Indie e-Con Scavenger Hunt 2018 – Stop #20

Welcome to Stop #20 on the Indie eCon scavenger hunt! I’m Erika Mathews, and I’m hosting Sarah Allerding. Read through to find your Clue, then hop on over to the next stop linked at the bottom of this post.

If you just jumped in now, you can start at the beginning of the hunt here: Kandi J Wyatt. Meet Indie Authors and Collect Clues for a Chance to win the fabulous prize package listed at the bottom!

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I am Sarah Allerding, the author of Rainland, which is a story about a fantasy kingdom of raindrops in the clouds. I am happy to be a part of the Indie e-Con this year. To help everyone get to know me better, I am going to talk about how I plot my books.

I don’t plot my books in any of the ways typically talked about among writers. I use an outline, but not in the way you probably think of an outline. I don’t use paper or a pen. Sometimes I may write down a few ideas, but most of my story is mapped out in my head.

I can see my story unfolding in my head like a movie, complete with color images. I can zoom in at different parts along the way and watch what is going on in a particular scene. If I need to change something, I put the necessary images right where they belong. For me this is a lot easier and quicker than typing or writing my ideas. I can form basically an entire plot for a story in my head in about half an hour. Then I store the story in my head while I write it out. As I write, I tell the story that I am watching in my head.

While this has a lot of benefits, it does have its drawbacks. I have to make sure that all the details I am seeing in my head make it onto the paper. Otherwise, the readers will miss something that I just knew in my head. That’s where the help of my beta-readers is very helpful. They are good at helping me find those spots that need a little more explanation to make sense.

I really enjoy coming up with the plots for my stories because I can use my imagination. I have enjoyed using my imagination since as long as I can remember. Now, I can combine it with writing and share the adventures I have with my readers.

Did you Catch the Clue? If not, here’s your final hint.

Scavenger Hunt Giveaway Package

Ace Carroway 2-Book Set (US only)
3 random ebooks from Indie e-Con authors
Cover Design by Alea Harper
Bookshelf Necklace donated by Rachel Rossano (US only)

Next scavenger hunt stop! Jonathan Francesco

Full list of scavenger hunt stops here.

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The Enchanting Rose: 12th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange

Edifying fellowship is important, especially for believers. That’s why I’ve been delighted to connect with other Christian ladies over a cup of tea – even though we live many miles apart.

Last fall, I posted about my participation in the 11th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange, hosted by Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose. This spring, I was blessed to participate in the 12th Annual Exchange, and it proved to be just as lovely as the last.

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This year, I was assigned to Tamela to send a tea cup package to. I enjoyed searching for a pink floral teacup to include in her package as well as putting together a variety of other goodies.

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I love the combination of delicate pink roses with blue wildflowers, and I was delighted to send it to Tamela. 🙂

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My toddler and I were taking a walk one April afternoon amid piles of snow from our late-season blizzard when an exciting package appeared in the mail – long before I was beginning to expect it!

What a delight to unwrap the beautiful treasures sent by Sarah R, and how fun to learn that she and I have much in common, including our home state!

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Such an overwhelming and beautiful array of elegant items!

  • A handwritten letter, a photo, Minnesota booklets, two sermon CDs, a business card for Sarah’s Etsy shop, and several fun sticky notes explaining each item in the package!
  • Hamburger/grilling seasoning that looks delicious and will be sure to be used this summer

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  • Two handmade potholders with cheery bird and wildflower designs. I love the colors, patterns, thickness and size of these!
  • A leaf-shaped tea bag holder – so gorgeous! I’m already using this every day to hold my daily vitamins or fruit slices as well as for a tea bag or spoon.

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  • An elegant mug rug Sarah sent me from Stephanie’s own Etsy shop!
  • An assortment of delightful teas including Throat Coat, peppermint, holiday berry, an amazing-smelling cinnamon tea, and an entire box of our favorite kind of tea: Good Earth Sweet and Spicy

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  • Spring floral napkins for a tea party
  • A handy and beautiful set of notepaper for lists, memos, and reminders, featuring butterflies and wildflowers – some of my favorites!
  • A set of blue notecards with a design representing Minnesota lakes 🙂
  • A snowman tea mug that coordinates with my set of winter snowman dishes!

