Overrun By Your Love Winners!

Blog Tour - OverrunOverrun By Your Love has slipped out into the world, and I’ve enjoyed spotlighting it over this past weekend. Many thanks to the wonderful bloggers who joined me in this journey. Check out any blog tour stops you may have missed:

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  • Kelsey spotlighted my poem “April, When Bluebonnets Grow,” a poetic meditation on life and eternity.
  • Faith P. celebrated with a book spotlight.
  • Faith B. posted on her Blog Tour site.
  • ” . . . a beautiful little book.” ~ Kellyn, who amazingly scheduled a post despite having no internet for the week
  • Jaye, whose blog color scheme beautifully matches my book’s color scheme, hosted me.

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  • Jessica spotlighted my poem “Stand in the Gap!” – a timely and sobering reminder for believers.
  • Elizabeth had me over on her lovely blog.

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  • “Some beauties in there.” Brie left a detailed review of the book as well as spotlighting one of my very favorite poems, To Live is Christ.

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“…very enjoyable and encouraging to read…”

“…definitely a great read when you don’t want to read a huge novel and want something different.”

~ Goodreads reader comments

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And now for the giveaway winners!

The winner of the ebook is . . .

Mikhail Rapoport, Jr.!

And the winner of the paperback is . . .

Liz!

Congratulations to both of you! I’ll be in touch by email regarding your prizes. And thank you very much to all of you who entered.

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If you haven’t checked out Overrun By Your Love on Amazon yet, you can do that here. And if you’re waiting for the paperback, the good news is that it should be on Amazon by the end of the week – stay tuned for news on that!

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Overrun By Your Love Book Release & Giveaway

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I am so excited to announce that Overrun By Your Love, my collection of inspirational poetry, has now been released! This book has been in the works since I wrote my first poem at age four, and I’m thrilled to finally have this collection to share with the world. Join in the excitement with the giveaway, sales, and freebies below, and don’t forget to check out the other blog tour stops this weekend.

The ebook is already available for purchase. The paperback should be live on Amazon in a few days or a week – I had a few technical difficulties with the cover color and have just been able to order a second proof copy – so I’m waiting until that arrives and I can guarantee that everything looks perfect for you!

Meanwhile, check out the giveaways and the ebook!

About the Book

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kindle cover overrunImmerse yourself in a lyrical, artistic story older than time: the story of the kingdom of God.

Receive encouragement and refreshment in your spiritual walk with a collection of poems on our awesome God, trusting God, family, God’s creation, special occasions, and ministering Christ.

Inspirational and joyful poetry hones in on Biblical truth in a meditative manner.

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Sales and Freebies!

To celebrate this release, Promise’s Prayer is on sale for just $0.99 for the ebook this weekend starting today, and Gather ‘Round the Fables is FREE! Click here to find links to snatch up both of them.

Giveaway!

Click here to enter to win Overrun By Your Love in paperback or ebook!

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Tour Schedule

July 19
Right here at Resting Life // Tour Kickoff
Kelsey Bryant //
Kelsey’s Notebook // Book & Poem Spotlight
July 20
Faith Potts //
Chosen Vessels // Book Spotlight
Faith Blum //
Bookish Orchestrations // Book Spotlight
July 21
Kellyn Roth // 
Reveries // Book Spotlight
Jaye L. Knight //
Jaye L. Knight // Book Spotlight
July 23
Jessica Greyson // 
jessicagreyson.com // Book & Poem Spotlight
Elizabeth Ender //
Seek Him First // Book Spotlight
Brie Donning // Reality Reflected // Book Spotlight, Book Review, Poem Spotlight
July 24
Right here at Resting Life // Tour Wrapup & Giveaway Winners

Social Media Shout-outs: Angela Watts, Victoria Lynn

Christmas in July Kick-off!

A group of authors have banded together to offer you an entire month of Christmas specials! That’s right – it’s Christmas in July! Amanda Tero will be releasing a Christmas story this month, and EVERY DAY this month an author will be posting a sale or a free book special as we shower you with Christmas gifts. What’s more, there will be two grand giveaways – one for U.S. and one internationally!

