell,

Keep blogging and writing books! They’re encouraging and inspiring to so many people in the blogosphere and indie author world around you!! I love reading your posts with your perspective on different topics… they always make me think! (I also love reading your ranty reviews on Goodreads! 😝) I think you were one of the people who inspired me to start writing my own books. Before 2018, I had no idea teen girls around my age even wrote books!! It’s pretty fun. Anyway, never forget the gifts God has given you. 

-Liz

Dear Kellyn,

I don’t have much to say except thank you. Thanks for being a homeschooled, historical fiction indie author friend. I love reading your books, yes, but I value your friendship and helpful blog posts even more. Keep growing in the Lord!

 

Hanna Kraft

Kellyn,

We don’t know each other well, but I just wanted to give you a shout-out for your amazing cover design! You’re an inspiration to indie authors and freelance cover designers alike!

~Kaitlyn Krispense

Dear Kell,

HEY WHADDUPPPPPP MY HOMEBRO

I hope you know that I love you SO much. Like CRAZY much. Even though sometimes I don’t see you for long long stretches of time, you’re one of my bestest buddies and I appreciate you for all that you do.

You’re a seriously inspiring person⁠⁠—competent, organized, and wicked creative. I don’t know how you get everything done that you do (writing buttloads of awesome books, running multiple blogs and social media accounts, running A LEGIT BUSINESS, TEACHING CLASSES, having ANOTHER JOB on the side, AND MORE?!?!??), but my current theory is it’s some sort of blood magic.

Thank you for being you, for sticking to your values, and for being an awesome friend.

I hope your summer’s going good!!!!!

TURTLE POWER GO

Love,

Sonja

Dear Kellyn,

I could say a lot of things. I could say thank you for your determination to make it into the publishing world (which you have done, considerably well), that I admire your blog posts and your books and you, that your puppies are ADORABLE, that it’s crazy to think how you’re juggling teaching and a business and writing and another job when the rest of us are still struggling with algebra—- and all of that woulda been true. 

But for today, the person I wanna acknowledge is Kell. Not the author, or teacher, or business professional persay, just Kell the person. Y’know, the one that’s not afraid to speak her mind, or stand up for something she believes in. The one that enjoys a good romance. The one that likes pink but doesn’t consider herself that much of a girly girl (what a weird label anyhow). The one that’s struggling. And going through a lot. And having hard times at times. And hasn’t let life crush her- yet. This turned out surprisingly dark but you know what I’m trying to say. XD Thank you for being you. 

That’s… that’s all I got. 

Jo-a-ruth

Hi Kell,

When I first heard about you I thought, wow that is a weird name, then as I got to know you a little bit better(mostly through blog tours and your instagram) I’’ve seen that you are also a really cool person and an interesting writer. My first thought however remains, you have an interesting name.

Esther

Hi Kellyn,

You’re pretty amazing, you know that? I watch from afar as you start businesses and publish books and mentor writers — including me. Thanks for helping with my random, frantic indie publishing questions and for being an amazing formatter.

Truly. You were an answer to so many prayers when it came to publishing my first book. 🙂

I know you are a valued member of YWW, and have halped so many young writers more than you think. Keep being such an amazing friend, writer, and ecourager. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us.

In Christ,

Sara

Dear Kellyn,

You, my adorable friend, are a flash of fireworks in a dark night, a rainbow amongst clouds, and a highlight in my online life!  When I first joined the social media a few years ago, I couldn’t have anticipated all the amazing people I would meet . . . and you were one of them.  I love your hilarious sense of humor (you never fail to make me laugh!) and your down to earth positivity. You are a constant bright spot, no matter where you are shining.  You are strong, funny, quirky, and one of a kind. Thank you for all the thoughtful conversations, all the laughter, and all the gifs. The Thanksgiving / Christmas wars would have certainly never been the same without you!  *wink* Congratulations on the incredible journey you have had so far and best wishes on all that is ahead for you. I’m so proud of the wonderful Christian young woman that you are. May His perfect path be clear to you always!  I praise God for the blessing of Kellyn Roth.

Love, Allison Tebo

Hey Kellyn,

When I first heard that there were Christian fiction authors, I actually found you through Angela Watts and from there; starting following your journey writing and encouraging other writers. I just wanted to thank you for your encouraging words and helping me understand that Christian fiction and historical fiction are more than just “boring.”

Thanks to you, I’ve started taking my own writing seriously and even if that isn’t what I do for a living, I know that I can create a book that speaks to people.

