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?

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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.

 

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Lady Dragon Tela Du: Review

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In this Blog Tour post, you’ll find:

A Review
Book Synopsis
Author Bio
A Free Book
A Special Excerpt 

Come back tomorrow for a special interview with Granite!

Review

First comes the review. If you’re here from one of the other blog tour stops, you probably already know what book we’re talking about, who wrote it, and what it’s about, and you’re only here to see what I thought of it. If so, great news! To find my review, you don’t have to scroll through the same info you’ve already read several times.

Lady Dragon, Tela Du is an epic. It’s set in the colorful and imaginative world of Rizkaland – a world plagued with its own problems, not the least of them being Amber, the Lady Dragon. Intriguing characters and stunning plot twists fill the pages of this tale. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you read.

Writing: Good
This story has undergone countless rewrites and revisions, and it shows in the final product. Since I had the privilege of being an alpha reader for this story, I read the last three versions. Even in that short amount of time, I saw tremendous improvement in the tightness of the story and the writing style itself. LDTD is written almost in the tone of a lighthearted fairy tale, but the conflicts and depth of the plot and characters lend dead seriousness to the tone of much of the story. Still, despite the dangers and uncertainties faced by the characters, the overall mood is fairly light and easy to read. It won’t drag you down, but it’s complex enough that you won’t be able to put it down.

Plot: Excellent
So seamlessly are the plot twists and foreshadowing woven together into the story that you’ll probably want to start the book over again the moment you finish. The best part of that element is that the second read will be just as exciting as the first. You’ll pick up hints you totally skimmed over, ignored, or misinterpreted the first time. Personally, I loved how the author crafted the plot so skillfully. Even though I guessed at some of the resolutions and ending, the story was so craftily put together that up until the last moment I had no clue if my desired outcome would happen or not. At the same time, the ending and everything leading up to it were extremely satisfying – so much better than I even could have hoped for or imagined. The points of view of various characters are put together in a clear way that’s easily to follow and, for the most part, easy to keep track of.

Characters: Extremely excellent
While the plot makes the story, the characters make the connection with the reader. All of the characters are vividly pictured through their dialogue, point of view, actions, and the style in which they are written. Petra and Reuben’s relationship is real and deep; Petra and Ashna’s relationship is real and strained; Petra and Amber’s relationship is real and business-like; in short, the author does an excellent job of creating true-to-life characters. And we can’t forget Amber and Granite—their relationship as a married couple is both sweet and endearing despite one of them being the villain. Throughout the course of the book, I found myself sympathizing with them more and more despite the evil that Amber continued on wreaking throughout Rizkaland. It truly take a masterful author to incite such kinship with the clearly-marked antagonist.

Content: Mild violence (nothing to be concerned about); romance (married couple and soon-to-be-married couples). Also one “dream sequence” scene (it’s not a dream sequence, but that’s the best way I can think of to describe the scene’s tone without giving spoilers) featuring dead animals coming to life. For a younger or more sensitive audience, I recommend skipping the scene – though it is as tastefully handled as possible under the circumstances.

A Few Elements I Liked:
The ending. Wow. There’s not much I can say without giving spoilers, but I will say the ending was well worth the entire book. I loved everything about it.
The message. This isn’t just entertainment; there’s truth here.
Granite and Amber’s relationship – a sweet picture of married love complete with deep struggles and heartaches. Such loyalty.
Petra and Reuben’s gift/power. It adds a new and interesting depth to their relationship.
The plot twists! I’ve never seen plot twists done in such a satisfying manner.

If you liked Water Princess, Fire Prince, you’ll absolutely love Lady Dragon, Tela Du. While the plot, characters, and message of the first were excellent, those of the second are even better.

/End of Review. Readers from other tour stops, you’re welcome. And now, you may scroll quickly through the rest of this post until you reach the last header—because I know you want to know what the Snippet from the book that I’ve included is. 😉

All other readers, keep reading to learn more about this wonderful book!

Synopsis

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

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Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.

 

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Dusk was gathering as she stepped through the gates, and found Granite lying on his back in the middle of the courtyard staring at the sky.

She sighed. “I see you’ve been making use of yourself while I was away.”

