While You’re Awake: a review

Introduction

WhileYoureAwake - final coverI read this novelette because it was short. I needed something to read, but I didn’t have a lot of time. I had six other books that I needed to read to review, but this one was the first that needed a review, plus it’s the shortest. And I’m glad I did. I love fairy tales. I love fairy tale retellings. And I was very curious how Amber managed to do a Sleeping Beauty retelling in modern times. I wasn’t disappointed.

Characters

1/1

Tired Girl and Angel Boy (their nicknames for each other) were so real. They both had their own faults and perfections. They both had different fears and each is so tangible I could be afraid right along with them.

Dialogue

1/1

The dialogue was alternately breathtaking as Ava hears the first buzz when she steps in the door (okay, so that would be monologue) and hilarious like when Keegan first brings his two dogs to meet Ava and calls them his friends. Read it. It really is more funny than it sounds. And then there are the midnight texts when Ava is afraid and Keegan gets her calmed down enough to sleep. And I won’t spoil it for you, but the ending dialogue is…perfecto.

Plot/storyline

1/1

Tight, but not too tight. Detailed, but not too detailed. Short, but not to the point of being stingy.

Over-all writing quality

1/1

I don’t recall a single typo. Which is rare. The writing itself was showing rather than telling. Well done!

Un-put-down-ability

1/1

I had to put it down once to make lunch. But I really didn’t want to. So I brought my kindle down with me and stirred it while I read.

Conclusion

5/5

It’s only $0.99. Forego your coffee for today and buy this novellette and read about the “Angel” at the coffee shop and the writer who drinks the coffee instead. It will take you less than an hour unless you read very slowly or just want to savor it and enjoy it more fully.

Note: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

While You’re Awake

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Amber Stokes, has a new novelette coming out and is revealing her cover today! It sounds like a unique take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale and I’m looking forward to reading it. First, here’s what the book is about.

About the Book

 Sweet New Adult Contemporary Romance Novelette

 There’s no rest for the fearful.

Ava always knew the bees would come. Just when she’s settled into a place of her own, freelance editing and savoring her independence, her rental house is invaded by a swarm of honey bees. And with their arrival, her lifelong fear morphs into a full-fledged panic that steals her sleep—and her peace of mind.

Keegan knows all about fear. When he meets Ava at the coffee shop where he works, he can’t help but come to her rescue. Together with his German shepherds, Sun and Moon, he sets out to break the “curse” that hovers over Tired Girl. But is it possible to conquer nightmares and live a dream while you’re awake?

This sweet novelette is a contemporary re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that sheds light on the worries that bind us and the love that leads to peace.

Pre-order for $.99 on Amazon! | Add to Goodreads

And now for the cover. Isn’t it lovely?

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Author Bio

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Amber Stokes works as a marketing content writer for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she’s always considered home.

You can learn more about Amber’s books, sign up for her author newsletter, join the Amber’s Gems street team, and more at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.

 

Social Media Links

Blog: www.seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com
Goodreads: Amber Stokes
Pinterest: pinterest.com/seasonshumility
Twitter: @SeasonsHumility

 

Personality Quiz

Are you Sleeping Beauty, a barista, or an angel? This fun and quirky personality quiz takes some of the personality types from While You’re Awake and offers you a chance to discover how you inspire others. Hopefully you’ll be encouraged to keep being awesome, wonderful you!

*Disclaimer: This is just a for-fun quiz. The results are designed to encourage but not to diagnose! 😉

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When I took the quiz, I got Sleeping Beauty. 😀  That actually fits really well, too.

You’re a gentle soul who reaches out to others in quiet ways. You feel deeply and therefore make a great listener. While you often need some time to yourself to rest and put life in perspective, you add beauty to all your relationships. Create the space you need to recharge, and remember that you are a special blessing to those around you! Keep up the great work. 🙂

Fall Into Reading

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Happy fall! Can you believe it’s fall already? I know I can’t. This summer seems to have gone by very quickly. As we batten the hatches and prepare for winter, are you ready to snuggle in front of a nice warm fire with a good book? Maybe you have the nice warm fire, but not necessarily the perfect book. I have just the thing for you!

