Deliver Book Review

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This is Book Four in The Blades of Acktar, and it’s now available.

Can something broken ever heal?

Martyn is broken. After torturing his best friend, he doesn’t belong anywhere in Acktar. No matter how far he runs, he can’t lose his guilt.

Leith is broken. While healing from the torture he received at Nalgar Castle, he struggles to find his new role. But can a Blade ever outrun his past?

The country is broken. Bitterness divides town against town, neighbor against neighbor. What will it take to deliver Acktar from itself?

They face their hardest battle yet.
Peace.

Deliver was a beautiful ending to the series. After the climax and resolution in Defy, the storyline in Deliver was refreshing and satisfying. I enjoy reading about characters after the “big battle,” so an entire novel was wonderful. Furthermore, Martyn needed this book. I loved Martyn in Dare and vaulted between profound sadness and slight frustration with his choices in Deny and Defy. In Deliver, Martyn has the time, space, and circumstances to face life’s questions – not just dodge them. His self-proclaimed detestation for all things heroic stands in comic contrast to his continual heroic actions.

But Deliver isn’t just Martyn’s story. It’s Leith’s and Renna’s and Brandi’s as well – which I also appreciated. Since these books aren’t standalones, I was glad to find that the main characters from the previous books still retained the spotlight in this book, even though the spotlight was shared with Martyn.

Leith is recovering, and he has many struggles to face as he adjusts to his new life. Still hampered by his past, can he ever leave it behind and move forward in his new standing? Even though the amount of physical activity he attempted while still too injured to do anything but rest wasn’t believable to me, the portrayal of his gritty perseverance and loyalty was gripping.  Glimpsing the struggles that follow victory is invaluable – so often we focus on the victory in stories while struggling with post-victory depression or temptation in our own lives.

Renna’s also recovering from the events of Defy. Her emotional struggles after all she went through with Respen add realism to her character that’s so relatable. Her guilt and efforts to forgive herself and leave the past behind color her experiences, but she’s firm and heroic in her role as Lady Faythe.

Furthermore, a new character that I loved is introduced in this book. She’s sprightly, determined, practical, persevering, moral, matter-of-fact, hardworking – and plagued with rejection and fears. Learning her story and seeing it intertwine with the plot was a joy – she’s an invaluable addition to the series and an integral part of the plot. Her conversation and responses often made me smile.

The question of the rest of the Blades and Lords was answered well. Seeing firsthand glimpses of what they were doing added to the story. Overall, this was a satisfying ending to the series.

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And check out my Book Spotlight of Deliver for more information on the book!

 

Deliver Book Spotlight

There’s a new release in The Blades of Acktar series, and it’s now available! Also check out my review of the book here.

I read Dare a year and a half ago, and Deny a few months ago. Over the past month, I read both Defy and Deliver. Tricia Mingerink has masterfully penned an engaging and truth-packed series.

The characters? If you want to read about life-like characters that you could believe were living human beings, this series is one place to meet them.

The plot? Brilliant, realistic, and yet unpredictable. The characters make the wrong choices and suffer for it, yet from their perspectives, it’s difficult to imagine choosing differently in their place.

The writing? High quality and refreshing.

The setting? Vivid, unique, and picturesque.

If you haven’t read this series yet, start with Dare

ABOUT DELIVER

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Martyn is broken. After torturing his best friend, he doesn’t belong anywhere in Acktar. No matter how far he runs, he can’t lose his guilt.

Leith is broken. While healing from the torture he received at Nalgar Castle, he struggles to find his new role. But can a Blade ever outrun his past?

The country is broken. Bitterness divides town against town, neighbor against neighbor. What will it take to deliver Acktar from itself?

They face their hardest battle yet.
Peace.

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ABOUT TRICIA

Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and her blog.

 

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Christ Arose! Book Review

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Faith Blum has a new book! She wrote, edited, and published a short story in just three short days and you can now get it for free! Read on to learn more about it.

My Review

Christ Arose: A Tomb’s Tale is a unique look at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Writing from the perspective of an inanimate object can be a challenge, but Faith Blum has risen to the challenge masterfully, creating a quick read that provides a new perspective on an old and dear story.

I particularly appreciate the use of Scripture throughout this tale, as well as the fitting incorporation of the hymn Christ Arose. Reading this story reminds me of Jesus’ words – “if these should hold their peace, the rocks should cry out.” In this book, the tomb indeed bears witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I highly recommend this story to all audiences, and it’s free, so keep reading to find out how you can secure your own copy

About the Book

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And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

No longer could I say I was lonely. But oh, how I wish I could! Who could have done such a thing to the Creator of the world? Who had so much hatred for Him?

Available for free on all eBook vendor:

http://books2read.com/christ-arose

About the Author

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Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.

Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. If you enjoyed this book, go to her website to sign up for her Monthly Newsletter so you can get an email with fun facts, giveaways, and so much more every month. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.

Giveaway

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Faith is offering a really neat giveaway for this tour. The ParLaGrace etsy seller has an April special right now for a really beautifully made block that says He Lives. Isn’t it pretty? You can enter the giveaway here:
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Tour Schedule

April 22
Bookish Orchestrations-Intro Post
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Book Spotlight
Written Rest-Book Spotlight and Review

April 24
Leila Tualla-Book Spotlight
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Book Spotlight

April 25
With a Joyful Noise-Book Spotlight and Review
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Book Spotlight

April 26
Frances Hoelsma-Book Spotlight
Perpetual Indie Perspective-Book Spotlight and Review

April 27
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner

Excerpt

I am empty. Bereft. No one visits, no one comes near. The garden is a comfort in some ways. The beauty of the flowers, the trees, and the sky above. But I am lonely. Not like my brothers and sisters nearby. They have been used. They are filled with the bodies of their masters’ loved ones.
Yes, I am a tomb. The rock I am made from was created by God the Creator long ago. Sometime later, Joseph of Arimathea bought me and had men work on me until a beautiful place became hollowed out for my master’s body and for his loved ones when they went to be forever with their Creator.