Thank you so much,

Joshua Reid 

Hey Kellyn, 

You, girl, are awesome.  I don’t know how you do it — working, writing A LOT, running a business complete with contractors, and being that epic all at once…when most folks your age are walking with knocking knees to their first college classes or trying to figure out where they’re going in life.  You know that’s right (cue Burton Guster/Dule Hill voice). When I first “met” you, albeit only online, I was amazed to find out that you weren’t even a high school graduate yet, since you seemed so mature and professional.  You’re an inspiration, not only to your readers, but to your community and the online writing community (communities?) as well. Watching you do your thing on the interwebs is always pretty awesome and inspiring — I hope you know how special and influential you are, just by being you, because that’s pretty fantastic.  

Keep the faith and keep being you! 🙂 

Michaela Bush 

Kellyn, 

We’ve never met, and the most interaction we’ve had is through comments on your blog and social media. But I still remember when I first heard of your existence. 

I was sitting in a choir practices and the lady next to me turned to me. She knew I was an avid reader (book lovers, unite!) and was telling me about the surprisingly good book she had read by a young author that she thought I would love. it was the first Chronicles of Alice and Ivy book, and she was amazed by it. She told she only picked it up because a homeschooler wrote it, and she didn’t even know homeschoolers could write. 

Not knowing I was a homeschool graduate, I sat and listened (trying not to laugh) at her explanations about homeschooling and how you had broken all of the molds she had concocted in her mind about it. 

And that sent me on a quest to discover who this girl was. And I found your books, and I found your blog, and I have been blessed and encouraged by both. 

Kellyn, I love the way you deal with tough issues, and you don’t shy away from them. Your blog has more than once encouraged me when I am struggling. Your books are ones I turn to when I need the comfort of old friends. And, more than that, your writing always point me towards Christ as the ultimate answer, and I have been thankful for it.

Please, continue to share your writing with the world. We need more of what you have to offer the world, more of the beauty you see and capture in the black and white words that you put down onto paper. We need more of your fearlessness to tackle the issues that people tend to ignore, and to bring clarity and light to them. 

Thank you, for being such a fearless, bold writer. 

With Joy,

Kaitlyn S. 

Dear Kell, 

I can’t even quite remember how we first met – it must have been on Goodreads somehow – but it feels like I’ve known you my entire blogging life (which is a mere two years haha) or that our getting to know each other was so slow and easy that the line between not knowing and being friends has been blurred to indistinguishable. (<< wow what a sentence)

Anyhow I’m so incredibly blessed and honored and happy to know you. You inspire me so much. You’re so real – like you don’t put on airs – and so accomplished and almost superhuman at the same time that I just … both look up to you and yet don’t feel like I do? Does that make sense? Maybe not. Moving on …

Some favorite memories :

  • Signing up for review copies of your books for the first time without knowing what they were about (?!) and being skeptical when I saw their premise

  • But being totally sucked in and ridiculously impressed and 100% convinced of your skills

  • You joining us for the journey of TGMSH even though it’s been slacking a lot haha. I’m just so honored to have you on as consultant with all your experience

  • Fighting over Little Women 😑 

  • Your post about why experienced bloggers should be nice to new bloggers

  • Seeing Reveries & Co. grow from scratch (#proud)

  • My dad complimenting you without knowing who you are bc I told him about Reveries & Co. being started by a 17 yo and he was just, wow this girl is so entrepreneurial (that’s the right word, right??)  and I was like 👍

  • Being in the same cabin for two camp nanos

Anyway. Just want to say it’s a pleasure to be your friend and here’s to many more years of knowing each other. May God continue to bless you, dear girl. 

cheers. 

Lisa

Hey Kellyn! 

I’ll be honest, all I can think of to tell you is this: Just immerse yourself in the Word and pray. 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

  • Philippians 4:4-8

(Here’s a few others too: Proverbs 3:5-6 / Psalm 139:23-24 / 1 Peter 5:6-9)

I’ll be praying for you,

Hannah K

Dear Kellyn,

You were the first ever teen author that I encountered. Before that, I didn’t even realise that people could pursue their writing dreams from a young age. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to me with your books, your awesome blog posts, and your life in general. God’s going to bless you for everything you’ve done and for everything you will do. 

Keep making people smile!

Blessings, 

Medomfo xxx

Dear Kellyn,

It’s been such a joy to work with you and develop a friendship over the time we’ve known each other. You are such a talented and creative young lady and I’m proud to call you friend! May God so richly bless you this year and every coming year. Hugs and happiest of birthdays to you, girlie! Oh, and welcome to the 18 Club.  

