We Love You, Kellyn!

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Surprise! It’s party time!

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This is a party for a very special person, a very dedicated writer, a very entrepreneurial businesswoman, and a very dear friend.

Yes, Kellyn, it’s you!

 

For the rest of you here who may not know Kellyn Roth, let me introduce her quickly . . .

Christian ~ author (so many historical fiction books!) ~ founder of Reveries Co. ~ blogger ~ consultant and writing teacher ~ border collie lover ~ reader ~ cat owner ~ clarinet player ~ country girl ~ great with graphics ~ conservative ~ sportsy girl ~ history museum volunteer ~ secretary ~ ISTP ~ joyful friend  ~ check out the links above for more

With introductions out of the way, welcome to my party room! (Psst – in case you haven’t heard, there are party rooms for Kell all over the blogosphere today! So – enjoy your stay here, then pop over to see what other party hosts are up to!)

KELLYN. We — I appreciate you — who you are as a person, what you’ve meant in our lives. Gather ’round, all your friends wish to expound on that directly:

Dear Kelly,

Sometimes I will start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. But you finish those sentences. You, my beautiful friend, are the Dwight to my Michael. (Only you’re prettier. And we’re women.) No matter the weather, you’re there for it all, and I thank you. Thank you for our talks about Jesus. Thanks for the rants and rambles about fiction and life and everything in between. Thank you for the laughs. Thank you for your support.

I could give a pretty long list of why you’re awesome but I’ll list 3 reasons. 1.) You’re God’s kiddo. 2.) You’re my friend. 3.) You’re a redhead. Just kidding, that’s not reason 3. Reason 3 is because you promised me Harrington. Haha.

I love you, girl. God’s with you through it all and I’m honored to be a part of your life.

Love,

Angie Watts

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Kellyn,

You’re the first indie teen I read a book by, you made me realize I could write. I remember reading the last page of The Dressmaker’s Secret and swiping to your bio . . . I was shocked when I saw that a girl my age had written it, yeah, I still haven’t finished writing a book but I will. Thanks for the encouragement and support as well as the late night sprints!

I’ve been scarce since I left The Young Writer’s Workshop and we haven’t talked much but your blog posts are as good as ever if not better. Yeah, I’m totally writing this too late . . . I still hope you like the letter, night!

Abikay

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Dear Kellyn,

Surprise! It has been a while since you have heard from me. This time I am the one writing you a letter (Shiv says hi to Jordy!).  I have always admired your writing and your determination. Your characters are always so real!

Blessings,

Rebecca

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Hey Kell,

I remember first meeting you on the Young Writers Workshop. You’ve definitely come a way since then. I know it’s hard being an indie author in your genre, but keep fighting, okay? You rock, and I know I’ll be seeing you around on the web.

Cheers,

Germaine

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Dear Kell,

“Yes, I know Kellyn Roth.” This is the first sentence I remember hearing about you years ago, by one author to another. When you later joined The Chatter Box, I was blessed to begin that getting-to-know-you process for myself. I’d love to share three ways knowing you has blessed me. 

You’re dedicated. In every area of life I’ve seen—writing, editing, publishing, your walk with God, business, and more—you don’t just get ideas, you act on them, and when you have a goal, you pursue it. What an inspiring example. 

You’re positive. Wow. Your joyful attitude is such a blessing. In every circumstance, you give thanks – and in so doing, you accomplish God’s will for your life (1 Thess. 5:18). 

You’re humble. You’re honest about your weak points (no need to hide you’re human!) without being self-deprecating. You’re willing to learn and not afraid to ask questions! And so you’re able to receive God’s grace. 

There’s much more, but these are just a few areas where I see Christ especially strongly in you. Keep seeking first God’s kingdom, and I promise (God promises!) all other things shall be added for you. And today I’m so blessed to be able to say for myself, “I know Kellyn Roth.”

Blessings to you!

