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September 2018 Reflections and October 2018 Resolutions

Hello everyone!

Apologies for being absent so far- things are getting really busy in my corner!

September was pretty successful on the whole.

1. Submit an article to Project Inspired

Yes, but I haven’t gotten a reply yet, so we’ll see!

2. Start speaking

some Romanian

Just a few phrases, but I am speaking!

3. Do exam papers on my GCSE subjects each week.

I’ve done some subjects, but not all.

4. Edit When Martha Rests, my devotional book,.

Um, no. I’ve started writing more devotionals though!

5. Plan a blog event for October/ November for this blog’s one year birthday( 1 year, guys!)

Yes, and I hope things will kick off well😊

6. Compose a song

I’ve started a project, which I hope to finish by Christmas!

Now onto October goals:

1. Do a creative reflection on Romania

2. Create a 5-10 minute stretch routine to do each day.

3. Write 5,000 words of devotionals

4. Continue my composing project

5. Choose 2 subjects to do really well in this term

How about you?

How is October so far?

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Autumn Creativity

It’s autumn. The season for kids going back to school. The season for the leaves to turn orange and for harvest festivals to occur.

But what is so special about autumn for writers?

It’s NaNoWriMo season!

Even if you don’t write something in November, autumn is a great season to collect and store writing ideas for the rest of the year.

Here are 3 ways to unleash your creativity in autumn:

1. Keep it visual. One of the best ways to stimulate creativity is to see something. And of course, you see loads of things everyday. How will you be able to keep those ideas?

• Pinterest boards. I absolutely love Pinterest boards as you can save anything on the go. Not only are they so much fun and inspiring, but they are also really cute too😊

• Take photos. Almost everyone has a phone or a device that can take pictures. Did you lay out sheets of paper in a cool way at work? Take a picture. Do you like seeing your shadow? Take a picture. If you can take it, snap it.

• Watch movies. Let’s face it, when we read a book, it sometimes feels like you have a movie inside your head. Well, why not watch some actual movies? Not only will you have awesome ideas of how characters should look like, but it will also give you some inspiration for story ideas.

2. The Sounds Of Music. Ah, music. The heart of inspiration, in my opinion anyway 😊, . But there are so many songs to choose from! Where do you even start?

• The right stations. Radio stations are great, especially when you’re in the car on your way to school or work. But not every station is suitable for everyone, so make sure that you find the right station for you. For me, you can find me enjoying tunes to Classic FM. For some of my friends, they’ll be listening to a station that I don’t even know of!

• Play that Playlist. Playlists are a great way to choose songs for any mood. You can have a playlist for romance, a playlist for a fight scene, or simply just for encouragement to get you going through the day. Whatever mood you’re in, make that playlist. I highly recommend using Spotify for playlist creating.

• Go to concerts. What better to view creative vibes than going to a concert! There are so many kinds of concerts, each with different atmospheres and feelings. Think about how you feel, and lock it somewhere for you to create something out of it later.

3. Write. That’s right. Just write. Draw. Compose. Whatever you do! How else are you going to place your creativity into action without doing anything?

But what if I don’t feel like it? What if I don’t know where to start? I have too many ideas in my head!

Here are 3 ways to deal with that.

• Creativity sprint. Just set that timer and write as many words as you can. Create a melody as long as you can. Draw a picture for as long as you can. Then when the timer is finished, stop, look at your work, edit your work, and make a goal for your next creativity sprint.

• Get in the mood ! Use the pictures that you found, listen to the music that you love. Just get in the mood! Abbiee Emmons has an amazing video on this which you can click here( you may recognise some of my tips in this video, because she inspired me to make this post 😊): https://youtu.be/dS9xh6Css3Y

• Pray. Seriously. If you are struggling with motivation, just ask God to give it to you. He’s the Ultimate creator, and He loves it when we are creating 😊

How about you?

How are you going to be creative this season?

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August 2018’s Book if The Month-When Beauty Blooms

Hello everyone! Today’s book is special as it it part of Victoria Lynn’s Blog Tour this week( and my first blog tour review!)

About the book:

Revolutionary War Era England

Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.

The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?

A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.

