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Happy Spring! (+if you are interested in a signed paperback, speak now)

I’m about to place an order for paperback copies of Victory’s Voice. If you would like a signed copy, please let me know so I know how many to order! Comment, message me, or order on restinglife.com/buy.

PS – it’s great springtime reading! It’s a springtime story that includes a Resurrection Festival. 🙂

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Victory’s Voice Wrap-Up

What a wonderful launch Victory’s Voice had! If you missed the fun, this is THE place to go to catch up. Everything is summarized succinctly for you right here!

First, today is the LAST day to enter the #VictoryContest and win an ebook of choice. Send me a photo or digital image with the word “Victory” in it somewhere to be entered (email me, comment on this post, or post it on social media and tag me).

The paperback is available now and it’s gorgeous and you probably want it.

BUY VICTORY’S VOICE: EBOOK ON AMAZON OR PAPERBACK ON AMAZON. OR GET A SIGNED COPY!

Now for the fun!

Book Reviews

It was hard to put it down, because it held the suspense so well from the beginning to the end that I was always tempted to read “one more chapter.” [read more]

Book review by Sheep Among Wolves Publishing

Promise’s Prayer impacted by prayer life; Victory’s Voice impacted my Bible reading! <33 [read more]

Book review by Old Fashioned Book Love

This story as well touched me and impacted me spiritually so quickly that I am looking forward to the third book to see what it will do. [read more]

Book reviews by Living Outside the Lines

All-in-all, just a really good book! I wish more authors would write like this, actually having “meat” to their stories instead of all fluff and filler! [read more]

Book reviews by Tower in the Plains

Character Spotlights

However, the more he appeared on page, the more he developed a personality of his own that threatened to take over. [read more]

Caeleb’s spotlight, shared by Read Review Rejoice

Jolyn was created along with another Academy student, Ryna. [read more]

Jolyn’s spotlight, shared by Tower in the Plains

Her conversations, mannerisms, and dialogue were the most natural thing in the world, and perhaps the easiest and most fun part of writing Victory’s Voice.  [read more]

Wyn’s spotlight, shared by Little Blossoms for Jesus

Interviews

[W]hat would you pick if your author let you change one element in your story/plot/world, whether a technological advance or a plot twist or a social reality you live with each day?

Oh, there are so many things I think I’d want to change! But in reality, even the difficult parts of my life have proven a blessing, and I’ve learned and grown so much through them. Even the hardest things I really can’t say I’d exchange for anything. As for technological advances, it would be helpful if someone would . . . [read more]

Interview of Carita, shared by Sheep Among Wolves Publishing

One of my favourite things about you, Wyn, is your deep love for Adon Olam. Can you tell us what is your favourite thing about Him is?

Wyn: Oh, I like discovering all the ways He likes to surprise His children! Whether it’s . . . [read more]

Interview of Wyn, shared by Little Blossoms for Jesus

Kylie: Do you have any books you are looking forward to reading in 2021?
Erika: I am looking forward to reading . . . [read more]

Author Interview by Kylie Hunt

Excerpt and Spotlight

The entire world was nothing but glowing, blossoming, enchanting words. [read more]

Book Excerpt shared by Jenavieve Rose

Have you ever read Mrs. Mathews? If so, what book?

Book Spotlight shared by Ryana Lynn

Thank you to all who participated – and thank you, readers, for being here! You are why I publish.

Stay tuned for the cover reveal and preorder info on BOOK THREE – coming THIS MONTH! If you’d like to apply to beta read any of the other Truth from Taerna books, click here.

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Victory’s Voice is Here!

TODAY IS THE DAY!

If you preordered Victory’s Voice, it should be waiting on your Kindle right now!

If you didn’t, be among the first to pick it up today on release day! And don’t forget to leave a review.

(Did you know that release day sales and reviews both help boost the book and author rank on Amazon to enable more people to find the book? Yes, your launch week purchase can help with reaching other readers with this book! And preorders all count towards this.)