Erika Mathews 

Hiya Kell!
If I were to play a game of describing every fellow artist I know, the first word that’d come to mind for you would be “inspiring.” Because it’s true. Ever since we came across each other on the YWP NaNoWriMo forums, and then later online (which was, truly, a miracle in itself!), you’ve been such an amazing inspiration to me. And no doubt many of the other young writers you know feel the same way. True thought is in every blog post, every beautiful story you write for us and for God. You’re a part that can never be replaced in our community. 🙂

 Wishing you the best in every blessing,

 ~ Merie

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Dear Kell,

Keep blogging and writing books! They’re encouraging and inspiring to so many people in the blogosphere and indie author world around you!! I love reading your posts with your perspective on different topics… they always make me think! (I also love reading your ranty reviews on Goodreads! 😝) I think you were one of the people who inspired me to start writing my own books. Before 2018, I had no idea teen girls around my age even wrote books!! It’s pretty fun. Anyway, never forget the gifts God has given you. 

-Liz

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Dear Kellyn,

I don’t have much to say except thank you. Thanks for being a homeschooled, historical fiction indie author friend. I love reading your books, yes, but I value your friendship and helpful blog posts even more. Keep growing in the Lord!

Hanna Kraft

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Kellyn,

We don’t know each other well, but I just wanted to give you a shout-out for your amazing cover design! You’re an inspiration to indie authors and freelance cover designers alike!

~Kaitlyn Krispense

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Dear Kell,

HEY WHADDUPPPPPP MY HOMEBRO

I hope you know that I love you SO much. Like CRAZY much. Even though sometimes I don’t see you for long long stretches of time, you’re one of my bestest buddies and I appreciate you for all that you do.

You’re a seriously inspiring person⁠⁠—competent, organized, and wicked creative. I don’t know how you get everything done that you do (writing buttloads of awesome books, running multiple blogs and social media accounts, running A LEGIT BUSINESS, TEACHING CLASSES, having ANOTHER JOB on the side, AND MORE?!?!??), but my current theory is it’s some sort of blood magic.

Thank you for being you, for sticking to your values, and for being an awesome friend.

I hope your summer’s going good!!!!!

TURTLE POWER GO

Love,

Sonja

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Dear Kellyn,

I could say a lot of things. I could say thank you for your determination to make it into the publishing world (which you have done, considerably well), that I admire your blog posts and your books and you, that your puppies are ADORABLE, that it’s crazy to think how you’re juggling teaching and a business and writing and another job when the rest of us are still struggling with algebra—- and all of that woulda been true. 

But for today, the person I wanna acknowledge is Kell. Not the author, or teacher, or business professional persay, just Kell the person. Y’know, the one that’s not afraid to speak her mind, or stand up for something she believes in. The one that enjoys a good romance. The one that likes pink but doesn’t consider herself that much of a girly girl (what a weird label anyhow). The one that’s struggling. And going through a lot. And having hard times at times. And hasn’t let life crush her- yet. This turned out surprisingly dark but you know what I’m trying to say. XD Thank you for being you. 

That’s… that’s all I got. 

Jo-a-ruth

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Hi Kell,

When I first heard about you I thought, wow that is a weird name, then as I got to know you a little bit better(mostly through blog tours and your instagram) I’’ve seen that you are also a really cool person and an interesting writer. My first thought however remains, you have an interesting name.

Esther

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Hi Kellyn,

You’re pretty amazing, you know that? I watch from afar as you start businesses and publish books and mentor writers — including me. Thanks for helping with my random, frantic indie publishing questions and for being an amazing formatter.

Truly. You were an answer to so many prayers when it came to publishing my first book. 🙂

I know you are a valued member of YWW, and have halped so many young writers more than you think. Keep being such an amazing friend, writer, and ecourager. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us.

In Christ,

Sara

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Dear Kellyn,

You, my adorable friend, are a flash of fireworks in a dark night, a rainbow amongst clouds, and a highlight in my online life!  When I first joined the social media a few years ago, I couldn’t have anticipated all the amazing people I would meet . . . and you were one of them.  I love your hilarious sense of humor (you never fail to make me laugh!) and your down to earth positivity. You are a constant bright spot, no matter where you are shining.  You are strong, funny, quirky, and one of a kind. Thank you for all the thoughtful conversations, all the laughter, and all the gifs. The Thanksgiving / Christmas wars would have certainly never been the same without you!  *wink* Congratulations on the incredible journey you have had so far and best wishes on all that is ahead for you. I’m so proud of the wonderful Christian young woman that you are. May His perfect path be clear to you always!  I praise God for the blessing of Kellyn Roth.

Love, Allison Tebo

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Hey Kellyn,

When I first heard that there were Christian fiction authors, I actually found you through Angela Watts and from there; starting following your journey writing and encouraging other writers. I just wanted to thank you for your encouraging words and helping me understand that Christian fiction and historical fiction are more than just “boring.”