What I loved:

I loved the way that Ginger, Daphne and Marjorie interacted with each other, even though they were quite different personality wise.

Age Recommendation: 12+

For anyone who wants a sweet short romance, this is perfect.

Where to buy this book

You can buy it on Paperback ( https://www.amazon.com/When-Beauty-Blooms-Victoria-Lynn/dp/1723352721/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1532912849&sr=8-2&keywords=when+beauty+blooms+by+victoria+lynn

For Americans) and on Kindle ( For Americans here:

https://www.amazon.com/When-Beauty-Blooms-Victoria-Lynn-ebook/dp/B07FNZXM1K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532912849&sr=8-1&keywords=when+beauty+blooms+by+victoria+lynn )

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Chosen For Such A Time As This Author Q&A

Eek! It’s August! And what better way to start than with an author interview with Jheralynne Foster on her new book!

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

I knew I wanted to become an author when I was in elementary school! That’s when I started writing short stories, poetry and scripts.

2. What is Chosen for Such a Time as This about?

Chosen is a non-fiction, devotional style book written to encourage women of all ages to trust God’s timing, no matter where you find yourself in this season. Chosen is my personal story where I share the lessons I’ve learned and how God has transformed my life.

3. What inspired Chosen for Such a Time as This?

God has taught me so much over the past few years and He placed it on my heart to share my story with other women. The title comes from the belief that there is purpose and beauty in each season.

4. Who is the book for?

Chosen is for women and girls who need hope, understanding and wisdom regardless of where they are in life or what their experiences have been. It is for those who need a fresh perspective or encouragement in their daily walk with Christ. It also addresses many of the issues Christian singles are faced with, and provides practical ways to overcome them!

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

I want every reader to know that she is created in God’s image and He has a unique plan for her life. My prayer is that readers will have a better understanding of their worth in Christ, His character and how to trust God and live for Him in today’s world.

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

I am currently writing my second book, which is a 90-day devotional. It will be published this December, so stay tuned! 🙂

7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading books that encourage me to grow. I also enjoy reading relatable fiction books!

8. Where can we connect with you?

I blog at jheralynnefaith.com! I also recently created Instagram and Twitter accounts. You can follow me @styledandgraced

9. What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

I believe the gift of writing and the desire to write come from God. We were made in His image and He is the ultimate creator, which is why He gives us creative ideas and talents. If you’re a young aspiring writer, I encourage you to write every single day, even if it is journaling. Ask God for direction in how He wants to use you and be intentional about developing your craft! Be confident in who God has called you to be and don’t allow discouragement or fear to keep you from pursuing purpose!

Thank you so much Jehralynne! Be sure to go and check out her book!

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The Reluctant Godfather Blog Tour- Author Q&A

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

I’ve been writing for sixteen years, and I think the hope of becoming an author has been there for over a decade—but it didn’t become something I knew I was going to seriously pursue until I was in my early twenties.

What inspired The Reluctant Godfather?

It’s a terribly uninteresting answer but . . . nothing in particular!  Oddly enough, the whole book sprang into my mind nearly fully formed.  I had just returned from a vacation, and my mind is often relaxed and distrated at that point and sometimes get the creative juices flowing.  There really wasn’t a particular thing that inspired the book – it just dropped into my lap.

Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?

Like an old Walt Disney movie, I wrote The Reluctant Godfather with the goal for it to be appropriate for everyone.  I’ve been so gratified to see the wide divergence of reader feedback—I’ve had adults (both men and women) enjoy it, teenagers, children, families.  It’s been a gift to see so many different people enjoy it.  As far as what I want people to gain from it—I want people to enjoy themselves.  I hope my book is a small dose of gentle escapism that can infuse a little pleasure and magic into someone’s afternoon and maybe stir their heart.

Where can we connect with you and read your other books?

You can connect with me at my author website www.allisonteboauthor.com, at my blog www.allisonswell.com, on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.   And please doconnect with me, because I am a hardcore extrovert!

What tips do you have for young aspiring writers ?