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  • And this breathtaking tea cup and saucer! Light blue and springtime wildflowers: this just might be my favorite tea cup that I’ve ever seen! It’s exactly my style, and I’m thrilled with it!

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Thank you SO much, Sarah, for such a wonderful and thrilling package! I was surprised and delighted by each item, and the thought and love you wrapped into the package is a blessing. May God richly bless you!

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If you’re here from Stephanie’s blog, thanks so much for visiting my little corner here – I’m delighted you’ve stopped by, and I wish you love, blessings, and joy as you browse the other tea cup photos.

If you’d like to be notified when Stephanie hosts future tea cup and mug exchanges, you can sign up for one notification here.

Have a lovely day, my friends! I’d love it if you’d continue our conversation in the comments. What methods have you found to continue fellowship with others, especially at times where other believers may be geographically distant?

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At Her Fingertips Party & Giveaway

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Kellyn Roth is releasing Book 3 of The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy: At Her Fingertips, and she’s celebrating with a fantastic blog party!

I’ve read Book 1 of the series and thoroughly enjoy the old-fashioned historical clean feel of the story. I look forward to reading the sequels and am excited about the sound of this book! And isn’t the cover gorgeous?

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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?

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The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy

If you haven’t begun the series yet, start with the first two books:

The Dressmaker’s Secret (Book #1)

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

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Ivy Introspective (Book #2)

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

After much thought, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for girls and boys like her. However, scared and worried away from her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remained lost in her own mind forever?

Find Out More!

Author Bio

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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

 

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Kirk ManningCharacter Spotlight!

Name: Jeremy Kirk Manning
Age: 19
Date of Birth: April 20, 1860

Family: Kirk’s parents are James “Jim” and Katherine “Katie” Manning. He has a little sister, Lizzy, who is eleven. He’s always been very close to his parents and little sister. He doesn’t know of any other family.

Background: Kirk grew up outside the small village of Creling. As a boy, he became a stablehand at nearby Pearlbelle Park. His father was often ill and could rarely work, so his mother took in laundry and mending. He had a hard life, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have time for some fun—including spending time with Alice Knight, daughter of the house. At fourteen he saved the life of Ivy Knight by taking her home after she got lost in a snowstorm. Having earned the gratitude of the family, they paid his way through boarding school and college.

Personality: ENFJ (extroverted, intuitive, feeling, judging). He is very loyal to his family and friends and never gives up on those he loves. He’s generally friendly and open to new people, and he works hard for his goals both in his work and personal life. Kirk does have a terrible temper and can hold a grudge for a time, but he does tend to forgive his friends easily, just wanting to go back to a peaceful relationship. His greatest desire is to protect and serve his loved ones.

Appearance: Kirk has dark brown hair and green eyes. He’s handsome in a friendly, boy-next-door kind of way. His skin is tanned, and he’s tall and strong.

Kellyn’s Thoughts on Kirk: Kirk was a character I created on a whim to give Alice a friend in The Dressmaker’s Secret—albeit an unconventional one. I never guessed that he would become a major player in At Her Fingertips— or any other novel.

I haven’t told a lot of people this, but I plan on writing a novel—or at least a novella—specifically about Kirk. My working title is All Made New. I don’t want to give spoilers, so that’s all I’ll say for now.

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     Mr. Knight finished with Kirk just before teatime, and Alice offered to ride back to his home with him. Kirk glanced at her, half confused, half hopeful. If she wanted to spend time with him, did that mean …?

     Alice shifted from foot to foot, looking uneasy under her father’s firm gaze. “I spent the last hour working, and I’d like some fresh air.”

     Mr. Knight gave each of them a searching look—he looked at Kirk for the longest, causing an unpleasant shiver to travel down his backbone like a droplet of freezing rain—and nodded his permission. In minutes, they were riding off down the long drive.

     Kirk turned slightly in his saddle to watch her. He didn’t know what to make of Alice. She had seemed friendly then distant then playful. However, women weren’t exactly known for their emotional solidity—at least not the ones he knew. “What work were you doing?”

