In Which I Prattle on About Various Elements of Eleven

Sunflower award

I have been awarded the Sunflower award by Sarah from the Stardust and Gravel blog.

What is that?

Thanks for asking! The Sunflower award is when a blogger tags you to be a part of a fun blog event. All you have to do is give 11 random facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions from the awardee, tag 11 more bloggers, and give those bloggers 11 more questions to answer. Sounds fun, right? I sure hope so!   Here we go!

 11 random facts about me. This could be interesting. 😛

  •  I like to write fiction, but I very rarely am able to write poetry. Even when I can, it isn’t very good.
  •  My favorite genre is Historical Fiction, unless it comes to movies. Most Historical Fiction movies that I have seen are either too glamorized, too unrealistic, or too gory to watch.
  •  I have successfully helped install two laminate floors and done two others almost all by myself.
  •  I am a very untypical female. I can live without chocolate and I don’t like to go shopping, unless it is for material or some other craft thing.
  •  Each book I have written so far has been written in a different way somehow.       Either it has been in a different tense, a different person, or not written straight through from beginning to end.
  •  I know, or know of, FOUR Andrew’s who all have the same middle name. What’s with that, anyway?
  •  I drink lots of water and bring a water bottle pretty much everywhere.
  •  I wear skirts or dresses all the time unless I am helping to unload hay.
  •  I don’t like most of the contemporary Christian music.
  •  Since it is summer, I may as well include this fact that nobody will probably care about.       I don’t tan. At all. Ever.       All I do is burn and peel.
  •  I just discovered (yesterday) a very successful, at least for me, way to edit my books. (More on this in a later post)

 11 Questions

 1. What’s the last sentence you wrote in a story?

God knew my vision before I did and made it more than I had ever thought possible.

 
 2. What was the last movie you watched?

Parent Trap (the old one with Hayley Mills)

3. Do you have a favorite quote?

“I don’t believe in coincidences, only God-incidences.”-a pastor I heard somewhere

 4. Favorite food?

Without a doubt, it would be Lasagna.

5. Have you ever seen a shooting star?

I think I have, but I can’t remember for sure.

6. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three books, which would you bring?

Some sort of herbal and/or plant identification book, Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, and The Holy Bible

7. In real life, which appeals to you more: futuristic, modern, or old-fashioned?

Old-fashioned with a slight mix of modern. There are some modern conveniences that are quite nice to have, but I do prefer a lot of the old-fashioned clothes, styles, and lifestyles.

8. In fiction, which appeals to you more: futuristic, modern, or old-fashioned? (Other worlds count.)

Old-fashioned. I like to read about what things were like back then.

9. What’s the strangest thing hanging on your wall in your room?

I have a nice little line up of 1 foot square crates hanging on my wall to hold various things including old pairs of glasses, head scarves, and my camera.

10. What’s your favorite bird?

Bald Eagles. They are so majestic and pretty.

11.  Robin Hood or King Arthur?

Robin Hood. I’ve probably read at least two different versions of the story and seen at least three different versions of the movie. As much as the King Arthur legend fascinates me, the magic that is usually in it repels me more than the history draws me in.

 My 11 tagged Bloggers

 Pen Help

David Hartung

Jonathan Garner

Holy Worlds

Aubrey Hansen

Sarah Holman

Jaye L. Knight

The Second Sentence

Books and Benches

The Arsenal

However Improbable

 11 Questions for the bloggers

  1. What is your favorite kind of tree?
  2. Do you prefer tea or coffee or neither?
  3. What is your favorite social media site?
  4. What is the last sentence you wrote in a story?
  5. Who is your favorite historical figure and why?
  6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  7. What’s your favorite dessert?
  8. If you could live in any time period (past, present, or future) what would you choose?
  9. What is your favorite book to re-read (besides the Bible)
  10. What genre do you read most?
  11. What is the best movie you have ever watched?

 

 

 

 

Resistance: Review, Author Interview, and Giveaway

Remember a few weeks ago when I was part of a cover reveal for Jaye L. Knight‘s newest book?  Good!  Well, today, I have the privilege of, not only telling you HER BOOK IS NOW FOR SALE, but I was also given the opportunity to read and review her book AND interview the author as part of her blog tour.   Not only that, but Jaye also has an absolutely awesome giveaway.  So make sure you read to the end and while you are at it, go over to Amazon  to pick up a copy.  This is a must read book.  At least in my opinion.

About the Book

"Resistance" by Jaye L. Knight

“Resistance” by Jaye L. Knight Available now (click on cover)

“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Review

 Fleeing. Rayad crunched his brows down. At this age, he should have been retired and living comfortably, but no. He was a wanted man.

Thus begins an epic tale of adventure, survival, betrayal, and faith. Continue reading

One Year Anniversary

A Year in PIctures

A Year in Pictures

I can hardly believe it, but one year ago today, I wrote my very first blog post.  Since then, I have written 68 more blog posts with this one becoming post number 70.  It’s been a busy, but productive year.  Since May 22, 2013, I have published one book, got ideas for at least four more in the series, started writing books #2 and 3, done a book signing, and started co-authoring a non-fiction book.  And that’s just in the writing realm!

Let’s take a quick look at some of the stats from the last blog year: Continue reading

I need your assistance

*Walks onto the internet stage with fear, trepidation, and a little bit of hope.  Stopping at the podium, I clear my throat and open my mouth*

Ladies and Gentlemen,

After watching this video and getting a rather hard nudge or two from a friend (you know who you are 😉 ), I spent a couple of weeks praying about an idea that the above mentioned friend suggested to me.  After much prayer and some discussion with my family, I have decided to do it.  But, I need some help and that is where you come in and why I am writing this blog post.

First, a little more about the project. Continue reading

Be Thou My Vision

BTMV Victory

 

It is with great excitement and joy that I announce today that I have finished writing the first draft of Be Thou My Vision! 

Some details about Be Thou My Vision:

Logline: After learning of her younger brother’s death, an outspoken spinster defies her father and starts going to church, where she begins to care for the widower pastor’s two rambunctious boys who need a mother’s love.

Word count so far: 57,997

Chapters: 18

Longest chapter: Chapter 12, topping almost 5,000 words

Shortest chapter: Chapter 18, standing strong at 749 words (also might end up being an epilogue)

And there you have it, a few details about my upcoming book.  Whenever that upcoming time might be.