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Personally, I’ll be releasing a book of my own on July 19 – two of my books will be on sale for just 99 cents and one will be free! Here’s a sneak peek of what else is coming this month.

July 1, 2018
Author Sarah Holman
www.thedestinyofone.com
Free: Distorted Glass

July 2, 2018
Author A.M. Heath
https://amheathblog.wordpress.com/
Giveaway: Where Can I Flee?

July 3, 2018
Author Faith Blum
www.fathblum.wordpress.com,
Giveaway: Audiobook redemption code

July 4, 2018
Author E. Kaiser Writes
http://ekaiserwritesablog.blogspot.com/
Spotlight: new cover

July 5, 2018
Author Amanda Tero
http://withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com/
Free: Noelle’s Gift

July 6, 2018
Author Ryanna Lynn
https://www.lifeofheritage.com/blog
Discount: Free shipping for Coffee Shop Christmas

July 7, 2018
Author Alicia G. Ruggieri
http://www.aliciagruggieri.com/category/abrighterdestiny/
Discount: The House of Mercy e-book

July 8, 2018
Author Sarah Holman
www.thedestinyofone.com
Discount: Emmeline

July 9, 2018
Author A.M. Heath
https://amheathblog.wordpress.com/
Giveaway: In the Shadow of Thy Wings

Author Kelsey Bryant
https://kelseysnotebookblog.blogspot.com/
Discount: Suit and Suitability ebook

July 10, 2018
Author Kelsey Bryant
https://kelseysnotebookblog.blogspot.com/
Discount: Second Impressions ebook

July 11, 2018
Author Rachel Rossano
https://www.rachelrossano.com/blog
Discount: The King of Anavrea ebook

July 12, 2018
Author Amanda Tero
http://withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com/
Free eBook: Hartly Manor

July 13, 2018
Author Kate Willis
https://onceuponanordinary.wordpress.com/
Free eBook: Enjoy the Poodle Skirt

July 14, 2018
Author Kendra E. Ardnek
knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com
Vlog and Giveaway: The most romantic fairy tales

July 16, 2018
Author A.M. Heath
https://amheathblog.wordpress.com/
Giveaway: Out of the Ashes

July 17, 2018
Author Rebekah Morris
www.readanotherpage.com
Discount: The Unexpected Request
Free: Choices for Max

July 18, 2018
Author Emily Ann Benedict
https://www.facebook.com/Emily-Ann-Benedict-164350249985/
Discount: Perception, a Vintage Jane Austen Novel

July 19, 2018
Author Erika Mathews
www.restinglife.com
Discount: Promise’s Prayer ebook, Overrun By Your Love
Free: Gather ‘Round The Fables

July 20, 2018
Author Ryana Lynn
www.lifeofheritage.com
Blog post: character interview.

July 21, 2018
Author Rebekah Morris
www.readanotherpage.com
Sale: to be announced

July 23, 2018
Author Amanda Tero
http://withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com/
Discount: Journey to Love, Befriending the Beast, The Secret Slipper

July 24, 2018
Author Rebekah Morris
www.readanotherpage.com
Blog: Special upcoming release announcement

July 25, 2018
Author Emily Ann Benedict
https://www.facebook.com/Emily-Ann-Benedict-164350249985/
Giveaway: The Father Christmas Confessions

July 26, 2018
Author Faith Blum
www.faithblum.wordpress.com
Blog: Special upcoming release announcement and book sale

July 27, 2018
Author Alicia G. Ruggieri
http://www.aliciagruggieri.com/category/abrighterdestiny/
Discount: A Time of Grace: The Complete Series
Blog: Spotlight on new book

July 28, 2018
Author Abigayle Claire
https://theleft-handedtypist.blogspot.com
Giveaway and discount: Andora’s Folly