Thanks to you, I’ve started taking my own writing seriously and even if that isn’t what I do for a living, I know that I can create a book that speaks to people.

Thank you so much,

Joshua Reid 

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Hey Kellyn, 

You, girl, are awesome.  I don’t know how you do it — working, writing A LOT, running a business complete with contractors, and being that epic all at once…when most folks your age are walking with knocking knees to their first college classes or trying to figure out where they’re going in life.  You know that’s right (cue Burton Guster/Dule Hill voice). When I first “met” you, albeit only online, I was amazed to find out that you weren’t even a high school graduate yet, since you seemed so mature and professional.  You’re an inspiration, not only to your readers, but to your community and the online writing community (communities?) as well. Watching you do your thing on the interwebs is always pretty awesome and inspiring — I hope you know how special and influential you are, just by being you, because that’s pretty fantastic.  

Keep the faith and keep being you! 🙂 

Michaela Bush 

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Kellyn, 

We’ve never met, and the most interaction we’ve had is through comments on your blog and social media. But I still remember when I first heard of your existence. 

I was sitting in a choir practices and the lady next to me turned to me. She knew I was an avid reader (book lovers, unite!) and was telling me about the surprisingly good book she had read by a young author that she thought I would love. it was the first Chronicles of Alice and Ivy book, and she was amazed by it. She told she only picked it up because a homeschooler wrote it, and she didn’t even know homeschoolers could write. 

Not knowing I was a homeschool graduate, I sat and listened (trying not to laugh) at her explanations about homeschooling and how you had broken all of the molds she had concocted in her mind about it. 

And that sent me on a quest to discover who this girl was. And I found your books, and I found your blog, and I have been blessed and encouraged by both. 

Kellyn, I love the way you deal with tough issues, and you don’t shy away from them. Your blog has more than once encouraged me when I am struggling. Your books are ones I turn to when I need the comfort of old friends. And, more than that, your writing always point me towards Christ as the ultimate answer, and I have been thankful for it.

Please, continue to share your writing with the world. We need more of what you have to offer the world, more of the beauty you see and capture in the black and white words that you put down onto paper. We need more of your fearlessness to tackle the issues that people tend to ignore, and to bring clarity and light to them. 

Thank you, for being such a fearless, bold writer. 

With Joy,

Kaitlyn S. 

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Dear Kell, 

I can’t even quite remember how we first met – it must have been on Goodreads somehow – but it feels like I’ve known you my entire blogging life (which is a mere two years haha) or that our getting to know each other was so slow and easy that the line between not knowing and being friends has been blurred to indistinguishable. (<< wow what a sentence)

Anyhow I’m so incredibly blessed and honored and happy to know you. You inspire me so much. You’re so real – like you don’t put on airs – and so accomplished and almost superhuman at the same time that I just … both look up to you and yet don’t feel like I do? Does that make sense? Maybe not. Moving on …

Some favorite memories :

 

  • Signing up for review copies of your books for the first time without knowing what they were about (?!) and being skeptical when I saw their premise

 

  • But being totally sucked in and ridiculously impressed and 100% convinced of your skills

 

  • You joining us for the journey of TGMSH even though it’s been slacking a lot haha. I’m just so honored to have you on as consultant with all your experience

 

  • Fighting over Little Women 😑 

 

  • Your post about why experienced bloggers should be nice to new bloggers

 

  • Seeing Reveries & Co. grow from scratch (#proud)
  • My dad complimenting you without knowing who you are bc I told him about Reveries & Co. being started by a 17 yo and he was just, wow this girl is so entrepreneurial (that’s the right word, right??)  and I was like 👍
  • Being in the same cabin for two camp nanos

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway. Just want to say it’s a pleasure to be your friend and here’s to many more years of knowing each other. May God continue to bless you, dear girl. 

cheers. 

Lisa

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Hey Kellyn! 

I’ll be honest, all I can think of to tell you is this: Just immerse yourself in the Word and pray. 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

  • Philippians 4:4-8

(Here’s a few others too: Proverbs 3:5-6 / Psalm 139:23-24 / 1 Peter 5:6-9)

I’ll be praying for you,

Hannah K

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Dear Kellyn,

You were the first ever teen author that I encountered. Before that, I didn’t even realise that people could pursue their writing dreams from a young age. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to me with your books, your awesome blog posts, and your life in general. God’s going to bless you for everything you’ve done and for everything you will do. 

