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May 2018’s Books of the Month Part 2

Hello everyone!

Welcome to part two of May’s Books of the Month, and this book’s really special because it releases today!

About the book:

Something is brewing. Like the far off rumble of a train in the distance, a rebellion is stirring. A cry for change arises in the midst of a traditional monarchy, where King Addison has inherited the throne. Who are the underground troublemakers? What is stirring their defiant banner and demand for change? Find out in The Rebellion! (The Tales of Tarsurella #2) Vanessa Bennett lands her dream job working at the Palace in Tarsurella. She struggles to balance everything on her plate: life in a new country, stressful deadlines, crabby co-workers, college classes at the local University, and blossoming feelings of romantic adoration toward her boss–King Addison. Keeping up with her To-Do list, while trying to earn respect in Addison’s male-dominated administration, presents its challenges. Nevertheless, she can’t help but fight a reoccurring thought and the excitement rising with it: is Addison interested in her? Addison is adjusting to his new role as King. Rumors of a rebellious uprising among the youth in Tarsurella intensifies, as acts of violence and protest break out across the city. Addison is determined to uncover the hidden instigator who fearlessly blogs democracy-driven ideals with a secretive pen name. Will Addison discover and expose the fiery rebellion leader? Or will his efforts fail to stop the rebellious thoughts spreading like wildfire, causing a heartbreaking rift in his divided nation?

What I loved:

Why isn’t Tarsurella a real country? Why aren’t the characters real, especially Vanessa, Addison and his sisters? I love reading about them and Vanessa and Addison’s relationship is so adorable. Has anyone thought of making these books into movies? Everybody needs a dose of Tarsurella 😍

Age Range: 12+

People, if you’re a tween/teen girl, read this! It’s clean, it’s Christian with strong Christian values. It has princesses and royalty- what else do you need to be convinced?

Why I recommend this book:

If you enjoyed The Coronation, you are going to love The Rebellion! It’s so beautiful on seeing how God is constantly at work in us, and He always has something good in store for us, even if we make mistakes, big or small, know or don’t know our future just yet, he is always at work in us, and the results are just beautiful.

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Where to buy this book:

So, The Rebellion releases today, and you can buy it on Amazon as paperback in Britain and the USA! You can buy the paperback in America here 

How about you?

Have you been celebrating with other people on their releases?

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May 2018’s Books of the Month Part 1

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to be doing TWO book reviews as part of Livy Jarmusch’s celebrations for her new book release, The Rebellion- The Tales of Tarsurella Part 2.

Haven’t read book one? Don’t worry, today’s first review will tell you all about it 😊

About the book

Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities. Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig. Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard? The Coronation is Book #1 in The Tales of Tarsurella Trilogy.

What I loved:

Oh. My. Gosh! Can I be adopted by the Royal Family? Please? It was so lovely reading about Prince Addison and his family because it reminded me that all famous families are human as well, and we all have feelings and go through many similar situations.

Age Range: 12+

If you love princesses with a Christian tween/teen girl twist, you’ll love The Tales of Tarsurella or anything that Livy writes for that matter 😊

Why I recommend this book:

This is such a beautiful book with so many Biblical lessons: Love, Forgiveness,Family, Friendships, Relationships, Judgement, Jealousy, Internet Safety and the list just goes on. I definitely recommend this book if you need to read about any of the themes mentioned or if you simply want some cuteness and adorableness in your life.

Where to buy this book :

You can buy it on Amazon in any country in paperback or as an ebook. Just search Olivia Lynn Jarmusch, and you will find her author page with all of her books 😊

How about you?

Have you read The Coronation yet?

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April 2018 Reflections and May 2018 Resolutions

Hello everyone!

Happy May!

I hope you are having a wonderful month so far, like I am having 😊

Last month, I had these resolutions for April:

1. Camp NaNoWriMo. ‘Nuff said

Y’all, I did it! I completed April 2018’s Camp NaNoWriMo!

2. Start reading another French book.

I read a page, but it still counts:)

3. Compose another song/piece.

I transcribed two of my little compositions down.

4. Read more books in my spare time.

Yes, yes, Yes!

5. Draft some reviews.

I did some, but not all.

Ok, so April’s done, now onto May 🙂

  1. Post book reviews!
  2. Read more books
  3. Write two short stories
  4. Compose another song

That’s it from me!

How about you?

How was April for you?

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The Rebellion Blog Tour-Tales of Tarsurella Hunt #3

Welcome to The Tales of Tarsurella Treasure Hunt! Location #3

Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card

How it works: Follow along with The Rebellion Tour and collect clues at various blog posts throughout the Tour. The clues collected at each assigned stop will be hidden as Pin-able images. After pinning all the images to the Pinterest board of your choosing (we recommend starting a new board!), submit your board to livylynnauthor@yahoo.com for a chance to win the treasure: a $25 Amazon gift card!