My top tip—cultivate an objective and stringent eye. Pull stories apart and study them.  Analyze character arcs, themes, plots—everything.  I learned so much by tearing something apart and holding it up to intensive study and then carefully digesting every story I ever read or watched.  Become a detective and learn what makes a good story or character—than practice, practice, practice.   No one is great right off the bat.  Learn from the masters and emulate them—training in their footsteps.  Read about the craft.  Get involved with other writers for feedback and expect critiquing.  Learn to recognize your strengths and weakness and emphasis the one to your advantage while you work hard at the other.

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The World’s Beneath

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

I’ve always written, ever since I was a little kid (even though that’s such a bleh response from cliche-ville, BUT it is a true reponse) I don’t think I thought much about being a published author back then though, I was too busy scribbling stories and getting ink on my fingers.

I started thinking about publishing as a young teenager, because by that point I knew 100% and beyond that writing and sharing stories was my joy and that I needed to do it forever.

2. What is Worlds Beneath about?

Worlds Beneath is about….ahhh. So much! I kind of like to leave it up to the reader, to find out what it’s about. But the story is a continuation of The Blood Race, picking right up where we left off, following Icarus down into the ravine and the mysteries that lurk below the mist. Simultaneously we follow Hawk, who lays in a coma since Icarus’s fall, and Fin and he struggles to support a crumbling and turbulent Dimension.

3. What inspired Worlds Beneath?

The idea for the story really just blossomed in my head as I reached the end of the writing process for The Blood Race. I started working on Worlds Beneath very soon after.

4. Who is the book for?

Anyone and everyone. If you are currently breathing, this story is for you. To anyone wrestling with life, questions, doubts, dreams, and thoughts – to anyone fighting the darkness and seeking the light, this book is for you.

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

Anything that helps them realize there’s a warrior within them. There’s so much packed into the story and I really just want people to read it and let it meet them where they are and see what they organically take away from it. But if the story gives them anything, I hope it gives them trust in the fact that they are so much more powerful and loved and valuable than they realize. That we ALL are.

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

The Blood Race! Book 1 in the series, and you can snag that right here.

7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I love reading non-fiction – scripture, spiritual books, motivational books, military books, science books – you name it. I also beta read for my sister, so I guess fiction occasionally happens too. 🙂

8. Who is your favourite character in Worlds Beneath

OH WELL THIS IS A TOUGH ONE. My favorite characters to spend time writing are Hawk, Icarus, Fin, and Sensei. I can relate to each and I always learn so much from them.

9. Where can we connect with you?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, my blog. 🙂

10. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

Keep writing, no matter what! If you want to build a career as a writer, go for it – all the resources you need are available to you! Keep writing and don’t give up, ever, ever, ever.

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to chat with you about my book, Medomfo! I so appreciate it. You’re a treasure. ❤

When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons’ debut novel The Blood Race is the first book in her YA science fiction/fantasy thriller series. Get connected with Kate on your favorite social platform, and be sure to check out http://kaemmons.com/!

Twitter: @emmonswrites

Instagram: @emmonswrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaemmonsauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17065155.K_A_Emmons

The Blood Race – https://goo.gl/CqRQxZ

World’s Beneath – https://goo.gl/g5cEA6

https://www.livylynnblog.com/for-authors-marketing/

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The Thief, The Damsel, and The Dragon Blog Tour-Author Q&A

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to have Angela Watts with me today to celebrate her book release, The Thief, The Damsel and The Dragon.

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

I’ve been writing ever since I could form words, but I didn’t seriously consider publishing anything until I was about 15 years old. Before this, I had only completed one novella, so I really didn’t ever consider publishing or being an actual author a thing. 😉

2. What is The Thief, The Damsel, and the Dragon about?

This Christian, contemporary novella is about a young man and young woman who live in a small town in Tennessee. They seemingly have polar opposite lives… but they have one thing in common, and that is their need for God.

3. What inspired The Thief, The Damsel, and the Dragon?

I literally woke up one morning, got my French vanilla coffee, sat down… And had the sudden urge to just write something totally new. I talked to God and tossed ideas around for something short and sweet. God gave me the idea for TT,TD,TD and I ran with it!

4. Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?