Keep making people smile!

Blessings, 

Medomfo xxx

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Dear Kellyn,

It’s been such a joy to work with you and develop a friendship over the time we’ve known each other. You are such a talented and creative young lady and I’m proud to call you friend! May God so richly bless you this year and every coming year. Hugs and happiest of birthdays to you, girlie! Oh, and welcome to the 18 Club.  

Blessings,

Sarah Grace Grzy

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Kellyn, I pray you are blessed and encouraged today! May Jesus shine through you more and more! May His life be your rock and your light. Keep seeking Him – abide and continue in His Word – He will continue to make Himself known to you, in you, and through you. He’s your life and success!

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Introducing . . . Restful Readers!

This month I’ve been participating in #WIPJoy, a social media event where I post daily about my Work In Progress, responding to a specific prompt. I’ve been posting about Victory’s Voice, Book 2 in Truth from Taerna.

Yesterday’s prompt was quite difficult for me.

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It isn’t that I don’t have supportive family. It isn’t that I don’t have awesome online writing friends and blog followers. I do. I could shout out to all of you. You truly add something to my life as an author. Some of you in particular have been extremely encouraging and supportive for various writing projects I’ve done.

It’s just that upon careful pondering, there really wasn’t anyone in particular who stood out as a reason I keep writing Victory’s Voice specifically.

Victory’s Voice is a unique book. It wasn’t supposed to be at all. After winning NaNo 2014 with Promise’s Prayer, I wasn’t going to do NaNoWriMo in 2015, yet as October passed, I found I couldn’t skip NaNo. So, last minute, I plunged into writing 50,000 words in November with nothing but a vague theme. After starting and scrapping at least four or five different plots and sets of characters, I finally set the theme in the same world as Promise’s Prayer and gave the plot to Ellisia, the little sister of the main character of Book 1.

Yet the entire month was a struggle just to get words on the page. Plot problems abounded. I pushed through tremendous challenges and got the 50,000 words out. And ever since, it’s been a mess of editing, re-classifying (it’s no longer fantasy, and none of my books will be fantasy, but that’s a post for another time), re-editing, and now re-plotting and rewriting. Plot elements don’t want to fall into place. The ending is elusive. It’s been three and a half years of hauling this wagon uphill by hand.

So . . . what does keep me going?

  1. Wanting to publish future books in the series. Specifically, Sustainer’s Smile (Book 4), though Memory’s Mind (5) is also high on the list. I can’t wait to get Sustainer’s Smile out into the world, but first comes Victory’s Voice.
  2. The importance of the message. The power of spoken words isn’t widely addressed in this culture, and it deserves to be known.
  3. Most importantly, God. I believe this is a book He’s called me to write, and I will not let the enemy win.

That said, it’s still an uphill road.

A road that would be easier with a team to cheer. A team who loves my books. A team who periodically reminds me why I do this crazy thing called writing.

And that’s what inspired me to finally take the plunge and create Restful Readers.

(Never mind that I intended to do so two years ago but was afraid no one would be interested. I’m still a bit afraid of that, to be honest, but I’m doing it anyway.)

SO . . .

Introducing . . .

Restful Readers!

My brand new author street team! I’m excited about this and can’t wait to connect there. There are several options for joining; you can join one or all! We’re headquartered in a closed Facebook group, we’ll chat in a private Google Hangouts group, and there’s an email list – plus I’ll add a Goodreads group if there’s enough reader interest.

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Click Here to Join!

Restful Readers Is For You If:

You’ve enjoyed a book of mine and are willing to spread the word!

(Bonus if you’re looking forward to more books from me!)

What Restful Readers Get:

  • First Access to:
    • Short stories, tie-in Taerna stories, devotionals, and more!
    • ARCs (Advance Reader Copies – reading my books pre-publication)
    • Beta reading
    • Big news: titles, covers, ideas, and secret projects
    • Sneak peeks! Excerpts and perhaps even whole chapters
    • Sales, discounts, and free books
  • Bonus content: behind-the-scenes information, day-to-day glimpses of my writing process, freebies, and more
  • Exclusive contests
  • The opportunity to influence book content: vote on a poll, suggest a character name, and more!
  • Your name in print: shout-out in the acknowledgements section of my books
  • Your blog/social media supported and promoted on my channels
  • Fun, relaxing bookish chat!

