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?

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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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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
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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… 

 

 

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

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Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings

Books, Baking, and Cowgirl Boots

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Reality Reflected

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The Music of a Story

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The Rambling Rose

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Jaye L. Knight

How Not To Write A Romance Novel

While romance isn’t my go-to genre, clean Christian romances do comprise some of my fiction reading. Even in novels that aren’t strictly romance, such subplots and scenes do seem to weave themselves into the story more often than not.

Make no mistake – I appreciate a clean, sweet love story in its place. However, a number of trends in many of these stories cause me to wish for more books without a romantic element.

Today, I present my top pet peeves in romance novels.  Continue reading

There Was Always Laughter in Our House

There Was Always Laughter In Our HouseThere Was Always Laughter In Our House by Sarah Holman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Relatable, fun, mildly humorous throughout, packed with nuggets of wisdom and truth, and overflowing with the enjoyable and meaningful experiences of twenty-some years of growing up in a large homeschooled family, easy to read and difficult to put down – this book was a treat. I read large portions of it aloud in order to share the enjoyment – chuckling over the one-liners and discussing the deeper sentences with my family contributed to some memory-making of our own.

I enjoyed:

– The introduction with the backstory behind how the book came to be

– The humorous anecdotes about the little things in life – the funny mistakes that could be embarrassing but Sarah Holman and her family choose to laugh about instead – and the way they turn into inside jokes, memories to be shared and chuckled over repeatedly throughout a lifetime

– The homeschooling Q&A chapter and the “why do you have so many siblings” chapter – both how Sarah shares the humorous answers she wishes she could give to common questions, and how she also shares the kind, gentle, and wise answers she does give. So many times I’ve thought of a few of those same answers! Even though Sarah’s perspective wasn’t new to me, I appreciated having her beliefs on these issues laid out in a logical form – the simple yet clear format resonated with me and enabled me to more clearly articulate my own beliefs.

– The chapters about each of the Holman children – I enjoyed getting a little glimpse into each varied personality and the little tidbits that make each sibling unique. Sarah did an excellent job of presenting their quirks and yet entirely honoring each one as a beloved person and friend. Her relationship with each one shone through the pages and it was uplifting.

– The chapters describing unit studies – Sarah’s mother was a very creative teacher, and Sarah’s vivid and fun descriptions of some of their schooling adventures inspired me for possibilities in teaching my own children

– The reminder to challenge the know-it-all. I was one of those, and being challenged both by myself and by others around me was excellent in forming my character. This is something I need to remember and practice even now to combat boredom – there’s so much to learn that we haven’t even touched on yet!

– Sarah’s analysis of and response to homeschooling trends. What’s perfect for one family may not be the right fit for another, and she explains why and how in such clear, yet gracious, terms.

– The skirt chapter – when Sarah creates a t-shirt answering the skirt questions, I want one. Read the book to see what’s included on that shirt. 🙂 I related to every word in this chapter, and I’ll be referring back to it in future. Sarah has a gentle yet profound way of expressing exactly my own thoughts on this issue in an even clearer way than I can express them.

– Country kids and city parents – so relatable and hilarious, especially the city life elements Sarah points out that are new to her. I can relate. Country life is wonderful!

– The way the Holman parents dealt with and related to their children. So much love, gentleness, understanding, compassion, and graciousness shines through the pages of this book. Sarah’s parents truly sought to understand and empathize with each of their children, never downplaying any feeling or emotion, and treating the petty concerns of a child as real issues (because they are truly real issues to the child). This manner of child rearing is one of my own personal goals.

– The modesty chapter – again, I was reading my own thoughts transcribed in a clear and logical manner. The emphasis on the message stuck out to me. The tone is so light, so kind, so matter-of-fact, so utterly free of any traces of judgment upon others or on differing personal choices, so abhorrent of the idea of shaming anyone for any reason, and so filled with beautiful truth.

– The Rubber Duck War – the importance of communication in relationships can’t be over-emphasized, and I was happy to see this topic included and covered in such a memorable way.

– A Christmas Tree in March – reading the Holmans’ Easter traditions inspired me to begin similar traditions in our own family. Truly the resurrection is the pinnacle of our faith, and I love how Sarah’s parents chose to emphasize that by their celebrations.

– Sarah’s journey towards learning the Biblical response to tough issues and not just her political or social answer. I had a similar journey of learning how Christ in me responds to people and to issues instead of simply giving the logical answer, and it’s so encouraging to read the journeys of others in this area. Yes, a “debate-perfect” answer has its place, but the Person and Kingdom of Christ must motivate all we do and say. That’s most important.

– The matching outfit stories! I too love matching outfits and found Sarah’s stories hilarious!

– The Holman quirks mentioned in the chapter on I Know How to Play the Radio.

– The writing chapter. It inspired and encouraged me in my own writing career, as well as offered practical insight into how Sarah manages to publish three books each year. I loved her beautiful analysis of why she is a writer. Amen!

– The chapter detailing what the siblings do when the parents are gone! Read it; it’s hilarious and sounds like so much fun. 🙂

– The “Twenty Years from Now” chapter – another sweet and funny glimpse into the siblings’ interactions and personalities and an excellent way to wrap up the book.

I highly recommend this book for truth, laughs, and refreshing insight into the lives of a large homeschooled country family with quirks and a multitude of happy personalities.

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2017 Indie Christian Book Sale!

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It’s that time of year. The time for buying presents, making wish lists, and planning New Year’s Resolutions. If any of those activities involve books for you, Indie Christian Authors has a perfect event for you.
From Nov 25 through Nov 28, more than 70 independent Christian books are on sale. You can find free shipping$0.99 ebookspackage deals, and more! And if your budget is depleted from Christmas shopping, they’ve got you covered with some freebies!

What’s more, my book Promise’s Prayer is among those books offered this year! The paperback will be on sale for just $9.99 (regular $13.95) the entire week, and the ebook is only $0.99 Friday through Monday! If you’re interested in seeing what Promise’s Prayer is about, don’t miss this chance – the price will be returning to normal in December.

Think 70 books is overwhelming? Narrow it down and find the perfect books for you or someone on your Christmas list by using this quiz to generate a customized book list.
What awesome reads of 2016 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?
A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks. Also, some of the authors this year chose to not sell their paperbacks directly through the site. Those books are also marked “Sold Out” but if you click them open, you’ll find a link to the site where they are on sale and a discount code for you to use at check out.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.