If your board includes all the needed clues, your name will be entered into the random drawing.

The deadline to submit your Pinterest board is Friday June 1st, and the winner will be announced on June 2nd!

Let the adventure begin!

On your way to the Palace Gift Shop, you notice a familiar face.

You try not to gasp.

Or swoon.

(Or do an awkward combonation of both.)

It’s HANSON FLETCHER, Princess Chasity’s ridiculously handsome Security Guard.

He appears to be in a hurry, as he whizzes through the Main Hall. Maybe he’s late for work?

You’re secretly fangirling about the fact that you just saw Hanson…you wish you could text your best friend and tell her! Would it be terrible if you just took a quick little picture with your phone?

Oh what the noodles, why not?! Pictures last longer. 😉

Which brings us to our next clue: Hanson Fletcher.

Pin Hanson to your board!

Find the next clue at http://www.thepenofthewriter.weebly.com/on May 10th

New on the hunt? Visit: https://spoonfulofsurprises.com to Pin your treasure map, and start collecting clues! 

This Blog Tour is hosted by Livy Lynn www.livylynnblog.com. Check out The Coronation, and her new release The Rebellion, coming May 8th

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April 2018’s Book of the Month

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a book review, and I’m pleased to share this book with you that I’m on the Street team for.

About the Book

What if friendship cost you everything?
Stranded in Hawaii after the death of her mother, sixteen-year-old Olive Galloway is desperate to escape. She has to get back to Boston before her dad loses all common sense and sells the family house. But plane tickets cost money—something Olive gravely lacks.
With the help of Brander, the fussy youth group worship leader, and Jazz, a mysterious girl with a passion for all things Hawaiian, Olive lands a summer job at the Shave Ice Shack and launches a scheme to buy a plane ticket home before the end of the summer.
But when Jazz reveals a painful secret, Olive’s plans are challenged. Jazz needs money. A lot of it. Olive and Brander are determined to help their friend but, when their fundraising efforts are thwarted, Olive is caught in the middle. To help Jazz means giving up her ticket home. And time is running out.

What I loved:

What  I loved? Oh my goodness, what a question that I am asking myself 🙂

I really enjoyed the setting of the story, Hawaii, because it somehow managed to bring out the story and when it did, it was really beautiful and quite emotional.

I loved the journey that Olive, Brander and Jazz went on to get where they were at the end. Frankly, if I was any three of them and I looked back to see what had happened that summer, I’d be really proud and amazed to see what God had done through me.

Age Rating: 13+

Personally, I think that any preteen aged 11+ can read this book because it is so clean. However, because this book mainly covers the issues about illness and bereavement, there are some scenes where it can get a little bit emotional.

Why I recommend this book:

This was such an enjoyable and touching read about a teen girl who is dealing with teenage life general along with losing the world that she once knew and nearly loses one that she starts to adjust in after the death of her mum. It was so encouraging for me to see that in all trials, there is a way out, and as Christians, even when all else  seems to fail, God is always at work within us.

Where to buy this book:

Well, I am pleased to say that this book is coming out this week on May 1st in the US AND the UK!

You can preorder the ebook or the paperback on Amazon, and if you are British, you can preorder the ebook here

A quick note that I’d like to make is that Taylor is a teen author!

Awesome, huh?

How about you

Do you know of any teen authors?

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At Her Fingertips Blog Tour-Author Q& A

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to have Kellyn Roth on my blog today for an interview for her new book, At Her Fingertips.

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

Probably when I was eleven or twelve. After I finished it back in 2014, I knew I wanted The Dressmaker’s Secret to be my first published work. That was also about the time I learned about Indie publishing and decided to pursue it.

What is At Her Fingertips about?

Well, because I can never sum it up in my own words, here’s the blurb:

Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.
Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.
With the life she longs for at her fingertips, can Alice grasp it?


What inspired At Her Fingertips?

I always knew I wanted to write a book about Alice’s young adulthood – her first Season in London, meeting her future husband, etc. It was just a matter of deciding exactly how that would happen! It took a bit of brainstorming.

Who is the book for?

Young adults who want to serve God in their lives – though I think adults may be able to enjoy this story as well. It’s for fans of historical romance and Christian fiction with strong themes.

What do you want readers to gain from your book?

I’m told I have lots of “little lessons” sprinkled throughout my book – though I don’t see most of them. I’m like, “Whoa … you got that out of this story?” I suppose God must have helped! The main theme is following God – not your thoughts, not your feelings, not what may seem logical, and not what you feel is right.

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

Yes, I have! Other than At Her Fingertips, there are the first two book in the series – The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective. I’ve also written a historical novella set in the 1930s, The Lady of the Vineyard, and its sequel, Flowers. I also have a short story, Esther Acton’s New Dress.