July 30, 2018
Author Alicia G. Ruggieri
http://www.aliciagruggieri.com/category/abrighterdestiny/
Discount: The Mystery of the Missing Cufflinks

July 31, 2018
Author Amanda Tero
http://withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com/
Giveaway and new release: “Finding Christmas Joy”

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GRAND GIVEAWAY

Three Paperbacks
A Christmas Disaster by Rebekah Morris
A Holy Passion by Alicia G. Ruggieri
The Worth of a King by Kendra E. Ardnek

Six Ebooks
Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire
Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire
Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn
Books One and Two in the Father Christmas Series by Emily Ann Benedict
Overrun By Your Love by Erika Mathews

Two Audiobooks
Sufficient Grace by Jessica Greyson
Emmeline by Sarah Holman

Three Other Goodies
“Christmas Is a Gift” CD by Amanda Tero
$5 Starbucks gift card from Amanda Tero
Trust and Obey notebook from Faith Blum

Enter the Grand Giveaway here!

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GRAND INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY

Eleven Ebooks
Finding Christmas Joy by Amanda Tero
Noelle’s Gift by Amanda Tero
Hartly Manor by Amanda Tero
Coffee Shop Christmas  by Ryana Lynn
A Holy Passion by Alicia G. Ruggieri
Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire
Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire
The Worth of a King e-ARC by Kendra E. Ardnek
Books One and Two in the Father Christmas Series by Emily Ann Benedict
Overrun By Your Love by Erika Mathews

Five Audiobooks
The Unexpected Request by Rebekah Morris
A Mighty Fortress by Faith Blum
Be Thou My Vision by Faith Blum
Sufficient Grace by Jessica Greyson
Emmeline by Sarah Holman

Enter the Grand International Giveaway here!

 

Stay tuned for all of this month’s exciting Christmas celebrations!

 

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?

Find Out More!

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?

Find Out More!

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

Exiles Release Giveaway, Review, & Interview!

I am excited. It’s finally here! The wait is over and you can find out what happens next…

Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Exiles, has been released! Exiles is the fourth book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Below you’ll find MY LENGTHY REVIEW as well as an INTERVIEW with a very special and fun character. Be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page, and don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

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About the Book
Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir, but with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

 

Available now on Amazon
(click here to view)!

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My Review

Exiles…unexpected in some ways, fulfilling in others, satisfying in still more. If I could sum up Exiles in one phrase, I would call it an “exciting bridge.” It’s truly a transition between the first three books of the series and the last two, and it both clears the stage and resets the stage in multiple ways.

But never fear. There are no boring info dumps or slow plot-setting sections here. This Bridge is exciting. Exiles offers the same depth of character, adventurous plot, breathtaking descriptions, and spiritual parallels as the rest of the series.

To me, Resistance was amazing. The King’s Scrolls was even better. Samara’s Peril was better yet. I was quite interested to see if Exiles would top them, but personally I found it more on a level with Resistance. Just as Resistance is setting the stage, Exiles is clearing the stage and resetting it. Personally, to reach the level of surpassing favorite, a book needs to touch a deep chord spiritually in me, and whereas The King’s Scrolls has Timothy, the Scrolls, sacrifice, and family, and Samara’s Peril has Elon, there wasn’t a particular element of Exiles that pushed it over the top for me. But if you know my passion for Resistance, you know I still absolutely LOVED Exiles, so never fear. Exiles is like Resistance magnified. The stakes are higher. We already know and love the characters, so we can jump directly into the fast-paced and action-packed plot. With so much happening in Exiles, I can’t wait to see what amazing things will take place in the next two books and I fully expect at least one of them to become my new favorite once they are written and published.

Exiles is the fastest-paced Ilyon book so far, and with three separate storylines, it’s easy to understand why. Large chunks of time are skipped; we see what’s happening, but not the details. Although I enjoy reading the details of daily life, I understand the need for a fast-paced story in this case. I loved following the different people in the various places of the three storylines, even though the necessarily shorter scenes don’t allow as much time to get into what’s happening and into the characters’ minds.

