July 2018 Goals

How is your summer going? As I write this, we’re in the middle of a two-day heat wave with a heat advisory. I’m happy I can be inside all day. There are some days I really appreciate my job.

I managed to do almost all of my goals.

  • Outline Cinderella retelling Done! Plus doing another outline!
  • Start hardcore research for WWI Done!
  • Finish Rock of Ages draft 1, edit and prep to send to beta-readers Done! And sent it to the beta-readers
  • Finish editing He Leadeth Me and send to proofreaders Done!
  • Start figuring out Christmas story ideas for Christmas collection (optional) Done!
  • Perfect the songs in the new piano book Not done, but I had a reason for it. My wrists hurt too much to play songs with lots of octaves, so I started working on Un Sospiro by Liszt instead.
  • Finish reading and review at least 3 books Done!

As for my goals for July, they are a little more simple since I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo again.

July Goals

  • Edits #2 and #3 of Lo, How a Rose
  • Finish writing rough draft of Christmas story collection
  • If those stories don’t reach my 25,000 word goal, start writing The Haven of Rest
  • Continue working on Un Sospiro and get past the 4th page
  • Finish beta-reading Bitter Winter
  • Continue WWI research
  • Stay cool!!

Do you have any goals for July?

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Trust and Obey: The beginning of a new series

Trust and Obey Blog Tour

I have a new book out! And it’s not a western! What?!?! Why would I do that? Well, I’ll share more about how I decided to write this series and what inspired this particular book. But first, here’s a little more about the book. And you also get to see my new author picture!

About the Book

Trust and Obey_KindleA wicked priestess, a morally corrupt king, and two children stuck in the middle…

Hadassah and Gidal love their parents and will do anything for them. When Priestess Basmat tell Ehud and Jerusha to pay their debt, they cannot and she takes Hadassah and Gidal as her slaves for two years.

The priestess works them hard, but there are two other servants to divide the load with, so they cope as well as they can. Then King Saul comes in disguise requesting the priestess’s other services—as a medium.

Will Hadassah and Gidal trust Adonai to take care of them? What will happen after Priestess Basmat comes face-to-face with the prophet Samuel?

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Book Review: Rose of the Oath by Hope Ann

Title: Rose of the Oath
Written By: Hope Ann
Genre: Christian Fantasy Romance/Fairy Tale retelling
Recommended Ages: 13 & up

Introduction:

I’ve been wanting to read something by this author for a while and was excited when I got this one for free. I had a bit of time to read, so I decided to do this one. It helps that my favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. I’m glad I read it. Continue reading

Book Review: Quest For Leviathan

Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, “Quest for Leviathan.” Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.

About the Story

Leviathan took the life of his father.

Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.
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Plantsing: Guest Post by Kate Willis

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Today we have a new release announcement. No, not mine this time. It’s the new book by a friend. And she has a guest post and a giveaway! You can find out more about her book during the blog tour and find all the links here. Read on for more info.

“Plantsing”, Or How I Finally Wrote a Full-Length Novel

I’m a short writer. 5’ 4” tall, author of two middle-grade books under 15,000 words, and writer of numerous short stories.

I’d always hoped to someday write a full-length novel, but the dream far away and out of reach.

Me, a “Pantser”

I’ve long adhered to the writing method commonly known as “pantsing”, named for the expression “flying by the seat of your pants”. Basically, I would get an idea, let it develop into a few vague scenes, including a beginning and possibly an end. Then I would write to find the story, the theme, and the message. It’s quite fun, actually—-almost like reading someone else’s book. It also leaves a lot of room for the Holy Spirit to bring in life lessons, which is an amazing experience. Continue reading

Book Review: More than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

Title: More than Meets the Eye
Written By: Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Christian Western Romance
Recommended Ages: 16 & up

Introduction:

The cover intrigued me a lot! But that’s not why I read the book. I read it because I like Karen Witemeyer’s books and wanted to find out if this one lived up to my expectations. It did and then some. Lately, I’ve had some problems with her books, but this one restored my faith in her abilities.

Characters: 1/1

Evie, Seth, Zach, and Logan. Wow. I loved each of them for different reasons. Seth because like Evie, I have a sister who had asthma and I have a brother named Seth. My sister’s asthma wasn’t as bad as Seth’s thankfully, but I loved how Karen handled this handicap. Zach was gruff and not terribly communicative, but from the moment he started to change, you could feel for him. Evie, well, she’s kind, cheerful, and loves everyone. What’s not to like there? As for Logan, at first it is hard to like him much, but that’s intentional. As you get to know him, though, he grows on you.

Dialogue: 1/1

Witty, sad, laugh-out-loud funny, tears welling up, thought-provoking. Those words describe the dialogue very well. Not once did I get pulled out of the story because of what they were saying.

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Plot/Storyline: 1/1

Unique. I can’t think of a single book that is similar to this one regarding plot. Sure there are a lot of the same basic formulas as with most romances, but even that is slightly different. Very refreshing since what I’ve always found to be true in romances wasn’t as pronounced in this one. (Being slightly vague to avoid spoilers).

Overall Writing Quality: 1/1

Very good! I didn’t find a typo or a hard to understand sentence in the whole book. I loved it!

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

Well, let’s see here. Despite a slightly busy schedule this week, I finished the book in less than 6 days. So yes, I did put it down, but most of the time it was only because I absolutely had to.

Conclusion: 5/5

If you are looking for a unique romance story, pick up a copy of this book. I think you’ll like it. Or if you just like reading about orphans overcoming their situation, then this book is for you, too. Go get your copy today!

Book Review: The Hunt for Red October

Title: The Hunt for Red October
Written By: Tom Clancy
Genre: Historical/Military Fiction
Recommended Ages: 21 & up

Introduction:

It is only very rarely that I will read a book like this one. This is the only book I own that has swear words in it. And the main reason I own it is because I can black out the swear words (see picture). I like this book because of the intricacy of the plot within the plot within the plot. It has so many nuances the movie cannot get into unless the movie were at least 6 hours long. However, due to the language and ethical conflicts, I recommend you be at least 18 before reading, if you read it at all. Continue reading