You can find all of these on my website, kellynrothauthor.com. They’re all listed on my ‘books’ page. Feel free to sign up for my newsletter to receive monthly updates and special features!

I’m British, and I was wondering if you’ve ever been to England before and if not, which city or landmark would you visit?

I’ve never been in Britain, though I travel there with my imagination through books, movies, and Google Streetview. 😉 I really want to, though … definitely on the bucket list!

I want to see Yorkshire – you know, The Secret Garden’s setting – and Oxford. The White Cliffs of Dover and basically any old mansions I could find. The Scottish Highlands would be amazing, too, if I had time.

Basically, I’d like to see everything I could! Just drink it all in.

If you could meet a famous person in the Victorian era, who would it be and why?

Abraham Lincoln! He’s one of my heroes. There’s something about him that just makes me happy. I think he was a very good man.

Where can we connect with you?

I’m on the following websites –

Facebook: @krauthor
Twitter: @ReveriesofRuby
Goodreads: krauthor
Google+: +KellynRothAuthor
Instagram: kellbellroth
Pinterest: krauthor
YouTube: Kellyn Roth
Amazon: author/kellynroth
Personal Blog: kellynroth.wordpress.com
Book Blog: reveriesreviews.wordpress.com
Official Website: kellynrothauthor.com

And finally, what tips you have for young aspiring writers?

Don’t give up! Writing is hard, and sometimes it may seem like there’s no point … but there is a point! I wrote a blog post on the subject as it is something I’m very passionate about. Just keeping writing!

Thanks so much Kellyn! And if what you want to know more about At Her Fingertips and Kellyn herself, then simply continue reading 😊

At Her Fingertips (Book #3, featured novel)

Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.

Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.

With the life she longs for at her fingertips, can Alice grasp it?

Find Out More!

About Kellyn

Kellyn Roth was born and lives on a cattle ranch in North-Eastern Oregon. Always fascinated with telling stories, she created crazy games to play with her little brothers as a child. Today, she writes Christian and Historical Fiction with a focus on truth and family. Find out more about her and her novels at kellynrothauthor.com

This looks so much fun, don’t you think?

How about you?

Would you like to have lived in the Victorian era?

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March Reflections and April Resolutions

Hello everyone.

So, it’s kinda the middle of April (^^)

My excuses for writing this so late?

Travelling and Camp NaNoWriMo.

What? I don’t just blog you know!

Anyhew, so March was last month.

The main part of March? I went to France and had the best host family that I could dream off 🙂

Oh yeah, Easter was good too 😉

So these were my resolutions for last month:

1. Finish No et Moi

I did it, and I definitely recommend it.
2. Start preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo

Yup, and now I’m going through another horrible first draft 🙂
3. Compose, or finish, a song

Yay! Now onto April’s song!
4. Finish my outline for my novel.

The italics meant that I did it, sort of. I outlined A novel, but not THE novel that I’ve been outlining for the past few months.
5. Actually blog about a few upcoming travels.

This one, I didn’t do 😦

Buuut, you may see some of my adventures soon in a different way 🙂

Ok, now that March is done and dusted, let’s head on over to April:

  1. Camp NaNoWriMo. ‘Nuff said
  2. Start reading another French book.
  3. Compose another song/piece.
  4. Read more books in my spare time.
  5. Draft some reviews.

There we have it!

A quick note about April-June:

I will be in and out because school gets real busy this time of year.

How about you?

How was March?

How’s April?  😉

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Camp NaNoWriMo Prep #5-Good luck

Hello everyone!

Today is the last day of March, and it’s also the last day before Camp NaNoWriMo.

All that I’m going to say is good luck, and stay motivated.

Join a cabin on the Camp NaNoWriMo website if you haven’t already and start talking to your cabin mates.

Tell your friends on Goodreads, or in your writing groups. They love writing and books as much as you do, and they’ve already been with you on some or all of your writing journey.

If you’re feeling low or unmotivated, take a break from writing and watch a movie, or even better read a book. Hang out with the people that make you feel special and don’t give up.

I know it sounds cheesy, but you’ve got to keep going, and know when you need to work and when you need to rest.

I can tell you from last year, it feels amazing finishing that first draft, and being in an environment where everyone else has the same goal as you. And even if you don’t finish that draft, remember-it’s a draft, not an entire polished manuscript! You’ve got many months and many more NaNo events to finish this book. April is just one of the motivators 😊

So good luck, stay motivated and remember that you’ve got a whole year to get this book done.

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London in the Dark One Year Anniversary-Author Interview

London in the Dark

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be interviewing the wonderful Victoria Lynn as part of her one year anniversary for her book, London in the Dark, today. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview and stick around for more excitement afterwards!