What To Expect:

Periodically I’ll post “missions” for you to complete. I’ll let you know exactly what to do and what to expect, and I’ll make it as easy as possible for you to complete. I am motivated as an author by reader feedback. Supportive readers can push me through a few thousand more words!

I need both ongoing support and event support; that is, support leading up to and during a book release as well as ongoing support.

You can support my books any way you prefer, but here’s a few ideas to get you started. You’re free to do any of them at any time, and I’ll also periodically pick specific ones to highlight and simplify for you if you prefer to just follow along with me.

  • TALK TO ME. Ask me when the next book is coming out, say what you’re looking forward to, ask for writing updates, or just talk about my books in general. This motivates me to keep writing!
  • Leave reviews. Amazon. Goodreads. Your blog. Anywhere and everywhere. Extremely important for an indie author.
  • Sign up for my newsletter at restinglife.com
  • Word-of-mouth. This is the best way to help me get my books out there!
  • Like, comment on, and share my social media posts to help them reach more people.
  • Request that your library carry my book.
  • Beta read, or sign up for a blog tour or cover reveal.
  • Gift my books for Christmas, birthdays, or other occasions (buy directly from me).
  • Share your reviews. Tell other people why you liked my book.
  • Share others’ reviews or posts about my book.
  • Random shout-outs. Fangirl or fanboy over my books over the internet. Instagram my books.
  • Host me for an interview or guest post on your blog.
  • If you really love my books, get extra creative: post fan art, write fan fiction, make a YouTube review, have a Taerna-themed party, pester your bookstore to carry my books, read my book for a book club—the ideas are endless . . . basically make noise about the book!

Click Here to Join!

I’m excited to connect with my fans!

Your turn! Have you had a project as stubborn as Victory’s Voice? Do you have good support? What makes you want to read Victory’s Voice? Will you be joining Restful Readers?

Lacy Review

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Jaye L. Knight’s book Lacy has been released! It’s a companion novella to the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles.

Before we get into the review, here’s the official tour page.

Here’s my spotlight of this book and the two others in this tour. You can also find a giveaway for the whole Ilyon series at that link.

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Despite being certainly an adult story, Lacy was so sweet and I loved it. Even though I’m not necessarily a huge romance fan or a huge fantasy fan in general, I absolutely adored this story. There were so many sweet and touching moments, and so many times to sympathize with the characters.
First, I loved the redemption romance aspect – it was first of all a story of Lacy’s relationship with Elom, and second a story of her relationship with Aaron – which is exactly how it should be. I loved how the redemption wasn’t rushed or forced – it felt natural. She didn’t immediately drop her old lifestyle or her doubts and fears – she had to work through them, just as we do in real life. The redemption aspect wasn’t shoehorned in – instead, it was portrayed as a gradual work of Elom in her life.
Second, I loved all the extra time with Aaron and especially Timothy! Since The King’s Scrolls, Timothy hasn’t had a whole lot of dedicated “screen time,” and I’d nearly forgotten just how much I loved him! He is such an excellent character and has such a way with words . . .  he’s amazing. I also love the continued brotherly relationship between Aaron and Timothy – it’s so unique, so loyal, so devoted, so unquestioning and trusting.
Third, I loved the development of Aaron as a character. That depth to who he is hasn’t been shown to a large extent in the novels (much of his role has been as a protector to and supporter of Timothy), but in this story we get the depth of his growth. Might his natural tendency as protector get him in trouble when he takes it too far? Can he be the protector in every circumstance? What about his natural tendency to rush out and make everything better without listening to Elom, praying, and following Him? And of course, his emotional struggles make it much more complex. He makes mistakes, but he learns and grows.
Fourth, Lacy also has excellent character development – who she is and her motives, goals, and burdens are clear and written in a way I can sympathize with and understand. When she changes, it doesn’t change her personality or what her motives are – it’s the new life of the Son of God living in her and expressing Himself in a unique Lacy-way. I loved the little plot twist – how it was such a key theme and driving force through the story. I loved their determination; Lacy‘s struggle in her decisions was realistic as well.
Aaron’s climax and conflicts were realistically portrayed, and so was his selfless determination. I loved the purity of the romance plot line as well as the couple’s self-control in the relationship – a rare and precious thing in stories as well as in real life. I love how “clean” it was with the romance and its related adult elements in the story – what was going on was crystal clear and yet not overly or inappropriately described. I love that this story handles hard and sensitive topics in a way I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.