Chapters 26 and 27 of this book hold a unique place in my heart: no matter how many times I read them, I get excited. Excited at the power of God. Excited at the reality of our victory in Jesus. Excited at the unity and oneness of believers and the power of praising, rejoicing, giving thanks, singing, and speaking truth.

I can’t say there is anything else I’ve ever written that I react to quite this way. And I think it’s because there is a truth in these chapters (to which the rest of the book builds) that goes far beyond me or my writing abilities. It’s an eternal truth, a kingdom truth, a covenant truth. It’s something God wants His people to understand. It’s something He is working in and through the body of Christ today.

As this book launches into the world, I hope you too catch the vision and passion of this truth.

Today for the Victory’s Voice launch tour we have TWO character spotlights as well as a book spotlight!

Abigail Kay Harris at Read Review Rejoice is sharing a character spotlight on Caeleb, an elder-brotherly friend who’s a lot of fun to get to know. Click over there for photos, fun facts, and more.

Tara at Tower in the Plains is sharing a character spotlight on Jolyn, an Academy student that Ellisia meets . . . who plays a key role in the story. For better or worse.

Jenavieve Rose at Living Outside the Lines is sharing a book spotlight and excerpt.

And don’t forget to enter the #VictoryContest!

Also, Promise’s Prayer is on sale for just 99 cents this week only! If you’d like to start the series, now is the perfect time.

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It’s Launch Week!

Guess what!

No, you don’t need to guess, because I gave it away in the post title! 😉
Victory’s Voice (Truth from Taerna book two) is officially on its way!!

If you’re new to my blog and my books, Truth from Taerna is my six-book Christian kingdom adventure fiction series. With no violence, no romance (except very mild romance in books three and six), and no fantasy/magic, it’s a clean book series for all ages, focusing on portraying deep spiritual truths and how they might look in a fictional setting. Promise’s Prayer is Book 1, but it isn’t necessary to read it first: each book is designed as a standalone.

But THIS post is celebrating Victory’s Voice! Launch week kicks off today, and there are a variety of interesting celebratory activities planned.

First, you can pick up the paperback and ebook on Amazon here

But what else? I’ll keep it simple and concise, because I know your life is probably as busy as mine and you don’t have time to read excess fluff any more than I have time to write it. 😉

So here’s the scoop:

JOIN THE FUN

  • Click here to read the first chapter for free!
  • Preorder the paperback here. Or preorder the ebook on Amazon.
  • Review the #VictorysVoiceChallenge on Instagram for insights into key Scripture verses that inspired the book.
  • Join the #VictoryContest – a creative photo contest. (Take or design an image with the word Victory in it and post it on Instagram or in the comments below – or email it to me. Click the link above for more details including the prize.)
  • Check out the rest of the blog tour stops (below) for character spotlights, reviews, interviews, and snippets.
  • Leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Today, we have a lovely review by Chelsea at Sheep Among Wolves Publishing. I so enjoyed reading her kind, honest, and encouraging words! This review is very thorough, and you can find some favorite quotes hidden within it. 🙂

Excerpt: “Erika is very good at writing likeable godly characters who stretch our understanding of what living for God really means. I also love the way she weaves deep spiritual truths and realities into the characters’ storylines, and how she continually turns the focus back to God.”

ABOUT THE BOOK

When an extroverted bookworm discovers the hidden power of spoken words, death and life tremble in the balance on the tip of her tongue. But not only figuratively.

At seventeen, Ellisia’s passion for learning and books dominates her small-town existence. No wonder she’s elated when an opportunity to attend Academy arises: she can finally fulfill her lifelong goals to further her education and see the famed Palace BookHall. But as she begins to discover the true power of the spoken word, she faces a choice: join forces with a foreign physicist or relinquish her dream to someday work in the BookHall. Loyalties and ambitions war within Ellisia once the scientist’s projects begin to threaten her family’s safety. When impending crisis brings a clash of spiritual kingdoms, Ellisia must once for all choose how she’ll harness the power of words. Spoken words transcend her reality, uniting heavenly with earthly and commanding the forces that drive the physical world, and Ellisia’s voice will be the catalyst for sure defeat—or decisive victory.