For me, this book was a glass of sweet iced tea on a humid summer day — a wonderful change! I don’t usually write stories without extreme pain, action, or grimness… but this novella was a step out of my comfort zone. I learned things about forgiveness, true joy, and about God as I wrote it. I pray my readers gain whatever God wills them to gain — whether it’s a laugh or God uses the story to show them the light about His Word or the Gospel.

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

I have written two novels, another novella, and short stories, but none are available to purchase. Yet! My first novel, Seek, will be published sometime toward the end of 2018.

6. Where can we connect with you?

You can find me and chat on my blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Goodreads, or Pinterest.

7. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

Pray and read God’s Word. Again. And again. Pray for His guidance and wisdom. Search for stories from the Bible — God is the ultimate storyteller, after all

Thanks so much Angela!

If you want to learn more about Angela and her book, simply read below 😊

“… the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” ~ Psalms 91:13

Edward Prosner is going to steal from the small town mayor of Fall Springs, North Carolina. He’s got a flawless plan of action and is determined to return honor and justice to his father’s good name. The problem he faces? He needs a date for the mayor’s dinner party.

Lucy Levitt is a huge romantic at heart, but with her family’s ranch and her part-time job, she has no time for dating. She believes God will place her soulmate in her life when the time is right. When the new man in town asks her out, how can she say no?

The first date seems ordinary enough, but then they begin to realize that they can’t fight their dragons alone.

Angela R. Watts is a sinner saved by Yahweh’s Grace and she strives to glorify the King in all she does. She’s a homeschooled highschooler who lives with her loving family and ranch animals at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee. She’s been writing stories since she was tiny and hasn’t stopped since, though she also enjoys ranch and housework, painting, babysitting, and watching sunsets.

Blog: thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

Facebook: Angela R. Watts

Twitter: PeculiarAngela

Goodreads: Angela R. Watts

Pinterest: AngelaRWatts

Instagram: angelar.watts

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Once Upon an Adventure Part 2- The Princess Ambassador Author Q&A

Hello everyone,

It’s part 2 now, and I am so excited to be interviewing Loretta Marchize!

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

Well, shortly before I got the idea for The Fairy Tale Chronicles I knew that I wanted to become a published author (self-published) and so I began researching. So it wasn’t until last fall.

2. What is The Princess Ambassador about?

The Princess Ambassador is part of a trilogy of fairy-tale retellings. It doesn’t have as much of the fairy-tale vibe as the other two books. It’s about Princess Lily.

Princess Lily White has only ever wanted to become an ambassador, and to make a name for herself. But when she gets sent to the Draton Kingdom and meets Prince Nathaniel Draton, will she change her mind?

3. What inspired The Princess Ambassador?

Well, I got the idea while I was about half-way through The Lost Princess. It was really more of an ‘oh hey, Lily would be fun to write about’ Originally, The Princess Ambassador wasn’t meant to be a full-on novella, but I liked it so much I continued writing.

4. Who is the book for and what  do you want readers to gain from your book?

I would say I aim at young teen girls 13-16. I’d be the first to say that this book has a lot more romance than the first book in the series, but I can also say that it’s a perfectly fine book for a younger teen to read. I want more clean, fun romance for teen girls like me, so that’s what I wrote.

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

Yes I have! The Lost Princess, the first book in the series is on amazon.com as both e-book and paperback.

6. Where can we connect with you?

My blog, lorettamz.com is a great place for that, but I also have a goodreads account- and I’d love to meet you! https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17426459.Loretta_Marchize

7. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

Push through that first draft! It’s going to be awful, but once you do it it gets so much better. Also, ask for help! Take advice and constructive criticism- but know when you can ignore critism. Read- read as much as you can!

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Once Upon an Adventure Part 1- Winter Cursed Author Q&A

Hello everyone

I’m so excited this week to be interviewing FOUR authors this week as part of a big blog tour.

. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author? I suppose I always had delusions of grandeur. Every book I wrote, I imagined being someday published and becoming infinitely popular. But I would say at the age of fourteen was when I actually knuckled down and started working toward my goals.

2. What is Winter Cursed about? Winter Cursed is a dark fantasy Snow White retelling about an evil queen, a land locked in an eternal winter, and an exiled princess who must do everything in her power to save her people. Unfortunately that includes making deals with the enemies which is where the prince and the dwarfs come in.