Content: Romance (discreetly portrayed), matchmaking talk, mild kissing, mentions of ryriks wanting to “have fun” with a girl (using those words), some injuries mentioned (mild description)

What I Liked Less:

  1. Timothy and Leetra. I don’t know why, but I really don’t get the right feeling during their scenes. Realistically, sometimes someone falls in love but the person doesn’t reciprocate. They just don’t feel right together to me, though I do appreciate what is happening with them. Aside from that, I do love Timothy and his mature character and actions.
  2. A very young crush. It wasn’t a big part of the story or dwelt on, but I still wasn’t comfortable with the message it might send to the youngsters reading this story.

What I Loved Most:

  1. Ryriks! Jace! Ryriks! To avoid spoilers, I will simply say that the emotional and spiritual impact of this element is excellently done—not to mention paired with beautiful and picturesque description that makes me want to leave Earth, hop to Ilyon, and hunker down there for a lifetime.
  2. CRETE COUNTRY! It’s so wonderfully described, and it’s beautiful. I felt as though I was actually visiting. All the hype about the cretes’ home in The King’s Scrolls and Samara’s Peril is satisfying fulfilled and surpassed in Exiles. It was magnificent. And I don’t even like heights. 🙂
  3. Anne and Trask! They are wonderful together.
  4. Jace and Kyrin’s relationship. I’m not big into romance (and most romance isn’t written well or as discreetly as I’d prefer), but I need so much more of Jace and Kyrin. They are realistic, loyal, loving, understanding, open, honest, raw, gentle, modest, chaste, patient, kind, and did I mention real? 🙂 Their ups and downs are portrayed so realistically. I can relate to all of it. I especially love Jace and Kyrin’s loving, gentle, chaste conversations. This is such a sweet time in their life and relationship, and I enjoy going along for the ride. Thanks to the author for writing such a beautiful relationship.
  5. Daniel! He hasn’t made the top of the list of what I’ve loved in any other book, but that changes here. 🙂
  6. JAMES?! I can’t wait to see more of him in a later book…
  7. Family life in Camp is the best! I love those little homey scenes!
  8. I love the scenes the book begins and ends with…that’s all I will say to avoid spoilers. 🙂
  9. Saul is amazing. You’ll have to read the book to find out why.
  10. Giant cabins…again, go read the book.

All in all, I enjoyed Exiles – Five Stars! I am looking forward to the next book!

Interview With… Meredith!

Meredith walks in and sits down, looking around timidly. “I’ve never done an interview by myself before, but Kyrin said I could do it.”
“Of course you can,” I reply with an affirming smile. “Kyrin is right. I’m glad you’re here. I’ll just be asking you a few questions, and they aren’t hard. Not like the interviews Jace has to do sometimes…” I glance away from her and wrinkle my nose a bit before returning my attention to Meredith.
“First, what is your favorite memory and why is it special to you?”
Meredith smiles a bit, and I can tell she’s searching my face carefully before answering. She seems satisfied since she answers without further hesitation. “I like to remember my birthday before I had to go to Tarvin Hall. My mommy and daddy took me out for a picnic by the river, and my daddy helped me try to swim. It’s my favorite because we were happy and it was just before the emperor’s men came.”
“That’s wonderful!” I exclaim. “That sounds like a fun day. I’m glad you have a good memory like that with your parents. So what might you like to be or do when you grow older?”
“I don’t know what I want to do. I hope I’m brave like Kyrin. And maybe I’ll be a mommy like Lenae or my mommy. I would like that.”
I can’t keep the smile off my face as I watch the light in her eyes. “I’m sure you’ll be a wonderful mommy. I hope you get to sometime. And I hope you get to spend time helping younger children even if you’re not a mommy yet. Next question: what do you like to spend time doing?”
“I like to play with my kitten, Violet. She’s fun. And I like to play with dolls, especially if Kyrin can play with me. If she’s busy, I like to play outside with Ronny. Sometimes we pretend I’m a princess and he has to rescue me from evil bandits.”
“That sounds fun. I didn’t know you liked dolls. I suppose you help with the chores and cooking around camp, too. So what do you think of Jace?”
“I like Jace. Some people think he’s scary, but I don’t, and we both like animals. I like when I get to play with Tyra when he’s gone so she won’t get lonely.”
“Aw…that’s so sweet of you. What do you think of Kaden?”
“I like Kaden too. He’s like my big brother. No one wants to mess with him.”
I grin. “Always good to have someone like that around. Last question – do you have a favorite passage from the Scrolls?”
“I like the verses that talk about how Elôm takes care of us and won’t ever leave us alone, even if bad things happen.”
She pauses and appears to be thinking, so I wait in silence for a moment. When she doesn’t add anything more, I speak. “So do I. He will never leave us nor forsake us, so that we may boldly say He is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.”
We share smiles. “Thank you so much for coming, Meredith. I’ve enjoyed having you here. Come visit again sometime, and keep an eye on Kyrin, all right?”
“All right,” she grins again. “Thanks.”