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LAUNCH TOUR STOPS:

3/15/2021: Victory’s Voice comprehensive book review by Chelsea at Sheep Among Wolves Publishing

3/18/2021: LAUNCH DAY! Read Victory’s Voice on Kindle today!
+ Character spotlight on Caeleb (27-year-old friendly elder-brotherly friend), shared by Abigail Kay Harris at Read Review Rejoice.
+ Character spotlight on Jolyn (an Academy student) shared by Tara at Tower in the Plains
+ Book spotlight & excerpt shared by Jenavieve Rose at Living Outside the Lines
+ Special release day post here at Resting Life

3/20/2021: Book review by Katja at Old Fashioned Book Love

3/22/2021: Character interview with Carita (Ellisia’s older sister who is devoted to God) shared by Chelsea at Sheep Among Wolves Publishing

3/25/2021: Character spotlight and interview with Aethelwyn (Wyn – a bubbly Academy student who plays cello) posted by Katja at Little Blossoms for Jesus

3/26/2021: Promise’s Prayer and Victory’s Voice book reviews by Jenavieve Rose at Living Outside the Lines

3/31/2021: Last day to enter the #VictoryContest


Stay tuned for a special giveaway to come!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erika Mathews is an author and editor who lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and children. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s not working with books, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, piano and violin, organizing, and using the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika at restinglife.com.

Website: restinglife.com

Blog: writtenrest.wordpress.com

Instagram: instagram.com/ErikaMathewsAuthor

Facebook: facebook.com/ErikaMathewsAuthor

Amazon: amazon.com/-/e/B06XK4TFQL

Goodreads: goodreads.com/resterwen

Pinterest: pinterest.com/resterwen

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Fanny’s Hope Chest Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Hope Chest Scavenger Hunt! Today, I’m taking part of this fun event and giveaway to celebrate the release of Sarah Holman’s new book Fanny’s Hope Chest. I had the privilege of reading an early copy of this short book, and it was amazing. Well worth reading by anyone, married or single, old or young.

Here’s how to play:

1.     Go to Tangled up in Writing or The Destiny of One and get the full list of items to search for and blogs taking part

2.     Find the hidden item on each blog

3.     Go to Tangled up in Writing or The Destiny of One and enter the giveaway with your completed list.

4.     Tell your friends about the scavenger hunt

5.     Watch to see if your name is drawn on February 16th for 1 of five giveaway winners!

Time to see if you can find the item I’ve hidden here at Resting Life:

Did you find it? Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. There will be five winners!

Interested in Fanny’s Hope Chest? Grab it for $0.99 through the 14th (Price will go up to $2.99 after)

How old is too old for a hope chest?

When Ellie starts a new job as a home health aid, she doesn’t expect to meet a woman in her eighties looking for her hope chest, nor a house as messy as Ellie’s own emotional state. But as she cleans up Fanny’s house, she begins to wonder if Fanny’s hope chest might hold the answers to her questions about disappointed dreams and holding on to hope.

That is, if she can face both the mess and her own heart.

Find it on Amazon.

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Cover Reveal: Love and Memory by Kendra E. Ardnek

Release Date: April 19th, 2021

Book Description:

The Rizkaland Legends #3
When a Queen forgets,

Her enemies rejoice in her weakness.

But when the Queen remembers,

They tremble in fear.

When a King loves,

His country rejoices with him.

But when that love is broken.

The land is broken, too.

Can Water and Fire join again?

Can Love and Memory be restored?

They spent years in Rizkaland. They ruled the land, forged friendships, built families, and made it their home. But then it was time to return to Earth, and their former lives just don’t fit anymore. Clara and Andrew struggle to reevaluate their priorities when hundreds of miles separate them. Reuben and Petra are lost as they seek a balance between their old friendship and their Rizkan marriage. And Ashna and Noraeto never planned to return, so what live is there for them on Earth?