A bunch of authors and I collaborated in putting together a “Fall Into Reading” sale. The first page on the website has all the books on sale categorized by genre. Some are free (including my novella, Pass Me Not), and others are discounted. If you want to find other clean books that aren’t necessarily on sale, check out the second page.

I hope you have an awesome fall!

Novella Tour Wrap Up

Novella Blog Tour

Hello, everybody and good morning! I don’t know about you, but I thought the tour was a lot of fun. If you want to go back and see the posts, the schedule and the links to all the posts can be found here. I hope you enjoyed the blog tour and getting to know me and my books better. If you like novellas, keep following my writing. I’m planning three more novellas after each of my next two novels! At the bottom of this post, there is a link to sign up for a newsletter for my new releases.

And now for the moment we have all probably been waiting for! The announcement of the winners!

The winner of the first prize is…. Continue reading

Introducing…

Novella Blog Tour

What could be better to do on a chilly evening than sit in front of a fire with a good book in your hands? Yes, I know that it’s August and in most places in the US especially it’s probably pretty warm. But, Fall is coming. And with Fall comes falling temperatures. So why not plan ahead for those chilly evenings?

Lucky for you, today, we have just the thing for you. I have written three novellas that are the perfect length for a short read. They’re wholesome, clean, entertaining, romantic, and historical.

Be sure to read to the end of this post to enter an fun giveaway and find out about the free book offer! Continue reading

Sad and Exciting News

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How do you like that for a title? I know most people prefer the sad news first, but I’m going to make you wait because I can’t wait to share the exciting news with you.

If you’re on Facebook, you may have seen my update about the rough draft of The Solid Rock. But, for those of you who are not, here’s the news. Continue reading

She tried writing 50,000 words in July by hand. You won’t believe what happened next!

She tried writing 50,000 words in July by hand…

Yes, the title is correct. I am trying to write 50,000 words in July by hand. All in one book. I have gotten away from doing it that way. Yes, it is faster to just type the story up. However, with just a pen and paper, you can get away from the computer (read: internet) and all the distractions that entails. And one thing I used to love about writing by hand is that when I went to type it up, I got the first edit/rewrite done as I typed! Especially when I can’t read my own handwriting. *innocent smile* Not that I would do that…

As for how I am doing, I am a little behind right now, but not by much so I expect that I should be able to get to 50,000 words before July 31st unless something unexpected happens.

As for the title, that is an experiment. You may have noticed all the sensationalized titles for articles and videos. I want to see if it will work for my blog post with my writing updates.

You won’t believe what happened next! Continue reading

Amazing Grace Blog Tour Wrap Up

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Thank you to all those who followed, participated in, and promoted the blog tour for Amazing Grace. It’s hard to believe that it has been over two months since I published my third novel and now I also have a novella published, one more available for preorder and another novella almost ready to be published in August.

That being said, I am surprised how many books I have sold since this novel was priced higher and is longer than the other two.

As a reminder, there is still time to enter the Goodreads giveaway for Amazing Grace. Click on the link below and follow the instructions.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Amazing Grace by Faith Blum

Amazing Grace

by Faith Blum

Giveaway ends July 02, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Novellas

Pass Me Not PromoIf you haven’t checked them out yet, I also have two novellas for sale now. One is on preorder. They are in a series, but can very easily be read as standalones. They also have connections to Amazing Grace, but you do not have to read Amazing Grace in order to read I Love Thee or Pass Me Not.

Thank you again and I hope you have enjoyed the tour!

Novella Cover Reveal

I hope you have all been enjoying the blog tour. I know I have. If you have missed any of the posts, click here to check them out. Even though I have enjoyed every post on the tour, I’m most excited about this one. There are a couple of reasons for this.

1. I finally accomplished the impossible (for me)! I wrote a complete story in less than 20,000 words! And then I did it two more times!

2. I finally get to show you the lovely covers I have for the Hymns of the West Novellas and announce when the first one will be published! Continue reading