3. What inspired Winter Cursed? I wrote Winter Cursed for the Rooglewood Five Poisoned Apples Contest. It didn’t win, but seeing the cover that the collection would be published in, certainly went a long way in inspiring my own story.

4. Who is the book for and what  do you want readers to gain from your book? My book is for YA readers who want to be able to read fairy tale retellings without vast amounts of smut in them. And I would say the lessons I want them to gain from my book is to not make the same mistakes as my characters do- trust me, your life will go much easier if you don’t.

5. Have you written any other books and where can we get them? Yes, I have also written the novel A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses- you can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Week-Werewolves-Faeries-Fancy-Dresses/dp/1519179715/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453606507&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=nicky+chapelway

6. Where can we connect with you? You can find me on Goodreads where I am usually active here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14921514.Nicki_Chapelway

And you can find my Pinterest account here where I have boards of my current books I’m working on: https://www.pinterest.com/nickichapelway/

7. What tips you have for young aspiring writers? I know this is pretty basic advice, but it’s this: Write. Set a goal word count for every day and stick with it. It took me years to realize the importance of having a daily word goal.

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Kiera blog tour

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to have Kate Willis here today for an interview as part of her blog tour for her new book, Kiera.

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

I come from a family of bookworms, so I’ve been interested in reading and writing stories ever since I can remember. 😉 Two big things helped me realized I wanted to become an author. Number one, my older sister Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick published her first book, and I got to see the proof copy. That definitely made me want to write my own book. 😀 A few years later, I still had the dream of being an author when my mom suggested that a story I was writing for a younger sister would be enjoyed by other children as well. I published my first book in 2014, and since then I’ve written several more stories and published another one as a book. 😉

What is Kiera about?

It’s cliche of me, but I’ll go ahead and share the official blurb. It explains the book better than I can. 😉

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

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

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

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

What inspired Kiera?

When I started writing it, it was simply because it was time for a new story. I decided to write a character close in age to myself since that would be easy. I also had the idea of women possibly being drafted into the military on my mind because it was talked about in the news. Then I posted on my blog that I had written 6,000 words of a novel and wasn’t sure I liked it yet. 😉 Kiera grew into a story about loss, romantic love, God’s love, and pro-life issues. I’m a little bit blown away when I think of what it started out as and where it is now. So what inspired it? A lot of things, basically anything God brought to mind that went with my story. 😉

Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?

Kiera was written with young adult Christian women in mind, but it has been enjoyed by many people who don’t fit into this age category. 😉 My mission for this book is to impress upon readers just how strong and unexplainable and deep God’s love for us is. And also to show a picture of human love directly reflecting this. 😉

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

Thanks for asking! I’ve written two other books, The Treasure Hunt and The Twin Arrows, and published two short stories as Kindle books as well. All of them are available on Amazon. 😉 https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Willis/e/B073R1B9XF

Where can we connect with you?

I am most active on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8287893.Kate_Willis) and my blog Once Upon an Ordinary (https://onceuponanordinary.wordpress.com/). I also use Pinterest to keep track of my many story ideas and crafting projects. 😉 My username is onceordinary. I also collect really funny memes.

What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

My favorite answer to this question is–READ. Read all the books you can get your hands on. Read in different genres. Read old books and new books. Keep a journal about what you read and write down what you enjoyed most about the book. What about the writing style was really good? Who was your favorite character? How did the author make them your favorite? If you read a lot and analyze what you read, you’ll wake up one day and realize the story you’re writing isn’t half bad. 😉

Another answer–don’t be afraid to write things no one will ever read. I have 20+ notebooks of scribbly, scrawly, cringeworthy stories that I don’t ever plan on publishing. They were my practice stories, though, and each one counts toward the books I write today. 😉

Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask your favorite authors about their journey, their writer’s-block-conquering snack recommendations, and their favorite how-to books.

Enjoy writing, and that’s all for now. 😉 Thanks for having me, Medomfo!

Thanks for being here, Kate 😊

And if you want to know more about Kate, simply read her bio here😊

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

How about you?

What stories have you written based on what’s going on in the news?