He seemed not to hear her, so she walked over and crouched by his side. “Just what are you doing?”

A smile spread across his face as he sat up. “Oh, I was just observing the Rizkan sky and reminiscing. Would you care to join me?”

She sighed and started to stand up, but he reached forward and grabbed her arm, preventing her.

“I have more important things to do with my time,” she protested.

“After six thousand years, you can make time for the little things,” Granite replied, simply.

She sighed again. He wasn’t going to give up, was he? She lay down beside him.

“I always marvel at how empty the Rizkan sky is, even at the dead of night,” he said at length. “Especially after staring at the stars of Lintooalintae for four thousand years. Do you ever miss the stars?”

“No, I can’t say I do. I find them more useful now that they have fallen.”

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Lady Dragon, Tela Du Cover Reveal

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Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

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Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.
Official Website: kendraeardnek.weebly.com
And so is another of Kendra’s books: CinderEddy: https://www.amazon.com/CinderEddy-Kendra-E-Ardnek-ebook/dp/B00KZNW2TO/
Cover Design Credit: Benjamin Ingalls – https://www.behance.net/BenjaminIngalls
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Kendra, if you were a tree, which would you be and why? 
Kendra (author): Ummm …. A mimosa. It’s my favorite tree because it refuses to blend in and look like a normal tree (have you seen its leaves), and it has the most gorgeous flowers.
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Petra, if you imagined a dragon, what would your perfect dragon look like? 
Petra (Tela Du): Uhhhhh … either a small dragon that I can keep as a pet, will ride on my shoulder and hiss at people who get too close, or a large dragon that I can ride instead of a car. If you want a detailed description of an ideal dragon, you can talk to Reuben. I’m sure he has more opinions on the matter.
 
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Amber, what motivates you and what you do?

Amber (Lady Dragon): The good of the people and creating a better world.
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Kendra’s Note:  One of the new things I learned while writing the final draft of Lady Dragon, Tela Du was the fact that Amber likes to write. So when I found this pin, it just felt so perfect.

From Lady Dragon, Tela Du

Rintaya’s “house” proved to be a doormat.

At least, that’s all that Petra could see even remotely resembling a home, when Rintaya stopped walking and declared that they’d arrived. It did not even remotely resemble the castle she’d promised.

“Is your house magic?” asked Reuben.

“What do you mean?” asked Rintaya.

“It’s just that, normally, when someone says castle, I picture a large fortress with lots of towers, maybe a moat with a small sea monster in it, definitely some heavy walls, and I don’t see anything like that here.”

“Oh,” said Rintaya, nodding slowly. “Then I suppose I do understand your confusion.”

“Does ‘castle’ mean something else here in Rizkaland?” asked Petra.

“Oh, no,” said Rintaya, shaking her head. “Indeed, your definition is pretty much spot on for what we describe as well.”

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Promise’s Prayer: Your Turn to Read!

 

Promise’s Prayer is now in full-fledged editing! The next step is to send it to my beta readers – and if you’d like to join that list, I’m currently accepting sign-ups. Just use the form at the bottom of this post to make your request.

If you’re new to Written Rest, Promise’s Prayer is my novel set in the fictional country of Taerna. It follows Kaelan, a young man tired of the quietness of home and bent on “saving the world” from a downward spiral of lawlessness and fleshly pleasure, through his attempts to fulfill a promise made to his dying mother. Meanwhile, Carita realizes that she possesses the key the country needs, but she continually battles with crippling fears, inadequacies, lack of position, and the challenges of daily life. Will they come through for Taerna? Or will something else?

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Adventure versus quietness. Fulfilling promises. Sheer determination. Saving the world. Or…not. 

And now, just for you, some snippets!

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A farmer stood in the doorway, waiting for her to speak. She swallowed twice and forced her mouth open. “Good morning.” Her voice sounded as frightened as she felt. Her mind raced, desperately trying to think of what to say. “Might I help—that is, may I offer you—” She paused, her hands clenching nervously. Her eyes darted here and there. Why had she not thought this through more carefully before she came?

The man sighed impatiently. “No,” he said, “We don’t need anything you can give us or do for us. We don’t need a maid.”