     “Painting.” She might have blushed; Kirk wasn’t sure, as she turned away, intent upon something off in the gray-gold mist of the late afternoon.

     He cocked his head to the side. “You paint?”

     She nodded. “You remember those little sketches I used to make?”

     He searched his brain. “Ah, yes, I remember now. You were quite talented.”

     This time Kirk was sure that she blushed, even with her head slightly turned. “Thank you. That’s what everyone says, but it’s more hard work than talent, truly. I just wish more girls had the time to do it!”

     “I’m sure there’s some talent to it,” Kirk assured her.

     Alice smiled but shook her head. “I’m not sure about the way I use light. I have the most awful difficulties with it. Shadow I can portray; it’s harder with light.”

     He wondered if Alice was as good at making simple things complicated as she used to be. Most likely. “Wouldn’t light in painting just be not making shadows?”

     Alice nodded. “Yes, but there’s a little more to it. It’s hard to capture perfectly. I’m better with charcoal or pencil sketches, I think. But when I add colors, everything I tried to capture is lost to a certain degree.” Her brow furrowed. At least he knew she was just as pessimistic.

     A smile trembled around his lips, unsure if that was the response she needed at this moment. “It’s nice to have something to do in your free time.”

     Alice grimaced. “My mother says I should practice the piano in my free time. I can meet her standards on every point except musically.”

     Kirk chuckled. He remembered Alice’s dread of pianos, too. He remembered a lot. “Ah, well. Not all of us can do everything.” He drew rein in front of his house. “Is there time before tea for you to speak to my mother? She’d like that.”

     “Of course. I tried to visit her often while you were gone, but she’s never been exactly friendly to me.”

     Kirk nodded. That made sense. “Mother is private. She only really talks to me and Lizzy. And Father before he passed away, of course. She keeps to her own business and trusts everyone else to keep to theirs. But you must ignore that.”

     “Very well, I will.”

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Today’s Additional Blog Tour Stops!

Book and Author Spotlight by Grace Matlyn Buckner @ Literatura
Book Spotlight by Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes
Character and Author Interview by Amie @ Crazy A
Author Interview by Jessica Greyson
Author Interview by Rachel @ Rachel Rossano’s Words
You are here: Character/Book Spotlight by Erika Mathews @ Resting Life
Series Review & Character Interview by Victoria Lynn @ Ruffles and Grace

Or return to Kellyn’s page here

Surprise! New Book!

Once upon a socially disadvantaged time, a hare and a tortoise lived in the world of non-human beings…

In celebration of Promise’s Prayer turning one year old this weekend, I’m releasing another book! This one is a short story collection full of whimsy and uniqueness that I had a lot of fun putting together. Hop on over to this post to read all about it!

 

The words of Aesop of Sardis, which came to him in the six hundred threescore and fourth year… 

 

 

Promise’s Prayer Turns 1 & Christian Paperback Sale!

It’s been a year since Promise’s Prayer was released!

In celebration, I’m offering the paperback for 35% off this weekend at restinglife.com/books.

And not only that, but here’s a whole list of Christian paperbacks you can snag at discounted prices this weekend. I’ve read many of these and would highly recommend them.

Faith Potts

Dandelion Dust: $5.99 (40% off)

Amanda Tero

Journey to Love: $7.99 (11% off)

Befriending the Beast: $6.99 (11% off)

The Secret Slipper: $7.99 (11% off)

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Erika Mathews

Promise’s Prayer: 35% off $8.42+shipping (regular $12.95)

Sharon K. Connell

A Very Present Help: $12.25 (normal $14.99) http://amzn.to/2yuF4eE 

His Perfect Love: $12.25 (normal $14.99) http://amzn.to/2iCMALI

Kellyn Roth

The Dressmaker’s Secret: $8.99 w/free shipping (regular $12.99)

Faith Blum

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A Mighty Fortress: $10 and free shipping

Be Thou My Vision: $10 and free shipping

Amazing Grace: $12 and free shipping

Lily of the Valley: $15 and free shipping

The Solid Rock: $14 and free shipping

Hymns of the West Series (5 books: $55 and free shipping

Savior, Like a Shepherd: $10 and free shipping

All the Way My Savior Leads: $10 and free shipping

He Hideth My Soul: $10 and free shipping

Orphans of the West Series (3 books): $25 and free shipping

The Worth of a King: Cover Reveal!