 Hi Victoria. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?
Probably about 3 years ago. I have always enjoyed writing, but didn’t much have the distinct hope of being published until I realized that was a possibility.
 What is London in the Dark about?
London in the Dark is about a Private Detective in London just after the turn of the century in 1910. The story is focused around him and his sister as they seek to maneuver the mystery that is surrounding them and the life challenges that have come at them.
What inspired London in the Dark?
The idea of what it would be like if someone like Sherlock Holmes had a sister. That was the main idea. 😀

That sounds really fun. Who is the book for?


Anyone who loves historical fiction with a dash of mystery and suspense. And those who enjoy deep stories full of emotion and depth.
Sounds like something that I’d read. What do you want readers to gain from your book?
I hope that they learn that even though life can be difficult and at times, full of pain and sorrow, God is always still there in the midst of it with us. He will never leave or forsake us.
 So true. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?
I have one other book aside from London in the Dark. It is a contemporary christian fiction called Bound. You can find it on amazon, here. https://amzn.to/2ITPlCN
I’m British, and I’ve always enjoyed my visits to London. Have you ever been to London before?
I have not, I have been on google street view so much though. LOL! It is my biggest hope one day to go.
If you could go back in time through history, where would you go?
Oh, that is such a hard call. I am huge history buff and love so many different eras. Probably 1910 just because that would be the most applicable. But to be honest, I am very grateful that God has me living in the time that I do.
Where can we connect with you?
You can first and foremost find me on my blog, but I also inhabit facebook and instagram under the handle @victorialynnauthor. 😀
 And finally, what tips you have for young aspiring writers?
First and foremost it is to just write. Set yourself small, achievable, daily goals and make them happen. You’ll find success if you can create a habit of writing.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog! ❤

Thanks for letting me interview you! And if you want to know more about Victoria and her book, you can find read her bio and the blurb of her book here just to whet your  appetite:

headshot for book and website

About Victoria:

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at http://www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

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London in the Dark blurb:

London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents.She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.

I don’t know about you, but this books sounds really exciting! You can buy the book here . If you want to continue celebrating the one year anniversary of London in the Dark, why don’t you join the party over on Facebook. There may or may not be some  appearance from the main characters … 🙂 

How about you?

Have you ever written or read a Historical mystery before?

Have you ever visited London? I’d love to know!

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Camp NaNoWriMo #4-The Outline

Hello everyone!

So, we practically have two days to go, and some people still haven’t got an outline yet! Aaargh! But don’t worry, today we are going to do a “Scribbled Outline”

Why a scribbled outline? Because if you want to try outlining with the help of KM Weiland’s website  Helping Writers Become Authors, you may be outlining for a while, three months perhaps? And you’ve only got two days to outline.

So today, I am just going to give you a very simple and easy template which covers the most important elements of your story, one that many books and films use. And pantsers, don’t you dare run away. You’ve got to at least have a slight sense of what you are doing before you crash and burn.

The Hook, i.e. The Beginning, – This is where your main character is introduced, along with his/her world and character traits that makes your reader have a sense of empathy/relatability for him/her and wonder what will happen to this character.

The Inciting Event, i.e. The First Game Changer,– This is the moment that shakes your protagonist’s world and pushes him/her into new territory, one that is out of their comfort zone, causing them to make choices that they may or may not have considered before.

The Response to the Change– Here, your protagonist will stumble around, trying to figure out how to deal with the choices that they’ve made regarding the change and how to make them work. This is a great place to display the flaws of your protagonist and realistic mistakes that they would make if this was actually happening for real.

The Second Game Changer– This is the wake up call for your protagonist that they need to solve this problem, or more problems will come out of it. This has to be really clear for the reader that there is a main problem, and the effect on the protagonist must also be really clear.

The Midpoint– Your protagonist is taking the fight into their own hands with determination, and is really struggling.  This must cause the tensions to rise for the reader.

The Blow- Your antagonist, who has been at it with the protagonist all of this time, makes a blow, and causes your protagonist to feel defeated and nearly lose all hope.

The Golden Piece- After a lot of struggling, your protagonist has found another, and very important, piece of the puzzle which will help him/her to continue to solve the problem. This is also a good idea to have a personal revelation  or the moral of you story finally embraced by your protagonist.

The Ultimate Climax– This is where good and evil have a head-on collision, where your protagonist pours out total determination and becomes the hero everyone was hoping he/she was.

The Resolution – This is where everything is tied up, and your protagonist has settled down with a new mind-set. You could say that this is your Happy Ever After, unless it is a sad story,.

And there you have it! A very quick outline that will help you when you are writing! The best part? It can be used for anything- from a 500 word story to a 50,000 word novel.

How about you?

How do you outline?

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