Carrie Mouse Cover Reveal

About the Book

Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?

Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!

Coming October 22!

Giveaway

Cover Piece 4It’s scavenger hunt time! The Carrie Mouse cover has been cut into nine pieces and scattered across nine different blogs. Visit this post to find links to all the cover pieces. Assemble them and email the completed cover to hunekeauthor(at)gmail(dot)com to be entered in an extra special giveaway: A book signed by both the author and the illustrator and a handmade Carrie Mouse doll to be shipped upon publication of the book. If you need a collage creation software, you can use PiZap.com, a free online photo editor. All entries must be submitted by midnight EDT on Thursday, September 20. The winner will be announced Friday, September 21 at www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com. Happy hunting!

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.

To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit: www.morganhuneke.com or www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com

 

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Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.

To learn more about Rebekah and her work, visit: www.etsy.com/shop/klaykottage or follow @klaykottage on Instagram

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Guess the Title!

Tomorrow I have a very special announcement coming! But until then, let’s play a game!

So far in Truth from Taerna I have:

Promise’s Prayer
Victory’s Voice
Surrender’s Strength
Sustainer’s Smile

But there’s a Book Five coming, and what shall it be called?

You get to guess! 

Here’s your clue:

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Come on now, don’t be shy. Comment below.

Give me all your best guesses!

I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

Interview With Jerolin

I have Jerolin here (in a sense, as much as a character can be here) from The Worth of a King, book one in The Fall of a Star series by Kendra E. Ardnek.

This book released this week!

Hi Jerolin! What’s it like living with Adrian when you know things about him? 

Absolute torture.

What do you think of King Ossian?

Well, he killed King Edson despite Edson being a decent king and actually responsible for a golden age in Dialcia, and while Ossian has not been a bad king thus far, that was just petty. Also, he works with the dragons and they’re bad news.

What’s your favorite memory of Lily?

The way she always kept us on our toes. She was a bit of a wild thing, and would attack Adrian and I at any random moment she fancied us off guard. It was really adorable when she was little.

If you could do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do?

I would have a nice, neat, normal life, where Adrian isn’t actually a prince, and he would be the printer, I would be the blacksmith, and we’d not have to worry one bit about politics.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Picnics with Adrian, Lily, and our parents.

Tell me about your relationship with El Shaddai. 

My father is Zovordian, so, of course, he takes his faith in El Shaddai very seriously. He’s taught Adrian, Lily and I about Him from a very young age. It’s sometimes hard to trust that He has a plan, but when you know that your little brother is soon going to be over his head in politics … you have to.

London in the Dark by Victoria Lynn – Book Review

Check out London In The Dark by Victoria Lynn

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32832281

Plot: very good! I enjoyed the emphasis on personal interactions, character growth, and relationships – internal conflict and growth as well as the outer conflict with the “mystery.” Because villain POV snippets were interspersed in the story from the beginning, I figured out most of the plot twists and what was going on well ahead of time – so there wasn’t the suspense aspect present in some mysteries – but this didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book. It felt fresh and interesting.

Writing quality and style: I felt that this detracted just a bit from the story for me, as there were some grammatical errors, some instances of showing where telling could have been better as well as instances where I felt the narration was too detached from the characters. Still, I’ve read a later work by this author where none of these issues were present – so I’m definitely hoping that was unique to this book.

Characters: I loved the everyday mannerisms that set apart the characters – all but Olivia’s habit of touching her neck. I’m sure it’s just me, but it seemed cliche. I loved how the details of daily life were described – the little happy things especially. For most of the book, I felt the characters weren’t deep enough – I didn’t relate to or sympathize with them. In the first several pages, Cyril was a shrewd detective, but then he seemed to lose all distinct personality and become a grump who kept acting and reacting the same way, over and over, throughout most of the rest of the book – I found myself wishing for more variation in his character rather than the same basic scene repeated in every circumstance. (If you must be a grump, be an interesting one!) The same with Dudley: he was so sweet and lovable, but almost too predictably so for the first portion of the book – but then there was just enough variation and depth to make him refreshingly interesting. Olivia took a bit to understand: she seemed quite relatable at first, then uncharacteristically emotionally demonstrative at the drop of a hat (I get she had good reason; it just didn’t seem in line with her previous character to me) – and finally, naive. It was the naive stage that garnered my sympathy again, though – it seemed much more understandable and natural that the previous emotional outbursts. In retrospect, however, I don’t believe she was as demonstrative as I had the impression she was while reading; she was still at least ladylike about it.