 

Line Edit Walkthrough (video)

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The Indie e-con, an online conference for Independent Authors, is happening this week across the blogosphere, headquartered at Kendra E. Ardnek’s blog. Today is Day 2: Editing, and as an editor, I’m contributing as a guest speaker.

Sit back, grab your pencils, and join me for Line Edit Walkthrough, where you’ll learn about line editing, discover some free line editing tools, and watch me edit Surrender’s Strength (Truth From Taerna Book Three).

 

Emmeline: Book Review

Emmeline, by Sarah Holman, was a delightful read. I haven’t read Emma, though I am interested in reading it – even though I suspect I may be able to figure out Emma’s plot quickly now that I’ve read Emmeline. I do admit that I may have enjoyed Emmeline even more had I read the story it was based on first, but that isn’t necessary to enjoy this book.

The writing and characters seemed a bit simplistic. Perhaps some of this was intentional – at least Jane Austen is known for stereotyping and simplifying characters to make a social point. I would have enjoyed more depth and background to all of the characters. Their personalities came through clearly, however. I just wanted more backstory and reason behind their actions – what made them the way they were? Part of the reason I wanted this is that there are so many characters. No doubt were I to read Emma, I would understand the characters immediately, but without any background, it was just slightly difficult to follow at first.

On the other hand, the author did an excellent job of causing us to see life from Emmeline’s eyes, and her actions and reactions were logical and made sense. I enjoyed the character development in Emmeline throughout the story – and Fredrick was quite lovable.

The descriptions and the setting were spot-on. I loved how the author immersed readers into the 1930s society. Choosing this setting was brilliant. It felt fresh and unique, not overdone and cliched as other settings might have done.

The plot was straightforward and simple for the first half of the book, but still engaging enough to keep me interested. The last half of the book held twists and turns that drew me in even further.

I also enjoyed the growth of the characters. They weren’t allowed to act rude or uppity or impulsively or deceitfully and get away with it because it furthered the story – cause and effect came into play, and characters had to deal with guilt, apologies, forgiveness, and consequences.

Overall, Emmeline is a clean family story. I would recommend it.

Lady Dragon, Tela Du: Interview with Granite

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Today I’m back with the Lady Dragon, Tela Du blog tour, and this time Granite is here with me.

Let me tell you, I love Granite. From his deep loyalty to his true love to his heartfelt pain, he’s patient, faithful, true, and steadfast. That’s not to say he hasn’t made his share of mistakes, but he’s a character to be loved.
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WR: So Granite, welcome to Written Rest. I’m honored to have you here all the way from Rizkaland. First, where did you get your deep loyalty to your wayward wife Amber, the Lady Dragon?

Granite: She used a love potion on me the day after her sixteenth birthday – it had been a present from her mother. And even though she say’s it worn off … I’m not entirely convinced.

I pledged my life to her, and I didn’t mean it just for the good times. If I had known where our path would lead, though … She was so good once. And I can’t help but wonder if, maybe, I could have done something, said something. If I’d been more forceful. Maybe she’d still be good.

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WR: Maybe…but maybe not; we can’t live life in the maybes.

Tell me about your relationship with Laura. What do you think of her?

Granite: Laura raised Amber and I, so she’s like a mother to us. Most of the time, at least. I’ve met her sometimes when she’s younger. Scared and innocent. Then she’s more like the kid sister we never had, and the older I’ve become, the more often I see her that way. She’s a fascinating person – a force of nature, really. It’s impossible to know her completely – some days I wonder if even she can make that claim – but she told me once that I know her better than most, and I consider that to be a rare honor.

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WR: That does sound like a rare honor. A “force of nature.” Interesting way to describe a person. On another note, Amber has lured many innocent people to her castle as servants. Do you have any kind of a relationship with those servants?

Granite: For the most part, I don’t interfere with the people around the castle, lest I direct Amber’s attention to them.

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WR: Probably a wise course of action. Tell me about a time when you interfered with Amber’s plots. What did you do and what was the result?

Granite: When we first came to Rizkaland, Amber kidnapped a number of the new kings and queens, froze some of them, and put two of them, Jane and Renee, into her dungeon. Laura and I helped their uncaptured friends sneak in and rescue them. Amber was furious, and a few weeks later we were on the Isle of Banishment. Such is my life.

WR: I’m sorry about that life. Life is hard…but there are bright spots even in the hardest life. What’s your favorite memory?

Granite: The first time Amber kissed me. It was after the love potion wore off. I don’t remember much of my actions under its effects, only that I very much acted the fool. And I was very embarrassed, so I hid. And Amber found me. Long story short, she kissed me. It was the first time she had ever shown me affection.

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WR: That’s sweet. What did you feel (due to your shared heartbeat with your wife) at the moment when the Water Princess and Fire Prince fulfilled their prophecy?

Granite: The moment when were forced back onto the Isle of Banishment? From amber, nothing, actually, aside from her detransformation from her dragon state as soon as were back in our castle. She was very calm, turned away, and marched to her office and didn’t emerge until the next day. She was annoyed, but not really angry, you see. I was mostly relieved that we were back where she would make minimal people’s lives miserable.

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WR: That is a benefit. What do you appreciate most about your wife?

Granite: She has a brilliant mind. Amazing. I just wish she’d stop using it for evil.

WR: As do I, Granite. As do I.

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