Blessings,

Sarah Grace Grzy

Dear Kellyn, 

Even though we have hardly had any interaction with each other, I have really enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your love for Jesus shine through your blog and your writing. I have enjoyed the few times that we have talked. You have also inspired me a lot since you were one the first teen writers I meet when I joined Goodreads 2 years ago. I cannot wait to see how God uses you next in your life. I hope you continue to be bold and blog what God puts on your heart because you are not only an encouragement to those around you but also a great inspiration for others to be bold. 

Thank you for everything that you do and I pray you continue to be a light in this dark world! 

In Christ, 

Abigail Harder

Be sure to give Kellyn some love in the comments💖💖💖

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Writing two povs ‘About the process’ – Guest post by Amanda Tero

Hello everyone! Today, Amanda Tero is going to tell us the writing process she used to write The Secret Slipper.

Writing Two POVs – About the Process for “The Secret Slipper”

 

I’m curious about almost anything. So when it comes to writing snippets for “about the process” of my stories, I always go through a plethora of random ideas before I settle on one. And sometimes, I wonder if the one idea I pick is really that scarce or if I just didn’t really read any articles of anyone else on it (I am the world’s worst at figuring things out on my own instead of reading directions…). 

 

For instance, writing in two POVs (Point of View). I have stumbled across articles on plotlines, on character development, word usage, research tips, etc. But when it came to reaching beyond my comfort zone of one POV, it was a full-blown experimental process for me.

 

I didn’t have a problem with that. But it definitely was one of the new “about the processes” of writing that I hadn’t experienced before. Because writing two POVs is drastically different than one. I don’t know how everyone else does it, but here’s kind of what I did (and why I did it)

 

I had a reason

I began writing from Lia’s POV only, but the more I thought on the story, I realized how much richer it would be if the reader saw Lord Kiralyn’s search for her rather than have her father conveniently show up when she most needed him. It also pulled the story along—because, as a reader, there is nothing more fun than to know what is happening on one side while this other character is clueless.

 

In addition to sharing both Lia’s and Lord Kiralyn’s POVs, the prologue is from Bioti’s POV—the only time you hear her side of the story. This portion of the story could have only been told by Bioti, so it fit. There was a reason.

 

I had structure

Different stories call for different POV structures. For example, in “The Secret Slipper,” I did even distribution: one chapter Liathen one chapter Lord Kiralyn, for the entire book. In “Protecting the Poor,” the story is more Dumphey-heavy where I have two or three of his chapters before featuring one of Noel’s. There were a couple of times in “The Secret Slipper” when I considered changing my structure, but in the end, it worked out to have the flow go evenly (and am I the only one who can’t break from a pattern one I establish it??).

 

I wrote what I was intrigued with

I’m not saying that I’m a “write only when the idea’s hot” type of gal—there have been many thousands of words I’ve written because they needed to be written but I didn’t feel like writing—but, if I lost interest in one story or wasn’t sure where to go, writing two POVs enabled me to jump to the other storyline. This worked out really well for me. A brick wall in one storylinedidn’t mean my progress stopped.

 

I played some

I’ll admit, one of my favorite scenes to write was when the two met without knowing in chapters six and seven (oops, spoiler alert…). Ah, all the author-thrills here of knowing some readers will scream at the characters for their ignorance. But it truly is fun to write the same situation and catch more than one person’s reaction to it.

 

I edited one POV at a time

When it got to editing, I realized that I needed to approach things slightly differently than normal. To make sure each storyline flowed smoothly, I read only Lia’s storyline then onlyLord Kiralyn’s storyline. It helped me with character consistency as well as fluidity in story.

 

I decided I liked it

Yeah… so much so that when it came to “Protecting the Poor” there was no question about it: Noel needed a story to go alongside Dumphey’s. And I’ll probably do it again. And again.Not every story calls for multiple POVs, but when it does, I’ll be a happy camper, because I enjoy this process of writing.

 

 

Do you like reading books with more than one POV? Have you ever written with more than one POV? Which do you like to write better?

 

Thank you so much Amanda! If you want to learn more about her book, The Secret Slipper, read on to get an overview on the blurb :

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Keen Blog Tour- Author Q&A

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to have Laura L Zimmerman over for an interview as we celebrate the release of her book Keen.