Decree Review

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Tricia Mingerink’s newest novel Decree is releasing today! Decree is the fifth book in the Christian fantasy/kingdom adventure series The Blades of Acktar.

I first heard of The Blades of Acktar online long before I read them. I even attended a Facebook party in their honor where characters from the books showed up to chat, and though I enjoyed the party, I had no idea who the characters were or what their stories were.

When I finally got my hands on the first book, I was captivated by the rich, deep story and the truths in it. I quickly read the second book, then hunted for the Facebook party to read the backstory and character chats with my new understanding. When Book 4 was releasing, I splurged on Book 3 simply to read and review it before Book 4 came out – and when Book 5 was announced, I jumped at the chance.

Before we get into the review, here’s the official tour page.

Here’s my spotlight of this book and the two others in this tour. You can also find a giveaway for the whole Acktar series at that link.

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Decree: ten stories of varying lengths of our beloved Acktar characters. I appreciated the cohesion, even though they were at different times in Acktar’s history and followed different characters.

Meeting Martyn: Martyn was one of the characters I connected with earlier in the series, so reading his backstory and how he met Leith was adorable and heartstring-tugging. The author did an excellent job crafting his story to elicit sympathy, and the tentative meeting between him and Leith was everything it should be.

A Blizzard for Brandi: This was short and centered on Brandi’s musings – not as memorable as the other stories in this collection, but interesting as a support story.

The Blades as They Should’ve Been: This story was perfect. In a sense, it brought Leith’s story of involvement with the Blades full circle. Furthermore, the Keevan storyline is something the series needed. Previous books may not have presented Keevan as a convincing “good king” type, and seeing his struggles with accepting Leith was excellent. I loved how the baby factored into this, and I love how he had to choose to act on what’s right regardless of his feelings.

The First Mission: I loved this! It brought Martyn’s story full circle as well. His struggles, his choices, his realizations, his awkwardness with children . . . so perfect. Of course, Kayleigh was the perfect sidekick.

Honeymoon Holdup: Short and cute, this story was excellent. It was fun to read how Leith and Renna worked together so well!

The Wedding: This was a fun story, even though I don’t connect with Shad and Jolene as much as with other characters.

To the Far Great Mountains: Leith and Martyn are adventuring across Acktar together! What could go wrong . . . what couldn’t go wrong? I enjoyed this tale of their adventures together and this glimpse into what life as a Blade Marshal looked like. I loved the balance and the tension between their love for adventure and heroism and their desire for home and family – it perfectly set the scene for this story. Of course, Leith’s creativity strikes again!

The Healer and the Clerk: I loved this tale! So simple and so awkward . . . so much character growth and mistakes and failing and love and learning. I’m so glad Ranson starred in a story – he’s a great character, and his plot was excellent to read.

The Perfect Plan: This short story was set long before the other stories of Acktar, but it was interesting to read about Renna’s parents.

The Treaty: I loved this little tale of one of Leith and Martyn’s missions! Leith is so creative and resourceful, and watching him go after a law-breaker in a lawful manner is so refreshing and fun. I could read little tales like this one all day long.

All in all, I enjoyed this collection greatly! I look forward to future books in the series – this collection seems to bridge the way quite nicely.

Twelve Days of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . . 

Merry Christmas! This year I’m partying over at my other blog, Resting Life, every day for twelve days leading up to Christmas! If you haven’t followed me at Resting Life yet, hop over to subscribe and follow so you don’t miss the fun. There will also be a giveaway . . .

Hop over there now to see a sneak peek of what’s coming December 14-25!

A blessed season of Christmas preparation – and rejoicing in the good news of Jesus Christ! – to you and yours!

Black Friday Book Sale 2018!

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Book-lovers, listen up! A HUGE sale is happening this weekend! Over 150 titles are available for either $0.99 or FREE! A long list of paperbacks are also on sale at incredibly discounted prices. And the good news is they are all clean reads. Be sure to go check out this amazing sale here.

You can find all my books on sale at that link as well – Promise’s Prayer in the paperback and fantasy sections (it’s not actually fantasy, since it has no magic, but that was the category the organizers chose to put it under), Gather ‘Round the Fables under Fantasy, Overrun By Your Love under Paperbacks and Non-Fiction, and Happiness Below under Historical/Western.