The message: amazing! I loved how God and faith appeared naturally in the characters and their lifestyles. So well done, relatable, natural, and touching.

The ending: I loved the epilogue! So sweet. It did, however, confuse me a bit because it occurs AFTER the events in book 2 of this series – so since it’s a series, I may not have wanted to know these events this soon. 🙂 Still, it was so wonderful and wrapped up the characters.

Content: some violence, not described

Overall – if you enjoy mystery, England, or the 1910s era, read this book! Highly recommended. 🙂

The Enchanting Rose: 12th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange

Edifying fellowship is important, especially for believers. That’s why I’ve been delighted to connect with other Christian ladies over a cup of tea – even though we live many miles apart.

Last fall, I posted about my participation in the 11th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange, hosted by Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose. This spring, I was blessed to participate in the 12th Annual Exchange, and it proved to be just as lovely as the last.

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This year, I was assigned to Tamela to send a tea cup package to. I enjoyed searching for a pink floral teacup to include in her package as well as putting together a variety of other goodies.

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I love the combination of delicate pink roses with blue wildflowers, and I was delighted to send it to Tamela. 🙂

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My toddler and I were taking a walk one April afternoon amid piles of snow from our late-season blizzard when an exciting package appeared in the mail – long before I was beginning to expect it!

What a delight to unwrap the beautiful treasures sent by Sarah R, and how fun to learn that she and I have much in common, including our home state!

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Such an overwhelming and beautiful array of elegant items!

  • A handwritten letter, a photo, Minnesota booklets, two sermon CDs, a business card for Sarah’s Etsy shop, and several fun sticky notes explaining each item in the package!
  • Hamburger/grilling seasoning that looks delicious and will be sure to be used this summer

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  • Two handmade potholders with cheery bird and wildflower designs. I love the colors, patterns, thickness and size of these!
  • A leaf-shaped tea bag holder – so gorgeous! I’m already using this every day to hold my daily vitamins or fruit slices as well as for a tea bag or spoon.

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  • An elegant mug rug Sarah sent me from Stephanie’s own Etsy shop!
  • An assortment of delightful teas including Throat Coat, peppermint, holiday berry, an amazing-smelling cinnamon tea, and an entire box of our favorite kind of tea: Good Earth Sweet and Spicy

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  • Spring floral napkins for a tea party
  • A handy and beautiful set of notepaper for lists, memos, and reminders, featuring butterflies and wildflowers – some of my favorites!
  • A set of blue notecards with a design representing Minnesota lakes 🙂
  • A snowman tea mug that coordinates with my set of winter snowman dishes!

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  • And this breathtaking tea cup and saucer! Light blue and springtime wildflowers: this just might be my favorite tea cup that I’ve ever seen! It’s exactly my style, and I’m thrilled with it!

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Thank you SO much, Sarah, for such a wonderful and thrilling package! I was surprised and delighted by each item, and the thought and love you wrapped into the package is a blessing. May God richly bless you!

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If you’re here from Stephanie’s blog, thanks so much for visiting my little corner here – I’m delighted you’ve stopped by, and I wish you love, blessings, and joy as you browse the other tea cup photos.

If you’d like to be notified when Stephanie hosts future tea cup and mug exchanges, you can sign up for one notification here.

Have a lovely day, my friends! I’d love it if you’d continue our conversation in the comments. What methods have you found to continue fellowship with others, especially at times where other believers may be geographically distant?

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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

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Surprise! New Book!

Once upon a socially disadvantaged time, a hare and a tortoise lived in the world of non-human beings…

In celebration of Promise’s Prayer turning one year old this weekend, I’m releasing another book! This one is a short story collection full of whimsy and uniqueness that I had a lot of fun putting together. Hop on over to this post to read all about it!

 

The words of Aesop of Sardis, which came to him in the six hundred threescore and fourth year…