When the unthinkable happens and a new enemy arises, they’re all thrown back into Rizkaland, into a young prince’s rise to power and struggle to build alliances for his kingdom. But they no longer belong in their other world, either.

Are good memories too much to bear?

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CSYSSXS/

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/…/s…/50512612-the-dancing-princess

SNIPPET FROM THE BOOK

“This isn’t so you’ll have more time to talk to Andrew, now is it?” Rhoda cut in. “Because I’m telling you, Clara—”

Clara’s eyes widened, and she twisted around to grab her purse and fish out her phone. “No, really, I…”

“Oh, really, as you dive for your phone?”

It didn’t help that the phone chose that moment to buzz with another message from Andrew. How many had she missed?

lot was the answer.

“I forgot I had a phone…” she mumbled.

“You forgot…” Kath repeated – and suddenly she was the one in Clara’s face. “What’s up Clair? What happened?”


Pinterest Pin:

Kendra says: I originally pinned this with the thought of this being a later-series Clara, buuut then I decided that the woman looked a bit more like Clara’s mom. And suddenly, I had a new plot thread on my hands.

Author Bio:

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.
Find her online at: 
Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || TikTok || Amazon 

Black Friday Sale:

For Black Friday and in honor of this cover reveal, Kendra is offering book 1, Water Princess, Fire Prince as a FREE ebook on Amazon, and book 2, Lady Dragon, Tela Du, is just 99 cents! And, furthermore, she is offering Broken, which is part 1 of Love and Memory, for free as well as an early read! This sale is part of Perry Kirkpatrick’s Black Friday Sale, so do go check out all of the other books on offer for 99 cents or less!

Blogger List:

Dreams and Dragons

Light and Shadows

Reality Reflected

Letters From Annie

C.O. Bonham

Kelsey’s Notebook

Rachel Rossano

Living Outside the Lines

The Rambling Rose

Written Rest

Madi’s Musings

Once Upon an Ordinary

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It’s Like a Dollar Store for Indie Books

All my books are on sale today through Monday!
All ebooks are 99 cents or free! 
All paperbacks are on sale – you can get a signed copy from me for less than an unsigned copy from Amazon!
If you enjoy fable retellings, Christian kingdom adventure fiction with a focus on deeply knowing God, inspirational poetry to draw you nearer to Him, inspirational Christian non-fiction, or historical fiction, check these out. 
 Gather ‘Round the Fables: FREE! 
Promise’s Prayer: $0.99! 
 Preorder Victory’s Voice: $0.99! 
 Overrun By Your Love: $0.99! 
 Resting Life: $0.99! 

 Due to Amazon’s pickiness, Promise’s Prayer won’t show as 99 cents until Sunday – but it will remain at 99 cents through Wednesday, so don’t forget to check it out! 

Victory’s Voice is also pending, but it WILL be 99 cents this weekend as well. This is the LOWEST price you can preorder it at – the price will go up to $3.99 on Thursday and remain there – so make sure to grab it this weekend! I am SO excited about this book – I get chills reading parts of it. The power of words in the spiritual realm is such an important theme and message. 

The paperbacks are also on sale this week! If you have a book-lover on your Christmas shopping list, check this out. 

 Promise’s Prayer, Overrun By Your Love, 
Gather ‘Round the Fables, and Resting Life Paperbacks on sale!
 
 Find out more about each book here 
 If you’d like something further to read or gift, a large number of indie-published authors have banded together to offer their books for free or 99 cents. I’ve read and loved a number of these, though I haven’t read them all.  
 Shop hundreds of indie books for $0.99 or free! 
 We hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving! We are blessed to have the privilege and calling of blessing the Lord at all times and giving thanks in everything! 
 In other news, Memory’s Mind (Truth from Taerna #5) is now a finished draft! That means that the entire Taerna series is now on paper! Victory’s Voice is available for preorder, releasing in March, and I hope to have the rest of the series published quickly afterwards. 
 Truth from Taerna info