About the Author
JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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Go enter, and then go visit Jaye’s Blog to find all the other release tour stops. Over forty other bloggers are posting reviews, author interviews, character interviews, excerpts, or other fun things this weekend about Exiles, so check them out!

Did anything in my review make you want to read Exiles? 🙂 Or start the Ilyon Chronicles from the beginning?

3-2-1 … WRITE!

3-2-1 WRITE! party

It’s been an enjoyable week at the 3-2-1 Write! blog party hosted by Read Another Page. On Monday we discussed 3 favorite books on writing, and on Tuesday we shared 2 favorite pieces of writing advice. Yesterday we talked about a favorite writing tool, and each day we’ve had a fun quote game.

Today it’s time to wrap the party up and find out the three special giveaway winners! These three days have been informative and motivational, and as the party draws to a close, I’d like to encourage you to not let it end here. A whole world of writing continues to stretch ahead of you, and you can continue to walk forward upon it.

We all encounter obstacles on our writing journey. There’s not enough time to write, or the ideas aren’t coming, or our draft is stuck halfway through. (I’m presently dealing with all three of these issues on various levels.)

I’m here today to tell you that these obstacles are not insurmountable. Not enough time to write? Carve out a tiny slice of time somewhere in your routine. (One paragraph before breakfast! 100 words right after lunch! 500 words after work!) Make it a habit, and stick with it. If you miss a day, don’t get hung up on it – simply get back on track the next day. Little bits of time taken regularly truly do add up.

Ideas aren’t coming? Maybe it’s time to step away from your project and view it from a new angle. Or maybe it’s time to sit down and let your pen move across the paper or your fingers move across the keyboard, writing nonsense or something outside your normal genre. Maybe it’s time to brainstorm crazy “what if”s. Maybe it’s time to take a break from writing and simply observe the world, letting real life soak into you and inspire you for future projects.

Stuck halfway through your draft? Maybe it’s time to revise your outline – or time to create an outline! Maybe the last several chapters need to be rewritten. Maybe you need a new character. Throw something into your story to get the plot moving again . . . you can always revise or delete it later.

Above all – pray. Seek your Father’s face regarding your writings. He knows the words He would have you pen. Your writing is nothing apart from Him. Abide in Him and meditate upon His word day and night. He is the Perfect Author, and He loves you so much that He wants your stories told even more than you do. Delight in intimate relationship and fellowship with Him, and He will direct your writing steps.

What writing project are you currently working on or hope to begin soon? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to chat!

Last but not least . . . hop on over to Read Another Page to find out if you’re a winner!

May God bless your writing!

3-2-1 Write! Party: Writing Tools

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It’s Day 3 of the 3-2-1 Write! Party hosted by Read Another Page! Welcome back to my conference room here at Resting Life where we’re talking about all things writing. There are also fun games and giveaways (including an important piece of a giveaway game in this post), so don’t miss out!