He shut the door, leaving her standing there. Slowly she turned and shuffled back to her own home. How had she thought she could get through to him? She couldn’t even tell him what she wanted.

How was that possible? She determined that she would think harder the next time before trying anything of the sort.

She was too afraid. There was no way she could even meet the rest of the neighbors, let alone help them. What could she do?

Yet the voice came strongly to her. Love. Serve. Pray. Persevere.

She must go, she told herself. What had become of all the joy she felt yesterday? She—must—go.

She couldn’t go.

Carita

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Kaelan looked around curiously. The kings certainly did live in style and in the height of pleasure. Lush curtains, heavy with velvet, hung at the tall windows. Servants, much more well-dressed than one would expect even in a palace, stood in every corner, ready with refreshments, music, entertainment, drinks, fans, games, and anything else one might in the least desire. The carpets and curtains were a bright red. The room was spacious and airy.

The kings were engaged deeply in important pleasure, a pompous servant informed Kaelan. Kaelan would be required to await their leisure if he desired an audience. No, he could not say how long that might be. It might well be a very long while, depending on what entertainments the kings were currently engaged in. The servant would enter the visitors’ names on the kings’ lists, and if the kings could not attend to them that day, they must return the next.

As the man retreated, Kaelan looked after him with a disgusted frown. “Is that what a king’s man is today?” he muttered to Caeleb. “A disgrace to the name?”

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Kaelan watched in dumbfounded amazement. “This happens continually,” Caeleb whispered, “Constant entertainment, constant pleasure.”

“All day long?” he demanded, “Free shows? Free music? Free food and drink? No wonder the kings have the people under their thumbs.”

“Hush,” Caeleb warned, “It is ruining them. It is causing them to have ridiculously high expectations for such things. It is dulling their minds and giving them a distaste for reality—for daily life. And so they try to ignore or erase every part of reality that does not line up with this. They are creating a false reality. When people’s appetites become used to continual sugarplums, they will never again eat fruits and vegetables.”

Copyright 2014 ERW.

 

If you’d like to beta read Promise’s Prayer, just fill out the form below. It’s about 68,000 words/215 pages long. It is written for teenagers and young adults but is suitable for all ages. A strong Christian theme is present throughout the story. There is no magic, romance, or violence, though deaths do occur. I will be sending out Part 1 of Promise’s Prayer beginning in just a few days. Ideally, I’d like all feedback within two weeks, though I can be flexible.

Thank you very much!

NaNo Excerpts and an Update

“I’m afraid,” she whispered to herself shiveringly. “I’m afraid. I’m so afraid.” She could feel it from the tips of her fingers to the tips of her toes. A choking sensation gripped her heart, and she lay rigidly under the blankets.

“You’re a high-and-mighty good-for-nothing who thinks she can come in and be Miss Goody-Goody and win friends—just so they can bend to your whims and further your plans.” Her bitterness slipped slimily and drippingly through her voice. “Well just who do you think you are. You’re nobody. You’re an orphaned pauper. Your Adon can do nothing with you. You think you can do something grand; well, you can’t.”

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Yes. I finished NaNoWriMo. I reached 50,000 words. On Day 18. Upon which I promptly set a new goal of actually finished my book in November. And on November 29, I finished the last scene of my book and reached 66,328 words.

I wrote for a total of 20 days during November. There were 10 days when I didn’t write.

My least wordy day was Day 14, with 234 words. My most wordy day was Day 1, with 10,350 words.

And now I’m editing.

And spell check doesn’t like a few words from the above excerpts. What do you think? Should I use them anyway or change them? What should I say instead?

  • Shiveringly
  • Drippingly

Vote in my poll below, or leave a comment with your opinion!

Promise’s Prayer Snippet: Ellrick on Fear

“You can choose how to respond to your fear,” Ellrick went on, “You can fight it, you can succumb to it, or you can choose to live outside of it no matter what claims it makes upon you. If you choose to succumb to it, you are trapped inside of the prison. If you try to fight it, you will find that it is stronger than you are. You will exhaust yourself, and you will lose. But if you choose to live apart from the fear, refusing to allow it to run your life, you will find yourself free from it.”