Kendra E. Ardnek’s new book, The Worth of a King, releases on August 27! Today I have the honor of revealing her gorgeous cover (as well as interviewing her and sharing a unique excerpt from the book!) for this latest installment in her Rizkaland collection. While this isn’t strictly part of the Rizkaland series, The Worth of a King provides intriguing backstory for some important Rizkaland characters, as well as introducing the reader to new characters and plots and adventure.

I’m particularly excited to be a part of this cover reveal, and I’m thrilled at how gorgeous the cover is! If I was moderately interested in the story before, I now want to pick up the book immediately.

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Book Description

 
Princess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born. Since there was no male heir, the crown went to the man who killed him, by Dialcian law. This never bothered her, growing up, and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband, she chooses Prince Delaney, the son of that man, with little hesitation. Only then does her life start crumbling around her.

Adrian expected to live a normal life, taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired. But, on his eighteenth birthday, when the princess’ engagement is announced, his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse, and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throne.

Delaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood. He wants nothing more than to protect Obsidia and his people, but as merely prince, he has little power against his father.

The ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and Queen is nearing its climax, and the three are already caught in it.

Click here to read the Opening Chapter!

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Author Bio

Kendra E. ArdnekKendra E. Ardnek loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. “Finish your story, Kendra,” is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that glorify God and His Word. Find her online at:
Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon 

And Here It Is!

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love the blue and gold color scheme, the gorgeous font, the crown, the variety of textured elements – everything. It’s simple yet elegant – and perfect.

Excerpt

Obsidia fought a blush as she picked up the top book from the stack. “The Life of Queen Katina,” she read, and a grin pulled at her lips. “Oh, Del, you know me too well.”

“Queen Katina’s situation was not unlike your own,” Delaney remarked, taking the next book from the stack and sitting down in the chair opposite her. “She was also the daughter of an assassinated king and chose to marry the son of the man who’d killed her father. She later ruled as regent for her son after her husband’s death.”

“It is often speculated that she poisoned him,” Obsidia mentioned, as she opened her book.

“Indeed, you’ve mentioned that fact before,” said Delaney, cracking open his book, a massive tome of law that made Obsidia shudder. He glanced up with a raised eyebrow. “Is this a subtle hint that I should worry for my own life?”

She shook her head, smiling playfully. “If I killed you, who would handle the politics? I’m in charge of history, you have law. Remember?”

Delaney gave a laugh. “Ah, good. I can now sleep easy at night knowing that I am so essential to you.”

Interview With Kendra

Q: Peanut butter or jelly?

K: Jelly. Peanut butter gets stuck in my throat and it’s painful.

Q: Blue or green?

K: Blue, but only by slightly. And certain greens outrank certain blues.

Q: What’s one Biblical concept or message you think should be talked about more among believers? 

K: Apologetics for the book of Genesis, especially the first ten chapters. Too many people try to cram in a million years, and they just don’t belong there.

Pinterest Inspiration

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Click to view on Pinterest, including the comments that reveal the chosen name.

 Obsidia and Adrian’s father went WAY too long without a name. Jack and I finally talked it out on this post and decided to make him a reference to Elsie Dinsmore. Because I can and will reference Elsie Dinsmore whenever I have the opportunity. ~ Kendra E. Ardnek

Blogs Participating in the Cover Reveal

Savannahjaysworkshop

Dreams and Dragons

Unicorn Quester

Kiri Liz

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Read, Write, Laugh, Dance

Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings

Books, Baking, and Cowgirl Boots

Jenelle Schmidt

Reality Reflected

Jessica Greyson

The Music of a Story

The Flowering Vales

The Rambling Rose

Written Rest

The Labyrinth

Bible and Books

Jaye L. Knight