Title: Picking Daisy
Written By: Valerie Howard
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Recommended Ages: 13 & up
For a while now, I’ve been interested in the whole foster care/adoption types of things. But I didn’t know a lot about it. My parents did foster care for babies when I was young, so we never had to deal with the “problems” of the older kids. This book was very eye opening, but at the same time entertaining. Continue reading →
Title: The Case of the Cereal Robber
Written By: Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick
Genre: Christian Children’s Mystery
Recommended Ages: Any
I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. I read the first two right after they came out and then waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, there’s another book about Mia! And it does not disappoint. At all. Ever. Continue reading →
Written By: Sarah Holman
Genre: Christian Romance with mild Fantasy elements (mostly the names of people and places)
Recommended Ages: Any, but teens and older would enjoy it more
I hadn’t read any of Sarah’s Tales of Taelis stories before, so this was my first taste of them. I enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind reading more in the future. The only thing I didn’t like about this audiobook was the narrator’s voice for Eleanor was too high-pitched and whiny. She made Eleanor sound like a little girl rather than a young woman. Continue reading →
Welcome to Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections. I’m Faith Blum and I’m the host today for Sarah Holman’s, Choose Your Own Story, event. This is to celebrate the release of her latest book, Escape and Endurance (In this event, you get to pick the outcome of the story by making choices. A lot of different things can happen. What are you waiting for? Start your adventure by clicking the image below.
The princess pulled out a knife. She wounded the guard coming toward her and left him crying in pain.
Andrew followed her as she rushed toward the horse of the cruel guard. She mounted with ease and was off. He called after her, but she was gone.
After a few days, Sir Andrew made it back to the castle. He discovered that the princess had planned her escape from the very beginning and was not celebrated as a hero.
After Sir Andrew recovered from his wounded pride, he led a mission to deal with those that had attacked the princess. The kingdom was safe once again.
Are you interested in reading about a knight, a tower, a princess, and a servant? Pick up a copy of Escape and Endurance! Haven’t read the other books in the Tales of Taelis series? Not to worry. Each book can stand alone.
Sarah Holman is a not-so-typical girl, a homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and lives in the great state of Texas. If there’s anything adventuresome about her life, it’s because she serves a God with a destiny greater than anything she could have imagined. You can find out more about her at her website: http://www.thedestinyofone.com
I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I think I’ve done it before, but the questions are always different, so it’s fun each time. I hope you enjoy reading it.
First off, I want to thank Madeleine at The Introverted Raconteur for the tag a couple weeks ago. It was fun to read her post.
Now onto the questions!!!
Madeleine asked some tough, but fun questions. Here they are with my answers.
What are two superpowers you wish you had? (one practical and one extremely ridiculous!) My practical superpower would be real eyes in the back of my head so I can keep tabs on whomever I need to. The not-so-practical superpower would be invisibility. I’ve always thought it would be fun to be a fly on the wall in some meetings or something, so invisibility is about the closest I could get to that.
Are you currently writing a book? Share a little about it! No, I am not currently writing a book. I am currently writing one book and editing four others. Since I’m not ready to talk about the one I’m writing I’ll talk about the one I’m editing that is closest to publication. He Leadeth Me is the fourth and last in the Orphans of the West Series. It is about Gage Wilhelm and what he does after receiving the deed to his father’s farm. One of my beta-readers loved one of the relationships especially since it had some extra ups and downs many don’t have in books.
What is one piece of poetry that, when you read it, you go “oh my word that is me!”? Um, well, basically the only poetry I’ve read is the book of Psalms. And there are a few that make me feel that way, but especially Psalm 4:1: “Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.” There have been times when I felt that way.
What/who inspired you to start writing? That was so long ago, I really don’t know for sure. My mom, maybe?
Weirdest quote from a project of yours? These is only “weird” because it’s between two sisters:”Em, I know you are mad at me, but I’ve been trying to get a hold of you for years now.”
Emmie turned around and glared at her. “Did you ever think that I changed my phone number for that very reason?”
Is there a book universe that you totally would visit, if possible? Ilyon from Jaye L. Knight’s Ilyon Chronicles series, but only after things get resolved. 😉
What is your most prized possession? Why? I would have to say my wedding ring because of the symbolism it holds as well as the fact that it means I am married to the most wonderful man on earth!
Who in your life has been the most influential when it comes to your faith journey? I would have to say my mom is. She was my schoolteacher throughout my life and she brought in the Bible in so many places, it was impossible NOT to grow.
What is the best movie you’ve ever seen? What did you love about it? Unidentified by Five and Two Pictures. I love it because of all the varying viewpoints they bring into the storyline while still keeping it Christian. I think the best part of the movie, though, is the fact that the main character is a struggling Christian. Someone who ends up not being sure he was ever truly saved to begin with.
What is the best piece of advice for writers you’ve heard? Stick with it. There will always be tough times in writing and especially editing. But if you stick with it, eventually you will reap the rewards for your effort.
What would you describe your writing style like? I’m going to steal my mom’s description of my writing style. It’s somewhere between Janette Oke and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Happy August! Summer is almost over. Of course, here in Wisconsin, August is usually the most consistently hot of the summer, but I’m curious to see what this one is like since the other months have been so weird.
How was your July? Mine was pretty busy. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you’ll have seen this picture before, but I thought I would share it with the rest of you, too.
It was a busy, but fun month. And I wrote an average of more than 1,000 words each day! Which means my total for the month went over my goal of 25,000 words by over 6,000 words! It’s been a great month of me trying to be more consistent and intentional in my writing. Doing these blog posts has been a great help to me.
What else did I accomplish? Well, here’s the list I made at the beginning of July and how well I did with each.
Edits #2 and #3 of Lo, How a Rose(Done!)
Finish writing rough draft of Christmas story collection (Done by July 17th)
If those stories don’t reach my 25,000 word goal, start writing The Haven of Rest(Done, and 2/3rd through – as it stands, I think this might be the shortest of the series)
Continue working on Un Sospiro and get past the 4th page (Mostly done, I got past the 4th page, but it’s not polished up yet)
Finish beta-reading Bitter Winter (Done! And it’s really good!)
Continue WWI research (Done, though not as much as I should have)
Stay cool!! (Done! The last week or so, I’ve even had to wear hoodies to stay warm. Like I said, it’s been a weird year weather-wise)
Go through HLM proofreader edits and send to formatters
LHaR edit #4 and send to proofreaders
Edit #1 of Christmas stories, send to beta-readers, and then edit #2
Finish writing The Haven of Rest
Work on book covers with Perry
Work on novella release
Polish up the first 4 pages of Un Sospiro and start working on pages 5 and 6
Exercise at least 3 times per week
I’d love to help encourage you in your goals. Feel free to comment here with them, or email them to me using the contact form. Have a great month!