Deliver Book Review

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

Can something broken ever heal?

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

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

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

They face their hardest battle yet.
Peace.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Buy Deliver on Amazon!

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

 

Deliver Book Spotlight

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

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

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

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

The writing? High quality and refreshing.

The setting? Vivid, unique, and picturesque.

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

ABOUT DELIVER

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

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

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

They face their hardest battle yet.
Peace.

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ABOUT TRICIA

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

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

 

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Christ Arose! Book Review

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

My Review

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

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

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

About the Book

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

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

Available for free on all eBook vendor:

http://books2read.com/christ-arose

About the Author

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

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

Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

April 27
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner

Excerpt

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

 

Writing Influences

Now that Promise’s Prayer is available to the world, what is this author working on now?

A very special project.

 

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This month, I’m rewriting Happy Days With the Lanesa middle-grade children’s novel centered around eleven-year-old twins Julia and Jonathan, who love to surprise each other.

I first wrote Happy Days With the Lanes when I was ten years old, officially finishing the first draft four years later. Because I love the characters and the message – and I’ve wanted to publish a children’s book – it seemed that it was time to rewrite this one.

It’s been an adventure so far. I’m 20,000 words into the story, and it’s a joy to re-visit the characters, polishing up the story to make it the best it can be.

Today I dug out my Lanes folder and located the following gems:

  • Four chapters of the very first Lanes story I started writing, where the characters have different names and somehow live in a society suspiciously similar to the pre-Civil War South, even though the story is otherwise clearly set in modern times…
  • Fifteen handwritten chapters of the first draft of the Lanes story I’m now rewriting, including a few deleted chapters
  • A separate short story revolving around six-year-old Joshua Lane
  • A Lanes prequel written for children ages 3-7, with Julia and Jonathan at age 5.
  • Two chapters of a Lanes sequel centered around Tasha’s family – the oldest Lane child, after she’s married and has a family of her own
  • Numerous family trees
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The first cover – circa 2003

Reading through these old writings, I’m amazed at the large number of influences that have found their way into my writing. At age ten, my stories’ influences were much easier to discover – before I’d found my own writing voice and learned to more subtlely weave in the many influences that inevitably join themselves to my work. The importance of surrounding one’s self with quality literature cannot be overestimated – for what we read is, in many ways, exactly what we write.

A few books that directly influenced the writing done by the young Erika:

  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • The New Amplified Pilgrim’s Progress audio drama
  • The Elsie Dinsmore series by Martha Finley
  • A variety of fiction by Rod & Staff publishers, including Just Thirteen, The Family God Gave, Home Fires Beneath Northern Lights, Home Fires at the Foot of the Rockies, Cicada Summer, God’s Marvels in Washington, Year of Doubt, and Year of Growth
  • The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls

Excerpt:

“Jonathan, S.A.L.,” whispered Julia during lunch, nudging her twin with her elbow.
Once the lunch dishes were finished, the twins met under the stairs in the tiny room that Julia had arranged for the two of them.
“What’s your Secret After Lunch?” Jonathan asked.
Julia’s dark eyes sparkled. She tossed back her wavy brown hair. “Next week is Christmas vacation. You know that Tasha’s birthday is December 24. I though we…” Julia pranced around Jonathan, caught her breath, and finished. “I thought we could give her a surprise!”
Jonathan’s brown eyes began to sparkle, too. He grinned. “I’ll say, I don’t know what could be more fun! But what surprise could we give?”
Julia’s face fell. “I don’t know. How could we give a surprise without her knowing about it?”
Mother’s voice floated down the stairs towards them. “Julia and Jonathan!”
“Coming, Mother,” Jonathan replied quickly, then turned back to Julia. “Think about it. We’ll meet here in two days, on December 21. Let’s go!”

What books have influenced your writing?

GiraffeCrafts: All Things Indie Author

Last month I participated in the Indie e-Con at the blog of Kendra E. Ardnek. It was an amazing and action-packed week filled with helpful articles on the writing and publishing process, videos, watching authors write live, games, contests, podcasts, and much more.

Now Kendra’s launching a new website for the purpose of helping Indie authors:

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GiraffeCrafts!

GiraffeCrafts is a company dedicated to the promotion of good, clean Indie Fiction. The main site isn’t up yet – stay tuned for that later this month, but for now you can check out the blog where Kendra will be posting writing advice (because half the battle in marketing is having a book worthy of reading) as well as advice for editing, publishing, and marketing. Do stop by for visit – and consider becoming a contributor or joining the blogger and reviewer teams. Read all about the new website here.
Also, Kendra’s hosting a giveaway this week, and she’s giving away a blog tour package! Join the giveaway here
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I loved giraffes as a child. Almost as much as I enjoyed crafts. Which is almost as much as I now enjoy writing and editing Indie books

If you’re an author, editor, cover designer, or reader of Indie fiction, you can also connect with GiraffeCrafts on social media:
Blog ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ The Rough Giraffe (podcast/online radio show)
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Let’s play Spot the Giraffe. It’s like Spot the Typo While Editing. Only giraffes are already spotted… 

Line Edit Walkthrough (video)

Line Edit Walkthrough

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

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