There is also a gigantic giveaway going on! The Grand Prize winner receives twenty paperbacks and the second place winner gets twenty e-book titles from the sale for free.

You can sign up for the giveaway here.

Giveaway runs from November 22 to November 26 @ 12 AM ET. Grand prize open to US winners only. Second place prize is open Internationally.

Second Place Winner Receives Twenty E-books
Gather Round the Fables by Erika Mathews
The Case of the Tabloid Tattler by Perry Kirkpatrick AudioBook
The Twelve Cats of Christmas by Perry Kirkpatrick Audiobook
Coffee Shop Christmas Ebook by Ryana Lynn Miller
The Land of Cotton ebook by Ryana Lynn Miller
Entertaining Angels – Entertaining Angels Book 1 by Emerald Barnes
Secrets Kept by Jennette Mbewe
The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doue
Beyond Broken Pencils by Julie C. Gilbert
Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie C. Gilbert
Soldier On by Vanessa Rasanen
Burning Rose by Hope Ann
Iced and Nailed by Avery Daniels
Imani Earns Her Cape by Bokerah Brumley
October by J. Grace Pennington
Disowned by Sarah Addison Fox
My Compass Home by Michaela Bush
Summer Shadows and Necessary Evil by Killarney Traynor

Grand Prize Winner Receives 20 Paperbacks
Mythical Doorways by Jenelle Schmidt
Faith is the Victory by Faith Blum
Kiera by Kate Willis
Because Anonymous Diana L. Sharples
After: Book One in The Neverway Chronicles by Savannah Jezowski
Specter: Book Two in The Neverway Chronicles by Savannah Jezowski
Leandra’s Enchanted Flute by Katy Huth Jones
Eagle Eyes by Tammy Lash
London in the Dark by Victoria Lynn
When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn
Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset by Sarah Ashwood
Iced and Nailed by Avery Daniels
There Was Always Laughter in Our House by Sarah Holman
Bridgers: A Parable (paperback) by Angie Thompson
Love Blind (paperback) by Angie Thompson
Code by Angie Thompson
Christmas Eve at the Backdoor by Rebekah Morris
The Seven Drawers by Kendra E. Ardnek
He’s Making Diamonds: A Teen’s Thoughts on Faith Through Chronic Illness by Sara Willoughby

Participating Authors
Kate Willis
Hope
C.B. Cook
Vincent Trigili
Malachi Cyr
E. J. Willis
Diana L. Sharples
Sarah Addison-Fox
Annie Douglass Lima
Marc Secchia
Katy Huth Jones
Savannah Jezowski
Kandi J Wyatt
Joan Lightning
Angela Watts
Ava Mallory
Sara Bourgeois
Jaye L. Knight
Sarah Ashwood
Killarney Traynor
Zanna Mackenzie
Valerie Howard
Bokerah Brumley
Kat Bellemore
Faith Blum
RJ Conte
Abigayle Claire
Tayla Alexandra
Kristen Iten
Emily Selby
Stephanie Damore
Erika Mathews
Frances Hoelsema
J. Grace Pennington
Rebekah A. Morris
Frankie Bow
Martha Fuller
Lena Karynn Tesla
Allison Tebo
Sarah Monzon
Victoria Lynn
Sonia Parin
T.I. Lowe
Lia London
Tammy Lash
maria grazia swan
Deany Ray
Paige Sleuth
Jenny Berlin
Annie Louise Twitchell
Jordaina Sydney Robinson
Kelsey Gietl
Kendra E. Ardnek
Frances Hoelsema
Stacy Juba
Laura Guenot
Michaela Bush
Tricia Mingerink
Hailey Rose
Ryana Lynn Miller
Angie Thompson
Nadine C. Keels
Kellyn Roth
Angie Thompson
Vanessa Rasanen
Julie C. Gilbert
Jennette Mbewe
C. S. Johnson
Amy Williams
April Lynn Newell
Lauren Lynch
Lea Doue
Kelsey Bryant
Avery Daniels
Sarah Holman
R.M. Archer
Emerald Barnes
Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
Cathy Perkins
Laura Jackson
P.D. Workman
Emily Hinkle
Hannah Loviisa
Claire Banschbach
Rebekah Jones
Faith Potts
Sara Willoughby