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

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t telling stories. One of my earliest memories is when I used my Fashion Plates to create characters in my book, “The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.” (Yes. That was the official title!) I didn’t actually take my writing seriously, however, until about 6 years ago. I’d written a number of manuscripts (or had detailed outlines for many more) but never made an attempt to get anything published. My husband challenged me to begin researching what the process would be to finally share one of my stories with the world.
2. What is Keen about?
KEEN is a contemporary fantasy about Caoine, a teen girl who was born a half-faerie–specifically a banshee. The only person in her life who knows her secret is her father who has helped her stay safe each night when she roams the streets and releases her banshee song. After arriving in a new town and at a new school, Caoine finds her “banshee curse” acting strangely and soon learns a faerie known only as the Unseelie Prince wants to use her gift for his own dark plans.
3. What inspired Keen?
The idea of the banshee was inspired by a TV show on the CW that featured a teenage banshee, that I saw a couple years ago. But Caoine’s character was actually inspired by my own daughter. I tried to imagine what it would be like for a teenager to be burdened with such a task her entire life. I felt that she would be emotionally complex and wanted to use a real life inspiration to get the character right.
4. Who is the book for?
Good question!! Ultimately, all my books are for God. I truly believe my inspiration and words come from Him. I would not be able to do what I do without the creativity of my Father. Beyond that, I wrote the book that I would enjoy reading. I try not to write to a particular person or to please a specific audience.
5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?
I hope readers can see that we all struggle with identity. No matter our age, we all want to belong and have a purpose for what we do. There will be times in our life when we know “who” we are more than others, and that’s okay. It’s in the journey that we grow and truly become who we are. There’s also a theme of dark and light reflected throughout the book. I feel like teenagers–and let’s be honest, even adults!–sometimes see things in only black and white, as if we can only be good or bad. But being a light in this world is a daily choice we can choose to make. And having a bad day doesn’t make us “dark.” Tomorrow is a new day and we can choose to make it a good one!
6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?
I’ve written a number of other books but none of them are published just yet. Hopefully a few more will be on the shelves in the near future!
7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
My favorite books to read are young adult novels, which is why I enjoy writing those novels, too. I really enjoy fantasy and sci-fi, but I enjoy reading historical fiction, too.
8. What Christian fantasy books would you recommend to new contemporary writers?
I would urge you to check out the Realm Makers online bookstore! They carry a wide variety of fantasy and sci-fi fiction by fellow Christian authors! Some that I will recommend are The Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes, Life After series by Julie Hall, The Songkeeper Chronicles by Gillian Bronte Adams, Children of the Blood Moon series by S.D. Grimm, The Firebrand Chronicles by J.M. Hackman, all the titles from L2L2 Publishing and Enclave publishing, Unblemished series by Sara Ella…I could go on and on. Definitely check out the Realm Makers tribe–we are a group of fantasy and sci-fi writers and there are a ton of fantastic books among us!
9. Where can we connect with you?
I love to connect with people!! Find me on Instagram @lauralzimmauthor, Twitter @lauralzimm, my website Caffeinated Fiction at lauralzimmerman dot com, and on Facebook under Laura L Zimmerman. My favorite things to talk about are books, writing, coffee and cats!
10. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?
Never give up. Don’t allow rejections or negative feedback from others get you down. Choose to write for you (and for God) and you will never be disappointed with what you’ve written. When you don’t rely on the praise or approval of others, it’s easier to look past the negative and get back to doing what you love most in this world–writing.
Thank you for having me on your blog! I had a blast getting to share a little bit of KEEN with your readers!
Thank you so much for the interview, Laura! If you want to learn more about Keen and Laura, then keep on reading 💖
You must walk the darkness to find the light.
Half-faerie Caoine has no control over the banshee lament she sings each night, predicting the death of others. A senior in a brand new high school, she expects the same response she’s received at every other school: judgment from fellow students over her unusual eyes and unnaturally white skin and hair. However, when Caoine arrives at West Lincoln High, for the first time in her life she finds friends. Real friends.
But being a teenager is never easy, especially when the star soccer player, Oliver, sets his sights on her. Allowing him to get close means revealing her curse to the human world. She can’t let that happen. Life spins further out of control when her lament comes out during the day, those whose death she predicts die right in front of her, and a dark faerie known only as the Unseelie prince blames Caoine by leaving her the creepiest notes ever. Her curse is not supposed to work like that.
In a race against time, Caoine must uncover the Unseelie prince’s identity and stop a spell before it unleashes hell on earth, all while trying to control her banshee song and finding a place among her peers .
Senior year just got real.

Laura L. Zimmerman lives in a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, three daughters, and three furbaby felines. Besides writing, she’s passionate about loving Jesus, anything Star Wars, and singing loudly. She takes her coffee black and spends her days pretending to do yoga. This is her debut novel. Find out more about her at http://www.lauralzimmerman.wordpress.com.