Watch for the secret phrase in this post, and be sure to write it down. Combine it with the secret phrases from today’s posts by other writers who have conference rooms at the party and you’ll find the secret quote that will qualify you for a giveaway!

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On Monday we discussed 3 favorite books on writing, and yesterday I shared my 2 favorite pieces of writing advice. Today is Day 3 of the 3-2-1, and I’m here to talk about my 1 favorite writing tool.

Is it Microsoft Word?

Is it Pinterest?

Is it a notebook for outlining and character development?

Is it the Spelling and Grammar check?

While I use and thoroughly enjoy all of the above writing tools (Microsoft Word for easy typing and formatting! Pinterest for character inspiration and plot ideas! Notebooks for easy brainstorming! Spelling and Grammar check to come alongside my inner editor!), today I’d like to talk about a different sort of writing tool that I believe is essential to every author.

Books.

That’s right. Books. After all, if you’d never read a book, how would you ever think to write one? If you’d never read a book, you’d have no pattern, no guide, no goal in mind.

Books can teach you the proper use of the English language.

Books can show you examples of the diverse styles available for you to write in.

Books can help you break outside your boxes and write something entirely new and unique.

Books can train you in formatting and publication standards.

Books can demonstrate to you the difference between poor writing and excellent writing.

Books can reveal to you what you like best for styles, genres, poetic word usage, point of view, language, description, plot types, and character development.

If All you have is a bookshelf full of books, you can read them, become inspired, and create anything else you want to read. In a sense, it doesn’t matter what other tools you might have – you can write in the sand with a stick, on parchment with charcoal, in a notebook with a pen, on Open Office on a laptop, or on your wall with your blood. If you have a book, you can catch the vision. Your imagination can be fired up. The seeds that books plant in the brain and in the heart are all it takes to sow and harvest a crop of beautiful stories and inspiring non-fiction.

For example, here are a few books that have shaped my writing style:

  1. The Bible – continues to shape every part of how I write
  2. The Five Little Peppers series by Margaret Sydney – demonstrated to me the intricacies of beautifully developed characters and relationships in a realistic day-to-day setting and revealed to me how characters truly make the story
  3. Storybooks by Rod and Staff Publishers – showed me how humdrum daily life can form a pleasing and uplifting tale
  4. Elsie Dinsmore series by Martha Finley – revealed to me how the spirit of Jesus Christ and godly character can permeate a story through and through while still telling a riveting tale; also planted in me a love for historical Christian fiction
  5. Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder – gave me a spirit of adventure as well as demonstrated how down-to-earth tales of simple daily living can be powerful bestsellers
  6. Annabeth’s War and Captive of Raven Castle by Jessica Greyson – showed me it is possible to write entirely realistic stories set in a fictional world
  7. The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls; Tiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys; Stories Worth Rereading – gave me a sense of how even a short story could pack a punch and deliver spiritual encouragement in a well-educated and interesting way
  8. Ishmael by E.D.E.N. Southworth – a novel written in high language with a complex plot and characters that demonstrated to me how to explore the depths of character motivations
  9. The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight – an excellent example of highly polished writing mixed with a deep Christian message, unforgettable characters, and a dramatic and compelling plot

And here is the Big Giveaway! Be sure to enter for a chance to win an amazing writer’s package!

Paper copy of The Emotion Thesaurus

$5.00 Amazon Gift Card

Free Cover Design by Victoria Lynn

$30 Blog Tour Orchestration by Faith Blum

Free Edit of up to 5000 words by Erika Mathews

Because we’ve had 40 different people enter the giveaway, we’ve also added a second and a third prize! If you don’t win the grand prize, you could win one of two Amazon gift cards!

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What books have influenced you most as a writer? What’s your writing tool of choice? Comment below – I’d love to discuss our favorite books!

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Did you find the secret phrase? Click the button above to visit Faith’s blog and find the next phrase, or return to Read Another Page to start the trail from the beginning. Be sure to return tomorrow for the final day of the 3-2-1 Write! Party where we find out the winners of the giveaways!